Donna Augustine


This Halloween, I’d like to pay homage to one of the best horror writers ever born, Stephen King. In particular, I’d like to write a little about The Stand.

For me, a pandemic is one of the most terrifying ideas. There are several things that play into my fear, like the fact that scientists say we are actually overdue for a pandemic. Maybe I’ve watched too many specials on The Black Plague. Did you know that there are some estimates that say it wiped out almost half of the population? It could be the idea that a simple flu, something everyone has experienced, could suddenly turn deadly and rob me of half my family in a matter of weeks.

Some books make you believe in love and some make you feel empathy. After  I read The Stand, for weeks I couldn’t hear someone sneeze without a part of me shuddering. Now that is good writing!

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Travis Fimmel, Vikingly Delicious!


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I started watching Vikings on the History Channel because…well, come on now, it was about Vikings! How could you not watch? I thought I’d be immersed into a time with a mystical flair. I had no idea I’d be swept into lust!

This show came as such a surprise to me. Ragnar, played by Travis Fimmel, isn’t just
fantastically hot, he’s talented as well. Every week, I became more engrossed
into the drama and the charisma of his character. Another benefit of the show is his
wife, played by Katheryn Winnick, reminds me of a urban fantasy heroine right
from the pages of some of my favorite series. By halfway through the first season, this show had replaced Game of Thrones for my top TV spot.

If you get the chance, I highly recommend checking out this series!

On to the goodies!

I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook copy of The Keepers in either epub or mobi format.


Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of objects floating around her.

One Day ago, Jo’s sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.

Today, Cormac ordered her shot.

If he’s real lucky, she won’t die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.

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Good Characters, Bad Characters…and My Characters?

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Categories: On Writing

When I started writing, I didn’t set out to write ethically ambiguous lead characters. Growing up, I loved a great book about  good versus evil. So what happened? I didn’t exactly know myself.

When I started writing The Keepers, the more I wrote, the worse it got. Don’t get me wrong, I’d never meant to make them saints, but as I uncovered their pasts, they just got worse and worse and the bad deeds kept piling up. Even as I continue writing now, I’m a little taken aback myself at the things these people are willing to do.

And then I realized that as I’ve gotten older, I view everything a bit more cynically, and it’s bleeding into my creative side. Gone are the rose colored glasses of my youth and all the pedestals have been long since destroyed. This new world view is not as bad as it might seem though at first glance. I’ve found that I enjoy people’s flaws. I’ve learned to forgive much more easily than I ever did. And although the flaws might be more exaggerated in my novels, the characters are a hell of a lot fun to write.


Why Ebooks Are Better Than Cookies


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I didn’t used to like ebooks. I couldn’t hold them in my hand, and there was no where to get them signed. I missed the atmosphere of an old book shop or quiet peaceful library, but now I’ve seen the light.
I still love a bookstore, but now there is no closing time. When I peruse the shelves, I have an almost endless choice of books instead of whatever shelf space is available. When I discover a new author I love, it has become so much easier to find their past works.

There is also the indie author. The works that I might not have gotten to enjoy before the ebook revolution started, because the gate keepers of traditional publishing thought they weren’t marketable. Books like Wool come to mind. Would I have ever gotten to enjoy them without ebooks?

Some say the market is becoming flooded. I say the more the merrier. Can there ever really be too many books?


Grow Up Already!

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When I started this series, the one thing I wanted, more than anything else, was to grow with my main protagonist. In life, bad things happen all the time, and they change who we are. I’m not the same person I was a few years ago. I’m definitely a different person than I was ten years ago. When I think back on some of the choices that I made in my younger years, I cringe and want to crawl under the nearest rock. So when me and my protagonist started our journey together, and she decided to make bad choices, I let her. She’s young and stupid right now, but if you give her a chance, she’s going to grow up like I did. It just might take a few books to happen.

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