Archive for May, 2011
This week I am happy to bring yet another guest indie author to Get Jack’d — this time in the form of Mary Pat Hyland. Purchase Mary’s Amazon.com Top 100 Bestseller, 3/17 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Create Space, and Powell’s Books. Learn more about Mary on her website. And now, for the goods!
It’s been a while since I ran a sample of A Blade Away. This particular scene is one that displays one of Lakme’s tragic flaws — and another brutal glimpse into his past. Purchase A Blade Away on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, or in Paperback from Amazon.
I have decided it’s time I get gutsy and start bugging two very influential people in the horror and comedy industry in an attempt to get my piece of dystopian fiction, I Zombie I, made into a film. And why not? It’s a great story, with rich characters and relationships, and would easily transition from fiction to film.
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Let’s face it, if you are a writer or a creative type of any sort you hold a great deal of sympathy when I mention how much my day job gets in the way of my creative process. Seriously, give it some thought — we typically work eight hours a day. During those eight hours (and who in the hell pulled the number 8 out of their stanky butt cracks should be pimp slapped a few times) the delicate whispers of the muse will probably tickle our ear drums numerous times. And what can we do about it?
Could it be Sunday already? If so, that could only mean one thing: Sample Sunday! That’s right everyone — Sample Sunday, that day where indie authors post up samples of their work for you to read and enjoy. This time I dug deep into the heart of my paranormal thriller, Gothica, and gave out a scene with the killer — Freeney.
I have created a Facebook group (I know, who hasn’t) dedicated to us indie authors who concentrate on zombie fiction.
What with the Rapture less than 24 hours away, I thought I best post a new “Under the covers” article before it’s WAY too late. I get asked this a lot — “How do you do your writing?” The question tends to refer to whether or not I use outlines and, if so, what kind of outlines do I use? Because this question comes up so often, I thought I would take a moment to answer it here, in public, for free, and for everyone’s enlightenment.
That’s correct…the paperback editions of both I Zombie I and Gothica are now available from Amazon.com. Exciting times, these are.
That’s right, the fine folks at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) must have finally read my book I Zombie I (Now available in paperback from Amazon) and are alerting the general public to the possible apocalypse.
The opening paragraph in the article reads: There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.
In typical fashion of obsessing over every last detail, I realized my book I Zombie I wasn’t complete without a Google Chrome theme. So…I created one. Now you can read the book and be reminded of the painful truth of how the Mengele Virus came to be while browsing your favorite web sites (such as the Zombie Preparedness Initiative.)
I am not only a writer, I am a reader (they go hand-in-hand after all). And seeing as how I am an indie author (check out the right navigation for purchase links to my ever-growing catalog) it would only make sense that I would read other indie authors.
Yet another sample for everyone to partake in. This one is from my first book A Blade Away. I wanted to highlight this particular chapter to show a moment when the killer displays just how out of control he has become. This is not a scene with a victim — only him inside his car. A Blade Away can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Enjoy!
Here’s another sample for your #SampleSunday pleasure. This is from my latest book, Gothica. Gothica is a paranormal thriller in the Fringe Killer series. For the curious, here’s the description:
A killer from the past manages to escape the bonds of time and redefines “horror” for Jamie Davenport. In this new entry to the “fringe-killer” series, Gothica, Detective Davenport finds herself dealing with horror brought to life from the past. This time the killer is terrorizing the same building that held him prison – decades ago. The building now serves as a club for the darker denizens of Louisville…and a breeding ground for the emotions needed to bring evil back to Gothica.
Weaving elements of both the horror and the thriller genres together, Gothica tells the tale of the past and the present as they collide in the darkest recesses of a club built upon suffering and sorrow. Jamie Davenport and Skip Abrahm are tossed into a world of gothic delights and horror as another Fringe Killer is brought to life.
I can’t resist sampling this scene from the first in the “I Zombie” trilogy. This is from Chapter 5 — the first time Jacob comes across a screamer (vs. a moaner). Zombie fans should love this scene. This was one of those chapters I really enjoyed writing. Have fun! To purchase I Zombie I, check out the links in the right navigation. If you don’t want to bother moving the mouse over there, click one of these links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords. And, if you’re curious, don’t hesitate to read the stellar review given to I Zombie I by kindleobsessed.com.
Many writers talk about music when referencing their work. I am very guilty of that. Not only do I often count on music to be my muse, I work it into my books in any way I can. Why? Music can so easily elicit mood and emotion in ways the written word alone can not always do. So music will crop up in my novels in the form of a simple mention of a title or artist or, in some cases, I will use lyrics (with permission by the artist of course.) And since music is such a strong influence over me and my work, I thought I would discuss how music worked its way into my currently published titles (and the titles I am working on.)
That’s right brainiacs — May is official Zombie Awareness Month. Naturally, I want to do my part to help educate the populous so to lesson the amount of violent attacks caused by the undead.
Yesterday was such an up and down day, I felt like I was on a roller coaster from Hell, driven by Satan himself, with Ford Pintos and Dodge Gremlins for carts. I knew I was on a collision course with mayhem, it was only a matter of time before it all came crashing down. But then something strange happened — like the Black Knight who always triumphs, it got better!
One of the more influential indie reviewers out there gave I Zombie I a chance. When I heard she was reviewing it, I have to admit I was nervous as an alterboy on Sunday morning, but my nervousness was all for naught, as she loved the book!