Last Outsider Cookie + Giveaway


This is the last Outsider cookie before it’s out and completely available to the masses (Not yet! You say. We’ve been on a cookie less diet for more than a month! How can you be so cruel!) Unless you’ve already pre-ordered it then… *thumbs up*

Not to worry I haven’t cut you off completely and won’t leave you guys to survive of the crumbs of this last Songhay-filled cookie (like chocolate chips but better 😉 ). I’m hosting a giveaway!

To enter is pretty simple, from now until the Twenty-third either leave a comment telling everyone your favorite dystopia is and why. Once you’ve entered one lucky winner shall receive books, 1, 2, and 3 of the Outsider Chronicles. 🙂

For now, enjoy some cookies!


The image of a familiar dream was just beginning to flicker into view when she heard the soft tinkle of glass hitting glass and felt a cold shadow press against her body.

Five heartbeats passed between the time it took her to sweep his feet out from underneath him, grapple him to the ground and press a knife to his throat. She opened her eyes.


He swallowed delicately.

“I thought you were asleep,” he finally managed to say.

“I was.” But her time in the Box had turned her into a very light sleeper. “What are you doing here?”



Interview Time! Robert L. Slater

I love interviewing other authors and find out the thought process that goes into each books. Some are eerily similar to mines while others are completely different, which goes to show you there isn’t only on way to write a book. Just do it!

Today, i’m interviewing Rob Slater, author of All Is Silence the first book in the Deserted Lands Series, after reading this interview be sure to check it out.

How would you describe All is Silence to those who haven’t read it yet? Edgy, painful, realistic apocalypse told from the point of view of a young woman who wonders why death left her behind.

 How did the idea for All is Silence come about? I wrote a short story about 17 years before that had similar elements. It was an immediate, visceral response to reading Lord of the Flies for the first time at age 28. Since then, I taught high school first as a substitute teacher and then at two small alternative high schools. The characters of Lizzie, Zach and Nev are conglomerates of my students from those years. I wanted to write a book for girls who don’t read books, to give them a central character they could identify with. Lizzie has issues, a lot of them. She’s a tomboy who doesn’t look like one, a kid who has had a rotating cast of poor male father figures, a girl who has cut herself in the past in order to feel, and a someone who has told her family, “I hope you all die.”

 Any plans for a sequel? I’m about 40,000 words into the first draft of Straight Into Darkness, which begins about a month after All Is Silence ends. There will be at least one more book about Lizzie and her friends and I have novel ideas for at least 6 more in the series. I’ve released an eBook of short stories, Outward Bound: Science Fiction & Poetry that has another Deserted Lands story and I’m submitting another Deserted Lands story to magazines, online and print. I hope to continue to write short stories to help people through the year in between novels.

[A whole year! Waaah!]

When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do? Maybe early elementary school. I wrote stories, song lyrics and poetry. At age 12, my best friend Rick Moyer and I wrote an audioplay sequel to Star Wars called Star Base ][. Funny, Rick produces SF songs and does audio voice work and I’m writing science fiction novels. I’ve written lyrics for 80+ songs with music for most, though many of them the music has been graciously forgotten. Then in college I wrote plays and had several produced. About 1991 I started my first novel and finished it in about 2-3 years. Then I wrote and submitted short fiction to science fiction and fantasy magazines for many years collecting a dozen or so sales and 600 rejections. My focus one writing has had to share my creative energy with music and theatre, kids and work, so there have been long dry patches. I still can’t believe I had the audacity to write All Is Silence for NANOWRIMO and plan to release it as a novel within a year. The final draft of the All Is Silence was in my hands 14 months after I wrote the first words!

Who are some of your writerly crushes? Robert Heinlein, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Spider Robinson, Andre Norton, Steven R. Donaldson.

What’s you’re usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may? My writer’s schedule is anything but. One of my goals for 2014 is to write at least 500 words every day. So far, it has only happened about 20% of the time. I used to let the characters lead, but found that if I didn’t have an idea of how it ended, the story wouldn’t get finished. With All Is Silence and Straight Into Darkness, I started out with short paragraphs describing 30-40 scenes. Finding the ending was still challenging, as the one I had in my head didn’t work out, but having that loose framework enabled me to keep writing.


[Wow! We’re pretty similar. I go for 1000 words a day and i write about 12 sort sentences describing a scene.]

Movie time! Who would you want cast for All is Silence movie? Wow. I don’t know. My students might do better with this. Lizzie is of Irish and Mexican descent so Seychelle Gabriel, who has been in a bunch of science fiction roles, would be my first choice. I really can’t think of an actor for Zach, who is a solid red-headed young man. I suppose Josh Hutcherson, who played Peeta Mellark in Hunger Games, maybe. For the father figure, Mannie, I’d go with Bodie Almos, though he’s a little young, or maybe Ricardo Antonio Chavira.





A review of Harm. YES!

A review of Harm. YES!

So, way back when i first started on this road of indie writerdom, and was feeling like a teeny-tiny little dot in the scheme of things (friendly note: avoid me when i’m depressed, I’m really. . . depressing), I stumbled upon a review of Niko by Alyssa, that really made my day (year, life, rebirth and all that), and now when I was worrying about how Harm, book two would be recieved (after struggling with a bout sequel-itist, in which I lost three chapters, sleep, and a few brain cells), she has made my day again. XD XD XD!


Here’s a snippet. . .

I loved the new characters, I loved how we learn more about Niko’s back story, and I loved the new settings. Cherai City is pretty different from Amaryllis, and seeing their society from a different point of view really added more depth to this world. There definitely wasn’t a dull moment, and I honestly wasn’t expecting the twist at the end of the book.


Now check out the rest!

I’m judging you. No, really.

I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ meaning that we shouldn’t form out opinion on something solely based on its appearance.

Even so, unless we encounter a book by word of mouth most of us are drawn to new books by their covers and we expect certain covers on certain genres (which is how my vampire-radar is able to spot a vampire book a mile away).

So when my sister, the lovely artist Hana Kura , and I sat down to craft a cover for Niko, the first book in the Outsider Chronicles, I wanted a cover that said: “Hey! I’m a slightly sexy dystopian thriller with a bit of horror and loads of action. Read me!”

After a lot of back and forth, two tablets and the power of an index finger, we settled on this:





                 Sexy, yet creepy 😀

In the beginning I loved it — I still love it but after a while I started to worry that people might get the wrong idea about its contents (sexy vampires, not flesh eating Slithers). As a reader one of the worse things is expecting to read one book and getting something completely different— it really ends well.

So after three nail-biting months I decided to change the cover. This time taking inspiration from Ninja Assassin.


                              The first time I learned that drinking from a water bottle can be sexy. . . you go Rain!


It also fits well with the cover concept for Harm, the second book in the Outsider Chronicles. While Niko was more in-your-face the cover of Harm is more mysterious, giving you the teensiest of tiniest hints of what going on inside. Of course if you want to solve the Great Cover Mystery, you’ve gotta read the book 😛


                     Very very mysterious

Harm is available for pre-order, click the link!



At long last Niko is available on woot! *dance dance dance dance*

If you loved the Hunger Games you’ll love the Outsider Chronicles

Also check out two Outsider short stories here