Difference between My Watcher and Awakening

If you have been following the Zeuorian Series, you probably noticed I just released two free short stories and My Watcher while Awakening has been pulled from the online book stores.

As part of the up coming launch of the next book Control this fall, I’m offering prequel free short stories and an extended version of Awakening (book 1) to re-spark interest in the series, because it has been a while since the first book has been launched. (Sorry life got in the way. The past year I’ve been sick and so has my 3 year-old son. I swear getting old sucks.)

The Short Stories
Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson and Grim Awakening are the two combined stories in Monster broken out into their own books. (Actually Dangerous Lesson had been published prior to Monster and pulled from the stores for a limited time.)

In addition to those two free stories there will be several other free prequel short stories being posted in the next month. The stories will lead up to book 1 with short scenes from other characters (i.e. Tyler, Everett and others) in the book. However, none of the scenes will spill as to who is her real Watcher, which was still up in the air at the end of book 1 (intentionally).

Upcoming Short Stories Teaser:

Its seems danger is everywhere Lexi discovered after being forced to attend high school, but is it random or because they believe she is a monster for having telepathy.

Awakening Extended Version (My Watcher)

If you read book 1, you are probably wondering what has changed in the book and do I need to buy it?

Well if you don’t have the time or money to pay 2.99, you can skip buying this book and won’t be lost reading Control. For one I plan on briefly explaining story facts in the next book to bring new readers up to speed, if by chance they buy it before My Watcher. (And yes it happens.) However several new scenes have been added to the book and facts that will be referenced throughout the series that might be worth reading. But if you’re not sure, here is a brief list of what had been added to the story:

  • Scenes to explain further Zeuorian history and Lexi’s powers.
  • Scenes to deepen the love story
  • Scenes to deepen secondary characters and give them more backstory as well as make them sound unique and not cliche or flat.
  • Scenes to deepen Angie’s love interest.
  • Final scene with Tyler and his father to introduce his character for Book Hunted and explain in detail Tyler’s actions in book Control.

If you decide to buy the next book great. It will be released on April 8th. You can preorder here:

Amazon
Nook
ITunes
Kobo
Smashwords

Update 4/5/16

Awakening will be exclusively available on Amazon Kindle for those of you who want to read the shorter version.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

What would you do if you’re being stalked?

In my novel My Watcher The Zeuorian I joke about how the two characters Tyler and Everett stalk Lexi, following her everywhere she goes, but what if you were really being stalked what you do in that situation?

It’s not that uncommon as you may think. Frankly, we make it easy to do. We post pictures of ourselves, trips, hobbies and passions. We share personal information about ourselves through comments, stories and chats. We even sometimes post where we’re going to or currently at.

If that’s not bad enough, there are websites that sell information about you: your birthday, age, email, address, marital status, relations, income , finances, liens, law suits, marriage and divorce, complaints, and so forth.

As a prior victim of stalking, I know how easy it is to delude yourself that it can’t happen to you, but it does. If you’re active online, I guarantee someone is stalking you, even innocently wanting to know more about you.

So I ask you again, what would you do if you’re being stalked?

Hide? Report them to the police? Turn the tables on them?

Personally, I did them all. I found hiding only managed to shut myself off from the world while my stalker continued to follow me. Going to the police didn’t provide me any protection, even with the updated laws. Turning the tables on them . . . well, that can turn out good or bad. In my case it turned out good, but I won’t tell you how, at least not now. I’ll save it for one of my stories. Until then . . . I’ll let you fill in the blank. 😉


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

My Watcher Free in lieu of Review

Update 4/23/18

I’m no longer giving away My Watcher. Keep posted for other free stories on my blog.

I’m looking for book reviewers for My Watcher. I will supply you a copy of the book for free for an honest review on Goodreads, Amazon and other sites. (Blogs okay too.)

If you’re interested please post me a comment. We’ll make arrangements from there.

 

Book Overview

For the past two years Lexi avoided everyone at her high school so no one would discover she could read minds and sense danger. She didn’t want another psycho trying to kill her, because they got it in their head she was a monster.

But all that changed on her 17th birthday when she transformed into a total hottie and started developing powers beyond her control.

If that isn’t bad enough, a stranger is following her. She doesn’t know who he is or what he wants, yet he knows all about her abilities and that she’s developing more. And . . . he’s her only hope of understanding why she’s changing and others are after her.

One problem, he could be anyone at her school. With her new appearance, it’ll be a miracle to weed him out amongst her admirers. But sometimes the truth is worth risking everything to uncover–even your life.

“My Watcher (extended version of Awakening) is a suspenseful, thrilling, fast pace, dark fantasy (paranormal) mystery that will take you on a ride. When you think you know who is her Watcher, the author throws you a curve ball. For you romance fanatics, there is a little bit of that in the story too. Please note, this isn’t a slow pace, Twilight-style romance.”


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Free Zeuorian Short

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As part of the pre-launch of Control the second book in the Zeuorian Series, I’ll be offering Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson and Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening short stories free.

Dangerous Lesson available at:
Kobo
Itunes
Nook
Smashwords

Grim Awakening available at:
Kobo
Nook
iTunes
Smashwords

Both books are posted on Amazon for .99. But if you want it free, send them a message telling them the price is free on other sites and you want them to match the price.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Control Update

Update 4/23/18

Hey to all you Zeuorian fans,

I’ve finished Control, but I’m waiting to publish until after the new short stories are finished. I don’t want to reveal some secrets beforehand.

Control is written and done. I had a couple of beta readers look over it and like what they read with exception of a few issues they pointed out.

Anyway, you’re going to enjoy the new story twists in regards with Tyler , which will lead into the next book Hunted. For you die hard romantics who didn’t feel I spent enough time on Lexi’s and Everett’s romance, this book is truly the beginning of their relationship. You’ll get to see Lexi’s feelings grow stronger toward Everett and get to know Everett even better.

Book 1 Awakening, was never intended to be a typical romance per se where boy meets girl and they fall for each other, but something keeps them apart until the end. Rather it was Lexi’s journey from being closed off and reluctant to even talk to anyone other than Angie to opening up, making friends and finally accepting to date someone. Although, I found some of the Goodreads reviews about her falling for every guy and kissing them quite interesting, especially since I didn’t write the story that way.

Separate news, I’m working on Her Watcher (the extended version of Awakening) where you get to see Scott’s POV of Awakening. Definitely a more romantic suspense compared to Awakening, which is a thriller. In the story you get to see what really happened behind Lexi’s back. As well as the other side of Tyler, The Community, Everett and his past with Lexi.

Well that’s all for now.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Zeuorian Series Update

My book publish dates are sliding. I know, I’m sorry. But running a business, raising a 3 year old and writing can be challenging. Who am I kidding, it’s downright difficult to do. When my 3 year old says “mommy stop reading” or “Look at me” I do what he says. If I don’t, he’ll take my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and hide it and I don’t want him to ever think he’s second best to a computer.

Plus I added a few additional stories to the list I’m publishing. I added Control. It was going to be a short story and it has grown to a 30,000 word Novelette about the time between the ending of Awakening and beginning of Hunted. I thought the story needed to be told more than a short highlight in book 2. It answer a lot of questions about Lexi and her Watcher’s past. Why she is quickly falling for him and why Tyler acts the way he had in book 1.

I also added a Lexi’s Dangerous Lesson short story. It’s a teaser for book 2: Hunted. I had published the prologue under that title in the past, but pulled it off the shelf when I renamed it Monster. But I plan to replace it with the teaser instead and offer it for free.

Finally, I added Awakening Extended Version. It’ll have Her Watcher’s POV as well as some of the deleted chapters showing more of Lexi and Her Watchers romance and past that got cut in the name of mystery.

Tentative Dates:

  • Awakening Extended Version (Renamed as My Watcher): Winter 2016
  • Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson Short Story: Winter 2016
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  • Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening Short Story: Winter 2016
  • Control: Fall 2016
  • Hunted: 2017

About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

YA Fantasy Beta Readers Needed

I finished my Novelette Control, sequel to Zeuorian Awakening a YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi thriller. I’m looking for beta readers. I’m willing to read your book in return.

Please post a comment if you’re interested.
Thanks,
Cindy


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Story Cartel Review

This is my experience using Story Cartel

Story Cartel Site

Story Cartel Logo

I decided to try out Story Cartel with my short story Monster. I paid $30 which included posting my book on their website for download by reviewers. I had to handle the advertising on my own, which I did through Twitter and Facebook.

11 people downloaded the story. Out of that number I received 4 reviews. Two on Amazon and two on Goodreads. All were favorable. I also gained additional books sales from the reviews. So overall the $30 dollars was well spent.

So I tried it again with my book Awakening. Same deal. They post it on their website for download by reviewers. I handled the advertising. This time I had 31 people download the book. Out of that number only 3 posted reviews. 1 on Amazon. 1 on Barnes and Nobles and 1 on Goodreads. Two favorable and one not so favorable. This time I didn’t gain any book sales.

Compare Story Cartel to NetGalley

Story Cartel is by far cheaper $30 to $150. I received close to the same downloads from NetGalley (37 to be exact), but more people posted reviews about the book 18+ and I also was given feedback from everyone who downloaded my book whether they got a chance to read it or not.

Interesting. I had 23 favorable reviews out of the 37. Almost everyone who disliked my book, because they thought it was a romance (due to a mix up in the overview) instead of a thriller, posted a review on Goodreads. Whereas the ones who liked it, only a few posted reviews. Which lowered my overall stars to 3.10. That’s why I don’t put too much into reviews. They don’t show the entire picture. Plus, just because one person hates a book, doesn’t mean I won’t like it. They might have an entirely different taste in books than I do.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Opposition Book Review

Opposition: A Lux Novel BOOK 5

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition Cover

Overview

The world changed the night the Luxen came, and now Daemon will do anything to save Katy…even if that means betrayal. For Katy, the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy them all. As it becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world crumbles around them, they may lose everything–even what they cherish most–to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind. War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My Review

I started to read the series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read book 2 and 3. I was going to give up on the series, but I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers. So I bought book 4 and 5 to see what happened to Katy.

I really had a hard time getting into this book. The whole alien invasion I had a difficult time with. As well as Daemon and Dawson are the only ones not controlled by the Luxen leader like Dee. Not once did they try to get word to Katy or Bethany of the situation.

Of course Katy does something stupid and gets caught. Her typical. Daemon must risk being considered a traitor and killed to save her, again. Then while surrounded by aliens who want her dead, they have sex. Ah, please. Talk about a filler.

Dawson, Daemon and Katy escape with DOD and Luc’s help. Dee stayed behind. She doesn’t want to feel anymore and likes being a drone. Okay.

Now they are staying with the DOD and helping to fight the aliens. All the while having sex. That was the point I skipped to the end. I had enough.

***spoiler alert***

Just as I suspected everyone survived and the bad aliens were taken care of by the Arum. Daemon and Katy now live together and go to college in Colorado. They are getting married soon. Dee has a beau and Dawson has a kid with Bethany. All is great in the world and they are also free of the DOD.

Only bad that came out of everything is that Katy’s mom died, which was no big deal to Katy or to me. Her character sort of disappeared after book 2 and any feelings for her disappeared as well.

Review Rating: 1 Stars out of 5


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.