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Survival - Rhonda Hopkins

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

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Check out this great review for SURVIVAL from Nicole Storey, Author of Blind Sight (The Celadon Circle)

Other Reviews

“FANTASTIC story. Truly one of the best shorts that I have read this year!” ~~ TW Brown, Author of the DEAD and ZOMBLOG series.

“Rhonda Hopkins’ Survival series reminds me of TWD – and she’s totally hooked me with the great character and story development in this beginning ‘episode.’ I can’t wait for the next one to see where she takes everything and how the world progresses as I and the zombies follow the characters she’s fleshed out.” ~~ Stacey Joy Netzel, Author of The Still Waters Series

“Her character development is superb. The twins are true-to-life and there is a fascinating relationship with a co-worker which adds a great sub-plot . . . . If zombies are your thing…and maybe if they are not…you will love this book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. It promises to be a wild ride.” ~~Amazon Reviewer

“Totally hooked me. The characters are believable and the events are realistic. Hopkins provides enough intrigue and action to make you keep turning the pages.” ~~ Jennifer L. Oliver, Author of The Haedyn Chronicles

“I found Rhonda Hopkins’ Survival to be a gripping story. As in, if I hadn’t kept a grip on my pants she would have scared them off of me.” ~~ D.D. Larsen, Author of The Legend of Butterfield Farm

Yeah, that last one made me laugh. :-D

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Today is Digital Book Day

Thanks to CJ Lyons, a lot of your favorite authors have gotten together to show appreciation for our readers. You’ll find a ton of great books in different genres for FREE (Today Only!) over at the DIGITAL BOOK DAY site.

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As always – thanks for reading!
Rhonda

Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Consuming, and Survival Series. She writes horror, suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. She is also a Contributing Author for Addictive Reads and Killer Ink Press.
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Interview with Author TW Brown and a Giveaway!

WINNERS UPDATE: Todd has generously agreed to provide everyone who commented by the time of this update with your choice (SPRING or UGLY BEGINNING). I’ve sent him the email addresses. You’ll just need to make sure that you tell him which ebook you’d like in which format (.mobi for Kindle or .epub). Thanks to everyone who read and commented!)

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Rugged Maniac 5K run

I’m so excited to have a special guest interview today. TW (Todd) Brown is one of my favorite authors and the author of two of my favorite zombie series – DEAD and ZOMBLOG.

Todd also writes the THAT GHOUL AVA series. I haven’t had the chance to get into that one yet, but have read the intro story and loved it. It’s fun and quirky and I’m looking forward to reading more.

Todd just has this wonderful ability to suck you right into a story. If you haven’t read him yet, you’re really missing out on a great reading experience. He’s able to put you right in the scene – in the middle of the action. And he makes the characters feel like real people, complete with strengths and weaknesses, good and evil.

Todd’s also very generously agreed to give away three ecopies of either DEAD:SPRING or the first in the series, DEAD: UGLY BEGINNING (for those new to the series) in .mobi (Kindle) or .epub formats – winner’s choice. Enter by leaving a comment below.Winners will be chosen at random.  Tell us what you enjoy about this series, or zombie lit in general. Also please tell us which format and which book you’d like just in case you’re chosen as a winner.

I’m going to get out of the way now and introduce you to TW Brown. Thanks for being here today, Todd!

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New Release!

Tell us what about your latest release, DEAD: SPRING (Book 9):

With it being the 9th book, I wanted to really reward those who have stuck with me this long. Also, since this series proper only has three more volumes before it wraps up, I needed to set up for the final push. While I do have the DEAD: Snapshot {insert town} series coming on line, the characters who have been the center of things will be put to rest or at least retired.

This is the longest book to date in the series. While the previous ones have come in around 100,000 words, this one comes in at over 174,000. There is a lot going on and I believe that this is my best work to date in the series.

I can’t wait to get into it. :-) What can we expect from the rest of the series?

Closure. Some sad farewells. (You know nobody is safe in my world.) And even a few happy endings. Also, there will be a dramatic shift between books 9 and 10, but that is a surprise.

Surprise, hmmm??? Such a tease! Guess we’ll just have to wait. So, I know why I think DEAD is one of the best series in the genre. What do you think makes DEAD different from other zombie series?

I think that it is more about people than about zombies. I catch a lot of flak for having some pretty vile characters, but if you stripped away law and order, I think some very bad types would rise and crawl out from under their rocks. Also, I have had some people get very upset when central characters have died, but this is a zombie apocalypse, not a trip to Disneyland.

And I won’t claim it as fact, but I think that I was one of the first to explore the possibility of immunity. That really tilts some lives upside down when they realize they may have “mercy killed” people who might have survived.

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Yeah – that really threw some of them and us, but it’s a very cool adaptation. You’re a mentor to many writers, Todd. Who do you consider a mentor or influence?

Influence is easy. I love the classic King. The Stand was life changing. I can’t ignore Romero, but I also drew from George R. R. Martin (Song of Ice and Fire—Game of Thrones). I had to re-read the death of Eddard Stark to convince myself that it actually happened. Also, my three rotating storyline chapters is a nod to his book being told from the perspective of its different characters.

As far as a mentor, I learn from everybody that I read and share ideas with. Lately I have been on a “Female Horror Author” splurge. Women can have some very dark works that I think catch people by surprise. Some of the most frightening things that I have read are from women like (you), Claire Riley, Eli Constant, and a few others.

That’s so sweet of you! See that’s one of the many reasons I count you as a mentor, Todd. Thank you! And yes, THE STAND is just epic. Definitely one that stands out in any list. So tell us, what do you think is the best thing about the horror genre?

It lets us explore what really scares us. Every element of horror touches on basic fears and insecurities that we have as a species.

Your least favorite thing about the genre?

It can get tired and repetitious. I think you have to sift through a lot of weeds to reach the wheat. There are some amazingly talented people who go largely unnoticed. Also, horror is sort of to literature what comedy is to The Oscars. Nobody takes it serious. When I get asked what I write, the faces that I get when I mention horror, and more specifically zombies, are priceless.

You’ve killed off some really great characters. I’ve shed tears for some of them and even sobbed over one. Yet I, and countless others, have stayed for the journey in both the DEAD and the ZOMBLOG series. Besides the great writing (which is a given at this point) why do you think that is?

I hope that it is because there is an attachment to that entire universe. {SPOILER ALERT} When Steve died and the torch was passed, I had to really ponder who could pick up the narration. I think that Billy was the right choice. He gives you a new peek at Steve’s gang because you are seeing these people through his eyes.

Also, my hope from the gate was that this was a character-driven story with depth and a sense of realism. There are people to love and hate. And I think that people who made it past book three of the DEAD series are vested in it. It is more about the entire world than just a few people.

Oh, poor Steve. He was the one I sobbed over. I had to take a break from reading that book for a couple of hours at that point and ended up writing this. I really miss him, but yes – Billy is also a great character. There was one character though that I cheered aloud for when he was killed. I’ll bet you can guess which one that was. :-)

Who are some of your favorite authors outside the zombie realm?

Besides early King (everything from It and back); Kim Harrison (the Rachel Morgan series); Patrick O’ Brian (the Master & Commander series)

I haven’t read O’Brian yet. I’ll have to give his books a try. What are you working on now and when will it be available?

Lots. I have the next That Ghoul Ava coming at the end of the month (hopefully). The 10th DEAD is slated for Halloween. Also, I have the second and third volumes of the DEAD: Special Edition series where I compile three books worth of the three rotating chapters into one book (Geeks, Vignettes, and Perspectives—Steve/Billy’s story) and add some bonus material. Those should be out in August and October respectively. Toss in a few editing jobs and the fact that I just bought a new house on three-quarters of an acre that I am trying to slowly convert into a sustainable source of food…I am staying busy.

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Congrats on the new home! You are definitely a busy man. What advice would you give to a beginning writer?

Write every single day. Do it because you love it and not because you think it will make you rich and famous. Read everything you write out loud. You would be surprised at how much you can clean up that way. Writers can get repetitious and lock onto a certain word. Reading it out loud shines a light on that. Also, find an editor. It is an expense that will pay off in the long run…and this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Great advice! Reading aloud is one of the best things I do for my own work. As we’re coming to a close – if you could say anything at all to your readers, what would you say?

Thank you. Your reading my books have allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream.

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Thank you so much for the interview, Todd. I can’t wait to read DEAD: SPRING.

If you haven’t read this series yet, you can start with DEAD: THE UGLY BEGINNING and it’s a steal at only 99 cents!

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Want to connect with Todd? You can do it here:

Website     Facebook     Twitter     Google+     Goodreads    Amazon Author Page

So, have you read any of Todd’s books yet? Tell us what you think in the comment section. Don’t forget — you can win a copy of one of Todd’s books by leaving a comment below. Just follow the instructions at the beginning of this post. Thanks again, Todd!

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As always — thanks for reading!
Rhonda

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Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Consuming, and Survival Series. She writes Horror, Suspense, Paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. She is also a Contributing Author for Addictive Reads and Killer Ink Press.

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My Fantasy Vacation #AReads Blog Hop + Giveaway

The Addictive Reads Authors (of whom I’m proud to be one) is having an eBook sales event and blog hop from Friday through Monday.

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There are a lot of great books on sale and even some for FREE.  AND we’re having a giveaway!

I’m sure you’ll find something for your summer reading pleasure during the event. You might even like my new release – SURVIVAL. It’s the first in my zombie apocalypse series and is only 99 cents! You can find out more about it here.

Survival - Rhonda Hopkins

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Stay tuned for more details about the Addictive Reads’ Event and Giveaway below.

In the meantime, I want to tell you about my ideal summer vacation. Okay. It’s a fantasy, but I can hope. Right?

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The boat docks at a private island in the Pacific. As I step out onto the wooden decking, I’m met by the resort staff, one who looks suspiciously like Mr. Rourke. (If you’re too young to know who he is, google Fantasy Island.) My luggage is whisked away to my own private oasis for my month-long stay.

I’m shown the amenities – all the wonderful food and drink I want. An incredible library holds any book I might want to read. (Hey – it’s my fantasy and I love to read!) All sorts of amazing comforts are mine for the asking: massages, mani/pedis, facials, and just whatever my heart desires.

The clear blue water and white sand beaches stretch out before me. I’d planned to spend a lot of my time relaxing here, doing some snorkeling or even some diving. But there are 5 other guests on the island. They’re friendly and interesting from different backgrounds. I’m already having fun. Especially with the Dean Winchester look-alike. Could it be him? (Ahem – my fantasy, remember.)

Although bright sunshine encompasses most of the island, there is a part of it that seems a little sinister. And even though I haven’t been here long, there’s already talk of some supernatural activity. Maybe I’ll get to do a little ghost hunting or monster tracking. (Oh come on. You know you’d like to be in on a hunt with Dean.) It’s definitely not going to be a boring vacation.  :-)

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Okay, so maybe that isn’t your fantasy vacation – but what did you expect from an author who enjoys reading and writing paranormal and horror? ;-)

Check out the blogs for the other Addictive Reads Authors – some of them are giving away some cool prizes!




So, tell me below in the comments where you’d go for your fantasy vacation. I’m giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card and you’ll get an extra entry in the rafflecopter below.

 Just enter here:

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And over at the Addictive Reads Event we’re giving away over $100 in prizes! Up for grabs are:

One $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – Winners Choice
One $15 Amazon Gift Card
Five $10 Amazon Gift Cards

The Addictive Reads Authors have a lot of eBooks on sale (and some new releases) – in just about every genre. Fantasy, Romance, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, and more. There’s something for everyone!

Check out all the great books and enter via the Rafflecopter HERE

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As always — thanks for reading!

Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Consuming, and Survival Series. She writes horror, suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. She is also a Contributing Author for Addictive Reads and Killer Ink Press.
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New Release: Survival

I’m excited to announce the release of SURVIVAL, the first in my zombie apocalypse series. 

Survival - Rhonda Hopkins

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

 

SURVIVAL is a 14,000 word short story and was originally published in the LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH ANTHOLOGY.

 

SURVIVAL is now available for only .99 cents at:

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Survival (Survival Series #1)

I originally wrote SURVIVAL as a one-time short story. But, I had so much fun writing it that I decided to continue the saga of Sarah, her twin Dana, and their group of survivors. There’s a lot more ahead for them in their new reality. I hope you’ll come along for the adventure.

 

Here’s what early reviewers are saying about SURVIVAL:

“FANTASTIC story. Truly one of the best shorts that I have read this year!” ~~ TW Brown, Author of the DEAD and ZOMBLOG series.

“Rhonda Hopkins’ Survival series reminds me of TWD – and she’s totally hooked me with the great character and story development in this beginning ‘episode.’ I can’t wait for the next one to see where she takes everything and how the world progresses as I and the zombies follow the characters she’s fleshed out.” ~~ Stacey Joy Netzel, Author of The Still Waters Series

“Her character development is superb. The twins are true-to-life and there is a fascinating relationship with a co-worker which adds a great sub-plot . . . . If zombies are your thing…and maybe if they are not…you will love this book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. It promises to be a wild ride.” ~~Amazon Reviewer

“Totally hooked me. The characters are believable and the events are realistic. Hopkins provides enough intrigue and action to make you keep turning the pages.” ~~ Jennifer L. Oliver, Author of The Haedyn Chronicles

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Excerpt

     Sarah Jamison’s gaze met her twin’s fear-filled blue eyes. “I—”
     “It’s no use. The cuff is too tight. You’re going to have to leave me.” Dana put her free hand on Sarah’s, stilling their frantic motions.
     “No. I won’t leave you. Maybe I can . . .” She turned, taking in the empty basement—the cement walls, exposed pipes, and her sister handcuffed to one of the metal cylinders. A small amount of light trickled in through the one lone window, but there was nothing she could use as a weapon. Unless . . . .
     She strode over to the dangling pipe from which she had managed to extricate herself earlier. Grabbing the unattached end, she tried wresting it clear of its fittings, her own wrist dangling handcuffs which clinked against the metal with each pull. Rust and time made it impossible to remove.
     “Sarah—”
     “No.” Tears ran down her face. “I can’t leave you, Dana.”
     “You have to. It’s the only way we’re both getting out of here. You have to go for help.”
     Sarah knelt beside her sister who reached out and wiped her thumb across her cheek, brushing the tears aside.
     “I’ll be okay until you get back. I won’t give them any excuse to throw me out to those . . . .” Dana choked back the word they had both been avoiding, choosing another instead. “Creatures.”
     Realizing there was no way she could take on all three kidnappers without a weapon, Sarah accepted she had to have assistance to save Dana. Hugging her sister, Sarah kissed her cheek. “I love you, Dana. Be strong. I’ll be back just as soon as possible.”
     Heavy footsteps reverberated on the stairs. Dana pushed Sarah away. “Go now. Before it’s too late.”
     Stretching upwards, she tried to raise the window, but it wouldn’t budge. She took off her T-shirt, wrapped her hand, and knocked out the glass, ducking as shards rained down on her. Pain shot through her palm all the way to her shoulder, but adrenaline fueled her and minimized the hurt. She unwound the red fabric and smoothed it hurriedly across the sill.
     The door crashed inward as one of the men who had captured them ran into the room. “What’s going on here?” He took in the situation and bee-lined for Sarah, grabbed her legs and pulled her down from the window. Grasping one arm, he backhanded her across the face. The edge of his ring ripped across her forehead; the pain almost blinding. Blood gushed from the wound.
     She jerked away from him and took on the fighting stance she had been taught, feet set apart at shoulder width. Sarah grabbed the dangling cuff in her hand and put all her force in the punch to the man’s jaw. His head snapped backwards. Before he could react, she stepped back and struck out with her right foot, making contact with his left knee.            The crunch of breaking bone and his scream told her she had done some major damage even before he fell to the floor.
     The other two kidnappers pounded down the stairs.
     “Sarah! Go!” Dana screamed.
     She grabbed the window sill and pulled herself upward and through the opening; glass slivers cutting her where the shirt didn’t cover. She yanked her legs through, turned and gave one last look at her sister and saw her mouth, “I love you.”
     Two men crashed through the open doorway. One ran for the window as the other stopped to check out their injured friend.
     Sarah took off running around the abandoned building to the parking lot in front. Her black Expedition was one of three cars parked there. The abductors had taken their keys and cellphones, so she fell to her knees on the pavement beside the left rear tire and reached into the wheel well. Her fingers fumbled for the magnetic box and she issued a silent prayer of thanks when she found it. She got in the car and hit the locks just as the man they called Ron sprinted around the side of the building. The inside light illuminated the car’s interior, giving away her location.
     Her shaking fingers pulled the key from its container. She managed to insert it and start the car in one try. Ron banged on the passenger window with one hand, the other pulling on the handle. He yelled and hurled obscenities as she squealed away from him and onto the street.

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As I said earlier, SURVIVAL was originally published in the  LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH Anthology. All proceeds from the book go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.  So, I would encourage you to buy the anthology. It’s for a very worthy cause and has 15 other great stories by some of my favorite authors.  You can find out more about it on my Anthologies & Box Sets page.

Thank you so much for joining me for the release of SURVIVAL. As always — thanks for reading!
Rhonda

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Cover Reveal: Survival

I’m very excited to announce the upcoming release of SURVIVAL, the first in my new zombie apocalypse series. SURVIVAL will be available as a single in June 2014.

Survival - Rhonda Hopkins

You can add it to your Goodreads shelf so you don’t forget:

Survival (Survival Series #1)

Isn’t that cover awesome? Well, I might be a tad biased, but I LOVE it! The amazing Jeffrey Kosh designed it for me. All my books in this series will have the Fort Worth background, with the center image changing for each.

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Jeffrey Kosh is awesome to work with. He’s fast, efficient, and doesn’t get irritated with my stupid questions or suggestions. And he quickly hones in on what I’m looking for in a cover – even with my VERY non-artistic descriptions. He also did THE CONSUMING cover for me. I think he rocks! You can check out more of his work here.

Here’s the blurb for SURVIVAL:

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

SURVIVAL was originally published in the LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH anthology. Even though you’ll be able to get SURVIVAL separately, I would still encourage you to buy the anthology instead because cancer research is very personal and important to me. ALL proceeds from that go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. It’s a great cause and you’ll get fifteen additional horror shorts from some amazing authors.  I’m only doing this separate edition because I know there are some (like me) that like complete sets.

I’ll be giving away copies of SURVIVAL two days before the official release. Winners will be chosen from my newsletter subscribers. If you’re not already a subscriber, sign up below so you have a chance of getting one of the first copies!

As always — thanks for reading! You can also follow my blog posts by subscribing in the right sidebar. My social media links can be found there as well. I love connecting with my readers – so please join me there, too!

Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Consuming, and Survival. She writes horror, suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. She is also a Contributing Author for Addictive Reads and Killer Ink Press.
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Writing Process Blog Tour

I was actually supposed to post this on March 24th. But the server my website was previously hosted on was hacked and my site was down for over a week. (No worries – all my files have been vetted by an expert and they’re clean.) So, I’m late with my post. I decided to go ahead and post off day, so that those I’ve tagged can get back on track next Monday.

So…what is this? This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. I was invited to this event by Meredith Bond. She’s a real sweetheart and fantastic author. You can check out Meredith’s Writing Process here. It’s interesting to me to see how other writers do the deed.

What am I working on?

I’m currently working on two more episodes for my brand new SURVIVAL series. I wrote the original short story for a charity anthology, LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH. All proceeds for this go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. (You can read more about it and my inspiration here.) I hope you’ll join us so we can SCARE CANCER TO DEATH.

I thought the story would be a one time thing, but I enjoyed spending time with these characters and writing about zombies (who knew? LOL) so much, I decided to make it a serial. I absolutely love my cover and will be revealing it soon!

Here’s the blurb for SURVIVAL:

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That’s a really good question. I guess you could say I put my own spin on things. I spent a lot of years working within the court system, working with families, and seeing the good, the bad, and the funny. So I have a lot of experience in human nature and I hope I express those attributes and complexities in my writing.

Imagine knocking on someone’s door only to have it answered by someone with no clothes on? Nude, naked, NEKKID. Yeah – investigation had its moments. LOL The first time that happened to me, I was a greenhorn. And completely shocked. But you’d be surprised (or maybe not) how many people I’ve actually seen answer the door in the buff over twenty years.

So, I try to put the unexpected in my work.

Why do I write what I do?
Basically because it’s what comes to me. I’m sure what I write has been molded through the years by the television/movies I’ve watched and the books I’ve read. I write what I enjoy reading. I love the tension, the suspense of action, horror, and mystery. There’s nothing quite like feeling your heart race, your nerves tingling, and your senses heighten – feeling the fear, the anxiety; yet, knowing in the back of your mind you’re still safe in your home.

I read a lot of genres, and I write a lot of different genres as well. But regardless of genre, they usually all have a dark side. Yet, they also have a hopefulness about them. As much as I like the macabre, I also love a happy ending. Because down deep, I still believe in the goodness of people.

How does your writing process work? 
I tried. I really did. But there is just no way I can plot, outline, plan. I’m definitely a pantser by nature. My characters tend to be a little stubborn, and they don’t always do what I tell them. They insist that they know better and reluctantly, I have to agree — they usually do.

When I start writing, I mostly have a beginning in mind, somewhat of an ending, and the middle….well, that’s what makes it fun for me. I have no idea what happens and I enjoy finding out as I write. Sometimes the beginning will get scrapped in the rewrite when I figure out I should have started elsewhere. And sometimes the bad guy isn’t who I thought it was. I figure if it’s a surprise for me, hopefully it will be a surprise for my readers as well.

NEXT WEEK

Next Monday, April 7, 2014, you can find out about the writing processes of three of my friends. They’re all pretty awesome!

Claire C Riley is a writer of dark paranormal romances and zombie horror, plus a ton of other things to give you chills! She lives in the United Kingdom with her three young daughters, husband and one scruffy dog! Claire has written several books including ‘Limerence,’ ‘Odium.The Dead Saga,’ and ‘Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part one.’ She is also a proud contributor to several anthologies and is one of my co-authors in the ‘Let’s Scare Cancer to Death’ anthology. 

In 2014  she shall be releasing, amongst many other things, ‘Odium II. The Dead Saga,’ ‘Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part Two.’ and ‘Limerence II.Mia’. Odium was listed as a top #100 dystopian book on Amazon for 2013 and has also won the Indie Book of the Day Award. You’ll be able to check out Claire’s writing process here on the 7th.

Eli Constant lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is surrounded by battlefield country, farmland and lakes. Currently, she spends her days being a devoted mother and, of course, writing. Eli feels fortunate that her marriage is one of real love and she thinks her children are the coolest people in the world. She also feels so lucky to have an extended family that is ever present with encouragement and kind words.

Eli will soon release her DEAD TREES 2, the follow up to DEAD, her debut horror novel. She most recently released MASTIC, an urban thriller with a touch of fantasy. And she’s another of my Let’s Scare Cancer to Death co-authors. You’ll be able to read about Eli’s writing process here on the 7th.

Kiru Taye is the award-winning and best-selling author of His Treasure. As a young adult, she read a lot of books. Mostly, she loved the romantic stories for the fantasy of being swept away by dashing heroes to exotic locations. Though her reading tastes have matured since then, she still loves reading romance novels. Having always dreamt of writing novels, she finally ‘bit the bullet’ in 2010 and wrote her first contemporary romance novel which she submitted the first chapter as an entry to New Voices writing contest in September 2010. It was shortlisted for ‘call-back’.

She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romance. Her stories are sensual and steamy, her characters passionate and sassy and her settings, atmospheric and exotic. Kiru has written several books/series including the Men of Valor series and Challenge series. Her most recent release — A Valentine Challenge. You can read about Kiru’s writing process here on the 7th.

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Addictive Reads Launch & Giveaway!

 

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I just want to take a quick minute and tell you about a fantastic group, I’m a member of. I’ve  joined forces with 22 other award-winning and bestselling (some NYT & USA Today Bestselling) authors to bring you well-written and entertaining reads. Quality is important to the ADDICTIVE READSauthors. Today we’re launching our new website and social media platforms

Take a few minutes to look around the site. Each author has an individual page with all of their books listed, along with their social media links. They also have genre pages where you can find books in just about any genre you enjoy. (See the menu guide links at the top of the page.)

And there are FREE ebooks for you, as well as collections at great prices (anthologies and box sets) from Addictive Reads authors.

As a thank you for checking out our group & books, the Addictive Reads’ authors are hosting a giveaway. You can enter through Friday, April 4, 2014. Winners will be announced, Saturday, April 5th.

We’re giving away one $25 Amazon Gift Card, one $20 Amazon Gift Card, and one bundle of eBooks from Addictive Reads Authors including:

To enter the giveaway, just go to the ADDICTIVE READS site and follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter near the bottom of the post for your chance to win one of the prizes!

While you’re here, sign up for my mailing list/newsletter to be one of the first to find out about my new releases, specials, giveaways, and other events.

As always – thanks for reading!

 

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Authors Give Back: Let’s Scare Cancer To Death!

Sorry for the double post today. But my latest, a zombie short story (SURVIVAL), was released this morning in an awesome anthology. I’d already agreed to host another author friend before I found out this one was out. Hopefully you won’t mind too much, because we’re going to talk about the very important subject of:

Cancer.

For millions, there is no word that inspires more fear. It is about time to give some payback. Enter a cadre of talented authors with a common purpose: to SCARE cancer to death.

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Available in Paperback and eBook:

Paperback

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Amazon JP

Amazon AU

Okay, the premise may seem silly, but the truth is that these writers have all given their stories freely in hopes that you will be enticed to come check out this anthology. Every penny generated will be given in a quarterly check to the The V Foundation for Cancer Research. So, when you purchase this book, you are tossing your hat in the ring with people who are out to eradicate a killer that has touched far too many lives.

Join us, and Let’s Scare Cancer to Death!

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When asked to submit a story for this anthology, I jumped at the chance. Not only was it being published by May December Publications, but there were some really awesome authors submitting stories – ones that I have read and that I admire. And, it was being edited by one of my favorite authors, TW Brown, creator of the DEAD series. I was and am truly honored to be part of this project. BUT the very best part is that this book will be raising money for cancer research, a cause near and dear to me.

Lavada Moore 1My maternal grandmother, Lavada Moore (I called her Nanny), died from a rare form of skin cancer. When she was diagnosed, she didn’t complain. She never asked, “Why me?” And, she never gave up. Through the surgeries, radiation, and pain, she handled each situation with dignity and grace. But long before this horrible disease claimed her, she taught all of those lucky enough to know her what it meant to embrace life.

Nanny didn’t have an easy one, but she always made the best of it. She tackled each job head on and she loved her family and friends unconditionally. She was always getting into mischief and she made us laugh with her antics. I wrote about one such experience (of many) a while back.

I was blessed to be given such a grandmother. She wasn’t the milk and cookies kind of grandma. (I was blessed to have one of those on the other side too, so I had the best of both worlds.) Instead, Nanny was the kind that did her own thing and didn’t much care what anyone else thought. She worked hard and she took care of whatever needed taking care of. I still remember driving up and finding her on top of the roof, fixing a leak. She was in her mid-70′s at the time.

Nanny took care of her family and she took care of a lot of animals through the years – hers, strays, and wildlife that came wandering on to the property. She was always there for whoever or whatever needed her. I’m sure that’s why I still have wildlife visiting me even today.

Lavada at CasinoNanny discovered the casinos late in life and loved to go play the slots. It was fun just being with her and watching the enjoyment she got from that. She’d wear the rest of us out! :-)

And she loved horror. We spent many hours on weekend nights when I was a child, watching all the classic horror movies. I’m positive I can attribute my love of the genre to her.

I wanted to share some of her stories with you today, so that you’d know who she was and why I felt the need to support this wonderful cause with a story.

My grandmother was a beautiful person, inside and out. And I miss her terribly. She was never sick…was in fact, extraordinarily healthy. She had just been told a short time before her diagnosis that she had the heart and arteries of a woman half her age. But because of this insidious disease, I lost someone that I loved and respected much too soon.

And I’m not the only one. I know some of the authors contributing stories to this anthology have lost loved ones to cancer as well. Some have faced or are facing the disease themselves. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this insidious disease.

TW Brown chose the V Foundation as the recipient of the funds generated from the book. When asked why this organization, he said:

As for my reason for the V Foundation, after looking into how different organizations allocate their donations, I decided that the V Foundation made the best use of the money received. My reason for this particular charity anthology (our last one “Wake the Witch” is a benefit for Red Cross), I just think so many of us have been a part of somebody’s life who has had to do battle with this horrible disease and its many faucets. It is nice to give something back and every year I try to organize an anthology with a specific purpose.

I hope you’ll join with me and the following authors who donated stories in supporting the V Foundation:

Z Children by Eli Constant
 Website      Facebook     Amazon Author Page     Twitter     Goodreads

Of the Dead by Alyn Day
AlynDayOfTheDead     Twitter

Memories  by Heath Stallcup
Website     Twitter     Facebook     LinkedIn

Project Arizona by Gregory Carrico
Website    Facebook    Twitter   Goodreads    Pinterest
Amazon Author Page

 Just Life by T. Fox Dunham
Website

Choices by Claire C Riley
Website     Facebook     Twitter    Amazon Author Page 

Dying Days Mortality by Armand Rosamilia
Website

Gift Wrapped Box by Catie Rhodes
Website     
Facebook     Twitter     Pinterest     Goodreads
Amazon Author Page

Tunnel by J. Thorn
JThorn.net     Twitter     Facebook     Pinterest     Google+

One Lonely Night by Chantal Boudreau
Website     Facebook    Amazon Author Page     Twitter    Scribd     Goodreads

Sweet Release by Mark Tufo
Website

Uncle by Michael James McFarland
Amazon Author Page     Facebook

The Legacy by Julianne Snow
Days with the Undead     The FlipSide of Julianne     Zombieholics Anonymous     Amazon Author Page     Facebook Author Page     Twitter

The Judas Contingent by Blaze McRob
Website     Facebook     Twitter     Visionary Press Collaborative
Angelic Knight Press     Pen of the Damned     Amazon Author Page

My Name is Charles by TW Brown
Website     Facebook     Amazon Author Page

Survival by Rhonda Hopkins
Website     Facebook Author Page     Twitter     Goodreads     Google+
Addictive Reads     Amazon Author Page 
 

And that awesome cover? That was designed and donated by artist, Andy Butnariu.

I hope you’ll buy a copy of LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH. All the proceeds will be sent to the V Foundation for cancer research. And, please share this post as many places as possible to help us get the word out.

As always – thanks for reading and for your support!

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Cover Reveal: Final Hours by Cate Dean & Giveaway

Title: Final Hours (Love In Time Book 1)
Author: Cate Dean
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 2014
Cover: Jes Richardson Photography and Design: http://www.jesrdesign.com/

FINAL HOURS
One man’s death will change the future.
Only two people can save him – if they have the courage to trust each other.
Elizabeth Barritt fought hard for the life she has, finally putting the ugly memories of a childhood trapped in the foster care system behind her. She has the chance to move forward, to reach out for a new, exciting future, surrounded by the art that is her passion. All she has to do is take the first step.
Enter Jackson Kane, who bursts into her life, literally out of thin air. He is a time traveler, on the hunt for a rogue agent. Colliding with Elizabeth is not on his agenda, as much as she intrigues him.
When Kane is injured protecting Elizabeth from that agent, she makes a decision that will change her life, in ways she couldn’t even begin to grasp. She takes him home.
Once he is healed enough to travel, Kane goes after the agent, chasing him back to war-torn London. But his journey back takes a sideways turn, forcing Elizabeth to make another choice. She follows him into the past, to help him stop one man from changing their future.
Together, they learn to trust. What they don’t expect is the connection between them – a connection so strong they can’t fight it, even as they try. Because how can it work, when their lives are centuries apart?
AUTHOR
My name is Cate, and I write romantic suspense and paranormal, with some action packed YA paranormal and fantasy thrown in.
I am a huge history buff, and with my English/Irish heritage, I have always gravitated to English history. That love has taken me across the pond on a regular basis for the last 15 years. I got to combine the thrill of being in a country I love with my research addiction. :)
 
The Love in Time series is the culmination of those trips – and my love for romantic suspense.
 

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Other Books:

The Claire Wiche Chronicles   The Monster Files   Short Stories/Novellas

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FREE Box Set and Anthology

March 02-08th is READ AN EBOOK WEEK sponsored by Smashwords. During this event you can get two great sets of reads for FREE.

The cool thing about Smashwords is that you can get whichever format you need for your eReader or even a .pdf format in many cases. So check out the event for some great eBooks!

You can get these two sets of stories FREE. They each contain my short haunted house story, THE CONSUMING.

To take advantage of this limited time offer, just click on the title link or the cover image and it will take you to the Smashwords page for that book. Add each of your selection(s) to your cart. Then under each book title enter the appropriate coupon code listed beside each book below.

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FREE (USE COUPON CODE: RW100)

TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

From TW Brown, author of Dead: The Ugly Beginning “To have a collection assembled by such a talented group of authors makes this THE anthology to own if you are a fan of horror.”

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FREE  (USE COUPON CODE: RW100)

10 of the Addictive Reads’ authors have each contributed one of their paranormal-themed short stories, novellas, or full-length novels — 1,000 pages, all individually rated 4-stars or above. Travel with us as we guide you on a  journey through some great paranormal landscapes.

 

 

Please consider leaving a review at Smashwords, Amazon, and/or Goodreads if you enjoy either of these collections. Reviews help your favorite authors and your fellow readers.

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