Sunday, October 27, 2013

Top Ten Reasons Zombies Make Great Friends

It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten List, but here's one I've been hanging onto for Halloween. Though it's advisable not to kiss these friends, even on the cheek, here are the Top Ten Reasons Zombies Make Great Friends:

10. No pesky appointments getting in the way of hanging out. They're always available.
9. Not worried about outward appearances.
8. Other than a few interrupting grunts, they make great listeners.
7. And they never bore you with their problems (remember this is about them being good friends, not you).
6. They don't expect presents during the holidays.
5. Matter of fact, they have no expenses. Talk about never having to pick up a tab.
4. You can always blame bad smells on them.
3. You no longer need a security system.
2. They're not usually name droppers even though they've more than likely starred in some horror movies and possibly have been highlighted on The Walking Dead.
1. They'll never send you annoying memes on social networks.

There you go! Ten reasons why zombies make great friends and an annoying meme to...well...annoy your friends on social media with.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Get Your Hands on Darlings of Sci-Fi for a Satisfying Read and Discover Fantastic New-to-You Authors

A new release you must get your hands on! 

Eight gripping young adult stories by eight best selling authors. A star-studded anthology of thrilling and action-packed books from eight different Sci-Fi series by your favorite women authors. 

*Amazon currently shows the book as $.99. The book is in the process of going free. If you'd like to support us by purchasing the book for $.99, the proceeds will go towards spreading the news about these amazing authors. Otherwise, Smashwords will allow you to download a Kindle Format and Nook Format of the book for FREE. Amazon should have this book listed free within 2 weeks. 

What Kind of Sci-Fi Goodness Can You Find Inside This Book?

The Eslites Prequel by CM Doporto
Sixteen year old, Miranda Mays, discovers she is a superior donor for the alien race known as the Eslites, who have come to earth demanding humans help save their race from extinction. Will she be the one to help them or will their quest continue? 

Is it possible to fall in love when the world is crashing down around you? The world could very well be ending and Willow Mosby's life, as she knows it, is about to change forever. After being forced to take refuge in a F.E.M.A. shelter, Willow has to quickly adapt to the new challenges that shelter life demands. The least of which includes making new friends, working a full time job, experiencing her first relationship and trying to find out why she's exhibiting some strange new abilities.

Tempest by Holly Hook 
Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything
special. But when gorgeous Gary materializes out of a hurricane right in front of her, that all
changes, because he shares a marking exactly like hers. When Gary shows her the truth about the curse they share, it's only the start of their nightmare.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Campbell runs away from home and when she returns the next day her world is turned upside-down. Not only is her family missing, but another family is living in her house and claims to have lived there for weeks. 

Mercy by C.C. Marks
Charlie’s true identity is a secret, but her presence places those around her in danger. She must protect her baby sister and herself from grotesque monsters outside the community as well as human ones inside. Will the truth she discovers about her protectors save her or ultimately doom her to a fate worse than death?

Agartha's Castaway by Chrissy Peebles
Seventeen-year-old Casey Smith can't wait to embark on her summer vacation, not least because she's finally shed her tomboy image, and now heartthrob Mike seems interested. What starts out great, with lots of flirting, taking her a step closer to winning her crush's heart, soon turns into her worst nightmare. Tossed out to sea during a freak storm, Casey is washed up on what she presumes to be a mysterious tropical island that's on no map she's ever seen.

Smacking Back by Laura Bradley Rede
In a future where everyone wears an avatar and the internet connects to your brain, cyber bullying has reached a whole new level – and one victim has reached her breaking point. This thought-provoking short story by Writers of the Future award winner Laura Bradley Rede includes discussion questions and links to bullying-prevention resources for use in book groups and in the classroom. 

Qeya A Heaven’s Edge Novella by Jennifer Silverwood  
Qeya has spent her life set to drift on heaven's edge. Being Royal means more than being groomed to rule her home planet. She may only be fifteen, but she knows how to wield a scythe blade and suck the life out of her enemy, literally. Forced to lead before she is ready, Qeya must find a way to put aside ancient prejudices so they can all survive. For no one knows the secrets of the new world and only a few can survive the living nightmares at heavens edge.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Range of Mercy is Out! Finally, Thomas's Voice is Heard

Thomas speaks finally! And I loooove him!  He's a guy after my own heart.

"If you've read the tower scene in "Mercy" or Edge of Mercy, you get Charlie's side of the story, but with "Range of Mercy" you get to hear Thomas's viewpoint. This was so great to write because it satisfied so much of my own curiosity, and I hope it will do the same for you.

Here's the blurb:

Thomas's side of the story. 

Saving the world on a daily basis didn’t make you a hero. Thomas Morgan knew that much from experience. The hard decisions he was forced to make weren’t pretty and not all that heroic. He was the one who did whatever it took to maintain security. Each day he climbed into the guard tower and kept the microcosm that was the community safe from Draghoul, the once-human monsters that attacked every night. More importantly, he watched out for the vulnerable, especially Charlie and her sister Star. 

Charlie disguised herself as a boy, but Thomas knew the truth, and though she wasn’t aware and though it put them all in danger, he kept her secret from the others. Reality was harsh in this unmerciful world, and if Jonas Bannon ever figured out the truth, Charlie didn’t stand a chance against the schemes of the self-appointed leader. Doing the right thing didn’t make Thomas a hero. But it did keep him human, and it did put him in range of mercy. 

Around 9400 words and 30 pages.

Now, let me be honest. The lowest Amazon will let me set the price is .99 (which is too much for something so short).  However, Smashwords has it FREE, and it will be distributed FREE through all other places.  And once it shows up on those other channels, I'll work on a price-match campaign to get it perma-free at the 'Zon as well.

Also, once I get Zeke's story out, I'll bundle all three short stories and offer them for FREE. I'm having so much fun with this!

I hope you'll check out Thomas's story.  Click on your preferred link to download it to your e-reader today.

Happy Reading and Writing!

C. C.