Every good Dead hunter understands the importance of a well-equipped bug-out bag. One that stays packed and can be grabbed at a moment’s notice. A backpack that contains anything the survivor would need in a pinch. Through Love at the End of Days, Vanessa Summers is learning how to take her life back from her fear of Deads by going through rigorous guard training.
Here is a peek inside the bag that goes everywhere with her. (Don't forget to pop over to Amazon and snag Love at the End of Days for $2.99!)
By now, I think most of the writing/reading/book blogging community has heard about how an author stalked a reviewer of her book. I've seen a number of well written articles that discuss it. I'm not going to discuss it because, honestly, I don't know enough to have a post be more than gossip.
No, what I aim to talk about is a post the Twitter hashtag #AuthorYes reminded me of. Two years ago, there was a slew of author melt downs. It seemed like there was a new train wreck each week, and it made book blogger very wary of who they agreed to review. I wrote two posts on the subject, one touching on how I prepared myself for bad reviews and to accept them as inevitable. The other was more important. It was a pledge to book bloggers. I wrote it in hope that, when they saw my name with a review request, they would know not to fear me. I wrote I hoped other authors would join me with their own pledges. A huge bummer when I didn't get any comments or see any posts.
Today I bring I'm hosting Crystal Collier and her book, Soulless. She is talking characters of the book, so grabbed a slice of cheese, get comfy, and enjoy. (Seriously, get some cheese, Crystal brought a whole tray and as much as I like cheese, I can't eat it all myself.
Casting is especially difficult for me because I'm a SUPER visual person, so when I create characters, I have a VERY specific image in mind. It's almost impossible to find a match. Because of that, there are no easy-fit actors or actresses for my characters. (Contains spoilers for those who haven't read MOONLESS. Get your copy October 13, 20, 27, 31 or November 7 for FREE.)
Villains first (because they're so stinkin' interesting):
I'm writing this post Saturday, to be scheduled Monday since I have to open at the day job at 6am (yet again.) As I was sitting here, trying to come up with a topic because I didn't have one, I had a realization.
This week I may have time.
Aside from the eight hour way too early shift today, the rest of the week is looking calm. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday I am baking. Wednesday I have a doctor's appointment out of town, Friday I have my sleep study consultation, and Saturday a craft show. But it's all things that aren't going to wear me out. There will be moments I'm home and I won't be too zapped of energy and in need of a nap.
Late post today because earlier this week I was up at 5:30am for the day job, and by the time I got home, I was too tired to look up a fun word for Friday Quick Fic. I had intentions, and was planning on doing it yesterday, but I ended up having to work instead and was so exhausted I slept 12 hours last night. Seriously, I went to be at 8pm and work up with hubby at 8am. I am well rested today. I suppose that means I could have looked up a fun word, but I have something else to show you.
What inspired you to write Pieces of Us? One evening I was watching the movie Peggy Sue Got Married for the thousandth time in my life. As I have done many times before I wondered what it would be like to go back in time knowing what I know now. This got me to thinking about back in junior high school in 1988 with my female best friend. Everyone used to ask us if we were boyfriend and girlfriend and when they found out we weren’t our peers would always ask us why. It wasn’t until after high school that I made the discovery about myself. Although in the back of my mind I think I always knew. Then I got to thinking if I would have known how differently my life would have played out.
Yikes! I don't have an idea for a blog post for today. This doesn't happen often. I do have something to share at least. Remember how I ponified Tommy and Cyclop for #PonyFest14? Well, voting is open and you can choose your favorite pony (it's Tommy, right?) There's also a merpony generator. I am going to waste so much time on that.
I'd also like to remind you about my Halloween themed bloghop, Trick-or-Treat Books. Authors, join me. Readers, mark your calendars.
You know what I haven't done in a looooooooong time? Share something I'm working on. Better fix that. Since it's Halloween, I'll go with my still untitled ghost story. The scene is where my ghost main character meets, Katie, a living girl with a gift.
Today I am bringing you a book find from an author I met through IWSG.
Lara Blaine believes that she can hide from her past by clinging to a rigid routine of work and exercise. She endures her self-imposed isolation until a cancer diagnosis cracks her hard exterior. Lara’s journey through cancer treatment should be the worst year of her life. Instead, it is the year that she learns how to live. She befriends Jane, another cancer patient who teaches her how to be powerful even in the face of death. Accepting help from the people around her allows Lara to confront the past and discover that she is not alone in the world. With the support of her new friends, Lara gains the courage to love and embrace life. Like climbing the Eiffel Tower, the year Lara meets Jane is tough, painful, and totally worth it.