Charmeine: FREE Friday 4-19 Only! Don’t miss it!


APRIL 19, 2013


The First Novel in

The Light-Bearer Series


Smashwords coupon: HB94P

Charmeine Front Cover

Synopsis of “Charmeine”

Can romance develop between a Heavenly Light-Bearer and a Hellish Vampire Blood-Hunter?

“Charmeine” the First Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series,” was released January 2012.

Tabbruis is a Blood-Hunter and drinks blood to survive. Over millennia Tabbruis has wandered the Earth alone aimlessly living through many historical events.

Charmeine just came to the Earth in 1997, unable to remember anything.

When Tabbruis meets Charmeine the attraction is immediate and passionate. They are polar opposites and clash together in a strongly romantic and dramatic way. When she meets Tabbruis, Charmeine’s powers as a Light-Bearer, one who throws lightning, is triggered and grows exponentially.

Will Charmeine and Tabbruis fulfill their destinies? Will they realize their importance in both the Blood-Hunter and Light-Bearer world?

Charmeine Back Cover

RAVE REVIEWS for Emily Guido’s



“The beginning of a saga that will amaze and astonish you with its creativity, imagination and insight.  What at first glance may seem to be a simple love story evolves into an ingeniously crafted epic tale for the ages. True love is never simple, as Emily’s prose proves. But it is worth fighting for. Your journey into the brilliance of the Light-Bearer Series starts here.”

Daven Anderson


Romance between a Vampire and a light bearer is something so new, I had to read this book to find out what the buzz and feel is all about …

All I can say is that book didn’t disappoint at all! A must read!”

Fathima Amiruddin


This is a great read, and a terrific debut novel!”

Susan Ashcraft


The author’s story got me hooked. I think the readers will feel the same.”

Carol Fitzpatrick


This story is a fantastically tender, romantic one of timeless love.

This story is well worth a read!”

Melanie Adkins


The scenes were beautifully described and the plot is creative and intriguing.

The Light-Bearer Series is sure to be the next fabulous Angel series on your

To-Read” shelf!”



Well done Emily, this is a great debut novel!”

Samantha Adams



About the Author


Emily Guido is a new Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing “Charmeine”because one day she got an idea of two characters that needed to have their story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written. When Emily writes, it is similar to you or I watching a movie. She pictures the characters in her head going through vivid descriptions of each scene. There are so many nuances going through her mind that she cannot type fast enough. The novels “Mactus,” “Accendo,” “Seditious,”and “Ransom,” are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!

Emily is currently writing “Conundrum”the Sixth Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series”She works at a College full time, and pursuing her Master of Business Administration.

YA, PNR, Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Angels, Action and Adventure, Historical

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Self-publishers ARE the new industry

The record industry killed the cheap single. Apple iTunes’ 99-cent “a la carte” MP3’s filled the vacuum.

The traditional publishing industry raised the price of paperbacks. Amazon’s low-priced e-books filled the vacuum.



David Gaughran

There’s a lot of talk at the moment that cheap books are destroying the industry.

In traditional publishing circles especially, fingers are being pointed at self-publishers (and their chief enablers, Amazon), who stand accused of encouraging a race to the bottom, of devaluing books, and training readers to pay ever-cheaper amounts – making the whole book business unsustainable.

Today, I have a guest post from Ed Robertson – author of Breakers and Melt Down – which takes issue with that view. His logic is compelling, based on a historical look at book prices. This is really worth the read:

Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It

I’m a self-publisher. An indie author. Whatever you want to call me. I’ve read many articles about how self-publishers are killing the book industry. I’ve heard it from big publishing houses. From the president of the Author’s Guild. From traditionally published novelists and agents…

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Vampire’s Confession: Free Short Story on Smashwords

I try to get through to you, in my own special way

My short story The Vampire’s Confession: Truth Or Con Sequences is free on Smashwords.

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My blog turns two

Today, Oct. 16th, is the two-year anniversary of my Vampire Syndrome blog. And thanks to the magic of YouTube, I can invite Beth Gibbons to sing at my blog’s “birthday party.” 😎

“For time is but a memory”

I am thrilled to announce that Vampire Syndrome will be a featured title during Fangs And Hearts Week, October 24-31 on Emily 😀

This is my blog’s birthday, but you get a present. Click here, log in (or register for free first), enter code RC29W and pick up your free copy of Vampire Syndrome. This promo code is good now through November 4th. 🙂

A big thank you to all my readers!

Smashed Words

The most dismaying thing about my Smashwords experience is that my first version of their .epub file was unreadable, after that file passed their Meatgrinder, Autovetter and Epubcheck systems. Their first version of my .mobi file had no paragraph breaks, but was otherwise readable. Oddly, the other Smashwords files (.pdf and text variants) came out perfectly formatted on the first try.

Meanwhile, I can create a .mobi file with Calibre, upload it to Amazon KDP and the Kindle .kdf file will match the .mobi I uploaded.

Then, I can make an .epub file in Calibre, send it to Barnes & Noble PubIt, and the Nook file will match my upload.

(and you get to preview your uploads at Amazon and B&N, unlike Smashwords)

After that, I can go to Booktango and get my book on the “other guys” (Apple, Sony, Kobo, Google, etc.) You can also do Amazon and B&N Nook e-books on Booktango if you don’t wish to upload to those two companies directly.

On Booktango, you upload an .epub or .doc file directly and preview it. The best part is that you can edit your uploaded file online, after you’ve uploaded it. 😀 Booktango offers a litany of paid services to choose from as well (formatting, cover design, press releases, etc.)

Compare all this to Smashwords. No previews, and my first version .epub was unreadable after it passed their vetting programs (which I could only found out after I downloaded it).

My summary: Smashwords may have the indie cred, but Booktango is everything Smashwords should be. I’ll choose modern uploading functionality (matching or surpassing Amazon/B&N) over hours of editing that produced an unreadable file (passed by their systems!) that you couldn’t preview.

Update: After another week’s labor on my part, I finally created a file that produced decent, usable .mobi and .epub files on Smashwords.

My experiences above still argue strongly for paying an expert to format your file for Smashwords. Look at all the time I spent on it. $20 paid would be a real bargain.

And after all that, the Smashwords files lack the Table Of Contents customizations I made to the other versions. The glossary and playlist pages are appended after the concluding chapter, rather than directly accessible in the TOC (as on the Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Booktango versions).

Another argument for Booktango: You create your own chapter headings in the online editor (in fact, you have to!). If you want to use one service to distribute your work, keep in mind that Booktango’s online editor lets you make sure your document looks correct, and has the chapter headings you want (and where you want them), before you publish it. Booktango also distributes to Amazon, whereas Smashwords generally does not (unless you’ve sold over $1000 of books on their site).

“Vampire Syndrome” e-book is now available on Smashwords

Smashwords: Vampire Syndrome e-book

“Meatgrinder” is an understatement. 😈

Note to other self-pub authors:
Pay someone to format your .doc for Smashwords.
You’ll be glad you did.
(this is advice from a guy who did it himself)