#GivingTuesday

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There has been radio silence from me during the time Black Friday seeped into Thanksgiving, the weekend, and became a whole Black Friday Week. Now it appears Cyber Monday has turned into Cyber Week. (a/s/l?)

No, I haven’t been shopping. I didn’t do any special sales at my webstore on my books either. I spent way too much time promoting sales last year and did not make one sale. Instead, I used that time recovering from throwing my back out two weeks ago moving furniture, getting caught up on cleaning, and decorating for the holidays. also-availableDuring that time, I also had a breakthrough on figuring out which software to use for the layout of my third book in The Sick Rose Vampires series, The Heart is a Rebel.

I will save you the details, but I had beaucoup problems and frustration putting together my last book. There was time and energy lost with using sub par software when it could have went towards making additional and better quality illustrations. Despite lack of funds and training on the fanciest and current ways of putting together a book or the means to hire someone who can, I may have figured out a way to make this go easier. This has always been a fly by the seat of my pants operation. Without yet saying what I’m specifically using this time around, so far so good.

So, it’s “Giving Tuesday”. A day set aside to make consumerism feel better, if there is money left after Black/Cyber Week/Month/Whatever events to donate to charity. Let’s make giving a part of our lifestyle, and not just because we need to feel better about our spending habits, or because it’s the holidays. If you don’t have the moola, donate your time or skills. Last week I got to spend time with elementary school kids making art.

drawing-for-a-cureI thought today would be a good day for me to announce that I’ve been working with Drawing For A Cure, a non-profit organization of artists who contribute artwork with all sales going towards the American Cancer Society. You may have seen my Joker/Harley fan art as a coloring page. Soon you can get it as a full color print exclusively from Drawing For A Cure, with all proceeds going to a good cause. WIN

Did you do something special for #GivingTuesday? How do you make giving a part of your life the rest of the year?

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.

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60% OFF Summer Sale

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If you missed my DOLLARCON sale on art prints, my next sale for this summer is 60% OFF one-of-a-kind hand-painted trinket boxes!

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There are currently only four to choose from at the shoppe: three Dark Shadows styles, and one inspired by Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl! There is also a secret hidden Magnum P.I. one floating around. You may have seen it at shows. If you are interested in that one, please contact me directly at: thesickrosevampires@gmail.com

Once these boxes are sold, they are gone!

If any are still available by Ypsilanti Comic Con, I will honor the sale price at the show. However, I cannot guarantee there will be any left by then. If you are interested in ordering one to pick up at the con please contact me directly at: thesickrosevampires@gmail.com Let me know which one you want, and I can reserve it for you and take it down from the web store.

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If you are in SE Michigan, Keep Cool and Carry On! Fall is going to feel especially good this year. I hear stores are already stocking Halloween stuff. Leave a comment if you’ve seen some by you!

Please Rate & Review The Sick Rose Vampires

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UntitledI am writing to you today to ask a favor. The Sick Rose Vampires needs to be rated and reviewed on Amazon. I could brag about how fantastic the story is and post numerous pictures trying to convince strangers that my books are worth a read, but your recommendations will do more than I ever could alone. That’s why it so important to rate and review the books of your favorite (especially independent) authors. Since The Sick Rose Vampires is an ongoing series of books, it’s also important for me as a writer to get feedback on what you’re liking about the story so far. The fans will help shape what this series becomes.

If you already have seen a copy of my second book in the series, Skin of the Night, you’ll notice a few changes in the evolution of style that have already occurred since the publication of book one. Your feedback and influence has a lot to do with that. There are more illustrations, more actions shots, speech bubbles, and three dimensional coloring methods. I want this story to be more than a comic, short story, and paranormal romance combined. It want it to evolve into something that is uniquely The Sick Rose Vampires, where I continue to struggle to categorize it.

Book I: Blood & Alcohol ended with a major cliffhanger. I went a little easier on you in the second book with a somewhat milder ending. Would you prefer another cliffhanger for book three or the satisfaction of resolution? After reviewing the draft for book three yesterday, I could go either way right now. I have also settled on the title for Book III: The Heart is a Rebel. The drafts for books three and four are already written. These two books will take place in the current story line. From there, I will publish an anthology of books (one through four) and begin a spin off prequel series within The Sick Rose Vampires universe. I have big plans for this, and I need your help.

Please rate and/or review my books on Amazon. You do not need to have purchased the books there to rate them or write a review. If you haven’t purchased copies of the books yet, you may do so at Amazon. For autographed copies, please purchase them from my online store, Sick Shoppe. You can always look them up on Amazon to submit your ratings and reviews later.

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Click to rate and review Book I: Blood & Alcohol here

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Click to rate and review Book II: Skin of the Night here

The best thing you can do to support your favorite indie author other than buying and sharing our product, is to review and rate our work. I’ve had people that aren’t into vampire stories or comics tell me how much they love The Sick Rose Vampires. I want more of that going on. Let’s share the fun!

I do not have any book signings scheduled for this summer, but I will be back in the fall. I will be appearing for the first time as a vendor at Monroe Comic Con on October 1st.  I also was accepted back to this years Comique Con on October 22nd. More information on these two events in upcoming posts.

 

Indie Book Club Starting in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Today is a good day! In addition to hearing the news that Barnes & Noble is going to begin carrying self-published books in their stores, Elsie Earl Studios has started an Indie Book Club! And none other than my Skin of the Night has been selected as the club’s next reading on July 19th!

Elsie Earl Studios of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a multi-purpose creative utopia dreamed up and owned by Loretta Friend. I was happy in be in attendance at the grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony held on April 30th. It is a place for the local community to gather together and explore different mediums of art, perhaps some they’ve never tried before. The studio provides space and time for arts & crafts, classes & workshops, as well as entertainment for all ages. The variety of activities include but are not limited to:

  • Fairy Houses
  • Laser-cut doll houses
  • Senior Crafter’s Tea
  • 3-D Painting (plaster figurines, trinket boxes, wall plaques. Same-day take-home). 
  • Laser cut bird houses and feeders
  • Art
    appreciation (abstract, Impressionism, watercolor, etc)
  • Music appreciation (jazz, blues, Beatles, etc, with performances)
  • Slide Show Storytime
  • Human-size board games for parties and business team building

And now we may add to that list of fun an Indie Book Club! You may RSVP for Indie Book Club on facebook here!

SR 2 COVER frontSigned copies of Skin of the Night as well as my first book Blood & Alcohol are available for purchase at the studio at a discounted book club member rate offered nowhere else. You may also pick up a free copy of the 2016 #IndieBooksBeSeen catalog. This catalog will be used as a tool to choose future book club reading material as decided by the club members. Please note I will not be present at the July 19th meeting. I want people to feel free to discuss the book openly and develop their own impressions of the material. Due to my book being a 40 page graphic novella, the story will be read by group members at the meeting.

If you are an indie author, check to see if there is an indie book club in your area. You also may start your own. It’s a great way to promote your work and the work of fellow indie authors. We really do have so much to offer. If you are interested in having your book considered as a future selection for Elsie Earl Studio’s Indie Book Club, and are willing to provide a discount to the book club members as an encouragement and thank you for purchasing multiple copies of your book, please contact Loretta Friend directly with information about your books at: Loretta@ElsieEarlStudios.com, 734-646-6633

If you are an indie book reader, one of the best things you can do for an indie author is to help guide new fans to us by rating and reviewing our books on Amazon. You do not have to have purchased the books on Amazon. If you already read my books or are planning to, please rate and review them here: Book I: Blood & Alcohol & Book II: Skin of the Night

I really appreciate it!

#IndiePrideDay Book Party

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joel and elend at bar color smallIt’s my party and I can read if I want to.

Somehow you ended up at a party. It’s loud, noisy and people are chattering. The music is terrible. Are people dancing or just pushing each other around? I’d rather pee outside than use this bathroom. I wish I was home with my cat and something good to read.

Let’s try something different. It can be as quiet as you’d like. You may attend alone (or maybe with a pet) and your attire, if any, is at your discretion. Are you under a shady tree? You don’t have to interact with anyone…even me. You can stay in bed or your favorite chair. The best part is that you can hook up with a fresh new book at a steal – instantly. Welcome to my book party.

This is my first time celebrating #IndiePrideDay, and I wanted to do something really special. I wanted to not only offer new fans a great deal on my book series, but I wanted to show my established fans and followers some of the fantastic selections available from other independently published authors. That is after all what this day is all about: appreciating indie authors and our readers. As a token of my personal gratitude to this movement of talented individuals and to the folks of good taste who recognize us, I am offering The Sick Rose Vampires book series at a DEEP discount.cropped-bogo1.jpg

Now if you’ve already bit into The Sick Rose Vampires and need a new novel fix, I’ve selected some of the best titles published independently in the genres of paranormal, romance, fantasy, and VAMPIRES! Yes, vampires are a genre at my book party! Grab one or ALL THE BOOKS. It would be helpful to have a Kindle or other e-reader, but it is not necessary. Many of these authors are sharing amazing deals on e-books. That means you can get indie books instantly!

Sharon Lipman’s Bound to Blackwood is available for FREE all weekend!

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Would 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.

Lynne Murray offering The Falstaff Vampire Ghosts discounted to 99 cents starting July 1st

13501621_10209029636194772_1095369102842902340_nMovie star Trinity Scott and rogue vampire Sir John Falstaff wrestle with a crafty demon, a mob of paparazzi and a horde of hungry ghosts—not to mention the food truck owner’s zombie brother-in-law. The quest for answers leads to Lost Ranch, an isolated Northern California town with a tragic past and a deadly present.

July 1st is the release day of Diamonds Fall by Rebecca M. Gibson

Diamonds Fall 2nd Ed Ebook Cover [126860]“She noticed, as if in a dream, a single diamond hair comb fall to the floor. The sparkling jewels landed face down in the mud.”
Annabel Maria Hoddington is the epitome of high society. She has everything money can buy and as befits a lady of her station, is engaged to the richest bachelor in England. However, on the day of her eighteenth birthday – her perfect future on the brink of fulfilment – she is abducted and held hostage in an isolated village, where she finds herself entrapped in the harsh world of poverty. Forced to live amongst three mentally scarred siblings, she must adapt to her new, sinister world…or die.

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All five books available in Sonya Ray’s The Three Crowns series are marked down to $.99 cents through July 4th

sweet tea [141598]Elizabeth Lancaster’s life appears normal. In Lizzie’s world of horses, friends, boundaries, and sweet tea, there is no room for paranormal beliefs, though secrets loom around her in the shadows nonetheless. But before Lizzie can begin to understand the power of these secrets, or the plan fate has in store for her, Lizzie must try and discover what lies within the mysteries of her own heart.
When a mysterious stranger comes to Fox Meadows, fate steps out of the shadows. Unexplainable events begin to occur in Lizzie’s life, as well as in her dreams, creating fear, yet eliciting in her a strange notion of wonder at the possibilities. But Lizzie’s eyes are unable to believe what she sees. Her lack of experience with affairs of the heart cause her to mistrust her emotions. She convinces herself that there is an explanation, and these bizarre, and even frightening occurrences must somehow be tied to her unexpected crush on her best friend Rob Jacobs, and her intense draw to the intoxicating stranger, Cain Atchley. Lizzie’s path to self-discovery becomes twisted, dark, and at times, wicked. Caught between the passions of two men, Lizzie must follow the path laid before her, and wake the mysteries sleeping in her soul. Her journey begins with the story of The Three Crowns.

Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Story is $1.99 from Helen Treharn

RSeBook [145032]Meet Sophie Morgan… practical, Welsh, prone to occasional profanity, and seemingly a vampire magnet. Sophie Morgan is 23 and has always done the right thing. She’s caused no stress for her family, worked hard through university, has taken a successful leap onto the career ladder and nurtured a reasonably healthy bank balance. It’s no small surprise then when mini-break to Antwerp, she pursues a pair of thieves who steal her friend’s bag. But this is only the start of her world being turned upside down. Sophie soon learns that vampires exist, her neighbors back home aren’t what they seem and new boyfriends can be found in the strangest of situations.

Relative Strangers is the first in a new vampire series with a distinctly British flavor, but which will appeal to everyone. Reviews call it “a vampire tale with bite”, with “brilliant characters that draw you in” and a very fresh take on the genre. Read it now to find out what reviewers are raving about.

The Crown of Stones by C. L. Schneider will be on Kindle Countdown for .99 each on 7/1

indiepride [145656]Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races.
Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price.
A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present.
Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end. With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.

Morgan S. Comnick, author of the Spirit Vision series, is doing a giveaway for #IndiePrideDay!

OFFICAIL SpiritVision Cover(3) [159442]TWO winners will win a digital copy of “Spirit Vision,” my newest collection, “Fallen Star Dust,” and two Spirit Vision series bookmarks that are not set to released until October, signed by me.

Want a chance to win an e-book copy of my works, “Spirit Vision” and “Fallen Star Dust” ALONG with a shout out on my August blog AND be the first person EVER to own the first to bookmarks in the second set of “The Spirit Vision series” bookmarks (they will be signed of course)? They are making their first appearance at this party for Indie Pride Day!

You get ONE entry for each of the following you do (so, if you do all five, you get five entries):

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Thank you for attending my book party! I hope you enjoy these selections and happy reading!