Sunday, February 26, 2012

Buffy

If you know me, then you know that I have been a fan of Buffy since the beginning. I have all 7 seasons (and the movie) on DVD, used to dress like Buffy and do my hair like Buffy, have several wooden stakes and named one of my ferrets Spike. Also, some of the first 'stories' I ever wrote were Buffy fanfic. Lame...I suppose I am :)

Anyway, I woke up and saw this review on amazon.com:

 "Normally, I don't have anything to do with zombies as I find them terrifying. However, the reviews for this book were so positive that I decided to take a chance and get over my fear and overactive imagination. I could not stop reading once I started and finished the book in a few hours. Orissa is the Buffy for zombies. The characters were likeable and I was actually sad when some of them did not make it. The action was great and unpredictable. Glad I read this and I look forward to the next books."

Having someone compare one of my characters to Buffy is so incredibly flattering. I never even thought of Orissa in that way, but, I see how she is. I posted a few weeks ago about how it bothers me that weak, whinny, needs-a-guy girls are the stars of books. What is that teaching young girls? I won't get into that because if I do this will turn into a novel of a post (again).

Anyway, I wanted to share that review because it's more fun to be excited with others. :) It's nice out today (almost fifty degrees and sunny) so I'm gonna enjoy it and take the dog for a walk. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Deathly Contagious

Deathly Contagious is the second book in The Contagium Trilogy. I currently have over 100 pages written on word, coming in at about 60,000 words. This book is going to be a little bit longer than the first, though, ideally, I'd like to have all three be about the same length. But a lot happens in this book.

Of course, there is a lot of zombie killing action. The plot starts to get thick and things are revealed that-hopefully-will be surprising. You will also get to know the characters better in this book and some of the more minor characters in the first book are brought into the main scheme of things.

As you saw in the first book, Orissa begins to do some self evaluation and tries to be a good person. She grows in the second book even more, but, don't worry, she still is just as kick ass, tough and bitchy as ever! That's what I love about her!

I'll probably post a section or two from it in the near future. If all goes as planned, I *should* be done in a month or two. I don't think my school work is going to be as intense as it has been. Fingers crossed I have plenty of writing time!!

Also, (and obviously) I changed my blog background to be zombie themed! Am I lame? More than likely... :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Unbound is FREE on Kindle

I decided to see what this Kindle Select thing was all about. I enrolled Unbound and did a 'promotion', as they call it, where you can make your book free for up to five days. Honestly, I didn't expect much. I set Unbound to free last night before I went to bed. When I got up about 7 hours later, I 'sold' (you can't really sell something that's free...) 60 books in the US and about 20 in Europe. Since then, I've more than doubled my 'sales' and Unbound is currently #19 in the top Occult books! :D

I cannot believe it! I didn't expect to increase my sales that much at all! I hope people enjoy it!! And I suggest others try out the KDP select. (Though, be warned, you have to make your book exclusive to amazon, so you'll have to take it off other sites. I benefited so much from it, but if you're doing well on other sites, I suppose I wouldn't do it.)

I promised the dog we'd play ball (yes, he's only a dog but he knows that word and is running around waiting for me) so this will be short, but I have to spit out a lame, don't-give-up-on-your-dreams speech. I love writing. I will write no matter what. I wrote Unbound for fun, as a way to pass the time after class and because I had that story in my head for literally years. I love the characters, the plot, the way things happen...it's just very personal I suppose. Anyway, I NEVER would have thought I'd have so much success. And the same with Contagious. I never would have thought me-a little known, Indie author- could sell over 200 books in less an a month after publication. I assumed-or more hoped-that within a year or two, my name would get out there and I'd be sorta known in the world of books.

A girl in one of my classes told me she'd heard of my books before she even met me. That was soooo incredible to hear. Really, people, don't give up on your dreams. They may seem impossible, and you may not think you have the way to do it, but just try! I was afraid no one would want my books or want to read anything from just some girl who writes because it's her passion.

And I was wrong.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Zombies on the brain

I had a dream about zombies last night, no surprise, I know, since I've been working on the squeal to Contagious every chance I get. I have about 50,000 words so far. I think this book is going to end up being longer than the first. A lot happens in this book, and a lot is built up for the third and final book.

I'm really happy with the first book in the trilogy. I'm a little nervous the second one won't be as good or the storyline will seem to complicated, because, again, a lot happens in this book. There is still plenty of action, of course, and there is more drama. The characters are seen in a more personal light, and I feel that it really lets the reader get to know them.

I'm also working on going over the editor's notes for Beyond the Sea and I have someone working on a cover. I cannot find a cover I'm happy with. I'm way picky, I know, and I want it to look 'realistic', which isn't gonna happen, given the fact that the book is about mermaids. *Sigh* I trust the artist to do a good job, and I'm excited to see it when she's done! I'll post it once I get it.

Now...back to killing zombies :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Study Break

I've been studying for my nursing fundamentals lab for several hours now and desperately need a break! With school, I haven't had much time to get on here, let alone write more in Deathly Contagious. But, some interesting things have happened.

First, Contagious sales are amazing! I feel so humbled by everyone that's bought it and reviewed it. Thank you!! :) And on the topic of reviews...

I do not expect everyone to like my book (or any book). I've read books I don't like and I'm not a fan of the hugely popular Twilight. I don't dislike them, it's just not my thing; I like my vamps with fangs. So, with that said, I don't think negative reviews are bad and are to be expected with anything that is put out into the public. However, I've noticed that some people take negative review to the point of bullying.

I don't really get it. If you don't like a book, point out a few things that made you dislike it, give it one or two stars and be on your merry way, right? Why do people have to pick apart every single flaw and make assumptions about the author?

I've only read one book by her, but I'm sure many have heard of Amanda Hocking. I was looking through her reviews to try to decide if I wanted to read the Trylle series or the MBA series by her and was surprised by the really harsh and just plain mean reviews some people gave her. Obviously, she's done well and her books are good.

Why do people feel the need to rip others apart? *sigh* I don't get it. On that happy note...back to the books! (oh joy...infection control, vital signs and bedpans, yay! Not.)