Permanent Spot with Marnie Cate!

It’s an honor to have a permanent page on YA fantasy author Marnie Cate’s website, which, by the way, is beautifully designed. An excerpt from Anatomy of a Darkened Heart and a description of the Dark Victoriana Collection along with what you have to look forward to is neatly arranged on the page. Here it is!

And don’t forget to wander around her blog, check out her other awesome author pages, and see her YA Protectors of the Elemental Magic book series!

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Book ThanksGiveaway Starts Now! AoDH Giveaway!

Starting right this minute, I’m launching ThanksGiveaway, a month-long book giveaway of PDF, print, and audiobooks from a wide range of authors. You can look forward to at least one book giveaway per week this month, starting with mine.

This week you can enter 9 different ways, and some entries can be done once per day for bonus entries. Enter to win a PDF copy of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, the first book in the Dark Victoriana Collection, today through Monday, November 9.

ThanksGiveaway Schedule

Monday, November 2 – Monday, November 9: PDF copy of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart
Monday, November 9 – Monday, November 16: paperback signed and personalized copy of Eva Lesko Natiello’s The Memory Box (U.S. entries only)
Monday, November 16 – Monday, November 23: 2 U.S. and 2 U.K. audiobook copies of Josh de Lioncourt’s Haven Lost, the first book in The Dragon’s Brood Cycle series
Monday, November 23 – Monday, November 30: surprise giveaway!

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart.

What readers are saying:

“Ms. Stratos captured the Victorian ethos perfectly, her writing capturing the punctilious manners and circuitous language of the Era. I found myself changing allegiances as I learned more about each character.” – T.H. Pine, Amazon reviewer

“It’s thought-provoking, eerie, and one of the best books I’ve read this year.” – Autumn, Amazon reviewer

“Psychologically compelling and full of depth, intelligent, beautifully written, literary but easily accessible, Anatomy of a Darkened Heart may well begin a new era of dark Victorian-era fiction.” – Jason Greensides, author of The Distant Sound of Violence

A pair of eyes underlined in weary darkness and punctuated with a knowing stare. These are not the normal eyes of a newborn baby. 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.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart.

 

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart: Official Cover Reveal!

The time is drawing close. My debut novel, Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, has an official launch date of October 1, so let’s celebrate the impending pub date with a cover reveal! Here’s the ebook version:

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And here’s the print version:

 

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Every single thing on the cover has meaning, and as you read the book,  you’ll recognize the significance of each one. The key, the mirror, the Amaranthus flower, the wallpaper, the dress, even the stairs! They all have a major place in the story.

I sincerely hope you like the cover as much as I do. I think it fits the mood of the novel exactly. I worked with Ebook Launch on it, and I would highly recommend them. I’ll do a separate post on my experience with them and how the cover evolved from the first draft of the cover to the final version – you’d never believe how it started out!

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart (AoDH) is the first book in the Dark Victoriana Collection; there are 4 more books to come: three novelettes (releasing throughout 2016) and one more novel (releasing in 2017). In addition to that, I have a five-year publishing plan that is quickly expanding, so there’s lots more to come!

Even though the official launch date for Anatomy is in October, the Kindle version of this book is already available! Click here to take a look. Or add it to your Goodreads to-read list!

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Thank you for reading this post! For joining me in my excitement while I begin my career as an author, I am forever grateful. Hope to see you around here lots more!