Mind Control (I haz it)

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Do you want to know something that all Carina Press authors know? Executive Editor Angela James loves keeping secrets. Not in a casual, “Oh, I love puppies!” kind of way. More in a Golem, “My precious” kind of way. She gets to see our covers first and makes sure we know about it. When she gets news, even when she can’t share it, she makes sure we know she has it. She lords her little secrets over us with such glee, it makes you want to laugh along with her…almost as much as you want to torture her with one of those Wrath of Kahn ear-slugs.
So today, I am pleased to announce that I’ve had a secret for about eight months that Angela James doesn’t know. Come closer and I’ll tell you.

*whispers* The day she called me to offer a contract for The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale, I stayed home from work. Do you want to know why?

Because I KNEW she was going to call me.

That’s right, I KNEW it. So I called in to work, told my boss the *actual* reason why (which has since prompted her to tell everyone who will listen that I’m a witch and can see the future) and sat down to wait. It’s only fair to tell you that this incredible feat of divination didn’t stop me from questioning Angie’s identity when she finally *did* call. Nor did it quell the sniveling sobs that erupted after she reassured me that, no, she didn’t call people with bad news. But it really freaked me out that despite my doubts (and I had a million of them), somewhere deep down, I knew it was meant to be.

So here I am now, writing a blog post for Carina Press and thinking, Holy schnikeys. I did it. Carina wanted my book. And, more importantly, I have the power to control the universe (including Angela James) with my mind.

Needless to say, there’s no living with me now. Most times I just wander around my house squinting really hard as I manifest all sorts of fabulous things for myself. A cleaner house, a nicer butt, the list goes on and on. And while it may not always work, it works often enough that I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. So today, on Super Awesome Fun Release Day (or SAFRD, as I’m wont to call it, since about four seconds ago ) I am manifesting the crap out of you all liking my book and loving my characters as much as I do. Can you feel it? I’m squinting so hard, I can barely type.

If you’re so inclined, comment and let me know what you think of the power of positive thinking, and if there’s something you know, without question, that you’ve manifested in your life (or want to, maybe I can help). One commenter (to be chosen by my pug, Pug) will win a copy of The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale! Winner will be chosen on Thursday and posted on this thread.

And please, stop by my website to read the first chapter of The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale! I think you’ll like it. *squint*

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Christine Bell is one half of the happiest couple in the world. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys and their two dogs, Gimli and Pug. If she gets time off from her duties as maid, chef, chauffeur, or therapist, she can be found reading just about anything she can get her hands on, from Young Adult novels to books on poker theory. She doesn’t like root beer, clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but lurrves chocolate, going to the movies, the New York Giants and playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she would be a pirate…or, like, a ninja maybe. She loves writing fun and adventurous romance stories, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons.

45 thoughts on “Mind Control (I haz it)”

  1. Nicole North says:

    Great post!!! Seriously? How did you know? Things like this fascinate me!

  2. I wish I could tell you, Nicole! It was SO WEIRD. I don’t know if it’s a case of just getting a feeling about it ahead of time, or more like actually focusing your thoughts on things you really want and making them come to pass in a way. Sort of like that old saying “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”

    I know that sounds kind of out there, but the way things have been going for me in the last year since I’ve decided to combine the power of positive thinking with putting myself into a position to make things that I want come to pass, I have been really lucky.

    Now, the fact that I write a LOT, wasn’t afraid to put myself out there and submit, immersed myself in learning the craft etc. had a lot to do with it. But I truly think it was also my belief that I was MEANT to do this and Carina(specifically my editor, Jessica Shulte, who I targeted like a smart-bomb)was MEANT to have this story.

  3. Marie Harte says:

    Awesome post. I was laughing at you controlling the universe, not disbelieving either. :) I’m totally a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. My mom used to tell me she’d drive into a crowded parking lot and think hard on a spot opening up. And it worked every time. Not after forty minutes mind you, but right away. So I guess I do have to believe you and go read your story. Wow! You are psychic!

  4. Calisa Lewis says:

    *giggle-snort* I believe. And I remember that day so well! I think I cried as much as you did. Well, prolly not- but I cried. I can’t wait for your next CP release!

  5. Rhonda Stapleton says:

    This made me laugh so hard I snorted. Right on campus in front of a bunch of people. So thanks for making me look unattractive. But hilarious post–I loved it!

  6. Scraps says:

    I’m still pretty new to Steampunk so right now I really don’t have any auto-buy authors for that genre. I am, however, VERY fond of snark, irony and random giggles. Just wanted you to know that this post just sold me the book. Looking forward to reading it and reviewing it.

  7. SheriV says:

    I laughed way too hard over this. I’m impressed over your mind control powers and I’m extremely jealous of it as well. Thanks for giving me a laugh. Keep wishing and squinting, and I’m sure I’ll love your characters.

  8. Rula Sinara says:

    Hi Christine! Congrats! I’m with you on the power of positive thinking. If anything, it energizes you enough to pursue what you’re after. It opens your mind to the right choices…and to your natural psychic abilities :)!!! Maybe there’s a psychic gene, heh, heh.

    Love the cover and the post.

  9. What a hoot! And yes I have had positive things manifest in my life, right on schedule. For example, just when I began to need a new Service Dog a lady in Nebraska had a dog that would be perfect and she donated him to me. At the same time, my trainer in Dallas had some time open up so she could train him. In fact, I am taking the train from Oklahoma City on Friday down to Dallas to get him. But it doesn’t work perfectly or I would have worked out a way to get a nook so that I could take your new book with me!

  10. JulieD says:

    Awesome post! I lol’d a few times here @ work. I have a weird connection to phones. I think of someone and usually they’ll call within a few minutes. Or if i call them, they’ll say they were just thinking of me. Most of the time when it rings i know who’s on the other line!

    Your book sounds awesome! Congrats!!

  11. Kathy Ivan says:

    You’re much better at this positive thinking thing than me apparently. I totally forgot I had even submitted to Carina. So when Angela James’ name showed up on my caller ID, I had no idea who she was. Well, actually I recognized her name, but I had not idea from where? :-)

    Congratulations on your “positive” sale to Carina and wishing you many sales.

  12. Hmmm…controlling the universe. I think I’m’a call *you* the next time I need a little help making something come to pass!

  13. Aw, you guys are the best! Thanks for all the comments!

    Marie- I have never thought to use The Force (as I’m wont to call it, as of about four seconds ago) in that way. You better believe I will be the premium parking queen from here on out!

    Calisa- I couldn’t remember if I told you guys that when it happened, or skipped that part lest you all think I was loony tunes, lmao! It’s such a blur because I was incoherent with excitement.

    Rhonda- What’s better than a woman laughing?! I’m sure you looked LOVELY. Unless you were drinking a glass of milk. Were you drinking a glass of milk? Because that milk nose-bubble? Yeah, that’s not sexy on anyone. Even you.

    Scraps- That is the LOVELIEST compliment I’ve heard all week! I can’t think of any qualities I value more, so to be told I possess them makes me a happy camper indeed.

    SheriV- Don’t be jealous, you can do it too. Just don’t strain TOO hard. Unless it’s laundry day O_O

    Hey Rula! We were both sort of on a mystical kick today (me here and you on your blog). It must have been written in the stars.

    Gloria- See, that’s what I’m talking about. You got exactly what you needed when you needed it. That’s so cool. Keep up the good work!

    Julie- Yeppers, that one happens to me too. I try to make sure I call it now, just to freak my hubby out.

  14. Thanks Kathy, and congrats to you too!

    Kristina- You know you can always call me. I will put my super squint of doom behind whatever you’re wishing for and we’ll make it happen.

  15. keri Stevens says:

    I’m with Kristina. Can we contract with you to do some juju for us?

  16. Cindy_Pape says:

    Loved your book, and LOVE that you can control the Universe. Put in a good word for my next book, would you? Congrats, and many more books to you!

  17. Donna Shields says:

    Too funny!! I haven’t had much luck lately with the bad juju! (just kidding, I let Karma handle it nowadays). But, some good vibes my way certainly couldn’t hurt! I love Stormy and Bacon!!

    You’re not looney. When you know, you know!

  18. Nina Pierce says:

    It scares people sometimes how much my positive thinking brings things around. Usually in the time I planned too. Positive thinking works. I’m a believer. Funny, I’m feeling like I need your book right now. ;)

  19. Tia Nevitt says:

    Christine, this post was as funny and entertaining as ever! May it net you lots of sales.

  20. Heather says:

    So happy for you! I’m excited because you are so excited!
    Congrats and best of luck!

  21. Eleri Stone says:

    I want mind control powers. Can you manifest them in other people? I’m reading this one tonight after I get everyone in bed. Can’t wait!

  22. Cate Masters says:

    Those vibrations are what brought me here. :) Congrats on your release! Looks like a very cool read.

  23. Keri, needs juju. Check. I will have some on reserve for you, just hit me up on Twitter when you need it.

    Thanks Cindy! And I loved YOUR book. 4 realz. I’ve been telling everyone who will listen to get Steam & Sorcery because it rocks! I can’t wait to read the rest of the Steampunk Week books.

    Donna- Good vibes coming your way. *squint*

    Thanks Nina! Good to see I’m not alone.

    Tia- You know I’m a total fangirl, so I’m thrilled to see you here! Thanks so much for stopping by. Carina authors have been so unbelievably supportive.

    Thanks Heather! You are an absolute doll.

    Eleri- ACK! Now you got me all nervous. You know I loved Mercy. Okay, *deep breath, and exhale* YOU WILL LOVE STORMY >.<
    And yes, I bequeath (why does that sound dirty?) unto thee mind control powers.

    Thanks Cate!

  24. L.C. Chase says:

    LMAO! You never fail to crack me up, Chris! What a truly awesome post!

    Oh, I should tell everyone out there that I got sprinkled with a little of that Christine Bell Fairy Dust (CBFD for those of you following at home) a couple of times, too. It really does work. ;-)

    Rock on, sister! (((hugs)))

  25. OMG, yeah, living proof! I DID tell my sometimes writing partner L.C. Chase that we would sell our book last book, and we did. *hugs back atcha*

  26. Jesi O'Connell says:

    Hilarious post, and I really like the cover too. Did I mention your post made me snort out loud with laughter, as it apparently did several other commenters as well? Nicely done. :)

  27. Aw, thanks Jesi! Croco Designs did my cover, it’s a BYOOT, isn’t it? I cried when I saw it.

  28. Dee Carney says:

    Girl, you are a nut.

  29. Ju Dimello says:

    Hiya Chris!

    Wow, you knew it before hand? And you never let us know..you..you ;)

    :p ((Hugs)) and I must say, I love Stormy to pieces ;) Mind you, this is my first Steampunk story and I am in danger of putting it above other genre’s after reading yours ;)

    Lovely cover ;) Bet you knew it beforehand, didn’t ya!

    Btw, I completely agree with positive thinking.. and plucking a leaf out of your book right away :)

  30. Thanks Dee, I shall take that as the highest of compliments! *flourishing bow*

    Ju- Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked Stormy, it was so much fun to write, and yes, the cover is BRILLIANT.

  31. Lacey Devlin says:

    LOL! Great post Christine =) When I first learnt to drive I was terrified of having an accident. Next thing I know someone runs into the back of my stationary car while I’m in it. LOL!

    I have mind control power over vehicles?

    Want to trade?

  32. LOL – it must have worked because I have my copy already. Congrats on the release, Christine. I hope your mind control works on hundreds and thousands of readers.

  33. *snort* You have the power to control Angela James? I would kill for that. My biggest ambition in life is to have a BIG secret that I must keep from her. :)

    Congrats on your release!

  34. Aw, Lacey, see you haz the power too, you just need to learn to use it for good not evil! If you make someone hit your car again, at least make him 6’5″, 220, laser green eyes, black hair, and very very apologetic.

    Thanks Shelley, I hope you like it!

    Shirley- LOL! At the same time, it’s a heavy burden. Like now, when I’m not really controlling her, I imagine she is just in an egg, laying in repose, awaiting my next thought to spur her on with her day. It’s tough living with the guilt.

    *Angie, go buy a new pair of fancy shoes online, then, you know, like edit some stuff and boss some people around.* *squint*

    See, now I feel better. She has a purpose once again!

  35. Yeah. I missed my call from Angela. Sigh. Then when she emailed, I was so hyper about the whole thing that I just whipped an email back without even knowing what I’d written.
    Great post, Christine. Congrats on your release day, and steampunk week is GREAT! I have the Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale in my queue. Can’t wait to read it!

  36. Further proof that this TOTALLY works:

    I just talked to my mom and she told me my Dad is going to read my book this weekend. Huzzah! This is a first, (thank God) because the other stuff I’ve published is, how shall we say…NSFD (not safe for dads). I’m really thrilled he’s going to read this one! That said, had I known, I might have avoided using the phrase “Holy giant schlong, Batman!” in this one.

    Meh, you can’t win ’em all *shrug*

  37. If I squinting and straining my body any more I will end up with serious medical issues. LOL. I’m just kidding but I do believe in the power of positive thinking and yes I have squinted pretty hard countless past times.

    Positive thinking is the easiest and cheapest boost our hearts can be given. Just the hope along and add that extra pep in your step, sparkle in your eye and ultimately make things happen!

    What a wicked cool post and lots of fun to read. Hmmm, do you think you can do some squinting on my behalf. I would love to win the lottery one day!

  38. Okay, Pug has spoken! The winner of our contest is Jesi O’Connell! Jesi, I will try to find you (not in a sinister way, just, like, to give you my book) on twitter etc, but if see this, please email me at rcbell64@yahoo.com!

  39. Hi Christine!
    Hysterical post. I like you! I’m guessing I’ll like your book,too.

    And if you mind-controlled Angela James to tweet this post so I’d follow the link here….It worked!!!!

  40. Great post! You’re hilarious. I think I’ve been mind controlled to go by your book…

  41. Great post :) But you knew I was going to say that, right????

  42. Kaylea Cross says:

    Bwaha! Such an awesome post. You are so funny ;)

    This put a great big smile on my face, so thanks. And I wish you lots of sales!

    Kaylea Cross

  43. Thanks Wendy. I like people who like me, so I like you too! So, are we like a two man wolf pack now or…I’m rushing things, aren’t I? Dammit. I always DO that.

    Thanks Heather, I’m glad you liked the post! I also do weddings and bar mitzvahs.

    Toni- I did not, in fact, know that you were going to say that. I hadn’t yet turned my powers on you, but now that you’ve gone and called my attention to you, don’t be surprised if you randomly break out into show tunes.

    Kaylea- Thanks so much. I love to make people smile, so that’s lovely to hear. And I hope you have mind control as well, because then maybe your wish for my sales will come true, lol!

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