Dec. 10th

I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that the start of the New Year brings peace to everyone during these difficult times.

As I write this newsletter, snow is falling outside my window for the first time this year. Our twinkling Christmas tree and decorated window create a picturesque frame to the majestic, but chilly outside. There’s not enough snow to build a snowman or a fort, but just enough to coat the trees and dust the grass evenly.
The view alone makes me think of homemade braided cinnamon wreaths and a hot cup of cocoa. I included my yummy braided cinnamon wreath with cream cheese frosting at the bottom of this newsletter.
It’s not only scrumptious, but looks pretty with its white frosting and cinnamon sugar coating. YUM!

Back to books, can you tell I love food?

Word count is moving. I’ve started to focus again on DNA and I can’t wait to introduce Karen, my newest character, as she counts down the days to her own Christmas due date.
DNA: 37,370 words
Dalya Book III (Stranger Shores? I haven’t settled on the title yet, maybe in the next newsletter I’ll do a vote): 16,694

Braided Cinnamon Wreath
I like making this recipe into a wreath shape and then cutting slices of it, but you can make mini rolls too.

1/2 cup of warm milk 110°F
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/8 cup melted butter
1 egg yolk
1 TBSP sugar
2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Cinnamon Filling
1/4 cup softened butter
4-5 TBSP sugar
3 tsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting
2 oz cream cheese
4 TBSP melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup of powder sugar

Mix milk, yeast, sugar, melted butter, & egg yolk. Allow it to sit for ten minutes.

Mix in the shifted flour & salt. Knead the dough into a ball and place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover bowl with towel or plastic wrap and place in warm area to rise for at least one hour.

Whisk butter, cinnamon, and sugar.

Flour your work area and roll out the dough into an 8 x 12 rectangle. Spread 3/4 of the filling on it.
Roll the dough long ways into a log.
Slice the rolled up dough down the center and separate.
Take one of each end and braid the two pieces together into a circle.
Brush remaining filling on the top.
Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes
Drop the temperature to 350° and back for an additional 10 minutes.

While baking, beat cream cheese, melted butter, vanilla extract, and powder sugar until smooth. Drizzle on hot cinnamon wreath and enjoy.

As always, check out the books below, most of them are on sale or free!

Game of Thrones meets Arabian Nights in this blood-soaked fantasy epic inspired by the crusades, featuring Lovecraftian gods, mischievous djinns, and astral magic!
They took his daughter, so Micah comes to take their kingdom. Fifty thousand gun-toting paladins march behind him, all baptized in angel blood, thirsty to burn unbelievers.
Only the janissaries can stand against them. Their living legend, Kevah, once beheaded a magus amid a hail of ice daggers. But ever since his wife disappeared, he spends his days in a haze of hashish and poetry.
To save the kingdom, Kevah must conquer his grief and become the legend he once was. But Micah writes his own legend in blood, and his righteous conquest will stop at nothing.
When the gods choose sides, a legend will be etched upon the stars.
Gwynn had finally completed her training and joined the ranks of the elite Inishmore Bards. Eager to explore the world and create her musical legacy, Gwynn sets off on the road toward the dazzling city of Samhayne. Her peaceful journey is interrupted when she encounters Shae, a Southron warrior mortally wounded in battle. Drawing deep upon his lifesong, Gwynn uses her musical gifts to heal him…then swears him to secrecy, lest anyone learn of her hidden talent. Journeying together Gwynn and Shae are met by a Fae prince known to Gwynn since childhood. Sensing her distress over her growing powers he insists that they travel with him to his realm. In the hidden Royal Court of Heralith they find themselves battling deadly monsters, inner demons, and the dark forces of the demi-goddess Aere. Gwynn’s bardic magic just might be enough to free them from the enchantment that binds them but if she fails, it could shatter her mind and soul. Fae Song pays homage to epic fantasy series like Harry Potter. Balahar is an adventurous new world of magic and music, Kings and Queens, sacrifice and victory.
Dragons. Elves. Curses. Blood Pacts and orcs… and plenty of Chosen Ones.

Get these novels from ten masters of fantasy and unlock portals to new worlds today for less than a dollar a piece!

Table of Contents
1. “Rise and Fall of the Obsidian Grotto” by Christopher D. Schmitz
2. “The Tally Master” by J.M. Ney-Grimm
3. “A Veil for the Vanguard” by Danny F. Santos
4. “The Kakos Realm: Grinden Proselyte” by Christopher D. Schmitz
5. “The Dragonslayer’s Sword” by Resa Nelson
6. “Apprentice Storm Mage” by Douglas Van Dyke Jr
7. “The Avant Champion: Rising” by CB Samet
8. “The Chronicles of Agartha: Book 1 – The Green Boy” by Sherif Guirguis
9. “Severance Lost” by J. Lloren Quill
10. “Prelude to Insurrection” by JC Kang
11. “The Dragon Princess” by Paris Hansch
Katie is a normal girl living a normal life, until she falls through a glowing crevice in the sidewalk. She makes a note to herself to avoid glowing crevices in the future. On the other side of the crevice lies Dreamland, a realm of fantasy and magic, a place where she can let her imagination soar and develop new powers. Katie has no idea why she’s there or what she’s supposed to do, and she meets other kids also stunned to find themselves in the same realm of mystery. When a strange woman in white appears, Katie and her friends learn that Dreamland is under a threat only they can stop, while the woman “helps” the kids with incomplete instructions and unclear advice that frustrates them enormously. Through the confusion, Katie has the adventure of a lifetime, with magic, self-discovery, battles, and the potential collision of worlds, while she faces her worst nightmare: her annoying little brother. Can she and her friends fight and defeat the forces of evil? Can she figure out how to get back home? Can she stop her brother from asking for more candy before he destroys the universe? This fantasy adventure novel is perfect for young girls looking for fun, excitement, humor, and a little inspiration to help them develop into everything they want to be!

Below Dark Waters is On Sale Now!!!

 On Sale Now!
Click on the link to get your ebook today!

It’s been a long, chaotic, stressful year since I began writing Below Dark Waters. But perseverance is the key to life and no matter what, we have to push through and still find a way to achieve our goals.
I’m so happy I did.

But we need to always help each other and that’s why I love cross promoting different authors. We all need help building our audiences and it means so much when cross promotions succeed. Please go through all the promo’s at the end, there’s even a chance to win $300! 

Below you will find the blurb to the book Escape. Click on the links to discover all the ways you can buy this awesome book.

The howls of Guards on hunt shatter the air.
Trinity can’t let them catch her outside of the encampment or she and her family will be executed.
She has to hide but where? She’s surrounded by river and forest.
A splash draws her gaze and the river-man’s flipper slips under the water. Forest it is, because there’s no way she’s going into the river.
She races into the woods, backpack slamming against her shoulders as the calls of the Guards draw closer. Brush breaks and crashes behind her. They’re too close. There’s nothing for her to do but surrender.
She raises her hands to her shoulders and slowly turns, but it’s not the Guards who have caught her. A Tracker, the deadliest of predators, stands on its back two legs, towering above her, front legs hanging down like arms.Brindle fur covers its body and its eyes glow yellow in the shadowed forest. Its tongue lolls out the side of its mouth, exposing a row of sharp teeth on the other side.
She should scream but all she can do is think, “Someone should tell it that they no longer exist in the wild.”
Lake of Sins: Escape is a young adult fantasy in the vein of The Island of Dr. Moreau. If you like imaginative dystopian worlds, headstrong heroines, and incredible monsters, then you’ll love this visionary tale.

Beta readers!!

Beta readers!!

If anyone is interested in beta reading Below Dark Waters, send me an email at I’m creating a beta team and would love for you to join. In the email, please send a little info about yourself and why you want to be a beta reader.

As I type this, my fingers are dyed pink from food coloring, my kitchen is a birthday cake war zone, and currently my inbox is blowing up with emails. To say I’m busy is an understatement, but I love it. However, tomorrow I promised myself that I will go to the beach for the first time this year. I must! I grew up on the beach. It’s my second home!

But it will be my only day off this week as I’m trying to get Below Dark Waters released September 10th. That’s the goal. As of this moment we are on track.

That’s about it for right now. In the next newsletter, I promise to have the back cover for Below Dark Waters. It should be up on most platforms by September 3th for presale!

Until then, check out these two authors and the promotions below. There are some amazing books in here and they are either on sale or free!

I’d like to introduce…. Below Dark Waters

What do you guys think of the new cover for Below Dark Waters?

WELL, I was hoping to have Below Dark Waters out by the end of the month, but because of COVID and hurricane Isaias taking my power out, there MIGHT be a delay. I’m hoping only a week at most. We only lost power, but my heart goes out to anyone whose property was damaged.

There’s been more progress on DNA, a separate project and for the moment, it is still on schedule to be released the end of fall. I’m thinking around Thanksgiving, as long as there are no other snags in my plans. 

Take it easy and try to enjoy what’s left of summer; the leaves will start to change in a blink of an eye.

And please if you haven’t already, please post reviews for Ashes and Blood. It really helps. Goodreads, Amazon, Smashword, Bookbub, Barns and Noble—any site helps.

If you’re looking for a new book to read, check these promos out. There are tons of great books by talented authors.
And this week I have a spotlight on Forget Me Not by Anca Antoci. Click on the links below for more information.

When tragedy strikes, Rae makes a terrible choice and struggles with the aftermath. In the wilderness of the Tongass rainforest, she finds herself hunted by creatures of hell, monsters she never dreamed could be real. A hidden world, an ancient race, and a secret she discovers by accident give a new meaning to her life but only if she can escape and return to civilization. If she is to survive, Rae must comply with Ari, her reluctant hero, and allow him to wipe away any memory of this realm. Knowledge is power, but is it worth dying for? A story about overcoming loss and self-doubt and finding purpose in life while being hunted by monsters. When push comes to shove, that’s when real strength emerges. What would it take to discover what you’re made of?

Hey, how’s it hanging?

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and had an awesome 4th of July!

This month is birthday month. That means I’m in the kitchen, baking cakes. So far this week, I’ve made a New York cheesecake, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, and a vanilla bean cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Normally, right about now I’d be preparing my kitchen for my nephew’s birthday cake, (in the past it’s been multiple types of dinosaurs, a 3D pirate ship, and a rocket ship) but because of COVID… things have changed.

I hope by this time next year, that everything will be back to normal.

My cover artist has been super busy. I should see the cover for Below Dark Waters by the end of next week. The following update should have a first look at the cover design.

I’ve shifted gears from DNA back to putting the finishing touches on Below Dark Waters. So far, I’m right on track on for having it out end of August.

Next update will be August 6th. Meanwhile, checkout some of these promotions, there are tons of books on sale!

Stay safe and healthy,
Katie Zaber

Happy 4th of July!!

I can’t believe this weekend is the 4th of July!!!
I hope everyone has a healthy and fun weekend, full of eating delicious BBQ, swimming, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful weather.

This month has been crazy busy!
Below Dark Waters, Book II in the Dalya series is officially with my editor. My goal is to have that out by the end of August. I should have the book cover soon… Next month’s update should have a sneak peek at the cover and the synopsis.

DNA—Demons N Angels, is on its second draft. That should be coming out in the fall and has been incredibly fun to write, besides downright horrifying. I’d call it a fantasy/supernatural/horror.

Ashes and Blood is on sale on Amazon for $0.99!!
Click on the link below

Download for FREE on Smashwords



Meanwhile, if you find yourself needing a new book to read, click on these links below to find a book you might like.

**NEWLY RELEASED!** Ashes and Blood by Katie Zaber

Just wanted to share an UPDATE…yesterday was the official launch day for Ashes and Blood, Dalya!

I first want to thank all of my family and friends for your love and support throughout this journey! You are all so amazing and it has been so humbling!

As of today, this page has reached 45 followers and with that, along with shared posts, has reached about 7,700 people! This is continuing to grow and is being promoted on many platforms! Of course, I want to continue to keep this momentum into this coming week and hopefully reach up to 15,000 people and maybe even more!

During these rough times, it would be great if we could all travel to another world just to explore and get out of the house. Right? Well, in this 1st book in this series, I start to create a world of adventure. In my first Ad that was previously posted I asked, “If you were trapped in another world- What would you do?” I asked this because there are a wide variety of answers! Our friends in the Dalya series didn’t know this BUT they randomly found themselves in this unknown world! Our friends were only trapped with: a camping first aid kit, two phone chargers, four collapsible reusable cups, a pen, a bottle of whiskey, coke, a deck of cards, a backpack full of wine, a sub sandwich, chocolate chip cookies, chips, and one pack of gum.

What items would YOU choose to have but then keep in mind what happens if you’re trapped with what you have on you at that very moment?!

Don’t forget to get you’re hand on this series and see how our friends make out! Follow the link below for easy access to purchase an EBOOK copy through Amazon; where it will direct you to download it to the Kindle app! I have also provide links to other platforms that are advertising as a NEW RELEASE!

Thank you all again and don’t forget to check back! I will be providing updates regularly. I will be done writing Book 2 of this series, Below Dark Waters, hopefully within the next coming weeks! 🙂

Now just $2.99 on Amazon!

Special sale on Smashwords when you create on account & then use coupon code RW73V to download a FREE eBook copy! Also subscribe to my author alerts on Smashwords to get the latest news!

Fiction Hideway has Ashes and Blood listed as 1st on their main page TODAY! This was something I was NOT expecting! Go check out the post below! 🙂

Finally, come back for updates to this website! Hoping to get updated Bio uploaded soon!

Welcome, to another world…

With multiple projects spanning from being transported to an alternate universe, past lives, reincarnation, and prophesied pregnancies—there are plenty of stories to tell. Stay posted for future projects.

Below Dark Waters- Book II in the Dalya Series, should be published this summer. Stay tuned for the back cover in the upcoming weeks.

DNA -Demon’s N Angel’s, is planned to launch mid-fall, beginning of winter. Mysteriously pregnant, Karen tries to figure out what is best for her little miracle while dealing with biblical problems.