The birds waited for the woman. They had a special surprise for her today. Impatiently the green finch looked at the blackbird. Where was she? But the blackbird was busy giving the starlings their instructions. When she opened the back door they needed to soar high into the sky and form two arches. The sparrows would then follow and complete the display, forming the bottom of the heart – a heart just for her. They had planned this for days. She’d been so good to them over the past few months. It had been a bitter winter, but every morning she’d been there with the bread, cheese and water. Always enough to keep them going, always enough to keep them alive.
Time passed. The birds waited. One fidgeting starling fell from his branch. The green finch scowled at him. But the door remained closed.
Inside the woman was still looking at the bread. Money was tight. And yesterday he’d been so angry. Her cheek still stung. He had said she was wasting the food. She turned away. “They’ll be okay,” she whispered. “Spring is coming, the ground is soft.” But it was a long day. She kept away from the window.
Outside it grew cold. Some of the birds waited until dusk and then slowly departed with mournful cries. The green finch was the last to go. As he flew off he wondered what was hurting him more – his hollow stomach or his broken heart.
Interesting perspective on Digital Tiller
Yet Another Selfish Reason to Write and Publish.
He talks about the amazing feeling of having a kid check out your book from the library – what wonderful motivation that is to write. And yes – I can well imagine what a great feeling that is.
But it got me thinking about the reasons I write. In no particular order the top three reasons are:-
1. To make people laugh
When I started writing on my Bravetank blog and people started telling me how funny they found the posts it was a revelation to me. I suddenly realised I’d found my voice and it was a very different voice from the one I thought I’d have! Now when I read reviews of Keep Azeroth Tidy in particular (The Guardian Spirit is humorous too but hasn’t had the sales Keep Azeroth Tidy has) and read people saying how funny it is, I am over the moon each & every time.
2. To get stuff out of my system – Life Shift was definitely a book where I personally tried to exorcise some demons. The first draft was written during Nanowrimo a few years ago & was at times simply an outpouring of pain and heartache- particularly around my childhood. Much of that didn’t make the final cut (my parents would never speak to me!), but issues around not having had children did. Must confess- the parallel universe experience in Life Shift is fiction though – in case you were wondering! Not quite discovered another universe yet.
3. To create worlds and characters – this is particularly true of The Guardian Spirit which has emerged from my own head but quite surprised me in the process! Owen the angel apprentice, Emit the great but fallen angel & Union the dragon are revelations even to me – I didn’t know I had them in me. I wrote them but also discovered them with every word I wrote – this was news to me. I didn’t know the writing process worked that way. But it does & that’s why I do it.
Last week I wrote a post on my Bravetank blog entitled Duskwood Mini-Break. It’s a humorous post- as all my World of Warcraft posts are (unless I’m pouring my heart out over some mean thing someone said to me in a dungeon). Anyway I shared the post via Reddit as I sometimes do & wow- the views just shot up. And more to the point a week later so have my sales of Keep Azeroth Tidy- my book about World of Warcraft- again humorous essays, all very tongue in cheek. Note- by shot up I mean 6 sales in a week- not talking thousands or even hundreds here but it’s all relative isn’t it?!! :)
AND I had another 4 star review!! So to say I’m over the moon would be an understatement- I’m over Jupiter’s moons – that’s how excited I am
Survival of the Unfittest
by Brandon Wright
Genre: Horror, Zombies
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The first book of the Undead Diaries Series has been published and readily available on Amazon.com. The author, Brandon Wright, says:
“Survival of the Unfittest isn’t you’re typical Zombie novel. It tells the story through someone who gets infected, and has to deal with life with only being able to eat flesh.”
Blurb of the book:
When a paralegal named Jacob becomes violently ill after a business trip to New York. He quickly finds that he contracted a virus that mutates his DNA to only allow him to eat raw meats. It’s not too bad until the meat industry is on it’s knees from lack of meat, and Jacob runs out. He finds himself having vivid dreams of attacking people, and eating them like an animal. When he wakes up, he finds out the dream wasn’t just a dream. This recollection of Jacob’s journey to survive will guide you through the adventures, and mis-adventures of Jacob’s survival. Constantly on the run from a Anti-Mutation group called The Control Group, and fighting his inner-demons to not kill, but knowing to survive he must be willing to do anything. All goes well until his city runs out of meat, and all the butchers are closing shop. He starts to go hungry, and starts having these vivid dreams about attacking people, and eating their flesh and muscle. His supervisor has also contracted the mutation, and eyes one of the new girls as someone he may be interested in. Jacob has to find a balance between survival and compassion towards other humans. How will he survive as a anti-zombie group gives chase after him, and his infected friends?
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Debuting 1 March 2013
by Sean MacUisdin
The fears of generations are realized in a brilliant flash in the shadowy wastes beyond Jupiter. From a mysterious array appear two alien ships, their vicious intention all too clear as they fall upon a pair of Terran ships battling over ownership of the enigmatic discovery.
They come from Gliese 581g where, in 2008, a message of peace was sent. They are an avenging force, unleashed to deliver a terrible retribution upon a trusted industrial magnate and secret liaison who is now determined to steal their technology. The aliens are powerful, technologically advanced by many decades, and determined to end the human threat.
Captain Ian Walker, recently retired from NASA and at the end of a career that saw him removed from his last command in disgrace, is called back because of his rare combat experience and is given command of the elderly monitor, NASS Centaurus. Captain Corina Sacramento, her crew exhausted and her ship worn out after completing a seven month asteroid survey for the South American Space Agency is waylaid from her return mission to Earth and redeployed to the Jovian moon of Himalia. Commodore Sorscha Cameron, former commander of the European cruiser, Indomptable, is given a field promotion and the impossible task of holding the Jovian System.
Their mission is simple – they are to join the United Nations task group assigned to protect the Terran interests in the Jovian System and shield the excavation of an alien spaceship buried in the ice of Europa. As the Gliesiuns amass a powerful force, and the spacefaring nations of Earth, Luna, and Mars argue over control of defences, all three must fight feelings of self-doubt and fear to rally their task group to defend the future of mankind in the outer solar system.
Jupiter Rising will be available on Amazon and Kindle Select on 1 March 2013.
“The Silver Collar”
by Kate Policani
Genre: Short Story, Fantasy, Werewolf, free ebook
The Silver Collar is my free short story first published on Wattpad. It is a Fantasy and a Cinderella tale. This month I’ve updated the cover and re-edited the interior.
Read it online here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/1065118-the-silver-collar
Download the free ebook at Smashwords
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Bought as a child to slave at an inn, Lyneth suffers under a terrible curse. Her frightening transformations can only be stopped when a priest puts a silver collar around her neck. The collar stops the change, but makes her ill. Her dangers increase as she matures into a beautiful and desirable woman. When a mysterious nobleman visits the inn, her life changes forever.