Entries in Feral (14)

Tuesday
Mar062012

Let the Hunger Games Begin

As huge supporters of movies and television, especially great fiction books that have been converted for the small and large screen, 711 Press would like to show our support for the official release of the movie The Hunger Games, which is based on the book by Suzanne Collins. For those of you who are new to The Hunger Games, here is a synopsis of Book I of the trilogy:

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins's characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like 'Survivor' and 'American Gladiator.' Book one of a planned trilogy.

Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


We'll go on record as saying we love post-apocalyptic, YA adventures, which is why we released the Werecat Saga by Jami Lynn Saunders. That said, The Hunger Games will whet your fiction appetite both onscreen and in print. If you haven't read Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy yet, (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) check out Suzzanne's books on Amazon.

Friday
Jan272012

The World Has Gone RABID Today!!!

Listen up Jami Lynn Saunders fans, Rabid is finally here! Book II of her Werecat Saga releases today. In this Movie Book, we follow Pippa Reyes, the girl turned werecat, as the feline gene takes over her body, driving her mad. Her friends, Aiden, Salvatore, Abby, and Dr. Jack Tanner give chase to find her when she disappears into the night in pursuit of a pack of genetcially mutated alligators. Little do her friends know that once she finishes destroying the reptiles, they are her next target.

This book is a non-stop thrill ride following a small group as they trek across the country in search of a safehaven for the remaining survivors of world devastation. Become part of the story as you live this book in your mind. You'll be running from feral creatures while reading about Pippa's sister Abby discovering her werecat side, and Aiden, the boy thought dead, becoming a new hybrid himself. It's a race for life filled with creatures worse than zombies, werewolves, and vampires. Get your copy of Rabid here.

Monday
Jan232012

22% Discount on Crisis Trilogy Print Books

For a limited time only, you can purchase the first two print books in the Crisis Trilogy at steep discounts of 30 and 22% off at Amazon.com. Usually priced at $5.99, these two books can be snatched up for $4.65 and $4.22 for a short time, so act now!

Click here for The Crisis Artifact Amazon product page, and here for The Chaos Pendulum page.

The Crisis Trilogy is an action-packed rollercoaster ride of temple exploration, artifact-hunting, globe-trekking, and sci-fi adventure with a heavy dose of the supernatural to whet any appetitite. The third book in the trilogy is also available now at a moderate discount if you want to complete your collection.

So join Caesar Guevara, Lionel Galton, and Fiero on their epic quest to save the world from utter destruction, as they race against time to und the damage created by one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands.

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Also, save more by taking advantage of Amazon's 4 for 3 special, where you can buy three books and get a fourth for free. So grab the Catastrophe Scroll to finish the trilogy, then choose another 711 Press book, such as Feral, Kill Factor, Flight 666 or Long,Cold Winter for FREE.

Tuesday
Dec202011

What Are Movie Books and TV Books?

In today’s fast-paced society, it seems that everyone has forgotten about the medium of reading, which is one of the first forms of entertainment. With the introduction of iPhones, Netflix, and video games, as well as reality shows and movies, we have essentially diminished the act of reading for the current generation. No longer are the vast majority of youths digging into books and exploring new worlds with the sole use of the imagination. With that said, 711 Press decided to embark on a bold new venture.   

So What Are Movie Books and TV Books?
Well the simple answer is, they are stories that are meant to be consumed in the same amount of time it takes you to watch an actual film or television show. And while the mediums differ, our Movie and TV Books apply the same storytelling conventions used in film and television productions. Certain themes are explored, plot arcs are carried over, and characters are given room to develop and grow as the narrative unspools during the course of your reading. But all this doesn’t take a week to experience, as our books, like we said, take the same amount of time to read as watching a movie or television show does.

What Differentiates Movie and TV books From Regular Novels?
The idea behind our products is not based on traditional publishing norms, therefore we are not competing with publishers per se. We don’t consider our books “novels.” In fact, that word isn’t used by us. We produce the equivalent of novellas, or short stories, but the storytelling methods we employ differ from conventional methods used in the past, as our tales tend to take the form of movie and TV show narratives. You would have to read our products to get a true sense of this, however, while keeping all this in mind, as it is a departure from what most “novel” readers are probably accustomed to.

Our Movie Books aren’t meant to be grand pieces of literature. They are short, 80120-page reads that are well-plotted and well-written pieces of entertainment. And each book is edited and designed with care, all in an effort to get you into the story, keep you on the edge of your seat, and have your heart racing by the end of the read. Our aim is to give you a movie-going experience via reading. You’ll fall in love with some characters, while you’ll truly despise others. You’ll relate to their situations and keep reading to find out where the story will end. So feel free to pop some popcorn and crack open a can of soda while you read, because the moment you open a Movie Book, the adventure will begin, and hopefully it will be one you won’t want to end.

Can You Really Sum Up a Story in a Hundred Pages or Less?
Yes you can! As one reviewer of one of our trilogies correctly stated, “Although the books in this series are not long, there is a lot of stuff going on.” By removing all of the “filler” from a book (sometimes 300 pages worth) then choosing to focus on quick, descriptive narrative, while including meaningful, plot-advancing dialog, we can allow the reader to become part of the book they are reading. You, the reader, will be living the adventure in your mind, and it won’t take weeks to complete. You’ll be finished with one Movie Book within one to three hours, and be ready to move on to the next adventure.

Many may ask, “Why not combine three 100-page 711 Press Movie Books into a full length book? Essentially a novel.” The simple answer: because, as we stated, we are delving into new territory and don’t wish to follow the traditional norms of storytelling used in novels. Combining a trilogy, such as The Crisis Trilogy (The Crisis Artifact, The Chaos Pendulum, and The Catastrophe Scroll) would be a total mind-melt of plots, concepts, and characters, and would not allow you enough time to mentally digest the richness of the complete story. So don’t fall into the trap of allowing page count to fool you as regards a book’s merit. That’s a deceptive measuring tool of the true quality of a book. Consider this, if all three Matrix movies were mashed together and released as one movie, which was over six hours long, you would be so overwhelmed by the end of the movie that your brain would be fried trying to resolve the intricate concept of the plot.

Who Would Enjoy a Movie Book or TV Book?
Anyone who enjoys fast-paced action movies like the James Bond series, Indiana Jones, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, or Underworld would enjoy our continually growing line of titles, which span many genres. If you are a lover a hour-long television shows such as The Sopranos, Heroes, AlphasGame of Thrones, or Battlestar Galactica, our TV Books will keep you wanting more. You’ll be able to finish one TV Book episode in less than an hour.

So, when you’re ready to start living a book in your mind, whether you’re into shorter works that feel like two-hour movies, or episodic TV Shows that develop over the course of a full season, consider 711 Press your home. At 711 Press, there’s something for every reader!

Wednesday
Nov302011

And So the Werecat Saga Begins!

YA Sci-Fi fans, there's a new author in town to be reckoned with! Jami Lynn Saunders is the newest writer to join 711 Press. The first book in her post-apocalyptic, zombie-like thriller, Feral, officially launches today, 11/30/2011. Feral is the beginning of Jami Lynn's Werecat Saga. It marks the third trilogy by 711 Press, preceeded by the Crisis Trilogy by James LaFleur and Gordon Massie and the Moment of Death Trilogy by Drusilla Winters.

Feral is an action/paranormal/monster/post-apocolyptic story in the vein of books look Hollowland and Hollowmen by Amanda Hocking, as well as movies like Resident Evil, I am Legend, Book of Eli and Underworld, yet it's a unique story in its own right. Feral follows three friends as they set off from New York City to travel the desolate continent of the United States in search of a rumored safehold that will protect the groups' leader, Pippa Reyes from being killed by what is left of the human race. Pippa is what is known as a werecat, a genetically altered human harboring a feline creature hidden beneath her skin that emerges when she's under attack. Unfortunately, humans and werecats aren't all that's left alive after the US suffers a biological and nuclear fallout. Many humans were transformed into Ferals, which are rabid, nearly zombie-like, blood-thirsty creatures which roam the lands in search of fresh meat. Now it is a race to see if Pippa Reyes, Abby Hunter, Aiden, and their new friends they make it to the safehold on the other side of the continent before they are devoured by ravenous beasts.

Staying true to the "Movies in Book Form" motto of 711 Press, Feral is a great after-school or weekend read that can easily replace going to the movies or watching a few shows on television, because it can be read in the same amount of time it takes to watch an actual movie. This concept allows readers to digest an amazing action-packed story and enjoy the fantasy in less than a few hours.

Check out Feral todayand learn more about the Werecat Saga here.

Read an interview with Jami Lynn here

Tuesday
Nov292011

Jami Lynn Saunders Interview

Jami Lynn Saunders is the youngest author to join the 711 Press Roster. Signed at only 19, this young talent is amped and ready to shake up the world of YA Fiction world with post-apocalyptic, paranormal, action and adventure tales. Many know that 711 Press does not accept unsolicited material, so it was no surprise when Jami’s first manuscript, a teen romance, was instantly rejected. But her wit and persistent determination via email and several phone calls (not willing to take no for an answer) worked wonders, getting her a full on audience with 711 Press producer Jaime Vendera. That meeting opened a door of possibilities, yet slammed it shut in her face.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Reviewers for Feral

Hi all! I've finally got my 711 Press blog working and I'd like to use my first post to ask that all reviewers of YA sci-fi out there reach out and lend me a hand. You'll get a free copy of my new book, Feral, by contacting us. Please read this post and follow the simple instructions. Feral is coming out on November 30th, but reviewers will receive copies of the Kindle book the day before. Spots are still open, so there's still time to sign up.

The book involves werecats, wild, ravenous beings called ferals, action, adventure, a dash of romance, epic quests across barren, dangerous wastelands, and more! Please sign up! But only if you're interested.

Jami Lynn

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