The Early Scrolls is still FREE!

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.

FREE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!


FREE!

The Early Scrolls will be FREE from May 5th – May 7th!

Don’t miss out on this Prequel novella and the words of Kesi of Giza as she learns what it is to be a blood-drinker in an ancient human world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Tour, featuring Blood Moon: Diary of a Highland Massacre

Blood Moon and The Fate of the True Vampires will be featured in a 2-week virtual book tour starting May 7th…
See the schedule below:

May 7 Mythical Books (Guest Blog)

http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

May 7 T’s Stuff (Interview)

http://www.tsstuff.net

May 7 Lisa’s World of Books

http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net/

May 8 Diane’s Book Blog (Interview)

http://dianes-book.blogspot.com

May 8 Fang-tastic Books

http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

May 8 Paranormalists

https://paranormalists.blogspot.com/

May 9 Other Worlds of Romance (Guest Blog)

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romances

http://lindamooney.blogspot.com/

Topic: What is it about this book that makes it special?

May 9 Supernatural Central (Interview)

http://supernaturalcentral.blogspot.com

May 9 Roxanne’s Realm

http://www.roxannerhoads.com/

May 10 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom (Guest Blog)

http://creativelygreen.blogspot.com/

May 10 Share My Destiny

http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

May 10 Saph’s Books

https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/

May 11 Ramblings of a Book Nerd

https://booknerdramblings2015.blogspot.com

May 11 SImply Kelina

http://simplykelina.blogspot.com/

May 14 I Smell Sheep(Guest Blog)

http://www.ismellsheep.com/

May 14 The Book Junkie Reads

https://thebookjunkiereadspromos.blogspot.com/

May 14 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!

http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com

May 14 JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder (Interview)

https://jbbookworms.blogspot.com/


Trying to Market in a Greedy World!

Right now, as I write this it’s 53 degrees (Fahrenheit, for any in the Celsius zones). It’s a drizzly day. Kinda raw, but better than the outrageously cold March we had, after an unusually warm January and February. But, that’s New England for ya. Anyway, I didn’t come here to discuss weather.

So, for those interested in my books, I “revamped” my vampire series covers (first 3 books, Book 4 will be out in May)! I did them myself, as I do all my book covers. Fortunately, this time, I had the help a very nice and talented designer, Mariah Sinclair.  She didn’t do the covers for me, but she advised me in making them better. Here are the covers for my Fate of the True Vampires series now…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason I needed to redo these covers was because, a) I wanted them to stand out and tell the story better, and because, b) They are a series and should LOOK like a series, despite the books all being set in various times and geographical locations.

I think I got the mood pretty well.

I also did a little renewing of Book One for Beyond Every Mirror.

 

All of this is because I really NEED to sell more books and make my brand as an author.  Now for my “vent.” Part of this came about because I am on disability and have VERY limited income or resources. I am no spring chicken, but would love to get off state aid (which gives me pretty much nothing) and actually LIVE my life before it’s too late. Unfortunately, marketing books so people will buy them costs a LOT of money and I have no idea at what point I will actually make money… Writing is pretty much all I know (besides acting… but other than a short movie I was in last year that will be out this spring, I am not in a position at the moment to travel to auditions). Henceforth, I write!! It has taken me a couple years (and a lot of money wasted that I couldn’t afford to waste) to learn what works and what doesn’t in book marketing, and I am still trying to figure it out because it keeps changing!!

My biggest gripe is that some of my best free marketing vehicles are now charging… The biggest being Goodreads!! I am very angry with them right now. Every new book release in the past, I have run to Goodreads to do a giveaway. They were free, you just had to pay for the books you mailed to winners. I loved it!!! It worked. Now… they want over $100 to do a giveaway!! When all you make is about $500 a month and you have more than $600/month in bills, that is a LOT of money!! So, when I released Blood Moon in February (my first released self-pub in a year due to unforeseen terrible circumstances), I went straight to Goodreads to do a giveaway. Imagine my shock when they no longer offered free giveaways! O-M-G! And it wasn’t like they had any inexpensive options, either! Yep, their cheapest (which, as stated above, is far from cheap) is  $119 to start… the next package (there’s only TWO) is $599.00! If I had $600 to spend on a giveaway, I wouldn’t need the giveaway.

There are other examples, but this one is the best example of a company gone greedy (don’t get me started on Amazon). Isn’t there ANYONE out there willing to help authors with major financial burdens who want to write and sell books to get OUT of their major financial burden?

Stay tuned as I will be doing LIVE giveaways on my Facebook site (which you can find here).


Highland Vampires Need Your Help!

Just recently released, Blood Moon: Diary of a Highland Massacre (Book Three in the Fate of the True Vampires series) was released in paperback and Kindle. But, in order to enter certain contests or be listed in Kindle Review, books need at least 10 customer reviews of a specific star quality. I am not one to tell anyone what to rate a book as I believe in complete honesty, but I truly feel you will love this novella. It’s short enough to read in less than a couple hours (great commute read) but packs quite a lot into its small size.

And so, if anyone is interested in leaving their HONEST opinion of this book on Amazon, I am prepared to offer you free Kindle copies (not for share or resale). Simply contact me and let me know you’d like to be on my review team (where you will get free copies of my books for review). Give me your email address and that’s it. I will email you a MOBI file to read and review. Please review within 2 weeks if you can. Hey, it’s a 2-hour or shorter read, so why not? lol

Here is some information on the book:

 

A brilliant plot between a mortal and an ancient hybrid. A massacre planned for years, disguised as a political dispute among clans. But was the Murder at Glencoe based in politics, Jacobites and clan wars… Or was it something more paranormal in nature? Read the 17th century journals of Wolfe Amus MacDonald Stewart and discover the truth to an age-old mystery.

1692. Scottish Highlands. Befell the tragedy of Mort Ghlinne Comhann, also known as the Murder at Glencoe. Unbeknownst to clan members, the Campbells and many lowland Scots, who had taken the clan up on their hospitality, held in their minds a plan so evil and so deceptive as to be brilliant. After the massacre on 13 February, 1692, most MacDonalds lay dead, many exposed to the elements perished, homes burned. But why would the Campbells and lowland cousins commit such a hideous and unholy crime? The truth will not be found in history books. The beast behind this tragic night held nothing but greed within his heart, and using the Jacobite risings as his cover, he gets what he wants and leaves behind death and suffering.


Murder at Glencoe!

So much has been going on! Last year (2017) was a rather nightmare year for me, and thus I got NO writing in or books published. My utmost apologies for that. But 2018 I am hoping to be the opposite; a prolific year that has so far started out well.

I FINALLY finished “Blood Moon: Diary of a Highland Massacre,” which is Book Three in my Fate of the True Vampires series. I have just now uploaded all the files to Amazon (digital and paperback), so it can take a couple days to come on for sale as it needs to go through the review process. Only a day late. I hope you have been reading the “Fate of the True Vampires” series. It’s VERY different from anything else out there.

A very different take on a Scottish historical.

If you are wondering where Kesi went, do not worry… she will return in the next book (four) along with Andre, who you read about in Book One. Sorry it has taken so long to get back to his story, but these “archaeological finds” must be placed in chronological order, and Blood Moon takes place in 1692, where Andre’s tale is in the 18th century.

A new character will also be introduced in Book Five, Iven. He will get his say in the story (along with Kesi and Andre) as he is caught up in the Holocaust (WWII). Many more characters will tell their tales in future, and as they do, each will eventually come together and play their part in one massive plot (I can tell you no more than that).

So… check out Book Three (which should be available on Amazon Feb 2nd). I have already begun Book Five, and have finished draft one of Book Two in the Anachronistic Dimensions series (which began with Beyond Every Mirror).

In the meantime, watch for my book tours, live spots on Facebook and many giveaways.

 


Dracula: Left or Right? And Where Twilight Went Wrong

Beyond Every Mirror

Last week, a friend called me with a great idea for a TV show she wants to pitch to Netflix. She was contacting me because, a) She is a huge fan of my fiction, so she wishes to have me co-write with the scriptwriter for the show, and b) Because of my knowledge of horses (around which the show will revolve). All this aside, we got talking about my books, vampire books in general and then about why she loves my books (other than reviews, we authors rarely hear why people love, or even hate, our books). Of course Anne Rice came into the conversation. My books have been compared to Anne Rice’s, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. But the fact is, I am not Anne Rice (I wish I had her fame and money though); I am my own writer with my own style.

In any event, the reason Anne Rice came to play in our conversation was not to compare my books to hers (a first), but to make a point. My friend started with reference to Dracula. “Dracula was the start,” she said. “He’s the pinnacle of vampire fiction.” The culmination of all things vampire. Several vampire genres made their way into the conversation, including, of course, Twilight. “Twilight is what vampire fiction shouldn’t be!” She went on to explain that she, like most vampire fans (particularly adults), like vampires who stay on the basic Dracula path, taking their own road but remaining either to the left or right of it.

Twilight, for example, is nowhere near it! It has its own road and I have found that vampire lovers either love it or hate it. Since it’s geared towards young adults, who usually haven’t had a ton of exposure to vampire fiction of all kinds through many years, they can accept sparkling blood drinkers who don’t bleed when you cut off an appendage.

Anne Rice, on the other hand, parallels Dracula in many ways, as Dracula is one heck of a horrifying romance. Many consider the relationship between Louis, Lestat and Claudia a sort of difunctional sexual family, even though Anne Rice’s vampires can’t have sex in a traditional way. Then, of course, there’s the blood exchange. That’s where Twilight falls short; These are vampires… where’s the blood? (said in the same vein as the “Where’s the beef?” lady (Clara Peller) of 1984)

My friend made it clear that most vampire stories fall short of Dracula in too many ways, but mine are on the other parallel of Dracula, along the same (once again) vein as Anne Rice, yet quite different. “They are both unique but don’t stray too far from the original vampire stories.”

I thought it might be fun to make a chart comparing our vampires and the basic “Dracula” rules… Just the vampires mentioned here. I know many many vampire authors exist out there, but I can’t compare them all, so I will stick to Ms. Rice, Dracula and, yes, Twilight, to my vampires (I know, I am not famous yet, but It’s my Blog and I’ll say what I want to..” (think “It’s My Party” by Leslie Gore, 1963). I also, believe it or not, read little vampire fiction. I have trouble liking most of the characters. I have read True Blood, Dracula, Dracula-like books, Vampire Chronicles, and Christine Feehan. I used to read older vampire fiction, such as by romance authors Karen E. Taylor and Maggie Shayne (and others).

Check out the chart below:

Fate of the True Vampires

 


CHART

DRACULA VAMPIRE CHRONICLES

 

TWILIGHT

 

FATE OF THE TRUE VAMPIRES

 

Drinks Human Blood YES             YES          YES
Turns into animals/mist, whatever…  NO             NO           NO

(Today, it seems, shifters have their own genres and vampires don’t fit that category any longer)

Killed by sun (No) YES No, they only sparkle!! (NOTE: How can something that drinks blood to exist be made of… what are they made of… alloy??) Most.

(rare exceptions can walk in sun)

(In the original “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, 1897, Dracula could go out in daylight.
It wasn’t until the movie “Nosferatu” (1922) that vampires were depicted as being killed by sunlight)

Can Fly (as a bat or other winged animal only) YES
( as themselves, but only certain powerful ones have this ability)
NO           NO
Can’t see self in mirror They CAN see selves in mirrors They can see selves Can see selves in mirrors

(so, apparently the mirror reflection thing is gone from most vampire fiction today)

Repelled by crosses/crucifixes Nope. As Louis says, “I’m quite fond of looking at crucifixes” NO NO.

Originals were considered Gods and existed long before Christianity

Tragic romance plot      Some believe IWTV was romantic (and tragic). Other “romance” can be found in other books in series. No tragic…anything! Multiple romances throughout the series. Some tragic.
Evil, scary vampires Some could be considered “evil” None (not even the bad guys are scary) Some might call Yin evil

 


Win some great free gifts!

I just wanted everyone to know that I am having a big giveaway on my web site (click here). I have some gift packages (non-book related) to give away, including sets with a watch, executive pen, radio, and more. I am also giving away signed copies of my paperback books. Ways to enter:

  • Head to my website (LINK)
  • Take the Survey
  • (Optional) Join my email list for updates on my books and other greats.

You don’t have to join my email list to enter the giveaway. Taking the survey puts you on the list to enter. I am not here to spam anyone, just to grab some reader attention. 🙂 Giving away gifts, to me, is fun. It’s also a way to get to know you a bit with the survey. Your answers will help me know what you like so I can get more out there for you.

Enjoy!


Cleopatra and the New “Sands of Time”

Most people have either seen one of several movies made about Cleopatra’s life or read about her. The interesting thing, for fiction writers and movie makers, about Cleopatra’s life, is that there is so little historically available on her. Most of her life is left to speculation. As a popular topic and popular Queen (the last Pharaoh in Egypt before Rome took over). There are certain events that have been written into history and are well known; however, other details can be played with. For example, the fact that she was a powerful woman who used her lure and sexuality to get more of what she wanted, using powerful men as pawns, is a well known fact. Also known is her children; one with Caesar and several with Mark Antony.

In the latest installment of “Sands of Time,” Cleopatra’s “aid” Kesi plays a large part in Cleopatra’s fame, her life, her decisions and even her death. I do believe this will be a book all historical paranormal and vampire fans will enjoy wholeheartedly. I will be offering contests based on this book, as well as giving away free copies. Just join my newsletter to be the first to learn of all new books, chapters, freebies and more. www.christinechurch.net

Extended Edition of Sands of Time.


Cleopatra!

Cleopatra’s “true” story is revealed

It’s happening! Kesi, star of the first two “Fate of the True Vampires” series has met and interacted with, Cleopatra. You have certainly heard her name! Cleopatra was the last Queen of Egypt. After her death, the city of Alexandria, where Cleopatra lived, was taken over by Rome.

In this Expanded Special Edition of Sands of Time: Book One Fate of the True Vampires series, Kesi meets Cleopatra and attempts to rule by the queen’s side. As the “original” Queen of the Nile, Kesi feels it is her place to sit by Cleopatra. But, things do not turn out as she had hoped. Cleopatra is obstinate and determined – in ways Kesi never dreamed a human could be. And a Greek ruling Egypt?? Kesi does all she can to dethrone Cleopatra, but not until the queen steals Cleopatra’s man does Kesi decide the fate of the last Queen of Egypt… she must die, but it must appear to be suicide.

If you love vampires, this book is not to be missed. An extraordinarily new take on an old genre. Revisit history as you have never seen it!


The Day his Purr Stopped

Life has become crazy beyond description, and not in a good way, unfortunately.

Well, ok, some things are not horrible, such as my novel Beyond Every Mirror, which is doing ok in sales and getting great reviews. A few missed editing errors cost me a few stars in a couple reviews, but all editing errors have been fixed, so that shouldn’t be an issue anymore. It’s difficult to have to do it all by yourself; publishing… Self-publishing is a difficult endeavor. My goal is to get back to traditional publishing (where I don’t have to pay for an editor, etc). Fortunately, as I do professional editing, I am able for the most part to edit my own books, but it’s easy to miss things. Hence, once I can afford it, an outside editor will be hired. Cover design as well I have so far done myself, and as a professional photographer (I am just a ‘Jill of all Trades’ lol) I know enough graphic design to do a fairly decent cover (apparently, since my cover for Beyond Every Mirror is up for a cover design award) and I am studying graphic design daily to learn more and more tricks for making really cool covers.

As for the craziness in my life, if you love cats, you will sympathize. Two of my mother’s cats have become ill. Not related. Fluffy Kitty, a gorgeous and large 19 lb Silver Maine Coon I rescued when he showed up one terrible winter and started sleeping on the love seat on my porch. He was un-neutered and gorgeous. Not expecting to keep him, as I already had a house full of foster and rescued felines, I named him, simply “Fluffy Kitty” due to his heavy coat. He turned out to be the absolute epitome of the indoor cat! Once he was neutered, tested and inoculated, he was inside and PURRRfectly happy. The most loving cat I have ever met (and that is a LOT of cats). He is obsessed with always being in laps and his purr never stops.

Day before yesterday, however, his purr stopped.

He acted lethargic, disoriented. He was at the vet hospital all yesterday and today we transferred him to a veterinary neurologist. A month or so ago, he developed a severe infection behind his right eye. I think this is somehow related, even though they were able to cure the infection at the time, I believe some was deep and left behind, thus working into his brain somehow. Vets have agreed with me, but he’s getting an MRI tomorrow to be sure and see if there’s something underlying.

His best friend, Humphries, also saw the vet yesterday due to not eating and vomiting bile. His issue, as I knew, was due to bad teeth. Easy fix. With my mother also in the hospital today, this was a most stressful day! The “saving grace” of the day, if you can call it such, was twofold: My novel, Beyond Every Mirror, received a good review through the most important review company in the world! And my mother received a clean bill of health. But, the worry over Fluffy Kitty (not to mention the expense) is beyond stressful.

Bookwise, I will have “Sands of Time: Extended Special Edition” will be out soon all over the place, in all ebook formats and paperback.

In the meantime, if you love romance fantasy pick up a copy of Beyond Every Mirror. You will be pleased that you did.

 

Watch my website for contests and giveaways!