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Written By: chriscat65 - Apr• 01•19

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Today’s Book Tour Stop

Written By: chriscat65 - Feb• 22•19

Next week (Mon thru Friday) will be the last week of my virtual books tour.

Today we visited Sharing Links and Wisdom.

Monday, we will visit with Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews.

Tuesday: Edgar’s Books

Wednesday: All the Ups and Downs

Thursday: Fabulous and Brunette

Friday: Bookschatter

Also Friday: Readeropolis

Check them out! There’s a great giveaway that goes along with these as well.

Cat Care: Don’t be a Stupid Human!

Written By: chriscat65 - Feb• 22•19

It’s my opinion that animals are the smart ones, although for some reason humans think they are smarter. When I saw this article (see pic below) about this cat, who was allowed to go outside and ended up stuck in the cold snow only to wind up an iceball (Thank heaven the cat survived, but what a horrible ordeal), all I could think was  “Our pets rely on us to protect them from the dangers of the world. Yet too many people fall short in their duty.”

Animals are smart in their world, but people are supposed to be the “smart” ones. If this is the case, then it is our job as pet owners to make sure they are protected, not only from the dangers of OUR world (cars, etc), but natural dangers as well.  This is an increasingly dangerous world. We need to be responsible and THINK before letting a cat outside when it’s 10 degrees outside!! A fluffy coat is NOT going to protect them!

And then there’s the stupidity of having an indoor cat and not making sure windows and doors are SECURE!! Take this horrible tale of the Savannah cat who got out an open window (why was the screen not secure enough to keep in a large cat?) and was shot and killed and thrown in a dumpster! How horrible for the cat AND the owners to discover such a horrible thing happened to their beloved housecat! I hope they made sure all windows and screens were secure after this nightmare.

“I think people can’t just go around shooting things they don’t understand,” Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek of Paws for the Cause, the feral cat rescue group that found Chum, told USA Today in a follow up story this week. “I think we need to be a little bit more respectful of the animals and human beings around us. I’d love to see someone look into it and investigate it. But I’m not holding out a lot of hope. This whole thing from the beginning has just been a mess.”

YES, I understand accidents happen, but if the necessary precautions are taken, they should be rare. Very rare. Check all of your screens! Are they secure enough for a large cat to lean against or even push on? Have your screens replaced regularly to be sure they are super tight in the frame (I experienced a screen getting ripped from the frame before, fortunately no escapes, but there could have been and I learned from that).

This next story is something that, unfortunately, happens daily. A kitten was found with a collar that was embedded so deeply within its neck, its own skin was growing around it. I know people have good intentions when putting collars on their cats, but please be sure it’s a break-away! A couple decades ago, my mother and I found a cat with a collar that was wrapped tightly under one front elbow and the cat’s neck. Just like this kitten, the skin had begun to grow around it. The cat was in so much pain, it could no longer move normally and was attacked by a dog. We brought the poor suffering animal to a veterinarian, but they had to put him down. I have never fully gotten over that.



Huge Pre-Order Sale!

Written By: chriscat65 - Feb• 05•19


Book three in the Anachronistic Dimensions series comes out on February 28th. For the rest of this month, it will be only NINETY-NINE CENTS! That’s right… only $0.99 on Kindle. On February 28th it will go up to normal price at $2.99, so now is the time to get it. And Book One, Beyond Every Mirror is also $0.99 (permanently).

The Importance of Book Reviews and Using them to Find Good Books

Written By: chriscat65 - Jan• 02•19

With the pre-release of Book Three in my Anachronistic Dimensions series, (Beyond Broken Glass) I would like to offer to people why book reviews are so important.

Beyond Broken Glass, Pub Date Feb 28


I know, it’s a pain the you-know-what… Taking all that time to go to the page of the book you just read, press the button that says “review” and write how you felt about it.  It’s simple, when you’re on the other side, not to think your little review will matter, but it does! It matters to the author, it matters to other readers, and for several good reasons.

The most important reason authors need book reviews is that they help get books noticed. The more reviews, the more the algorithms “see” it. Amazon’s reviews are extremely important, not only because more people look for books on Amazon than any other site, but because of Amazon’s algorithms, which put top rated books near the top.

Also, readers pay attention to reviews. Take two books in the same category with 20 reviews as an example: If one book has ten 5-star reviews, three 4-star and maybe a one or two star, wouldn’t you be more likely to buy that book than the one with, for instance, two 5-stars, three 3-star, four 2-star and a one-star?

Then, of course, there’s the content of the reviews to consider. Granted, most average readers don’t want to get into an entire synopsis of the book, and they don’t need to. I believe this is what prevents many readers from leaving reviews… Not wanting to write a “book” on a book. But, the fact is, it’s mostly the star rating that matters and a few words describing why you gave that rating. A star rating and three or four words should be doable for anyone. If you give a book 5 stars, you can write something like, “Loved this book… I couldn’t put it down!” (which, by the way, is part of a review from my novel, Beyond a Veiled Reflection). It need take no more than a few seconds of your time.

On behalf of all authors, please offer a review when you are done reading their book, whether you loved it or hated it. Of course, authors prefer all the 5-star reviews, but in all honesty, many readers feel reviews are bought or fake when a book receives only 5 stars.

General (for example) Rules for Novel Star Reviews (on sites like Amazon, who offer up to 5 stars):

  • FIVE STARS: You absolutely loved it, felt deep emotions toward, and couldn’t put down.
  • FOUR STARS: You loved it, but felt some of it dragged a bit (or another various reason)
  • THREE STARS: You liked it, it kept your interest, but could have been better (reasons vary).
  • TWO STARS: You didn’t like it, maybe couldn’t finish it, but didn’t hate it enough to give it one star.
  • ONE STAR: You hated it, plain and simple. For whatever reason (these are useful to offer a good reason, for the benefit of other readers)

I have received 4 stars on reviews where the reviewer bragged on and on about how much they loved the book. From the review, not one thing was mentioned that warranted giving the book less than 5 stars. I never understood that. For some reason, some reviewers refuse to give 5 stars, no matter how much they love a book.


In News on Book Three: Right now it is at $1.99 per-order for a limited time only. So, get books one and two read if you have them (or want them) and prepare for book three on Feb 28th!

Great Giveaway

Written By: chriscat65 - Nov• 27•18

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Beyond a Veiled Reflection by Christine Church

Beyond a Veiled Reflection

by Christine Church

Giveaway ends December 17, 2018.

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A fresh and ultimately unique take on vampires!

Written By: chriscat65 - Nov• 20•18

1922 (1929 in the USA) black and white. The first vampire movie ever made

First, there was Dracula.  Well, he wasn’t first, but he was the most well-known. We all know him from the movies mostly, the very first being Nosferatu, the black and white silent of 1922. The first vampire movie, loosely based on the 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, “Dracula,” which in turn was loosely based on a real-life character from the 15th century… a violent ruler by the name of Vlad Dracul (Son of the Order of the Dragon) who was rumored to have drunk the blood of some of his victims.

From there on forth, Dracula has been the subject of numerous movies, plays and even off-shoot books spanning well over a century, and changing according to the whim of the author. Though vampire fiction was around before “Dracula,” it was Bram Stoker’s novel that made the ‘creatures’ famous.

Vampire fiction is rooted in the ‘vampire craze’ of the 1720s and 1730s, which culminated in the somewhat bizarre official exhumations of suspected vampires. source

In the beginning, Dracula was usually depicted as a hideous creature, or an animal, stalking the night in search of his victims. But, behind them all, is almost always the tragic romance between the Count and his reincarnated love, Mina. Romance with a creature who can turn into mist or animals, and even a hideous bat-like beast (such as is seen in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” starring Keanu Reeves, Wanona Ryder and Gary Oldman as Dracula). This depiction of the classic diary-entry novel comes the closest to the original book.


The next big (though not by any means the only) incarnation of vampires did not arrive until Anne Rice’s publication of “Interview with the Vampire” in 1976. She was the first to show vampires as beautiful, androgynous, human-like creatures who cannot turn into a bat, nor any other creature, to stalk their prey. Anne Rice’s vampires, particularly Louis, maintained a semblance of humanity and even guilt for having to kill in order to survive. The movie, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst, came out in theatres in 1994. Though the movie strayed quite a bit from the book, it was a masterpiece in its own right.

Also, in 1975, Stephen King came out with his vampire novel, “Salem’s Lot,” which was made into a movie as well. However, the vampires depicted appear more in line with Nosferatu’s creature than Anne Rice’s beauties. “Salem’s Lot” is pure in the horror genre.

Since Dracula and IWTV, there have been a slew of vampire books and movies. Romance being the number one genre in books also began to see more romantic tales of vampires and humans. The ultimate taboo relationship. But it has so much potential. And vampires have evolved and changed in many forms throughout the past few decades in particular.  Some have even brought vampires into the light, so to speak, such as Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood, which became a TV series on cable in 2008 and ran until 2014. True Blood, the books and the TV show, are told by Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress in a fictional town in Louisiana called Bon Temps. Vampires have recently “come out” of hiding and the world knows they exist. Hence, in order to keep them off humans, a synthetic blood was created (Tru Blood) and is sold in bars, convenience stores, etc. Merlottes is a bar/restaurant where Sookie works as a waitress. When a stranger arrives and she can’t read his mind, Sookie is fascinated. Turns out this stranger is Bill, a vampire, who once lived in the town long before anyone currently there was born. He’s returned to claim his original estate.

Vampire movies and books are too numerous to mention in great length.  Most are based on books, some are not, particularly in the horror genre. Romantic vampires are extremely popular in literature today, and had their jump-start when Stephenie Meyer’s book “Twilight” hit the shelves (although many view IWTV as a tragic romance). These were vampires who sparkled rather than burned up in sunlight.  Much like the “Underworld” movies series, vampires and werewolves came head to head and were sworn enemies. “Twilight” was met with much love and criticism. Vampires that sparkle? Yeah, right!

Now, I can proudly introduce a completely fresh and unique take on the vampire genre, which mixes traditional vampires (Anne Rice style) with a whole different dynamic. Ok, I am going to do a bit of shameful promotion here… because, who can write vampire books and not mention them in a blog post about vampire books!?


Sands of Time: Fate of the True Vampires, Book One

Fate of the True Vampires is a historical series that dates far back to ancient Egypt, even before the pyramids.  Throughout time and all over the world, archaeologists have been digging up and discovering scrolls, journals, letters and more and preserving and translating them. Eventually, a connection was made between all of them – most written by the same woman, throughout thousands of years. Others either mention this woman or those within her life, hence connecting them to hers. As the journals, etc are put in order, a story forms; a massive story spanning numerous eras throughout history, famous eras and people (such as Cleopatra and Marc Antony) and events (such as the Glencoe Massacre in Scotland). But, there is much more than just her journeys; her entire life as she traverses through these historical times is in itself a story and each book plays a part in the whole of the tale. Everything that happens to her and those around her throughout history effects the bigger story of her life. This is her journey through the “Sands of Time.”



And, if you really want to follow a different angle, a more contemporary angle, check out the “Anachronistic Dimensions” series. Very atypical, this series is more fantasy than the traditional vampire. It follows the life of Dane Bainbridge, a rich and famous rock star with a bit too much of an obsession for booze and the ladies. He wants to love, but just can’t seem to. The odd thing about Dane is that, for all his life, he has been seeing a woman appear in his mirrors at random.  After some pretty strange incidents, he is kidnapped and taken through a mirror! And beyond, he discovers an entire world, a dimension which exists in the folds of time, where the residents drink blood and the Ruler/Wizard requires Dane’s blood for his world to go on. Also, within that world is the woman he’s been seeing all his life in mirrors – she is the only woman he could ever love, as he cursed himself in a past life after the pain of losing his wife.  It’s a complicated series that includes  vampires (they don’t call themselves vampires, but they drink blood after all), reincarnation, time dimensional travel (a touch of sci fi amongst the fantasy) and romance.


I’ve waited my whole life to see “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Written By: chriscat65 - Nov• 04•18

Today, the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” came out in theatres. I am, and have been almost all my life, a true blue Freddie Mercury and Queen fan. So, I knew I would be sitting in the IMAX theatre the very first showing. I even picked out my seat and bought my ticket the night before, just to be sure. Fortunately for me, the place was not packed. Being a weekday, there were only about 30 or so people in the entire place.

Everyone who’s known me since I was young is well aware of my lifelong obsession with Freddie, and Queen of course (before that was the Bay City Rollers, who struck in me a love of Scotland that also never went away). But it was Freddie who drew me to the band. No, not in concert, not even in records, but in a photograph from a teen magazine I read when I was only 11 years old. It was 1976 and I saw this black and white photo of a cute young man with long black hair and striking brown eyes. He wore a jacket, open, with his hairy chest for all to see. I was absolutely smitten. I placed it on a cork board and began my search for more. My first car, a 1968 Mustang Coupe, boasted only an 8-track tape player and my first 8-track was Queen’s first album. I absolutely went crazy for the songs on that album. My Fairy King was my favorite song. I loved the fantasy elements to the words and the music had a good rock beat I adored.

Afterwards, and throughout my youth, I collected EVERYTHING I could find on Queen, and particularly on Freddie. I joined their fan club and still have in storage the newsletters I received in the mail. My bedroom looked like a shrine to Queen! As I grew older and into adulthood, the obsession didn’t cease. I wanted nothing more than to meet Freddie face to face, to talk to him, to be his friend. I knew I wasn’t alone in this, but at a young age we all live in the moment and every feeling to us is stronger and more unique than any others’. Being autistic (which I did not know then), having Asperger’s, my emotions were strong and difficult to contain. I was so in love with Freddie Mercury, I would draw my name as Christine (or Chrissy) Balsara (I always used his birth name). To this day, the inside of the closet that was once in my bedroom (which is now my office) is written “Christine and Freddie forever,” variations of our names together, and other homages to Queen. There was not a single interview, article or photograph I did not savor and save. Kids in school bullied me relentlessly, not only because I was “different,” but because of my obsession over Freddie. They would say terrible things about him, and I even slammed one boy into a locker and warned him never again to say another bad word against Freddie.

To this day, I still consider myself Freddie’s number one fan. In 1991, I was dating a man who got off on insulting my “love” for a “gay man.” One day I received a phone call from him, and I still recall his hurtful exact words. “Your boyfriend, Freddie Mercury is dead.” I called him a liar and just cried and cried when I got off the phone to discover it was true. My heart has never healed from losing this amazing talented and wonderful man. Though I never met him face to face as I’d always dreamt, I did see Queen at New Haven, CT in 1986 (I was 21). My friends and I had upper row seats, but no one guarded the floor, so I shuffled my way through the massive and close crowd (all standing), until I was against the stage! At the end of the show, Freddie came out wearing a crown and long royal red robe, carrying a huge armful of white carnations, which he tossed out to the audience. I got one of those flowers and pressed it in wax paper to preserve it (and still have it in storage).

Fast forward to 2018. I am now 53 years old. One day, over the summer, a friend on Facebook pasted an ad for a new movie coming out–Bohemian Rhapsody. My friend wrote “Look, a movie about Queen is coming out!” I thought my heart would jump out of my chest! I HAD to see it immediately when it was released. And so, today, was that day. I went alone, found a good seat, got my popcorn and soda, and did not move for over 2 hours! Here is my thoughts, as someone who has spent her life as Freddie’s number one fan:

*WARNING* SPOILER ALERT (if you have not seen this movie yet, you may not wish to read all of this).

I have to start with saying that, before the movie came out, I read many people saying it did not touch on Freddie’s sexuality, AIDS diagnosis or his boyfriends. They could not have been more wrong! The movie seemed to be all about Freddie’s realization that he was not “straight.” This was mixed with stories of the band, their relationships with each other and how they came up with such brilliant music.

If you saw the movie, I want to interject here that I love Roger’s song “I’m in love with my car.”

The movie opens with Freddie going out on stage to perform for Live Aid in 1985. I do recall watching that, if only to see Queen (and a few others I really liked). It then transports us back to the ’70’s when Roger and Brian were in a band called Smile. I remember well hearing about that band when Queen was young. In the movie Freddie mentions that due to an excess of teeth in his mouth, it allowed him extra vocal range. (Later, in the mid-80’s, I heard an interview where Freddie refused to get his teeth fixed because it might compromise his singing). Whether or not, Freddie really did have a four-octave range due to his teeth is under question.

Here, I need to make comment on the actor who played Freddie and the band… having always watched Freddie from the ’70’s until he passed in 1991. Rami Malek did a phenomenal job in this movie. One can tell he studied Freddie’s moves extremely well. However, to me, he looked nothing like Freddie! Oh sure, sometimes in the onstage scenes, he had the moves down so well I was able to suspend my disbelief a bit. But, Freddie had deep, soulful brown eyes. I do not think they even used contact lenses on Rami, for in close-ups, his eyes were hazel. Also, the prosthetic teeth did not have the same shape and prominence as Freddie’s. One other tiny nit picky… he didn’t have enough hair on is chest! I told you… decades of studying every nuance of Freddie’s looks and behavior makes me a bit of a critic to anyone playing him. I wonder what the real Mary Austin thought of seeing another man play Freddie?

The only actor I felt got “the look” the closest was Gwilym Lee, who played Brian May. I don’t know if it was real or make-up, but he had the hair, the nose, the look and the moves down pat (I know he worked closely with Brian during the making of this movie). Roger Taylor, as a young man was extremely attractive. However, Ben Hardy, who played him, was cuter in a boyish way (only with the “Roger hair”), but I saw nothing of the real Roger Taylor (with the exception of onstage drumming, as again, he worked closely with Roger Taylor on learning to play him, hence he was phenomenal). Forget about the actor who played John Deacon. He did not even come close. Not until he permed his hair. I remember when John chose that hairstyle, though I always hated it. I’m a long-hair-on-guys loving gal. I remember my disappointment when Freddie cut his hair as well. Brian was the only “true” rock star aesthetically in my opinion, for to this day his hair is long (though no longer brown, but white with age) he still looks the part.

The movie barely touched on the other band member’s personal lives. An inaccuracy that really stood out to me was when Roger was with girlfriend, Dominique. In the movie, he states that he has “wife and kids and all that,” but in reality Roger never married Dominique. They did have two children together, and I recall that well back in the day, seeing photos of her. I knew all the kid’s names, girlfriends, wives, etc. I called myself Chrissie for awhile because Brian May married a girl named Chrissie (Christine, same name as myself). I even remember when their son, Robert, was born!

Back to the movie. I remember being heartbroken when I found out Freddie had a girlfriend named Mary Austin way back when. So, it was interesting to me to see how they represented their relationship. I knew they had lived together and that he wrote “Love of my Life” for her. However, I do not think they offered an accurate depiction of how the two met. I had always heard Brian introduced them. In the movie, he noticed her (and came on to her) backstage at a Smile concert (before he joined up with Brian and Roger). He visited her workplace and their relationship began there. At least in the movie. I know movies have to change and embellish certain things (I am an actress as well as a writer) for dramatic effect. I also wonder… did he really give her an engagement ring? That seemed real enough to me, and as it was done in private, it’s possible as it never became public.

One other inaccuracy I discovered was that Freddie was depicted as being a smoker. I do not EVER recall him smoking before the mid-80’s. As a matter of fact, I have on tape an interview with Freddie in the latter half of the ’80’s stating that he had “taken up the bad habit of smoking recently.” My belief was that he thought “what the hell” after he found out he had AIDS. But the movie depicts him smoking throughout. Perhaps he did in the early years, quit then went back to it? I can’t be sure, but I always saw Roger with a cigarette in photos, but never Freddie.

Now…for accuracies, I did know that Freddie adored his cats (as do I… I’m a cat behaviorist with several award-winning books on cats). I also knew he would phone home when on the road to “talk” to his cats. This fact is gratefully depicted in the movie. I think the cats were one of my favorite aspects of the film. As someone who always dreamt of going on a “rock star” type tour, I know I would have the most trouble leaving behind my precious cats (and my horse).

When Queen broke off with their record company (also depicted), the song “Death on Two Legs” was written to Trident for “screwing them over,” so to speak. I wish they had put that song in the movie.

The movie also went on to show Freddie speaking with his doctor about his AIDS diagnosis. Though there was nothing graphic sexually in the movie, Freddie’s lavish orgy parties were touched upon. And his eventual relationship with Jim Hutton was also there.

Overall, I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. The few inaccuracies and some parts left out I feel should have been put in (such as their acquisition of John Deacon) take the one star away. I understand not *everything* can be put in a movie and all in all they did a marvelous job. Bravo!

Personally, I have always been a huge fan of the rock and roll star (esp the ’80’s) life. Hence my series “Anachronistic Dimensions” about a rock star who falls in love with a woman from another time dimensions. I did much research on the life of rock stars off-stage for that one. If you love romance fantasy (and/or rock stars), pick up a copy.

Beyond Every Mirror
Beyond a Veiled Reflection

Please feel free to write to me if you like, make comments (please, positivity is best) about Queen, the movie, my books, or whatever is on your mind.

Halloween Contest, Live Giveaway

Written By: chriscat65 - Oct• 11•18

Do you love making Halloween decorations?

It’s that time of year again. Ghosts, ghouls and Vampires! And a great Halloween contest for those who love my books… and those just discovering them! So, this Halloween, I am holding a LIVE giveaway for a FREE novel on my Facebook page, but first, you have to do something… On my FACEBOOK page, you will find a pinned post.

Post a photo of your best homemade Halloween decoration from this year! On Halloween night, I will hold a LIVE giveaway on my Facebook Page. 

The Early Scrolls is still FREE!

Written By: chriscat65 - May• 09•18

I just wanted to put out a quick note that today is the last day to get The Early Scrolls for FREE on Amazon Kindle.















Also, my virtual book tour continues… Today, you can visit Supernatural Central to read more… Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for this tour… Great prizes coming.

To celebrate this tour, ALL my books in this series (except Blood Moon, because Amazon won’t let me change the price) are at 99 cents right now!!!