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Got an interesting question in regards to the latest chapter of "Zombie Leza":
Only warriors can go? And some women want to go?
Then send warriors who are women.
It's a good question, but this early in the story, you're gonna have to wait for your answer. The question will be addressed, but at this point, there's a reason why Leza only selected male warriors, a reason the men are unable to see themselves (which is part of the problem).
However, I think you'll enjoy when the women actually get a chance to dance with the undead. They don't screw around!
Well, as I'd hoped, despite a poor initial inception to my "Zombie Leza" story (scores of 6.42), the scores have been rising as readers get familiar with the story. One interesting note, though, is that while the 7 scores are higher than the others on SOL, the scores on FS are leaning heavily in the 10 scores. I'm not sure what's the cause of this, but I'm guessing (purely conjecture on my part) that although many SOL readers cross over, that FS has more younger readers (14+, which is my suggested reading age for the story) who view zombie stories more favorably than the older SOL crowd. However, there still aren't many readers taking a chance on the story (the story's only getting 1,000 reads per chapter, vs the 6,000 my stories tradtionally get).
I'm still hoping that once the story completes, more readers will decide to read it, just to see what it's like. Like most of my stories, I rarely take a traditional approach, turning regular genres on their heads. This story is very much like that.
I'd like to thank everyone who stuck with the story, as these are the chapters where the story really gets interesting.
Okay, the scores for "Zombie Leza" are all over the place. While one site has mostly 10 votes, the other has a majority of 7 votes. So I've got to ask, what is everyone's issues with the story?
Is it the genre? Are you sick of zombie stories? Is it the story description? Is it the fact the story isn't a typical horror story, or that it has too many overly graphic scenes?
So far, this story has me scratching my head. Everyone who's read it loves the story, but I couldn't pay people to view the book on Amazon, so I'm wondering what I did wrong when I undertook the story.
And yeah, I get that most SOL readers are frustrated over my chapter lengths, however for this story, it was difficult avoiding. Since the story isn't told from the prospective of the primary character, Leza, there were few opportunities to flesh out who she is and exactly what makes her tick (other than those graphic chapters), which accounts for why the story is so short. Think of it as a more tightly focused story, or more accurately, an extremely short novel.
Still, I'm honestly interested in opinions about why the story is receiving such low scores. As it is, with each of my stories receiving progressively lower scores, I'm now considering whether I want to continue posting these types of stories to sites (like SOL and FineStories) where they don't seem to be appreciated.
I've never chosen stories for their commercial appeal, but I feel like I'm being penalized for my topic choices, rather than the strength of the stories.
But, other than that, please, be brutally honest. I need to understand what readers want and why my stories are falling so flat.
After a long pause, I've got a new story, "Zombie Leza". While zombie stories aren't everyone's cup of tea, I think you'll be surprised by this one. As usual, my stories are not what you'd expect, as this focuses on not killing those who you depend on.
The prologue is a typical horror approach, but that's merely to set up the situation the characters are facing. The real story starts with Chapter 1, when Leza is first introduced.
While I got the message that everyone prefers longer stories, this was written before I got that memo. My next story, soon to be published, returns to my more meandering style.
By the way, tomorrow (April 26th) is the last day of an eight book giveaway for "The Demons Within" on goodreads.com (see my website “The Demons Within” available for pre-order for details).
The final two chapters of "The Cuckoo's Progeny" (plus an extra preview of book 2, "Lost With Nothing to Lose") were late posting. I'm not sure what happened, but I tried scheduling the postings this week, and I've had a series of issues. We finally got it worked out at 9:00 (only 13 hours late).
I hope everyone enjoyed the story. It was a delight to write. Book 2 takes the story in an entirely new direction, so I took some time off to adapt to the new story.
Let me know what you think of the ending, and don't forget to post reviews. If you purchased the book, leave where you purchased it. Otherwise, Amazon accepts reviews from anyone who makes purchases on Amazon. Goodreads.com also accepts reviews. While you all bought quite a few of them, I'm hoping to spread the word to other readers.
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