I was supposed to review this book October 11th, but I’m apparently having issues with email, so never received the book or notification that I was to be included in this (and several other) book tours. 🙁 I missed the opportunity to do so then, but I now have the book, and you can expect the review just as soon as I’ve read it! 🙂
Scitech Labs was handsomely commissioned by the United States Military to design a revolutionary serum that would create the ultimate soldier. If successful, the soldier would have an increase in endurance, strength, awareness and overall speed. They would become the true super soldier. That’s if everything went according to plan.
Scitech put its best scientists on the project and gave them a time limit to complete the job or else. With the pressure on and the stakes high, Vincent Masterson and his team put everything they had into the project. . Everything was looking hopeful until an experiment went horribly wrong. The scientists mutated their specimen’s DNA, turning it into something monstrous. Now, life as we know it will never be the same.
As it stands, the only thing that can save them is one of the two things they should be running from.
Can the human race survive being caught in a bloody war between two vicious predators?
GENRE: Genre Fiction > Horror > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Dystopian
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The Writer’s Interview
The Personal Questions
What’s your idea of total happiness?
To not have to worry about the people I love. To know that they are healthy and happy. To not have to worry about myself for the same reasons.
Which trait do you most deplore about yourself?
I can become lazy at times.
What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue?
Physical appearances. It has its significance, but it shouldn’t be what a person is solely valued on.
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty, loyalty and a great sense of humor.
Do you have a mantra or motto?
Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Which living, and which dead person, do you most admire and why?
Michael Jackson because of his kindness and generosity. He truly loved what he was doing and he loved to entertain. He also didn’t settle for being “another can in the assembly line”, to use his words. He was creative and trend-setting. I value those qualities. I love to create entertaining and addicting stories that readers aren’t going to find anywhere else.
What is your favourite (song) and why?
Oh wow, I have far too many to name just one. Some of my favorite artists are Michael Jackson, Prince, Bee Gees, Genesis (Phil Collins), Rolling Stones, The Police and Queen.
What is your favourite cuisine?
I love seafood and Japanese cuisine.
What are you reading now?
Currently, my schedule hasn’t really allowed me much time for reading. But I have enjoyed D.B. Reynolds, Jeaniene Frost and Rachel Haimowitz.
What other interests do you have?
I’m a bit of a movie buff. I also love cooking, music, singing and dancing, (which I tend to do while cooking) and I love animals.
What was the last movie you went to see?
Hmmm, the last movie I saw was Kick-Ass 2. It wasn’t as good as the first one, but it was still very entertaining. I guess I could say, I don’t watch the movies to see Kickass when it’s Mindy that makes the movies so action-packed.
Do you have a favourite genre?
I love the paranormal/supernatural. I like horror, action and mystery. I also enjoy a very well told erotica, but it has to have a strong plotline and engaging characters.
The Writer Specific Questions.
What got you into writing?
I started writing when I was 11 years old. It all started with short horror stories and then at 14, I wrote a novella. Will I ever revisit it? I don’t know. Maybe. It was then I knew I really wanted to be a novelist.
What is your new book about and what inspired you to write it?
My newest title is called “Good Intentions: The Dead War Series”. Being a fan of the horror genre, it seemed natural that I should add my contribution. I love zombies and vampires, but I’d never seen a movie with them both. So, I decided to write the story I’d been wanting to see/read.
What are the challenges to being a writer?
And what are the benefits? Have things changed lately? I’ll start with the benefits. What makes it all worthwhile to me, what keeps me going is knowing that my work is bringing a pleased smile or a joyful tear or an anxious gasp to someone out there reading my books. They’re being entertained by something I created and that makes me happy. I feel it’s the responsibility of storytellers to be able to transport a reader into another universe where they can fall in love and lose themselves for a little while. The downside to writing would be the marketing, promoting, editing. I’m sure every writer out there wishes they could just publish a book and have it automatically reach the attention of readers the world over. But that simply just doesn’t happen. There’s so much involved and it’s so very time consuming. It’s very difficult and never ending. That’s why it’s so inspiring for authors to hear from their readers. It’s uplifting and that’s a major benefit.
What advice can you offer to struggling writers?
Just write the story you always wanted to read. You have to be true to yourself. Don’t try to copy another author’s work. Be original and make sure your work is entertaining to you first. You can’t write for your audience unless you enjoy the story, too.
Where do you see book-publishing in the future?
I think that it’s moving in the write (get it? LOL) direction. I believe that self-publishing is going to continue to gain momentum as long as more and more gifted authors are cranking out spellbinding novels. I think there will always be traditional, small and indie and that’s just fine. I see nothing wrong with both authors and readers having a choice.
Are you an indie or traditional author? I’m an indie author. 😀
Did you publish the first book you wrote?
The first book I wrote, I was 14. I haven’t published that. It needs some major tweaking. LOL.
Why do you write in that genre?
I think it’s important to write in the genre that you love. I don’t think I could create a great story for a genre I either don’t read or I’m not that familiar with. So for instance, you may never read a YA novel from me.
Do you feel writing is something you need to do or want to do?
I need to do it. Sometimes I’ll have story ideas pop in my head while I’m driving or watching TV or shopping. I need to see these stories play out. I love to write.
Whose writing inspires you most and why?
Anne Rice, Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Lance Horner, Kyle Onstott, Mercedes Lackey and Dean Koontz. They are all fantastic storytellers whose books redefined genres and made you fall in love with their characters. Transported you to worlds that were enchanting or terrifying or even seductive. Their novels captivated an audience.
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D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that’s too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls “Itty-bitty”. Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won “Author of the Month” at Warrior of Words. She was voted “New Voice of Today” at Romance Reviews and “Rising Star” at Love Romance and More.
To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at www.dnsimmons.com . D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.