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A Special Halloween Treat Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe

Most of you know I LOVE to write psychological thrillers, probably more than any of the other genres I write. So, I though I'd offer a little piece of flash fiction I wrote long before Transcend and my first journey into the mind of madness....

I called it, the Research Assistant. But really, it is best titled Heartache:

Ellen waited in anticipation for the class to end.  Dr. Jenkins had promised her a chance to be his research assistant on one of his current projects – some ultra secret venture in the field of human engineering.Or so she thought.Dr. Jenkins was a bit of a rock star at the university.  His research had made its way into mainstream media and he spent many days making appearances on Oprah and the Nightly News.  The university ate up the publicity, blindly throwing money at each of his new endeavors.  Ellen watched her professor as he finished his lecture on the biochemistry of emotions.  She fantasized about him often - his dark hair and steely eyes making their way i…


I am SO HAPPY to announce that my publisher is nothing short of amazing!!! Despite tardiness on my part, crazy publishing busyness, etc, THE BOOK IS OUT!!!

Yep, that's right, Libera Me is officially in the world!
The Blurb:

What happens when everything you’ve sacrificed for is lost? 
Aydan thought Nesy’s death would be the end of him, until he meets Nessa and his hope is restored. Could she be Nesy reborn? He is certain she must be. That is, until her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith.

Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Nessa. He has no way to be certain of her identity, no way to know the truth. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - he feelings for Nesy. 

Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is aga…

A Free Read to Prepare for Libera Me

As I mentioned earlier, it looks like Libera Me is going to be delayed a few days. But, hey - it's perfect news!!! 
"Why?" you ask. 
Because, now you can read up on Zane and make sure your ready for everything Libera Me has to offer. To start, the FREE download of Mea Culpa, Zane's story and the bridge to Libera Me. It really is a MUST READ. Look at what others are saying:
"...get a glimpse into a tortured soul who would do anything for a friend that he loves dearly." - Heather McCorkle, Author of the Channeler Series and To Ride A Puca"It is lyrical, it is poetic, it possesses your soul. Another amazing piece of writing." - The Cover Contessa"(Zane) has so many layers to him, I can't help but want to explore each one of them." - Black Lillies Are Deadly Reviews
Here is the "official" blurb for the story: Everything has a price, especially duty. And love.  Azza's attacks are always deadly...ALWAYS. But that was before Nes…

The Tour, NaNo, Giveaways....Oh My!!

First, I wish all of my East Coast buddies a safe day. Hopefully the storm is not ravaging too badly outside your window today. 
Now, I have so much to talk about, to report...
First - how many of you have tried the Angelic Order Quiz??? So far, I know of several Mediators, Sentinals and even an UnHoly or two. Click here to complete the FB quiz. And be sure to let me know how yours turned out.
On to NaNo news. We are a mere two days from NaNo - the month in which a few crazy writers commit to drafting a 50K novel in 30 days. It sounds daunting I know...and in fact, it is! I have attempted it three other times. Completed it only once. This year will also be a stretch. I won't be posting any word counts until after Nov 9. 
Why you ask? I have major edits (final edits) due on Nov 9 for my nonfiction, so nothing happens until then are completed. 
Then I am all about NaNo.
So, how will I prepare to write roughly 2400 words a day? By outlining, of course! (Those that know me knew I wou…

A Weekend of Giveaways, Excerpts, and more

WOW!!! It's the last weekend in October! I can't believe it. Next weekend is my masquerade party, then my anniversary  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and poof....2013 (Assuming we aren't all dead in Dec). Where did the year go!

Before I get lost in fun thoughts of the holidays, here are the stops for the weekend. LOTS OF FUN THINGS released today and tomorrow, so I really hope you make the rounds and check it all out:

Crossroads Tour: For What It's Worth - interviewLibera Me Tour: JennReneeReads - EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT part 2 (see sure to check out part 1 HERE and then part 2 for the full first chapter - Aydan's chapter. EEP!)   Sunday:

Crossroads Tour: A Simple Love of Reading - InterviewLibera Me Tour: Simply Infatuated - You won't want to miss this one! I am releasing an exclusive Facebook Quiz called "Which Angelic Order Are You?"; Get in on the fun and discover your inner angel...or demon ;)
Before I sign off and get back to work (yes, I am behind…

Another Step Toward The Goal...

Hey there all! Just jumping in with today's stops:
Crossroads tour: Scribing ShadowsLibera Me Tour: Waiting on Sunday to Drown.I check out the Libera Me tour stop and it wasn't up, so I wanted to cross-post over here. I am releasing  Zane's playlist featuring the following songs: PLAYLIST: ·         Something I Can Never Have (Nine Inch Nails) ·         Iridescent (Lincoln Park) ·         Breaking Inside (Shinedown) ·         Lover’s Requiem (I am Ghost) ·         Your Guardian Angel (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus)
Hereis the link to the playlist on

And, don't forget the giveaways... a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Now, I am off to the cave for some writing time...

NaNo, A Break, and more...

Happy Thursday all! I am taking the next few days off of life and getting some things done, so this is the last post until next week. So, I thought I'd ask you all a question about NaNoWriMo...

1) Whose doing it ?
2) What are you doing to prepare?
3) Any glimpses on what you are writing???

As for me, I am totally doing it this year. My user name is ChristineF if you want to buddy me! I am looking forward to serious, hard-core drafting this year. LOL!

To prepare, I will be spending part of my time away plotting out my story. I am drafting DOMINUS, Book #3 in the Requiem Series....and man, this is NOT an easy one, let me assure you! So much needs to be figured out on this. Yep!

So, what about you guys?

Oh! And be sure to continue along with my quest for World Domination! I am at the following places today:

Crossroads Tour - A Life Bound by Books - InterviewLibera Me Tour - The Cover (and Everything In Between) - EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT - Part 1
So excited to hear/see what you guys think o…

More World Domination

Before I get into today's stops, I wanted to remind you about an ultra-cool offer from Compass Press. Together we are selling a SPECIAL EDITION hardback - signed and numbered - of Transcend. You will not be able to get this anywhere but RIGHT HERE, and only until November 15. THAT IS RIGHT! Only three more weeks and then that is it, they are gone. You can order them through the link on the left sidebar. But, do it quick!

And now, another day of the Libera Me Tour and the CrossRoads Tour. Today's Tour Stops include:

Crossroads Tour: Mundie Mom's (EEP!)Libera Me Tour - The Cover Contessa - review and interview I love doing these. Tomorrow, I'll be revealing part of of the opening chapters to Libera Me, so be sure to check that out!
And yes, the contest for the character-inspired books is continuing and open internationally: 

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And don't forget about the ongoing Kindle giveaway celebrating my fall releases. SO SO SO exciting!
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The Changing Nature of Friendships

I normally use this blog to talk about writing, books, promotion and the like. But this morning I woke up in a highly contemplative mood. Nothing new, really. Those that know me know that I tend to overthink just about everything. It's part of my normal intensity and something I've grown accustomed to.

This morning's contemplation was about changing friendships, support systems, etc. My daughter had I had a great conversation about this last night - the way in which her support system has changed over the last year. We talked about how mine had shifted and changed, about our feelings with such changes. She said something to me that I thought  was so true...
"It isn't about missing my friend, it's about missing the concept of that friendship. I mean, she's changed. So it isn't her I miss really. It's what we were to each other that I miss."

So wise, right?!?

Friendships do ebb and flow over time. They change and deepen. And sometimes they fade …

Rise of a Rector Tour - Introducing Fane:

The final novel in Heather McCorkle’s channeler series, Rise of a Rector, has released! To celebrate, and in the spirit of October, Fane from the channeler series is here to tell us about a scary moment in his life. Take it away Fane!

Fane: My cousin, my only flesh and blood anywhere near my age, was being attacked by two boys in the middle of a party. No one was helping her. I crouched in the shadows, indecisive. If I helped her then I risked exposing my family’s secret, one that would endanger all our lives if the people of this town knew. But the boys were overcoming her. I couldn’t let them hurt her so I swallowed my fear and jumped in the fight.

Check out Heather’s blog for a new tour stop each day until November 2nd. To thank her fans, and future fans, Heather’s historical fantasy novel (a standalone novel that ties into the channeler series) will be free Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd on Amazon. And if Heather gets over 1000 downloads of To Ride A Puca in thos…


So sorry for the LOUD title, but I am just too excited about the early response to the book, the start of the tour, and ... an NEW epic giveaway!

Let's start with the early feedback on the book:

"I was left breathless and shocked many time as I read this book...The writing is beautiful, fluent and absolutely mesmerizing...This is a book about friends, truths and the fight that we have within ourselves when it comes to love. " ~ Tiffany from Escaping...One Book At A Time"Libera Me will have you holding your breath the entire time you read it....Your mind will be spinning a million miles per hour, your heart will be pounding, you will be screaming and gripping the edge of your seat....If you loved Lacrimosa, I guarantee that you will love Libera Me just as much, if not more." ~ Sylvia from Never Too Old for YA Books (Goodreads and FB Group)"This book will blow your mind in so many ways. If you read Lacrimosa, and enjoyed the awesomeness that was the first boo…

World Domination!!!

Happy Monday All! Today - in fact all for the next several days - I will be putting my plan for world domination into effect. **cue music**
Okay, not really.
But,  I am hanging out all over the interwebz and TWO separate tours are in full swing. Today, I am at Confessions of a Bookaholic as part of the Crossroads Tour and Escaping...One Book At A Time as part of the Libera Me Tour! Check it out, show some love and yea....enjoy!!!

And yes, for those asking I do listen to the above music while I's perfect for my upcoming short, Enigma.

Oh! And before you go, be sure to enter the giveaway for a Kindle here on my blog, as well as my special LIBERA ME giveaway - just look at what you could win!!! More on that later...

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Day One of the Crossroads Tour!

Today begins the EPICNESS that is the crossroads tour! To make sure you get in on all the fun, I wanted to give you the schedule (This will be on its own page throughout the tour). I am thrilled to announce that I am "touring" with the amazing Lucienne Diver, author of the popular VAMPED series. We will be stopping at the following blogs:
Oct 21 - Late Bloomers Online Oct 22 - Confessions of a Total Bookaholic Oct 23 - Most Wanted Monsters Oct 24 - Mundie Moms Oct 25 - A Life Bound By Books Oct 26 - Scribing Shadows Oct 27 - For What It's Worth Oct 28 - A Simple Love of Reading
Seriously EPIC!!!

Be sure to stop by the Late Bloomers Online site today for our fabulous little interview. And check us out with the Mundie Moms next week for a live chat. EEP!


Holy cow! It's release time AGAIN! I just can't believe it. Libera Me is out in the world in roughly 10 days. TEN DAYS!!!! How is that even possible? This book was difficult for me to write. It is emotional, intense, and mysterious. And I really hope you will all love it.

Although the review copies are late getting out, a couple of people have read the finished product. Here's just a little bit of what one had to say:
"Libera Me will have you holding your breath the entire time you read it" - Sylvia, moderator of Never Too Old for YA Books on facebook and goodreads To celebrate, I am hosting a special giveaway (like I did for Transcend) throughout the tour. More info on Monday, 10/22

And of course there is another EPIC BLOG TOUR UR hosted by SupaGurlTours: Oct 22 -Escaping... One Book @ a Time *Review, GiveawayOct 23 - Books & Other Spells *Intro to ZaneOct 24 - The Cover Contessa *Review, Interview - The "Real" ChristineOct 25 - The Cover (and Everyt…

Blog Chain Time: Books and Movies, Oh My...

I'm so excited to let everyone know that my Blog Chain has been reorganized and re-started! These are such a great group of writers, and I am thrilled to be part of this. 

This time the topic comes from Michelle who asked the following:

There are so many book-to-movie adaptations out there. Which are your favorites? Which are your least favorites? Why? Do you make sure you've read a book before you go see the movie adaptation, or do you prefer to read it after, or not at all?

Film adaptations - what a great subject. I love books. And I love movies. But, do I love books that have been turned into movies? The short answer...sometimes.

There have been a couple books-to-movies that are brilliant. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example. These are the exception, however. That is not to say that I dislike books that have been turned into movies. I just view them as completely separate things, each to be enjoyed on its own merits. I don't look for comparisons...if I did, I think…

Ali Cross's NAME THE BOOK Party and Giveaway!!!

So excited for this week!!! Ali Cross, author of the Desolation Series and an amazing person to boot is launching an amazing giveaway and Name The Book extravaganza. Each of these blogs are featuring a part of an excerpt, character interviews, and more. AND, on each blog is a WORD that is part of a special scavenger hunt.

For my post, Ali shares a special thank you! But before we get to that I wanted to take a moment to thank HER...

For always being there when I need to talk.
For being a great example of perseverance.
For her awesome Ninja spirit.
For the Desolation series.
For the stories still being formed.

Ali is truly a addition to the writing community and I am thrilled to call her a friend! And now for Ali's special guest post:

I’ve sat here and written a dozen posts—in my head. All the while the blank white page mocked me. The blinking cursor singing, “Neener, neener, neener.” Yes, even cursors can mock you when you run out of words.I don’t usually run out of story-words. I…

Upcoming Crossroads Tour! And More

Hi all! Where did the week go? Sorry I pretty much fell off the planet. I am still knee deep in edits, so other than some very special posts I am doing this week, I may be a bit absent again. 
But not today!
Today I want to share information on the Crossroads Tour that brings authors and bloggers together for the benefit of readers. And yes, there is an amazing prize you can win at the end of it all! Check out the post HERE for complete details. 
I am thrilled to announce that I am "touring" with the amazing Lucienne Diver, author of the popular VAMPED series. We will be stopping at the following blogs:
Oct 21 - Late Bloomers Online Oct 22 - Confessions of a Total Bookaholic Oct 23 - Most Wanted Monsters Oct 24 - Mundie Moms Oct 25 - A Life Bound By Books Oct 26 - Scribing Shadows Oct 27 - For What It's Worth Oct 28 - A Simple Love of Reading
Seriously EPIC!!!
And that is not all! The Blog Tour for Libera Me, book 2 in the Requiem Series starts that week as well. More …

Edits Galore and a Giveaway Announcement

Happy Monday! I will admit, I am in a bit of a birthday fog - and we didn't even officially celebrate my birthday yet. Actually, I think the fog is related to a week's worth of 14 hour days, edits all weekend and yes....more edits to finish up over the next couple of days.

So, while I am toiling away in my cave, I wanted to tell you about an amazing giveaway my friend, Danyelle Leafty is having. Go HERE and check it out, you won't be sorry. And while you are there, be sure to check out her books - they are absolutely FABULOUS!

See you later this week with exciting news about Libera Me, book 2 in the Requiem series...

Weekend Update, Winners and previews for next week....

Thanks everyone for the FABULOUS tour and reviews and fun! I am so humbled by everyone's response. In fact, the response was a huge reason why I am able to officially announce the companion novels set to release in 2013 and 2014. Trust me, you won't be disappointed in these!!!
If you are looking for something special, be sure to get in on the Special Edition Hardback of TRANSCEND while you can - It is available for Pre-order for only $19.99. This book is signed and numbered by me, and includes copies of Ien's love letters to Kiera - the original three I've offered with other prize packs, plus two exclusive ones just with this! We are only taking orders until November 15 and then that's it....

Get yours now -

TranscendLimited Edition Hardback $19.99

And now, it's time to announce the winners of the character contest:
Ien Prize Pack:
A Mask A copy of Ten by Gretchen McNeil Transcend Swag

James Prize Pack: Note cards A copy of the Div…

A Special Announcement...

Well, we are down tot he last two days of the tour and the special character giveaway. But more on that in a minute.

First, I want you all to hop over to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, read my guest post and scroll to the end of it for a HUGE announcement! Go on...

Pretty FANTASTIC, YES!!! I am so thrilled.

Also today, I am over at the Cover Contessa and Operation Awesome. Come by and say hi...

Which brings me back to the character giveaways.

We are down to the two last days to enter this giveaway. What are the prizes, you ask? Just check it out:

Ien Prize Pack:

A MaskA copy of Ten by Gretchen McNeilTranscend Swag

James Prize Pack:

Note cardsA copy of the Diviners by Libba BrayTranscend Swag

Kiera Prize Pack:

Sheet Music from IenA copy of Tiger LilyTranscend Swag

Jenna Prize Pack:

A JournalA copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiTranscend Swag

Pretty epic! Enter today!!! And thank you for hanging out during the tour. I hope you've enjoyed it.

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A Rose By Any Other Name...2.0

I'm so excited to let everyone know that my Blog Chain has been reorganized and re-started! These are such a great group of writers, and I am thrilled to be part of this. 

This time the topic comes from Kate who asked the following:

What's in a name? What if Harry Potter had been Larry Snotter? What if Edward was Jacob and Jacob was Edward? What favorite books had character names that you loved or hated? And how do you come up with your own character names?  (And for the record, I had no idea we named our post the same thing! SO FUNNY!!! So I added the "2.0"!)

Names...I love names. I think they often reveal subtle things about the character. For me, I am as careful with the names I pick as I am about anything else. I research the meaning, make certain it matches my intent, etc. Names are kind of a big deal to me.

I remember being asked by someone to change Azza's name back in the early days of Lacrimosa. She wanted me to have it start with something other than &quo…

The NEXT BIG Thing (A Tag-fest)

I am thrilled be have been tagged by C.M. Keller, author of Screwing Up Time,  as part of The Next Big Thing, Week 16.

This meme is a chance for authors to tell you what they are currently working on - their next novel. Authors answer several questions and then tag other authors.

Since I am currently working on several projects, including the final in the Requiem series, and other companion/series novels, I thought I would focus this post on something new...something exciting...something different...

What is the working title of your book? 
As of right now, the working title is Beautiful Mess.

Where did the idea come from for the book? After I finished Transcend, I brainstormed two additional psychological thrillers, just in case I found representation and sold the book - I wanted the potential for a multiple book deal. Needless to say, things went a little differently than I had planned. So now that I am exploring the wealth of opportunities authors have now, I decided to dust off the id…