The Stone of Valhalla

I listen to a lot of audio books. The first sign of a successful audio book is the reader. Can you understand him? Does he take deep breaths that take away from the reading? Are his voices believable? Yes, yes and yes.

His voice is easy to listen to and it flows with the text. The story is a fun tale of another world. It is reminiscent of Fablehaven or even a Narnia adventure.  Aaron, Bram and Ro are fun and interesting characters that I found myself cheering for as the story went along. There are a few fun surprises in the story and Brooks keeps a good tension line up as things unfold. There are some intense moments near the end of the story but the author keeps it toned down enough that a child listener would not have too much of a hard time with it. I look forward to playing it for my kids now that I am done.

Check it out on Amazon by clicking on the picture below!

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Its Cold out Side

I just posted this fun little flash story at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/UFAChallenges/

There will be fun winter tales posted there all day. Go to the page and like the stories that you enjoy the most! (Hopefully mine) This is my first attempt at anything like this.  Enjoy!

It’s cold outside—again. The temperature has stubbornly hovered in the single digits for weeks. You would think that with everyone staying indoors, all snuggled up next to the fire and no one scurrying about outside the world would be peaceful. Right?

No one told that to the Zombies.

The apocalypse shocked us all, but in my hometown, it was short lived, like their attention span. Those who were infected took to the streets by the thousands to feed.

We all know that it’s hard to kill the undead. But man, it is easy to watch them freeze.

My front yard is littered with ’em; like a hundred garden gnomes from Hell. We watched in horror, through my picture window, as they ran at us. Then something changed. They began to jog and then walk. As they neared the house, they robotically came to a stop, all frozen in place where the cold finally got to their undead joints and stopped them in their tracks.

It reminded me of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz who could not move once he ran out of oil. But their eyes—their eyes continued to roll and blink with blind malice for hours before becoming still. Not one of them must have thought to put on a jacket before they took to the streets to feed.

We were preparing to leave, to save our lives, but the same weather has pinned us down too. It’s gonna to be an interesting Spring.  zombiesnowblogsize

Acquisitions: The Plague Legacy Book 1

It is always fun to read a friend. It is even better when their story turns out to be great and you don’t have to say, “yea, it was interesting.” (That is always a  fear of mine when friends read my work.)

Christine Haggerty wrote an amazing story called, Acquisitions: The Plague Legacy Book 1

I must admit that I did not know what to expect going in to the book. At first blush I thought it might be a marriage of Hunger Games and Divergent, which is good because I enjoyed both of those stories. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be neither and it forged its own path.

Haggerty tells a great story. She develops engaging characters in a world that does not seem too far away. I found myself rooting for some and hating others, which is what I want from a story. There is just the right amount of intrigue, suspense and action to keep turning the pages until you are all done and left wanting MORE.

Needless to say I am looking forward to the next installment.

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Winner!

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This was my first month participating in NaNoWriMo. Where you commit to writing 50,000 words in the month of November. I did it. What is funny, is that I plan to do it every month now. It is an excellent writing goal.

Anyone else achieve this? Let’s hear about your success.

The Debate

I want to touch on a subject that tugs at the 052heart-strings. I don’t usually tackle such important topics but today it is pressing on my mind.

Christmas Music in November? Where does everyone stand? I love to slip in a Christmas song or two during the month of November. I think by design, we spend November being thankful and December being generous. Why not start the spirit of the season early with a few carols? I realize that you can only listen to the Christmas Song and Jingle Bell Rock so many times. But there is a lot of Christmas music out there that the radio and or Pandora can play.

Thoughts?

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