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October 27, 2017

Today is release day for The Winged & the Wicked (A Havenwood Falls Novella) that I co-wrote with debut author T.V. Hahn. This story brought out a new and quirky side of my writing. It was such a fun project to work on and I think you’ll find it a fun read. Get it now at the special release price of 99c.



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Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. This is only but one… 


Teeny Weeny Tahini lives a simple life in Havenwood Falls. Using her faerie magic, she serves up psychic readings and healing potions in her town square salon. In her free time, she collects herbs in the woods while keeping her tiny forest friends out of trouble. But trouble is exactly what the seven wee folk find when they come upon a maimed snow-white owl . . . and a mummified body nearby.


As Teeny doctors the owl, she’s shocked to discover the fowl-shifter is her nephew Mathew, whom she hasn’t seen in ages. He’s been on the run for years, searching for sanctuary. How he became injured, though, remains a mystery—even to him.


For two decades, Shayin Pisik has been hunting the one thing she needs to be reunited with her betrothed. Her enchanted locket guides her to Havenwood Falls, warning that she must complete the ceremony started years ago under this week’s Blood Moon, or she will forever be alone.


A disappearing body, another attempt on Mat’s life, and suspicious stinky strangers lead Teeny to uncover the clever plans of a lovesick heart. But the winged must take on the wicked for true love to reign in this Teeny Weeny faerie tale, a quirky reimagining of Snow White.


This is an adult fairy tale retelling in the Havenwood Falls series of New Adult and Adult fantasy novellas featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read. We do recommend that you read Forget You Not first as an introduction to the town and its eccentricities.


Other books in the main Havenwood Falls series:


Forget You Not by Kristie Cook


Fate, Love & Loyalty by E.J. Fechenda


Old Wounds by Susan Burdorf


Covetousness by Randi Cooley Wilson


Alpha’s Queen by Lila Felix


Ink & Fire by R.K. Ryals


Books are released on a monthly basis. Coming soon are stories by Kristie Cook, Belinda Boring, Heather Hildenbrand, Amy Miles, and more.


Also check out Havenwood Falls High, a Young Adult series.


Immerse yourself in the world of Havenwood Falls and stay up to date on news and announcements at www.HavenwoodFalls.com. Join our reader group, Havenwood Falls Book Club, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/

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Published on October 27, 2017 07:24 • 6 views

October 19, 2017


Welcome to the first ever Pages of Fear blog hop. It’s a pre-Halloween event celebrating authors who like to fright and delight with their writing. As you progress through the twenty-eight blogs/websites you’ll learn about authors you may already know and be introduced to some new ones.


Everyone loves the opportunity to get something free. All of the authors have gathered together to give ONE lucky winner signed copies of their books (one per author). You may even find other types of giveaways on their sites so, keep your eyes open. While you’re looking you want to locate the secret word on each site. Make a list of the words in the proper order. When you reach the final destination (Authorsfbenson.com), you’ll find an email address. Send your list to it. The winner will be selected courtesy of random.org.


Ready?


Get on your marks.


Get set.


GO!


Before I share my secret word, I have a gift for everyone! Forget You Not (A Havenwood Falls Novella) is FREE on all platforms for a limited time. Download yours and don’t forget to grab the others in the series. My next Havenwood Falls book releases next Friday, Oct. 27, and the sequel to Forget You Not releases in January. (Hint: There’s a picture of my secret word on the cover…)


Teaser graphic for Kristie Cook's new release Forget You Not


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Two years ago, Kaela Peters nearly killed her fiancé. Once she gained control over her vampire urges, she hoped to rekindle their love, only to find him proposing to her best friend. So when she receives an unexpected job offer in Colorado, she seizes the opportunity to escape her past and the painful memories.


If only she’d known she was running right into her true past and memories that cut even deeper.


This is a New Adult paranormal romance in the Havenwood Falls series of New Adult and Adult fantasy novellas featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read. We do recommend that you read Forget You Not first as introduction to the town and its eccentricities.


 Other books in the main Havenwood Falls series:



Fate, Love & Loyalty  by E.J. Fechenda
Old Wounds  by Susan Burdorf
Covetousness  by Randi Cooley Wilson
The Winged & the Wicked by T.V. Hahn & Kristie Cook (releases Oct. 27)
Alpha’s Queen by Lila Felix (releases Nov. 17)
Ink & Fire by R.K. Ryals (releases Dec. 15)

Have you figured out my secret word yet?


My


Secret


Word


Is


MAN


To continue the hop, please go to Sheena Hutchinson’s blog. Good luck and have fun!


 


ABOUT THE PAGES OF FEAR BLOG HOP:

Start the hop with Lily Luchesi’s website: lilyluchesibooks.wix.com/lilyluchesi


Look for the Secret Word on each blog post for the hop. Each author has been given a word and it’s in BOLD on their site. Make note of each Secret Word. Each one fills in the blanks for a flash fiction story. You’ll turn in your entry to Author SF Benson. ONE winner will be chosen via Random.org and will receive SIGNED paperbacks from all participating authors. (Contest is restricted to winners in the U.S. and Canada.).

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Published on October 19, 2017 06:00 • 4 views

August 4, 2017

Forget You Not by Kristie Cook is now available


I am ecstatic to announce that I (finally) have a new release today! Forget You Not, a Havenwood Falls novella, is now live. *throws confetti* This book is part of the big launch for the entire shared world of Havenwood Falls, which has been my (rather large) baby for the last many months. Two other books released today, and there will be a new story every month, each edited by me. For more information about Havenwood Falls, visit the website. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter while you’re there, and join us in the Havenwood Falls Book Club today for an all-day celebration.


Teaser graphic for Kristie Cook's new release Forget You Not


Do you have your copy yet? Early reviewers are loving Forget You Not and the Havenwood Falls world. Come join us now! It’s only 99c for the first week!



FORGET YOU NOT

By Kristie Cook


Series: Havenwood Falls


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Paranormal romance Forget You Not by Author Kristie CookTwo years ago, Kaela Peters nearly killed her fiancé by ripping his throat out. Once she gained control over her vampire urges, she hoped to rekindle their love, only to find him on one knee again—now with her best friend. She can’t blame them for their betrayal, though. They’ve been compelled to forget that she even existed. But she can’t forget them, so when she receives an unexpected job offer far away in the Colorado mountains, she seizes the opportunity to escape her past and the painful memories.


If only she’d known she was running right into her true past and memories that cut even deeper.


Her real name isn’t Kaela Peters, Havenwood Falls and her new job are not what they seem on the surface, and the love of her life isn’t the ex in Atlanta. As she starts piecing together the fragmented memories of her past and her moroi heritage, the passion of old love reignites. Until she discovers that the triggering of her vampire gene may have been foul play with dire consequences—and Xandru Roca, the epic love she’d left behind, has something to do with it all.


This is a New Adult paranormal romance in the Havenwood Falls series of New Adult and Adult fantasy novellas featuring a variety of supernatural creatures. The series is a collaborative effort by multiple authors. Each book is generally a stand-alone, so you can read them in any order, although some authors will be writing sequels to their own stories. Please be aware when you choose your next read. We do recommend that you read Forget You Not first as an introduction to the town and its eccentricities.


Other books in the main Havenwood Falls series:


Fate, Love & Loyalty by E.J. Fechenda


Old Wounds by Susan Burdorf


Covetousness by Randi Cooley Wilson


Books are released on a monthly basis. Coming soon are stories by Lila Felix, R.K. Ryals, Belinda Boring, Heather Hildenbrand, Stacey Rourke, and more.


Watch for Havenwood Falls High, a Young Adult series launching in October 2017.


Immerse yourself in the world of Havenwood Falls and stay up to date on news and announcements at www.HavenwoodFalls.com. Join our reader group, Havenwood Falls Book Club, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/

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Published on August 04, 2017 04:05 • 14 views

July 17, 2017

We’re “only” past the halfway point of 2017, and I’ve yet to share the events I’ll be attending this year. The good news is neither has happened yet! Yes, I’m only at two officially, but I’m gearing up for more in 2018 now that I’m back in the game full-force. So this year, I’ll be here:


Once Upon a Book – Aug. 11-12

Frankenmuth, MI


Penned Con – Sept. 28-30

St. Louis, MO


In 2018, I’m currently signed up for:


Talkbook Author Event – April 14

Boston, MA


Penned Con – Sept. 20-22

St. Louis, MO


I’m working on adding a couple more for next year. Where would you like to see me?

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Published on July 17, 2017 13:22 • 1 view

We’re “only” past the halfway point of 2017, and I’ve yet to share the events I’ll be attending this year. The good news is neither has happened yet! Yes, I’m only at two officially, but I’m gearing up for more in 2018 now that I’m back in the game full-force. So this year, I’ll be here:


Once Upon a Book – Aug. 11-12

Frankenmuth, MI


Penned Con – Sept. 28-30

St. Louis, MO


In 2018, I’m currently signed up for:


Talkbook Author Event – April 14

Boston, MA


Penned Con – Sept. 20-22

St. Louis, MO


I’m working on adding a couple more for next year. Where would you like to see me?

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Published on July 17, 2017 13:22 • 42 views

June 22, 2017

So, it’s been a while. I know. I look back at my last post – Oct. 2016! – and even then I’d said it’d been a while. And I explained what was going on, why I’d basically gone off-grid with my writing and publishing. So much has changed since then, and I’m happy to say, mostly for the better.


After several months of struggle with giving up my home, depending on family more than I ever have, and pulling myself out of some of the deepest pits of depression I’ve ever been in (which is saying a lot), I’ve launched into my new life full of hope, faith, and some amazing plans. It’s been quite the journey, full of a lot of soul-searching, learning and forgiving, and more emotional pain than I wish on anyone.


But through the storms, I strengthened and grew. And that’s what life’s storms are all about, right? Like nature’s storms do for trees – the winds either knock them down or force them to build their strength and resistance; the pelting rain gives them a beating but also nourishment and cleansing; and the lightning is frightening and dangerous but provides necessary nitrogen. As rough as they are and as much as we’d prefer fairer weather, life’s storms are for our greater good. I’m not quite fully through this one – there are still some lingering bands of winds and rain – but I see clearer skies ahead. Something I hadn’t been able to do a year ago.


So I just want you to know, if you’re going through your own life’s storms right now or when you do (because it’s inevitable – 45 years on this planet has taught me that, if nothing else), stand tall, stand strong, and have faith that you’ll see clear skies soon. And when you do, you’ll be a better person for it, you’ll be more appreciative of the good times, and you’ll know you can weather the next storm life sends your way because you’re even stronger.


Now that my skies are clearing, my hopes and dreams have had room to grow and soar. While hunkered down, I evaluated everything about my life, from my personal relationships and my relationship with myself to my work, my writing, and my contributions to society. I questioned what I really wanted to do with my life and if writing and publishing was really still my thing or if it was time to move on to the next thing. Good news! Writing and publishing are definitely still my thing!

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Published on June 22, 2017 09:11 • 82 views

October 26, 2016

Hey! Remember me? You know, Kristie Cook, author, chocoholic, Supernatural and Gilmore Girls addict, night owl, needs-coffee-to-make-coffee, owner of this blog? Yeah, that’s right! I know, I know. It’s been a while, I apologize for the disappearing act. It’s just been one of those weeks months years.


I had to take a step back from everything online for a while, but I have been working on all kinds of projects, both personal and business. Mostly, this has involved saying good-bye to a 25-year relationship, trying not to drown under unexpected debt, and prepping my home for market and putting it up for sale. So yeah, to say it’s been a rough year is kind of downplaying it. It’s been a really sucky year, the worst for me in over a decade. And, unfortunately, I don’t know when it will end. I just have to believe that it will get better.


Until my house sells and the dust settles a bit, I don’t really know what the rest of my life looks like, or what I even want. And that’s a very weird place for me to be in. Usually when people ask, “How do you see yourself in 3, 5 or 10 years?” I’d get all excited and gush out my answers. I could write pages and pages about it and create detailed dream boards. I’ve always known what I wanted. The visions may have been outlandish dreams, but they gave me something to work toward. Now, for the first time in probably ever for me, I draw a total blank when I think about this question. I just can’t see past the next month at any given time, let alone a year or more from now. Planning anything has become nearly impossible, which is weird for this control-freak who likes to plan how to plan. (Seriously – it’s a sickness.) Sometimes I wonder if this inability to envision the future is because the election’s going to end the world as we all know it anyway. Ha! All I really know is that my keyword lately has been “downsize” – downsize my home, my belongings, my obligations, my body…pretty much everything that can benefit from being smaller.


I’m not, however, downsizing my writing. At least, not permanently. I have had to step back from it, though, but that’s temporary. When I’m able to, I’m still working on Age of Angels, which has morphed into something exciting yet a little frightening to me. They say if your writing doesn’t scare you, you’re doing it wrong. So I guess I’m doing it right. Part of what frightens me is that it’s turned into a monster of a book. I don’t know yet what the final word count will be or how it will compare to my other books. I just know that it’s a big story – an all-encompassing one that spans more than just this one book…and more than any of us probably ever expected when I first announced that there would be an Age of Angels (series or book). All of this to say that I still don’t know when it will release. I won’t be able to meet the deadlines for the pre-orders that were previously up, so I’ve taken those down. I apologize to those who had already pre-ordered (don’t worry, you haven’t been nor will you be charged until there’s an actual book release). And I apologize to all of you who have been waiting for it.


I’m not short in the idea department – whether for writing or for other aspects in my life. In fact, I’m overflowing with ideas. I just don’t know yet what will make it beyond that stage into a reality. Only time will tell. I’m looking forward to what’s coming. I have faith that it will be amazing. I know that I will be happy. My other keyword for this year is “freedom” – freedom from social norms, from others’ expectations, from commitments that don’t make me or the people I care about happy. Whatever the future holds, I want to be free to be me. I’m just trying to figure out who that is.


In the meantime, thank you so much, friends, for your patience and understanding.

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Published on October 26, 2016 13:15 • 79 views

April 30, 2016

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In all of the craziness of the launch of a new book, I forgot to post here. It’s live! Awakened Angel is available on all the retailers. Want to read half the book for free? Click here to do so.


Awakened Angel-ebooksmThis novella serves as a stepping stone into the Soul Savers series as it enters a whole new era. You don’t need to have read the previous books to understand and enjoy this one.


As matriarch of Earth’s Angels, Alexis Knight is charged with leading the world to recover and rebuild after being ravaged by human and supernatural wars. So far, the challenge hasn’t been too difficult as most of Earth’s inhabitants remain in underground bunkers. Alexis’s own community, The Loft, is in trouble. Their water source is drying up, so she and her elite team go to the surface to find a new one. But in a surprise attack by a new kind of legendary creature, Alexis loses her memory of who and what she is.


While her team scrambles to find the antidote to the black magic affecting her mind, Alexis makes new plans of her own. Until her memory returns, though, her abilities as a leader are questioned, especially when an outside group arrives to initiate a coup against her and her team.


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Published on April 30, 2016 11:47 • 89 views

April 21, 2016

I honestly don’t remember which came first – my obsession with purple or with Prince. I mean, purple’s been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. When all the other little girls loved pink, I chose purple. Just like when all the other girls squealed over Duran Duran, I smirked with Billy Idol, and when all the other girls swooned over Michael Jackson, I fell for Prince.


He was dark and edgy and sexy as hell. Some of his songs were probably a little risqué for my then middle-school self – part of why I loved them. I listened to Darling Nikki while taking my first ever drag on a cigarette behind a bush with a “friend” whose name I no longer remember. Later, my high school friends and I would take off after school for Georgetown and dig through the bins of the dingy and tiny record shop or splurge on a trip to the bright and shiny new Tower Records in DC. Prince’s albums were always one of my top choices if I had a few bucks to spare. I believe I still have a single vinyl of Purple Rain with its purple and black sleeve in my memory box in the attic – the one I hung from a bulletin board as a teen because it matched my room.


Prince disappeared from the scene for a while, during those same years where my only dose of pop culture was Friends and ER because I was raising three young boys. I didn’t get to think much about the time he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol because I was too busy being a mom, but I wasn’t that surprised. It seemed to fit him. Once I became an author, however, I learned more about his reason for doing so and admired him as an artist all the more for it.


Prince’s music was there for me during some of the hardest times of adolescence and has been ever since. The artist and the music have always held a special place in my heart and on my playlists. And I admit that it all started with our shared love for the color purple. After all, it was Purple Rain that first grabbed me, and I still get a little thrill when I hear “purple” in the lyrics of his other songs.


So I can’t really say which came first – my obsession with the color purple or the musician known as the Purple One. But I do know that both played a key role in my crossing the bridge from child to mature adult. The color was my security blanket while Prince’s music was my soundtrack. Just like purple has become a part of who I am today – it’s part of my author brand, the color of my office, and the dominant color of my wardrobe – Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, Kiss, When Doves Cry, Darling Nikki, Raspberry Beret, Manic Monday, Nothing Compares to You . . . they’re all a part of me, too.


We’ve lost so many legends over the years and even just the last few months, but this one hits me hard in the heart. Prince crossed genres and generations. He and his music touched so many of us, in some ways most people don’t even realize. He was a musical genius and an epic soul. RIP, Prince Rogers Nelson. You may have physically left our planet, but you will forever be a part of me – of my memories, of my life, of my soul. Because of your music, you will forever be a part of our world. Tonight, we all listen to the sound when doves cry.

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Published on April 21, 2016 19:40 • 60 views

April 19, 2016

Preorder Awakened Angel Now


Awakened Angel releases in 10 days! Whoop! Preorders are now live everywhere. If you’d like more of a tease, read up to half the book here: http://kristiecook.com/extended-excerpt-of-awakened-angel/


Preorder NOW:


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Published on April 19, 2016 11:18 • 70 views