TMI Thursday: I Literally Don’t Know Whether You Are Famous (a.k.a. My Weekend at the NINC Conference)

Before any of us ever knew Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham on Downton Abbey, he’d played in one of the most brilliantly-acted scenes in Rom Com history eleven years prior. In said scene, he arrives to a dinner party and chats up a colossally famous woman for several minutes, utterly unaware that she is one of the most famous actresses in the world. This, my friends, is me. For reasons unexplained (because I’m a visual person), I have zero recall for faces

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"The Secret Ingredient" is a Quarterfinalist in the Publisher's Weekly Booklife Prize for Fiction!

Hot on the heels of an amazing review for The Secret Ingredient from Publisher’s Weekly, I’ve heard great news about the book: it’s been named a Quarterfinalist in the Publisher’s Weekly Booklife Prize! The competition this year was really amazing, with the five titles that made it to the Semifinals scoring 9.5 or above. I am so thrilled to have been honored even though I did not progress to the next round. Here is the full text of the scoresheet/critical review:

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Check Out the Article I Wrote for "Writer's Digest" Magazine on Being a Hybrid Author!

…I mean that literally. Go check out the magazine. Because it’s a paper magazine, or a digital version that you have to get a phone/tablet newsstand subscription for. And I literally cannot link to it.

One of the absolute best things about 2019 is that I’ve gotten to write author advice articles for publications like Writer’s Digest and the RWA Romance Writer’s Report. One of the not-awesome things about getting to write these articles is that they’re difficult to share. But print is still alive! People email and private message me all the time to let me know they’re reading my articles. I’ve noticed that print subscriptions are very reasonable these days. You might want to check them out :)

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TMI Thursday: My "No Assholes" Policy

My New Year’s Resolution for 2019 was to institute a strict “no muggles” policy—to fill my life only with people who make it more wonderful and interesting. Entering Romancelandia has been a jarring experience, because I’m no longer used to people who fight and gossip and queen bee and character assassinate. My new top priority, effective immediately, is to institute a “no assholes” policy.

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TMI Thursday: I Was a Victim of Bad Dad Jokes

My name is Kilby and I have a childhood trauma to confess: I was the victim of bad dad jokes. If you grew up with a dad who told bad jokes, just reading the title of this article filled you with instant comprehension and maybe even a chill down your spine in remembrance of just how bad your dad’s jokes were.

For those of you who didn’t grow up with dads who told jokes, or didn’t grow up with dads, or grew up with the mythical dad who told jokes that were actually good, you cannot comprehend how growing up with a bad joke-teller leaves scars on your funny bone.

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TMI Thursday: Authors are Ridiculously Enthused When Someone Really Loves Their Book

First things first: nobody goes into the book-writing business to be rich, or famous, or to find happiness. Buy me a drink and I’ll tell you how many ways authoring can be a terrible job. The characters never do what you want them to do, deadlines stalk you like the non-Casper kind of ghost, and the post-retailer royalties are so low, you’d cry if you knew what I make per copy sold.

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I'm "Coming Out" With My First Gay Romance!

I know, I know. That was super-cheesy, the way I said I was “coming out” with my first gay romance. A lot of people didn’t know I even wrote gay romance so the announcement felt a little like—you know what? Nevermind. But, it’s true! I kept it quiet until the ink was dry and the manuscript was submitted, but I’ve now been a few rounds with my editor and I’m finally ready to share the news: my first gay romance, Adam Bomb, will release in 2020!

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Bid on Items in Support of RAICES in the Authors for Families Charity Auction!

This is a very quick little blog posting just to let folks know that I’m participating in the #AuthorsForFamilies Charity Auction in benefit of @RAICESTEXAS. I've donated a book marketing audit (at least a $350 value) to the auction in order to raise money to support families and individuals who are facing humanitarian crises as a result of southern U.S. border crossing policy and the current treatment of refugees.

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TMI Thursday: I Plan My Next Vacation While I’m On My Current Vacation

What you might not know about me is that I used to be a food, wine and travel writer. I lived abroad for the first time when I was fifteen. When too much time passes before I get to go to a far-flung place, I feel cooped up and restless. I REALLY love to travel, y’all. Pulling out my passport puts me in my happy place. You will see my picture in the dictionary next to the definition of “wanderlust”…

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Remember That Time I Let You Into My Head By Showing You My Pinterest? Yeah...Me, Too.

Want to see what my characters, settings and story details look like in my head? Check out my Pinterest boards!

I'm a visual person. As I write details, settings and characters into my books, I always “see” my scenes as they happen. My pin boards are a portal into how everything looks, through my eyes.

Sure, there are a ton of pictures of Wentworth Miller on there, but he was my muse for Michael in Snapdragon. Don’t hate me just because he’s so hot…

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Want to Read My Work in Serial Format? Start Them for Free on Radish!

Exciting news! This week, I added the first of my stories to Radish, a platform with a focus on serial releases! Books are published in small installments via the Radish mobile app, which focuses on customizing the experience to the smartphone reader.

Twenty years ago, when I first started writing, I released serials, chapter by chapter and week-by-week. I love the excitement (and suspense) created by this format. With Radish, chapters are released on a specific schedule.

So, how does it really work? The first 3 episodes of every story are always free. To read ongoing episodes that are not free, you buy “coins” and use them to unlock the content.

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Do You Want to Read an Excerpt from "Crazy Old Money"? Yeah. I Know You Do.

Two new releases in two weeks! I know. I’m crazy. And, before you ask, yes I DO sleep and no I DON’T write this fast. This April 5th release of Crazy Old Money is really the single title release of a story originally published in the Worst Holiday Ever anthology.

So why am I republishing this? Mainly, because this story ties into my Hexagon Universe. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you know what Hexagon is. Long story short, this connects to Snapdragon and Chrysalis and especially to the release that comes out in June called Vertical. And because I’m evil, I’ll be parceling out the keys to this universe slowly. Books from this universe contain: 1) A crackling romance in every story, 2) an element of suspense, and

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How Awesome is Being a Part of My VIP Reader Street Team? Effing Awesome, That's How Much...

I realized that I talk a lot in my newsletter about how awesome it is to be part of my VIP Reader Street Team. Then, I realized that without knowing what happens there, you' couldn’t possibly understand the degree of awesomeness.

So, here’s the deal: I started my VIP Reader Street Team after I released Snapdragon and Chrysalis in 2017. Snapdragon was my debut novel—when I released it, I had no fans, no awards, no reviews…no track record whatsoever. Anyone who read it was taking a chance on me and I really, really appreciated those who did. That’s where my habit of doing great giveaways for my most faithful readers and reviewers was born…

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I'm (Finally) Releasing "The Secret Ingredient" on March 25th!

Remember when I posted a whole page on my website about how psyched I was to release The Secret Ingredient, and how I’d started asking folks to support my forthcoming Amazon Scout campaign? Then, remember how, just weeks before my Scout campaign was set to release, Amazon cancelled the program? Yeah. I remember that, too.

I won’t regale you with the long, boring story of what I did next and why it took me so long to just publish it already. What’s most important is that it will be available very, very soon. On March 25rd, The Secret Ingredient will be available across all digital retailers and on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in paperback!

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"Friended" Just Won its First Award!

…and hopefully not its last. The New England Chapter of RWA named Friended a finalist in its 2019 New England Reader’s Choice Awards! Best of all, I’ll be at the awards ceremony in Boston, in person! This award (and this RWA Chapter) is close to my heart, as attending the NECRWA conference last April marked my very first book signing, my first 1st place award win (for Snapdragon) and the first time I had the opportunity to sit in the audience to hear my name called to accept an award.

I’m extremely excited to head back to Boston, reconnect with friends I made last year, sign more books, and return as a conference presenter. If you’re a reader and would like to meet me…

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"Facebook Friends" by GreenPuma = "Friended" by Kilby Blades

Since people still e-mail me asking for it, and since I am still tagged on social media several times a month in reference to it, I’m going to tell you the story of Facebook Friends. More accurately, I’ll tell you about the journey that Facebook Friends took from its origins as a fan fiction in 2008 to become an original fiction in 2018.

Unbeknownst to most people, Friended is the book that made me decide to publish original fiction. I make the distinction around “original” fiction because I spent years writing fan fiction in about five different fandoms. I’ll date myself by admitting that my first fandom was Dawson’s Creek…

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"Love in an Elevator" Just Won its First Award!

Last night, I was so busy wrangling the littles and cooking a dinner I wouldn’t even get to eat myself (long story) that I missed a call I would much rather have been taking from Fenley Grant. It was the best kind of call from someone with a strange number: a call to tell me I’d won something. Not a free three-night stay in Las Vegas if I agree to listen to a brief ::cough::not brief::cough:: sales pitch—something far more awesome than that.

I’m excited to share that early chapters of my brand-spanking-new manuscript, “Love in an Elevator”, just finaled in the Great Expectations Contest put on by North Texas RWA! I know, I know—it’s not good that I just put a 1989 Aerosmith song in your head…

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We're Missing Something Big in this Cristiane Serruya Story

If you live in Romancelandia and also hang out on Twitter, chances are you barely made it through your morning coffee before hearing about #CopyPasteCris. Cristiane Serruya is a Brazilian “author” (notice the sarcastic air quotes) accused of plagiarizing a long, long list of very well-known actual authors such as Bella Andre, Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan.

Before Serruya deleted her Twitter account, screen shots that I’m going to trust are not hoaxes showed Serruya’s apology. In a twist proving that real people are so much weirder than fictional characters, Serruya stood by her claim that she herself did not plagiarize.

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"The Art of Worship" Just Won 1st Place in the Erotic Short Category of the 2018 International Digital Awards!

I’m honestly not sure what they put in the water in Oklahoma. All I know is that OKRWA loves them some Kilby Blades. This week I was notified that the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America have named “The Art of Worship” 1st Place Winner in its Erotic Short Story category in its International Digital Awards!

Unlike OKRWA’s National Reader’s Choice Awards, the focus of the IDAs is novels or short works that are available ONLY in digital or print-on-demand format. My unconfirmed suspicion is that this award is intended to level the playing field for indie authors.

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