Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Wish Thief: Family Drama With Magic Sprinkles

The Wish Thief Has Arrived!


Fantasy adventure with a touch of holiday spirit.   

A young spelunker from a troubled family sets out to find a priceless gem. Just as the prize appears within reach, otherworldly beings arrive to foil her plans. A battle of wits versus magic ensues, unraveling the order of the universe, and only the girl who started it all can return things back to normal. Considering her messed-up life back home, surely there's a better option than 'normal', but can she find it before time runs out? 

The Goodreads Community Says:

“Glory is a brave, adventurous, and highly imaginative girl. She makes a believable and likable central character. Her difficulties with her schoolmates are easily recognized; so are the problems that beset her family. In one form or another, they are nearly universal. This makes the book an interesting combination of the familiar and the fantastic.” – Cherokee R.

“From start to finish this book was a pleasure to read and ponder.” --Jim B.

“. . . brought some magic to me, like a fountain of youth. I felt the wonder of seeing through young eyes. Kind of like falling down the rabbit hole or going somewhere over the rainbow. This book is great for all ages.” ~Larua T.

“Glory Alley is a wonderfully likable character with spunk and heart. She finds herself plunged into the world she thought was only a fairytale . . . There's a touch of humor in the story, along with a lot of emotion as Glory tries to help the dysfunctional, sad Alley family--especially Mean Dad, who clearly isn't a bad guy, but life has dealt him more blows than he can handle. I enjoyed this imaginative book tremendously, rooting for Glory and the whole family. Highly recommended.” ~Lucy M.


Additional Info

The Wish Thief started out as a novella. I wrote it from beginning to end in under three days. It was as if the story was flowing into me from another worldly force and  I was merely the conduit in charge of getting it onto paper. That’s not to say I didn’t put a lot of thought and effort into honing it in the traditional way—through trial and error, blood and tears, coffee and chocolate. In the process, it has been transformed into a full length novel. Of all the book I have written, it's my personal favorite. Even though I didn't set out to write a Christian fantasy (I never do), after several drafts I realized that was exactly what I had done. However, my focus remains firmly on entertaining the reader. The "religious stuff" is subtle and easy to miss if you don't know to look for it, which I think is a good thing. The book is full of holiday spirit, so this might be a good time of year to give it a try.  My hope is that The Wish Thief steals your heart as she has mine.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Turn Your Phone Screen Into a 3D Hologram

In Avant Nation, a dystopian tale set in the near future, 3D projections are a part of everyday life. At the press of a button the characters can turn a flat image on a screen into a three-dimensional vision that fills a room. Such technology is closer (and easier to to do) than you think.  Check out this video on how to create your very own 3D images . . . today! 


It's always fascinating when a science fiction invention jumps off the page into reality. Makes me wonder what's nextsmell-o'vision?

Friday, May 15, 2015

SFFWorld's Interview With C. D. Verhoff



I was honored when Dag Rambraut with SFFWorld contacted me about doing an interview. Of course I said yes. He started by asking me to tell him a little bit about my latest novel, Avant NationHere is my reply: 

The story opens after the Second Civil War has dissolved the United States. The south is now Avantica, a nation built on genetic engineering. In the north there’s the Liberty Union Democracy, a nation violently opposed to Avantica’s ideologies. Clara, the protagonist, is a young medic caught in the middle. The questions she finds herself asking are issues we face today. How much influence should the government have over healthcare and education? How will genetic engineering shape the future? Who will control the gene pool? In exchange for comfort and security, what freedoms are we willing to give away?  However, the novel’s focus isn’t on politics or science. In a nutshell, it’s a suspenseful coming-of-age story with lots of action and a touch of romance.

If you would like to check out the rest of the interview, click here. 


While you're visiting SFFWorld, I suggest roaming around the lively and informative website awhile. Lovers of fantasy and science fiction won't be disappointed. Joining the forum is free. I signed up. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Game of Thrones Meets Sesame Street

Game of Chairs


I can't believe Sesame Street made this, but I'm glad they did. For young and old, for better or worse, Fantasy has truly become a universally loved genre. By the way, Grover says bring a sweater, winter is coming! Brrrrr.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Avant Nation Virtual Book Tour Ended - Thank You For Participating

Congratulations to the winner, Haley S.

Publication Date: March 19. 2015

In celebration of its release, a group of awesome bloggers have agreed to review my book, Avant Nation, and host my celebratory Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Everyone who leaves a comment with one of the hosts is eligible to win.
Visit A Stop Below To Sign Up for the $25 Gift Card on Rafflecopter!

LAST DAY TO ENTER IS FRIDAY, APRIL 3 


BUS STOP LOCATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

March 13 at Romorror Fan Girl
(this first stop is scheduled ahead of the book release, which is on the 19th)

March 20 at Unabridged Andra's

March 27 at Reading Romances



Friday, March 20, 2015

Unabridged Andra: REVIEW: Avant Nation

Unabridged Andra: REVIEW: Avant Nation (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway HAS ENDED):


LAST DAY TO ENTER WAS FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015


Goddess Fish Book Tour
Title: Avant Nation 
Author: C.D. Verhoff 
N/A Pages: 301 
Date Published: March 19th, 2015 
Publisher: Misty Moon Media

Excerpt from Andra's review: 

One of the more interesting, if minuscule, things about this world that caught my attention was the "data bombs" that plague the children/teens of Stillwater City. You see, data bombs are when kids spout off random facts or trivia pieces without intending to. It's an unintended side effect of their virtual reality education received in utero.  How freaking terrifying is that? 


Friday, March 13, 2015

Let's Mock the Maze Runner & More

This Saturday Night Live skit pokes fun at two great genres: fantasy and dystopia.  While every genre has its own set of expectations, stories that follow them too closely run the risk of being labeled boring and predictable. The trick is to distance your characters, setting and plot from all of those that have gone before them, while keeping some of the familiar scenery intact. On the other hand, if you stray too far from the familiar course, you run the risk of alienating fans who like the genre specifically because of the elements you have chosen to leave out. As my Great Aunt Josie used to say, you can't win for losing. Ain't that the truth! 

On a side note, many in the writing industry say that the dystopian genre is dead. I don't believe that's true. However, they're partially correct because it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since publishers have decided they don't want to touch it, agents know they can't sell it to them. This means that writers of the dystopian genre, unless they're already a household name, can't catch a break. But the dystopian genre has been around a long time. It's not truly dead and never will be. Therefore, I predict the next great dystopian book will rise up out of the self-publishing market. I'm looking forward to reading it. But for now, let's poke some fun at some of our favorite books across a variety of genres!  







Friday, March 6, 2015

Poor Proofreading Makes For Brow-Raising Headlines


These headlines are making their way around the internet for the millionth time, so you might have already read them. Hopefully, they're just as entertaining the second time around. Mind you, some of the topics are seriously morbid, so we're not laughing anyone's tragedy, just the editing oversights over at the newsroom.

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter   

This one was in the SGV Tribune. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.       
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Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says     
       No, do you really think so?
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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers              
       Now that's taking things a bit far!    
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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over              
       What a guy!      
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Miners Refuse to Work after Death     
       No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!   
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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant       
     See if that works any better than a fair trial!       
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War Dims Hope for Peace       
     I can see where it might have that effect!   
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If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile        
     Ya think?!   
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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures             
     Who would have thought!    
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Enfield (London) Couple Slain;  Police Suspect Homicide
    They may be on to something!   
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges             
     You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?       
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Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge           

     He probably IS the battery charge!   
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New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group      
     Weren't they fat enough?!   
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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft      
That's what he gets for eating those beans!      
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks              
     Do they taste like chicken?   
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Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half             
     Chainsaw Massacre all over again!   
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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
     Boy, are they tall!       
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Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead    
     Did I read that right? 
  
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  Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle). We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Before & After Cover Reveal: Avant Nation


My pencil sketch next to the artist's rendition.

I spent weeks penciling out different ideas for the front cover. This is the drawing that finally won me over. It isn't an actual scene from the book. The image is symbolic, depicting how the main character, Clara, feels like a cogwheel in a machine, endlessly turning with no hope of escape. I chose the nighttime backdrop with the futuristic city below because it meshes with the fictional Avantican flag. If you look carefully, you can see the sky tube transportation system she uses to travel around town.

Unable to bring the vision to full fruition on my own, I handed my sketch over to the very talented Mominur Rahman. It's like staring at the BEFORE & AFTER photos of an extreme makeover, where a frumpy housewife is turned into a glamorous supermodel. A stunning transformation, I'd say. Thank you, Mominur!


Independence Day and Washington Have Gone to the Dogs

Oh, happy fault. Pedigree made a short documentary about General George Washington and his enemy's lost dog. It's a clever ploy to p...