About the Book
Title: And They All Lived Happily Ever After!
Author: Crystal Connor
Published: August 28th, 2012
Word Count: approx. 65,000
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Dark Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 13+
Once upon a time, in a dark & scary place, in a frightening land way too close to home…
Crystal Connor’s …And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is a collection of short fables not meant for children; but for those who enjoy the madness of nightmares.
In the ‘Queen’s Pawn’ you’ll visit a magical kingdom full of wonder and splendor only to come to the sickening realization that when the Queen had a message…she sends her pawns.
The perils of eating forbidden fruit have been cautioned against since the Book of Genesis, but will our urban princess in ‘The Apple’ heed those warnings?
Embark on a mystical and treacherous quest to reach ‘The Ruins’, located in place so sacred that is should never be visited by mortal man.
These are just a few of the adventures you’ll have as you explore the dark imagination of Crystal Connor. Fourteen short stories of horror, science fiction, and fantasy; 65,306 words of terror by a single author who clearly intends to one day be known as a Master in the genre.
Monsters, Women, and Villains (oh my)!
There’s a whole host of benefits allotted to those, who like myself, possess these very specialized set of skills. One of the benefits is, that afterward, you sleep really good at night and I mean really good.
Well, it’s true, it’s hard to believe I know, but trust me it’s true. Sam, my uncle, sent me to this exotic land that used to smell of frankincense and myrrh. He sent us there, my brothers-in-arms and me, so that we could become proficient in the art of death. We were good at what we did too, because now it only smells of gunpowder, burnt oil, and death. That’s a hellofa predicament you’ve found
yourself in, isn’t it?
Well, at least now you know I’m good with a gun and thanks to my Uncle Sam I am also very comfortable with a blade. This ten inch beauty here is a staple, it’s sharp enough to be use as machete. But this one, with the gut hook, is my all
time favorite and I’ll show you why here in a minute. Now, I can understand why you broke into my home, these are tough times, and a guys gotta eat I get that. I do.
Maybe I would have let you live if you had simply demanded my money and jewels, but, then again, I was never known for being charitable.
And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is currently available in various formats, including audio book. In your experience, which format was harder to produce and get published?
Hi Lindy, thanks so much for having me on your blog today. Ok straight down to business which format of And They All Lived Happily Ever After! was harder to produce and get published? The publishing part for both formats was the easiest. Because the printed version has multiple layouts, fonts, and colored graphics all in the same novel the layout for this book was a nightmare to accomplish and toward the end I was damning my own creativity! Lol. The printed format of this book really challenged me as an artist because they only thing I didn’t do by myself was the editing.
Working on the printed format of And They All Lived Happily Ever After! gave me a renewed appreciation for graphic and interior designers. I love my little basic book cover because I designed it myself but it took me almost a week to figure out how to do that little page curl at the bottom of the cover, lol, how sad is that?
The hardest part for the audio format was audio format was one the waiting, and two keeping it a secret. The reason I wasn’t telling everyone that I was getting an audio book was because I gave Kay Richardson, the narrator, an open ended deadline. When I hire someone to work for me I don’t want them to feel pressured or get stressed out because most people don’t work well under those conditions. There’s no point in standing over someone’s shoulder every step of the way, if you have to do that then you might as well do the work yourself. I know that I can’t so I like to give people room to work. This project took two years to complete and I think it was totally worth the wait, and I hope you think so too. Not only is there the version that’s available for free on Podiobooks, I am also getting a deluxe version that will be sold on Amazon and iTunes that has bonus features not heard on Podiobooks and surprise content not available in the printed version!
Thanks again for letting me hang out with you today, this was so much fun. Thank you!
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