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How “Charmeine” lived?
Author of “Charmeine” the First Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series”
By Emily Guido
Being a Brand Spanking New Indie Author can have you running around in circles! However, when I wrote “Charmeine” I sat down with this movie going in my head and typed. I typed for a week straight staying up at one point, past 48 hours! I looked down at the word count and it was 100,000 K plus. I asked my husband who was a little taken aback at the demon sitting at the kitchen table tying away on my laptop, “How many words are in a novel?” He went to his computer and said, “Oh Emily… honey you have a novel!” By the time I was really finish with “Charmeine,” I was at 130,000 K plus.
When I pressed the ‘enter’ button on my laptop to send my file of “Charmeine” to Amazon, I had a lot of turmoil before that! Some things are better left unsaid, but you have to hear this story, it is just hilarious!
This novel, “Charmeine” I had no idea what to do with was done before Christmas 2011 and my family, not knowing what to get me, bought me three books on how to get a publisher! So being the good student that I am… (Oh forgot to tell you, I work full time at a College in Campus Life and Student Development and go to MBA school full time. I just got my BA in Business Administration in September of 2011.) I reached for my laptop and sent out over 70 something submissions to Paranormal Romance Publishers! Of which, maybe 10 wrote back and said, “Sorry…” you know.
Oh there was an Agent that wanted to publish “Charmeine,” but I would have to pay $3000 to $7000 depending on the launch I wanted to take… no way in Heaven or Earth could I afford that! I had no idea what I was getting into until I dived into the icy abyss of rejection.
So, I wrote this amazing, fun and heart-wrenching novel, and I was depressed as Hell! My head was spinning and my blood ran like ice through my veins thinking that “Charmeine” was dead before she lived! With a BIG glass of wine crying at dinner with my two gal pals, I lamented. One of my gal pals said, “Emily, you should publish “Charmeine” yourself as an eBook on Amazon.” I was so foggy with a wine-induced coma that I didn’t really think any more about it.
Later that night, at two o’clock in the morning, I wrote to an author I love! I asked her how in the Hell did she ever make it? I just knew the email was going into cyberspace never to get a response. I went to bed mourning “Charmeine” … Mary Shelley in Frankenstein was right on my mind, my creation was dead and it hurts to deal with that pain! My two star-crossed lovers, Charmeine and Tabbruis would not live and it physically pained me because I love those two kids:
When I awoke with a massive, torrential storm going on in my head, I went to my laptop to do some homework I had been avoiding. I saw the email from her! I yelled at my husband and we both sat with wide eyes reading her email! She was so awesome that I started to cry. She was giving me, an insignificant no one, a ton of great advice!
The fur started to fly and “Charmeine” and “The Light-Bearer Series” U.S. Copyright; a Royalty paid book cover, ISBN number, “Charmeine” needed formatted in all formats (i.e. ePub, HTML, and PDF). I had to EDIT “Charmeine” to a fine point. Editing… the bane of my existence… psychological torture; correcting glaring grammar problems is just about the worst pain there is. I did my best and “Charmeine” still has editing problems! Thanks be to God for Carly and Kristina my lovely and talented Beta Readers! They read “Charmeine” and thought it was worth working on for me! They are editing “Charmeine” and my second novel “Ransom” for me with a fine point!
Not knowing the tough road and uphill battle there was still in front of me; “Charmeine” was going to be sent out there! I sent my passion, my obsession really, my novel “Charmeine” off to Amazon with a click of an “ENTER” button…
In conclusion, if there is anything I learned as a new ‘indie’ self-published writer, is to get an Author email, Author Facebook page, an Author Blog, an Author Twitter account, an Author Goodreads page, an Author Google Groups, an Author LinkedIn account… get the drift, Social Media is a MUST! You have to promote your book! Go to blogs in your genre and ask them to review your novel or feature you in some way. If I get a ‘no’ from an inquiry from a blog, go on to the next. Be good to yourself and make friends with the other Authors and Reviewers out there, you will be glad you did! There are some real ANGELS, out there!
Book Synopsis: Can romance develop between a heavenly Light-Bearer and a hellish vampire Blood-Hunter?
Tabbruis is a Blood-Hunter, he drinks blood to survive. Over millennia Tabbruis has wondered the Earth alone aimlessly living through many historical events.
Charmeine just came to the Earth in 1997. Little did she know her destiny was to be Queen of all the Light-Bearers?
When Tabbruis meets Charmeine the attraction is immediate and passionate. They are polar opposites and clash together in a strongly romantic and dramatic way. When she meets Tabbruis, Charmeine’s powers as a Light-Bearer, one who throws lightning, is triggered and grows exponentially.
Charmeine and Tabbruis soon find out they were made by God for each other; however, on the day God cast Lucifer out of Heaven, they were split up by some mistake. Charmeine sacrificed herself to save her Tabbruis but they were sent to Earth as total opposites and in different times. Tabbruis never remembered Heaven, Charmeine or their child. Until he met Charmeine, he did not know he was the King of Darkness and destined to be her Husband on Earth as he was in Heaven.
Once Tabbruis and Charmeine proclaim their love for one another, they have to battle their way to freedom from the evil forces on Earth.
Where to find/buy the Book:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/charmeine?keyword=charmeine&store=allproducts
Enraged, Tabbruis threw a punch at the blood-hunter and knocked him across two car lengths. The blood-hunter turned and with superhuman speed knocked Tabbruis into another car, denting the door. Growling with a roar, Tabbruis grabbed the blood-hunter’s arm, spun him around and pinned his fist behind his back. The blood-hunter bent down and kicked Tabbruis, throwing him up into the air and Tabbruis landed on his back.
Tabbruis had underestimated the blood-hunter’s skills and was not going to do that again.
With a loud grunt-growl, the blood-hunter threw a punch intended for Tabbruis, but he rolled over quickly and the blood-hunter’s hand smashed into the concrete breaking it up in pieces leaving a big hole.
Tabbruis got up and threw a kick swiping the blood-hunter’s face. The blood-hunter spun as he went down on the pavement. Tabbruis leaned down and the blood-hunter growled swiping his legs and threw Tabbruis on the ground where he growled loudly.
Charleen woke with a start, darkness and pain was around her. She heard growling and punches being thrown. Groggy from the blow to her head, she put her hand up and tried to stop the bleeding.
Charleen thought she had to get out of there now. Trying to stand, she saw two figures battling in the parking lot.
The man who attacked her was being overcome by a tall man. She felt instant relief this stranger had come to her aid. Something was different was about him.
Charleen dizzily started to fumble for her cell phone to call 911, but she couldn’t make fingers work.
With a loud growl, the man who attacked her got the upper hand on her hero, the stranger. Charleen felt sick and nauseous and reached her hand out to the stranger as he growled in pain from the blows that he was receiving.
Straddling Tabbruis pinning his arms at the side, the blood-hunter rained a barrage of punches into Tabbruis’ face and jaw.
That is when a glow emerged from Charleen’s hands and it became like a flow of electricity.
Tabbruis was growling in pain and losing consciousness when he saw a light, then his eyes rolled back in his head. A bright white light hit the blood-hunter. Tabbruis could hear him crashing into a car. The blood-hunter made a loud growl and moan, and he melted like he was butter into the pavement, knocked unconscious from the shock.
Tabbruis could not move his head. He was dizzy from the beating and his body was not responding to any commands.
As Tabbruis closed his eyes, he saw the face above him. It was the face from the steam, from his dreams, from the clouds.
As he lost consciousness he thought, ‘I have found you.’
About the Author:
Emily Guido is a new Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing “Charmeine” because one day she got an idea of two characters that needed to have their story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written. When Emily writes, it is similar to you or I watching a movie. She pictures the characters in her head going through vivid descriptions of each scene. There are so many nuances going through her mind that she cannot type fast enough.
Emily is currently editing the second novel, in “The Light-Bearer Series,” Ransom, soon to be published in May 2012. She is currently working at a College full time, and pursuing her Master of Business Administration.
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