Friday, January 27, 2012

Eden's Root

I finished reading Eden's Root by Rachel Fisher a few days ago and just posted the review below on Amazon. I really liked this YA book!

What if one day all the crops just stopped producing? No more food. Of all the possible natural disasters that could threaten mankind, we don’t often think about the catastrophes that we could bring upon ourselves through genetic tinkering with nature. Mike Kelly knows that the apocalypse is coming. As he dies from cancer caused by years of consuming Sickfood, he realizes that his daughter Fi is the only hope to get the rest of his family to Eden, an underground safe haven. Fi is a simple girl who loves fashion and hanging out with her friends, but her life changes in a big way after her father inspires her to do some hardcore training to become a survivalist. This petite fifteen-year-old morphs into a leader whose intellect and cunning make her a true force. Along the long journey with her family and theFamily that they pick up along the way, she learns what metal she is made of and finds true love. You will fall in love with the characters in this story (especially Asher--if you are a red-blooded female--LOL) and miss them when it ends. Eden’s Root will also make you think about profound things like the food you eat and how important your own family and friends are to you. It may also make you think about storing some heirloom seeds and foods in your basement…just in case! I wish Rachel Fisher great success with this story. It was an entertaining read and I’ve already started casting actors in my head for the mini-series!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

One Positive from a Migraine - The Last Man on Earth

Here's a post I started a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post. LOL...

I cried 'uncle' last night, conceding defeat to my aching brain, despite the fact that I wanted to spend some time reading more of Eden's Root and work on a little side writing project I have going.
Migraines suck! I get them several times a month, and sometimes they can last half a day and even bleed over into the next day. Your brain feels swollen like someone has shot a bullet or an arrow into the middle of it, and there's a large volume of blood pressing onto your skull. The worst ones have the added bonus of nausea on top of them. Luckily, this most recent one just involved pain.
Since I usually can't sleep or read when I feel that icky, I often turn on the TV and just listen to it or watch it with my left eye open (with a cold compress covering the right eye where there is the most pain). I don't usually watch much TV, because nothing appeals to me unless there's something good on Discovery or the SyFy channel. (Or it's Sunday night and AMC's 'The Walking Dead' is on.) Last night, in my misery, I was channel hopping and paused when I saw a movie description including the words, zombie vampires. It turned out to be The Last Man on Earth on the TCM channel with Vincent Price. It didn't take long before I realized that this was an early (1964) movie version of Richard Matheson's story, I Am Legend. I've read the book and seen the 2007 I Am Legend movie with Will Smith, but didn't know this movie existed. Watching old black & white movies can be challenging if you're expecting a modern style of acting or great CGI effects. What I did like was that the story was stripped clean with emphasis on each important scene in the plot. Watching this movie was like watching a modern horror movie and then going back and watching the original Night of the Living Dead (Romero, 1968)--intense but quite different from what we're used today. Do you watch old movies? Do you dislike them because you compare them to what's on the big screen these days? Or, do you see nostalgic story value in them and treasure them?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hello 2012!

Greetings, cyber darklings and happy new year! I haven't blogged in a while. Life is busy, and I haven't had much to say. I'm still waiting to have news to post about when Eaters will be released as a complete novel (It will include the first two previously published novellas, Eaters: The Beginning and Eaters: Dark Journey, as well as Eaters: Destination). In addition to a paperback and e-book version, there is a chance that it will also be an audio book. Fingers crossed! I'll post any news from Permuted Press here as soon as I know it.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for some good reading material for your Kindle, you might like Eden's Root by Rachel Fisher, my new writer friend. Maybe the only thing scarier than a zombie apocalypse would be an apocalypse created by man's genetic tinkering with our food supply! I'm just a little ways into this book, and it's already giving me nightmares thinking about where the story is going.

Also...if you like scary stories...I mean REAL scary stories...check out The Natural News. I must admit I'm hooked on this site. Although, I hope that many of their stories fall into the conspiracy theory category, I'm afraid that a lot of them don't. Heads up people! It's better to be forewarned than to be a sheeple and not see things coming. See their predictions for 2012-2015 in addition to many positive articles that will help improve your health.