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The Fearless Factor -- A Review (and a Challenge)


Fear is something we all know. Think back over your life and consider how many times you have been told to "just get over it". Those who have fear can't do this. It isn't something you consciously choose. You can, however, consciously choose to work through that fear and release it once and for all.

Jacqueline Wales has known fear. As you read her words, you can feel that she knows where you are and how difficult it is to find a way out. As only someone who has been there can, she takes you through the process of understanding your fear--and letting it go.

Her method is practical and easily managed by anyone. She speaks in a manner that is both simple, yet not condescending. You will come away from this book feeling as though someone understand you and your fear completely. She empathizes, but in no way coddles the reader. It is clear from the start that she believes in the human spirit and its ability to overcome whatever has come before. She also believes that each individual must choose to face their fears and be willing to let go.

I wish I had been able to read this book years ago. My journey would have been much easier. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is one that every person can find meaning in. The Fear Factor exists within every being. Jacqueline Wales believes you have the strength to replace it with The Fearless Factor. Having been at that place of fear myself, I can say the advice in this book is right on the spot.

The Fearless Factor rates six colors on the Rainbow Scale.

Now for my challenge. I believe this book can help many people. Over the next three months, I invite people to purchase this book and work through it. Come back here and post your experience. Tell us where you were when you started and how this book has changed things for you. On January 31, 2010, two winners will be chosen. You will have your choice of a Be Fearless t-shirt or a $25.00 Walmart giftcard.

For more information on Jacqueline and this book, visit The Fearless Factor .

The Fearless Factor -- A Word From Jacqueline Wales

Last month, I introduced you to Jacqueline Wales, author of The Fearless Factor. Considering the importance of her message, I'd like to offer you a chance to hear from Jacqueline, in her own words, how this book came about. Tomorrow, please return for my review of The Fearless Factor!

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A Peek Inside Overcomers, Inc.

Today I want to share with you some excerpts from Overcomers, Inc. These are but a few of the inspiring words the covers of this book contain. Sit back and enjoy!

Getting Older (and Over!) The ”Not Enough” Syndrome

Marlene Oulton

Shortly before my 49th birthday I decided to boldly go where many had dared to go before me and become an entrepreneur. On April 15, 2006, my company, Write Choice Virtual Assistants, was born. I had tons of administrative experience to draw upon and based my services on these skill sets. Yet in the back of my mind I kept thinking, “You know, I really love to write and proofread. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could manage to get some work along those lines?”

By this time the Universe, God, and I had formed a formidable triangle of mutual respect and love, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when requests to proofread/edit and write articles, ebooks, website content etc. started to flow into my inbox. I had finally become “enough.”

I have now redefined ”enough” in my world today as follows:

*If I treat people with love, kindness and respect, that is “enough.”
*If I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food on my table, that is ”enough.”
*If I can help another human being on this journey called life, that is ”enough.”
*If I do my work conscientiously, with care and love, that is ”enough.”
*If I am at peace with and within myself, that is ”enough.”

May you be more ”enough” than you ever imagined possible!

From Overcomers, Inc.; True Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiration. To get your own copy and receive dozens of bonus gifts go to http://www.overcomersbook.com/booklaunch


Second Chances

Kathleen Gage

I don’t remember when things began to change, but I do remember many a night when my parents would tell me how worried they were for my safety and plead with me to change my ways. I turned my gentle spirit to that of a harsh teenager who grew more distant and angry with each passing day.

I seemed to look for the roughest people I could find to hang out with and call my friends. It wasn’t long before I was getting in trouble at virtually every turn and watching my life quickly spin out of control. What began as a fun way to live soon became a self made prison. And yet, like with any prison, I didn’t know where to find the key to release me.

There were countless times I prayed to a nonexistent God asking for help. “I promise I will change my ways.” For years the promises were empty pleas until one day I got a glimpse of where my life was and where it could be if I were willing to make much needed changes.

I wake up with gratitude on a daily basis because I was given a second chance to turn my life around. I realize I may not always be given another opportunity to change anything in my life and how important it is to be in resolve each and every day.

I feel truly blessed that with my mom and dad, I was given a second chance - one I am not willing to take for granted. I love you mom and dad. Always have, always will.

From Overcomers, Inc.; True Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiration. To get your own copy and receive dozens of bonus gifts go to http://www.overcomersbook.com/booklaunch


From Trauma To Triumph: One Woman’s Empowering Journey From Fragmented Child To Conscious Entrepreneur

Charlon Bobo

As strange as it even seems to me at times, the lessons of my childhood journey are applicable to every aspect of my life, including the everyday operations of my soulful business. As a conscious entrepreneur, I pull from this experience often to guide me. I’d like to share with you the five key lessons of my pilgrimage.

1. Protective mechanisms are in place whether or not I realize or acknowledge them. I don’t always understand why a project fails to materialize or a serious prospect seems to change her mind. I do know there exists an over-arching structure and order that conspires on my behalf to bring about my highest personal and professional growth. Whatever that wisdom, I can trust it absolutely.

2. My ”story” doesn’t define who I am. I am a vibrant business owner who grows every day, and occasionally stumbles and falls on my bum! Because I constantly create myself anew, nothing from my past can effectively define or imprison me. I consciously choose to “bring my best game” to every day and know that’s enough.

3. Innate wisdom effortlessly guides me to the most opportune time to take action. When in doubt, I do nothing until ultimate clarity presents itself. Although daily action is a crucial component in accomplishing my goals, I can also watch nature and use Her guidance to positively influence my actions. Nature provides a silent, fallow season – winter – to turn inward to rest and restore. Using this model, I reap the most benefit from my efforts. Smart living requires me to balance action with equal inaction.

4. My history doesn’t determine my level of success. I can accomplish any lofty goal I imagine regardless of any perceived limitations. The past doesn’t dictate my future. I gift myself the pleasure and freedom to envision a life of my design. Family-of-origin, childhood circumstances, real or perceived impediments, lack of skills, none of these compare to the capacity of the human spirit to realize dreams.

5. I choose victimhood or empowerment every day with my words, thoughts, and actions. We do not control the actions of others and yet we may be drawn into their drama. Like cast members of a play, energetically we agreed to these roles to teach AND learn. No matter my external circumstances, my responses can only come from one of two places: damage or abundance. I choose abundance.

May you be profoundly blessed by reading my story and take from it any value that forever nourishes your soul.

From Overcomers, Inc.; True Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiration. To get your own copy and receive dozens of bonus gifts go to http://www.overcomersbook.com/booklaunch

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Overcomer's Inc -- A Couple of Interviews


I would love to be able to share with you an interview with every author in this collection, but that wouldn't give you the chance to discover them on your own :-) I have chosen two authors to share with you today. I know you will enjoy meeting them.

Jan Janzen

Jan Janzen is a non-denominational minister, healer and business coach. She is the author of two books and 8 CDs for the spiritual entrepreneur. To receive Jan´s complimentary ebook: 10 Secrets to Living the Life of Your Dreams, visit http://www.janjanzendaily.com/

How did you get started writing?

I started writing as a child in grade school and was enthralled with it. Then 2 ½ years ago, I wrote my first book, Devil with A Briefcase in 6 weeks and 1 ½ years ago, I wrote my second book, Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round in 6 weeks. I love to write. It´s when I am most in "the zone".

What do you do when you are not writing?

I am a non-denominational minister, healer and a business coach that works with entrepreneurs to eliminate the emotional blocks that stop them in their businesses. I am "the Sunshine Gypsy" and I work and travel all over the world, learning, exploring, teaching, healing and loving life.

What would readers like to know about you?

That you can take a very difficult situation – (I left the religion of the Jehovah´s Witnesses after 38 years and lost my family, my friends and my husband of 18 years) – and you can survive and thrive.

What inspired you to be a contributing author in Overcomers, Inc.?

I admire Lynne Klippel and it was a great opportunity to get my message of hope, courage and inspiration out to potentially thousands of readers. Plus I would get to work with an amazing team of marketers and see how you take a book to best seller status.

Why is the topic of Overcoming important to you?

Most people see it as a "negative" thing – "we need to overcome" – as if it was something arduous. In reality it´s such an exciting part of our journey, I can´t think of it as anything but positive!

Why are you specially qualified to write about this topic?

I went from being happily married, living in a beautiful home overlooking the ocean and earning a 6-figure income to being almost bankrupt, homeless and divorced. I had to overcome a lot as while this was happening there was no family or friends to support me.

How many books have you written?
This is now my 3rd.

What are the titles of your books and what genres are they?

Devil with a Briefcase: 101 Success Secrets for the Spiritual Entrepreneur is for entrepreneurs that is based on my years with the Jehovah´s Witnesses. I took the business lessons I learned from that religion and wrote the book. People love it because they learn something about this religion that is on their doorstep on Saturday morning but they really know very little about. Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round: How to Create the Life You Want Without the Fear, Doubt and Guilt is a personal development, self-help book that has received rave reviews including one reader saying it should be in Oprah´s book club. People have devoured this book because it gives them answers you don´t find elsewhere – eg. how a past life is affecting your weight or how what you experienced in utero is now keeping you broke.

How do you manage to keep yourself focused and on track when you’re writing a book?

I take dictation from the Universe and the books are written very quickly and even I go back and say, "Oh my God, this is really good!" It´s like I never wrote them.

Do you write to make money, for the love of writing or both?


What makes you proud about your involvement with Overcomers, Inc.?

I think people need encouragement, inspiration and motivation more than ever today as many have lost the traditional sources such as community or religion.

Will you write more books?

Absolutely! I will be writing the next one this winter.

What do you have in the works now?

It´s to do with breast health.

What does the future hold for you and your books?

I want to become a best-selling author many times over with an international speaking career that promotes my work and books.

What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY?

Nobody MUST read anything but I think people find other people´s stories encouraging and inspiring. It´s why reality TV has become so popular. People like to relate to someone else who did it and overcame a challenge.

What people NEED to read this book and WHY?

Everyone would benefit from reading inspiring stories of hope and courage particularly as so many are discouraged and feeling pessimistic.

What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity?

Life sparks my creativity! When you were raised in a strong cult such as I was with the message of doom and gloom and waiting for the end to come for 38 years, every day is now a gift and a joy. I look around and smile everyday that I am even here as I was raised to believe that this world would be long gone by now. So many things I never got to experience are still new to me like Christmas and birthdays, having my palm read or getting to sleep in on a Saturday morning. I still feel like a kid in the candy store even 10 years out of the religion. There is overwhelming gratitude for every day of life, who I am and what I can do to make this world a better place.

What do you think motivates people to become authors?

What motivated you to get into this unusual industry? People like to tell their story. They want to feel that they have something worthwhile to contribute. I just had to write. I didn´t even care if anyone read the books, which thankfully they did, but the urge to write was so compelling, I had to follow it.

Tell me about the most unusual things you have done to promote any books?

I talk about my pole dancing business in both my books and that always gets attention!

If a potential reader thinks that your book wouldn't interest them, what would you say to convince them to buy?

I'm thinking something better than "Its the greatest book ever." Give me something more specific :) I´d ask them if they felt like they had any blocks, sabotages or issues that they just hadn´t been able to figure out and eliminate. Perhaps they can´t lose the weight, find the ideal partner or manage their money. They have tried everything but nothing has worked. My book Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round will help them to figure out why and my healing work would eliminate it.

What is your final message to our readers?

Go create the most amazing life you can because you deserve it, the world deserves it of you and we need your gifts to shine!
To get your own copy of Overcomers, Inc.,True Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiring AND enjoy dozens of wonderful gifts with your purchase go to http://overcomersinc.com/booklaunch

Joshua Aragon – The Life Meaning Coach
Offering both the wisdom of a teacher and the interest of a fellow learner, life purpose guide and visionary teacher Joshua Aragon is passionate about enabling others to achieve their own dreams of success and make a lasting difference in the world for others. Get a complimentary e-course at: www.JoshuaAragon.com
How did you get started writing?
I have always enjoyed entertaining others and sharing stories so a some point I naturally progressed into using writing to fulfill this desire of mine. I started with smaller articles and eventually moved into longer stories and even an e-book for Internet Entrepreneurs.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I enjoy speaking to audiences of all sizes as well as conducting training seminars and various sized events. I love to entertain guests at home and will never pass up a good movie. The biggest chunk of my time is taken up at home spending time with the family or just reading a good book.
What would readers like to know about you?
I’d say one of the biggest things people are always surprised about is how much I’ve done in so little time. I attribute that to my becoming a father at the age of 17. Although it was not the easiest or most popular route, it started me on the fast track towards getting my life in order and always believing that anything was possible for me regardless of what others may have said.
What inspired you to be a contributing author in Overcomers, Inc.,
It was a series of synchronistic events that actually led me in the direction of working on this book project. After putting a few questions out to the Universe, this just kept popping up, so I had to do it. Right place, right time, but all on-purpose.
Why is the topic of Overcoming important to you?
Overcoming is important, because if you’re not overcoming, then you’re either sitting still or giving up and going backwards, neither of which are who I chose to be. I have been on both sides of the fence and learned that those who overcome are the ones who truly live, and those who don’t are always wishing they had, or wondering, what if? I don’t want to be the one who asks that question on my death bed.
Why are you specially qualified to write about this topic?
My writing comes from direct experience coupled with years of research, study and inquisition. I have literally spent thousands of hours, and thousands of dollars exploring not only my inner workings, but also the inner workings, thoughts and philosophies of many of the greatest minds in history.
How many books have you written?
One E-book and a manuscript or two that are work in progress and will be completed soon.
What are the titles of your books and what genres are they?
Instant Internet Entrepreneur – Business/Entrepreneurship
Live Your Purpose, Change The World – Self-Help/Spiritual (2010)
How do you manage to keep yourself focused and on track when you’re writing a book?
I just write when I feel inspired or moved to do so, which generally keeps me both focused and engaged in writing. This draws out the time it takes to complete something, but has also cut back on my editing and revising.
Do you write to make money, for the love of writing or both?
Both – I love to write because of the impact it can and does have on other people and of course being rewarded for that is a wonderful bonus I’m grateful to receive.
What makes you proud about your involvement with Overcomers, Inc.?
Just thinking of both the great authors I get to share the pages with, and also the impact this book will have on people’s lives around the world is a very fulfilling experience and one that I’m proud to say that I’m a part of.
Will you write more books?
Absolutely! Many more to come!
What do you have in the works now?
Two manuscripts – 1 – ‘Live Your Purpose, Change The World’ and the other yet to be titled. I also have a children’s book on leadership that I hope to have illustrated and released in the next year.
What does the future hold for you and your books?
I expect that you’ll see much more of me over the coming years not only in print, but also in person as I travel the world teaching, training and simply enjoying life and living out my purpose!
What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY?
It’s during challenging times such as those we are experiencing around the world today that people most need support and help getting through. A book such as this one shows the readers that it’s possible for them to not only survive, but also to thrive and that it’s what we do during times like these that ultimately defines who we are and what we are to become. They will learn, that no matter how hard things may seem, they will overcome!
What people NEED to read this book and WHY?
If you’re reading this – you need to read it. If you’re reading this and thinking of someone – they need to read it too! The why is tucked within the pages, just remember there are no accidents and there’s a message in there meant specifically for you.
What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity?
Spending time alone, in nature, or just on a short walk will usually kick me into creative mode. It’s hard to be creative when you’re stressed, or worrying about things. Take a break, go outside and just relax – the rest will come naturally!
What do you think motivates people to become authors? What motivated you to get into this unusual industry?
A burning desire to share something with others along with the feeling that a book is the best way to reach the people who could most benefit from what you’re sharing. The thing that motivated me was that no matter how many books I read, or how many stores I visit, I never quite find the book I’m looking for… that’s the book I’m intended to write.
If a potential reader thinks that your book wouldn't interest them, what would you say to convince them to buy?
I'm thinking something better than "Its the greatest book ever." Give me something more specific :) I’d tell them that in my experience everything in life has a purpose, and nothing is just by chance, or accidental. Every conversation you have, word you read or picture you see carries some significance in your life apart from the billions of other things that didn’t enter your senses, and there’s a reason for that. If you come across this book, there’s a reason for it. Read it, tell me what it was, if you’re still not sure after reading it, then just pay attention – it may be on the way!
What is your final message to our readers?
Go out and get a copy of this book for the person in your life that means the most to you, you’ll never regret it. Thank you so much for allowing me to share a little bit about myself and this phenomenal book with you, it’s truly an honor to know that of all the things you could possibly be doing right now, you choose to spend them with me, thank you!
To get your own copy of Overcomers, Inc.,True Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiring AND enjoy dozens of wonderful gifts with your purchase go to http://overcomersinc.com/booklaunch
Please come back tomorrow when I will be sharing excerpts from this inspiring collection!
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Overcomer's Inc.

We've all been there at one time or another--that dark place where we have no clue which way to turn. Some people don't make it through--yet most of us do. Overcomer's Inc. is a selection of true stories of hope, courage, and inspiration. It will give readers the knowledge and emotional resilience to face the most difficult times of life by sharing inspiring stories of triumph.
You will find this a book of diversity. There are many authors, from many walks of life. However, they all share a common bond. They triumphed over tragedy and gleaned wisdom in this process. While this is not a religious book, there are stories full of faith, of many kinds and flavors. It is funny how in your darkest times, faith often becomes your brightest light.

All of the contributors to this book want to encourage you to hold tight to your belief that a better day will come. It is their sincere desire to pass along what they’ve learned through their own trials, to make your journey easier.

To get your own copy and receive dozens of bonus gifts go to http://www.overcomersbook.com/booklaunch

I will be sharing both excerpts and author interview from this collection as the week continues, ending with my review on Friday. Why so many days on one book? Because we all HAVE been there--and this book is one that could have made those times less painful.

Check out this Table of Contents:

Overcomers, Inc., Inspiring Stories of Hope, Courage and Inspiration


Section 1- Hope

When Tough Times Hit, There Is Always HOPE!- Mary Hayes-Bridges
Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous- Martha Lee Bohn
One Size Does Not Fit All- Nancie Benson
Second Chances- Kathleen Gage
Listen to What Your Heart Already Knows- Lauren Salamone
When All Else Fails, There is Magic- Steven Rotz
When Grace Comes to Get You- Barbara McCollough
My Crazy, Beautiful Life Makeover- Karen Keeney
Finding My Purpose Through Adversity and Practical Experience- Nachhi Randhawa
The Weed That Broke Through the Sidewalk- Marifran Korb
Decide and Go Seek: Overcoming Life’s Chronic Little Challenges to Let Your Purpose Shine Through- Julio Blanco
I Am Experiencing "N.O.W." – (New Omnipotent Ways) Susan Hampton
Getting Older (and Over!) The "Not Enough" Syndrome- Marlene Oulton
Create A Magical Life: Tap Into Your Soul's Intention of Abundance – Catherine Newton

Section 2- Courage

The Awesome Power of Optimism: A Personal Journey to HOPE- Frances Thomas
Saying Good-bye to a Business I Loved -Christine Kloser
Surrender To The Moment- Holly Eburne
How Big Is Your Tent? One Man's Quest to Find the Answer for More, More, More- Joshua Aragon
Calling of the Heart -Nelie Johnson
Remember to Stop and Just Breathe- Colleen Bain
The Call to Trust and Believe in Healing Love- Lalei E. Gutierrez
How the Airline Safety Speech Saved My Life- Amelie Chance
When Your Intuition Calls, Answer the Phone!- Rev. Rita “MeKila” Herring
The Waiting Room Miracle- Lynne Klippel
Willy Loman, I Am Not!- Kimberly Martin
The Dance of The Sacred Sensual Me- Leela Francis
140 Boxes…. More Than a Ton of Ancient History -Virginia Fischer
Are You Credit Worthy?- Nancy Cotter

Section 3- Inspiration

When the Rain Falls- Paula Morand
Growing Up After Fifty: It's Never Too Late to Bloom- Tomar Levine
How Do I Get Out Of Here?- Scott Cunningham
A Time of Grief - A Time of Peace –Catherine Van Wetter
Transformative Power of Intimacy- Philip Belzunce
Forgiveness - The Key to Unlocking Your Prison- Corrine Ropp
Starting Over: A Journey of Loss and Recovery- Margaret Sarkissian
Awakening to Her True Self- Colleen Russell
From Trauma To Triumph: One Woman's Empowering Journey From Fragmented Child to Conscious Entrepreneur- Charlon Bobo
Let God Do the Driving- Jan Janzen

Please come back tomorrow for a deeper look into this book!

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The Zombie Cookbook--Some answers and a Review

I asked some of the "cooks" in The Zombie Cookbook a few questions. Two of them provided answers, Lisa Haselton, who has a poem and a short story included and Lin Neiswender, who has a story included. When not contemplating their next zombie cookout, Lisa can be found at http://lisahaselton.tripod.com/ and Lin at http://landoflin.blogspot.com/ . Please stop by and say Hello to them.

Here are their answers:

1. Is there anything in particular you look for when choosing the "ripest" zombie?

Lin: The apples of the cheeks should be rosy and firm, not mushy, otherwise they fall apart when stewing. This is fine if you are making a compote though. Just add enough cinnamon and mace.

Lisa: When I need a zombie for a recipe, I look for the one with the softest scalp. A soft, mushy, sponge-like scalp is the epitome of ripe.

2. Is there a support group for those who feel their zombie cravings havegotten out of hand?

Lisa: The groups are hard to find, but they do exist. If zombies have moved to your neighborhood and your cravings are more than once a year, you should seek out a Zombie-holics Anonymous meeting. If your town doesn't have zombies, yet you have cravings, you should seek professional, public medical assistance.

Lin: ZA, Zombies Anonymous, a 12 step program for the undead-challenged, meets weekly to offer support for those whose toothy hankerings for brains outstrip the available supply. Their motto: "We won't smash a head unless we're dead."

3. For the rare vegetarian zombies, do you believe there is a chance for them to become productive citizens of society?

Lin: It goes against all that zombies hold dear, but it is possible for them to be rehabilitated. Careful protein boosting will get them up to brain munching level eventually, along with regular doses of Flintstone vitamins.

Lisa: I don't believe any zombie can be a productive citizen for long. Clete seemed to be doing well at the L-Double J Ranch, but humans always have to remain on edge, no matter how sweet a zombie may appear. They're dead, they can't function like us and they have a tendency to really stink up a place!

I then ask both ladies if they could round up a local zombie to see what the zombies feel about this book.

Lisa said, "I haven't been able to find get close enough to one. I tend to like a lot of salt on fries and popcorn, and I think they can smell the salt on me. The closest I can get to one is across the street, and that just isn't conducive to a conversation about the book. There are only a couple in my area, too. A big city like New York or Boston have numerous zombies, but I'm just not local enough to a big city to be helpful in this search."

Lin was a bit luckier at finding one. He said, "Zombie Cookbook good, go buy one or we eat you for lunch."

(Hm...few words but right to the point, don't you think?).

Thank you ladies, and Mr. Zombie!

Now, onto my review:

I found The Zombie Cookbook full of surprises. This is not your ordinary scare-the-pants off the reader kind of book. The stories and poems (yes, even the recipes) bring immediate smiles to your face. I felt it was a wonderful break from the traditional Halloween-type horror stories.

The writer's chosen for this anthology are all excellent at their craft. I couldn't find one that I did not think should be excluded. The styles are so varied, yet the editor has brought these together in such a way as to make the stories flow naturally into each other.

Readers should be warned, however, that in spite of the humorous tilt of the stories, this is an adult book and not meant for the young. Some of the stories contain strong language that would be inappropriate for younger readers. The language, however, is not so excessive it takes away from the enjoyment.

I give this book a solid six colors on The Rainbow Scale of Reading Excellence.

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Meet the "Cooks" of The Zombie Cookbook

Yesterday, I promised to introduce you to the writer's featured in The Zombie Cookbook. I have asked the "cooks" a couple questions and will share their answers tomorrow, along with my review of this unusual compilation. For now, meet the "cooks":

Kim Richards, Editor: Co-founder and CEO of Damnation Books, she's also on staff for Writer's Chatroom www.writerschatroom.com; writes columns for Myshelf.com and Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction; and blogs at The Write Brigade bi-monthly. Her website featuring her own writing is at http://www.kim-richards.com./

Becca Butcher: Becca Butcher lives in western North Carolina with several family members who frequently give her strange looks. She can be found scribbling into a notepad while working the day job, singing loudly with the radio while driving, or online both writing and flirting, for research purposes of course. Becca writes fantasy, humor, romance, erotica and personal blogs on everything from writing to relationships. More info can be found at http://beccabutcher.blogspot.com/, http://www.facebook.com/writerbecca and www.myspace.com/beccasmagicpencil.

Carla Girtman: Carla lives in Central Florida with her family and two cats. When she isn't working undercover at an international airport or teaching online, she manages to write speculative flash fiction and poetry. She has successfully participated in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) for three years. Her work has been published in Clockwise Cat, Flashshots, Demonic Tome, Flashes in the Dark and a poem will appear in the soon to be released anthology Poems of the Dead. Carla is currently working on "Wordscapes" a collection of her published and unpublished work. (Her cats claim they write better than she does and want their work included.) She hopes to have her website up and running by the end of the year.

Cinsearae Santiago, contributor and cover artist: A digital artist and still-photographer, Ms. Santiago is Editor/Publisher of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine--a 2nd place finalist in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2008--having created this publication to give new and unpublished writers and artists of the genre a chance to shine and see their names in print, preferring unique, edgy stories that are out-of-the-box. She also received the Author's Site of Excellence Award in December 2007 from P & E, and is a Cover Artist for Damnation Books. She is also author of the dark, paranormal romance series, "Abraxas", found here: http://bloodtouch.webs.com/abraxas.htm. An avid fan of 'old school' horror movies (Freddy, Jason, Michael, Pinhead, etc.), Halloween is her favorite time of the year. She attended Community College of Philadelphia, majoring in English, with interests in creative writing and Theater. Ms. Santiago enjoys the Vampire/Goth scene and can be found haunting Philadelphia's "Dracula's Ball" from time to time, or roaming cemeteries and state parks. She has always been drawn to the flipside of life--the supernatural, odd, bizarre, Gothic, and 'darkly beautiful' always being an inspiration to her. She can be reached through her website, http://bloodtouch.webs.com/. She did the awesome cover for The Zombie Cookbook!

Dawn Marshallsay: Dawn is a vegetarian writer, journalist and artist, whose fascination with zombies began after watching Night of the Living Dead as a child. She draws inspiration from natural beauty and decay in her local Kentish woodland. Find out more at http://www.myspace.com/484164002

George Silliman, artist: George is a 36 year old self taught artist living in New York. His specialty is horror. He confesses to having an endless passion for drawing and painting and is willing to try anything that allows him to experiment and further his boundaries. George's fondness of horror influences every piece of his work. "Imagination is the key to a great horror illo." George currently is on the art staff of DAMNATION BOOKS and his artwork has also been published in such magazines as RAZAR, Black Petals, The Corpse, Writers post Journal, 'Opinions' Magazine, Hoodz and Kopfhalter. He has also had his works appear on the website REVOLUTION SCI FI. George also does private commissions and frequently sells finished pieces. http://georgesilliman.daportfolio.com/

Karina Fabian: Karina Fabian suffers from an overdeveloped sense of humor and a twisted imagination. Little wonder, then, that she enjoys writing quirky stories for anthologies like Zombie Cookbook. In addition, she writes novels about a dragon detective working in the Mundane world. People have been warned not to read her DragonEye, PI, stories and books in the library. When she's feeling more serious, she writes and edits faith-filled science fiction and fantasy. Visit her website at http://www.fabianspace.com/. Check out DragonEye at http://www.dragoneyepi.net/. (Twitter: @karinafabian Facebook: Karina.Fabian)

Kate Sender: Kate Sender wrote her first short story as a child in response to her dad's encouraging challenge; that if she really wanted something, and worked hard for it, she was bound to attain her dreams. She sharpened her pencil with prose and poetry until, decades later, she realized one dream with publication in Falling Star Magazine. Encouraged now by the writing community where she is a moderator and monthly editor of Mystery and Horror Newsletters, Writing.Com, and the versatile, creative authors at Writerspace.Com, Kate continues the journey prosaic and poetic. While realizing her other dream, of being the first mortal female starship commander, required more math than she cared to master, she never lost her desire to explore physical and ephemeral wonders. Her stories and poetry are inspired by the natural world in its myriad manifestations, obvious to the discerning writer's eye.

Lin Neiswender: Lin Neiswender knew from childhood, with the rich language of her Alabama surroundings firing her imagination, that she was destined to be a writer but lacked the courage to follow through on her dreams until her later years. She now lives in Central Florida and the climate must agree with her, as she has finally blossomed into a bonafide writer. Her work has appeared in Flashshot and will be in the upcoming anthology "Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes: Zany Zombie Poetry for the Undead Head," with more work to follow. Lin spends her spare time collaging, cruising the Internet, and playing with her Shetland Sheepdog who thinks it is his job to try and kill the mailman. She can be reached though her website Land of Lin at http://landoflin.blogspot.com/

Lisa Haselton: Mystery lover at heart, Lisa's writing was influenced by Stephen King at an impressionable age. She enjoys writing flash and short horror, as well as mystery and other genre pieces. Her fiction has been published in Mysterical-E, The Fiction Flyer, Pen Pricks Micro Fiction, and Flashshot. Lisa's first historical time-travel romance was published in June by Red Rose Publishing under a pseudonym. She's a full-time independent editor and freelance writer. There's nothing more satisfying than playing with words. Lisa Haselton has been writing since her youth. She's written in many genres including horror, mystery, and fantasy, and has several short stories published. Some stories have won or placed in contests. Words are like oxygen to her; she needs to write every day. She hopes her stories are as enjoyable for others to read as they are for her to create. She loves creating a perfectly good world and then twisting it out of proportion. http://www.myspace.com/lisahaselton, http://lisahaselton.tripod.com/

Scott Virtes: Scott Virtes has had over 400 stories & poems published since 1986. His works have appeared in Nature (June 2009), Analog (July/Aug 2007, Jan 1997), Space & Time, Ideomancer, Star*Line, Cafe Irreal, Illumen, and many more. He has two story collections and 5 poetry chapbooks available. You can watch him die in "Master and Commander", but he's okay now. Home page: http://scott.virtes.com/

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A Peek Inside The Zombie Cookbook


I thought everyone might be interested in seeing the selection of stories/recipes within this unique book.

General Synopsis:

Cooking With Zombies Has Never Been Easier or More Fun!
Eleven poems, recipes and stories to entertain you and help you entertain with zombies from writers who know. Romance and revenge, the Wild West and a wild train ride, exterminator tips and zombie tirades. Come, see how the other half lives...or doesn't.

Story Synopses:

A Hard Message to Deliver by The Zombie Cookbook (the band): Who would have known writing an introduction would be so dangerous?

Wokking Dead by Karina L. Fabian: It's war and love when zombies invade a Korean restaurant.

Secret Ingredient by Lisa Haselton: There's a zombie in the kitchen! That may be the case, but when spaghetti-eating zombie Clete takes a job as the assistant chef at the L-Double-J ranch, he's not the one you need to watch out for. It's a tale of catering and culinary revenge. Would you have added the secret ingredient?

A Zombie Named Clete by Lisa Haselton: A little poem in honor of the twice-deceased Clete. Was this on his tombstone, or did he carry a copy in his pocket?

Beer-Battered Zombie with Butternut Squash by Becca Butcher: What's a cookbook without a recipe? Not for the faint of stomach, though with a few substitutions, it might actually make a good meal. (Not everyone's a fan of squash, after all.)

The Right Recipe By Lin Neiswender: Zombie culinary aficionados had better watch out! The zombies are not pleased to be eaten, as the editor of the Zombie Cookbookery Publications discovers in this tale of turnabout-is-fair-play.

Quick & Easy Zombie Pastie by Kate Sender: A no frills, four-ingredient full course meal will satisfy both your Zombie's cravings and nutritional needs.

Express Cuisine by Dawn Marshallsay: Zombie attack on a speeding train--is there really any escape? Fight, hide, jump--none of it can stop you from becoming...Express Cuisine.

Brain Food by Carla Girtman: Ah, domestic zombie bliss! It's the Undead Cleavers mixed in with a little Arsenic and Old Lace. Can't tell you much about this story except that the ending will surprise you as much as it did Thelma!

Brain Salad for Dummies by Scott Virtes: The practical guide for that zombie invasion. Your own little zombie poison recipe, combined with practical advice. As Scott says--Follow his advice and you might get enough sleep at night to stay two steps ahead.

A Zombie's APB by Cinsearae Santiago: A zombie decides to give a "Hear ye, hear ye!" to the human race after getting fed up with the lack of "good food" these days. All he wants is some good, organic humans--is that too much to ask?

My Big Fat Zombie Wedding by Karina Fabian: So what if he's undead? That won't keep Vida from marrying her true love--and neither will challenges from prejudice to unusual dietary needs stop the wedding of the decade!

Quite a selection, isn't it? Tomorrow I will answer the question I know many of you are asking--Who writes a zombie Cookbook? We'll meet the authors, so plan on stopping by and giving them a shout!


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A Zombie Cookbook??

I've had the most interesting characters show up and they interested me so much, I asked them to stay a few days :-) Over the next few days, I'll be introducing you to this crew--and those who created them--and maybe throw in a surprise or two :-) For now, here's a peek at what you are in for:

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