My Constant Companions – Patience & Hard Work

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LK Kelley – Author of the White Wolf Prophecy Trilogy. #lkkelley #whitewolfprophecy @lkkelley1 on Twitter

“Patience is its own reward,” and “Work hard, and you will realize your dreams”.  These are two quotes that we hear over and over throughout our lives. This leads me to say that patience and hard work are my constant companions.

And, it’s true.  However, if you’re going to be an author, you’d better be totally prepared to be realistic, patient, and work hard without pause.  Why?  Because you are competing with hundreds of thousands of authors all over the world.  That’s even double, triple, or even quadruple the authors, because many have far more than one book out there.

Working hard is just a first step, and it does not guarantee a darned thing.  If you’ll notice, most books and authors that are recognized are on the “Best Seller Lists” – and they stay there.  It’s not often a new author is on it.  A handful of new authors make it big, but the majority don’t.

Is it a mistake for those who make Best Seller Lists to ignore new authors?  Absolutely. So many of my followers are authors – all, like me, trying to just get their work out to the public.  And, they are really great writers, too!

Before I ever began to write, I was (and still am) an avid reader for years.  Books were my getaway from reality.  Going to a bookstore was so overwhelming, because I like so many genres, just trying to choose was a headache!  But, today?  Well, it’s e-books.  Just go to one of the big book sellers online, and see how many books there are for you to choose.  It’s almost impossible to choose!  My problem was, and still is, how to choose a book in the first place!

Well, since I became an author, there are so many amazing authors that are following me on Twitter, that helped narrow choices down for the moment.  So, I have opted to choose my followers’ books.  I just hope I can live long enough to read them!  ROFL!  I am wholly impressed by these authors.

Of course, I think the difference between a good book and a great one is editing.  Now, I’m not talking about editing  to the point that the book bares no resemblance whatsoever to the book that the author wrote, but one that has had collaboration between both editor and author to keep the author’s vision of their book intact while making it read better with the correct grammar, punctuation, and other things.  That is not to say that rules cannot be broken.  They can. After all, it’s imagination that drives all of us as authors.  But, in general, grammar, spelling, and punctuation are the most common complaints among reviewers and readers.  Unfortunately, most authors do not have the money to buy an editor.  I think this is a sad thing.  Being not only an author, but an editor, I can attest to this.

But, back to the main point of my blog.  Patience.  If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll be picked up by a large publishing house whether or not you are self-publishing or with a small, independent publishing house such as the one I chose.  But, let’s face it. Most of us will never be picked up, but some of us may make it enough to make a decent living, or even as a supplemental living.

I honestly don’t know if all the work, and PR in the world will accomplish this for any of us, but if any of us quits?  Well, that’s where failure starts.

I am going to admit something to everyone.  I have failed at so many things in my life.  But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the 5 star reviews, which my books have been receiving – and they are REAL book reviews, I never buy them – I have decided, for the very first time in my entire life, that I won’t quit.  Not this time.  I believe in my story trilogy.  It was fun to write them for the adult women who dreamed of the same things to read that I did. And, even those who know me who have read them, never had a clue that I could write!

I kept my books a complete secret from everyone until I had the entire trilogy finished.  Once I did, an old friend of mine I’ve known since Junior High School, and is an educator, flat out told me that I had missed my calling. She could not  believe that I could write like this!  In fact, it stunned her so much, she told me she couldn’t wait for the rest of them, and I’d better not disappoint!  Well, that put me on the hook. I had a couple of others read the first book before I ever published them, and they were so thrilled, they, too, said the same thing.

Now, for me? That was the most flattering thing ANYONE has ever said to me!  With these, along with the reviews that are being posted on Amazon, I realized that I would fail THEM if I quit – especially, when so many people I knew, and did not know, believe in my ability to write?

So.  I won’t quit.  I have made so many friends on Twitter, and other social networks, that if I decided to stop, I would not only fail them, but I would fail myself.

I will not stop, because of all these wonderful people who have so much faith in me.  So much so, that I have begun my second series, and am almost finished with my first book in this new series.  Once it is edited, I’ll have it ready for you.

And, still, I have learned a great deal of patience over the past year and a half.  I have built my Twitter followers from only  18 followers to almost 10K – every single one of them real, and I never bought any!  I won’t buy them simply because I believe in my own books.  I also love tweeting about others books, because I think it’s fun!  I expect to reach the 10K mark within then next month.  Watch for the 1 follower, 3 books coming up!

The Official Photo of the White Wolf Prophecy Trilogy
The Official Photo of the White Wolf Prophecy Trilogy

Trilogy is said to be: “It’s Twilight Meets 50 Shades of Grey”!

The White Wolf Prophecy Trilogy is far from the normal werewolf, vampire, elf, or other fantasy books.  It is nothing like you have ever read before, and I PERSONALLY guarantee you an ending that will blow anything you have ever read out of the water!. This is why I wrote an # ADULT #SUPERNATURAL book. I am extremely honored since it has been described as:  

Laura Kelley: “It’s Twilight Meets 50 Shades of Grey”!     

Syn Dee-IconiciTV: “Since this is Twilight meets 50 shades this could get really weird or really HOTT!”

Synopsis of The White Wolf Prophecy

This link will give you a chance to Read the 1st Two Chapters of book 1 ~ Mating ~


It is not out of the realm to say that a great many, if not most, supernatural/fantasy books are #targeted to teens between twelve and eighteen. Many women between the ages of eighteen and sixty are either publicly, or “secretly”, #readers of supernatural/fantasy teen books.  However, it is not just teenagers who like to see themselves as a “heroine”, but they would like to receive “supernatural powers”, too, but with adult #themes.  What they want added is far more intense, and explicit, writing which would not be appropriate for teenage books. Because of this, I not only interviewed several women, but it was then that I realized that I was not alone in these same wants! And, more importantly?  The age of the women varied greatly!  I spoke to women who were twenty, thirty, forty, and then for fun, I asked women who were fifty and sixty! What I discovered stunned me!  Each of these women, no matter their age, wanted the same thing!  Each was excited to finally have an adult write books that they could really connect with and enjoy!  

So, that’s when I wrote “The White Wolf Prophecy, Mating“, Book One (a Trilogy) to be followed by “The White Wolf Prophecy, Hall of Records”, and the third book, “The White Wolf Prophecy, Scroll of Time”.  I’m also working on a fourth supplemental book series in The White Wolf Prophecy line – “The White Wolf Prophecy: Children of The White Wolf”. I specifically incorporate not only the supernatural/fantasy, but adult themes for women.  This includes #love, #romance, laughter, #sex #scenes, supernatural abilities, family, #evil, and so much more.  WordPress Post


After speaking with several #women within these age groups, I discovered a great need for supernatural/fantasy books for adult women.  One of the best examples of this as fact is the huge popularity of  “Fifty Shades of Grey”.  Women want so much more than a teenage, or YA, book can deliver.  I believe my book is exactly what they want based on research, the reviews I have received, and the excitement for the second book before the first proof book was ever received. I, also targeted this age range, because as our population ages, the majority of readers will be within this age group, and will be buying most all books.  And, this is something everyone needs to consider seriously.


Based on #5-star #reviews received from women, as well as a man who asked to read and review it, the excitement for Book 2 has brought forth begging me for Book 2 – “The White Wolf Prophecy: “Hall of Records”.  They cannot wait to find out what happens.  Also, those who have read the first two #chapters in the PDF supplied online have been excited, want more, and want to purchase the book.  All of the reviews just reinforce the proof that women’s desire for their own supernatural books is wanted en masse, but with more romance, sex in detail, #danger, evil, a true plot, along with character #development that moves along


In addition, many women have wondered, and asked me, why only teenagers are given “supernatural powers”, and at such young ages. It is strange to them that “supernatural #powers” should be given to those who are  teenagers, have not experienced #life, and do not have the ability to wield them.  It has not been lost on adults that  teenagers are just about the only available books with adults who appear either dumb, or the parent(s), or adult in their life, cannot handle the supernatural world, and the teenager(s) hide the fact from the adults in their life when the opposite should be the case.


This is not to say that the teenage books do not have their place. An adult woman, however, should not need to resort to books for teenagers due to the lack of #mature books.  My intent was to merge all of these ingredients into a book series for women adding full, mature themes.  Thus, in my book, “supernatural powers” do not come into being until the age of twenty-seven when my #heroine, Kaitlan, receives her “supernatural powers”.  


The book is an entirely different twist on the supernatural world of fantasy with #werewolves, #vampires, #elves, as well as #humans.   While it revolves around werewolves, a curse cast thousands of years before changed the world which changed all the supernatural races.  The White Wolf Prophecy is the key upon the appearance of The White Wolf.  The races of Earth are in #clans.   Vampires have a partial cure where they do not need blood all the time, the ability to go out into the light, function normally, and can eat real food.  Elves hold all the secrets, and a human becomes supernatural. 


“The White Wolf Prophecy: Mating“, Book One, holds all the elements of the supernatural fantasies for adult women who feel they have very few choices. Based on my research, I believe that my book gives adult women exactly what they are craving. Love, romance, #mating, sex, danger, evil, and supernatural powers are all inclusive with a mystery plot, and heavy character development that is not stagnant.  And, an ending in Book three that will blow all of it out of the water! 


There is a huge, untapped #market for women in supernatural/fantasy #books.  And, and so, I decided to tap it!  

In conclusion:  I wrote this #trilogy SPECIFICALLY for YOU – the adult female of the age from 21 and up!  I was told that I needed to narrow the age group down.  But, honestly?  How can I do this when my own interviews showed me a HUGE diversification of ages in women.  On another note I was NOT prepared for was that MEN are enjoying the trilogy just as much as women!  I was not at all ready for that, but maybe I did hit a group of women and men who really wanted this.  Remember…a great many women – especially older ones – are “closet readers”.  Most people don’t even know they like supernatural books!  I used to be one of them, but no longer – obviously!

The White Wolf Prophecy ~ Mating ~ Book 1  9781615000500

The White Wolf Prophecy ~ Hall of Records ~ Book 2  9781615000562

 New White Wolf book 3 front coveraaa

 The White Wolf Prophecy ~ Scroll of Time ~ Book 3  9781615000593

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