“One Starry Knight” Grand Release!!

one_starry_knight_notext8_frontThis morning at midnight (Dec 30, 2015) marked the grand release of One Starry Knight! The book will be available in paperback at online stores like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, though of course, I will eventually release an ebook version as well.

I want to take a moment to share with you why this book is so important to me. I haven’t started let alone completed a project quite like this in some time, and it is special to me for a number of reasons:

1. It’s the first romance inspired by someone in my personal life that I have completed since high school. I have started many since then, but finished none. But I completed a first draft of this one in about a span of only two weeks. The majority of it rushed to me in one fell swoop. When God inspires, God inspires. This also serves as a compliment to the person who inspired the book, for what an impact they made in my life in such a short time to allow me to craft such a book as this so quickly yet completely.
2. It’s a great fantasy romance, yes. But early on, I knew I wanted it to be more than that. Because the person who inspired it has such a depth to them that I thought it was only fitting this story did as well. Hence, more than simply being a fantasy romance with splashes of adventure and mystery, it is also a story of forgiveness, friendship, the close bond between brothers, and spiritual rebirth.
3. It’s a story which features an interracial couple. Those who know me well enough know by now that one of my big focuses in my books, whether for lil kids or young adults, is diversity, from racial diversity to including folks with disabilities.
4. This is possibly the greatest work I have written to date, and no, I don’t say that out of vanity. As mentioned before, the story seemed to come to me in a single breath, but the short span in which it was written in no way diminishes its quality. I have learned much with my editor, Kira Lerner, over the years, and while I did not use her for this project, I did implement much I have learned from her in its creation. The writing is some of my best; it’s one of those books I read as if standing outside myself and think, “Hmm, I really wrote this?” But like I said, when God inspires, He inspires. Sometimes there’s no further explanation than that.

I suppose that about sums it up. I could go on and on about this book for hours, but that would involve boring y’all to death and probably giving away every last spoiler. I recommend you just read it for yourself. Go pick up a copy on one of the websites I mentioned. Or, starting on January 2, try your luck at winning one of the twenty-four copies I have available in my give-away at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/168182-one-starry-knight

Thanks so much for your support, and God bless you all, dear readers, with a happy and healthy New Year!!

~ Christine E. Schulze

First “William” Batch of Books Sent Off!

Once again, congrats to all those who entered my Goodreads give-away for my first fully illustrated children’s book, The Adventures of William the Brownie! 1,245 of you entered, and of those, twenty-one of you were blessed with winning the give-away!

As of this evening, autographed copies are in the mail. Super excited; I hope my new readers enjoy these early Christmas presents!!

“William” Released at Last!

Page 23_ver3Well, obviously I missed that midnight release post; I admit I passed out last night for some much-needed sleep.

But the ebook version of The Adventures of William the Brownie is now available, and the print version should be available for purchase on Amazon in just a few days.

Thanks again to all my readers, and congrats to all the Goodreads contest winners!

To sample the ebook version or purchase a copy, check out this link:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/495060

“William” Release Happenin’ Tonight!!

Page 27Hullo, readers, friends, and fans!

The release of my first children’s book, The Adventures of William the Brownie, draws nigh–only six hours away!

I’ll be doing another post as soon as the Smashwords ebook copy goes live; the print version may not be available on Amazon straight away.

Also, tonight is your last chance to enter the Goodreaders give-away; twenty-one lucky winners, and you could be one of ’em!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22814165-the-adventures-of-william-the-brownie

Remember that a percentage of all royalties made from William will go toward supporting two charities, NACAC and CAFO, that help with finding adoptive families and foster homes for children within the United States.

Thanks so much, and let the countdown begin!!

Enter to Win Signed Paperback of “Lily in the Snow”!

Lily13Hi! In honor of my new release, Lily in the Snow (Second Edition), I am hosting another give-away on Goodreads!

As the book contains four stories, I am giving away four copies. Here is the link; be certain to read the blurb below to see what the book is all about!

Best to all who enter!

Lily in the Snow blurb:

Four tales of Elemental beings weave together to craft this magical anthology from YA fantasy author Christine E. Schulze:

Lily in the Snow ~ Mica Schist, a young, naive rock Elemental, has lived all her life in the mountains with Pierson, her melancholy guardian. When Jewett, an Earth Elemental, visits their cave, Mica’s world is turned upside-down—as is her heart. She longs for a life outside the cave, and soon, an approaching enemy grants this wish. But even the gentle forests of Jewett’s world cause Mica to lose her fragile crystals, her life source. Can Mica be saved and live the life she’s always dreamed?

The Story-Teller ~ Eleesa’s gift is that of story-telling. When using her gift for selfish reasons, she’s never noticed the same consequences that befall the other Imps who misuse their gifts. However, through an old friend who mysteriously reappears, she will discover that the consequences are much more severe than she could have ever imagined.

Labyrinth: Heart of Stone ~ Gargoyles, Druids, haughty dragon fairies, a seductive Noelani, a mansion housing an endless maze of stairs—and, not to mention, a handsome, brooding man made of stone. All these magical elements create the perfectly scandalous tale of Catherine, an Earth Elemental who sets out seeking freedom and discovers it in the most unexpected ways.

Spyral ~ A coming-of-age tale in which a Rock Elemental chooses to defy the unjust traditions of her people. Setting out on a journey to save herself and the one she loves, she ends up embarking on a much more personal journey of self-discovery.

Enter to win a copy of “Bloodmaiden (Second Edition)”!

New cover art for "Bloodmaiden: Second Edition." Release date March 14th, 2014.

New cover art for “Bloodmaiden: Second Edition.” Release date March 14th, 2014.

I would like to announce that the Goodreads give-away for Bloodmaiden (Second Edition) is now underway! If you don’t have a Goodreads account, it’s sorta like Facebook for book-lovers. It’s easy to join, and you can meet lots of fellow readers, review your favorite books, and enter to win new releases from your favorite authors!

To enter to win a copy of Bloodmaiden (I’m giving away three), just head to: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/83037-bloodmaiden

Thanks, and best to all who enter!

~ Christine