Escape the Madness

If you’re like me, you’ve had a difficult time these past few days. Maybe not because of who won the election necessarily, but because of the tension that seems to be everywhere we look. I want you first to know that I love and accept each and every one of you, no matter who you voted for, no matter how your beliefs, decisions, views, and pathways differ from my own. I fully embrace the diversity of my army of amazing readers, and I want you to know that you’re in a safe place here, with me. My hopes are that we can pull through this time as one, learn from each other, look past our differences, and lead our children, and our nation, toward a bright future, in whatever ways that may materialize.

That being said, I’d like to offer you a chance to breathe, take a step back, and get a small reprieve from the noise, the best way I know how. Reading is such an amazing way to relax, give our monkey brains a rest from the constant chatter up there, and treat ourselves to a mental vacation. I encourage you to breathe, love, and read your way into peace, and–of course–I’ve got plenty of free books to give you, so you don’t even have to spend a dime to do it. 😉

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Short Update:
The third book in my best selling Mature YA Dystopian Scifi “Treemakers Trilogy” is scheduled to release on December 3, but is now available for preorder at a 25% discount >HERE<
For a peek inside of book 3 of the Treemakers Trilogy, check out the trailer below. 🙂

Happy reading!
And don’t forget to breathe ❤
xo Christina L. Rozelle

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Just a quick note to let you know about this fabulous deal! Click the banner above to be redirected to these 16 free YA Fantasy ebooks through November 5th!

Happy reading!!

xo Christina

Trick or Treat! FREE Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Diwali Books to Feed Your Kindle’s Sweet Tooth

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In the spirit of my favorite time of year, I come bearing many gifts! The first giveaway is for Halloween Horror/creepy-themed books which you can get to by clicking the banner above, or by following the link >HERE<
This giveaway is from 10/27-10/31

The second giveaway is for Diwali. Diwali is on October 30th this year, and it signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. For a fantastic selection of books relating to this theme, click the banner below, or >HERE<
This giveaway is from 10/27-11/3

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Before you go make sure to check out my free book links below, as well as the trailer and teasers for The Treemakers Trilogy. If you downloaded “The Treemakers” from Instafreebie before Oct. 25th, you may have received a faulty file. That file has since been corrected so make sure to grab the new one by clicking the link below.
For reviews of books 1 and 2 on Amazon, click the corresponding teasers.
Thanks, y’all! And happy reading!
Christina

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DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

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36 FREE Scifi & Fantasy Ebooks!

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For a taste of what this giveaway is offering, check out the trailer, then follow the link at its conclusion to claim your free books 🙂

Happy reading!

xo Christina

Introducing: Rissa Blakeley, Author of the “Shattered Lives” Series

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First, I want to thank Christina for inviting me to write a post for her blog. I hope she didn’t hear or see me laugh maniacally while rubbing my hands together.

Second, I’d like to ask you, the reader, a question…

Have you ever asked an author what genre they write? I’m going to take a wild guess and say yes. Have you ever looked at them oddly when they spit and sputter, trying to explain what genre?

This is my life.

I’ve always had issues finding where my books fall, genre-wise. My series, Shattered Lives, was difficult to place. When readers asked what genre it was, I couldn’t figure out what to say. After Broken Dreams had been out nearly a year, I went with post-apocalyptic with a paranormal twist. It seemed fitting. Originally, I marketed it as paranormal romance, but that didn’t stick due to the lack of…romance, I guess. They are in survival mode. Who has time, or resources, to light candles and put on some Barry White?

I used to try to keep the presence of zombies…or undeads, as my characters call them…in Shattered Lives in the background. I didn’t want my books to be stereotyped for one main reason: Shattered Lives is not about the zombies. It’s about relationships, overcoming real-life relationship situations, and moving forward. Take out zombie and insert…a man eating cheeseburger that lures you in with its delicious cheesy aroma, all while leaving a trail of floppy pickles behind. I find this utterly terrifying due to the fact that I am an unapologetic cheeseburger junkie.

All silliness aside, I like to change people’s minds. I like knowing they walked in blindly and came out with a new perspective. Many have, and that brings me to a level of happiness with my writing I never thought I could obtain. I suppose some would look at it as deceptive, but I see it as a surprise plotline. I love a good plot twist. I want to be kept guessing and yelling, “What the ^@#* just happened?!”

Am I the only one?

As of June 7th, I published my sixth novel. While still working on Shattered Lives, The King’s Fate (Corvidae Guard #1) is an entirely new series and genre for me. I did it again, folks. I found it difficult to place. I started off thinking it would be a true paranormal romance, but was left with something along the lines of dark fantasy/dark fairy-tale/paranormal/paranormal romance… This could take all day. Due to the presence of Fae, Angels, and Vampires, The King’s Fate is more grounded in the fantasy genre than anything else.

I think I will always wonder where my books and I fit into the writing world. I’m not one for being boxed in, nor do I like someone pointing a finger at me, telling me what kind of writer I am. As I continue on this path, the forks are aplenty! My writing and I are always evolving, never fitting into the popular scene, but keeping true to myself. There are a lot of authors who write what’s popular to get on that wagon. That’s great for them, but for me? It’s not likely to happen. It’s not that I’m being unconventional. It’s just who I am. Unless I’m driving the bandwagon, I’m not going to hop on it.

That is how I came up with the #BeDifferentReadDifferent tag. It encompasses me and my writing. Does it bother me that I can’t seem to place my finger on the right buttons? Yeah, sometimes, but then it reminds me of who I am as an individual. I am unique and I see my writing in a similar manner.

While still edging on being an amateur, I feel like I’m transitioning. Not only with my writing, but myself, as well. I’m not quite there yet, but much farther than I have ever been. My writing has changed tremendously since I first decided to put pen to paper. I started as one of those readers who say, “How hard could it possibly be to write a novel?” I was wrong…so very, very wrong. I am thankful to all the individuals (special shout-out to the Dragon Mamas) who have helped me get my name out there, who have helped me develop into the author I am today. I’ve learned so much, and I plan to continue to grow.

I want to keep learning, keep transitioning, keep writing books outside the norm. I feel as if I can keep digging, I will make it to the other side. I hope to see you there.

-RB


Rissa Blakeley is the author of the paranormal series, Corvidae Guard, and the post-apocalypse saga, Shattered Lives, which features a paranormal twist. Her short story, A Little Taste of Naughty, was part of the best-selling anthology, Just Desserts.

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A native New Yorker, Rissa is now a Georgia transplant, who is completely addicted to black coffee, La Croix and obsessively listens to songs on repeat. Her days are full of characters screaming for more scenes, cats living up to their Harry Potter namesakes, a lazy dog, a teenage daughter bringing Emo back, and a Viking husband, who finds her puns less than funny. When Rissa isn’t writing, she can be found procrastinating on social media.

LINKS:

Website: www.rissablakeley.com

Newsletter:  http://mad.ly/signups/123912/join

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rissa-Blakeley/e/B00K042WWU/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=rissa+blakeley&sitesearch_type=STORE

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrissablakeley

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rissasarmy/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RissaBlakeley

Instagram: https://instagram.com/rissa_blakeley/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7179689.Rissa_Blakeley

Merchandise: https://rissablakeley.spreadshirt.com/

Email: rissablakeley@gmail.com

The Shattered Lives series is available worldwide on paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon page link: http://www.amazon.com/Rissa-Blakeley/e/B00K042WWU

The King’s Fate is available worldwide on Kindle. More platforms and paperback coming soon!

Amazon:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Fate-Corvidae-Guard-ebook/dp/B01GOLONEM

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GOLONEM

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01GOLONEM

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01GOLONEM

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1121434697

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-king-s-fate

Page Foundry (Inktera):

http://www.inktera.com/store/title/39b8b9ff-2654-4d76-803d-ab4fa4c893cc

 

 

The Path to Becoming an Author Isn’t Straight- Guest Blog by Sarah Noffke

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The other day during a routine office visit, my doctor asked me what I was doing these days.

“Writing YA sci fi fantasy novels,” I told her.

I could tell by the blank expression on her face that this was not the answer she was expecting. I was supposed to say, “Working in the accounting department at XYZ” or “Managing a few accounts for XYZ.” Fessing up to being a writer makes people pause I’ve noticed.

My doctor then asked, “So did you study journalism in college?”

“Management,” I informed her.

Another pause. She actually furrowed her brow at me. “How does that happen?” she asked.

The short answer is I got bored. Bored of spreadsheets and meetings about meetings. I loved the people. The mission. The product. But the day-to-day was draining my creative vault more and more each year. I wanted to do something that was creative. Something that gave to our society in a different way. So I took down my diplomas and replaced them with a bulletin board which I quickly filled up with notes and ideas.

However, I still have a real job. One that makes me sound normal. I’m a college professor. Often I have students tell me they have no idea what they want to do with their lives. They’re in college, taking classes towards a degree, and one day they’re going to have to use it…but for what? Some of the college students aren’t young either. They have returned to school after raising kids or retiring from the job they never really liked.

These students must think that because I’m qualified to teach them how to write, that I might know something about advising them on the future. Or maybe like all those searching for answers, they’re just asking anyone who might have an answer.

These lost students of mine are thoroughly afraid that they’re going to earn a degree in something and then not like it. They’re even more afraid that they’ll end up getting a degree in one thing and do something totally different. “That would be a total waste,” they tell me.

A waste? Or is it the path to get you to where you want to be, even if it’s not where you were headed? The thing is that if you’re true to yourself then you’re going to grow up to be “you.” No matter what path you choose, it will take you there. I have a Masters in Management. Without that degree I would never have gotten to that crucial place in my life where I became unbelievably and painfully bored out of my mind. Maybe if I’d gotten my graduate degree in psychology (as I intended) then I would have been content in that profession and never become a writer. Maybe. Hard to know for certain.

So what advice do I actually give to my students when they ask me how to figure out what to do with their life? “Pick a path. Recognize you might not end up where you expected. And until you arrive, enjoy the ride.”  If they don’t like this advice then I follow it up with saying, “Do something that makes people pause.”

Sarah Noffke writes YA and NA sci-fi fantasy and is the author of the Lucidites, Reverians, Ren and Vagabond Circus series. She holds a Masters of Management and teaches college business courses. Most of her students have no idea that she toils away her hours crafting fictional characters. Noffke’s books are top rated and best-sellers on Kindle. Currently, she has eleven novels published. Her books are available in paperback, audio and have been translated into Spanish and Italian. Learn more about Sarah Noffke here: www.sarahnoffke.com