Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress Blog Tour with Christine Schulze

I am so excited to be a part of this tour because I read and reviewed Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress last year and LOVED it! So I jumped at any chance to share again how much I enjoyed this fantasy romance! Today, author Christine Shulze is sharing an interesting guest post so I hope it tempts you into buying yourself a copy....

Golden Healer: the First of Many

I consider it quite the compliment when readers and reviewers call me a “prolific writer”. It is true that I have written and do write much and have many books floating out on the market these days. However, since it was only published last year in ebook form and only a couple months ago in paperback form, most probably don’t realize that Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress, was my first truly accepted manuscript, the first book I signed a contract for. I would like to take a moment to talk about this road to publication.
It began when I was a freshman at Southwestern Illinois College, the best school in all the world (well, at least until Gail Fleming retired; do read about her in The Gailean Quartet). I had recently sent off a couple of submissions, and one of them came back to me with a positive reply, an acceptance for The Prism of Ashlei (first in The Gailean Quartet, and since self-published by myself). The catch? They weren’t a traditional publisher. They wanted me to pay an exorbitant sum to publish my book. A sum I wanted so much to pay but, in the end, my stubbornness gave way and I turned the offer down. I was better than that. I could get published by someone else without paying.
Still, I was pretty down-trodden; thank God that, at just the right time, not long after, I got an acceptance for another of my books by Writers-Exchange. Yep, you guessed it: Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress. Now, at first, I didn’t remember sending this book at all. Then, gradually, it returned to me. On the website, the published had mentioned liking both Christian stories and vampire stories. It seemed the perfect fit, and I guess it was. After assuring this publisher didn’t want me to pay anything for my work, I signed my first contract.
The road to publication would be a long one. Besides edits, Sandy Cummins, the publisher, was making a lot of changes to the website, ebook formats, and such at the time to make everything top-notch. So there were loads more delays than Writers-Exchange usually has.
While waiting, I published various stories with ezines like Kalkion, published in anthologies with Victory Tales Press and others, and also self-published some of my books. This was not an admit to self-defeat. It was a personal journey, one which involved using all I was learning from my editors to make the books as best I could. Plus, I got to design my own covers; of course, I have matured in this area as well, and many of my covers have received recent make-overs. Furthermore, I didn’t have to pay a dime, except, of course, to order copies of my books.
I also discovered Old Line Publishing, published Bloodmaiden with them, and signed on a couple more books with them, including Lily in the Snow and Other Elemental Tales, which will be released this October. I did many blog tours, started sending books out for review, and joined Goodreads, the best site to host book give aways, make connections, and garner reviews. My list of reviews on Goodreads is steadily growing, and, God-willing, will continue to.
Finally, three years later, we were at the final steps for Golden Healer, and in 2010, the ebook came out, followed up a year later by the print version. Now, I am in the process of soon releasing both an ebook and print version with Writers-Exchange for The Chronicles of the Mira. Two books with them, loads of other books elsewhere on the web, and still going.
Golden Healer, Dark Enchantress was the first book I ever signed a contract for. While it was the first accepted, it was not the first published; however, its unique story and world is quickly gaining popularity and great reviews. If you’re hooked like so many other readers, please hop over to Goodreads and read the reviews for yourself, and then, maybe, just maybe, you’ll consider starting the adventure for yourself.

He leaned his head close to my ear and whispered, "Are you afraid?"
Chrystine had had more reason than any other time of her life, even when facing one of the rampages of her drunken father. But she wasn't afraid. And that was odd, because although Aaryn, the person asking her that question, was her best friend, he was also a vampire. In fact, she was surrounded by hundreds of vampires. But they weren't your typical vampires. They were Stregoni Benefici, the good kind. Nor was Chrystine your typical elf. She was the Golden Healer, and she alone could save the Stregoni Benefici from the Dark Enchantress. But can Chrystine figure out the Dark Enchantress' secret and defeat the evil vampires without destroying the good ones as well, without destroying Aaryn? Can Chrystine unravel the dark secret Aaryn keeps so carefully guarded and show him that by choosing to serve good instead of evil, he is still capable of being loved and his past is forgiven?

And the companion story to this amazing story!

This short but powerful novella chronicles the early life of Aaryn, who, in mourning after the recent death of his wife, Chrystine, reflects upon the girl whose name and healing nature made him fall in love with that wife at their first meeting—the other Krystine, his first love, a lovely, innocent, child-like Veela. In remembering her, he recounts his early ventures—how he became the very first vampire; how he protected Krystine from the lusts of the Princes of Night and struggled to protect her from himself; how he was forcibly drug into a mission in search for the One who could overthrow the evil of the Enchantress who created him—and how all these tales and misadventures weave together to tell the story of a love so beautiful and yet sorrowful, brimming with both hope and hopelessness. A tale of mystery, adventure, and passion, Aaryn's story echoes the unbreakable love and eternal bond between two immortals. Truly, this is the saddest vampire tale ever told.

Book Links
Dark Enchantress: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Tears Of A Vampire Prince: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

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Christine E. Schulze has been creating books since she was too young to even write them in words. Her collection of YA fantasy books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books which can all be read separately but which weave together to create an amazing fantasy. Her fanatsies also incorporate many other genres, such as Christian fantasy, romance, and even a spark of horror at times. She hopes to inspire readers throughout the world with these books by publishing in both traditional and electronic formats to make them available to all readers. Christine has published several stories with Calliope and Kalkion magazines and is an active member of the WEbook online writing community. She has also published several Christian/fantasy books which are available at various online retailers, as well as publishing several eBooks via Writers-Exchange. Her latest and most exciting venture includes her publications with Old Line Publishing: Bloodmaiden and Tears of a Vampire Prince: the First Krystine. She also anticipates her upcoming publication with Old Line, Lily in the Snow, as well as releasing The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange in both paperback and electronic forms.  Christine currently lives in Belleville, Illinois in her first and most thrilling apartment.