Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Writing Inspiration-Story a Day September

If you feel uninspired, then the new month comes with a new challenge - write a Story a Day for September. 


Sign up for the Story A Day newsletter which will provide a new writing prompt each day. Or check out the prompts on the blog.  The only rule is to comment on the blog and share that you've done a story. It can be short or long.

So,... do I dare try? We'll see...

Anyway... the first prompt (since I saw it ahead in the newsletter) is... The Disappeared...

Let me know if you try it.

When I'm uninspired (yes, I am lately), a prompt works great. I usually get an impromptu idea for a flash story, which is always fun to try.  I'm going to see what comes to mind when I read the full prompt for day one. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Horror Outside of Zombies

Zombies are the best. There’s no denying that, and they are my go-to monster when I need a horror fix. But zombies aren’t the only horror monsters I enjoy. I’m also a huge fan of slasher films and creature features.

When I was younger, my dad always let us watch Monster Vision with him, so my love of horror grew from there. I remember seeing old Godzilla movies and terrible, terrible shows that I can’t remember the name of.

It wasn’t until I was older that I got into slasher films. I had seen a few A Nightmare on Elm Streets when I was in grade school, along with some Child’s Plays, but I wouldn’t have called myself a fan. That didn’t happen until I was in college.

I wrote my thesis on slasher films. My committee chair suggested it. I originally wanted to write about demons, but this topic was more focused. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too sure about it at first. I didn’t think I would have a lot to say.

The focus of my thesis was the Friday the 13th films. My husband is a huge fan because he was born on the 13th. We had a blast watching them together. And I learned so much looking at them critically. To this day, I’m still hooked on slasher films. And yes, Jason is one of my all-time favorite killers. But I also really like Freddy. There’s something to be said about his sense of humor.

And I still really like creature features. Aliens or animals that have been mutated by nuclear whatever are my favorite. Like zombie films, I’ll watch anything in these genres, and rarely will I turn them off.

Do you have a favorite horror genre outside of zombies?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Baby Shoes Anthology On Sale!

* Not sure how long it'll last - but at least for next 12 hours  - anthology marked down!
 * 8/27 a.m. - Kindle version still marked down - print is back up to full price.

 Includes my zombie story, "Second Chances" in the Baby Shoes: 100 Stories by 100 Authors100 flash stories under 1,000 words by 100 authors - 

 *** 8/26 - On Sale! Marked down half for at least next 12 hours!

That weird old lady hoarder turns out to have the last laugh when zombies actually do appear.  When she goes to the day care in town, she spots the baby shoes in the hall and hopes she's not too late...

Excerpt from Second Chances by C.A. Verstraete... 

The strange flu came from nowhere. The news blared the rising death tolls hour by hour. Then came the panic and looting, especially once the real disaster became clear—the dead didn’t stay dead.

Lucky for me, being the “crazy hoarder” in the rundown house on the hill has some advantages: the zombies have easy pickings of the panicked citizens below, and I have a house full of goods. With everything I could need on hand from ointments and paper goods, to baby items, and all kinds of food, along with my rain barrels and homemade solar panels, I almost never have to leave home.

As I stood on my roof, rifle in hand, and watched people fleeing and trying to fight off the ghoulish hordes, something hit me. The fate of the adults didn’t matter. Heartless it might sound, but I knew it was them or me. But what about the truly helpless and defenseless? I didn't want to go out, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the day care center in town. I had to find out what had happened there.

I headed inside and threw some supplies into my backpack, my eyes drawn to the old box of baby clothes on the shelf. This time, instead of making me mourn my own loss, it filled me with purpose.

The back roads remained empty, most of the action centered along the main streets where people frantically tried to escape the encroaching undead. My ancient but reliable van putted up and around the hills, my luck holding as I encountered only a few ghouls wandering here and there. They turned and moaned at sight of my vehicle, then shambled after it at a snail's pace. I let them be, not wanting to draw others with the sound of gunfire.

To my relief, the downtown appeared pretty deserted as well, due to most people having been at work or home sick with the flu. The worst part is that many died at home, alone and forgotten, until they emerged undead.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Looking for Readers

My young adult zombie book, Life After the Undead, is being re-released by Booktrope in October. My book manager and I are looking for ARC readers. All that is required is that you leave a review after reading the book.

If you don’t know what an ARC is, it’s an Advanced Reader Copy, which is sent out before the book is released. It’s a sneak peek at the work before it gets released to the world.

The book is a re-release, but things have been added and changed from the original version—not a ton, it’s not a completely different book. I would love for you to check it out!

If you’re interested, please let me know. You can comment here or send an email to pembrokesinclair at hotmail.com.

Here’s what the book is about:

Seventeen-year-old Krista must quickly figure out how she’s going to survive in the zombie-destroyed world. The one advantage humans have is that the zombies hate humid environments, so they’re migrating west to escape its deteriorating effects. The survivors plan to construct a wall at North Platte to keep the undead out, and Krista has come to Nebraska to start a new life.

Zombies aren’t the only creatures she has to be cautious of—the other survivors have a dark side. Krista must fight not only to live but also to defend everything she holds dear—her country, her freedom, and ultimately, those she loves.

Join Krista in her quest to survive in this thrilling apocalyptic novel by Pembroke Sinclair.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New YA #Zombie Story Coming!

Can't wait! The cover reveal is Sept. 1 for the Young Adventurers anthology where you'll get to see what Becca (from GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie) is up to.

In my story, "Puppy Love & #Zombies," Becca - and her cousin Carm - solve a mystery, while Becca faces her fear of dogs. In this case, one of the dogs is a cute little German Shepherd puppy....

Stay tuned!!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage #Zombie - Zombie Book in Pictures

For fun, I thought I'd share some random photos covering themes in my young adult book, Girl Z: My Life As A Teenage Zombie by C.A. Verstraete. (See all book links.)

I won't fill in all the details, but will share a few quotes from Becca, my teen girl-turned-part-zombie. Otherwise, I'll let you read the book to see what it's about!

Image result for free images king tut
Quote - from Prologue: 

"Relax, it'll be fine," she said.
   "No, it won't," I yelled, "it won't!"
   How could looking like freaking King Tut without his wrappings ever be fine? 

* * * *

Fresh Nachos And Vegetable Salad With Meat Stock Photo

With a cry, I lunged for the table and grabbed the plate. Chicken. I loved chicken—
chicken enchiladas, chicken quesadillas, chicken parmesan. Mmm! 

And... the best of both worlds - pre-part-zombie, of course! Betty Crocker Chicken Enchilada Dip. 

* * * *

Zombies Stock Photo
That could only mean—I wasn't a medical zombie, but a real, Hollywood movie, creepy,
disgusting, flesh-eating— zombie? But how, when the nurse said—?

"No, NO! I screamed. "I'm not like that. I'm NOT! NO, I won't be. NO!" 

* * *  * 

"Carm, what did Spence do at that job?"

She shrugged. "I don't know, but my brother didn't always have the best judgment. He called my mom and told her something was wrong in the lab, something big. He was doing stuff he wasn't qualified for. Then he never called back." 

 (You can also read what about happened to Spence before he got home in my short story,  CHANGES: A GIRL Z Prequel, A Zombie Story.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Upcoming Online #Zombie Events

It's almost fall (noooo,  I'm not done with summer!) which means it's really not too early to think about Halloween and other events. If you like Zombie books, then mark these down for lots of great interviews, giveaways, and more with tons of great authors.

I'll post more details and authors, etc. as I learn more.

What's coming up:

Toni Lesatz is again hosting Z October over at MyBookAddiction.com.


Author Armand Rosamilia is again hosting the Winter of Zombie 2015 in November. Check the Facebook page for authors in late October.