22 August 2016

Invisible Touch Reissue

So the time is finally here, my young adult novel INVISIBLE TOUCH is back for readers!

New Cover!


Old Cover!InsTouch350x235


It is the same mysterious paranormal story with Kara and Anthony and her BFF Danielle, with a brand new cover for the digital reissue. And it’s confession time as I tend to do here on my blog…

  • The rights to Touch were giving back to me a few years ago. That means the publisher no longer had the right to publish my book any more. I did. But all by myself? *gulp*
  • The reason it took some time to reissue Touch as an eBook is because I did not know how. Until Amazon came around and said you can publish your own books now! Here are the steps! *woo hoo* But…how again, exactly?
  • First, I took some writing time off and since I didn’t know how to publish an ebook or use Amazon’s program, Touch just sat there collecting dust. My other author friends were totally rocking it, reissuing their own works and hiring people to do it for them. Literary agents were getting into the game and becoming publishers themselves! Hot damn!
  •  I finally told myself, “Kelly, just research, learn, and ask a bunch of annoying questions. You’re a creative hobbyist too remember, so start playing with cover designs. Take a month to edit your novel and get it on Amazon.” So I did, and I’m so happy I finally did it!
  • A print version is in the works…because now I have to figure out how to do that too! And that takes time, peeps.
  • Am I going to totally self-publish now that I reissued Touch? Um, maybe! Haha. My next release will be a romance novella, which is a romance story that is a shorter version than a full-length novel. My plan is to self-pub when I finish, however, I can always change my mind and submit the story to a publisher. I shall keep you posted on that front, peeps!

In the mean time, read an excerpt here, buy an eBook here, spread the love and share my tweet here or on FB!

Thanks bunches!

21 September 2009

"Color Online’s HHM Recommended Reading List"

Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15th-Oct. 15 and Color Online provides their Community HHM Recommended Reading List.

Thanks so much for adding Invisible Touch to the list! And it’s an honor to be listed with such a great selection of titles!

1.Rogelia’s House of Magic by Jamie Martinez Wood
2.The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans by Carmen Tafolla
3.Voices in first person edited by Lori Marie Carlson
4.The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
5.White Bread Competition by Jo Ann Yolanda Hernandez
6.I Wanna be Your Shoebox by Christina Garcia
7.Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra
8.Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
9.Who’s Your Daddy? by Lynda Sandoval
10.Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena
11.Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos
12.The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees
13.Gringolandia by Lyn Miller Lachmann
14.Down To The Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole
15.The Meaning of Conseulo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
16.The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
17.Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino’s
18.The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
19.Leaving GloryTown by Eduardo F Calcines
20.Petty Crimes by Gary Soto
21.Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
22.Haters by Alisa Valdes Rodriquez
23.Honey Blonde Chica by Michele Serros
24.Sofia Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico by Malin Alegria
25.Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
26.La linea by Ann Jaramillo
27.The Poet Slave of Cuba by Margarita Engle
28.Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer
29.Amor and Summer Secrets by Diana Rodriquez
30.Gamma Glamma by Kim Flores
31.Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
32. Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz (MG)
33.Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz (MG)
34.So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez
35.Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
36. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
37.Jaguar by Michele Dominguez-Greene
38.The Whole Sky Full of Stars by René Saldaña Jr
39.Cubanita, Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana

22 June 2009

"Reasons to Read Invisible Touch"

I’ll be the first to admit, I had some trip ups with Invisible TouchMy first release date was supposed to be September 2008.  I didn’t know if this was the perfect date, but I planned all of my promotion for September.  Then, the strangest thing happened…my Advanced Reader’s Copy was printed instead of my edited manuscript. The publisher graciously fixed this and reprinted my books with the correct edits, but my release date was pushed to October 2008.  I moved my launch to a month later, but somehow it still felt a little off and promotion for the book hasn’t been the greatest.  So I’ve come up with a list of reasons you might like to read Invisible Touch!

1. I commissioned this cool book video about the story…it really captures the suspense and premise of the novel.

2. Touch had the weirdest printing snafu that I mentioned above. Come on, my book has a supernatural storyline and this weird glitch happens. *shiver*  Is that like a sign??

3. It’s listed in a Goodreads “THE ULTIMATE SUMMER ’09 READING LIST” currently @ #14. (Coolio!)

4. It’s been said to have a surprising ending in various reviews! (My lips are sealed!)

5. It’s been given the “Gold Award of Excellence” from TeensReadToo.

6. It has a romance between a tough guy and a girl both struggling with secrets.

7. Enchanting Reviews gave Touch 5 Enchantments!

8. Invisible Touch is on the Fresno Library Summer Reading List (this was found by chance) and this is a quick blurb from the site: “There’s romance, Latino culture, mystery, and a touch of the paranormal, witten by the author of Graffiti Girl. It’s better than an asada burrito at El Pollo Loco!” Love that one!

9. Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz said, “Invisible Touch is a blending of mystery, romance, and deep and dangerous secrets.” *sigh*

10. Ultimately, I wrote Touch for two reasons.  1) for the reader to have an entertaining read. I know as an author you can’t please every reader, but I hoped to entertain as many readers as I can.  2) I lost two important men in my life and I dedicated this book to them. It was a way to say goodbye and I put a lot of my grief into the book. There was a time I was writing the book and I was so deep into Kara’s POV, I spaced.  When I finally snapped out of it, I had a whole page written. I blinked and it was one of those weird moments that you’re not sure what happened, but something weird did indeed happen. Still trips me out…


27 October 2008

"Blog Tour Continues…"


Busy, busy, busy, as usual.

This is the final week of the Secret Fates Extravaganza–yes, the final week! Wow. I really think its been a great experience, and a lot of work. 🙂

Here’s the line-up:

Week 5

Monday, October 27th: Simone Elkeles offering up a winner’s choice…

Tuesday, October 28th: Antonio Pagliarulo offers THE CELEBUTANTES: TO THE PENTHOUSE …

Wednesday, October 29th: Stephanie Kuehnert with I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE…

Thursday, October 30th: Marley Gibson with an ARC of GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING. …

Its been a terrific month, but I am looking forward to a little quiet in November!

And the Invisible Touch blog tour continues with interviews with these great authors:

Stacy Dekeyser asks me about surprises and chocolate.

April Henry asks me what scares me.

Megan Kelley Hall chats with me about the writer’s club and my writing sisters.

Eileen Cook interviews me about how I was in school.

Jennifer Echols chats with about Spring Break!

More links tomorrow! 🙂

23 October 2008

"Blog Tour"

This week starts my blog tour with the Girlfriend’s Cyber Circuit for Invisible Touch. GCC is a group of authors hosting each other’s new releases on our blogs.

Here are a few interviews for today:

I’m chatting about writing, fave guotes and licorice at author Wendy Toliver’s myspace blog.

On author Karin Gillespie’s blog, I’m talking promo and writer’s block.

I’m chatting about my writing desk and my favorite series on author Alyson Noel’s blog.

And on author Shanna Swendson’s blog I share what I have in common with Kara from Invisible Touch and what insight I would like to have.

Thanks for reading!