Monday Musings: Top 6 Reasons to Check out Kindle Worlds + Complete List

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By Julie Gilbert

Introduction: Have you ever read a book and fallen in love with a character but then felt slightly empty when the story ended? Kindle Worlds is essentially officially sanctioned fanfiction put together for you by a host of professional writers.

Background: I’ve written 4 stories for Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Series Kindle World.

Top 6 Reasons to Check out Kindle Worlds:

1. There’s a world for everybody. Whether you’re into Hot Seals, mystery (Lei Crime), thriller (Jet), fantasy (doublesight), or GI Joe, there’s probably a world or two that would appeal to you.

2. New authors. We all have our favorite authors we’ll always scour the shelves for, but sometimes it’s nice to discover a new name. Think of these as 25000 word auditions for you new best writing friend.

3. New stories. It’s always recommended that you check into the original canon series, but there are endless possibilities in terms of alternate universes. See what other takes people have on old favorite characters.

4. Characters get more page time. There’s simply not enough space in a book to give you everybody’s life story, but a Kindle World story can take a side character and tell you his or her story in fuller form.

5. Discover novellas. They’re typically longer than short stories but not quite as hefty as a novel. They’re a different kind of art form than a full novel. There are advantages and disadvantages to that. A great number of the Kindle World stories that I’ve seen run 20-30 thousand words.

6. You might feel inspired. Joining a Kindle World is pretty easy. If you’ve always wanted to write a story but just can’t find the time for a 75000 word novel, maybe a novella is a good place to start. Begin with a character you’ve already fallen in love with. Take the on a new journey. Whether you publish it or not is up to you, but it’s great practice.

What Kindle Worlds are Out There?

As of 1/4/16 … (disclaimer: I don’t know about many of these as I’ve not written for them or researched them. This is simply what’s out there as of this moment.)

Quantum and Woody

Eternal Warrior

Ravenswood

Shadowman

X-O Manowar

Archer & Armstrong

Bloodshot

Unity

The Foreworld Saga

Harbinger

Gossip Girl

G.I. Joe

Pretty Little Liars

The World of Kurt Vonnegut

The Vampire Diaries

Veronica Mars – the TV series

The Dead Man

The Abnorm Chronicles

The Lizzy Gardner Files

Silo Saga

Wayward Pines

John Rain

The Callaways

Four Weddings and a Fiasco

Game for Love

The Arrangement

Sand Saga

Atlantis: The Origin Mystery

The Kathleen Turner Series

The Miss Fortune Series

The Chronos Files

St. Helena Vineyard Series

Body Movers

Dare to Love

The Lei Crime Series

The Perseid Collapse Series

Jack Daniels and Associates

The 100

Codename: Chandler

The Remingtons

Vampire for Hire

Shadow Ops

Muirwood

Jet

Hot Seals

Southern Shifters

Doublesight

World of de Wolfe Pack

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Teaser Thursday: Each Day I Wake

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By Seb Kirby

EachDay-KirbyCHAPTER 1

I opened my eyes.

It felt like someone else had opened them.

My lungs were on fire. Each breath a screech of pain.

This broken body, pushed almost beyond repair, wouldn’t let me move except to raise my head from the pillow and snatch a glance around before the agony of this simple action overtook me and I collapsed once more.

The room was cool and white. The light above was clinical.

Where was I?

I touched the pristine sheets.

I was in a hospital bed.

Why was I here?

How long had I been here?

I realised then that I knew the answer to none of these questions. And that there was another question I was afraid to ask.

Who am I?

CHAPTER 2

He told me his name was Josh Healey and that he was a clinician attached to the Trauma Ward.

“It’s good to see you’re looking stronger today.”

“You mean you’re surprised I’ve made it.”

“Don’t think that way. But if you mean you were badly injured, close to death, then I’d have to say yes.”

I struggled to understand. “What happened?”

“You don’t recall?”

“There’s nothing. Nothing. Until I wake up here.”

“They pulled you out of the water, from North Dock at Canary Wharf. A near drowning.”

“Some kind of accident?”

“No, you’d been beaten, before you entered the water. That’s the cause of the bruising and swelling to your arms, chest and abdomen.” He looked away. “Best not to dwell on that now. You’ve been in deep shock. But you’re now in recovery. The coldness of the water helped, I’m sure. Slowed the possibility of neurological damage. And we’ve restored your electrolyte balance. Your prognosis is good.”

“How long have I been here?”

He looked at the chart. “Three days.”

“And where is here?”

He smiled to reassure me. “We’re a few miles away from Canary Wharf, in Hammersmith Hospital.”

“What was I doing there, at Canary Wharf?”

“That’s what we’re hoping you’ll tell us. Once you’re better.” He took a step back. “No need to worry about this now, build your strength, give it time.”

CHAPTER 3

Then it came.

The first memory.

Clear, straight from nowhere, like a bright light piercing the darkness.

I’m seeing it, living it. It’s me, looking on, seeing myself doing all this.

I’m with a woman.

She’s young, just turned nineteen, pretty.

Cathy.

Smart, sexy.

We’re talking about our meeting in a pub and how I brought her to this place.

This dark room with wood panelled walls covered with books.

Making love to her.

My adultery.

No, I’m not that kind of person. Not the kind to lie to my wife.

I have a wife.

I have a wife.

Yet here I am with Cathy.

Something intense. Something I don’t want to see. Something I don’t want to have to recall.

My hands round her throat, squeezing the life out of her. Watching her body go limp.

About Each Day I Wake 

A gripping psychological thriller by Seb Kirby

Young women are going missing and only Tom Markland knows the terrifying truth. When he’s pulled out of the North Dock, he comes round not knowing who he is or how he got there. All he knows is that someone is killing young women. He sees them die each time he closes his eyes. The only way he’s going to recover his identity is to discover who is doing the killings. 

Each Day I Wake will keep you turning page after page. 

Get it on Amazon.

About the author

Seb KirbySeb Kirby was literally raised with books – his grandfather ran a mobile library in Birmingham, UK and his parents inherited a random selection of the books. Once he discovered a trove of well-used titles from Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, HG Wells’ The Invisible Man and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to more obscure stuff, he was hooked.

He’s been an avid reader ever since.

Other inspirations include Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial, George Orwell 1984 and Animal Farm, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Boris Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness At Noon, Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley …

He is author of the James Blake thriller series, Take No More, Regret No More and, coming soon, Forgive No More, and the science-fiction thriller, Double Bind.

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And follow him on Twitter @Seb_Kirby

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