Rebecca Carter's first self published collection of short stories Moonlit Daydreams was able to reach number 30 on the Kindle Horror-> Occult category through fervent self promotion and support from online horror communities who were taken by the originality in style and ideas. She introduced the first Zombie Raptor in media with this collection's main story Of Children. She has since released the well received Sunlit Nightmares as well as had inclusions in multiple anthologies. Rebecca has published poetry and fiction under alternate pen names and is looking forward to continuing writing as herself in the thriller and suspense genres, as well as leaning heavily on horror.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the opportunity to release my writing to people who are interested in finding work written by people like me. In addition to bringing my works to a new audience who is interested in reading indie material, their ever growing network of great options in distribution has helped me not only sell more books but also provided me with a way to gain credibility by showing a wide range of availability.
What are you working on next?
I am writing a new novella that was supposed to come out on my birthday, January 26th, but I have had to push back the release date. Even though it is turning out to be one of the best things I have ever written I felt that I needed to give myself more time to finish it so that I am not shortchanging myself or my fans by putting out something that is less than it could be.
The first story in the collection "The Zombie King " blew my mind and put in me in the mood for some good old fashioned mashups-I read it eagerly and flipped to the next page ready for more. Unfortunately from there the stories became a little too modernized and a few of them felt forced. I recommend purchasing the book because it is definitely worth a read but I wish I could say all of the stories held the same natural flow as the first.
Murder mystery stories are a dime a dozen and usually fall flat, especially when written in First Person, but the titular story “Invasion of Privacy” manages to create a sense of mystery and introduces a novel scenario. These being shorts I cannot go too far into detail without spoiling the meat of the stories but I will say that the concept behind “The Tourist Attraction” is the most unique of the stories presented and I enjoyed its concept the most. The three best stories are: “The Tourist Attraction”, “A Novel Murder”, and “Tag, you’re it”. I want to give a nod to the formatting and grammar, they are both great (which is rare).
Zero Point Energy is held up by a great Sci-Fi idea and has the unique addition of informative links making it well worth a read. The length is good for a Science Fiction work but could have been fleshed out a bit more and I would have liked to seen more chapter breaks. My biggest fear with the story is how it could translate to print and not lose its informative links, this is a hurdle that the author should try to overcome.
The concept has the possibility of becoming a great Sci-Fi read but the relationship focus and some of the sexual wording caused me to break out of the story. This isn't a negative aspect to everyone.
As long as the cost is a "You Set The Price" option I recommend paying the $.99 for a copy as it is worth a read instead of downloading it for free.
I rarely write a 4 star review and I did not go into this book with any expectations. I was not familiar with Rennes-le-Chateau or Ben Hammott in any way but this was an exceptionally entertaining read.I specifically enjoyed the thought of the facebook experiment. I do not want to go more into detail for fear of spoiling it for anyone. I believe anyone with more knowledge of the subject matter would give this a 5 star review, as I am sure I missed some of the humor that is spread throughout.
The book starts with a disclaimer that it may be unsuitable for minors and may offend. I absolutely agree with this statement and I give the book 3 out of 5 stars based on the fact that it is generally well written and has a unique idea behind it but the detail way "sex" was referenced was beyond what was needed and to me (as someone who does not enjoy graphic sexual references) was too graphic to keep immersed. In addition the way that women were addressed kept me from enjoying the read overall. This would not be the case for everyone and the reason the book received 3 instead of 2 stars is because the language and attitude toward women are essential for the story to the author. The author is intentionally trying to show a broken train of thought but there are numerous mentions of rape and the idolization of women as objects for sex only that could cause issues for some people.