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Ki Brightly’s Patreon!

patreon-logoSo, I decided to do a thing I said I would never do, which is basically put myself “out there” as me, in all my awkward, fumbling glory.

Let me break it down:

For a while I have been struggling to live off of what I make as a writer, as it is not the easiest thing to do in the world. For various reasons I have been doing my work from home with my kids, which is also not easy if you’ve ever done it. This is not a litany of complaints post (though I could likely do that), but about a million things have conspired, in various ways, to make me chronically short on cash.

So…a friend convinced me that I should start a Patreon, something where I’m not simply begging for money, but allowing people access to new or unusual “Ki Brightly” content that they may not otherwise get a chance to see.

Okay.

I literally have zero idea about what I’m going to do with this thing, but here it is. And you get to see me, if that’s something you’re interested in. Here is the link to my Patreon account.

If you haven’t been convinced that you would like to participate in my Patreon here is some of the content you might expect in the future if you were to become a Patron of my art. (I am snickering as I type that. I have no idea why my brain has decided it is so funny.) Here I am doing a partial reading of “If You Give an Incubus a Cookie”.

All right friends, and if I’m perfectly honest, I’m hoping that the enticement of a couple of bucks a month will make me more dedicated to working on my blog. I don’t know why I have so much trouble sitting down and doing the “blog” thing (other than my general lack of five minutes to sit down and think when my kids are home), but…wait…no, it’s probably the kids. (I love them, really I do.)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Happy reading!

kibrightly


Check out my newest book Trust Trade!

trusttradefs_v1Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

See a sample of Trust Trade here.

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Long Lived Characters

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My favorite character to write in this book was probably Yulian Volkov. He’s a wolf who is old, but not old by pack standards and not young by human, stuck in a strange in between place even though he’s powerful. He’s an alpha who doesn’t want to be king wolf, doesn’t want the responsibility. Really, he just wants to be left the fuck alone to do what he wants, and that happens to be run his meadery.

It was fun to write a character who was around long enough to remember interesting historical points most people these days don’t, such as World War II, and it was also fun to try to bring in some historical slang that wouldn’t be overbearing while I wrote the story of a man whose morals were formed well before the advent of Saturday Morning Cartoons. (Which I’ve heard are now defunct as well. Oh, the humanity!) Yulian has evolved with the times to some degree, but he doesn’t really enjoy modern technology or anything that would keep him stuck inside much.

I’ve always had a thing for characters with interesting “stuck in history” perspectives. I think that is why I really liked the modern retelling of Captain America (Steve Rogers) in the Avengers movies and the independent character movies. Growing up I was always a huge fan of “all things vampire” for the same reason. I love history. (…even have the semi-unusable degree to prove it).

Read Yulian’s full story in The Shape of Honey:
Dreamspinner Press:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6972

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0160ALC5K?keywords=The+Shape+of+Honey&qid=1444535136&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3

Who are some of your favorite “stuck in time” characters?

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Follow Your Heart: The Writer’s Dilemma

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The Shape of Honey is incredibly special to me as a project because unlike Threefold Love, my first book, I actually started writing it with intentions of turning it into a full length, sellable novel. For me that was huge. I started thinking of myself as a writer–a person who writes. (Not an author…I can’t wrap my head around the idea of what authoring looks like, but I do sit down at my laptop or notebook and write every day.) I’d tinkered with writing for a long while before Threefold Love, but now I was being serious. In doing so I found out a lot about what I was willing to do to make a book happen. I started having dedicated writing times/days and really buckled down. During this personal revitalization process I actually lost an extremely close friend. A person who I was close to couldn’t take me reallocating some of my time and attention.

I think that actually colored some of the work that I did in the book, making it a bit darker than it might have been otherwise. I felt stronger after I lost that friend though because I realized that someone who doesn’t support your life goals isn’t really your friend, and it made me appreciate the ones who stuck around that much more. The people who really love you don’t judge you for having dreams, or berate you or belittle you if they see you’re spending time on something that makes you happy. Instead, they lift you up, laugh with you, and want to hear all about it.
Have any of you ever lost something important to follow your heart?


Check out The Shape of Honey!

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Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

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