APOCALYPSE IS ON SALE FOR $0.99!
You better get it fast though, as the $0.99 price ends in 20 hours! It is part of the Kindle Countdown Deals and time is running out. However, after the $0.99 promotion is over, it will still be on sale for $1.99 for 48 hours, before going back to its regular price of $2.99! So get it while it is cheap!
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(Apocalypse was a writing contest in which people were given a certain topic to write about, but they took it in so many different directions, that you wouldn’t believe it without reading it!)
What began as an idea soon set into motion a chain of events which would lead to the next APOCALYPSE…
I want you to imagine that the world as we know it has ended. Total Apocalypse. You only have yourself and one other person you can rely on. There is no power, no water, and you are armed with only a backpack of supplies. In your backpack there are matches, four bottles of water, enough food to make it three days, and one weapon. Spin a web of survival, danger, and conflict. Tell us why the world as you knew it ended, tell us your fears, make up a world in which nothing is the same and survival is hard, and the world is against you. Tell us what you would do, where you would go, how you would get food and water, how you would protect yourself, and how you would make your life over again. You could even throw in some romance and meet some new people to help you on your journey.
11 authors, 11 different stories, one main idea… welcome to the APOCALYPSE…
Edited by: Cynthia Shepp
Cover & Interior Designer: Rene Folsom
Promotion Ends Friday, November 8, 2013.
Today we welcome Grace Mattioli, author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, to the blog. Please make her feel welcome. She has been kind enough to offer a kindle e-book for giveaway! Giveaway details below…please read post first.
The Use of Humor in Serious Fiction
When I began writing Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, I did not intend for it to be humorous, but when I read my first chapter to a group of fellow writers, I was delighted to find them laughing out loud. I was really delighted when various people read my novel and told me how funny they found it to be. Because I chose to write about the serious theme of peace, I think that the use of humor in my book was especially important. The use of humor in serious fiction is a great tool for driving a point home without sounding didactic or moralistic.
In terms of character development, it is the funny quirks about characters that make them more real, more believable, and more lovable. Vince believes that the recent preponderance of books about war is a government conspiracy. As a lawyer, Frank bartered with clients who could not make their whole legal fee. Angie is obsessed by the fact that she lives in the very same neighborhood as Bruce Springsteen and is determined to find his house. Donna is constantly plagued by some new self-diagnosed ailment that keeps her following one trend diet after the other.
Humor can really enhance dialogue. Cosmo tells Silvia that she would have better luck making peace in the Middle East than within their family. Frank finishes his monologue of complaints with the phrase “I can’t complain.” And last but not least, humor greatly adds to the fun of story. Silvia listens to her boss, a full grown man rant on about the importance of Gummy Bears. Donna is sexually harassed by the Three Little Pigs at Disney World. What fun!
I’m Grace Mattioli, the author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees. Originally from New Jersey, I currently work as a librarian in San Francisco, where I live with my husband and two cats. I started writing when I was ten years old. I knew then that I wanted to be a writer; that I wanted to tell stories and make people laugh and cry and think; that I wanted to use words to paint pictures and make music.
In college, I studied English literature, and gravitated towards contemporary fiction. Some of my favorite and most influential authors include Flannery O’Connor, Hemingway, Edward Abbey and Douglas Adams. I love beautifully written prose and humorous fiction. I have taken several writing workshops, including some in fiction writing and screenwriting, and have written several short stories and some flash fiction which can be found on The Short Humour site: http://www.short-humour.org.uk/. I always dreamed of writing a novel but was not sure I had it in me until recently. I thoroughly enjoyed writing “Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees” and plan on starting my next novel very soon.
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One KINDLE e-book of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees is up for grabs. You know the drill. A comment about the post or question to the author is MANDATORY! For extra entries, please like her on Facebook and/or follow her on Twitter. Let me know in your comment/question that you did so that I can count it. Contest ends 9/12 at midnight CST.
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I always write book reviews but I thought I would give a shout out to the device that makes reading those books so much more enjoyable and easier…my KINDLE FIRE! My husband bought it for me. I had already went through a Nook and a Sony Reader with so-so results, but I loved the Kindle Fire from the first moment I held it in my hands. You just cannot beat multiple free books everyday, every genre, even children’s books, which my kids love me to read to them! The full color screen is great for that. It has easy web navigation, plenty of apps, great color, so much free stuff (I cannot stress that enough!). I love how easy it is to get onto Amazon, movies look great, and I can even check out library books on it (if your library supports e-books). I do wish that it supported more video and ebook formats though but all in all, great price, great device for the money, and I would highly recommend it to others!
A link to the Kindle Fire under the picture!
Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi