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Cover Reveal! The Princess Rebellion is Now Available for Pre-order

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I am pleased to announce that The Princess Rebellion, the second book in The Kyroibi Trilogy, has been published to Amazon and the Kindle Edition is now available for pre-order! Which of course, brings us to the cover! Once again, I was fortunate enough to have original art by Missy Sheldrake. This time around, Missy had three leading ladies to contend with and I think she did a great job of portraying them all. So without further ado, here is the Kindle Edition cover for The Princess Rebellion, along with the synopsis:

Although Ellie always wanted to save the world, she never wanted to rule it. But as the true master of the Kyroibi and heir to the Korghetian throne, she’s now expected to do both. Worse, she’s also expected to play nice with the other leaders of the Ghowrn Alliance, including the overbearing Prince Gevandar, who sees her as nothing more than a weapon to unleash upon the Huptsovian Empire.
When imperial ships are discovered lurking in Ghowrn space, war becomes inevitabl…

I've Been Doing This For How Long?

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This November marks the fifth anniversary of the publishing of The Eyes of The Sun.


To say that this is a pretty big deal for me would be an understatement. On the contrary, I'm blown away by a good number of things this represents. Not the least of which would be the overwhelmingly positive response I've received for my crazy ramblings. This isn't false modesty. I'm rather proud of all my creations and personally, I think they're rather good. But for other people to also share in the enjoyment of that which my brain has decided to let loose gives me indescribable happiness.
And if I can continue being immodest for a moment, I have to say, five years ago, as I was preparing to publish what would be my first indie ebook ever, I had no idea I'd have the ability to do it again. And yet here we are, five years later, and I've got two completed series and another half done, three standalone novels, three short stories, and more ideas in my head than I can possib…

Vampires, Robots, and now Worms

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As I've been spending the bulk majority of Summer Brain 2017 ™ lamenting my inability to keep track of all things bloggish, it seems counterproductive that I'd not only decide to finally brand this site with its own dedicated domain, but also start a whole new website. Laughable right? Even more absurd would be if for some reason I decided to make a site that required committing to a schedule and making sure I had a sizeable readership who would be interested in what I'm promising.
By now you've been reading my grumblings long enough to know where this is heading. 
Introducing Bookworms Discover, a website dedicated to bringing highly underrated books into the spotlight with once a month free book promotions. 
This site will be something of a hybrid that falls between the daily promotional newsletter sites and large but infrequent events. The biggest difference however, will be that my focus won't be on the big names, bestsellers, or highest rated books. Instead, …

New Signed Paperbacks Available

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Hi folk! Notice anything? Like the new layout and the brand new dedicated domain name? Vlad and I decided it was time for a makeover. Well, I said a revamp, but I was reminded that I used that joke back when I introduced him as my mascot. 
It's not 100% perfect yet. I've got a lot of tweaking to make things look a little sharper, a little sleeker, a little more like the mashing up of a whimsical author and her fifty foot tall vampiric killbot.
Which brings me to the point of the post. Vlad's been keeping watch over the stock and he's reminded me that I haven't done any updates to let people know I've got new books available. Lots of books. 
So I have done just that. I have updated the bookseller's page on this site. If you're interested in helping me make room in my office for other things, or you would actually like to own a signed copy of one of my books, click here to learn more.
Thanks for reading and look for another update soon-ish.

Confessions of a Failed Blogger

Way back at the beginning of May, I made a post with a short survey asking folks what they would want to see on this blog. The idea was to get ideas for content and have a feature at least once a week. Well, it is now the middle of July and as you can see, I've done nothing.

I'm simply not a blogger.

I tried. I had ideas. I had themes. I even had some posts that would give you an extra little bit of insight into how my brain works. But what I don't seem to have is time.

Now, this is not the end. I'm keeping the blog. For now, at least, while I try to decide if it would be better to have a website (because, you know, those aren't work or anything). I'll continue to host indie book launches, interviews, and promos just as I have in the past. But you probably won't see too many hot sports opinions from yours truly.

Except this one: it is said that an author "needs" a web presence, either in the form of a regularly maintained blog or a flashy website.…

What Am I Even Doing?

Every so often, I toy with the idea of setting up a proper website. There's a lot I'd like to do and this blog has a couple of limitations. Not to mention the fact that I am a sporadic blogger at best. But a website is an expense and I'm not in a position to be adding extra expense to my life, so instead I'm​ considering a few regular features that will keep things fresh and keep me in something of a regular blogging schedule.

Which is why I would like to ask for your input. Below is an outline of some weekly features I'm thinking about adding, followed by a quick survey to gauge interest. I would appreciate any input you are willing to give.

Once a week blog features:

Crap about Christina
Okay, I probably won't call it that, but basically a once a week update on what I'm working on, any big news I might have, or what I ate for breakfast. Basically a semi-narcissistic post that on most weeks will likely be two sentences about how my brain isn't cooperati…

A Space Girl from Earth: Cover Reveal and Special Announcement

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Hi Everyone! Today I'm excited to finally, after years and years of talking about it, introduce you to Princess Robot Commander! That is, I'd like to introduce you to Ellie Whitmore, a young woman who is more of a curiosity than she'd ever thought, which is saying something! 
For this series, I've commissioned artwork from Missy Sheldrake for the covers. I wanted something that captured the retro feel of the paperbacks I used to devour in my youth, and I think she captured the spirit of those covers better than I could have ever imagined. Now, because of the detailed artwork Missy made, I decided we needed to do two separate covers. One for the paperback, and one for the Kindle edition. First, here's the paperback cover:


As you can see, there is a LOT of detail here. From the blue-painted tips of Ellie's fingernails right down to the Easter Egg laden doodles on her Chucks (including a robot who might be just a tad familiar to readers of this blog), the image e…

Dangerously Beautiful Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Today I'm spreading some indie love for some lovely indies who happen to be authors of all things love. Ember and Amanda are not just fabulous authors, but also two of the nicest gals you'll ever meet, and they happen to have new books to celebrate. So without further ado...

✰ Welcome to the Dangerously Beautiful Facebook Hop, organized by Ember-Raine Winters and Amanda Siegrist to celebrate their new releases, Beautiful Sacrifice (Pride & Honor - Book 2) and The Danger With Love. ✰

To help celebrate, 23 amazing Authors and Bloggers are joining us for some fun! Discover your new favorite blogger and share the love of books, or find a new author with a great story just waiting for you to read! Hop around to each page for games, fun, and prizes. You won’t be disappointed! Romance fun at its finest!

Since we're celebrating romance, I'm giving away one Kindle edition box set of my sci-fi romance trilogy, The Eyes of The Sun. For a chance to win, just visit…

The Not So Average Girl Next Door

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In sci-fi, especially young adult sci-fi, there are tons of tropes. One of the most overplayed is the average and completely unremarkable protagonist suddenly emerging from their ordinary and bland shell to be the chosen one who saves the day. There has to be. Right? Don't we all want a character we can identify with?

Maybe.

What's ordinary? What's average? Me? I'm about as average as it gets until I stand up and reveal to the world that I'm a literal giant. I absolutely cannot relate to those tiny little spitfire protagonists who stand all of five feet four.

And so, I don't write average. Well, there was Renee Ward in Kind of Like Life. Renee was described as average, but she wasn't chosen to save the world. Lucy, from The Eyes of The Sun, was a little less average having grown up in the shadow of DC, with an unusual appearance, and suffering from poor little rich girl syndrome. She doesn't save the world, but Lucy was definitely of the chosen one vari…

#SIAFBB Spring Forward Book Attack Is Coming soon!

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Hey everyone!Look what's coming!!!

Support for Indie Authors is proud to announce our first Free & Bargain Book Event of 2017. For three days, beginning on Friday, March 31st, we will be featuring more than 100 free and 99¢ Kindle ebooks by our independent author members in a wide variety of genres. 
Some books will be available all weekend, but some will be sneaky ninjas, only showing up for one day. Me? I've got a grand total of SEVEN books in this event, SIX of which will be FREE. But... I'm not telling you which ones or on what day. You'll just have to go to our EVENT WEBSITE each day and find out. ;)
Want to make sure you don't miss this or future sales events? Sign up for our newsletter and we will send out an email on the morning of the event reminding you to stock up on your spring reading. 

As always, thank you for supporting our Indie Authors! See you Friday!

Hangin' Out with Calvin Westbrook: Urban Fantasy Author

Today I’m continuing with my streak of conversational indie author interviews. My latest victim… ahem, guest, I mean, is LGBTQ Urban Fantasy author, Calvin Westbrook. I sat down with Calvin to discuss his books, his love of the supernatural, and finally reveal to the world exactly how it is genies are allowed to grant wishes.  
Christina McMullen: Hi, Calvin! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Let's go ahead and get the easy stuff out of the way: tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Calvin Westbrook: Hi Christina, It is my pleasure to talk to a fellow author. My name is Calvin Westbrook, and I mostly write supernatural urban fantasy with hints of homosexual romance.

I published my first eBook on Amazon back in 2012, after I had some brief experience with FictionPress and Smashwords. Before I decided to publish my original work, I wrote several pieces of fan fiction based on the Harry Potter series, and various other franchises such as the UK version of Being Hum…

Hanging Out with Missy Sheldrake: Author, Illustrator, & Free Book Giver Outer!

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Hello Everyone! Welcome to the last day of Indie Author Spotlight 2017. This time, we've saved the sparkliest for last. Missy Sheldrake is the author and illustrator of the Keepers of the Wellsprings fantasy series. Her latest book, Call of Hywilkin, is out today and is the fourth in the five(?) book series (more on that question mark below). In honor of her new release, Missy is being incredibly generous and giving away the first three books in her series for free. I sat down with Missy earlier in the week and talked about this series, writer life in general, and fifty foot tall rainbow fairies. Sound interesting? Well read on!



Christina McMullen:Hi Missy! Thanks for subjecting yourself to my interview process. Let’s start by getting all of the generic information out of the way. Tell us who you are, what you do, and why today is so gosh darn important.
Missy Sheldrake: I'm Missy Sheldrake, author/illustrator of the Keepers of the Wellsprings series. I write things and I draw …