Monday, June 26, 2017

Still Ongoing + Lizzie Borden Zombie Hunter Reviews!

The contest is still ongoing!

It's Monday, update time!.

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If you didn't, then you're missing a couple contests!



One - The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River - is done! It's being formatted and the cover will be done soon. Sign up for the newsletter (above link) and get entered to win a copy! I'll need some quick reviews!


Two - I'm offering a cool prize that one of my subscribers may win!  Sign up and you'll see what this super cool bracelet looks like! 


Email me (via website) that you signed up for the newsletter and responded for both!


A cover reveal and more will be coming. Stay tuned!


*'I'll be sending a new newsletter out next week with all the details again - and I'll be sharing a new blog book list soon. 

 
** Don't forget! Have you read Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter? A good read before Dr. Bowen's story comes out!

And if you have read it -- please put up a review on Amazon and even B&N! Even a line or two helps! Thank you! It would really help to reach that magic promotional number of 50 reviews. (I'm at 32.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Humanity’s Hope Will Be Coming Soon

Last week marked a huge change for my family and I. We moved from Wyoming to Nebraska. It was a good move, and we’re settling in fine, but it took a lot of my time and changed my schedule. The weeks leading up to the move were just as busy.

However, despite that, I have been making some headway in the writing department. I haven’t created anything new (yet), but I’ve republished my middle grade books, The Ifs and The Ifs Return. They are both now available on Amazon.


Book 1 in The Ifs series

Landon and Broden are brothers, and some days they DO NOT get along. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing, and plotting ways to get revenge on each other.

Then, strange things start happening… Noises in their room that are not from the cat. Homework that is mysteriously finished. A broken shoelace that repairs all by itself. Clothes that are put in the hamper on their own.

The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts.

When the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside, and learn how to work together.


Book 2 in The Ifs series

“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts. And Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

As the boys are drawn into another adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful—and dangerous—Gage’s magic can be.

I also received word from the publisher that Humanity’s Hope will be out by the end of July. I don’t have an exact date yet, but I’m expecting one soon.


I’m super excited for Humanity’s Hope to be out. It’s another young adult zombie series, and I’ve been having a lot of fun writing it. The second one is done and with the publisher—no word yet on when anything will happen with that, but that’s ok. The first book is just getting ready to hit the world.

I’ll let you know when the book is available. Until then, I’m going to keep unpacking my house and looking for time to write—actually write. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dr. Bowen #Mystery#1LineWed

Full speed ahead on my upcoming novella, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River! 

Here's a peek at more of the cover! And the book is in the formatter's hands.



After writing Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, I wondered... how did coming on this horrific scene affect everyone else, including Lizzie's doctor and neighbor? What if Fall River was indeed haunted?

As in my Lizzie Borden book, this story also contains quotes from the real-life Borden trial, many of them sharing Dr. Bowen's own testimony.

And since it's #1LineWed - 1 Line Wednesday:

From The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River:

"Why won't anyone believe me? Why, Phoebe, Why?"

Be sure to check the webpage, too, as I add more details!




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Today in History: Lizzie Borden Not Guilty!

It was this day June 20, 1893 that accused murderess Lizzie Borden was declared not guilty of murdering her father and stepmother. 

Here's the Providence Evening Bulletin story on that date.


Justice? Freedom? Did she get away with murder?



(Arizona Republican, June 21, 1893 ) See more newspaper clippings and read full page)




Here's my fictional take, based on the real-life events from the murders to the trial and beyond: What if she did it... because she had no other choice?


 About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:

Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?


Monday, June 19, 2017

#Mystery Writing Update + Contests!

It's Monday, so it's a good time for updates.

Before you groan and take off, have you signed up for my newsletter? See link on top of website.

If you didn't, then you're missing a couple contests!


One - The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River - is done! It's being formatted and the cover will be done soon. Sign up for the newsletter (above link) and get entered to win a copy! I'll need some quick reviews!

Two - I'm offering a cool prize that one of my subscribers may win!  Sign up and you'll see what this super cool bracelet looks like! 

Email me (via website) that you signed up for the newsletter and responded for both!

A cover reveal and more will be coming. Stay tuned!





Monday, June 12, 2017

June Reading List 2: #Mystery #Zombie #Dystopian

More great books  - Great Reads  & Deals! Load up those beach bags!
Be sure to check the top tab for previous lists! Wow, there's some GREAT books here!




Dark Fantasy - Dystopian:
Free - June 12-16

 The Harvesting, Harvesting Series Book 1, Melanie Karsak - It's all fun and games - until someone ends up undead. With her psychic powers, Layla believes she'll survive the apocalypse, until a sinister, evil force rises to finish mankind for good.








Dark Fantasy - Vampire:

Sale! 99 cents - June 13-20
 Blood Renegades, (Rebel Vampires Book 3),  Rosemary A. Johns - Light lives for his vampire family. Now he may die for it.
   Light - rebel, lover anti-hero- has been labeled a traitor and terrorist renegade who'll be burned at the stake in a hidden, paranormal London. Soon in a race against time, will he be able to save his family and true love? Can he judge predator from prey? He must make the ultimate choice - hide in the shadows, or walk into the light. 


New release and series sale! 99 cents - June 14-18
  Last Rites, (Paranormal Detectives Series, Book 5) Lily Luchesi - Power is the deadliest desire. With the Lieutenant of Hell put to rest, Danny and Angelica want to take a well deserved break from hunting. But when bodies start piling up with a connection to Angelica, they must find the perp before more people are killed.

From Book 1: Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire! The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral. Detective Angelica Cross invites him to join a secret FBI branch to help her track down a wayward vamp, but renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be. (Books 1-4 also on sale!)


Dark Horror - Erotic Folk Tales:

Free, June 17-20 - Ages 18+
 Cautionary Tales: Voices from the Edges Emmanuelle de Maupassant - Twelve tales, darkly delicious imaginings for the adult connoisseur of bedtime stories, inspired by Eastern European and Russian superstitions and folklore.







Mystery - Paranormal:


** COMING SOON! I have a new novella coming out! See new webpage for details!
THE HAUNTING OF DR. BOWEN, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River, offers another glimpse into the aftermath of the Borden murders - and reveals the secrets of Fall River from the viewpoint of Lizzie's doctor and neighbor!

ZOMBIE:


2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders.
 Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete -

Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?



NEW! Release!
Suburban Zombie High, Jeremy Flagg  - A chemistry experiment by Boxford High pranksters goes wrong, forcing students to face something worse than SAT's and cafeteria lunches - a virus that turns students into zombies.  (YA)









  The Last,  Zombie Ocean Book 1, John Michael Grist - When the zombie apocalypse hits America, not a soul is left alive. Except Amo. He's a comic book artist. He's a video game world builder. He's just a regular guy living in New York City, with only his wits, creativity and basic decency to guide him. He's alone against 7 billion zombies. Will he survive? (** Free on Instafreebie.)



New! The Zee Brothers: Zombie School Lockdown (Zombie Exterminators Vol. 2), Grivante -  A charter school fears they have an outbreak. Now it's up to the Zee Brothers, who find themselves trapped and weaponless as they try to protect the scared kids from a host of toxic, and hungry, undead. (YA)


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Summer Book Club Reading!

Up for summer reading?

Readers shared their favorites in the Liz's Book Club 2017 edition in the Kenosha News - and Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is included! (see paragraph 8) Yay!

  • L. Stever recommends “Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter,” a book by local writer (and Kenosha News correspondent) Christine Verstraete.
“Did you ever wonder why Lizzie ‘gave her father 40 whacks and her mother 41’? Lizzie Borden has been elusive for the past so many years we still wonder why she did it. Lizzie never told. This book explains all. If you like zombies along with a little romance, you will enjoy the story. It’s a fun and gory read.” 
 About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:
Every family has its secrets…
One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?