ALIVE (Scott Sigler)

Alive by Scott Sigler

Alive by Scott Sigler

SYNOPSIS: For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

REVIEW: YA science fiction Adventure is a good description for ALIVE by Scott Sigler. This novel comes close to thriller territory without crossing that border. Alive proceeds from the waking of heroine M. Savage and continues in a claustrophobic first person POV — appropriate since she awakens in what she believes is a coffin! — with a series of reveals that gradually raise the stakes for survival. Savage becomes the leader of a group of young people who are mentally younger than their physical age. Though they believe it is their twelfth birthday, they have the bodies of young adults. In addition, they have all awakened with no memory of who they are (their first initial and surnames are printed on their “coffins”) or their situation. They proceed down seemingly endless corridors and, early on, their only discoveries are of other chambers filled with violently murdered remains of humans who died at various ages, some very young. Other bodies seem to be the result of malfunctioning “coffins.” Whatever was supposed to have happened appears to have gone seriously awry.

Most of the novel takes place while Savage, who becomes the leader of two groups who team up, discovers the true nature of their environment, followed by the discovery of their intended fate and their struggle to take back control of their lives and destinies.

Alive rarely pulls any punches and keeps you guessing until the tense ending. And while the novel tells a complete story, Sigler clearly leaves the door open for future volumes in the tale of Savage’s group and those who placed them in their coffins long before the novel’s opening scene of awakening.

Recommended for YA readers who enjoy a (somewhat) dystopian tale with a science fiction twist.

Note: my review is based on a e-galley, i.e., an advanced reader copy (ARC) of Alive.

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Recently Received Galley: ALIVE (Scott Sigler)

I just received a review copy (eBook galley/ARC) for soon-to-be-released Alive by Scott Sigler. Here’s a sneak peek:

Alive by Scott Sigler

Alive by Scott Sigler

ALIVE

Scott Sigler

Synopsis: For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

“I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head . . . it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board . . . a lid.”

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers.

She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust each other.

Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

Advance praise for ALIVE

“A ripping, claustrophobic thunderbolt of a novel, Scott Sigler’s Alive gives us an unforgettable young hero who must find the inner strength to lead without knowing where she is, who she is, and how bitterly the odds are stacked against her.”
—Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising
 
“Sigler has created a wonderful and engrossing character in M. Savage. Strong and smart, but with the naïveté and misgivings of any teenage girl, she’s someone you’ll definitely want on your side when s*** hits the fan, which it most certainly does.”
—Veronica Belmont, host of Sword & Laser

“A tense, unsettling page-turner of a story—both deeply strange and wildly compelling.”
—Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker and Maplecroft

“From the first page I was hooked. The puzzle unfolds masterfully, right down to the last page.”
—Dr. Phil Plait, author of Bad Astronomy

If you read it before I do, let me know what you think. No spoilers!

-John Passarella

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Recently Received Galley: A Crown for Cold Silver

I just received a review copy (eBook galley/ARC) for soon-to-be-released A crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall, which has some great early buzz. (see below) Here’s a sneak peek:

A Crown For Cold Silver (Alex Marshall)A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER: “It was all going so nicely, right up until the massacre.”

Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history.

Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner.

FIVE VILLAINS. ONE LEGENDARY GENERAL. A FINAL QUEST FOR VENGEANCE.

EARLY PRAISE:

“Exceptional writing, middle-aged warrior heroine, and organically infused gender nonconformity make this fantasy epic a first-rate trailblazer… splendid storytelling, wry humor, and unresolved intrigue.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“This brawny revenge fantasy feels like a Tarantino movie: a hugely entertaining mix of adventure and comedy, punctuated by moments of darkness, with clever dialogue and explosive set-pieces… A pure joy to read.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

If you read it before I do, let me know what you think. No spoilers!

-John Passarella

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Recently Received Galleys (ARCs)

I received some eBook galleys/ARCs (Advance Reader Copy) of some upcoming (or recently released) books that I’m hoping to get to in the near future. Here’s a sneak peek:

Within These Walls, Ania Ahlborn

Within These Walls, Ania Ahlborn

WITHIN THESE WALLS: From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.

The Glittering World by Robert Levy

The Glittering World by Robert Levy

THE GLITTERING WORLD: In the tradition of Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott Smith (The Ruins), and Jason Mott (The Returned), award-winning playwright Robert Levy spins a dark tale of alienation and belonging, the familiar and the surreal, family secrets and the search for truth in his debut supernatural thriller.

When up-and-coming chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers, however, that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. Though he had no recollection of the event, as a young boy Blue and another child went missing for weeks in the idyllic, mysterious woods of Starling Cove. Soon thereafter, his mother suddenly fled with him to America, their homeland left behind.

But then Blue begins to remember. And once the shocking truth starts bleeding back into his life, his closest friends—Elisa, his former partner in crime; her stalwart husband, Jeremy; and Gabe, Blue’s young and admiring co-worker—must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored. All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals only as the Other Kind…

Emissary by Thomas Locke

Emissary, Thomas Locke

EMISSARY: (Legends of the Realm Book #1): In this highly imaginative fantasy, a reluctant hero undertakes a dangerous and heroic quest to discover his destiny and fight against the dark forces seeking to control The Realm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday's Lie, Jamie Mason

Monday’s Lie, Jamie Mason

MONDAY’S LIE: From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) debut novel Three Graves Full comes a new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband wants her dead.

Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband wants her gone…for good.

Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect the lessons and “spy games” in which she learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins delving into her past to determine the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: the money that her mother left behind. Now, Dee must investigate her suspicions before it’s too late and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in discovering if a “normal life” is really what she wanted at all.

With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, Monday’s Lie is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” (Peter Straub) that made Three Graves Full a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Alexander McCall Smith, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

Hades, Candice Fox

Hades by Candice Fox

HADES: Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead.
Raised by a master criminal, they grew up to become cops. Very unusual cops . . .

Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with—that includes her brother Eric, who’s also on the Sydney Metro police force. All of them are tested to the core when a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts.

For Frank, the madman’s clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood—and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer…

Praise for Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly Award

“Compelling . . . A chilling read.” —Sydney Morning Herald

“A frighteningly self-assured debut with strong characters and feisty, no-nonsense writing.”—Qantas magazine

“Powerful, twisted, dark, original—an incredible read.”—The Reading Room

“Hades combines a number of current genre tropes into something new and exciting. A little bit Dexter, a little bit procedural, overall a great first novel.”—Australian Crime Writers Association

Tibetan Cross, Mike Bond

Tibetan Cross, Mike Bond

TIBETAN CROSS: An American Himalayan climber stumbles on a shipment of backpack nuclear weapons headed into Tibet for explosion in China. Pursued by spy agencies and other killers across Asia, North Africa, Europe and the United States, he is captured then rescued by a beautiful young woman with whom he forms a deadly liaison. They escape, are caught and escape again, death always at their heels. A terrifying portrayal of a relentless manhunt, Tibetan Cross is also a deep inquiry into geopolitics and covert action, the dangers of nuclear war, the nature of fear, and the painful process of love.

 

 

If you’ve already read any of these titles, let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks,

John Passarella

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Score FREE Books & Help Me “Cure the Kids”

Free Book Offer for Donating to Jack's Starry Night 8.5K Page

Score FREE Books & Help Me “Cure the Kids”

UPDATE: AUG 26, 2014: Starry Night has changed to October 18 and moved from the Philly Zoo to Cooper River in Pennsauken, NJ, so we have more time to raise money for the kids.

UPDATE: AUG 22, 2014 for Book Availability: I have a couple (2!) copies of Supernatural: Rite of Passage I can add back to this offer. Also, Angel: Avatar (not pictured) and Dark Notes from New Jersey (anthology featuring first Wendy Ward novelette, “Forces of Nature”) are also available.

UPDATE: AUG 17, 2014: New Books Added to Offer:
Original SHIMMER trade paperback & WITHER’S RAIN

UPDATE: AUG 12, 2014: Supernatural: Rite of Passage
is OUT OF STOCK!

Here’s how you can get FREE signed copies of my books & help me “Cure the Kids” through the Starry Night 8.5K Run at the Philadelphia Zoo on September 6, 2014. My fundraising goal is $250. I need your help. The rules of this giveaway are simple:

Option A: Donate $10 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on my Starry Night page, then choose one of the books shown above and it’s yours, free of charge. (Choose from: Shimmer (original trade paperback), Wither’s RainSupernatural: Night Terror, Grimm: The Chopping Block, Supernatural: Rite of Passage, Angel: Avatar, Wither’s Legacy, and Angel: Monolith). Your choice. Signed. And personalized if you desire. (Already have my books? Think: GIFT) Just make your donation on my page, let me know via email to author [at] passarella [dot] com and let me know which book you want, how you want it signed and your mailing address.

*Shipping & handling included. No hidden costs! (Media mail, U.S. addresses only, please.)

Option B: Donate $25 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation on my Starry Night page and you can choose any THREE of the books shown above. Otherwise, same conditions/instructions as above.

ANY QUESTIONS? Please ask me…

HURRY: Quantities of the books available for this giveaway are limited!

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) is a federally registered
501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization

* * * * * * * * *

(Additional Info About my Fundraising Effort)

Dear Family and Friends,

In 2001, Matthew, my then-7-year-old son was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given six months to live. Today Matthew is a 13-year brain tumor survivor.

For seven years, my family ran the Matthew’s Miles walkathon to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research. This year, on September 6, we’ll be running — with some of us walking — as TEAM MATTHEW’S MILERS to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as part of the 8.5K Starry Night Run/Walk.

Every day 13 more children in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor.

More than 28,000 children in the United States are living with a brain tumor. And each of the 28,000 steps in Starry Night’s 8.5K raises much-needed funds for lifesaving medical research and life-changing family support programs.

* * *

My sneakers are tied and I’m ready to hit the pavement! I have committed to help cure the kids!

I’ve registered to participate in Starry Night Philadelphia to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation,  shining a light on pediatric brain tumors and taking a stand against one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer.

Please help me reach my fund-raising goal and support me as I join hundreds of other runners and walkers to cure the kids.

You can donate online. Your support will also give children with brain tumors—our Shining Stars—a brighter future. The kids can’t do it without you!

Please email me if you have questions about Starry Night or the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. I hope you’re able to support my participation. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Wishing you peace and good health,
-John “Jack” Passarella

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Grimm: The Chopping Block Release Day Video

GRIMM: THE CHOPPING BLOCK is now available wherever books are sold. I made this release day video for all the Grimm fans out there. Hope you enjoy it. And I hope you’ll grab a copy of the book, either online or in your favorite local bookstore.

-John Passarella
Read more about Grimm: The Chopping Block

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Use My Name for a Character in Your ‘Grimm’ Novel (Contest!)

GRIMM #2 by John Passarella

GRIMM #2 by John Passarella

It’s official. I’m having a “Use My Name for a Character in Your Grimm novel” contest. If I didn’t use your name in Supernatural: Rite of Passage (or any of my other novels), you are eligible.

To summarize: if chosen, I will use your name for a character who will most likely be nothing like you in appearance, demeanor, family makeup, career, etc. It’s just a “shout out” for you from the world of Grimm. Any resemblance is, as they say, purely coincidental. Most likely, your character will be killed in a gruesome fashion or possibly be a witness to a gruesome event. I usually don’t use the “shout out” characters as bad guys, evildoers, miscreants, etc. Generally, victim or neutral observer or a name mentioned in passing. But no guarantees!

If your name is chosen for a character, I will email you a release/disclaimer letter that you need to sign, have witnessed and return to me promptly. Because of tight deadlines, if I don’t get the letter back in time, I will have to swap out names. Even if I send the letter and you sign it, have it witnessed and return it on time, there is no guarantee your character will appear in the final book. All scenes are subject to editorial review and potential deletion. You might be in an early draft, but have your scene cut before publication. (This happens to actors in movies and TV shows all the time.) So, no guarantees or promises. This is done for the fun of it, enjoyment by fans, etc. No purchase is necessary but, obviously, your support of the books helps ensure the original Grimm tie-in novels will continue.

If you want to enter the contest, send me an email at author@passarella.com with your first and last name and tell me what you love about Grimm. Put GRIMM Name Contest in the subject line!

Grimm: Book #2 (title not set yet) is due out FEBRUARY 18, 2014 but you can pre-order now!

OTHER NOTES:

Gender-neutral names: If you have a gender-neutral name and I guess wrong (M? F?), please don’t be offended. If you want to remove any chance for fictional gender reassignment, specify your gender in your entry!

Same First or Last Names Ineligible: If your first name is the same as that of a prominent or recently featured character, I probably will not choose your name to avoid fan confusion. (e.g., Nick, Hank, Juliette, Sean, Rosalee, etc.) This applies to last names as well. (e.g., If your name is Sally Burkhardt or Paul Renard, I won’t be able to use it.)

AGE RESTRICTION: Per the letter of agreement I need to send you in order to have your name used in the book, you must be 18 years old at the time you sign the document.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2013!

Please spread the word! Thanks for your interest!
-John Passarella

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“Use My Name for a Character in Your ‘Supernatural'” Novel

Hey, Supernatural fans –

Supernatural: Rite of Passage

Supernatural: Rite of Passage

It’s official. I’m having another “Use My Name for a Character in Your Supernatural” novel contest again. If I didn’t use your name in Supernatural: Night Terror (or any of my other novels), you are eligible.

To summarize: if chosen, I will use your name for a character who will most likely be nothing like you in appearance, demeanor, family makeup, career, etc. It’s just a “shout out” for you from the land of Supernatural. Any resemblance is, as they say, purely coincidental. Most likely, your character will be killed in a gruesome fashion or possibly be a witness to a gruesome event. I usually don’t use the “shout out” characters as bad guys, evildoers, miscreants, etc. Generally, victim or neutral observer. But no guarantees!

If your name is chosen for a character, I will email you a release/disclaimer letter that you need to sign, have witnessed and return to me promptly. Because of tight deadlines, if I don’t get the letter back in time, I might have to swap out names. (I will keep a list of alternate names for a global search & replace operation.) Even if I send the letter and you sign it, have it witnessed and return it on time, there is no guarantee your character will appear in the final book. All scenes are subjected to editorial review and potential deletion. You might be in an early draft, but have your scene cut before publication. (This happens to actors in movies and TV shows all the time.) So, no guarantees or promises. This is done for the fun of it, enjoyment by fans, etc. No purchase is necessary but, obviously, your support of the books helps ensure the original Supernatural tie-in novels will continue.

If you want to enter the contest, send me an email at author@passarella.com with your first and last name and tell me what you love about Supernatural.

Supernatural: Rite of Passage is due out AUGUST 14, 2012 but you can pre-order now!

UPDATE #1 (Monday, JAN 16, 2012): Regarding gender-neutral names: If you have a gender-neutral name and I guess wrong (M? F?), please don’t be offended. If you want to remove any chance for fictional gender reassignment, specify your gender in your entry!

UPDATE #2 (Monday, JAN 16, 2012): Forgot to mention that if your first name is the same as that of a prominent or recently featured character, I probably will not choose your name to avoid fan confusion. (e.g., Bobby, Frank, Ellen, Jody, Amy) This applies to last names as well. (e.g., If your name is Sally Winchester or Paul Singer, I won’t be able to use it.)

UPDATE #3: Due to the overwhelming response — well over 100 names received just in the last 24 hours — I’m ending the contest today. Last call is 11:59PM ET on JAN 17, 2012.

UPDATE #4: Per the letter of agreement I need to send you in order to have your name used in the book, you must be 18 years old at the time you sign the document.

-John Passarella

Supernatural: NIGHT TERROR http://amzn.to/hrXCEV (Available Now!)
Supernatural: RITE OF PASSAGE http://amzn.to/x3EMix (AUG 2012)
Exit Strategy & Others http://amzn.to/uZ7nqJ (Fiction Collection, Kindle only, $2.99)
Shimmer http://goo.gl/PrrbT (Kindle edition only $3.99)

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-01-15

  • ES&O 1st Line: George Thorogood was playing on the jukebox when I tossed Ollie Janks out on his ass. TWILIGHT CROSSING http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS Opening Lines: "They would let him live, if he remained hidden until dawn." (DEBTS LONG DUE) http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • @janicec678 Thanks. Still in the early going. Need to pick up the pace! #
  • @Deanna_Roe I prefer "entice" to "tease" 🙂 #
  • RED FRIDAY The last place Ned Zettel existed as a living man was in the E section of the Cherry Tree Mall parking lot. http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • Whoa! Look what I just spotted at 2am last night: http://t.co/wT6NUslt #
  • I can use this ( http://t.co/wT6NUslt ) as my desktop wallpaper to keep me focused. http://t.co/lSVE0oq7 #
  • @janicec678 Did you see this yet? http://t.co/wT6NUslt #
  • @trackerem For right now! I'm writing the book at present. It's due MAR 1. Very tight deadline. #
  • Just finished reading script for this week's Supernatural. Had to smile, several times. Best way to get psyched for working on SPN:RoP. #
  • @JuliaGypsy This week's ep: Time After Time. #
  • @agtspooky I thought reading the scripts ahead of time would ruin the eps for me. But it's the opposite. I get more out of them. #
  • @agtspooky Plus, helps me know where the writers are going w/ some tidbit info seen earlier, so I can foreshadow rather than contradict it. #
  • @trackerem It helps to know where they are going, so my stuff won't contradict it. Helps me stay closer to canon. #
  • @trackerem This book will be out after we've seen all these eps plus MORE. So it helps me keep consistent w/ the arcs/mythos. #
  • @JuliaGypsy The show wants the books as close to canon as possible. This helps. I wrote "blind" for Buffy/Angel books. #
  • @agtspooky They're final shooting scripts so very close. Noticed a scene was moved from one ep to another. #
  • @JuliaGypsy I was given time frame. 3rd season Buffy. Then 1st and 4th season Angel. Certain rules. Go from there. Not as immediate as SPN. #
  • @JuliaGypsy Dean is probably the most fun to write. #
  • @mzflea @trackerem Definitely. And I'm never over budget. #
  • This could be bad. Son home sick today with fever. I've started to feel lightheaded. #
  • @janicec678 this season, before How to win friends and influence monsters #
  • @janicec678 I get advance scripts during the process. But you have to pick a place to start the story. #
  • @JunieBugg1 thanks for the info #
  • Back in research / outline-review mode for Supernatural: Rite of Passage http://t.co/wT6NUslt #
  • @Deanna_Roe I'm still writing SPN:RoP, so YES, you do have to wait a bit. The pub date is 5 days before my birthday, so that will be cool. #
  • @MJ2Zio Thanks! #
  • @schasemine Not sure. Did it take a while for NIGHT TERROR to come out in Germany? They don't tell me much about int'l publication dates. #
  • @tracy_in_uk Yes, but I can't say. #
  • @Deanna_Roe Ah… don't make me think about that. I'd rather stop counting at this point! #
  • @Deanna_Roe Good idea. I'll celebrate an "unbirthday" & subtract 1 yr every year, starting in '12. Bend the space-time continuum to my will! #
  • @schasemine I had 4 yrs of Spanish and 2 yrs of French but would never attempt to read a book in a foreign language. Good luck! #
  • Google search undergoes 'most radical transformation ever' http://t.co/hJWP3sVO #cnn #
  • Kindle Format 8 is here. Say hello to CSS3 & HTML5 http://t.co/iRMtjyo9 #
  • Save Community on NBC – Don't let them cancel it! Sign the petition! http://t.co/WXZFxY0I (we're watching season 2 on DVD) #
  • @mordahan2309 Wondering if we'll see the Impala ever again. #
  • @SPN_Sherry Great to see the support via Good Luck Supernatural #
  • @spyderlane71 Thanks! Glad you're enjoying SPN: NIGHT TERROR #
  • @Deangrl31 I have a long, 11 page, outline to work from. Flesh that out into full scenes, sprinkle in research, try to bring it to life. #
  • Use My Name for a Character in Your Supernatural Novel CONTEST is ON for Rite of Passage http://t.co/wT6NUslt -SPN Fans: Send me your names. #
  • For "Namesake Contest" send full name to my author[at]passarella[dot]com; if name used, you'll need to sign & have witnessed a disclaimer. #
  • Namesake Contest: I'll do a blog post with full contest details soon, probably on the weekend. #
  • Namesake Contest: For SPN: Night Terror, I used 7 or 8 real fan names as characters in the book! #
  • @janicec678 @Superfreak0409 Usually victims or witnesses. Brutal death of brief interrogation by S and/or D. #
  • @Superfreak0409 @janicec678 "Amy" might be a tough one, considering the fate of SPN's "Amy Pond." #
  • @janicec678 caught some flak for using Kendra on an Angel novel because Kendra had meaning in Buffyverse. #
  • @Superfreak0409 @janicec678 possibly some variation. #
  • @r_mullan either #
  • @mzflea No, essay but you can tell me how much you like Supernatural. 🙂 #
  • @Superfreak0409 @janicec678 I'll add MIMI to the list of potential names then. #
  • @janicec678 that sucks. Still no love from the masses. #
  • @janicec678 @superfreak0409 all names receives are on the list unless they won last time or name conflicts with show names aka dean Sam, etc #
  • EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS, Kindle $2.99: 105,000 words, 11 stories, 2 brand NEW, 1 rare, 5 Wendy/Wither related, 6 others. http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • Finally need to use a LinkedIn message and I keep getting errors. Sheesh… #
  • @Superfreak0409 Ooh, wish it was a few wks later. I won't have copies of new book that early in AUG. Could bring NT & postcards for RoP… #
  • @janicec678 @Superfreak0409 Not quite. SPN:RoP s/b out AUG 14. I only got copies of NT a few weeks ago! #
  • @janicec678 @Superfreak0409 Book writers aren't always "welcome" at media cons. Don't know how insular Creation is. #
  • @janicec678 @Superfreak0409 Ouch! TABLES ARE $300 EACH. Rather be invited as a guest. 🙂 #
  • @Superfreak0409 @janicec678 Maybe if enough NJ area fans ask (sweetly) for an NJ SPN author, they will invite me. #
  • @janicec678 @Superfreak0409 I'd have to sell an Impala's trunk's worth of Supernatural books to cover that cost. #
  • @janicec678 @Superfreak0409 Okay, I emailed their Guest Booking link. Will let you know if they have any interest in an author guest. Thx! #
  • @mzflea @janicec678 @Superfreak0409 Heard back from Creation already. Looking good. Will let you know. Then you can spread the word. #
  • @janicec678 @mzflea @Superfreak0409 That's fine. I meant spread the word so people show up at my book table/location. Don't want to flop! #
  • @mzflea @janicec678 @Superfreak0409 South NJ. #
  • @trackerem No details yet. They're going to contact me. It's a two hour drive for me. Travel shouldn't be an issue. #
  • @janicec678 @mzflea @Superfreak0409 Best case would have been late AUG. Then I would know 2nd book would be out. Otherwise, perfect. #
  • @kelios @trackerem This con: http://t.co/2TDhb15d #
  • @Superfreak0409 @janicec678 Talent Producer will be getting in touch with me. We'll see. Optimistic. #
  • Top 10 Self-Published Writers Make 449% More Money Through Amazon Lending Library http://t.co/gzYr5MO8 via @mashbusiness @mashable #
  • Proving truth is (to paraphrase) scarier than fiction. Woman Injects 'Bath Salts,' Loses Arm to Flesh-Eating Bacteria http://t.co/uHKLeeko #
  • @janicec678 The part about being able to watch the flesh dying as they operated was freaky. #
  • @Superfreak0409 Thanks. You must be nearing the end. #
  • @Superfreak0409 That's similar to a nightmare I've had. Thought not as extreme. #
  • $2.99 Kindle Deal! EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS: 105,000 words of fiction, 30,000 brand new, "Flashpoint" & "Exit Strategy" http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • Sorta apropos: Listening to "Leviathan" by Tangerine Dream while writing SPN: Rite of Passage. (No Leviathan in story!) http://t.co/wT6NUslt #

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  • @Adobe_Care Install didn't offer to UPG old install. Can I get all textures, patterns, etc. into NEW Fireworks w/o reinstalling everything? #
  • EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS (11 story collection) $2.99! http://t.co/5ojCgHQt (send copy Kindle invoice & get free PDF bonus story "Afterimage") #
  • EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS (Kindle: http://t.co/5ojCgHQt ) 105,000 words, 11 stories, 2 brand NEW, 1 rare, 5 Wendy Ward related, 6 others. $2.99 #
  • EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS (Kindle: http://t.co/5ojCgHQt ) has 105,000 words of fiction, 30,000 new, incl "Flashpoint" & "Exit Strategy" $2.99 #
  • @Adobe_Care I've migrated some stuff. Is it safe to uninstall vers. 5? File associations keep trying to load Fireworks 5 instead of 5.1. Thx #
  • Vengeful ghosts, terrifying demons, rampaging zombies, hideous monster, a crafty Wiccan EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS: http://t.co/5ojCgHQt $2.99 #
  • Faerie assassins, kick-ass DJs, and a wolf-man with a death wish? Read EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS for KINDLE: http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 #
  • @Deanna_Roe I've had that common nightmare of coughing up a bug. So I just took that to the Nth degree. 🙂 #
  • 11 Tales, 2 NEW novelettes, 105,000 words, 22 years of writing, 1 volume: EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS for KINDLE: http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 #
  • All the Wendy Ward stories together, for the 1st time + 6 others tales: EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS (KINDLE: http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99!) #
  • Roku expands beyond Internet video-streaming boxes – Yahoo! News http://t.co/hLcwxfgT via @YahooNews #
  • Wrong Passarella Newsletter link. Here's the right one: http://t.co/I3ZObnp4 #
  • @Deanna_Roe German shepherd? I must be having a mental block. What scene is that? #
  • @Deanna_Roe Ah, unrepentant serial killer. That explains it! #
  • One-stop reading: all the Wendy Ward stories in one book. Plus 6 more tales. EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 *Kindle #
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  • Print Units Fell 9% in 2011 http://t.co/bsJ2CQdR via @publisherswkly #
  • 'Harry Potter' director Chris Columbus to write forthcoming fantasy-adventure series — EXCLUSIVE http://t.co/Im9gsLcq via @EW #
  • ES&O FACTS: Used friend's name for character & killed him 2X in "Undead Air" EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 *Kindle* #
  • Get a bonus story FREE (PDF) when you order EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 (Send copy of Kindle invoice to my email) #
  • For $2.99 (Kindle), you get 11 tales, 105,000 words, the satisfaction of supporting the arts EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • Was going through Supernatural withdrawal today. Watched Season 7 / Ep 9 to get me back in SPN book mode. #
  • @JuliaGypsy Of course! Deals w/ the Leviathans though, which I won't be using in my book. Just needed to see the gang again, beyond scripts. #
  • @Deangrl31 New episode tomorrow! But I couldn't wait. Have fun with the poetry. I've dabbled in the past. None lately. #
  • @JuliaGypsy 7th season, B4 episode 9, actually. Very current. Of course, when book comes out in AUG, we'll be waiting for Season 8 to start! #
  • @JuliaGypsy Thanks! I appreciate it. #
  • Count 'em: SEVEN novelettes in EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS (Stories > 7,499 words, + 4 short stories) http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 *Kindle* #
  • United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom) (Uber-pop-mashup) http://t.co/W2Blztgc #
  • In case you missed it, here's a link to my latest newsletter: http://t.co/I3ZObnp4 #
  • @Deanna_Roe Maybe… Epicity? Or epicicity? Nah, tongue-twister. 🙂 #
  • @Deanna_Roe I've already started! If I disappear for a while, it's because my nose is to the grindstone. #
  • Wendy Ward stories in EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS: Forces of Nature, Breathless, Harbinger, Blood Alone, Flashpoint http://t.co/5ojCgHQt $2.99 #
  • Other stories in EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS? Twilight Crossing, All Heaven in a Rage, Debts Long Due, Undead Air, Red Friday, Exit Strategy #
  • @trackerem I've been a fan since season 1, ep 1. Right now, I'm reading the script for tonight's episode. Writing aid and COOL perk. #
  • @trackerem East Coast. South NJ. #
  • @SPN_Sherry Don't have any planned for SPN: Rite of Passage #
  • @trackerem Do you have satellite? #
  • @Steph_Sanby Thanks. Hope you enjoy it! #
  • @SPN_Sherry That's funny. My wife noticed that right away. I probably wouldn't have thought about it unless Sam's vanished too. #
  • @SPN_Sherry Maybe it's a sign from Bobby's ghost. (I last read that scene in my book… probably back in May??) #
  • Maybe I can work these ants into my next Supernatural book: http://t.co/0EVfcQ6u #
  • Checking out of Twitter for the night. Hope to get more writing finished before turning in. #
  • A crafty Wiccan, vengeful ghosts, deadly demons, rampaging zombies & a hideous monster, EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS: http://t.co/5ojCgHQt $2.99 #
  • A faerie bouncer, butt-kicking DJs, and a wolf-man framed for murder. Read EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS (Kindle) http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 #
  • @Deanna_Roe Maybe you need a mashup, like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as a transitional book. #
  • @Deanna_Roe Maturity is best in small doses. Try some short stories, ease your way in. #
  • You'll find 7 novelettes & 4 short stories in EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS, spanning 22+ yrs of writing: http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 *Kindle #
  • @Deanna_Roe @Steph_Sanby I loved Gatsby. Try J.D. Salanger, Catcher in the Rye, Franny & Zooey, Nine Stories #
  • @Deanna_Roe @Steph_Sanby One summer (back in high school) I made a list of classics, wanted to read from library, did not get very far… #
  • @Deanna_Roe One bump in the road can throw you off. I think I tackled mine alphabetically. Probably not the best way to go about it. #
  • ES&O FACTS: There are NO sparkly vampires in "Twilight Crossing" – EXIT STRATEGY & OTHERS http://t.co/5ojCgHQt Only $2.99 *For Kindle* #
  • @Deanna_Roe When I was in college, with limited funds, I frequented a lot of used book stores to get my reading fix. #
  • Opening lines from ES&O: "Somehow, she found herself in the familiar place she was loath to visit." (Forces of Nature) http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • "We made it easy for them. I’ll never forgive myself for that." ("Exit Strategy" from which collection gets its name) http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • [M]orning show DJ Preston Elliot sat in front of his adj. microphone and said "Oh, man, this is f^&#ed up." UNDEAD AIR http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • ES&O: "Kayla woke at three in the morning, feverish and shivering in bed, knowing something was wrong." (FLASHPOINT) http://t.co/5ojCgHQt #
  • Ugh. Acrobat upgrade forcing a PC restart. Need to get to work. #
  • Haven't read any Koontz lately… Koontz moves into top spot of best-sellers list – http://t.co/SSMORaZR #

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