Thursday, January 9, 2014

Kimberly Afe Blog Tour - Journey to Publication

Back in December (I know, that was ages last year! Oh haha, oh hoho...couldn't help it) I posted a cover reveal for Kimberly Afe's The Headhunters Race. Remember this one?

Today, she's visiting with a tale of her journey to publication.

The Headhunters Race has a bit of a long journey.  The idea was born on June 26, 2011 after a Zelda game commercial inspired me.  The commercial was brilliant and I thought why can't they make a movie that cool?  And then I thought, why don't I write a cool adventure myself! 

So I brainstormed this story with my son over a dinner of spicy spaghetti a couple of nights after the idea came to me.  We worked out the entire novel:  the characters and their motivations, the world, and the details of the race as I frantically wrote it all down.  My husband and daughter also helped me brainstorm items that I needed worked out.  I then spent a little while playing around with Avene's voice and then wrote like crazy.  I finished in December of 2011.  I actually started having critique partners read it in November of 2011 and began querying agents in January of 2012 after more revising.  I also entered it into a few popular contests around the blogosphere in early 2012.  Then I took a very long break due to life circumstances with hubby’s heart and moving.  Early this year I got back into writing.  I’d been thinking about self publishing for quite awhile so when querying a few more agents and a handful of publishers didn’t work out, I decided to go for it, and now, 2 1/2 years later, the book is out there!  Wahoo!

As of January 3rd, The Headhunters Race is available for purchase!

Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn't commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn't so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.

With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they're not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she's trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive.  

Kimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog's best friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

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Kimberly is holding a Rafflecopter giveaway!

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Thank you for stopping by, Kimberly, and good luck!

I know people loved the cover, as did I! Have you purchased The Headhunters Race?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Thanks Alex! And thank you so much Shannon for hosting me! I appreciate it so much!! :)

  2. I never get tired of hearing how you brainstormed this story with your son over dinner. Good luck with your release.

  3. Um... I need to read this book. It sounds amazing. Better than a video game, actually, because a book can take you to a whole other place and feel like you're the one experiencing it.

  4. Hey Shannon,

    I'm delighted to note that the awareness of Kimberly's book has been kindly presented on your blog.

    Congratulations to Kimberly. I shall duly share this posting.


  5. Hi, Kimberly & Shannon,

    I hope the tour is going well.

  6. Hi, Kimberly & Shannon,

    I hope the tour is going well.

  7. Thank you so much, Susan, Rachel, Klahanie, and J.L.!

  8. I've been seeing Kimberly around the 'sphere today. Really, really, stoked for her. Thanks for this, Shannon! Loved reading more about how this story all came about. <3

  9. Thank you for stopping by to support Kimberly, everyone!