Title: Holy Crap! The World is Ending
How a Trip to the Bookstore led to Sex with an Alien and the Destruction of Earth
Author: Anna-Marie Abell
Genre: Paranormal / Romance / Ghosts / Humour
About the Book:
End times are here! Now you can eat whatever you want and not care if you gain weight.The president has announced that Earth is going to collide with a rogue moon, and in the process, our entire planet is going to be smashed to bits.
As one would expect, upon hearing this news, humans went ballistic. It was as if every sports team in the world lost their championship game at the same time. No car was left unrolled—but oddly enough, Taco Bell remained open and made unfathomable profits in the last days. Apparently, Doritos Locos® Tacos were a popular last meal.
Autumn (who for the purpose of this retelling asked to be portrayed as drool-inducing hot with kick-ass ninja skills) has just been handed the task of saving all of humanity. With the help of her unbelievably sexy alien boyfriend and her kleptomaniac friend with fire-retardant hair, Autumn takes a spaceship and races to save her fellow humans by using the Ark of the Covenant. Along the way, she discovers how sheltered people are from the truth of extraterrestrials and their power to either protect us or destroy us.
Grab a bottle of wine, a shipload of snacks, and prepare to take a ride on this humorous chick lit romantic sci-fi paranormal adventure. If you’re into Ancient Aliens, conspiracy theories, UFOs, crave a little sexy time in your reading, are curious if we were genetically engineered (like the Sumerian cuneiform texts claim), and are dying to find out the meaning of life, then this book is for you.
What people are saying:
“An unexpected story that promises to be one of the most creative fictional discoveries of the year…a fun approach to the entire save-the-Earth-from-alien-invasion scenario which successfully turns traditional approaches upside down.”– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“An awesome read! Warm, witty–and thought provoking–a beach read that stays with you throughout the year!”– Aionios Books
“A rollicking seat of your pants fun ride through the universe!”– Joan Silvestro, Booktrader of Hamilton
If anyone wants to read a sneak peek at the first few chapters click here:
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
Well, I am a UFO and ancient alien freak. I can be found attending monthly Mufon meetings (Mutual UFO Network) and UFO conferences. If it is paranormal in nature, I am so all over it. My obsession with ancient aliens got me studying the Sumerian culture about twenty years ago. The cuneiform tablets tell a very different tale of how the human race was created. I wanted to take all this knowledge and research I have done and put it into a book. There are plenty of hard sci-fi books about it, and I have a real hard time being serious, so I set out to change things up a bit, and write a cross-genre book incorporating it all into a humorous paranormal romance. ‘Cause you gotta have some hot alien sex, am I right?
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
Me and mornings do not get along—like at all—so I strictly write in the evenings. I work from home, so I need to get out and go somewhere else when I write. Usually, that is my local Starbucks or Panera. They are essentially my home away from home, and I know all the employees by name.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
Real life. What happens in real life is always funnier than anything I can make up. I am always taking notes of crazy things that happen so I can include them in stories. I also dream a lot of ideas too. I have been having a recurring dream where everyone I run into is looking for someone named Amanda Flyporch. I have no idea who that is, but there may be a story there. At the very least, I gotta name a character after her.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
In my first book, Holy Crap! The World is Ending!, I had a very general idea of what was going to happen. I mean, I knew the world was ending. LOL. But in book two of the trilogy, I had no clue. I decided to write the draft for that during NaNoWriMo last year and pounded out a draft in a month. That was a challenge, but very fun. In that case, the story completely developed as I went.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
The trilogy I am writing now is a contemporary humorous chick lit sci-fi paranormal romance. I love me some paranormal romance when I read, especially when it is humorous, and so that is the genre I write. I love escaping to different worlds where there is something beyond just us boring humans. Since I love the genre so much, it was a natural path for me to take in my writing.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
I think Jennifer Lawrence for Autumn. She has the comic timing Autumn would need. However, even though Autumn is Caucasian in my book (simply because she was based on me), I would like to see an African American play her. Maybe Katerina Graham? My first choice for Rigel would be Paul Wesley from the Vampire Diaries, but alas, Rigel is really tall. So I am thinking Chris Hemsworth or Justin Hartley. For Emma, Kristin Kreuk. (Can you tell I like CW shows?) Ninurta is totally Alexander Skarsgard, Inanna is Charlize Theron, Clive Owen for Enlil, and Daniel Craig for Enki. Devon is the one I haven’t figured out yet, but I am kinda liking Diego Boneta.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I listen to audiobooks all the time. You rarely find me walking around without my earbuds. My favorite authors, in no particular order, are Janet Evanovich, Kresley Cole, Molly Harper, Jeanine Frost, Richelle Mead, David Sedaris, Douglass Adams, and of course, J.K. Rowling.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I just finished a book totally out of my wheelhouse that I really enjoyed. It is memoir called, A Few Minor Adjustments, by Cherie Kephart. It was about a woman who suffers from a mysterious illness and her struggle to survive. I am also listening to The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette. I think I like it, but I am not sure yet. It has some great humor and interesting characters, it just isn’t quite going anywhere plot wise yet. I am holding out hopes that something will happen soon.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
Well, it is more of a series, but Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling didn’t just create a book, she created an entire world—and what an amazing world it is! I would probably sacrifice one of my limbs if it meant I could become part of that world. Maybe even two. Three if I could magically grow at least one of them back.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Become a plumber instead. LOL. I am totally kidding. It is a tough road, but so worth it! The thing is, a writer needs to be prepared to wear many hats if they want their work published. It isn’t all about sitting down and being creative. The real work comes when you are done and have to promote it (this is the case for both indie publishing or traditional publishing). It is non-stop work, and it becomes hard to find time to actually write again once you entered the rabbit hole of publication. So my advice would be to find a balance. You need to dedicate time to the business side of writing, as well as the creative side. If you are not willing to buckle down and market yourself, then doing it as a profession will be difficult.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
About the Author:
Anna-Marie Abell grew up in a trailer park. Well, several actually. Her trailer was on wheels so she got to experience the Pacific Northwest’s vast array of mobile home parks as her parents moved her from one to the other. Somewhere along the way, she got totally into UFOs. Probably because she was hoping extraterrestrials would come and abduct her. But they never did. Luckily for her she was smart, because her only hope of escaping trailer life was college and a full scholarship. Moving to sunny California on her almost full ride to Chapman University, she was well on her way to her new life. Two bachelor degrees later (Film and Television Production and Media Performance), and several honors and awards for her accomplishments, she managed to start working in an almost completely unrelated industry from her majors: infomercials.
It was in college that she got bit by the “ancient alien” bug after listening to Zecharia Sitchin on Coast to Coast AM. In her pursuit to uncover the truth, she has spent the last twenty years researching the ancient Sumerian culture—in particular their “gods” called the Anunnaki—and their connection to the creation of the human race. What she found changed her life, her beliefs, and her understanding of the universe and everything beyond. Her humorous science fiction trilogy, The Anunnaki Chronicles, is a culmination of all her research, her borderline obsession for all things paranormal, and approximately 2,300 bottles of wine.