Book-signings and Nature and Gypsies–oh my!!

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Well, per the usual it’s been a couple of months since I’ve posted, but at least I can say I’ve been busy during that time!! The past couple of months have been a fun whirlwind. Every author needs a break now and then, so my writing has been on hold till I’m ready to go ahead with my lovely editor, Kira Lerner, to finish editing The Gailean Quartet. I’m hoping to release the first book sometime next year, early 2019 at the latest, but as this will be my first remastered series, I’m in no rush. I mean, I am, but I’m not. I want it out there, but only in its top form!

Screenshot_2017-10-25-18-27-36-1-1In the meantime, I’ve mostly been enjoying life. Hiking, immersing myself in nature…I was a sickly child but now that I’m older and have been able to tackle many of my allergies and other health issues, I’m determined to make up for as much of that lost time as possible and just enjoy exploring God’s nature. I also had the pleasure of attending my first Renaissance Festival in Wentzville, MO (near St. Louis) with two of my besties, Adam and Loryn (also literally the cutest couple to ever BREATHE), and as you can tell, the belly dancing gypsies were definitely our favorite.

Screenshot_2017-10-25-18-27-13-1I’ve also done a book-signing here or there and had the pleasure of meeting some brilliant fellow Indie authors, including Leigh Savage and John W. Smith, seen in the photos here.

As far as what’s in the works, as I said, I’m taking an editing break, though as cold weather moves in, I can tell I’m getting the “itch” to get started again. Meanwhile, I’ve been working overtime to finance a special project of mine, an illustrated edition of One Starry Knight. I hope eventually to do the same with Bloodmaiden, it being my first published book, as well as a readers’ fave. For the One Starry Knight book, I’ve hired various artists to read the book and depict favorite scenes. Here is shown an illustration by Karen Swartz, who also illustrated one of my kids’ books, The Puzzle of the Two-Headed Dragon.Screenshot_2017-10-25-18-27-26-1

Well, that’s my life right now. This weekend will involve hanging with some bats and lots of hiking. More updates coming soon, but in the meanwhile, feel free to keep up with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads. Just search for my name; far as I know, I’m the only “Me” in the world thus far, I’m not too hard to find. 🙂

As always, God bless, happy reading, and may you all be inspired!!

~ Christine E. Schulze

 

Give-aways and Coupons!!

fadbooks.jpgFor those of you not familiar with my Instagram and Facebook pages, start getting familiar!! I’ve been hosting monthly give-aways for my paperbacks the past few months and am excited to continue doing so. In addition, I will soon start creating special monthly coupons for my ebooks on Smashwords. This might include coupons for discounted ebooks or even FREE ebooks, depending on the book of the month. This is a great way to sample some of my writing for cheap or even FREE, a great idea for new readers as well as being a nice deal for faithful fans. Smashwords offers ebooks in a wide variety of formats so whether you have a tablet or are reading on a dino computer like me, you should be able to find something to suit your needs!!

To enter my monthly give-aways and keep a lookout for those ebook coupons, follow me on the following:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christinee.schulze/

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristineschulze/

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God bless, happy reading, and may you all be inspired!!

~ Christine E. Schulze

FADBooks Bookstore Officially Open!!

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My FADBooks store on Etsy is finally, officially open!

I will be selling both regular and autographed copies of my books. Autographed copies have the option to be personalized, so if you’re wanting to give a book to a child, friend, family member, lover, whoever, just let me know when making the purchase and I will add a personalized autograph for that person! Shipping is FREE in the U.S.

Also, 25% of all profits will go to ALFA, a charity helping adults with autism and other developmental disabilities living in Southern Illinois live more full and abundant lives!

The store can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/fadbooks

As always, God bless, happy reading, and may you all be inspired!

~ Christine E. Schulze

Let the Summer Adventures Begin!!

Heya, readers, friends, and fans! FINALLY, my first true post in a while. Been a long time coming, but I’ve been working on a lot of various projects behind-the-scenes, so to speak, keeping busy as ever! I have a slue of fun lil summer plans in between editing, publishing, doing book-signings, collabing with artist Stacey Hummel to create my graphic novel series…and boy, am I pumped for it all!!

Here’s what I’ve been up to the past month, author stuff and adventure stuff included:

Finishing Puca, my newest children’s book: Every year I determine to finish a new children’s book by the time of my workplace’s annual Strawberry Fest, where they always graciously grant me a table to sign and sell my books. This year, the children’s book I completed was Puca, which I wrote for the lovely lady on the left, a co-worker whose grandson passed away last year from brain cancer. The book is inspired by him and dedicated to his family, and was written so that other children and their families who are going through the same experience can find hope and peace.

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Book-signing at Lebanon’s May Market: For those who aren’t familiar, I sell my books at the Tiadaghton House in lovely little historical Lebanon, Illinois. The Tiadaghton House sells work from about 70 local artists. Well, this year, they invited me to participate in Lebanon’s annual May Market, and of course I was excited to snatch up a spot ASAP!

Despite roads being flooded due to recent torrents of rain, the turn-out was fair. I met some new people, made some new readers, and had a blast hanging out with Codiya, Squal, The Emma, Mumsie, and various of my other friends who stopped by and made the whole day super fun and enjoyable.

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The Lion King Live!: The day after May Market, me ‘n’ Squal had tickets to go see The Lion King live at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis with our mums. Alas, Squal’s mum took ill, but I was able to quickly find replacements for the tickets, including my dear friend Codiya here, whom Mom and I took along with us personally. It was a beautiful performance, truly worth the wait! One our favorite parts was the giraffes; kudos to whoever was up on them stilts, workin’ some skillz!

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Special Editions, Coming Right Up: Soooo, originally, I had this idea to create a graphic novel version of Bloodmaiden, but that idea eventually dissolved as I decided to write The D.N.A. Sequence as a graphic novel series. I will be focusing all my time and resources into getting that series created over the next couple of years, but in the meantime wanted to do something special with Bloodmaiden, as well as One Starry Knight. So instead, I will be creating “Special Editions” of each of these young adult fantasy novella, including illustrations and, for One Starry Knight, a photo shoot. Below are a couple of character sketches from One Starry Knight, with Kaos on the left, noble yet brooding as ever, and the chipper Jay on the right. #prayforjaysinn

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Book-signing at Trinity Strawberry Fest: As mentioned above, every May I get to do a book-signing as part of my workplace’s annual Strawberry Fest. I work at Trinity Services which provides residential and day program services for adults with disabilities in the Southern Illinois area. It’s always a blast getting to spend the day with my co-workers and clients while meeting new people!

Also, for those of you who don’t know, 25% of ALL my books sales goes to ALFA, a local charity that provides volunteers and funding to many of Trinity’s program. Please consider buying one of my books from Amazon or Barnesandnoble.com and support adults with autism and other disabilities in the process!

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Nature Geek Chic: I love nothing more than exploring nature, even if it’s just a stroll through Lebanon’s McKendree University grounds and their magic fairy fountain! Immersing oneself in God’s creation recharges the soul.

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Rubbing Zac Efron’s Abs…Uhh…I Mean, Hittin’ Craptastic Movies With Squal: This month’s films included Get Out, which was really flippin’ weird but good, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The only good thing about the latter movie really was rubbing a cardboard cut-out Zac Efron’s abs, and I’m not even an Efron fan. Yes–Squal and myself, aka Glaz, conclude the movie was THAT BAD. It has some nice imagery, but pretty much zero emotional connections to any of the characters, too many wtf moments to list here, and despite all the action was surprisingly boring. Ties Snow White and the Huntsman: Winter’s War in terms of awfulness…perhaps even surpasses it… *shudders*

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That’s all for now, folks. Stay tuned for further updates on my books and personal adventures. Till then, God bless, happy reading, and may you all be inspired!

~ Christine E. Schulze

 

Author Meets Illustrator

Wow, so long time no see, my dear readers!!

During this several-month interlude, much has been in the works. I am cranking out a new Zelda fanfic for my eager fandom, finally completing my first series for re-publication, The Gailean Quartet, came out with a new kids’ book, The Puzzle of the Two-Headed Dragon, and have been looking into new marketing ideas–including the awesome book-signing I had yesterday, which I am fixin’ to tell y’all about.

straw5This was my second year doing a signing at the Trinity Farmstead and Garden’s Strawberry Festival. I actually work at Trinity, located in Mascoutah, IL, which means I have basically the coolest day job ever. I mean, if you’re forced to be a starving artist, may as well have an awesome day job in the meanwhile, right? I work with folks with autism and developmental disabilities. They are some of the coolest, most loving and fun people you will ever meet. I get to help them with art projects, music, cooking, gardening, and learning life skills that will help them become more independent.

straw1.jpgThe Festival itself was a huge hit. The weather was perfectly beautiful, and it was overall a great time with great people, great food, great bluegrass music, and lots of selling of strawberries and the clients’ amazing artwork. straw2.jpg

 

And of course, there was the book-signing itself. Twenty-five percent of my sales always goes to ALFA (Abundant Living for All), which is the local charity that provides funds and volunteers for the many programs our folks are involved in. I was able to sell a lot of books, making a nice profit for not just myself but for ALFA as well, which always makes me happy. Every little bit helps our folks, and one of my goals as an author is to help raise awareness for all the wonderful work going on at Trinity.

My favorite thing about signings is always the people. I had two other local authors come up to my table, one of whom expressed interest in the possibility of starting a local authors’ group. I love meeting new people and talking to them. I love it when the kids come up to my table and touch the books and look through them and know exactly which one they want.  I love the power God has given me to connect with and inspire so many wonderful folks simply through the written word.

straw9One of the biggest highlights of the day came when my illustrator for The Puzzle of the Two-Headed Dragon, the very talented and lovely Karen Swartz, showed up along with her boyfriend and family, including some of his family visiting from New York. It was the coolest thing getting to meet all of them, they were the most gracious and sweet family! Karen has been such a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to doing another project together. Who knows? Perhaps together we will just keep making cool things and ultimately take the publishing world by storm. Watch out, readers! ‘Cause here we come.

Overall, God blessed me and everyone at the Farm with a truly beautiful and successful day. I even got to hold a baby bird. And go bowling afterward. Can’t go wrong with bowling.

Well, I’m off to the grind. Next stop is finishing this darned Zelda book before my fans have a conniption.  Then, it’s time to start planning some real marketing tactics. And after that, who knows? I might just be off to tour the world before you know it.

 

“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