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Get SICK and SICKER – Free book and new release

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Celebrating the Release of SICKER

I’m giving away SICK for the next two days. Here are the latest reviews:

“Disturbing yet gripping at the same time!”

“SICK is a story that you can’t shrug off easily.”

“Dark and clever.”

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SICK A novella by Christa Wojo on Kindle

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Everyone has a breaking point.

Part I. Is this marriage based on unconditional love or a unhealthy obsession?

Susan Branch’s life revolves around the care of her charming and inscrutable husband John, a man born into wealth and prestige who lost his family’s fortune when his mysterious chronic illnesses left him bedridden. Together they live a decrepit existence beholden to the current owners of his family’s former estate.

After years of devoting herself to John’s care, Susan is worn out and frustrated. Yet she is determined to scrape together whatever resources she can to keep John comfortable and happy. This includes stealing Demerol from the doctor’s office where she works to feed John’s ever-increasing need for pain medication.

As John’s condition continues to puzzle doctors, Susan begins to notice strange objects appearing around her house. Ever wary of creepy Old Pete, the groundskeeper, Susan decides to confront the elderly man and put an end to his snooping for good.

John suffers a critical emergency, but he is saved and is soon released from the hospital. His health begins to improve, and Susan dreams of a normal life, but her hope for a miracle transforms into a nightmare one fateful afternoon when she discovers
the true cause of John’s sickness.

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How did John Branch get so sick?

Part II. The gruesome psychological suspense series continues.

John Branch’s sickness has dominated the lives of all those around him, consuming all it can from well-intentioned doctors, compassionate strangers, and trusting loved ones. His chronic illness also bonds him intimately to his wife Susan, trapping them in relationship of unhealthy psychological attachment.

But John’s disease isn’t the only blight in the Branch family.

Injured and loaded with Demerol, John Branch tells his life story from his filthy sickbed. He confesses the horrific secrets of the past. Most disturbing of all, he reveals the philosophy he’s constructed around his condition and tries to indoctrinate Susan. Will she stay with him now that she finally nows the truth, or will she put and end to the madness?

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Book III coming soon…

 

Grab yourself a good, sturdy barfbag – SICK is Free Today.

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My little sister wrote me a blurb for SICK.

By Tia Wojciechowski

“DARE YOURSELF TO READ…
SICK
By Christa Wojciechowski

John Branch has been sick all his life, which eventually makes him sick of his life. He wants Susan, his devoted wife of 10 years, to assist him with committing suicide. Susan refuses to let John die, no matter how excruciating his pain and suffering gets.

Meanwhile, Susan has been slowly killing herself. She gave up on the idea of pursuing any dreams and aspirations in her own life. She gave up on her health and well-being. She even gave up on being an individual person. Her life was fully consumed by caring for her husband, and keeping him alive.

After 10 years, John and Susan can’t go on like this for much longer. Everybody has a breaking point. Is this marriage based on true unconditional love, or a sick-in-the-head obsession?

Get the phone number to your nearest available shrink. Grab yourself a good, sturdy barfbag. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy…”

SICK is free today. Download your copy.

Tia is a brilliant aspiring children’s and young adult author. Her website is coming soon! Stay tuned. In the meantime, Follow Tia on Twitter.

Win The Wrong David on Deranged Writers

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Hello, my friends! Today’s the last day to enter to win my novelette, The Wrong David, at Deranged Writers for their December Delights festivities. I know it’s kind of a last minute announcement, but I’ve been traveling the past few weeks and I’m totally disoriented. Apologies!

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To win a copy, just pop by Deranged Writers and visit Anne and Chani. If you’re feeling Scroogy, they will put you in the holiday mood with food, decor, folklore, and travel.

Enter by visiting these posts! (Follow directions at the bottom)

HOLIDAY FOOD & DRINK: BREUDHER

GOOD OLD ST. NICK

CHRISTMAS SONGS VOL. ONE

HOLIDAY DECOR: CHRISTMAS AT TIFFANY’S

HOLIDAY DESTINATION WISH LIST: CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

 

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Exciting News for “The Sculptor”

Kristine Poole with her sculpture Bling and the Gleipnir Ribbon.

Kristine Poole with her sculpture “Bling and the Gleipnir Ribbon.”

Artist Kristine Poole will be helping me with my series-in-progress!

My series, under the working title The Sculptor of New Hope, was a spontaneous creation. I didn’t have time to do the proper research when I decided to attempt my first National Novel Writing Month. I blasted the books out, guessing and imagining what the process of sculpting was like, with no idea of the techniques and technical aspects of the art.

Fast forward two and half years.

I’m wrapping up the third and last book this month and am beginning to gorge on information before revisions so I can add realism and depth to the narrative. I love my characters and their story and I want to be diligent about incorporating all facts and details, leaving nothing to question. There were some major issues that needed to be addressed.

My first problem, which would have potentially derailed the whole concept the story, was if life-sized ceramic sculpture was even possible. I easily found documentation on marble, bronze, or smaller ceramic sculpture, but not the kind of work I imagined for my sculptor. I had a difficult time finding any detailed information on the web, until I came across the work of Kristine Poole.

"we remain in the experience of being bound, when in fact, the only restraint is wholly self-imposed." K Poole

“we remain in the experience of being bound, when in fact, the only restraint is wholly self-imposed.” K Poole

I felt immediately drawn to her sculpture. I poured over her whole website, and noticed that not only were the sculptures exquisite in form and beauty, they each had a message that resonated deeply with me.

Then I visited her blog page (she’s also an eloquent writer) and discovered that as an artist, she shares the same moments of fear and self-doubt a writer experiences. I jumped to subscribe to her blog, but I didn’t see a form or button to sign up. It was only because of that that I had the nerve to send her a contact form to ask to be added to her mailing list, and in the process, tell her a bit about my story.

I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was when she returned the email and offered to help me with my book. Not only will Kristine’s expertise give the story the dimension and credibility it deserves, it will give me the motivation to work tirelessly to realize the vision. With another artist investing her time and energy into my project, I must make my very best effort. I no longer have the luxury of entertaining doubt, and Kristine’s journey as an artist and her intention with her Bound Series inspires me. It gives me the courage to put myself out there and never give up.

Kristine Poole lives in Santa Fe with her husband, painter and sculptor, Colin Poole, with whom she frequently collaborates. Her current series will be debuted at Evoke Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe next spring, and one of Kristine and Colin Poole’s collaborative sculptures is featured as the Silver Award winner in the Dimensional Category in “Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art,” released Nov. 11.

Read her full artist bio here.

I will be sharing my interviews with Kristine Poole in future posts.

In the meantime, have look at more of her fascinating and provocative artwork on kristinepoole.com and read her inspiring articles, Approaching the “Bound Series” Surfaces and Entering the Artist’s World.

View more incredible painting and sculpture on Colin Poole’s website at colinpoole.com.

 Please leave your thoughts and comments for Kristine Poole and me below!

Cultivating the Dark Core of Passion

Black Hole of Passion

This post by SymbolReader is a perfect mediation for the weekend.
I have found that without structure and discipline, passions lead to chaos and emotional and physical burnout. A solid routine of mundane activities allows me to access the ‘dark core’ without fear of losing myself in it.

What are your passions?
Are you pursuing them?
How do you tame and refine them to harness them for inspiration?

 

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Love Hurts

Image of Kafka quote, "Your love is like a knife, with which I explore myself.

 

I chose this quote as the theme of my third novel in The Sculptor series. It’s from Franz Kafka’s Letters to Milena, which is a posthumously published collection of his love letters sent to Milena Jesenská, a married Czech journalist with whom he had a long distance love affair. The relationship eventually dissolved, and Kafka died of tuberculosis a few short years later. It’s all very tragic. No happy endings. At least he managed to write some during his brief and uncomfortable life, and show us more about those black things writhing in our subconscious.

I’m binging on Kafka right now. You can be sure I will write a few more posts about him in the near future.

 

How would you feel if you received a love letter like this?

Would you find it romantic or disturbing?

 

 

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The Wrong David #Free on #Kindle: Last Chance to Spend the Day in France

The Wrong David by Christa Wojo free on Amazon Kindle

Spend your Sunday on a hot Marseille beach. Click photo to download.

 

Spend your Sunday morning or afternoon in Marseille with a bottle of wine. David finally gets Vanessa, his best friend’s wife, alone in a hotel room. Will they behave like honorable adults?

My first published novelette, The Wrong David is in the Top 10 Bestsellers in the Free Kindle Store for Literary Short Stories and Literary Romance. It also just received a 5 star review!

Today’s your last chance to get it for free.

 

 Meet My Main Character

The Story Behind the Story

 

 

 

Drunken Americans Behaving Badly in France

Hi everybody. Just to let you know, as part of my KDP Experiment I am trying one of Kindle Direct Publishing’s promotion optionsThis means my novelette, The Wrong David, is free on Amazon for the next five days!

The Wrong David by Christa Wojo cover featuring Gustav Klimt's Watersnakes.

The Wrong David

Grab your copy here.

Many of you may have already met my character, David, in the Meet My Main Character blog tour. For those of you who don’t know him, here’s a quick blurb:

David is a disillusioned American wine broker who meets his partner and best friend, Brian, in France’s Côte d’Azur to tour the vineyards of Provence. Brian brings his wife, Vanessa, who David has been desperately in love with for years. David has cultivated his obsession with Vanessa, using it as a distraction from his otherwise unfulfilling life.

As the threesome drink themselves through The French Riviera, David is losing his ability to hide his feelings.

I know. It’s not the best blurb. I’m still working on that. And I will let you know how this KDP promo turns out.

If any of you experienced indie authors have any tips on how to make the most of these promotions, please share.

Wish me luck!

 

Santé! (Cheers)

 

 

Meet My Main Character Blog Tour: Introducing The Wrong David

Welcome readers and writers

I was delighted yesterday when my buddy, Madhuri Blaylock, the author of The Sanctum Trilogy, tagged me in a little game called Meet My Main Character Blog Tour.

Madhuri’s passion for writing and charisma for the digital writing community are contagious, and being the new girl on Worpdpress I feel so special that I was noticed.

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Rules 

The taggee must write a post answering the same seven questions about their MC. Then the taggee becomes the tagger and chooses five other authors. It’s sort of like a chain letter with all the potential to become a global virus.

 

So sorry, dear characters.

We’ll be hanging out all your dirty laundry for everyone to see. You better put on your dark sunglasses and prepare to punch the paparazzi.

 

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