Catalyst: Decay Chains Named Semi-finalist in Publisher's Weekly's Booklife Prize in Fiction

Great news! On Oct. 31, Catalyst: Decay Chains by Kate Wars was named a semi-finalist in Publisher's Weekly's Booklife Prize in Fiction contest. The contest started narrowing down contestants in September, at which time Kate Wars' debut novel was named a quarter finalist along with 85 other books. That list of great indie reads thinned again on Halloween to five semi-finalists from each of the contest's six categories. 

On Nov. 28, the semi-finalists will be reviewed by guest judges and reduced to one winner from each category. All six will be evaluated, but only one will become the winner of a $5,000 cash prize and a profile in Publisher's Weekly.



The publishing world told zombie story writers that zombie books were part of a dying trend. The fact that Catalyst: Decay Chains is the only zombie book and the only horror novel that became a semi-finalist speaks volumes to me. Zombie story readers are alive and well, and reading. A great story will set itself apart and make the industry take notice. I can't be more excited about this news and I hope it gives other writers hope that trends may come and go, but good writing never falls out of favor.

Here's Catalyst: Decay Chains' review from the Publisher's Weekly Booklife Prize in Fiction, which shows that a gruesome zombie tale can also be a fantastic piece of relevant literature:

This brilliantly-written book is a page turner from the get-go. The story centers on Stormy, whose boyfriend, Matt, is extremely sick. After she insists he go to the hospital, she ends up entangled in a terrorist plot that releases a virus throughout the building and kills most of the people inside. The virus also has a strange effect on the dead; it reanimates them as zombie-like creatures called “supers” that aggressively pursue the few surviving humans. The author does a superb writing job throughout, but the action scenes in particular are very gripping. The story unfolds at a quick pace, and the reader is sucked in from beginning to end, feeling Stormy’s fear and the adrenaline that keeps her going. Character development, even of minor players, is strong. Overall, a top-notch book by a gifted writer.

Want to learn more? Visit this link to find out more about Kate Wars or to read a preview of Catalyst: Decay Chains. Feel like reading a zombie novel over the Veterans Day weekend? Visit Amazon to purchase a copy of Catalyst: Decay Chains. Pair it with a great cup of coffee, a tall beer or a robust wine for maximum enjoyment.

Read feverishly!

-C

Brevard County Hometown News Releases New Publication for Vets & First Responders

The first edition of Hometown Heroes by Brevard County's Hometown News will hit the streets on Veterans Day! 

Hometown Heroes is a special publication with stories geared toward servicemembers, veterans and first responders. 

As a journalist, I am so honored to have been involved with this project from the get-go, especially since it's for veterans and first responders. It has been so heartwarming and intriguing to hear veterans' stories and to have the opportunity to share them with readers. I simply can't wait to read the first edition of this publication later this week!

Want your own free copy? To sign up for a free subscription to receive Hometown Heroes, call (321) 242-1013 and ask for the circulation department.

Read feverishly,

C

Ghost Night with Christine Edwards Was a Haunting Success!

Thanks so much to the awesome group of folks who attended Cape Canaveral Public Library's Ghost Night on Halloween. It was such an honor to share my haunting story with you!


Booklife Prize in Fiction Critiques Debut Novel by Kate Wars


Booklife Prize in Fiction Critique of Catalyst:Decay Chains Revealed

Booklife by Publisher's Weekly is holding a book contest called the Booklife Prize in Fiction and they have shared their critique of Catalyst: Decay Chains by Kate Wars. The Booklife Prize in Fiction had this to say about Catalyst: Decay Chains:

"This brilliantly-written book is a page turner from the get-go. The story centers on Stormy, whose boyfriend, Matt, is extremely sick. After she insists he go to the hospital, she ends up entangled in a terrorist plot that releases a virus throughout the building and kills most of the people inside. The virus also has a strange effect on the dead; it reanimates them as zombie-like creatures called “supers” that aggressively pursue the few surviving humans. The author does a superb writing job throughout, but the action scenes in particular are very gripping. The story unfolds at a quick pace, and the reader is sucked in from beginning to end, feeling Stormy’s fear and the adrenaline that keeps her going. Character development, even of minor players, is strong. Overall, a top-notch book by a gifted writer."

Booklife Prize in Fiction also released the following assessment of Catalyst: Decay Chains:

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10



To read the full critique visit the booklife.com. To learn more about Catalyst: Decay Chains visit katewars.com.

Publisher's Weekly Reviews Catalyst: Decay Chains

Great news for zombie fans, Publisher's Weekly is reviewing Catalyst: Decay Chains. Once completed, the review will be published in Publisher's Weekly, posted on PW's site and online booksellers, such as Amazon


I couldn't be more thrilled that Publisher's Weekly selected Catalyst: Decay Chains for review and can hardly wait to see what their readers think of the novel. As soon as the review is published, I'll share it on this blog so that you can see if it measures up to your assessment of my debut novel, which I published under the pen name, Kate Wars

Catalyst: Decay Chains was selected for a free review out of the 1,000+ novels submitted to PW every month. You can also submit your novel for a free review, or enter PW's book contest, which could land you a review and $5k!


Although I'd love to spend more time promoting my debut novel or working on its sequel, the truth is, I've been spending a lot of time writing articles and columns for my local newspaper. I absolutely love this work and am so excited to be doing it for a living! The only downside is that it makes it challenging to blog, write fiction or market. I'm still writing though and that is all that matters.

Are you still writing? I hope so because fall is almost upon us and there is no better time to work on the "Great American Novel."

Until next time-happy writing.