RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon asks “Are You Afraid of The Future?”

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Today, RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon asks “Are You Afraid of The Future?”

Take it away, PJ…

I saw a funny cartoon on Facebook a while back. It said something like, “I’m an apocaloptomist; I know the world is doomed, but I believe everything will be okay anyway.” At the time, I remember laughing and thinking, that’s me! With all the hype about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of an age come this December, the pivotal political race looming, and the global economy circling the drain, not to mention Mother nature’s wrath wreaking havoc (hello Super-storm Sandy!), everyone is a bit…well…nervous might be an understatement. People have plenty of reasons to be on edge.

But here’s my take—there isn’t a darn thing we can do to stop any of it. Sure, we can vote for the leader least likely to hurry the process of inevitable collapse, but let’s face it, every culture has its day in the sun, rises and falls, and then disappears. Worrying yourself sick about it serves no purpose but to increase the climate of fear and ruin a perfectly good rest of your life. Many years ago, I learned a valuable lesson in synonyms from scripture. The definition of fear is, believing what you cannot see will come to pass. The definition of faith is, believing what you cannot see will come to pass. Ironic, huh? You can either live in fear or live in faith. I choose to live in faith.

When I wrote WANING MOON, Book One in The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a dystopian trilogy, I did a lot of research about what kinds of technology might survive a post-apocalyptic future, how people might adapt to a threatening environment, and what the world—at least our little part of it here in the US—would look like. I watched a ton of episodes of Doomsday Preppers, National Geographic specials on climate change and polar shifts, and Discovery channel episodes about high tech medical advances and space travel. My husband, having worked for thirty years as a space suit engineer and shuttle technician gave me invaluable insights into technology and where it could lead us.

The truth is our doom could come from any direction. To survive we need to adapt, improvise and overcome—a military credo that my characters live by. In my story, I chose a viral plague that wipes out three quarters of the population and a polar shift that threatens the rest of humanity with extinction. I know—cheery thought, right? I figured Mother Nature strives to find balance, and the biggest threat to her survival is overpopulation. With seven billion people doing their darndest to greedily suck the life out of her, the earth is bound to fight back. What better equalizer than a virulent strain of a microscopic bug that kicks our collective butts to kingdom come. Oh, the irony! We think we’re so tough. But really that’s all it would take for our world to be tipped upside down. A bug!

Irony being one of my favorite nemesis (nemesis’s? nemeses?), I thought the plague a fitting end, since it wouldn’t discriminate against the poor, the rich, and everyone in between. With rampant terrorism and today’s global travel, a world-wide pandemic is not much of a stretch. For good measure, I added a slight polar shift (something that is already happening), that would force a level playing field for survivors. Money can’t buy you out of an earthquake, tsunami, or tornado. Of course, our scientists would step up to the challenge and eventually find a cure for the virus and a way to create barriers against the solar radiation that would slowly kill us all with cancer. They could conceivably figure out a way to make fetuses in the womb immune, but at what cost—‘cause you know there is always a cost to messing with nature.

In sixteen year-old Lily Carmichael’s case, she is born with the ability to heal very quickly and also to heal others. Now as far-fetched as that may sound, I am a healer, and I believe that with a slight boost to my energetic field, I could do exactly what Lily does. If you think me a tad frou-frou, you’ve never had work done by a really good energy worker. My day job as a Massage Therapist keeps me very busy. If you doubt my superpowers, just ask my clientsJ

Imagine Lily’s conflict, though, when her healing abilities don’t work on her beloved uncle who is dying of cancer and she must travel to the trading city of Albany to find a cure for Sam. To challenge Lily further, our young and beleaguered heroine has to keep her gift hidden from the Industry, a rogue government agency set on capturing these genetically enhanced teens. To complicate matters, her thirteen-year-old brother has an opposing ability that is even more valuable to the Industry. He can take life with just a touch. Add some teenage hormones and a murdered Industry agent and you’ve got a real dilemma for both Lily and her brother Zephron whom she has vowed to protect.

When seventeen-year-old drifter Will Callahan shows up and Lily rescues and heals him, her secret is bound to get out. As if Lily doesn’t have enough drama, she is forced to deal with her growing attraction to Will who has his own secrets that could lead them both into harm’s way. I added a couple of loveable wolves, some interesting secondary characters, and a ticking clock for humanity, and I must say the apocalypse is looking mighty interesting. But I say FEAR NOT…oohhh, the author goddess speaks…perhaps it will take someone just like Lily to save the world. As long as there is faith, hope, and love, we have a chance!

I had so much fun writing Zeph’s character, I had to give him his own voice by writing a short story prequel in his point of view, called SOUL REDEMPTION, which is part of the WG2E All for Indies Anthologies Spooky Edition. You don’t have to read the prequel to enjoy the trilogy, but it definitely gives a deeper appreciation for what Lily faces, and why the story unfolds as it does. It also gives you a peek into the conflicted and creepy mind of a would-be killer—the perfect addition to a spooky anthology.

In honor of All Hallows Eve and Super-storm Sandy, I’ll be gifting copies of the Anthology along with e-copies of WANING MOON today. I want to make sure you all have plenty of reading material to ride out the storm! I’ll be working on Book Two, WESTERN DESERT, set for release next summer…assuming there is a next summer. Keep the faith people!

Waning Moon Links ($3.99):

Amazon

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Smashwords

Print copies through Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/3994643

Smashwords coupon code: HA75P

WG2E Spooky Shorts Anthology Links (99 Cents):

Amazon

B & N Nook 

Kobo

Smashwords

SOUL REDEMPTION on Wattpad 

About PJ:

PJ Sharon is author of several independently published, contemporary young adult novels, including Molly finalist, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, FAB Five finalist, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, a finalist in both the Sheila and the Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm contest. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One, is now available on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Writing romantic fiction for the past seven years and following her destiny to write Extraordinary Stories of an Average Teenage Life, PJ is a member of  RWA, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.

Connect with PJ:

E-Mail: pjsharon64@gmail.com

Website: http://www.pjsharon.com

Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/pjsharon64

Follow PJ on Twitter: @pjsharon

“Like” PJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pjsharonbooks

Find PJ on Amazon’s Author Central page: https://www.amazon.com/author/pjsharon

Follow PJ’s Promotional blog @ http://pjsharonyawriter.blogspot.com

Follow PJ’s Tuesday Scribes blog @ http://secretsof7scribes.wordpress.com

Good reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5238865.P_J_Sharon

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pjsharon/

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As PJ said, Y’All, stay safe while you’re riding out Frankenstorm! And thanks sooo very much, PJ, for treating all of us in the meantime. U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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Cheers to You, RG2E Peeps…with My Bottle of Boos…and Ebook Gifts Too!!!

Happy Weekend, RG2E Peeps!!!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!!!

Who all’s gettin’ ready for Halloween?! We sure are at The Scott house!!!

We’ve got our Bottle of Boos…

And pumpkins too! (***I found this idea on Pinterest…you just drill the holes with different size bits and I used white Christmas lights inside.)

So we’ve got our pumpkins and boos…how ’bout an Ebook Gift too?!

I’ve got three October releases this year – each just 99 Cents (and all available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords too) – that are sure to put you in touch with the spirits of the season.

Think Hex an Ex…it’s Castle, gone-country, with a bit of Bewitched tossed into the mix. Here’s the scoop:

http://bit.ly/S3mRXU

You’ll never think of Halloween or “spooky” in quite the same way with these 4 spooky, short stories!!! 🙂 Here’s more about that:

http://bit.ly/R5SKvv

And for those of who you enjoy Political Humor and Commentary, here’s a spin on that, right in time for Election Season!!!

What if a Drag Queen determined the U. S. Presidential Election?

Think RuPaul as The Godfather of Wall Street

Here’s more:

http://bit.ly/Tq2oK7

Okay, RG2E Peeps, let me know below which one you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of, and I’ll treat you!!!

Also, share with us your fave Halloween decorations…

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Think Halloween and Spooky Shorts, as in a Spooky Short Story Collection, with The WG2E’s Latest Anthology!

Happy Weekend, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

As we settle in for a wonderfully chilly Autumn Sunday, and continue the countdown till Halloween, here’s somethin’ superfab spooky to get you in the mood of the season…for just 99 Cents!

On Amazon

Barnes & Noble Nook

Kobo

Smashwords

Here’s the scoop on our latest WG2E Anthology:

With this Spooky, Halloween-themed Anthology, you’ll never think of Halloween in quite the same way.

In this Fifth Edition of The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies, you’re treated to a terrific, one-of-a-kind approach to the anthology concept.

You’ll get a variety of genres and story-lengths all packaged together as a wonderful way to discover some of today’s hottest new authors!

Plus, each WG2E Anthology is based on a different theme.

In this WG2E Spooky Shorts Edition, you’re getting short stories that yes, have a spooky, Halloween element, but you’ll never think of spooky or Halloween in quite the same way.

For example:

“Think one crazy aunt cooking up a cauldron full of trouble…it’s spell-casting gone awry and Voodoo Doll Hell” for D. D. Scott & David Slegg’s STUCK WITH A SPELL

“The future can be a frightening place, even for those with special powers” for PJ Sharon’s REDEMPTION

“Is Creepy Mouse Guy really a creep?” for Lois Lavrisa’s TREAT OR TRICK

“Sometimes, it’s not the undead who are truly scary” for Patricia (P.R.) Mason’s NOT A SPARKLE IN SIGHT

About the Authors:

All the authors in the WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies are regular contributors to The WG2E site. At The WG2E, it’s all about writers helping writers reach readers with great books for great prices. It’s all genres and all story-lengths, from just a couple of pages to novel-length too!

Praise for The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies:

“A fun read…for any day.” — Diane Vallere

“I have read most of them…I liked them all for their different styles and genres.” — Julie Day

“I loved Spring Fling! I can’t wait to read the other two…” — Shadow

“…a sampler of genres and styles, and gives the reader a chance to find new writers… and explore beyond the same old books he or she has been reading for years…I have to admit that the collective imaginations of these writers boggles the mind!” —Patrice Fitzgerald

“Wow! What a list of awesome authors and fabulous story concepts! It is so much fun to read each one…can’t wait for the next one!”— Reader Ann

“What a great idea, WG2E! I love being able to read several different genres in one collection but with a central theme connecting them. And it’s a terrific way to find new authors!” — Sab

For more information about our WG2E Anthologies, including all the previous editions too, check out the following RG2E Post:

http://bit.ly/QWynlG

Also, be looking for our Sixth and Final Edition – MARTINI MADNESS – this Holiday Season!

In the meantime, I also want to encourage y’all to check out the incredible, inaugural edition of our WG2E Street Team’s Anthologies/Short Story Collections…

On Amazon US Amazon UK Barnes & Noble Kobo Smashwords

Price: $4.99

The WG2E Street Team, via their Beach Book Blast entity, will be continuing our WG2E Anthology tradition with their own unique twists!

You can get all the terrific scoop on The RG2E:

http://bit.ly/QrF13U

Happy Reading and Welcome to our WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies and our WG2E Street Team/Beach Book Blast Short Story Collections too!

Now then…who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of our SPOOKY SHORTS EDITION?! Let us know below, and you just might win one!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott

For All of You Paranormal/Horror Fans…Check Out Tales From The Mist!

Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

Here at The RG2E, we’re beginning our Halloween Celebration early!!!

Check it out…from the wonderful Rhonda Hopkins

I’m so excited! Today is the release of TALES FROM THE MIST, a paranormal/horror anthology which includes eleven original short stories from some new authors in the horror genre and one reprint from best-selling author, Scott Nicholson.

Amazon US     Amazon UK     Barnes & Noble     Kobo     Smashwords

Wicked cover, right? As you can see, best-selling author Aiden James wrote the foreword for us. So very cool of him. 🙂 Thank you, Aiden!

The authors featured in this book are members of the WG2E Street Team and I am honored to be included among such talented writers. We’ve been working for months on this project. It’s been hard work, but fun and exciting too. I’ve learned so much from each of the other authors and am grateful for their support and encouragement.

Back of the cover blurb:

TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

Reviews:

From TW Brown, author of Dead: The Ugly Beginning: “To have a collection assembled by such a talented group of authors makes this THE anthology to own if you are a fan of horror.”

Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated: “Tales From The Mist is one of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last. It’s a magnificent feast of horror from some of the most assured voices working today. From cold-blooded tales of revenge to Faustian bargains to terrifying journeys into the dark corners of our world, these stories will make the shivers climb your back.”

You can find more in-depth reviews of the book at the following:

http://twbrown.blogspot.com/

Penelope Anne Bartotto

Not only did Mr. Brown and Ms. Bartotto write reviews for us, but they also featured each of us during the last couple of weeks. I can’t thank them enough for their generosity and support. Check out their sites for interviews and guest posts.

Blog Hop:

We’ll be having a blog hop October 17th – 18th to celebrate the release of TALES FROM THE MIST. Each of the WG2E authors will have a blog post and you can enter to win some great prizes including Amazon gift cards. For more details on how to enter and win, check out the blog at our Beach Book Blast website. Just look for the button below.

Featured Authors:

So who all is featured in this anthology? Glad you asked! 😉 Here are the authors and their story blurbs:

Wampus Cat by Scott Nicholson

A camping trip into the Appalachian Mountains leads to the discovery of a spooky creature thought to be nothing more than a folk myth. 

The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins

Serena knows her late uncle wasn’t crazy. So when she inherits his sprawling Carolina mansion and leaves the big city to restore both his home and his name, she uncovers a mystery that could cost much more than her sanity. As the house slowly reveals its dark secrets, and the extent of her peril becomes evident, she’ll settle for escaping with her life – if it isn’t already too late.

Addiction by Marty Young

If you were told you could become a God, would you? Imagine the power, and how it could be used. But then there’s that saying about power isn’t there? And how it corrupts…

The Messenger by Cate Dean

Sarah escapes her tour group, hoping to find some much needed alone time in the local cemetery. What she finds instead casts her in the unwanted role of savior, and forces her to make a life or death choice.

Jade O’Reilly & the Graveyard Shift by Tamara Ward

Private investigator Jade O’Reilly finds herself on security-guard duty at a supposedly haunted historic mansion on Halloween night. She doesn’t believe in the rumors that say the house is cursed; she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Will she by the end of her shift?

In A Beginning by Meredith Bond

There is no way Lilith is going to accept Adam’s chauvinistic attitude. If he wants to rule the Garden of Eden, she’s outta there! But things get a lot more interesting – and scarier – after she leaves the Garden and falls in love with the demon, Samael.

Haste by Catie Rhodes          

A betrayed wife who murders her cheating husband and his lover in a fit of rage becomes the victim of her own impulsiveness.

King of Rats by Gregory Carrico

All that stands between him and a lifetime of food is a Queen, his sister, and a surface world overrun by vampires. Will the King of Alley Rats risk everything for his throne and his pack, or leave it all behind for a pretty mouse in distress?

To E.A. Poe by Mitzi Flyte

In 1845 a grieving brother writes to the author, blaming Poe for his sister’s death. Could one of Poe’s short stories lead someone to do the unspeakable?

An Inconvenient Debt by Natalie G. Owens

A mother makes a Faustian bargain for her son’s freedom. But can she truly meet the cost when his real prison demands payment of a different debt?

Dead Lily Blooms by *lizzie starr

Someone wants vampyre Lily dead, and a bargain with Death has been struck. Death sends servant Agaar to bring Lily to him, but the task becomes more complicated than either Death or Agaar anticipated.

Beneath Still Waters by Stacey Joy Netzel

An old legend tells of a beautiful witch unjustly persecuted who became a ghost bent on revenge. The danger lies in not believing.

Seriously cool stories, if I say so myself. And, I do. 😉 I’ve read them all! Hopefully you’ll feel the same. 🙂

Interested in finding out how our stories came to be or more about the other authors and their stories? Check out Natalie G. Owen’s website where she’s hosting each of the TALES FROM THE MIST authors for her 13 days of Halloween series beginning October 19th. And click on the links above for each of the authors. Many of them are giving away individual prizes as well October 17th-18th.

To celebrate, we’re also giving away 12 copies of TALES FROM THE MIST today on the RG2E. Just leave a comment for your chance to win and let us know which format you’d like. 

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Is this totally superfab, awesome sauce scary fun or what, RG2E Peeps?! Our WG2E Street Team totally rocks, and I’m over the moon they all found each other in WG2E-Land (our RG2E Sister Site…The WG2E…The Writer’s Guide to Epublishing) and are now doing their own terrific short story collections/anthologies!!!

Who all wants an Ebook Gift Copy?! I know I do!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder