And The Winner Is…

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 ***NIKKI M.***

Congratulations! You won all this stuff!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. If you missed this one, don’t despair. I’m planning two more prize package giveaways before the year is up. You’re going to have to wait and see what they are!

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween!

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And if you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, good luck! I’ll be once again trying to do the 30 Day Plank Challenge. ūüėõ

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Binge on Dark Shadows this Weekend and Win Free Stuff

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I just discovered via The Collinsport Historical Society that Decades TV Network is airing a Dark Shadows Binge this weekend! I’m happy about this perhaps becoming a Halloween tradition! To say that the show had an impact on me personally, and in my writing and art, is an understatement. The Binge is a nice way for new fans to get a crash course on the show and for us old ones to enjoy the nostalgia, whether we were running home from school to watch during it’s original airing, getting acquainted in the 90’s on the SciFi channel (“wasn’t it that weird vampire show?”), or in my case, getting the DVDs mailed to me from Netflix because someone said my Dad resembled Willie Loomis.

I’ve included a couple of pieces of Dark Shadows fan art in my Halloween Giveaway package, in addition to two signed paperback books from The Sick Rose Vampires! Enter the giveaway HERE by Halloween! I will randomly select a winner on November 1st.

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Prize package includes:

The Sick Rose Vampires, Volume I: Blood & Alcohol (signed paperback)

The Sick Rose Vampires, Volume II: Skin of the Night (signed paperback)

Chibi Barnabas Collins 8-1/2″ x 11″ glossy print

Decorated and hand-painted, one-of-a-kind “Explore the Shadows” trinket box

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE

My eerie and ethereal ambient dream pop seasonal playlist seems to grow every year.

The Sick Rose Vampires Dark Shadows Halloween Giveaway

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Prize pack includes: an autographed copy of both books in The Sick Rose Vampires series so far, chibi Barnabas Collins print, and Barnabas Collins trinket box.

ENTER HERE!

DollarCon Summer Sale

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I’m still picking up the pieces after having my vehicle stolen two months ago. I haven’t scheduled any conventions or book-signings for the rest of the summer. Why would I do that if I need the money? I don’t think people realize how expensive¬†it can be for an artist or indie author to appear at a convention. Aside from paying for table fees, we have to make sure we have enough stock on hand to actually sell. Most times I am lucky to make back my table fee let alone what it costs to bring the merchandise to you. I am usually paying more to make an appearance. When you’re an indie, that’s the way it goes, and I accept that. But I also need to be realistic right now as I continue to struggle from the financial blow I¬†took to replace my car.

dollarconI’ve decided to try doing some fun sales online in the meantime over the rest of the summer. My first summer deal is DollarCon! I’ve marked down all 8-1/2 x 11 prints in my portfolio to $1.00!!! This will be for an undetermined limited time due to there being VERY limited quantities of prints. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. I’m not planning on printing any more. All $1 print orders include a FREE copy of the 2016 #IndieBooksBeSeen catalog for you to¬†pick out some reading material to get through the dog days of summer!

My two books published so far in The Sick Rose Vampires series are still available as a discounted bundle.

You may also help with the car replacement fund at gofundme.com or at my webstore.

I am signed up for two conventions in the fall. Monroe Comic Con and Comique Con in October. Please check my Events page for more information!

Stay tuned for more summer steals from my store, Sick Shoppe!

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Celebrating #IndiePrideDay with Bound to Blackwood’s Sharon Lipman

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This is about to be an epic weekend in the world of independently published authors. The Sick Rose Vampires are going to celebrate #IndiePrideDay by introducing you, the fans, to just some of the variety of indie talent who are offering book deals and new releases! I am happy to have my blog possessed this evening by paranormal romance author, Sharon Lipman, as she shares with us Bound to Blackwood.

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July 1st 2016 marks #IndiePrideDay, a day when the Indie Authors of the world unite to to offer a real alternative for readers and lovers of books by offering special discounts on their books. There is a huge Indie Author community out there and they’re determined to take indie books mainstream. What does this mean for you? Well author, Sharon Lipman is offering her paranormal romance novel, Bound to Blackwood for free this weekend! Yes, that’s right, a great book, totally free. A proud indie author herself, she’ll be supporting the movement on July 1st, and you can too. Download your copy of Bound to Blackwood now and follow the #IndiePrideDay trend on twitter for some more amazing indie books and discover some new-to-you authors. You won’t regret it!

1517493226.MAINWould you surrender your soul for the love of the King?
Lena, a vampire and a Guardian of the Order, has been honour-bound to protect human souls all her life. Acting first and thinking second is what’s saved her skin time and again in the war against the Fallen, but her disregard for orders soon catches up with her when her boss is seriously injured. Forced to take responsibility for her actions, Lena is thrust into the path of her very own kryptonite; Thorn. The raw power of his soul calls to her and his mere presence lights a fire within her that she cannot contain.
With Vampire magic waning and the race in crisis, can either of them afford to ignore Nature’s call? If they do, the future of the race is in jeopardy. If they don’t, they will both lose the most precious part of themselves. Their souls.

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SharonLipmanAuthorPicA huge fan of the paranormal romance genre, Sharon Lipman started writing in her teens. It wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she found a story she was desperate to share. House Blackwood was born and Bound to Blackwood is her debut novel.¬†She was born in west London and grew up in leafy Surrey in south-east England. A lover of all things British, except the weather, she now lives in Almeria, southern Spain with her husband and an ever growing collection of dogs.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sharonlipmanauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorslipman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SharonLipmanAuthor

Website: http://www.sharonlipman.com

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Go snag Bound to Blackwood¬†while it’s hot, and we will see you back here tomorrow with more deals and new releases!

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Happy #IndiePrideDay!

#IndiePrideDay Vampire Book Party Starts Tomorrow

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Are you looking for summer reading suggestions? Do you like free stuff? Do you like to support independent creative endeavors? Do you have a Kindley-Dindley or other e-reader?

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#IndiePrideDay is almost here! The Sick Rose Vampires is getting the party started early! I will be hosting paranormal romance author, Sharon Lipman, right here on the blog tomorrow. You can hear about her debut novel, Bound to Blackwood, and the delicious deal she is offering all weekend!

 

13501621_10209029636194772_1095369102842902340_nAlso joining my party July 1st will be Lynne Murray’s, The Falstaff Vampire Ghosts! You had me at vampire ghosts! This is another killer deal that you won’t want to pass up. I will provide you a direct link to the goods Friday!

 

 

And of course, you can get started on The Sick Rose Vampires series with two paperbacks for the price of one! My special offer will only be available Friday, so don’t forget!

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If you are a Sick Rose fan and have my books already, you may participate in #IndiePrideDay by taking a selfie with the books and uploading the photo to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag!

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Now let’s finish getting primped for the book party!

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Multiracial Media

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The Sick Rose Vampires Book I: Blood & Alcohol is currently on the front page of the new website Multiracial Media! The site focuses on the multiracial experience in all different aspects of the arts.

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I was so flattered when Sarah Ratliff, co-author of the book Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide, invited me to be a part of the launch. I was introduced to Sarah, Bryony Sutherland, and their book last year through Twitter. They were gracious enough to provide feedback on my first book and my representation of biracial characters in my work.

The book Being Biracial has become a learning tool to not only help me write for my characters, but enlighten me as a human being. What has left the biggest mark on me from reading the¬†book is how¬†mixed raced¬†individuals¬†within the same¬†multicultural family can become divided when their self-identity differs more strongly¬†toward one aspect¬†of their race than another. For example, if there are biracial (black/white) siblings, not only could one identify more with the¬†African-American¬†side of their culture, prefer it, and even resent their white side, the other sibling in the same family could feel a pull in the opposite direction. ¬†Maybe the other sibling relates more to white culture, or being biracial as their culture. There’s a lot of different dynamics there that I haven’t¬†thought about as someone who identifies as one race.

Now throw into the mix a person being another species, say a vampire, and things can get really complicated! Without revealing any spoilers in The Sick Rose Vampires, there is no doubt Being Biracial has been essential reading for me, and it’s influence will show up in my future work.

I am pleased to be a part of Multiracial Media because being multiracial is a big part of The Sick Rose Vampires. So pleased am I in fact that you may now read Book I: Blood & Alcohol in it’s entirety for free at Multiracial Media! This is really exciting because Book II: Skin of the Night is nearing completion! I have at least one more drawing to do, a little more editing, and then it’s off to the beta-readers!

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