Authors Supporting Our Troops Update July #ASOT2015


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We’re not done yet!

While the main part of the event is over, I’m not done collecting author-signed books for the troops. I will continue to collect all year, with the following goals:

1. Beating 2014’s collection of 3,000 author-signed books

2. Getting as close to the 3,500 goal we set in the beginning of the year. As of July 1st, we have 2,667 author-signed books collected. Both goals are realistic and within reach, but I need some help…

OK, so once again let me tell you what we’re looking for…

 

Author-signed books.

YOUR books. If you’re in an anthology and want to sign your story, we’ll take it. If you put out a release, sign it and we’ll take it. We don’t want you sending us your dog-eared copies of Stephen King. We don’t want books you weren’t involved in unless you’re the publisher or collecting other author’s books to ship to us at once.

A fraction of this year's book donations.

 

Books only. 

While we know troops overseas could use new toothbrushes and soap and Dorito’s, we aren’t collecting them. Neither are we collecting eBooks and e-readers. Print books only. There are many other organizations who collect necessities for the troops, but we aren’t one of them. Our modest goal is to put 3,500+ print books into the hands of soldiers in remote areas of the world like Kuwait and Afghanistan. If a soldier is stationed in Germany or San Diego, they can easily buy a book or have access to TV, games, e-readers, etc. This event is for the men and women of the military who don’t have easy access to read. It’s something for their downtime between hostile situations.

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What genre(s) do you accept?

Everything but blatant porn. Nothing taboo or racist, nothing pushing the envelope. Anti-military books might not be so popular. Last year many authors didn’t think their romance books would fit, but they did. Soldiers will read anything if its the only book around. There are also many women in the military. They like to read a good paranormal romance, you know.

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We ship through USPS.

We have a nice and easy system setup for us through Craig and Suzanne at Change Jar Books in Flagler Beach Florida. It gives them some business and they do all of the hard work by setting the boxes with tags and mailing stickers, etc. Last year so many people tried to be helpful and let us know about alternate ways to send books. None of them were as cheap or easy as the USPS. No carrier ships boxes for free. No carrier can get close to the cost we send them through the mail for and the ease we can ship them.  For a box of books (about 50 books per box) it costs us about $25.00 to ship. Add in the ease to ship for me and there is no alternative that makes sense.

 

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Donations are accepted and welcome.

I am not a non-profit and we are not a business. We are a couple of people who want to help soldiers. We don’t go through the USO or have contact with military groups. I’ve never served in the military but my wife Shelly (the other half of the team) has a Godson, James, who is serving. It started because she wanted to send him books. This all comes out of our pocket less donations and sales of t-shirts (which will be available again in January 2016). As an example: 3,000 books shipped means about 60 boxes. At $25.00 each to ship. So about $1,500.00 is needed. That doesn’t include buying the shipping boxes and the stickers to place on the boxes. Any monetary donation is accepted and welcomed. We really do appreciate it. That being said… with all of the generous donations we received, I humbly ask any authors to purchase more copies of their books, sign and ship them to me. I could really use the books for the troops.

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So… you never actually stopped collecting and sending?

Of course not. I like doing a major push come January 1st but I won’t stop until every soldier in a remote area has a signed book in their hands or they all come home.

Feel free to ask me any question.  I will not be putting my home address on this post or on Facebook. But I will respond as quickly as I can to any queries. if you have questions, contact me at  armandrosamilia@gmail.com

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How else can you help?

By helping spread the word about the event. Even though we hit so many authors the last time around (about 325 or so) that is such a small blip of the writers and publishers out there. If you belong to an organization, let them know about it. Ask your publisher to get in touch. Many of them sent us boxes of books, which was great.

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What branch of the military do you send to?

We’ve shipped to all of them. If a soldier is in a remote area, we want to reach out and hand him/her a book. We find one contact soldier in the unit and ask them to hand out the books when two boxes arrive. We also hope they can take time to send us pictures of the troops holding some books. That is one of the best parts to me. The smiles on their faces holding an author-signed book.

 

How do you get the soldier’s addresses?

From you. Like we said, we don’t work with a company or the military. We rely on family and friends of soldiers overseas to get in touch with them to make sure they’re interested in handing out the books. Then we need their COMPLETE address (including their name and APO/FPO) to ship to them. That’s it. The goal is 35 soldiers in 2015 or more. So far we’ve shipped to about 25 soldiers.

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What’s the Facebook address to stay in touch and see all the pictures?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASOT2014/ and also friend me on Facebook so I can tag you in any pictures we post anywhere on Facebook, too!

Here’s hoping 3,500 books gets passed by thanks to the generosity of authors.

Armand Rosamilia

EVERY AUTHOR NEEDS TO GET AWAY FROM EVIL KINDLE UNLIMITED! (Except for me)


My, us authors are an impatient lot. Over and over.

With the new change in Kindle Unlimited, I’ve seen some horrific comments on Facebook about how Amazon is going to kill their sales, and they aren’t author-friendly, and blah blah blah…

Amazon is a business. They are in the business of making money, not pandering to an indie author making them $50 in sales a month. Get real. If you want to jump ship and never use Amazon again, so be it… but there isn’t a viable alternative. I’m sure someone will jump up and ‘brag’ they sell more on SmashWords or Kobo or some other portal, but you’re a rare author indeed. The last time someone shouted about it I found out they sold about $100 a month on Kobo and $75 on Amazon. Under $200 in sales a month is not a career to me. It’s a fun hobby and it gets you beer money. Or coffee.

Everyone calm the f**k down and let’s see how this plays out. We’re 15 hours into it and already authors are bitching. I saw a guy complain he lost $2.10 in sales from last night because it reset. Seriously? Somebody buy him a cup of coffee he lost. I really hope you don’t miss a million dollars in sales this month by those two bucks… 

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I’m in. I’m (mostly) all in. You know why? Because if it doesn’t work Amazon will tweak and change it again. And again. Until they make money, and we make a few bucks as well. Never as much as they do. What company in their right mind would? Stop being delusional and thinking Amazon is the Evil Empire and is out to crush you. Maybe Mr. Robot will end this season by trying to destroy Amazon, and then we’ll all be safe. 

And broke. 

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I don’t want to go back to a ‘real’ job. I like writing in sweatpants all day and making shit up. Amazon lets me do this, and until a competitor steps up and bumps them from the top post, you do what you have to do. I do it with a smile end of the month when Amazon dumps a chunk of money into my bank account, unlike the rest. THAT money is my coffee money, unfortunately. 

I wish all the whiners would take all of their books out of Kindle Unlimited. Please, please and thank you, go ahead. Stop complaining and just do it already. 

The split of the $11 million pot for me just went up. It might only be pennies, but there’s more for me to buy a cup of coffee. And I drink a lot of coffee every month. 

End rant. 

Armand

Advertising on Arm Cast Podcast and Arm N Toof: Dead Time Podcast


Since the switch of Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast to Project iRadio listenership has soared. I went from a decent amount of loyal listeners so many, many new ones and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m also excited to be one-half of the team for an upcoming second podcast on Project iRadio, Arm N Toof: Dead Time Podcast with author Mark Tufo.

Jess at Project iRadio (along with author Brian Keene) will be taking advertising for each show. We’ll either be reading spots inside the show itself or adding your radio-ready spots to the episode. Get in touch with them for what you need to do. There are many podcasts attached to Project iRadio besides these two new ones, so you can also advertise on multiple ones if you want. Just sayin’.

Interested in seeing what the rates are? Go HERE for all of the information and to ask for more info, too. Let them know I recommended you, please and thank you.

Most shows will only have up to three ads per episode, so space is very limited. Act now. Don’t delay.

Hopefully Mark Tufo and I will be reading your ad on a future episode!

ARM CAST: DEAD SEXY HORROR PODCAST

Podcast devoted to interviewing horror authors, publishers, editors, artists, filmmakers, narrators, and anyone else in the arts and entertainment fields. We also like M&Ms. Armand Rosamilia is your host.

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ARM N TOOF’S DEAD TIME PODCAST

Two hosts for the price of one. Authors Armand Rosamilia and Mark Tufo interview authors, publishers, filmmakers and anyone else they want to chat with. Not only zombie and apocalyptic peeps, either… literally anyone they want to talk to. Coming Wednesday July 8th to Project iRadio.

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Guest Post: Dev Jarrett


What’s your favorite monster?

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 In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Alice says: “Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!”

Upon hearing that, the Unicorn says in return, “Well, now that we have seen each other, if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.”

A unicorn? A monster? Hmmm… Maybe we should look at the definition of the word. <<Google, google, google…sigh.>> Well, damn. Turns out, everyone defines it differently. One source says, “Imaginary creature that has combined human and animal features.” Another says, “A strange or horrible imaginary creature.” Another: “Something that is extremely or unusually large.” Still another says, “A creature that is often hideous and may produce fear and physical harm.”

Still seems a bit of a stretch for a unicorn.

I had a great opportunity to meet and speak with Peter S. Beagle (the author of The Last Unicorn) some months ago, and he absolutely seems to agree with Lewis Carroll’s Alice. He said he never saw unicorns as they are portrayed now, farting rainbows and fairy dust. They were, he says, monsters. Those horns were serious business.

So to him, unicorns were monsters. To any eight-year-old today, they’re happy little horses with horns who dance in the clouds. Ick. That’s pretty scary in itself.

Which brings up another point…perspective.

To the frogs who live in the pond by my daughter’s apartment, I must be a monster. In a splashy panic, they leave the shallows and go for deeper water every time I walk past. To the many thousands of mosquitos I’ve swatted in my life, I suppose I’m a terribly hideous monster.

So now we’ve got two shaping criteria. How you define a monster, and your perspective. The question: what’s your favorite monster?

According to much of the popular media today, zombies are at the top of most everyone’s list. A million Walking Dead fans must mean something, but I’ve never been all that impressed with zombies, in their most common habitat. Shamble, shamble, shamble, eat a brain or two, etc. Kinda tedious. Make them do something new and meaningful, and you might find a new zombie fan sitting in my desk chair.

Zombies are really just one of the most recent steps in a dance that has gone around and around forever. In the late 80s, primarily due to Anne Rice, vampires were number one. Her vampires, in my opinion, may very well be one of the primary reasons the Twilight books and movies came about. Back in the 50s, the king of the monsters was one form or another of an irradiated beast changed from something docile and small to a huge ferocious city destroyer. Mankind had harnessed the destructive power of the atom, and everyone was scared of that.

Personally, my answer changes often. I like new monsters, and human monsters, and the old archetypal monsters pretty evenly. In my opinion, if a writer or a cinematographer gives me some new item to add to the mythos of an old monster, I’m pleased. In that sense, I do disagree with the saying, “It is the tale, not he who tells it.” Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, and John Skipp and Craig Spector’s The Light at the End, you get three vampire stories. Vampires: archetypal blood-sucking monsters. But reading one can in NO way preclude reading the other two. Their vast differences in time, in voice, and in style overall make them completely different stories, all incredible in their own ways.

Today, I’m thinking werewolves are my favorite. The reason? I’m in the middle of writing a new werewolf story. I’m thinking that maybe I’ve got something great to add to the mythology. Hopefully, I’ll get to share it with the world soon.

So, again, what’s your favorite monster?

Whatever the answer for you might be today, it may be something totally different tomorrow. And whatever the answer, never forget what the Unicorn said to Alice: “If you believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” My take on that line is this: keep believing in your monsters, and they’ll keep coming around, doing their best to frighten you.

About the Author:

Dev Jarrett is a writer, a father, a husband, and a soldier in the US Army. He’s a “recovering redneck” who’ll probably never get all the red Georgia clay out of his pickup truck’s undercarriage. He’s a Chief Warrant Officer 4 who’s lived all over the world but is currently stationed in the heartland at Fort Riley, Kansas. During the day, he works to defeat terrorists.

At night, the other monsters come out.

He’s had many short stories published, both online and in print, and Dark Crescent, available now from Permuted Press, is his second novel. His first novel, Loveless, is available through your favorite retailer or directly from Blood Bound Books.

Dev’s next novel, Casualties, is coming in 2016 from Permuted Press.

You can find Dev online on Facebook, Twitter, and (if you want to see all the gory details) here:

http://devjarrett.weebly.com/

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Scrivener Soapbox Interview: TJ Redig Chats With Armand Rosamilia


TJ Redig swears he had an oh-so-metal discussion with Armand Rosamilia, the author of the Dying Days series, the Keyport Cthulhu series, theFlagler Beach series, the Metal Queens series, and God-only-knows how many other things.

TJ Redig does not lie… 

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Guest Post: Amos Cassidy


 
 Hawthorn by Jamie Cassidy
Series: The Darkling Saga book 1
Genre: YA Horror/Fantasy
 
 
 
 
 


  A house on a hill. 

A house filled with mirrors. 
A house with eyes that watch your every
move. 
“I hate it on sight. It’s dull and large and
clunky, a creepy old house with a creepy house smell.” 
Learmonth Village has a history, a past that it
holds dear, superstitions that it clings fast to. Learmonth House, however, is
governed by its own set of rules, its own past. Gemma and her family are about
to discover just what those rules are. 
Learmonth has a pact with the darkness… 
The darkness is hungry…  




 
 
Amos Cassidy is the pen name for Richard Amos and Debbie Cassidy.
Amos is a 31 year old Diva and Cassidy a 38 year old mother of three; well,
four if you include the husband. A common love of all things Joss Whedon, Urban
Fantasy, and a tug of war over Jensen Ackles, brought them together, and one
cold February afternoon, over nibbles and coffee, their partnership was
born. 
You can find Cassidy hard at work in her fortress of solitude
which has eaten up the majority of her garden, and Amos…well he’s still
trying to get the invisibility gizmo he got off a friendly alien in exchange
for a pair of earphones to work. Funnily enough he hasn’t been seen around much
lately…
Frequent doses of Sugary snacks, coupled with regular injections
of caffeine aid in their production of a unique brand of cross genre tales.
They are always writing, but are happy to take a break to chat to their
wonderful readers, so drop them a line at amoscassidy.com, or just pop over to
see what they’re working on and they’ll bust out the biscuit tin.
 
 


 
      
 
I’m still searching when I spot the
strangest looking tree. It’s larger than the others, but that’s not what makes
it stand out. It’s the trunk that draws me, split in two in the middle and
twisted at the top to make an aperture that looks like the eye of a needle.
It’s wide enough to slip through. At least I think it is. I am overcome by the
strangest feeling of familiarity.  I take a step toward the tree, and
then another, suddenly eager to find out if my theory is correct.
“I wouldn’t do that if I was you?”
I spin around in alarm to find the
owner of the voice.
“Hi.” He is leaning against a tree,
all casual-like. He’s tall, taller than Liam, with dark messy hair and dark
eyes. He is striking to look at, the kind of guy you expect to see in one of
those Cinderella story movies, or a character from a young adult paranormal
novel. I stare at him, expecting him to disappear or grow some pimples or
something, but he remains as gorgeous as ever.
Liam. I love Liam, I remind myself.
He holds out his hand. “Come on,
those things can be dangerous.”
I look glance at the tree then back
at him. “You have to be joking.”
“No.”
“So you’re saving me from a tree?”
He nods sombre-like.
I feel a stab of irritation. Who
does he think I am, some gullible twat from London or something? I step back
and touch the tree and quirk a brow at him. Hah!
His smiles. “Maybe I just wanted to
hold the pretty girl’s hand.”
I don’t know what to say to that.
“I’m Sam.”
“Gemma.”
“Nice to meet you, Gemma.” He
flashes that smile again, all white even teeth and a dimple.
“You live up at Learmonth, right?”
“Yeah, what about you?”
“I don’t.”
God, he’s trying to be cute. I hate
that. “Um, anyway, I best get going.”
“Why? You just got here. There’s
some lovely spots to sketch. I can show you if you like.”
I frown. How does he know I sketch?
My pad is in my backpack.
He cocks his head as if listening to
something. “You have artist’s hands and an artist’s eyes. I see the way you
look at things.”
Once again I don’t know what to say
to that apart from, “You been watching me?”
He smiles. “I spotted you a few
minutes ago. So, you coming?”
I hesitate. “I don’t know, you could
be a serial killer or something.”
He nods. “True, but then we’re far
enough from your house and the village for me to just grab you if I want.” He
grins disarmingly.
I laugh. “Okay, you have a point.
Lead the way.” He turns and I follow. This could be good. He looks my age,
maybe a little older. Making a friend could be good, make starting college easier
with a familiar face to look forward to.
I can’t help study his back, tapered
down to his tight butt. Damn, now I’m checking him out. He does have nice arms,
though, wiry and strong-looking even if he’s as pale as the moon. He doesn’t
seem to feel the chill in the air.
I wonder if he’s wearing sun cream.
I bet he burns easy.
I trip and stumble, but don’t hit
the ground because he has me.
I don’t know how, but I have to ask.
“Are you a vampire?”
He stares at me for a long beat and
then bursts out laughing.
After a second I join in.
I realise he is still holding me,
his hands warm on my skin. “Come on then, show me this place.”

 

He lets go of me and ambles off
again. “Eyes on the trail now, Gemma.”