1.18.2015

#TripleX is LIVE on AMAZON!



#TripleX is LIVE on AMAZON!


Amazon Link: #TRIPLEX AMAZON


Unsure if you want to buy it? How about reading the prologue...


Prologue


Twitter: That awkward moment when you wake up in jail and you wonder what you did to get there. Then smile. #TripleX


A lone dimly lit light bulb sways gently from the jail cell’s ceiling. It hurts to open my eyes toward it, so I squint to try to ease the pain. A handful of loudly buzzing insects fly wildly around the dull yellow globe and just the sight causes me to scratch at my arms and neck madly. I loathe bugs. And it's like Swarmageddon above my head right now.


Pulling myself up into a sitting position, the throbbing behind my eyes turns sharp and shatters into millions of razor-tipped tiny pieces of glass. I moan as I grab my head in pounding pain. The room spins, and I fall back with a hard thud against the cold concrete wall.


I hear footsteps, heavy and impending, walking along the rough cement of the hallway. I peek through my fingers, but all I can see is the knotted hair of my cellmate, my partner in crime.


The footsteps become louder, closer. Keys are jangling. Someone is whistling, and the screech of the rusty cell door makes scorching bile burn the back of my throat. I swallow twice to keep it down.


"Stone. Zolendz. Up-and-at-'em. Going before the judge," a deep voice bellows. I hate the man instantly.


I believe I moan out some sort of unintelligible sound, but I'm not sure. Who can be sure?


The dull bulb overhead flickers and makes a sizzling sound. Damn, I'm in a place where even the bugs are killing themselves. "Come on ladies, let's go," the voice yells. It's closer now, and the body attached to it starts kicking the wooden bench I'm sitting on. I think my head is going to explode from the vibrations and violent crashes that echo through my head. "What's the matter, not willing to offer up your goods this morning?"


My head snaps up, "Excuse me?"


The man standing over me is older, in his sixties with a long gray beard. His eyes dance with laughter. "Well, Ma'am. That's what you tried to bribe us with last night when we put you in here. Your goooooooods." He kind of shimmies a little and gives a few humps into the air. I vomit a little in my mouth.


"Oh my God. Seriously? Just don't...just don't pay any attention to anything I said, okay?" I mumble my mortification.


"You mean to tell me, you'll be cancelling our hot date tonight?" he laughs, snidely, mocking me. "Come on, Darlin' the judge is waiting on you both. No harm done last night, you both were quite intoxicated."


"Oh God, I think I'm going to be sick." Slowly, I pull myself off the bench, every bone in my body screaming for a few more hours of silently sound sleep. And really, that stupid light bulb is annoying the Hell out of me; someone needs to shoot it.


"Angelisa," I whisper and shake her awake. "Come on. We have to go. A judge wants to see us."


"Blah...Ha. Ha. Very funny. Lemme sleep," Angelisa groans and swats her hand at me. It falls to her side with a loud thwack against the metal rim of the bed.


"I can't. Clear your head and think about last night. Think back. Go ahead," I urge. She doesn't. She remains motionless and silent; all but a small, low snore can be heard. "You seriously need to open your eyes right now, because we're in trouble," I hiss ominously.


Her head slowly turns toward me, eyes blinking open. They dart around the room and widen; a bubble of laughter escapes her lips. "We're in jail, aren't we?"


I smile and join in with her laughter, "We are indeed, waking up together in a jail cell."


"Damn it, I can't go to prison. You know how horrible I look in stripes," she whispers as she climbs up to her feet, grabbing onto my shoulder and using me for leverage.


"Quick," I look around the cell and laugh, "anybody got a cell phone? I wanna take a cellfie."


And we try, we really do try not to fall back down into a fit of giggles, but it's way too hard. We follow the guard down the hallway.


“Dude, I could so be a violent criminal.” Angelisa mumbles. “Shouldn’t you cuff me? Why doesn’t anyone ever want to handcuff me, Chris?” she whines.


“Ummm, she’s not violent. We swear. She’s just…just…dumb.” I explain, nudging her.


“Seriously though, how does he know I’m not packing an oozie in my girly stuff?”


“Ya know that is true. It’s kind of sexist that you don’t think we could be hiding heat?”


“Ladies, the only thing you two are trying to hide…or hide from is good old-fashioned middle age. And quite frankly, neither one of you is doing a bang-bang up job of it,” the son-of-a-slut says, pretending to shoot us.


“Is that what you do now? Shoot blanks?” Angelisa quips, exploding in laughter that spirals out of control until we’re both laughing like lunatics.


“Enough!” he shouts, trying to silence us before we enter the courtroom.


The two of us are still giggling like two immature kids being brought in front of the principal. Matted hair, mascara-streaked cheeks, and barefoot. I’m pretty sure I even have an extra tattoo somewhere.


We're sworn in; big vocabulary is used. Case numbers are brought forth, and I almost fall asleep. I’m just about to face plant into the table with exhaustion when Judge Caroline Jacobson calls both of us up to the podium. "Ms. Zolendz. Ms. Stone. Approach the bench please." She has dark tired brown eyes, the kind that are weighed down with darker brown bags beneath them. Her light blonde hair is pulled back into a tight, painful looking bun. It's streaked with gray. I want to pull out all those restraining pins. I want her to stop feeling so tight and tense behind her bench. I want her to feel free like me, like us.


Almost as if Angelisa’s reading my thoughts, she mumbles, “Man, she needs to get laid…and needs to get those roots done.” I can’t control the giggle that escapes me. The judge eyes us sternly, and you can nearly hear our mouths snap shut.


"As I hear, you both were found in the fountains of the Bellagio last night. Swimming. Naked," she chirps.


"Yes, that's true," Angelisa giggles, proudly next to me.


I nod my head in agreement, "Yeah, that certainly sounds like us—well, the new us, anyway."


The judge pinches her lips into a tight pucker. Doesn't she realize that’s exactly what makes those little wrinkles all around her mouth? She pulls out an envelope marked Prisoner Property/Currency and unfastens the clasp. I suck my lips between my teeth to stop myself from laughing, because this isn't funny—at all. But if I remember correctly, the things in the envelope are.


She slips one dainty little hand in.


Angelisa and I lean forward to watch.


Two books of matches, fifty-six dollars, a bent wedding ring, a fake moustache, a shoehorn, four glow sticks, two “Call for a good time” prostitute cards, a tube of Ben-gay, and an extra large rubbery dildo that flops on its side when she places it on her desk.


"Do you want to explain to me why two fully grown women, respected in their fields, would be caught in this situation…with these items?"


Angelisa and I look and back and forth from her to each other and back again. We both shrug.


"Well, it all started with an apple pie," I smile.


Angelisa nods next to me, "Yes, definitely. That's probably where it all started, the apple pie fiasco."


The judge leans back and draws in a long breath. She pulls her glasses off her fatigued eyes and rubs them softly with her hands. "An apple pie?"


"Yes. A forgotten apple pie. I can tell you every detail except for three or four days where I have no recollection. Both of us can, it's what we do, tell stories."


The corner of the judge's lips curl up the tiniest bit, "Come into my chambers ladies, this I have to hear."



1.04.2015

Sneak Peek of #TripleX

Are you ready for a surprise?
How about an exclusive sneak peek at the first few pages of #TripleX written by Christine Zolendz and Angelisa Stone
We're super excited to have everyone read about our little writing adventure. It's not your normal read - it's straight up Chick-Lit Comedy. A fun read that will make you laugh and possibly pee in your pants. We hope you enjoy. Love you all! XOXO


#TripleX
Christine Zolendz & Angelisa Stone
Prologue
Twitter: That awkward moment when you wake up in jail and you wonder what you did to get there. Then smile. #TripleX
A lone dimly lit light bulb sways gently from the jail cell’s ceiling.  It hurts to open my eyes toward it, so I squint to try to ease the pain. A handful of loudly buzzing insects fly wildly around the dull yellow globe and just the sight causes me to scratch at my arms and neck madly.  I loathe bugs.  And it's like Swarmageddon above my head right now.
            Pulling myself up into a sitting position, the throbbing behind my eyes turns sharp and shatters into millions of razor-tipped tiny pieces of glass.  I moan as I grab my head in pounding pain. The room spins, and I fall back with a hard thud against the cold concrete wall.
            I hear footsteps, heavy and impending, walking along the rough cement of the hallway.  I peek through my fingers, but all I can see is the knotted hair of my cellmate, my partner in crime.
            The footsteps become louder, closer.  Keys are jangling.  Someone is whistling, and the screech of the rusty cell door makes scorching bile burn the back of my throat.  I swallow twice to keep it down.
            "Stone.  Zolendz.  Up-and-at-'em.  Going before the judge," a deep voice bellows.  I hate the man instantly.
            I believe I moan out some sort of unintelligible sound, but I'm not sure. Who can be sure?
            The dull bulb overhead flickers and makes a sizzling sound.  Damn, I'm in a place where even the bugs are killing themselves. "Come on ladies, let's go," the voice yells.  It's closer now, and the body attached to it starts kicking the wooden bench I'm sitting on.  I think my head is going to explode from the vibrations and violent crashes that echo through my head. "What's the matter, not willing to offer up your goods this morning?"
            My head snaps up, "Excuse me?"
            The man standing over me is older, in his sixties with a long gray beard.  His eyes dance with laughter.  "Well, Ma'am.  That's what you tried to bribe us with last night when we put you in here.  Your goooooooods." He kind of shimmies a little and gives a few humps into the air. I vomit a little in my mouth.
            "Oh my God. Seriously? Just don't...just don't pay any attention to anything I said, okay?" I mumble my mortification.
            "You mean to tell me, you'll be cancelling our hot date tonight?" he laughs, snidely, mocking me.  "Come on, Darlin' the judge is waiting on you both.  No harm done last night, you both were quite intoxicated."
            "Oh God, I think I'm going to be sick."  Slowly, I pull myself off the bench, every bone in my body screaming for a few more hours of silently sound sleep. And really, that stupid light bulb is annoying the Hell out of me; someone needs to shoot it.
            "Angelisa," I whisper and shake her awake.  "Come on.  We have to go.  A judge wants to see us."
            "Blah...Ha. Ha.  Very funny.  Lemme sleep," Angelisa groans and swats her hand at me.  It falls to her side with a loud thwack against the metal rim of the bed.
            "I can't.  Clear your head and think about last night.  Think back.  Go ahead," I urge.  She doesn't. She remains motionless and silent; all but a small, low snore can be heard. "You seriously need to open your eyes right now, because we're in trouble," I hiss ominously.
            Her head slowly turns toward me, eyes blinking open. They dart around the room and widen; a bubble of laughter escapes her lips.  "We're in jail, aren't we?"
            I smile and join in with her laughter, "We are indeed, waking up together in a jail cell."
            "Damn it, I can't go to prison. You know how horrible I look in stripes," she whispers as she climbs up to her feet, grabbing onto my shoulder and using me for leverage.
            "Quick," I look around the cell and laugh, "anybody got a cell phone? I wanna take a cellfie."
            And we try, we really do try not to fall back down into a fit of giggles, but it's way too hard.  We follow the guard down the hallway.
            “Dude, I could so be a violent criminal.” Angelisa mumbles. “Shouldn’t you cuff me?  Why doesn’t anyone ever want to handcuff me, Chris?” she whines.
            “Ummm, she’s not violent. We swear.  She’s just…just…dumb.” I explain, nudging her.
            “Seriously though, how does he know I’m not packing an oozie in my girly stuff?”
            “Ya know that is true. It’s kind of sexist that you don’t think we could be hiding heat?”
            “Ladies, the only thing you two are trying to hide…or hide from is good old-fashioned middle age.  And quite frankly, neither one of you is doing a bang-bang up job of it,” the son-of-a-slut says, pretending to shoot us.
            “Is that what you do now? Shoot blanks?” Angelisa quips, exploding in laughter that spirals out of control until we’re both laughing like lunatics.
            “Enough!” he shouts, trying to silence us before we enter the courtroom.
            The two of us are still giggling like two immature kids being brought in front of the principal. Matted hair, mascara-streaked cheeks, and barefoot.  I’m pretty sure I even have an extra tattoo somewhere.
            We're sworn in; big vocabulary is used. Case numbers are brought forth, and I almost fall asleep.  I’m just about to face plant into the table with exhaustion when Judge Caroline Jacobson calls both of us up to the podium.  "Ms. Zolendz.  Ms. Stone. Approach the bench please."  She has dark tired brown eyes, the kind that are weighed down with darker brown bags beneath them.  Her light blonde hair is pulled back into a tight, painful looking bun. It's streaked with gray. I want to pull out all those restraining pins.  I want her to stop feeling so tight and tense behind her bench.  I want her to feel free like me, like us.
            Almost as if Angelisa’s reading my thoughts, she mumbles, “Man, she needs to get laid…and needs to get those roots done.”  I can’t control the giggle that escapes me. The judge eyes us sternly, and you can nearly hear our mouths snap shut.
            "As I hear, you both were found in the fountains of the Bellagio last night.  Swimming.  Naked," she chirps.
            "Yes, that's true," Angelisa giggles, proudly next to me.
            I nod my head in agreement, "Yeah, that certainly sounds like us—well, the new us, anyway."
            The judge pinches her lips into a tight pucker. Doesn't she realize that’s exactly what makes those little wrinkles all around her mouth? She pulls out an envelope marked Prisoner Property/Currency and unfastens the clasp. I suck my lips between my teeth to stop myself from laughing, because this isn't funny—at all. But if I remember correctly, the things in the envelope are.
            She slips one dainty little hand in.
            Angelisa and I lean forward to watch.
            Two books of matches, fifty-six dollars, a bent wedding ring, a fake moustache, a shoehorn, four glow sticks, two “Call for a good time” prostitute cards, a tube of Ben-gay, and an extra large rubbery dildo that flops on its side when she places it on her desk.
            "Do you want to explain to me why two fully grown women, respected in their fields, would be caught in this situation…with these items?"
            Angelisa and I look and back and forth from her to each other and back again.  We both shrug.
            "Well, it all started with an apple pie," I smile.
            Angelisa nods next to me, "Yes, definitely. That's probably where it all started, the apple pie fiasco."
            The judge leans back and draws in a long breath.  She pulls her glasses off her fatigued eyes and rubs them softly with her hands.  "An apple pie?"
            "Yes.  A forgotten apple pie.  I can tell you every detail except for three or four days where I have no recollection. Both of us can, it's what we do, tell stories."
            The corner of the judge's lips curl up the tiniest bit, "Come into my chambers ladies, this I have to hear."

#TripleX Releasing Everywhere January 2015 - Keep a look out!


12.09.2014

New Title to be Released January 2015!

Here is one of the books I've been writing with the amazing Angelisa Stone! It's laugh out loud funny and so different than anything I've done or anything that's out now. Look for it on all platforms in January 2015!

A few teasers...


10.28.2014

New Website and Newsletter

So, I have a new website. Tried to get all professional. It's HERE.
I also set up a newsletter if you want to join. It won't come out very often, only when I have news or stuff I want to share. I'm toying with the idea of special newsletter teasers. The link is HERE and all you have to do is type in your email address.
Love to all! XOXO

3.05.2014

What ARE YOU DOING?

What AM I doing?
That's the question.  Those are the messages I've been receiving every day.
When's the next book coming out?  Are you even writing?
You all make me giggle.
I write constantly.  I research continuously.
I write in the morning when my kids are still sleeping.  I write through breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  If I'm out I write on my phone.  I write late at night when the house is quiet and the strangers here are asleep.  I write in my dreams too, and wake up and write my thoughts down.
That's what writers do.
What am I writing?
See that's the problem.  What? What! Whaaaaaat!
There's too many stories crammed in my head at the moment and I'm dabbling in a few at a time.  I have the first chapters of a few books written, I don't even have outlines for them, I don't know how they will end, or if they ever will.
But a lot of you are asking, so I'll let you know what I know (which isn't much, lol.)

Here's to Falling is a book I have been working on for a good million years.  At least that's how is feels.  It's a book based on a true story and it's a story that is extremely hard for me to write because it is pretty personal and makes me want to vomit when I reread it.  My issue with this book is 1) I started this book years ago and you could literally see my beginning writing and my now writing-so it looks like a teenager started it and I jumped in somewhere near the end. And 2) I don't think I could ever adequately get the emotions and words write in the book that will get a reader to understand what I want them too.  So even though I have written over 70,000 words to it, I'm not sure anyone but me will ever read it.
Room 269 is a book, and I'm not even sure this is the right title for it yet, that is straight up funny and steamy romance.  Light and sweet, nothing dark, and no crying or dying in it.
Dystopian Story- I don't even know much about this one.  All I know is the images that flash before my eyes every time I close them.  This is an 'end of world' apocalypse story, but not with zombies or crazy shit, I'm going through research (which is scary shit) and I want this book to be REAL.  And of course it'll have romance it in, somehow.
Triple XXX - This one is TOP SECRET.  I am writing a funny-mid-life-crisis book with another person.  It's funny, and real, all based on a funny conversation that all my Facebook friends were witness to where I said, "Hey we should write a book about this!" And then I wrote a beginning chapter and sent it to my author friend who had the FB conversation with me, and she wrote one back.  That's all I'm saying. :)
Giana- All I have is her name, no title it'll be something like Vendetta, but she's a bad ass.  It's a mobster story- think 1990s mob stories...
Then there's a character, a male, who is bat-shit crazy that I think may end up being a horror story and somehow romance with be tied in, but this character is terrifying.  He has no name.  I just call him killer.
So there you have it, some of my thoughts and where I'm at.  If you ever want to 'see' what I'm up to you should visit my Pinterest Boards, because I collect images of things that inspire my stories.
Thanks for letting me ramble, and for asking what I'm doing!
XOXO

2.06.2014

The Beautiful Series by Christine Zolendz

"Get out your flashlights, Cold-Blooded Beautiful is dark." That's what a reader told me earlier. Kind of find that awesome.

COLD-BLOODED BEAUTIFUL LIVE!
The HIGHLY ANTICIPATED second (AND LAST) book in the Beautiful series. The continuation of Samantha and Kade's tale in BRUTALLY BEAUTIFUL.


Cold-Blooded Beautiful Blurb:

What happens when your past comes back to haunt you?
Imagine having a secret whispered in your ear, a secret that once revealed, changes everything in your life that you thought to be true.
What would you do if you learned that everything you had was just a lie, a lie that could end everything you ever worked for and destroy everyone you ever cared about?
What happens when all your secrets come spilling forth and your past catches up to you?
Will it consume you?
Will it destroy you?
Six months ago Kade Grayson helped Doctor Samantha Matthews hide from a violent past, one that she wants to keep hidden from everyone. Deep in her heart, she hides her secrets, too afraid to hurt the only people she has left to trust.
What happens when she is forced to face her past?
Will love be enough to save her?
Because her deadly game of Hide and Seek is at its end.

SERIES READING ORDER

#1 - BRUTALLY BEAUTIFUL

#2 - COLD-BLOODED BEAUTIFUL


Barnes & Nobles: Brutally Beautiful
Barnes & Nobles: Cold-Blooded Beautiful