I’m Back!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28th, 2016 by author — Comments Off on I’m Back!

Oy vey! What a year it’s been. My husband and I are calling this “Weddigeddon 2016!” We’ve had 6 weddings since February–3 close friends, 1 niece, and our own 2 children! In all the hubbub, I’m afraid I didn’t do anything but edit my events page. I hope to do better in the coming year.

As the year winds down, I’m picking my writing back up. I hope to have the first novel in my YA trilogy Portals of Ayden out in December. I’m also praying and working hard to finish my next Biblical fiction novel, In the Shadow of the Queen. It began as a short novella about Anna the prophetess but has developed into a political drama centering around Israel’s Queen Salome and her conniving offspring. I’m hoping to finally get that out in the spring. Also in the works is the final novel in my Seasons of Marigold Manor books. I have a lot of people asking me if Ginny and Chester are ever going to get together and I have to tell you, I just don’t know! I’ve been thinking about my star-crossed lovers and waiting to see where God leads the next part of their story.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! I love hearing from my readers!

New Year Update

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30th, 2016 by author — Comments Off on New Year Update

I find myself half-way through my next Biblical fiction novel, tentatively titled, In the Shadow of Kings. The story started out about Anna, the prophetess mentioned in Luke 2, and she remains a central figure. However, as I delve into the second half of the book, King Herod is going to play a more significant role. The more I researched him, the more I found him an intriguing and conflicted person. Jerusalem in those last years before the coming of Christ was a hot bed of civil and political turmoil. Reminds me a lot of today’s world and I hope to show how God has a plan, even when everything around us seems to be in chaos.

My story, Celebrating the Tears, has been chosen to appear in a special Chicken Soup for the Soul to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. For Mom, With Love will be out in time for Mother’s Day!

On the home front, I’m preparing for the weddings of both of my children this year. Pinterest has become a major obstacle to my writing, but I valiantly try to resist it’s evil pull. Pray for me!


As Winter Comes, so Does “Spring Rains!”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10th, 2015 by author — Comments Off on As Winter Comes, so Does “Spring Rains!”

My newest book, Spring Rains, will be released this week! I’m so excited to be able to offer readers more about the lives of people in Marigold Manor.

In honor of its release, I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads of Winter Trees, the first book in the series.  For some reason, it’s not letting me post the link, but head on over to Goodreads to enter!  In the meantime, here’s a look at the new book cover.



Driving in My Car

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22nd, 2015 by author — Comments Off on Driving in My Car

It’s happened again. I’m riding in my car alone, concentrating on the road ahead (which can be difficult when you’re on I-29-it’s an incredibly flat, straight piece of highway) when in my brain, my WIP (work in progress) starts playing like a movie  in my head.

It’s an odd sensation because, unlike when I’m in front of my computer struggling to create a scene, I normally don’t have control over what the characters are doing or saying when this happens. I’ve found myself in tears at stop lights because a character has opened his heart to me in a way I never expected. Or I’ve cheered coming off an exit ramp as my heroine finally had the courage to stand up for herself.

This past weekend, my characters showed me, in no uncertain terms, that the climax I’d been building to throughout this whole new story wasn’t what needed to happen. Oh sure, I could have a variation of it, but it would not be what drove the ending of the book like I’d planned for the past year. Instead, as I stared at the flat Missouri and Iowa landscape, they played out for me what my new ending would be. If I can write it half as good as they performed it in my brain, it’s going to be good. It’s going to be real good!

I thought I’d share that little nugget of weirdness from my life as a writer. Hope you all are enjoying your summers and staying cool in the heat. I’ll keep you updated on when the novel is finally finished, but with this new inspiration, it shouldn’t be too long. TTFN

p.s Check out my Events pages to see where I’ll performing/speaking in the upcoming months. Lots of fun things going on this fall!


Enjoying Spring

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29th, 2015 by author — Comments Off on Enjoying Spring

It’s finally arrived! Spring! Although winter here in Nebraska wasn’t too terrible, I heard the horror stories weekly from friends and family back in Connecticut. I think they’re still holed up in their houses, waiting for a true break in the winter weather.

But I, thankfully, am writing this out on my deck on a glorious end of April evening. The tulips have bloomed:


The birds are singing. The dogs are happily chasing rabbits out of the yard. All around, new life blossoms. And with this season, my muse appears to have returned!

I am holding on to God’s grace as I deal with life in the real world, not my fictional one. I recently received laser surgery for reoccurring bleeding in my right eye. The doctor is calling it Coat’s disease and there is no known cause or cure. The periodic cauterizing of leaky blood vessels will help, but it may not be able to prevent the permanent detachment of my retina sometime in the future. But God is good, and as this disease only seems to affect one eye, I should retain full vision in the other.  I am especially grateful, after this last round of laser surgery to be able to enjoy the beauty around me as the sun sets on this glorious spring evening.

Remember friends, to give thanks every day for the gifts that God has given you. If you can see the return of spring, thank Him! If you can hear the birds singing to each other in the trees, praise Him! Rejoice at all He has done for you and be glad. I know I am!



Autumn Update

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12th, 2014 by author — Comments Off on Autumn Update

I realize it’s been some time since I updated my page. I’ve been busy at work on the sequel to Winter Trees. The continuing story of Ginny, Chester, Edith, and Frank is coming along nicely, although there are many bumps on the road to romance. I’m about half-way through and I have to admit, I’m surprised at the turn in Ginny and Chester’s relationship. I guess Shakespeare was right and the course of true love never does run smooth! I hope to have the new story out near the end of spring next year.

Other than that, I’ve been continuing with my review writing for ThrivingFamily.com and also working on a couple of young adult stories. I’m also hoping to get a fresh start on a new Biblical novel once the next Marigold Manor story is finished.

I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

When Bronze is Gold

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1st, 2014 by author — Comments Off on When Bronze is Gold

Many months ago I entered the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards contest with Woman of Flames. I was informed last night that the novel received a bronze medal in the Fiction- Historical – Personage category.

I’m thrilled for two reasons. First, the judges considered my book worthy for recognition as a historical work. Throughout the writing process, I prayed this story would appeal to more than people of faith. I’d hoped that someone without knowledge of the Torah or the Bible would appreciate Deborah’s courage and strength. This award is proof that this prayer was answered. Secondly, Throughout the past months, I’ve been part of a Facebook group of other nominees for this award. Their support, ideas, and wisdom have been a great help to me. It’s been wonderful, in a world that values cut-throat competition, to be a member of such a supportive community. I congratulate all the finalists for their fine work and for being such outstanding people!



Posted in Uncategorized on August 29th, 2014 by author — Comments Off on Finally!

So, after some four years, I’m finally ready to put Winter Trees up for publication. It’s been quite a journey. Most of the story has remained the same since the first draft made it to the semi-finals of the Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest four years ago. I’ve tweaked it, sent it out to be professionally copyedited, and then tweaked it some more. It’s a sweet story, with lots of humor, drama, and romance. To celebrate the publication in another week, I’m offering 10 free copies on Goodreads:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Winter Trees by Kim Stokely

Winter Trees

by Kim Stokely

Giveaway ends September 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Good luck, everyone! Hope you win!

What’s New, Puppy Dog?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17th, 2014 by author — Comments Off on What’s New, Puppy Dog?

I know, I know, it’s supposed to be “Pussy Cat,” but I’m not Tom Jones, and I’m more fond of dogs than cats. I mean, come on, look at my puppies!


I realized I hadn’t posted in a while and thought I should keep y’all up to date on what’s going on. The summer has been spent running around the country for various reasons. It’s been fun, but exhausting. I’ve submitted several stories, some short, some long, and am waiting to hear back from editors to see if they want to see more of my work (or pay me for what I submitted!)

I’ve been using any free time I have to research Jerusalem during the 1st century B.C. What a tumultuous period, full of political intrigue, massacres and assassinations. I hope to use Anna, the prophetess, as an eye witness to this fascinating time. I plan on researching this month, then begin writing in August. I’ve set a goal of 20,000 words for the months of August, September and October. This will be tough, as I’ll be preparing for another book/performance tour in Connecticut for October as well.

In addition to all this, I’ve set a goal of getting Winter Trees out in September. The copyediting is done, now I just need to format it and get a cover. I am writer! Here me roar!

So, that’s my update for now. I’ll let you know if anything new comes up!

A New Blog Tour!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12th, 2014 by author — 2 Comments

What could I do? One of my best writing buddies, Heather Trent Beers, asked me to participate in a Blog Tour with her. Please check out her fabulous blog at http://www.heathertrentbeers.blogspot.com/. Heather writes with humor and wisdom. Unfortunately, she wanted me to answer the same four questions I answered just 2 months ago. So, if you’re new to my page and have a burning desire to know what I’m working on, take a look at :http://www.kimstokely.com/?p=672

I’ll wait here while you do…

For those of you who’ve already read that blog. Here’s a pretty picture from my recent trip to Connecticut.


This is Hammonassett State Park. One of my favorite places in the world. I love to go there and refresh my soul.

Okay…is everybody back now?

Instead of reiterating what I’m writing now, I’d like to talk about 4 things I’ve learned about marketing this past month. Here goes:

1. It doesn’t pay to be an introvert. As much as the writing life suits me because I can stay in the safety of my house and not have to talk to strangers, if I want people to read my novel, I have to be willing to step outside my comfort zone. Toot my own horn. Tell people about my work. This includes calling up book store owners and asking if I can do a book signing. And once we’ve agreed on a date, I need to make sure others know about it. I can’t rely on Facebook to do all the work. Posters need to be placed in the store and around town. Press releases need to be sent to local papers. It’s hard to brag about yourself, but if you believe in your work, you have to do it.

2. Marketing costs money, but it’s worth the effort. I’ve done book signings where I just had my books and a sign. I’ve done book signings where I had my books, a sign, a bowl of candy, pamphlets and giveaways. Guess which signings were more successful? People will stop and talk if there’s a non-threatening freebie like candy or mints. If they stop to talk, you have the opportunity to tell them about your book. I’ve also been giving away copies of devotionals and anthologies in which I’m published. Even if they don’t buy my novel at the signing, they may be tempted to take a look on Amazon when they get home, if they’ve won a prize.


3. Non-fiction writers often have a platform that they use to promote their books, fiction writers can benefit from the same strategy. My novel, Woman of Flames, is based on the Old Testament prophet, Deborah. I resurrected a one-woman show I used to perform for churches and retreats about women in the Bible and have been sending out pamphlets to various churches and venues. In Connecticut, I performed a show for my mother’s Assisted Living facility and sold my books afterward.

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Several family members also attended and I’ve gotten leads for possible performances in the fall. I hope to release Winter Trees this autumn. As it’s a story set in an Assisted Living facility, I plan on contacting the Alzheimer’s Association to see if there are any events that I could set up a book signing table if I’m willing to share some of my profits with them.

4. For the Indy Author, word of mouth is still the best advertising. As such, get yourself on Facebook, Goodreads and any blogs you can. Put up an author page on Amazon and use their marketing tools. I recently did a 2 day free download promotion and had over 2,6oo people download my book. Sure, I don’t get money from those, but I think of it as having put a billboard throughout the globe! Not all those people are going to read it, but if only 10 % do, that’s 260 people that will hopefully like my work and spread the word about it.

Now, I’d like to introduce you to 3 of my writing friends, please be kind and take a look at their sites and leave a comment to let them know you were there!

Gina M. Barlean is a suspense writer with several novels to check out. Her latest is,  Thorns of Rosewood. http://www.gmbarlean.com/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GMBarlean

Angela Welch Prusia is a Young Adult writer with 2 wonderful Coming-of-Age novels available in print and on Kindle. The newest is Late Summer Monarch.www.angelawelchprusia.com

Janet Nitsick’s newest work, Bride by Arrangement, is an anthology with best-selling romance author, Ruth Ann Nordin. http://www.janetsyasnitsick.com/