Welcome to LAW Wednesday! Each topic below provides an activity. Feel free to do them all! I love reader interactions. You ladies and gentlemen are wonderful.
Safe Haven Mandatory Camp Votes
Safe Haven has held several mandatory camp votes in the series. Two of them are listed below so you can vote too! Cool, right?
Camp vote #1 Where do we go now/Age line
Camp vote #2 Punishment for Adrian and Conner
Book and Cover Votes
These are votes for book covers. Will you please help me chose the best image?
Covers for LAW Book 10
Covers for BB3
Marc and Dog has made it onto the People’s Book Awards. You can vote on it and then scroll the other nominations. You can also nominate a book while there!
Would you like to name a character in the LAW series?
I can just feel some of you rolling your eyes. More people? I can’t keep track of the characters now!
I sometimes get nasty comments about that, but how realistic would it be to only mention the main characters by name or how about only having main characters with no secondary or third range people? Humans do not exist in a vacuum. The majority are constantly surrounded by acquaintances, coworkers, friends or family. Why would it be different after society collapses? As refugees gather for protection and support, it will be impossible to keep track of everyone. So I made it that way in the series. Then the story added plot lines that had to be followed, which introduced even more players, but without them, the story would be shallow, incomplete. For example, the UN has arrived at Safe Haven’s doorstep now. Without following Kendle’s story to Market Town, readers would have gotten two paragraphs of explanation and that’s it. Dirce wouldn’t be a full person in their mind. They wouldn’t understand why Conner now has Eagle support. Kendle’s disease would still be vague and without a verification scene. And then there are the twins. No one would know where they came from or who Rita was. Turning out a good story is easy. Giving you an epic series that will stick in your head forever? Not so much. It requires details, layering, subtle additions you don’t notice on the first read through and of course, amazing characters. And I’m running low. I need names! I’ve used over 100 so far. You wouldn’t think it would be that hard to find more than that, but you have to have a first, last, and sometimes even a middle. Here are the requirements:
Submit a First and last name
Do NOT suggest names that begin with “K”, “A”, “S”, “T”
I have used those so much that it would be confusing to the readers. At points, it already is, especially when I have Adrian, Angela, Kenn and Kendle in the same conversation.
Do NOT use ANY name that is already part of this series.
Your name is fine, but you must state that you have no claim to the character upon submitting it. That means you can’t tell me what to do with the character. I can make them into a transvestite alien overlord who snorts cats and drinks the sun with lunch. They may also be a serial killer with a taste for newborn human flesh. Be sure you want to be immortalized in one of my books. You could end up as anything or anyone.
You don’t have to include a bio, but if you do, these are the basic notes I make about every new character: (Feel free to send any or all of it)
Name (first and last)
Age, Born where and when
Career or field of study/background/childhood
Where they were when the bombs fell
How they survived and where they’ve been
Please submit your character name/info in the comments of this post or you can use the contact form found here.
Next month, I will be doing a fan day post where I display some of the incredible gifts, letters and images I’ve received from readers. Did you know seeing a reader with our book is a huge thrill for an author? One wonderful gentleman even sent me images of himself reading on his flight. Did I mention he was part of the crew? It’s a sweet picture of my book on his Kindle with the cockpit view in the background. I may blow it up and frame it! Very cool; as was the flag that had been flown over a real battlefield. I do have that one framed. I hope that by the time I retire, there isn’t room on the walls of my office for all of the items like these. When I have my really bad days, I stare at those and remind myself that things can always get better. Your love of the story being demonstrated in picture is helpful in more ways than I can explain, but mostly, it’s proof that I’m not wasting my life. Thank you for that.
Please send any images or such to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit a review quote
Can I use a quote from you for my sales pages and sites? All you have to do is tell me what you think of my series. Please state that you give me permission to use your quote and tell me your career. For example: "I’m Angela. I’m an author and I… blah blah. I give C9 Publications permission to use my quote."
You can submit it through the contact form found here or you can place your comments on this post and they’ll already be on this site for everyone to see!
Signups, Preorders and Purchasing
My FB page
Be notified when I have news or new releases
My Kindle Unlimited FB page
Beta Reader Waiting List
Thank you, Betas! As usual, you’ve done a great job. Gifted eBooks and autographed paperbacks will be delivered around the first week of June.
Those who would like a paperback copy of book 9 (or any of my titles)can visit this page.
Also, book 10 is now available for preorder! Shhh… I haven’t made that official announcement yet. The email will go out next week with those details, but if you’d like to check it out now, here is that link.
Listen to a Safe Haven CB call
I’ve included this because I don’t think most people realize things like this can be found right here on my website. There are also deleted scenes, poems from each title, excerpts and other fun tidbits. This will be the main LAW site now. Once I get it all finished (I still have a lot of features I’d like to add as I get the time and cash) I will upgrade the domain. To hear the call, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Would you like to hear what this series sounds like as an audiobook? You can listen to the free sample here:
Would you like to review the newest LAW book? Please visit that page, found here, and pick the icon of your preferred store to review on. Feel free to place the same review on all locations.
Request an ARC
Would you like a free review copy of one of my books? Just use the contact form found here.
Thanks to some very wonderful startup ventures, I can now offer you some new and very interesting merchandise! Here is the page so you can window shop the tapestries, color-changing mugs, mouse pads, playing cards and more.
That's all for this LAW day. Please join us next week!
Life After War Wednesday will return next week. Thank you for understanding as we continue to celebrate the holiday and spend time with our family.
Happy LAW Day! I hope your week has been going well. I’ve been busy, as usual. While cleaning the carpets in my office, it occurred to me that the fans might like to know the environment where Life After War is created. So I took pictures of my office for you! Please ignore the puke green walls. I can’t afford to paint them yet.
This first set is where I keep track of the Eagle teams and many of the characters in this series. If there is a red X or circle through their name, that character has died or is missing from the story line for a while. (Sorry, it’s not updated for book 9, so no clues there, but you can click on the images to see them in full size. Sorry about the blur.)
On this wall, I also keep the basic set of hand drawn maps of the actual camp itself. As you can see (hopefully. I’m a writer, not a photographer) the map is only the topside of the camp in the mountains. The one for below is so full of notes that I probably won’t release it until I redo it. No one would understand any of it but me!
The red wall folder on the wall behind my stand-up desk is also full of notebooks and files. Each series has its own pocket. It runs the length of the desk--about 6 feet.
This image is the Market where Kendle fought for the freedom of her team. Again, I’m a writer, not a drawer. Lol. For book 10, we’ll be coming back here and I’ll be making a new map of the surrounding area with SH camped there.
This side of my office is where I do everything Apple and shipping. It’s usually covered with boxes, envelopes and books, but right now, I’m still trying to get that funky smell out of the carpet from my December plumbing issue. Lotsa fun.
The empty place, where most of the seepage occurred, is where my diy audio recording booth should be. Looking forward to getting it all set up so I can start playing with the equipment and get a feel for how it works. I hope to release audiobooks for all my titles starting in 2018-2019.
This is where most of the magic takes place. Despite that killer office, I spend most of my time writing at the kitchen table. That shelf to the right is piled with papers, supplies, folders, coolers and cords, and all sorts of other everyday objects I use in my craft. The heating pad and the DVD player are used as much as my laptop.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look into where Life After War is created. Next week is an interactive day! Would you like to name a character in this series? Stop by next week for that opportunity!
Have a wonderful week, world.
As I'm sure you've noticed, we're no longer on Blogger. Thanks to Goggle (not a typo) screwing with things and not getting them right (par for the course with them) I can't access that blog anymore. It's still there, I just can't get into it. So I moved. No more Blogger or Goggle-gargle. Happy dance time!
So, let's get to it. Here is your LAW Wednesday.
Angela carefully entered the monitoring cubby where Samantha on duty.
“Sorry, we’re closed,” Samantha called, voice too calm. “I have to eat. Come back later.”
Angela closed and fastened the thin door as she waited for the woman to see who had come inside.
Samantha swiveled around to get mean. She had to go talk to-
“Oh, good!” Samantha grabbed a paper from the neat desk. “We have another problem.”
Angela took the satellite image that had obviously been printed.
“I’ve been studying that picture,” Sam told her, pointing to the deep red center. “I think Yellowstone blew again.”
Angela sank down in the empty chair and dropped the paper on the desk. “We need to talk.”
Sam frown, catching the tone. “You know.”
Angela sighed tiredly. “There’s little I don’t see coming, Sam.”
Sam tried to make the connections, but Angela wasn’t sure they had enough time left to let her and said, “I need you to help me make a choice.”
“What kind of choice?” Samantha asked warily. The last time she’d had this conversation with Angela, it had led to death and destruction.
“As it will this time,” Angela confirmed. “Once again, I need to know if the benefits outweigh the crime.”
“Is there another choice?”
“As usual, there’s always a choice.” Angela motioned to the dark monitors. “We can go out and fight.”
Samantha blanched. “Next?”
“We hide in here and try to survive what’s coming. People will die in either case.”
“Numbers, then,” Samantha muttered. “Which one saves the most of our herd?”
Angela nodded. “Exactly. Except…” Angela tried to hold back the tears. “It hurts too much this time. I can’t do it.”
Samantha assumed their fearless leader had come to her for strength. She shook her head. “There’s nothing I can say that will make it okay if you don’t tell the camp. Not letting them make their own choice is wrong if it’s life and death.”
“I know.” Angela waited, sure Samantha would catch on, but worried Jeremy or Neil would interrupt them before she could finish this awful business.
“Are you…talking to other people about this?”
“Yes, but only those directly affected.”
Sam’s already pale face went green. “The clock stopped.”
Angela’s tears came. They rolled over her cheeks in huge drops of remorse and grief. “I’m sorry.”
Samantha shuddered. “You’re here to handle my last wishes.”
Angela leaned forward to take Samantha’s chilly hand. “No, Sam. Not you.”
Sam’s hand went to her flipping stomach, but her mind knew better. “Is it Neil or Jeremy?”
“That has not been revealed.”
Have a great week, world!
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