Author News

Local Author Festival 📒

The Chatham-Kent Public Library will be featuring seventeen authors at the local author expo this weekend! Ever wonder how to publish a book? This author festival is for you!

The event will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the cafe at the Chatham-Kent Public Library Chatham Branch at 120 Queen Street, Chatham. 

Come out early and learn more about writing and the publishing process. Four published writers, myself included, will be forming a panel from 10:00 am to 11:00 am to answer all those writing and publshing questions!

Can’t make it for the author panel? Stop by between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to meet some local authors, ask questions, support local by buying a book or two, or pop on over for author readings from 2:00 to 3:00. You won’t want to miss it!

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Media Release: Read Local this April 🐞

Celebrate our local writing community with the Chatham-Kent Public Library (Chatham Branch) on April 29th!

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You can READ MORE about this event here, or click the media release to visit the CKPL website.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

You know the saying that goes a little something like this?

If you do what you have always done, you will get what you’ve always gotten.

Many people attribute this quote to Anthony Robbins, Henry Ford, and even Albert Einstein. The point to be taken away here is:

If you want something you’ve never had, then you must do something you’ve never done.

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HERE GOES NOTHING!

You know me, always trying new things. With my newest book, which I’ve been sitting on since June 2015 due to its unusual nature, I’ve decided to try something drastic. I want to grow my reader base. I want to get my books in front of lots and lots of faces. This plan could fail miserably and ruin my book launch, or maybe something truly amazing will happen. I’ll never know unless I try. (more…)

Cover Reveal: Playing House by Christa Simpson

A special COVER REVEAL is coming your way!

Title: Playing House by Christa Simpson

Publisher: Black Widow Publishing

Expected Release: March 4, 2017

Genre: Dark Erotic Thriller (18+)

If I can’t be happy, no one can.

My name is Clarisse Blackwell. With nothing left to lose, I’m a dangerous woman. There’s a reason they call me the Black Widow. My boyfriend died trying to kill me, and my husband died trying to save my life.

Destroyed by grief, and consumed by an urge to bring revenge so passionately, darkness devours my soul. A master of persuasion, I trick and tease, reducing a grown man to trembling knees to make him see what it’s like to be me. He’ll learn the hard way, as you will, that my sweet revenge only feeds the dark thrill of causing others pain.

Lying. Cheating. Stealing. It’s what I do. You think you know me? You don’t, and neither does the man whose life mustn’t be worth living anymore. Our relationship is like an explosion set to detonate on my command. He thinks he knows me. His mistake. He thinks he’s different. He doesn’t believe I’m cursed. I’ll make him believe.

Lives will end, minds will be blown, and one thing is for certain:

the Black Widow will strike again.

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Chapter One:

Ignorance truly is bliss. My car pulls away from the curb, my tousled hair dancing in the wind as if our autumn is unseasonably warm. You can’t believe everything you see. In all honesty, it’s not that warm. I have a chill running through my body that I can’t escape. I probably would have closed up my car window a long time ago, if I could have, but it’s stuck halfway down. I’m just lucky the raincloud over there is keeping its distance. Lucky. Hah! I’m lucky like that man up ahead.

Look at his tidy pile of leaves. He probably spent his entire morning raking those things into a heap next to the curb and is proud of himself for beating the rain. I smirk at the rotund, older man in his front yard. He hasn’t even had enough time to put away his rake. Instead, he stands there proudly, leaning against the handle and scratching his overfed belly. I can’t resist. Someone has handed this opportunity to me, and I simply can’t pass it up.

My foot presses deeper into the accelerator, thrusting my small car forward. I glare at the old man from beneath dark lashes. His eyes immediately connect with mine, begging me to rethink what I’m about to do. That only encourages me further. I veer toward the pile, blasting through the leaves and cheering with a crazed depth to my voice.

“Woooooo!”

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Read Local: CK Author Festival

Exciting news! Chatham-Kent’s local authors are being brought together for a meet and greet, and I’ve been invited to join in on the fun!

Please join me and 13 other authors at the CK Author Festival on November 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., at the Chatham-Kent Public Library – Chatham Branch, to support and celebrate reading local!

No purchase necessary, but I will have books available for purchase if you’re looking to get an autographed paperback!

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Author Signing: Lorrie’s Country Nook

Mark your calendars! I’ll be at Lorrie’s Country Nook signing books on November 19 from 9am-12pm, in Historic Downtown Chatham.

Drop by to check things out or to pick up an autographed copy of one of my books! Lorrie has lots of amazing deals and prizes lined up. You won’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s announcement about another event I’ve been selected to participate in this month!

SHOP LOCAL: Tilbury Arts Centre

shop-local-tilbury-ontarioDid you know my paperbacks are now available at the Tilbury Arts Centre at 5 Queen St N in Downtown Tilbury?! They are!

Books and original artwork make great gifts. Support local by shopping Downtown Tilbury this holiday season!

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Visit the Tilbury Arts Council at www.artsintilbury.ca or contact me for more details! (more…)

Reader Review Team

Ready to read and review?
Download and enjoy Tough Luck (A Forbidden Romance) at no cost to you!

Dustin Miller is off limits . . .

I know it’s not right to pine for this man, but he’s the one wielding all the power, controlling my body with a single menacing look. He tells me he can be my dark little secret and I’m honestly having a hard time saying no.

I can’t resist him . . .

I’m supposed to be the good-girl librarian, but when I meet a wealthy bad boy with impossibly dark eyes, a beautiful chaos ensues. I tell him it’s a mistake. I demand a do-over. But he has something else in mind. I know I should say no—absolutely not. I should turn around, walk away and never look back. But what do you think happens when he’s a “get what I want, when I want” kind of guy and what he wants is me?

WARNING: This story has vulgar language and explicit adult situations and is for readers 18+ ONLY.

Download Tough Luck from Amazon for FREE on September 25 or 26, 2016.

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Here’s all you need to do:

1. Download Tough Luck from Amazon for FREE between September 25 and 26, 2016. http://viewbook.at/Tough

2. Read the book. Simple! Hey, you might even like it.

3. Write a review on Amazon by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, October 3, 2016. It doesn’t have to be anything particularly long. All I ask is that you leave an honest, spoiler-free review. Need help? What did you think of the characters, the forbidden relationship, the mystery? Were you entertained? Was there anything that struck you as memorable? Is there a reason why another reader might enjoy the book?

4. Fill out this Google form. This is how you receive credit and are entered to win the $10 Amazon Gift Card(s). How many are up for grabs? That depends on the number of verified reviews. For every 25 reviews, there will be one gift card given away. I’ll share in my Facebook Group the running tally of reviews to keep it exciting!

5. The winners will be selected and announced in my Facebook Group. It’s a closed group, but new members are always welcome and encouraged. Participate as little or as much as you like! http://www.facebook.com/groups/635167676517108

Enter to win!

www.christasimpson.com/tough-luck

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Announcing the Art in the Park Winner 2016!

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Thanks to everyone who visited me at Tilbury’s First Annual Art in the Park last weekend. The event was a resounding success! Could we have asked for nicer weather? The sprinkling at the end of our day didn’t hurt anyone. 😉

Attendance was steady and I was greeted with lots of friendly smiles and good laughs. Traffic was so steady, in fact, that I didn’t even find time to eat lunch! I hope all who bought my books enjoy!!! I can hardly believe I sold out of two titles and just sold out of another title thanks to a satisfied customer who has come back for more! A big thanks goes out to the Tilbury Arts Council for putting on this amazing event. I guess next year I’ll have to bump up my book inventory. Hugs to you all!!

Before I go, you might be wondering whether you were the grand prize winner of my giveaway. My girls helped me select the winner of a paperback of Tough Luck (A Forbidden Romance) by me, Christa Simpson, and lots of other cool author swag. Over 200 participants entered! But there can only be one winner. Check out our fun little video to see if it is you. (more…)