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History’s Most Shocking Serial Killer Brought to Life: The Affliction Series by Romina Nicolaides

Bathory's secret1609, Hungary. Powerful Countess Erzsébet Báthory has been searching for an illiterate book binder to collate her journals. Why illiterate? So that no one will discover her extraordinary, violent past. Kati, a local peasant, has just the skills she requires. The girl is keen to live in the castle with the Countess, until the horrors of her employer’s habits begin to be revealed. 

Horror isn’t always my thing, but Nicolaides’ novels are something totally different. They transcend the genre with their gritty action and gorgeous historical detail. They’re macabre and evocative, and there’s book binding, which I’m very into at the moment.

Chillingly, the title character is based on the real Erzsébet Báthory  (click the link to read about her deeds) – reputedly history’s most prolific female serial killer. Her legend has long been embellished with vampiric overtones, and Nicolaides seamlessly blends fact and fiction compellingly (she has an academic background in history). If you’re tired of sparkly teenage vampires, this is the ideal antidote.
Vampire edificeThrough the ‘Afflicted’ characters (those who survive on blood), there is an exploration of morality, mortality and what it means to be human.

The second novel focuses on Kati. I don’t want to give too much away to those of you who haven’t read the first one yet, but suffice it to say, dramatic events happen, there’s violence, travel, peril, love, and a secret society or two: all the ingredients for a page turner.

I’m excited about the next in the series too.

If you’d like to try them out, the links to purchase can be found here. They’re astoundingly cheap so I highly recommend you give them a go.

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Praise from the Magnificent Buzz Malone

Once upon a time on the Internet, I became acquainted with a brilliant author named Buzz Malone. After seeing my work on Chaunce Stanton’s The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives, to my delight he chose me to editSilence of Centerville Cover his novel. If you’re interested to know what working with me is like, he’s written the following.

I had personally edited the thing at least thrice, so I thought if she was really intent upon earning her pay, she might be able to find a dozen misplaced commas throughout the work (you know, if she looked really hard).

I have put about ten hours into the thing since I got it back from Eve, and I am about 5% into her corrections and recommendations. At first, I got the feeling this might be some form of masochism, having paid for the privilege of being rebuked time and again. But as I read and correct and edit and correct and edit and read, I am not feeling any of the usual artist’s angst. I’m going with it, and making the changes (all of them), and I’m thinking about things in my writing that I had never considered before (NO, not just grammar and punctuation).

Hiring this young woman to slash red ink all over my work is the singular best thing I have ever done as an author. It’s not simply making the book better (Mom already has fifty copies, so what’s the point besides one more sale when I change the cover again?), but it is making me a better writer and giving me fuller clarity as to the depth and degree of things I need to consider as I write.

 At the risk of repeating myself over and again… I will NEVER release another book that has not been edited. And more specifically, if she will have me, I will endeavour to have all future works edited by Eve.

I must say that Eve has done an amazing job of editing. Even in spite of the fact that I am already a recognized a master of the English language and grammar, Eve managed to find a few (hundred) places where my perfection could be polished somewhat. Apparently, these little thingamajigs ( : ) have uses beyond making smiley faces? Who knew?

Honestly and seriously, I can say with certainty that despite all of my independent bravado, I will NEVER release another manuscript that Eve has not already reviewed. Her services are entirely too beneficial for the work and for me as a writer, AND too affordable, not to employ her.

I must also say that I have found your services to be too affordable, and far too valuable to me as a writer, to go it on my own ever again. And I am saying that most self published authors I know could forgo a few weekends at the pub, or a few bottles of scotch or rum, and reap the benefits of your services.

I do not (for my own future benefit) desire to imply that your services are too cheap, but rather, that I remain surprised at the volume and depth of your critique, comments and edits. And I find reasonably priced, professional services such as yours, to be just as beneficial to emerging independent authors as print on demand services have been. I don’t think that I can overstate enough the value of the services you are providing to my work, and to the movement itself.

Thank you Buzz!

You can imagine how thrilled I was to read that! As soon as the new edition is available, I urge you all to read Silence of Centerville. It’s a beautifully written, moving novel. I really enjoyed working on it.


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