I've got a new story, "A Mother's Love," in the recently released anthology, "100 Word Horrors 3: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles."
My story is one I've revisited several times in different lengths as the theme is a fun one to write and to see how I can change it. The reviewer at EricaRobynReads seemed to like it, too, and gave it a 5/5 rating, with the anthology also getting a 5 rating. Check out the full review at the link above.
* Get the Kindle version on Amazon. (Paperback coming soon!)
The new Fall issue of Mysterical-e is out!
This time, my Author Snapshot column has several mystery authors including Jacqueline Seewald, Laura Childs and Terrie Moran, Elaine Viets, Camille Minichino and Jean Rabe sharing favorite quotes from their books and telling a little about what inspired the stories. Be sure to check it out!
Here's a schedule of blog and other events I have coming up. Check back as I'll update when needed.
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 - Join the October Frights authors starting at 10 a.m., Sept. 30 and on Oct. 1 for some spooky pre-event chatting and more on the Facebook hop preview page. I'm up at 1 p.m. Eastern/noon Central on Oct. 1.
10/1 - Halloween interview, Blood Reign Lit Magazine
10/9 - Talking dogs and Lizzie Borden @ Pens Paws & Claws blog.
10/10- 10/15 - October Frights Blog Tour! Visit 13 blogs for spooky fun, stories, prizes & more! See links and my giveaway on Wednesday, Day 1 of my blog.
Thurs. 10/11 - Classic Halloween Monsters
Friday, 10/12 - Halloween Reading List!
Sat., 10/13 - Frankenstein!
Sun., 10/14 - Authors share their favorite monsters
Mon., 10/15 - Zombies and... Lizzie Borden?
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is on sale!
* I followed the crimes and the trial, along with offering an entirely different solution to the crime, in my book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. (new 2nd edition & new cover!) **
** On sale starting at 99 cents August 14 to Aug. 21. -
UK: On sale Aug. 14-17. **
* Read what happens next - (I will have this book on sale after the first sale is over.)
The story continues in Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall... After the trial and being acquitted of murder, Lizzie thought her life would be "normal' again, but can it? When her sister, Emma, is caught up in the latest zombie outbreak, Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again...
I figure it doesn't hurt to ask. With thousands (ok, millions!) of books out there, it's hard to be heard above the din. Why you do all kinds of things to get your book noticed. So...
NPR has a summer reading poll up - for horror!
Please nominate Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete (click yes to series) to the poll on the NPR site HERE. You can copy and paste info. Thanks, I appreciate it!
Summer Scares Giveaway - June 10 - July 4: Books, samples, previews and more! Great reads!
A chapter of history was closed on this date in 1927 with the death of accused but acquitted murderess Lizzie Borden. She died at age 67 on June 1, 1927.
It was the end of an era, yet the continuation of a never-solved mystery: Did 32-year-old Lizzie Borden hack her father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden to death on August 4, 1892?
Lizzie was acquitted of the crimes after a two-week trial that garnered coverage from across the country. Sadly, we still don't know the full truth about what really happened that day.
Many, of course, say she committed the murders for the oldest of reasons, greed, jealousy, anger. Did she want more in life after taking her Grand Tour trip to Europe?
She certainly wasted no time after the murders, moving to a grand house up on "The Hill," the more prestigious part of town. That home, which she dubbed "Maplecroft," will be opening soon as a new B&B (see inside photos and story) by the same owners of her original home, the murder house and now the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum on Second St. Stay tuned for more Lizzie news this month.
See another view of the murders in my books, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall.
Lizzie Borden Dates in June:
June 1, 1927 - Lizzie Borden dies.
June 5, 1893 - Trial begins at New Bedford.
June 10, 1927 - Emma Borden dies.
June 20, 1893 - Lizzie Borden found “Not Guilty.”
Just got a few copies of the second edition of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter to check. Looks good! Will be ordering more to have signed copies on hand. I really like the 5x8 size, too. A little smaller than the large paperbacks. Nice to hold!
I am so in love with the new cover and the covers for both books! (Btw, covers are by Juan Villar Padron.)
Happy Zombie Reading!
Blog by Chris Verstraete - author, award-winning journalist, miniaturist. I love dogs, too. It's all good.