Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Win a Free Kindle Fire!

Win a Free Kindle fire and other great prizes in this years Kindle INDIEpendence Day Giveaway.

There are lots of ways to enter including tweeting about the contest, following the authors on facebook or Twitter, blogging about the contest and even purchasing the participating books. Just fill out the rafflecopter form below!

This is also a blog hop. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the list and learn more about Indie authors of YA and MG novels. You can add your blog and get extra entry points as well!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Aussie Zombie Reviews Super Zombie Juice

The Aussie Zombie
I always get a little nervous when sending SZJMB to hard-core zombie sites for review, as it isn't your traditional zombie novel. Fortunately, Kat at The Aussie Zombie, was open to the idea of a zombie book for kids and seemed to really enjoy it.

"...I really enjoyed this one. It's a zombie story, but more appropriate for kids around the 8-10 year age range, although it doesn't hold back on the realities of what would happen during a zombie apocalypse."

Read the full review and find much more Zombie related stuff at (including tons of Zombie book reviews) at The Aussie Zombie.

In other news I recently sold my 10,000th children's book. it took a couple of years, but it's a major milestone. After having flat sales for at least six months, my sales have been steadily increasing for the past three or four months. A lot of the thanks has to go to the reviewers who take the time to get the word out. But, I've also had a run of luck with Amazon as well. Here's crossing my fingers that it keeps up--that's a drawback with Amazon, sales can spike or plummet at any time.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Release Day: Michaela's Gift!

Michaela's Gift is a MG/YA novel about a 12 yo girl who gets a birthday gift with magical powers. It's by Cordelia Dinsmore, whom (it's whom, right) you may remember did a review of Super Zombie Juice a while back.

You can pick up a copy right now at the low, low introductory price  (okay, I don't really know if that's an introductory price or not) of just $2.99:
Barns and Noble
Musa Publishing

Carla is a great blogger and this is her debut novel, so take a minute and download the sample right now!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The World's Greatest Living Science Fiction Writer - No More

I remember like it was yesterday, picking up a book, not even reading the title, just looking for that marketing phase, "The World's Greatest Living Science Fiction Writer." When I saw those words, I picked it up.

As a kid, Ray's books were always checked out at my library. Even today, check your local used bookstore for anything by Ray Bradbury--they sell the same day the come in, and rightfully so. I still have my paperbacks I read as a teen. Even though my writing style is nothing like his, no other writer has influenced me more than Ray Bradbury.

This may sound like the beginning of an obituary filled with praise and glowing words for this master craftsman of the written word. And I had considered writing an essay explaining Ray's disdain of books and the internet.

But alas, it is not to be. For even if I could dig up any words from the hollow pit in my belly, they wouldn't do him justice.

My only solace is I know we will speak again soon, the next time I open any of his works.

“And when he died, I suddenly realized I wasn’t crying for him at all, but for the things he did. I cried because he would never do them again...”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse Spreads -- Miami Police Officers Show Signs of Infection

Stores are starting sell Zombie Survival Gear
Who would have guessed "Bath Salts" are what's causing the real zombie Apocalypse? And who would have guessed it would spread so quickly? Reports of zombie-like behavior are coming in from all around the country. It's gotten to the point where the CDC has been forced to deny the outbreak stating,
"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead."

When the government starts denying the outbreak, that's the first sign it's real! Now, Alex Marin, the editor of Policymic.com has reported that Miami Police department has started eating off faces and shooting unarmed (in this case naked) suspects. Here's the exact quote:
"In Miami, police shot a naked man after eating the face of another man on the side of a highway."

This will make me think twice before I speed on our nation's highways!

I suppose it's possible that the what the writer meant to say was that the naked man was eating the face of another man, before the Miami Police shot him. After all we know that an incident like this happened last week. But that is clearly not what the sentence says.

Really which is more likely, that the editor at PolicyMic (and a NYU alumni) doesn't know how to compose a sentence, or that the police who arrested the first face-eating zombie became infected and are now thirsting for brains themselves?

I think you know the answer.

If you are still not convinced, then consider this. A PolicyMic reader did report the possible error via their online messaging system, but PolicyMic has not recanted the statement (see the comments section on their site).

Yes, the Zombie Apocalypse is upon us. The only question now is: Who will survive?