Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Missing you

It's been 41 years today since I lost my mother. I was young, yes, but I remember that night like it was only hours ago. 

It's difficult losing your parents.  It's a crappy club to be a part of, but one many join. 
I hope my mother watches over me, and looks upon me with pride. 
31 years. I still miss you like yesterday. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Favorite series!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love Serpenteens! 

While the second installment, "The Nests of Good and Evil," is being edited, I've already completed the outline and most of the research for the third installment.  Two days ago, I began writing.  I had decided to go from the completion of book two right into book three instead of working on any other projects, and I'm so glad I did.  I couldn't wait to get to work and rejoin the demigods I've fallen in love with.

While the title of book three won't be revealed for a while, I can say that it will be the darkest and most trying of the series thus far.  

It seems that January 6th can't come soon enough for the release of book two, and I'm anxious to see and hear what people have to say about it.  I'm also so hopeful that the series will grow with each new release. 

So if you haven't yet had a chance to read the first installment of the Serpenteens saga, "Nature's Forces," don't worry, I won't hold it against you. But there is plenty of time for your to rectify that.  
Simply swing by the YA page on my site (polmcshane.com) where you will find links to Amazon and Smashwords. Or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/serpenteensbooks, or just go to Amazon. 

Thank you for all your support!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Snakes get a bad rap


I know, and knew going in, that part of the struggle I would have with the success of the Serpenteens series, is the large number of people who have an aversion to snakes.  That's okay, I understand.  I have the same fear of spiders (If I see one in my house, my respect for all living creatures flies out the window).

But, aside from the snakes in the Serpenteens series being demigod teenagers who are trying to save humanity and are not in the same class, snakes shouldn't really be feared.  In fact, they get an undeserved bad rap.

Most people who fear snakes, fear them because of the fact that they have no legs, and need to maneuver around by slinking and sliding along the ground or other surfaces.  That serpentine motion immediately sets some people off.

But, have you ever taken time to think about the fact that snakes are very beneficial to the environment? Without them, we would be overrun by rodents and insects.  One rodent-eating snake can decimate a family of rats in weeks.  And several small snakes can annihilate a grasshopper population in a confined area in one summer.  Farmers appreciate that.

And snakes do all of this without harming the environment.  The don't dig holes, they don't chew leaves off plants, and they don't contribute one bit to noise pollution. Most snakes would rather hide from humans than attack them.  And the majority of snakes are non-venomous.  A snake is less likely to bite someone, even when handled, than the majority of wild animals.  I'd never try to pick up a raccoon or a squirrel or chicken hawk.

And snakes are clean animals and carry very few diseases.  They don't get fleas, or rabies, or mange.  And they leave very little in the way of droppings (also good fertilizer, since their prey is so well digested).

The next time you see a snake in your garden or your yard, if it's a harmless garter snake or something, shoo it away, don't kill it.  Obviously, snakes like our friend Kurt in Serpenteens, the rattlesnake, should be avoided.  But even they won't attack unless they feel threatened.

So give snakes a chance.  We'd be a lot worse off without them.

And don't forget to read the Serpenteens series! The planet will thank you, and so will I.