Survivors ~ NEW

I am pleased to FINALLY announce my latest release SURVIVORS!G.jpg

For some, the world would end with the dropping of the bombs.  For others, a select few, it would present an opportunity to show their true mettle.  Those who will take on the challenge to live without, make do, and subsist on, are the survivors.

Jodi was one of the few.  She knew what was coming.  She read the signs, and she had friends in low places who kept her informed.  She bought a cabin in the middle of nowhere, fixed it up, and warned her closest friends and family that the time would come to abandon the big cities, to hide and seclude yourself for the safety of your family and everyone closest to you.

Krista was her partner, her best friend, and her wife at a time when states didn’t recognize same-sex marriage.  Krista coped with her mate’s compulsions by recognizing that indulging her was the best way to maintain a harmonious union.  After all, they could afford it.  Little did she realize that Jodi was destined to be the savior of them all.

Finding that things were much worse than everyone had speculated didn’t surprise Jodi.  But it would forever alter her family’s world view and transform them into something they hadn’t realized they were destined to become…SURVIVORS!

Available directly from my website as well as with all the links so you can get your copy.

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An Interview with USA TODAY ~ Happily Every After

I am thrilled to bring you an interview with Joyce of USA Today Life ~ Happily Ever After over my book, SURVIVORS!  Read it here.

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Five Star

Amazon Customer

April 3, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition
I thought this was a great story and I highly recommend it. There is a really interesting story line that sucks you right in. The author did a great job developing the characters and you feel like you get to know everyone while you are rooting for them all to overcome the obstacles that they face in order to survive. This was a well written book that doesn’t follow a standard plot line. There are plenty of shocks and surprises along the way. I really liked both of the two main characters who were good people without being perfect.
Kim

April 3, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition
Ever wonder what will happen if the world finally does go crazy? K’Anne does a good job giving us an idea! Jodi and Krista just wanted a place to go for peace and quiet. They always hoped that’s what their cabin in the woods would be, a refuge to decompress from the rat race. Little did they know that one day the cabin would become their castle!
I really liked this story and the thought K’Anne put into it! If you want to read a book that you won’t want to put down, start reading Survivors now! It’s well written and well edited! A really good read!

I permanently borrowed a book

The year was somewhere about 1980-1981 or 1982…I don’t exactly recall.  It was assigned reading for grumpy Mr. Crawford’s English class, but it made such an impression on me, I kept the book.

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They stamped it Sept 9, 1974 so you can imagine how old this book really is.  It takes place in the 50’s or 60’s…I don’t completely remember.  However, I do remember the premise and it stayed with me all these years.  What if someone dropped the bombs, and how would you survive?

In 2011 I started out writing exactly a scenario like that, not copying Pat Frank’s Alas Babylon version at all, but my own story that this one definitely influenced.  I wrote a bit, and then I put it aside with all my other half-finished (even quarter-finished) novels.  I’ve picked it up again, feeling the same emotions that cross me every time I think of this scenario.  It is emotional to think what would happen if our politicians allowed ‘the button’ to be pushed.

I picked up the book after I finished my own, to refresh my feelings on both and wow, haven’t we learned anything since the Cuban Missile Crisis?  I mean really, same old politicians and stupidity that were around 40-50 years ago?

My book deals with one tiny section of the world and the characters that inhabit it, that survive after the bombs have fallen.  This family, how they survived, what they do, the morality of it all, and how they cope, is the centerpiece of this story.  I hope this never happens, never comes true.  

Here is the synopsis for my upcoming book:

For some, the world would end with the dropping of the bombs.  For others, a select few, it would present an opportunity to show their true mettle.  Those who will take on the challenge to live without, make do, and subsist on, are the survivors.

Jodi was one of the few.  She knew what was coming.  She read the signs, and she had friends in low places who kept her informed.  She bought a cabin in the middle of nowhere, fixed it up, and warned her closest friends and family that the time will come to abandon the big cities, to hide and seclude yourself for the safety of your family and everyone closest to you.

Krista was her partner, her best friend, and her wife at a time when states didn’t recognize same-sex marriage.  Krista coped with her mate’s compulsions by recognizing that indulging her was the best way to maintain a harmonious union.  After all, they could afford it.  Little did she realize that Jodi was destined to be the savior of them all.

Finding that things were much worse than everyone had speculated didn’t surprise Jodi.  But it forever altered their world view and transformed them into something they didn’t realize they were destined to become…SURVIVORS!

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I hope to release it by the end of March, perhaps the beginning of April.  Thank you for reading!

Merry Christmas

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Did you get a new Kindle or e-Reader from Santa?

As my Christmas and New Years gift to all my followers/readers/fans/friends, I’ve teamed up with I Heart Lesfic for three of my books to be discounted for those who go to their site and check out all the deals!  Not only mine but many other authors are all $1.99 or under, so you can fill up that new Kindle or E-Reader you got for Xmas right?

Here is a list of the terrific authors I’m pleased to be associated with that are participating:

Fiction

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Literary Fiction

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Women’s Fiction

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Romance

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  4. Finding You by Emma Nichols—0.99
  5. Remember Us by Emma Nichols—0.99
  6. Shattered Hearts by Noelle Winters—0.99
  7. A Vote for Love by Jea Hawkins—0.99
  8. Veritas by MJ Duncan—0.99
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Erotic Romantic Suspense

  1. Random Acts of Blindness Kelli Jae Baeli—0.99

Romantic Suspense

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Romantic Thriller

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Romantic Drama

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Historical Romance

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Fantasy Romance

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Western Steampunk

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Paranormal

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Fantasy

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Interview for Recombinant Love

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Tell us a bit about your latest novel?  I think the synopsis tells just enough without giving it all away: While hiking the mountains and deserts of Arizona with her best friend, D.O.G., Ryley Graham hears a whirring noise.  Thinking D.O.G. has cornered a rattlesnake, she rushes to protect him and is blinded by a light seemingly coming from nowhere and everywhere simultaneously.

Waking up 510 years later, she is confused by the unfamiliar machinery and ‘people’ that surround her.  Skeptical when she is informed she is aboard a spaceship that explores wormholes, it takes a great deal of effort to finally convince Ryley she isn’t in a government-owned facility and part of some huge experiment or conspiracy.

Adjusting to the odd life forms that coexist on the ship, Ryley begins to accept that she can never go back to Earth 2015, and she begins to contribute her own unique knowledge and skills to their survival.  As Ryley makes new friends, one of them begins to stand out… 

Mercédès is a woman…half human and half android.  She is struggling to understand her human side and the odd feelings she is developing for this Earthwoman. 

Learning about love, and learning to love will be huge challenges as Ryley and Mercédès begin to forge a future.  What impact will it have when they discover the real reason Ryley was taken in the first place?

 

Why the name Recombinant Love?  I ran a contest because I couldn’t THINK of a title for this book.  The original working title was outdated and too closely referenced a series I admired, and I didn’t want that for this stand-alone book.  This story was a unique idea, and I loved the notion of involving my fans with my first science-fiction novel.  There were a lot of entries, so I threw them into a contest generator tool that was available free on the internet, and Recombinant Love was the name it chose.  When I asked the winner, Ashley MacDonald why she had chosen that title, she told me recombinant means bringing together DNA sequences that would not normally be found in nature.  That is PERFECT for the book, as you will see when you read it.

In addition to naming my book, Ashley, who lives in South Africa will also receive a signed copy and she will be named in a future book.  Ashley asked to be described as a kick-ass kind of gal.  No problem there!  Now, we just need to decide if she’s good or evil.  Lol.

 

What made you decide to write a science-fiction novel?  I originally started this novel in 2011.  I made notes for years and dabbled at it, but I FINALLY got the urge to finish it this fall, and getting the fans involved helped me finish it.

 

Mercédès is a unique character with those inflections and her description.  Can you tell us about her?  Well, in a previous contest another Facebook friend and fellow author won the opportunity to be named in my upcoming novel.  In fact, deciding to use her name in this novel helped me finish writing it.  I’ve met Mercedes Lewis in person, and I hope she’s going to love her namesake.  She explained that everyone mispronounces her name, and I decided to look for different ways of pronouncing the name, so it wouldn’t sound like the car.  I came across Mercedes of Orléans, the Queen of Spain that my friend, Mercedes had mentioned, and I decided to use the inflections in her name to give the reader a different taste of the woman I wrote about.

 

At first, I thought the android woman sounded a lot like Seven of Nine from Star Trek Voyager.  How is Mercédès different?  Well, I wanted to steer away from anything Star Trek.  I am a fan, but I wanted my story to be unique; however, I realized from my research that it was inevitable there would be similarities.  After all, the Star Trek series, in various forms, has been around for 50 years, so they’ve covered a lot of technology and storylines.  Firstly, my android, my Mercédès, is multi-racial.  Secondly, I had an image of Vanessa Williams with her brilliant blue eyes and occasional blonde hair in my mind when writing Mercédès, and I hope I conveyed that through my writing.

 

Why science fiction?  You are primarily known as a romance writer and murder mystery writer.  I’d always wanted to try my hand at science fiction.  As I mentioned earlier, I started writing this story in 2011, but I didn’t have the confidence to finish it until this year.  The story was always there, but just wouldn’t come out.  I read all of Prudence MacLeod’s science-fiction novels and they gave me the confidence I had been lacking; I knew I could do it.

 

Are you worried about comparisons to Star Trek or Star Wars?  Comparisons are inevitable.  Those franchises are the most prevalent in our society.  I’m a fan of both, but don’t ask me which I like better.  I worried about duplicating the shows that I admired, even subconsciously, so I was relieved when my beta readers said there were similarities, but this story was distinctly different.  I look forward to feedback from my readers and fans on this new genre I have plunged into.  I have about four other science-fiction stories in the works, and I hope it doesn’t take me six years to get them out too.

 

Why did you choose the artwork that you ultimately ended up using on your cover?  I saw that picture and said, “That’s it!”  Originally, I was just going to use a picture of the universe…you know, stars.  Then, I played with androids in the artwork, but none of the covers I mocked up spoke to me like this one.  I liked it even more after I made a few alterations.  A friend said it reminded her of the movie E.T., but I think it symbolizes the spark between the two main characters, who I hope everyone will fall in love with.  It’s a modern-day romance—maybe I should say a future-day romance with a bit of drama—that happens to be science fiction.

 

Coming soon…this week, I PROMISE!  Meanwhile, go check out my website for other great titles.

Weird eh?

About a month back I did a series of odd, maybe weird, blogs.  One was about a plant that was growing in my house and was out to ‘get’ me.  See the blog here to refresh your memory. Purple-Passion In case anyone was wondering, it is STILL sending out that one long runner, and now another one is growing up and over the curtain rod…the thing is CRAZY.

There was another blog I want to bring to your attention.  It was about a bug zapper?  Read it again here to refresh your memory.OLYMPIATS103_02

Now, if anyone was wondering, there are maybe 2-3 of these gnat like bugs still flying around and to me, that’s still 2-3 too many…so I WILL zap them, I am kinda determined!

But, now, back to the point of this blog.  There was a point, and I’m getting to it.  I used both of these odd, okay weird, experiences in my forthcoming book: Recombinant Love.low-resolution2So, those of you who are science fiction fans are probably wondering, bugs, plants, space?  WTH?  Guess you will have to read about it to understand my weird, or rather, inspired writing…it’s coming soon, I PROMISE!

Meanwhile, please check out my website and other books.  Just click on the picture below!  And hey, if I haven’t said it lately to my fans, followers, and whoever you may be…THANK YOU for reading my blogs and my books and being so supportive.  I DO appreciate you!ShadoePublishing 4