Buccaneer Blogfest: Have some Zombie Bedtime Stories!

The blogfest is winding down, and that’s awesome, but not before I host a giveaway!

I have three copies of the complete-to-date Zombie Bedtime Stories (#1-3) up for grabs. The file format is in PDF, and I hope you like zombies.

Because WordPress is tragically allergic to javascript, please visit my Rafflecopter giveaway directly. This contest runs from August 1-4.

Buccaneer Blogfest: Do Pirates and Social Media mix?

Of course they do! Social media is like the wide open sea–plenty to pillage, and even more to explore.

I love social media. I’ve met so many great, amazing friends on Twitter. I have no idea where I’d be without their patience, support and input. I wouldn’t have discovered CQ, or really been able to expand my horizons.

But, this is going to turn into a rant.

However, I do hate the spam. I’m infinitely more likely to buy a book of a person who bothers to talk to me, as opposed to the constant tweet spam I find in my news feed. I unfollowed the worst offenders a long time ago. I have a rule: if I memorize your tweets, you’re gone.

I never really got into Goodreads, their interface makes me swear and no link seems to take me to the same place twice. In theory it’s amazing, but I hate it.

I have a fan page on facebook, but for some reason other authors (ones I’ve never talked to or heard of!) all really, really want to be my friend-friend. No other form of networking will do. They probably do it so they can send my mom/family/friends book spam. Sorry buddies, my cat pictures are for people I know! Reader groups are fun, until the “you need to read my paranormal romance” comments come in.

Google+ looks like what my facebook would be if I friended authors. I go on, realize I’ve seen it all on Twitter, don’t care,  and leave for a few more months.

So… I love twitter. But as a whole, I admit that find a lot of what social media has become pretty annoying. I’m at the stage where I’m considering having a sacrifice account that gets all the follows and does the “nice” follow-back thing, allowing my real account to follow and converse with like-minded people.

Basically, we need to go privateer on those Tweetdeck loving spammers. A year ago, I found there was a lot more discourse, and the overall quality of content was bigger. Now it’s a flood of Triberr (another thing I’m starting to detest) and book links.

Where did the fun go? The connections? The friends?

I don’t think there’s an answer. There’s a ton of people out there who don’t get it. They never will get it. That’s alright, but I’m not following back.

So, I wrote this sweet review I think the world needs to see more of.

Thea's Quiet Reading Corner

I picked this book up when it went free on KDP Select a few months ago, and I really do consider it a diamond in the rough. Bigfoot Hunters is a Horror/comedy mashup by Rick Gualteri, and I’m going to say it was quite the experience.

The book is based on a simple premise, and sets out to prove the following:

A whole lot of frothing, irrational rage + Bigfoot/Sasquatch = BAD.

How bad? Well, read it and find out.

I found that the execution of this book was great. There was action, funny moments, insanity, a really pissed off Alpha, and they all flowed together to make one giant book-long bloodbath. The gore was well-done, and certainly had the desired impact.

The characters were funny, well developed (even the fodder!) and had a dimension well beyond your standard “kids go into woods and get themselves killed” story that…

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Buccaneer Blogfest: Why yes, I do review books!

It’s no secret that I love to read. I even do video book reviews. I’m getting back into that, now that I’ve solved the technical problem that arose when YouTube and my laptop’s webcam decided they were no longer on speaking terms. Thus, I have managed to conjure up access to a digital camcorder, so my reviews can now be in beautiful HD.

I’m going to record a whole slew of books and upload them this weekend, but until them, I have a sweet surprise for you.

I started a book blog of my very own!

Please drop by Thea’s Quiet Reading Corner, give it a follow and browse through my back catalog of video book reviews. I’ll be posting more text/vlogs in the next few days. If you’re interested in a review, drop me a line.

 

Buccaneer Blogfest: My Favorite Authors, both dead and alive

So, I’m supposed to talk about my favorite authors. Well then. I’m going to start with the dead ones. Why the dead ones? Mostly because I can ask what they were on when they wrote their masterworks.

Frank Herbert – Dune Chronicles, The Green Brain, The White Plague, The Santaroga Barrier…. ect ect ad infinitum.

Why?

The most honest answer is that his writing is pure drugs. It’s imaginative, out there, descriptive and profound. He manages to do all that, while telling an amazing, unpredictable story. I scoured the used book stores for most of my post 14 year old life, hoping to find another treasure. My mom would get my any of his books she’d come across in her own shopping. She even recorded the SciFi miniseries for me when I was in high school, and watched it with me. (Thanks mom!)

But, Herbert didn’t start my love of far out science fiction. No, in fact, it was another author (and Star Trek, thanks Mom) that started it all.

Monica Hughes. She’s an English Canadian YA author. It destroyed me when I found out she’d died in 2003. (Kind of like learning Frank Herbert died when I was 3.)

She writes science fiction. I got in trouble many, many times in the fifth grade because her books were more interesting and enriching than class. I would so do it again. I loved her sympathetic and strong, non-functionally retarded female main characters. I grew up in a small town, and “you’re a girl, you’re not supposed to like science/math/books…” was a local mantra from my peers and many misguided adults. (Now, I can tell you to all go eat a bag of dicks. I’m great at science, math and books. And boys like me just fine, little miss prissy pants. That’s another rant, though…)

In a lot of ways, Monica Hughes gave me hope for a future where I wouldn’t be put in a comfortable little box, one were I could take on the world and win. Her books were filled with a depth beyond whatever else filled my elementary school’s sparse bookshelves. They let me to go other planets, day dream about alien vistas and look a little deeper into humanity itself.

Carl Sagan. Not because of Contact, but because of Billions & Billions and The Demon Haunted World. Yes, they’re science popularizes, but when I discovered him at 14 or 15 it completely changed my perspective and outlook on life. Sagan himself died a few months before I discovered him. It made me very sad.

Okay. I’m going to get sad if I keep talking about all of these awesome dead people. Let’s go for the living ones. I should become a necromancer.

Stant Litore. In addition to being an awesome human being, he wrote The Zombie Bible. It’s an amazing re-imagining of Biblical stories, in the context of a world plagued by zombies. I’m not religious, but his stories still spoke to me in a powerful and humanistic way. I hope Stant lives forever, and I’m going to make sure he knows I said that.

Earleen Devine. Okay, she’s my mom, but she wrote a book. A very powerful, awesome book. That book was my best friend for a few weeks, it was a confidant, a mentor and an experience. The prose is beautifully formed, and you really do get invested in her characters. Please finish your next book soon, and live forever too.

Rick Gualteri. I just love his sense of humor, and I don’t want to go all gushing geek, but he’s just right on my wavelength. Bigfoot Hunters was some great action/horror, and Bill the Vampire was a roller coaster of hilarity. His books exude a charm and charisma that I don’t see too much of anymore–so much I read seems very mass produced, but I can see his books standing out for years.

Happiness is a completed first draft

You heard it here (or on twitter) first. The first draft of Bedlam is done! It clocks in at 21.5k words, but I expect it to grow in edits. One of my characters refused to be evil, and I didn’t force the issue. There’s enough evil inherent in man during a zombie apocalypse to spread around. The end result was much more disturbing.

Hopefully, I’ll be editing it sometime in August. There’s a few Easter Eggs I want to scatter about. Fun stuff.

Now that I’ve cured my multiple-WIP-itis, I’m back to writing The Pandora Machine. Yes, it’s a real condition, stop laughing at me.

Buccaneer Blogfest: What I’m reading

At present, because of budgetary restrictions, I am a proud member of the KDP Select reading club. Sometimes, I find myself amazed by my finds. Far more often, I wonder if proofreading and common sense have gone right out the window. Sadly, KDP Select seems to be falling out of favor with most. On the bright side, it means I’ll soon have time to tackle my boyfriend’s massive collection of Stephen King books.

I finished A Blade Away, by Jack Wallen, today. Jack has a way with making female characters into human characters. I can identify with them, and they all have the perfect amount of geekiness. There’s no objectification, and no batting eyelashes or gratuitous “fan service” nonsense. Just a great story with a convincing, intelligent protagonist who happens to be a woman. Please write more, Jack. You give me hope for humanity.

There is no clear successor to Jack. I might read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams. Or…

Coming soon for me is book two in The Tome of Bill, called Scary Dead Things by Rick Gualteri. I dig Bill the Vampire because he’s a geek, like me. I love Rick’s dark sense of humor, and his no-hold-barred type of narration. His girls are allowed to kick butt, too, which is a plus.

Next month, I’m planning on rereading Dune. I read it for the first time when I was 14, again at 17 and most recently when I was 22. Now, I’m 28, and every time I read it a new nuance is revealed or I understand some of the deeper character interactions.

In the same vein, I’m also going to reread Crime and Punishment sometime this year. I first read it when I was 13, and again at 17. I expect it will be mindblowing, again.

I also want to reread the Wheel of Time, but I expect I will get disgusted and quit. I never even bothered with the last two books, that’s how frustrated I became with the nonsensical and stupidly complex storyline. Additionally, I hate all his women characters. They’re all the same, just varying between insane, evil and powerful, insane and powerful or just insane and abusive. Okay, I talked myself out of that one.