$1.50 Book Sale Victorian Era Psychological Suspense

This week, Smashwords is having their Ebook Week full of lovely sales! You can grab each of my two novels for just $1.50, less than a plain ol’ cup of coffee at Starbucks (a small/tall!), and a lot less than a frappacino.

Just $1.50 for gripping psychological drama in the Victorian Era.

Abigail Delilah is the firstborn of three Whitestone children – and she is the most regretted. 

But is it really her fault? 

She can’t help that the revelation of Father’s wretched secret coincides with her birth. She can’t help the fear she feels during Mother’s psychological – and physical – assaults. As the shadows grow stronger over her soul and the noose of pain tightens around her neck, Abigail will find out which is stronger: her family’s wicked assumptions about her or her true self. 

Take your first step into the Dark Victoriana Collection with Anatomy of a Darkened Heart

Multi-layered with motifs, symbolism, and psychological depth, this tale of dark Victoriana will appeal to the literary reader and the leisure reader alike, combining key facets of several popular genres. And don’t be afraid to get addicted – the collection continues exploring the intertwining threads that weave together the complex tapestry of the Whitestone legacy.

Buy it on Smashwords for $1.50. Limited time only.


Highly suspenseful Victorian Era fast-paced read for only $1.50.

“Brothers in the art of keeping secrets.” This is the mantra Mr. Locke’s carefully chosen five employees must repeat together every day before starting work. 

If you won’t tell them your name for Locke and Keye’s ledger, they’ll find out. They have their ways—and many of them. Yes, these talented locksmiths can make a new lock and key set for you. They can even make a special padlock for a diary you never want to share with anyone. But just remember: when they make the lock, they keep a key—and it’s only a matter of time until they use it.

Day by day, each of these young, single, alone-in-the-world workers is being molded into the family they crave. A family in which each member has his use toward an end he doesn’t even know exists. 

How do the brotherhood and the town’s secrets interlock? Only Mr. Locke holds the key.

Grab it on Smashwords for $1.50. Limited time only.

LOCKE AND KEYE Has A New Title!

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, then you knew about this days ago. If not, here’s the new title for Locke and Keye, my reasons for renaming it, and why the new title works better.

To stay up on my writing news, subscribe to my monthly newsletter, where I share the passwords to locked content, exciting news no one else knows about, giveaways before anyone else finds out, my progress on the Dark Victoriana Collection, upcoming releases, and more! I share everything there before I share it here. 🙂

You can also watch this video on my Facebook page!


Monday Thoughts on Creativity: PC Penhale Writer’s Syndrome

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, and yet Mondays are still coming around. ::sigh::

A couple of weekends ago, on both my Facebook profile and my YouTube channel, I talked about what I like to refer to as PC Penhale Syndrome. When you want to write, you’re inspired to write, you’re dying to write, and yet you just…can’t. It feels a bit like this Pablo Picasso quote, “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes”, but for writers, we wish our fingers could do the typing and take out the brain that’s stopping us from moving forward.

I was thrilled that fellow writers in the chat at my YouTube event understood my issue. Fellow writers on Facebook left wonderful messages of encouragement. All of that helped —and thank you! Have a look at the YouTube video below to see the helpful comments that popped up during the livestream.

I want to let you know that writing every day helped a lot, and once I got going, I couldn’t stop! I think all that creative energy built up inside me came pouring out with fervor, so in that way it was great. But I don’t want to let it happen again because it’s painful until the spell is finally broken.

Even if I don’t feel inspired or have the path yet for my “main” work (i.e. the next book in the Dark Victoriana Collection), I have SO many other planned works that it’s not hard to pick one and work on it instead. So I’ll have to make sure that I use my writing time for either my main work or one of those other projects.

If you’re suffering from PC Penhale Writer’s Syndrome, watch the below video to know you’re not alone, and leave a comment so we sufferers can commiserate. Happy Monday!

 

 

Win Signed Dark Victoriana Collection Paperbacks!

Enter to win signed paperback copies of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart and Locke and Keye on Goodreads! One of each is available in their own giveaways below, and they both end January 24, 2018. Good luck!


Giveaway ends January 24, 2018.

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Canadian Radio CJRU Book Interview September 27!

On Wednesday, September 27 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, listen to my interview on CJRU 1280 AM’s All My Books, a wonderful bookclub show hosted by Jacky Tuinstra Harrison. We’ll be talking all about Locke and Keye, including inspirations, how etiquette and respect for authority of the Victorian era play into the book, the mantra the locksmiths repeat, and so much more, plus a live reading!

Don’t live in Canada? You can stream it online: http://www.thescopeatryerson.ca/en/thescope/shows/805/All-My-Books.htm

Thanks for listening!

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Win a Signed, Theme Gift-Wrapped, Personalized Paperback!

You read that right! Win your paperback copy of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart signed by me, personalized, and specially gift-wrapped for you!

Enter now through October 10, U.S. residents only.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart by Christie Stratos

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart

by Christie Stratos

Giveaway ends October 10, 2017.

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at Goodreads.

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LOCKE AND KEYE’s Release Day!

The day has come! Locke and Keye is now available as the newest member of the Dark Victoriana Collection family. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this book, and remember – if you haven’t read Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, you can still read Locke and Keye as a standalone novel.

Amazon   Smashwords
Createspace   Barnes and Noble
Kobo   iBook/iTunes

If you want to hear more about the Dark Victoriana Collection, my journal collection and my future plans for my haikus, and lots more, author JD Estrada’s interview with me is ready for you to read!


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GIVEAWAY: ANATOMY OF A DARKENED HEART

Locke and Keye‘s release is only 8 days away! You can pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords so you can start reading it on the day.

Since Locke and Keye is a standalone novel, you don’t have to read Anatomy of a Darkened Heart first, but if you want a copy of my debut novel, then enter my Amazon giveaway! It’s running through September 6, and you have the chance to win 1 of 3 Kindle copies. Click here to enter.

LOCKE AND KEYE Cover Reveal!

It’s here, the time is finally here! At last I can show you the cover I’ve been holding on to for months!

Locke and Keye (Dark Victoriana Collection Book 2)

Coming September 7, 2017

“Brothers in the art of keeping secrets.” This is the mantra Mr. Locke’s carefully chosen five employees must repeat together every day before starting work.

If you won’t tell them your name for Locke and Keye’s ledger, they’ll find out. They have their ways—and many of them. Yes, these talented locksmiths can make a new lock and key set for you. They can even make a special padlock for a diary you never want to share with anyone. But just remember: when they make the lock, they keep a key—and it’s only a matter of time until they use it.

Day by day, each of these young, single, alone-in-the-world workers is being molded into the family they crave. A family in which each member has his use toward an end he doesn’t even know exists.

How do the brotherhood and the town’s secrets interlock? Only Mr. Locke holds the key.

Unlock the second book in the Dark Victoriana Collection with Locke and Keye.

As a standalone novel, Locke and Keye’s distinct characters and tense atmosphere create a dark Victorian experience that will stay with you after you turn the final page. As the book immediately following Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, Locke and Keye leads the Dark Victoriana Collection in a whole new psychological direction while expanding familiar characters and scenes to continue the Whitestone legacy.

Pre-order today, read it September 7, 2017.

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Some behind the scenes info about cover iterations and general exciting news accompanied by epic music:

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Locke and Keye excerpt:

Matthew looked down at his interwoven fingers. “I wonder what Jude knows that we don’t,” he said.

John put the journal down and looked at Matthew. “I don’t want to know,” he said. “Being asked to follow someone? It seems a little…” John shook his head once and looked down at the journal again.

“Well it must be for a reason,” Matthew said. “Mr. Locke wouldn’t be part of anything underhanded, I’m sure.”

The corners of John’s mouth tightened. “I’m sure.”

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Locke and Keye Amazon link:

Amazon: https://bookgoodies.com/a/B073YPBHST

Sign up for my brand new newsletter here! You’ll only get emails when I have a new release coming up, a sale, or a giveaway.

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Check out my friends’ blogs, too, for Locke and Keye‘s cover release and to see what they’re writing! These links will be updated as blogs and videos are posted, so check back!

Amie Irene Winters: http://bit.ly/2ukrgjn
Jay Norry: http://wp.me/p5XaFK-ss
JB Taylor: http://bit.ly/2vwadsS
JD Estrada: http://bit.ly/2gSlVLq
Joshua Robertson: http://bit.ly/2uLvm4n
Kristina Renzi: http://kristinarienzi.com/stratus-locke-keye-release/
Marnie Cate: http://www.marniecate.com/unlock-the-magic
Sunshine Somerville: http://bit.ly/2uKakDF

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