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Where’s Trump Release and Giveaway!


Where’s Trump Release and Giveaway!


To celebrate the release of ‘Where’s Trump?: Find Donald Trump in his Race to the White House’ I am giving away a free signed copy to one lucky reader! All you have to do is use the Raffelcopter Widget below and follow the simple instructions to enter the raffle.

The giveaway runs until the 9th August at 12am GMT. You can enter multiple times using some of the options below, so get tweeting and generally commenting. If you already have a copy or a digital Kindle copy of the book, please consider leaving a review for it on Amazon.


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Patreon Launch and Giveaway!


If you follow my Twitter or Facebook you may have seen the exciting rumblings lately regarding my upcoming Patreon Campaign. Well… IT’S FINALLY HERE!

This is a brand new venture for me and a very exciting one. I have been following and supporting a number of my friends over on Patreon for quite a while now* and have always wanted to start one of my very own, now I have!

One of the serious benefits from Patreon, for me, is that it will help me create a more structured schedule for my work. Working as a freelance illustrator is an extremely time consuming job and I spend so much time hunting down new work, sending out speculation emails**, marketing and advertising my work and, of course, working on commercial art; that I very rarely have time to myself to work on my own projects.

With the financial help that Patreon can hopefully provide, I will be able to spend more time drawing things that I am passionate about and less time hunting down commercial work to pay the bills.

This does not mean that I will not still be working for awesome companies like DC, Dynamite and IDW, as well as publishing books. In fact, it means that I will be able to afford more time to work on my portfolio pieces so that I can improve my standing with these companies as well as work on my own self-published books.


So… How Can You Help Launch My Patreon?

Well, firstly, being here and reading this is a huge help, so thank you! But there are lots of other ways you can help too. My Patreon launches on Tuesday 10th May (Today… unless you are reading this in the future in which case it WAS Tuesday 10th May, but you can still help out! Just keep reading…) and here are a few ways you can help make the first day a huge success:

  • Share the link to my Patreon on your Facebook wall, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Patreon or to your Kickstarter/IndieGoGo friends (here is the link for you www.patreon.com/AnastasiaCatris )
  • Visit the Patreon Page and watch the video.
  • Like the video on YouTube, comment on it and/or share it around. (here is the link for the video www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xWQnQBQSPQ )
  • Share this blog post, or re-blog it on your own blog.
  • Like this blog post, comment and generally help raise it’s search engine optimization by being awesome.
  • Pledge to the Patreon. I mean, this would be amazing, it really would be going above and beyond. I’m sure you will see something you like on the pledge list.
  • And finally – enter the Raffle Copter Giveaway below! I mean, if you’re doing all of these awesome things anyway, you may as well get the chance to win some awesome goodies out of it right?

If you are reading in the future, you can still do all of the above things, you may just not be eligible to win anything in return. But if you back the Patreon, you get a whole host of awesome pledge rewards anyway!


Giveaway Time!

Well, I’m pretty sure this is what you’ve been waiting for, am I right? As part of the awesome, exciting, super launch day, I am also giving away some goodie bags full of fun amazing things, including:

  • Copies of Colour Me Mindful, Draw Your Way to a Younger Brain or Cirque Du Mort.
  • Sketch Cards.
  • Prints.
  • Original Artwork.
  • Pin Badges, Bookmarks, Post Cards and much, much more!

Each goodie bag contains a selection of the above and is a surprise. The more people who enter, the more goodie bags I will be giving out, so be sure to spread the word to all of your friends to be in with a chance of winning more.

The competition will end on Friday 13th May, when winners will be contacted via e-mail. So you will have 3 whole days to complete as many RaffleCopter tasks as you can to gain your entry tickets. Good luck everyone! And thank you so much for taking part!

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* Seriously guys, check out Al Davison, Reaperfox, Wolfskulljack, Kat Nicholson and Emma Vieceli who are all creating amazing work and tell them I said Hi!

** Speculation work or ‘Spec’ work is when you draw something as an ‘audition’ for a company and send it to them in the hopes of getting work with them.


Christmas Giveaway


Christmas Giveaway


How would you like a chance to win not one, not two, not even three, but ALL SIX of the ‘Colour Me Mindful’ adult colouring books released by Orion Publishing in 2015? Not only will you get copies of the most recent releases ‘Seasons’, ‘Enchanted Creatures’ and ‘Butterflies’, but you will also get American copies (yes – that’s Color without the ‘U’) of the original ‘Color Me Mindful’ ‘Birds’, ‘Tropical’ and ‘Underwater’ by Gallery Books. These books measure 22cm squared (as opposed to the UK copies of 17cm squared) with a gorgeous gloss cover and are not available in this country.

As the UK ‘last post’ date is fast approaching before Christmas, the raffle will run until 15th December so that the winner will be able to get their books before Christmas Eve (this raffle is open to you lovely lot from countries other than the UK of course, but it won’t be guaranteed that you will get your books before Christmas depending on your location).

This would be an ideal way to bulk out your stockings, great gifts for family and friends, or just a great activity for you to have fun with and relax with some mulled wine and mince pie!

And don’t forget that ‘Colour Me Mindful’ ‘Seasons’ has some great Winter images to really get in the festive mood. Why not check out the hashtag #ColourMeMindful on Twitter or Instagram to see what gorgeous holiday pictures the other colourists out there are making.

There are plenty of ways to enter the Raffle after you have entered the first two mandatory options below, from following on Facebook to posting an Amazon review (I know a lot of you have already been kind enough to do these things so, of course, your past follows count). Just follow the instructions on the simple Rafflecopter widget below and GOOD LUCK!  

 

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Birthday Book Promotion Weekend


As some of you may know, it is my birthday on the 17th July and, to celebrate, I am giving YOU presents! From the 16th – 19th July Cirque Du Mort will be available for FREE on your Amazon Kindle! If you would like to add this to your Facebook schedule, why not join the Facebook Event here.

This FREE GIVEAWAY is running alongside my book promotion weekend, where I am basically asking all of my awesome friends, family and everyone in between to help me promote the Cirque Du Mort to a wider audience. I am also running a BLOG COMPETITION too! This competition includes very simple terms such as following my Facebook group, or tweeting a message and of course – downloading the book. You can find the competition at the bottom of this post.


But I don’t have an Amazon Kindle? 

Not a problem! You can download an Amazon Kindle Ap for FREE for most phones and mobile devices using your phone’s ap store. You can also download the ap for your computer, making it easy to read Kindle titles on your PC. If you don’t have an ap (or don’t want one) but still want to support the Cirque Du Mort, then you can still ‘purchase’ the free book over the weekend and not download it. This will make your review a ‘Verified Purchase’ and more respectable on the Amazon site.


How can I help promote the book?

There are many ways you can help me promote the Cirque Du Mort, either over this weekend or any time!

  • Download the Amazon Kindle Book of Cirque Du Mort
  • Leave a review for the Amazon Kindle Book of Cirque Du Mort
  • Tweet about Cirque Du Mort using the hash tag #CirqueDuMort
  • Instagram photos of your copies of the Cirque Du Mort or you reading it #CirqueDuMort
  • Review the Cirque Du Mort on Goodreads
  • Share the Facebook event with your friends list (either by inviting them or sharing it as a status)
  • Invite your friends to ‘like’ the Cirque Du Mort Facebook Page
  • Don’t want FREE things? Then why not BUY a physical copy of the book from Etsy or Amazon?
  • Write a blog post about Cirque Du Mort. Reviews, previews or just general opinions are always welcome!
  • Most importantly – TELL YOUR FRIENDS! This is just a great event to help promote indie art and authors and the more people who know about the book, the more people will want to see a second volume!

Blog Competition

And, if you still needed an excuse to help out by doing some of those wonderful things, then check out this Rafflecopter Giveaway!

I am giving away a Cirque Du Mort Goodie Bag to one lucky book promoter! The goodie bag contains a signed copy of the Cirque Du Mort as well as art prints, postcards, stickers, bookmarks and pin badges (some previously only available to Kickstarter backers!) All you have to do is follow the directions below and every bit of promotion you help with from tweeting to liking, will count as an entry into the raffle! Those who download the book, leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads can count as up to 15 entries!

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So get entering and good luck! And, of course – THANK YOU for all of your amazing support!


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Colour Me Mindful Competition


COLOUR ME MINDFUL COMPETITION


I have recently received the complimentary ‘author’ (I love how it says I am an author in the introduction…) copies of my Colour Me Mindful books from Orion Publishing. They are absolutely beautiful! The team did an absolutely amazing job editing them and I love the travel-size-for-your-convenience dimensions of the books themselves, which are ideal for sticking in your hand luggage for a Summer Holiday, or keeping in your bag for when you fancy a cheeky doodle on the go.

I have really enjoyed following all the buzz that Orion are creating for the launch of these books in the UK on the 30th July (not long now!) and seeing all of the book bloggers and reviewers trying their hands at colouring them (you can see some samples here). And speaking of BUZZ (see what I did there), Colour Me Mindful: Underwater was even mentioned on Buzzfeed’s ’17 Colouring Books That Every Grown-Up Needs’, how amazing is that!

There is still chance for you to pre-order your copies from Amazon.co.uk and it seems that the hype has even extended to the next series of three books out in October!

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Colour Me Mindful: Butterflies isn’t even finished yet and already it is generating enough pre-orders and clicks on Amazon that it is a #1 New Release! Before it’s even released! No pressure or anything! This is testament to the art department at Orion’s excellent job at creating a beautiful cover out of my artwork and I cannot thank them enough. Not to mention my editor Anna Valentine who commissioned me to work on the projects in the first place.

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But, enough about the future books, let’s be mindful of the present and live in the now. The first three books haven’t even been released yet!

So here is your chance to get your hands on a copy of each: Colour Me Mindful: BirdsColour Me Mindful: Tropical and Colour Me Mindful: Underwater; each signed by myself; and an ORIGINAL PAGE from one of the books – and you get to choose which book!


HOW TO ENTER

The competition is hosted by Rafflecopter and as such is a Raffle! In order to enter the raffle, you simply have to follow the instructions in the box below. You can login using either Facebook or your email address and there are a number of different ways to enter.

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The two mandatory fields are that you have to sign up to my Blog (scroll to the bottom of this page and you will find the form in the footer) and visit my author page on Amazon. Doing both of these things will give you 10 entries into the raffle! You will also unlock a number of other ways to get more entries into the raffle – all of them pretty simple things like tweeting or visiting a Facebook page.

So get entering! The competition runs until the 24th July and the winner will be announced via Twitter and Facebook (as well as on this blog). This means that you will get your copies of the book before it comes out in the UK (post allowing). Some international entrants will be in with the chance to win these books months before they come out in your country!

Thank you so much for entering and good luck!

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Chaos Hour Anniversary & Competition


I was checking through my social media backlog this morning and LinkedIn informed me that it is currently my two year work anniversary with Chaos Hour.com!

This got me to thinking as this is pretty much a big deal for me socially as well as professionally. Not only does this mean that I have been with Chaos Hour; watching it grow and supporting it through one site overhaul, a Kickstarter project, commanding a team of over 30 writers at one time, helping launch a very successful Twitch.TV channel and attending several LANs and conventions over the course of 2 years… but I have also been with my partner for almost 3 years!

I don’t usually talk about my partner, especially as we work together professionally so we try to keep that sort of thing separate, but when the two are inexorably linked like this, it’s difficult not to. So, insert origin story below (feel free to skip to the bottom for fun photos and competitions if you don’t want to get diabetes from the sweetness).

We met, of all places, in a video game shop. It was a few days after my birthday and I had been out the night before so I was somewhat disheveled. My hair could use a new coat of dye, I was wearing a stained old hoody and ripped jeans and the bags under my eyes were enough that they could have taken me backpacking around the world twice over. Needless to say, I wasn’t ‘looking for love’. So I had decided that I was going to grab whatever I could stomach from the local supermarket then head over to the game store to get some new video games with my birthday money and vegetate in front of the TV until my hangover decided to leave me alone.

I ended up buying Ghostbusters and Portal 2 for the xBox. This got me chatting to the very cute video game store clerk who asked me if I had played the first Portal game. I said I had, but on the PC. We then started talking about PC games and how I reviewed them on my website and loved RPGs. I ended up signing up for a reward card in his store, which I never normally do unless the person serving me has been particularly nice. A few days later I had a random Facebook friend request from the exact same cute video game store clerk!

Being the social idiot that I am, I had absolutely no idea why he would ad me, a complete stranger; so I did a bit of digging around his profile. I soon found out that he ran a website which published video games reviews and deduced that this MUST have been the reason for him adding me. So, I sent him an email which basically read like a job application, stating that I would love to write for Chaos Hour one day. Being the honest guy that he is, he quickly emailed me back saying that, while he would love for me to write for his site, that wasn’t why he was getting in touch (cue an extreme amount of blushing from myself).

What proceeded was about 3 months about what my Nan would call ‘courting’ until we actually started going out. I went to my first music festival with him, I went to my first LAN party, we had chats that went long into the night and went on random adventures in the middle of the night just because.

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A year or so later, I did start writing for Chaos Hour and the site was launched officially at Cardiff Comic Expo in 2012. Thanks to my experience as an editorial assistant in HarperCollins, I quickly became ‘Senior Editor’ while he took on the business side of running the website (i.e. getting advertising and marketing contacts, building the actual site and getting prizes for giveaways). I won’t lie and say it was easy, it was pretty difficult a lot of the time. We would fight about silly things like website layout and which writers should write which articles; the site was (and still is to an extent) a financial strain, so dates would be replaced with prizes for competitions and giveaways; but we both managed to find a way to keep our personal life separate from work. He now has a great team of friends who advise him and help him with ‘website politics’ and while I pitch in myself, my place is primarily with the writers and we try our best not to ‘take work home with us’ (though we do still play games together and ask each others opinions before we write up our reviews).

I love Chaos Hour and can’t wait to see it move on to the next step. I owe a lot to Chaos Hour, but I was already attending conventions and press events before I started there. While the work I do with them is nothing new, the relationship I gained from it is completely unique and I have learned so much about myself from working with my partner, so I can’t thank it enough.

Right, soppy talk over! We decided to have an impromptu Chaos Hour get together the other day with some of the lovely staff of the editorial team, so I thought I would share that with you. Also, I have a little competition to mark my anniversary with Chaos Hour, including an Amazon voucher, some exclusive merch and artwork. So scan to the bottom for more details!


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