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What’s In Your Stocking?

The Magic Bottle_COVERIt’s the holidays. While it should be a time of warmth and love, Lola Baz knows only the regret and pain of a marriage devoid of either. But when the magic of the season arrives on the night before Christmas, also known as Saturnalia, Lola finds a gift in her stocking that can liberate her from loneliness. Read The Christmas Bottle today! Download it from Amazon or buy in other versions from Boroughs Publishing Company. On sale for 99 cents!

Merry Christmas!
Kellyann Zuzulo

12 Tales for Christmas | Boroughs Publishing Group

full-12-tales-for-christmasCheck out this wonderful anthology of romantic holiday stories …. a new generation of holiday classics, 12 of ‘em! My story is The Christmas Bottle. Get all 12 for just $2.99.

 

12 Tales for Christmas | Boroughs Publishing Group.

Angels Are Hot in YA Fiction

YA column art_nov-dec2014Don’t be so sure that belief has taken a back seat in our 21st-century increasingly secular society … especially among our youth. Young adults are reading about angels in increasing numbers. Okay, so maybe they’re not the glowy angels we see hovering over the K-Mart creche at Christmas time. These angels are brooding, shadowy, and sometimes conflicted about their place in the world. But so are our teens. It’s a perfect match; perhaps a comfortably classic way for the reader to find understanding in books. So, bring ‘em on. My list of ten new books about angels in 2014 that showed up in the YA market are reviewed in my Forever Young YA column for BTS eMag.

And angels be with you,
Kellyann

Jinni Caught on Camera

--from Emirates 24/7 News service.

–from Emirates 24/7 News service.

It was nearly a year ago that Saudi news reports acknowledged that an eerie figure caught on security cameras could be a jinni. The sighting occurred in Makkah (Mecca) in October 2013, right before the sacred pilgrimage of the Hajj, when Muslim faithful journey to this birthplace of Muhammad. That’s right…just a year ago. The presence of the jinni is still accepted in a civilized land. And why not? The rest of the world generally accepts the presence of the otherworldly in the form of spirits, angels, ghosts, and fairies. The report also noted that the unidentified figure could be a ghost. There is a type of jinni known as a ghul that appears in ethereal, rather ghostlike, form. Ghuls are recognized to be generally harmless, though they can be mischievous. Jinn, which are mentioned in the Qu’ran, are also believed to have the capacity for devotion to Islam. Perhaps they, too, seek to pay their respects to their faith.

What is amazing to me is that the Emirates 24/7 News reported this story along with a photograph. They linked the appearance to the impending Hajj. This year, Hajj occurs between October 2nd and 7th. We are less than a month away from the pilgrimage. I don’t know about you, but I’ll stay tuned to Arab media for more reports about the “jinn on the go.”

Read more about the jinn and how they might live and love in my books. Start with my 101 Nights series! The first book is To Have and To Hold, followed by Reluctant Rapture, Ties That Bind, and Dangerous Devotion.  You can also meet the classically conceived jinni, Zubis, in The Genie Ignites, from Boroughs Publishing Group.

Best Wishes,
Kellyann

 

Next One Coming

There are genies on the horizon.

There are genies on the horizon.

As I mentioned earlier, I finished the book and turned it in to my editor on Monday. What next? Will the book appear like magic on your bookshelf? Well… no. This is the fourth book in the 101 Nights series of Romantisodes that I am writing for Boroughs Publishing Group. The title is Dangerous Devotion. It’s a climactic story because the fifth and final book is next. But before that happens, I will get edits back on DD, polish the story, and send it off again. The book will be designed and proofread, given an ISBN number and submitted to the online bookstores. THEN, you will be able to pick up a copy. I’ll let you know when that is.

Thanks for reading!
Kellyann

Summertime and the Livin’ is … Intense!

Be as watchful as the coyote, and good things will come...

Be as watchful as the coyote, and good things will come…

As I’m sure all of you can relate… it’s been a busy summer! In June, I was picked up by Word|Link Literary Agency. They say they “would love to” represent my novel GNAW (a thriller about a genetically altered coyote set loose in a Long Island town. Get your rabies shot!). And after much searching for the right agent (and, yes, many rejections, but also several acceptances that just didn’t feel right), I would love them to represent me. So, what do we do in America? We sign contracts. I am officially signed with Word|Link and look forward to a prosperous and fulfilling relationship with the great folks at Word|Link who care about stories and good writing.

I’ve also been working as a book editor for a really stellar publisher in Boston called SDP Publishing Solutions. If you’re a first-time author with a book and know that your story deserves to be told (and whose doesn’t?), get it out there yourself. And I just may be the editor who helps you bring it to bestseller quality. Check in with publisher Lisa Akoury-Ross and ask for me. ;)

summer on peconic bayJust this past Monday, I gave MY editor at Boroughs Publishing Group the fourth book in my 101 Nights series. It’s called Dangerous Devotion and I think it’s the best one yet. But don’t take my word for it. Please check for yourself: Start with the first book in the series, To Have and To Hold. You can get it on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Kobe, or iBooks. Follow that with Reluctant Rapture and Ties That BindDangerous Devotion will be out soon. Stay tuned to this site for more info. The jinn are here … all you have to do is look around.

These things didn’t all happen in a summer. I’ve worked hard for years to study language and writing, read-read-read, write the books, stay sharp in my craft. It’s paying off. The tag line: Hang in there! I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this summer.

Best Wishes,

Kellyann

Bestseller on Sale for .99 …Honors Earth Day

Earth-in-HandsAll Romance eBooks has books on sale for 50% off the cover price. This is a great deal to honor Earth Day. Meanwhile, I thought this was a wonderful idea because ebooks–and especially ebooks on sale–mean NO DEAD TREES. So, I figured I’d post my books, which are also on sale, just as a public service. ;) In doing so, I discovered that a couple of my books are BESTSELLERS at All Romance eBooks bookstore!  How exciting is that? As exciting as a genie on a shag carpet that really flies.

Check out the sale! And pick up your copy of the BESTSELLER To Have and To Hold, the book that starts the 101 Nights series. …And save a tree.

Best Wishes,
Kellyann

Next Week! Get Your Ties That Bind

Hi Everyone,

101NightsStarter_Ties That BindI’m very excited to report that Ties That Bind will be released next week by Boroughs Publishing Group. This is the third book in my 101 Nights Romantisodes, a series of romantic suspense stories about Amani and Jason. They’re newlyweds from two very different worlds. She’s a genie; he’s a scientist. Together, they have to figure out how to save her world and live in their own…a New Jersey suburban neighborhood, where local barbecues, nosy neighbors, and cul-de-sac relationships mix with international political intrigue. Please check it out! I’ve written the story so that you can jump right in with this episode to capture the thrills and chills. Or you can start now with the first two books, To Have and To Hold and Reluctant Rapture, and catch up to Amani’s and Jason’s adventures. I’ll keep you posted on the release date for Ties That Bind.

Thanks for tuning in, you guys!

Best Wishes,

Kellyann

2013 Popular Topics: The Jinn Win

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Hi Guys,

Seems WordPress does a really cool annual report for its bloggers, which I only just discovered. What I like about this is that it tells me what topics were the most popular. Much as I would like the posts about my books for sale to have knocked your socks off, it turns out that folks like facts about the jinn. Me, too. So that’s a good thing. Rest assured I will have more posts this year about the jinn, where and how they live, and how they became a myth….because we all know they’re real ;)

Best Wishes,

Kellyann

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Read the full article by clicking the link.

Read the full article by clicking on the teens.

When you’re writing or reading in Young Adult, there are some things to look for.

Click on the link to connect to BTSe Mag and my column on Young Adult fiction and how kids today talk…

Sassy vs. Trashy

Best Wishes,

Kellyann

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