Radio Gigs, Podcasts and Hot Dog Flavored Potato Chips


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I’m once again moving on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky… OK, maybe that’s the wrong opening line.

When I first started back in June on 1700 AM The Surf it was truly a dream come true. Not only did I get to talk writing and publishing with two co-hosts (which then became one co-host), but I got to broadcast a music show live with all the killer tunes I grew up on and love.

1700 AM in Flagler Beach is morphing into 97.3 FM very soon, and I’m excited to be a part of it. Station owner Vern Shank has some really great plans for the station and you’ll still be hearing me on the air on Friday nights. But in a slightly different format…

I had a sit-down with Vern yesterday about my role at 97.3 FM and how I could stay on while balancing my writing career/movie writing career/radio gigs/personal life without too much fuss. Vern also tricked me into eating a hot dog flavored potato chip, which tasted like mustard and ketchup. I hate condiments. I still have the horrible taste in my mouth.

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Mando’s Manic Melodies will still air in the 10 pm til midnight EST slot, but most shows won’t be live anymore. I recently purchased a podcast kit, which will be perfect for recording hours of the show. I’ll also be tightening the format up a bit to include a block of cover songs, a theme block as well as a Mandatory Stryper or Mandatory Steel Panther song. Other than that it will be whatever I decide to play, as usual. Whenever I get the chance to drive down to Flagler Beach I will, and do a live show with any requests you might have.

You might now be asking yourself two questions… first, why did Vern force you to eat that disgusting potato chip? and second… what about Friday Night Writes?

I will be stepping down from FNW and handing everything over to Tim Baker. The last couple of weeks he’s filled it with temporary music and I’m sure he’ll have something fresh and new planned for the 8-10 pm EST Friday night time slot. With everything going on for me right now, there is no way to commit to driving down to the station (I now live almost 75 minutes away – one way) and not getting home until 1:30 in the morning and killing my Saturday writing time because I need to sleep. I didn’t want to string The Surf, Vern or Tim along anymore, but I will miss the show. I had a lot of fun doing it.

So much fun, in fact, that at some point in the near future, I will be returning to a show about authors and publishing, but on my own time. Because I bought all this fancy podcast equipment, I’ve also decided to do my own podcast from home. I don’t have a name for it (but will take suggestions!) and I can tell you it will be a one hour format dealing with the same basic issues FNW dealt with, but I’ll have a different guest host each week talking about writing and publishing. I’m excited to still be able to talk about writing, and the shows will be in as many places as I can get them and archived as well.

Is that it for me? Nope.

I’m also excited to announce I will also be doing another music show each and every week, this time on Monday nights from 6-8 pm EST on Metal Messiah Radio! The show, Mando’s Metal Covers, will play harder songs and nothing but covers… and it will be broadcast live each week, so I will be creating a FB group so people can chat with me in real time and request some brutal Metal covers. I’m excited to be getting yet another opportunity to play music live, and doing it from the comfort of my own office. More details will be coming, but my first show will be live on Monday, May 5th. 

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Anything else? Other than still being mad at Vern for trying to kill me? 

Nah. But as always wish me luck!

Armand

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99 Cents Month Week #3 from Armand Rosamilia


A day late and 99 cents short, but here is this week’s three new 99 cents releases… get ‘em now because they’ll go back up in the near future

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HIGHWAY TO HELL

The end of the world is upon us… the zombie plague has taken over… and your former friends and loved ones don’t want to just kill and eat you… they want to violate you… 

includes the bonus short story “Rear Guard” 

The kickoff to the extreme zombie “Dying Days” series! 

warning: extreme violence, extreme sexual situations, extreme zombies

Highway To Hell

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METAL QUEENS: BEST OF THE BANDS

“Metal Queens: Best Of The Bands” features 19 Interviews taken from the first six issues of the “Metal Queens” eBook series Bands including Arch Enemy, Vixen, Girlschool, Echoes of Eternity, Holy Moses, Queen Diamond, Battlelore, Wykked Wytch, Seven Kingdoms, and more!

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DEATH METAL

No one had ever connected Daniel as the brains behind seven brutal concept albums about Satanism and the dark figure Natas, but when a teenager quotes lyrics from his musical work, Daniel fears his ten-year old daughter, Missy, is in trouble. His fears are founded when she is kidnapped. The kidnappers want Daniel to complete the last three albums for his former band – and return him to the demons he had tried to escape. Daniel can save her, but can he save himself?

“Rosamilia jams the E-major of dark crime in Death Metal. That scream you hear is the electric-soaked feedback of scorching prose.” ~ Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes

Death Metal is a sharply written tale that starts quick and works its way to an edge-of-the seat ending you won’t forget. It’s one of those stories you just can’t stop reading. Bravo! Or should I say Rock and Roll! ~ Laura J. Underwood, Author of The King’s Wind and The Green Women 

With Death Metal, Rosamilia keeps you anxious to turn each page, and leaves you wanting more. A spectacular read that will not disappoint. ~ C. S. Johnson, author of The Watching

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Guest Post: Julie Eberhart Painter


Mortal Coil

Excerpt from Mortal Coil by Julie Eberhart Painter:

 

There was nothing like physical activity to allay anxiety, so Friday afternoon, Ellen took off work early to tackle cleaning the kitchen and laundry room floors. She had only an hour left before Patti would come in and undo her efforts. She didn’t want her daughter skating around on the wet floor. Ellen had changed into old jeans and a loose-at-the-neck blue T-shirt. Her feet were bare.

Public radio was running a fundraiser, so she turned the living room stereo to the country western station—music to clean by. Ellen had opened the garage doors to take advantage of the warm, dry breeze blowing from the west. She danced around the kitchen, pushing the mop in time with the music. About half of the kitchen corners were now free of dirt, a testimony to what Millie would call Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She’d moved the kitchen table into one corner and stacked the chairs on top. A rap on the screen door alerted her to a visitor.

She unhooked the screen and motioned Bill inside. “Watch the wet spots.”

“What are you doing?” he asked, raising his voice to be heard over the loud music.

“Cleaning the floor,” she said, raking the back of an arm over her wet forehead and wiping her hands on her jeans.

“Isn’t there an easier way?” Bill asked. “How about the old Irma Bombeck trick?”

“Any solution in a storm. What is it?”

“I’ll show you. Do you have any old towels?”

“Lots.”

“You need to put old terrycloth towels on your feet and dance around the floor.”

“Well, I’ve got the music. Let’s see if I can get some towels.” She placed the mop back in the wheeled bucket she’d borrowed from maintenance and headed for the garage. All the old towels Patti used to wash the car had been washed and dried and left on top of Tom’s abandoned toolbox.

Grabbing a handful, she came back into the kitchen. “Demonstrate,” she said, handing the bunch to Bill.

He wrung out the mop and set it aside. Soaking and pulling the towels through the wringer, he handed them to her one by one. “Okay. Put a towel under each foot and dance like you were dancing, slide, two, three, four, slide…”

Ellen smiled. “Terrific.”

Just then the announcer went to a commercial. They stood there looking at each other waiting for more music. Ellen dropped two more wet towels and stepped on them. Bill shucked his shoes and socks and dropped his towels. The next tune was a bouncy number that set Ellen’s head bobbing.

“More like this,” he said, sliding and dipping in dance mode. “Ever do the Texas two-step?” Bill called over the twanging guitars.

“No. But I’ve seen the contests on TV.”

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Title:  Mortal Coil

Author:  Julie Eberhart Painter

Published:  May 2009

Publisher:  Champagne Book Group

Word Count:  79,000

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Recommended Age:  14+

Synopsis: When two residents in Ellen Lange’s nursing home die, Special Investigator Bill Watts is called to the scene. With the murders linked to others, known as the Ponytail Crimes, it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again.

Bill is a Southerner; Ellen was raised in the Midwest. Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Ellen finds herself falling in love with more than the South…

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About the Author:

Julie Eberhart Painter raised in Bucks Count, Pennsylvania, boyhood home of James A Michener, is the author of Mortal Coil, Tangled Web, and the 2011 Book of the Year, Kill Fee, and sequel, Medium Rare from http://www.champagnebooks.com. Daughters of the Sea, e-book and print. Julie’s first paranormal romance, and Morning After Midnight are available from MuseItUp Publishing.

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Cover Art: State of Horror Anthologies


Armand Rosamilia:

Ash is one of the few cover artists I use, and easily the top one for me. Check out her “Dying Days” covers!

Originally posted on Charon Coin Press:

StateofHorror_logo When it comes to book cover art, look no further than Ash Arceneaux . Her style and art grace the covers of books from all genres of the literary world. Preparing for the relaunch of State of Horror , we knew we needed great cover art. We could not think of a better artist to bring on board, knowing she would capture the feel and standards we had planned for the series. The uniformity of the collection in its entirety is important for the upcoming releases. Book covers should encapsulate the feel of the stories within while catching the attention of potential readers.

I reached out to Arceneaux, with some ideas for the feel of the series. Spending time with her outlining the vision we were trying to achieve was a pleasure. Arceneaux’s experience and talent in creating book cover art shown throughout our discussion. After giving her the last…

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PRESS RELEASE: State of Horror Acquired by Charon Coin Press


Armand Rosamilia:

Charon Coin Press takes over the State of Horror series

Originally posted on Rymfire Books:

SoHlogo1small Rymfire Books is pleased to announce the acquisition of the popular State of Horror Anthology series by Charon Coin Press . State of Horror will become the flagship under the banner of publisher Charon Coin Press. The move occurred after the publisher, helmed by current State of Horror editor Jerry Benns, sought to solidify the launch of the new publishing press with an established series. The acquisition by Charon Coin Press , includes the anthology series: “ State of Horror ”, “ Heavy Metal Horror ”, “ Post-Apocalyptic Raid ”, “ I, Executioner ”, “ Revenant 1 & 2 ”, and “ Vermin ”. Charon Coin Press announced each of these anthologies will receive the same re-launch treatment that the State of Horror Anthology is currently undergoing.

When asked about the driving factor for the sale of the anthologies, Armand Rosamilia had this to say, “I didn’t start out…

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Solopreneur Writers: 10 Nitty Gritty Pickies


Armand Rosamilia:

Sweat the Small Stuff… but do something about it, too

Originally posted on C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m:

Thousands of little details afflict us as artisanal publisher-authorpreneurial Han Solo writer-heroes. A couple of authors publishing books for the first time have asked me about nitty-gritty details to watch for. Here are ten that came up in our discussions of new book launches.

1. When you set your price on Amazon, the calculator will automatically set comparable prices in other countries. Set it lower for India. The “comparable” price would actually buy three books in India (and so, is too expensive.)

2. If you have a list of book bloggers to whom you wish to send Advanced Reading Copies, check their guidelines carefully to see their preferred reading mode. PDFs are free to email but some people don’t want to sideload their e-reader or read on their computer.

The easiest solution is to gift the book to your list of reviewers, preferably during a pulse sale at 99 cents to minimize the…

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Guest Post: Annette Gisby


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My Five Favourite Female Writers

 

 

1) Lynn Flewelling – Fantasy

 

I discovered Lynn Flewelling by accident at the local library, who had a copy of The Bone Doll’s Twin. They didn’t have any other books and because most of them were with American publishers, they couldn’t get them either. Needless to say it was a trip to the internet and I’ve since bought every book she’s put out and pre-ordered the most recent one. He fantasy worlds are so extensive and her characters are amazing. I just adore Alec and Seregil from the Nightrunner Series. It was one of the first set of mainstream books I’ve read where gay and bisexual characters were the main protagonists.

 

3) Elizabeth Chadwick – Historical

 

I have quite a few bookshelves devoted to Elizabeth Chadwick. Her medieval historicals are amazing. You really get a sense of the time and place, yet at no point do any of the books turn into a history lesson. You might learn some history as you read, but everything flows so well within the stories and her characters are so vivid that the books just sweep you away.

 

 

3) Carol Berg – Fantasy

 

Another fantasy author whose worlds and characters are just awe-inspiring. Her Song of the Beast is one of the most original fantasy novels I’ve ever read and I was left gobsmacked by the end. I just didn’t guess what was coming at all.

 

4)J.K. Rowling – Fantasy, Contemporary and Mystery

 

We’d gone to a special midnight screening of the first Harry Potter film and quite enjoyed it, so later on that year for my birthday my husband bought me the books that were out, four at the time I think. I devoured them all and was anxiously waiting for the next installments. The Order of the Phoenix is still one of my all time favourites, with Deathly Hallows a close second. The books were just such a rip-roaring adventure, I loved them. My poor husband didn’t know what he started – I am quite a Harry Potter fanatic these days. You don’t even want to know how many times I’ve read the books and watched the films :)

 

5) Sarah Rayne – Psychological Thrillers

 

This is how much I love this author – years ago she wrote fantasy under the pen name Bridget Wood and horror under the name Frances Gordon. I had every Bridget Wood and Frances Gordon book on my bookshelves before I realised it was the same author :) Her style is wonderful, a complex mix of lyrical descriptions and down-to-earth prose and characters. All of the books seem to have a twist and, unusally for me, I never guess it.

About the Author

 

Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she’d devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.

 

When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She’s a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.

 

She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It’s diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.

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The Chosen

by Annette Gisby

M/M Fantasy Romance

Cover Art by Ravven

Available in ebook and paperback

 

ebook:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Chosen-ebook/dp/B00DFKVJ5C/

 

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thechosen-1222707-143.html

 

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/326842

 

Paperback:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-Annette-Gisby/dp/1291504532/

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-chosen-annette-gisby/1019324794?ean=9781291504538&itm=1&usri=annette+gisby

 

 

The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn’t interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.

 

Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.

 

With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air , and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?