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.

 

I’m An Audiobook Reviewer!

Exciting news! I’m now a reviewer for AudiobookReviewer.com! My first review has been posted, and it’s on the book Robot Proletariat by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. Come check it out and let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book, too.

http://audiobookreviewer.com/reviews/robot-proletariat-season-one-by-sean-platt-and-johnny-b-truant/

BOOKTUBE: Brutal Youth Review

I have made my first foray into Booktube! Check out my video review of Anthony Breznican’s Brutal Youth, a fiction book on teenage bullying from all angles. Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you think of it. I gave it 4 stars and would recommend it.

New Book Review: The Flowers

I just posted a new book review in my Writer as Reader series. The book is called The Flowers by Dagoberto Gilb and is a peek into the life of a high school age boy who lives in a city wracked with racial hatred, violence, and sexual scandal.

Read more about this excellent novel here, and let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it!

Literature in Action: In the Mood for Love

My latest post to the Literature in Action part of my blog is up! https://christiestratos.com/literature-in-action/in-the-mood-for-love/. Check out my analysis of the beautiful foreign film In the Mood for Love. I’ve watched it at least four times since I first discovered it and can always watch it again. It’s a fascinating study of psychology with a backwards romance plot which keeps you wondering until the end.

Watch it and see if you agree with my analysis – and leave your comments!