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Book reviews of classic apocalypse novels - I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Reading old classics apocalypse novels


I felt the need recently to read a few dystopian/horror/sci-fi classics, especially after I read “A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter M Miller Jnr and I absolutely LOVED IT. I straightaway downloaded to my Kindle “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson, "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (eve though this isn't an old classic by any means it reads like one) a “Philip K Dick” collection, and “Lucifer’s Hammer” by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

First up is I Am Legend

I saw the movie with Will Smith before I read the book. The concept is the same as the book: A lone survivor of a vampire plague who can’t venture anywhere further than a day’s round trip drive from his home. He’s driven mad with loneliness. He’s also intent on wiping out as many of these vampires as he finds. 

This is the only point on which the movie and the book agree upon. I was pleasantly surprised to read the book and discover a new ending, new characters, and a new story line. …

Marketing my #scifi novel “Earth Quarantined” #marketingtips

Marketing my sci-fi novel “Earth Quarantined”

I really wish I could write a detailed tutorial on how I’m marketing “Earth Quarantined”, but the truth is that I’m flying all over the place like a cat chasing a laser dot. I’m cherry-picking bits from here and there and using what works for me and also some new ideas. I have a clunky spreadsheet that could benefit from being tidied up, but who cares? It’s just a database. I’ve printed off checklists from tutorials and websites that I could collate and print out neat little documents. Who has time? I searched the net everywhere I went and emailed myself a bunch of links and websites to check out. Again, who has time to compile all of these together?

So apologies that this blog isn’t a neat ‘how to’ guide. All that takes time that I’d rather spend writing and promoting. But this is the rundown of what I’m doing to promote “Earth Quarantined”.

GATHERING THE ARMY

Basically, most of my planning at this time is geared towards gathering an army of …

Writing and marketing tip - the swipe page.

I'm two months off releasing Earth Quarantined, my new sci-fi series. And my number one tool for any release is a swipe page.

What is a swipe page? It's a word document where I store ALL the book info:

Buy links
Author pages
One-liners 
Blurbs
Review quotes
etc

I do this so I can 'swipe' the links and text at any time to copy and paste the URL into an email, a Facebook or Twitter post,  or to use for banners and ads.

Trust me, this will save you time. I've already used my swipe page to create this post.

I store everything on my swipe page. It becomes my 'go to'. Here's a sneak peak at a couple of pages.

Sample of Earth Quarantined swipe page


This is an evolving document too. Each time I create a new link, it gets added to the page.

Why it's my number one tool is because it stops me having to go into this site or my book marked internet sites or opening other documents to quickly grab this information.

I can't tell you how many times I've found it easier t…

Spotlight on #iBooks pre-order for Fantasy collection #RitetoReign

Something wicked this way comes…to IBooks


Willful witches, supernatural sorcerers, cruel queens, and powerful priestesses fall out of favor and rise to rule in this highly sought-after collection of spellbinding stories! More than 20 award-winning and bestselling authors have come together to curate this bewitching boxed set collection of the best PARANORMAL ROMANCE and URBAN FANTASY books in the genre, each brimming with stories of royal magic. Journey through worlds of danger and mayhem, where witches and warlocks battle for influence and wizards fight for unrestricted power. But reader beware: the highly addictive stories in RITE TO REIGN will put you under their spell. One click to secure your limited edition copy today! Avail for pre-order on iBooks Expected Release Date: December 11, 2018 SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE 99c

Including stories from…

Heather Marie Adkins 

Teresa Roman 

JJ King & Candace Osmond 

SJ Davis & P. Mattern 

Scott Hungerford 

Shawna Romkey 

Ash Krafton 

Christine Ashworth…