Monday, March 30, 2015

Avant Nation Virtual Book Tour Ended - Thank You For Participating

Congratulations to the winner, Haley S.

Publication Date: March 19. 2015

In celebration of its release, a group of awesome bloggers have agreed to review my book, Avant Nation, and host my celebratory Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Everyone who leaves a comment with one of the hosts is eligible to win.
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March 13 at Romorror Fan Girl
(this first stop is scheduled ahead of the book release, which is on the 19th)

March 20 at Unabridged Andra's

March 27 at Reading Romances

Friday, March 20, 2015

Unabridged Andra: REVIEW: Avant Nation

Unabridged Andra: REVIEW: Avant Nation (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway HAS ENDED):


Goddess Fish Book Tour
Title: Avant Nation 
Author: C.D. Verhoff 
N/A Pages: 301 
Date Published: March 19th, 2015 
Publisher: Misty Moon Media

Excerpt from Andra's review: 

One of the more interesting, if minuscule, things about this world that caught my attention was the "data bombs" that plague the children/teens of Stillwater City. You see, data bombs are when kids spout off random facts or trivia pieces without intending to. It's an unintended side effect of their virtual reality education received in utero.  How freaking terrifying is that? 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Let's Mock the Maze Runner & More

This Saturday Night Live skit pokes fun at two great genres: fantasy and dystopia.  While every genre has its own set of expectations, stories that follow them too closely run the risk of being labeled boring and predictable. The trick is to distance your characters, setting and plot from all of those that have gone before them, while keeping some of the familiar scenery intact. On the other hand, if you stray too far from the familiar course, you run the risk of alienating fans who like the genre specifically because of the elements you have chosen to leave out. As my Great Aunt Josie used to say, you can't win for losing. Ain't that the truth! 

On a side note, many in the writing industry say that the dystopian genre is dead. I don't believe that's true. However, they're partially correct because it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since publishers have decided they don't want to touch it, agents know they can't sell it to them. This means that writers of the dystopian genre, unless they're already a household name, can't catch a break. But the dystopian genre has been around a long time. It's not truly dead and never will be. Therefore, I predict the next great dystopian book will rise up out of the self-publishing market. I'm looking forward to reading it. But for now, let's poke some fun at some of our favorite books across a variety of genres!  

Friday, March 6, 2015

Poor Proofreading Makes For Brow-Raising Headlines

These headlines are making their way around the internet for the millionth time, so you might have already read them. Hopefully, they're just as entertaining the second time around. Mind you, some of the topics are seriously morbid, so we're not laughing anyone's tragedy, just the editing oversights over at the newsroom.

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter   

This one was in the SGV Tribune. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.       
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says     
       No, do you really think so?
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers              
       Now that's taking things a bit far!    
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over              
       What a guy!      
Miners Refuse to Work after Death     
       No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!   
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant       
     See if that works any better than a fair trial!       
War Dims Hope for Peace       
     I can see where it might have that effect!   
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile        
     Ya think?!   

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures             
     Who would have thought!    
Enfield (London) Couple Slain;  Police Suspect Homicide
    They may be on to something!   
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges             
     You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?       

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge           

     He probably IS the battery charge!   
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group      
     Weren't they fat enough?!   
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft      
That's what he gets for eating those beans!      
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks              
     Do they taste like chicken?   
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half             
     Chainsaw Massacre all over again!   
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
     Boy, are they tall!       
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead    
     Did I read that right? 

  Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle). We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!

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