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FROM DRACULA TO WITCHWOODS THIS IS HORROR!

EVER READ A BOOK BY STEPHEN KING AND END UP COWERING UNDER THE COVERS ALL NIGHT HUGGING YOUR TEDDY AND NEED TO LEAVE THE LIGHT ON TO WARD OFF THE BOGEY MAN?  YA THAT’S ME! I DID THAT AFTER READING CUJO. THESE BOOKS ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART BUT THERE ARE THOSE DIE HARD HORROR FANS WHO LOVE TO HAVE THE POOP SCARED OUT OF THEMSELVES!!!!

CLASSIC HORROR LIKE DRACULA AND FRANKENSTEIN HAVE BEEN MAKING READERS QUAKING IN THERE BOOTS FOR CENTURIES.  BUT IF YOU WANT A GOOD PSYCHOLOGALLY FREAKY SCARE STEPHEN KING WILL DO THE JOB EVERY TIME!!!

I WILL ADMIT I DID BRAVE A FEW HORROR BOOKS WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND A LOT BRAVER –I READ KING, DEAN KOONTZ JOHN SAUL AND THE LIKE BUT ONCE I HIT MY 30’S AND HAD KIDS  —-THAT GOT OLD REALLY QUICK!  

Image result for definition of horror genreHorror is a genre of speculative fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror.

CLASSIC  HORROR AUTHORS

Image result for DRACULA BOOK COVERBRAM STOKER–DRACULA

Image result for frankenstein mary shelley book coverMARY SHELLEY-FRANKENSTEIN

Image result for STORIES BY EDGAR ALLAN POE book coverEDGAR ALAN POE—TELL TALE HEART AND PIT AND THE PENDULUM

MORE MODERN HORROR AUTHORS INCLUDE

STEPHEN KING-MY FAVE WAS THE STAND BECAUSE IT WASN’T A Image result for the stand book cover

MATTER OF SCARY MONSTERS BUT ABOUT A PLAGUE THAT ATTACKS THE US –THE DEVIL TAKES ADVANTAGE OF COURSE AND ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE –IT WAS SCARY GOOD BUT THERE IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY THAT IT COULD. 

 

 

 

Image result for PHANTOMS book coverDEAN KOONTZ-NOT SURE IF I HAVE A FAVORITE BUT I REMEMBER MY MOTHER IN LAW GIVING ME A PILE OF BOOKS TO READ AND THERE WERE A FEW BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR IN THE PILE  LIKE PHANTOMS AND WHISPERS–THESE ARE THE 2 THAT STUCK OUT

 

 

 

 

 

I KNOW OF ONE INDEPENDENT AUTHOR WHO HAS PENNED A FEW BOOKS THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANNA SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON.

WITCHWOODS.jpgWITCHWOODS: I AM NOT GONNA READ THIS ONE.  THE AUTHOR TOLD ME IN AN INTERVIEW THAT IT WAS LOOSELY BASED ON THE BLAIR WITCH.  JUST LOOKING AT THE COVER GAVE ME THE WILLIES. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE A LOVER OF HORROR IT MIGHT JUST BE A GOOD READ I WILL LEAVE IT FOR YOU TO DECIDE

heather black IN THE MANOR OF HEATHER BLACK- HEATHER BLACK WAS A BEAUTIFUL YET VAIN WOMAN WHO LIVED IN THE MANOR DURING THE CIVIL WAR. UNBEKNOWNST TO HER HUSBAND AND PEOPLE AROUND HER, HEATHER WAS A WITCH. THAT’S ALL I WILL SAY. I READ UP TO CHAPTER TEN IN THIS BOOK BEFORE I GAVE UP. IT’S A GREAT STORY AND HAS ALL THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD HORROR STORY BUT THE SCAREDY CAT THAT I AM WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO CONTINUE.

LEMON ROAD.jpg I HAVE NOT READ THIS YET BUT I WILL GIVE IT A TRY. THE AUTHOR ASSURED ME THAT THE CHARACTERS WILL ALL DIE IN A GRUESOME FASHION AND THAT HIS CHARACTER-YA HE WROTE HIMSELF INTO IT AND KILLED HIMSELF OFF MOST VIOLENTLY.  THE STORY INVOLVES A GROUP OF FRIENDS SEEKING OUT THE SCARIEST PLACES AROUND HALLOWEEN.  YES ITS TIME TO GET YOUR SCARE ON READERS THIS ONE IS GONNA FREAK YOU THE HELL OUT. i KNOW MY FRIEND VIV WILL JUMP RIGHT INTO THE FRAY WHILE DELLANI AND AILEEN SAY THANKS BUT NO THANKS

CHECK THIS SITE OUT FOR TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE A GREAT HORROR STORY

5 common elements of the best horror stories

The best horror stories share at least five elements in common:

  1. They explore ‘malevolent’ or ‘wicked’ characters, deeds or phenomena.
  2. They arouse feelings of fear, shock or disgust as well as the sense of the uncanny – things are not what they seem. There is a heightened sense of the unknown and/or mysterious.
  3. They are intense (as the dictionary definition reminds us). Horror books convey intense emotion, mood, tone and environments. Together, these produce the sense that everything is charged with ominous possibility.
  4. They contain scary and/or shocking and scintillating plot twists and story reveals (unlike episodes of the cartoon Scooby Doo, in which the bad guys are typically conniving realtors dressed as paranormal beings – ghosts, werewolves). In horror the ghosts and werewolves are very, very real.
  5. They immerse readers in the macabre. Horror tends to deal with morbid situations, from repetitive cycles of violence to death-related uncanny scenarios. Zombies march, vampires make you join their legion, or (in subtler scenarios) long-dead friends or relations pay unexpected visits.

How do you write a horror story or novel like Stephen King, Clive Barker or (looking further back in the genre’s history) Edgar Allan Poe? Start with these six tips:

HOW TO WRITE A HORROR STORY

IF YOU ARE A FAN OF THE GENRE HERE ARE SOME BOOKS TO GIVE YOU A GOOD FRIGHT

BOOK RIOTS 50 BEST HORROR BOOKS

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Need An Answer, Ask A Kid

If you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher or around kids for any length of time, then you already know kids have their opinion about most things. They’re often brutally honest, which I find quite refreshing; if you want the truth, ask a child.

One of the neatest things about being a co-owner of a publishing company is the freedom we have regarding our work, design, production, marketing, and pricing.

Freedom of such things do not come without cost, and we often learn lessons along the way, some we’d rather not. Many would argue that those are the best kind of experiences to learn from and I agree with that, and I’m sure we’ll continue to discover new and exciting processes throughout this publishing journey as this turbulent industry continues to change.

The request to conduct a workshop happened to come in at the same time as a new series cover reveal; perfect timing, test the covers out on the target market (niche group of kids). The kids I addressed were intense, listening to every word that I’d said, excellent feeling knowing you have such talented writers amongst the children your spending time with and showing them the steps of production. The staff stayed behind and asked questions themselves, also talking about wanting to become authors, and then I had the opportunity to ask for the kids’ opinions regarding the new covers. 

I had six works on display that day and a mock-up of a fourth; all from The Mischief Patch Series. Two different artists, styles, and visions, were presented. One by one, both girls and boys passed on their honest opinions of what I thought about the beautiful new covers and the existing older ones. “Do you like the colors in this one?” I asked. “What don’t you like about this one?” They kept pointing to one or the other and I kept tallies of each. I finally asked, knowing the time, energy and dollars that had been spent on each cover. “Why do you like this one and not the other?” I waited patiently for their responses. The answers surprised me. “Because there’s Boris” or “I like Jack,” and of course my favorite, “I love the one with Lilly.” They were on the other covers as well, but for some reason, they related better to these versions… precisely what I needed to know. Needless to say, Lilly, Boris, and Jack are my escape books. I love to write them and will continue to work on them as soon as my existing projects are wrapped up. A fourth is already mapped out. They’re fun for me to write, fantasy is such a great escape. The characters, Lilly, Boris, and Jack, are sweet and kind, but most of all they hold a special place in my heart. Needless to say, the kids that day helped pick the covers. Kids – Need an honest answer, just ask. BTW – Spider Web Scramble is a Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families, and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of items from more than 55 countries.

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Among the Shine Clan – Part 14 by Dellani

among the shine clan coverAfter examining a map of the compound, Fiddlestix realizes that the warriors they just fought were a distraction. The others can be seen moving in on the rest of the compound. Their leader isn’t anywhere to be seen.

“We have to get back there now,” Fiddlestix gasped.

“They’re on foot,”Deacon assured her. “We’ll get there first. Don’t worry.”

“What about this lot?” Jasper motioned to the downed warriors.

“They’re not going anywhere,” Deacon assured him.

“Kill them,” Fiddlestix warned him.

“You’re supposed to bring them back, aren’t you?” Harmony asked her.

“The parameters of the mission just changed,” Fiddlestix said. “Take them out, Harm.”

“Yes, Master Sergeant.” He chambered a round on his heavy weapon.

Standing a safe distance from the shut down warrior, he emptied his magazine into the control panel at the base of the skull. Reloading, he moved to the other, doing the same thing. “Is that satisfactory, Master Sergeant?”

“That’ll about do it. Let’s move out, people!”

They left the wounded in the hands of the medical personnel, Kaz among them. Fiddlestix didn’t stop to see how he was. She hoped he would still be alive when she got back. There was no time to worry over him now. Others needed her more.

Loading up the Jeeps took a couple of minutes, but they made up for it in actual transportation time. On the way, Deacon contacted the commanding officers at the other three gates, warning them what was coming.

“We want the handler,” Fiddlestix told them. “Take him out, the rest will be relatively easy.”

“I don’t think I like how you qualify that statement, Hannah-Belle.”

“Nothing’s ever easy. But if we take out Livingston, it will be less difficult. Still have to tag them within a line of sight.”

“True.” He leaned back, putting his arm around her as Jasper drove. “When this is over, I get you alone. All to myself, ” he whispered, his lips close to her ear.

“Which way, Deacon? East or west?” Jasper called.

“Did we get a visual of Livingston on the scan?”

“No, sir.”

“Find me a screen, littler brother.”

“You got it!”

He turned right without slowing down much. Pulling up in front of a room, he left the Jeep running while Deacon and Fiddlestix jumped from the vehicle. Dashing into the room, they accessed the scanner again. Livingston didn’t show up on any of the scans.

“He must be somewhere out of range,” Deacon muttered, glaring at the screen as if it had done him an injury.

“Is there anywhere he could hide that’s shielded? Could he be inside, but hidden?”

“Oh, God,” Deacon groaned. “The cloak room.”

“You’ve got a room for coats?”

“No, no the cloaking device. The thing that made your people disappear. That area is shielded because it has an independent power source that makes our other instruments go all wonky otherwise.”

“Where’s it located?”

“Shine Peak. About a quarter mile straight up.”

“Can we get there from here?”

“You good at mountain climbing?”

“Tell me there’s an elevator.”

“There is, but if he’s up there, do you really want to trust it?”

“Good point.”

“Jasper, take us to the fire station.”

Deacon leaped in the back of the Jeep, giving Fiddlestix a hand up.

“You got it, Deacon.” Jasper swung them around in a tight arc, heading back the way they’d come.

“Saunders, it’s Deacon,” he spoke into his communicator.

“Go ahead.”

“Have me a two man flitter set up. I’ll be there in less than five.”

“Yes, sir.”

© 2018 Dellani Oakes

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Character Quotes from One Night in Daytona Beach by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I told you, I didn’t kill him,” Draven insisted.

“Maybe not, but we have his place wired for sound. You made certain threats. Then twenty minutes later, his wife finds him in the garage, his head bashed in with your baton. It’s got your prints all over it.”

“F**k. I dropped it in the yard. He was alive when I left, Erickson. I swear.”

“I believe you, kid. But I don’t think the boss will. Stay put. My guys will be there in twenty.”

© 2018 Dellani Oakes

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A Book Trailer or Not

There are many views on having a book trailer or not having one and it is a personal decision. Many book trailer companies make very high-quality trailers, and some do actual film trailers to excite people’s interest in your book. The biggest problem with the actual film trailers is they are so pricey that it will make one think twice or three times about having a trailer. They can run more than 1000 dollars. Yes, it would be wonderful to have that kind of trailer, but you would probably be as well off to promote the trailer through social media, even if it means spending a few dollars on that promotion.

These trailers have as much chance of having people view them as do any other trailer.

One thing to keep in mind is that the days of just a slide show of book photos and a few interesting transitions from one slide to another are gone, make sure you pick good music, have something in the intro to draw potential buyers into looking at the trailer and with luck buying your book. Put it up on your website or FB author page, pin it to the top of the page, and above all talk about your book.

Some authors are doing videos to sell themselves instead of their books, this can be a good thing if you are branding yourself as an author, but keep it to Instagram or another short format. Above all keep the trailer short, all too many lose interest after a few seconds or a minute, unless the music fits the trailer, and enough is going on that your prospective buyer forgets the time when watching the trailer.

Along with the more traditional trailer, there are now teasers both animated and filmed. A book trailer is an excellent way to promo an up and coming book, to get the interest of buyers before the book ever hits print.

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Book Trailer for Religion of Trees by Lisa L Borm

A wonderfully written novella of the connections between the birthday trees and the residents of Harding Street. Ms. Borm’s novella tells of the growth, love, loss, tragedies, connections, and reconciliations that happen to the children who are given the birthday trees and their connection to them.

It is spiritual, magical, thought-provoking, and worth the read.

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CHARACTER QUOTES :DEAD TO WRITES

character-quotes-image.jpg “That book better not be about me!” Francesca was staring her down.

“What makes you think I’d want to write about you when there are so many other more worthwhile subjects?”

“Because you hate me!”

“Hate is such a strong word, Fran.” She hated when she called her Fran. “I prefer detest, abhor, and a few like-minded synonyms.”

“Bitch! If I find out it is about me, I’ll sue! You can’t prove that I had anything to do with Natalie’s suicide.”

“Touché, Fran. And you can’t prove the book is about you! That’s what disclaimers are for. However, the fact is that the flash drive containing her manuscript conveniently went missing and voila! You just happened to release a strikingly similar novel.”

“Coincidence, and if I hear you slandering me in the press, I will sue as well.”

“I don’t have to. I read her manuscript at her request. She wanted a constructive opinion. I encouraged her to tighten up the plot and flesh out the characters.”

“I gave her advice, too.”

“No. You laughed at her and then bullied her at work.”

“She wasn’t doing her job. I merely got her to pay attention to the job and get her head out of the clouds.”

“It was harassment, plain and simple. You bullied her, so she quit, and she was so despondent, she ended her life.”

 “She would have been fired if she hadn’t quit. You also couldn’t prove she killed herself because of me.”

“So you say. I may not have proof, but your callous treatment after her book was stolen, speaks to her fragile state of mind. I will never be able to wash the image of her hanging there out of my head. You might not have pulled the trigger, but you sure as hell cocked the gun!”

Francesca walked away in a huff.

Sylvie Boucher sidled up to Terri’s table. “What was that all about?”

“Just Fran, being the piece of work that she is,” she responded.

“So, is it true? Did you bury the truth about Nattie’s death in the novel?”

“That secret will go with me to my grave, Sylvie.”

 

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DEAD TO WRITES IS HERE. YAY !!!

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Natalie Fisher committed suicide after an author stole her work and published it as her own.

Two years later, her best friend Terri is found dead in her hotel room.

Are the two deaths connected?

Laura Fitz and Detective Gibbons are on the case to trap a ruthless author trying to get away with murder!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Vaughan Karen Vaughan lives in Peterborough Ontario with her husband Jim and a cat named JJ. She is the mom of a 27-year-old daughter and four grown stepchildren, a toddler granddaughter and a 7-year-old grandson named Izak who could very well be smarter than a fifth grader. DEAD COMIC STANDING is her second novel. Her first novel DEAD ON ARRIVAL garnered praise from friends, family, and online gamers. She also enjoys doing crafts and other hobbies. Her third book and sequel to DEAD ON ARRIVAL called OVER HER DEAD BODY. DAYTONA DEAD is the third in that series and was released in May 2013. Other than writing Karen loves to read, do crafts and play online games. Currently, she hosts an internet radio show called WRITERS ROUNDTABLE since January the 14th, 2014. She has a quirky sense of humor and shows this in her mysteries and her side hobby of stand-up comedy. DEAD MEN DON’T SWING AND JAMAICA DEAD WERE PUBLISHED in January 2015. LEFT FOR DEAD AND HOLMES IN AMERICA WERE PUBLISHED IN 2016. Karen is currently working on her 8th book in the Laura and Gerry series DEAD AIR. Karen is also a frequent participant of NaNoWriMo each year.

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ALL THINGS SCI-FI A YOU WANTED TO KNOW BLOG BY KAREN VAUGHAN

SPACE IS THE FINAL FRONTIER AND THERE IS NO GREATER ADVENTURE THAN SAILING THROUGH THE STARS WITH YOUR FAVE SCIENCE FICTION BOOK.  IF YOU ARE A PURIST ISAAC ASIMOV AND ROBERT HEINLEIN ARE AMONGST YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS.  LETS DEFINE SCIENCE FICTION TO THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED READING IT. (THESE PEOPLE ARE MISSING SOMETHING GREAT!)

SO WHAT IS A SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL ANYWAY?–

Science fiction (often shortened to Sci-Fi or SF) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, and extraterrestrial life.—GOOGLE

“Science fiction” is difficult to define, as it includes a wide range of subgenres and themesJames Blish wrote: “Wells used the term originally to cover what we would today call ‘hard’ science fiction, in which a conscientious attempt to be faithful to already known facts (as of the date of writing) was the substrate on which the story was to be built, and if the story was also to contain a miracle, it ought at least not to contain a whole arsenal of them.”[3]

Isaac Asimov said: “Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology.”[4] According to Robert A. Heinlein, “a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.

Lester del Rey wrote, “Even the devoted aficionado—or fan—has a hard time trying to explain what science fiction is”, and that the reason for there not being a “full satisfactory definition” is that “there are no easily delineated limits to science fiction.”[6] Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty, saying “science fiction is what we point to when we say it”, while author Mark C. Glassy argues that the definition of science fiction is like the definition of pornography: you do not know what it is, but you know it when you see it.–WIKIPEDIA

SOME ELEMENTS OF SCI-FI

Science fiction elements can include:

  • Temporal settings in the future, or in alternative histories.
  • Spatial settings or scenes in outer space, on other worlds, in subterranean earth, or in parallel universes
  • Characters that include aliens, mutants, robots, enhanced humans and other predicted or imagined beings.
  • Speculative or predicted technology such as brain-computer interface, bio-engineering, super-intelligent computers, ray guns and other advanced weapons.
  • Undiscovered scientific possibilities such as teleportation, time travel, and faster-than-light travel or communication.
  • New and different political and social systems and situations, including utopian, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, or post-scarcity.
  • Future history and evolution of humans on earth or on other planets.
  • Paranormal abilities such as mind control, telepathy, and telekinesis (e.g. “The Force” in Star Wars [20]).

HARD VS SOFT SCI-FI

While many beautiful entries in the science fiction universe do bend the rules about what is or isn’t possible in our physical universe (see Star Wars and the Force), much science fiction is actually based in science. This is hard science fictionHard science fiction exists inside the realm of scientific possibility. 

10 BRILLIANT HARD SCI-FI NOVELS

Soft science fiction, or soft SF, is a category of science fiction with two different definitions. It either (1) explores the “soft” sciences, and especially the social sciences (for example, anthropology, sociology, or psychology), rather than engineering or the “hard” sciences (for example, physics, astronomy, or chemistry), or (2) is not scientifically accurate.[1] Soft science fiction of either type is often more concerned with character and speculative societies, rather than speculative science or engineering.[2] It is the opposite of hard science fiction. The term first appeared in the late 1970s and is attributed to Australian literary scholar Peter Nicholls.

31 Best Soft Science Fiction Books

IF I WERE TO PICK A CATEGORY I WOULD SIDE WITH SOFT SCI FI–THERE IS A WIDER ABILITY TO MIX IN DIFFERENT ELEMENTS LIKE ROMANCE AND FANTASY.  FOR THAT TYPE OF SCIFI I WOULD RECOMMEND THE LONE WOLF SERIES BY DELLANI OAKES. SHE SAYS SHE LOVES WRITING SCIFI/FANTASY BECAUSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. SHE INVENTED SENTIENT SHIPS (THEY WERE ALIVE), A RACE OF CAT PEOPLE WHO ARE FIERCE WARRIORS, AN ANCIENT EVIL SPECIES CALLED THE KAHLEA. HER MAIN CHARACTER WIL VANLIPSIG IS A GENETICALLY ALTERED SUPER SOLDIER WHO APPEARS TO BE A TOTAL BAD ASS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO HIS FRIENDS AND HIS WIFE MATILDA HE IS THE BIGGEST TEDDY BEAR.  THERE IS A LOT OF HUMOR AND STEAMY ROMANCE INVOLVED AS WELL.pizap.com14962440592221.jpg

MY FAVE DYSTOPIAN NOVELS INCLUDE-THE GIVER BY LOIS LOWRY, THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY BY SUZANNE COLLINS AND THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY BY VERONICA ROTH

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I COULD GO INTO MORE DETAIL BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TRY SCI-FI ON FOR SIZE YOURSELF AND SEE WHAT YOU LIKE.  DIVE IN  AND DRIFT AMONGST THE STARS !!!!

CEREAL AUTHORS WHO WRITE SCIFI-HEATHER POINSETT DUNBAR, STEPHANIE OSBORNE AND DELLANI OAKES

SOURCES OF INFORMATION PROVIDED BY GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA

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A Shocking Diagnosis Produces One of the Author’s Most Memorable Novels to Date

50 HOURS by Loree Lough

If ever a book was predestined to be written by an individual, it was 50 HOURS by best-selling author Loree Lough. You will indeed find a piece of the author in between each page. Loree, healthy at the time she was commissioned to write the novel, was diagnosed with a similar terminal illness as her main character! The shocking diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma allowed her to write one of her most memorable novels to date. It is not by any means a depressing story that smacks of defeat or worse self-pity, but of all things, is a story of redemption, peace, second chances, friendship, forgiveness and of course, LOVE!

The famous novelist Catherine Lanigan of Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, and a multitude of other works, wrote, “This is the kind of book that wins Pulitzer prizes,” the highest compliment for any literary fiction novel.

Loree, admittedly, found it challenging at times to write 50 HOURS and early on confessed to Kevin James O’Neill, the screenplay writer the novel is based upon and a movie producer, that she wasn’t sure if she could handle the story or workload. However, for over a year and a half, through twice-daily chemo, plus a stem cell transplant, Loree could not get the characters out of her head and had the overwhelming desire to finish the novel. Wanting more than ever to show readers whose lives had been touched by this dreaded disease, cancer, that, “There’s always plenty of reason to hope and have something to be thankful for,” Loree forged ahead.

The realization that millions of others were facing the same prognosis as her self and her main character, Loree decided to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. For her, it was cathartic, and she hoped it would be for her readers—not just cancer patients and their families—too. Loree has always believed she was fairly tough; living by the “Never let ’em see ya sweat” and “Never let ’em see ya cry” codes, and continued to think that way as she poured her heart and soul into her novel through her characters Aubrey, Franco, and Dusty.

Aubrey is living with the constant knowledge that her life is slowly ebbing to an end, but she’s determined to squeeze as much joy from every precious moment she has left. Still, she’s lonely, exhausted, and no matter how hard she tries to hide it, terrified! Meeting Franco gives Aubrey a thread of hope to grasp onto, as she realizes that her long-held dream of painting autumn, in of all places Savannah, has come true with his help. Franco, burdened by the belief that he’s partially responsible for the car wreck that killed his wife, turned him into a man who eked out his existence by merely putting one foot in front of the other because he doesn’t know what else to do. After meeting Aubrey, whose zest for life is infectious, his 50 hours of community service tick by, as he finds himself drawn to her strength.

Loree found herself putting words into Aubrey’s mouth, that she’d only ever said in the privacy of her own mind. Talking with her fellow patients proved she wasn’t alone: A lot of cancer patients keep things to themselves. They do it to spare their loved ones, already worried and afraid of an uncertain future, who aren’t entirely sure or know how to comfort their loved ones. Through Aubrey, Loree was able to tell them that she expected nothing, quite literally, except to be with them (her family and friends). It isn’t easy watching someone you care about suffering the side effects of drugs and treatments. Loree, through Aubrey, showed friends and family that she appreciated their steadfastness. Aubrey’s relationship with Franco and her mother helped her make that point.

Her research and interviews proved there are far too many “loved ones” like Aubrey’s ex-husband; Michael who put on a good show of being the dutiful spouse…until the condition, like Aubrey’s, deteriorated, taking the spotlight off him and putting it back on her. It’s an ugly fact, but a fact nonetheless: The occasional loved one will leave. Through Aubrey, Loree hoped to show cancer patients and family members alike that they can survive even that!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for her grandchildren but mostly, she just writes full time. Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 7 movie options, and over eighty 4- and 5-star reviews. There are NEARLY seven million copies of Loree’s books in circulation, and by year-end of 2018, she’ll have 119 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. Loree shares her [i]learned-the-hard-way[/i] lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad. A writer who believes in “giving back,” Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers’ Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations. She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and “wolf stuff.”

Spreading the word about this book increases the opportunity for Kevin James O’Neill to take make it a feature film as intended. Royalties from 50 HOURS go toward Cancer Research. Specifically, the Multiple Myeloma ResearchFoundation.

50 HOURS is available wherever books are sold including Amazon

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Article Copyright © 2018 by Amanda M. Thrasher