Author Spotlight with Elena Mikalsen

Reader and Writer Friends!

As mentioned before, I’m beginning an author spotlight series, where I take a closer look at some great up and coming (or already out there) authors, worth mentioning! Today, I’ll be featuring the talented Elena Mikalsen!

Today is extra special because her novel Wrapped in the Stars debuts today! Read on to learn more about her amazing new book and the author behind the words!

About the Novel:

carolyn m walker cover mikalsenStruggling with guilt over her sister’s death and the stress of her medical residency, Maya Radelis runs away to Scotland. A robin seems to lead her to an antique shop, where she finds a century-old engagement ring. But what is the ring’s history? She follows the slim paper trail, wondering if it is only coincidence that her dreams reveal the story of a Swiss woman physician who wore the ring during World War I. In Paris she meets fellow New Yorker David Fischer, a lawyer with family in Switzerland as well as America. He helps Maya follow the memories stored in the ring as they lead her around Europe. The attraction between David and Maya grows, and when they discover a connection between the ring and David’s family, they learn, bit by bit, more about the ring’s earlier owner. Will Maya’s own life have the same tragedy of lost love?

About Elena:

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Elena lives in San Antonio with her two kids, husband, and two dogs. She is a Pediatric Psychologist at a Children’s Hospital. When she is not writing or working, she likes to read and antique shop. Her family enjoys hiking and traveling together. Her most recent trip was to Italy in the summer of 2017. She is currently working on a novel inspired by that adventure.

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What’s New in February!

Hello Friends!

2018 is off to a tremendous start and we are already upon February, the month of love and adventure (by my own conviction)! Many great things happened last month including some awesome authors hosting me on their websites. In case you missed it, do check out Cindy Ervin Huff’s interview with me on Immortal Descent here! Also, in the last week of January, a dear friend of mine told me about the awesome 2018 Central Florida Book and Author’s Expo which took place in the Villages, FL. I got to meet and network with some amazing authors there such as the talented C.A. Salo, author of spicy romance, middle grade author Wilma Fleming, and the first female secret service agent Sue Ann Baker.

Looking ahead, I’m excited for more greatness this month! This month, Jori Mierek will be hosting me on her author review blog. Also, I worked on Immortal Descent’s cover art with the amazing graphic design queen and cover artist Cora of Cora Graphics for my cover reveal! I am also looking forward to getting the pre-order link up for Amazon so I can let folks know where they can order Immortal Descent early!  Lastly, I plan on conducting future author spotlights and interviews for other great reads out there!

Thanks to everyone for your support! Till next time!!!



Cover Reveal for Immortal Descent!

Hey peeps! So as you know, I’ve been highly anticipating the cover for my debut Urban Fantasy novel Immortal Descent! I have been working with the very talented and super amazing Cora of Cora Graphics to develop the design and bring my book to life on the front cover! After several sets of correspondence back and forth, we agreed on a visualization that would capture the essence of my story:

Throughout time, the truth about immortality was a secret, hidden from the world we know…but now that secret is about to break free from the confines of time, changing everything.

When I saw this cover, I fell in love and even got a little teary-eyed.  *sniffles of joy* I truly adore it and hope you love it much as I do! So, without further ado… here is the official cover for Immortal Descent! ❤

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Thanks to every one for their support! So what do you think? Share your comments below! ❤


Cover Reveal for Immortal Descent Coming Soon!


We are just days away from the cover reveal for my Urban Fantasy Thriller Immortal Descent, published by Clean Reads Press! I am beyond excited and I want everyone to join me in the anticipation!!! Check out my pages on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop! Also, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter here!

I can’t wait to share it with you all! Stay tuned!


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Hello 2018! What’s New in January!

Hello Friends,

As we kick off a new year we are fearless, hopeful, and unstoppable! I’m excited for so many great things coming down the pipeline for this first frosty month of 2018! I’m just a few months away from the release of my debut Urban Fantasy Thriller Immortal Descent. That being said, I’m going to be including more exciting updates on my amazing journey at the top of each month! Lots of cool stuff! ❤

First… even though it was in December, I wanted to thank the extremely talented Krysten Lindsay Hager, author of the delightful read Dating The It Guy, plus other awesome books, for hosting me on her blog! Do check her out at: I also wanted to thank the awesome Elena Mikalsen and Dianne Freeman of Authors ’18 for giving me a shout out to spread the word about my debut novel! Lastly I had my holiday giveaway and it was awesome to get $50 in free swag to a lucky subscriber!

This month, I’m being hosted on several author blogs by some great authors and writers! Thus far, I was honored to be a part of Bob Morris‘ “Twenty Questions” series where he asked me about my writing, and some in depth questions about Immortal Descent! To learn more, check it out here: 20 Q’s with Carolyn M. Walker. Also, I wanted to give a shout out to Lynn Veevers and her new review blog, where she graciously reviewed my novel! Check it out if you want to read some top quality YA and NA book reviews! Lastly, I’m super excited to be hosted on author Cindy Ervin Huff’s blog later this month.

As the month rolls on, more great things are bound to happen so stay tuned as I share further updates and awesome opportunities related to Immortal Descent and more! Till next time!




Carolyn M. Walker holiday giveaway

Do you want to win $50 in free goodies for the holidays? Now until December 22nd is your chance!

Subscribe to Carolyn M. Walker’s blog for a chance to win this holiday gift card bundle!

Author Carolyn M. Walker is hosting a Holiday gift card giveaway, bundling $50 worth of goodies just in time for the holidays! The lucky winner will receive:

  • a $25 Gift Card, and
  • a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!

Entering is easy! Simply visit and subscribe to her author’s blog! From there, you will be entered to win! Carolyn is excited to announce that her paranormal thriller and debut novel, Immortal Descent will be available on April 3, 2018! Stay tuned to learn more about her upcoming book and other great stuff! Happy Holidays from Carolyn M. Walker!

Giveaway Details

Offer ends midnight, 12:00 A.M. U.S. Eastern Standard Time on 12/22/17. One lucky winner will receive a gift card bundle, valued at $50, total. Bundle includes one $25 gift card, and one $25 Starbucks gift card to be used at either, or your local Starbucks café. Winnings are only open to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via gift codes via Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary.

You must be 18 or older to enter, or have a parent or guardian enter for you. The winner will be chosen through random selection and announced via Carolyn M. Walker’s blog, plus shared via Carolyn M. Walker’s social media. The winner will also be emailed at the time of being selected. Winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim ownership of the prize. If no response is received within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning this giveaway. Carolyn M. Walker’s holiday gift card giveaway was organized by Carolyn M. Walker. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Penguin’s 2017 Must-Read Mysteries!

I’m not typically one to post lineups, but this one from Penguin was so good, I had to share!



Don't Let Go



With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town.



To learn more on this, visit Penguin Random House.

Editing Deals for the Holidays

Are you ready to get published? Do you want your manuscript polished for agents? Now’s the time to get in gear before the holiday season!

Now’s the time to get your manuscript edited and out there!

A lot’s going on this time of year from NaNoWriMo to the holidays. Don’t overlook the all-important editing process for your completed manuscript! It’s the first of the month and things are already cooking. At the moment I’ve got only THREE spots left for completed manuscript edits for November. Contact me today for a quote!

I’m offering a discounted deal on manuscript edits for the month of November!

Client spots are limited, so don’t hesitate!

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Contact me today for a quote and mention the “Pre-Holiday Deal.”




The Forest by Author Krista Wagner

Hi Friends!

Great News! The Forest is coming soon from Author Krista Wagner! Learn more about it below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Forest is a middle-grade/young adult fantasy about a bullied high school boy who encounters a life-changing mystery inside of a magical forest. In the sequel to her middle-grade fantasy The Gold, Krista Wagner fast-forwards seven years to show us what has become of Shane Smith, the fifth-grade bully from The Gold. Tired of his dad’s abuse and his teacher’s mistreatment, Shane takes a walk inside of a forest. Little does he know that the forest contains mysteries that will forever change things for him. Will he be ready to face the sudden shift in his world?


When abused Shane escapes to the forest, he encounters a miraculous mystery.

Excerpt: “He didn’t like not understanding things; it made him feel stupid, and it only confirmed his dad’s verdict that he would never amount to anything worthwhile.  Huffing out of frustration, he moved forward until the edge of his shoe touched the brink of the forest. He was going to show his dad that he was somebody.”

Reader Reviews

The Forest is well crafted, and passionately told story about Shane, and the many issues he faces growing up. The attention to detail weaves a rich tapestry that embraces the reader, taking us from the harsh reality of abusive adults to the mystical, alluring forest with ease. The issues Shane faces will be familiar to many youth, and I’m sure they will connect with this well written story. It will be well-received by young adults across the globe. —Susan Day

In this YA Fantasy novel, The Forest, Krista Wagner entertains, informs, and encourages her readers once again! This story, a sequel to her previous work, The Gold, follows seventeen year old Shane Smith into a tumultuous life of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his alcoholic father. Shane’s authentic anxiety and hopelessness is immediately transferred to the reader, as well as the peace, joy, healing, and renewal that he finds in the forest. Wagner’s fearless ability to tackle extremely heavy subjects with skillful and open dialogue is a hallmark of her writing. This is a beautifully written book that will fill the reader with a confident hope. Turn the page. “The Forest” awaits!! —Karen Wiser

The Backstory:

In my MG fantasy The Gold, ten-year old Amanda Greene is constantly teased by her classmate. Shane the bully. I thought it would be interesting to see what becomes of him and if he ever learns from the choices he makes.

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Krista Wagner is a 70’s product best known for her spiritual suspense and fictional realism. In addition to being a recipient of the Reader’s Favorite 5-star seal, she has been praised by award-winning screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy for her writing skill and strong plotting. Wagner holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is an English associate instructor with an indispensable faith in Christ.

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