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BOOKS: Goodreads List 2012

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BOOKS 2012 Reading Challenge Heidi has read 40 books toward her goal of 50 books. hide 40 of 50 (80%) view books In 2011 I read 34 books-- you can see them all here . When you consider how many books some of the most avid readers on Goodreads are devouring--a book a day, some even more--I wanted to challenge myself in 2012. I figured I could easily do 1 book per week, but to be on the safe side, I'd build in 2 bye weeks for myself. So I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal to 50. I found that...I am a slow reader. I did make it to 40 before year's end, besting 2011 by 6 books, so I consider this a win. Some may call it cheating that I included books I either wrote or for which I contributed a story, but I don't, and since this is my list, that's the only opinion that matters. Science Fiction Romance topped my list this year as I also took on the 2012 SFR Reading Challenge --didn't quite meet that one either, but ended up somewhere between th

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Theodore A. Webb

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Theodore A. Webb 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Right now Simon Laramie is my favorite. Simon’s the 15-year-old narrator of “Lifeline,” “Crucible,” “Colossus” and “Inferno,” the first four books in “The STARLING Series,” set in the year 2045. I love Simon because he often surprises himself. Simon’s my most complex and developed character to date. He’s a bullied kid, trying to survive in a dystopia in which pilotless, supercomputer-controlled drones capable of using “shock waves” on citizens rule the skies over towns and cities. Because Simon wants to express himself freely, he finds a way to circumvent the tight controls of the future SUPERNET. But Simon’s not just about tech. He also loves playing guitar, writing poetry and songs. Simon’s the youngest of the four teenagers who rebel against the system. Simon has the most to learn from his experiences at Briarwood Public High School. 2. Tell me about your travels. I was born in South Carolina

SFFS: Snippet #4 from Atomic Zion

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Atomic Zion DESCRIPTION: I've skipped ahead in the first chapter of my SF Thriller, Atomic Zion , which is in its final revisions. The book was influenced by my time as the Educational Marketing Director at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob and by reading stories from Michael Crichton , Robert Ludlum , James Rollins , and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child . Back Cover Blurb... On the night of his 90th birthday, a former Wright Apprentice is thrown from the fifth floor of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The only clue to clear his grandson of the murder is a note written in Navajo code which warns "The Bear has awakened." These four words throw Nick Vanko into the middle of a decades old international cover-up where Wright Apprentices encoded WWII-era secrets about genetic experimentation into their blueprints. In order to stop a being who isn't quite human from unleashing a biological weapon upon the U.S., Nick must find Broadacre City, the

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Scott Thomas

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Scott Thomas 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I’m not much of a world traveler, I’m afraid. Not yet anyway. I’ve only been to the six New England states and Campobello Island, which is part of Canada. It’s not my passion for New England that’s kept me from journeying to other parts of America or places beyond. Circumstances have just never taken me very far. I’d love to visit Britain! 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? There is hardly a waking moment that I don’t have a cup of coffee at the ready, though I don’t actually consume large amounts of the stuff. I take small sips, so one cup lasts a long time. I have been known to drink tea now and again, and I’m a fan of Chai. I once made my own ginger tea. I like various holiday herbal teas and have enjoyed peppermint and licorice tea. I very much like Earl Grey! 4. What else can you do besides write? I’m an artist. It’s in the blood. I’ve also worked with clay. When in o

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Paul R. Hewlett

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION My name is Paul R. Hewlett and I am a self-published author. There, I said it. I used to feel like I was in a support group when I said that, but now I feel good about it. I piled up countless rejection letters on my path to publication, that much is true. In many cases they were warranted. At some point after I tripped over a misplaced pile of rejection and query letters, I decided to investigate self-publishing. After countless hours of research, I determined it to be a viable option. There was so much to learn, where should I start? Thankfully, I stumbled upon Melissa Foster's WLC web site. Melissa is very successful author that is well known for her kindness and giving back. It was there that I found a template of how to begin. From there I set out to learn how to build my brand, create a social media presence, and connect with my target audience. It has been a non-stop roller coaster of trial and error, start and stop, you name it ever since. The int

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Tim Miller

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Tim Miller 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I have been training in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. I hope to have my first MMA fight in Oct 2013. 5. Who are you reading right now? I just finished No Easy Day by Mark Owen, the Navy SEAL who was on the Bin Laden raid. AMAZING story. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? I don't know to be honest. I watch a lot of movies/TV and read a lot and somehow my ideas are a mish mash of things that I see and read. 9. Food you could eat everyday. 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? As mentioned above, the mixed martial arts, brazilian jiu jitsu and Muay Thai which is Thai kickboxing. I've lost 40 lbs since I began a few months ago and counting. Amazing full body workout, great

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Anna Zabo

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Anna Zabo Photo by Harmony. 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? For this novel? Gosh, that's hard. I love them all. But I'd probably pick Rhys. He's young and initially unsure of himself, but when faced with very weird and very deadly happenings, he finds a reserve of strength and wisdom he didn't know he had. He's also a smartass. I love smartasses. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? All three! I usually have coffee in the morning--something strong but not bitter with a bit of cream, followed by tea in the afternoon and evening--I really like the fancy loose teas from Teavana. And even though milk doesn't love me so much any more, I'll still have a nice big glass from time to time. I just make sure it's lactose free now. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? I'm reading Sheryl Nantus's Blaze of Glory--a superhero novel, and Thieftaker by D. B.

SFFS: Snippet #3 from Atomic Zion

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Atomic Zion DESCRIPTION: I've skipped ahead a couple of pages in the first chapter for this snippet from my SF Thriller, Atomic Zion , which is in its final revisions. The book was influenced by my time as the Educational Marketing Director at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob and by reading stories from Michael Crichton , Robert Ludlum , James Rollins , and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child . Back Cover Blurb... On the night of his 90th birthday, a former Wright Apprentice is thrown from the fifth floor of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The only clue to clear his grandson of the murder is a note written in Navajo code which warns "The Bear has awakened." These four words throw Nick Vanko into the middle of a decades old international cover-up where Wright Apprentices encoded WWII-era secrets about genetic experimentation into their blueprints. In order to stop a being who isn't quite human from unleashing a biological weapon upon the U.S.,

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Fellengrey by Scott Thomas

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CAST YOUR CHARACTERS FELLENGREY AUTHOR: SCOTT THOMAS PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS 2012 DESCRIPTION: As a boy, Hale Privet dreamed of sailing the grey waters of the northern Gantic Ocean aboard a mighty ship of war. But when farm life kept him from the sea, the sea came to him – in the form of Rye Blackbird, the infamous mutineer whose wondrous tales help set Hale on his own path to adventure. And such adventures they are! Villains, mysteries, sea battles and even a cursed island await. Privet's story is part folklore and part fantasy, set in a long-ago time where you might just as easily witness something mystical, as feel the salty spray of the sea on your face. FELLENGREY is a bedtime story for grown-ups, complete with pirates, ghosts, magic spells and, of course, a beautiful maiden to capture the dashing hero's heart. Author Scott Thomas lyrically creates a world that is visceral and treacherous, but also lovely and familiar. CHARACTERS: Daniel Rad

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jenna Bennett

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Jenna Bennett 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? In Fortune's Hero, definitely Quinn. Quinn's awesome. Overall... that might be Quinn too. He's really pretty cool. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? You're gonna be sorry you asked... I've been an actress, a waitress, a restaurant hostess, a receptionist, a bank teller, a travel agent, an airline employee, a bed and breakfast reservationist, a tour guide, a store clerk, a real estate agent, a home renovator... some of them a couple times each. I have a tour management degree I've never used, too. There's honestly very little I haven't tried to become at one time or another. 5. Who are you reading right now? Lois McMaster Bujold. Her latest Vorkosigan book was released in November - Ivan's story, Lord Vorpatril's Alliance - and I've been gobbling it up. She's one of my auto-buys: I bu

SFFS: Snippet #2 from Atomic Zion

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Atomic Zion DESCRIPTION: This is the continuation of my SF Thriller, Atomic Zion , which is in its final revisions. It was influenced by my time as the Educational Marketing Director at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob and by reading stories from Michael Crichton , Robert Ludlum , James Rollins , and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child . Back Cover Blurb... On the night of his 90th birthday, a former Wright Apprentice is thrown from the fifth floor of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The only clue to clear his grandson of the murder is a note written in Navajo code which warns "The Bear has awakened." These four words throw Nick Vanko into the middle of a decades old international cover-up where Wright Apprentices encoded WWII-era secrets about genetic experimentation into their blueprints. In order to stop a being who isn't quite human from unleashing a biological weapon upon the U.S., Nick must find Broadacre City, the fabled utopia designed by

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Diana Dru Botsford

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX DIANA DRU BOTSFORD 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I lean more toward a favorite 'type' than a specific character. Whether I'm writing original prose, media tie-ins , a web series -- you name it -- my fondness goes toward the character who I've deliberately given the worst background. The more 'down-in-the-hole' the character is in the first few chapters, the more I want to just fling the worst possible circumstances their way. I'm perpetually fascinated by characters who reach for fatalism as a safety valve, but then have leadership thrust upon them and realize that 'giving up' just won't cut it. Not if they don't want to pull everyone else down around them. Whether it's Jack O'Neill (SG-1), Roz Griggs (Epilogue), or Kate Hazard (a protagonist in the original novel I'm currently working on), the journey to overcome obstacles provided by the world around them (or their own internal de

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Christina Freeburn

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Christina Freeburn 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? As of this moment, the favorite character of mine that I've written is Faith Hunter from Cropped to Death. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I'm once again in 'her head' as I'm working on the second book. I'm always most attached to the character whose life I'm in. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee with a splash of milk. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Right now I'm reading The Passporter's Guide To Disney Cruise Line (10th Edition) and Waking Up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? The toughest scene I've written so far is the ending of Long Gone, an inspirational romantic suspense. I completed the first draft in mid-October and the ending wasn't what I had envisioned or pla