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*climbs up on rooftop* *shouts*

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!

I have the most exciting of news today. What’s that, you ask? Why, the final two books in my Dewdrop Prequel Trilogy, Fall and Overworld, respectively, are up for sale on Amazon both in paperback and Kindle versions!
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The series as a whole (including A Dewdrop Away and Flight, the first in the prequel trilogy):

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Look at my beautiful children.

I would like to use this opportunity to put in a plug for Emily C. Holt, the cover artist for these beauties.  You can find her here: http://emilyholtillustration.blogspot.com/

Without her flawless work, these babies would not look quuuite as enticing, to put it mildly. I could not have found a better person to draw my fantasies to life.

Amazon, as always, was an easy process, and I say that as someone who is misled and tripped up on technicalities more often than not. IT WAS EASY, and fairly fast, even with wait times. I still recommend this route of publication to anyone who wants to get their book out there with minimal blood, sweat and tears. Yes, you are mostly alone when it comes to marketing, but the service is free, and it all depends on what you want from self-publishing. Mine may not be the best blow-up-overnight strategy, but it is the best just-get-that-shit-out-there one I’ve ever encountered : ) .

However, this time around, I have enrolled all the Kindle versions (even Dewdrop and Flight) in the Kindle Select Program (https://kdp.amazon.com/select) and I’m excited to see how that goes. From what I understand, there are special promotions I can activate under this plan in order to sell more, so I’ll definitely be experimenting with that.

ALSO: as part of KDP Select, I’m able to do a free book promotion, which I’ll be doing with all of my books. From today through Sunday the 15th, all of the kindle versions of my books will be FREE.

FREE, people. Take advantage! Even if you have no interest in reading them, take the time out just to download because it really helps me out in terms of visibility. Also, if you want to drop by the Amazon page, click some stars and give me a good rating, that would be AMAZING.

So now the series is complete and fully published! This series has been a wild ride, from its first conception (I was in middle school! Middle school.) to finishing writing it all (college) to finishing editing (after college) to publishing (now). Below I’m linking to each book, in order of publication. If anyone buys, rates or downloads anything , please comment here or shoot me a tweet on twitter so I can know who it is I am forever indebted to (: P …but really).

Some Links:
A DEWDROP AWAY (both paper and kindle are here):  http://www.amazon.com/Dewdrop-Away-C-Allen/dp/0988985616/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1423600275&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=a+dewdrop+away

FLIGHT (paperback): http://www.amazon.com/Flight-Dewdrop-Prequel-Trilogy-1/dp/0988985632/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

FLIGHT (kindle) : http://www.amazon.com/Flight-Dewdrop-Prequel-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00GW5NFYK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1423600667&sr=8-2&keywords=flight+c.a.+allen

FALL (paperback) : http://www.amazon.com/…/dp/0988985640/ref=la_B00GXMY4J2_1_3…

FALL (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/…/dp/B00TECQRXO/ref=la_B00GXMY4J2_1_6…

OVERWORLD (paperback) : http://www.amazon.com/…/dp/0988985659/ref=la_B00GXMY4J2_1_4…

OVERWORLD (kindle): http://www.amazon.com/Overworld-Dewdrop-Pr…/…/ref=sr_1_cc_1…

As a final sidenote, my books are also all up on goodreads.com, for anyone who uses that lovely contraption.

In conclusion: SO STOKED (is it obvious?). I hope you’re all well and I’ll see you next week,

~ C

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January reading ~ Hellsing

I don’t typically read a whole lot of manga- actually, I’ve only read two in my life- Death Note a couple years back, which I loved, and now Hellsing.

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Hellsing. Whoa. I really am embarrassingly head over heels for this series.  It all started when my friend Kasi lent me the anime series. She thought I would like it, and boy was she right (she may have even grown to regret it in light of my subsequent obsession xD) I had heard of Hellsing before this, and the dark art style had really grabbed me from the beginning, and I was already really feeling the opening theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHyqB4y-vtk – waaatch it!!). I tried to reserve judgment since this was a series centering around vampires, and as much as I love vampires (note: I really love vampires), I often feel disappointed in vampire novels/shows these days…they all try to be tres sexy and just end up…silly. But honestly, somehow I knew this was going to be awesome and non-sparkly from the outset.

I really liked how Kohta Hirano’s vampires were a mix of the classic (Alucard’s character and past is loosely based on the story of Dracula- as his name signifies if you flip it around) and the new (as the story progresses, there are numerous inhuman characters introduced aside from vampires. In addition, true vampires can only be created under specific conditions; otherwise the person bitten turns into a ghoul, a braindead zombie with a lust for flesh. Also found the way Alucard shapeshifts and unlocks power levels in order to fight to be, uhm, pretty fucking cool). The plot was constantly engaging and the cast of characters was no less so. My favorite character, hands down, was this lady:

jan2015 426I’m not going to beat around the bush: Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing is a total badass and I may or may not be crushing on her to an unhealthy degree. The fact that she took over the Hellsing Organization at the age of 12 (12!) is slightly impressive to me. Integra’s still very young (22) when the series starts and it shows her grow and learn to be a better leader under the pressure of the war that erupts. She is so dedicated to her cause and fiercely proud to be human in the midst of this craze where every other person lusts to be immortal. Her relationship with Alucard is also very interesting, more complex than your average master-servant bond.

I did read a couple other books this month, but Hellsing was overwhelmingly the flavor of January, and apparently I had a lot to say (HA), so I’m going to leave it at that. I’d like to talk about what I read every month here, not exactly in ‘review’ format- since I hate summarizing plot and rating work on a scale makes me nervous- but in a freer format comprised of impressions, favorites, and just overall uncensored feelings on the stuff I read. Also, there may be spoilers. I will try really hard not to put them in, but I can’t promise anything except to warn you when they’re present.

Hope everyone is well, and see you next week!

~C

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