GUEST POST with DEBBIE KUMP, author of the Apocalyptic Thriller, 7G

I am so excited! Today I have my friend and extremely talented author, DEBBIE KUMP, guest posting on my blog. This is my very first guest post ever and I am thankful it is with such an all-around awesome person. I had the honor of editing DEBBIE’S novel, 7G, before it was published and I must say it will leave you with a different feeling about technology after you read it. I did a review for 7G which you can read here. Please help me make her feel welcome. Read the review for 7G and visit Debbie’s site here . Come back to leave a question for her and you could win an autographed copy of 7G! The winner will be picked at random by Debbie and notified via email so make sure and include your email address in your comment. The winner will be announced on Monday, August 1st.
I’m a big fan of black moments in fiction. But in real life…not so much.
            In literature, I love reaching that emotional climax when the protagonist’s future seems bleak, hoping that a minute chance for a HEA, or Happily Ever After, still remains. Yet when my own life takes a similar turn, I grow increasingly frustrated, doubting a personal HEA exists.
            Just as I prefer to write by plotting out the major scenes in outline form before delving into my next novel, I prefer to map out my future career plans and goals than to simply take things as they come. But unexpected twists in the road of life occasionally throw off my plans.           
            And lately, these black moments seem to be occurring with increasing regularity.
            Nine years ago, I resigned from full-time teaching to stay home and raise our children. By teaching part-time in the evenings, I felt like I never truly left the classroom. Yet when my oldest son entered school, I abandoned the part-time gigs to keep my evenings free for his homework and sports.
            As busy as my children kept me with their activities at home, a void began to grow in my life. No longer needing to read Geometry, Algebra II, and ACT prep books in my spare time to prepare myself for answering myriad student questions, my brain thirsted for a new challenge. In response, an unachieved goal continually surfaced in my mind.
            Personally, I’m driven by goals. Wanted to run a marathon. Check. (Completed four, to be exact.) Wanted to live in Maui. Check. (Then missed it so much after we returned to the mainland that I made my husband move back to the islands.) Wanted to publish a book…
            Unchecked.
            Despite my growing commitments to my children’s school and sports, I decided to do something to remedy that. Back then, my naiveté was bliss, never guessing how much time and effort I’d invest over the next few years in order to actually achieve this goal. But looking back, I believe all of it was worthwhile to be where I am today.
            Especially since my prospects of reentering the teaching field this fall are slim.
            Recessional government cutbacks and a failed levy recently forced my school district to eliminate numerous teaching positions. Not that I’m sure I could even manage a part-time position should one become available. Shortly following my sons’ births, a genetic autoimmune disease called iritis flared in my eyes, triggering eye pain and debilitating migraines due to extreme light sensitivity. To cope, I wear a hat and mountaineering glacier glasses both indoors and out.
            Blessed with supportive family and friends, I eventually met my publishing goal. In October, Whiskey Creek Press will release Exiled to the North in e-book and paperback. Yet a different project surprisingly debuted first. This July, World Castle Publishing released my Apocalyptic Thriller, 7G. Chronicling the interwoven lives of multiple characters, 7G is set in the near future when Smartphones will be obsolete. Instead, technological innovations provide virtual computer screens for texting, surfing the Internet, or reading an e-book on lenses worn directly over the eye. With the upcoming conversion to 7G Network allowing instantaneous optical and audio recording, limitless military and civilian applications abound. Yet an unexpected programming glitch proves fatal, spelling disaster for the nation. In the aftermath of 7G, the fates of college sophomore Erik Weber and submariner Alyssa Kensington entwine, making the reader wonder if these protagonists will escape and manage to survive in a crippled world.
            So for now, I’m done losing sleep over my black moments. (My characters do that to me enough as it is.) While waiting to apply for the scarce job openings in my field, I enjoy working on my next novel and coaching my sons’ soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and baseball teams. Though I know I’ll return to the classroom in some capacity (eventually), in the meantime I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to follow my dream down this new career path.
            7G is now available in ebook and paperback at amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, World Castle Publishing, and many other ebook vendors. For more information, please visit my website: https://sites.google.com/site/debbiekumpbooks/ You can find 7G at amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback format.
            Thank you, Beth, for inviting me as a guest on your blog today. I wish you all the best in following your writing dream! (And believe me, Beth’s off to a great start. I recently had the pleasure of reading a sample intro of her novel. She really hooks the reader right from page one!)
Wow! Debbie, I didn’t realize how extremely busy your life is! The fact that you find the time to write a paragraph, much less an entire book as thrilling and scary as 7G, is a miracle! I would like to know more about the iritis that you mentioned. Thank you so much for taking the time to guest post on Writing Opinions and I would love to have you back soon. Mi casa es su casa! Also, do you think you might be able to tutor me in Algebra when I start the class? I love words but hate numbers with a passion! LOL!!! Thanks for the kind words about my novel, you sure know how to give a girl a big head!
You can also find Debbie on Facebook here. This is a brand new author page for her so it is still under construction. Make sure to stop by both her website and Facebook page and show my girl some LOVE!!!


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7G by DEBBIE KUMP

Who doesn’t love technology? We are surrounded by technology of all kinds, from e-readers to cell phones the size of credit cards. Almost every household in the United States has at least one computer and almost everyone has an iPod, iPad, or an iPhone. Our military uses technology when training our soldiers and when fighting our enemies.
What would happen if this technology was the death of civilization? How would we survive and communicate?
In 7G by DEBBIE KUMP, this question is asked and answered with bone chilling clarity. We would be lost without this technology and we would be pushed to our absolute limit in order to survive.
No one uses a cumbersome laptop or cell phone in 7G. Computers and cell phones are contained in contact lenses worn in the eye and microphones worn in the ear. Everyone has them and is looking forward to the upgrade to 7G.
College sophomore Erik Weber is having a bad day. He believes his girlfriend is cheating on him and decides to remove his DOTS and go to the library where he is certain he won’t run into her.
Alyssa Kensington is on a submarine in the middle of the ocean with pink eye. As if a case of pink eye isn’t bad enough, she has to throw away her contaminated DOTS and spend three days in quarantine until the infection is under control.
Little do they know; their not so great situations have actually saved their lives. While the rest of the world is wearing the DOTS in anticipation of the upgrade to 7G, Alyssa feels out of touch and stir crazy without her DOTS to help her pass the time and Erik is asleep in a chair at the library.
When Alyssa has finally had all she can stand of the quarantine room, she chances going to the gym to work off some of her pent up energy. A few minutes into her workout she realizes the submarine seems to be leaning forward too much and goes to check it out. What she finds is a nightmare. Everyone on the sub is dead except for her. With no time to contemplate how they all died, she sets to work on finding a way to get herself off of the submarine that is headed straight for the bottom of the ocean.
When Erik wakes, still in the library, he is surprised that no one woke him when the library closed the night before. As he walks out of the building he notices that the librarian’s jacket is still lying over the chair. Here Erik finds the first body. The librarian is on the floor, dead, with blood all over his face. Erik reaches in his pocket to get his DOTS only to realize he left them at his apartment the night before. When he exits the library he sees students strewn all over the campus grounds, also dead.
And so the story of 7G begins. What will Alyssa do to save herself from a sinking sub full of her dead comrades? What will Erik do once he realizes that he seems to be the only person left on the planet? To find out you will have to read 7G by DEBBIE KUMP.
This book will make you think twice about how you would survive if technology failed us and just how much technology you really need. This book was scary on a very real level because it shows what is possible with our insatiable need to have MORE of it all. Could you imagine  waking up to an entirely dead planet? How would you handle it? Would you just go crazy?
7G is available in both Kindle and paperback format from amazon.com, just follow the links below. It is also available directly from World Castle Publishing with a discount coupon code.
Happy reading!

  Paperback
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=012-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1937085716&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
Kindle
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THE HOUSE ON MAYBERRY ROAD by TROY McCOMBS

Every town has that one old and spooky looking house that the kids make up ghost stories about. Teenagers looking for a thrill on Friday night  will double dog dare some poor kid to show their bravery by going up onto the porch or going all the way inside.
But what happens when the house is actually haunted? In  TROY McCOMBS’ novel THE HOUSE ON MAYBERRY ROAD, that is exactly the problem. 

Most  people have forgotten that the house on Mayberry Road even exists. That is until thrill seeking teens come up dead or insane. After one adventurous teen is torn in half and thrown out of a window on the second story of the Mayberry house, Sheriff Charlie Steera enlists the help of paranormal investigator John Rollings to help him solve the mysterious case. 
Once Rollings goes inside the house and is the only one to come out alive, he begins to think that maybe he was brought to this point for a reason. He becomes obsessed with figuring out what lurks in the ordinary looking house and discovers a much larger mystery, for some reason, he seems to be connected to whatever thing lives inside.
John begins to unravel a mystery far more dangerous than he ever imagined and also discovers that those he thought of as friends may not be friends after all.


This book will keep you guessing until the very end and scare you half to death. If you ever thought of going into a haunted house alone you will quickly rethink that decision after reading this tale of terror.  THE HOUSE ON MAYBERRY ROAD is available direct from the publisher’s website here or from amazon.com at the link below. After you have read this book and been scared silly, please make sure to come back and let me know what you thought of it. Happy Reading!http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=012-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1937085252&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

HEADS UP FOR SOME NEW REVIEWS FOR 7/16/2011

I will have several reviews posted tomorrow, July 16, 2011. Among these awesome books will be 7G:SEVENTH GENERATION by DEBBIE KUMP. This is a must read book, especially since we as a nation depend almost entirely on technology. It’s actually really creepy! 

I will also have a review for THE HOUSE ON MAYBERRY ROAD by TROY McCOMBS. This one is scary beyond belief and has all sorts of ghosts and monsters, a haunted house, and, yes, even a love story thrown in, although that isn’t the main point of the story it does help to push it along.

Ewetopia A Land Far from Normal. Can be either a bedtime story for the kids or a light hearted read for a grown up.
There will several more also, just not sure which ones! 🙂 

WOLF by DENISE MAIN

Could you handle going from a tough, street-smart, heroin addict to one of the top shape shifters in one of the top shape shifter clans? Well, that is exactly what happens to Jenna Gray in the book WOLF by DENISE MAIN.  One day she’s on the street living the hopeless life of a heroin addict and the next she is thrown into the adventure of a lifetime that begins with an exploding bar.
After the explosion, Jenna spends her time with her rescuer, Lone Wolf and his wolf pup. Little by little, Jenna is fed bits and pieces of memories she has been made to forget by Lone Wolf concerning her past and her life. Jenna begins to figure out what a dangerous situation she is in and wonders if she can trust anyone she considers a friend. From dirty streets in bad neighborhoods to beautiful hills in the country, the reader will follow Jenna on a mission to save herself and those of her clan she holds close to her heart.
This was an action packed story with a tight easy to follow plot. Main did an awesome job of bringing the reader into the story and bringing the characters out. I enjoyed this book from the first word on the first page to the last word on the last page and hope she writes more on this clan and Jenna. You can buy this book from amazon.com by following the link below. Once you’ve read it please come back here and let me know what you thought of it. Happy reading!

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