There was once a lad the villagers nicknamed The Red-Haired Man. He would only come out when he heard a mortal was in trouble. It was rumoured that he was half creature and half-human. His mother had been an Irish lassie of the fairest beauty in the land. She disappeared in the midst of the twilight hours one St. Patrick’s Day, leaving behind a baby boy with shocking red hair, all wild with curls upon curls and eyes as green as the Emerald Isle itself. The village Healer knew this infant was of special quality and she quickly took him under her care. Continue reading →
Thanks for tuning in for Part II of ‘Get better Google search results with SEO’. If you missed Part I you can find it here. What comes up when you Google your name and your book? Anything? Try mine, if you’d like – Google: Jen Smith SICK. I come up in eight of the top ten listings most of the time and my book and blog have only been out since mid February. How does this happen? I’m going to share with you some of the top trade secrets that have been shared with me by Scott Wasserman of WSI Internet Marketing. Continue reading →
Last week, on March 24, 2012, we looked at a brief history of eBooks, Publishers and the Agency vs. Wholesale pricing model. You can review that post here.
Ironically,on Thursday March 29, 2012, the Huffington Post ran a story by Mark Coker the founder of Smashwords. Most of you are familiar with Smashwords as one of the first distributors to supply eBooks to retailers including, Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, the Diesel eBook Store, and Baker and Taylor. Continue reading →
Today, we are treated to a sneak-peek at Erica Manfred’s new book, Interview with a Jewish Vampire. This title is available at Amazon in print or Kindle editions:
The last thing zaftig middle-aged journalist, Rhoda Ginsburg, expected when she signed up for JDate was to fall for a vampire. But when she meets drop-dead gorgeous Sheldon, a Hasidic vampire, she falls hard. She rationalizes that he may not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish.
She learns that back in the nineteenth century Sheldon was a rabbi who was turned into a vampire by Count Dracula, an anti-Semite who got his kicks from turning Orthodox Jews into vampires because then they’d have to drink blood, which isn’t kosher.
Desperate to save the life of her terminally ill mother, Fanny, she comes up with the crackpot idea of getting Sheldon to turn Fanny and her friends into vampires. Once she becomes a vampire, Mom tires of her boring life in Century Village, Florida, and, seeking thrills, she goes clubbing and disappears into the nightlife of South Beach in Miami. When Fanny and her friends “go rogue” and start preying on the young, Norma and Sheldon must find and save them.
After saving Mom, Rhoda and Sheldon realize they need to save their own relationship. They go for counseling to Reb Shmuley Boteach, the famous Hasidic relationship counselor who comes up with a way to reconcile their two different worlds– kosher and non-kosher, religious and secular, bloodlust and compulsive eating, vampire and human. Interview with a Jewish Vampire turns vampire lore on its head, proving that not all vampires are young and beautiful and it IS possible to be undead and kosher. Continue reading →
Og is not the best hunter in the tribe. In fact, he hunts alone now because the others feel he brings them bad luck.
In truth, it does always seem as if Og manages to step on a dry twig at just the the wrong moment, or to sneeze, or to get overanxious and throw his rock too soon—way too soon.
He needs to make a kill today and bring back some meat to show the others he is a capable hunter. He sees the deer and gets ready to make his move. I kind of have the feeling something will go comically wrong here.
In 250 words or less, tell me a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.
Delin Colón is a writer and researcher with an undergraduate background in French and a post-graduate background in Clinical Psychology. She began writing poems and short stories at the age of eight. After working in psychiatric settings, owning a construction company, starting an agency pairing writers with clients, and working as a technical writer for Sociological Abstracts, she spent over a decade researching the claims of her great-great uncle (Rasputin’s secretary) that Rasputin advocated equal rights for oppressed Russian Jews. Her book, Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History is the result of her research. While nearly every book on Rasputin mentions his advocacy for the Jews, whether with admiration or derision, hers is the first to specify and substantiate those claims as the reason he was demonized by the Russian aristocracy. Continue reading →
She felt the warmth of the rising sun crawl up her legs, but beneath her the grass was cool with dew. The contrast was pleasant, like jumping into a hot bath after playing in the snow. Her mind was calm, and she could see each blade of grass distinctly, green towers reaching toward the reddening sky. Each blade was the same height, the tops torn off by angry mower blades. Every so often a stalk stood proudly, knowing that it had escaped the fate of its comrades. Continue reading →