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August 11, 2018

Yes, it is Saturday night, and I'm just now getting to my top five Wednesday. It has actually taken me this long to think of answers. I'm indecisive sometimes ;)

SO, this week's T5W is on books we love with tropes we typically don't like. If you don't know what a trope is, a trope is a common or popular theme in a book (example: insta-love, chosen one, etc).

Here we go...

1) Trope I don't typically like: INSTALOVE
Book I love with Insta-love...

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

I suppose it's not really insta-love, but it kinda is... but it's kinda not... To me, it's insta-love done right.

2) Trope I don't typically like: CHOSEN ONE
Book I love with a Chosen One...

Heartless (Heartless, #1) by Kelly Martin

Okay, here me out. Yes, I wrote this book and yes chosen one is one of my least favorite tropes (unless you are talking about Buffy ;) ). Technically, Heartless is an anti-chosen one... so there's that. If you haven't read Heartless SPOILER, but one of the characters is the "Chosen one" who will end the world. I think it's beautifully done ;)

3) Trope I don't typically like: Purple Prose
Book I love with "Purple Prose"
{Okay, I need to describe this one. I was thinking more 'literary'. Basically, books with lots of description and flowy language. I'm not sure it's a trope, but I'm counting it...)

Atonement by Ian McEwan

I LOVE Atonement! LOVE! Normally I don't like novels on the literary side of the aisle. They just aren't for me. HOWEVER, I loved Atonement. That said, I DID see the movie first so picturing James McAvoy as I read it didn't hurt.

4) Trope I don't typically like: Star-Crossed Lovers
Book I love with Star-Crossed Lovers

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I don't suppose this book is really star-crossed except I see a lot of Romeo and Juliet in the book. I'm one of those people who love the underdog romance. IE if there is a triangle or a best friend, I will inevitably root for the one who I know won't get the love interest. I was Team Jacob back in the day... let that sink in. So for me to like two main characters in a book is a big deal.

5) Trope I don't typically like: LOVE TRIANGLE
Book I love with Love Triangle

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) by Charlaine Harris

Let me explain. I love all the Sookie Stackhouse books. I read them over one summer way back when and loved them... I wasn't a Sookie/Bill shipper. I loved Sookie/Eric. That wasn't something most people did way back then... especially in books 1-2 (even in 3) and then FOUR came along. And. Then. FOUR. CAME ALONG.

(Fans self)

Please don't think I hate these tropes. I think any trope can work in a certain situation. What about you? What tropes do you normally not like, but have read books with them and loved them? Leave a comment and let's chat.

SIDE NOTE: Between the Dreaming and the Dead comes out September 13th! Cover Reveal is August 23rd :) I cannot wait to show you! Next week, I'm introducing you to Valley and Jake. I love them so much <3

Until next time!
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Published on August 11, 2018 22:01 • 82 views • Tags: 2018-book-recommendations, best-books-of-2018, books-of-2018, t5w, top-5-wednesday, what-to-read

July 12, 2018

Hello :)

This week's topic on #t5w (which is a goodreads group that you should totally check out!) is future classics. Now, when I made my list of the top 5, I wanted to find books that were 1) commercially successful mixed with ones with 2) great reviews, 3) relevance, and finally books that I might can see as mandatory reading material in a college class some day. So, without further ado, here is my predictions for future classics

In no particular order:

1) Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer
TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer

Here me out... While not thought of for its literary merit, Twilight was/is a book that brought a lot of people into reading. It also helped make YA a legitimate category to some people's eyes. The story of a sparkly vampire and his broody love interest (along with her werewolf best friend... PS I was #teamJacob) continues to sell well after all these years since release.

2) Atonement by Ian McEwan


At one time (and let's face it... still) I was a huge James McAvoy fan. I watched everything he's ever been in (some good... some not). One of the best was Atonement. Set in war time England, Atonement is the story of two young lovers who are torn apart by the jealousy of a thirteen year old girl. It is heartbreaking-- and so is the book.

3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

This is one of those books that stays with you after you stop reading it. The world and the writing is beautiful. The characters are amazing.

4) It by Stephen King

Stephen King's IT

Like most people, I watched the mini-series before I read the book. I've also watched the new movie. I haven't finished reading the book (it is laying next to me though). While disturbing and... weird... IT is a modern horror/gothic novel that I can see on reading lists in the future.

5) Wonder (Wonder, #1) by R.J. Palacio

WONDER by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is the story of a child with severe facial deformities who just wants to fit in. It is moving, touching, and a classic in the making. No matter how any of us looks, we all want to be accepted and loved.

What did you think of my list? What books do you think will be future classics? Leave your guesses in the comments. Look out for my BETWEEN THE DREAMING AND THE DEAD (a future classic ;) ) here soon AND come back every Wednesday for top 5 Wednesday.

Kelly Martin [Live your dreams. Write your nightmares]
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Published on July 12, 2018 08:54 • 101 views • Tags: atonement, classics, future-classics, groups, it, lists, t5w, the-night-circus, top-5-wednesday, twilight, wonder

July 5, 2018

Happy Wednesday! (Okay, it's Thursday, but yesterday was a holiday and... well... )


This week's Top 5 Wednesday topic is Best Books of 2018 we've read so far. I'm super excited about this one because I've read some really awesome books so far this year.

*TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a group here on goodreads. Every week had a dedicated topic. You can join any time!*

So... My Best Books of 2018 so far

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Did it come out this year? Of course not. Did I read it this year? Heck yeah. And I loved it. Dorian has always been one of my favorite characters, but I'd never actually read the book about him. I have to say, I loved it. There was one night when I was the only one awake. I had to message my friend because I needed someone to talk to because OH MY LAND! This book, ya'll...

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
2. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco

This was one of the first books I read this year. It's one of my favorites for sure. The book follows Audrey Rose in Victorian London. Jack the Ripper is on the loose, and Audrey is on the hunt. Add the amazing Thomas Cresswell to the mix and Holy Hannah... Amazing.

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
3. HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco

The sequel to SJTR, now Audrey Rose is in Romania and thrown into mystery and murder. I can't get into it without spoilers, but it was really good. I can't wait for book 3 to come out.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
4. THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw

This is the latest book I've finished this year, and honestly I can't wait to re-read it. The main characters are interesting. The plot is cool. There were a few things I wasn't crazy about, but all in all, this is one of the books this year where I am dying to re-read it.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

My latest in 'my year of classics', The Invisible Man was a surprise to me actually. I didn't know if I'd like it. Actually, I read it very quickly and loved it. It's interesting to see how The Invisible Man slowly (or not so slowly) went into madness. A very good book.

That's it! My best reads of 2018 so far. What are yours? Leave your favorites in the comments so we can chat.

Have a great week!
Kelly Martin {Live your dreams. Write your nightmares}
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June 27, 2018

I'm going to try something new here. We shall see how it works. I've done top 5 Wednesday (along with the group here on goodreads... seriously, look them up) and we all know my camera isn't... great. SO I thought I'd type out my answers here where I don't have to use my camera ;)

Without further ado, here is this week's Top 5 Wednesday-- Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

1. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw

I'm reading this book along with Miss Maddie at Read Dem Books here on goodreads (you can look them up too). This book is described as a bit of a twist on Hocus Pocus, which I'm all down for. Hocus Pocus was my favorite movie as a kid. We shall see how it goes...

2. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1) by Mackenzi Lee

I have picked up this book so many times at the bookstore, and I've yet to buy it. YA historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I've head so many good things about this book that I want to read it-- I need to read it.

3. Speaking of YA Historical Fiction...
Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco

I absolutely LOVE Stalking Jack the Ripper. It is one of my favorite books of all time. I read Hunting Prince Dracula (the sequel). I liked it, but I wasn't as into it as the first book. However, I'm beyond ready for book 3 to come out. I already have it on preorder. I absolutely love Thomas Cresswell. Can't wait!

4. Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

I read Alone by the same author (Cyn Balog) and loved it. I started Unnatural Deeds and while I love the writing style and the mystery, I stopped reading about half way through with the INTENTION of picking it back up again. We all know what intentions pave... I WILL pick it up by the end of the year.

5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier

I've been on a horror/gothic reading kick lately. I've read The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Wuthering Heights, most of Frankenstein and Dracula. My next classic is REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier. I've heard its a romantic gothic suspense novel. All things I'm looking forward to.

SO, that's it.

My first top 5 Wednesday here on goodreads. Let's see how it goes.

What books are you wanting to read before the end of the year? Put them in the comments, and we can chat <3

Much love,
Kelly Martin {Live your dreams. Write your nightmares}
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Published on June 27, 2018 19:16 • 162 views

June 23, 2018

I've gotten some questions about the title for my new book coming out September 13th called BETWEEN THE DREAMING AND THE DEAD. I figured I'd answer a few of them on the blog tonight. Here we go...

1. Is the title a spoiler?

2. That title is long to tweet. Why not cut it down?
Good question! I'll post some other titles I considered at the end of this post. I just fell in love with this one.

3. What was your thinking behind the title?
I wanted something that screamed 'paranormal/ghost story', but not 'holy cow this is the scariest book you've ever read run run away...' because it isn't the scariest book you've ever read. It has jumpscares and all that, but you can definitely handle it.

4. How do you come with your book titles?
To me, book titles are hard. You want the title to fit the book, but you don't want it to give too much away. I also think you KNOW when a title fits. This title fits perfectly (as does the cover... OH MY LAND, I can't wait for you to see it!)

Other title ideas
I've never told anyone the list of titles I've considered for my books before so this is a big deal. Here is a few of the titles I wrote down in my 'ponderment' notebook.

The Haunting (original, I know)
Elegy (It was called this for about 2 weeks)
The Haunting of Hazzard House
Grave Memories
All the Pretty Dead Things
The Call
The Spiral
The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Ashes (bc I'm obsessed with the Celine Dion song)
What We Leave Behind
The Haunting of Valley and Jake

But at the end of the day, I chose BETWEEN THE DREAMING AND THE DEAD and I love it. I hope you do too!

Be sure to add it to your TBR shelf. Cover is coming out August 23rd. It's AMAZING! I'll update the blog weekly with progress.

Much love!

Between the Dreaming and the Dead by Kelly Martin
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Published on June 23, 2018 18:32 • 190 views

June 14, 2018

​Remember... oh last year (and the year before last) when I released 5-8 books?


And remember this year when I've not... released... any... Picture I have excuses.

I have finished a book. I've queried it and it is out with a few agents :) Who knows what will happen to it (which is really exciting)

I ALSO have a new book coming out SEPTEMBER 13th! 
Picture Today is the official title reveal. 

Are you ready?


My new book, a paranormal suspense, is called 


AUGUST 14th-- last day to sign up to be a part of the cover reveal (CLICK HERE to sign up) or go to: 

AUGUST 13 and 30th-- ARCs will be distributed


SEPTEMBER 13th-- Book Release Day!

Between those times, there will be prizes, games, parties, teasers, etc.

Be sure you have joined my newsletter for all the up-to-date info and follow me on twitter and instagram for book updates. 

Between the Dreaming and the Dead is already on Goodreads! You can add it to your TBR pile today. I suppose I should tell you what it's about.

Jake Austin finds himself standing in the middle of a dirt road, looking at an old farmhouse with no memory of how he got there. It isn’t the first time he’s been somewhere and not remember how—but it is the first time he’s woken up alone.

Valley Draper has lived in the farmhouse for as long as she can remember. It might be haunted, but nothing comes without a price. When the handsome if not confused Jake comes in like he owns the place, Valley decides quickly that he needs a rude awakening.

With a storm coming closer and time ticking away, can Jake find a way back home? Or are he and Valley stuck in a place that is much more than either of them bargained for?

Add to your GR TBR Keep checking for updates. I'm so excited to share this book with you! It's one of my favorites (Jake and Valley... awwww!)

Live your dreams. Write your nightmares,
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Published on June 14, 2018 15:54 • 24 views

April 22, 2018

I admit that when I switched from writing contemporary and fairy tale retellings to "horror" I got a few strange looks... and messages... and "Um... what?" moments.

It's not easy switching genres in the best of circumstances, but when you switch to something like paranormal and horror, people start to question.

You start to question ;) Picture But the cool thing about horror is that it doesn't have to be gory and graphic and bloody. YES, some of the best stories are and YES sometimes a story needs it to be told well, but from what I've learned horror and gore aren't synonymous.

I have some answers to some of your burning horror ponderments. Keep reading... I want to read horror, but I don't like blood... One of my favorite channels on youtube is Dr. Pimple Popper (there is a point to this). I love 90% of her videos... except for the ones that have the blood.  Picture Believe it or not, I'm not a fan of blood. Scream is my favorite scary movie/slasher movie, but it's about as far as I can handle in the blood department. 

So for me, horror is so much more than "slasher". It's atmosphere. It's situations. It's jumps in the night. It's mystery. It's all the things...

While I WILL read and watch movies with a bit of gore in them, trust me, it shall be read firmly between my fingers.

Take Frankenstein, Dracula, all classic horror with very little to no blood/gore (Dracula does in parts bc... I mean... vampires ;) )

Why write scary books at all... The top answer is because it's fun.

I grew up on Buffy, Interview with the Vampire, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, etc so those are the kinds of shows and books I love. Like I said, I love the atmosphere, the mystery, the way character arcs can move and twist.

Look back at my first book, CROSSING THE DEEP. Crossing the Deep is a young adult inspirational book about a church group that gets lots in the Smoky Mountains and how they survive (or don't survive...). One of the scenes in it was inspired by the Stephen King mini-series IT...

I'll let you take that in--

Even from the beginning, I knew I wanted paranormal in my stories-- I just wasn't ready to commit.

I also love how human paranormal stories are. 

Think about that. My goal with all of my horror/paranormal is to make it as real and as human as I can. My book, Heartless, is probably the most human of any story I've ever written... and it's about angels and demons. On the outside at least. At it's core, it is about a girl who is tortured by her inner demon(s) and is working to free herself from it. It's about how we can get so wrapped up in things and in our own head and the consequences of that... as told in a paranormal way.

The book I just finished, TRINITY ROW, is about dealing with guilt, panic attacks, anxiety, forgiveness, and moving on. 

Sometimes, I think it's much easier to deal with issues in the paranormal world, than in the real one. SO we need horror stories and paranormal stories to help.

Picture Do you like scary books?
If so, why? What are you favorites? Why are they your favorites? What is about it a good ghost story or a good paranormal story that you love?

I'm thinking about making a series on here monthly talking about horror/paranormal updates, books, recommendations, things like that. Let me know if it's something you'd be interested in.

ALSO, one last note... TWILIGHT by STEPHENIE MEYER... is considered YA Horror #justsaying... PictureLive your dreams. Write your nightmares,
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Published on April 22, 2018 07:11 • 18 views

April 20, 2018

It seems like an easy thing, doesn't it?

Link your blog to Goodreads...

Everything coming together in harmony and love.



Because though after spending two hours working on it this glorious Friday night, I am unable to figure out how to do the most basic of things (mainly delete the HTML... sigh)

I finally got the RSS feed going. Glory Hallelujah!

I finally got the RSS link. AMEN!

But figuring out how to take the call out box off, well, that was way too much for me.

However, tomorrow is another day. The sun will rise. The birds will sing. Words will be written.

And that dang HTML will still be on Goodreads.

For that, I'm sorry.

For that... I'm sorry.

--Kelly M. (who is a better author than website-er)

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Published on April 20, 2018 19:47 • 8 views

January 8, 2018

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A week into it and we have either failed entirely on our goals or didn't make any goals to start with... I kid. I'm sure some of you have done amazing. 


So far, I've done okay with mine. I made my fairly general this year instead of the strict STRICT ones I've had in years past.

It occurred to me this morning that I haven't shared my 2018 writing goals/schedule.

Right? I'm just as upset as you are....
Here is my 2018 Writing Schedule/Goals/Things I Want to Do/List...
1. Query Again.
I'm expecting to query in February/March. I'm so freakin' excited about it! And nervous... really nervous... and excited...
2. Release 3 New Books This Year
So... yeah, that's a lot smaller of a goal than in past years. This is the first January in forever that I haven't had a release, and it makes me anxious. However, I'm using the time to write, read, not be so stressed-- which is nice. And who knows? This summer, I might write all the books for the fall (but 3 is the goal... or maybe 2...)
3. Scrivener My Heart Out
*That sounds painful*I've always written in Word. Not that there is anything wrong with Word. I still use it and love it. However, I've had Scrivener for about 2 years, and it is about time to use it for all it's worth. (Mainly plotting because I've never been much of a plotter.)
Which leads to...
4. More Plot, Less Pants
*Let me explain that*Throughout my writing career, I've always wrote linear as if watching a movie (as in writing by the seat of my pants.. pantsing). And it's served me well. For at least one book, I want to plot it out as much as I can before I write it. Just to say that I've done it. I might like it... who knows?
5. Be Content with my Content
This harkens back to my 'one word' for 2018-- Content. I've always written books I'm proud of, and I want to keep that going. I also want more blogs and vlogs because I do have things to say. Sometimes I just don't say it #allthewords #ohglory #content

So that's it!
That's my 2018 writing goals. Do you have any 2018 goals? I'd love to hear about them. Leave a comment :)
I made a video on my youtube channel about my reading goals for the year. 
Here's to a great 2018. 
Live your dreams. Write your nightmares.
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Published on January 08, 2018 10:14 • 7 views

December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

I had a very... interesting 2017. Not a bad one in any way. Just an interesting one. A changing way, I suppose.
If you remember, and why wouldn't you ;), my 2017 "ONE WORD" of the year was FUN.
I did have fun... I did. But I didn't do as much with it as I wanted.
I kinda failed.
This year... my "ONE WORD" is CONTENT.

Want to hear my thoughts on why? Check out the video where I explain it all...

*2018: the year of 'content'mentBasically, the short version is that I want to be CONTENT with my CONTENT (see what I did there ;) )
I do believe in big dreams and reaching for your goals. But something that I've been thinking about a lot lately is being CONTENT with now. I don't think it's easy. But I know it is a goal I want for my professional and my personal life. I'm actually really excited about it. #peace
Also I want to focus on CONTENT: content on my instagram, youtube (I've began my 30 second writer tips again), facebook, twitter, BOOKS... The one thing I do plan is actually less books in 2018. The last 2 years, I've put out 6-8 books a year and I just... I can't. Not do that and tell the stories I want. Not this year at least. We shall re-evaluate this next year ;) 
ANOTHER THING that I think about probably more than I should is what genre to write next. I'm going to write about this on another blog post later, but it is something I think about a lot. Should writers stay in basically one genre? Is it okay to switch around? Do you need a pen name? I'll chat about all of those things later. I just want to be CONTENT with my CONTENT. 
{How many times can I say CONTENT? Good thing there isn't a drinking game involved with this post...}
*2018 GOALS
*Publish at least 2 books
*Do a Reader Party for Dark and Deadly Things (January 30th)
*Increase book sales
*Open my manuscript document every day (that doesn't mean I have to type in it, but I have to at least OPEN it)
*Seek opportunities to speak on writing and publishing
*Post at least 1 youtube video every week
*Read 12 books (that is a lot for me...)
*Have 'grace' with myself. As Sherlock told John, we are all just human... even you.
*AND-- this one makes me laugh, but it is a goal so here it is-- get 10,000 instagram followers...
{I have 1354 right now ;) }

2017 was a much needed year. 2018 is a much anticipated year. I'm so glad I get to share it with you!

What is your word of 2018? How did your 2017 go? Leave a comment and let's chat!
Live your dreams. Write your nightmares.Much Love, Kelly

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Published on December 31, 2017 20:38 • 4 views