Feel the Thunder

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for this word from our sponsors. Well, not really, but I would like to ask you all for a bit of help.

Schreyer Ink Publishing is running a Thunderclap campaign for Open Minds, an anthology that I have a story in. We have 9 days to get 48 more supporters and I know we can do it.

18053318_10158611225740613_2134971717_o Open Minds features 6 authors, including me. The theme for this anthology was tolerance and acceptance. The stories are amazing, all of them.

We need your help to spread the word about this book. I think you should support this book because we need stories like this. We need stories that shine a light on acceptance in terms of race, religion, and gender/sexuality. We need to give these stories a platform to share their message because it’s a message that’s crucial right now as fear and mistrust runs rampant in our world.

I’ve included a sneak peek at the story I have included in this anthology:mixed up teaser

There will be more sneak peeks at the book launch on June 1st. You can join the launch here.

In the mean time please head over here and add your support to our Thunderclap campaign. You can add your Twitter, Facebook, and/or Tumblr account. Reblog this post, share the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Every person counts and we appreciate your support.

SURPRISE FREEBIE!!

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That’s right. Everyone can have a free book. And the offer is good for a WHOLE WEEK.

September 3-10, 2016 simply go to the link below, enter the coupon code, and the book is yours, FREE. No strings attached. No “first so many people”. No “promise to leave me a review” (though it would be nice if you could leave a review). Just free. Tell your friends. Spread the word. One free, no strings attached book.

So what are you getting? A copy of Rose Garden Book 1: Rose in the Dark. It is a light fantasy about a young woman who finds her voice and her backbone without the cliche of picking up a sword. She does pick up a shovel at one point though.

Why? Because Book 2 will be finished by the end of the year, with a little luck. Maybe I’m being sneaky and hoping you’ll like book 1 enough to give book 2 a try. Maybe? *sad puppy eyes* No. Actually, because I’m so excited that I’m past this dreaded writers’ block that I’m celebrating and I’m inviting you to celebrate too.

Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: BS68U
Expires: September 10, 2016

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/543865 – Click here to download the book. Smashwords provides the book in all e-reader formats. Simply select the one that works for your reader/app and away you go.

Please – reblog, share, point your friends this way, share the coupon link, spread the word.

Upcoming Author Appearances

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There aren’t enough days in the summer, not here in Winterpeg. So I find that my time from the beginning of May until the end of September books up quickly. This year is no different.

At the next rainy day I’ll be going next door (I work at the daycare attached to my son’s school) on my coffee break to read Nelly Bean and the Kid Eating Garbage Can Monster to my son’s class. The rest of my author appearances are more formal.

May 1st – Kids Help Phone Walk so Kids can Talk – Duckworth Center Gym, Winnipeg. This will be my second year at this event. If you are interested visit the Kid Help Phone website to sign up for the walk. Everyone is welcome and both the route and the Duckworth Gym are full accessible. I saw strollers and wheelchairs last year. I will be at one of the sponsor tables with my books and $2 from the sale of every paperback at the event will be donated to Kids Help Phone. As an added bonus, for every e-book sold online that day I will donate $1 to KHP. (The only exception is the cookbook, Recipes and Memories, which is actually by my mother and is always sold in support of St Boniface Hospital’s Palliative Care Ward).

May 7th – Winnipeg Public Library’s Author Fair – Millennium Library, downtown Winnipeg. This is my first year at this event, and I am extremely excited for this.

Event agenda:
11 am: Informal talks with selected local authors
1-2 pm: Set up for Fair (Set up your table)
2–4:30 pm: Book Fair (Carol Shields Auditorium, open to public)

I am really looking forward to attending the talks and to meeting as many people as I can at the fair in the afternoon. All of my titles will be available on this day.

May 13th – Springfield Ladies’ Group – Springfield Public Library (or new location, they are possibly moving). A wonderful lady at my church invited me to speak to her group about bullying and about my books. I have done fairs and street markets and flea markets before. I have done readings before. This will be my first time as a guest speaker. I’ll admit I’m a little nervous but if you have to do something like this for the first time, getting up in front of some really nice older ladies is probably the best way to ease into it!

June 17-19 – Summer in the City – Steinbach, Main St. Steinbach’s annual street fair looks to be a grand event again this year. Authors of Manitoba will be attending so along with my books you’ll be able to find books by a dozen authors from all over Manitoba. We’re expecting to have over 40 different titles for children, teens, and adults in seven or eight genres. New this year will be our first graphic novel and our first cookbook, plus an awesome guide to local useful plants.

Saturdays – I’m hoping to attend the Steinbach Flea Market in front of the Co-Op gas station Saturdays from 10-2 (ish), weather permitting, most weeks, from the end of May until they close down for the summer. Still looking to get some details on this one though. I’ll let you know.

If you would like me to speak at an event, or if you have crafters’ tables for rent at an event in Manitoba, please contact me. I’m always looking to get out and meet people. I also do school and library readings for kids of any age.

 

PIECES COVER REVEAL

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Long story about this cover. This is a novel, in part, about the pieces that make up community. The first idea for a cover was images of community, friends hanging out, a family at Christmas, etc, and each image was a puzzle piece. Cute, right? A jigsaw mosaic?

My graphic designer (who is also my talented and exceedingly patient sister) vetoed that. Too busy. Too difficult. The images will be too small.

Fine.

Second idea. A school photo of the main character with a jigsaw overlay and the pieces near the bottom falling apart. We tried it a few times. We couldn’t find the right image. Her expression was wrong. Everyone in my support team vetoed that idea.

Okay. Deep breath.

My sister came up with the idea of taking the first idea and omitting the jigsaw overlay. She made it look like Instagram instead. Or Pinterest. Only we still couldn’t get the right images. And it was too busy. And my husband thought it looked unprofessional, like a cover for a family memoir or a photo album.

After a ten minute squabble with my husband we finally talked a little about the book itself and he comes up with this idea of a shattered picture frame. A photo of the sisters’ hands, them holding hands, and the photo being in a broken frame on the floor.

Shit.

So simple. So exactly what I needed. And here’s why.

Rachel grabbed the framed photo from her bedside table and waved it at her mother. “She was my sister! My only sister.”

“That’s enough!” her mother screamed, lashing out with one hand.

The picture went flying and hit the only clear spot on the floor. The glass cracked. The frame split at the corner.

“Rachel, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

“Get out of my room!”

She hesitated, ready to say something more, but she turned away instead. As the door clicked shut Rachel dropped to the floor in tears. Carefully she picked up the broken frame. There was no saving the glass but the frame didn’t look too bad. Maybe some glue would fix it. I have to be able to fix it. As she pulled the photo out a piece of paper fell in her lap. With trembling fingers she picked it up and unfolded it.

So I talk to my friend and marketing guru about a photo of two girls holding hands, just elbows down, outdoors, summer-y. He says he has something and will dig through his old stock photos to find it for me. I get back to the computer that evening to a cover. Not a photo. A cover.

And damn if it isn’t the right cover.

I will take a moment to side-step the topic at hand and make a note about graphic designers. They only do what you ask them to do. When it came to making what I asked for, my sister did it exactly right. I just wasn’t asking for the right thing and I didn’t know what I wanted. I was the worst kind of client. So, cover artists out there, be assured, I paid her for the half dozen mock-ups she made for me because she spent a lot of time and effort trying to translate a cloudy vision into a clear reality.

Okay. So, this isn’t the first time I’ve paired up with this graphic artist, marketing guru, illustrator (and he cleans my computer too!). His name is Andreas Ganz and he illustrated my children’s book.

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Everyone who has picked up Nelly-Bean and the Kid Eating Garbage Can Monster at sales these last few months, even just to look, has commented on the quality of the illustrations. “Eye-catching.” “Cute.” “My grandson would love this.”

He’s currently illustrating a book for my editor, Angil Grafton and then he will be illustrating the sequel to Nelly-Bean and the Kid Eating Garbage Can Monster (titled Nelly-Bean and the Missing Bear).

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Drum roll please. An instant success. A cover for a best seller if I ever saw one. Here it is. Pieces, by Casia Schreyer. Cover by Andreas Ganz.

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The 400 Likes Contest

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CONTEST CLOSED
MarleneMcpherson and WiindRider Taiyang you have both won. Thank-you for leaving reviews on The Roses of Airon. Which book would you prefer a copy of?

As I type this my Facebook page sits at 398 likes. So I’m getting the 400 like contest ready. And the first detail I’m sure everyone is interested in is … PRIZES.

I will be giving away 4 (FOUR) copies of Reimagined (pdf copies) and 4 (FOUR) copies of Rose in the Dark (also pdf).

*Disclaimers – Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and any other site I use to advertise this contest have nothing to do with the contest and are not responsible for the prizes. Also, the books aren’t finished yet (I hit 400 likes a lot faster than I thought). Reimagined is very close – it’s just being edited and it needs a cover. Rose in the Dark is only half typed. I will record the winners and e-mail out the prizes BEFORE the books are made public.

HOW TO WIN

1) You must like my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/schreyerauthor
2) For one chance to win you can comment on this blog post, and not just a random comment, but a random comment, I want a silly, random plot twist for a YA fantasy novel.
3) For one chance to win you can download The Roses of Airon (a short story offered for FREE on smashwords – it’s the prequel to Rose in the Dark) and leave a review on smashwords or Amazon. The book can be found here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/504253

DRAW DATE

I will be drawing for the winners on January 20th, 2015.

Happy New Year

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So, 2015 has finally rolled around to my corner of the world. 2014 was a good year, and 2015 looks to be, well, busier, at least. Better will have to wait until the end of 2015 to be decided on.

2014 marked one year in my own house, we had my niece’s first birthday, my sister-in-law got married and announced her pregnancy, my son started kindergarten, I went back to work (and quit), I published a book, my cousin attempted suicide but is 5 months clean from cutting, my husband passed his first set of courses with his apprenticeship … yes, it was a good year.

2015 will mark my fifth wedding anniversary, my second year in my own home, the birth of my second niece or my first nephew, the publishing of two more novels (I hope) plus a collection of stories and poems and some workbooks on bullying … and who knows what surprises are waiting for me.

My list of writing resolutions, with a publishing timeline can be found here: https://casiaschreyer.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/writing-resolutions-2015/

Personal Resolutions:

* yell at my kids less
* get back in shape
* rediscover my silly side

So, whatever you have planned for 2015, I wish you the best of years. May the year be full of silver linings, rays of hope, helping hands, laughter and love, and the beginnings of peace between us all.

Anthology on Race

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This anthology is now being run by Schreyer Ink Publishing. All details remain the same.

Now what have I done? Here’s the Facebook Post, by the talented Ashlyn Forge, that started all this:

So I went to an article about the cop who shot Michael Brown, that he retired, and then I went to the comments section and saw that a LOT of people felt that ‘if black people were to disappear, crime would be solved almost over night. ENTIRE police stations would be shut down. The economy would improve.” etc. etc. etc. And then I thought…how about that? I ignored how badly I wanted to kick these idiots in the throat, and then I thought…what if…all races disappeared? Wouldn’t that just mean that another ‘sub devision’ in the white race would be oppressed? or woudl it magically transform to the TV america of the 1950s? Would women be the downtrodden? What would really happen?
So I challenge you… new story called “White America” Either no blacks at all, or no other races in America, WHAT happens? Good or bad. I’d of course like a realistic ‘it’s bad without others’ type deal, but no judgment, what’d happen?
And let me be clear, I do NOT support bigotry, and I don’t support any of these racists claim that blacks are responsible for all crime (I can’t believe people actually THINK like that). So fine, what’s your White America look like??

So I’m hijacking her idea (and giving her full credit) and expanding on it. What would your country look like without ethnic minorities? For Canada and US that means whites only, or does it? What would South Africa look like? Or the rest of Africa? Are whites a big problem there? What about the Middle East? Who disappears there?

Admittedly this is mostly science fiction-y type stuff – near or far future, some sort of war or virus or medical procedure, the question of “what if?” – but I would accept a fantasy world where two closely related cultures are at war, or the post war situation.

So, official guidelines:

Fiction and Non-fiction acceptable (so the rant about saving elephants, I’ll at least look at it). Short stories, novel excerpts, mock-articles, well-written rants, I’ll look at them all.
Length: At least 300 words, top it out around 10K. I’m not an official publisher per say so if you have something a little longer (like 11 or 12 k) drop me a line, I’ll at least look at it.
Cover: We’ll sort something out, there are lots of talented designers connected to NaNo where this originated.
Title: We’ll vote on something in February.
Who can Submit: Anyone.
How many stories will we take? Not sure yet. Let’s see how many come in and how long they are.
Due Date: February 28th 2015
Publication Date: Let’s aim for end of April?
Money: Royalty split with the amount varying depending on the number of accepted authors.

Story Content:
This is going to be a controversial book to say the least. The idea is to debunk the idea that America would go all peachy-keen if the Blacks were erased so we’re going for stories that reveal other sources of crime, who the new scape-goats are, what has changed and what hasn’t. I understand that there may be offensive material in the stories but we do want to avoid hate-speech.
Stories do not need to feature the deaths of the minority in your story, they can be shipped else-where if that’s what you choose to do. There are so many possibilities here and I’d like to see many of them explored.
Swearing and violence is acceptable – but again, avoid hate-speech.
We’re walking a fine line between speculative fiction and giving racists a platform for preaching and I’ll be very critical of every story that comes in.

Submit to lawn _ gnome _ lady at hotmail dot com (remove spaces and put in the @ and . in correct places, of course) and put Race Anthology Submission as the subject. Please submit pasted in the body of the email, no attachments, with a short cover letter at the top.
If you are accepted I will request a file from you so you won’t have to worry about your email provider messing up the formatting.

I’ll need a few volunteer readers to help me pick out the formatting and spelling errors once this all comes together.

I don’t know what I’m getting myself in to here but I get the feeling this is going to be a shit storm in the end. Pardon my language.

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