I apologize for the lack of meaty posts lately. Work has been unbelievably busy, and I’ve neglected my blogging duties except for posting the bare minimum. I hope to return to a regular schedule soon. In the meantime, here’s what’s going on in my little corner of the web.
SICKER Paperback Release
Sicker: Psychological Thriller Series Novella 2 is available in paperback on Amazon.
SICKER Paperback Giveaway Starts May 31st
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday May 31st, SciFi and Scary will be hosting my book spotlight and
giving away two of the new paperback copies of SICKER.
Hint: SICK free on Kindle for May 31st so that all entrants for the Scifi and Scary giveaway can read Part I before possibly winning Part II.
Visit ScifiandScary.com to enter.
Guest Post on Konn Lavery
Konn Lavery is a talented graphic artist, web designer, and author of the Mental Damnation series. I’ll be on his blog talking about the process of writing and book marketing in the very near future. Stay tuned for post date.
Guest Post on Scifi and Scary
I’ll be returning to Scifi and Scary on June 19th as a guest to talk about why Psychological Thriller/Suspense novels like SICK might creep us out more than traditional Horror.
I’ll be sure to reblog that here so you don’t miss it.
Christa Wojo’s Client Spotlights
I’ll be periodically hosting interviews with my wonderful clients so they can tell you about their projects, their challenges, and their plans for the future.
Also, I’ll be heading back to Ecuador sometime soon. Get ready for a continuation of the Ecuadorian pig-out and hopefully some cool photos too.
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SICK is free today on Kindle.
Originally posted on jeremydyson.com.
I’m honored and thrilled to have the support of so many amazing reviewers and bloggers. This latest review was published by Jeremy Dyson yesterday. Here’s what he had to say about SICK.
“John Branch is a sick, sick man. Born into a wealthy family, John has since fallen on hard times. As the family fortune disappears and his health fails, John is taken care of by his faithful wife. Susan struggles with the burden of supporting her husband emotionally, physically and financially.
This story is really about the struggles of an “unhealthy” relationship. One partner of the marriage is forced to bear most of the burdens of life, whether that be earning a living or stealing painkillers to ease the pain of her ailing spouse. Tragically, there is nothing Susan won’t give to their marriage, even if it means giving up her life to make John happy.
Sick is a wonderfully twisted read. It brings to life the struggles of marriage through a realistic relationship of characters. This story is well-written and crafted by a very talented writer, reminiscent in style to works by Chekhov or Dostoyevsky. Will definitely check out the sequel.”
Jeremy Dyson is the author of zombie novels with a literary flair. Follow Jeremy Dyson’s blog and learn more about his work here.
Sick By Shel Silverstein
Kind of creepy how much this favorite childhood poem reminds me of young John Branch.
“I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more--that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”
Here’s a new review of SICK I missed on AJOOBACATS BLOG. She enjoys “good psychological and literary thrillers that show a depth of understanding of human nature.” Be sure to subscribe to her reviews, and read what she has to say about SICK!
Celebrating the Release of SICKER
I’m giving away SICK for the next two days. Here are the latest reviews:
“Disturbing yet gripping at the same time!”
“SICK is a story that you can’t shrug off easily.”
“Dark and clever.”
Get free copy of SICK
Everyone has a breaking point.
Part I. Is this marriage based on unconditional love or a unhealthy obsession?
Susan Branch’s life revolves around the care of her charming and inscrutable husband John, a man born into wealth and prestige who lost his family’s fortune when his mysterious chronic illnesses left him bedridden. Together they live a decrepit existence beholden to the current owners of his family’s former estate.
After years of devoting herself to John’s care, Susan is worn out and frustrated. Yet she is determined to scrape together whatever resources she can to keep John comfortable and happy. This includes stealing Demerol from the doctor’s office where she works to feed John’s ever-increasing need for pain medication.
As John’s condition continues to puzzle doctors, Susan begins to notice strange objects appearing around her house. Ever wary of creepy Old Pete, the groundskeeper, Susan decides to confront the elderly man and put an end to his snooping for good.
John suffers a critical emergency, but he is saved and is soon released from the hospital. His health begins to improve, and Susan dreams of a normal life, but her hope for a miracle transforms into a nightmare one fateful afternoon when she discovers
the true cause of John’s sickness.
How did John Branch get so sick?
Part II. The gruesome psychological suspense series continues.
John Branch’s sickness has dominated the lives of all those around him, consuming all it can from well-intentioned doctors, compassionate strangers, and trusting loved ones. His chronic illness also bonds him intimately to his wife Susan, trapping them in relationship of unhealthy psychological attachment.
But John’s disease isn’t the only blight in the Branch family.
Injured and loaded with Demerol, John Branch tells his life story from his filthy sickbed. He confesses the horrific secrets of the past. Most disturbing of all, he reveals the philosophy he’s constructed around his condition and tries to indoctrinate Susan. Will she stay with him now that she finally nows the truth, or will she put and end to the madness?
Book III coming soon…
Book II of the SICK series is three days away. Preorder here.
Here’s the latest review of SICK…
Originally posted on Scifi and Scary Reviews
“My Review of SICK by Christa Wojciechowski
I did not like this book. I really did not like this book (actually, novella). It disgusted me. Seriously disgusted to me to the point that I found my lip curling up as if I’d smelled something bad while I read it. Even the descriptions of the husband (just his eyes, lips, etc), set me on edge, making me think “What the… How can this woman find this guy attractive?” Everything I read was repulsive. Repugnant. So, yes, I did not like this book, but that does not mean this was a bad book.
SICK has the honor of being the story that it’s taken me the longest to write a review about. I would try to write it, walk away, come back, try again, walk away… It took me a while to sort out my feelings on it. I even ended up going to one of my fellow bookworms and seeking her advice. The question that ended up giving me the most trouble was this: If a book is well-written, but you’re disgusted by it, but you get the feeling you’re meant to be… how do you rate it?”
The psychological aspects of this book made my skin crawl. Especially the ending. I could not understand it because, I think, I did not want to understand it. I labeled the characters a certain way in my head, and that was that. Christa Wojciechowski makes you feel what the main character is feeling, though. You know why she thinks the way she does, even as you want to shout at her for being stupid and tell her you know something is wrong. Its like watching a wreck happen. You know its not going to end well, and yet you can’t look away. The husband … Lets just say I’ve never wanted to smack a man more in my entire life, and leave it at that.
SICK is a story that you can’t shrug off easily. It rubs your thoughts and feelings raw like you’ve attacked your brain with sandpaper. It’s damn good writing, and I applaud the author for her ability to throw me so far off-balance mentally that it took me 24 hours to figure out what in the world I thought of her story!
Remember that the sequel, SICKER, is available for preorder and will be released on April 13th 2016. Reserve your copy of SICKER here.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! –Christa
Yesterday, I turned over the final draft of SICKER to my editor, Candace Johnson. Thanks to my beta readers for doing an amazing job. I know Candace appreciates the pre-proofreading.
Writing SICKER was a weird and wild journey and I’m happy with the way it turned out. In order to celebrate, I’m giving away part one today. Download your free copy of SICK before Good Friday is over.
I was just informed by WordPress that this blog turns 2 years old today! I want to thank all of my subscribers and readers for being so supportive and always giving me much to think about. I’d also like to know what you would like to see more of on My Sweet D in the future.
- Are there any topics you’d like me to cover?
- Are there others you’d prefer me to shut up about already?
- What were your favorite posts?
I know I haven’t been writing a lot this past year. I know it’s inexcusable and I plan to change that very soon. There are so many blog post ideas in my notebook that I haven’t written. Also, look forward to upcoming:
So, please, give me your questions, suggestions, and feedback. Love you all!
Paying it forward: If you have a book coming out, a promo going on, or just need some exposure for a friend, leave it the comments section below and I’ll tweet it out for you.
Oh by the way…
The people have spoken. In the vote for SICK the Sequel, 100% of SICK readers voted in favor of continuing the story. Despite the nausea and concerns for my sanity, SICKER is written and in revision mode. To be released April 13th, 2016. Yes…
SICKER: is available for preorder.
Welcome to the mind of John Branch.
Reserve your Kindle copy.
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Thanks again, everyone. I’m a very, very grateful blogger 🙂
Gifts for my Subscribers and Followers
To celebrate the holidays, my novellas are free on Kindle today. These two are on opposite sides of the literary spectrum. The Wrong David is a subtle, irreverent, and romantic. SICK is creepy, grotesque, and disturbing. It’s a readerly wine tasting. Take a few sips and see what suits your palate. I’d love to hear you comparisons!
Download your copies…
THE WRONG DAVID
David is a disillusioned American wine broker who meets his partner and best friend, Brian, in France to tour the vineyards of Provence. Brian brings his wife, Vanessa, who David has been desperately in love with for years. David has cultivated his obsession with Vanessa, using it as a distraction from his otherwise unfulfilling life.
As the threesome drink themselves through The French Riviera, David is losing his ability to hide his feelings for his best friend’s wife.
SICK: A NOVELLA
John Branch has been sick all his life, which eventually makes him sick of his life. He wants Susan, his devoted wife of ten years, to assist him with committing suicide. Susan refuses to let John die, no matter how excruciating his pain and suffering gets.
Meanwhile, Susan has been slowly killing herself. She gave up on the idea of pursuing any dreams and aspirations in her own life. She gave up on her health and well-being. She even gave up on being an individual person. Her life was fully consumed by caring for her husband and keeping him alive.
After 10 years, John and Susan can’t go on like this for much longer. Everybody has a breaking point. Is this marriage based on true unconditional love, or a sick-in-the-head obsession?