Science Fiction and Fantasy MEGA Promo

The holidays are near and authors everywhere are in the giving mood!

Click here to check out the FREE science fiction and fantasy books. There are over 121 books listed so, I’m sure you’ll find something that interests you.

The promo officially runs from 11/14 through 11/20, but I’ve heard that the web host won’t be taking the page down until next month.  However, you do want to check it out before the 20th because some of the books won’t be free after that.

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As always, keep reading!

Escape Featured on Kindle Books and Tip

Hi Everyone,

Check out my book and the others that are featured on Kindle Books and Tips.  There are a lot of free books to choose from.

My book will be here:  http://fkbt.com/2016/11/06/free-discounted-kindle-books-sunday-17/

You can check out other free books here:

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or check out their social media links below.

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New Web Site

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Hey Everyone,

Here’s my new WordPress website.  Let me know what you think.   Also, VERY IMPORTANT — for a limited time you can get the first two books in the Lake of Sins Series for FREE!!!

Book 1: Escape is available for FREE on all the major ebook retailers.

Book 2: Secrets In Blood is available for FREE through my website.   Just click the button below the image of the book on the FREE BOOK page.

If you already have the two books, you can still click the button for your free copy of Secrets In Blood because then you’ll join the Lake of Sins Reader Group.  I’ll be offering exclusive give-aways and bonuses to folks in this group.

Also, I’ve added share buttons and follow me buttons.  Please use them to let others know about the free books.

Finally, the email provider I’m using insists on having you confirm that you want to join the reader group, so don’t forget to go to your email account and click the link confirming that you want to join this group.

 

Posts From Old Website – January 2016

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

WHY AMAZON REVIEWS ARE IMPORTANT TO AUTHORS

01/26/2016

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First, let me thank all of you who have read one or more of my books.  Now, I’m going to beg those same people to write a review on Amazon (but only if you liked the book J).Let me explain why an Amazon review is so important to independent authors.Okay.  I’ve finished my first book and I think it’s great. My beta readers love it and I’m ready to turn it loose on the world.  I publish it on Amazon.  Now what?  According to a Forbes’ article written January 8, 2013, there are an estimated 600,000 to 1,000,000 books published every year in the US alone. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorgan/2013/01/08/thinking-of-self-publishing-your-book-in-2013-heres-what-you-need-to-know/#2715e4857a0b582eb7429f43)The number has only increased since then, so how do I make my book stand out?  First, I have to have a good cover.  The cover is what captures the potential reader’s attention.  Next, my description had better be good.  If the reader likes that then they can read a sample chapter or two using Amazon’s “Look Inside” option.Okay, I’ve done all that.  The cover is good.  The description is interesting (I’m always tweaking it) and the story is good and although I won’t swear there isn’t a typo it’s not littered with them or grammatical errors.  Okay, so my little grain of sand should shine in the Sahara of books available, but how do I make it stand out?  How do I get readers to see it?  Advertise!Great.  I’ll lay down some cash for my story. There are numerous companies willing to take my money, but most of them don’t deliver.  There is no return on investment (ROI).  Some companies are better than others but they have requirements and two of those requirements are number of reviews and the average number of stars for those reviews.  The number of reviews required to advertise varies from company to company.  Most of the better companies require somewhere between ten and fifty reviews, but the granddaddy of all the advertisers, BookBub, requires at least a hundred, maybe more depending on the genre.  Now, BookBub does not state the number on their website, but they do run a question and answer session on Twitter and they have said that for the more popular genres (such as mine) a hundred plus reviews is what they are looking for.Why advertise on BookBub?  Because they deliver, time and time again.  At least that’s what those lucky authors who have been accepted by BookBub have reported.  I’m talking about real independent authors who belong to the same author forums that I do, so they are not affiliated with BookBub.  Plus, since BookBub is so successful they publish their average downloads per category and sale price.  If you look at those numbers – wow – they do deliver.  (https://www.bookbub.com/partners/pricing?utf8=%E2%9C%93&regions=us&currencies=%24+(USD)) I’ve been rejected by BookBub numerous times.  I plan on submitting again right before I release book three in the Lake of Sins series.  I really, really need more reviews.  So please, I am begging here, if you read and liked my books, please write a review on Amazon.ThanksL. S. O’Dea

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LAKE OF SINS

01/24/2016

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I thought that illustrating some of the scenes from the book might be fun and I thought that it might help draw people to my table at MegaCon.  So, here is the first one, although it isn’t really from the book.  Instead, this is just an idea of what one part of the Lake of Sins looks like.You can see the island in the back and you can tell that there is something large on the island.  That’s the statue of course.Let me know what you think of the drawing.  I wanted it to be ominous and creepy.  I think Neoxeven at Fiverr did a great job with that.

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FAITH IN HUMANITY RESTORED (FOR A BIT)

01/19/2016

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After going out to eat for my niece’s birthday, I had to put oil in my car.  My car is old.  It has 280,000+ miles on it.  It loses a bit of oil.  Anyway, it was dark and I was in the parking lot of the restaurant.  A couple got out of their car.  They were probably in their 50s.  The man saw me putting oil in and said, “Just needs a little drink?”  I could tell by the way that he said it, that he really hoped that was the issue.  He didn’t want to help, but for some reason inside of him, he had to offer.I understand why he didn’t want to help.  He and his wife/girlfriend were going out to eat.  He didn’t want to get delayed or dirty.  That made the fact that he did say something even more special.  He was kind and couldn’t help it.  I appreciate it.  Things like that help to restore my faith in humanity.  He could have just walked by.  Another man probably would have, but there was something in him, something he was either born with or was taught by his parents that made him offer to help when he didn’t want to.  That is a quality that I admire.  That is a quality that we should all adopt and it is a quality we should instill in our children.

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 OLD TESTAMENT SOUL

01/18/2016

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I believe that I’ve been on this earth before.  I have an old soul. This isn’t a very Catholic thing to think but I veered from the religion of my birth years ago.  The idea of heaven—a place where everything is perfect and there is no pain, no sorrow—does not appeal to me.  I don’t think that we can enjoy the day without the dark and the cold without the heat (when I lived up North it was the heat without the cold).  Kindness would be nothing if it were not so rare.  Most people aren’t mean or cruel but that doesn’t make them kind.  No, I don’t think that I could find peace in heaven. Where’s the struggle, the drive, the competition?I also believe that there is a piece of Old Testament in my old soul.  Perhaps, that’s why I keep getting sent back to earth instead of moving on, if moving on is even an option.  Maybe, I need to learn forgiveness instead of an-eye-for-an-eye.  I have a hard time with forgiveness.  I forget a lot because many things just don’t matter to me, but forgiveness is another story.Take Michael Vick for example.  According to our society he paid for his crimes.  Not for me.  I won’t be satisfied that he’s paid for his crimes until either he experiences everything he put those poor dogs through or he brings them back and gives them all a good home.  See, I told you.  Old Testament is in my soul.

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WHAT DEFINES A PERSON

01/16/2016

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I don’t care about the color of your skin.  That is decided at birth.What religion you practice, if any, doesn’t matter to me.  Your sexual preference?  That’s your business, not mine.What is important to me is how you treat animals, children and the elderly.  That defines the real you.

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LOVING YOUR DOG AND LOVING YOUR KIDS ISN’T AN EITHER/OR SITUATION

01/16/2016

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I read an article yesterday that made me angry and then sad and finally a bit disgusted.  The article was written by Allison Benedikt and is titled The One Thing No One Tells You Before You Have Kids: Don’t get a dog(http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2013/07/kids_and_dogs_if_you_re_having_a_baby_do_not_get_a_puppy.html)This woman is honest, I’ll give her props for that, but I also think she is a poor excuse for a human being (I think I’m still a little angry for poor Velvel).  This article starts with this woman and her boyfriend adopting a puppy, Velvel.  Velvel was everything to them until they had kids. I get this.  I understand.  The dog takes a back seat to your children.  If she’d written about the difficulties of raising children with a dog, I wouldn’t be upset.  However, she goes so far to say that once she had kids she didn’t love her dog.  She writes this like that is how it is for everyone.  I know plenty of people who have dogs and kids and love them all.  I’m not saying that you should love your dog like a child.  Your dog is not a child, but that doesn’t mean you can’t love him/her.Most humans have the capacity to love many things (this woman obviously does not).  I love my father but not in the same way that I love my brother.  I love both of them differently than I love a boyfriend (I’m not married so I can’t say husband).  And I love them all differently than I love a child.  I don’t have kids but I have helped raise several and I’ve loved them all.  We had dogs and I loved them too.  The dogs were not kids and the kids were not dogs, but they all wanted and deserved love.I don’t understand how someone can love their dog and then just stop because they now have children to take care of.  It makes me sad for Velvel of course, because he never stopped loving her.  A dog doesn’t do that.  They are better than most of us and definitely better than Allison Benedikt.Now, she did keep the dog so I’ll give her credit for that and it seems that she kept Velvel inside so hopefully, one of the kids stepped in to give the dog the love it was no longer getting from her.  I do have to wonder about the lesson the kids will learn.  Will they learn that it’s okay to love someone and then just stop?  Or maybe, that it’s normal and okay to have a limited capacity to love.  Perhaps, one day when their mother is old (like poor Velvel) the kids will show her the same compassion and love.I can only hope.

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NEW COVER FOR RISE OF THE RIVER MAN

01/14/2016

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Here’s the new cover for the Rise of the River Man book. I have a post on my home page, but I’ll summarize here for those of you who follow my blog. This book wasn’t selling so I put on my detective hat and figured out that most people hated my cover (I liked it. I guess that makes me cheesy). Anyway, Luke Ahearn (www.lukeahearn.com) designed this cover for me and I have to admit that it definitely throws a more powerful punch.  When I saw the first draft, I actually said, “Wow.”  I live alone so I usually only talk to myself in my head (lots of conversations going on in there). Anyway, let me know what you think. lsodea7@gmail.com or post a comment on this blog.

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MOVIE STARS AND OTHER FAMOUS FOLKS

01/10/2016

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I’ve never understood society’s fascination with the rich and famous.Once when I was on a date, the guy took me by the home of Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield comic.  He didn’t know Mr. Davis.  We couldn’t even see the house from the street, but he obviously thought I’d be impressed.  I wasn’t.  Jim Davis has nothing to do with my life.  More than likely, Jim Davis will never have anything to do with my life, so why would I care where he lives or what he has.Most people don’t feel the way that I do and perhaps, it’s because I think in stories.  My life is my story.  It’s usually boring and routine, but it is my story.  Every day, I encounter different characters.  Each one has his or her own story but most will not play a part in mine.  It is important to remember that in a good tale the characters belong to the story as much as the story belongs to the characters.  You can’t yank a character from one story and drop them into another.   The same is true with life. The rich and famous have no more place in my story than Curious George has in Gone With The Wind.  My life is my own adventure, my own movie and I’m only interested in those characters who belong in my story.

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REMAKING MY BED OR THROWING IT OUT:

01/07/2016

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I’ve used the saying—You’ve made you bed, now you have to lie in it.—many times over the years.  I’ve said it to others and told it to myself.  Today, I realized that it’s a load of crap.Sure, I made choices and decisions that have placed me where I am right now and I do have to live (lie) with that—For NOW.  It doesn’t mean that I can’t remake my bed or better yet, throw it out and make a new one  There are some aspects of my life that I like but there are many that I don’t and it’s time to change that.  I, like everyone, have a limited time on this earth and I’ll be damned if I let some decision that I made ten years ago, or five years ago or yesterday determine how I will live now and in the future.I am taking control over my life.  I understand that on the surface things won’t change overnight, but underneath, inside of me, they’re already different and that’s what counts.

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RESOLUTIONS: 2016

01/03/2016

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Every year I make resolutions and every year, I’ve broken them by around the 2nd or 3rd of January.  I’m not very good at denying myself something that I want.  A little voice in my head keeps chanting — you deserve this, go ahead.  That little voice is a devil. Anyway, this year I decided to approach my resolutions a bit differently.  The end goal is the same but the thought behind it is different.  I would still like to lose weight, eat better, exercise more, write more, etc, but this year instead of putting numbers on these (exercise 1 hour a day, write 2 hours a day, etc), I’m going to resolve to make choices that will make me happier in the long run. Of course, eating that brownie or having that second (or third – I’m being honest here) Pepsi will make me happy in the moment, but making choices that have made me happy in the moment have left me fat and unhealthy and often sad. So, for 2016 I resolve to make choices that I know will make me satisfied at the end of the day.  So far so good.  I’ve gotten up and exercised both on the 1st and 2nd (and I wasn’t feeling well on the 2nd). Hopefully, by 2017 I will be healthier and thinner and happier. Good luck to everyone else out there.  It’s hard to change your life but what else is there to do but try.

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Posts From Old Website – December 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME: 2015

12/24/2015

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Several weeks ago, I was asked by a fellow author what Christmas means to me.  I’ve been pondering that question ever since. At first, I was sure that the meaning, the feeling of Christmas changed as I aged, but the more I thought about it and examined my memories of Christmases past, I realized that it had remained the same. When I was a child, Christmas was about the birth of Jesus, Santa, presents and family.  I remember playing with the stuffed Christmas elves and reindeer (think Elf on a Shelf).  I remember midnight mass with the lights and music.  The cold car seats of a December in Indiana.  The warm, full family breakfast at my aunt’s house and loads of presents.  As I reached my teen and college years Christmas was still about the birth of Jesus, presents, and family but that was in the background.  At the front of my priority list was the break from school and homework.  Going out with friends.  The hectic days and nights of working retail.  I remember the Christmas luncheon at K-mart on Christmas Eve.  The camaraderie with my co-workers.  The struggle to find gifts for my friends and family.  After college, Christmas was still about family, but this time the gifts were for the kids.  It was about making sure that they had a great day and doing the best that we could to keep the magic alive.  The joy and surprise in a child’s eye on Christmas morning is extraordinary, perhaps because it is so fleeting.Now, Christmas is still for the kids (another generation), family and the birth of Jesus.  After reading this you could say that the meaning of Christmas, for me, has shifted with every stage in my life and that I have I come full circle.  I have to disagree. I don’t think we ever come full circle.  To do that would imply that we’re on the same path as before.  Life is not cyclic by a spiral.  I have passed where I started, looking back at who I was.  I am no longer that child eagerly waiting for Santa nor the teen or young adult but I have vague memories of who I was.When I looked deeper than the surface memories of past Christmases into the feeling of the holiday I discovered they were really about comfort and peace.  Being accepted by those around you.  Being a part of something bigger.  Being safe.  Being loved. As a child I was loved and loved my family.  I was safe with them.  As a teen I loved my family and my friends.  I did what I could to make them all happy.  As a young guardian to children, I was trying to create a warm and safe home for the kids.  Now, as I sit in my living room, surrounded by the innocent animals who were abandoned and abused, I am content that I can offer them a home.  A place where they can sleep warm and safe.  Unafraid of hunger, loneliness and pain.  Content in the knowledge that whatever the next day will bring, it will not be bad.So, for me Christmas is a time of reflecting on the peace in your life.  The peace that you create and share with others.Merry Christmas to everyone.

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5 STAR REVIEW OF LAKE OF SINS: SECRETS IN BLOOD

12/18/2015

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I’m excited to announce that my book, Lake of Sins: Secrets in Blood has received a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite.

Here’s the link and the review.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH MIRRA

12/12/2015

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This interview was written for my blog tour last October.  I’m not sure how many of my readers had followed the tour, so I’m going to post some of the interviews/blogs here.  Hope you like it.

 

Interviewer:  “Ah…hi, Mirra. Where’s Trinity?”

Mirra:  “Mirra come first. Cover scent.  Little One, Gaar-Mine come soon.”

Interviewer:  “Ah, uhm, that’s great.  Uhm, just great.”

Mirra:  “You ask Little One questions?”

Interviewer:  “Ah, yes.  She’s agreed to an interview.”

Mirra:  “What kind questions?”

Interviewer:  “Uhm, all kinds.”

Mirra:  “Nice questions?”

Interviewer:  “Yes, yes, of course.”

Mirra:  “You hurt Little One, Mirra kill you.”

Interviewer:  “No.  I won’t hurt Trinity.  I promise.”

Mirra:  “Mirra decide.  You ask Mirra question first.”

Interviewer:  “Ah, I think it would be better to wait for Trinity and Gaar.”

Mirra:  “No.  Ask Mirra questions now.”

Interviewer:  “Of course.  Hmmm.  Let’s see.  Ah, tell me a little about yourself?”

Mirra:  “What mean?  Mirra is Mirra.”

Interviewer:  “Of course, but if someone didn’t know you what would you want to tell them.  Something like…what’s it like being a Tracker?”

Mirra:  “That stupid question.  How Mirra describe.  Mirra is Tracker.  It all Mirra know.”

Interviewer:  “Okay.  It can be something else then, anything really.”

Mirra:  “Hmmm.  Mirra fast.  Mirra strong.  You come forest.  Mirra find you.  MIrra hunt you.  Mirra eat you.”

Interviewer:  “Great.  That’s certainly good to know.  Uhm, the next question.  Where were you born?”

Mirra:  “Stupid question.  In forest.”

Interviewer:  “Yes, of course.  Ah, what was it like growing up?”

Mirra:  “Good.  Mirra play.  Hunt.  Others like Mirra then.”

Interviewer:  “Do you miss the other Trackers?”

Mirra:  “Some.”

Interviewer:  “Just some?  You seem sad.”

Mirra:  “Mirra remember.  Mirra lonely.  Mirra find Gaar-Mine.  It better.  Mirra no lonely.”

Interviewer:  “Even with your family and friends you were lonely until you bonded with Gaar?”

Mirra:  “Yes.  Before Mirra find Gaar-Mine, Mirra [she taps her chest] empty here.  Hole in Mirra.”

Interviewer:  “Interesting.  Why do you think that is?”

Mirra:  “Stupid question.  Mirra no know.”

Interviewer:  “Okay, next question.  Do you think that you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?”

Mirra:  “Mirra parent want Mirra be good hunter.  Strong.  Fast.  Mirra all those things.”

Interviewer:  “What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?”

Mirra:  [she smiles]  “Mirra frighten them.”

Interviewer:  “How about after they’ve known you for a while?”

Mirra:  “They dead.  They dinner.  The no think.”

Interviewer:  “Ah, of course.  Shouldn’t Gaar and Trinity be here by now?”

Mirra:  “Ask Mirra [taps the paper with her long claw] questions.”

Interviewer:  “Yes, yes, of course.  What are you most proud of about your life?”

Mirra:  “Mirra fast and quiet.  Prey no see no hear Mirra until too late.”

Interviewer:  [glances around]  “Yes, that is something to be proud of. What are you most ashamed of in your life?”

Mirra:  “Mirra no ashamed.”

Interviewer:  “There’s nothing you’ve done that you are sad about?”

Mirra:  “Mirra pets die.  Mirra sad.  Mirra no mean hurt, but they die. Not Little One.  Little One live.  Mirra protect.”

Interviewer:  “Yes, and I wouldn’t dream of hurting her either. Remember that.  What are you afraid of?”

Mirra:  “Mirra no fear anything.”

Interviewr:  “Nothing.  Not growing old.  Getting sick.”

Mirra:  “No.  Mirra want baby.  Mirra get old.  Mirra no have baby.”

Interviewer:  “So you fear getting old and not being able to have offspring?”

Mirra:  “Mirra no fear.”

Interviewer:  “Okay, okay.  Let’s move on.  What would your ideal mate be like?”

Mirra:  “That question no nice.  Mirra only Tracker.  Little One says more Trackers.  Mirra no see them yet.  No Trackers.  No mate for Mirra.”

Interviewer:  “Sorry, sorry.  These questions were meant for Trinity, not you.  Sorry.  Let’s skip this one.  What do you believe about Araldo and what do you suppose he thinks of you?”

Mirra:  “Araldo Almighty god, no Mirra god.”

Interviewer:  “Who is your god?”

Mirra:  “Forest, trees, air, water.  They give Mirra food, drink, shelter.”

Interviewer:  “What does this…nature god think of you?”

Mirra:  “Forest know Mirra strong.  Mirra fast.  Forest help Mirra until Mirra no strong, no fast.  Then forest kill Mirra.”

Interviewer:  “That’s a harsh god by any standards.”

Mirra:  “That truth.”

Interviewer:  “How do you feel about your life right now and what about it would you like to change?”

 

Mirra:  “Mirra life is Mirra life.  No can change what is.”

 

Interviewer:  “But if you could?”

 

Mirra:  “Stupid question, but…Mirra want baby.  Mirra bring back Trackers.”  [turns]  “Gaar-Mine.  Little One.  You here.”

 

Interviewer:  [whispers] “Thank Araldo”

 

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YOUR PET IS NOT A PAIR OF SHOES: DON’T RETURN HER

12/09/2015

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I am not a person prone to strong feelings.  I used to get upset more often but then I started to ask myself, “Will this bother me when I am in my deathbed?”  Generally, the answer is no.  The squabbling of family and co-workers really is nothing more than a momentary squawk and I refuse to get upset about that stuff. This article, however, will irritate me for a  very long time, perhaps until the end.Let me sidestep here to say that sometimes, people do have to take their dog, puppy, pet back to the shelter, rescue, etc.  There are a few (in my opinion) valid reasons for this, such as someone becomes allergic, someone becomes too sick to care for the pet, or someone dies (there may be a few others but none come to mind).Now, let me get back to the article.  It is well written and has some valid points, but the fact that these people adopted (bought from a breeder actually, which in my opinion tells a lot about a person) a puppy, got rid of it because it upset their lives and believe that they taught their daughter a valuable life lesson blows my mind.  First, what did these people expect?  They adopted a baby.  Of course it was going to upset their lives.  They seemed to think that just because this puppy was the same breed as their dog who had just passed, it would be the same.  Well, let me tell you something—EVERY animal is different.  They each have their own personalities and temperament.  The author does state this but still, she obviously had somehow imagined that the puppy would behave like their old dog (I’m trying to be a kinder person so I will not write what I think of that mentality).This idea that you can introduce a puppy, kitten, or pet of any kind into your life and not expect some long days and nights is foolish.  This same stupid belief is often shown on television and that makes me angry too.  For example, on Friends (I know this is an old show, but I don’t watch much TV anymore) when Rachel had her baby, it did not affect her life at all.  She still went to work, hung out with her friends at the coffee shop, etc.  Why are we surprised when teens get pregnant and think that nothing is going to change?The second thing that makes me angry with this article is that not once did they consider the puppy’s feelings.  They crated it at night.  I know a lot of people do that, but think about it.  You have just adopted a social animal.  A baby who is used to snuggling with her siblings and you stick her in a crate alone.  Of course she is going to cry.  She is alone and her instincts scream that it is dangerous.  Have a little consideration.  They also never mentioned thinking about how the puppy would feel when it went back to the breeder.  Well, let me tell you that dogs get depressed after being returned to the shelter, pound or even the breeder. They bond with their new family, their new pack and they are basically kicked out.  In the wild, this would almost certainly mean death.Finally, the thing that pissed me off most is the tone of the article. Although the author did not take this decision lightly, she sounds to me like she feels that this situation has taught her daughter a valuable lesson.  I quote here:“The hardest thing to do in a family is to have the critical conversations,” Taylor-Klaus says. “Your daughter needs to know how hard it was for you and to see that everything in life is not all idyllic.”So, that’s the lesson that you think you taught your daughter? That everything in life is not all idyllic.  I don’t believe that is the lesson she will take from this.  I believe that what she will learn is that if something or someone is too difficult, then you remove them from your life.  Too many people feel this way in our society today.  There is no true commitment.  If the job is hard, quit.  You can find another.  If marriage is not all poems and roses, then end it.  The family in this article made a commitment when they adopted that puppy and in my opinion, they should have seen it through.  They might have had to rearrange their lives a bit but in the end, the puppy would have grown up and the messes and crying would have ceased.  That is the real lesson that should have been taught because life never, NEVER, turns out as you expected and you need to be flexible.  When you do adapt to new people and things in your life, you are usually better off.http://news.yahoo.com/why-we-returned-our-adorable-1314277187690550.html

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ANOTHER GIVEAWAY: ENDS 12/21

12/06/2015

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Tis the Season! I am also participating in a GiveAway on BooksDirect Blog.  I am giving away one AUTOGRAPHED copy of each of my three books: Lake of Sins: Escape, Lake of Sins: Secrets In Blood and Conguise Chronicles: Rise of the River Man AND a T-shirt. The winner of the T-shirt can choose either the character on front or the character on back.  This raffle ends on 12/21/2015 so hurry and enter. http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/books-direct-christmas-giveaway.html

 

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GIVEAWAY

12/06/2015

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I will be hosting a GIVEAWAY on Goodreads starting this Monday, December 7, 2015. I will be giving away two AUTOGRAPHED copies of Conguise Chronicles: Rise of the River Man. Enter to win and good luck.

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Posts From Old Website – November 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

MEGACON FAN DAYS NOV 21ST AND 22ND

11/25/2015

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Here’s a photo of my booth at MegaCon Fan Days last weekend. This was my first time as an exhibitor at a convention. It was fun and I met some great people. I sold a few books and really enjoyed the conversations that I had with the people who stopped by my table.   The event itself wasn’t too busy which actually worked out well for my first time.  I was able to chat with some of the other exhibitors and I learned a lot about what seems to work and what doesn’t. I’ve applied for a table at the spring Megacon, but am waiting to hear back from them.  I have a lot of ideas on how to improve my table but if anyone out there has any suggestions, please send me an email or leave a comment.  I am a newbie in all this so all suggestion and advice are welcome. If you stopped by my table, thank you. If you bought a book, thank you again and send me an email and let me know what you think of the world of the Lake of Sins.

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WRITING AND WEIGHT LOSS

11/04/2015

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A few months ago, I decided to approach weight loss like I did writing my first book.  Just keep your head down and push through, day-in and day-out.

Month 1: Determined and dedicated, I lost 11lbs.

Month 2: Not so determined or dedicated, but I maintained most of my weight loss.

Month 3- Well, I didn’t fall off the wagon so much as jumped — right into a big bag of M&Ms (peanut – yummy!).  Gained five of the eleven pounds back.

That’s when I realized that approaching weight loss like writing a book wasn’t going to work for me.  You see, when I fall into my “non-writing” slumps (and I do have those), at least when I go back to my book it didn’t erase itself.

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11/04/2015 11:54am

Hehehe i don’t agree with your points. Its depend on on us how we work and how we care of our health and how much time we surf into bed rest. According international survey 8 hours are enough to work in front of computer.

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11/04/2015 3:51pm

Ah, 8 hours is enough but not necessarily enough to get everything done 🙂

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REVAMPED WEBSITE AND T-SHIRTS

11/01/2015

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I’ve completely reworked my website. It’s a lot better (in my non-professional opinion). I also have pictures of the T-shirts that will be available for sale at Megacon Fan Days in November. I will be opening up a store on my website to sell these and other items related to my books in the near future. Please email me and let me know what you think and if you want to buy a shirt.  You can take a  look at the home page for the other images of the T-shirts. Basically, I have four. Two low cut, women’s shirts and two men’s T-shirts. Both have the option to have the slogan on front or back.

Posts From Old Website – October 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

Now, this episode is the reason why I still watch this show.  Last week’s episode was good but this one was a lot better.  There was plenty of action (purposeful action and not action for action’s sake) and tension.  I found myself checking the time on the DVR to see how much I still had left and not because I was bored but because I wanted to see more and more.

If you haven’t watched, then stop reading for there are spoilers coming.

Now, there were still a few plot holes (most the same ones that appear in other episodes). For example, why do some walkers make so much hissing/groaning noise that you could hear them a mile away while others (when it is convenient to the plot) are like stealth ninja walkers?  The one guy who also had a wife back home, was attacked from the stealth ninja walker.  I really wish that the writers/producers would give us a reason for this or have one of the characters mention it.  Kind of like the — they come back from the dead in a minute or it could take hours.  That rule is broad, very broad, but they set that rule up so we live with it.  

I love that they split the team up.  I knew either Michone or Glenn was going to get it (well, I was pretty sure) because they split the main characters up.  So, for me that added a lot of tension.  Even the end, with Rick in the RV and it not starting, I’m not really worried because I don’t think that they are going to kill Rick off (I could be wrong, but that would cause a real hit in the ratings). Andy Lincoln makes this show.  

Now, a lesson for all of us if we end up in a zombie apocalypse (or any kind of survival situation).  Always have one person who has your back and whose back you have.  Glenn’s mistake was leaving with Nicholas.  He said in Season One that he is better off alone on these missions.  He forgot that while traveling with competent people.  He would have been better off leaving Nicholas with Michone.  I love the Glenn character but his humanity was his fatal flaw. He kept giving Nicholas chances – too many.  I mean, Nicholas led him and the group the wrong way through that town at every turn.  Why was Glenn still asking him which way to go?  At this point, Glenn should have trusted his instincts.  Plus, like I said, always, always have someone with you who has your back.

We’ll miss you Glenn (although there are rumors that he isn’t dead – if that’s true then they are really stretching their boundaries and not in a good way).

I have to say it.  I’m nothing if not fair. I really enjoyed this episode of the Walking Dead.  This is the first time that I’ve truly liked an episode without “Rick”.  Those shows with Andrea and the Governor – yuck!

Anyway, I thought there was tension and violence. It was good.  Still not sure about the opening scene with that girl. That was little odd, but I will assume that the writers are going to explain all that.  I am a bit confused because I swore when she told Carl about her life she mentioned a mom but not a dad (I could be wrong). Anyway, I’m not curious enough to go back and research (maybe later).

Again, it was a good episode and I have a slight hope that this week’s will be good too. 

MONDAY October 19th – Edgar’s Books – Guest Blog
http://edgarbooks.blogspot.com/2015/10/lake-of-sins-series-book-tour-and.html
http://edgarbooks.blogspot.com/

Monday October 19th – Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock — wrote reviews of both of my books
https://pratr.wordpress.com/
https://pratr.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/lake-of-sins-by-l-s-odea-review-and-giveaway/

Tuesday October 20th – The Voluptuous Book Diva
http://voluptuousbookdiva.blogspot.com/?zx=be1a4d8fd7b009a
http://voluptuousbookdiva.blogspot.com/

Tuesday October 20th – Romorror Fan Girl
http://romorrorfangirl.blogspot.com.ar/

Wednesday October 21st – Long and Short Reviews YA
http://www.longandshortreviewsya.com/

Thursday October 22nd – Unabridged Andra’s 
http://unabridgedandralyn.blogspot.com/

Friday October 23rd – Reviews by Crystal
http://reviewsbycacb.blogspot.com/
Friday October 23rd – Naturial Bri – Pursuits of Life
http://www.naturalbri.com/

I was anticipating being disappointed in the season opener of the Walking Dead.  They did not let me down.  The episode was not very good, but it wasn’t terrible and lately that’s the best that I can say about the Walking Dead.

I still love the world and Andy Lincoln is a very good actor, but the show is just not hitting the marks.  More zombies (and I don’t think they could give us more than they did in this episode) does not make the show good, just like eating a lot of crappy candy does not make it taste better.

There are some basic rules of writing fiction (I’m going to discuss one of them, but Google will give you the rest if you’re curious). There are a few writers (Elmore Leonard comes to mind) who break all the rules and write fabulous stories.  For those of us who are not Elmore Leonard, FOLLOW THE RULES.

One of those rules is to NEVER use flashbacks.  I think that rule is a little all inclusive.  I’m okay with a flashback or maybe two if it truly adds to the story.  However, an entire episode that is at least half flashbacks is way too much.  Flashbacks pull the reader/viewer out of the story.  It breaks the pace and the tension.  Ninety percent of the flashbacks in Episode One were a waste of time.  

The funny thing about writing is that the best rule, the one that is always true is:  If it works, it works.  Memento was a movie told in flashbacks and it worked.  Season six, Episode 1 of the Walking Dead, did not.  I found this episode long and boring.  I kept checking the timer to see how much more until it was over. I used to look forward to watching the show.  Now, I only watch it so I can discuss it with friends (our discussions are never (any longer) complimentary toward the show).

I still hope it will get better or at least deliver those few moments of brilliance that I have seen in the past.  If it doesn’t, this may be my last year for the Walking Dead.  Maybe, I’ll start calling it the Watching Dead.  Just like it is only a matter of time before the characters die, it is only a matter of time before I quit watching and am dead to the show.

Week 1 of the blog tour is over and it was a lot of fun.  Here’s the schedule for week 2.  I’ll update the links if/when I get ones directly to my page on the blog.  Hope to talk to you all there.

WEEK 2

MONDAY
October 12th – Kit ‘N Kabookle
http://kitnkabookle.blogspot.com/

TUESDAY
October 13th – Hope. Dreams. Life…Love – has an author interview
http://elainepcantrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/lake-of-sins-secrets-in-blood.html
October 13th – Sharing Links and Wisdom – has a character interview (Trinity)
http://sharinglinksandwisdom.blogspot.com/
http://sharinglinksandwisdom.blogspot.com/?zx=14aea23a4b0f635b

WEDNESDAY
October 14th – fuonlyknew – has an author interview
http://fuonlyknew.com/?p=42757

THURSDAY
October 15th – Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews – has an author interview
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/
October 15th – Kenyan Poet – has an author interview
http://www.owenhabel.blogspot.com/

http://www.owenhabel.blogspot.com/2015/10/lake-of-sins-by-ls-o-lsodea-cc.html

FRIDAY
October 16th – Books in the Hall
http://www.booksinthehall.blogspot.com/

I went to LA Fitness to cancel my personal training sessions.  I signed up last November and have only gone once.

 The girl behind the counter said, “Your contract ends October 24th You have 24 unused sessions.”

 I had already discussed with someone last weekend what happens to my unused sessions if I cancel vs terminate my contract.  I said, “I know but I still lose the sessions either way.”

 She said, “Well, if you fulfill the contract for the year you can still use your unused sessions for 30 more days.”

 I understand that she’s doing her job, but please…

I said, “Lets’ be real here.  I haven’t used a session in eleven months.  Do you really think I’m going to use 24 in thirty days?”

This is posted on my home page of my website, but I know a few people who only read the blogs that are emailed to them.  So, this is for them.  
I will also post updates when I find out what, if any, the hosts are going to show.  For example, I didn’t find out until today that one of the hosts posted an interview with Hugh Truent.   Yesterday, I found out that one posted a blog that I had written.  

Don’t get me wrong, I am aware that some of the hosts will be posting interviews/blogs but I don’t know which ones they chose until I go to their page on the day of the tour.

If you missed a stop, the information is still online so you can go and read the blogs/interview(s).

Here are the final links to this weeks blog tour.

Monday – October 5th – BooksChatter
http://bookschatter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/tour-lake-of-sins.html
Books Chatter posted a blog about how I create my characters.  Read it here:
http://bookschatter.blogspot.com/2015/10/gp-lake-of-sins.html

Monday – October 5th – Coffee Books and Art
http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/
To go directly to the page about my book on Coffee Books and Art, click on:
http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/search?q=Lake+of+Sins

Tuesday – October 6th SolaFide Self-Publishing and Book Blog
http://solafidepublishing.net/index.php/solafide-self-publishing-and-book-blog/
Solafide Publishing has posted a character interview from Hugh.  Read it here:
http://solafidepublishing.net/index.php/2015/10/06/spotlight-on-lake-of-sins-series-along-with-character-interview-by-the-author-l-s-odea/

October 7th – Lilac Reviews
http://www.lilacreviews.com/
Posted a blog on my ideas of storytelling.

 October 7th – CA Milson
https://authorcamilson.wordpress.com/ 
https://authorcamilson.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/book-tour-lake-of-sins/
Posted an interview that I filled out. 

 

 Thursday – October 8th – CBY Book Club
http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/

posted an interview that I filled out

http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/blog-tour-interview-giveaway-lake-of.html#more

Friday – October 9th – Room With Books
http://roomwithbooks.com/
http://roomwithbooks.com/lake-of-sins-book-tour

posted a blog I wrote with my advice for a new author.

Friday – October 9th – Deal Sharing Aunt
http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/

http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2015/10/lake-of-sins-by-l-s-odea-excerpt.html

As with the other episodes, this one was okay.  

The good points:

We finally got to see a lot of zombies and my question of where was the arena located was answered.  It was outside of the neighborhood fence but still in the area.

There were some tense moments.  Truthfully, I can’t remember exactly when, probably because I still don’t really care for any of the characters.

I do like the Strand character and can’t wait to get to know him better.  He is one smooth, cool guy.

The bad points (or maybe, I should say weak points)

We got a lot of zombies.  A lot of zombies are fun to watch.  Face it, that’s why we tune in to the show.  However, when there are a lot of zombies you lose the tension of that one or two coming toward unsuspecting people.  Also, this was not tense for me because, like I’ve said many times, I don’t care for the characters so I don’t fear for them.

Why were the zombies pushing at the arena’s doors?  In the one scene, there was no one near the doors.  According to other episodes (The Walking Dead) the walkers just meander until they see or smell or hear something.  We saw this first hand in Hershel’s barn.  The walkers did not try to push out unless someone came near the door.  Please, I’m begging the writers. Make rules and stick with them.  

I find it hard to believe that Maddie did not warn a few of her neighbors.  Right now, I live in the country but I have lived in suburbs.  I was only friends with one neighbor, but I still would have knocked on a couple of doors and said, “Look, the army has abandoned us.  Not because it is safe but because it is not safe. We’re leaving.  I suggest that you do the same.”  That’s it.  It would have taken a few minutes.  If the neighbor’s didn’t believe you, oh well, you tried.  This was especially problematic to me because Maddie thought about telling the neighbors but listened to Ophelia instead.  Come on.  Maddie is a realist.  Ophelia’s comment to forget about the neighbors because they didn’t help them was stupid.  Why would the neighbors be expected to help when the army (the authority) was taking a sick old lady, to help her, and a drug addict?  The neighbors would have known that Nick has issues with drugs.  It wouldn’t be a secret.

For the next point, let me be clear, I have never been tortured (fortunately).  However, Adams was set free in a world gone to hell.  He knows what is out there.  Even if he didn’t have any family, he would be close to some of the soldiers.  He made it back to the compound.  Wouldn’t he have tried to escape with the soldiers?  I find it hard to believe that he was that set on revenge.  The purpose of this scene was to show us that Travis isn’t always a nice guy.  They could have done that in another more believable way.

The last thing that I found unbelievable about the show is Eliza wanting to be killed.  Sure, she was bitten.  Sure, she saw what happens to those who are bitten.  Sure, she doesn’t want to hurt her son or, probably, anyone.  However, she also knows that she has to die first.  They are safe in a home.  She isn’t a liability to the team.  I find it almost impossible to believe that she wouldn’t want to at least wait to see if she got sick.  She could be immune.  Some people are immune to different diseases.  Even if she was going to get sick, she could use her last few days/hours to talk to her son.  I would have had no issue with her telling Maddie that she had been bitten and that Maddie needed to shoot her as soon as she died.  I would even have been okay with her wanting to die later when she was sick like Jim in The Walking Dead or Alicia’s boyfriend in this show.  Once Eliza was in that much pain and knew she was not going to make it, then she should have asked them to kill her.

In general, the show is okay but pretty weak.  I’ll watch it next year, more because it gives me something to talk to a few friends about than because I enjoy the show.

Next week is The Walking Dead I’m sure to be disappointed. This show went from really, really good to good and then settled the last few years at okay with some truly good moments.  I have little hope that this year will be any different than last year.

All-in-all, I don’t have much to say about this episode.  It was good, not great, but good.  I enjoyed that Daniel was the torturer in his country.  I didn’t see that one coming, but it made sense.  I also liked the fact that they are attempting to tie things together. For example: Susan’s suicide note led Maddie to Daniel and his prisoner.  I’m still not sure why Daniel and his daughter took Adams to that house (a little coincidental for me, but I’m okay with it).  

I also like that Maddie is one hard woman.  To let Daniel torture Adams is not something that I think most of us could do, even for information on our son.  She still doesn’t understand that Nick is in real danger, but then again, maybe she does.

I did find it weak that Eliza, who hasn’t seen anyone turn, was willing to pop Griselda in the head.  Sure the lady was dead, but how many of us would (truly) shoot a corpse in the head, especially one we knew?  

I also am not sure what Chris and Alicia in the “rich” people’s house was supposed to show us, but I am starting to have some faith that this show, these writers, will explain it all at some point.

My one big question is:  Where is the arena?  Is it outside the safe zone or inside?  If it is inside, what was the army thinking?

Oh well, I guess we’ll find out soon.

There isn’t much to say about this episode.  It did its job moving the story along in a somewhat entertaining fashion.  I did like that it added some tension in the group (Eliza and Maddie) and that it separated the cast so now we will get to see the hospital which looks like a much more interesting place than the soldier-locked-down neighborhood.

Now, let me tell you some of the parts that I did not like, mainly due to sloppy story-telling.

I understand that these characters do not fully realize what is going on, but why would Maddie leave the neighborhood without some sort of weapon?  I don’t walk in the woods of my property without a bat (not that it will do any good if I meet a pig or bear but it makes me feel better).  She should have had something even if it were a small kitchen knife – something.

Why did Hector’s wife (the sick man that Eliza was treating and whose morphine Nick was stealing) get to go with her husband to the hospital, but Daniel did not get to go with his wife?  That makes no sense.  There was plenty of room on the large, military vehicle.  They should have showed us Hector’s wife crying to Eliza that she wasn’t able to go or she should have been sick too.  Something –just give us some logical reason for the things that happen in the story.

I’m glad that they explained the reason for the empty pill bottle at Susan’s house although the entire situation (empty pill bottle, dead-Susan, etc) was set up so we’d get to hear Susan’s suicide note (which wasn’t that interesting).  As a writer, if you have to go to that great of a length to get few words into a story then you don’t need them.  

Finally, why did Eliza have to go with the doctor right that minute?  The doctor had told her that the hospital was close, only fifteen minutes away, and yet, Eliza had to leave right then.  Her character appears to be a good mother, so wouldn’t any good mother (or even decent mother) have at least said, “Give me five minutes to talk to my son.”  If the doctor had refused, then Eliza’s answer should have been, “Then I’ll take the next truck and see you in a day or so.”  I understand that they did this  for effect, but without the logic, it doesn’t work (at least not for me).

 All-in-all, I’m still going to watch the show.  It’s okay and that is better than a lot of stuff on television.  Plus, I really do love the world.  I think that’s what keeps me tuning in.  The major flaw with this show, for me, is not even the bad writing, but the fact that I don’t care about the characters.  At least with the Walking Dead, I really feel a connection to Rick.  I feel nothing for the characters on Fear.  I’d have to say that I like Daniel the best and he is a secondary character.

I’m not the only one who feels this way.  A friend’s kids have already stopped watching this show.  The writers/producers need to do something before next season or this may be a short-lived spin-off.