What an Honor to be on the Front Page of Amazon.com as a Success Story!

I woke up this morning to find me profiled on the front page of Amazon.com.  As their Author Success Story.  Wow.

Kailin Gow Success Story on Front Page of Amazon on 4-30-2013

When I first became an author, I never thought I would be doing this as a living and getting recognized for something I have such a passion for:  writing books

I published my first book in 2001 as a means to help girls and teens to deal with social situations that were hard to talk to someone about by way of fiction.  By some fluke, my fantasty books and books for girls, teens, young adults, and women took off, and found a resonance with readers.

I’ve been fortunate in so many ways to get to this point. It had been a long journey filled with thrills and spills (mostly all good, though) but the revolution of KDP has helped me get there faster.

Here’s the rest of my story from Amazon, which I hope will inspire you to be more than you imagined, too!

Kailin Gow, Success Story on Amazon.com

 

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The NEVER SAY NEVER (Never Knights Series) Music Video with singer AJ Rafael is Here!

So excited to finally bring to you this collaborated effort between AJ and me.

 

Here’s the description of the music video:

This is a music video spoof from AJ Rafael and Kailin Gow honoring the 80’s great musician Robert Palmer and other musicians who helped paved the way for music today. Music is still the vehicle of communication and expression it was back then as it is today. AJ Rafael’s Music Speaks brings awareness of the power of music for Autism awareness, while Kailin Gow’s Never Say Never books shows the power of music to heal, grow, and transcend gender roles.  AJ’s nephew has autism, and Kailin’s daughter was diagnosed as being on the spectrum but has recently been diagnosed as no longer on the spectrum. Enjoy!

View the Robert Palmer Simply Irresistible Video so you can see how gender roles has changed!

These guys in the Never Say Never music videos are so awesome and secure in themselves, they help to bring forth the message to other guys and to women, too, that:

“Real Men Are Secure In Themselves.

They Never Use Force.”

 

This is a message found in the Never Knights Series with Never Say Never being book 1.

What happens when a hot, but strong young woman takes over a band full of hormonal heartthrobs?  – the book series Never Knights is what happens!

Saving YOU Saving ME Official Trailer and Announcement!

Saving YOU Saving ME’s Trailer is here!

Just released!  Saving You Saving Me has already made the Amazon bestseller lists!

#2 in Children’s Fiction in U.S. (Amazon combines Young Adult with Children’s so it’s a larger category)

#49 in Paperback!  Saving You Saving Me is a Top 50 in Teen Paperbacks Pre-Order!!!

National Radio Tours of Top US Markets Scheduled to begin VERY SOON!

Book BLOG Tours Scheduled for April 30!

Get behind SAVING YOU SAVING ME!  Be a heroine and help save lives.

New Book Available Now! Shy Girls Social Club, Published Under Kailin Lauren Gow

Shy Girls Social Club, Book 1, is now available as an eBook on Kindle.

Paperback to Follow in a few weeks

The Shy Girls Social Club Description

My name is Lacey Lu, and I am starting my freshman year of high school, with my friends Penny and Valerie. Little did I know, Tempest, the girl who made my life miserable since preschool would be there, too, making it even worse. She is now more gorgeous, more popular, and more mean than ever. But now I’m about to get my revenge.

The battle is on!
The battle between the Shy Girls vs. the Mean Girls. This is the book that started the real life social club. Shy Girls Social Club is the story of how four friends formed a club to rival the cliques, mean girls society, and bullies in high school while beginning a revolution on teen girl issues. This is the introduction of the series for girls age 12 and up.

Social Issues Explored in this Book:

  • Autism
  • Bullying
  • Cliques
  • Friendship
  • Dating
  • Family Issues
  • High School
  • New Experiences
  • Growing Up
  • Self-image
  • Self-esteem

This is the first book published under my full name Kailin Lauren Gow. Why?

Simply to distinguish new books from me that are less edgy like my other teen/ya books.  A new line of books under Kailin Lauren Gow will still have the elements of adventure, action, and romance that are in all my fiction books, but these books are fine for age 10 and up.

I’m fortunate to have the most understanding publishing team in the world to be able to write whatever kind of juvenile, middle grade, teen, young adult, non-fiction books I want to, free from the constraints of formula, so I can explore different avenues of writing, literature, and plot.  I can write about issues and do it in a way that is fun and entertaining.

Teacher/Class/Group Discussion Friendly Books Under Kailin Lauren Gow

Writing under Kailin Lauren Gow also allows me to put in elements and issues that I know teachers and youth/group leaders would want to explore.

Having been an educator, and grown up in long line of educators (my late great grandfather and grandfather were school Principals, my uncles are all college professors and one is even a Dean of a major university, and my mother is a teacher), as well as a parent, it has been instilled in me that every moment, every experience can be a teachable one.

Now with the Kailin Lauren Gow books, readers (including parents, teachers, and gift givers) will know these books are for older tweens and younger teens (in terms of issues and style) and know these books are appropriate for school book clubs, parent/child book clubs, and group reading.

Book discussion questions will be available here under Shy Girls Social Club, at the end of this week.

Grateful for Everything! Getting Real…

Hi everyone.  I’m still on Cloud 9 for having an amazing soul-searching breakthrough week. I was honored as a guest on a new talk show to be aired in June on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox affiliates for a highly-respected host (will reveal soon), who has coached leaders around the world, leaders of non-profits and the top corporations. And now he has a new show that gets into the purpose of why we do what we do.

For me, in a heartfelt genuine conversation I had with the host, all captured on television, my purpose and passion for writing and working non-stop to bring about books and stories (through books, television, and film even) is my desire to help girls and women with issues I’ve personally gone through, with issues I’ve experienced.

I’m so grateful that hundreds of thousands of girls and women have discovered my books, and that I’m in the position where producers are excited about bringing my books, me, and my passion to the screen.

In May, I begin taping the first season for my new television talk show EDGEWISE with KAILIN GOW where I will be bringing viewers heartfelt topics, go into the lives of some of my readers, go into the lives of some of the girls/women that I mentor, and more, along with random fun stuff. You will see a side of me you haven’t seen. You will get to know me as someone more than just someone who write young adult fiction. You will see that I am comfortable in my own skin (for the most part) and happy to be who I am.  If I am not, I’ll let you know it.

I have never been so excited about this time in my life (other than the biggest moments in anyone’s life – getting married, having my first child…)

Here is what producers have been saying to me…

“You have so many built-in Oprah moments.”

“Kailin, you are real, you are genuine. You are a woman who has experienced it all!”

I never take anything or anyone for granted. Everything is for a purpose, and I am grateful for it.  So without much adieu, I am always practicing Thanksgiving (minus the Turkey and heavy sleep-inducing stuffing) with my husband, my family, my friends, and readers (why do I give away a lot of giveaways and time?)

So I’m wishing everyone happiness, good health, and love always 😀

 

Announcement of Winners for Merry X-mas Vampires Contest Tonight at 7 pst!

ANNOUNCEMENT –

CONTEST DEADLINE TO ENTER and WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT DATE CHANGE

December 15, 2010 7 pm pst

Announcement Will Be on the Stoker Sisters Facebook Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Stoker-Sisters-Vampire-Sisters-Web-Series/136438456375597?v=app_4949752878

Because I want to be part of the contest (due to a schedule conflict) the Contest Deadline and Live Announcements of the Winners has been changed to this coming Wednesday December 15, 2010 7 pm pst, not December 20.

Merry KISS-Mas – Which Vamps I Wanna Kiss Contest

GRAND PRIZE – WIN A COACH RED-HOT KISS NECKLACE

OR

1 SIGNED COPY  (You pick) of either:

The Stoker Sisters

1) Like the Stoker Sisters Facebook Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Stoker-Sisters-Vampire-Sisters-Web-Series/136438456375597?v=app_4949752878

PULSE

2) Like the PULSE Facebook Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pulse-Vampire-Series/145916402097263?v=app_10442206389

The Wicked Woods

3) Like the Wicked Woods Facebook Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wicked-Woods/176069965742555?v=app_4949752878

 

Vampires love mistletoes, too!  If you get a chance to find one of your favorite vamps from one of the following Kailin YA Books under the mistletoe, who would it be?

From PULSE – Jaegar, Stuart, Aaron, or Octavius?

From The Stoker Sisters – Ashwin

From Wicked Woods – ???

Answer the question with a comment on this post, and by liking all the FB pages of the respective Hot Vampire Series Listed ABOVE to get a chance to WIN.

FOR AN ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO WIN, PICK ONE OF THE BOOK COVERS ABOVE AND USE AS YOUR FACEBOOK PROFILE Photo until Dec. 15!

Contest is Open Internationally. Contest ends December 15, 2010 at 7 pm pst.

Merry Frost-y Xmas! – Silver Frost (Frost Series #3) EARLY RELEASE and Giveaway!

Merry Frost-y Xmas!


Merry Christmas! Silver Frost is going to have an EARLY RELEASE Date (Not March 2011 as originally planned), but Xmas 2010!!

For the release of the 3rd Installment to the Frost Series, I’m giving away the following:

1 Signed Copy of Bitter Frost and Forever Frost


AND

A beautiful Frost Series crystal snowflake necklace


To Enter, here are the rules:

1. Sign Up to Follow Me at: https://kailingow.wordpress.com +1 and comment

2. Sign Up to Follow Me on Twitter at: @kailingow +1

3. LIKE the NEW The Frost Series Facebook Page for + 1 at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Frost-Series/144703778902864?v=app_4949752878

4. LIKE the NEW Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/YA-Books-from-Kailin-Gow/104549539596369

for +1

Contest is International!  Ends December 17, 2010.  Winner Announced December 17, 2010 at 7 pm pst on the new The Frost Series Facebook Page and on Twitter!

 

Taking Time to Breathe…When Life Gets Too Hectic

Hi Everyone,

This is probably one of my more personal posts, but I think it’s time for me to be more personal and heartfelt about this.  I’ve recently come across the sad news of some bloggers, whom I’ve become close to, having to either discontinue their blogs or a part of their blogs due to too much happening in life.  I hold a lot of admiration for these bloggers because they have taken the time to keep their blogs going and to provide their readership with constant news.

But it’s understandable when life gets too busy to blog. It’s understandable when things take precedence over others.

Personally, I’ve had my delays in life, delays in opportunities. For instance, when I found out my mother had cancer…3 types of cancer, life became very stressful, and I delayed my young adult fictions that you see published today, especially Bitter Frost and Forever Frost from the Frost Series.  On top of that, not long after I had my baby girl, she was diagnosed with severe speech delay…which when she turned two, became a diagnosis of ASD.

I could not write, not under these life circumstances…yet I did because it was a way to cope by giving…it was a way for me to help people see others (who had differences, who had extraordinary circumstances in their lives) find hope and strength to rise above these circumstances.  That’s why I write about strong characters, mainly the strength from within, as well as from physical strength.

The delay in writing these YA fiction books took years, almost 4 years. While they have been planned and outlined years ago, they were published recently.

The timing couldn’t have been more right, despite the delay to publication. Four years ago, the YA paranormal craze would have been at its infancy.  I wrote my first paranormal series nearly 10 years ago, mainly about angels, and although this was a bestselling series, paranormal series were still new.

Now YA has gained so much more legitimacy and audience that bookstores have set aside special YA-only sections.

Personally, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. My mother recently was told she was cancer-free. And my daughter who was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum, is now one of the most talkative child in her class, with an advance vocabulary and the ability to read at the second grade level. She’s four and a half. Her circumstance is miraculous, and again, this is another story.

So…to all my friends and bloggers whom I know are taking time off from your blogging because of life, please know that everything has its own timing. Yet in the end…everything will work out better because of it 🙂

Stoker Sisters Book 1: Daughters of Dracula is Now Available! Read the Forward Here.

After months and months of writing, revising, producing a short, and everything else that goes into a book, the Stoker Sisters Series’ first book, Daughters of Dracula is finally out for the public to read!

This book originated about 20 years ago, as most of my book series stem from something personal, when I visited Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania, Romania as a teen journalist.  It was an amazing experience which have given me an insight into a man, whom everyone in the world, except those who were close to him, thought of as a monster.  Although The Stoker Sisters is about two vampire sisters who find themselves as vampires in a modern world with choices (for women, especially, and even for vampires) after being raised prim and proper in Jane Austen’s time, this series is not about Dracula, but on these two descendants of Dracula.

To give you a sense of what Stoker Sisters is, I’ve included the forward I have written in the book here so you get a sense what happened when I visited Romania and was told the truth about Vlad Dracula from his people…

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Forward

 

Almost 20 years ago, I visited Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania. I was nineteen and a young journalist. I was familiar with the story of Dracula, made famous by Bram Stoker, but I was also curious about the Dracula who ruled this land. The people of Transylvania took me in for a short stay and showed me a side of Dracula, quite unlike the one portrayed by Stoker. He was a Dracula who loved deeply, especially of humanity. He loved his wife and family deeply, but most importantly, he loved his country above all else.

They specifically mentioned he was not a “Strigoi”, which in Romanian folklore was an evil undead. The people saw him not as a monster, but as a ruler, a brilliant military strategist, and a man with great passion.  They told me he was not the monster Bram Stoker depicted in the novel Dracula, but a great man, whose military feats were legendary.

The Stoker Sisters, in the vein of Bram Stoker’s Victorian world, is a fictionalized series incorporating the world of Jane Austen, the true view of Dracula by the Romanians, and popular contemporary vampire mythology.

The world of The Stoker Sisters is not black and white, but one where vampires, like humans, are faced with choices and allegiances. They have a choice to be good or bad, saintly or evil. Last of all, vampires may be monsters, but they may also be the most humane of all creatures.

Enjoy,

Kailin Gow

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The Stoker Sisters: Daughters of Dracula is now available on Amazon.com, BN.com, and where books are sold.