Colorado Fun in Photos

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This was the tastiest burger I’ve ever eaten at 5280 Burger Bar. The beef was so flavorful. The avocado, bacon, and cheddar definitely helped. First dinner in Denver!

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Denver street.

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View from 16th Street Mall.

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Victorian buildings at Larimer Square.

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Another view from 16th Street Mall.

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My hotel hallway.

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Driving out to Colorado Springs.

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Kelly, my high school buddy and my intrepid guide for the day! Thanks for taking the entire day off to show me the sights!

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The drive to Pike’s Peak. So glad Kelly was behind the wheel.

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The famous donuts at Pike’s Peak. They are cinnamony greasy goodness. Seems baking anything at 14,115 feet is a major, major feat!

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The view as we drove up the mountain.

 

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What a vista!

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This is me over where the America the Beautiful song was composed.

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Kelly and me!

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Did I mention heights scare me?

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Kelly had to take this picture. I was having altitude drunkenness and unable to work my camera well. Yup, it happened. It was hilarious.

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Snow. We have snow. It’s 80s in Denver and 30s up on Pike’s Peak.

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Just me being natural.😉

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The road we came up.

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Me and bigfoot.

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Amazing Mexican food in Manitou Springs.

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My reaction to Soda Springs water.

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Manitou Springs map.

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Manitou Springs.

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Garden of the Gods. Where Kourtney refuses to climb up near the rock and Kelly improvises.

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A rock collector’s dream.

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Kissing Camels rocks.

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The cathedral. Yeah, I don’t wait in line to take pics. If you’re in mine, you’re in mine.

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Loved the colors.

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The Eldora Lodge in Golden, CA

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The Continental Divide.

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Dushanbe Teahouse in Bolder.

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Ceiling.

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Steak dinner at teahouse.

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Sunrise from my bathroom window.

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The ride to the airport.

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I’m Back!

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Hello! I’m back from my blog sabbatical. Since it’s been a while, I figured I’d do a what’s- been-happening post for my books and me!

The Unbelievables series

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The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts won the Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Awards for Witchcraft at Killer Nashville and was a Silver Falchion Award Finalist for Best Mystery.

TGWIG has 90 reviews on Amazon and 181 ratings and 78 reviews on Goodreads. Many thanks to my readers who take the time and energy to post a review! You are truly appreciated!

I spent all of July and August revising my draft of the sequel to TGWIG. It’s with my editor right now undergoing developmental edits. I will be getting those back in December.

Beckett Publishing Group will be publishing the sequel in the summer of 2017.

The Six Train to Wisconsin Series

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The Six Train to Wisconsin ebook was reissued with a new cover and updated interior file this summer. The paperback will be reissued by the end of September with the updated cover and interior file.

The Six Train to Wisconsin hit 102 reviews on Amazon!!!

It took 3 years but finally it happened! Woohoo! That means a lot in terms of Amazon promoting the book and my ability to get more attention for this book. 100 thank yous to everyone who left a review!

TSTTW also has 198 ratings and 71 reviews on Goodreads. Thank you so much for supporting the book!

TSTTW recently received a terrific review:

“Kourtney Heintz’s compelling brand of paranormal intrigue and psychological exploration embeds issues of loving leaving, betrayal, and family relationships into a story line that is hard to put down.”

—Midwest Book Review, Senior Reviewer D.Donovan

 

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The ARCs for Highway Thirteen to Manhattan have been on NetGalley generating a nice amount of buzz. There’s a Goodreads giveaway kicking off next week on September 25th for a paperback copy!

Reviews for Highway Thirteen  have been coming in!

“Family secrets, paranormal suspense, and romance collide in Heintz’s fascinatingly original tale. A compelling read that will keep you guessing and haunt you long after the last page is turned.” —Gretchen Archer, USA Today Bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers

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“…a tortured love story with shades of the supernatural. The characters’ superabilities are understated and well-incorporated in  the melodrama…” Kirkus Reviews

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“…embraces a search for the truth…offering readers a blend of paranormal intrigue and romance…”
Midwest Book Review, reviewed by D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
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“From character development to plot to even the most minor details, Heintz has done an amazing job of creating a world that is believable, relatable, and enjoyable. I love romance, but she has mixed suspense and paranormal with it so well that I am literally speechless.”
—Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review by Rabia Tanveer

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“A novel full of suspense. A tale of the supernatural as well as the altogether more human. …a novel I could praise (to use one of my nana’s expressions) ‘until the cows came home.’”Pen and Paper Blog

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“…this series promises nothing but excellence! Kourtney Heintz you now have a very special place in my heart and your stories will be re-read often.”—The Quidnunc

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“I don’t think this is a series where you are meant to only show support for any one character, the story-lines leave you rocking and rolling as lies are revealed, desperate actions taken, reactive heat of the moment arguments and manipulative people keep you on your toes.”—Rosie Amber

 

You can preorder Highway Thirteen’s ebook from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and iBook right now!

 

https://www.amazon.com/Highway-Thirteen-Manhattan-Train-Wisconsin-ebook/dp/B01JJ5CU4A

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/highway-thirteen-to-manhattan-kourtney-heintz/1124327012

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/highway-thirteen-to-manhattan

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/highway-thirteen-to-manhattan/id1142716569

Trad Publishing Project

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I went to a 5-day Master Immersion Class with Margie Lawson from September 11-15 in Colorado to work on my WIP. It’s something I’ve shopped around and gotten a good amount of full requests and a few revise and resubmits on, but no agent yet.

After 3 days of writing 12-15 hours a day, I think I know what’s wrong and how to fix it. So from now until mid November, I’ll be revising this book using her amazing techniques and processes. Then I plan to query again in mid November and see what happens.

This was one of the best experiences I’ve had with writing classes/workshops and I’m really happy to be part of the Rockin’ Rhetorical Radicals. I have 4 new writing buddies that get Margie’s methods and I’m missing them lots! Big wave to Rhay, Mia, Greg, and Penny!

I walked out of there hopeful that I could land an agent again. It’s been a while since I felt that way. Thank you Margie and the Rcubed!

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Writer’s Digest Contest Win + Summer Blog Hiatus

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The Writer’s Digest contest results are in and I came in first place!

http://www.writersdigest.com/your-story-competition/your-story-74-submit-now

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my sentence. It took me weeks to craft that little bugger. Coming in first place was such an unexpected pleasure. I’ve been battling a lot of self doubt offline this summer and it really reaffirmed why I do this. Thank you!

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In addition to all the work that goes into creating Highway Thirteen to Manhattan, I am also doing a cover redo and internal formatting update to address typos I discovered over the past few years in The Six Train to Wisconsin.

It’s keeping me incredibly busy. But I’m loving the results. The new cover is featured above. It’s already up on the ebook on Amazon, on Goodreads, and on NetGalley. I still have to finalize the internal formatting of all the ebooks and the paperback and the paperback cover.

And then there’s Highway Thirteen to Manhattan’s final paperback and ebook formatting and wrap around cover to still finish up.

I’m also revising The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts’ sequel. I’m polishing up a short story submission, and I’m working on my entry for Pitch Wars next week.

I have a week long writing immersion workshop coming up in September for my WIP too.

Then there’s all the promo stuff for Highway Thirteen. Requesting reviews, sending out ARCs, buying ad space, lining up events for the fall, etc.

It’s an ambitious to-do list, so I’m going to take a blog hiatus starting August 1 and going until September 16.

I’ll be around on Facebook and Twitter, but summer is  a slow time in the blogosphere and it’s the right time to take a little break before the major promo push of October-December.

Have a terrific rest of the summer! I’ll see you in mid-September!

If you’d like to win an ARC of Highway Thirteen to Manhattan, there’s a Goodreads giveaway going on right now!

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Highway Thirteen to Manhattan is Available from NetGalley

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Last week was the big cover reveal for Highway Thirteen to Manhattan. The ebook advance reader copy is now available on NetGalley for review.If you’re a blogger, librarian, teacher, or media, you can request it from: https://www.netgalley.com/pub/AureaBluePress

The first book in The Six Train to Wisconsin series is also available on NetGalley so reviewers can follow Kai and Oliver’s story from the beginning.

If you’d like to win a free paperback advance reader copy of Highway Thirteen to Manhattan, make sure you add it to you Want to Read List on Goodreads. Goodreads will automatically let you know when a giveaway is going on. The first one starts on July 19.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30622845-highway-thirteen-to-manhattan

Many thanks to my amazing street team, The Cheeseheads, for helping me with the cover of Highway Thirteen to Manhattan!

The paperback ARC is now officially in production–woohoo! I should have those in late July to start distributing.

I’m now one week into revising The Unbelievables Book 2. I have to get it to my editor by the end of September. I’m switching off between 3 hours of revising and 4 hours of proofreading ebook and paperback proofs for the re-release of The Six Train to Wisconsin.

 

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Highway Thirteen to Manhattan Cover Reveal Blog Tour

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Today is the big reveal of the cover for Highway Thirteen to Manhattan, the highly anticipated sequel to the award winning book, The Six Train to Wisconsin!

Please stop by any of these blogs today to check out the cover. I’m closing comments and asking that you show some blog love to these awesome bloggers who shared their space with me today. I’ll be making the rounds and reply to all comments there.

My blog buddy Mayumi on Bonus Parts is posting my cover and a little background on the creation process. You can read all about it on her blog this week!
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Blogger Amanda at Novel Addiction also shared my cover reveal.
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Many thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for organizing a terrific cover reveal for me on these amazing blogs!

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I also booked a cover reveal with Sage’s Blog Tours. So the cover will also be featured on these blogs today with a giveaway!
It’s a one-day giveaway of advance reader copies of Highway Thirteen to Manhattan through them. The giveaway link is on most of these blog posts below. Make sure you enter today!
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Happy July Fourth!

 

 

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IMG_1349 My favorite beach at low tide. Longest friendship I’ve ever had. Love you Linds!

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Johnny Ad’s platter. Clam strips, scallops, shrimp, and fish. With lobster salad, cole slaw, a roll, and fries. The perfect size for sharing!

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Mama turkey and 7 baby turkeys in my back yard. Every time I see a turkey I feel excited about Highway Thirteen’s release!



Hope everyone has a wonderful July Fourth! I’m closing comments so you can enjoy the holiday!

See you next week–when it’s Highway Thirteen to Manhattan’s cover reveal!!!

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Book Club and Berry Picking

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Last Thursday, I was invited to a CT book club to discuss TGWIG. It’s really cool to sit down with readers and talk about the characters and the story.

The hostess had every make a “ghost” or “supernatural” themed food item. We had ghost white pizza with olive slices for eyes, mystery meatballs, shrimp cocktail, antipasto bread, risotto balls, and a magic cheese ball.

She even made a delicious blood orange cocktail for the event too. I should have taken pictures but I totally forgot in the moment.

One member read it in two days which was awesome to hear. Another mentioned how she planned to share it with her granddaughter and it gave them something to talk about. It was an incredibly fun night!

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I finished proofing the ebook ARC for Highway Thirteen to Manhattan. Which meant I got a full day off.  I only checked email and Facebook that day.

Mom and I headed to Lyman Orchards for an afternoon of berry picking. We arrived at the end of strawberry season and the beginning of raspberry season.

We managed to scavenge a couple pounds of strawberries and easily picked 4 pounds of raspberries.

At the strawberry patch, Mom and I discover we have completely different approaches to picking. She moves quickly up and down the row, scanning the plants. I crouch down and slowly and methodically search through the leaves for hidden gems. So while I move 20 feet, she cover a mile in twenty minutes.

At one point, I look up and she’s in the same row as me, but on the other side of the field.

Then I notice this brother and sister picking together, sharing a basket and talking as they meander around searching for strawberries. Evidently, their berry picking methods were a match.

Ma and I are completely incompatible. Her methods seem haphazard to me and she finds my method extremely frustrating.

I had to laugh that berry picking together for us was picking berries in the same field.

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Ma picking strawberries

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Lyman Orchards strawberry field

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My strawberries and my canteen

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A very hot and sunny selfie

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My raspberries

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Raspberry field

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Ma and I picking raspberries “together”

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the view

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When I was a little girl, we used to have blackberry bushes growing in our yard. Every summer, Ma and I would spend time out there picking them. And catching fireflies. That’s what summer always meant to me.

Picking the berries reminded me of how much I loved it back then.  I found it incredibly relaxing to search for berries and pull them gently off the branch. Sometimes they fell right  into my bucket.

I was in a long sleeve shirt and pants because I hate sunlight. This was super helpful because raspberry bushes have tons of thorns. I only got cut once. I heard a guy a few rows over yelp a few times about the thorns. Ma was in shorts and a T-shirt. She got scratched up way more than I did. Then again it might be our differing methods.

We spent almost two hours in the fields in the early afternoon. It was in the eighties and the sun beat down on us. There was a slight breeze that came far too infrequently. I was drenched in sweat. I considered that my work out for the day.

We stopped at Guida’s on the way home for a bacon cheeseburger and vanilla milk shake to replenish my depleted energy. There are no photos because I inhaled it.

What did you do this weekend? Anything relaxing?

 

 

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The Week in Review

The past week has been very work intensive with proofing the ARC for Highway Thirteen to Manhattan. It’s amazing what you catch on the thirtieth read when it’s actually laid out like a book. I’m working on the ebook with Rik from Wild Seas Formatting. He’s fast, he’s responsive, and I love working with him.

I’ve hired two companies to organize the cover reveal, Bewitching Book Tours and Sage’s Book Tours. It will be revealed on July 11.

I’m figuring out the author swag and am constantly passing things by my trusted team: my editor, my crit partner, parents, a close friend, and the most amazing street team, The Cheeseheads. It’s so helpful to have that many sets of eyes go over stuff. Thank you so much to everyone who responds to my emails and posts. I couldn’t do what I do without your awesome feedback!

Hope you are having a great week. What are some of the highlights from your week?

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