Thursday, December 29, 2011

New chapters

Two new chapters for "For Life" have been submitted to FineStories. Updated: Ch. 06 has been submitted at 10:25 p.m. PST and it should be up by tomorrow at the latest.
If you'd like to know how I see Danielle, here is a picture of her. I hope it won't ruin it for you, but this is how I see Danielle Davenport and Wolfgang Jaeger.
In these two chapters, the heat is rising between the two and Danielle is beginning to believe something really is different about their new mechanic.
She's also aware it appears as if she, outside her little brother, Davey, is the only one who notices Wolfgang's penchant for staring.
She gets swamped with work at the Davenport's Auto & Stop 'n' Shop when the female folk of East Elmhurst, Queens are suddenly getting all their auto and shopping needs at Danielle's father's place. In the meantime, Wolfgang decides to ramp it up a notch...
I hope you'll like Ch. 04 and 05. Please let me know?
Thanks for reading my fantasies and ttfn! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Story for a New Online Account & Other Misc. Stuff

It's pretty early for me at the moment, 10:45 a.m. PST in SoCal since I didn't get to sleep until 5:16 this morning, so if I there are some grammatical or spelling errors in this post, I'm sure you'll forgive. :-)
I've just opened a new account with a brand-new online stories site called, "Fine Stories" and am writing under Catharina's FS. I've just published a brand-new paranormal romance/urban fantasy story there entitled, "For Life".

Here is the synopsis:
A young woman's life is turned upside down when a strange and mysterious stranger drives up to her father's gas station in East Elmhurst, Queens, and he decides to apply for the position as mechanic. He's as unusual as his very German name, Wolfgang Jaeger, and she feels there's something about him that no one else seems to notice. Slowly but surely she discovers the frightening truth when she realizes Jaeger in English means "hunter" and she's become the hunted. 

I intend to simultaneously publish another paranormal romance/urban fantasy in the next coming days, entitled "Charming Pixie". I'm putting the finishing touches on the first few chapters as we speak.
I've also contacted a wonderful artist in Moscow who had created a beautiful piece of artwork that's perfect for the eventual book cover for my "Charming Pixie" e-book once it's finished. Thank you again, Tanya, for the honor of using your art.
All my none-erotic fiction will be published at Catharina's FS for your reading entertainment. All I ask is that you let me know, either by commenting here or by sending me feedback from the site, how you feel about the stories.
Oh, and Equilibrium: Slayer's Heart will be reviewed,

Blogger Review dates for Equilibrium: Slayer's Heart:

Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews: January 28, 2012
Author Interviews with Y. Correa: February 19, 2012
Bitten By Paranormal Romance: To be determined
There will be book giveaways at all three, so I hope you all will take the time to follow these wonderful bloggers {simply click on the names above} so you'll have a chance to win a paperback copy with matching bookmarker of Equilibrium: Slayer's Heart.
Anyway, that's it for now. If you like, you can sign up as a member of my official site {the button is lower on the left sidebar here}.
It's fast and free, and you get 60% off of all my published e-books when they're published!
At any rate, I hope to hear from you soon!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

How Ebook Buyers Discover Books

An interesting piece by Mark Coker of Smashwords.


"As of this writing, 206 people answered the survey. Click the image to enlarge it.

Key findings, plus my observations:

1. The most-selected answer was "Recommendations from fellow readers on online message forums, blogs and message boards," with 29% of respondents choosing this. By contrast, only 4% selected, "Personal friend/family member recommends it to me." I think this is fascinating, because it implies readers might trust the collective wisdom of strangers and online acquaintances more than they trust the recommendations of immediate friends and family. At the risk of placing too many eggs in this basket, remember 71% selected something else.

2. The second most common answer was, "I look first for my favorite authors," coming in at 18%. This makes sense. As I mention when I present my Seven Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success talk, the author is the brand and if the author can earn the trust and loyalty of readers, readers will return to that brand for their next read. Readers in this group may also be more risk-averse. One respondent commented, "I'm at a point in life where I mostly stick with authors I already know and like. Why waste time and money on something I may not like?"

Read more at the link:
How Ebook Buyers Discover Books

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Equilibrium II: Rebirth Release and Equilibrium: Slayer's Heart to be featured

The second book to the Equilibrium urban fantasy / paranormal romance series has gone live on both Smashwords and Amazon. I'm blogging this at 1:22 a.m. so it's kind of short but hopefully sweet.

Also, I've received confirmation from Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews (see button at the bottom left sidebar) that Equilibrium: Slayer's Heart will be featured on her blog on January 28, 2012! This is exciting news because, face it, I need the exposure. There will also be a giveaway of a digital copy of the e-book.

I know this is hastily written, but this post will be edited once I get my head on straight since it's already so late as it is, but I just wanted to blog this info while it's still fresh and before I forget!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Book trailers Equilibrium: Slayer's Heart, Rebirth, and Of Vinegar and Honey

I've finally gotten around to cutting book trailers for my books. It's been a long time coming, I know, but here they are! (right sidebar, lower half)
I'm also, simultaneously, working on putting the finishing touches to the second book of the Equilibrium series entitled, "Equilibrium II: Rebirth". It's release date has been postponed as you can see on the counter to your left.
It's new release date is December 17, 2011.
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Working on different projects at the same time while battling a cold!

I'm going to try my best to keep up with this blog, in between writing, of course. At the moment, I'm struggling with a very nasty cold and it makes writing a little difficult.
Anyway, I've already proofed, edited, and rewritten several parts to Of Vinegar and Honey, and have e-published them.
I'm working on Part 7, and I hope to have it done and published in the next few days. There are a total of twelve parts to this story so I still have a way to go, but when they're all e-published as separate parts, I intend to publish it in paperback book form, too.
Normally, these parts wouldn't take me so long, but as the title of this post says, I'm working on different projects at the same time while battling a particularly persistent cold.
I've opened and restarted Equilibrium II: Rebirth, too, since I've been receiving some inquiries when it will be available. I'm so sorry for lagging, but life got in the way of things and I had to postpone writing a little. Not very professional of me, I know, but at least I'm back to it.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope I can continue to look forward to your support.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Busy! Busy! Busy!

It's been a while since I've posted anything on this blog. Aside from the day-to-day distractions, I've been trying to decide what I would like to publish next, but that doesn't mean I haven't been writing.

In fact, I've written a brand-new short story for the's Halloween contest. It's set in medieval times, entitled, "Bewitching Hour". I'm not allowed to promote it until after November 20th, so it doesn't show who the story is written by. But if you have a SOL, paid account (only premium and paid memberships will have access to this story), you can look it up.

I'm also rewriting, proofing, and editing "Of Vinegar and Honey" , and offering it in a total of 12 parts of about 12-16,000 words per part. The first four, entitled, "Bitter Meets Sweet", "Darkest Before Dawn", "Quiet Before the Storm", and "Bittersweet" are already available via Amazon and Smashwords. I'm doing it this way because it's a very long story, and breaking it down in "parts" makes it an easier read on your e-reading device.

Well, I better get back to Part V(five)!


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Congratulations to the five winners

of the Bitten by Paranormal Romance book giveaway! Your books and matching bookmarkers have been mailed out to you on Friday, 7/1/2011! So keep an eye on your mailboxes!

I hope you'll enjoy reading Through Time Indefinite! If so, please tell a friend.

I hope, after you've read the book, you'll feel inclined to post a review either at my Goodreads, my Amazon, and/or my Smashwords sites.
Love! Love! Love!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Giveaway for 5 copies of Through Time Indefinite (paperback + bookmarkers)

Laurie at Bitten By Paranormal Romance has recently informed me that my book, Through Time Indefinite, will be reviewed soon.

In response to that, I have offered five(5) paperback copies of "Through Time Indefinite", and matching bookmarkers, for their June 13th, 2011 giveaway. Bitten By Paranormal Romance will choose the winners, so if you're interested, why not join as a follower there so you'll get the latest updates?

This is very exciting to me, and I hope to see you there!

Catharina Shields

My very first post for my new blog!

Although I have more blogs than I know what to do with, or should I say, I have more options for blogs than I know what to do with, I've decided to create a blogspot blog so I can hook it up to my Amazon Author's Page. I guess I kind of like to keep things going as much as I can.

So, here's to my first post on my brand-spankin' new blog, and I hope it won't bore the bejeezus out of you. At least you'll be up to date on what I'm doing!

Please bear with me as I get acquainted with this darn thing. As you can see, this is a project in progress so I hope you won't expect too much.