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.

 


James Franco as Dane Bainbridge?

Last week my mother and I went to the movies. This is a very rare occurrence as my mother, who is 74, doesn’t like to go out much. We went to see Justice League, not that that has anything to do with this post. Ha Ha. On our way out of the theatre, a movie poster struck my attention. I stopped, pointed and said “Dane!”

The poster? James Franco in The Disaster Artist.

He’s the one on the right. Yeah, with the long hair.

Ok, I have loved James Franco since he played Harry, Peter Parker’s best friend in Spider-Man. He’s a great actor, and good looking to boot. But I never “saw” him as Dane Bainbridge (Beyond Every Mirror, published 2016). In the poster he doesn’t look like James Franco, however. I didn’t even know this was James Franco until I went home and looked up the movie. And then I said “Wow, he looks amazing with long hair!” Of course, in my opinion, everyone in the world would look better with long hair. Hey, I’m a child of the 80’s and worshipped rock stars! What can I say, it’s a fetish!

But I digress.

I started to look up pictures of James Franco playing this guy Tommy Wisseau (who, by the way, looks nothing like Dane). Ok, so James Franco is a teeny bit older than Dane (the actor is 39, Dane, as of this writing, is now 32, will be 33 as of Dec. 24th… Maybe. You’ll have to read Book Two when it comes out. Mwahaha), but older can be worked with. The hair, however, is spot on! The eyes… well, Dane’s are a bit lighter with silver specks, which makes his eyes very distinct. So give James Franco contacts! Dane has no cleft to his chin, but James’ cleft is small and barely noticeable.

It was this particular picture, however, that I saw Dane. As I was browsing through pictures and video from the movie, I saw a scene where he is naked (yummy) and the body is also spot on!! Dane, though not hugely muscular, is very fit (he can thank all of his past incarnations for that!).

Of course, I had to look a bit further into this mysterious movie that seemed to make no sense, judging by the poster. While browsing, I discovered it was a movie not only about the aforementioned Tommy Wisseau, but that this guy just appeared in Hollywood one day 14 years ago with money and wanting to make a movie. The resulting movie became known as the worst movie ever made and I saw parts of the movie (called The Room) and I can understand why it is credited as such! The acting is so terrible (with the obviously-not-an-actor Wisseau playing the lead) it’s transfixing. You can’t believe a movie can be this bad and get made, then to top it off, have a major motion picture made about making it.

Ok, I’m a novelist and obviously dream of making it big, as we all do. I work very hard at writing the best stories I know how. Stories that are my passion to write, but I do pay attention to keeping it interesting. I may not be the best writer, but I’m not bad (I don’t think). Maybe I need to be worse, to get someone’s attention (add laugh track here). I am also an actress. I went to school for acting, I studied in NYC and I’ve been in a few things here and there. I may not be a great actress (I think I’m better than average), but it’s a passion I won’t stop doing even if I never make it. My dream has always been to have a movie made of my books and be in them. Writing and acting! And that leads me back to James Franco. I look forward to seeing Mr. Franco in the Disaster Artist, but think his talents would be amazing as rock star Dane.

What do you think? (If you haven’t read Beyond Every Mirror and you like romantic fantasy, something different, give it a try).

Dane?? Maybe!

Irony… Dane’s band’s CD (in Beyond Every Mirror)… Shirtless.


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!


Cat Needs Brain Surgery

FK needs brain surgery, and your help.

If you read my last post, you know that my elderly mother’s beloved rescued cat, Fluffy Kitty (yes, that is his name), had a terrible infection behind his eye back in December. After seeing a veterinary ophthalmologist, he was put on heavy duty antibiotics, in which case the infection shrunk back. As the doctor could see no more inflammation against the eye, he was sent home with no further instructions. This expense tapped my mother, but this cat is her baby (and the sweetheart of everyone who meets him, for no lap goes cold with Fluffy Kitty around).

This week, however, Fluffy Kitty started to act strangely. He was confused and disoriented. My mother was in the hospital that day, and her other cat had a dental appointment, so I rushed Fluffy Kitty to the vet in the morning. They, in turn, informed us he needed to go to a neurologist.

Yesterday, after an MRI, my brother, myself and my mom drove the 35 minutes to the neurologist. Upon examining the results, the neurologist told us it looked as if the infection had spread to the frontal area of the brain, but with surgery, there was a good chance he could recover quite well, barring anything unusual. Well, unfortunately, something unusual cropped up. The veterinary neurologist is not positive what it is, but within the infection, he found something he needs to send for testing. He is concerned about lymphoma. By this time, and even with help, the expenses have become out of control, but I ask you… would YOU deny a wonderful old lady the cat she loves and sleeps with her and is just the sweetest cat in the world to everyone? She kept saying “My Fluffy Kitty can’t die, he just can’t die.”

I will not know until next week what the results are of the tests… it ‘could’ be a harsh infection that he removed and will need antibiotics and be ok, it could be toxoplasmosis, or corona virus, or another viral infection.

In the meantime, I have set up a GoFunMe page to help my mom afford all this. Even small amounts add up and matter if enough folks help. Please offer something, if you can. Share the page, get the word out. It will be appreciated more than you can imagine.

GO FUND ME

 


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!