Monday, September 18, 2017

Free Download for a Review

I have a few complimentary audio downloads from Audible for the recently released: Irregular Lives: The Untold Story of Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars. I would need to send it via email, and if you want the special promo code, you would have to promise to do a review on Audible of Amazon of the book.

If you are interested, leave a comment and a way to connect via email.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

IRREGULAR LIVES: Now on Audible!

My latest novel: Irregular Live: The Untold Story of Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars is AVAILABLE. Check out a sample of Dominic Lopez's latest creation on Audible.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Home Town REALLY Support Local Authors

I live about 35 miles from Trinidad, Colorado, but it's the closest town and (consequently) my hometown. The local Carnegie Library has a great program that supports local authors called . The library offers FREE BOOKS to folks who sign-up and commit to coming to the monthly gatherings. I'm scheduled on Friday, August 25, at 5:30.

There is a lot to like about this program, but one aspect I appreciate it that the library makes a special effort to bring in other local writers, and folks hoping to be a published writer to discuss the craft.  My hat's off to Mallory Pillard, head librarian and Tom Potter who handles PR and communication.

If you're in the area, get your free copy of Irregular Lives and come to the event.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Getting Better and Better . . .

In a never-ending effort to be a "really good" writer, I am signed up for the Iowa Writer's Summer Workshop in June and July. Four intense weeks of classes, criticism, and culture!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The next novel is FINALLY underway!

Boy, is it hard for me to get started on a new book. I launched Irregular Lives: The UntoldStory of Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street Irregulars in December -- although the audiobook version has yet to begin production. But, I needed to get on to something new.

For me a new book begins with a strong feeling, because, in the end, readers want a safe emotional experience. Feelings and emotion are the foundation for any story, so that’s where a writer needs to begin.

Recently, what touched my heart is the power and strength of women, and what they bring to the world. For example, Sara Rose is marching in San Diego on January 21, like millions of other women in the U.S. It is looking like 2017 is shaping up to be “the year of the woman.” I hope so, because our world desperately needs more powerful feminine energy.

Now it’s up to me to transmute this feeling into a story -- a new novel?

Sherlock Holmes - The Golden Years had a sub-theme of eugenics in its many forms. Irregular Lives is constructed around the exploitation of the poor, and the widening gap between the rich and the poor around the world.

My new novel, is just twenty pages long and is not fully outlined, but one thing is clear: My next Sherlock Holmes story will have a “sub-theme” around the exploitation and repression of women in our patriarchal world.

This is going to be an interesting personal journey from me, being a male of the species, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I trust I will do the subject justice. We’ll all find out about ten months from now.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Best wishes and Update from Kim K

Hello all,

I promised to let you know when the correct version of my latest novel, Irregular Lives, is finally on line -- and IT IS ON-LINE NOW!

There is a shaggy dog story related to all this . . . actually something beyond shaggy dog, maybe hairless dog story . . . but I will spare you the sad drama.

So, if you have held off on purchasing the Kindle version of: Irregular Lives: The Untold Story of Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, you can move forward. Of course, please remember to post a review on Amazon. I have received 9 reviews thus far and am hoping to get the “magic number” 12 soon. When I have twelve, my book begins to show up on Amazon’s “other recommendations,” so it’s an important benchmark.

I thank all of you for your support in purchasing my books - ebook and paperback. Your generosity of spirit and encouragement is appreciated, and highly valued.

Looking ahead to 2017 which promises to me an “Irregular Year.”

Friday, December 16, 2016

Why Write Sherlock Holmes Stories?

A friend recently asked me: “With all that is happening in the world, and now in the United States, how do you justify spending your time and talent writing Sherlock Holmes stories.”

A wonderful question that only a true friend might ask. Not surprisingly, I did not have a ready answer, but I promised to reply later . . . now.

First, writing is not the only thing I do. I give time to my local community foundation, protect the sacred land Sara and I live upon, help my neighbors, and the others things that “normal” people do. (All true, but it sounds like an excuse.)

Second, I endeavor, in my stories, to speak to the issues and problems that plague our world. In SherlockHolmes - The Golden Years, the “under-story”, or theme, is eugenics in all its various forms. The story is set in 1913, but every one of the eugenic efforts, and atrocities, that existed then (I am sad to say) still exist today. I don’t beat my readers over the head by preaching. I simply bring the issue, and the related need to act, into their consciousness -- or maybe into their subconscious.

In Irregular Lives:The Untold Story of Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, the under-story is the widening gap between the rich and the poor, and the psychology and philosophy that facilitates our rationalization of this situation. Obviously, this subject is more appropriate today than it was a century ago.

Yesterday, I just wrote the first 500 words for my next Sherlock Holmes novel -- yet to be titled. The theme for my new novel will be the oppression of women in all its obvious, and not so obvious, forms.

I hope you would agree that these issues are relevant and worthy of my time and effort. I want to think that my stories may be making an difference . . . registering in awareness of my readers, possibly stimulating action. I do not know, but that is my intention.

I have no doubt that I will be more politically and socially active in the coming year. Standing in opposition to the things that Trump, and his surrogates, advocate and strive to achieve is something I am compelled to do. A “child of sixties,” I would hasten to add: I can’t believe I am still fighting this f- - - - - g shit.

Writing is important to me. “I’m a writer.” But, what does that mean?

A writer is someone who is (hopefully) good at telling stories that other people like to read or hear. Why? Because they get a satisfying emotional experience from reading. They (safely) feel their feelings. And, so it follows that a writer is someone who feels deeply, and endeavors to share those feelings through their stories.

What I am feeling now, as a citizen of the world and United States, is deep sadness and fear for my fellow human beings everywhere. At the moment, it feels as though the darker forces are dominating and winning. In light of this, Sherlock Holmes would seem to be today’s perfect hero -- tirelessly fighting the dark forces. In the canon, those forces were symbolized by Professor Moriarty. In my first two books, they are represented by Ciarán Malastier and Maeve Murtagh.

My hope is that, as people read Doyle’s stories, mine, or the stories of many other excellent “Holmes authors,” they can hear Sherlock is whispering in their ear: “Remember. We must fight for what is just, and best in human beings, even to the point of putting our lives down for that cause.”