Exiting News! We have reached the last few scenes of Hollowed Humusara! You can see some of the inspiration we used for our story over at Pinterest.

 

Happy Fourth of July

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Eleventh Elementum Book Trailer

The Primortus Chronicles Facebook Page

Visit us on Facebook and don’t forgot to like us…please. We’re getting SO CLOSE to hitting 600! If you’re a bit of a nerd, love books, and aren’t afraid to admit you like LOTR’s, you’ll love our Facebook page.

News Flash! Social Media Takes Over!!

 

 

 

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1. Facebook…the force is STRONG with this one. The lure to check on my friends was hard to resist. In fact, I didn’t make it the entire week. By the third day I had already sneaked a peek.

2. Twitter will NOT be ignored. By the fourth day, I began to lose followers. So, I decided to at least tweet a couple of times each day, which was less than normal. By the end of the week, I had gained followers…meaning that tons of tweeting isn’t necessary.

3. Hours of browsing social websites is equal to thousands of written words. Before my little boycotting thingy, I’d noticed that time always flew by when I was clicking from one site to another. But when I was totally focused on my writing, the time seemed to slow down, making it possible to up my word count considerably .

4. Spending less time on some electronic gadget allowed me to clear my mind and think more creatively. In the world of writing, creative thinking is VERY IMPORTANT.

5. What happens in Cyberspace, stays in Cyberspace. Another words, when I returned to all the social sites I found everything that I’d ever posted, commented on, or shared right where I left them and something about that made me stop and think…so why connect multiple times a day? They’re not going anywhere.

So, there you have it. Although, I’m back to all the websites I listed in my last blog, it’s with much more balance. Stepping away from social media isn’t as easy as it sounds, but I suggest you try it. You might be surprised how much of your day is being taken up by it.

Someone call the Waaambulance!

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Writers, Do you ever feel like there are TOO MANY distractions from writing? At the risk of sounding like I’m whining, I have to admit that lately I find it harder and harder to stay on task. So, how am I distracted? Let me count (in no specific order) the ways.

1. Facebook

2. Twitter

3. Author’s Website

4. Kindle

5. Goodreads

6. Amazon

7. Instagram

8. Linkedin

9. YouTube

10. Pinterest

11. This very blog

Why go on? You’ve got the point!

HOW…WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

I’ve decided to conduct a little experiment. For the next week I’m going to only allow myself ONE HOUR per day for social networking. STAYED TUNED…I promise to let you know what happens.

 

 

 

 

Eleventh Elementum Book Trailer

5 Fictional Characters that are Book Addicts

Hey, if you’re a book addict…keep right on READING! Actually, it’s one of the only addictions that can do you more good than harm. That’s right, there’s no need to join Book-a-holics Anonymous.  Besides, you’re in GREAT company! If these 5 awesome characters admitted their obsession…why shouldn’t you?

Hermione Granger

Hermione: “Aren’t you two ever going to read Hogwarts, A History?”
Ron: “What’s the point? You know it all by heart, we can just ask you.”

Matilda

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.”  

Klaus Baudelaire 

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“Klaus sighed, and opened a book, and as at so many other times when the middle Baudelaire child did not want to think about his circumstances, he began to read.” Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room
 

Dean Winchester

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Dean: I’m sitting in a laundry-mat reading about myself sitting in a laundry-mat reading about myself. My head hurts.

Belle 

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Belle: I’ve always dreamt of heroics, but… I think it’s safer I stick to my books. They’re the only adventures I know that have happy endings. From “Once Upon A Time” TV series
 

So, did I forget one of your favorites? Tell me about them…

“It’s the Walking Dead…Cupcake.”

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On a recent visit to the fictional city of Woodbury, otherwise known as Senoia, Georgia, I had an encounter with a ZOMBIE…and I ate it!

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles and as of 2010 there were 3,307 people, 1,175 households and 946 families residing there.

Nothing about the number of ZOMBIES?

IMG_1735Arriving near sundown, we walked around in search of ZOMBIES…

IMG_1732There were a few signs that they might be lurking about…

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 Wikipedia says,

“Parts of season 3 of The Walking Dead were filmed in Senoia, which stood in for a fictional version of the town of Woodbury, Georgia where survivors of the zombie apocalypse established a settlement. The fourth season of the series is also set to be filmed in Senoia in 2013.” 

So my search continued…

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The streets were eerily deserted… so I wandered into an adorable place called Katie Lou’s Cafe.
You can learn more about it here…
And that’s where it happened…I found my ZOMBIE!
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My yummy ZOMBIE cupcake…
Who knew ZOMBIES were soooo delicious?

Call the COPS, there’s a…book signing?!?

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Imagine this…it’s a gorgeous day, not a cloud in the sky. There’s a crisp autumn breeze in the air. As co-authors, Val and J.L. set up their table by the door of the book store, they’re feeling as giddy as a couple of kids on their way to Disney World.At first, all goes well. Several books are sold and they give away lots of clever promotional items, including their homemade “fictional candies” straight from pages of their books. It’s a big hit!

Then they see him. Making his way across the street (scruffy little dog in tow) is an equally scruffy gentleman, who appears to be on a mission. He bounds up to their table and shouts, “I THINK IT’S TERRIBLE THAT YOU LADIES ARE BEING FORCED TO SIT OUT HERE.”
J.L. glances sideways at Val, thinking, is he for real?
The man’s dog stiffs a peanut butter lolly hungrily as his owner continues…”WHAT KIND OF WORLD IS THIS? YOU GIVE YOUR BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS WRITING A BOOK AND THEN YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS… JUST TO SELL IT?”

For the next few minutes he rants on. So, Val tries to make light of the situation. She laughs and says, “Yes, we’re really suffering.” Val and J.L. chuckle, but the man goes right back to his LOUD diatribe about the harsh and cruel world of being a writer.
Just when it looks like Val and J.L. will have to use their ninja skills on the guy (okay, okay, more like run for their lives) another man shows up on the scene. And he definitely doesn’t look like he’s there to buy a YA fiction.

You guessed it, he was a police officer, at least 6’6″ and all business. Honestly, he could have passed as a linebacker for in the NFL. Leaning over, he whispers in J.L.’s ear, “Are you okay, ma’am?”

“Yes,” she squeaks. “We’re fine.”
Val nods with wide eyes.

Needless to say our…um fan–no, our heckler–no, the truth is he was a fellow author, took off, pulling his dog behind him.

As it turns out, the owner of the book store was concerned for us and called the police. That’s how it happened, our first book signing was SOOOO wild the cops were called. And doggone it, we lost that sell!

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