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Whether she’s writing for adults or young adults, you can rely on her signature to shine through: Fast pace, gripping suspense and characters so rich and bold they will stay with you long after you finish.
Her Vampire Origins series is already being touted as the next big thing in YA literature. Packed full of action, adventure, romance, and evil, Vampire Origins weaves historical fact with fiction to explore the origins of five very different vampire tribes: Strigoi, Cambion, Bretonnian, Strix, and Nosferatu.
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8) Part of Francine’s journey involves her and her quest to keep thinking positively and the law of attraction. These values, which Mary Jo helps introduce, change Francine’s life for the better. How has the law of attraction and the other beliefs in the story changed your own life?
I have learned that I and only I control my destiny and I can be, do, or have whatever it is that I want. I just have to define it and burning desire for it’s achievement which combines faith with making that happen. And if I want things in my life to change, I just have to change my thinking, understanding that there are no good or bad situations. Only situations. It’s just my interpretation from those situations that makes the difference in my life, which makes sense because I had been negative for a long time, blaming the government and system for all my problems, before listening to the audio series which by the way cost $300 which was all the money I had in the world. To this day, it has been the best investment I have ever made in my life, more than college or my new car, since it was those CDs that got me the car.
9) It was very interesting following the story of this family of Irish immigrants in the early1900s. However, at the end of the day, the main point of the story is not about history. I’m curious, why did you choose to write your novel during a historical time period instead of a more modern one?
Well if you understand the story of Jackie’s Miracle and discover how her mentor explains how it all started as told to her by Francine, you would understand. Remember, I had no intention of even writing the story until some “force” forced me to go do it. I was unable to sleep well for days. That’s how powerful it was. Either I was going to do it or become a mad man. That was it.
Hey everyone! Christine Verstraete has been kind enough to agree to host an E-Book giveaway of her novel, GIRL Z!
It’s open to everyone and we will randomly select a name/email and email you if you have been chosen!
If you would like to be entered in this, message us in our fan-mail box here (because the askbox will not accept URLs) with your email!
The deadline is midnight November 27th!
Good luck everyone! :) And a big thanks to Christine Verstraete!
1) How did you get the idea for “Francine’s Miracle”?
Francine’s Miracle actually came to mind after I developed my first book, Jackie’s Miracle, which is the third part of the Miracle Trilogy series from which Jackie’s parole officer and mentor, Mandi, explains how the whole story began. I decided to develop the word ‘miracle’ after each main character so as to create sort of a brand image that will place in the readers’ mind the books’ connection with each other. But keep mind you, I had no initial intention of even writing “Francine” after I wrote “Jackie” since I had no strong aim to write the book even though ideas kept flowing in my head to write it which I had no control over. It wasn’t until I read a book by Og Mandino called The Greatest Secret in the World that said plainly on the last page of the book: “do not delay”, which at that moment compelled me to start writing that same evening from which I finished three weeks later. God had to have spoke to me the entire process because everything flowed just naturally which didn’t seem like work throughout the entire time and I enjoyed it. But if you were to ask me to explain how, I can’t!
2) What main theme or message do you want readers to take away from Francine’s story?
I want readers to understand and KNOW that they have no excuse whatsoever not to become great or achieve their goals and dreams. They should remove the victim mentality and discover that their thinking and attitude are the only forces holding them back from greatness and if they could just reverse to the positive light, then more and more favorable and positive circumstances will happen in their life since the universe is matching those events with what is already making them feel GOOD!