Saturday, July 30, 2016

AuthorFest - Today! Round Lake Beach IL

I'll be among 25+ authors participating at AuthorFest! TODAY at the Civic Center in Round Lake Beach, Ill.  Stop by and say hello!

 Sponsored by the fantastic This Old Book, there'll be books of all genres, free kid's activities, music and more! Come spend the day!! (Check out the fest info and authors here.)

 


  Featuring Andra Watkins, NY Times Bestselling author of Not  Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace and To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis.






AuthorFest
Saturday, July 30th at 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Open to the Public - Free

Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center (Located south of the Meijer store off 

 Rte. 83 ) -  2007 N Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, Ill. 

10:00-4:00 Children’s Activity Tent
Edison the Elf coloring page and activity sheet, Sci-fi coloring sheet, Build a Bug, Invent a Gadget, Color a Cookie, Spider Web Art, Creative Writing pages. Face painting

Scavanger hunt for both Children and Adults- Join the Hunt, Win a Prize!
10:15-10:30 Opening Remarks by Robb Chase
10:30-1:30 Various Children’s Book Readings
10:45-12:00 Music by Edison Blake
12:30-2:30 Music by Deezguize at theGazebo
2:30-3:15 Presentation by Andra Watkins
4:00 Close of Authorfest

Friday, July 29, 2016

AuthorFest authors' panel



AuthorFest! will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, (south of the Meijer store off Rte. 83) in  Round Lake Beach, IL.  (The fun of events like this is getting to find out about all kinds of different books you might not have found otherwise!) 

Sponsored by This Old Book, the event features 25+ authors of all genres, free kid's activities, music and more! Come spend the day!! (Check out the fest info and authors here.)

** Here are some highlights from the pre-fest author panel moderated by author/organizer Robb Chase that was held on Wednesday. Featured authors included:

  

  ** Andra Watkins, NY Times Bestselling author of Not  Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace and To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. (She'll be the keynote speaker Saturday afternoon.) 

* Mark Spreyer, executive director of the 80-acre Stillman Nature Center, South Barrington, Ill. and author of Natural Digressions: Natural History for the 21st Century. The book features essays on raptors, insects and nature. Book sale proceeds are donated to the center, which offers classes, environmental education and sanctuary to injured raptors, animals and feathered friends. 



 * Robb Chase, event organizer and author of Broken Dagger: Adventures of Annuvin Book 12. Chase enjoys writing stories with a fantasy-sci-fi twist that mirror real life.

* John F. Wasik, author of  The Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis. Wasik details the story of former Edison right-hand man and creator behind the national power grid, written with access to Insull's documents.  Wasik also tells the story of another manufacturing giant Nikola Tesla in Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla (Coming Oct. 11.) 



 * Christian A. Larsen, author of the sci-fi-flavored Losing Touch about a man discovering he an walk through walls (with a foreword by Piers Anthony),  and The Blackening of Flesh, about a teen's home being haunted by Prohibition-era gangster ghosts. 

* Michelle Cox, author of  A Girl Like You: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard, a murder mystery set in 1930s Chicago, part of a series. (She also has interesting stories of forgotten Chicagoans on her blog.)

Some Fun Q&A's (moderated by Robb Chase):
  
*What person would you liked to have talked to or learned more about?

Watkins: "Meriwether Lewis so he could tell me how he really died. He may have killed himself, or he may have been murdered." (Lewis finished the first American expedition across the West with William Clark in 1806 at age 32. He was dead at age 35, shot twice, once in the head.)

Wasik: "I would have liked to communicate with Tesla. He came over from Europe. (Thomas) Edison put him to work as a repairman. He completely redesigned Edison's power plant. He was promised a $50,000 bonus and Edison said he was 'just kidding. You don't understand American humor.'  Edison refused to see Tesla had the superior technology."

* What would you say is more important, character or plot?

Watkins: "If you don't have complex characters, I don't think people will read far in the book."

Larsen: "What draws me into a story isn't so much what's happening as (being able to have) identification with the people in the story."

Chase: "Long John Silver comes to mind."

* What scares you?

Larsen: "I'm kind of difficult to scare. I was 11 years old and saw Return of the Living Dead. I didn't stop hearing those zombies for six years."

Wasik: "The scariest thing to me are editors. You can submit a book you spent a year on it, and they'll say this is not what they want."

Watkins: "I think the scariest things are the things that can really happen. I was miles away in this cabin, I picked up a book to read. It was Deliverance."

Chase: "I remember the movie, Willard. I was a little boy when I saw it."

Cox: "I saw the movie, The Exorcist when I was 15. It took me about eight years to get over that thing."

* What one word would you say is most important to your readers?

Watkins: "Escape. I write because I want you to take a glass of wine, sit in the sun for an hour and escape."

Spreyer: "Curiosity. I want them to be curious about things around them."

Wasik: "Insight. Even the best novels provoke you to think in a different way."

Larsen: "Kinship. I want readers to experience stories through the characters' eyes."

Cox: "Intrigue. I like readers to come away really wanting to know what happens in the book."

Chase: "Acceptance. All too often we focus on the dust of our differences instead of how we're all the same."

** Be sure to come out Saturday to check out their books and meet all 29 authors (including me!) 






Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Full Cover!

Yes! The full front and back for Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter! 

Whatdya think?  I think it's pretty cool!

I'm reading the PDF proof now for the last corrections! 

And for my dollhouse friends, a mini cover for your dollhouse too!  
(Personal use only, please!) 

About the book:

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?

 
Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.



   


Monday, July 25, 2016

Cosplay at Comic Con!

Went to the Milwaukee Comic Con Sunday. Interesting event as far as cosplay goes. Too bad I didn't have any copies of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter as I could've sold quite a few!

For a break, enjoy some of the interesting characters I spotted. The event had a costume contest, too.

(For me, the rug guy was the best!)












Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Cover! Really!


Yes, here is the front cover for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter! 
The full flat will come probably by Monday.

What do you think?? (The colors likely will look different on the actual book.)

cverstraete.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Full Book Cover!

AND... here it is...

Oh wait. Kind of... 


** BONUS:  I wanna hear what you think! Give me a reaction in the comments to be entered to win one of the first signed print copies!!!! (US shipping only, sorry.)  Be sure to leave a way to contact you! 

Isn't this exciting???  (Now, no grumbling!!)



Are you SCARED yet??????? 


I wanted to extend the fun a bit since the full cover isn't quite done yet (blurbs and reviews are being added and part of the image was being tweaked slightly....)

So in the meantime.... go and see if you can assemble this puzzle -- then you'll see what there is (so far...) I hope the link works right... it did for me.

Hey! Now, I even reduced the number of puzzle pieces for you! I started out with 160 much smaller pieces... heh heh... C'mon, have fun with me!!!





The back copy is the description I've been sharing below. 
 I'll be showing the finished full cover once it's done...  

 I CAN'T WAIT!!! CAN YOU???

COMING SEPT 13! 


  About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:  by 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?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Book Cover Reveal 2!

Yes! The cover reveal is  HERE! 

So, meanie, I am - haaa! - I'm giving you tiny glimpses... 

Keep coming back for more!! 

** BONUS:  I wanna hear what you think! Give me a reaction in the comments to be entered to win one of the first signed print copies!!!! (US shipping only, sorry.) 

Isn't this exciting??? 

*  See the preview  here. - See part 1 here.  Coming: the full cover! 


Are you SCARED yet??????? 

Part 2: 


girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com




COMING SEPT 13! 


  About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:  by 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?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Cover Reveal 1!

Yes! The cover reveal is  HERE! 

So, meanie, I am - haaa! - I'm giving you tiny glimpses... 

Keep coming back for more!! 

** BONUS:  I wanna hear what you think! Give me a reaction in the comments to be entered to win one of the first signed print copies!!!! (US shipping only, sorry.) 

Isn't this exciting??? 

Preview:  See the first part here.




Part 1: 







COMING SEPT 13! 


  About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:  by 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?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Lizzie Borden!

Today is Lizzie Borden's Birthday!

The Fall River, Mass. accused murderess was born July 19, 1860.


happy birthday lizzie borden!





It was never fully proven that Lizzie, a 32-year-old spinster and Sunday School teacher, committed the crime.
 No one else was arrested or charged.
 The crime was never solved. 

Until now.

What if Lizzie did do it...because she had no other choice? 

The "proof"... is in the crime and the autopsy photos. I'll explain more soon... 

My viewpoint is coming soon in: 





 NEWS!!!    The Release Date is....

SEPT. 13th! 
(Andrew Borden's Birthday!) 

** Cover Reveal this week! Did you see the preview? Come back for more this week! 




Monday, July 18, 2016

Lizzie Borden #Zombie Hunter Cover Reveal!!

Yes! The moment you - and I  - have been waiting for.

The cover reveal for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is this week! 

So, meanie, I am - haaa! - I'm going to give you a teensy glimpse to start....

How does that grab ya???? 

Keep coming back as there'll be more, much much more, to see!!! 

** BONUS: I want to hear what you think! Give me a reaction in the comments for a chance to win one of the first signed print copies!!! (Sorry, US shipping only!)  Be sure to include an email or something to contact you!

Isn't this exciting??? 



cverstraete.com


COMING SEPT 13! 


  About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:  by 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?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Creepy Doll #Horror

I've posted before about dolls - some love 'em, some hate 'em, some are afraid of them...

I happen to like and collect some dolls, but no, nothing like this. Actually, I have to admit this is the first I've seen something like this... 

I saw this post first on Facebook and had to share.

(Photo - Jobbins sculptures on Dangerous Minds.)


I can appreciate the creativity, thought and planning that goes into these sculptures formed from doll parts by Australian artist Freya Jobbins... Click to look - and yikes! Some are life-sized!  (Talk about nightmares!?)

I admit, they're eerie, and fascinating, amazing, and a little skin-crawling maybe but you have to keep looking, right? Intriguing and... ? 

What do you think?


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

#1 Line Wed - Lizzie Borden #Zombie Hunter Release Date!

Today's 1 Line Wednesday line is easy====


A RELEASE DATE!! 



 NEWS!!!    The Release Date is....

SEPT. 13th! 
(Andrew Borden's Birthday!) 



Friend me on Facebook - Cover Reveal and launch party coming!!!




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?


Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New and Recent #Zombie Book Releases


Happy Reading! 
While you're waiting for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter... Here are some new and recent Zombie Book Releases I came across: 



 Contamination 7: Resistance – TW Piperbrook -After freeing Dan and Quinn, Sandy Duncan must fight to escape the lumberyard while protecting the others she came to save. The infected lurk outside the gates. Is the fate outside the lumberyard even worse than what she faces if she stays? **Limited Time – Contamination Box Set, Books 0-3 Free

Dead Girl Walking: Two Girls, One Million Zombies- Alex is your everyday broke, coffee-guzzling, twenty-year-old – that is until she meets a cute mechanic willing to fix her car up cheap. And... then there's that whole "end of the world" thing happening, too. What starts as a viral Youtube video of someone hopped up on bath salts quickly turns into a worldwide epidemic. Alex and her new girlfriend, Phoenix, have to beat the odds and whether the storm. 




Resurgence, Greenfields Book 5 – Adrienne Lecter - Not so lucky anymore…Civilization is on the brink of crumbling—and this time not just due to the zombie apocalypse. The roads have become dangerous, and what havens have been established are no longer safe. Murmurs of unrest—or maybe even a brewing civil war—are getting loud. No longer are zombies the only thing preying on those that think to brave the world outside the settlements. Yet as grave as things are getting, this is not the main issue that is plaguing Nate’s mind. He has bigger fish to fry. 

SURGE - Chicago in 1922, reimagined. The city is ruled by a tyrannical energy company called The Corporation, the streets patrolled by the terrifying and corrupt Corp Bulls. Sixteen-year-old Evelyn O’Donnell takes karate lessons to defend herself in this dangerous dystopia, but she knows this is not enough. And when her father is mysteriously killed, it is a game changer. 







The Horror Squad: An Apocalyptic Tale – TJ Weeks - With the world now plagued by rotters, it's up to my team and I to take care of the living and take out the dead.

The Walking Dead Vol. 25: No Turning Back - After a devastating act of war by the Whisperers, Rick must chart a path for his community. But when his leadership is questioned, how will he respond? Collects THE WALKING DEAD #145-150.





 Tokyo Ghoul: Vol. 6 - Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way—except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

 United States of Apocalypse – Mark Tufo, Armand Rosamilia - When World War 3 erupts on American soil it is up to some less than likely heroes to band together and stand tall against any and all comers as a once proud nation is brought to her knees. Cowardly terrorist attacks and indifferent Global communities have isolated America as she spirals into a desperate bid for survival. 









Z Children: The Surge – Eli Constant, Nevada Barr - The forecast for tomorrow? Bloody!  Z Children 2: The Surge is action-packed from start to finish. Focusing on JW & Virginia's group, the story captures the true ugliness and sacrifice that goes along with survival. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Meme Monday, Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter

It's Monday, again! So I'm sharing another, maybe less surprising line from my upcoming book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

It's less surprising, I say, if you take the view that she did it -- but not for the reasons you think or thought you knew....





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?


Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.