Archive for July, 2012

Reviews and Ratings for Zombie Whisperer

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Hey Folks,

Have you checked out Zombie Whisperer yet? It’s been getting some pretty good reviews and ratings. The average rating on Goodreads is 4.43 out of 5 stars!

Here’s a blurb of the book:

She can speak to the dead. Only problem is, they’re still walking around.

After enduring a week-long flu, Jane Smith wakes to find out a terrorist organization has spread a deadly virus over the nation, changing anyone who’s infected into the walking dead. With no choice but to flee her home, Jane teams up with her boyfriend, Josh Williams, as they venture to find something better than the desolate land that was once called the home of the brave and the land of the free.

Driving across the country, Jane encounters some of the newly turned and finds she can hear their thoughts inside her head. Before she can understand her link to the undead, Jane and Josh are captured by the terrorists responsible for the virus because of one special reason: they know she can communicate with the infected and they want her to be a part of their fight to take down the rest of the world.

Afraid for their lives, Jane must decide if she should join the terrorists or use her new found powers to stop them.

Copies of the book are available on Amazon, Lulu, iBookstore, Nook, and in Print.

(If you already have a copy of the book, please remember to leave a review and/or rating!)

Ciao

-Cat

How To Balance Work And Play

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Hey folks,

I thought I’d put this out there for ya’ll, because we all know it can get tough to give everyone in our life attention when deadlines are hanging over our heads and stress becomes a regular part of life.

Don’t forget to keep a balance

1 . Make a schedule – Write on your calendar the times when you will work and the times when you will play. Work involves anything that has to do with your career, time being clocked-in, and time that cannot include family/friends. Play involves everything else like hobbies, family, friends, me-time, de-stress time, and relaxation.

2 – Stick to your schedule – If you put two hours down, three times a week for ‘work,’ don’t overdo it or underdo it. Make sure your goals are reachable, meaning you can reach those goals and they won’t make things worse, only better. Same with play.

3 – Take a break – If you see problems brewing in either place (work or play), take a break from the area that is taking over your life. This balance can be tricky, but if done right, will make life ten times better. Don’t freak out if you spend the next week mostly playing, because if that area needs attention, you better give it some.

4 – Stay positive - I can’t tell you how easy it is to slip into the hum-drum of daily life and get depressed. I’m going through a spat of it myself. But if you stay positive, even if you fake it, your body will thank you.

5 – Eat healthy - Yeaup, that’s right. You’d be surprised how much chips, ice cream, and candy can affect our moods. Wonder why you’re so snappy with someone? Look at your diet. If it’s filled with crap, you’ll feel like crap.

6 – Exercise - And I don’t mean run a marathon. Go outside and take a walk, go on a bike ride, do something that gets your butt off that chair and away from the computer. Otherwise lethargy will become a normal feeling.

7 – Be thankful - Remember, there are people going through worse things than you right now. Everyday, say one thing aloud that you are thankful for to remind yourself there are great things about life.

That’s it. If you can think of other things, comment below and let me know.

Ciao

-Cat

 

Zombie Wasteland 3-4

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

WARNING: THIS MATERIAL IS NOT SUITED FOR CHILDREN.

Arthur left the bucket of soapy water behind and walked down the hallway. He didn’t see where Shelly went, but it wasn’t like he had anywhere else to be right now. He would prove to her she was still important to him, even if that meant getting down on his knees and begging her to forgive him.

He didn’t make it too far before he heard a commotion downstairs. It sounded like most of the folks that were holed up in the house gathered together in one place. His curiosity got the best of him and Arthur headed for the stairs. Besides, he figured it might be a better idea to let Shelly steam for a bit until she calmed down.

As he made his way down, he saw new faces in the main foyer alongside the regular residents. It looked like more survivors made it here. Blowing out a sigh of relief, Arthur made his way over to introduce himself.

Getting in line behind the others to greet the new residents, he was able to look them over. There appeared to be a middle-aged man and woman, most likely husband and wife by the way they held hands, and a kid about his age standing with them. They didn’t look too bad, but the circles under their eyes spoke volumes. Then again, who was getting any sleep these days?

“Hi, my name’s Arthur. I’m so glad more survivors made it this far.” Arthur held out his hand and shook the older gentleman’s.

“Boy, were we lucky we saw the signs on the freeway,” the man said. “My name’s Bobby, and this is my wife, Annabel.” His wife held out her hand to shake Arthur’s. “And this is Spencer, our son.”

“Nice to meet ya’ll. There’s always room here for more people.” Arthur couldn’t help but glance around, hoping to catch sight of Shelly, thinking she might’ve heard the noise from downstairs and joined the crowd too.

“I’m so thankful there are places like this left, after…” Annabel let her sentence trail off, but Arthur understood what she meant. He didn’t feel like getting into another conversation involving what was going on in the world and left them to meet others. He was about to climb the staircase again when he spotted Shelly standing against the wall.

Arthur took a deep breath, mentally prepared himself, and made a beeline in her direction. He was almost there when the new kid, Spencer, beat him to it.

“Hey, my name’s Spencer. Are you the only other teenager in this place?” The new kid leaned against the wall with Shelly, smiling at her like she was some freaking gold doubloon he found. Arthur couldn’t help but freeze in his tracks and listen.

However, Shelly seemed to be lost in her thoughts and halfheartedly answered. “No, my boyfriend lives here too.” She stared off into space, as if the kid didn’t exist.

Arthur inwardly jumped for joy because she admitted she had a boyfriend. But the kid wouldn’t let up.

“What’s your name?” Spencer sidled closer to Shelly, closing the gap between them. Arthur felt the impulse to rush to her side and tell this kid off, but he knew he was being overly dramatic.

Shelly finally looked at Spencer, like she just noticed he was there, and answered. “Shelly.”

“That’s a pretty name. Shelly,” Spencer repeated, slowly pronouncing the name as if he was getting a taste for it. Arthur wanted to punch the guy. “It fits someone as pretty as you.” He thought he saw Shelly blush and a smile perk at the corners of her mouth.

Arthur had enough. He rushed over to them, breaking into their conversation. “Hey, Shelly. Can we talk?”

Shelly’s smile erased from her face as a frown took its place. “I don’t want to talk to you, Arthur.”

“Please?” Arthur gave her his best puppy-dog face and knew he’d won when Shelly nodded, taking his extended hand. As he led them away, he couldn’t help but look back and see Spencer smiling at them.

-Catch the next part at the beginning of next month-

Kela McClelland has been such a good friend for helping me critique the continuation of my short story! She caught a lot of errors and gave great suggestions. You can find her blog here: http://teardropsonmybook.blogspot.com/ OR you can follow her on twitter: @kelamcclelland.

Ciao

-Cat

Shout Out to All Writers!

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Hey there!

This is my personal shout out to all the writers who are trying to make it in this world. This is for those who struggle to find the correct wording to describe an event. This is for those who work hard toward their goal in completing their manuscripts. This is for those who endlessly query agents, hoping for a response, and those who take hours to self-publish their novel for the public to read and enjoy.

 Never give up!

 If it is your dream to become a published author, don’t throw in the towel. Try your best, work hard, and strive for that shiny moment when you’ll have a copy of your book in your hands. We’re all going through tough times. Find a friend or two that enjoys the same things as you and chat about the joys of life.

Friends are the treasures of which we cannot slap a price on.

This is for those who found the perfect Critique Partner to help make their manuscripts perfect. This is for those who have awesome Beta Readers that lift their spirits by giving valuable advice. This is for those who have fantastic Editors that catch all those little mistakes you would’ve never caught on your own.

The road is going to be long and hard, but the rewards will taste all the sweeter because of it.

Ciao

-Cat

Would You Rather be Creative or Eloquent?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The other night, I was chatting with some of my writer friends and thought I’d bring up a question that’d been floating around in my head for some time. Before I tell you what their responses were, let me show you what I asked:

If you could choose which of these to be, which would you pick?

1 . A writer who was a genius with ideas, but terrible at writing (or sub-par)

2 . A writer who was a genius with writing, but came up with bad ideas (or sub-par)

Surprisingly most of them picked 1, deciding it was more advantageous to come up with ideas that people loved than to write well. If that wasn’t surprising to you, let me tell you this: writer’s are paid to write, and to write well. If we can’t communicate our thoughts eloquently to our readers, who’s going to take the time to read our books? I understand the hard and extensive process most authors go through to publish a book, (such as going through critique partners, beta readers, and editors) but they have to have at least written their books well enough to garner the attention of those people in the first place.

Think of it this way, a book is not a movie. You can’t watch a fantastic movie if it doesn’t have great acting, action, or fabulous locations. But if the movie was all dialogue or narration, it would bore the heck out of most people. Books, on the other hand, is all about words. There is nothing to watch. The words are what forces our brains to imagine what is happening in a scene.

And if you really think about it, most ideas are reinventions of previous ones, only different enough to be considered original. It’s like reinventing the wheel – change it up enough and you got yourself a new concept people might or might not dig.

I lean more towards 2 for that very reason. Which would you pick?

Ciao

-Cat