Sunday, February 22, 2015

ANOTHER Update...on a previous post. Six Father figures, Three Mothers, One Family…

FIRST POSTED ON 9th August 2013....
It’s funny how families evolve. 
Try doing a family tree with six father figures and three mothers. 

Ok, one set are in laws. So that’s easy. Still…

I haven’t really been careless, but I have lost four ‘fathers’, misplaced one and I am keeping tabs on another. I have more luck with mothers. My mother in law, now ninety two,(93) but doesn’t know it, is doing well. My adopted mother and birth mother are both thriving.

Lost: Four fathers, who have left their legacy of laughter and love. Losing my adopted father and father in law in the same year taught us about grief, but the memories that remain are of happy times.

My adopted Mum remarried and introduced a wonderful ‘Grandpa’ into the lives of my children. They grew up with his love surrounding them. We are all richer for having known him and been blessed with his love. He passed away the day after his eightieth birthday. 

My ‘bonus’ family arrived via a letter from the Salvation Army. Discovering my birth mother, half sisters and their family is another story in itself… During a trip south to meet the family I was lucky to get to know and grow to love my birth mother’s husband. Sadly he passed away shortly after we met. Those few days were precious and a godsend. 

Misplaced: There hasn’t been a moment that seemed quite appropriate to ask my birth mother about my birth father… so he is still a mystery. Not lost, just misplaced. Perhaps one day I will learn more about who he was. 
UPDATE: I have spoken to my birth mother about my birth father. I have a name but am still to go through the process of searching for him. I am told though that he was at times, a stage hypnotist. So, there you go. Another sliver of information regarding one of my 'dads'. 
UPDATE JAN 2015
Exciting news. I have found my birth father, and we now keep in touch. I have also discovered a half brother and two sisters. So, it's been a great year already. 
Keeping track of: At the sprightly age of eighty six Mum remarried a young doctor eighty five years old. He is doing well. I care for Mum, while an aged care facility take good care of this ‘father’ for me!
UPDATE: Mum has turned 90 and is fine health. Her dear husband though is not so well. Mum now resides in the same aged care facility and they spend most of their time in each other's company. They cherish the four years they have shared.
UPDATE FEB 2015

Sadly my step father died last Saturday. He was laid to rest on Thursday, only days before his 91st birthday. 



 Rosalie Skinner, 
  author of 
The Chronicles of Caleath 


Hunted by alien assassins, haunted by ghosts,  homesick for a planet light-years away, Caleath’s quest is to survive and escape.

Friday, February 20, 2015

FIVE STAR REVIEW for EXILED: Books 1-4 and a chance to grab a BARGAIN


5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Series : Exiled books 1-4 2 February 2015
Verified Purchase
A beautifully written, very descriptive story of a complex tale combining both fantasy and science fiction, which is so full of act it certainly a real page turner. Full of wizards, witches, dragons and alien creatures sent to keep the main character, Caleath and his followers fighting to the very end of the series (1. Exiled: Autumn's Peril, 2.Exiled: Winter's Curse, 3. Exiled: The Legacy of Lathraine's Pledge & 4. Exiled: The Battle for Enderseer Hold). As soon as I finished one book I was straight into the next one.

The main character is secretive and as you keep reading you find he certainly has had a chequered past. It will make you question what it takes to be the "good guy"?

I loved this series of books and for all you fantasy, science fiction readers out there I hope you are up all night reading like I was.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sanctuary of Nine Dragons. by Christina Weigand.


Joachim banishes Brandan to prison island of Hyogo. His infant son, Prince Airyn disappears from his cradle. A chain of events is set in motion that will pit brother against brother, friend against friend, parents against children as Brandan and Joachim struggle for control of their sanity and their very lives.

With Brandan declared dead and his son missing Joachim sinks into despair and anger, where those close to him fear he may never return.

Is Brandan really dead and if he is, who is manipulating the Mantion and enemies of Crato?
Can Maeve save her country and her husband from the tentacles of evil pervading the land?


It is hard to believe a year has passed since Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons was released.
Congratulations Chris.


So, what has been the most rewarding part of your journey to having a series released?

So far there have not been a lot of sales, but there have been a few. So that means that there is

someone out there reading the books. I don’t do this to sell a lot of books, but to have someone’s life be changed because they read my book. I haven’t heard of that happening yet and I may never hear, but  just the thought that it could happen is enough reward.

You have some wonderful reviews. Would you like to share your favourite?

Reviewed by Sarah Heath March 30, 2014

By TWJ Magazine

Format:Kindle Edition

The last book of the Twelve Pillars series, The Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons, finally brings the story of the two kings of Ramajadinfull circle. In The Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons, the reader will find a story of hope and ultimate sacrifice. This adventure of Brandon and Joachim contains exiles, kidnappings and a loss of faith, all of which culminates into an epic final battle between good and evil.

Sidramah, the evil god, still has a strong hold on Brandon’s heart, and only a great sacrifice will free him from the bonds. Joachim, unwilling to give up the hope that one day Brandon will return to Asha, must abide by the Council’s decision to exile his brother. When news reaches Joachim of the likely death of  Brandon and the kidnapping of his young son, Prince Airyn, he blames himself and neglects his country. Will the family’s next generation make the same mistakes as those before them, and is it too late for Brandon and Joachim to mend their relationship?

I love that this book focuses on the guardian dragons and the role they play in restoring Joa’s Faith in
Asha’s love and his master plan. The Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons is a beautiful, moving ending to
Christina Weigand’s Twelve Pillars series, but I hope she doesn’t just stop there. The adventures of the next generation of the royals of Crato and Mahorg need to be told, and I can’t wait to read about them!

(TWJ Magazine strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and
respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews
focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads, B&N, and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)

5.0 out of 5 stars Get Swept Away in a Mystical Realm! March 26, 2014

By Lorraine Carey

Format:Kindle Edition

Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons is book 3 from author Christina Weigand in the continuing story of Palace of the Twelve Pillars and The Palace of Three Crosses. In a different land, a different realm the mystical kingdom, Crato is threatened along with the safety of the royal family Queen Maeve and King Joachim.

Here the twins Joachim and Brandon are pitted against each other as Brandon has turned to the dark
side and his brother is forced to strip him of his powers.He is banished to a far away island. On route to the island, Brandon’s ship has crashed in a violent storm and a family magic amulet turns up on the beach. Evil still lurks and devastation even with the report of Brandon’s death. Is Brandon’s magic so
powerful it can survive his death and is he really dead? This novel is wonderfully written as it will take you to a mystical realm far away with hints of medieval themes along with a good clean christian tone. I highly recommend this novel for middle grades to young adults. I loved the feeling of being swept away as Weigand has the ability to transport her readers to special realm with fantastical characters 
They are fantastic reviews. You couldn't ask for better. Congratulations...

What has been the highlight of your marketing and promotion during the release of The Twelve Pillars?

Doing the interviews. They have made me think about things that may not have occurred to me during the writing, editing and publishing process. There have been a lot of interesting questions and it has been a lot of fun answering them and sharing them with my readers.
Interview questions make you think, don't they. Sometimes you learn things about yourself, while sharing information with others.

No journey is without pot holes, what is most embarrassing thing that has happened to you as a writer?

Probably the most embarrassing thing is missing a deadline or forgetting to get info to people that 
agreed to help promote my books.
So glad to know I am not alone with those times of ... what were we talking about.. oh yeah, forgetfulness... 

What has inspired you the most, to keep writing?

When I was working on the trilogy, the thing that kept me going was seeing where the story was going.

I’m a pantster so I never know where the story is going before I write it, so seeing where the characters are going to take me is always a wild ride. Now again I am working on a series so between God’s nudging and the characters leading I am kept moving through the story. The story needs to be told.

It is a wonderful feeling to have a story that needs, demands, to be told. Makes writing a pleasure. 

What is your five year plan?

Like my writing, my life is a take it as I go proposition. By the end of this year I would like to see at least one of the books in my new series visiting publishers. I have a Bible study that is available in ebook format, so one of my goals for the year is to get it into print.

I guess if I had to pick five year goals it would be to finish my current series and get it published.

Good luck with your plans. I am sure you will achieve them. Finishing a series is always a great feeling. Getting published... well, that's the icing on the cake.

What are you working on now?

As I already mention I am currently working on a new series that will follow the course of the history of Christianity starting at the end of Jesus’s days on earth and culminating during our current times. It is a YA Christian fantasy that my dragons will be a part of. I am also co-writing a middle grade fantasy series with my granddaughter and a beginning chapter book with my teen daughter and granddaughter.

Writing a novel with your granddaughter and daughter would be lovely. So good to know they both share you love of storytelling.

Thanks for being on my blog.

Rosalie

Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.




When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, or with the church theater group, volunteering at her daughter’s school helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.  

Twitter: @CAWeigand
Email: palaceofthetwelvepillars@gmail.com

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Vergöttern Tale or Eluart's Tale.. writing a short story...


Writing a short story is not easy, but the hardest part is choosing a title and creating a cover.

At least that is what I am finding.

A Vergöttern Tale or Eluart's Tale, deciding on which title ends up being used, will be available as a free read very soon. To promote the series  
during and after a blog tour I am preparing for.

The release of ADRIFT: The Fragile Sun is 

creeping closer. It is already able to be 

PRE-ORDERED 

through Museitup and Amazon

.
Meanwhile I am preparing to do a workshop, sit on a panel of authors talking about publishing, AND launch the print version of 
EXILED: AUTUMN'S PERIL 
at Coffs Harbour's 
in MAY 2015.

It is shaping up to be a busy year!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Coffs Harbour Grassroots Writers Gathering... coming soon.



MAY 8th, 9th, 10th 2015
Join in the fun of the 
  Only $25 for a weekend of workshops.

This will be a hands-on, practical weekend of workshops for the beginning, the aspiring and the published writer … something for everyone.
We will provide practical ‘doing’ workshops for everyone from school students to the senior members of the community who enjoy writing.
The Weekend is called the ‘Grassroots Writers’ Weekend’ to indicate the workshop, ‘back to basics’ nature of the event.
This event follows on from the highly successful inaugural Grassroots Writers’ Weekend organised by the Dorrigo Writers’Group and held in Dorrigo over the Anzac weekend in 2014.
Registration is only $25.
Accommodation and optional dinners are extra.
The 2015 Grassroots Writers’ Weekend is hosted by the Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group.

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Last year the Dorrigo Writers' group hosted the inaugural Grassroots Gathering. A wonderful weekend. Inspiring, supportive and fun.  Now Coffs Harbour writers group is hoping to emulate their success.
Numbers are limited so be sure to register early.
See you there.
:)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Model Railway Exhibition... Another kind of Fantasy.

Model Railway Exhibition: Annual Model Railway Exhibition put on by the Coffs Harbour Railway Modellers at the showground.

Thanks to Gemima Harvey from the Coffs Coast Advocate for the album.

Hope you all had a great day and enjoyed the layout as much as the team from Coffs Harbour Railway Modellers.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nanowrimo Goal Achieved? What did you get out of this year's NANO?

First year I have entered this adventure. It has been terrific to have the motivation and support to get a novel written within a specific time.
Now I have a story ready to flesh out and edit.
Wonderful to have shared with other authors and have the Muse awake and active.
Special thanks go to Wendy Laharnar for her prompting... a few swift kicks when things were going slow, helped immensely.
Also to Robyn Veugen for arranging several Write In's where words were written and support shared. A great motivational tool.
And to Leonie Henschke and Robyn Veugen for making the week long writers' retreat in Noosa a brilliant success and enjoyable time away.
Now, to work on the manuscript and think about what to write next.

Congratulations to all who have participated in NANO this year. Even if you didn't get the whole 50k words down, I know those who have worked on their writing will have found the experience worthwhile. Well done.

I think for some there are a few hours left. It's Australia and there are only a few hours left before December rolls in.

If you have dropped in, please feel free to talk about your NANO achievements in the comments. And again...Congratulations... well done. Any word written towards NANO is a bonus.