Dominion Rising’s Success

Dear Readers,

I’ve been a little absent of late, but for very good reason.

Are you ready?

The Dominion Rising boxed set just sold its 28,000th book!!! And I’m a little overwhelmed.

Death Plague: The exciting prequel to my books of Arcania is now before all those thousands of eyes. That’s both utterly thrilling, and terrifying. I’ve been here before in the past but you never get used to it. It’s like being a singer and finally, you get to sing to a football stadium audience. Yup, scary.

I wanted to explain why I’ve been absent with videos and blog posts.

I’ve worked so hard to get Death Plague finished for this boxed set. Unforseen circumstances meant I slept in 3 hour shifts around the clock for a week! I was rising at 3am, going into my office,  forcing myself to wake up then getting to work. I’d work through the entire day until 9pm then sleep again (sometimes I napped). I barely stopped for food or to shower (I had to get this book done).

What was the unforeseen circumstance?

A very dear friend of mine, Tom, passed just after I published Forsaken Power. He wasn’t just my best friend, he was my editor, a confidant, and one of the only people who I bantered with regularly. He had a good heart, worked hard, his life had so much value. Then, suddenly, at age 25, his heart gave out.

The grief hit me like a brick wall. I was burnt out from getting my latest book published, my partner had been away for weeks and I was missing him, and then my editor and best friend died. He was there at almost every stage of my writing over the past 3-4 years. When I became a USA Today Bestseller, when I hit my first 100,000 sales. And he was the one who pitched me to the Dominion Rising boxed set people when one of the original members left… I took their place. I’m in Dominion Rising because of him.

To write Death Plague through that pit of black grief is one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, but I had wonderful support from the boxed set runners, Gwynn and PK Tyler, and from a bunch of my indie and reader friends.

Onto brighter things.

This week I find out whether I’ve hit the New York Times list and the USA Today list. I can’t begin to explain how thrilling all of this is. I’m not just here because I write, I’m also here because people read what I write.

Cross your fingers for me. To be a New York Times bestseller has been my greatest dream for a decade.

Take Care of yourselves, dear readers. Choose paths of happiness, live in the moments, and be grateful for everything around you. Life is a wondrous thing if you give it a chance!

Updates: June, 2017

Dear Readers,

I’ve been a little absent on the website front this year as a dear friend and the editor of my healers series for three years passed away suddenly the day after I published my newest book, Blood War. He was young, highly intelligent and brilliant. The ordeal threw me into a tailspin for a few weeks. The launch of my newest book fell by the wayside as I worked through my grief, as did my writing. There’s still an emptiness when I sit down to write, but I believe I’m on the mend.

I’m now in the process of finding a suitable editorial replacement, which presents more challenges than I anticipated. I went through a few editors to find Tom. Regardless, I’m finishing up my Death Plague prequel story to the entire Arcania world.

Hug your loved ones and have a lovely week.
KJ

I see you, lurkers ;)

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Death Plague (Chapter One, Scene One)

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Death Plague — COMING AUGUST!
(This unedited sample may not be featured in the the final book.)

Chapter One
Quxa
(Scene one)

70 years prior to the Death Plague.

By candlelight, deep underneath Lightend Sanctuary, Healer Quxa unrolled sacred parchment revealing the story of Meldrassa: the first of the healers and the only recorded healer to have born a child. Tomorrow–the first day of November –marked the Feast of Meldrassa, where healers across the lands of Senya would close their temples and travel to Lightend Sanctuary, the home of light and the highest priestess.
On this one day, the sanctuary opened its gates to the common folk, and Quxa would be able to mingle with the strapping boys form nearby villages. An idea that thrilled her to no end.

Quxa breathed deeply, composing herself. She carefully placed heavy stones on the four corners of the ancient, stained scroll. She’d stolen the document from her mentor, Superior Cilan, after noting it held details of Meldrassa’s story not commonly known. She began to read.

Meldrassa and Efloog, a humble couple not one year married, were due to to greet their first child in exactly one month. Unfortunately, Efloog fell gravely ill after slicing his arm on a rusty edge of steel. Unable to afford the special herbs for Efloog’s healing, the couple attempted to embrace his inevitable death.

After her husband’s first dip into madness brought on by a fever, Meldrassa ran into a wide field on the first day of November in spring and begged the sun and skies for help. The sun god struck her down, turning her eyes golden. Meldrassa became a healer. She awoke filled with lust, and returned home to make love to her husband for the last time.

Efloog was healed.

Though Efloog survived, their poverty deepened, unable to pay their taxes and a week until their child’s birthing day, they feared losing everything.

Efloog spoke to Meldrassa, convincing her that healing other men would make them rich. Reluctantly, Meldrassa agreed to one healing for five gold coins, enough to pay their taxes until the birth of her child. News spread quickly, and after one old man’s healing from near death, men from across Senya flocked to their marital home.

Meldrassa healed hundreds of men out of fear they’d kill her. Even Efloog couldn’t stop them, though they always paid their coin. They tied her to the bed and ravaged her body.

She healed quickly, but her mind withered. The child in her womb grew stronger and was soon born. A daughter whom she name Curatia.

Meldrassa tried to kill herself, but failed to bleed, or choke. Her bodies exceptional healings kept her alive through her misery. She sought out a mercenary, paying him fifty gold to sever her head. Before her death, Meldrassa gave her close friend, Wenda, a letter to pass onto Curatia on her eighteenth birthday.

Quxa turned her head as the tears dripped down her cheeks. Meldrassa’s story saddened her, as if she was a part of her somehow. Even worse, Curatia had never known her mother’s sacrifice. It angered Quxa that healers couldn’t have children. Meldrassa was the first and last healer to succeed. That’s why Quxa was obsessed with the story. She desired a child herself. It meant more to her than life.

Quxa read on.

The night of Meldrassa’s death, Efloog hung himself, leaving Wenda to raise Curatia. After ten years passed, the story of Meldrassa became a legend told on winter’s nights around blazing hearths. Wenda and Efloog kept Curatia’s mother’s identity from her, since the story of healings was one of shame and immorality.

Meldrassa’s sacrifices left Efloog a rich man. He bought a large estate and hired workers and tenants to work the lands. Curatia, his daughter, lived a happy life, attended school, and often visited Wenda who ran the local dye mill.

On Curatia’s wedding day, which came near the end of her seventeenth year, Wenda gave Meldrassa’s daughter the letter she’d intended for her eighteenth birthday. Curatia never imagined that Meldrassa, the fabled healer woman, had been a real let person let alone her mother. She wept for the truth of her death and hated her father.

Curatia quickly married a rich man and moved to the opposite side of the country, unable to forgive her father for letting Meldrassa suffer and die.

In honour of Meldrassa’s memory, Curatia bore as many children as her womb could manage. Eight children, all girls, became Curati’s descendants. Half were healers, half were ordinary. News about the healer girls spread through the land. The sick flocked to their door and Curatia’s husband hired thugs to protect his daughters.

The king soon intervened. He ordained the healer girls a gift from the sun god and built temples in their honour. The healer girls wrote books inspired by the divine as a guide to healer ritual and worship.
The king’s eldest son chose one of Curatia’s ordinary daughters to become his wife. Together they had a healer child of their own. The reverence for healers became a religion, and the lands rejoiced in their prosperity and health.

A thousand years of peace followed.

Quxa read the story three more times before placing the stones aside and carefully rolling the paper into a cylinder. After sliding into bed, she lay wide awake, staring at the ceiling. Every year, ordinary folks stared at the sun, blinding themselves forever in the hope of becoming a healer.

Fools, she thought.

Quxa rubbed her stomach, wishing she could marry, wishing she could have children of her own. She wanted a small cottage, somewhere on the western ocean cliffs just south of the Sanctuary. Her husband would be a hunter, or carpenter, they’d make love a hundred times a day. He’d protect her, hold her close and warm.

Quxa blew out the candle on her bedside tabled, rolled onto her side, and smiled sweetly.
I’ll be a mother one day, she thought. If Meldrassa found a way to save her husband’s life, then I can find a way to have children.
By K. J. Colt
(USA Today Bestselling Author)

Want to read the rest of this story? You can pre-order it here from the Dominion Rising Boxed Set coming August! Only 99cents!
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Other Authors In This Boxed Set

Samuel Peralta
Gwynn White
P.K. Tyler
Cheri Lasota
Erin St Pierre
Frankie Blooding
Anthea Sharp
Margo Bond Collins
S. M. Schmitz
Tom Shutt
Felix R Savage
Melanie Karsak
Tim Ward
DK Holmberg
Daniel Arthur Smith
Tony Bertauski
Ann Christy
Becca Andre
Logan Snyder
Dean Wilson

Dominion Rising: 22 Bestselling Author Boxed Set

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Remember when I started Death Plague a couple of years ago, but had to abandon the project to focus on my main Healers novels? Well, this year I’m writing it again, and it’s going to be featured among some incredibly and talented authors, in fact, 22 of them!

The best part is, all these books — this entire boxed set– is available for only 99cents! They are all ORIGINAL CONTENT — this means the stories have NEVER been published before.

The pre-orders are already available (see below), except for Amazon (because Amazon only allows a 3 month pre-order), so in May, I’ll post the pre-order to link so you can purchase.

This bundle is full of New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers, but it’s also a wonderful mix of speculative fiction including Medieval, Epic, and Contemporary Fantasy, and many shades of Science Fiction. There will be something in this boxed set to suit your tastes, I guarantee it, and if not, there’s the prequel Death Plague, the beginning of both the Klawdia Series, and the Healers Series!

Grab it now! Release date August 8th, 2017. Tell your reader friends, this bundle is going to be big! (Literally and figuratively) 😉

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dominion-rising-…/1125852734
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1180750967
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/…/dominion-rising-22-brand-new-novels-…
GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=XEEhDgAAQBAJ

Amazon: Coming in May!

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