Between Love and Chaos: Blurbs and Taglines

I’ve been working on my blurbs and taglines for my new series and hope to send them soon to my cover designer. I’d love comments/ suggestions.

The Béte Noir

(tagline: All it takes is one bite)

Lexi Jones struggles to find an antidote to a mosquito born virus killing people all around the world.

Note: This is a short story.


Under All Silences

Béte Noir Series – Book 1

(tagline: Between love and chaos)

Three years after the Béte Noir virus wipes out most of humanity, a group of Viking styled barbarians threaten to take over Cascadia, a territory on the west coast of North America. What they don’t know is that scientist Lexi Jones has a way to stop them.

After society crumbled, Lexi took sanctuary in a homestead with friends, living close to nature. Then the Barbarians came.

When Ranger lost his family to the virus, he joined a group of warriors determined to restore peace and order to their territory. And then he met Lexi.

This is no normal love story. The world, as we know it, is over. Most of humanity is dead and those who survived are changed.

And, the barbarians are moving in.

Under All Silences is a post-apocalyptic, paranormal, romantic adventure that will chill and thrill you to the bone.


Photo credit: Pixabay

5 Terrifying Things About Jellyfish

It’s a common joke in our home that some day I will write a story about jellyfish taking over the world. Why? Because jellies are scary. Here’s my top five reasons they make the hair on the back of my neck dance:

One – They are Everywhere

Jellyfish drift along currents in every ocean in the world. They can be found in deep water, shallow water and along beaches. They have been on earth since before the time of the dinosaurs.  500 to 700 million years!

Two – They Have no Brains

Seriously – no brains.

How do they even function? They have neurons that send messages throughout their system. Is this a different kind of brain? Mmm, it’s different from how we function, that’s for sure. My writer’s mind loves this stuff.

“Instead of a single, centralized brain, jellyfish possess a net of nerves. This “ring” nervous system is where their neurons are concentrated—a processing station for sensory and motor activity.” (How are Jellyfish Able to Live Without a Brain)

Three- They Know Where They are Going

Yes, Jellies are able to navigate their direction.

“In fact, box jellyfish even have advanced eyes similar to humans. Their complicated eyes allow them to see more favorable habitats that they can swim towards, according to the Current Biology study.

“These behaviors require not only accurate vision but also precise control of speed and direction of swimming,” writes the researchers.

Some box jellyfish are so advanced that they even engage in mating rituals, in which a male grabs a female by her tentacles to deposit spermatophores on her.

“The box jellyfish solution may thus be linked to the absence of a central brain, but it defeats the idea that a central brain is a prerequisite for advanced behavior,” writes the researchers.” (Ibid.)

Four – Jellies Have no Bones, Poisonous Tentacles and They Light Up

Jellies are 98% water. They are not actually fish. They are a type of plankton distantly related to sea anemones and have only one opening in their bodies through which they eat, procreate and release waste material. They use their tentacles to grab food and also to protect themselves. The tentacles carry poison. Many of them light up in the dark.

Five – They Move In

In the fall a red variety of jellyfish move into the small bay where I like to swim on my favourite Gulf Island off the west coast of Canada. If you touch one, their poison stings but doesn’t kill you. Swimming between or around them is impossible. With seemingly little effort, they displace us every fall.

So what do you think? Should I write a story about the invasion on the Jellies?


Sources:

Wikipedia

How are Jellyfish Able to Live Without a Brain

Science ABC

Seeing the Light in the Dark

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Writing a story with the dark setting of a post-apocalyptic world is hard for me. It gives me nightmares.

But every time I put the story away, it haunts me. Kind of like an infected tooth. It wants to be finished. When I pick it up, again, the words flow.

The two things I’ve found that help me with this struggle are:

  1. Writing poems for Lexi
  2. Writing a light novella on the side.

Today I’m sharing another of Lexi’s haikus. Hope you like it.

Lovin’ Danger #Free Aug 15-17th

What’s better than a free book?

Jo-Ann Carson

This is the last of my free, summer, beach reads. It’s a short, fun and sexy novella. You don’t need to read the first three books to understand the story, but you may find you want to read them afterwards. Here’s the blurb:

Lovin’ Danger

Mata Hari Series, Book 4

Sadie Stewart, international model by day, CIA operative by night, wants it all: the danger and intrigue of being a spy, the glamour of modeling on the international stage and the love of a good man. But after she survives the second assassination attempt on her life, her world spins out of control.

Art dealer, Sebastian Wilde, a Viking with cool, blue eyes and the body of a Norse God, wants Sadie safe and by his side. And Sadie’s boss, the infamous master-spy, Jeremiah Cole, demands she follow his orders.

When Sadie faces the assassin alone, she risks everything.

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10 Scary Facts About the Zika Mosquitoes

Two mosquitos spread the Zika virus.

  • Aedes Aegypti (often called the Yellow Fever mosquito)
  • Aedes Albopictus (commonly called the Asian Tiger mosquito)

Here is a  list of the top ten facts about them.

One –

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Aedes albopictus obtaining blood from a human

Although  the Aedes Albopictus is native to tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia, they are spreading to many countries. They can even survive snow. They are called the Asian Tiger Mosquito because of their striped appearance.

Two

Aedes aeypti
Aedes aeypti

The Aedes Eegypti are considered to be the main carriers of the Zika virus,  because they prefer to feed on humans. They feed mostly at dusk and at night, but can feed in the day. They live twelve months a year and, “their eggs can remain viable for over a year in a dry state.” (Wikepedia)

 

Three

The mosquitoes are vectors (i.e., carriers) for many viral pathogens (i.e., yellow fever, Zika dengue fever and Chikungunya fever.

Four

Appearance – The aedes aeypti is usually 1.6 to 2.8 mm long and is recognized by the white markings on its legs. The Aedes albopictus is 2 to 10 mm long and is striped black and white.

Five

Female have a long proboscis, which they use to collect blood to feed her eggs. Males feed on plant nectar.

Six

It has been suggested that the mosquitoes are drawn to pregnant women because they emit more carbon dioxide, but I’ve had trouble verifying that. It could be an urban myth.

Seven

They bite during the day as well as at dusk and at night.

Eight

They are really good at spreading disease because they do bite diverse host species, which enables certain pathogens to jump species.

Nine

They are fast biters, so it’s difficult to swat them dead before they’ve moved on to their next victim.

Ten

They breed near standing water.

 


The Good News (maybe)

Bug – Out Time:


Sources:

Wikepedia on Aedes albpictus

Wikepedia on Aedes aegypti

Zika Virus

Featured Creatures (University of Florida)

European Center for Disease Prevention and Control 


Photo Credit:

Aedes aegypi picture from Wikipedia: photographer By Muhammad Mahdi Karim 

Aedes albopictus picture: CDC – This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Public Health Image Library (PHIL), with identification number #4487.


Why am I writing about mosquitoes?

They scare me. Did I mention that I’m writing a story about the world after a plague created by mosquitoes? Stay tuned.

My Favorite 5 Kitschy Sci-Fi Tropes

Some Sci-Fi tropes are sooo overused they have a beauty of their own, a weird-ugly beauty, like Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress being worn on an orangatan. Today, I bring you my favorite-five kitschy sci-fi tropes:

One  – Post-Apocalyptic Gangs with Wild Fashion Tastes

The funkier the clothing and hair the better. Mohawks, leather everything, braids and black make-up galore. It’s as if evil has it’s own set of designers and make-up artists.

Two – The Extra-Terrestial Bar Scene

The bar scene in Star Wars is forever stuck in my head. It’s wonderfully eccentric and I love it. But such scenes are not always done well.

Three – All Aliens Speak English

How can this be? Seriously. It makes us much sense as people in a future dystopia having perfect teeth. Sheesh.

Some realism is needed. I declare it should take aliens at least four minutes to speak our language.

Four – “The Chosen” Will Save Us (and of course they’re white)

There must be a lot of people out there hoping they’re the chosen ones, because this trope permeates all literature. The little guy who thinks he’s a nobody wins big. Remember when we first met Harry Potter, he was living under a stairwell, and look what happened to him.

The “chosen-one” trope hits an archetypal chord, appeals to our sense of humanity and who we are. It gives us little people hope.

In post-apocalyptic fiction the “chosen one(s)” save us. It works, at least I guess it works, because it’s used so much, but for me, many of the stories would ring truer if the chosen ones were “chosen” more by serendipity and inner conviction that fate. That’s me.

Oh … and please don’t make them all white and pretty.

Five – Science Goes Too Far

Civilization is collapsing. Therefore it has to be the geeky people who caused it. Face it: they understand computers and they push the limits of science too far. And hey, they’re smarter than us, so it must be them. You might have guessed, I really hate this trope, which plays on our distrust for all things geek.


Sources:

Meredith Woerner’s 10 Science Fiction Tropes We Will Never Get Tired Of

Rebecca Pahl’s 10 Overused Sci-Fi Tropes That Should be Jettisoned Into Space

Photo Credit – Pixabay


shutterstock_104723360 (1)How about you? Which tropes niggle you?

The Bane by Keary Taylor #Review

What makes us human?

In a post-apocalyptic world Eve is committed to protecting her nomadic community called Eden. Cyborgs, known as the Bane, have taken over the world and are hunting the last humans. All a Bane has to do is touch a human to infect them. The infection spreads through their body transforming it into a Bane.

Keary Taylor describes the setting so well, the fear is palpable. The Bane are fast, smart and deadly. Their numbers are growing and it’s becoming harder and harder to hide from them.

Eve learns that her exceptional warrior skills are a result of being the prototype for the Bane. But she is more human than they are and her ability to feel emotions is increasing. The story of Eden’s survival parallels her story of self-awareness complicated by her love for two men.

Taylor pulls you into Eve’s world on the first page and doesn’t let go. It’s definitely flashlight worthy. A great read.

I recommend it for anyone who likes post-apocalyptic, new-adult romance. There is some violence. No sex.

I close with my favorite quote:

“I imagined myself sinking through the ground, of burying myself into the earth and disappearing. I had helped cause the end of the world. Whether it was my choice or not, I was a means to the end. I was now meaningless, an experiment forgotten about, no longer needed. I was a hollowed vessel with no reason for still being. They had got what they needed and moved on.”

the bane

 

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My rating: 5 robots:) robots

 

 

 


Photo Credits:

the robots are from Pixabay

the image is created on Canva