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About christinerose

Award-winning author of the Rowan of the Wood YA fantasy series. Helps emerging authors feel successful by educating them about the publishing industry and marketing their book. Needs copious amounts of dark chocolate, frothy mochas, and loving attention.

Ukiah Corner Gallery Art Show

Edgar & Me

Edgar & Me

For the entire month of July, my visual art and books will be on display in the front window at the Ukiah Corner Gallery. I’m ever so excited about this! It’s the first time in my life that my visual art has been on display in public.

There will be a reception for this month’s featured artists, me and one other artist, during the town’s “First Friday” celebration, which actually occurs on the second Friday this month because of Independence Day.

July 11, 2014. 5pm – 8pm.

So far, the response to my work has been overwhelmingly positive. While completing several of the pieces, I’d post them on my Facebook page in progressive images. From the background through the finished work, followers and friends got to see the painting transform in stages.

Due to the great response, I’ll be offering prints to several of the pieces. All of my available art is listed in this public photo album on Facebook, and it will soon be on art sites like Fine Art America and our Etsy page. In this Facebook photo album, examine each piece of art more closely along with its description, medium, and price for the original.

UCG1I’m accepting commissions at the moment, too. Email me if you’d like to see my rendition of your favorite author or musician…or even a cityscape or landscape.

See these paintings close-up in my Facebook photo album entitled Original Art & Prints. Leave a comment here or there and let me know your thoughts! Email or message me directly if you’re interested in a print, and I’ll get a quote to you ASAP. I’m working with photographer and founding member of the Ukiah Corner Gallery Elliot Little to get high quality prints made for those who are interested.

If you’re in northern California, stop on by the Corner Art Galley during the month of July and see them for yourself! Remember, the opening reception is July 11th between 5 and 8pm. Although I will unfortunately be at another scheduled event in Colorado (busy! busy! busy!) during the reception on the 11th, there will be plenty of other artists to speak with.
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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Books & Reviews, Personal

 

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Valhalla Renaissance Faire

Rowan as Green Man

Rowan as Green Man

 

Ethan and I have the great joy of being part of the 22nd Annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire this year in South Lake Tahoe. We’ve been trying to get into this faire for years, so we’re super excited about it.

Look for our booth, then come in and say hello! We’ll be doing live demonstrations of wood carvings (Ethan will be carving magic wands) and woodcut printmaking from a Green Man I carved. Also, find the complete set of the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series, all of O. M. Grey’s books, and books by Triscelle Publishing and Robert Stickmanz. Plus, magic wands, Scottish spurtles, fine art (including the big Rowan as Green Man painting, left), and fun little amigurumi crocheted goodies like octopus clips, baby Cthulhus, and voodoo dolls.

So if you’re in the Tahoe/Reno/Sacramento area, consider reveling in the joy of the Renaissance this weekend and/or next at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire! If you mention this post, you will get Witch on the Water FREE when you buy a copy of Rowan of the Wood.

 

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Be Heathy & Save Money, The Easy Way

It was a great day when I discovered Lindsay and Happy Herbivore. For those of you who follow me here or on Facebook, you know I’ve been struggling with some health and digestive issues. Since doctors keep dismissing my symptoms as “all in my head,” even though the lab results are suspect, I’ve had to take a lot of my health into my own hands.

Much to my horror, I realized my husband and I (yes, just the two of us) were spending nearly $800/month on groceries and supplements! We’re far from rich people, so this is far from okay! It’s absurd. Even though we eat mostly organic and mostly fresh, $800 is ridiculously high. We were going to the grocery store 2 or 3 (sometimes 4!) times a week. We’d find ourselves cooking up wilting kale or other greens before they went bad. We ate well, but I still usually felt hungry (part of the digestive problems).

The HCL and enzymes helped with some of the GI issues, but slowly they crept back. The supplements given to me by the very expensive naturopath made me put on 5 lbs (thankfully not more), and I haven’t been able to take if off since, no matter how much I limited calories or increased exercise. Yes, thyroid problems, as well. Although the elimination diet helped me uncover some food intolerances that went a long way in improving my mood stability and minimizing both the dark times and the GI issues, the other diets I tried just increased anxiety. I’ve stopped all supplements except 5HTP every other day and sporadic digestive aids. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Healthy Living

 

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Review: “Delightful” and “Exciting”

Zephyr-4WEBBitten by Books just released their review for Book 3 and 4 of the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Special thanks to Lori who has reviewed all four books so far. Although she didn’t like the third book, Fire of the Fey, as much, I’m quite grateful she kept reading the series…especially because she loved the fourth book Power of the Zephyr! I’m looking forward to her thoughts on the fifth and final book, Spirit of the Otherworld.

Here’s what she has to say about Power of the Zephyr…(excerpt)

This fourth book in the Rowan of the Woods series is every bit as delightful as the first two books. Filled with magic, excitement and even zombies, this is a fast-paced and exciting page- turner. I must admit that I was a little worried as to where the series was going as it seemed to have taken a wrong turn in book three, but Ethan and Christine Rose have definitely found their way back to the highway with Power of the Zephyr.

Lori gave Power of the Zephyr FOUR STARS! Sweet!

In fact, I’m glad for her two-star rating for Fire of the Fey because then her four- and five-star ratings mean so much more. I know she’s not just being nice; she’s being honest. Book three is interesting. We’ve had some readers say it was their FAVORITE of the first three, and then we’ve had others say they didn’t quite get it or, like Lori said, it felt too disjointed. Fire of the Fey has become an important bridge between the first two and last two books. It gives more in depth conflict in some of the characters, and it’s the last book in which we visit the past throughout, a pattern established in the first book. Books 4 and 5 stay mostly in the present with the only visit to the past happening at the very beginning. This makes for a more cohesive storyline. Besides, you know all the characters so well now, there is no need for more background.

A few years ago, Lori reviewed both Rowan of the Wood and Witch on the Water, books 1 & 2, respectively. Rowan of the Wood earned a four-star rating from Lori, and Witch on the Water got a whopping FIVE STARS!

Awesome.

Thank you so much, Lori. I can’t wait to read your review on the conclusion.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Books & Reviews

 

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Review: “The best book ever made.”

Hyperbole. I use it often for emphasis, especially when overwhelmed with joy or another passionate emotion, so I deeply appreciate this glowing 5-star review by reader K. A. Schaefer for the 5th book in the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series: SPIRIT OF THE OTHERWORLD.

Awesome! The best book ever made. The ending is the best, and the green man- amazing! I can’t think of a better book to read! ~ by K. A. Schaefer (Dallas, TX)

This review made my morning. It made my entire week!

K. A. Schaefer’s review is super special because of a few reasons:

  1. It wasn’t prompted. I haven’t asked for reviews, as I have done in the past because sometimes people just don’t think to leave one. This was a complete surprise today.
  2. Although I might know K. A. Schaefer personally, since they live in Dallas where my family lives and where we’ve done many events, I don’t recognize the name right off the bat. An unprompted review from a reader inspired to post solely on their joyful experience from reading our book is huge for this author. Certainly not unprecedented, but like many independent authors with limited distribution and marketing budgets, it is rare. This review is all the more beautiful because of it.
  3. The review specifically compliments the ending of the book, and for those who have read my stories or those I write under O. M. Grey, you know that endings are something with which I struggle.

This review renews hope in my heart.

It’s truly amazing what a few nice, genuine sentences can do for the artist’s soul. Please keep this in mind, dear readers, after you’ve read our books. A few heartfelt sentences keeps the creative fires burning and costs you nothing more than a few minutes of your time.

Thank you, K. A. Schaefer, for sharing your joy with me and the world.

May you find peace.

ValentinesDayRW

OKAY! Who’s next to fall in LOVE with ROWAN OF THE WOOD? Remember book 4, Power of the Zephyr, is FREE today and tomorrow on Kindle. Book 1 (Rowan of the Wood) is only $2.99. Book 2 & 3 (Witch on the Water and Fire of the Fey) are only $3.99, and book 5 (Spirit of the Otherworld) is $5.99. For under $20, you can get the entire series on your KINDLE (or through your free Kindle app).

They’re also all available in paperback if you prefer.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Books & Reviews, Emerging Authors

 

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Fall in LOVE with Rowan of the Wood

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Now that all five titles are out, it’s time to fall in love with Rowan. Read the tragic love story of Rowan and Fiana, separated by time, but their love remains strong throughout the ages.

Cullen Knight, our young hero, finds love as well. Will his heart go to the goth Maddy or the happy-go-lucky April? Perhaps there is a new love on the horizon for our little knight.

FREE today through Sunday, Feb 16, on the KINDLE, Book 4: Power of the Zephyr

As always, you can get all these books in paperback via Amazon.com or on the Kindle. The first two are available author-signed directly from us and in other eBook formats via Smashwords.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Books & Reviews

 

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Last Chance Offer for SPIRIT

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Between now and Thursday, February 6th at 11:59pm PST, you can get all five author-signed books for just $70 (including shipping). That’s over a $20 savings! Hurry…offer ends in two short days.

—-> BUY ALL FIVE ROWAN OF THE WOOD BOOKS NOW <—–

SpiritCvr_4WebRemember, very soon, you’ll only be able to get author-signed books at one of the *very few* events we’ll be doing this year. For now, books are available here, individually, but not for long.

Only need the last one?

Spirit of the Otherworld is going to print TODAY, so you can still pre-order your author-signed copy until 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Feb 6th. Make sure you get yours.

As always, they are available via Amazon.com and the Kindle at your convenience.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Books & Reviews

 

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Sweets for the Sweet!

SpiritCvr_4WebSuper happy to announce this!

Spirit of the Otherworld (Rowan of the Wood, Book 5) is at the editors as I type! This means that, barring any major snafus, it will be out by Valentine’s Day!

Pre-order your copy now, as we’ll only be offering a limited number of author-signed copies. Make sure you get one by reserving it via pre-order.

The Freak Squad gets split up and goes on some fun albeit unbelievable adventures, all scrambling to decipher Cullen’s trust and figure out how to defeat the evil witch Fiana once and for all.

Looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.

May you find peace.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Books & Reviews

 

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At Long Last: Spirit of the Otherworld

SpiritCvr_4WebAlthough I wish this post was announcing the actual release of the fifth and final book in the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series, as originally planned for a Christmas 2013 release, I’m proud to at least unveil the cover of Spirit of the Otherworld: Rowan of the Wood, Book Five.

For those of you who follow this blog, and especially my alter-ego O. M. Grey’s blog, you’re aware of some of the challenges that have delayed the composition and release of this book. It’s been a rough few years in the Rose household, but we’re survivors. I’m thrilled to tell everyone that Ethan has made a full recovery from his near-fatal accident nearly a year ago, and my health problems are back under control.

Depending on the editor’s after-holiday schedule and availability, Spirit of the Otherworld should be shipping by Valentine’s Day! You can pre-order your copy now using THIS LINK. It will be available via Amazon.com and on the Kindle format. Other eBook formats will be special order through me.

Keep abreast of all the latest news by following this blog and “liking” our author page on Facebook. Announcements are there first. Although we still officially have a newsletter, it has long since become too much of an expense to run it monthly, so it will be reserved for major announcements only.

We will be offering only a limited number of author-signed copies over the internet, so ensure you get yours and pre-order your book today! Ethan and I are planning to go back on the road at some point with all five books, as well as O. M. Grey’s five, but it will be sometime in the future after we get back on our feet and have rebuilt our savings. You can help (as well as get an amazing set of books for the reader in your family) with your support! Pre-order Spirit of the Otherworld and tell your friends, family, teachers, students about our fantastic fantasy series.

You can also order any of the previous four titles from Amazon or author-signed directly from the Rowan of the Wood website using the link at the top that takes you to the “shop.”

Happy Christmas!
Merry Solstice!
Happy Hanukkah!
Merry Kwanza!
Seasons Greetings!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, in the words of Blues Traveler: “Peace on Earth to everyone, and abundance to everyone you’re with.”

May you all find peace.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Books & Reviews

 

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FREE Stories and Novels

For the next two weeks, my alter-ego O. M. Grey is giving away free books! She’s being really sneaky, though. She’s not telling you which books are free on what days unless you LIKE her FB fan page: http://facebook.com/OMGREY — you can find out hints from there when a book will be free over between now and 10/31.

Alternatively, check on her Amazon Author Page to see what’s listed for free. While you’re there, why not get a short story for under $2 to read over lunch?

PSSSST, here’s a little secret: you can read her books (and my books) anytime you’d like for FREE with Amazon Prime! Even if you don’t want to fork out the $79/yr (although it’s *so* worth it with the free 2-day shipping, free books, and loads of free Amazon videos), you can get a FREE 30-Day Trial and read them during those 30 days!

—> USE THIS LINK <—- to start your Amazon Prime Free Trial today!

New O. M. Grey Short Stories:

  • Inevitable Enlightenment.” Trace the existential thoughts of a zombie after the apocalypse. $0.99 (FREE with PRIME, as are the rest below)
  • Come to Me.” Jason’s boring Monday turns into one full of adventure and horror when his mother’s strange affliction takes him and his sister around the world. Based in Scottish Mythology. $0.99
  • The Handy Man.” After losing his hand in a work accident, Linus Cosgriff adapts a new invention to please women and relieve them from symptoms of hysteria. Adult Content. $1.99
  • Heart of Stone, Flesh of Ice.” Several men mysteriously disappear after a night of passion during a ski vacation. Based in Japanese Mythology. $1.99
  • Hannah & Gabriel.” Dark Fantasy Steampunk retelling of Hansel & Gretel. $1.99
    This story is also available along with 11 others, poetry, and articles in the collection Caught in the Cogs: An Eclectic Collection for only $2.99.
 

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