GIVEAWAY: ANATOMY OF A DARKENED HEART is One Year Old!

WOW, I can’t believe that Anatomy of a Darkened Heart is now a year old! What better way to celebrate and thank you all for your incredible support than to have a Kindle book copy giveaway? Watch my video below for details (really easy to enter the giveaway) and for all the massive thanks you deserve.

Video Summary: Writer Gaming and All About the Reading Tag

What videos did I put up this week? I have two for you!

I was tagged to do the “All About the Reading” tag, which was very fun. What do I hate in a book? When I read, do I care most about characters, plots, or a beautiful writing style? What about a favorite quote? All those questions and more are answered in this video!

As you probably already saw all over my social media, I’m so excited to have worked out the issues I was having with recording my gaming, and now the first ever episode of my Writer Gaming series is up. Thus begins our adventure into American McGee’s Alice and our discussions about dark books, writing, and all things Alice!

YouTube Review of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart!

Yesterday, Peter Clark the Writer left a magnificent YouTube review of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart. I’m so excited to share it with you! He even reads some of his favorite passages and lines, and see that in the background? That’s the wallpaper wrapping paper I used to send him his signed paperback. It’s pinned to his board! Coolest guy ever? I think so.

If you’ve read Anatomy of a Darkened Heart or if you’re interested in reading it, please pass on his video! Peter really covers the book and its many facets well. Thanks for watching!

Women in Publishing Discussion Recording Available!

Forgive the lack of Monday Thoughts on Creativity, but BIG NEWS! If you missed the Women in Publishing/Strong Leadership live discussion panel on April 10, you can watch the recorded video here:

We had great questions from Twitter, varied opinions and ideas, and overall a fantastic panel of successful women in the publishing industry. This is a video you don’t want to miss!

 

Video Summary: Call for Notebooks & Litsy App Tour

Once a week I’m going to post the videos I published the week before so you can easily watch them without having to search YouTube. Here we go!

If you know someone who makes journals/notebooks or you make them yourself, watch this video to see how you can be featured on my site and social media posts. In short, I’m looking for a unique jewel/gem/crystal-themed notebook, and I want to promote all journal makers who submit an idea to me.

Ever heard of Litsy? It’s the latest book app and I’m addicted! Here are my thoughts on this up-and-coming app as well as an in-app tour.

Go Indie Now: The Latest Indie Trends

Indie is where you discover brave new adventures in creativity. My friend Joe Compton, author of Amongst the Killing and super fantastic supporter of all things indie, has started a website called Go Indie Now. It’s the place to be for live interviews, events, and more, all revolving around the latest in indie culture. Authors, musicians, movie producers, and loads of other indie artists are and will be featured constantly and consistently to give you your indie fix.

I was lucky enough to be featured on Go Indie Now’s very first podcast and YouTube video series! My chat with Joe was so much fun, you’ll feel like you’re sitting right there with us. Visit his video and comment so we can all discuss: https://youtu.be/taoN8PaU6Qg?t=48m53s. That link takes you right to my chat with Joe, but watch the whole video for more interviews, all so completely different: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taoN8PaU6Qg&feature=youtu.be. Don’t feel like watching a video? You can listen to the podcast of our chat: http://goindienow.podbean.com/e/goindienow-episode-1-interview-with-christie-stratos/.

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The next HUGE event is the weekend of April 8-10, when Go Indie Now will be having 72 hours of live coverage for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention. That’s 3 full days of interviews, chats, music, first-look book trailers, and all sorts of cutting edge things. Everyone will be talking about it, so be sure to stop by Go Indie Now’s site! I’ll be moderating a discussion between some amazing women in the publishing industry, and I’ll probably participate in more than one live event. Watch my blog for dates and times.

In the meantime, be sure to congratulate Joe on his wonderful support of all things indie!

Connect with Go Indie Now:

YouTube

Podbean

Twitter

LOCKE AND KEYE Update

I have a big ol’ update on Locke and Keye, the second book in the Dark Victoriana Collection, and it was too big to write! Instead, I’ve updated you in my latest video:

 

Locke and Keye Update!

I can’t believe how little I’ve told you about Locke and Keye, the second book in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Well, it’s time for a nice big update, including some secrets to look forward to. Shhhh… 😉

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart’s First Video Review!

I got my very first video review from fantastic horror author Rocky Rochford! My favorite suite of his works is the Don’t Turn Around trilogy, which can be found on Amazon as Wait and Bleed. Rocky also writes poetry, romance, and…well, just about everything! He’s quite a dark horse.

Special thanks to Rocky, of course, who read Anatomy of a Darkened Heart twice before giving it 5 stars and publishing his video review!

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!