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The Wish Thief: Family Drama With Magic Sprinkles

The Wish Thief Has Arrived!
Available on Amazon
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 an…

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 next—smell-o'vision?

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 Nation. Here 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 ch…

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.

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!

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
April 3 at Long and Short Reviews YA

April 3 at The Book Lovers' Lounge

Unabridged Andra: REVIEW: Avant Nation

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

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?


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 …

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.   ------------------------------------------------- Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says No,do you really think so?
------------------------------------------------- Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
 Now that's taking things a bit far! -------------------------------------------------
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
 What a guy!

Before & After Cover Reveal: Avant Nation

Release Date: March 19, 2015

Attn Bargain Hunters: $0.99 promo will run on May 18 thru 21 (ebook only).

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!