Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Giveaway! Open Worldwide!!!


Welcome to the Brood X $300 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway!

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Sponsored by author Michael Phillip Cash.
Are you prepared for the invasion of Brood X? It's here and you need to get ready!
Nothing will stop this 17 year swarm from happening. All humanity can do is hope that they will not stay around long.
Introducing Michael Phillip Cash's new book, Brood X. It is available on Amazon and coming soon to online book stores near you. Now you can win a copy of Brood X and a $300 Home Depot Gift Card or $300 USD via PayPal to help you get prepared for the invasion!


About Brood X:

Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.
During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.
Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.
During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.
Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.
Will Seth grow up and take responsibility for his family? Or will the devastating bugs destroy humanity?

About Michael Phillip Cash:

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael Phillip Cash has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films.
He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

They're Here!

It's happening! Cicadas are emerging. Have you spotted any? There are many sites that track the sightings. It's still early, but if you are expecting the brood to emerge, the countdown has begun! You can follow along here


Periodical cicadas achieve astounding population densities, as high as 1.5 million per acre. Densities of tens to hundreds of thousands per acre are more common, but even this is far beyond the natural abundance of most other cicada species. Apparently because of their long life cycles and synchronous emergences, periodical cicadas escape natural population control by predators, even though everything from birds to spiders to snakes to dogs eats them opportunistically when they do appear. Magicicada population densities are so high that predators apparently eat their fill without significantly reducing the population (a phenomenon called "predator satiation"), and the predator populations cannot build up in response because the cicadas are available as food above ground only once every 13 or 17 years. Read more here.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cicadas Will Begin To Emerge Once The Soil Temperatures At 8.00” Reach About 63°/64° F




Cicada are cold blooded therefore they have to rely on warm air temperatures and/or direct sunlight to sing, mate and fly and their black skin color helps that process. The massive emergence by cicadas is based on their strategy of survival and is referred to as “predator satiation”. Pretty much, they reproduce by the millions in order to surprise and overwhelm their predators (birds, squirrels, snakes, lizards, raccoons, etc).
This ensures that enough survivors will be left behind to reproduce. If you dig in the right place, you can on average find about 30 to 50 nymphs in a hole about 1 square foot.


Read more: http://www.wjla.com/blogs/weather/2013/04/get-ready-for-swarmaggedon-the-emergance-of-the-cicada-18631.html#ixzz2RMUNX9gs

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Brood X! Check Your Email. We Have Our First Winner!



Brood X is only 99 cents on Amazon. Have you downloaded a copy? Read the first review below! I hope you will also consider leaving a review and giving feedback on my facebook page

 I didn't know what to expect when I decided to read this book. Cicadas don't bother me where I live, but I've read about how annoying they can be. When I sat down to read Brood X, I latched on to each of the characters. They could be your next door neighbors or even family. I liked them a lot! The plot is realistic enough and well developed. The story quickly builds with the anticipation of the coming Brood X. Seth thinks the "preppers" are overreacting and he thinks the emergence of the cicadas will be an annoyance but nothing more. He convinces his wife that there is nothing to worry about.

This scenario seems to occur before every major storm. Reporters highlight these unprepared people on the news and things don't always turn out well. The characters made everything about Brood X a little more believable. The author does a wonderful job creating realistic scenes of chaos and panic. There are also situations where you can feel the desperation and experience the despair felt by the characters.

I can imagine billions of these bugs wreaking havoc and causing some of the problems mentioned in the book. I won't give away the details, but I will say that once I opened the book to read it, I couldn't put it down until I reached the end. It is better than I ever expected and for me, it was a quick read. It's a memorable book and it makes you think about how important it is to always be prepared!

Check you inbox! The winner for my first giveaway has been contacted. I'll announce the winner after they respond to their email! Thank you for entering and watch for a new giveaway coming soon!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Celebrate The Release Of Brood X! 99 Cents On Amazon!

Thank you for following the Brood X invasion! I hope you will pick up a copy of my book. To show my appreciation, I am offering a special price! Download Brood X on your Kindle device for 99 cents!!! When you read it, please stop by to give me feedback! Thank you so much!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Getting Up Close And Personal

The Kindle version of Brood X is now available on Amazon.com! Since the invasion is coming, I wanted to share a few close encounters to help you learn more about cicadas!











The U.S. Northeast is about to be snowed under by cicadas. Don't worry, though, it's normal. The pesky invasion is just so unusual that people tend to forget about it.
After 17 years underground, the so-called "Brood II" cicadas are about to have their time in the sun. Millions of these root-sucking insects will come out into the open and spend four to six weeks calling for mates, mating and then laying eggs for the next generation. You can read more here

Monday, April 15, 2013

They're Coming. How Much Do You Know About The Brood?


With all that sun and all that warmth out there,
 you might think going barefoot outside is a good idea.
Think again.

Below your feet, any day now, emerging from the ground will be Brood II 17-year cicadasOnce the ground temperature hits 64 degrees, it’s on. A swarm of cicadas known as Brood II will climb from buried lairs from North Carolina to Connecticut with a very short to-do list: find a mate, make babies and die. It will last about six weeks and most likely start mid-May. It will definitely be an event to remember. You can read more about the Brood here and you can also read more at Vienna Patch


Friday, April 12, 2013

The History


Plagues of locusts may have made it into the Bible, but the flush of periodical cicadas that emerge every 13 or 17 years have also gained plenty of notoriety in history and family lore.
While the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock apparently mistook periodical cicadas for locusts, gentleman farmer Thomas Jefferson knew a cicada when he saw — or heard — one in 1775. Just a year before he penned the Declaration of Independence, he wrote about the cicada emergence at Monticello in his garden book. And it’s the very same brood, number II, that’s expected to emerge this spring over a large swath of land from Georgia to Connecticut. Read more here and please submit your "war" stories. Did you survive the invasion?
Formica et Cicada -Technically an illustration of "The Ant & The Grasshopper" from a 1590 illustration of Aesop's fable/flickr/CC-BY-2.0

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Parasitic Infestation: Bedbugs



For thousands of years, humans have shared their beds with blood-sucking parasites. The ancient Greeks complained of bedbugs, as did the Romans. When the lights go off for those suffering from this parasitic infestation today, from under the mattress or behind the bedboard creeps up to 150,000 of the rice grain-sized insects (though average infestations are around 100 insects). While bedbugs are one of the few parasites that live closely with humans yet do not transmit a serious disease, they do cause nasty red rashes in some of their victims, not to mention the psychological terror of knowing that your body becomes a buffet for crawling bloodsuckers after dark. 



Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/04/bean-leaves-dont-let-the-bedbugs-bite-by-using-tiny-impaling-spikes/#ixzz2Q8OscZxQ 
Follow: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter


Despite advances in technology, these blood suckers are proving to be very difficult and costly to eliminate altogether. Several pest exterminators claim to eradicate these critters using industrial-strength insecticides. But bear in mind that these products are essentially highly toxic chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family's health. There are ways to combat the infestation naturally. This website offers several methods to help you reclaim your bed and your home!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Are You Prepared?

Emergencies will come in many different forms, often when you least expect it.  They may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to stay safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. 

This morning, I was reading through various blogs and I discovered a blog post by Carole P. Roman. She shares a few emergencies she faced with her family and she offers valuable tips on how to prepare for an emergency. You can read all about it on her blog!  She was inspired to write the post after reading a blog post written by the author of Living Peacefully with Children

FEMA offers great advice for preparing for disasters. Their website is a great resource for people that want to get prepared.

In my upcoming book, Brood X, Seth and Lara  are at home the watching television when the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast. During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone. Seth and Lara are unprepared and thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed. 

See what happens when you read Brood X! Coming soon to Amazon!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Brood X Is Coming. Are You Ready?



Are you prepared for the invasion of Brood X? It is coming and you need to get ready. Nothing will stop this 17 year swarm from happening. All humanity can do is hope that they will not stay around long.

Introducing  my  upcoming book, Brood X. It is coming soon to Amazon and online book stores near you.



About Brood X:
Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.
During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.
Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.
During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.
Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.
Will Seth grow up and take responsibility for his family? Or will the devastating bugs destroy humanity?


I want to introduce myself, along with my new book, and help you prepare for an emergency of any kind. I am giving away a $300 Home Depot Gift Card and a Solar Powered Emergency Weather Radio for one lucky reader to help them get prepared! 



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Coming Soon:

Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder. 

During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast. 

Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade. 

During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.

Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.

Will Seth grow up and take responsibility for his family? Or will the devastating bugs destroy humanity?