Monday, July 31, 2017

Release Week! Dr. Bowen - Lizzie Borden #Mystery #Paranormal


It's release week for my latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden’s Fall River:

This one is a bit different - a supernatural story that shares how Lizzie Borden's doctor and neighbor might have been affected by the gruesome Borden murders.... and how she influenced him...  

* NOTE: Please buy your Kindle copy here on release day, Friday, 8/4. Or get it on Kindle Unlimited! I'd appreciate your reviews, too.


* Visit some blogs this week to learn more, read excerpts and comment at the blogs to be entered to win a Kindle copy: 

* Tuesday, 8/1:  I'm over at Courtney Mroch's Haunt Jaunts
* Wednesday, 8/2: See Jean Rabe's blog 
* Thursday, 8/3:  See my website's Write News blog. 
* Friday, 8/4: RELEASE DAY! Buy here!  - Visit Erika Mailman's blog.
* Monday, 8/7: Jacqueline Seewald's blog

About The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden’s Fall River:
The short supernatural-flavored mystery (141 pages) is on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and coming in print. http://getBook.at/HauntingofDrBowen
Author website: http://cverstraete.com

Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.


Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?

Part mystery, part love story, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen reveals the eerie side of Fall River as witnessed by the first doctor on the scene of the legendary Borden murders.

PRE-ORDER is UP!!!  Kindle & Kindle Unlimited, print.


* How did the Borden murders affect the family doctor and neighbor? Aug. 4 is the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders...

Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim? BUY: http://getBook.at/HauntingofDrBowen
BONUS - * Sign up for my newsletter - the box on the top of the webpage - (not the pop up) to be entered to win a print copy. Sorry, US shipping only. Ends 8/4.

Friday, July 28, 2017

August Reading List! #Zombie #Mystery #Monsters #Lizzie Borden

I've already seen school supplies at Walgreen's and the ads are on TV. Can you believe it??? Where'd summer go already?

But it's ALWAYS a good time for a good book! So here are some GREAT choices for your end of summer reading!

Monsters! Mystery! Steampunk, Oh My!

Sale 99 cents
Sherlock Holmes enlists the Invisible Man and Count Dracula to solve the murder of a close friend... steampunk meets electricity. 

    Sometimes what a detective can’t deduce, an invisible man can see and a vampire can taste. 


MYSTERY:

Small Town - Big Crime Mystery!


The second book in Jean Rabe's new Piper Blackwell mystery series, The Dead of Night,  comes out Sept. 15!  Be sure to check out her website for news on her upcoming blog tour!

* Check out the first Piper book in the series, The Dead of Winter.  

CONTEST: * One lucky reader will win a print copy of the first book. (Sorry, US mailing only.)  Comment here on the blog  - be sure to put Winter at the beginning  & a way to contact you- and share about your favorite part of Christmas (since the book involves Christmas cards!) Ends 7/23. 

* Learn more about Jean's books and Piper in my new Author Snapshot column at Mysterical-e.com. (It will be up the end of July-early August.)

Mystery - History - True Crime - Lizzie Borden

 I'm reading an advance copy of  Erika Mailman's fascinating new take on the Borden tale - The Murderer's Maid (coming in October!)
     A dual past and present story focusing on the Borden's maid Bridget Sullivan and a modern-day barista fleeing for her life.
    Her Lizzie will make your toes curl! And it's nice to finally learn more about the mostly-silent family maid and how the murders affected her life.



Mystery -Supernatural:


   THE HAUNTING OF DR. BOWEN , A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River - C.A. Verstraete  
PRE-ORDER is UP!!!  Kindle & Kindle Unlimited, print.


* How did the Borden murders affect the family doctor and neighbor? Aug. 4 is the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders...

Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim? BUY: http://getBook.at/HauntingofDrBowen
* Sign up for my newsletter - the box on the top of the webpage - (not the pop up) to be entered to win a print copy. Sorry, US shipping only. Ends 7/25.

Paranormal Detective - Vampire:

99 cents

Stake Out-Paranoramal Detectives Book 1, Lily Luchesi - In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge...

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! But no one believes him and he’s put on early retirement, until an FBI agent in a special unit asks him to help her catch the wayward vamp- which won’t be easy with werewolves and other creatures in the way.


Paranormal--History-Werewolf

 Devil in the Countryside (Of Witches and Werewolves Book 1),  Cory Barclay - It's the Reformation and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. Reports are a legendary werewolf has returned. Now four divergent souls fight to keep their sanity, and their lives, in a volatile religious and political climate. 





ZOMBIES - HISTORY:


2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders. - Now a reason why Lizzie did it...


 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?


ZOMBIES - CLASSIC:

* So sad to hear of the death of George Romero recently!

 Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology - edited by Jonathan Maberry and George Romero. Stories based on the 1968 Romero film that started it all - Night of the Living Dead.  Can't wait to read this!






Zombies - YA 
Humanity's Hope,  Pembroke Sinclair - Seventeen-year-old Caleb 
came out of the zombie uprising, alive but scarred.  Then he discovers he's immune to the zombie virus. Fighting zombies is one thing. Fighting humans is volatile. 




More Monsters! Bonus!

Monsters of Myth, Gary J. Green - Everything you wanted to know about Bigfoot to the Mongolian Death Worm and more! Free! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

#1LineWed - 1 Line Wednesday Dr. Bowen-Lizzie Borden #Mystery

Seems I haven't done this for a while, so it's time for another #1LineWed!

You'll be hearing a lot about the upcoming book in the next two weeks so bear with me.



The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River is on pre-order for Kindle!  (Yay, it even got a number ranking now in the #300,000s. Please order so the number goes lower!) It releases August 4th - the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders.

* I'm at the print approval stage. (The book is 141 pages, and includes an excerpt of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.)

So for 1 Line Wednesday - #1LineWed - it seemed fitting to give you a little sample!

As in the Lizzie zombie book, I've included quotes from the actual Borden trial and newspapers of the day.

Here's the start to The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River! (Shh it's more than 1 line! haa!)

Prologue

“Never did I say to anyone that she had died of fright.
My first thought, when I was standing in the door, was that she had fainted.”
—Testimony of Dr. Seabury W. Bowen, Trial of Lizzie Borden, June 8, 1893

“Why won’t anyone believe me? Why, Phoebe, why?”
   Dr. Seabury Bowen shoved back the shock of white hair hanging over his forehead and wiped a wrinkled hand across his stubbled chin.
   His appearance, like his surroundings, could stand a bit of major housekeeping, not that he cared a whit.
   “Here, it’s here somewhere,” he mumbled.
   The old man rummaged among the giant pile of documents, books, and what-not littering the large walnut desk in his study. Several minutes later, and after the search through dozens of loose papers, he saw the faded red book lying beneath a tottering pile. He pulled at it, sending the rest of the stack falling like so much unwanted garbage.
   The good doctor, but a shadow of his once-robust self, flipped the pages. He stared at the offending journal entry before setting the book aside with a heartrending sob. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Updates! Dr. Bowen #Mystery, AuthorFest!


Updates!



The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River is on pre-order for Kindle!

* Awaiting the final approval for print! (The book is 141 pages, and includes an excerpt of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.


* Tuesday - July 25 -  Authorfest panel: Authors discuss Secrets of Publishing

See the full list of 35 authors and other info for the Aug. 5th event. Plus Young Author's writing contest - and book donations for kids K-5 will be collected to replace books in the flooded middle school. 

Lake County IL Authorfest Coming!

 Join me and 34 other authors at the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest! - August 5th at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center.

** KICK-OFF Author Panel! Tuesday, July 25 - 7 pm, Round Lake Area Library, 906 Hart Rd. near the park district. See http://www.rlalibrary.org




Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lake County IL Authorfest Coming!

 Join me and 34 other authors at the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest! - August 5th at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center.

** KICK-OFF Author Panel! Tuesday, July 25 - 7 pm, Round Lake Area Library, 906 hart Rd. near the park district. See http://www.rlalibrary.org

* ALSO - Help Round Lake's flood-ravaged middle school library! Donate a children's book for grades K-5. Books collected at the event and at the Round Lake Area Library. 

* New! Youth Writing Contest! See below.


2017
Brought to you by This Old Book in Grayslake, Lake County Authorfest will feature more than 35 authors at this family-friendly and admission-free event:
New this year:  Youth Creative Writing Contest for kids ages 4 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 18. Winners in each category win a $50 This Old Book gift certificate and an Authorfest goodie bag. Pieces should be no longer than 2,000 words and the deadline to enter is July 24th. Click here for more information.


A portion of the proceeds go toward the Ray Bradbury Museum project in Waukegan, which seeks to restore the Carnegie library at 1 North Sheridan Road where Bradbury, author of DANDELION WINE, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and FAREWELL SUMMER spent his formative years.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Haunting of Dr. Bowen, Lizzie Borden #Mystery Print!

I'm now prooffing proofing the print version of 



You can still pre-order the Kindle version - and the print will be up there soon, too!

This has been a long haul! Now that I've seen it, it's been worth it! Well, once it's all finished anyway!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lizzie Borden - Dr. Bowen Mystery - PRE-ORDER!


IT'S HERE!!!! The Pre-Order is up for:
The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River!



 ** Check out the full cover  - and the first full review! - at Rebbie Reviews!

The Haunting of Dr. Bowen will release on August 4th - 
the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders! 

(Book is 141 pages.  It includes a preview chapter of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter)

(* Link for all Amazon countries: http://getbook.at/HauntingofDrBowen)

* Add it on Goodreads


(The print may or may not be held up as of this post. Was doing a few minor corrections and waiting for the approval!
**  It will be released the same time as the Kindle. - 
but get the Kindle NOW on pre-order!)

(click cover for large image)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lizzie Borden's Doctor #Paranormal #Mystery - Almost Here!


Finally - it's almost here!!!!

Seemed like it would never get to this point, 
but now I'm just waiting for the final print approvals for  

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

The pre-order is coming! (I'm waiting to share as I have a review and full cover reveal coming this week! Stay tuned!)

Also be sure to check at the website for updates

In the meantime, how about this cool back copy! (Cover by Stephen D. Sullivan. - be sure to check out his books and his ongoing monster serial story!)

Don't you love it????? (Well, I do! Lots!!)

More details and the full cover reveal will be coming soon!

(click pix for full size)




Friday, July 14, 2017

Coming Soon

I’ve mentioned it before, but this time, I’m pretty sure the date is closer than ever: Humanity’s Hope will soon be released onto the world!

The goal is to either have it out by the end of the month or by the beginning of August. Either way, it’s close, and I’m super excited! Stay tuned for the purchase link. Until then, please enjoy the blurb.


Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.


*Trigger warning: attempted suicide


In addition to Humanity’s Hope coming out, I’ve been working on the third installment to my middle grade book series called The Ifs. The first two are currently on sale for 99 cents, so if you’re interested in checking them out, now is the time.


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.


Anyone have any fun weekend plans? I’m picking up my boys. They’ve spent the last 10 days with their grandparents and are ready to come home. I’m ready for them to be home. The house is incredibly quiet without them.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Lizzie Borden Post & Interview!

Up for your reading pleasure, a new post on the always-interesting UK-authored site, GreyDogTales.com about Lizzie Borden - "Skipping the Dark Fantastic." If you don't know the full Borden story, there's some good stuff here.




Great background and some talk on the upcoming Lizzie Borden movie - and there's also an interview with me talking Lizzie, her supposed guilt, and all that good stuff.