Whatever happened to [insert name here]?

Hello my lovelies! Wow, what a gap, right? For all intents and purposes, I disappeared from the face of the [writing] earth. But I promise I have a good reason. Several good reasons. I spent a good portion of the summer just chilling out with my family! We went on vacation, went on hikes, and camping. In between all of that, we had a full schedule of swim lessons, drum lessons, and lacrosse. Kids, right? I focused on my health and got serious about my fitness regime. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll notice I competed in a Ragnar race. The Ragnar DC race was a 200-ish mile…

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$5 Supports Literacy with this [Amazing!] StoryBundle

I’m thrilled to report that my novella, “The Pale Waters” is featured alongside 10 other [and amazing!] authors in a [very] limited time at a [very] reasonably priced StoryBundle. Minimum is $5! Please don’t wait on this offer as it ends on March 16, 2017. And that’s not even the most amazing part! Part of the proceeds will be donated to SMART – Start Making A Reader Today. About SMART: provide early reading support, access to books and community engagement to positively impact literacy outcomes and provide equitable opportunity for all kids. Why do I care about SMART’s Mission? As a child, reading was my ONLY ESCAPE from a troubled…

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I’m going wide

My stories are going wide… Shortly all of my currently published works will be uploaded to ALL retailers, and not just Amazon. And all NEW Stories? Same… going wide. Stay tuned! <3 Kelly

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What happened at All Romance eBooks (ARe)?

Onto publishing news: Like many romance authors, several of my novels and short stories were on the All Romance eBooks (ARe) website, and unfortunately and for reasons I have yet to read, ARe is going dark tomorrow (Dec 31, 2016). It saddens me because ARe, while somewhat clunky in its interface, published romance material that might not be easily found on other ebook sellers’ (‘Zon, B&N, etc) sites. For example, if a reader wanted to read darker romance material (dubious consent, dark-horror romances, or a steamier shape-shifter romance) ARe was the go-to. I like a free ebook market, and I like readers having a choice in where they buy reading…

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What do I, Mary Higgins Clark, and Joyce Carol Oates have in common?

We each have stories that were chosen as a best of 2015! My short story, “The American Flag of Sergeant Hale Schofield” is a 2015 best crime and mystery story, and is the third story in “Year’s Best Crime & Mystery Stories 2016”. I’m extremely proud of this story, and very attached to the protagonist, Willa Schofield, as she takes care of her father, Hale Schofield, a wounded Vietnam Veteran who feels guilty for surviving the war. I wrote this story at the end of 2014, it was published in 2015, and now, in 2016, it’s been picked as a best of 2015 story. I couldn’t be more thrilled! The…

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Delinquent Kelly

Hello my lovelies! I’ve been away for a while, holed up in a cabin in Oregon writing my eyeballs (and fingers) to the bone! I’m only sort of kidding. In my last newsletter, I mentioned that I recently created a new pen-name, and I’ve been writing into “the dark” – which has two meanings. No outlines, or plots, or deadlines. I sit in front of my computer and simply write. This has been incredibly freeing, and I’ve written several stories I might not have before. More on that in a minute. Some of my new work (under the pen-name) is, literally, dark. The themes are darker, with violence. I’m exploring…

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News, clay-creatures, a new release, plus a major sales event!

Did you survive that East Coast snow storm! Lemme tell you, we got 32 inches of snow!!! Here’s how the front of my condo looked like the night of the storm. Pretty insane, right? With time on our hands, the kiddo and I nominated ourselves for craft-work, and came up with these little clay-creatures. The pink penguin-unicorn is based off of a Cartoon Network show called “Two More Eggs”. My son came up with the calico-grimacing head, and the smiling mushroom. I have no idea why the lemon is angry looking. 🙂   On Tuesday, after shoveling snow for hours and hours, we ventured away from the homestead for a…

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Fiction River: Hidden In Crime Anthology

Hi Gang! I’m the third story in Kristine Katherine Rusch’s Hidden In Crime anthology. My title is “The American Flag of Sergeant Hale Schofield.” Here’s what Kris had to say about my story: Some people come home from war, and others never do. “The American Flag of Sergeant Hale Schofield” focuses on a man whose body returned but whose soul never really did. Kelly Washington, a third generation soldier, is the perfect person to write this story…. One of the most powerful stories in the volume, “The American Flag of Sergeant Hale Schofield” deals with the repeated desecration of the American flag, an act so controversial that it often finds…

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GoodReads Giveaway

Wanna win one of six copies of FALLING FOR HIM, (The Complete Series)? Yeah, I thought so. The print version is pretty frickin’ gorgeous, and was designed by Anita B. Carroll at race-point.com. The giveaway opens 8 Nov 2015 and ends 31 Dec 2015. Open to US, UK, AUS, CAN residents. Enter Giveaway No purchase necessary. Reviews are requested, but not required.   Old cover               New Cover                 xo Kelly

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Fiction River: Recycled Pulp

My short story “Prism of the Crab Gods” appears in Fiction River: Recycled Pulp. This is a fantastic anthology, and I’m incredibly proud to be among the authors below. “Prism of the Crab Gods” was my first pro-sale, and it is a story close to my heart since it is about a a young, disabled and abused boy who clings to the hope that his three hermit crabs will save him and his family. The editor, John Helfers, had this to say about the story: “In an anthology of excellence, this story stands out for its heartbreaking eloquence, as well as defining a situation that could be happening down the…

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