Award Winning Author

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Karen Dales is the Award Winning Author of "The Chosen Chronicles" which include "Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles," "Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen Chronicles," and "Shadow of Death: Book Two of the Chosen Chronicles." She is currently at work on "Thanatos: Book Three of the Chosen Chronicles" and a Historical Romance set in Edo Japan.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Win A Walk On!

Win a Walk-On in
Karen Dales’ next novel
Shadow of Death: Book Two of the Chosen.

What is a Walk-On?

This is where Karen will use your name and likeness within her upcoming book Shadow of Death: Book Two of the Chosen in a minor character role, immortalizing you in print. There is no monetary value to the contest save that the winner will receive a free copy of Shadow of Death: Book Two of the Chosen when it is released next fall.

The lucky winner must successfully answer the following questions:

1) What is the dark secret of Fernando’s past that the Angel reminds him of?

2) How does Jeanie discover that the Angel is one of the Chosen?

3) What is your favorite part of either Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen and/or Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen?

All correct ballots will be placed into a draw. The winner’s name will be drawn on April 30, 2010.

You can either mail in your answers to:

Dark Dragon Publications
88 Charleswood Drive
Toronto, ON. M3H 1X6



Please make sure to include your full name, complete mailing address and valid email address in the body of your letter.

Only the winner will be notified.

Contest closes April 20, 2010.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Word On The Street Success!!!

It's been a day since I was downtown Toronto participating in Canada's largest literary event - Word On The Street.

Earlier this year I hadn't expected to get a table because I was told that they were all booked up, but in June I received a call asking me if I wanted to participate since someone had cancelled. I was thrilled, to say the least, and I immediately set to work to make sure that my experience there would be great.

I got there an hour before the event was scheduled to begin, and set up at my table in the Writers Block. I was surprised to be next to a Children's author, but you know what? It worked out because we weren't vying for the same clientelle. The organizers for WOTS were smart to keep us paranormal writers far enough away from each other that we did not compete. I also had the pleasure of being across from R.J. Sawyer. He was really nice and was extremely busy throughout the event.

What was surprising is that, as a newly published author, I was almost as busy! By lunch time a run had to be made uptown to get another case of books! Our sales exceeded our expectations.

Now, there were only two downsides to the event. 1) I couldn't go and check out the multiudenous vendors that littered all of Queens Park. and 2) standing most of the day on tarmack.

After doing three days at Polaris and then three days at FanExpo I believed my feet and legs would be quite happy to survive 7 hours. Boy was I wrong! My legs and feet are still killing me! LOL

I want to thank my Marketing Goddess, Irith, for helping me the whole day.

I also want to thank my Web Goddess, Stephanie, and my Tech God, Mike, for coming out and being so incredibly supportive. Thanks for coming out!

Thanks to Shell from for coming out as well. What a wonderful surprise to have you there!

And thanks to my fans for coming out and seeing me. You guys rock! Thanks for all the love and support!

Tomorrow I'll be doing an all day interview/chat with a contest for I can't wait. It's going to be a lot of fun. You can drop by anytime and post a question or comment. I hope to see you there.

I'll be at Roxanne Reads on Friday, October 23rd from 6pm to close, signing copies of my book and doing a reading. The store will be open until about 10pm for a Hallowe'en street festival, so come on out and have some fun by getting into the Hallowe'en spirit.

More things are on the horizon. I'll be at both the Toronto and Ottawa Small Press Book Fairs too. The new year also promises lots of surprises and more events!

Oh...and don't worry...I'm still writing. Gotta get the next book out soon.:)



Friday, August 21, 2009

Vampires in Fact and Fiction

For those of you who have been asking for this information, here it is!


I will be on the VAMPIRES IN FACT & FICTION PANEL at FanExpo

Sunday, August 30th at 3pm


"Bloodsucking lore, featuring scholars ELIZABETH MILLER (Canada's Vampire Expert), professor PETER PAOLUCCI, novelists KELLEY ARMSTRONG (Bitten), NANCY KILPATRICK (Power of the Blood series) and KAREN DALES (Angels of Death: Book One of the Chosen). Hosted by Rue Morgue,s Monica S. Kuebler.
To help celebrate the fact that I will be at FanExpo this year, Dark Dragon Publications will be having a draw.

1st Prize: An original poster in the manga style of a scene in the book. Artist Kim Fraser.

2nd Prize: A pair of vampire teeth (not your dollar store type, but the type where they form to your teeth and stay on, looking VERY real.)

3rd Prize: A hand made book fob bookmark!

So come on by my table in Artist Alley near Rue Morgue.

No purchase is required to enter into the contest!

Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

5 stars out of 5! Another Review of Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen

Ruth Ann Nordin posted this wonderful review of my book on August 1st:

Five Stars for Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen by Karen Dales

I do not make it a habit to read paranormal books, but this one caught my attention and I decided to take my chances and read it. I am very glad I did! This is an excellent book. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning when a child was born who had white hair and red eyes. Immediately shunned by his mother who sends him away to die, I was pulled into the world Karen Dales magically wove. The prologue explains his childhood and the strange white creatures who haunt him and the way he became Chosen.

Then Book One begins, and I already developed an attachment to the grown child who is called the Angel and his mentor/Chooser Father Paul Notus. I really liked Notus. He is what I consider to be a moral compass, and the Angel longs to belong. However, he is different so he doesn't truly belong among other Chosen who now call themselves vampires. Both the Angel and Father Notus are back in London, and we are introduced to two very memorable characters: Jeanie Stuart and the Noble Fernando de Sagres.

The plot to this book is simple: someone is out to kill the vampires and it is up to the Angel and Fernando to find out who is behind it. (The Angel agrees in order to save Notus who is held captive.) Fernando is the opposite of Notus. While Notus is the moral compass, Fernando is a "do whatever feels right regardless of anyone else" kind of person. He was likable despite his savage nature, and I thoroughly enjoyed him. His comments had me laughing through most of the book. He's actually my favorite character.

Jeanie is the Angel's love interest, and she and Fernando clash, which was great to see. But yes, danger is lurking around the corner for Jeanie. I won't spoil that one though, but Karen has a surprise in store that caught me completely off guard.

The white demons we're introduced to in the prologue continue to haunt the Angel in this book, which I very much enjoyed because it built up the suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat. Who are these demons and will the Angel ever conquer them?

So I recommend this book. This is a mature book, and it's probably that reason that makes it easy to enjoy it as much as I did. It's nice to get involved in a story that has multiple layers and depth to it. It's a book for my keeper shelf now. And don't let the number of pages dissuade you. The book reads fast because Karen never lets it slow down.

You can purchase Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen on

I'm on a Panel at Fan Expo

I recently found out that my Marketing Goddess has yet again performed amazing magic...

I will be on the VAMPIRES IN FACT & FICTION PANEL at FanExpo Canada's LARGEST Convention!

Check it out!

"Bloodsucking lore, featuring scholars ELIZABETH MILLER (Canada's Vampire Expert), professor PETER PAOLUCCI, novelists KELLEY ARMSTRONG (Bitten), NANCY KILPATRICK (Power of the Blood series) and KAREN DALES (Angels of Death: Book One of the Chosen). Hosted by Rue Morgue,s Monica S. Kuebler.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Amazon Review

This is the FIRST review of my book from a fan on When I read this my jaw dropped open in surprise!

5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it! I didn't want this story to end..., July 19, 2009
This is a very rich novel; beautifully written. It is the kind of book that you won't want to put down--and that you won't ever want to end. Filled with romance, mystery, deception, and surprises, Karen Dales does a wonderful job of making the reader understand and care about the characters in her story. I was quickly drawn into the story, eagerly discovering the secret histories of each character and wondering what choices each would make. It was easy to become emotionally connected to them, even to the extent of becoming frustrated with some of the stubborn and bewildering traits a few of them displayed! The main characters were quite endearing, and perhaps I became a bit too attached to them.

Angel of Death is an exhilarating story in which Karen Dales seamlessly blends beautiful descriptive pieces into a fast-paced story. I was never bored or tempted to skim through this book--not once! I believe Angel of Death is destined to be a classic, and would make a wonderful movie production.

And, of course, I want the next book in the series to be published right now!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Audio Book?

I've been asked a lot lately about whether or not my novel will be turned into an audio book. I DO want to do this and I have the technology living in my home, run by a professional sound engineer.

The questions I have floating in my mind is this:
1) Should I impose on my husband's AMAZING multimedia godlike powers again?
2) How many people would want me to do this, ie. is there really a market.
3) I'm heard of some authors reading the book themselves. I think this would be fun, but would it be appropriate for me to be the reader.

What say all of you?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Polaris23 Last Day

What an amazingly awesome time I had this weekend. It was exhausting and I swear my face is sore from all the smiling and laughing I did.

I met a lot of wonderful folks at Polaris this year and I want to thank my Marketing Goddess, my Tech/Sales God and my Publicity/Web Goddess for making it the success that it was. I could not have done it with out them. LOVE YOU GUYS!

Today I was let off my leash a couple of times to go and check out the other dealers and do two interviews. One visual and one audio. Once I know when and where they are posted on the 'net I will repost them here and let everyone know about them. That's 4 interviews in two days!

I want to thank the folks of
Polaris for doing such an amazing job running the convention. All your folk were friendly and helpful. I'm so going to come back next year. Hopefully you'll have me back as a Guest again.:)

I also got a chance to talk with the folks of Ad Astra2010 and I'm going to be contacting them about being a guest there too. I was even asked to be a guest at a con in Rochester, NY, in November, but I think I may have to pass on that as I'm hoping to be in D.C. for a week in the middle of October. I met fans A Polaris from D.C. and when I told them I would be coming down to their neck of the woods they were thrilled. They're (hopefully) going to help me contact an independent bookstore down there so I can possibly do a book signing/event. Cross fingers.

My Tech/Sales God set a number to be our success number for books sold at Polaris and we went over it. For all of you who didn't get a book you can order it from my website if you want a numbered and signed edition. If you're in the US carries my book.:)

Next stop is
FanExpo where I'm appearing. After that is Word On the Street in Toronto. After that is still in the works!


Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Polaris23 Day Two

I can't believe that I am awake and typing this. Please excuse any and all spelling and/or grammar errors that may and will occur. Today was a freakin' fantastic day that started early in the morning and went well into the evening. I am TIRED! But really stoaked about the whole day.

We sold a lot more books today and I have to say a big thank yous to my marketing goddess, my publicity/web goddess and my tech god. You guys rock.

Today I spent my day tethered to my table to talk with fans and sell books. I was only allowed away just to go to the washroom.:) I did bring a box of my numbered special editions and sold few of them. Most of the books were non-numbered.

The highlight of my day is that Claudia Black happily accepted a copy of my book! I'm so thrilled! Claudia Black is going to read my book!

Other awesome highlights: at the vampire panel (I wasn't on it) my book came up in the discussion which sent an interviewer over to my booth. I got a nice 10 minute interview! WHOOT. When it's out on the 'net I'll make sure everyone hears about it.:)

I'm also going to be interviewed again tomorrow by another company.:)

I was also really shocked and honoured that a fan drove 1 1/2 hours to Polaris just to get a copy of my book!

So far it's been a great experience and I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. Wish me luck!

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Polaris23 Day One


I'm back from my first night at Polaris23 and I had a great time. I can't wait to head back tomorrow morning for another fun filled day.

I sold some books and reconnected with friends I hadn't seen in a donkey's year! Wonderful!

Tomorrow I'm taking a box of numbered special edition books to the fair as some folks are interested in them.

Numbered special edition books are going fast so if you want one and you can't make it to Polaris, please make sure you order it through my website I don't know if I'll have any left for KG or FanExpo at this rate.


Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Book Launch Success!

Last night I was the special guest of the best party of my life. It brought out friends I hadn’t seen in years and was attended by people who became fast friends. I had the time of my life.

You may be wondering what it is that you missed if you could not have attended. It was the Book Launch Party for my newly released novel ‘Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen,’ and it couldn’t have gone any better than it did.

It’s success is not due to my part of the evening, though I do have to say that I may have contributed (being the author of the book), but it would not have gone as well as it did without the amazing help of some wonderful folks.

In not any particular order –

Evan Dales, my husband and staunch supporter even when things may seem bleak, thank you so very much for being there. Without you we would not have had the commercials and book trailer playing on the big windscreen. Without you we would not have had sound for the reading. Without you we would not have had any video taken of the event. And without you we would not have had Marshall Dane to play two amazing sets for us. Thank you. I love you!

Irith McConnachie, my Marketing Goddess. Some would say marketing manager, but you have done such magic that only a Goddess could do. I am extremely blessed to have you in my life and for all the help and support you give me.

Stephanie Herman-Winkler, my Publicity Goddess. You have suffered with technology to make things work. You indeed are a great treasure to me and I value your friendship. Thank you so much for all that you have done, and you looked stunning in your corset.J

Mike Winkler, my Tech God. Thank you so very much for your wiring and technological expertise to make things work when it doesn’t appear that they will. Mayhap, with your help, Evan will stop losing his hair.J You are indeed a treasure.

Marshall Dane – When Evan told me he met you at the Canadian Musician awards and that you agreed to play for the Book Launch I was really happy. When you came in with your guitar and began to play for us I instantly became a fan. I am very lucky to have had you play at my event and I look forward to the day when I can say “I had Marshall Dane play at my Book Launch and I have the video to prove it.J” You really made the evening. Without you it wouldn’t have been so successful.

We arrived at the Fox and Fiddle on Yonge Street at 4pm to the surprise that some folks were already there, upstairs on the patio! It took time, but we got the whole area settled and set up. When 5pm showed up people began to arrive. More and more folks flowed in and I was grateful that we had the upper patios for our needs.

Many folks headed to the patio for dinner and I eventually was sent up there too. Gotta feed the author so she doesn’t pass out, right?J While I waited for my food to arrive, I had the wonderful opportunity to move from table to table and talk with folks.

After dinner more folks arrived and more mingling was done. It was wonderful to see so many new and supportive faces. Even my parents and in-laws came out. More books were sold and then it was time for Marshall to play his first set. My goodness he is incredible! If you can, you MUST get his CD. What a wonderful performer and he charmed everyone.

Then it was my turn to perform. It was my first public reading of my book and I had tried, without success, to figure out what part of the book I should read. I had asked several folks who have read my book their opinion. Eventually I left it to Irith to request her favourite part. I read the first love scene between the Angel and Jeanie. It went really well.

Then we had the raffles. Three little ‘goth kits’, two bottles of wine and a fencing lesson for four were raffled off. I’m really happy that the person who really wanted the fencing lesson won it. I’ve never seen anyone so excited! I hope you enjoy, Brett!

Marshall played again for us (thank you Irith for convincing him to do another set;) and it was great!

With so much entertainment we went for a break before the bloody cake cutting ceremony.J Marshall was swarmed by lots of lovely ladies buying his CD and lots of folks bought my book. Photos were taken as more folks arrived. Then it was time for the cake to be cut.

I have to admit I’ve never cut a cake with a sword before. I was contemplating using a nice over handed swing, but that would have made a mess. I did it gently. The rest of the evening was filled with sugar filled pixies J and socializing.

Much praise was sung about my book from folks who had already read it, which made me blush or laugh. I think the funniest was that someone got completely turned around and lost on the TTC Subway because she became so engrossed. In every case, I was happy to hear that folks were enjoying it, making those who have not yet read it want to read it.

I’m writing this the day after the party, in a futile attempt to recover, know that this Launch is just the beginning. I have to get the energy going again because in 4 more days I’ll be at Polaris23 as a Notable Guest and from all that I have heard about it, I should expect it to be amazingly busy and loads of fun.


Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"

Thursday, June 25, 2009

More great news!

After was kind to take down the iUniverse crappy version of my book, they put up the link for the correct and awesome version of my book. It just went up today. Books are available despite the notice on the listing. I know...I just bought one.:)

To purchase my book through
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Unfortunately, for people in Canada and the UK you'll have to wait as Amazon is still in the process of taking down the iUniverse version and putting up the Dark Dragon Publication version.:)

Also, my book is available through

Of course, if you want a signed copy you have to get it through me.;P

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
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Book Trailer is Launched

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Good and The Bad

Today I received a call from one of the organizers for "Word On The Street" here in Toronto. I was so thrilled! I was told in February that the list for the Authors in the Writers Block was full up so I didn't plan on going. But today I got the call that someone canceled and the organizers still had my name on the list. Of course i jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't. Word On The Street - Toronto has about 600,000 people coming to it.

My Marketing Goddess is also arranging a 'Picnic in the Park' for me to have a picnic lunch with my fans at Word On The Street, where I'll do some readings from my book 'Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen'. More info will be forthcoming.

I'm also getting more and more excited about my Book Launch Party on July 5th. I'm a week and a half away and there is so much to do! It's so exciting!

Book sales are going well and more local independent booksellers are taking my book. This is just great.

Also online sales are going well and the signed numbered copies are going fast. If you want one best to order it soon because they will be gone after the Book Launch. To order.

My publisher has done some great things for me, least of all is getting my book up and running on Createspace so folks can purchase the book in USD through them as well and they will be getting Amazon to sell it too in the next couple of weeks. I'll make sure the post goes up about that when it happens. The only thing is that they aren't signed.

On to the topic of internet sales of my book -

Do NOT purchase my book through Amazon (.com/.ca/.uk/etc) or Barnes and Noble if it says that the publisher is iUniverse. Do NOT purchase the book through iUniverse either. The quality of the book is absolutely HORRIBLE, ILLEGIBLE and is not worth the paper it is printed on. The ISBNs for the iUniverse fiascos are under the ISBNs 978-144-013-5521 (6x9 trade paperback) and 978-144-013-4454 (hard cover). Amazon is in the process of taking it down by my request and Barnes and Noble have been notified to take it down too.

ONLY books with the following ISBN 9780981196503 by Dark Dragon Publications on either Amazon or Createspace should be purchased or purchasing it through the publisher at will ensure that you have a legitimate copy.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to respond to this.

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bitten By Books Review is IN!


My review from Bitten By Books is in! Check it out!

Karen Dales in her debut offering has written a poignant and epic tale of life and its constant challenges to both the human body and psyche. She writes of the hardships that our forbearers had to prevail against in those times of hardship, prejudice and superstition.

The boy had never known anything but the love of Auntie, the woman who cared for him and kept him from all human eyes. He only knew he was different than the others he had seen while hiding from anyone who came to the humble shack. The boy’s albino looks kept him from appearing totally human, giving him fae features. His name was even a mystery as he had never been given a proper name, only the name of the fey creature those who had espied him on rare occasions had given him: Gwyn ap Nudd.

The prequel to Angel of Death is the Chronicle of the Changling which introduces us to the boy’s life. His birth, his abandonment, his life with Auntie, his unknowing relationship with his father, his meeting of his mentor and Chooser, Father Notus, and his first brush with the dark forces give us incite to the man now known as the Angel.

Angel of Death continues with the Chooser Father Paul and his Chosen, now only known as the Angel, back in England. There is something poisoning the Chosen who now call themselves Vampire, and the Mistress of the City has forced Angel’s hand in compelling him to find out what and who is causing this spreading disease which is tainting the blood of mortals, killing the Chosen who feed on them unsuspectingly. Angel’s hand is further forced to take on partners to help him in his search: Fernando, a cocky Portuguese noble who is very brash and the lovely Scottish maid, Jeanie Stuart, who has pined for the Angel to notice her for years.

The trio find themselves traveling to France to search out the conspirators in the poisoning of their food supply and subsequent extinction. While on their quest, they find love, friendship and truths which lead them back to where they started from.

This novel is a brilliant example of good overcoming and prevailing against evil and prejudice. I must say this tale was an emotional ride of literary genius, both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I will be watching and waiting for Ms. Dales’ next chapter in the life of the Angel.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I must apologize for not having posted in quite some time, but I have learned a new level of stress this past week.

Never before have I encountered such incredible nit wits as the US Publishers my Canadian Publisher is using for greater distribution. They fully regret ever having gone with them and it has driven me to drink just to calm down a few nights last week. That's something I have NEVER done before and never need to do again!

Now, cross fingers, the US Publishers will be going to print and I'll get my galley next week. They have until June 10th to do their work or the contract will be broken. My publishers are PISSED.

On a good note...Dark Dragon Publications contacted the Canadian Printers and were given the thumbs up. Files were sent and now there is a bet going on within Dark Dragon as to who is going to get us our books first. LOL I'm betting on the Canadian printers....they have the same deadline.

I'm not going to go into all the gory details yet. I haven't been given permission to do so, but if the contract is broken then I'll spill.

As it stands right now my Marketing Goddess has me as a guest for the
Canadian Fan Expo I'm really excited about that.

More good news...I have
NOW Magazine, Eye Weekly, Snap!, Metro News, and listing my Book Launch Party and sending reporters.:)

Arrangements are currently in the works for me to have a designer authors wardrobe made by
Starkers Corsetry. I'm really excited about that because her clothing is SPECTACULAR!

My Marketing Goddess IS a Goddess.:)

For those of you interested in purchasing a personalized, signed and numbered edition of my book, please continue to be patient. My website is going through a serious overhaul to satisfy the needs of a shopping cart. My Publicity Goddess is also a Web Design Goddess. She's currently at work on it and will get it up asap.:)

There will be more news coming. I'll try and post more often.

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - June 8, 2009.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fan Expo


Check it out! I'm so happy! I wasn't expecting this at all! And I've been told that this is just the beginning!


Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - June 8, 2009.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Book Launch Finalized!

It's been over a week since I last seriously posted but so much has gone on that it's only now that I am able to post.

After a lot of headaches, sleepless nights, frustration, to get "Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen" ready to print we finally have a release date: June 8, 2009. I'm so excited about this. We were having a lot of problems with the design department of the American publishers that finally I had to call the senior VP of Production. My head of production for up here left a message on my behalf because of all the f-ups on their part. The Senior VP checked into it and called us back apologizing for the f-ups and offered us a better deal. So for all those headaches, etc, it looks like it worked out in our favour.

Now that we have the date of launch I was able to organize the
Book Launch Party. It's going to be on Sunday, July 5th at the Fox and Fiddle (1535 Yonge Street, Toronto). I'm really looking forward to this party! There's still so much more to organize! It was originally on the 19th of July, but I had to move it because my cousin is getting married on the 19th. I'm also looking into finding a musician to play there. So far I have one that may be able to do it, if she's in town. That means I should also look for a second/back up one too. What's really nice about this venue is that they don't mind us using their projection system to show off the commercials for the books.

Three of many commercials are shot and are currently being edited. I'm so excited! I've seen some bits of them, but I can't wait to see the whole thing! My Marketing Goddess has plans for at least three more to shoot. Once they are out I'll post them here and let everyone see them. I think everyone will really like them.:) As for the others, we're hoping to shoot them in May when it warms up. They're booth to be outdoors, but one of them requires that we shoot in the woods. That means warmth and foliage. We don't want to freeze our actress.:)

Last Friday my Marketing Goddess took me to the
Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week (FAT). I've never been to a fashion show before and I have to admit it was more than interesting. The first part I'm not sure whether or not they were clothing. Completely sober I kept up the one liners that had my Marketing Goddess laughing. The second part had us oohing and aweing. The clothing was wonderful and I think I'll be contacting one or both of these designers - Starkers! Corsetry and Futurestate. Personally, if I had to choose just one of them, it'd be Starkers. In the crappy lighting my Marketing Goddess took this photo of us with her blackberry

This past weekened we also celebrated my hubby's birthday with a big party on Sunday that left me wasted on Monday. I managed to get through my day job, but after dinner I said I needed to go for a nap. That was at 7pm. I woke up at 9am. Boy did I need that! I feel almost caught up. Luckily I don't work on Tuesdays. This meant I could get some work done for "Angel of Death" until it was time to pick up the Bug from JK.

Then it was off to the mall to have a bite of lunch and see
Earth by Disney. It was awesome! Everyone should go and see it. I can't wait for the next one on Earth Day 2010.

Then it was back home and lo and behold I was able to get lots of stuff done for "Angel of Death." 6 things are currently crossed off my to do list for the book! Woo Hoo! Only two left, which requires my publicist Goddess and my designer. Now I can relax a bit and get back to what I really and truly love...writing the next novel in the series 'Shadow of Death: Book Two of the Chosen."

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - End of May 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

It's over.

I can't believe this weekend is over.

It feels as though it never really was a weekend, but, alas, I am back to the job that pays the bills tomorrow morning.

This weekend marks the amazingly successful shooting of three fantastic commericals for the upcoming release of my novel, Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen.

I MUST thank Irith, my Marketing Goddess. She's the one that came up with and organized Saturday's shoot. She rocks and I am so incredibly blessed to have her in my life. She arranged for Tiffany, Thalia and Bronwen as three of our actresses for the two shoots on Saturday. Thank you to these three lovely young women for coming out and helping!

A MONSTROUSLY huge thank you to Evan of WAVStudios for doing all the filming and most of the set up for both Saturday and Sunday's shoot. He's also the one who wrote and directed the third commercial that was shot today, Sunday. He also arranged to have Lazlo and Robin for that shoot. I can't wait to see the results.

Another HUGE thank you goes to Lazlo and his girlfriend, Willow, for coming to Toronto from Ottawa to help out with the shoot. You are such wonderfully kind folks. Especially Willow for standing in as one of the actors who didn't show for Saturday's shoot. I know it was last minute and completely unexpected, but THANK YOU! I can't wait to see the two of you again at Kaleidoscope Gathering this year.

Now I have to wait to see what WAVStudio's does with the footage and everything. Evan figures he'll be able to get them all done in about the time my book is released. This is great because next month there will be two more commercial shoots for the book. Irith is, again, the mistress of marketing magic and is doing the stuff she does so well. I can't believe her well of creativity. She has probably two more to do after that as well!

So keep an eye on here and everywhere 'cause when they are released on the internet you're just going to love them!

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - End of May 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ups and Downs

It's been a while since I last posted and I can't believe that it's been only a week. It feels like a month!

Update on my book -
It looks like because I have a book fair already booked for June my publisher has agreed with me to press forward towards printing a little faster than they expected. Had we gone with their original time line I wouldn't have had books for the fair. At this rate it looks like I will. Please cross your fingers!

I am currently booked (sorry for the pun) for three events: the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, Kaleidoscope Gathering, and the FanExpo Canada. I am currently waiting to hear back as to whether I'll be at Anticipation: the 67th World Science Fiction Convention. Please cross your fingers! I really want to go to that! If I do, then that will be at least four events booked for this year alone. It'll take me into the end of summer at which point I'll probably have to start looking for more events to go to for the fall and winter.:)

Update on life -
Last Thursday evening I had my family (sans my sister and her hubby) and my inlaws over for dinner. I stupidly volunteered and tho everyone had a great time I was still dealing with the exhaustion of the week previous of getting "AoD" closer to production. Sunday was dinner at my mother-in-law's. That coupled with a weekend of lots and lots of socializing, meetings with my Marketing Goddess, my Publicity Goddess and my Tech God, I was burned out.

So here comes a week of work. I'm burnt out. I have no desire to step foot into the office. I am so in need of a mental health month. And then on Monday night, right after work, my step-mum calls to let me know that my Aunt finally passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. OY! I go to call my boss and let him know I will not be in this Friday to work because of the funeral. He was fine with it, completely understandible. The only person I know I'm going to have an issue with about it is the Dr. I work for on Friday since the other secretary won't work for him. I'm expecting a more than 'interesting' day with him tomorrow.

So, if you believe in any higher power, please send me good thoughts/prayers/wishes, so that I can survive the week.

OH CRAP>>> This weekend is the commercial shoots for my book. least I don't have to be there.:)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Onwards and Upwards

Today, under the advice of my marketing Goddess and because I really, really wanna go, I sent off my cheque to "Anticipation: The 67th World Science Fiction Convention" being held in Montreal August 6th to 10th.

My fingers are crossed in the hopes that they will still have some space for me. If they do, then please cross your fingers that I'll be able to take the extra time off of my day job. I am so finding that my job is interfering with my career!LOL

I'll update everyone on this as soon as I know.

On the publishing front, the publisher has acknowledged that they received everything they were supposed to receive and that I will be getting a digital proof soon. Once I sign off on that then they send me a galley which I'll have to sign off on. I'm getting closer!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

We're getting closer to the shooting dates for the three commercials for the book. If you are interested and live in Toronto please email

Also, as time seems to be progressing nicely with an updated laptop, I'll be getting the copy edit version done of the book back to the publishers really soon. I can't wait to see a galley!

So far, as for a release date for the book, we're looking at the end of May. An exact date has not been set yet, but it's getting close. It had better be 'cause I'm doing the Toronto Small Press Book Fair on June 13th!

As to what else is going on...this week I'm sending off my application to have a table at the Fan Expo at the end of August. I am so excited about that one! Please cross your fingers for me that I get the promised table.:)

I'll also be at Kaleidoscope Gathering this year too. I believe Helmut is going to put up a writers tent for us authors, which is really sweet of him.

I'm also looking at other venues to participate in.

I haven't heard back from Word On The Street in Kitchener yet so I'll be calling them next week as well. More crossed fingers please.:)

Please feel free to let everyone know about this fan page by inviting your friends.

I have also set up a Facebook Group too. Feel free to join it and tell all your friends about it.

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - Summer 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Third God by Ricardo Pinto

I have to state that one of my favourite authors and a friend of mine has the third book of his trilogy coming out now.
"The Third God" the final installment of "Stone Dance of the Chameleon" looks like it's going to be even better than the first two books, "The Chosen" and "The Standing Dead." If anyone is truly interested in reading a unique and extraordinary trilogy one really needs to pick up Ricardo's books.

I'm waiting very impatiently for my copy of "The Third God."

Check out his website

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - Summer 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This week, even tho it's only half over, has been a crazy ride that I know will only get better.

It all started on Sunday evening when three friends of mine came over for dinner and a discussion. It was a good discussion. They volunteered their amazing abilities to help me promote my soon to be released novel
'Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen'

That night my marketing/publicity team laid out an amazing plan of action that left my head swimming and my energy levels bouncing. They were talking about things that took me a while to understand the true scope of what they are about to do. Thus, I ended up having a sleepless night.

I went to work bouncing around doing my job. That evening we went out to our monthly get together/networking group where Sunday night's energy was still with me. Two of my marketing team were there and were ready for my eventual crash (which came at about 10:30pm and insisted I self medicate with caffeine to make sure I drove home in one piece. They are great folks!

Then on Tuesday night was another meeting! My marketing team leader (who is a freaking genius!) met with my husband and I for another dinner and discussion. This time for the video aspects of promotions. My husband is a videographer/music producer/graphics god. They came up with some incredible ideas.

This afternoon, my hubby is putting out a casting call while my team leader lays out story boards! We're all meeting again this Saturday and I'm really stoked!

When I asked what I'm supposed to do, I was told by my team leader to "continue writing and networking". If this keeps up I may be forced to get a blackberry (much to the overjoyment of my computer/viral marketing/publicity dude.:)

Gods, I've been blessed with great friends!

After the first run is all sold out, I'm taking them all out for dinner to celebrate!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

First of all I want to state that I was going to post this as a response to ruthannnordin's post Self-publishing: What can you realistically expect for your money? I was going to write a response in her profile but thought to post in my profile since it's probably going to be a bit on the longish side.

When someone publishes, regardless of whether or not they do it with a mirco/small/large publishing house or self publishes, the success of the book is very much dependent upon the author's ability to get out there and do what is necessary to market and publicize their novel.

In large houses, they do some publicity and marketing in the hopes that what little they do will stimulate sales enough to clear out their initial print run of 5000 (for debut authors without a proven track record..which is most of us) within six weeks of launch. After six weeks whatever is left is either remaindered, sold to discount book stores, held in warehouses or just destroyed. After 6 weeks, the large houses will usually not continue their campaign unless success is evident within the first 6 weeks because they have other authors to try and see if they can hit the jackpot with them.

Most of these authors will never sell their first run and then the book will be remaindered. If one is lucky, it'll be put on the publisher's POD for possible individual sales later on. Oh...and that advance the author gets...that should go to marketing and publicity.

As for expecting similar marketing/publicity from a mirco/small publishing house is not realistic. They usually do not have the budget to do a proper marketing campaign or publicity run. Again, the advance they give you (if any) should go to getting your own marketing agent and/or publicist.

Most authors don't make it big until their 3rd or 4th novel (usually in a series). Very few, unless they are literary authors, will get large advances. The only exception to this is when Steven Erikson sold his 10 novel series...he got the largest advance in British history...L500,000.

Why do agents and publishers want to see a marketing plan from an author? Very simply, if the author isn't willing to go the distance, they won't put in their money. There can be clauses within the publishing contract that the author has to put up a certain percentage or amount of money and the publisher will match or offer a percentage for marketing and publicity. I've seen a couple of those.

Just because one is published by publishing house it does not guarantee you'll see your book on a bookshelf in a bookstore. Bookstore space is extremely limited. There are many authors who have been published with publishing houses where you'll never see their books on shelves.
And the publishing rights...gone to that publisher. Getting books into independent bookstores is usually the way to go in your city/local, but this means, regardless of how your book is published, the author has to go in and talk to the manger/purchaser.

Now, for self publishing, ruthannnordin posts some interesting links about POD, BUT it's not about the costs of the printing, but rather the costs of having them publicize/market your novel. An author, no matter where, will have to pay out of pocket for a publicist and marketing agent UNLESS they have friends who specialize in this. Oh...and the author should have a computer/internet genius on there payroll or as a friend, to set up viral marketing. So regardless of whether one self-publishes or goes the traditional route, the author still has to pay for these services.

If one wants to self publish and is looking at PODs like Lulu or iUniverse (Gods...stay away from Author House that set themselves up as a trad publishing house but are not) then one has to look at these places as only printers, just like if you go to any other printers.

No matter what, in either case, the author must view their novel and the need to sell it as a self-employed business. If not, then the book will fail to sell.

As for self published individuals getting on the NYTimes bestsellers list...well...the NYTimes list and others are generally manipulated by the author/publisher depending on how much money is put into it. In other words, these lists are complete fabrications and have no bearing on whether it's a good book but rather how many books were sold within a short period of time. Yes...these lists are completely manipulated.

No matter the case, whether one is self publishing, publishing with a micro/small/large publisher one needs to market/publicize one's books. Oh..and a good book for that.. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.

Oh...and today I have a meeting with my viral marketing genius and my marketing/publicity genius...both of them are friends. In exchange for their services, for him: getting him into the Cons I'm going to do:) as for her, shaitsu massages from me.:) The barter system is still alive and kicking!

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - Summer 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My First Book Fair

I've done it!

I've managed to get a table at
The Toronto Small Press Book Fair So on Saturday, June 13th at the Toronto Resource Library, I'll be getting my first taste of getting up close and personal with the public in trying to let them know about 'Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen' I'm hoping to sell a few books and see what happens. It's going to be a great and wonderful test for me as I'm going to get a table at the FanExpo here in Toronto in August, which is Canada's LARGEST multi-media event.

To help let folks know about it too, I've set up a
Facebook events page for it.

My brain is reeling. I don't even have my first run ready to be printed off and yet I'm getting all these events booked! I'm stoked, and nervous, and excited, etc.:)

So, there I'll be at the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, at table #47, with my books, posters, bookmarks and biz cards. It's time for me to step out into the limelight.

As to what else I'll be doing? I'll let you know as soon as I've met with my friend who has experience and expertise in marketing and publicity. Dinner in trade of her squishy brain...I think I'm on the good end of the stick.:)

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - Summer 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'm crossing my fingers that finally, FINALLY, my writers block is broken and I can get down to work on writing the next novel in the series.

Man, it's been hard. It's been a long time since I went through that. Thankfully this time it didn't last as long. That would have completely messed me up. At least this time I was able to use my pent up energies in trying to write with promotions and marketing for the current novel. Unfortunately such work did not get rid of the knot in my gut telling me to write and the anxiety of not being able to.

I think what finally broke the block is that I sat down with my husband to talk about the problem. He's always been a great help and support. What we figured out is that I was still emotionally unready to release the first book out into the world - I didn't want to let go and because of that I couldn't move forward. The talk made a lot of sense for me and I let it work over my subconscious when I went to sleep that night. I think it worked! I remember waking that morning with the key to make the scene I was writing make sense. It literally came to me in a dream. After that I meditated upon the whole idea and how it would work. This morning, after I dropped my son at school (I have Tuesday's off from my full time job), I went home to an empty house (hubby was at a photo shoot downtown) and I wrote for almost two hours before having to pick my son up from JK.

It felt so good. I'm excited to write tonight after the Bug hits the hay I'll be able to sit down and write some more. Just being excited to write is a relief! I love painting moving pictures with words.:) Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Outta My Hands

Well, it's at the publishers now and all I can do is sit and wait. If I had long fingernails I would probably bite them to the nub. I've been told that it'll take about a little over a month for the final editors to go through it and then do what they have to do to produce a galley. Then it's back to me. I do the final look over/edit and then it'll be published! If all goes well, Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen will be available come the beginning of May!

Check out my website:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I find it strange, or maybe I shouldn't, about how the Universe takes people out of my life, only to return them later on.

This has happened a lot lately. One of the biggest is reconnecting with my best friend from grade school and junior high school. It had been almost 25 years since I had last seen him and when we talked on the phone it took me back to how we used to be. This was more profound when he came over for lunch to meet the hubby and my son. I still recognized him as my best friend from that time in my life, yet I could see how life had changed him too. A quarter of a century will do that to anyone. I'm sure he felt the same way with me. Now we're rekindling our friendship that life's paths have diverged in our early teens. We have so much to catch up on. So much to relearn. It's exciting and amazing.

When I heard the term BFF (Best Friends Forever) I never believed it could be true (besides that of my hubby). Maybe it is.

Then, just today, I reconnected with another good friend where life had separated us for a period of time. It'll be interesting to see where that leads.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

It's Done!

I have finished the editing of my novel.

I can't believe it is done.

All I need to do is just send it off to the publishers on Monday and then it's out of my hands until they send it back with whatever corrections they want me to make or sign off on. Then it goes to the printers and I'll have two weeks to go through the galley when I receive it.

I'm getting closer and closer to finally seeing it in print and available for purchase. A part of me is thrilled and excited, while another is terrified. My baby that I have worked long and hard on is about to be set out into the world for all to read.

I wonder what will happen when I reach the top of this roller coaster? LOL

Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm so thrilled!

The back cover and spine to my novel are all done and it looks amazing! I wish I could post the back cover up here, but I don't have the files! :( That's okay.

It took a while to see what was going to be written, but it looks really good and what's better is that it's a catchy read.:)

Now all I have to do is finish the final edit of the manuscript and then everything is all good to go to the printers! I'm really excited, yet, there is the nagging fear of finally letting my novel, something I worked so long and hard on, get into the public eye. I guess it can be akin to letting you kid finally move out or the like. I don't son is just starting school. But, all in all, it looks like the novel may be ready for release earlier than anticipated.

After the printers get there will be one last thing for me to do...go over the galley and do any last minute edits/changes before signing off on it! Then I pat the baby on the bottom and send it out the door.:)

I would have posted this earlier, but a nasty lung infection was a birthday present from my son. I spent most of the week hacking my lungs out and sleeping (when I wasn't at work...yep...I still had to go to work).

I plan on posting more as time goes on.:)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Edit, Edit, Edit

The back cover to my novel is almost complete and if I like it then I sigh off on it.:)

Now, one big task is before me before my novel goes to print - I have to go through it and do any last changes and edits.

I can't believe I'm almost done and I'll be holding my novel in my hands in a matter of months! I'm already getting so many folks interested in reading it! Thank you all!

I've also been kicking around the idea of doing a book plate for it. I know many folks love having their editions autographed and in this day and age, with ordering off the internet, it's hard to get this done, but I may have a way to do this. Keep posted and I'll let you know once the details are all worked out.

Until then, I'm trying to find as much time as I can to do this edit, sign off on the covers and then it's out of my hands until the galleys come to me.

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - Summer 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Exhausted postings

It has finally occurred to me. I am pushing myself way too much and too hard.

I realized this while at work today. I walked to work as I usually do, and then proceeded to yawn, nod, and nearly fall asleep.

You know when you're so tired you actually feel sick. That's me right now. So you're probably wondering what I'm doing on here. Very simply put...I'm waiting to get my son to sleep and then I'm off.

But a big part of me wants to do more work for my marketing and promotions of my novel. The cover designs are going to be done soon so that keeps me excited. I have to do one last edit before the galley and then do the galley edit. Just thinking about doing all these things makes me want to stay awake. But I know one thing...if I don't hit the hay soon, my husband is going to knock me unconscious so I can stop looking so dreadful. LOL

'Night All!

Saturday, January 31, 2009


I am absolutely thrilled. Yesterday Dark Dragon Publications informed me that they got the ISBN for my book. We're almost ready to go to press! One more final editing job to be done before the galley is printed. Yahoo!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Copyright Alright.

Today, in the mail, I received the certification of registration of copyright for my novel. It looks all nice and official and makes me shiver with excitement that the process of seeing my novel in print and distributed to so many bookstores is becoming going along nicely.

Tried to call my publisher to ask some questions as to what is next expected of me, but they weren't in. Gotta love winter when a huge snowstorm can make it next to impossible for so many folks to work. Not for me, tho...had to work at the conventional job. Some of the perks of working walking distance from the biz.

Tonight, if other obligations are put to bed early, they'll be more work on the cover design. Also, I'll be kicking around an idea for the book trailer. I like the idea, but now I have to really sit down and write it. WAV Design Studios will be doing it. I just have to write what I want and get it signed off by Dark Dragon.

So much to do and lots of time to do it, but I so want to do it all now.:)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen

It's been a very long time coming, but my debut novel "Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen" will be released this Summer in both Trade Paperback and Hardcover. I am thrilled and excited to see what will happen.

In the process of it's development towards the printed and bound version that will hit Indigo and Chapters (in Canada), Barnes and Noble and Boarders (in the USA) and Amazon worldwide, I plan on taking the time to get the word out and really make an effort.

One of the things I have learned from other published authors is that what will determine if a novel will sink or swim is the author's ability to market him/herself. I plan on doing just that and to start early.

I encourage everyone to check out my website:

Take a look around. Read what I have posted so far and feel free to comment.

Here is the back synopsis for "Angel of Death"

The Vampires of London are being murdered and only
the Angel of Death can save them.

When Father Paul Notus, is captured and threatened with a gruesome death by the Mistress of London and her vampires, the Angel is forced into a dark world of murder and deception to discover who is killing the Vampires of Britain.

Forced into a partnership with the Noble Fernando de Sagres, a vampire of sadistic tastes, and joined by the beautiful and mortal Jeanie Stuart, the Angel must seek out who is behind these killings.

Plagued by demons from his past and his increasing affections for Jeanie, the Angel walks a fine line between his heart and his fears. He discovers the culprits but at a high cost – the irrevocable discovery of what he truly is and the Destruction of one he loves.