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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

I Have Zombie Brain!!!

The last few weeks have been a bit crazy.

First, there was the whole drama of getting As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive available for purchase.

Then Spring Break arrived and we had my nephew visiting for most of it.

And finally, this week just sucked. If I was hard pressed to explain why it sucked, I probably couldn't come up with a very good explanation. It just seemed really hard to get through. Anyone watching my Twitter knows I was pretty grumpy.

This weekend I hope to get a lot of Siege tucked away and work on a few other writing projects. We'll see how it all flows.

Sales this month have been through the roof, so thank you for your support! I will probably be commissioning the new artwork for Siege in April (since I can pay for it) and see where we are at by the end of April. I'll keep you posted as to when we anticipate As The World Dies: Siege going on sale.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Kindle Issues?

If you bought a Kindle version of the novel and are having issues, please let me know if you bought it from Amazon.com or Smashwords.com.

When we previewed the Kindle version via the Amazon.com software, it looked perfect. We don't have control over the formatting of the Smashwords.com version.

Thanks for your feedback!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Hathor Legacy Reviews As The World Dies: The First Days!

Check it out here.

The Hathor Legacy concentrates on finding good female characters in ficiton and I was very honored that someone chose to right about As The World Dies: The First Days.

This is a pretty interesting review. I enjoyed reading it even though they got Jenni and Katie's names flipped around. It was odd seeing Jenni's actions described as Katie's and vice versa. I did find what the reviewer had to say very interesting. I always find other people's viewpoints on the story intriguing. Sometimes their perspective opens up the book to me in a completely new light that is very refreshing.

I did flinch when it was said my writing was raw and needed more editing. I always feel defensive of my editors when I read something like that because they are good and they did work hard on fixing up my writing. I know I goof up things. Trust me. I do. I am far from perfect and I need my editing team.

But I also have to accept that as an Indie Author this will be leveled at me a lot as an almost automatic response. We cannot get away with what a NYC published book could. I know this because I have floundered through bad grammar, punctuation, and misspellings in plenty of bestsellers. I just recently read a book that has gone through numerous printings and it still had a male character addressed as a "she" at one point.

But it was an interesting review nonetheless. Check it out!

Monday, March 9, 2009

ON SALE NOW-As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive!!!


As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive is on sale NOW at my online store located here. I am not sure when it will be on sale on Amazon.com, so if you want your zombie goodness with Jenni and Katie now, you can order it from my createspace store.
Please ignore the estimated date of arrival on your book. The books always arrive within 10 days or less. I'm not sure why there is such greatly exaggerated arrival dates listed on the online store.
We have uploaded the Kindle version to Amazon.com, but it has not gone live as of this post. We're not sure what the issue is, but hope to have it resolved.
All three of my novels are on sale at Smashwords.com to support "Read an eBook Week."
But if you want a shiny, beautiful paperback of the latest adventures of Jenni and Katie, head over to my online store. (Plus, I get a bit more of a royalty if you buy it there.:)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Kindle Hates Me, But At Least As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive Will Be Available Soon

Yesterday was annoying in every way.

This included the time period in which we uploaded As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive to Kindle. It uploaded WRONG the first time and we couldn't delete the submission. I've sent an email for Amazon to correct the issue, but I'm not sure when that will happen. So if you're planning to buy a Kindle version of the book, make sure to buy the correct one here. It should be live today.

As for the paperback version, it appears Monday will be the day. The formatting issue continues with As The World Dies: Siege and I'm convinced its a conflict between Open Office and Word. I made the mistake of opening up both novels in Word, even though I formatted original in Open Office, and since then both of the novels keep getting their formatting screwed up. *sighs* I'm not sure how to correct this issue quite yet. I'm not letting it keep me from working on Siege though.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sexy Zombies? Vegetarian Zombies? Huh?

Zombies.

I was going to declare them one of the "safe" classical" monsters, but then it all seemed to go to hell after yesterday's post.

Taliesin reminded me that there is a vegetarian zombie in the new Day of the Dead and I stumbled across some chick lit with "pretty" zombies.

This is a review for Happy Hour of the Damned.
"Call them the splatterati - werewolves who always know what to wear, zombies with bodies to die for, and vampires who know their fang shui - just don't call them late when it comes to happy hour, or the drinks might be on you." --David Sosnowski, author of Vamped

I realized, in that moment, no monster is truly safe.

I'm revising what I was going to write about and may post it tomorrow.

*sigh*

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Classic Monsters versus Sparkly Sexy Monsters!!!

I am haunted by a question that an interviewer recently asked me.

"Why do people keep writing about the same old monsters and don't make any new ones?"

My answer is that the monsters born of our fears are already here. We've shaped them out of the mist to take terrible, but recognizable forms that we can fear, yet understand. Even the newer monsters, added into the mix, are now iconic (Freddy, Jason and Michael, I'm thinking of you) and often imitated.

The vampire represents our hidden sexual urges and fear.

The werewolf represents our fear of our own primal impulses.

The unstoppable killing machine represents our fear of our modern society.

Etc..etc...

I don't mind the old monsters. I rather enjoy them in their classic incarnations.

Christopher Lee's sexy, alluring and terrible Count Dracula comes to mind. He cut a swathe of destruction through the ranks of pretty virgins and he didn't let a little thing like a stake keep him down.

Or poor Larry Talbot, the tragic werewolf, whose impulses nearly destroy those he loves.

Hell, Godzilla smashing Tokyo into smithereens is always charming in his own reptilian way.

I don't think the problem is the old monsters, its the new "twists" that are making them feel annoyingly unfamiliar and aggravating.

Imagine the dark, menacing Christopher Lee's Dracula swooping in through a window, grabbing the virgin, and suddenly declaring his undying love for her. Instead of chomping down on her delicate neck so her blood splashes the room red, he lavishes kisses on her and has pretty erotic sex with her. Then the sun rises and instead of turning into dust, he sparkles.

or...

Larry Talbot turns into a fearsome werewolf and instead of his lady love running from him in terror, she gets turned on and sex quickly follows.

Thank God that Godzilla, for now, seems safe.

Let's be honest...the monsters that so terrified us have been dumbed down, defanged, and made into nicer, less terrifying version of themselves.

Vampires have suffered the worst fate. I feel for the fanged ones. I could go on forever about how the once terrifying vampires have suddenly become the posters boys for angsty, hot men who just need a good woman.

And that is why my vampires are throwbacks to the classics. They don't sparkle, they don't run around in the sunlight, they don't yearn for someone to save them, they are NOT human, and all the old restrictions (holy water, sunlight, stakes, etc) do apply. In my mind, once you take away the classic trappings of vampire lore (the fangs, the limitations, the dangerous nature), you don't really have a vampire anymore.

Of course, on the flip side, sometimes people go too far trying to restore them. I love the 30 Days of Nights franchise, but at the same time, as I watch it, I cannot help but think they've gone too far. The vampires are so feral, their need to feed so great, I think those vampires would bring an apocalypse down on mankind within weeks. Instead of rampaging zombies, you'd have the vampires.

I don't think our problem is that we're glutted with the old monsters, I think our problem is that we corrupted them. Instead of serving their purpose as a reflection of our darker desires and our fears, they are now something we can tame.

The only monster to escape this curse so far, is the zombie. I'll talk about the shambling dead in my next post.

Monday, March 2, 2009

As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive is AVAILABLE in e Book

We were at least able to get the novel out in eBook formats tonight on Smashwords.com.

Check it out here.

The cost is $1.99, but it doesn't have all the nice formatting or the front and back cover artwork, but it does have all the zombie fun!

The paperback will hopefully be out by Friday or next Monday. The Kindle version will be available on Thursday or Friday.

Again, my apologies for the delay.

As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive Publication Delayed


When we reviewed the proof copy, to our dismay, there was a formatting error. To some, it would be considered a minor thing, but it would eat me alive to publish with the error. I swore to myself when I became an Indie Author that I would do my VERY best to put out a professional book. If I miss an error and the book gets published with it, I have to give myself a bit of a pass on that. But since I know about this one and I can see it plain as day, I have to delay and have it fixed.

The truth of the matter is that I swore to give the fans of the As The World Dies Trilogy the best books possible. I have to keep to that vow.

I've already worked on the formatting and my husband will check over the file before we upload it to the publisher again.

We are looking at possibly a Friday release. I'll keep you posted.

Possible Delay in Publication

There is a "small" formatting error in the proof copy of As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive. Half the people in my office said it wouldn't bother them, half said it would bug them if it were THEIR book.

It bugs me.

A lot.

I need to talk to my husband and a friend in the publishing world.

Basically, I want to put out the BEST version of this book possible.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING!!!!


As The World Dies: Fighting to Survive comes out TOMORROW!!

I will let you know when the novel becomes available on my online store. We hope to have the Kindle version up tomorrow night as well.

I'm so nervous!!!