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A fab duo–Karen Y. Bynum and Danielle Fine–have melded their brains and efforts into a new small press, Definition House and they’re debuting their first project. I’m so excited to help Karen and Danielle out. Read below to see how you can get in on the action. You’ll see links to find Definition House and their debut author, Ryan Hill, below, along with information about Dead New World, a FAB book zombies! Below the trailer, you’ll find pre-made tweets that YOU can share to help spread the word. Woot!

Where to find info on Definition House and Ryan Hill:

Definition House

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DefinitionHouse
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DefinitionHouse
Website: http://www.definitionhouse.com/

 

Ryan Hill

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ryanhillwrites
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/J_Ryan
Website:   http://www.ryanhillwrites.com/

 

Blurb: 

Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

They follow orders. And if Holt and Ambrose want to kill some undead, they’ll do the same. But when a routine mission goes horribly wrong, the best friends’ lives are flayed to the bone.

Now there’s only one light in the darkness of Holt’s life, and when she’s taken, he’ll do anything to get her back. Even if that means defying orders and using his best friend as a weapon. Holt and Ambrose risk all to save her, but what they discover among the hordes threatens to remake humanity. Again.

In the end, will there be anything left to live for in this dead new world?

 

YouTube:

Dead New World trailer: http://youtu.be/bHHTm3Ibosg

The Campaign:

The Kickstarter campaign will run from November 14 to December 14. And we are so excited to get started! We believe that by using crowd-sourcing we will be able to generate buzz and interact with readers even before the book is published. It also brings authors and readers together so that they are both part of the publication journey. And as the publisher, we look forward to strengthening that bond. We’ve chosen Ryan Hill’s Dead New World as our first project and are looking forward to sharing it with you. Thank you for spreading the word. Now let’s make beautiful zombies together!

Tweets:

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore… @DefinitionHouse‘s Kickstarter campaign for #DeadNewWorld by @J_Ryan starts November 14! #indie #epub

Campaign for #DeadNewWorld by @J_Ryan starts November 14! #epub Zombies. Aren’t. Mindless. http://youtu.be/bHHTm3Ibosg via @DefinitionHouse

Bring on the zombies! Campaign for #DeadNewWorld by @J_Ryan starts November 14! #epub #brainz http://youtu.be/bHHTm3Ibosg via @DefinitionHouse

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore. Campaign for #DeadNewWorld by @J_Ryan starts November 14! #epub http://youtu.be/bHHTm3Ibosg via @DefinitionHouse

 

Thank you for supporting Definition House. :) We appreciate you so much!

 

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Ok, so I’m totally scared of zombies and often avoid reading about them because I inevitably get nightmares. On the other hand, I’ve seen author Jen Naumann’s tweets about this story and was curious enough to forgo my usual rule of avoiding zombies and gave it a go.

I have to say the title captures the tone of this story PERFECTLY. The main character’s voice is strong and clear (always a good draw for me). And her perception of the world going to crap lent a comedy-like vibe to the tale—another thing that I totally dug. To be clear: It wasn’t goofy, stupid comedy. At all. It was the kind of comedy that made the story a blast to read.

Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of scary parts, heart-wrenching parts, gory parts, and enough action to keep this action junky satisfied.

Plus the ending totally left me begging for a sequel!

All in all, I’d give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Nice job, Jen! I’m a fan! ;)

Jen’s book on Amazon

Jen’s Amazon author page

Jen’s blog: paranormalya.blogspot.com

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I’m SO excited to featured on Paranormal Reads tomorrow, Jan 22. They’re a FAB group on Facebook. Check it out! :)

About Paranormal Reads:

Discuss books, give reviews and give recommendations. This place is for Paranormal book lovers!!

We also ENCOURAGE authors to post anything about their books! There is no need to ask or apologize for posting something about your book!! We are an AUTHOR FRIENDLY page and love all books an authors! Thank you :)

How to find Paranormal Reads on the interwebz:

There is also our goodreads to see what were reading:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7102096-paranormal-reads

Our blog to see our short reviews:
http://paranormalreadsreviews.blogspot.com/

And our Twitter to tweet with us:
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Our Website:
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So…

The news has been rife with stories of cannibalism lately. I’d say the subject itself isn’t new, but the gruesomeness and the occurrence of it in “civilized” cities is alarming to say the least. (Zombie experts have long warned of this day, I might add.)

Hmmm, maybe the Mayans are onto something.

*shudders*

Anywho, the dude in Florida (who attacked someone and ate parts of their face–YUCK and YIKES!) was high on something called “Bath salts.” Not to be confused with the fragrant, soothing stuff we add to our baths, bath salts (in the illicit substance world) is actually a concotion of synthetic stimulants including mephedrone, MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone), and methylone.

Symptoms of intoxication include:

Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, high blood pressure, tacchycardia, and suicidality.

(Source: WebMD)

It’s been described as worse than LSD, PCP, esctasy, and meth.

I would readily agree.

We’ve seen cases of this locally and people intoxicated on this stuff (who end up on the inpatient psych unit) are often very difficult to keep calm and difficult to treat because our standard anti-psychotic medications are not as effective in treating bath salt induced psychosis.

Some of the people we’ve treated never recover (meaning they have chronic, severe symptoms of psychosis for months or longer after intoxication on bath salts) and end up being transferred to the longer term facility for prolonged inpatient care.

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All the buzz about Zombies has me freaked out. Like for real. I can handle vamps, werewolves, even ghosts. But zombies? No. Way.

And here’s why!

Zombies. Are. Real.

Named after Jules Cotard (a French neurologist who first described the condition in 1880), Cotard Syndrome is a delusion where the sufferer believes they are dead, or are putrefying, or have lost their blood or internal organs. Sometimes (rarely), it includes delusions of immortality (so in that regard, vampires are real too!)

Related to Capgras Syndrome, Cotard Syndrome can occur in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. It can also be a (rare) side effect of Acyclovir (an anti-viral medication).

Treatment includes pharmacotherapy (medication) with anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers. ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) has also been used.

Has anybody encountered any literature including a character who believed they were dead, decaying, or that their organs were gone?

Be sure to check out Lydia’s Medical Monday and Sarah’s The Strangest Situation.

Remember, these posts are for writing purposts ONLY and are NOT to be construed as medical advice or treamtent.

Let me know if you have a writerly mental health question and I can address it here on Mental Health Monday! ;)

 

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