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Release of Dictator of Disaster

DOD cover 6.25x9.5 createspace copy

The third book in the Too Sensitive series, DICTATOR OF DISASTER, is now available! Here’s the back cover blurb:

Touch can be a sensitive tool or a lethal weapon–especially when it can’t be controlled.

After JONAS, a sensory enhanced young man with anger issues, accidentally harms his sister, she is kidnapped for a second time by their psycho-father, the demented doctor who was responsible for the death of their mothers. Of course, Jonas blames himself.

If only Jonas had kept his promise to his sister, maybe he could have kept his sister safe. Maybe he wouldn’t have been forced to run an errand for Dr. Kavan to Mexico. Maybe he wouldn’t have ended up being stalked by two thugs looking for stolen drugs.

But then he wouldn’t have met Gabriella, whose family gave him a ride south into Mexico. He wouldn’t have found a reason to stand up to his father, and he definitely wouldn’t have found a way to use his power to  help save someone else.

 

Tired of putting others in harm’s way, Jonas must find a way to save his sister alone, rather than relying on their sensory-enhanced friends to help them.

 

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The Official Announcement – Part 2!

Announcing the release of Supreme Chancellor of Stupidity, sequel to Master of Emotion, by D. Ogden Huff.

How do you get the girl you like to trust you more? Only Bryce would decide that pretending to kiss another girl was a good idea. You’d think a guy who could read thoughts would understand women better.

With the threat of the demented doctor who kidnapped him still looming, Bryce, suffers the consequences of an ill-timed kiss from his current crush, Amye. In an attempt to gain Amye’s trust and learn to control his habit of touching, he fakes a relationship with another girl, Emily.

But how long can he fake a relationship with Emily before Amye discovers his secret? Or before their fake relationship becomes a real one? And will these distractions put his faux girlfriend, his twin brother, and the rest of his sensory enhanced friends in harm’s way?

As Bryce uncovers their mysterious past, he’ll reveal his worst enemy—himself.

Purchase Supreme Chancellor of Stupidity at the following sites:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=d+ogden+huff

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146058

If you go to the Smashwords site at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146058 you can read 20% of my book. I hope you enjoy the novel!

DeAnn Ogden Huff

Master of Emotion (Book 1), Supreme Chancellor of Stupidity (Book 2), Once Upon a Tour (release date May, 2012) http://www.dogdenhuff.com/

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“Award-winning” MASTER OF EMOTION!

MASTER OF EMOTION won 3rd Place in the ANWA Beginning of Book Contest (Young Adult Category)! Here is my entry if you want to read it.

Chapter 1 – “Sorry.”

It was the same feeling every time. My legs wouldn’t move.

He stood at the end of the crowded middle school hallway, his lifeless eyes boring a hole into me. Eyes of the walking dead. Body of any other pre-teenager. Everyone around us hurried and bustled, completely unaware of him.

He staggered toward me, his head hung low and the hood of his sweatshirt now shrouding his face. Methodically, his feet dragged with every step, as if he forced them on, using perpetual motion to push down the hall. He walked like a pallbearer carries the casket of his dead mother.

I wanted to run, to hide, to get as far away from the school as I could, but my feet had sunk down into the tiles of the hallway as if I wore cement shoes. They wouldn’t even budge. Not even a single crack.

He adjusted the strap of his backpack as we passed. I stood there, unable to move, as the boy’s exposed hand brushed against my bare shoulder. The touch only lasted a millisecond, but it hit me with the force of a collision that ripped through me and doubled me over.

My chest was imploding. Darkness filled my head and my limbs, the pit of my stomach, and choked down my throat.

“Sorry,” he mumbled as passed.

The hallway pushed in on me, squeezing me like a python suffocating its prey, but the world felt distant, like all its inhabitants had turned their back on me. The darkness consumed me, seeped through my skin like thick, cold tar. It filled me with uncontrollable grief and isolation that weighed down my whole frame and soul. I could feel my eyes drying, cracking, from the months of crying the boy had endured. My whole body wanted to escape itself.

I couldn’t live like this. There had to be a way out. I would do anything to make this feeling stop.

I clutched my chest, holding my insides in.

Anything.

 

I sat up in bed, panting, my shirt soaked with sweat. The nightmare seemed as real as that evening, six years ago, when my twin brother found me curled up in the corner of an abandoned classroom, still sobbing and wanting to die.

But I was alive. He had found me in time.

Unlike the boy from the hallway, who they found the next morning, sprawled on his bathroom floor with his stomach full of pills from his mother’s medicine cabinet.

Me? I’ve hardly touched anyone since.

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Can there ever be too much Romance in the world?

I love romance! I love it in my novels, my movies, my own writing, and especially in my marriage;) I’m a huge fan.

But as writers, it’s a fine line we walk between “appropriate” and “titillating.” We want our romantic scenes to be attention-getting. We want to emotionally engage our readers.

I’m often torn between pleasing a mother who wants me to “make the kissing scenes good” and keeping the scenes appropriate for my 12-year-old friends and 15-year-old daughter. So how much is too much?

Too much information can produce a physical response, a thrill that runs from your lips to your toes. At times, my temperature has significantly risen as I’ve finished reading a romantic scene from a “clean” novel. Although the feeling is pleasurable, do I want my young daughter to have the same response? And is it really appropriate for me either?

I’ve appreciated guidance lately from new guidelines from “For the Strength of Youth” on “Entertainment and Media,” “Sexual Purity,” and “Dating.”

https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/entertainment-and-media?lang=eng

https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/sexual-purity?lang=eng

https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/dating?lang=eng

As I edited my new e-book “MASTER OF EMOTION” for final publishing, I actually cut a few scenes and moments that might have approached my line between”appropriate” and “titillating.” Better safe than sorry, I decided. But my line might be different from someone else’s. So what do you think? How did I do? If you haven’t read “MASTER OF EMOTION,” yet, you might want to take advantage of the $.99 price this month.

So, to you other “clean” writers out there: Where do you draw your line between “appropriate” and “titillating?” How do you balance creating an emotional response and a physical response?

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

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The Official Announcement

I did it!

I announced the release of my début novel, Master of Emotion. I think everyone who writes should e-publish at least one book, just for the learning experience. So here’s the press release:

Announcing the release of Master of Emotion, a YA paranormal romance by D. Ogden Huff.

Beau’s getting loads of attention lately. Whether he wants it or not. Even if it’s his worse nightmare.

When a reclusive teen with the enhanced ability to read others’ emotions finds more teens with similar powers, he must confront his fears before a budding romance and his twin brother’s life fall into the hands of the devious doctor who created them all.

For a longer summary of the novel, go to the following sites:

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/111566

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Master-of-Emotion-ebook/dp/B006JNAX2M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323787380&sr=8-1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13223883-master-of-emotion

All proceeds of this novel (after taxes and tithing) will be donated to a tax-deductible charity benefiting my nephew who has a severe, often life-threatening, form of Celiac Disease. See his story at http://prayformarky.blogspot.com/ . You can also go into any America First branch (in Utah) to make a Tax Free donation. The account is listed as, “Mark Jeanes Charitable Donations Account”.

This is the same novel that was a Quarterfinalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards under the previous name of “Walls.”

Here’s another reason to read it—check out my experiment. Movies have soundtracks. Why not novels?

Within the text of the novel, when you find something that looks like this:

Listen to the unofficial Master of Emotion Soundtrack –
Song Title” from Secondhand Serenade’s “Album Title” album at http://www.myspace.com/secondhandserenade/music/songs/song title-#)”

I invite you to go follow the link and go to the internet and listen to one of Secondhand Serenade’s songs that fit the emotion of that moment in the novel. I’ve included a website address or two where you might be able to listen to the full song.

If you go to the Smashwords site at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/111566 you can read 20% of my book. I hope you enjoy the novel!

DeAnn Ogden Huff

Master of Emotion (Book 1)
Supreme Chancellor of Stupidity (Book 2)
Once Upon a Tour (expected release date May, 2012)
http://www.dogdenhuff.com/

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