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A brief introduction...

Greetings fellow surfers. I am C.J. Carter-Stephenson, author of children's novel, The Crystal Ship (amongst other things). I am writing this post at quarter past one in the morning, when I really should be thinking about going to bed, so I will keep things brief. I have started this blog to keep any interested parties posted on all the exciting and less than exciting developments in my life, particularly with regards to The Crystal Ship. Hopefully, the exciting will outweigh the less than exciting, but judging from past experience, this may not be the case.

As you will see, I have today posted a link to the official trailer for The Crystal Ship in the 'Videos' section of my author profile. It took me many hours to put this together, so even if you never read the book, please let me know if you enjoy it. If you want to find out more about the book, check out the website (http://www.crystalship.info/), which has a bunch of exclusive content. Also, you might like to keep an eye on the Goodreads 'giveaways' section, as there will be a chance to win your very own copy in the not too distant future.

Well in the words of an eminent philosopher, "That's all folks..." More posts coming soon (I hope).
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Published on February 23, 2012 17:41 Tags: author, c-j, carter-stephenson, children-s, christian, cj, crystal-ship, introduction, mauro-vargas, new, young-adult

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, but still they come... and I'll be there to watch!

Today was a day of minor madness. I have a stack of bills waiting to be paid, so what did I do instead? I bought some expensive tickets to the new version of Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds, and I've got to tell you, I don't regret it in the slightest. I was lucky enough to see an earlier incarnation of the show a couple of years ago and it blew my mind. The only slight reservation I have about this version is that the hologram of Richard Burton is being replaced by a holographic Liam Neeson. Don't get me wrong, I think Liam Neeson is a first rate actor, but for me, Richard Burton's performance was definitive, and the show won't be the same without him. Everything else, I'm sure I will love. There's nothing quite like the sight of a Martian Fighting Machine live on stage.

As for the bills, I'll get to them next month. Then again, there's still the Download festival to think about and the Isle of Wight festival and a summer vacation and...

On that note I think I'll sign off, but before I do, let me offer the following disclaimer... the views in this post are my own alone and should not be taken as an effective guide to money-management.
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Congratulations x 5... Commiserations x 595...

A big thank you to everyone who entered my recent giveaway and congratulations to the winners (Hai-yen from Canada, Mary from America, Anna from Ireland, Caragh from England and Darren from Ireland). Your copies of The Crystal Ship are winging their way to you even as we speak. Commiserations to those of you who didn't win. If I could have afforded it, I would have given a copy to everybody, but with a whopping 600 entrants, this simply wouldn't have been possible. I still can't believe how many people entered this competition (I was only expecting my mother and maybe one or two others). It makes me very happy to to know so many people are interested in my book. If any of you decide to buy a copy, I would very much like to know what you think of it. In the meantime, watch this space for more giveaway news (I have a collection of vampire stories coming out in the very near future and there will almost certainly be copies of that up for grabs).
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A little bit of shameless self-promotion.

The Crystal Ship has received another positive review, this time from Lori M at Readers Favourite. It's available to read at the following link...

http://readersfavorite.com/review/6268

Many thanks, Lori.
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Rocking out in the mud!

I arrived back home from the Download festival late on Monday night (after a long delay waiting for a punctured tyre on my car to be replaced) and am still struggling to make the adjustment back to normal life. As anyone who has been to a large-scale music festival will know, they are a world unto themselves. Hard to believe that in a few short weeks, all trace of the tents, the rows of stalls, the miles of fencing, etc. will have vanished. Until next year, of course, which can’t come quickly enough for me. True, it was a little on the muddy side (actually, make that a lot on the muddy side), but it was still a magical experience… tens of thousands of likeminded individuals bound together by their love of music, determined not to let something as trivial as the threat of rain drive them away.

C.J. at Download

There were so many great moments that it’s impossible for me to choose a favourite. What I will say is that I saw some classic performances, including blistering sets from a few bands/artists that I have wanted to see since I was a kid (Soundgarden, Ugly Kid Joe, Sebastian Bach and Terrorvision to name but a few). As for Sunday night, when Ozzy and Tony Iommi brought the original line-up of Black Sabbath (minus drummer) back from the grave, it blew my mind. Even now, I cannot stop humming that iconic Iron Man riff.

All good things must come to an end, though, so here I am, sitting at my computer, typing out this blog entry, and since this is a website about books, it’s probably about time I moved onto some writing related news. As I may have mentioned previously, I have a collection of vampire fiction and poetry in the pipeline and it just so happens that my checking copy was waiting for me when I got back from Donnington. I have been through it in detail, and although there are a couple of minor mistakes that need to be rectified, I am fairly confident the finished product will be available to buy by the end of next week. It is just over 300 pages in length, and features two novellas, three short stories and a narrative poem. Watch this space for further details.

Incidentally, if anyone out there is interested in picking up a copy of my other book, The Crystal Ship, Lulu.com are running another of their great promotions. Enter the coupon code 'CRACKEDUK' at checkout before midnight on 15th June and get 13% off your order. Here’s the link for the product page…

http://www.lulu.com/shop/cj-carter-st...

Thanks for reading.
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~BREAKING NEWS ~

'Bloodlust Variations' front cover

I am pleased (not to mention excited) to announce that my latest book, Bloodlust Variations has now been officially released. As mentioned previously, it is a collection of vampire fiction and poetry, a little over 300 pages in length. Further details can be found in the Bonito Books press release at the following link:

http://www.carter-stephenson.co.uk/Bl...

The book will be available to buy from Amazon and other online retailers within the next few weeks. In the meantime, interested parties can pick up a copy from Lulu.com at the link below...

http://www.lulu.com/shop/cj-carter-st...
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^o^ Bloodlust Variations ^o^ Trailer

Bloodlust Variations, now has its own trailer. This can be viewed at the link below...

http://youtu.be/VGHI3Kdx6GM

As mentioned yesterday, the book is available to buy from Lulu.com (see http://www.lulu.com/shop/cj-carter-st...) and will be arriving imminently at Amazon et al. Keep checking back for more breaking news.
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Yet another announcement!

At the risk of being accused of being stuck on a theme, here is some more Bloodlust Variations news. The book now has its own dedicated page on my website. The link is as follows:

http://www.carter-stephenson.co.uk/bl...

Have a great weekend!
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Special Offer!!!

In case my recent Bloodlust Variations announcements have whetted anyone's appetite, I have some good news for you. Order a copy of the book at Lulu.com before midnight on 29th June and they will give you 20% off your order. Simply enter the coupon code 'CHASEUK' at checkout. Here's the link...

http://www.lulu.com/shop/cj-carter-st...

Can also be used to purchase a copy of The Crystal Ship (http://www.lulu.com/shop/cj-carter-st...) or anything else from their extensive catalogue.
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Another money saving tip...

There is yet another chance to save some money at Lulu.com. Simply enter the coupon code 'CAUGHTUK' at checkout and they will give you 18% off your order. What better time to pick up a copy of The Crystal Ship (http://www.lulu.com/shop/cj-carter-st...), Bloodlust Variations (http://www.lulu.com/shop/cj-carter-st...) or any of their other great titles? Offer ends midnight on 13th July.
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