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



Cold-Blooded Beautiful is PUBLISHED!

Cold-Blooded Beautiful is now LIVE!
The highly anticipated continuation of Kade and Samantha's story...



1.30.2014

Release Date for Cold-Blooded Beautiful!

Cold-Blooded Beautiful will be released on THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 6, 2014.
As in NEXT WEEK!
Was four weeks fast enough for you?  I hope so, because I tried!  It's actually ready right now, I could literally press publish this instant and BOOM you'd have it.  But, it's SuperBowl weekend and a lot of other AMAZING authors are releasing on the 4th (I think like 12 of them!) Annnnd, I didn't want to overload everyone.  So, since nothing I know of is being released next Thursday, I picked it.
Blame my bestie (and amazing author) Angelisa Stone (she wrote Can't Go Home-so effing good) she said it had to be on a THURSDAY.  For some reason everyone picks Tuesdays.  If anyone knows why authors, singers, etc. alway pick Tuesdays to release PLEASE TELL ME.  I'm still new to this business and have no clue, seriously, none.  :)
Here's the whole cover...Not as pretty as the first cover, but look at the back, isn't that part pretty?   I did it myself, not too bad...


1.28.2014

Cold-Blooded Beautiful Cover Reveal!

Cold-Blooded Beautiful is in the hands of a formatter (Elle I <3 u).  So when that's done, it's all YOURS.
Just a few more days... :D
Oh...wanna see the cover I made?  Not as pretty as the first, but trust me it goes with the story...

1.19.2014

I'll be Hiding for a While...

Going to be off all social media for a few days...taking my family to Disney! So if you leave a message and I don't get back to you, I'm not being a b*tch, I'm just in a tea cup or riding on space mountain. Cold-Blooded Beautiful is with my editor, cover is done, then just formatting needs to happen. Then you can have at it. Here's a little video tease... It's just a 30 sec video from Animoto, no copyright infringement intended, all pictures were taken off Pinterest and have nothing to do with my book save for the inspiration they gave me. :)
XOXO

1.18.2014

News about Cold-Blooded Beautiful

Yesterday, after the millionth (okay, I like to exaggerate) read through, I sent Cold-Blooded Beautiful to my editor.  So, Kade and Samantha's story is finished.
Most people have a love/hate relationship with the end of a story or a series.  Many readers can't stand the way writers end things, or they absolutely love them.  Me, I hate ending stories.  I never feel finished.  I could have taken Sam and Kade's story so many different ways, but only one way nagged me the most, which was the one I wrote.  There have been countless emails and messages about a happily ever after or if they will be separated for a long time, and I truly hate giving people spoilers, I just hate it.  However, what I can tell you is that these two characters were extremely special to me and I think they should be together and have a happy life.  Yet, even when that said, I received even MORE emails and messages asking for little bits of information.
Some people messaged me every hour.  :)
Some people stomped their feet and had tantrums.  :)
Some people threatened me in various funny ways.  :)
All of you asked for David and Sam's story.  All of you asked for their story yet still wanted more Kade and Samantha, but no flashbacks.
I tried my best.  But you do realize I then have to separate them for a bit, Kade and Sam, right?  I like to write realistically, and realistically I couldn't have them all living together and frolicking freely in the forests together, happy and humping, right?
And about my realistic writing...
I would LOVE to set the record straight...
I was practically bitch slapped once for writing something that a reader once believed to be impossible.  To me most things are not impossible.  Yes, I may 'make up' specific names of schools or bars.  That's because most of the time I don't like getting sued.  Most of the time.
But, the other stuff...the way things happen...true.  From the exact things that happened to Kade...to the things that happened to Sam.  From the name of the tourniquet used and it's story to the legal things and police talk, all real.  If you don't know I live with a NYPD Detective who teaches tactical training in violent scenarios.  He and other family members are involved heavily in first response for terror attacks and other horrible shit most people try not to think of.  But, here in my house we are ready for the end of the world with all the tact shit and first response stuff my husband owns.  Unfortunately we've had to use our resources twice in the last 10 years.  We've NYers so we've experience 911 (my husband's first day out of the academy) and Hurricane Sandy (where we lost half our house to the rising waters of the bitchy Atlantic Ocean).  Oh, and what happens with Kade, no I don't have first hand knowledge, but I am a teacher and we've had many close calls.  Without getting into a spoiler...I once had a 5th grader (who was 13 and HUGE) pull a knife on me and told me he wanted to rape me, so yeah- some kids can be very violent.
Anyway...
When a story starts in my imagination the first thing I do is start to research things.  I research people and ask them questions about the things they have been through and their experiences and I write them into fictitious characters.  That's one of the reasons it takes a while to write things, all the knowledge of the personalities of people aren't stocked in my brain.  Take for instance when you find out what Samantha is (I'm not spoiling here) I had no clue about it, so I had to learn.  Not only learn about it, I had to be able to talk it's language and act like it.  That's some hard shit to do.
The next question everyone asked is what's up next for me.  Hmmm.
Well, next week our family is going on our very first vacation to Disney.  And I mean very first.  My children have never been on a plane or had more than a weekend getaway to Hershey Park.  And joy of joys I get to sit with the three year old for 2 hours and 35 minutes on a plane.  I don't like planes.
On this trip I am not allowed to take my computer.  Yeah.  I'm challenging myself a little. If I want to write anything I'll have my notebook and a pen, but I won't be spending family time doing research or talking on face book and pinning to Pinterest.  I will only bring my iPad for my Kindle.  It's loaded with books that I've wanted to read for weeks now.
After that?
There are a few stories spinning around in my head.
I'll go wherever my imagination leads me.
XOXO