Thursday, May 14, 2015

EXILED: Autumn's Peril on the shelves at BOOK WAREHOUSE Coffs Harbour

Images from the book launch during the Grassroots Writers Weekend in Coffs Harbour... and photos of the book on the shelves in our local bookshop.

The display. Including flowers from family who couldn't be there, and books and cards from Wendy Laharnar. Another grassroot writer.

Yvonne and Rosalie introducing the book.

A display of mediaeval weaponry

Ray and Colin from Coffs Sword Club

On the shelves of the BOOK WAREHOUSE among the other fantasy novels

AND...on the front desk
Thanks to Museitup, Chris, Julie and the team at Book Warehouse Coffs Harbour and all those who have helped support the Chronicles toward this moment.

Friday, May 1, 2015

They are here!!! Paperback books arrive...EXILED: Autumn's Peril is in PRINT

With the book launch scheduled for next Saturday the excitement has increased now, to unprecedented levels. The books have arrived.
Safe and sound.
Despite heavy rain, flood warnings and not being home to greet them, they are now warm, dry and ready for their launch.

Opening the first of four boxes.
Safe and sound.

Map is clear and legible.

Back cover, inside, white space and font look good. 
 They look good enough to read... again!!!
Roll on Saturday.
With luck the rain will have washed itself away and next weekend will be fine and sunny, even if there is a winter chill in the air...Red Sparrow Tea company tea, cake, refreshments and champagne will add warmth to the event.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Paperback available. Exiled: Autumn's Peril is now in print.

PRINT copy of EXILED: Autumn's Peril

The book launch only a few weeks away. 
Books are ordered and on their way.
is going to be on hand with tea tasting.
Light refreshments, yummy cakes and finger food should be the perfect accompaniment to fill any crevessas while the hot tea should warm the cockles if the 9th May proves to be a wintery day.

I am busy working on my workshop notes for World Building and the panel discussion on Publishing, Ebooks and Self publishing.
The GRASSROOTS WRITERS' Weekend is already booked out. The program is amazing. The weekend should be a blast. Last year Dorrigo hosted a the inaugural weekend. This year Coffs Harbour Writers' Group is carrying on the tradition.

Preparations are going well and with the books now ordered and on their way my nerves have settled.

It is going to be fun.

I have even organised prizes and giveaways at the book launch, as incentive for people to attend. Does that sound desperate?

I am attending a book launch on Wed night, and there will be giveaways etc there. The author is with a mainstream publisher, with books on shelves and a marketing department behind her, so I don't think my incentives sound THAT desperate. ;)

I am a Grassroots Writer and happy with what I achieve. :)

To me the support and enthusiasm from my friends, readers, and the people I have met through my writing are important. They are the reason I write and work to help other authors.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

AGENT OF LIGHT by Kyla Phillips... where fallen angels meet shapeshifting pumas...

Vayne is a light elemental and bounty hunter for the supernatural world.  Her partners, Giovanni, a capricious fallen angel, and Donovan, a shape shifter with anger control issues, work with her during their rehabilitation. During the coldest winter Cincinnati has ever seen, the threesome run into a case where temporary, and violent insanity strikes powerful elementals seemingly at random. Vayne soon finds herself the victim instead of the hunter, and working on the wrong side of the conflict.  How can Don and Gio pull her back from the brink? How will she reveal the perpetrator and bring him before the chopping block?


Kyla, congratulations on the release of Agent of Light
Thanks so much Lady Rosalie. It has been a long process to get here.

Would you introduce your characters? I know readers will find them a fresh and interesting crew.

Well I have a cast of four main characters: Vayne Andrews, light elemental and head of the team; Donovan Cortez, shapeshifter and team rookie; Giovanni a fallen angel, and Saryll a jinni.

Which one would you choose to be, if it were possible?
Oh that’s a tough one.  I feel like I should say Vayne because she’s smart, strong, and the glue that holds a diverse group of wild characters together. Still the ability to change into different animals is one I couldn’t pass up if given the chance, so Don.

What made you choose to write paranormal fantasy?
Had to. I’m a character writer. All my writing starts with some unique, vibrant characters, and no ordinary world would be able to contain them.   Agent of Light started with the team. I pictured a puma sleeping on a window sill,  a jinni curled up in the closet, and a fallen angel lounging around. Then the question came, what kind of person could lead this bunch and Vayne was born.

What is your writing background?

I started writing in third grade when we got an assignment to create a myth. Mine dealt with how the Nile River was formed by the god Ra.  Ever since then I have loved writing about mystical creatures an far off worlds. I love writing Fantasy and Scifi with equal passion.  Agent of Light will be my first full novel to be published.

Being published is an exciting journey. Have you had any moments when you wanted to jump for joy or roll on the floor laughing? Even crawl into a corner and cry? It isn’t all a bed of roses. (I should get a demerit point for clich├ęs.)
Writing and editing this novel has taken me through more emotions than I thought I had. There were moments when I felt good. When I got a scene just right or got a smiley face back from my editor I was through the roof. My mom told me when she was beta reading it that she cried at certain scenes (not telling which ones) each time she read them.  There is no greater compliment to me than to know my writing touched someone emotionally.
Then there was the stress of trying to write a novel, work, and take care of family. When I started writing Donovan I tried to make him be a vampire because I always wanted to write a strong vamp character but he just didn’t feel right. I wrote ten chapters trying to force him into that type before I got so frustrated I wanted to scream.  I thought about giving up on the whole thing at that point but I knew Vayne and her bunch deserved better than that I so I started over and pushed through.

What are you plans from here? Are there any more Agent of Light books on the horizon?

I plan to write four Council of Light books featuring each of the main characters, going from Vayne to Don, Gio, and then Saryll.  I also have a SciFi novel that I’m working on now. My writing plate is full

Do you have any unusual marketing or promotion ideas?

I don’t know if this counts but I love libraries. My mother worked in a library and we always used to go at least once a week.  My plan is to visit as many as will have me to do meet the author talks. Starting in Akron, Ohio where I live down to Cincinnati, Ohio where the book is set, and branching off from there.

Libraries are a great place to start. I have found our local library to be very supportive. With book launches and workshops. They also loan ebooks now..

Thanks for being a guest on my blog.

Thanks for letting me ramble. And thanks for all your help shaping Agent of Light.

It has been fun working with your characters. They are indeed an unusual crowd.

Kyla became a SciFi/Fantasy addict at age three watching Doctor Who on late nights up with her mom. She discovered her love of reading and writing in the third grade reading Robert A. Heinlein and Piers Anthony and trying to create stories like her heroes.

Currently she lives in Ohio with her grandmother and her dog, Mya – named after a SciFi character. She is inspired by the musing of her fellow writers in the Entropy writing group and hanging out at Barberton Public Library.

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'. 
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.

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.


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