Mysterious Voicemail – Case of the Missing

If you’ve read Clusters: Case of the Missing, then you know I’ve been following David Paulides’ research on mysterious disappearance cases.

 

Here’s a recent voicemail that’s boggling everyone’s mind.

 

What are your thoughts?

 

 

Here’s an article on his disappearance

 

The Children at the Window CURSE

Since I began writing Children at the Window one thing after another has happened that has kept me from writing it. My dad suffered two aneurysms 6 months apart, my publisher and I had a falling out – and by falling out I mean she won’t pay me my royalties and has fallen off the face of the earth -, and twice my program has crashed (on a new computer) deleting two chapters. Did I mention it happened twice? In a row?

Anyway, all it did is made me want to finish it more and if anyone knows me, knows this is the LONGEST it’s taking me to complete a manuscript.
So, I’m convinced this book is cursed – and I can’t make any promises that it won’t bring black eyed children to anyone who reads it.

 

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Book Challenge – January

Month 1! Month 1’s challenge was to pick a book made into a movie. My pick was The Fifth Wave, which comes out in a few days! It’s a trilogy, and I just started on book 2 – The Infinite.

Synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

After I read a book, I read the reviews. (Is that backwards? oh well) The negative reviews on this book seem to like the first half of the book and not the second half. I’m the opposite, I thought the first half was ok and the second half was much better.

It’s YA. Ya and Romance to me, are so heavily trope filled that it’s hard for me to take them much seriously. Especially when it comes to YA Paranormal or YA Sci-Fi. On a side note, I thought Thirteen Reasons Why was fantastic and original. Hopefully YA takes note and dishes out less trope and more awesome.

With that said, I actually enjoyed this book. It’s like The Host meets Hunger Games. (I said it was tropey, didn’t I?) There’s some major major plot holes in the story that bug me. It’s not like the type of plot hole where someone is injured in one part of the story but not the other. No, I mean plot hole as in a big stinking giant gaping hole right smack in the middle of the plot.

It’s hard to get past. Also, the whole teenagers save the world thing (back to trope) and adults are idiots. But I’m not the demographic and I distinctly remember thinking adults were idiots when I was a teenager. (not to be wildly disproven)

The writing was unique and I really hate to do this, but the style reminds me of how I wrote The Apocalypse. Seriously, read all my reviews – I NEVER compare my books to any of them. But I kept feeling very Apocalypse-y as I read this. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing – especially since at times I found the writing very jarring and almost confusing. (Now I’m questioning my own writing – of course). My only other issue with the book was the military depiction. It was cheesy. I really don’t think there was any military research done and that really bugs me. Mostly because if you’re writing to young readers, you should do them (and society) a favor and build in some accuracies.

Ok – but I still like the book. Overall, I enjoyed the story and got pretty creeped out. The author did a fantastic job of painting apocalyptic imagery. So good that I got depressed at times. The imagery is worth the entire story alone. At times, it was poetic. All in all, I recommend this as a read. I’m moving onto book 2 now and contemplating what I’ll read for next month’s challenge.

You can join the challenge any time! Just click here to read the challenge and don’t forget to share your January movie/book read in the comments!

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Why did I start my own publishing company? Because my first publisher put out a book loaded with mistakes and my 2nd publisher – who I once called a friend – has not paid me or even given me a breakdown of my royalties/sales that I have been asking for, for over 2 months. Because I’ve made so many mistakes being a newbie in this industry in trusting people I thought were looking out for me.
Through those mistakes I’ve learned a heap of information on how to produce a book the right way. Why give up a huge chunk of your money to someone (in this latter case, ALL my money) to people who are not going to meet your expectations?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a huge advocate for traditional publishing. But, I’ve learned from my mistakes – and fellow authors – that it’s more important to find the right publisher. The book covers, the book trailers, marketing material, the synopsis, my storylines and writing, the things that have received high praise from the public have been things that have come through the team of amazing people I have found. Jason Vollario, Holly Foreman, Jamie Butcher, Rebekah Montgomery, Jolene Campbell, and many others who work behind the scenes – who take pride in their work and truly are the best. The things that didn’t receive high praise? Are the things that were trusted with the publisher.

I’ve been told over and over again that my expectations are too high. Well, the only people who say that are the ones who have no interest in meeting them. The ones that don’t say that, are the team of people that are saying “Yeah, your expectations are high – and mine are higher.” Quality – that’s what’s happening here.

Yes, we’ll be producing other authors works in the new year. The plan is to produce one hard science fiction and one YA. Half Light Publishing is going outside the box and is truly a 21st century publishing house. We’re not fighting Amazon, we’re using them to our benefit.

I doubt I’ll see a penny of the money from my book sales over the last year and a half, especially considering I can’t even get a report on it. But, onward. I’ve endured a lot of tests this year and I’ll only come out stronger. How can I not? I’m surrounded by some AMAZING folks!

If you believe in me and my team – if you want to see this succeed, then contribute to the campaign. You can start as low as a $1 that will simply say “I believe in you guys”, or the $1 that will say “hey, I’m sorry you got screwed!” Whatever it is, please take a look. We have a few days left and a long way to go to reach our goal.

I Finished (or didn’t) NaNoWriMo, Now What?

Did you make it? If you did, big congrats! If you didn’t, big congrats as well! It takes a lot to commit to such a massive project when we all have so much going on in November.

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Wow, she really face planted

Yes, there’s 3 days left, but at this point, many of you are probably asking what happens next?

Here I come to save the day! (not really, but I like pretending I have a cape)

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What to do next? Follow these steps.

  • Finish your book. 50,000 words doesn’t really constitute a novel. Go through and fill in any plot holes and anywhere else that needs to be cushioned up.
  • Edit. Do a read through and highlight and areas that need any work. Once you’ve done a read through, go back and insert your edits. Do this as many times as needed until you get it to where you think it works.
  • Then send it to someone else to edit. There are 3 types of editing. Line Editing, Copy Editing, and Content Editing. If you’re a first time writer, chances are you don’t have the budget to pay for all 3 editors. (one is expensive enough). Join a writers group or a critique group, a workshop, or anywhere else where you can possibly trade for edits. I have some other ways where you can edit for cheap or free in this blog. 
  • Once you’ve edited it, decide whether you’re going to traditionally publish or self-publish. I cover the benefits of both in this blog post.
  • If you’re self-publishing, you’ll need to do a ton of research on how to do this properly. If you want to skip that and order a self-publishing package, Half-light Publishing is offering a comprehensive self-publishing package through the indiegogo campaign.  I’ll be covering a blog post soon on getting traditionally published. Make sure you’re subscribed to my blog! 
  • Market your book! I cover marketing for new authors in this blog post. 

Want more info on writing? Click on the “On Writing” category just to the right for tons of free info on writing, publishing, and marketing your books. ~~~>

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Need new reading in your life? Check out my 2016 reading challenge.

Sneak Peek – Clusters Book 2 Teaser

TEASER for the new CLUSTERS book.

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

“Sixty-one people died by the hands of a serial killer.”

 

Smoke whirled around the tip of Joe’s cigarette as if it were trying to suck itself back in. The air in the room was stale and had a distinct wet odor to it, evident of the layer of toxic black mold that clung to the wood behind the wallpapered walls.

 

“And?” Charles folded his arms in front of his chest.

 

“We’re going to investigate.” Joe puffed on his cigarette, taking in a long drawn hit as if it were his last. When he blew out the smoke, it came out of his nostrils making him look like a pathetic fat bellied dragon.

 

“Are you talking about England?”

 

“Yuuup,” he said.

 

“Under what jurisdication?”

 

“We were called in by MI6.”

 

“The SIS?” Charles asked. “What do they need us for?”

 

“They think there’s a connection,” Joe said, sighing heavily.

 

“You just said they were killed by the hands of a serial killer.”

 

“Yuup.”

 

Charles pushed his chair back and slapped his palms against his knees. “You lost me.” Maps with red circles lined the pin board behind Charles’ head and he leaned back, his hair barely touching the creased and dusty maps. When he was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation he imagined a nicer office and a more formidable boss. Instead, he got someone who read one too many Sherlock Holmes novels and an office to match, in the least flattering way.

 

“They think there’s a connection,” Joe repeated.

 

“So it’s not a closed case?”

 

“It’s not a closed case.”

 

 

Location for New CLUSTERS Book Announcement

I’m leaving the country.

Ok, I’m not – but Charlie (Charles) Sutton is.

True to Clusters, it’ll be based on true cases and this time inspired by the 61 deaths at Manchester Canal Street in England. 

And true to Clusters, the inspiration from Paulides is still there. As his investigations continue, the strangeness grows.

If you think you knew where Clusters was going, then you’re in for a new surprise because there are new patterns and new ideas behind the cases of the missing.

We’re not out of the woods yet… or maybe we are.

What’s different in this book? 

Like Clusters: Case of the Missing – This book will be able to stand alone. However, we’re going to be moving into urban areas now as cases of the missing is no longer contained in our national forests.
In a way, this will hit a lot closer to home for many of us.

When will it be released? We’re looking at the end of 2016 at the earliest.

Will we see some of the same characters? The Sheriff will have a cameo, but this one follows Charles, who we met in Clusters: Case of the Missing.

Do we have a title? There’s a working title, either CLUSTERS: Nephesh or Clusters: Canal Street. What do you guys think?

Will there be more books? I have no idea. When I started out with Clusters: Case of the Missing, it was supposed to be one and done. The story will be done when it tells me it’s done.

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 we’re going to do something new – I don’t know about you, but as an avid reader, I’ve read so many books that it becomes difficult to find something new and exciting. So… I’ve created the 2016 reading challenge and I hope you’ll join me!

I’ve added a new blog category called the reading challenge, so each month I’ll share my challenge book for that month and… give away that book.

Comments will be open to a book club style commenting and hopefully we can come away with some more exciting books to read! 

For some, the challenge will be squeezing in 12 books at all – for others, it’ll be just extra books you’ll get to read. If you’re like me, you’re hoping the comments share new books you wouldn’t have necessarily picked up before and add it to the 12 you’re already challenged to read.

Think of this as a book club where you get to read your own books!

Click below to read that month’s challenge!
JANUARY

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