A little Halloween Story about Me

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know by now that I’m a little odd. A lot of my life has been influenced by movies in many ways, and I think my father had a role to play in that.

Of course, me being me made that so much easier. LOL.

When I was little, one of my favorite toys was a rubber shark.
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I carried this shark with me everywhere. But, what was probably a little unusual was how I played with said shark.

You see, when the film, Jaws, came out in 1975, my dad had great fun scaring his mother and sister with the movie. Including telling them that a dolphin flag at the beach was the shark flag, etc. Needless to say, when they found out the truth, he was smacked and pinched.

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So there was already a sharky precedent. When I came along in 1976, movies were still in the 1970’s horror boom, so I watched a lot of scary movies really early and really enjoyed them. Well, of course, after I saw Jaws, I had to have a shark. My parents didn’t bat en eye, and thus how I got my rubber shark.

My favorite place to play with my shark? My sandbox.

This weekend, Dad and I were watching Jaws on TV and he happened to relate something to me about me and my sharky friend that I didn’t remember. Apparently, my rubber shark was hallow inside, and I would routinely have him “eat” various weeble people and small figures.

Heh.

So, maybe I was a little weirder than I thought. Oh well, there’s a weird, creepy, Halloweeny-themed story for you all.

Being Sick Sucks

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Today makes day 5 of the Sickapocalypse of 2014. I don’t know what the heck I caught, but it is kicking my ass. Needless to say, writing is on hold.

I am not happy about that. I need to write. I need to get this new story out, but I can’t concentrate long enough to read a book, let alone write one.

The worse part? I have an awesome sci-fi vampire book I’m trying to write. It’s like a combination between The Warriors, Event Horizon, and Lifeforce. I need to get it done before January 2015 so I’ll have time to write the other books I have scheduled to write in 2015. LOL

Alas, the problems of a writer.

Review- Dead Is All You Get by Steven Ramirez #asmsg #zombies

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If you’ve followed this blog at all, then you know I have a hankering for anything horror. Today, I’m reviewing Steven Ramirez’s new offering, DEAD IS ALL YOU GET.

It is book two in his zombie series. Book one is called, TELL ME WHEN I’M DEAD.

About DEAD IS ALL YOU GET:

It wasn’t over. Not even close. After months of fighting the undead ravaging the town of Tres Marias, Dave Pulaski is tired—bone tired. Somehow, he and his wife, Holly, and their friends have managed to survive the contagion only to find themselves deep in a Northern California forest, pursued by a shrieking, hellish horde that threatens to devour them.

Then a miracle—Black Dragon Security helicopters ascend over a mist-shrouded ridge as more armed soldiers on ATVs come to destroy the attackers by the scores. They are saved! As the helicopter lifts off, Dave meets Evie Champagne, the intrepid television reporter who covered the tragedy until she mysteriously disappeared in the chaos and the violence. Like him, she is tired and afraid. But there’s something else.

Evie knows a secret.

Black Dragon has retaken Tres Marias from the Red Militia—a human scourge they battled along with the undead—and has again secured the command center. Survivors are getting medical attention and, bit by bit, the town is returning to normal. Or so Dave thinks. Things are about to get worse. The virus is mutating. And Evie knows who is to blame. The truth stretches far beyond Robbin-Sear, the mysterious biotech company with a secret lab located somewhere in the forest. The mayor may be involved, along with another even more sinister government agency.

Dave has a choice. He and Holly can leave the safe zone and fend for themselves. Or they can join Black Dragon and try to discover the truth about what really happened. All Dave wants is to protect those closest to him—especially Holly. He must decide, and time is short. The people responsible for the outbreak may be planning something worse—something whose dark consequences will reach far beyond Tres Marias and will push Dave beyond the limits of faith and reason.

Read Dead Is All You Get with the lights on. And keep telling yourself, “This can’t happen here.”

About the Author:

Steven Ramirez is the author of Books One and Two of THE DEAD SERIES, “Tell Me When I’m Dead” and “Dead Is All You Get.” He has also published a number of short stories, as well as a children’s book, and he wrote the screenplay for the horror-thriller film ‘Killers.’ To hear about new releases, visit http://stevenramirez.com/newsletter. Steven lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.

You can connect with Steven on Twitter at https://twitter.com/byStevenRamirez, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StevenRamirezWriter and Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/StevenRamirez. More information at http://stevenramirez.com/.

My Review:

Zombies? Check. Drama? Check. Fast-paced thrill ride? Hell, yes!

Steven Ramirez has created a post-apocalyptic landscape full of zombies that has everything The Walking Dead is trying to be. The biggest thing? Realism.

Dave is a great tortured hero who must live with the bad things he’s done in his life. While trying to create a new life with his new girl, including an adopted daughter of sorts, Dave beats himself up because he can’t be the perfect guy.

But, during a zombie apocalypse happens, you don’t perfect, you need kick-ass. And Ramirez gives us this in droves.

So, for this awesome Halloween season, if you are in the mood for zombies, check out this series. You won’t regret it.

4.5 Stars

The Secret at Honey Field– Interview with April

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I was lucky enough to track down April and get her to answer some questions about her and her adventures.

1. What is your favorite thing about baseball?
My favorite thing? You can’t make me pick one. That is completely and totally not fair! But since you’ve been so nice to me, I’ll give it a try. Let’s see, my favorite thing about baseball is that you can make it as easy or as hard as you want to. If you’re like me, you enjoy looking at advanced statistics called sabermetrics, but they can be a little dry and sometime difficult to talk about to the non-saber types. On the other hand, I always tell the players not to make this game more complicated than it needs to be. At the playing level, it’s a simple game with simple rules. Enjoy being a ballplayer and let us geeks worry about the crazy numbers.

2. If there was one wish you could have granted, what would it be?
That the players from the old Negro Leagues would have had the chance to play in the majors based on talent and talent alone. Jackie Robinson’s breakthrough in 1947 was incredible, but it should have happened decades earlier. Baseball, and the world, would have been all the better for it.

3. Do you believe in the supernatural?
Until this past summer I didn’t, but now I do. There’s a force out there that binds the past with the present and the present with the future. I’ve seen these forces at work and, although I don’t understand them completely, there is no other way to explain what I experienced this summer (we’ll just leave it at that!)

4. What is your biggest fear?
Well, I’m only twelve, so I don’t have many. I do fear that too many of today’s youth are turning away from baseball to play other sports, or none at all. If that continues, I fear baseball may not be as awesome when I’m old, you know, like thirty. Then I see a big influx of inner-city kids at the Little League World Series and I think maybe, just maybe, the grand old game will be just fine.

5. If you could travel to any time or place, what would it be?
Just between you and me, I’ve actually seen a real, live Negro League game from the early 1940s. It featured one of the greatest players no one has ever heard of, Flash Henderson. That was an awesome experience and I’ll never forget it. But if I could use my shadow ball to go anywhere/anytime, I’d go back to the 1941 season and experience both Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak and Ted William hitting over .400. Sounds like heaven to me.

It was a pleasure having you on the blog today, April. You are welcome back anytime. :)

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You can find April’s story here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Secret-Haney-Field-Baseball/dp/0991364627/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410355835&sr=8-2&keywords=rm+clark

Meet My Characters- Mathias featured on Immortyl Revolution

Just a heads up- learn more about Mathias than you ever wanted to know. He will be featured on Thursday, September 11, 2014 on the wonderful Immortyl Revolution blog. Basically, you will get to know him as I see him. http://immortylrevolution.blogspot.com/

Also, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the cover for the next Mathias book! The Devil’s Liege will be coming your way on September 26, 2014!

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