Kindle the Welshire Fire!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Night Owl Interview Online!

The virtual chatter is in the air for The Vampire Family! Awesome interview with Tammie, if I do say so myself. She was a doll. I didn't expect the conversation to be out before Christmas-what a present!

I know, I know. You just want to link. I understand. 80)








Thursday, December 20, 2007

Goth Dollz!

Also another treat I couldn't resist, that can also be quite addictive! Here's a few of the Dollz I've collected from around the net.


First a few spooky ones. Even Drusilla!













And perhaps some that look like me....








And some cool fanciful works!












Check out The Sweet Girls who made these at the Doll on the Hill Factory!







And for more toys, check out my fun pages at FSO!

The Vampire Family, Chapter 2

Since we were such a hit, here's a draft of The Vampire Family, Chapter 2. My livejournal seems to have the most reader friendly format, but I couldn't resist posting here!

The Vampire Family

By

Kristin Battestella

http://jsnouff.com/kristin

Chapter 2

Antonio sat on a pile of hay. He violently plucked and pulled the straw apart.

“If he wants us to leave, he will have to build a wagon to carry us,” Antonio groaned to Elizabeth and kept his back to her. “He can build it himself.”

Antonio threw the piece of hay aside and picked up another, “I will not help him.”

“We must go live with Uncle Henry. I don’t think even you can stop that,” Elizabeth hobbled from the barn as Antonio glared after her.

****

The sun shined on the town gate, and a partly finished castle lay beyond. The tiny wagon teetered to the new home, and Antonio looked at his tout Uncle Henry, “When did this happen?”

“It’s been growin’ steady. Sheepin’ is good business. I offered your dad a piece awhile back, but he refused it.”

Portly though he was, Henry’s face showed the wear and tear of his business. Still, he was jovial nonetheless.

“It’s amazing,” Elizabeth’s voice held a note of awe. They crossed the stone bridge over the thick moat and rode under the stone archway. Guards kept watch from the towers above.. Antonio stared at the turrets on the castle.

“What exactly is your position in all this?” Antonio asked Uncle Henry.

“It’s all mine,” Henry smiled. “I’m not really a King, but I am the ruler here. More like a First Citizen actually.”

Ann and Elizabeth looked at Antonio. He wondered if they saw his evil plans churning in his eyes and chuckled.

“When I move on, all this goes to my son Gaston,” Uncle Henry twisted to face the young man. . “You remember Gaston, don’t you, Antonio?”

“Yes.”

The rickety wagon pulled up to the Castle door. A young girl opened the door and ran out. . Antonio stared intently, smitten by this auburn haired, emerald-eyed beauty.

“My little Romina!” Uncle Henry stepped down and pulled his angelic child into his arms. . “Romina, this is Antonio. Antonio, Romina.”

Antonio bowed, “It is an honor to know the same blood runs through our veins.” He took Romina’s hand and tried to kiss it, but she pulled away before his lips met the fair and soft flesh. He knew he had her cornered with his very presence. Somehow, Romina would learn to live with him-and like it.

****

“Do you think she is promised to someone?” Antonio asked Ann.

“Romina?” Ann maneuvered the topsoil around her plants and planted her seeds on the side of the castle. Antonio didn’t help, just stood above her and blocked the daylight.

“Of course Romina. She is some sort of Princess or lady or something. Do you think she is promised to someone?”

“I suppose.”

“Do you think she likes me?” Antonio looked at Ann instead of daydreaming.

“Well, Antonio,” Ann looked up at him. “She didn’t seem to.”

“She didn’t like me?” Antonio pouted.

“Not really, Antonio.”

Ann stopped her gardening.

“We have a chance for a new life here. There’s no need to chase what cannot be had.”

Antonio clenched his fist. Ann stood and flinched away, yet she studied his profile. Antonio smirked at his control over her, then walked away with no care for the ward’s opinion.

“Then I’ll make her like me.”

****

Gaston rode through the main street lined with his worshippers. His bay horse was tall., Antonio’s cousin was sandy haired, grey eyed, tall, and proud. Gaston sat high above the peasants brushing his legs and waved. Antonio watched this spectacle from his room high in the castle.

A new casualty.

The door to Antonio’s room swung open.

“Have you seen my pin?” Ann hurried in and took the brush off the table. She brushed her hair a few times and opened one of the table’s wooden drawers.

“Did you ask Elizabeth?” Antonio removed his booted foot from the windowsill and turned his concentration from the street charade to Ann. She looked under a pile of clothes, in a trunk, and the table again.

Antonio straightened his plaid dressing and smoothed his white blouse with his hands. Ann stomped in frustration but caught his humor.

“Are you making fun of me?”

“Of course I am,” Antonio approached her, but Ann’s hair was hanging in her face. Antonio reached up softly and swept the delicate hair back behind her ear.

“I like your yellow dress. It’s like your hair. You look lovely. Now, let’s hurry before we miss him,” Antonio pressed Ann out the door. He glimpsed his ax among his bed sheets, then left.

****

Gaston dismounted at the front of the castle as Antonio watched from inside the door.

“Glad you’re back in one piece, lad,” Uncle Henry shook hands with his son.

“Thank you, Father,” Gaston noticed Ann and Elizabeth with his sister. “I’ m glad to be back.”

Romina took Gaston’s hand, “These are our cousins, Ann and Elizabeth.”

Gaston took a fair hand from each sister and kissed them both. Antonio shifted as he cringed in the doorframe.

“Seems that Romina forgot about our other new arrival,” Henry put his arm around Gaston and led him to the door. “Gaston, this is Antonio.”

Gaston bowed his head as Antonio removed himself from the doorframe. He slowly sulked towards Gaston. Antonio’s body language told his opinion of Gaston and his arrival perfectly.

You shouldn’t be here.

Gaston put out his hand for a handshake, but Antonio ignored the outstretched hand. He stood still while Antonio’s eyes examined him, but Uncle Henry slapped both of them on the back, unaware.

“Come inside, boys. The butcher will have something special ready.”

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Vampire Family, Chapter 1


A little taste to whet your appetites-unedited, of course.

The Vampire Family

By

Kristin Battestella

http://jsnouff.com/kristin

Chapter 1

“Ye sharpen that old ax,” Antonio’s father, Edward dragged him out of bed. It wasn’t a particularly comfortable bed nor was there any luxury in sleeping until dawn, but in sixteen summers Antonio’s penance was never paid. Edward pulled Antonio outside and shoved him up the jagged hill overlooking their shabby homestead. Antonio didn’t know why. He didn’t always care, either. Sometimes he looked upon the stone home’s smoking chimney, longing to be inside, but always he was left to grind away on the rocks.

“Ye stay there till supper and then I says if you can eat.”

Sunset came, and Antonio knew his father would stumble back up from the valley. Antonio watched the large bull block out the fading sun. He was old and vile compared to his own labored physique. The elder grabbed Antonio and shoved him down the hill as always. The wind picked up and dark clouds blew over the rising moon. Rain poured down on Antonio, and the ground quickly became soggy and muddy.

Antonio squinted through raindrops and saw two young girls running from the wet fields with the family’s animals. His adopted sisters knew Edward’s torment. Ann’s light hair clumped together as she pushed the sheep into the barn. Elizabeth pulled the workhorse up the rocky hill while her dark locks flung in her face, but Ann came to assist her sister. Kept weak by hunger and force like Antonio, the former orphans were not strong enough to pull the horse and plow through the slush and rock.

Antonio saw Ann and Elizabeth wrestling below with the horse.

“Father!” He tried to tell Edward, but fell silent on a jab in the face from the ax handle. The workhorse stomped in the mud as the thunder and lightning crackled. The natural sounds deafened Antonio, then the horse reared, and Antonio heard the leather bridal snap.

The horse screamed as it tumbled with the plow and rolled down the hill. His thud echoed- dead as the broken plow was useless. The Welshire Patriarch raced down the terrain towards Ann and Elizabeth. He grabbed Elizabeth. Antonio knew what would happen to them tonight, and he wept at his helplessness. Helpless to help Elizabeth or himself. In hindsight, taking in Ann and Elizabeth was not a good thing to do.

“No!” She cried as Ann ran to the house. “Please!”

Edward threw Elizabeth down the hill, and Antonio covered his mouth for fear the same would befall him. Her little body rolled, crackled, and bounced until it landed on the horse. Antonio barely heard her whimper over the wind, as her legs bent in an unnatural, shape.

Ann continued running towards the house as quick as her small legs and the natural circumstances would allow. Another bolt of thunder rumbled in the sky, and Ann ducked the lightning prick on the thatched roof of the stone home. Ann turned to the barn, but Antonio’s father was on her tracks. The elder Welshire grabbed the golden-haired child by her wet and sun-tipped strands. She was his ward now, and Edward drug her back to the hill’s crest.

Antonio watched the scene unfold from the top of the hill. He looked at his sharpening stone and heard Ann’s screams. Antonio leaped to his feet. His legs moved down the hill and past the smoking home. His hands touched his father’s evil body as sixteen years of anger, frustration, and pain helped him push his father down the hill.

The muddy hillside sank as Edward rolled down the rocky terrain. The old man’s ax ripped from its leather tie and dropped in the mud. Antonio spotted the shiny ax tip in the ground and raced towards it. The father fell into the mud but Antonio was over him with the ax. Now Antonio had the upper hand, and the elder Welshire tried to move from the danger. Antonio reveled in Edward’s turnabout-he was a turtle overturned onto its shell.

Antonio raised the ax over his head with both hands. He let the ax come down to meet his father’s flesh.

****

Antonio sat on the edge of the bed, tired but pleased with himself. He laid his palm against Elizabeth’s sweaty forehead and reached into the bucket of cool water by the bed. He pulled out a wet rag and twisted out the water over the bucket and applied the damp rag to Elizabeth’s face.

“You may come in, Ann,” Antonio called. Ann peeked around the sheepskin curtain that divided the house into two rooms. Ann stepped into the space reserved by the curtain. There was much for Antonio to do, including the disposition of their spineless mother. Antonio continued to apply the wet rag. “Today we will repair the roof, and I will take care of mother.”

Ann said nothing and retreated outside to untied Mother Welshire’s horse from the post. She opened the basket on the horse and pulled out various coins and currency.

“I will take those,” Antonio stood in the doorway. He stepped over, took the coins, and dropped them one at a time into the pouch on his belt. Ann’s eyes widened at the ax hanging next to the pouch, but she led the horse to the barn. Kind as he was to her and Elizabeth, his path towards retribution could not be deterred, and Antonio set off to find his mother.

Antonio reached the slope where his mother mourned the now tiny body.

She fell for that robber’s story! Pathetic!

Antonio’s plotting had come swiftly once his hands touched the ax. No veil or cowardice shielded him now. Antonio took his time getting to the woman. After all ,she had plenty of time to look the other way while Edward did the things he did.

I can take my time. She only has so much time. When Elizabeth no longer needs her…

Mother Eira hovered over the bloody face and kissed her husband’s lips.

Ugh!

“Mother,” Antonio shook his thoughts away. Eira wiped the tears from her eyes, stood, and straightened her long dress. The Welshire Matriarch opened her arms and embraced her son. Antonio tried to resist, then he broke the hug. “Come, Mother.”

****

Antonio sat up in his bed. He heard screaming, right before Ann burst into the house. Antonio tried to make sense of what she was saying.

“The frost came! The frost came early and killed all my crops!” Ann clutched some dead vegetation in her hands. She had labored so long against the unforgiving land, somehow finding joy in making life when hers was so dismal. Ann thrust the crops in his face.

“They’re frozen!”

****

Antonio stood outside the back window of the stone home. Snow piled up to his knees, but Mother Welshire sat inside by the fire and sewed. Perhaps she was not oblivious or uncaring, but simply incapable of doing anything about their humble existence. Goodness is easier said then done. Antonio eyed his mother with contempt. He was no longer concerned with inaction. He loaded a stone into his slingshot, pulled back, then released the weapon The jagged stone hit Eira in the back of the head, and she tumbled to the floor.

Antonio climbed in the window and walked to the main door. He was going to do things his way from now on. Ann and Elizabeth now belonged to him.

Oh no! I’ve tracked snow in the house. Who is there to tell me? Who rules me now? No one!

Antonio opened the door and shoved the body out into the snow. Ann and Elizabeth stood in silence while Antonio kicked at the body to knock it completely outside. He didn’t need to say his plans before them. Had they learned their submissive lesson from Father Welshire, or was it Antonio’s ways that chilled their bones? . He slammed the door shut, locked the cold metal latch, and gave no explanation to Ann or Elizabeth. Why should he?

****

Mother Welshire woke in the snow. Groggy, she sat up and touched the back of her head. Both her hand and the snow around her were stained with drips of blood. Numb from the hours in the cold, Eira’s body shook with trauma and panic. She stumbled to her feet and knocked on the door in time with her still pounding heart. “Elizabeth, let me in.”

The three children raised their heads. Ann and Elizabeth leaned closer to the front window and Eira looked at them.

“Do not move,” She heard Antonio ordered the younger two. “It is for the best.”

“Ann,” Eira banged on the door. The urgency in her voice grew. “Please let me in!”

Snowflakes fell fast and quickly raised the wintry blanket across the land. Mother Welshire pounded on the door with equal velocity. Antonio tricked me. I suspect he was behind his father’s death, too.

“Ann! Elizabeth!” She banged against the wood again. “Do not play this madness!”

No! Antonio is only trying to scare me. A game! What a sick game! I feel so dizzy. No. I knew he was evil.

She collapsed against the door and sobbed, “Why won’t you let me in?” Eira smacked the door in vain. “What did I do? I didn’t do anything wrong! Why are you doing this to me?”

Ann jumped up from the window, and her mother heard the latch creak Eira hoped there was will left in Ann yet, but Antonio approached the window.

“No. Unless you want to join her.”

Mother Welshire rapped on the door, and her fingers bled. The vessels in her hands popped from impact and the cold. Eira tried to stand .

Maybe a window? The barn!

The rising snow and her freezing limbs thwarted her efforts.and she tumbled to the icy ground.

The young girls heard their adopted mother’s cries for a few more hours. Loud, then soft. Weeping, yelling. Slowly the wind carried away the faint moaning and whimpers. Now, there was silence. The snow stopped, and Ann insisted they open the door.

“She is dead, Antonio,” She found her tongue too late. “Let’s not leave her out there.”

“I’m leaving her to be sure,” Antonio warmed his hands by the fire-his plot had been the first step in his letting go. Ann ducked behind the sheepskin wall.

****

The sun rose and Elizabeth woke in the pile of sheepskins by the fire. Antonio slept soundly in his own huddle. Elizabeth caught a dreaming smile on his face, then it was gone. Ann was piled near Elizabeth, but she turned in a restless sleep. Elizabeth stretched and rubbed her eyes. She remembered the horrifying events belonging to last night and winced at a twinge in her leg..

Elizabeth slid from the makeshift bed and took a few sheepskins with her to the door. Her stride was awkward, Elizabeth’s limp would be there forever because of her injuries. She reached for the latch. Could I? Should I?

She slid the bolt carefully, but it squeaked a little. Elizabeth looked to the floor of sheepskins. Antonio stirred, but did not wake. Elizabeth grasped the handle and slowly opened the door.

Mother Eira stood frozen in the snow. A contorted and morbid statue her arms were in the air, and her fists were clenched in their banging position. Frozen blood lined her arms and the collar of her sheepskin. Mother Welshire’s eyes were open. The blue irises were, glazed over with a white frost. Forever was her mouth to be open, too. Her tongue captured midway between the chapped lips, and saliva dangled like icicles from what yellow teeth she had.

Elizabeth opened her mouth to scream, but a strong hand cupped her mouth shut. Antonio whispered in her ear, “Ann is still sleeping.”

He removed his hand, and Elizabeth looked into Antonio’s cold blue eyes. She had not thought of him much before Father Welshire’s fall, but now she did fear him. His own will was his motivation, even when he cared for her. Antonio forced an uncomforting smile, but Elizabeth was captivated by the opal-colored eyes.

They are so mysterious. Deceptive? Frightening!

Antonio shut the door on his mother and returned to the fire.

Friday, December 14, 2007

New Vampire Family Cover Released!

Here it is! Sweetness designed by Head Artist Julie D'Arcy at Eternal Press. I should be editing, of course, but I had to post and share my new cover!




Trying for the larger image!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Join The Vampire Family!

No, not That way!

Join The Vampire Family-with an Author Event!


Yes it sounds crazy, but allow me a few moments to tell you about The Vampire Family. Not your garden variety horror novel, instead of glorifying the darkness and spooky imagery, The Vampire Family warns of the consequences, issues, division, and conflict that will arise when flawed people come under evil’s power.

In this message I hope to peak your interests towards the sharing of The Vampire Family with public speaking engagements, group discussions, and good old fashioned debate.

The Vampire Family and the Mature Youth


The Vampire Family is not for everyone, naturally. I began the initial ‘vampfam’ short story in high school many years ago, and the feel of angst and youth remain in the novel today. Scholastic has done several studies on the decline of youth readership. Teens are often distracted with games and television, but frankly, there isn’t quality reading material for the 15 to 22 demographic. Like most genre fiction, The Vampire Family provides serious allegory to inspire the young mind.


The Vampire Family’s story begins in the British Isles during the 12th Century and travels their turbulent times through to today. We live in a society that glorifies greed and power and turns its nose up at traditional family values. Children of abuse, divorce, displacement, and loss will relate to the tortured family patriarch Antonio, his crestfallen son James, and his willful daughter Samantha-who wants nothing to do with the family business.


The Church and The Vampire Family


You can take The Vampire Family merely at its face value-enjoyable enough to horror fans, sure. It’s not overtly mentioned in the novel, but The Vampire Family has an underlining Christian theme noticeable to the religious eye. Before their descent into vampirism, during, and after, The Vampire Family has struggled-no the Welshire’s relationships have been down right turbulent-stemming mainly from one thing: They don’t all agree on being vampires. Antonio’s daughter Victoria lives up the vampire lifestyle, but youngest child Samantha seeks an escape from the family’s decadent lifestyle. This darkness versus light theme runs throughout the novel. Unlike other popular horror, The Vampire Family reiterates one thing: darkness is wrong. In fact, its purpose may be to bring one to the light.


The division among the Welshires may oversimplify, in fact. Duality and internal conflict is constant for people of all times, places, and creeds. Perhaps however, this difficulty is found most in today’s Christian, with one foot in the service of the Lord and the other step caught in today’s secular and dissident world.

What The Vampire Family is Really About

I’m not one for special effects or fancy imagery. The Vampire Family is about people with problems. They need not be European vampires from the Middle Ages. It’s Dallas, The Sopranos. Pick any time, any place, and you will find people struggling against their situation and the human condition. Look in your local newspaper and read about the murders, abuse, and crime with which we mar our lives. Reading is not a thing of the past. The power of the written word is perhaps the one human invention that cannot be rivaled. Books have the power to change our lives. I am not the same person I was when I wrote The Vampire Family, and I wish to share this food for thought with you.

Get Involved with The Vampire Family


Maybe you like a philosophical discussion, or perhaps you’re a youth leader who needs a new approach for an ornery group of teens. You may even be an individual searching for something more. If you’re an open minded church, business, or organization, perhaps an event with The Vampire Family is for you.

Samples of speeches or essays are available by emailing kbattestella@msn.com, and the first three chapters of The Vampire Family are available at http://jsnouff.com/kristin. A biography, photos, slideshows, other short stories, and non fiction are also available at the website. Please email me about the availability of advanced reader copies of The Vampire Family.

Alternatively, feel free to join the Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kristinbattestella for additional news and discussions. If your group would like to host a chat, presentation, discussion, or workshop on The Vampire Family, please feel free to contact me.


About The Vampire Family Author

Kristin Battestella writes for her hometown newspaper in New Jersey and has been writing science fiction, fantasy, non fiction, and horror for fifteen years. She enjoys being at home with her family, collecting records, and creating web pages in her spare time. Along with various sports articles, online reviews, and fiction work, Kristin's first e-book The Adventures of Pave was published in 2005. Recently, Kristin’s novella Blood Type: V completed its serial run at Gothic Revue.com, and her first full length work The Vampire Family is being re-released with Eternal Press in 2008.


Important Vampfam Links

Kbattestella@msn.com

http://jsnouff.com/kristin

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kristinbattestella

kristin724.livejournal.com

vampfam.blogspot.com


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

On Leigh Wood-Interview by Kristin Battestella

Hey everybody!


I just posted the first part of my interview with fellow NJ author Leigh Wood. We're doing a bit of a dual blog format for this one.


The first half of the interview is at my livejournal page,

The conclusion of the interview with Leigh Wood is however on her blog at

If you're a fan of conflict, humor, and erotica this is definately the read for you! Leigh talks about her newest erotica novel On The Way To New Isosceles and her memoir Cracked.

Kristin

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Vampire Family 2008 Press!

Wow, two Vampire Family events for January and February scheduled already! Check The Calender at the Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group for complete details.

Directly, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kristinbattestella/cal. If you're not a member, join us!


Who knew there would be such a clamor for vampyness?

Don't forget that The Vampire Family is being re-released on Feb 7, my birthday!

If you have a horror site or book blog and would like to take part in The Vampire Family action, feel free to contact me! It's like a bluelight special!

Don't forget about the Eternal Press Readers Group or the Eternal Press ezine. Lots of Vampire Family-ness happening there in the next few months.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Fallen Angels Interview is Here!

Ah, my wit and humor and writing talk for all to see! Check it out at


http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/Interviews/2007/
Nov07-LindaL-KristinBattestella.htm

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Vampire Family Coming February 7!

Well this is certainly a reason to have a party for my birthday? What's so special about February 7 you ask? Besides the fact that its the day I turn the big 27, Eternal Press is releasing The Vampire Family on 2-7-08!

Of course, these things are subject to change, but we're going to get into the editing train soon so I can have all these reasons to celebrate!

http://www.eternalpress.com.au/ has all the latest Coming Soon news for me and my fellow EP authors. Check out the Eternal Press Ezine, too!

K



Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Fallen Angels Interview Online Soon!


Well, now that my pc is alive and reformatted!


I just wanted to get out a quick note about the interview I just completed with Fallen Angels! It probably won't be live until December, but I'm an impatient person, what can I say?


Perhaps FAR will review The Vampire Family when its rereleased with Eternal Press in 2008! Till then its turkeys and Christmas and all the good stuff in between. I hate waiting for all that too!


Godspeed!

Kristin

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Vampire Family Halloween Contest Shocker!


Well now I've gone and done it! Check out Shiela Stewart's Halloween Spookfest Blog and you'll see my contest announcement! Anyone up for a free promo edition of the complete The Vampire Family Book on CD?

Here's the direct link to my days' posts with Shiela

http://romancewithshielastewart.blogspot.com/2007/10/kristin-batestilla.html

A little weird, but it makes it easier for me to post comments. Nothing wrong with weird, especially this time of year!

Ok, so the particulars! I've got a handful of promo The Vampire Family Book on CD editions left over, so why not join The Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group for YOUR chance to win a copy?

http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/kristinbat testella

On Halloween, October 31, well the contest will end then because it just wouldn't be any fun otherwise!



The Vampire Family by Kristin Battestella

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Halloween Spook Fest Appearance


Ha! It's October, of course The Vampire Family is in demand, even though we are returning to e publishing in 2008 with Eternal Press!


Can't wait till then? Get your vampy fix at Shiela Stewart's First Halloween Spook Fest Blog!

All this week fun stuff is going on, including a special The Vampire Family by Kristin Battestella day all day Wednesday, October 24! Surprises instore, I assure.


http://romancewithshielastewart.blogspot.com/ is where its at all this week!


Tuesday, October 23rd : Sylvia Shults
Wednesday, October 24th: Kristin Battestella
Thursday, October 25th: Koko Brown
Friday, October 26th: Sheryl Nantus
Saturday, October 27th: Karen Wiesner
Sunday, October 28th: Sloan McBride
Monday, October 29th: Catherine Chernow
Tuesday, October 30th: Carol McCloud/Lynn Crane
Wednesday, October 31st: Samantha Sommersby


Don't forget you can always find The Vampire Family at http://jsnouff.com/kristin!

See you Wednesday!

Kristin


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Get Ready for Horror Movie Marathons with Yours Truly!

Hey gang.

I'm seeing a lot of posts on groups and forums about horror movie marathons. It is the right time of year certainly! This year we've made things simply by sticking to series-Nightmare on Elm Street anyone?

Anywho, I've posted new reviews at the For Flying Servants Only Blog. the new Halloween, both House on Haunted Hills, Wolf Creek, The Exorcist, and last year's The Wicker Man.


Here's how to get to the reviews:

Visit the Blog at http://jsnouff.com/kristin/blog/. Most recent entries are first, or you can use the search box in the upper right hand corner and browse for previous reviews or click on the reviews catergory and read them all!

Alternatively, you can go to http://jsnouff.com/kristin/reviews.php and see a work in progress list of films, books, and television reviews I've done.


Hope this helps with your Halloween marathons. Feel free to join the Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group and share your commentary!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tis the Season for The Vampire Family!


Howdy all! I'm not letting this stupid summer weather stop me!


Need the Vampy news on everything and nothing?


I’m in negotiations with Eternal Press for new e book publiation and possible print options for The Vampire Family! eternalpress.com.au!


Naturally, signing on to Eternal Press would mean the end of the FSO pdf download option of The Vampire Family. If you don’t want to be without them I suggest you buy now before the link is gone! jsnouff.com/kristin



Check back to FSO for some review updates, both my own work and some new Vampfam press. New photos from the Collingswood fest will be online, eventually, too. groups.yahoo.com/group/kristinbattestella


And but of course in the midsts of all this writingness, I’m also going to the PA Renn Faire. Woohoo.


Do give some love to Skylar Sinclair and the original Vampire Family cover!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Collingswood Book Festival!

It sounds so Dark Shadows, doesn't it? Don't forget that me, myself, and I-along with The Vampire Family will be attending Saturday October 6!

Check out
http://www.collingswoodbookfestival.com/ For directions and more!

There's lots more Vampfam events in store, it being October, you know. Although the weather here is more like June! No beaches for these vampires, just lots of spooky nights with the pc!

Do you love Kate Hill? So do we! Do check out kate-hill.com for her Annual Halloween Page-this year featuring The Vampire Family!

Sweetness!


The Vampire Family by Kristin Battestella
Shop at
http://jsnouff.com/kristin Today!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Chat with The Vampire Family, Again!

Hey gang. Hee, gang rhymes with Fang!

Did you know The Vampire Family has been with the Love and Romance Cafe Yahoo Group this week? Vampire Family dribs and drabs for Vampire and Paranormal week! Links, excerpts, chat! If you’re a member of the club, feel free to join in Saturday September 22 for the big finale!

Don't forget, The Vampire Family is now available through direct download from For Flying Servants Only......

http://jsnouff.com/kristin is where its at!

Kristin

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wait No More For The Vampire Family!

Gather round, fellow pale ones! The Vampire Family has returned!

Looking for something to pass the midnight hour? Visit
http://jsnouff. com/kristin and order the newly revised The Vampire Family by Kristin Battestella!

New cover, New epilogue, New price!

Shop through paypal and have The Vampire Family in your virtual mailbox within two days!

Autographed books on cd of The Vampire Family will be available at the Collinswood Book Festival on October 6, with mail order options then following.

Should you have any technical difficulties with your purchase, please email
kristin724@yahoo. com for troubleshooting. Thank you for your support!

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Vampire Family-Rising from the Grave!


None too soon, eh everybody?

Just in time for the holidays-heck, who are we kidding! Halloween, baby! Sibling Rivalry, cats versus dogs, vampires and all-The Vampire Family will be available again soon. Very soon, as a very affordable download direct from For Flying Servants Only......!

Check out http://jsnouff.com/kristin for ordering information or join the Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group for all the details.

Not only will this Vampire Family version feature a new cover design from author Kristin Battestella, but an all new never before seen epilogue is now included! So light a few candles, carve the pumpkin, and put out the black cat-its time to snuggle in with The Vampire Family!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Vampire Family Hath Cometh!

Hey Gang!

Not that The Vampire Family ever went away, but now that I Kristin Battestella am back from my whirlwind road trip vacation, its time to get down to business, vampire business folks.

Summer's gone! I am ready for fall, dead leaves, and gothic vampires with issues!

A few more chat days are in the works, but feel free to check out http://jsnouff.com/kristin for more. New treats are coming soon, so join The Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kristinbattestella for the latest.


Wooohaaaaa!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Final Weekend of GOTH Vampire Family Contest!

Hey everyone! Dog Days of Summer Shummer! Its the last weekend in our GOTH Anti Summer Vampire Family Event! Can you believe it?

Sign up at the Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group for your chance to win our Grand Finale Prize!

What’s all the macabre fun? A bejeweled handbag, leather notebook, femme fatale incense, more jewelry and keychains, temporary tattoos, and a free copy of The Vampire Family!

Time is running out-GOTH ends August 15!

For more Vampfam, check out http://jsnouff.com/kristin for excerpts and updates on the latest reviews and interviews! Currently, I’m looking at some blog and loop appearances on August 29 and 31. More mailboxes are filling up with blog interview requests! I’m going to Virgina on vacation the 18th to the 24th, but I’ll be checking in with my laptop!

Don’t forget the NJWS Meeting Wednesday August 15 at the Vineland Public Library! If you are in the South Jersey area, join us!

And just think- its still 3 months ot Halloween!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

GOTH Contest and Vampire Family Chats!

Hey everyone!

It’s been a busy week with The Vampire Family’s release, as you can imagine! Things are ready to kick it up at The Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group. We’re still hosting our Goth Anti Summer Vampire Family Event, and this week we’re serving up a contest for some sweet smelling incense. Join us!

Several Chat loop dates are also in the works. July 31st I’ll be doing double duty with The Brenda Williamson Romance Club, and I’m hoping to schedule a loop at the Weekly Author Spotlight Yahoo Group soon. I’m also waiting for my first review from PNR to go live.

Wow!

Much more to come. I’m tweaking with the notion of giving away a vampfam set short story as a gift to buyers. Check back for details!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Long Wait For The Vampire Family is Over!





Long Wait for The Vampire Family is Almost Over


By Leigh Wood




The genesis for The Vampire Family first came to author Kristin Battestella more than ten years ago. After dozens of edits and changes, rejections, and some time buried in a drawer, The Vampire Family will finally have its place in the spotlight with Mardi Gras Publishing. After an editing delay with the Alabama based publisher set The Vampire Family back from its original March 17th release date, the paranormal tale of good and evil will be release on July 21st. “The story has never changed,” shares New Jersey native Kristin. “Once it was established, its never been veered from, but the format and framework has been toyed with once or twice. We span the centuries with The Welshire clan, from the 12th Century to the 21st.”




Known more for her non fiction work online and in print, Battestella’s vampire short story Blood Type: V just concluded its serial run with the now defunct Gothic Revue ezine. Kristin’s reviews and commentaries on books and movies have been published by Fire Fox News, Creative Singularity, Neometropolis, Flames Rising, and several others. Kristin even co authored How to Write A Horror Review with Monica Valentinelli for Flames Rising, and Kristin’s review of the comic turned movie 300 crashed the Fire Fox News server and set the ezine’s record of most hits with over 11,000. Locally, Battestella is infamous for her newsbeat and opinion column, appearing weekly in the Cumber County Reminder. However online, its still vampires and horror galore. “The Vampire Family and Blood Type: V just happened to appear at the same time. They serve each other well in that they probably appeal to the same audience but the stories are totally unrelated.”




The seed for The Vampire Family began as a vampire couple and the unsuspecting victims they ensnare, but when Battestella began writing the story in high school, it grew into a story about a medieval family who become vampires. Antonio Welshire’s cruelty as a human being leads him to Mestiphles, a devilish type who turns Antonio and his family into vampires. Where some of the family members thrive through the centuries, several resist their vampiric ways. Battestella began the story as a teenager, and still thinks it holds that appeal for today’s late teens. “Not all Antonio’s children want to be involved in the family business,” Kristin recounts. “Kid’s today can relate to that. We live in a very confusing time. I don’t recommend The Vampire Family for anyone under 16, but there’s an entire subculture of college types who will dig the vampiric aspects of the novel. You can take it at face value for just a cool vampire fix, but there’s a moral undercurrent in The Vampire Family that I think is lacking in what little later teens are reading. Studies show young adults don’t read as much as they used to. Part of that is a lack of mature reading on their level.”




A former youth leader, Sunday School teacher, and one time pursuer of the Methodist ministry, Battestella insists The Vampire Family is not indulging in the darker side. “The Vampire Family is a cautionary tale. Sure for a time you think these vampires are so cool and have all the power and fortune one could want, but that’s just it. They aren’t happy with what they’ve become. Having superpowers doesn’t make things easy for them. It does in fact consume them and destroy the family’s core. Antonio’s daughter Samantha sees the path vampirism will take them on, and she resists. The Vampire Family is more about finding the light at the end of the tunnel or within yourself. “Blood Type: V was actually written after The Vampire Family began. I was a senior in high school taking an AP Biology class. The science of vampires intrigued me. How people react to the fantastic intrigues me. Are the Welshires no longer people because they become vampires? I pose a question to the readers. They make up their own minds.”




Duality is at the core of the questions raised in The Vampire Family. The rivals in the family develop alternate powers-morphing into cats or dogs. Some are turncoats, even the Welshire’s rival clan present an ambiguous front. Led by a curious friend of Mestiphles named Lilith, the Lilithan vampires dress in all white-even though their actions are always dark at heart. “I wanted rivalries and conflicts, but the darkness versus light aspects of The Vampire Family came about on their own, through the characters mostly. Everyone has a dark side to them. Being a vampire perhaps makes it easy to come forth, but does that mean you loose the good? Can you be one or the other or is toeing the balance between the two possible?”




Through several contests on her Yahoo Group, Battestella has given away unedited copies of The Vampire Family. First was the Bloody Valentine contest in February, and now just in time for the ebook release, Goth: The Anti Summer Vampire Family event has provided fans with a sneak peak. The contest has already awarded other prizes, and more is in store before its August 15th closing date. What do readers say? “They can’t wait, or so I’ve been told,” Kristin hopes its more than kind words. “Everyone keeps telling me the want more than just the real thing.” The Vampire Family was accepting in October of 2006 by Mardi Gras, but changes in year old company’s staff and the work needed on The Vampire Family delayed the book from its projected Spring release. “All the editors I’ve had have been great. The company has been very patient with me as I went through the editing process. There were a few concerns about flashbacks in the later third of the novel, but the Lilithan Wars are better together than separate. With a few formatting changes, we were able to better integrate the storylines, multiple viewpoints, and time and place.”




The cover art for The Vampire Family was done by Mardi Gras’ senior cover artist Skylar Sinclair this past winter. “I told Skylar what I was looking for, and she pull everything I was looking for together perfectly. For some reason fans think its me on the cover, but its not. I love the ambiguity. The fangs in the background, and the tore vampire in the front. Which is ecstasy? Which is pain? Even the type face, one traditional and one bloody allude to some good old fashioned conflict. It’s red, sharp, eye catching, and has something under the surface. Great job.” With publication on the horizon, Kristin’s virtual and real life schedules are filling up. In April, Battestella reminded readers about The Vampire Family at the First Annual Philadelphia Book Festival, and this October, Kristin will be having Halloween early at the Collingswood Book Festival. “The Philly festival was a lot of fun, even though I was worried I would loose a lot of readers from the book’s delay. Luckily, the Yahoo Group’s numbers actually doubled, and I hope that local readers will come out in October for a hard copy of The Vampire Family. Right now, I’m hosting the Goth contest. It’s been a lot of fun. We tease members with excerpts and such from The Vampire Family, but we’ve also mailed out keychains, nail polish, bookmarks. In February, one winner from Chicago received a rose picture frame, a journal, magnets, and potpourri.




“It would be easy to market The Vampire Family with good old fashioned Halloween vamps, bats, and scares. At the Collingswood fest in October we are really going all out, but earlier in the year, we went for a more old world gothic feeling. Roses and candles are a versatile way to tie in other holidays. I got the idea for the Anti Summer contest from places I’ve worked. I wear a lot of black. It’s been required at a few places I’ve worked, and its always classic and professional. Still, a few coworkers thought I looked spooky on the hottest day of the year.” The Vampire Family ebook will be available at mardigraspublishing.com as well as other online book sellers, and if sales are high, Mardi Gras could consider the 50,000 word plus novel for a print release. “I hope we go to print. I love electronic publishing. It’s a fascinating industry that taps into a whole generation of online readers. Still, there’s nothing like having your book on shelves in a real store. Some old school persons in the book industry don’t consider electronic publication as the real deal. That isn’t so, but print is vindication against those hold outs.”


Although this is her first full length publication, The Vampire Family is not Battestella’s first ebook release. The Adventures of Pave was released by Lilac Books in 2005. Members of the Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group can also read a free murder mystery by Kristin. Currently, Kristin is editing new works and working on another horror short entitled The Haberdasher. “The Haberdasher has taken a back seat for awhile. I wasn’t going to finish it at first, but some early feedback from my family encouraged me to see it through. I’ve got some sf and fantasy novellas to work on, but I’d love to polish my big sf epic The Centaurians. That’s waiting longer than The Vampire Family.” At least we won’t have to wait much longer.
The Vampire Family by Kristin Battestella will be released on July 21 by Mardi Gras Publishing. Visit Kristin’s official website http://jsnouff.com/kristin for ordering information, excerpts, giveaways, and photos.

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