New additional store with Zazzle

Some of you might have wondered where I have been, what I was doing and why the hell I haven’t written anything lately. Well, for once The Immortal King is being edited as I write this and my editor and I are working hard to have it all done by December 1st. So while I’m waiting and since I’m hating to stare at the ceiling not sure what to do with myself, I started working with Zazzle and have been designing like mad, or like bored.

And since I don’t like mixing up my writing with my designing too much, I opened up a new blog dedicated to nothing but my merchandise design. This blog http://nicolekieferdesign.blogspot.ca will show you my newest designs, inform you about special offers and promotions done by Zazzle, and give you the option to contact me to talk about custom designs.

Custom designs can be anything, from your wedding picture to your own art on any article offered by Zazzle. If you are looking for a special gift but aren’t sure how to put it on the item you want it at, or simply don’t have the software to make it fitting, let me know and I’ll help out for a small, affordable fee. If you’re an author and want to hand out pens, bookmarks, keychains, t-shirts or anything and need your cover or logo fitted to it, let me know and I’ll do it for you.

So, that’s where I have been and what I was doing. But no worry, I haven’t stopped writing or anything, just biding my time until we have The Immortal King perfect so I can work on the next book and the next idea.

Donald Trump is not the problem

Donald Trump won the elections, what a bummer. I knew he would even as I hoped he wouldn’t. It wasn’t that I thought Hillary would be a better President, but that I knew people wouldn’t use her as a catalyst for their hate and violence. Donald Trump isn’t the ultimate evil, the devil reincarnate or Hitler’s offspring. He is blunt, passionate in his opinion, stubborn and aggressive. He is what some would call a purist, without subterfuge he tells it as he sees it and believes. He is the personification of change and rebellion in the mind of many. He often shows a no bull mentality and openly and aggressively points out what he believes is wrong with the country. On top of that he is a business man, a manipulator of opportunity and the ultimate politician.

He might not come from years of experience in politics, another thing that made him so attractive to the people, but from building and tearing down, winning and losing financial empires. Business is business no matter if you’re part of the lower income class, middle stand or big league. As someone with a business myself I know that part of being successful is twisting the truth. Hence. I’m not as successful as I could be. Success often comes with a price, with losing a piece of your soul to the devil, with compromises and far too often with a cut throat attitude. In addition to the willingness to take risks no other would be willing to take. Donald Trump impersonates most if not all those trades.

The funny thing is, politicians most of the time share those trades but never, ever show them publicly.

Do I think he will make a good president? No!

Do I think he will change America? Yes! But not for the better. And not because he has nothing but wrong ideas, but because he wasn’t chosen because of his ideals, qualifications or abilities.

He was elected by people who saw him as the catalyst to their need for violence and hatred. He was elected because it gave people an excuse to act out and openly demonstrate what was there all along. Their racism, intolerance and inability to accept what in their mind is wrong or unnatural. He is a danger not just for his ideals, or the things he says.

Yes, he stroked and empowered hatred. But you know what? One person, or even a whole group can only ignite, stroke and further WHAT IS ALREADY THERE!

Donald Trump didn’t give hatred to the American people, he didn’t give them racism, intolerance or bigotry. THEY WERE THERE ALREADY, all he did was give them a open door to step through and out into the open.

Dictators and Tyrants become powerful not because they are powerful alone, but because many stand behind them and give them that power. Hitler, Stalin and so many more would have never been able to do what they did, if not for the people behind and supporting them.

I’m not scared of Donald Trump.

I’m scared of the masses that stand behind him, use his existence for their violence and hate. I’m scared of the 62.2 Million Americans who voted for those open doors. Because you can take Donald Trump away tomorrow, but those 62.2 Million will still be there. Their hate, racism, bigotry and homophobia will still exit. The anger at the establishment will still rage, and the power they think they now have will not ebb with the removal of the catalyst. Because like any transformation, once the process has started, IT CAN’T BE REVERSED.

This is why I started to support movements like #sefetypin and began to design a whole line towards that campaign. But others with the same goal, will be supported by me as well.

Stop the hate, but not by becoming a hater.

Stop the violence, but not by becoming violent.

Stop the discrimination, but not by discriminating others.

I’ll stand up for minorities, I’ll stand up for women’s rights, man’s rights, human rights. I fight for equality and freedom. But most of all I’ll do it with words and arguments, with pictures and facts. I will never hit the hitter, kick the kicker or insult the insulter.

Donald Trump is not the problem, our inability to think beyond the borders we were taught, we created and hold on to, is.

Support good causes. Support good ideals and stand beside those who are being prosecuted for their religion, skin color, disabilities, heritage, gender, or sexual orientation. SAY NO TO HATE.

 

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by Nicole Kiefer

Fan Article and more

As an author, I want to offer my readers as much as I can, including merchandise that goes along with my books. As a photographer and designer, I want to share what I create with as many people as possible. However, as a human being, with human being needs, I also need to make money to live from. So if you want to support me, or simply because you love my designs, go and take a look at my shop at Zazzle and order something. A mug, or a mousepad, a pillow or a poster print of one of my photos.


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Join Readers in the Know

Thanks to a fellow author I discovered this wonderful website, which I want to quickly introduce to you. Readers in the Know is the ultimate website for readers and authors, and I just joined. Over time I will tell you how well it does in bringing in sales or connecting with your readers. For now, let me tell you why I joined and why I think you should at least give it a try.

Readers in the Know offers an all time free account for readers, they can put you and your books on a watchlist so when one of your books goes on sale, discount or you have a new release, they get an email telling them about it. They can find your Facebook author page, Twitter account, and website and connect to that way as well. No matter what you do as an author, they can get the news directly into their mailbox. An author account costs a little money per year but in my mind, it’s a fair price for what they offer. As author, you can inform your reader of events, and anything related to your brand.  It also offers advertising options, which are optional. Readers in the Know also uses Facebook and Twitter to grow and expand their readership on a daily basis.

The first 60 days are free to try, which is what I am doing now. If you want to join as well click here Readers in the Know logo sign up and try it.

Thanksgiving giveaway

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It’s thanksgiving, so let me give thanks to all who like to read by giving you two books for free this long weekend. Get the comedic, mystery-romance, Visitor in my Mind – The Missing Twin https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IJT3X48 and the dystopian The Diaries of Kairie Lawless https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JTOAC6E for free. Take them both, curl up in front of a fire and get lost in a world of imagination. If you enjoyed yourself it would be great to hear from you in form of a rating or review.

The Immortal King available for pre-order now

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THE IMMORTAL KING – Book two of the Utopian Saga NOW AVAILABE FOR PRE-ORDER https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0KUSAK

The first part of the prophecy fulfilled, Alastair and Lisa should be happy upon their return to Scotland. Yet too soon reality catches up with them.
While Lisa struggles with the sudden gain of power and the possibility of being pregnant. As if that wasn’t enough the man who raped and brutalized her is still out there and worse even, he knows she is back.
While helping Lisa to adjust to her new power, Alastair has to deal with the fact that they need to find and resurrect Arthur, his half-brother. Most would think a reunion like that a joyous occasion, but not for Alastair who deeply believes Arthur to be a rapist and a traitor.
Yet there is no way around it, only Arthur can bring forth Excalibur, and they need the Sword of Light to fulfill the prophecy.

The Diaries of Kairie Lawless now available

the diaries of Kiarie Lawless 5 front smallThe Diaries of Kairie Lawless are inspired by the 2016 elections in the USA. As is the character of Lando Rud. However, the story itself is only slightly political.

Mostly the book is about what the future might look like if a person hungry for power, with the ability to manipulate gains control of a country, desperate for change. I chose America because at the moment they are in that danger the most. However, the same story could play out in most European countries as well. Actually, in countries all over the world.

Humans are habitual creatures, any social change has always come the hard way to us. As is evident all throughout history. The greater the change, the greater the violence with which it was born.

And as with all the other changes in history, there was and is again a slow build up. In the last 50 – 100 years, the call for human rights, equality and acceptance of diversity has grown louder and louder as well as more forcefully. For example: When my husband was a teen, there were people belonging to the LGBTQ community, but it wasn’t talked about. It was ignored. It didn’t interrupt the habitual life of those not belonging, making those part of that community the outsiders. The ones not able to show, act and behave as who they truly were. The same goes for women, who had to fight for their right to vote, work, own property. Their need for equality disrupted the habitual day to day life. Now they are everywhere. People with colored skin, those part of a different religion, and many different sexual lifestyles forced their way into the habitual life of all who considered themselves normal.

To me, diversity is and always has been a good thing. But I grew up with a mother bound to a wheelchair who showed me first hand that there is no difference in capability. Yet, for the same reason, I have always seen how hard it is for far too many to truly accept diversity, instead of just acting as if they do.

Humans have another habit, one that will one day lead to their destruction. Blame… When times get rough, economics down, and unemployments and crime rates up, we are looking for someone to blame. Another thing you can find all throughout history. You combine both habits, and what you get is an explosive combination. A deadly combination. Especially if there is a person who knows how to exploit it.

As many times before the world is on the edge of such a combination and in danger of having it exploited. That’s what The Diaries of Kairie Lawless is really about. The changes of the past century have brought forth greatness. My children for example, grow up in a world where diversity is known, spoken about and; at least in my house, accepted. However, at the same time they grow up in a world were old fashioned thinking and values, create a rift as big as the Grand Canyon. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against people with faith, or belonging to a religion. As long as they keep in mind that times have changed since the Bible or whatever scripture they follow, was written. Religion itself is a good thing, but just like a weapon it can be a danger in the wrong hands or minds. Sadly I more often find religion in the wrong hands, then in the right ones. No matter if Christian, Hindu, Muslim or any other believe group.

Our world is slowly splitting into two sides, those who feel like someone not believing the same way they do, having the same sexual orientation as they do and so on, are a threat to society. And on the other side, those who belong in that category and want nothing more than be who they are, without having to hide.

If nothing else, the elections this year showed that rift, this gigantic split and the willingness to blame. It doesn’t matter if Donald Trump wins the elections, he has already won in other ways. He widened the rift, made it more prominent and he made obvious how many are willing to push others into that rift. Born out of the hatred and bigotry, The Diaries of Kairie Lawless were born. Telling you the story of a kid that grows up as that hatred takes on shape, forms into an entity and by the time she reaches adulthood has turned into a living weapon.

The world has been at this point many times before and each time it ended with bloodshed worse than the last time. I don’t like bloodshed, and I believe that even the vilest mind, would hesitate to push that button that will completely destroy our world. However, there are things worse than death.

This book tells of that world. One were being part of what makes our world diverse, is a crime. Where tolerating, supporting and accepting diversity is just as much a crime, if not worse.Where labels become names and designations. It tells of a world that is far too possible and should never come to pass. But most of all, of one woman willing to sacrifice everything to fight that world.

Utilization of your Amazon author page

When you publish on Amazon you get offered to create an author page, https://authorcentral.amazon.com

Now I noticed many authors, especially older in age or young in the publishing business not using this cost-free tool. I asked here and there why those authors aren’t using it, some didn’t know it existed, while others said: They didn’t want to brag or promote themselves but their work. – That they didn’t want to share personal information with strangers. – That they didn’t know what to do with it or that they didn’t see the usage in it.

Although I used the author page feature from day one, I didn’t explore its potential. All I did was put my bio in and add my books at first. Then a while later I added my blog, after that I began to discover what else I could do there.

The thing with Amazon is, no matter if you publish solely with them, have your books in kindle select or just in the standard program, that page is yours. The other thing is, Amazon is high in search engine ranking. Meaning, your books are part of that as well, and your author page too.

So, let’s start with what you can do with your author page and what benefit it brings.

After creating an account at author central (the URL on top of the article) you land on an intro page, which in my mind is useless. It tells you a few news, but not really much about what to do with that page you just created.

So let’s jump to that rider up on top of the side that says, Author Page. It should look like this, only empty.

Amazon author central author pageOn your left you can add your bio, that doesn’t mean you have to divulge personal information. There should never be an address, phone number or email in a bio, you don’t even have to say when and where you are born if you don’t want to.

What you should talk about in the bio is why you are writing, how much you love it, for whom you do it, or how you got started doing it. Neither does it have to be long, a few sentences, a paragraph or two is enough most of the times.

Now under your bio is the option to add a blog. If you have one, do add it. And use it wisely, took me a while to figure out how to do that. Amazon sucks when it comes to promoting your promo, like a countdown deal or you reduced the price, or you have it for free for a day or two. So there seems no way to promote what you are doing on Amazon, right? Wrong!

If you connected your blog, the entries show up on your author page. If you have a book reduced in price, or running a promotion, write a blog post about it. That way it’s on you author page at least, then promote your author page instead. That promotes the book you’re promoting and all the others as well.

Underneath the blog feature you find an event feature, which is a nice thing in my mind for anyone who does a lot of outings with their books. Use it when you go on trade shows, farmer markets, conventions, conferences, or book store signings. Whatever you do, wherever you go to offer your books, make it known. Even if you don’t have anyone look at Amazon directly, someone might be looking for you with Google and your event would show up through Amazon.

Now let’s go on to the right part of the first page. You find on the top there a nice, short link to your author page. Very good for using it in Twitter, because it’s so short.

Underneath is a space for photos, you can add your author picture there or pictures from events you attended. And under that you can add book trailers, or videos from events you took part in.

All of those things become part of Amazon and in turn get easier found by search engines.

Let’s move on to the second page, named, Books.

Amazon author central book page

Looks totally boring, doesn’t it? And of course when you begin it looks also empty. On top you find a button marked add my books. You’ll need your Asin or ISBN to add your books, do add them all.

This is where most make the mistake not too look deeper, and I was no exception to this. Once your book is added, click on it. I never did until recently, and I know there are many that haven’t either. When you do this page will come up, and it’s an important page.

 

 

Amazon my books detail page

On top are the book info’s, nothing you can do there. Now, the first part right under those info’s however, is important. Do you have reviews that couldn’t be shared on Amazon because that person didn’t have an account? A comment in the newspaper, or on Goodreads? A magazine that wrote about your book or a friend who commented. Haven’t you thought how stupid it is that nobody gets to see those reviews when shopping on Amazon? Now, that is what this first button is for. There you can add Editorial Reviews you got through other avenues then Amazon. Important always name the origin, don’t use links and make the comment italic, it looks better.

Now below that is the book description you entered for your book, it will change automatically when you change it on your publishing page. So nothing to do there or to worry about.

Below that you add a message from The Author about the book. I use it to say what inspired me to write it, or what topic I try to raise awareness of or what is unusual in your mind about your book. What makes it stand out from any other.

If you have a hardcover with sleeve the next one is of interest for you, here you can enter the text Amazon wouldn’t show, the text you have inside on the flap. That can be an added incentive for a reader to buy the book.

Same counts for the part where you can add the back of the book if it differs from you description.

And last you can add a short bio again. Keep it short, in my experience shorter is better in this case. If someone wants to know more they can read the long bio on your author page.

In principle this page is the really important one. For two reasons, the reviews you can add and the part where you tell about what inspired you. Those two can make a difference between a buy or a buyer walking away.

Within your author central is also a Sales Rank slider and a Customer Review slider.

The first one is a nice and easy way to see how your book is doing in the big picture, or you as author on Amazon.

The Customer Review slider is more of interest since it shows you all your reviews throughout all your books in one place.

Amazon review page screenshotMakes it easier than pulling up each and every detail page, especially once you have more than one or two books. From that page you have the option of answering/commenting on a review, look at it as shown on your detail page and check out the reviewer.

In conclusion, using this feature offered by Amazon should be something any indie author should utilize. It can help with sales, and it doesn’t cost you anything but a little of your time to set it up. You can only gain from using it, or at least that’s my belief.

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My political opinion about the Elections in the US 2016

Yoda had it right…

I don’t know if Star Wars or whoever wrote the dialogues came up with it, or stole it from somewhere, but Yoda was right when he said: “FEAR leads to ANGER, ANGER leads to HATE, and HATE leads to SUFFERING.” Now here a version of it that not many will like, or rather two versions.

Version one: “FEAR leads to listening to HITLER, HITLER leads to HATE, and HATE leads to millions of dead people and SUFFERING.”

Version two: “FEAR leads to listening to DONALD TRUMP, DONALD TRUMP leads to HATE, and HATE leads to millions of either dead or forced into slavery people and SUFFERING.”

Now, that, of course, is an extreme statement and a comparison that seems far-fetched, but is it really? And before you think I’m supporting or approving Hillary Clinton, you’re wrong, I’m not. She is just as inadequate and dangerous as Donald Trump, just in a different way. Hillary Clinton will run the country so deep into the ground, it might never get up again.

To put it in a nutshell, AMERICA IS SCREWED!!! BIG TIME.

So what’s left to say, who should you vote, and why not vote for a man who seems to say all the right things, promise all you want and need, and gives you hope? After all, the devil that gives you what you want is better than the devil that takes, right?

So let me try to explain my very biased opinion and the statement made above. I know I’m getting in trouble for this, at least with anyone supporting Trump, and that’s your right so feel free to troll me afterward and spew your hate at me, there is a delete button for that, as well as one to block you.

Let me make a comparison, and start with Germany after WW1 when Hitler showed up and grew in power. Aside from what you learn in history, I knew a lot about that time from people who actually were there at that time. Germany was defeated, in more than just one way. The retribution payments were draining an already bankrupted government. A government that was more like a puppet theater for the victors. Or that’s how it seemed to most Germans. Many were starving, the crime rate was high so was the unemployment rate. Morals were down, to the point of desperation. Many FEARED the future. Even when things began to get better, the fear was still there, simply because it wasn’t getting better fast enough.

Now let’s look at America today. People FEAR terror attacks by religious extremist groups, no matter which one. Crime rates are high so are unemployment rates. Each year more immigrants and refugees flood into the country, bringing their culture, language, but also their problems with them. Far too many life in poverty and the government is overpaid. Morals are down, while violence is rising. Many FEAR the future. And even when things get better for a spell, it’s not fast enough and not good enough.

Those fears, those worries, lead to ANGER.

Back then in Germany that anger was at first directed towards the victors in World War 1 and the weak government. It was kind of a widespread anger, just simmering because there was nothing that could be done. Until one man came along and directed that anger, stroke it and fueled it. He gave those who wanted something to blame, exactly what they wanted and a target. That target was the Jew’s, and Hitler was the man who knew how to stroke that anger, focus it and fuel it into HATE.

Then I look at the United States and can see the same kind of fear and widespread anger, as well as the disappointment into their government, is currently found all over the country.  I’m not saying, that those feelings shouldn’t be there, quite the contrary. The people have a right to be angry, but so had the Germans. And like them the anger isn’t really directed at anyone group or person, people are just angry because they fear what the future will bring if nothing changes. And just like the Germans back when it’s a justified fear born of facts. Yet there is Donald Trump, and I can see it when watching his speeches and rally’s, how he is directing that anger, focusing it and fueling it. Until it becomes HATE.

Well, we all know or should know where the German hate leads to. Millions dead and Germany once more in ruins with millions SUFFERING. Yoda was right.

Will Yoda be right in regards to Donald Trump? Let’s hope not.

However, as an author, I have imagination and the endless urge to create a hypothetical outcome. To me we are at the point where Donald Trump focuses the anger of the people, directs it and strokes it into hate. Now, Donald Trump is not Hitler no matter how many similarities there are. He is a business man, power-hungry and a scam artist. Ergo, the outcome of what he does with the hatred will be different.

At first, Donald Trump will make good on his promises, because if you boil it down, a country is nothing but a really big company. In order to keep his promises he will make subtle changes in laws, small stuff at first, bigger stuff in time, all phrased and propagandized as good for the American people. He most likely will pull back military forces, reduce or eliminate support for other countries, because America comes first, and slowly but steadily separate America from other countries. That way he will create more work within the country and the unemployment rate will drop. He will increase law enforcement, and support it with the military personal he pulled back. Reducing the crime rate alone by increasing police presence. He will reduce the money politicians make and funnel that money into education and health care. He will increase screening processes for refugees, deport unwanted refugees and make the immigration process harder. Reducing terror attacks from outside forces in the long run. Sounds good, doesn’t it. So what the hell am I complaining about, right?

All I said will be what is shown, public and the outside facade. While behind it all Donald Trump will work on his own selfish goals. As I said, Donald Trump is power-hungry, but in order to gain reach outside of the US, he first needs the US tightly under his thumb. During the campaign he slipped from time to time, letting people see what his thoughts are towards people not white, not Christian, not heterosexual are. Of course, those were all things the press misunderstood and blew out of proportion. Which will be the reason he will start with the press, because they are corrupt… so they need to be controlled and forced to report only the truth, as seen by Donald Trump.

Now that there is a sufficient amount of military and police force within the country it will be easy to begin targeting undesired people, making them look like criminals, as individuals and groups willing to disrupted and destroy the peace. Those will become a threat to the country and need to be removed, yet they are citizens after all. Using a subdued and controlled press will help make those he thinks of as desired see the truth that those individuals and groups need to be dealt with.

Now unlike Hitler I don’t believe Donald Trump would open killing camps, he is a businessman and anyone who can work would be a waste. He would open work camps, forcing those he thinks of as a threat to work for the benefit of the better Americans. Once that is set up to his satisfaction, he will move on to increase his power into other countries. Not necessarily by war, but by turning them towards his own way of thinking.

We already see in several countries in Europe how liked his hatred supporting talk is, hell they already cheer for him, and he isn’t even trying to get their support.

Do us all a favor America, don’t vote Trump. Because voting Trump is Voting hate.