I know I've been remiss on posting on this blog, so thought I'd do an update.
I've been busy, though, writing newspaper stuff and working on short fiction.
New short-short coming: I recently revamped a short 100-word "drabble" that's been accepted to a new horror anthology. Stay tuned for details.
And... a surprising new idea: Actually, I had this idea awhile ago for a cozy-type mystery, but I let it sit. As often works for me, the idea recently came back to mind, more fleshed-out and looking pretty possible.
In fact, I'm kind of excited about it. Change is good. Sometimes you have to switch gears and "draw" on what you like to read. I've always enjoyed reading cozy and other mysteries. So, it's been part of one of my goals to actually write a full, standard mystery.
It's looking do-able, so I'm working on an outline. I want to make sure it goes where I want and that it can be completed before I share more details. Let's say, knowing me, I may slip a little light spookiness in it, too, if it works with the story.
I even checked that the idea hasn't been done - and it hasn't. It's a fun, retro-based idea and something I used to enjoy doing as a kid, too. I won't give too many details until I know it's going to work! So keep checking back for more hints and updates!
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!
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...
Happy to report I have a new short story, "Jake's Nightmare" coming out in an anthology that'll be published by The Horror Zine. It's based on an old mine incident that I read about. I loved this story and I got some good suggestions from editor Jeani Rector. Excited to be in this! Some great sounding titles and authors. I'm really looking forward to reading this!
Table of Contents for THE HORROR ZINE'S BOOK OF GHOST STORIES
(all original works):
by Lisa Morton
by Sebastian Crow
by Amber Fallon
THE EXPECTANT ONE
by Kevin Holton
MR. POTATO HEAD
by Elizabeth Massie
by E. A. Black
by Nicholas Pascall
by Joe R. Lansdale
HOUDINI’S LAST SEANCE
by J. T. Siems
SOMETHING TO NIBBLE ON
by Christian A. Larsen
by Jeff Parsons
by Kathryn Staublin
by Bruce Memblatt
by Dan Allen
By C.A. Verstraete
ALL THAT SHE LEAVES BEHIND
by S. J. Budd
by Claire Fitzpatrick
by Shawn P. Madison
THE WHITE ROAD
by Tim Waggoner
IN THE SUBWAY
by Justin Boote
by Dean H. Wild
by Neal Privett
THE AUTOMATIC WRITING PLANCHETTE
by William R. Eakin
by Rachel Coles
by Kristen Houghton
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!
It's Release Week!
* Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter releases Thursday, May 10.
* Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall releases May 14.
* Release week contests & giveaways, start Mon. 5/7. See GirlZombieAuthors blog.
A new edition of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is coming out - with a new cover & edits! ** The new Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2 is also coming soon. Title to Be Revealed!! Hoping pre-orders will be up by mid-late April.
** Here's a tiny sneak peek of the first line of the book blurb:
After being acquitted of brutally slaying her parents, Lizzie Borden thinks her nightmare is over—but it’s only just begun!
* Sign up for the newsletter (center top column on main page of this website) for contests & more! New NL coming out Mon. 3/26.
A little reveal - Here's part of the new cover title! Cool, huh???? What do you think?
Hope you had a great start to 2018!
I started out the new year right with a great new review of my companion book, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen in the Jan. issue of Uncaged Book Reviews 4 stars!
Here's part of it: "... An enjoyable story to go along with Lizzie Borden (Zombie Hunter)... Though it explores a slightly different facet of the paranormal genre, it fits nicely into the world Verstraete had already built. Additionally, she added one last bittersweet surprise to the end of the book that reminded me of the story's predecessor..." - Kaitlin, see review online. (Jan. 2018, pg. 90)
What if Lizzie Borden's doctor was haunted by what he saw that morning in 1892, and by Fall River's past?
My novella, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, is on sale for Kindle - only 99 cents, Dec. 11-18. * BUY HERE. Get the details here. (Paranormal, some light horror, mystery, alternate history)
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter - What if everything you heard about the historic Borden murders wasn't true? (See details here.)
Blog by Chris Verstraete - author, award-winning journalist, miniaturist. I love dogs, too. It's all good.