Storytelling and Fears

Storytelling and Fears

Storytelling and Fears Did you know that an estimated 11 percent of the U.S. population is afraid of the dark? And according to the Mirror, 22 percent of the British population has confessed they don’t like to poke their foot out from underneath the covers in case something grabs it? nyctophobia – a fear of the dark Here's what Wikipedia wrote about it: “Nyctophobia produces symptoms beyond the normal instinctive parameters, such as breathlessness, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly or sensation of detachment from reality and death.” My earliest memory of being afraid of the dark was when I was about four years old. For some reason, I had it in my head that, at night, there were snakes covering my bedroom floor (likely a suggestion I picked up somewhere - I'm pretty sure I hadn't seen Indiana Jones yet by that age though). Within a few years, I had picked up the intense...
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I’m Back With An Update!

I’m Back With An Update!

It's been a while since I posted my last update. In that time, I've published two young adult novels for The Hexon Code series: Redeemed (#2) and Blackout (#3). Currently, I'm working on Outcast, the fourth novel in the series, which follows the story of Ivy Gould, a girl who gets recruited into Faction 73 but fails to arrive at the pickup location on time due to personal reasons. If you've read Blackout, you'll have a good idea of where Outcast is headed. Little do these characters know, they're in for a wild ride which will someday connect them with Fira and Devon. I was hoping to get back to writing the next book with these two lovebirds from Bought, but there is so much story that needs to take place before that happens. So believe me when I say I am just as disappointed as readers are about not being able to get back to them. I am dying to...
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Tainted Receives a 5-Star Review

Tainted Receives a 5-Star Review

Tainted Receives a 5-Star Review For immediate release: Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome. Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Young Adult - Thriller book "Tainted" by Jody Calkins, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079NRNXSQ. Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. "Reviewed By Anthony Elmore for Readers' Favorite Tainted is a brilliant and intense young adult novel written by Jody Calkins. Shep and Charlie met each other unexpectedly when Shep saved her life in a dire situation. Ever since they first met they could not get enough of each other, but all the while they are being chased by...
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