Archive for August, 2012

Query: Death’s List

Friday, August 31st, 2012

(For all my non-writer friends, a query is a letter of introduction authors send out to gain some interest in their completed manuscript)


So, ya’ll know I published Zombie Whisperer and finished the first draft of Biohazard Tattoo. But I also wrote another book on the side called Death’s List. It’s basically about Lucy Hamilton, a 25 year old female assassin that’s murdered by her lover and recruited to be a grim reaper. My book has romance, humor, and suspense. Now I’ve already sent out my query to some folks, but I wanted to post it on here to get your feedback. Tell me what works and what doesn’t.

It’s been over sixty years since Lucy last killed. The only difference is now instead of taking lives, she’s taking souls.

Lucy Hamilton’s day job consists of being an assassin, but when her beau shoots her through the heart, she’s recruited to become Death. Sure, she doesn’t mind taking the souls of people…if it meant her ex-lover, and murderer, stayed dead.

After sixty years of training, Lucy sets out to reap her first victim. Since she knows humans can see and interact with her, she figures all it takes is a little skill. What she didn’t anticipate is the man’s grandson catching her in the act and his desperation for avenging his grandfather’s death. How desperate is he? He calls in the mafia.

Once Lucy is captured by the grandson, David Clark, he steals her list and figures out it’s Death’s List. Thinking he can make a fortune, David places it on the black market and attracts the interest of a couple of otherworldly creatures—namely demi-demons. They want the list for one reason and one reason only—to live forever.

Lucy’s supervisors enlist the aid of another reaper to help her get the list back, but there’s one problem—it’s her ex-lover. Now Lucy must find a way to work with him to stop David, or risk having her list land in the hands of someone powerful enough to cheat Death.

DEATH’S LIST is a 74,000 word paranormal work of fiction.

So, what do you think? Let me know!



Zombie Wasteland 4-2

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012


Shelly climbed into bed, exhausted from a hard days work. More survivors kept showing up, adding to the workload of the day, using the bathrooms and kicking up dust on the furniture. She could’ve asked the new people to help out, but when she saw the frightened looks on their faces, she didn’t have the heart to give them chores. At least until they got settled in the new place.

Spencer volunteered his services, but since Arthur was already on cleaning detail, he was put to work in the kitchens. She didn’t bump into him unless he purposely came her way, and by then, Arthur would show up and scare him off.

Her last encounter with Spencer made Arthur extremely possessive. He’d always be around, like he needed to keep an eye on her, and it was starting to get on her nerves. She didn’t need a freaking babysitter; she was an adult and he was her boyfriend. If Arthur kept up this act, she’d go crazy.

The comfy bed cushioned her body, enveloping her in a cocoon of warmth. Shelly slipped off her clothes and pulled the covers over to block out the sounds of the house. No one was up at this time—it was nearing midnight—but sometimes the house made creepy noises as it settled. It always sounded like someone was tiptoeing outside her door, even though she knew it was just the wood reacting to the temperature.

Plus, sometimes a lone zombie would find their way to the fence and moan. Those were the worst nights; she’d barely sleep and wake up feeling like a zombie herself.

Shelly laughed at the irony as her eyes closed. Sleep clawed at her, begging to take over, when a knock came at the door and she jumped. Her heart pounded in her chest as she tossed the covers aside and sat up in bed.

“Who is it?” Her voice was unsteady, letting the fear slip out.


She cursed under her breath. “I’m trying to go to sleep. Come back in the morning.”

“Please, Shelly. I want to talk.” He sounded desperate, and worry slithered into her heart. She couldn’t imagine what was wrong, but his dire words meant something was amiss.

“Fine, hold on.” Shelly slipped into her pants and t-shirt and answered the door. Arthur didn’t wait for pleasantries and pulled her into a hug.

“Oh my God, thank goodness you’re ok.” His body shuddered as he squeezed her tight.

Her worry escalated to fear. “What’s wrong?” Thoughts of zombies breaking into the house plagued her mind, but no one was screaming. The house was just as quiet as it should be at this time.

Arthur pushed her into the room and closed the door behind them. “We got big problems.” When he faced her, he took a deep breath and began. “I went through Spencer’s things.”

“You what?” Arthur must’ve been out of his mind to go through another person’s things in this house. These people trusted each other. If that went out the window, what kind of group would they be? There’d be no loyalties; every man for himself.

“Just listen. I was a little jealous because he wouldn’t stop flirting with you—“

“You were more than a little jealous. Spencer’s just a friendly guy.” Shelly was up to here with his possessiveness. She could not believe he actually did that because the new guy treated her nicely.

Arthur huffed and continued. “Whatever. The point is, he’s not who we think he is.”

Shelly folded her arms and rolled her eyes. “Oh yeah? Then what is he?”

“He’s a terrorist.”

-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: OR you can follow her on twitter: @kelamcclelland.



Busy Bee

Friday, August 24th, 2012

I’ve been extremely busy lately and I have no time to write a blog post. So here’s some random photos for your enjoyment:

Halloween is my favorite holiday (and it’s my birthday). Here’s a pic of me as Snow White.

And here’s a pumpkin I carved

Here’s a more recent photo of me that’s on my Facebook account

Here’s one from my wedding day (three years ago)

Here’s one of me back in high school

Ok, that’s it. Hope you enjoyed them!



Draft One of Biohazard Tattoo Finished

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Great news!

I finished the first draft of Biohazard Tattoo, book #2 in my Zombie Trilogy!

*happy dance*

After revisions and edits, you will be able to read what happens next after Zombie Whisperer. I hope you enjoy it just as much!



Author Interview: Ruth Cardello

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

This author interview is with Ruth Cardello!

Ok, what can I not say about Ruth? I know her from AQC and she’s a successful self-published author. When I say successful, I mean she made it on the New York Time’s bestselling list! This lady did all her own marketing and publishing and make it to the top. She is everything I strive to be one day; her achievements are my motivation.

1 – What is the name of your current book to be published/is published?

Bedding the Billionaire is the most recent book in my Legacy Series.

2 – Can you give us a little blurb of the story of your book? 

Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire (Legacy Collection)
Lil Dartley’s life is upside down. Her previously steadfast and predictable sister is marrying an influential billionaire and needs help planning the wedding of the century in less than a month. Years of middle class rebellion have not prepared Lil for handling billionaires or paparazzi.

Jake Walton knows a train wreck when he sees one. Lil was trouble from the first day he met her, but since her sister is marrying his best friend, he has no choice but to help her or this wedding will be in the news for all the wrong reasons. Keeping Lil safe would be a whole lot easier if she didn’t drive him crazy both in and out of the bedroom.

Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire (FREE)
Book 2: For Love or Legacy
Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire
Book 4: Saving the Sheikh (coming November, 2012)

3 – When did you start writing and has it always been your passion?

I’ve always loved writing. I always had a notepad with me as a child and loved creating new worlds and characters. Several years ago, I wrote my first complete book with joyful ignorance of the rules of craft and I don’t regret the time I put into it. Very few people write a fantastic first book, but if you don’t write that first book you will never write all of the amazing books that are possible if you keep honing your craft.

4 – Is this your first book? Or have you written others?

I wrote two books prior to the Legacy Series.  One was a sci-fi romance, the other was a cowboy romance. There is a good chance neither will ever see the light of day.

5 – What is the genre of your book? Are you going to follow the same genre with later books?

Bedding the Billionaire is a contemporary romance.  Contemporary romance is where I will very likely stay for a long time.

6 – What do you like to do in your spare time (other than writing)? 

I’m a mother of three so I’m pretty busy outside of writing, but I also enjoy riding my horses and traveling.

7 – What is some good advice for new writers striving to be in your  place?

Do not give up.  Keep learning. Keep writing.  Keep reaching.  There isn’t a secret recipe.  Do not underestimate the power of perseverance and positivity.

8 – Do you ever get writer’s block? And if yes, how do you fix that  problem?

When I hit a tough spot, I close my laptop and come back to it the next day.  Sometimes I even throw out what I wrote the day before.  Usually I discover that I wrote myself into a scene that didn’t belong in the book and that’s why I didn’t know where to go next.

9 – Which character from a book do you most relate to, if any? And why?

I think Lil is the closest to my real personality.  She has good intentions and things often work out for the best, but oh the adventures she has along way!

10 – And finally, where do you envision yourself five years from now?

I would like to still be writing full-time and be working on a new series.  Lately I’ve been dreaming of Greek billionaires!

And that’s it folks! I just want to let my followers know I read her first book and loved it. I would like to thank Ruth again for doing this interview with me.

Connect with Ruth:

Blog/Website—www.ruthcardello.comTwitter; and Facebook.