I’m so excited to announce that my unpublished historical mystery, A Lamentation of Swans, won Gold for Best Unpublished Mystery in the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards! Not only that, but the book was named First Runner Up for Unpublished Book of the Year – a category which includes ALL fiction novels submitted, regardless of genre! To say I’m honored and excited is a severe understatement!! :)

Now I just need to publish it, so you all can read it, too. LOL!!!

Hope everyone’s having a lovely fall! Stay tuned – I have more Big News coming SOON. ;)

New Facebook Reader Group – Cover Reveal & Excerpts of DAMNING THE DEAD Coming Soon!

I’m so excited to share that my Facebook Reader Group, Kerry’s Kindred Spirits, is LIVE! If you’d like to join, it can be found at http://facebook.com/groups/kerryskin. To kick us off, I’ll be doing SIX weekly giveaways, for giftcards good for books and movies, ranging from $15 to $25! Giveaways will start on Sundays and end on Saturdays, with the first one launching on July 18, to give everyone a chance to join, and me a chance to get the festivities started! ;)

Plus (drumroll…) – I’ve got even MORE exciting news! I have a COVER for DAMNING THE DEAD, and it is AMAZE-BALLS. Seriously! I’ll be doing the reveal in the Facebook group soon(-ish :)), as well as posting a teaser excerpt or two, because (second drumroll…) I should have a release date very soon!!! And it should be in 2021!!!

Yep, you read that right: DAMNING THE DEAD is finally in the final pre-pub stage! More than a year later than expected, but who’s counting?? (If you need excuses, try: Personal, Professional, and Global Catastrophes over the last 18+ months. ‘Nuff said. :)) I am SO excited that it’s finally almost here, and I can share more of Hyacinth & Co.’s ups, downs, and all-arounds with you all! And let me tell you – this time, she’s in for one helluva ride!!!

Okay, I think that’s it for DATD news! For today, at least! When I have a release date, I’ll let you know. Or if you want to find out faster, join Kerry’s Kindred Spirits, as that’s where I’ll be sharing it first. Hope you’re all having a great summer! I’m about to leave on a three-week trailer camping jaunt to the Midwest, so follow me on Instagram if you want to see random pics, or TikTok for random videos. :) Or, not to belabor the point – join the FB group, where I’ll probably share as well!


WAKING THE DEAD – Contest Success and a Fabulous Review from Reader’s Favorite

I’m SO happy to announce that WAKING THE DEAD won another award – this one for third place in the National Excellence in Story Telling (NEST) Contest. Paranormal Category! This is a highly competitive competition, and I’m thrilled to have placed so highly!

Additionally, last week I received this AMAZING 5-star review, from Reader’s Favorite, which reads in part, “a very engrossing romantic and fantasy blockbuster of a tale that is sure to keep readers turning the pages from cover to cover.” SQUEE!!!


Um…WOW! Right after I finally posted about WAKING THE DEAD’s recent awards, I found out PUBLISH OR PERISH earned Second Place for Novel Length Suspense in the International Digital Awards!!!

This means so much to me – of course I love all my book babies. But this was the first romance I wrote that I really thought had a chance at traditional publishing. And when that never materialized, it became the first book I self-published. (So far, it’s the ONLY one, but I’m working on more! LOL!)

Anyway – it’s been a labor of love, literally, from the start. So to have it also earning awards is really special. :) Now, back to whatever it was I’m supposed to be doing today (besides remembering the importance of the day itself… :)). Again, hope you’re all able to appreciate Veteran’s Day, and have a wonderful Wednesday!


I am SO late announcing this here! Life has been crazy – I can’t believe Awards Month has come and gone, and now it’s mid-November already. *sigh* But better late than never, right?

So, without further ado, I am super excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD won the Gold Medal for Best Published Fantasy in Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award! I am so honored by this award, as DEBRIEFING THE DEAD won it last year.

WOW. Just…wow. :)

And…I’m even later announcing that WAKING THE DEAD also earned First Runner Up in InD’tale Magazine’s Reward Of Novel Excellence Award for Best Paranormal (Long) – which DEBRIEFING THE DEAD won last year!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the public voting rounds, and thank you to everyone who continues to buy, review, and recommend it! I appreciate your support!

Have a wonderful, peaceful Veteran’s Day, wherever you are. And stay safe!!

We Did It!

Thank you all SO much for your support! And sorry for the delayed update – it turns out teaching high school math to middle school students, 100% online, is EXACTLY as hard and time-consuming as it sounds.  :(

Anyway! I’m not here to complain about the day job, but to share wonderful news: On September 9, DEBRIEFING THE DEAD officially became a bestseller, in several categories, and in three countries: the US, Canada, and the UK. (I made it to #2 in Australia, also for several days!  :)) And it stayed in the top 10, in all those countries, for five to six days!

So, thank you ALL for your support during this big push! I couldn’t have done it without you!!

Next up: Awards month! In all the other excitement, I almost forgot (#lying  ;)) that WAKING THE DEAD is still nominated for two awards, both of which will be announced in October. First up is InD’tale Magazine’s RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards on October 10, followed by the Royal Palm Literary Awards on October 17.

Eep!!!  :)


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Help me hit a Bestseller List between MONDAY 9/7/20 and SUNDAY 9/13/20!


  • Any time during the week of 9/7-9/13, buy DEBRIEFING THE DEAD for $0.99 at Amazon, Apple, BN or Google. (May be price-matched elsewhere, but I can’t guarantee it.)
  • If you already own it, THANK YOU SO MUCH! And – please consider gifting it to someone who may enjoy it!
  • If you aren’t tied to Amazon for your ebooks, please consider buying from Barnes & Noble or Apple. Most independent bestseller lists require a certain number of sales from those two retailers – you can’t hit their list, no matter how many sales you have, if those numbers are ONLY on Amazon!
  • If you can’t buy it, no worries! But please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads, if you haven’t already, and/or recommending it to your family and friends. Just getting the word out is hugely important!
  • If you’d like to help EVEN MORE, check out this page* for shareable graphics and social media posts. (* The page is live, but may be empty, if you’re viewing it on Sunday 9/6.  :))


Three years ago, a lifelong dream came true for me. After decades of writing, I finally earned my first publishing contract, for DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (click here for blurb, reviews, etc.). This wasn’t the first book I wrote, but it’s most definitely the book of my heart – the one I wrote FOR ME, because I wanted to, not because I thought it fit some preconceived “market need.”

A few months later, in May 2018, it was finally released into the world. I didn’t know what to expect – heck, I didn’t even know what genre to call it, or if anyone other than my family and friends would read it. Trepidatiously, I sent it out to a few reviewers, and then waited…and waited…and waited. Finally, the first review came back – FIVE STARS. And then – another one! And another! And then the book began winning awards – in nationally-recognized fiction contests, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, InD’tale Magazine’s RONE Awards, and most recently, the Reader’s Favorite Fiction Award. Another dream come true – people WHO DIDN’T KNOW ME loved my book baby!

And then, in March 2019 an even BIGGER dream came true. I was at work (I’m a math teacher  :)), five minutes before the bell would ring to start the day. I had been getting calls all morning on my cell from an unknown number, and noticed they’d finally left a voicemail. I decided to check it quickly – OMG. It was Hanna Rhys-Barnes from Romance Writers of America, telling me I MIGHT want to call her back, because she MIGHT have some exciting news for me. I still tear up, thinking about it! I ran outside to the bus loading zone and with shaking hands, dialed her back. It was true – DEBRIEFING THE DEAD, my DEBUT NOVEL, was a RITA® Award Finalist. (I didn’t win, but I don’t even care! Just being a finalist – with a first book – is HUGE!)

Now, I have a chance for DEBRIEFING THE DEAD to hit a Bestseller List – another lifelong dream. After two years of trying, I was finally selected for a BookBub Featured Deal (thousands apply, and only a few are selected). It goes out this week, and no matter what the final results are, this will likely be the biggest sales week for the book since it debuted. (The number of subscribers for this list, Supernatural Suspense, is just under 1.5 million!!!)

So, I need your help! I can’t do it without you – and I will be forever grateful, and will return the favor if and when you need it. Swearsies!!  :)  Now, I’m off to start refreshing my sales rankings every ten seconds or so for the next several days.  :)  I’ll report back and let you know how we did. Until then – one final time – I appreciate your support, and am so grateful to have you all in my corner!!



I’m speechless! DEBRIEFING THE DEAD earned a Bronze Medal award in the 2020 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards!!!2020 Reader's Favorite - Debriefing the Dead


And… PUBLISH OR PERISH earned an Honorable Mention in the Romance – Suspense category!!!2020 Readers Favorite - Romance - Suspense


I’m a little overwhelmed right now, but I had to share.  :)  Much needed good news, in these unprecedented times!

Now, off to more “virtual teaching” – overwhelming in a much less pleasant way!!!  :)

Happy September!

Wonderful Review of PUBLISH OR PERISH from Long and Short Reviews!

I’ve been editing like a madwoman (book three of The Dead Series!), and got behind on posting news. And this is WONDERFUL news!!! PUBLISH OR PERISH was recently reviewed by Long and Short Reviews, earning 4.5 stars overall!! And (*gulp*) the reviewer had this to say in summing up:

“Impossible to put down, and an absolute thrill to read. I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her work!”

Needless to say, I’m flying!!!  :)

WAKING THE DEAD is a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist

Waking the Dead CoverI’m SO excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD is following in its Big Sister’s (DEBRIEFING THE DEAD‘s) footsteps  – not only did it make it to the 2020 RONE Finals for Best Paranormal: Long, but I just learned it’s also a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist for Best Published Fantasy!

Sadly, BOTH those awards ceremonies are in October.  Maybe by then, my fingernails will have grown back (from all the nail biting  ;)) and I’ll be able to hobble down the Virtual Red Carpets with no cast, and no boot, completely under my own steam! (I had foot surgery a couple of weeks ago – 2020 is the year that Just. Won’t. Quit!!!!!  :))

Have a wonderful week, everyone! Hope your summers are going well!