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Coming tomorrow….

Crushed_banner_2I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC for this great book and the opportunity to participate in the blog tour. I read the first book in the series if you remember (https://stefani140.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/cracked-by-eliza-crewe/) and gave it 4 stars too. And if the ending of this book is anywhere as good as the rest of it has been, it’s gonna be a really fun ride.

So join me tomorrow for the review and lowdown on where to get this book tomorrow. But be patient, it won’t be posted until after work but I will try as I might to make it as soon as possible.

Until then, content yourself to visiting another blog tour participant, Bookshelf Reflections.

red cellsRed Cells by Jeffrey Thomas

Published March 18th, 2014 by DarkFuse

Buy this story at: Amazon

 

Synopsis:

Private detective and mutant shapeshifter Jeremy Stake (hero of the novels Deadstock and Blue War) has fallen on hard times in the far-future city of Punktown. When he is offered an opportunity to masquerade as another man to do his prison sentence for him, Stake agrees, but this is a new type of penitentiary—existing in its own pocket universe.

In this isolated prison, a series of gruesome murders have occurred, and the inmates soon force Stake to investigate. Can Stake catch a killer that might not even be human, without becoming just another victim?

 

Rating: 3 star

 

Review:

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this story from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you DarkFuse!

A story that is under 100 pages has no excuse to be boring, this one was boring. But it was also not badly written. In fact, I think if the story was given more time and space to develop then it could have been really good. As a short story, however, it felt rushed and hectic.

The character of Stake was an interesting one. He is a mutant who can assume the physical form of another human. He is normally a private investigator but things are tough and he agrees to do a stint in prison for someone else. Naturally chaos follows and gives him a mystery to solve. I liked him as a character, though he was a tiny bit stereotypical for a private investigator type. However, because the story was so short I felt like I didn’t really learn much about him. Since he is the main character in two novels this is not to be expected, but it would have been a nice addition.

The story was also a good one. A prison that is located in pocket universe and something is killing the prisoners. That is very interesting. But unfortunately, the story was told to me almost exclusively instead of showing me. That was annoying. Don’t tell me! For heaven’s sake do a little bit of creative writing and show me.

It was also pretty predictable. As soon as they described the killer to me, I thought….well of course it’s that X thing/person that they told us about. And it was. This could have been done a lot better. I have no doubt that the author can write better than this, I can see the talent there. But this story did not showcase that talent at all.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans! Eat a lot, watch some great fireworks, and enjoy your family. And let’s all hope that by next year we have even more to celebrate.

Fireworks in Washington DC by Joe Ravi via CC-BY-SA 3.0

Fireworks in Washington DC by Joe Ravi via CC-BY-SA 3.0

 

Whew, what a few weeks it has been.  I went on a business trip to North Carolina for the day job last week.  That was a lot of fun but a lot of work.  I was working extra hours at that office nearly every day plus 2 days of travel.  Now I’m back and the first thing out of everyone at the office’s mouths was “Hey, welcome back…can you work overtime?”  Cue sigh here.  It’s nice to be considered so valuable around here but really, I’d just barely walked in the door!

I’m working hard on my rewrite of Schooling of  a Monster.  I have heard rumors that a certain publisher is accepting un-agented manuscripts right now that are right up my alley as far as genre goes.  I really want to get this done so that I can try that and see how it goes.  I look at it this way, what’s the worst thing that could happen?  They tell me no?  Heard it all before and the word no does not intimidate me. 

I know I promised links for Helium articles far too long ago and haven’t had time since.  So I shall do so now!

What are some of the more common myths concerning domestic violence?  Do you think you know?  Find out here!

Have you ever wanted to increase your vocabulary in just seconds per day?  Now you can, read it with me to figure out how.

If you will need surgery anytime soon, this  article will be of particular interest to you, it discusses the side effects associated with general anesthesia.

Lupus is a disease that affects thousands worldwide every day.  But what causes this auto-immune disease?  I explore that in this article.

Imagine for a moment that you’re camping with your family, you hear a noise from the trees and turn to find a cougar looking right at you!  What do you do?  Let’s all find out together here.

Perhaps you’ve heard someone compared to a wolverine because they seem to devour anything edible within their grasp.  It’s a rather common phrase, but how did this assocation come about?  Are wolverines really that greedy?  Now you can know by reading here.

Sea cucumbers, it’s a strange name for an equally strange creature.  Find out just how strange in this article.

I have a bunch more that I’ve done in the last few weeks, but for now I think that will suffice.  I don’t want to overwhelm anyone’s brain too much.  Have a wonderful hump day and leave me a comment if you feel so inclined.  I love knowing you guys are out there!

Business Trips

Like I promised, I am here way sooner than my usual gap between posts.  It’s been a busy week but I wrote a bit on Helium and wanted to keep everyone updated.  The day job has been exhausting and really limited the amount of writing I can do because I’m just do tired.  But on the plus side they are sending me to North Carolina for a business trip to train our team out there the week of the 12th.  That is going to be really fun, I have never been on a business trip before.  I am a bit nervous but mostly excited.

I’m also considering writing more fan fiction, probably for Supernatural.  I remember that I started a story on a Fan Fiction website back during the summer break between seasons 4 and 5 but never got around to finishing it.  And now after the finale of season 6 my mind is racing with all the possible theories and possibilities for season 7.  I won’t share my ideas here in full, but let’s just say I think I figured out who God is and it’s not Prophet Chuck.  I might just write that new fan fiction after all because I just love this idea I thought of.

I do have a few new articles on Helium but I cannot post links yet.  The purchase deadline isn’t passed yet so they are not available on the website yet.  I’ll make another post this weekend when the links are available.

Happy Friday!

Same old, same old…

It’s been quite awhile since I actually had the time or inclination to post on here.  It’s strange but I seem to completely forget I have this place until I look at my history and think, oh yeah I do have that blog I should really update it.  I have basically been working myself into oblivion lately.  The day job has been pushing me ever further into a nervous breakdown with constant overtime and hundreds of new expectations every day.  But until the writing can pay the bills, we have to do what we have to do right?

I have been considering something as far as my novels go, publishing it myself as an ebook.  Ebooks are exploding in popularity as the paper book market continues to shrink by the month.  But publishing yourself as an ebook takes out the publishing game that is almost impossible to win and gains you an audience without investing thousands of dollars like typical self-publishing schemes.  I have not decided on this yet, but just know that it is in my mind and being considered.  If that would be something you’d be interested in me doing, let me know cause I want to know if there’s an interest out there for me to go that route. 

I also have decided to invest more time in my freelance writing on Helium.  So I will post some updated links here, please give them a click cause it helps me make money and you may just discover something interesting too.

Ever wonder what the most common STDs are in women?  Find out here.

Learn the best ways to grow oregano, dill, and peas for all levels of gardening skill.

Should Happy Meals be blamed for rising obesity levels in children?  Find out what I think, with just a little bit of added sarcasm.

And the newest edition, discover some of the most rare breeds of cat in the world!

I hope you enjoy the latest batch of my freelance work, and I promise to update these links more often now that I am writing more.

Brain Feeling A Little Mushy?

Somehow I always seem to forget that his blog exists, then I need it for something and suddenly remember.  I had a fantastic Samhain, aka Halloween, and I hope all of you did too.

It is yet another November and we all know what that means, it’s Nano time!  This year I am writing the sequel to Schooling of a Monster, which should be amazing.  In this sequel Micah is on his own and hunting without aid.  But when the police suspect that a monster is kidnapping baby girls in the area, he begins to question his competance.  I am calling it, Rock-A-Bye Baby.  Check out my Nano page for the cover I made today, just search for me with my screenname steffiebaby140.

Speaking of Schooling of a Monster, I still have no finished the rewrite.  But that is my goal for December so that I can send it off to a new potantial publisher early next year.  Humanity is going alright, though I will have to put it aside for awhile.

Update on personal life:  I recently got to actually spend time with my fiance.  It was fantastic and I was devastated to have to send him home.  Wedding date is tentatively planned for next August, that is all I have planned for now.  This wouldn’t be such a pain in the butt if he lived in the US or wasn’t opposed to thwarting the US’s immigration laws.  Why is it that the people who want to do it the right way are punished for doing so? 

That is all for now, off to write my 1,667 words for today.

Stef

Welcome to my world!  I accepted long ago that there are patterns to the Universe, that good things come in groups and bad things come in groups.  But I tell you, sometimes I sit here and wonder how I get myself into these situations.  I’m not going to bore you with all the details, but in both my personal and private life all I can do is seemingly the same crap over and over.  At some point I will have to stick a wrench into things and do something different, or else I’m just living up to the definition of insanity.

Not much is going on with my writing, I’m too stressed and overwhelmed with personal stuff to really get anything useful from it.  I am making significant progress both on the rewrite of Schooling of a Monster, and the new piece I’m working on, Humanity.  I have 2 weeks off of work coming up that I will be having a lot of unexpected free time so I can work a lot then.  Let’s just say that I was planning some major life changes for those two weeks until it all went screaming to hell faster than I could blink, and now I intend to vegetate and recuperate in that time.  I will keep you updated on everything of course.

On a happier note I have almost finished the new Dan Brown book, The Lost Symbol.  I must admit that I was mildly annoyed with Mr. Brown at one point but that faded quickly since the twist that I normally don’t like turned out to be very important and integral to the plot.  I am back on board and the second major plot twist left me with my mouth hanging open in shock.  Definitely a great book for those that are a fan of Brown’s work, but if you’re expecting The Da Vinci Code 2.0 then you might be a bit disappointed. 

Also, if any of you have never seen the HBO series Big Love, I highly recommend it.  I was interested initially because I was raised Mormon, so polygamy is not an unfamiliar thing to me and I wanted to see how close to the mark they got.  The series is spectacular, and so close to reality it was a big eerie for me.  I have nearly finished season one in a little over a week and plan on getting season 2 and 3 as soon as I have the funds.  Have a great Thursday, the Supernatural dry spell of reruns is nearly finish, yay!!

What’s in the Works

Somehow every time I decide to pay more attention to this blog, I seem to forget that it exists for a few months.  But what a few months it has been, both work related and personally.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas/Yule/Hanukkah/etc and that the gift fairies were very good to you.  Before I wander completely off track into a deep discussion of my recent months and all that stuff that I am sure no one needs to hear, on to what I am posting for.  I just wanted to keep everyone up to date on what I am doing in the writing world.  Of course I mean besides Helium and my freelance work.

Schooling of a Monster – Yes, old news I know.  But I am currently working on a complete rewrite and edit of it that I think will make it a lot better.  The old version is still on Authonomy  and I urge you to check it out there and put it on your bookshelf if you have an account there.  I highly recommend it, the books are a lot of fun and I need to focus on that site a lot more.  I will be updating that version as soon as I get the individual chapters rewritten so keep an eye on it even if you have already read it.

Crimson Scream – I still haven’t finished this one, even though it was my Nano novel 2 years ago.  I got stuck on a bunch of plot points at the end and pushed it aside.  But I am still working on it and will be finishing it soon.  Then it can be edited and probably posted on Authonomy as well.

Last Days of a Saint – I finished the Nano part of it in time, but it was a close call.  Halfway through November I decided that I didn’t like who these characters were becoming so I started over and am much happier with it.  It’s nowhere near done and for now has been placed on hold while I work on other projects.

Humanity – I may have mentioned this as a short story that I did, but that is not what I’m referring to now.  This is a brand new novel that I started based on that short story.  I am very excited about it and will share more details with you along the road.  This is in the very early stages right now but it is getting a lot of my attention.  Let’s just say…it’s vampires like you’ve never read them before.

Those are all my official projects right now, but I have so many more ideas that I could just burst.  If you want an update on anything specific feel free to leave a comment and I’ll address it as soon as I can.  Blessed Be my good people!   ~Stef

Wow!

It has been a long time!  I have been so busy.  I am still writing freelance and that has kept me very busy.  I am also Nano’ing again this year. 

My novel this year is about a Mormon woman who becomes disenchanted with her faith.  When she asks questions and receives nothing but criticism and punishment, she decides to seek answers on her own.  Only she doesn’t realize that could mean her demise.

Anyway, I also have a new blog that is totally unrelated to this one, but completely related to my novel this year.  I encourage you to look at it

http://steffiebaby140.wordpress.com/

 

Stef