24 October 2016

In Irina's Cards wins 2nd for YA/NA at the IDA Awards

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I got some great news late last week and I'm excited to finally post about it here on my blog. In Irina's Cards got a little love from the IDA Awards in the Young/New Adult Category.

"I am pleased to inform you that your novel, In Irina's Cards, won second place in the International Digital Awards! Congratulations!"
If more of my days started with lovely emails like that, I'd be a whole different sort of person. I may be a pessimist on some fronts but when it comes to my books, I'm a glass is half full kind of lady.

So any time I hear so much as a hint of a reader enjoying one of my stories, it makes me happy. Not the 'I-just-heard-my-baby-giggle-for-the-first-time' kind of happy, but more like the 'first-pumpkin-spice-latte-of-the-season' kind of happy. Warmly content.

Whoever you are reading this post, I hope you get some good news soon too.


20 October 2016

Welcome to Nancy Fraser and Eye of the Pharaoh

http://www.nancyfraser.ca/


I have a new guest joining me today, the talented Nancy Fraser. She just, as in yesterday, released a new book, Eye of the Pharaoh. This story was inspired by a trip to Chicago's Field Museum and a fortuitous inheritance of an Egyptian collar necklace. I like it already!

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https://www.amazon.com/Eye-Pharoah-Nancy-Fraser-ebook/dp/B01LY6GQX8/


Book Blurb: Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.

Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour...or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.

When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?


Author Bio: Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy will release her 25th book in early 2017. She is currently working on her next Rock and Roll novella and two other equally exciting projects.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.



Excerpt from Eye of the Pharoh

Teri stared in amazement at the well-worn guest home Dr. Cain had chosen for their stay. In her mind’s eye, she could see the grand entranceway of the Marriott on Canal Street, feel the pampered luxury of the hotel spa. Instead, she got this . . . an early nineteenth-century home in obvious need of repair. Collingwood, apparently, had history. Of what, she wasn’t certain. From the road, it looked like something torn from the pages of a horror novel.
                
“This is where we’re staying?” she asked, unable to hide her surprise and disappointment.

“You’re welcome to go elsewhere, if you’d like. Personally, I prefer a room with some character.”

She choked back an outright laugh. “It’s certainly got character. As a matter of fact, Freddie Kruger comes to mind.”

He shot her a disapproving frown before taking his bags from the driver and starting up the front walkway. Teri had no choice but to follow. They’d barely made it to the porch when the huge oak door opened. A short, frail-looking woman stood in the entryway.

“Welcome back, Joshua,” the woman greeted.

“Thank you, Martha. It’s good to be here.” Glancing back to where Teri stood, he said, “This is Miss Hunter. She’s with me.”

“Oh,” the woman said simply. “Welcome, Miss Hunter. We trust your stay here at Collingwood will be enjoyable.”

Teri smiled faintly, but couldn’t muster up a ‘thank you’ to save her soul.

“One room or two, Joshua?”

In unison, they both answered, “Two.”

Martha responded with a minute bob of her graying head and then motioned toward the parlor with a sweep of her hand. “We were just about to have tea if you’d care to join us.”

“If you don’t mind,” Dr. Cain began, “we’d like to get situated in our rooms. We’ve got an event at the museum tonight and I, for one, would like a bit of down time to work on my lecture.”

“You’re in your usual room. I can give Miss Hunter the room next to yours, if you’d like.”

He shook his head. “Perhaps she would be more comfortable across the hall with the view of the garden.”

“As you wish, Joshua.”

Teri followed closely behind as they climbed the stairs to the second floor. She was about to turn toward the long hallway when she realized they were climbing yet another flight. What she wouldn’t give, she realized, for an elevator or even a bellman. Rather than voice her wishes, she hiked her carry-on higher up on her shoulder and tugged on the handle of her suitcase until the wheels gained purchase on the worn carpet. The next landing looked to be at least a half-mile away.

When they reached the third floor, Martha stopped outside the first room off the staircase and opened the door. “This is your room, Miss Hunter.”

Dr. Cain, Teri realized, had already crossed the hallway and opened the door to the room just opposite hers. Teri took a short step forward. “Thank you.”

“Bathroom is down the hall,” Martha told her, the woman’s simple statement stopping Teri dead in her tracks.

“Down the hall?” she asked. “You mean there’s no bathroom in my suite?”

Martha chuckled heartily, her wrinkled cheeks jiggling and sagging like warm Jell-O. “Child, there’s no suite in your suite, it’s just a room. And, everyone shares the facilities.” Nodding toward the end of the long hallway, she added, “The key hangs outside the door. You take it in with you, lock the door from the inside and try not to take longer than fifteen minutes.”

***

17 October 2016

Top 10 Worldbuilding Questions

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The call of worldbuilding has been strong this year. So naturally, one of the projects in my 'Development' folder is a middle grade fantasy series of five books.

The road to building a world is a long one. Or at least in my opinion, it should be long with many twists and turns. An entire planet with species and associated civilizations (culture, infrastructure, politics, history) doesn't just materialize when you sit down to write.

As I continue sketching out this world (literally) and the main characters (also literally) I'm unravelling layers of what it means to build a world. The series I'm developing now marks a dramatic departure from my magic realism roots. It's a plunge into the icy waters of fantasy, for the hard-to-engage middle grade reader. And like many writers before me, I know the devil is in the details.

So with this in mind, I'm sharing my top worldbuilding questions. These are my thoughts on what you should ask yourself before and during the creation phase. They seem basic, but you do need to spend some time mentally dwelling on these areas. Keep reading and you'll see they're often questions within questions.

1.) What does your world look like?

This can be fun, but it's also daunting. If you want your world to be relatable and interesting, you need to make sure your continents, mountains, beaches, lakes, cities, and forests all exist and behave in believable ways. If you depart from what we know of planetary geography, you'll need to back it up with theoretical physics.

2.) Who lives where on the planet and why?


Consider the climate of your world and which species would live in which areas. Do you have one dominant species adapted to different regions, with a myriad of predator and prey animals in a separate food chain? Or do multiple advanced species inhabit their areas of origin and/or comfort? For the latter, what kind of ecosystems do you develop?

3.) How old is your planet?


The age of your planet may not be as important to the story as the age of your civilization(s), but consider both questions as you build. Are any areas of the planet geologically volatile? How long have the inhabitants had to evolve and adapt?

4.) Does your fantasy planet have a connection to Earth?


Bringing humans and Earth into the context of a fantasy story can be a great way to orient your reader. Some writers may feel it's needlessly gratifying to insert 'us' into a story where 'we' don't belong. In my experience as a reader, I like to see how humanity (and by extension, me) fits into the fictional world I'm visiting. You can make your fantastic world matter to the reader in a more concrete way if you thread it somehow into our own past, present, or future.

5.) Do humans live on your planet?


Related to the question above, but a distinctly different point. From Earth's post-human future to distant planets in a galaxy far, far away, it may feel more authentic to create a world that has no contact with humanity, if for no reason other than to honour the fact that we don't yet know of life outside our own world.

6.) How many stories will take place in/on your world?

Once you've built a world, you may decide it's worth more than one story. You might want multiple plots simply because of the current digital market business case for developing a series rather than a stand alone title. Personally, I like to tell a story as it evolves naturally. Do you need three books to get your characters where they need to go? Or will it be more complex, stretching into five, ten, or more books?

7.) How much history do you need? How much culture?

My favourite fantasy worlds are places with their own richly detailed history, art, music, and politics. With the good also comes the bad. How many wars are in your civilization's past? How does recent and distant history impact the characters in your story and the world they inhabit?

8.) Are you incorporating surreal geographic phenomena?

While this is a fun and fascinating realm to explore, you'll need to do some research to create something your readers will understand well enough to visualize. Start with some real world phenomena and you'll be surprised how bizarre you can get.


9.) Where does your plot take your characters?

Keep in mind the specific locations or settings where your story takes place and develop those areas the most. If your planet has an uninhabited continent not relevant to your plot, don't worry to much about the nuances of the topography.

10.) Are symbolism and/or allegory at work in your story?

Personally, I don't have a problem with the planet itself or the people on it representing something other than their literal realities. However, I believe it takes advanced skill to pull off in a meaningful and rewarding way. More skill than I myself possess. So if you're going to tackle creating a country or a civilization that represents a larger human truth, tread carefully or risk missing the mark.


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10 October 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Up here in Canada it's Thanksgiving (always a Monday for us) and I've got a lot to be thankful for. My kids are happy and healthy, I love my new home, and our new neighbourhood is a great fit. I have an entire trilogy behind me in 2016 and I'm looking forward to my first middle grade novel next year.

What I cherish about this holiday is the opportunity it presents to those of us (I may be one of them) who can be prone to seeing hardships more clearly than blessings. I frequently need to step back and take stock of everything that's great in my life. So with that in mind, what are you thankful for?

28 September 2016

Terra Nova Release Day is Today!

Now available on Amazon!

#NewAdult #NA #sci-fi #paranormal #PNR #TheVariantConspiracy


It’s been a whirlwind year for this quiet little author. I’ve travelled, moved, juggled kids and a new job – oh, and I released an entire NA trilogy! 

The process hasn’t been without its challenges. I’m new to digital-first publishing. I’ve had to do a lot of catching up on changes (mostly related to Amazon and the push for reviews) in the book world since my last YA in 2010.

But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have an amazing editor (Samantha McMahon) with the awesome (and growing!) Soul Mate Publishing. And I found a lot of support on social media.

Thank you to everyone who has helped get the word out about these quirky little books. And huge thanks to everyone who read and reviewed. I couldn't have done it without you!


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24 September 2016

Show it Off Saturday with Coffee Time Romance

Hello and welcome to visitors from Coffee Time Romance's Show It Off Saturday. I'm delighted you stopped by. I have a digital copy of In Irina's Cards ready and waiting to share.

Browse here or visit my author page on Amazon for details on the sequels, The Compendium, and Terra Nova.



#NewAdult #NA #sci-fi #paranormal #PNR #TheVariantConspiracy



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19 September 2016

About my 'other' writing

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Most of the posts I share on this blog relate to fiction. It wasn't so much an author branding choice as it was a sensible dividing line between work and home - for both parties. In my professional copywriting and communications life (feel free to look me up on LinkedIn) I've historically practiced careful compartmentalization.

This is owing to the fact that my previous jobs have been 9-5 with employers that need to know you're doing their work while you're on the clock, regardless of whatever extracurricular activities you may pursue.

99% of fiction writers have day jobs. My day job just happens to also be writing. More realistically, I'm hired to write and then I'm often given other tasks (admin, design, customer service, etc.) to justify a full-time day.

Today, I want to talk about my 'other' writing because I'm really pretty keen on my new gig with Stambol Studios. To start, they're a VR developer. How incredibly awesome is that?

Virtual Reality (VR) - alongside Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality - may not be on your radar, but it should be. This tech is at a tipping point, primarily because the gear has become crazy affordable and development for VR is exploding.

Applications start with entertainment (gaming and travel experiences), but quickly extend to training, designing, visualizing, and collaborating virtually. I recently read that Sony's head of game development believes everyone in the world will be using some form of VR by 2020. I think he must be referring to the tech-endowed world, but even so, the assertion is bold. And not too big a stretch.

Last, but definitely not least, I've been working again with the amazingly talented designer Guzin Taskiran, who I originally met at Cymax Stores another lifetime ago. I've been blessed with a great number of gifted, committed, and generally fun people in my professional life. Any chance to reconnect is always welcome.

So look for me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, and anywhere else I hang out online talking about VR and sharing images of people with devices strapped to their faces. If you find it goofy now, I guarantee you won't by this time next year - or before 2020 at the latest.


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14 September 2016

Terra Nova (The Variant Conspiracy Book 3) in just 2 weeks!

ww.amazon.com/Terra-Nova-Variant-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B01LO7A3J0

Here's a quick look at the blurb, excerpt, and giveaway that are currently blitzing around the interwebs via Xpresso Book Tours.

Blurb:

The end of the humanity and an unrecognizable future Earth are now days away. After their first glimpse of the Terra Nova virus, Irina and her variant friends know their former employer’s plans are almost at hand. Their failed attempt to publicize Ivan and Innoviro Industries’ horrific activities has left them utterly reliant on their own wits and weapons.

After surviving a catastrophic earthquake in San Francisco and destroying a secret viral testing facility, Irina’s crew has traveled by a variant portal to London. On the other side of the world, they begin tracking when and where Terra Nova will be unleashed. They know stopping Terra Nova is only the beginning of unraveling Ivan’s plans to reinvent the planet, but if they can’t stop this virus, there will be no one left to save.

ww.amazon.com/Terra-Nova-Variant-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B01LO7A3J0

Excerpt:  

Faith appeared with four glowing green drinks in a cup holder tray. Clear plastic cups, lids, and straws let the liquid inside glow through. It looked like something that would spawn ninja turtles. “These are the Incinerator’s own toxic spills. They’re just vodka and sprite with a capful of that crap they put in glow sticks. Did you know you can drink that shit?”

Jonah reluctantly took a plastic cup. “Are you sure we should drink it?”

“It’s not going to kill us. No more so than the alcohol.” Ilya picked up a cup and took a long generous pull on his straw.

I took an experimental sip. It tasted like vodka and sprite. There was a mildly synthetic aftertaste, but nothing toxic. I took another, much larger sip. There it was – the warmth I’d been craving since my shower. I might stand a chance of sleeping tonight after all.

Jonah followed my lead and took a slurp on his straw, pausing to let the liquid do its work. He looked at me with a devilish grin and grabbed my hand, pulling me off to the dance floor. His touch radiated energy into me, right through my skin waking up every cell in my body.

He leaned down and kissed me, running his hands through my hair. His powerful grip felt restrained, as though his mind fought to control his body. The intensity surpassed our first night together. After we had spent so long mocked by his unstable mutation, first hurting me and then nearly killing him, we were both finally stronger than ever.

“I can’t help myself. I need to touch you. I don’t ever want to let you go. We’re going to make up for some lost time tonight.” His lips brushed my ear as he spoke. His fingers traced the line of my neck and it sent shivers down my spine. So much for sleep!


https://www.amazon.com/Christine-Hart/e/B01BSDU214

#NewAdult #NA #sci-fi #paranormal #PNR #TheVariantConspiracy



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12 September 2016

Welcome to Angela Archer and The Parking Space


I have a new guest joining me today, the lovely Angela Archer. She's a mom, homeschool teacher, homesteader, blogger, and, of course, an author. Angela's next title, The Parking Space, releases on September 14th!

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https://www.amazon.com/Parking-Space-Angela-Archer-ebook/dp/B01LDKWXSW



Book Blurb: After her fiancé leaves her at the altar and a blind date stands her up, Helen Wright is done with love. Married to her real estate career instead, the only thought on her mind is selling a top listed house in San Francisco so she can finally afford the home of her dreams.

After her wealthiest client fires her, Helen's vision of moving away from her cramped apartment and the person stealing her parking space vanishes and leaving her professional life as pathetic as her love life. When her best friend, Lisa, informs her that she's getting married in Bora Bora, Helen packs her bags for a much-needed vacation and boards a plane with the excitement of leaving all her Mr. Wrongs behind.

A new practice and a new place to live, those are the only two things that veterinarian Rick Stark needs after finding out his fiancé cheated on him. With his trust in women shattered, he jumps at the chance for the perfect job, leaving San Francisco in the dust. However, while visiting his possible new boss on the islands of Bora Bora, he finds himself in the company of a familiar face---the attractive owner of a patient who he once thought he wasn't interested in.

Could it be that maybe he was wrong about her? And if so, what's he supposed to do when her old flame falls into the picture wanting to rekindle what they once had?


Author Bio: Angela lives on a ranch with her husband, two daughters, and many farm animals. She was born and raised in Nevada, and grew up riding and showing horses from hunter jumper, English equitation, western pleasure, trail, and halter. While she doesn't show anymore, she still loves to trail ride her paint horse, Honky. In December of 2007, she and her husband moved to Oklahoma.

From a young age, she always wanted to write a novel. However, she never believed she could write anything well enough for a publisher to even consider her. Every time the desire flickered, she shoved the thought from my mind until one morning, in 2009, she awoke with the determination to follow her dream.


Excerpt from The Parking Space

“Aww, girl, I’m so sorry.”
“Nah, you didn’t know Travis wouldn’t show up.”
“Still, though, I feel bad. I never would have set you up if I knew he’d do that. He seemed so nice, and after I showed him your picture, he said he was interested. I wonder what happened. Do you want me to talk to him the next time I see him?”
“No, no, you don’t have to do that.”
“But what if he had an emergency? You don’t really want to write him off when it could have been beyond his control, do you?”
“Well, no, but I just don’t really know if I want to know what happened.”
“Why? I mean, I want to know and I wasn’t the one he stood up.”
Her words resonated in my chest. Surely, they made sense. Surely, I should want to know what happened to him. I should want to know why he left me waiting in the café all by myself, feeling less than worthy of any decency like a simple phone call.
I should want to know, and yet, I didn’t.
“If you want to talk to him, then talk to him. To be honest, I’m just not interested in dating right now. It just all seems so pointless, ya know?”
“Don’t say that.”
“But isn’t that when I’m supposed to find the one? Isn’t that what all the books and shrinks and all those love articles in magazines say? You always find Mr. Right when you’re not even looking.”
I laughed at my own joke. Lisa didn’t.
“Well, I’m sorry tonight didn’t go as planned,” she finally said.
“Again, it’s not your fault. But maybe next time, just let me find my own dates instead of pushing me toward another deliciously perfect for me man who is far from it?”
“Are you saying that I don’t have the gift of Cupid?”
“You don’t necessarily have the greatest track record.”
“That’s not true.”
“Oh please, Travis was just another one of your many hits and misses.”
“Many? Name one.”
“Well, let’s see, first you introduced me to the out-of-work actor who tried to move in with me after the second date because he couldn’t pay for his own place.”
“And I still say you should have stuck it out. One movie or TV show and you’d be living quite the luxurious life.”
“After him, you set me up with that physical trainer, who not only talked to and about himself in third person, but woke me every morning at four o’clock with his grunting while he screamed ‘just one more, Craig, just one more.’”
Laughter burst from the receiver. “Okay, maybe that one was a bust.”
“I think out of all of them, though, the surfer proved my favorite tragic moment. With his long blond hair and hang-ten vocabulary, he believed the he was the real Jeff Spicoli from that 80’s movie I remember from my teens. Of course, I wasn’t shocked to learn that it was not only his favorite movie of all time, but his favorite character, too.”
“Okay, okay, point taken.”

07 September 2016

New Giveaway with Night Owl Reviews!

https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Book-For-All-25-Amazon-Card-Giveaway-by-Christine-Hart

Happy Wednesday! I'm in such a great mood that I'm doing a new giveaway with Night Owl Reviews! This giveaway runs for a full month until October 7, 2016.

If you haven't picked up a copy of In Irina's Cards, this is your chance to scoop one. All you have to do is enter. And one lucky winner gets a $25 Amazon.com gift card. Get your name in now!

29 August 2016

Terra Nova release rescheduled to September 28th

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So that post title sucked a bit. I learned over the weekend that release of Terra Nova has been delayed (only slightly) moving from September 14th to 28th. Two weeks is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things *she repeats like a mantra* and I know this is not going to stop interested readers from picking it up. That being said, I feel obligated to inform the internet.

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I could launch into a list of reasons this has happened. But I don't think it's an interesting story. What I do find interesting is the brilliant array of graphics from this spring and summer's release frenzy and promo excitement. So while we're waiting just a little bit longer for Terra Nova, let's recap some of the awesome stuff that's happened so far with The Variant Conspiracy books.
  1. Here is my favourite graphic tweet. This amazing illustration comes courtesy of iStock. I sprang for a few premium pics earlier this year, but this one is easily the most stunning. I felt that it artfully encapsulated the The Compendium's mission to transform Earth into something alien. 


  2. In Irina's Cards has taken some time in gathering feedback from the world of readers, but responses have generally been very positive. I hadn't realized what a complex story I had developed. I hadn't anticipated how readers might associate the plot and story elements with other work I hadn't considered as direct influences. But it does all make sense.
    "I would recommend this book to fans of series like Divergent, or just of scifi
    romance in general, and I look forward to reading the sequel." - I Heart Reading
    "This book is kind of like Fantastic Four meets Divergent ... I can’t wait
    until the next one comes out." - Addicted to Reviews
    http://www.amazon.com/Irinas-Cards-Variant-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B01EKCKNWI?ie=UTF8&qid=1461281420&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1
    "I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series to see
    what happens next!" - Rebecca Austin

    "This is a complex, intriguing story." - Liza O'Connor

    "This is a highly complex, intriguing and decidedly different story,
    one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading." - Splashes into Books
    "I love the whole tarot card thing. I really do. Irina's dreams, the characters, the discoveries all come together to make a good new adult, sci-fi romance." - Sara W.
    https://www.amazon.com/Compendium-Variant-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B01HQ87Z06
    "I was sucked into the story and stayed up way too late reading it because
    I had to know what happened next." - Long and Short Reviews
    "I love this series ... I am eagerly awaiting the
    3rd installment." - Bookjunkie's Book Blog

  3. Book blog tours have been rolling forward like a machine. I've toured with Magic of Books, Xpresso, Enchanted, and Goddess Fish. I highly recommend that other authors work with these seasoned book promo professionals.

  4. Social media has been a blast too. I've been crazy active on Twitter (compared to my normal sound of crickets) and back into Pinterest, Tumblr, and Goodreads. If you've noticed the Books Go Social Badge on the right, you won't be surprised to hear I'm working with them too.
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#NewAdult #NA #sci-fi #paranormal #PNR #TheVariantConspiracy


Overall, it has been a wonderful summer. I've loved being back in the book world after a hiatus since 2010. (My Etsy shops Sleepless Storyteller and Beyond Junk don't enjoy my neglect, but you have to pick your battles when real life has its own demands.)

Thank you to any and all new readers I've picked up in the last few months. I hope you'll stay with me for Terra Nova - and for what's coming next year. (Hint, hint, I have a new MG book coming next year.)


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22 August 2016

How I got converted to Romance

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I used to dodge reading Romance. I'm sure many readers (authors or not) are aware of the stigma attached to the genre. After university when I began to focus on reading solely for entertainment, I stuck to what I'd always loved: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Children's Literature - all in novel form.

As I began to write fiction of my own, I stayed within the same boundaries. (For those of you who don't know me well, I started my career in communications, marketing, blogging, and technical writing.) When I wrote Book 1 of The Variant Conspiracy, something changed.

I had a plot and motley crew of characters on my hands that didn't really fit the spec fic kidlit molds. The books were a bit too mature for most YA publishers. They were too NA for hard sci-fi publishers. I'd grown pretty attached to Irina and her story, so I kept trying to find a home for her.

And I started gingerly exploring the world of Romance. I submitted to a few and The Variant Conspiracy got picked up by the thoroughly awesome NY-based Soul Mate Publishing. I couldn't be more pleased to be working with them. They have such a great author support network, I started reading my fellow 'Soulies', one after another. I found the spec fic worlds I loved, with the happy endings I've come to need.

I've always said that I don't want to read or watch stories about how the world ends. I don't want to hear about how the battle is lost, how life falls apart, how tragedies unfold and destroy people. Those are powerful stories which need to be told. Yet, I personally don't have the constitution for them anymore. Maybe it's because I became a parent. Maybe it's because I'm getting older. I need to focus on a hopeful outlook on the world, even in my entertainment.

In my twenties, I had a strong stomach for tragedy. In my thirties - once I realized 'romance' simply meant that someone was in love and the ending would be happy - I started opening up to a gigantic new world of literature, many sub-genres within a massive umbrella. I used to think of the Romance genre as a narrow strip of porn for housewives. Wow, was I wrong!

I feel so silly about it now. Almost silly enough to keep the revelation to myself forever. Almost, but not quite. So now you know. I still don't read erotica or anything particularly racy. But a romance story is always welcome on my TBR list from now on.


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12 August 2016

Cover Reveal for Terra Nova - Book 3!

https://www.amazon.com/Christine-Hart/e/B01BSDU214
Available September 14th!
The third and final book of The Variant Conspiracy is almost here! I'm excited to finally share the cover for Terra Nova, the darkest and strangest of the three.

A few of you may or may not have seen a thumbnail sneak peek in on a few upcoming blog tour pages. It's been a super busy year, so I'm not surprised I let a little something slip.

But here is the full size image in all it's apocalyptic awesomeness! And, of course, the blurb.

Terra Nova (The Variant Conspiracy Book 3)
The end of the humanity and an unrecognizable future Earth are now days away. After their first glimpse of the Terra Nova virus, Irina and her variant friends know their former employer’s plans are almost at hand. Their failed attempt to publicize Ivan and Innoviro Industries’ horrific activities has left them utterly reliant on their own wits and weapons.

After surviving a catastrophic earthquake in San Francisco and destroying a secret viral testing facility, Irina’s crew has traveled by a variant portal to London. On the other side of the world, they begin tracking when and where Terra Nova will be unleashed on the world. They know stopping Terra Nova is only the beginning of unraveling Ivan’s plans to reinvent the planet, but if they can’t stop this virus, there will be no one left to save.

This sequel picks up exactly where The Compendium left off. And on that note, if you've read and enjoyed The Compendium, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Your friendly neighbourhood author would be so delighted.

#NewAdult #NA #sci-fi #paranormal #PNR #TheVariantConspiracy



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