Writer’s block.

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated anything, so I thought I’d drop in and share some news. I haven’t been nearly as involved with my writing in these last couple of months as I should have been. I’ve been suffering from a very severe case of writer’s block, and nothing I did could break my funk. But I think I’ve finally managed to deal with it and I’ve finally started writing again. And the best part is that what I’m producing doesn’t completely suck, so that’s a good thing. I’ve fallen behind schedule, but I’m picking up the pace and I’m hopefully going to start cranking out some chapters at a much faster pace than I have been the last couple of months. If all goes well, I’ll be finished with Dark Possession—the third and final book in my Dark Heritage trilogy—by the end of April. Sorry for the delay.

Monarch Falls (The Four Quarters of Imagination #1)

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My younger sister, Jessica Hoffman, just self-published her first book. It’s called “Monarch Falls”, and is the first book in her “Four Quarters of Imagination” series. It is available online at smashwords now, and hopefully Barnes and Noble very soon. It’s only a dollar, and if everyone could go and check it out I would be grateful. It’s got an amazing concept, and I’m excited to start reading it. I think you’ll all like it as well.

Zombie Country.

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I’ve been working on the sequel to Zombie Island for quite some time now, and I’m happy to say that I’m finally finished. I’ve got Zombie Country all written and formatted and I even have my amazing cover, which I’m also really happy to say is way better than anything I could have ever done myself. Thanks Rocking Book Covers! I really couldn’t recommend him enough. Zombie Country will hopefully be uploaded to Barnes and Noble later, but you can get it at Smashwords shortly. Anyways, the price will be $2.99, and I hope anyone who decides to read it enjoys it as much as I did.

Zombie Country (Title Subject To Change!)

I know a lot of people have been asking me about a sequel to my novel, Zombie Island, so I’ve decided to make a post addressing the most common questions. First off, yes, the sequel is definitely happening. It has already been started, and I am currently working on chapter four. So it will probably be awhile before the book is finished, but I am getting there.

Second, the book is being told from Madison’s point of view. If you don’t remember who Madison is, she’s Sam’s cousin who was going to school in New York at the time of the outbreak, and is briefly mentioned in Zombie Island. As of right now, the plan is to have Madison’s story kind of tie into Sam’s—they will be crossing paths at some point, unless the plot gets a drastic overhaul. Don’t worry, the plot is pretty much set in stone at the moment, and there is plenty of action, drama, and zombie guts. You won’t be disappointed.

And third, the pricing of this book will be different. Zombie Island is currently listed for free on Barnes and Noble, and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. However, the goal of any writer is to make money, so I’m afraid I won’t be making the sequel free, too. As of right now, I’m thinking it will be priced at $2.99 and I would like to know what people honestly think about that. Don’t be afraid to give me your opinions.

So, if you have anymore questions just leave me a comment and let me know, and I’ll try to answer as soon as I can. Thanks for being patient and for reading my book!

Dark Revenge (Dark Heritage #2)

Today I published my eighth book, Dark Revenge. It is the second book in my Dark Heritage series, and is available online at http://www.smashwords.com if anyone is interested.

Months after her battle with Andrew, Ronnie is beginning to settle into her new life at the compound. She has not only been training her powers with Annie and becoming friends with Tanya, Holly, and Ezra, but her relationship with the werewolf Finn has been deepening into something suspiciously like love. When another necromancer attempts to raise an army of the undead as well as threaten to expose the supernatural world, the Council demands that Ronnie help them find who is responsible.

It isn’t long before her evil sister succeeds in showing the world the true power of supernatural beings, and everything in Ronnie’s life quickly begins to unravel. When her mother passes onto the afterlife, disappearing from her life for good, Ronnie begins to feel the stirrings of something angry hidden away inside of her…and it might just be her dark heritage coming to claim her as it did her father and sister. Will Ronnie be able to fight her family’s past and save the world before it’s too late? Ages 14+

Not Everyone Takes Inspiration From Twilight.

Why does everyone that reviews a vampire book have to mention Twilight? Just because a book has vampires and werewolves in it does not mean that it is a Twilight rip-off. Many authors wrote about vampires long before Twilight, and they will continue to write about vampires long after Twilight is gone. I wish people would stop saying I copied Twilight just because my book has vampires and werewolves in it. My vampires are far different from hers—they have fangs, the sunlight gives them headaches if they haven’t fed, they feed on humans, they aren’t invincible, and they die by being staked through the freaking heart—I can’t think of a way to make my vampires more different than Stephenie Meyer’s vampires. Seriously, they’re not even close. So for someone to tell me that I copied Twilight just because I have vampires and werewolves in my book really hurts. It makes me feel like my writing can’t stand on its own, and that people only like my book because they for some reason think it’s a Twilight rip-off. The only way a book can be a Twilight rip-off is if the book features vampires that sparkle in the sunlight, feast on animals, have special powers, and are invincible. Since my vampires are nothing like that, I have to be honest and say I don’t see what people are talking about. Not everyone takes inspiration from Twilight.

Non-Reviews.

Why do people leave one star reviews on Barnes and Noble without actually reading the book first? They’ll ask if it’s any good, or if it has inappropriate content in it, or they’ll ask people to be their friend, but they don’t seem to realize that people can’t answer back. Do these people understand how devastating a single one star review can be to a self-published author? When you only have a few reviews, a single one star review can take off a whole star from your total rating. And if you get more than one “non-review”, it can really damage your total rating. What if someone decides not to read the book after taking a look at that rating? Not everyone reads reviews. Some will see that low rating and just think, “Nope. That book must suck. I think I’ll pass”. I really wish people would stop reviewing books they haven’t read.