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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 Next Best Thing

I’m in “Trying to Write while Life Happens” mode, so I haven’t posted in a long while. Maybe it’s because I need to exercise, but a game of tag sounded fun when I heard about the ten interview questions for The Next Big Thing. Here’s how the game works: I answer ten questions about my work in progress (WIP) and then give you links to other authors and their answers about their WIP’s.

 

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?

Dictator of Disaster (I’m positive that won’t change. I really like it.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Dictator of Disaster is Book 3 in a four book series, following Master of Emotion (Book 1) and Supreme Chancellor of Stupidity (Book 2). The idea for the series came from my teenage daughters. They were complaining about Bella (Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series) and I asked them what they would want in a book or main character. They wanted an adventure/romance from a guy’s point of view, without any whiny women. “Oh,” a daughter added. “He needs to have some cool power … and be sensitive at the same time.”  So my mind started churning, and five months later I’d written my first novel.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult Paranormal Romance – Although it’s set in the real world, the main character is trying to cope with an extra-sensory ability.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’d want to find a young Enrique Iglesias to play Jonas –

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=enrique+iglesias&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1249&bih=569&wrapid=tlif134945594339110&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=TxBvUMLfJsPnqgG-moCoDw

… playing alongside Victoria Justice as Gabriela –

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=victoria+justice&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1249&bih=569&wrapid=tlif134945562298310&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=EA9vUNPdAcnUqgHVhICgBQ

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Sorry – I still need two sentences, and even those two sentences still need work:

Touch can be a sensitive tool or a lethal weapon. JONAS, a sensory enhanced kid with anger issues, tries to save his kidnapped sister by himself, rather than relying on the twins and the others like them.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published. I’m loving the whole indie publishing thing which is leaps and bounds better than getting query rejection letters. It’s so much fun!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?

I’ve been writing this manuscript while self-publishing my other three, so it’s taking me too long. But here’s a glimpse at my first chapter (The whole first chapter is available at the end of Book 2: Supreme Chancellor of Stupidity):

I shook my head as I watched him go. He was such an idiot—suggesting a truce. And what was that insanity about shocking a tree? It wouldn’t work, and knowing Bryce, he probably knew something I didn’t. Maybe the shock would reflect off the tree and jump back to jolt me. Then he could get even without touching me.

That thought made me more curious, so I ducked under a branch of the mulberry tree and laid my hand against the rough bark of the trunk. I paused, wondering if Bryce was looking out the window, ready to laugh at me; but I decided he wasn’t smart enough to plan that kind of revenge. Maybe I’d try his suggestion so I could tell him, again, that his idea was stupid. But just in case, I sent only a tiny shock into the tree.

No ricochet. No jolt back to me. And although I didn’t feel the same surge of adrenalin as when I shocked a human, still, it felt good to drain a tiny bit of my pent-up energy. So I tried it again, sending the tree a stronger mental blow. The release of energy was much slower than if I’d had my hand on Bryce’s arm. It felt like pushing my power through thick tar.

Eager to release more energy, I gripped the trunk of the tree with both hands and laid my forehead against the coarse bark. I closed my eyes and concentrated with all my might on drawing memories of physical violence from all over my body. My hands shook from the effort by the time I discharged the most massive strike I had ever released.

I heard her voice and felt her hand on my arm a millisecond too late. “Jo—” But I didn’t understand the odd gurgling sound or the thud to the ground until I opened my eyes and saw a thin, pale hand lying in the dirt at my feet.

My sister’s hand.

I hadn’t heard Alia approach.

I spun around, throwing myself on the ground next to her. She lay in the dirt with her eyes closed and her normally fair skin ashen. Something was very wrong. She was too still.

I shook her thin shoulders. “Alia?”

No answer. No movement. Then I realized—no breathing.

My sister wasn’t breathing.

I shook her again harder.

Nothing.

“NO!” I punched the ground. She couldn’t be hurt. Not Alia.

I rolled her onto her back and laid my hand on her chest, hoping to feel her ribcage rise. Her head lolled helplessly to the side.

Nothing.

I dug my fingers into the soft, hollow space between her windpipe and her neck muscle and searched for a pulse.

Nothing.

My shock had stopped her heart.

I had killed her.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Good question. Normal kids, normal setting, unusual abilities. Any suggestions? Please reply and tell me.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My oldest daughter called one day, asking for help with her “bucket list.” She’d been to a class that suggested they decide what they want to accomplish in life and then spend a few minutes each week toward that goal. She wanted to write a book. After talking with her, I realized I wanted to write a book too. Thanks, Auj.

What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?

Each of the books in the series is from a different male character’s point of view.

Master of Emotion is from Beau’s POV:

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.

Supreme Chancellor of Stupidity (Book 2) is from Bryce’s POV:

With the threat of the demented doctor still looming, BRYCE, Beau’s twin, enlists a fake girlfriend to learn how to control his habit of touching everyone to read their thoughts in order to win the trust and affection of the girl he loves.

Dictator of Disaster (Book 3) is from Jonas’ (Bryce’s nemesis) POV:

Touch can be a sensitive tool or a lethal weapon. JONAS, a sensory enhanced kid with anger issues, tries to save his kidnapped sister by himself, rather than relying on the twins and the others like them.

Servant of Sense (Book 4) is from Sam’s POV:

Enhanced taste buds hardly qualifies as a super-power. But that’s all that SAM has to work with. He must face his insecurities and use his very normal, but nerdy, brain power to rescue his friends and capture the evil doctor.

I was tagged by Tamara Heiner at   http://tamarahartheiner.blogspot.com/                           . Thanks, Tamara! Go read about her Next Best Thing.

Then, I’ll have some friends posting about their Next Best Thing on Halloween Day! Stay tuned. If this sounds fun and you want to be tagged here, then answer these questions and send me your blog address.

 

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

What genre does your book fall under?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?

 

Include the link of who tagged you and the people you have tagged.

I’m having fun! Are you? So … Tag, you’re it.

D. Ogden Huff

 

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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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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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