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Cirque Du Mort FREE on Amazon Over The Holidays


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You can currently grab Cirque Du Mort: Volume One for FREE on your Amazon Kindle or Kindle app on your phone/e-reader over the holiday season. This offer is made available by KDP Select and is only available from Dec. 22nd – Dec. 26th. Grab your copy while you can and enjoy your visit to the haunted circus with some spooky tales over the Festive Season.

‘Cirque Du Mort’ is a collection of gruesome short stories centering around the cast of a haunted circus. Their lives, loves, deaths and everything in between. From the tragic to the ridiculous, the romantic to the macabre, each character in this cursed carnival has a story to share with you. 

Meet Felicity and Mallory: the famous Janus sisters. They shared a womb, a life, a liver, a grave… 

Or Mimi the Mime. Once a chatty clown with stories to tell – she just couldn’t hold her tongue. So someone held it for her… 

Roll up! Roll up! Enter if you dare… The greatest show NOT of this Earth… 

‘Cirque Du Mort’ is a self published book; written, edited and illustrated by Anastasia Catris. It was published in May 2015 and launched at London MCM Comic Expo. 

Volume One contains 10 unique and highly illustrated short stories surrounding different circus characters and how they met their grisly ends. Told in a variation of styles from fairy tales and nursery rhymes to fiction and realism, this is a collage of style and art that is bound to delight.

Don’t forget to leave a review of the book on Amazon and Happy Holidays!


 

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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Cirque Du Mort – Now On Your Kindle!


After a lot of programming, editing and learning how to create an e-book, Cirque Du Mort is now available to download on your Kindle! If you don’t have a Kindle you can download the Kindle Reading Ap, available on most mobile devices (I downloaded mine via the Play Store on my Samsung) or even on your PC (LINK HERE) so there is no excuse.

While I personally prefer the physical copy (which you can buy via ETSY and will be available to buy direct from Amazon very soon), with your Kindle you are free to zoom into the images and see all the little details of their costumes and character.

Within only a few hours of going live on Amazon, Cirque Du Mort had already reached #1 BEST SELLER on the YA Short Horror Stories chart! Which is amazing! And, thanks to the help of some wonderful Kickstarter backers, friends, family and a couple of kind reviewers from Goodreads, it has managed to stay in the Top Ten since (EDIT: Hit #1 again on the 30th June).

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Every review, purchase and download of the book helps propel it up the main Kindle chart and the further up the chart it goes, the more likely it is to be seen by a wider audience. If you would like to leave a review of the book but are a little foggy as to how, I’ve made a helpful guide below.


How to write a Kindle review

The link to the Amazon Page can be found HERE


I will also be running a Birthday Book Promotion Weekend from the 16th-19th July, where the Kindle book will be FREE to download, so, if you can’t afford it right now, fret not! Simply wait for that weekend and you can grab yourself a free copy. You can find more information on the weekend or set it as an event on your Facebook (so you can get reminders) by joining THIS EVENT on Facebook.

Instead of birthday wishes this year I would love for you to download my book and leave a review, or even just tweet/instagram/blog/vlog/facebook/email about it and tell your friends and family. Every share of the book and positive review, download or purchase helps not only speed it up the ranks of Amazon, but cements it firmly as a popular and well regarded book on one of the biggest book dealership websites available. And that is a pretty amazing birthday present!

Thank you all for having a read of this post and checking out the Cirque Du Mort, I really hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget, even if you haven’t bought the book via Amazon (i.e. if you are a Kickstarter Backer, bought it at a convention or on Etsy, or received a review copy on Goodreads) you can still leave a review on Amazon. The event for the free book promotion can be found here and the Amazon link is here. Let’s get this circus on the road!


Call For Journalists and Bloggers!


Shout out to all horror, arts, comic and literature bloggers and journalists!


Those of you who follow my Twitter or Facebook accounts will know that I am slowly counting down the days (between catching up on commissions and preparing for Convention season to start back up) to my very own Kickstarter project. You can read more about the project itself here if you’d like.

Cirque Du Mort will be a small collection of horror short stories, focusing around a haunted circus full of tragic, comic, vengeful and even sadistic characters. If you are a fan of The Addams Family, Penny Dreadful, American Horror Story or Carnivale, then this illustrated book will be right up your street. I also intend for the project to have a strong body positive message inspired by the different body types seen in a stereotypical historical circus or sideshow.

As some of you may already know, Kickstarter projects aren’t easy and require a lot of prior research, press contacts and networking, which is why I’m making this post as a shout out for any bloggers who might be interested in helping the project out in its early stages. This could be anything from interviews, guest blogs, articles or even just re-tweeting or re-blogging. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to see more about the project, including some of the teaser images, please see the original post. If you would like to get in touch you can do so at mail@anastasiacatris.com

Alice in Wonderland Blog Party


Frabjous Day! Callooh! Callay! It’s time to grab a cup of tea and travel down the rabbit hole into the world of books…


I found this tag via Bloglovin’ and am ridiculously glad that I did! I love ‘Alice In Wonderland’. It was always one of my favourite books when I was a kid (even if I didn’t entirely understand what was going on at the time) and consequently one of my favourite Disney films (even if it was a little terrifying).

When I was 11, I appeared as the Five of Spades in a school play. I was painting the roses red – it did not end well. When I was 16 I appeared in a very surreal physical theatre version of the classic tale ‘Alice: A State of Mind’, performed in the Sherman Theatre. I played Alice and had to be ‘born’ out of a hole in the stage (a very scary trap door with a 6 foot drop, full of dry ice). Looking back on it now, it was probably one of the weirdest, but most satisfying pieces of theatre I had ever done (if anything because I got to do the ‘You are not a unique snow flake’ speech from Fight Club.


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That leads us up to recently, where I actually played the Queen of Hearts in a touring pantomime of ‘Alice In Wonderful Panto-land’, travelling round the country screaming about people stealing my tarts. Not to mention American McGee’s Alice is probably one of my favourite video games of all time! Needless to say, this book holds a special place in my heart.

So, when I found the Notebooks Sisters Blog Party celebrating the anniversary (blog-iversary if you will) of their blog in a truly frabjous way, I just had to join in. And so, without further ado, get yourself a cuppa tea, change places and let the madness commence.


Just Alice

What book cover(s) has made you super curious?

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I have a habit of judging books by their covers, mostly because (despite what we’re taught) after working in a publishers I quickly learned we are actually meant to! Covers are marketed to certain audiences and this one was definitely marketed towards me! It’s dark, sinister, intriguing and creepy. I even love the font. From the Tim Burton-esque chalk writing to the classic book plate style of the title, this definitely got me hooked from the get-go.

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I loved the cover for this. If you haven’t seen it in person, the butterflies are embossed with gold and orange foil, which just makes it even more inviting. Ironically, this book is one of the reasons I actually ended up getting a Kindle (despite it being a beautiful hard copy book). I bought it and read it in one night because I enjoyed it so much (Amanda Hocking is now one of my big authorial heroes), even though I paid £7.99 for the pleasure, while the Kindle version was only 94p! It was a pretty easy decision to make. So now, even though I still buy hard copy books, I tend to read the cheaper versions first before deciding whether or not I will read it again/love it enough to buy it for my shelf.


Mad Hatter

List the craziest character(s) you’ve ever read. 

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Drake Merwin from Michael Grant’s Gone Series has to hold the title for craziest antagonist, let alone craziest character development. I won’t give it away for those looking to read the series, but the evolution of his character (and physicality) is nothing short of unique.


Red Queen, Off With Your Head!

What book have you felt like beheading?

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It’s not so much that I hated this book enough to chop off it’s head, it’s just the most disappointing read I have had this year. The dystopian society wasn’t really embellished on enough for me to care about it before the heroine actually escapes from it. Yes – the concept behind why she is kept in the dark is horrifying, but I would have liked to have seen more from the world of the school before she leaves it behind. The allusions to ‘Peter Pan’ are also so glaringly in your face that they become hackneyed quite quickly.


White Rabbit

What books or series have been insanely popular but you’ve been “late” to pick them up?

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I’ve been late to the party on quite a few big names over the years, the biggest of which was probably Harry Potter. The first book came out when I was 11, seemingly the perfect age to get into the series, but I just did not enjoy the writing style. Sacrilege I know, but I was a complete book snob at the time. I changed my ways and later got into it when I was about 18. Hunger Games and Divergent also passed me by until I heard they were being made into movies and as a huge Dystopia fan I had to read them before they came out. The complete Hunger Games collection took me about a weekend to finish, Divergent was the same.


Caterpillar

What’s the most confusing book you’ve read?

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There was me thinking I had forgotten all about this one. I studied this alongside Robinson Crusoe for my English Degree and I have to say it was one of those books I just could not grasp. I understood the themes, the ideas and the general stuff they wanted me to ‘get’, but it was just a very difficult read as it was more like reading an extended piece of poetry than a novel – but I suppose that’s where the intricacies and beauty of the book lay. Definitely one for study rather than enjoyment.


Dormouse

What was the last book that sent you to sleep?

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It took me a while to remember this one as I don’t tend to dwell on books that I don’t enjoy. The shame about this one was that I loved the first installment, but this section just bored me. Maybe it was the overly described teenage angst, or maybe it was just that my favourite character, Lena, was changing into an annoying moody cow because the story was told through Ethan’s eyes, and I just couldn’t get on with it. The problem with it being from Ethan’s perspective rather than Lena’s is that despite her going through an admittedly very hard time, you only ever hear about how it effects her ‘boyfriend’. I would have preferred to hear what she was going through instead of how it was causing him problems.


Cheshire Cat

Book that made you laugh and smile?

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I read Fangirl as part of the Tumblr Book Club and absolutely loved it. Being a massive geek myself and knowing so many people who read (and write) fanfiction, this book really managed to get inside the little world I used to live in when I was in High School. It’s charming, sweet, funny and there are some brilliant moments of romantic comedy as well as poignant moments.


Knave of Hearts

Most recent character who stole your heart?

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Virginia Shreves may not have stolen my heart in the cliché romantic sense, but she was definitely the most heart wrenching heroine who spoke to my heart in the most profound way. I loved this book and her character really stuck with me long after I had finished reading. I don’t tend to get romantically attached to book characters, but I do find those who I would love to be friends with and she would definitely be my new best friend.


Jabberwocky

Best villain you’ve read this year?

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Jeanine Matthews was probably my favourite villain of this year. She was just one of those characters I loved to hate. She was also a scheming, intelligent character who was so cold and calculating, you almost understood why she thought all the things she was doing was right.


Down the Rabbit Hole

What’s the latest book/series/author that’s completely swallowed your interest?

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As I said before, I love dystopias and I am really enjoying the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman at the moment. I am currently on the final book and it’s one of those series I just don’t want to end! I love the concept behind the dystopian society, that dysfunctional teens are targeted by their own parents, it raises so many good questions about society, parenting, religion and other more political issues. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys dystopian YA as it is a great example of writing with some highly intelligent concepts and well defined characters.


Are you going to join in the tea party? Be sure to visit the Notebook Sisters Blog for more information and to pick up their graphic. Also, what are you reading at the moment? And, more importantly, what tea are you drinking right now?


Secret Creator-Owned Project Revealed


Secret Creator-owned Project Finally Revealed!


I have been teasing you with this for a while now. Those of you who follow my Facebook page may have heard rumblings of a super secret personal project in the works and a while ago I said that I would tell you more as soon as my Facebook page reached 666 likes (surely that was a bit of a hint)

Well, my Facebook page reached its goal over the weekend and as promised, here is the reveal for my new creator-owned project. In a few months I will be launching a Kickstarter Project for my first Creator-Owned Illustrated Book, The Cirque Du Mort.

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The book will be a variety of short stories based around a ghostly circus of tragic performers. Each of the characters will have their own unique back story and reason for haunting the big top of the Cirque Du Mort. These stories will be accompanied by illustrations, pin ups and playbills.

I have already begun character design and written most of the script and, I have to say, I’m pretty happy with how it is looking so far. One of the things I really wanted to achieve with this piece was to create a whole host of unique and diverse characters from a range of backgrounds and just see where they take me with their own stories.

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Some are tragic, others amusing, some just plain disturbing; but all brought under the stage lights together in a fun compilation of art and storytelling.

This book will be perfect for you if you were (like me) a bit of a Wednesday Addams growing up. Ideal for lovers of Living Dead Dolls, burlesque, steampunk, or Carnivale. Characters so far range from the conjoined Opera singers, Mallory and Felicity, who you have already met on Facebook; and Antoinette, the decapitated magician.

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I will be updating you regularly from now on via my Facebook Group in regards to characters and works in progress. All of this will lead up to a Kickstarter Project which I hope all of you will be excited to take part in. I already have a whole bunch of prizes and perks in mind and I am really hyped to get started.


Are there any types of character you would like to see in the Cirque Du Mort? Why not leave a comment below.