Pre-order World on Fire

As promised, World on Fire released the last day of February 2016 for pre=order.  Be one of the first to own this young adult, quasi-apocalyptic book.  Order now and it will be delivered directly to your kindle on it’s release date, May 30, 2016.

WORLD ON FIRE

In a world knocked off grid by massive solar flares and Earth’s thinning atmosphere, people on the ground are forced underground in a desperate fight for life.

“The smell stops me near the water’s edge. I tug the neck of my shirt up over my nose as I look around. Carcasses litter the shoreline. Animals tried to escape the fire, driven by instinct to plunge blindly into the shallow waters of the parched river. Deer. Rabbits. Raccoons. So many others unrecognizable in death. The heat was too much and they had nowhere to go. Their salvation had become their cemetery.”

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Cover reveal – WORLD ON FIRE

It’s been a hectic month between cover reveals, editing, the World’s Best Story competition and NanoWrimo.  Somehow, some amazing things have still come together.  One of these “things” is the cover to World On Fire, releasing in  February 2016.

World on Fire is a futuristic, young adult novel.

2043:  In a world knocked off grid by massive solar flares and Earth’s thinning atmosphere, people on the ground are forced underground in a desperate fight for life.

Welcome October

I feel October stealthily creeping up, disguised in a shawl of brisk,  cool temperatures. A harbinger of rain, sleet, snow and ice, of evenings spent cocooned in blankets warming toes by the  fireplace.  I see through October’s guise and recognize it as a portender of death, the final nail in the coffin for fireplacesummer, but only a prelude to winter’s icy embrace which hankers up ahead.

Fall is my favorite time to write, when life has less  distractions and the heaviness of autumn lays a sound barrier blanket over the static noise, muffling the sounds of the outside world. It’s a quiet, cozy time for me. I can immerse myself more fully into my characters and their lives and be more attentive to the stories they tell.  It’s a time for creating, for breathing life into the fancies of my imagination.

Welcome October.

fall leaves

Life in a Nutshell – Author’s take

I write romantic comedy, but  comedy is often dredged from some of the least humorous of life’s events.   In my book, Life in a Nutshell, you meet Riley Jones, a newly divorced, mid thirty-ish woman, who is trying to pull her life back together.

Beneath the sting of the shower she heard traffic grumbling by, coming to a slow rest at the stop sign on the corner, then gearing up and crawling away. If only it were as easy to wash away the memories…

Riley pressed her forehead to the shower wall, resting, just as traffic had, her thoughts slowing to a dull grind. Pulsating water melted the stress from her neck, back and shoulders, spiraling it silently down the drain. She let herself slide down the wall to form a puddle on the shower floor, melting a little herself, it seemed.

If the entire book had been written in the above context, it would have been a depressing story.  That’s too much pressure to put on any reader.

She woke to the sight of her panties flying round and round, waving like a banner at the end of a ceiling fan blade, and she knew, she just knew, it was going to be a really strange day.

When you add a little levity, as I did in the paragraph above, it allows the reader to come up for air, to shed some of the weightiness of a situation.

A good romantic comedy will put the pressure on, take it off, and put it on again.  Reading should be like a roller coaster ride, fast paced,  with a series of high and lows to move the story forward.

What are some of the qualities you think a good book should  have?  Feel free to comment, I’m open to discussion.

Voting has started at the World’s Best Story

Entries are beginning to show and voting has begun over at the World’s Best Story Contest.  This year I opted to submit my YA title, Shattered.  It’s a “novel” approach for me since I write Romantic Comedy.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity for my YA book to get a little exposure.  Shattered is #125 in kindle ebooks foSHATTERED COVERr children.  Not a bad representation, if I do say so myself.

If you’ve hesitated submitting your own story, why wait?  The prize packages are impressive and there’s a line up of noteworthy judges.  The best part is, submission is FREE. While you’re checking out the site make sure you register to vote, and take a peek at the wonderfully talented submissions.  This is your chance to make your voice heard.  There are prizes for readers as well (hint, hint).

Meanwhile, I’ve got my nose to the grindstone determined to finish Life Bites (a Romantic Comedy) by deadline.  This is the sequel to my best selling title, Life in a Nutshell, a Riley Jones novel.

Sacred Mountain – a post apocalyptic novel

An avid reader, I have an eclectic collection of books on my shelf.  Romance, comedy, thrillers, young adult books…there aren’t many genres I won’t read.

Sacred Mountain, the first in a series of books (Book 1 in the Moreno Series) by Paige Robbins is an action packed post apocalyptic romance that will keep you guessing.  It addresses the issue of life in an “off grid” situation.  Imagine for yourself the complete collapse of a nation.  No means of communication.  Life as you know it no longer exists.  How would you survive?  Who would be in your innermost “circle”?

In a pSacred Mountainost war climate in a nation torn by war, Sissy Moreno fights another battle, with an old flame. Paige Robbins does an excellent job fleshing out her characters and developing an intriguing storyline. From the first page, the reader is drawn into a world of survival and preparation, with cops who aren’t always good, and heroes in unexpected places.

Paige Robbins shows a keen eye toward potential social situations with an awareness of off grid living. It’s evident she’s done her research well as she draws a picture of self-sufficiency and sustainability where each of her characters has a position to fill. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and have saved her as a favorite so I will know when the sequel to this book is released.

If you’d like to read more, or purchase the book, simply click on the book cover. Amazon offers a free “look inside” feature so be sure to enjoy a glimpse inside this book.

This thing called Life

One of my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else´s life.”

Apparently Mr. Jobs has never had to contend with the people that exist inside of my head.  By virtue of my writing I AM living someone else’s life.  A life that couldn’t have been given birth to without first gestating inside my brain.  In my mental womb a small seed takes root, suckles upon gray matter and grows into it’s own existence.

As I spend hours and days hammering away on my keyboard I live another life, I see life through a different lens and I experience my existence via an altered reality.