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!

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.

Reviewers

Normally, I love reviewers. Whether the review says my book is poor or excellent, it always makes me happy to know that someone took the time to read my book, and that they’re taking the time to write a review. However, today I got a review on one of my books, and before I was even finished reading it, I knew I was going to have to write about it. This person read thirty-seven pages of my book, and he or she decided to give it a one-star rating on Barnes and Noble. In their review, they “took issue” with the fact that I named my main character after myself, gave her my age, and made her look like me. They said that it spoke to a lack of creativity. I’m not sure how they could have missed it, since I practically spell it out. This girl in “Zombie Island” is me. She has my name, she looks like me, and she is my age because she is literally supposed to be me. This is my story. The story of how I would survive during a zombie apocalypse, and for someone to tell me that doing this “lacks creativity” really hurts. This story started out as a daydream and I turned it into an actual story. And in a moment of inspiration, I decided to keep myself as the main character, so I could have better insight into the mind of my main character. I think doing that showed a great deal of creativity. I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong…