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Not all phantoms are myths...

For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction.

Now, one rogue creatus faction wants the world to know they exist, and one woman with nothing to lose plans to stop them.

Whatever it takes, she will hunt down and kill the creatus who took her life from her.



The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal story...it's a realistic twist of the myths you've heard your entire life. Prepare to believe... 

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For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction. Now, one rogue creatus faction wants the world to know they exist.

This is an excerpt from Book Three in the Creatus Series, which is Coming Soon! If you'd like to start the series from the beginning, you can download the prequel, Creatus (They Exist), FREE here

This week, I'm introducing you to a new character...no spoilers, of course. Happy reading! J


“YeahI seenda guy. Never does enough to get arrested I guess, but from what I understand, he pushes the girls as far as they let him. Guess he’s into all that BDSM stuff.”
The doorman smiled, and Casey couldn’t help but grimace, wondering if the big man liked that stuff too. He could only imagine what dominatrix would be powerful enough to bring the giant to his knees. A shiver went through him at the visual. Thankfully, he didn’t have time to experiment with domineering sexual games that had gotten so popular since that erotic book hit the bestseller lists. He’d lost count of how many calls he’d been on where acts involving handcuffs and whips and chains had gotten out of hand.
“You see him with anyone Friday night?” Casey continued his questioning, hoping that the guy’s manager didn’t show up any minute and shut him down. From his experience, he’d always found that most managers of restaurants and clubs were nowhere to be found between the lunch and dinner rush. If he showed up at a business between two and four, he almost always heard, ‘He’ll be back at five’, and then if he went about it correctly, he’d usually get an employee who was more than willing to talk, and employees usually knew what was going on more than managers anyway. Strange that almost all of his investigations started with a visit to a restaurant, bar, or hotel. It seemed even bad guys went out before they committed a crime—or a more likely scenario, the alcohol they consumed while they were out fueled them to do something they might not have done in the first place.
The Samoan bobbed his head. “As a matter of fact...yeah. Couldn’t help it. Don’t think anyone could have missed ’er. Don’t get me wrong, we get lots of babes coming through here. And for some reason, they treat us doormen as though we’re celebrities too.” He shrugged. “They think we have pull with the security teams that guard the bands.” He smiled a toothy grin. “We let ’em think that.”
Casey didn’t bother to point out that he’d said that employees weren’t allowed to date the customers. Then again, maybe that rule only applied to the waitresses, in order to protect them. “Do you remember what she looked like?”
The big man nodded, his broad smile flashing again. “Oh, yeah. Tall...damn near close to six foot...taller with the boots she was wearing. She had blond hair too, almost white. Unusual in here, the reason she stood out. Most of the punk rockers have black as midnight hair. She was also a beauty. I mean...like one of those chicks you’d see on a runway. High cheekbones, tall, shapely... You know...like on those TV specials put on by that lingerie store.”
Casey couldn’t help but laugh. He liked this guy. A little rough around the edges, but he seemed like a nice guy. “Did she leave with Rick Williams?”
He shrugged. “Dunno. I saw ’em in the middle of the floor a few times when I was making my rounds, but didn’t notice ’em leave, which is strange. I was at ’d door after the concert ended, so ’dey must have left early.”
“Who was watching the door before close, then?” Casey asked.
“Maybe no one. Not too many people are trying to get in when the show is almost over. I had to escort my boss to the office with cash drops before the club closed. Too much of a chance of a robbery if customers see a lot of loot in the drawers, especially at closing. More of a temptation.”
Casey nodded. “How old would you say the girl was? Anything else stand out?”
“Had to be at least eighteen, that’s the youngest we allow.” He narrowed his eyes as though he were thinking. “Yeah...she was...cautious. She got here real early. The other reason she stood out amongst the usual crowd. It almost looked as though she were scoping out the place. Not like she was gonna rob us, but as if she were forming her escape plan. You know...like a cop would do.”
Or, a cop’s daughter, Casey thought, but didn’t voice his beliefs. “And she was almost six-foot tall with platinum blond hair?
“Yeah.”



The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal story...it's a realistic twist of the myths you've heard your entire life. Prepare to believe...

Ride that wave as far as it will take you… #AmWriting #KindleUnlimited


Don’t look at the rocks below, keep your eye on the wave, and ride it all the way to shore.

Does that translate? I think so. I don’t think you have to be a surfer to get that analogy, and you certainly don’t have to be able to surf well—I can attest to that.

Thank goodness for web-surfing, because I never was good at it, even though I grew up in Cocoa Beach, home of Ron Jon’s Surf Shop if you didn’t know.

Anyway, how does this relate to writing? It doesn’t. It relates to selling.

Here’s what I learned in the last couple of years:

· Writing is easy; writing well is fractionally harder

· Writing a query letter and synopsis is harder than writing a novel

· Querying an agent or publisher is agony, way harder than writing a novel

·But the hardest part of writing a novel, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is selling your novel. It’s a nightmare!

Especially when you realize that although most authors are a little wacky and flamboyant, pretty much all of us would rather be holed-up somewhere writing.

So, back to the wave, which is Amazon Prime/Kindle Unlimited—a miracle in disguise.

Why would you put a $3.99 book on Amazon Prime? Who would download a $3.99 book, as opposed to a $14.99 bestseller? Few people, until that book becomes a bestseller.

So, how do you become a bestseller?

Well, it used to be you needed a large agent or publisher behind you, or you needed to be one of the first Indie writers with the first ever $0.99 cent platform to get noticed. (A 99-cent promo without a game plan doesn't work, my friends.)

But now, Amazon has changed that. By offering your books free or 99c, and enlisting some help, you'll be able to reach thousands--up to fifty thousand or more--if you do it correctly.

Then the readers will choose--not some big exec somewhere--what they want to read. For the first time ever, readers really have a voice. They can download all these wonderful unknown authors and say, “We like this; we want more!”


Yeah, I gave away almost 300k books in the last two and a half years, but there were still more readers. My novels have been on the "paid" bestseller list many times because readers cheered across Twitter and Facebook that they liked what they read. :)

A BIG 'THANK YOU' to all READERS!

Amazon and Avid Readers made my dream come true. I've sat so close to Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, and Iris Johansen that I feel I may just have hope of a writing career. These are writers I’ve read for years, never believing that I could sit beside them on the “paid” list. I didn’t count myself as a “bestseller” on free, even though my publisher said I could. But when I saw my name next to these great authors, I literally cried.

And yes, I’m riding that wave as far as I can. I refuse to look at the rocks below; I’m keeping my eyes on my goal: The New York Times® Bestseller List or bust, baby.

Someday I’ll be there. It may be my next novel, or it may be my twentieth, but I will make it! Thanks to you, my readers!

So, if you're wondering if Kindle Select is right for you, ask! I'll happily take the time to talk with you.

Until next time, happy reading and writing, my friends!

Carmen



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Tragedy...is it really awful, or do we gain knowledge from misfortune? #AmWriting #AmReading


Tragedy draws us closer to God, to family, to loved ones. We love reading novels and watching movies about tragic events, we cannot impede ourselves from rubbernecking an auto accident, we strain our necks to hear about another person’s calamity.

Why do we crave catastrophes? Oh, we say we don’t, but we certainly do. We desire the roller coaster of life, not the merry-go-round. Who wants to read about a faultless relationship, a perfect existence?


Maybe we read about other people's suffering, so that we can appreciate our circumstances in life.


Readers ask: “Why do all your characters experience such tragedy?”

Answer: See above.

Yes, you'll probably shed a tear when you read my novels, but I'll leave you with a smile. 



Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and I promise you I will answer.  If you’re curious about what I write, please visit my author page, where you can read all about my novels and short stories.  And hey, I’ll even give you a free book just for stopping by. 

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