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How I Answered the Challenge…by Julianne Snow

Julianne SnowWhat would one do when having the elements of their fate delivered to them by the Norns? Well, they’d write themselves a story…

Recently I took part in the HorrorAddicts.net Wicked Women Writers Challenge after having been dealt what I feel was a fairly rough
hand by the clever yet cheeky Norns:

  • My Apocalyptic Disaster – Super Volcano
  • My Location – A Commuter Train
  • My ‘Helpful’ Item – A Bottle of Jack Daniels
  • My Disadvantage – Being Naked

The challenge was to take the four elements and weave a story around them, all while answering the penultimate question: How Will You Survive? Trust me, it wasn’t easy…

I sat at my computer and wrote somewhere in the neighbourhood of three potential stories combining the elements in different ways before deciding upon a completely different angle to attack the challenge from. And from that point forward, there was no turning back.

To give you a quick synopsis:
“After a failed and disastrous sexual interlude on her commute home, our heroine is shocked to discover the train she’s riding upon is rushing headlong into the path of an erupting volcano. Completely naked, how will she survive when panic sets in?”
Gripping huh? That’s what I thought! It’s filled not only with elements of horror, but I’ve mixed in a good dose of comedy as well. How could I not? Facing down a super volcano while being naked bespeaks to a certain amount of needed comedic flare.

So in the end, Not All Jacks Are Created Equal is a dark comedic tale that certainly answers the questions the Norns asked. You’ll just have to read or listen to find out how our heroine survives.

Julianne Snow’s Bio:

Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction and has roots that go deep into horror. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Open Casket Press, James Ward Kirk Publishing and Hazardous Press as well as the forthcoming shorts in anthologies from 7DS Books, Phrenic Press, and the Coffin Hop charity anthology Death by Drive-In. Look for parts in a number of collaborative projects to be announced shortly.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @CdnZmbiRytr
Facebook: Julianne Snow
FB Fan Page: Julianne Snow, Author
Amazon Author Page: Julianne Snow
Blogs: Days with the Undead & The FlipSide of Julianne

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Rebecca Snow Interview

dawn How did you find out about the Wicked Women Writer Challenge and is it your first time participating?

Last year, I was challenged to participate by a fellow writer. I thought it might be fun, so I did. This year, I didn’t need a challenge.

Did you have any challenges writing your story once you got your challenge or did it come easy to you?

The most difficult part for me was deciding what the biological weapon would do. There were so many choices, but I had to pick one. I tried giant sand fleas in one draft, but it only made me itch.

What kind of style do you usually write?

I’ll write anything except erotic fiction. My inner twelve-year-old won’t stop giggling. Horror is my favorite. It’s a great way to release any frustrations I bottle.

Do you have anything you are working on now that we should look forward to?

I’m not sure if anyone should look forward to it, but I’ve been working on a novel that expands one of my short stories. It’s interesting seeing more of the characters than they showed me in the short.

You can find out more about Rebecca Snow at cemeteryflowerblog.wordpress.com
Twitter @cemeteryflower
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Snow/174002499312087?ref=hl

It’s Time For the Wicked Women Writers Challenge

This year, the WWW Challenge theme is How Will You Survive? I, along with 12 others was assigned an apocalyptic disaster, a location, a helpful object, and an untimely diwwwposter2013sability. Voting starts September 7th and ends October 7th. Stories will air on podcast #95 September 7th on the http://www.horroraddicts.net show. To vote, email horroraddicts@gmail.com. Put “vote” in the subject line.

I got a terrorist invasion, in a greenhouse, with a skateboard and I have a migraine. It was pretty challenging but I hope you enjoy my story, Static.

You can also read along with the stories and catch words you might have missed on horroraddicts.net. Be sure and listen to all 13 stories before casting your vote!

The winner will be announced on the October 19th Finale of Horror Addicts.net podcast show. Break a Leg, Wickeds!  The wicked entrants are listed in order of submission for their completed podcasts.

 

May Kindle Fire Giveaway

May Kindle Giveaway

 

This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER SPONSORED GIVEAWAY!


Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

 

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

 

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)


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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7″ HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

Ends 5/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
 

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Kindle Fire Giveaway

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals.

Each day on feedyourreader.com you’ll find a new list of available ebook deals (most for under $3).

And of course there will be lots of  Featured Freebies too!

To celebrate the launch of the new site she is giving away a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.



Win a 7″ Kindle Fire (US only)



Or $100 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)



Or $100 in Paypal Cash (International)







Giveaway Details 
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7″ (US Only), $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends 5/5/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Prize value $100-$159 US.

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2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge

www2013whoThis is what I’m up to soon. Listen to the short mp3 and you’ll hear all about it. 🙂 I have a terrorists, a skateboard and a migraine while in a greenhouse.

2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge

No Joke! Win Big – April Fools Kindle Fire Giveaway!

No Joke – Win Big April Fools Giveaway
Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)





Sponsoring Authors
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Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends 4/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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My 13 Word Story

The 13 word story I submitted to the fall 2012 issue of From the Depths is ready to see. This is a gorgeous magazine and you can view it for free. My story is amongst some awesome 13 word stories and for those that want more, there are tons of long stories in there that you may like. You can find it here:

http://issuu.com/hauntedwaterspress/docs/fromthedepths_fall2012/43

What I’ve Been Up To

Other than trying to work and all that, I recently had a short, flash fiction piece accepted in the Fall 2012 issue of From the Depths from Haunted Waters Press. That is exciting and I’ll let you know when it is published. It was from a contest I entered and it is a mere 13 words long.

I am also working on a short story that I wrote recently. It needs cleaning up, a few eyes other than my own and all that but I do like it. It is called Weight Watcher and look for it to come out soon.

Writing Darlene Bobich


 

Armand Rosamilia

When I started writing about Darlene Bobich and zombies, I had no idea how far it would go… and I’m still not sure where the end will actually be.

I’m sure every writer wants to find that special character, the one they might be known for in their future. Am I known for Darlene Bobich and the Dying Days series? Kinda.

I’ve been asked to do interviews as Darlene Bobich, I had a fan create a Twitter account for Darlene Bobich (but once I explained that there really was a real, live person named Darlene Bobich, she took it down – now I wish it was still up because, well, that’s just cool) and I get more questions from fans about Darlene than about the actual zombies in the world. No one wants to know how my zombie apocalypse actually started (and I won’t tell anyway) but they want to know about the Desert Eagle she carries, and I’ve had someone ask if I had a map of her route from Maine to Florida that I used, with dates on when she hit certain cities. Um, I don’t.

My favorite e-mail came from a woman who absolutely loved the Dying Days series and told me why, and I was so touched that my story could make someone like it so much to write me that I put her and her family in a tale in the upcoming Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days collection. That is pretty cool to me, and makes me want to keep writing and exploring the world I created.

A couple of people have asked me what other series mine is most like. I have no idea, to be honest. I’d like to think mine is unique, and I’d also like to think it holds up against other great series of zombie stories. My five touring zombie author buddies come to mind when I think of great tales of the undead. I’m proud to be associated with each and every one of them, in fact.

As you can tell, I love questions about Darlene Bobich and the Dying Days series… and I hope people keep reading them and keeping asking. I’ll do my best to answer.

 

Armand Rosamilia

 

http://armandrosamilia.com

 

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All six of us – Todd Brown, Mark Tufo, Ian Woodhead, Armand Rosamilia, John O’Brien and Dave Jeffery – hope you’ll keep following us on the Summer of Zombie blog tour, and comment as we go along.

 

And… one lucky commenter for each blog will receive a Free eBook or Print book from one of the authors! Simply leave a comment with your e-mail address and we’ll pick a random winner each day! Simple as that!