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.

 

NaNoWriMo 2015 Begins TODAY!

So begins the season of hurried writing! During this year’s NaNoWriMo, I’m writing the second book in the Dark Victoriana Collection, Locke and Keye. I won’t be doing a vlog per day this time, but I will be vlogging when possible as well as trying some new cafes that I’ll take pictures of and tell you about. There are a few I’ve been meaning to try for quite some time, and now’s the perfect opportunity to give them a shot!

Locke and Keye is a novelette, which means it will be between 7,500 and 17,500 words. My goal is to write the whole thing in November, or at least most of it, so that December and January can be dedicated to editing and proofreading. I’m going to publish this book in early 2016 and I have to say – I’m REALLY excited about it! It’s going to be quite different from anything I’ve read, similar to a journal, but with a twist. You’ll see!

I came up with a working draft of the book cover, although I’ll have a designer create the final cover, and it will look pretty different from this.

Locke and Keye Temp Book Cover Torn Page

 

Although Locke and Keye will be a standalone novelette, you will appreciate it a lot more if you’ve already read my debut novel Anatomy of a Darkened Heart. Grab a copy on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Createspace, or even better, directly from me!

If you’re a fellow NaNo writer, friend me here and let’s support each other. If you’re a reader, I can’t wait to update you on my progress and spill some clues about my new work.

In the meantime, here’s my first video of the NaNo season. Enjoy!

Complete NaNoWriMo with These Tips!

We are down to the last weekend of NaNoWriMo! What can you do to help secure your word count goal? Take a look for tips on keeping your focus and spending your time wisely.