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I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. It was magical, never boring and something I could pick back up and immediately start over. I’ve been a fan for a while but this one simply floored me; I was already picking out who I’d want to play the parts in a movie and a movie is surely something that needs to be made. I’m almost sorry that I’m done with it because it was just that awesome.
This is a little different from what I usually do on here. I have a project open to create a book on the Abandoned Gulf Coast. I have it up on Kickstarter right now and I have a website that I run as well. If you want to be a part of this project please help back it. Backing starts at as little as $1 and even if you can’t do that, please share the news by tweeting, sharing on Facebook or to anyone you know that might want to become a part of it.
Here is the link on Kickstarter.
I found a cute search term in my site stats tonight. A couple of people looked up the term “klein’s peaceable kingdoms twist” and I guess it led them to my blog. I found it cute that someone took the time to actually look up the twist but the story is free on Smashwords. Why not just download it? I guess I should be honored that someone took the time to try and find out the twist in the first place. It’s kind of like when you go on Amazon and type in Shauna K and my name pulls up. It means others have searched for that name. Not a bad thing I guess. But seriously, if you want to know the twist, get the story. Either buy it on Amazon or download it and then let me know what you think. 🙂
Once the Apocalypse has come, finding safety, food and water, and shelter will be high priorities. It will mean the difference between life and death…and cause a lot of fighting. Groups that have diligently gathered and stocked will be under attack from those who have not. The group with the best defenses will end up with the spoils.
Women and children will also be fought over, as will differences in religion, race, sex, and others. Hundreds of small clans will spring up in the months after the war, all with people needing to be fed and cared for. Those with enough may try to share it, but as soon as word spreads about their stockpiles, attacks will come.
The law of the land after the Apocalypse will be strength. Those who have it will be in control of their lives. Those who do not will be at the mercy of their fellow-survivors. Those hoping for a fast return to order and civilization will be caught unprepared if they wait too long.
The groups that get ready or simply handle the problem with harsh methods will have the highest chance at survival, like in the clip below from my new release.
“Seven very gifted survivors are destined to rebuild their country after a nuclear apocalypse…If they can stay alive long enough to find each other. Impossible to put down.” – The Review Blog
We’re going to war, Neil thought. A quiet excitement began to fill him, along with a lot of questions, as he tilted the paper for Doug to see. He kept his mouth shut though, very aware of a third party lingering behind Adrian who was close enough to listen.
“We’ll reach the mountains within 10 weeks, even if we only travel half that time, and we need to handle something before we settle in for the winter.”
His tone was flat and both men understood it was time to do what they’d wanted to when Angie and Marc had first come.
Cynthia edged closer. Neil flashed a warning glare and she stopped, but didn’t take the hint to go away. “Are they really that close?”
Adrian was sure the rest of the camp would soon know, too. The reporter looked very average in her white top and tan slacks, but he understood she was dangerous when she smelled a story. That was why she wouldn’t be in camp for the battle.
“Yes. Soon we’ll all get a cozy winter of relaxation together,” he said sarcastically. Adrian turned back to Doug and Neil. “We’ll leave right before lunch and we’ll need 3-4 days worth of supplies. Get on it.”
Doug and Neil rushed off and Adrian tried not to jump as Angela appeared at his side, pushing a hot cup of sweet tea into his hands. She was getting better and he tried not to let her feel his sadness or his jealousy at the twinkle in her eyes.
Angela nodded politely at Cynthia, who she still considered a stranger, and then turned her back on the reporter while she dug mercilessly into her mind. Rick and Maria were lessons she would never forget and she was now searching all of them at every contact. It was exhausting.
The wind gusted as she and Adrian locked eyes. “Be at the mess in an hour.”
She hated the bloody images filling his mind, the fact that she was condoning it and she leaned closer, keeping her voice low, “I know we have to do something, but why does doing the right thing feel so wrong?”
He shook his head at the near mirror of Brady’s concern. “Never said we were doing the right thing. That wouldn’t work anyway. These guys don’t play by the rules. We’re headed out to do the one thing we can. Kill them or die trying.”
Full of realistic and fantasy situations, the Life After War series is a combination of more than 7 genres, so there’s a good chance of everyone liking it and learning a few things about survival at the same time. You can get a free copy at the link below, of the first book in the series. It’s free for all of this year to celebrate the possible end of the world on 12/21/2012.
Adrian’s Eagles Three months after the War of 2012, Safe Haven refugee camp has made it to South Dakota and now holds six of the seven special survivors meant to lead the rebuilding of their country -but it can’t be done until they find a safe place to settle… and who can think of peace when there’s a huge camp of foreign invaders less than a day behind their group and they only want one thing? Safe Haven and everyone inside the light.
Free-The Survivors-The bestselling novel that started it all.
BTW, a huge thanks to Shauna Klein for hosting me on my Scenes of the Apocalypse release tour. Have you read Peaceable Kingdom yet? It’s only $0.99! I just downloaded a copy to my Kindle. Gonna have a great summer of reading by the time I gather up all these new books!
I’m trying to keep this as real as possible for those of you just like me. Maybe you have a story or two or even a book, you work a regular job and don’t have many connections, and so on. When I first got on Facebook I made friends with some of the authors I admired. Now in my opinion there are three groups of celebrities on Facebook:
- Those that just have a fan page. These people don’t interact much or maybe just once in a while.
- Those that friend you and that’s the last time you hear from them. Nothing wrong with that and at least they added you, which is pretty cool.
- Those that go out of their way to be as nice as possible. These people are awesome. They friend you, they talk to you and they genuinely treat you as a friend.
One of the first people I met as an author and a friend is Ray Garton. Nicest guy you’ll meet and if you love horror you should totally check out his work. We don’t always agree on everything but he has always been more than polite about it and I hope I’m allowed to call him a friend even if we’ve never met in person. Some of my other author friends I actually play games with like Words with Friends. I mean really, how cool is that?
My point is, many authors are like you and me. They’re nice, they play games, they have viewpoints you may not agree with, they have problems like you and me and they have incredible talent. I only hope that one day someone wants to add me as a friend because they loved what I wrote.
Have you ever read a story and thought about how you wish you’d thought of it yourself? I just read one in the book The Gate 2: 13 Tales of Isolation and Despair. The story was from Daniel Pyle and and it’s called Night Night. The ending blew me away and since I love twist endings, I wish I’d written it myself. There are also a couple of stories in there by my pals, David McAfee and David Dalglish. So I guess I’m pimping out this awesome book of short stories. Well, at least so far it’s awesome.
My point is that sometimes you think of neat things and want to write about it but there are times you read something spectacular by someone else and wish you’d written it yourself. That’s how I feel about this book. Great job Daniel and I can’t wait to read the stories by the two Davids.
Yes, I kept the “hello world” title for this post. It’s almost 4:30 am and I really need to get to bed but before I go…
….this blog will be about what it’s like to try to get known in the horror world. While I only have a couple of short stories right now I’m very proud of them. Later I’ll post where they’re at and all that cool stuff but for now I just want to get this started and take my Kindle to bed where I can read some other person’s awesome horror work.
Good night and I hope to see you all here when I can really delve into how I feel about what I’ve done, who has read it and what it’s like to try to break into a genre that has some of the best writers ever.