The Seneca Scourge Is Out

Strap on your respiratory masks and whip out your tissues, The Seneca Scourge is here. My pandemic party is available as a Kindle e-book on Amazon.com, a NOOK book at Barnes & Noble.com, and a PDF e-book on Whiskey Creek Press. The paperback’s release date remains anyone’s guess, but I’m bounding like a toddler in a bouncy house, nonetheless.

What The Seneca Scourge is:

  • A medical thriller with a side of science fiction
  • A quick read with hopefully a decent story
  • A chance to learn medical lingo, thereby astounding your friends
  • A few hours of imagination
  • A safe way to get the flu
  • My baby

What The Seneca Scourge is not:

  • Funny
  • An artistic literary oeuvre full of flowery prose and magical sentences
  • A bodice-ripping romance
  • A bondage, safe-word-requiring love story
  • A vampire, zombie, and other worldly creature rompfest
  • A movie with Kristen Stewart

Sorry, no vampires here. (Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art)

So, if you’re cool with the above, then I’d be honored if you gave it a try, and I’d be tickled as a pickle if you left a review on one of the sites. As a thank you for the latter, I will send a signed copy of the paperback version to the first seven blogging-buddy reviewers (just email me to let me know you left one). Yes, I realize that is after the fact—i.e., after you’ve read it—but at least the book cover is shiny and the woman on it pretty.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some tequila to drink…

In case you can’t function without a question, do you leave book reviews? Do reviews sway your reading choices? Do you think Stephen King cares that he got 98 one-star reviews on his latest book? Or do you think he cracks open a beer and counts his money?

217 Responses to “The Seneca Scourge Is Out”

  1. Margarita

    Congratulations! This looks just like the kind of book my sweet husband and I like to read together. All the very best! xoM

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  2. Anastasia

    Carrie, beautiful Carrie! I finally pulled my head out of my arse and started to read all the back issues of blogs I’ve missed. By started, I mean of course I went to yours first and the earliest one I missed which (gasp, man!) turned out to be your book release?! So I just immediately went to amazon and bought it (duh) and will be devouring it between now and Sunday, at which point I can come read these other comments and add my notes telling you how fabulous you are (duh). See you soon!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      You are so sweet! Not only for catching up on my blog (which you certainly don’t need to do–I’m sure you have plenty to catch up on), but for downloading my book. I appreciate that, and I hope you enjoy it!

      I’ve been wondering how you’ve been. Hopefully you’re surviving your toils there in the Kingdom.

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      • Anastasia

        Surviving, yes. Tolerating it as manfully as I can. Haha. I hired a career coach to help me focus my scattered motivations, and we start tomorrow! (I just typed “I’ll” and iPhone changed it to “yolk”?!) I’ll post about it eventually. I’m glad to be catching up with you! :)

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          • Anastasia

            Just finished reading your book! I loved it, great story. Just about to head over to Amazon to review! That scifi twist always sucks me in (trying really hard not to put spoilers). I did find 1 typo at the end during an insulin argument (“he doesn’t how to inject”) a couple paragraphs above “2009”. Maybe it’s just in the kindle edition, and you asked us to let you know if there were any issues. Anyway, I really enjoyed it… easy read and written for speed, which I like (James Patterson, anyone?). Perfect setup for a sequel as well. You mentioned that someone said it was unrealistic. Mostly I don’t think it was, I liked your medical/science twist on the disease, you’ll know more than I do…is it possible? scary! Love the gene angle. You know me, I’m not a flu vaccine fan, and our entire department mostly avoids it now. Its interesting to read another perspective. The only bits of cognitive dissonance I had were that nobody really addressed the g- paradox with regard to 2 bil people. Sydney certainly never considered the Prime Directive’s implications and Casper didn’t seem worried that he might be walking into a big mess. hahaha. Also the geographic fate of the antagonist compared to the protagonist(s) struck me as backward. I didn’t understand why they felt they had to do what they had to do, then again I should shut up because they reason you could write a sequel is because they did what they did! ha :) Overall fun read and well written. Great job Carrie!

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            • Carrie Rubin

              Oh, no, I love hearing your thoughts. And you were correct in your last statement. I did it that way in case I ever did a sequel. Which I’m not planning on, but just in case. ;)

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            • Carrie Rubin

              Thanks so much! I appreciate hearing your thoughts! And I know about that typo. Drives. Me. Crazy. But there’s nothing I can do about it now. Frustrates me because I went through that manuscript a zillion times. And also my editor didn’t spot it. I guess the only defense is that it’s at the height of the climax, and the eyes were just skimming along so fast taking in the info. Oh well, what can I do? Live with it, I guess. I was pleased to find a typo in a best-seller I read recently. Guess if it can happen to a big NY publisher it can happen to my small publisher. :)

              Thanks for not giving away the twist. So far it’s been kept under wraps which is hard to do. Would be thrilled with an Amazon review. Thank you!!

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            • Anastasia

              I hope I didn’t give it away… eek! Don’t worry about typo’s, I find one in every book I read. Gone with the Wind has 3 or 4. You’re in good company! You’re right, it’s definitely in a quick reading spot. I only mentioned it because I thought the ebook easier to update, but then I don’t really know if that’s true.

              I loved it!

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            • Carrie Rubin

              I asked my publisher if they could change the e-book typo, but they said no. They have too many authors to go back and make changes. If I had self-published I could, but since I didn’t, I live with it. Which is actually a good thing for a Type A like me to do. Good therapy!

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      • Gunta

        OK… I’m not sure you connected this (non-lisp) comment to the “pithy humor remark”. I couldn’t find a way to add it below.

        I’ll have to check into the free download, but I’m wondering if PC version mean it’s not available for a Mac? It gets complicated, so perhaps I’ll need to do the Kindle someday soon. In the meantime there’s lots here to catch up on.

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  3. Gunta

    I’ll cheat with two words that immediately popped into my mind:
    retired rebel

    You have very nearly pushed me into taking the plunge into getting a Kindle… but first there’s so much to read right here! Love your pithy humor.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Well thank you! I appreciate that. And for those who don’t want to buy a Kindle, there is a free download available for a PC version of Kindle. Not sure why it took me so long to learn this, but another blogger told me about it. Always the last to know, I am…

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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  4. slklesko

    Congratulations Carrie! I will have to check that out. And thanks again for recommending Story Engineering. I’m over halfway through and have learned sooooo much. I feel so much more equipped to finish my novel. I am eternally grateful!!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      You’re welcome! It really is a great book. I’m applying its principles now as I outline my current WIP–not that I’m getting much time to work on it though…
      :)

      Thanks for your interest in my book and for stopping by!

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  5. doncarroll

    great to see carrie. i’m going to prefer an actual book, so i’ll wait for that. can you give me an idea as to page count?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! The paperback will be out in a month or so. The e-book page count is about 313 pages–not sure how that translates to the paperback. Unfortunately, small press POD paperbacks can be costly, so I suspect the bulk of my sales will be e-books. Oh, if only I could have a big boy NY publisher that can print lots of books at a cheaper price…

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks! The paper version will probably be out in a month or so. Unfortunately, POD paperbacks can be costly. Unlike big publishing houses that can afford to print a lot, small presses have higher costs given their smaller volume of books.

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  6. Stacie Chadwick

    Congratulations Carrie! I’m happy for you and proud of you. Can a blogger/friend be proud? Yes, I think I can. You are an inspiration to me. =)

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  7. WomanBitesDog

    Just like to say well done. How fantastic to have your book published. I don’t read book reviews – I just buy the book from the blurb. But I am thinking of starting my own book review page on my blog – once the play is finished this week! So yours is on the list (yes, I have a list…) Of course, you could always write your own…

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! But no, I don’t think I’ll be writing my own reviews–they’d track me down, I just know it!

      Once your play is finished, I suspect you will need a very long nap and a whole lot of boredom. Well, at least until you get started on the next one…

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      • Joanna Aislinn

        Started it yesterday and liking it much so far! Well written and doesn’t water down the medical lingo–love that! (Hate when med-speak is written for the lay person; a doc-by-trade wouldn’t do that in his/her POV, right?

        And I had no idea you’re a physician; caught that at your website when I happened by the other day. Any particular specialty?

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        • Carrie Rubin

          Thanks, Joanna! That’s so nice to hear. The most stressful part is waiting to see what people think of it–as I’m sure you know!

          I’m a pediatrician. I’ve tried not to focus on that on my blog, because I want to be seen as a ‘writer who writes’ not a ‘physician who writes’ if that makes any sense. But I figured I needed to put it in my bio to make sure people know I’m credible with the medical stuff.
          :)

          Thanks again for coming by to let me know what you think. It is SO much appreciated.

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          • Joanna Aislinn

            My pleasure, Carrie. You’re very welcome. MD or not, you could have researched the subject matter enough to sound very credible, but I get what you mean about being a writer-writer vs. an MD writer :)

            As per not watering down the med-speak, that was one of the main reasons I loved ER on NBC from the get-go. Their writers did really well with that part of the dialogue and I loved that I knew what they were talking about!

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  8. Love & Lunchmeat

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hate electronic books, but I will download yours and try to read it on my husband’s Kindle. (Sorry, but I’m basically a 97-year-old in a 33-year-old body which means complaining about electronic books is mandatory.)

    As for Stephen, I’m pretty sure he counts his money while drinking champagne that he doesn’t even like.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      So you haven’t jumped on that e-book bandwagon yet, huh? Don’t worry–you’re not the only one. But thank you so much for your interest. That’s so nice to hear! And yeah, I bet Stevie doesn’t get too worked up about one-star reviews.
      :)

      Thanks again!

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  9. Fathead Follies

    Fanfreakingtastic! Congratulations! When when you say that I won’t require a safe word to read your book, I assume that means that I also won’t want to beat my head against my wall until I lose consciousness when I read it. I’ll just want to scour my house with Clorox wipes, which is okay because my house could use a deep cleaning anyway.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yes to the Clorox; no to the head beating. Well, unless you get encephalitis from my flu virus, then all bets are off…

      Thanks for stopping by and making me laugh. Nothing makes me happier.
      :)

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  10. Diane Henders

    Congratulations! I just downloaded the Kindle version, and now I have to restrain myself from reading it until tomorrow, when I’ll actually have time.

    I *might* succeed… but my lack of reading willpower is legendary. :-)

    Enjoy that tequila.

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  11. Kat

    Congrats, Carrie! I can’t wait to start reading The Seneca Scourge. I bet I’ll be your first (‘native’ & resident) African reader :) Yay!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Kat! I appreciate that. And actually, I have another blogger who follows me (and who I follow) from Africa. He’s an ER doctor there. So, that’s pretty cool.
      :)

      By the way, I noticed that your blog was private for a while, but now I see it’s public again. I’ll have to go re-follow for updates!

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      • Kat

        Yeah, I did go MIA for a while. I was trying to address some privacy concerns. I didn’t succeed as well as I had hoped, decided to get back to enjoying this place. :) thanks for coming over, and good luck with the Scourge. May you soon crack a beer and count your money too! :)

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  12. robincoyle

    Holy Toledo! Good for you. I just bought it for my Kindle and can’t wait to read your words. I want a signed copy of the paperback version when it comes out. Okay?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Robin! Nice to see your Gravatar doppelganger around! Of course I’ll send you a signed book, seeing as how your “Weak Word” series helped me with my final edits. And if you have a moment (which I know are few for you right now), an Amazon review when you’re done reading it would be sweet, too.
      :)

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      • robincoyle

        I most certainly will do an Amazon review. Can’t wait to fire up the Kindle. Also, can’t wait to be back in the blogging world.

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  13. whiteladyinthehood

    Congratulations, Carrie! What a great accomplishment! I can’t wait to read your book! (and I think Mr.King cracks open his beer and counts his money – definitely) I wish you the best of luck with the Seneca Scourge.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you, White Lady! (Okay, that feels really weird to call you that…) I appreciate your kind words and your interest in the book. I hope you enjoy it, and I promise it doesn’t come with any live viruses.

      And yeah, where a one-star review would be a ginormous boulder for me, it’s probably a mere pebble for Stevie Boy.
      :)

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  14. Valentine Logar

    Wait, no vampires? No bondage? Is there sex? …….. oh never mind, on the reading list it goes. Will I be able to pronounce the words or just sound stupid?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ha ha! I have no doubt you’ll be able to pronounce the words. After what I’ve seen from your blog, you could also write the words, explain them, and pull out the research to back them.
      :)

      But sorry to disappoint–there’s not even sex in my book. Sad, huh? Then again, having to battle a deadly pandemic probably makes one less amorous…

      Thanks for stopping by and for your support!

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