Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 Post Links


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Here is where all of the posts for the #SummerZombie blog tour will be updated on a daily basis in the month of June. You can expect 3 posts a day during the tour from various zombie authors. 

Sunday June 1st

Kirk Allmond (interview) on Blaze McRob’s Tales of Terror Blog

Shana Festa (guest post) on Yours In Storytelling Blog

Monday June 2nd

Christine Verstraete (teaser) on Graeme Reynold’s Blog

Jay Wilburn (interview) on Author Rebecca Besser’s Blog

Jack Wallen (guest post) on G. Elmer Munson’s Blog

Stevie Kopas (interview) on Books, Beer & Blogshit

Tuesday June 3rd

Charles Ingersoll (teaser) at The Bookie Monster Blog

Chris Tucker (interview) on Horror After Dark Blog

Timothy Baker (guest post) on Sweet Southern Home Blog

Wednesday June 4th

Claire C. Riley (teaser) on Buy Zombie Blog

T.W. Piperbrook (interview) on Chris Tucker Books Blog

Stevie Kopas (guest post) on Richard Schiver’s Blog

John O’Brien (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit

Thursday June 5th

Melanie Karsak (teaser) on What Zombies Fear Blog

Rhonda Parrish (interview) on Jay Wilburn’s Blog

Shawn Chesser (guest post) on Manuscripts Burn Blog

Rebecca Besser (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit

Friday June 6th

Stephanie Kozeniewski (interview) on The Darkness Goes ‘Round Blog

Erik Gustafson (teaser) on Darkness Abound Blog

Mark Tufo (guest post) on Leah Rhyne’s Blog

Kirk Allmond (guest post) on Rhonda Parrish’s Blog

Jay Wilburn (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit

Saturday June 7th

Julianne Snow (teaser) on The Twisted Mind Blog

Bryan Cassiday (interview) on Day Zero Blog

Christine Verstraete  (Guest post) on Rhonda Parrish’s Blog

Sunday June 8th

Sarah Lyon Fleming (teaser) on Brewed Bohemian Blog

Thomas M. Malfarina (interview) on Hobbes End Publishing Blog

Ian McClellan (guest post) on Reviewing The Apocalypse Blog

Monday June 9th

Robert Chazz Chute (teaser) on Author Candy O’Donnell’s Blog

Peggy Martinez (interview) on LiteraryEllyMay’s Blog

David P Forsyth (guest post) on Zombie Evolution Blog

Charles Ingersoll (interview) at Books, Beer & Bullshit Blog

Tuesday June 10th

TS Alan (teaser) on Six Feet From Hell Blog

Ian Woodhead (interview) on Zombie Rising Magazine Blog

John O’Brien (guest post) on The Dark Fantastic Blog

Claire C. Riley (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Wednesday June 11th

Jaime Johnesee (teaser) on Girl Zombie Authors Blog

Rebecca Besser (interview) on Armand Rosamilia’s Blog

Alex Laybourne (guest post) on Paranormal Tendencies Blog

Kirk Allmond (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Thursday June 12th

Shana Festa (teaser) on A Life In Limbo Blog

Jack Wallen (interview) on Zombie Guide Magazine Blog

Jay Wilburn (guest post) on Cupcake’s Corner Blog

Chris Tucker (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Friday June 13th

Chris Tucker (teaser) on Darkness Dwells Blog

Charles Ingersoll (interview) on Bones Along The Road Blog

Armand Rosamilia (guest post) on Get Jack’d Blog

Saturday June 14th

Timothy Baker (teaser) on Horror Tree Blog

Stevie Kopas (interview) on Claire C. Riley’s Blog

TW Piperbrook (guest post) on Words, Words, Words Blog

Sunday June 15th

Shawn Chesser (teaser) on Visionary Press Collaborative Blog

Claire C. Riley (interview) on Violet VanDoren’s Blog

Rhonda Parrish (Guest post) on Whatnot Blog

Monday June 16th

Stephen Kozeniewski (teaser) on Zombie Pop Blog

Erik Gustafson (interview) on Under The Oak Book Reviews Blog

Melanie Karsak (guest post) on Storyteller – S.K. Gregory’s Blog

Mark Tufo (interview) on Courtney Rene’s Blog

Shana Festa (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Tuesday June 17th

Thomas M. Malfarina (teaser) on Bryan Cassiday’s Blog

Julianne Snow (interview) on Heath Stallcup’s Blog

Bryan Cassiday (guest post) on Terrorphoria Blog

TS Alan (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Wednesday June 18th

Ian McClellan (teaser) on Chazz Writes Blog

Robert Chazz Chute (interview) on Sparky Lee Geek’s Blog

Sarah Lyons Fleming (guest post) on Armand Rosamilia’s Blog

Timothy Baker (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Thursday June 19th

Peggy Martinez (teaser) on Trip Through My Mind Blog

David P Forsyth (interview) on Word Wenches Guilty Pleasure Blog

TS Alan (guest post) on Darkness Beckons Blog

Ian Woodhead (teaser) on A Book Addict’s Delight Blog

TW Piperbrook (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Friday June 20th

John O’Brien (teaser) on The Flip Side Of Julianne Blog

Jaime Johnesee (interview) on TS Alan: Dark Horizons Blog

Rebecca Besser (guest post) on Whispers From The Abyss Blog

Armand Rosamilia(interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Saturday June 21st

Alex Laybourne (teaser) on The Cerebral Writer Blog

Shana Festa (interview) on Fabulous And Fun Blog

Chuck Ingersoll (guest post) on Brewed Bohemian Blog

Mark Tufo (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Sunday June 22nd

Kirk Allmond (teaser) on The Darkness Goes ‘Round Blog

Christine Verstraete (interview) on Graeme Reynold’s Blog

Chris Tucker (guest post) on Manuscripts Burn Blog

Monday June 23rd

Armand Rosamilia (teaser) on John M Whalen’s Blog

Timothy Baker (interview) on The Sinister Scribblings of Sarah E. Glenn Blog

Claire C. Riley (guest post) on One Book At A Time Blog

Bryan Cassiday (teaser) on Rhonda Parrish’s Blog

Julianne Snow (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit

Ian McClellan (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

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Tuesday June 24th

Jay Wilburn (teaser) on Zombie Horror Blog

Shawn Chesser (interview) on Chasing Steampunk Blog

Erik Gustafson (guest post) on Self Publish Or Die Blog

John O’Brien (interview) on TS Alan: Dark Horizon’s Blog

Robert Chazz Chute (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Jaime Johnesee (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Days With The Undead: 10 Word Challenge

Wednesday June 25th

Jack Wallen (teaser) on Stuart Conover’s Blog

Melanie Karsak (interview) on Kirk Allmond’s Blog

Stephen Kozeniewski (guest post) on The Bookie Monster Blog

Shawn Chesser (interview) on Melanie Karsak’s Blog

Rhonda Parrish (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Bryan Cassiday (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Days With The Undead: Would You Survive Your Zombies?

Thursday June 26th

T.W. Piperbrook (teaser) on Kulz’s Captured Imagination Blog

Sarah Lyons Fleming (interview) on G Elmer Munson’s Blog

Julianne Snow (guest post) on Sweet Southern Home Blog

Jaime Johnesee (guest post) on Horror After Dark Blog

Days With the Undead: Pop Quiz Time!

Thomas M. Malfarina (interview) at Books, Beer &Blogshit Blog

Jack Wallen (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Friday June 27th

Stevie Kopas (teaser) on Bufton’s Blog

Alex Laybourne (interview) on Author Candy O’Donnell’s Blog

Thomas M. Malfarina (guest post) on Day Zero Book Blog

Rebecca Besser (teaser) on Blood, Sweat And Books Blog

Days With The Undead: Which Celebrity Would You Want?

Stephen Kozeniewski (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Sarah Lyons Fleming (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog

Saturday June 28th

Rhonda Parrish (teaser) on Yours In Storytelling Blog

Ian McClellan (interview) on Someone Read This Blog

Robert Chazz Chute (guest post) on Rhys Christopher Ethan’s Blog

Days With The Undead: Musical Survival

Sunday June 29th

Mark Tufo (teaser) on Zombie Guide Magazine’s Blog

TS Alan (interview) on Darkness Dwells Blog

Peggy Martinez (guest post) on The Power of Passion Blog

Days With The Undead: The Unexpected…

Monday June 30th

Armand Rosamilia (interview) on Trip Through My Mind Blog

Ian Woodhead (guest post) on Author Rebecca Besser’s Blog

David P Forsyth (teaser) on Armand Rosamilia’s Blog

Days With The Undead: Human Vs. Humane

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Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 – Amazon Author Links


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Here are links to the 33 authors involved in the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 for their Amazon Author page

Check out all the releases they have to offer, and not only purchase a couple-three but make sure you kindly leave reviews so they can continue to bring you great stories in the future… and follow the entire tour posts in June on the #SummerZombie event page! 

Alex Laybourne

Armand Rosamilia

Bryan Cassiday

Charles Ingersoll

Chris Tucker

Christine Verstraete

Claire Riley

David P Forsyth

Erik Gustafson

Ian McClellan

Ian Woodhead

Jack Wallen

Jaime Johnesee

Jay Wilburn

John O’Brien

Julianne Snow

Kirk Allmond

Mark Tufo

Melanie Karsak

Peggy Martinez

Rebecca Besser

Rhonda Parrish

Robert Chazz Chute

Sarah Lyons Fleming

Shana Festa

Shawn Chesser

Stephen Kozeniewski

Stevie Kopas

Thomas M. Malafarina

Timothy Baker

T.S. Alan

T.W. Brown

T.W. Piperbrook

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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie

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FanBoy Moment: Meeting Brian Keene at WHC


About eight years ago I was a completely newbie author with a couple of fantasy books out and maybe three horror short stories published to my credit (I have a lot more horror stories published now), and I went to Horrorfind Weekend convention in Baltimore, Maryland. I sat at a table in the dealer room and sold a few books and met a few people. It was fun. 

But I stayed in the dealer room for 99% of the weekend, convinced no one there would give me the time of day. And, unfortunately, I was kinda right. A couple of authors were friendly (Michael Laimo said hi to me) but I was just there. And it was my own fault, because I didn’t talk to anyone or make any effort. Believe it or not, I was shy and insecure among all these great authors. 

Cut to the bar area that night. 

Brian Keene was sitting there, and I knew who he was thanks to MySpace (remember MySpace?) and because his book The Rising had completely knocked me off of my feet. I kid you not. I owe the Dying Days zombie series to this man, because without his book I wouldn’t have attempted zombie fiction. I even wrote a piece about it conveniently titled “Why I Write About Zombies” (feel free to read it and then come back for the rest of this post… I’ll wait…)

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I walked up to the bar, as close to Brian as I could get without bumping into him, and casually turned and stared at him like a little schoolgirl. Brian Keene turned to me with a smile and said hi. 

I said blahbehchickablehblehugghhhh and felt my chest and throat tighten. Then I did what every cool person does when meeting an idol… I ran away like a little schoolgirl.

Cut to eight years later and across the country in Portland Oregon. 

The World Horror Convention, and while I’d come a long way but had much more to do and to rise, I felt I’d earned a place at least at the kid’s table. And I was fine with it. And when I heard Brian Keene was going to be the Grandmaster of the weekend, I was excited. And then nervous. 

I wanted to meet him. I needed to meet him. I posted on Facebook about my last and only encounter with him, and how this was going to be cosmic payback. I would stride up to him with a grin, pat him on the back and we’d hug it out like real men. Or something like that. 

Of course, on Thursday afternoon, as Special Gal and I had lunch in the hotel restaurant, Brian Keene walked into the lobby and I might have squealed a little. She thought it was quite amusing and ‘threatened’ to call him over, but I was not ready. I needed time to prepare. 

Cut to a few hours later. 

Special Gal and I were walking through the lobby, minding our own business, when I saw Brian Keene chatting with a few people. As I went to go past him he suddenly turned and noticed me. He smiled and said hi. He put his hand out and I turned my brain off and gripped his hand, shaking firmly. 

He said something but I have no idea what because I was too busy trying not to talk or say something incoherent. I nodded, smiled back, and walked away. Special Gal busted my chops the rest of the night but I was flying. 

The next time I saw Brian Keene was at a zombie panel, and as it wrapped up Special Gal turned to me and said in no uncertain terms we weren’t leaving the room without a picture of me and Brian together. 

I nodded dumbly. She asked him to take it and he smiled and took us into the hallway.

Then he put his arm around me and said “we need to do the Devil Horns, right?” 

He had either done his homework and knew who I was (and that I was a fellow Metalhead) or it was an excellent guess. Either way, I was damn proud as the picture was taken. But, wait… there’s more…

“Are you going to the Gross Out Contest tonight?” Brian asked me.

I had no intention of going but I said yes. Of course I was going to go! 

We made small talk for a few minutes and the guy was just genuine. He gave me a few minutes of his time and even said to find him at the bar that night so we could have a drink. 

I learned three things from this encounter… 

1. I am still such a FanBoy when it comes to him but at least I strung a few sentences together

2. THIS is the way you treat fellow authors, no matter how big or small they are. Brian Keene’s WHC posts aren’t just about what he did and accomplished but about pointing out all the new writers he met during the con, and praising the new batch of authors who are inspired by him

3. Special Gal is the greatest woman I have ever met and I am damn lucky to have her in my corner to help me fumble through the non-writing parts of this career. Friends lucky enough to have met her in Portland can attest to this

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My goal for years to come is not only to emulate him but also to remember this lesson. Oh, and now I want to hang out with him again and pick his brain for hours… and I’ll try not to make it too creepy…

Armand

“Dying Days” 2-pack Sets only 99 cents this week!


I’ve decided to practically give away a few of my books this week and see what happens… the obvious goal is to hook new readers into the Dying Days zombie world, so they will continue to read the entire series… we’ll see what happens! 

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Dying Days: Siege 1 And 2 Set

TWO zombie novellas for only 99 cents? Tim Baker and Armand Rosamilia must be insane! This won’t last long!

 Two Novellas for the price of One! 

Dying Days: The Siege of European Village 

European Village in Palm Coast Florida is the last bastion of defense against the unending zombie horde. 
Darlene Bobich and John Murphy are fighting for survival, and their feelings for each other. 
They are surrounded: The defenders of European Village ahead, mysterious strangers from the rear, and zombies everywhere. But inside European Village, a small band of survivors are doing whatever it takes to stay alive – but are they risking their own survival by keeping the new strangers out? 

Dying Days: The Siege of European Village is the latest release in the Dying Days series by Armand Rosamilia, and first with author Tim Baker (Water Hazard, Pump It Up) and combines their favorite characters in one rousing story! Includes an Author interview detailing how the story came about, as well as sample chapters from both authors! 

Dying Days: Siege 2 

Just when they thought they were out… 

The last survivors of the zombie raid on European Village find out they have nowhere else to go in this post apocalyptic world. 

Darlene Bobich must once again team up with Ike in order to survive! 

Dying Days: Siege 2 is the sequel to the successful collaboration between authors Armand Rosamilia (Dying Days, Keyport Cthulhu) and Tim Baker (Pump It Up, Unfinished Business) and  includes two bonus short stories, an interview with the authors as well as samples of their latest work! 

Over 70,000 words and usually $3.99!

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 Dying Days: Bundle Set 1

Two Novellas For The Price Of One! 

Dying Days: Origins 

The prequel tale to Tosha Shorb, featured in Dying Days 2 zombie novella as well as short stories set in the Dying Days world. 

Includes two bonus stories: Dying Days: Randy Jackson, featuring the main character from the Highway To Hell zombie novella… and Dying Days: Eric White, the origins short for the character featured in the Dying Days series and written by Lisa McKinney! With Author Notes… 

Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days 

Thirteen zombie tales set in the world of the “Dying Days” series… stories about old friends and new, including Tosha Shorb, David Monsour, Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack, Russ ‘Madman’ Meyer, Jeff Beesler, Morris Chambers, Michael Ross, and many more! Welcome once again to “Dying Days”… 

Over 70,000 words and usually $3.99!

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“Extreme Undead Collection” Updated and with New Cover! #dyingdays


I’ve been looking at me sales of books in the last few months, and they have been increasing each week, which I am thankful for. Yet another reason I’m glad I dropped out of retail management and took on the life of a full-time author. 

I also took a hard look at some of my titles and decided to do something about it. Not too long ago I changed the cover of Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer to better imagine what she looks like, and I’m at it again… 

But this time for a slightly different reason. The original cover for the Extreme Undead Collection was quite the eye-catcher, created by the very talented Nic Burgess. Here is is:

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Unfortunately, Amazon took one look at the cover and decided it was erotica and subsequently buried it without me realizing what they’d done. I had a total of 4 sales in the last year on this four-novella collection, while the Dying Days Collection has sold steady and increasing in sales each and every month. Two of the novellas are shared in both releases, too, so I knew it wasn’t the content being the problem. 

So, I’ve updated the book a bit: brand new cover, courtesy of longtime Dying Days cover artist Ash Arceneaux, and I moved the novellas themselves around a bit so it reads better. Here’s the new cover:

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Extreme Undead Collection

Four zombie novellas in one release! 

Features: 

“Zombie Tea Party” – zombie short story collection… 

“Highway To Hell” – Randy just wanted to survive, run away from the zombies, and hide… until he met a mysterious and sexy girl… 

“Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer” – the collected short stories of Darlene Bobich leading up to “Dying Days”… 

“Dying Days” – Darlene Bobich, Florida sun and zombies… what better combination?… 

nearly 100,000 words in all… 

warning: extreme situations, extreme violence… extreme undead…

Only $4.99 on

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“Dying Days 4″ Contest – Be In The Book!


 

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I talked about doing a contest for readers to be a part of Dying Days 4 and become a character in the book itself Here. The poll is now closed and we have a winning idea, but it wasn’t a landslide. In fact, all 3 ideas on the poll were pretty close… 

So there will be TWO different ways for you to be picked to star in Dying Days 4…

1. Send me a cool pic of you holding any (or all) of the Dying Days books. It could be either Dying Days, Dying Days 2, Dying Days 3, Highway To Hell, Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, Still Dying, Still Dying 2, Dying Days: Origins, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, Dying Days: Siege 2… You’ll automatically be entered in for a chance to star in it. AND… for every book in the picture I’ll give you another chance, as well as bonus entries for originality! Note: I will use the pictures as promotional items on my blog, Facebook page, etc. 

2. Reviewing any of the above-mentioned Dying Days books will also get you a shot at being in the book. It doesn’t matter what your rating is, as long as it is on Amazon (and bonus chances for every other place like B&N and Goodreads you post it as well), and you’ll also get your name added for each and every review, so if you review all 10 books listed above and post them to Amazon, B&N and Goodreads, it gives you 30 chances to win! And I’ll be really happy, too…

Any questions? Too bad. it’s simple enough! Send pictures to me at  armandrosamilia@gmail.com and I’ll be collecting them until April 1st, when I’ll make a decision or two… 

Armand

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Thirteen Book Deal! #zombie #thriller #militainment


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Thirteen Book Deal!

I’m proud to announce I’ve signed a book deal with AK Waters Productions for 2014, and it is an impressive one. Not only will I be writing novellas in the zombie, thriller, military and horror genres, but combining two or more genres with each subsequent release.

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AK Waters was part of the team that first brought you Miami Spy Games, which I wrote, and was released in December 2012. Combining AK’s extensive military knowledge (much of it first-hand) as well as his movie and television connections with my writing skills, the new venture will blossom into a long and prosperous union as I work for them.

The vision of this new company is to create fiction ready to be pitched to major motion picture companies as well as television studios, and seamlessly move from the print page to the big screen. I am quite proud to have signed this contract and working closely with Mr. Waters to ensure each release is well-written and fun. This is what AK Waters Productions has termed ‘militainment’.

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The first release for this new company is Zombie Football by Armand Rosamilia and AK Waters…

The Big Show is the premier football event of the year, and one the Russians feel would be the perfect place to begin their attacks.

Two former friends, now rivals, pitted against one another on the playing field, are forced to fight the madness when the SVR’s plans are unleashed… and a zombie horde takes over the stadium!

Get your eBook copy for only $2.99! Zombie Football

“Dying Days 4″ Cover Reveal #zombie #novel


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Yep, here it is… the long-awaited Dying Days 4 cover art, once again magnificently created by Ash Arceneaux (www.asharceneaux.deviantart.com), who’s done the rest of the covers in the series and quite a few others for me. I’m obviously a fan of her work and I hope you are, too. 

But don’t get too excited, because I’m not done with writing it just yet. In the coming days and weeks I’ll update you onto my progress of the first draft and might give you a tease or two along the way.

I also want readers to know this installment of the Dying Days zombie series will be much longer than the previous releases. As I’ve stated on my blog a few weeks ago, I want to give more of the story with each new release, and instead of 25-35k of story you can expect 45-55k (or maybe more as I write the first draft and then edit) for Dying Days 4

I’ll also be bringing in a few characters you might have forgotten about along the way, too… and a few new ones you’ll love and/or hate… but, as always, Darlene Bobich will be the main story for you to follow along… 

AND… if you want to be in the book as well? Find out how HERE

If you haven’t begun the Dying Days stories yet,  I will hunt you down and… I mean… what are you waiting for?

Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer is the perfect spot to begin your journey!

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2013 Was A Damn Fine Year For Me


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I see many people crying about how they got shafted in 2013 and are hoping 2014 treats them better… well, I also hope 2014 treats me better but only because I’m selfish…

I had an amazing 2013, easily my best year yet in my personal life and in my writing career. 

First, my personal life… 

Obviously it begins with dating Special Gal (Shelly), who backed me up completely all year, made sure the writing was my focus and let me be when I got cranky and had deadlines to finish. She was nothing but supportive and I will always love her for it. I’m looking forward to spending another year or fifty with her coming up. 

I also got my finances in order and was able to live comfortably without having to live paycheck to paycheck (or contract to contract), and it freed up some of the mental baggage. I got the chance to live another dream of mine and be on the radio thanks to Vern Shank and Surf 17 radio (www.flaglerbeachradio.com). Look for me on FM in 2014, too! I reevaluated a friendship and decided to cut some people loose that were nothing but negative and unloyal and got inside my head. No more of that shit. I have a great group of loyal and great friends I’m surrounded with. I hope to make a few more in 2014 but the ones I have are awesome. 

OK, there is one bad thing… I need to lose some weight before I can’t fit in the tiny radio station… 

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Now, my writing career…

I had 45 releases and sold more books in 2013 than I have in all the previous years combined, and 2012 wasn’t a bad year for sales. I’ve been blessed with a great fan base of readers, especially in my Dying Days and Flagler Beach Fiction Series releases. You can expect quite a few more in both of these in 2014 as well as a few more things… my goal in 2014 is to write and release longer pieces like more novels and novellas, and there will be quite a few sequels in the works as well… more info will follow as we get deeper into 2014…

I want to also thank each and every one of you who takes your precious time each day or each week and reads my posts and thoughts, and I hope you keep sticking with me for a long time to come… I’m really looking forward to an even better 2014…

Armand

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Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 2


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Yesterday you were amazed with my heartfelt and enigmatic first half of 2013 in review… and now… without further ado…

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In the beginning of August I re-released Death Metal in paperback with the new cover, which I like. I also started to think about ideas for the second book in the series, so look for that in 2014(I hope). I also released Golden Lion Cafe Complete, with all of the stories in one release. I also released Dagon, the fourth story in the Keyport Cthulhu series. And kicked off the third Flagler Beach Fiction Series story arc with JandJ Fitness Part 1

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September was another busy month, with JandJ Fitness Parts 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 released. I ended the month with JandJ Fitness Complete, putting them all together in one spot. 

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In October I decided to slow down the releases, especially anything horror, as most horror books would be pushed out in this month and I’d get lost in the shuffle. Instead, I started the fourth Flagler Beach Fiction Series with Flagler Fish Company Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 were also released in October. I was also lucky enough to get involved in a charity anthology with some amazing authors and got to write a cool chapter in the ongoing story, The Carnival 13 by SAD House Press. 

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With the start of November I released the fifth and final story (for now) in the Keyport Cthulhu series, Evil. I then released Keyport Cthulhu in eBook and Print versions, with all five stories in one. Flagler Fish Company Part 4 and Part 5 came next. Then it was time for Flagler Fish Company Complete in both eBook and Print. November also saw a sequel for me and Tim Baker with Dying Days: Siege 2, a return to European Village. Speaking of Dying Days, I also released the long-awaited Dying Days: Origins, which featured Tosha Shorb, a woman many readers should recognize. It was also released in Print. I was also lucky enough to be invited into the Epic Apocalypse Apocalyptic Horror Box Set (with Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer included). You really need to check out the killer lineup, with Mark Tufo, Joe McKinney, John O’Brien, Heath Stallcup, Shawn Chesser and James Cook. 

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Another great lineup was formed and released in December, with Still Dying 2 (yet another Dying Days release), featuring an anthology of great authors playing in my zombie world: Mark Tufo, Patrick C. Greene, Frank Edler, Tim Baker, AD Roland, Brent Abell, Jaime Johnesee and Sean Slagle. It also came out in Print

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I was also able to update a few books, add some more into print, and also release everything on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and Apple. 

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And 2013 isn’t done yet… my Necromance series of horror erotica has been picked up by Hazardous Press as part of their Hazardous Encounters line, and the first two will be out within a few days (I’ll post a new link, don’t worry), with many more in 2014. 

So add another 28 to the list in the second half of 2013. All told, I put out 45 releases in 2013… not bad, eh? I don’t expect to be as prolific in 2014 with this many releases, as I’m concentrating on some longer novels, but you’ll still see plenty out there from me. 

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Spotlight On: Tim Baker


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Tim Baker

 

What is the title of your story in Still Dying 2?

Dying Days: Angel

 

Quick description of it (no spoilers)

Angel Godwin must escape her own home or be taken by zombies.

 

Something unique about it.  

It leads into Dying Days: The Siege of European Village

  

Your promo links.

Website: www.blindoggbooks.com

                  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindoggBooks

         Twitter: @blindoggbooks

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Your short Bio.

 Rhode Island native Tim Baker released his first novel, Living the Dream, in August, 2009 and has followed up with 5 others since then. Tim writes fast-paced, off-beat crime stories full of colorful characters and loaded with unexpected and often humorous twists and turns, set in Flagler Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. 

He also thinks his favorite author, Armand Rosamilia, has beautiful eyes. Which he does. 

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Kindle ($3.99): http://www.amazon.com/Still-Dying-2-Days-ebook/dp/B00H4HHALO/ref=la_B004S48J6G_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386293844&sr=1-2

Print ($12.99): https://www.createspace.com/4557463

Spotlight On: Mark Tufo


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Mark Tufo (depending on who’s looking for me)

 

What is the title of your story in Still Dying 2?

Lucifer’s Revenge

 

Quick description of it (no spoilers)

It’s about a monsignor that reluctantly finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

 

 

Something unique about it.

It’s about a monsignor that reluctantly finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. (and he has a sword)

 

Your promo links.

www.marktufo.com

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mark%20tufo&sprefix=mark+%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amark%20tufo

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Tufo/133954330009843

 

 

Your short Bio.

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA (and an advanced degree in partyology) and later joined the US Marine Corps. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution, after beginning his climb up the corporate ladder he found himself laid off. His wife, Tracy who was desperate to keep him out of her hair dared him to write a book, and the Zombie Fallout series was born.

He wrote the first installment of the Indian Hill trilogy in college, it sat in his garage until July 2009 when he published it on Kindle. Mark is currently working on the continuation of the ZF series and a new book due out in February of 2014. He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs. 

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Kindle ($3.99): http://www.amazon.com/Still-Dying-2-Days-ebook/dp/B00H4HHALO/ref=la_B004S48J6G_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386293844&sr=1-2

Print ($12.99): https://www.createspace.com/4557463

Spotlight On: Brent Abell


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Brent Abell

 

What is the title of your story in Still Dying 2?

“The Happiest Kingdom on Earth”

 

Quick description of it (no spoilers)

Two men trying to stay alive in a zombie ravaged world find a group of survivors who have taken refuge in Florida’s premiere tourist attraction and find out how high the price of admission can be to stay in the “Happiest Kingdom on Earth”.

 

Something unique about it.   

When the chance to write a story set in the “Dying Days” world came about, I jumped at it immediately.  The story idea wasn’t as easy.  Originally, the main character George was in a different part of Florida protecting a small group he’d come across.  Once I got into the story, it felt stale and I stepped back and re-evaluated what I was doing.  I am a huge fan of that magical land in central Florida and I came up with the idea that a group would use someplace like that to form a new community or society.  In the end, I really just wanted to talk about zombies in furry animal suits…

 

Your promo links.

Blog: Our Darkest Fears: The Fiction of Brent Abell at http://brentabell.wordpress.com

Twitter: @BrentTAbell

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Darkest-Fears-The-Fiction-of-Brent-Abell/342998632379521

 

Your short Bio.

Brent Abell resides in Southern Indiana with his wife, sons, and a pug who likes to eat zombie fingers for snackies.  He works full time, but has found time to have over twenty tales published from multiple presses and eZines.  In Memoriam, his debut novella was released in October 2012 from Rymfire Books and is currently out of print.  His first full novel is currently being edited and he is hard at work on another one to appease the masses.  You can hang out with him for some rum, a cigar, and all the latest news at http://brentabell.wordpress.com.

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Kindle ($3.99): http://www.amazon.com/Still-Dying-2-Days-ebook/dp/B00H4HHALO/ref=la_B004S48J6G_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386293844&sr=1-2

Print ($12.99): https://www.createspace.com/4557463

Spotlight On: A.D. Roland


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Zaphod Beeblebrox. Or A. D. Roland/Ash

 

What is the title of your story in Still Dying 2?

The Old Man and the Apocalypse

 

Quick description of it (no spoilers)

He just wanted to live out the rest of his days in peace. With the walking dead stumbling around his retirement community, it wasn’t too easy to do that, but he’d managed. An unexpected visitor reminds him, though, that sometimes life isn’t just about waiting to die. 

 

Something unique about it.

It’s not your usual shoot-‘em-in-the-head-and-run-to-a-new-safe-place zombie story, featuring a character demographic you don’t see too often in zombie stories. Seriously…who writes a zombie story about an 80-year-old man with bum knees and a heart condition?

 

Your promo links.

www.ashsartanddesign.wordpress.com

 

Your short Bio.

A. D. Roland lives in central Florida. She currently works as a surgical technologist to pay for the excessive costs of raising a horde of felines and a couple of children. Her published works include the horror novels Winterborn, Swamp Baby, and coming soon, the dark fantasy Dark Consort. She is also a successful cover artist. Her blog is located at www.ashsartanddesign.wordpress.com

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Kindle ($3.99): http://www.amazon.com/Still-Dying-2-Days-ebook/dp/B00H4HHALO/ref=la_B004S48J6G_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386293844&sr=1-2

Print ($12.99): https://www.createspace.com/4557463

 

“Still Dying” Review And Giveaway


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GIVEAWAY for the event…

I will give away 1 Print version of the first Still Dying zombie collection (signed) to an Amazon reviewer (good or bad review, it doesn’t matter) for every 10 reviews we get for Still Dying 2!

And if we hit 50 reviews for the book someone will win the Dying Days Collection 4-in-1 novella print set as well!

Reviews really, really help authors, so I wanted to give everyone some incentive to not only read the books but to take a moment to review it on Amazon, as well… 

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“Still Dying 2″ #zombie #anthology Out Now!


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STILL DYING 2

Zombie Anthology

 

Nine authors… Ten stories… nothing but zombie horror!

Dying Days creator Armand Rosamilia invited eight incredible authors to set foot in his world, and the results are creepy and the anthology a page-turner. Enter this zombie apocalypse… if you dare.

 

How Me And Bozy Became Dads by Patrick C. Greene

A road side inmate clean-up crew find themselves caught in the middle just as a plague takes hold of the city. Small time hoods Randall and Bozy find freedom—which just became worse than imprisonment.

 

Gator Aid by Frank Edler

Can a popular Floridian tourist trap survive and thrive as an attraction during the end of civilization?

 

The Trap Line by Sean Slagle

Spencer, his sister, and her boyfriend have been hiding safely in a hunting cabin since the beginning of the apocalypse. But all of that changes when another family of survivors shows up.

 

Dying Days: Television by Armand Rosamilia

What’s more important than television, even during the end of the world?

 

Flight 509 by Jaime Johnesee

A man is stuck on a plane during the ZA and has no clue how to get out alive. 

 

The Old Man And The Apocalypse by A.D. Roland

He just wanted to live out the rest of his days in peace. With the walking dead stumbling around his retirement community, it wasn’t too easy to do that, but he’d managed. An unexpected visitor reminds him, though, that sometimes life isn’t just about waiting to die. 

 

The Happiest Kingdom On Earth by Brent Abell

Two men trying to stay alive in a zombie ravaged world find a group of survivors who have taken refuge in Florida’s premiere tourist attraction and find out how high the price of admission can be to stay in the “Happiest Kingdom on Earth”.

 

Dying Days: Stew by Armand Rosamilia

Stew and his dog Orion are just trying to scavenge in a restaurant when things get tricky. Can they survive a zombie attack and find hot dogs for Orion?

 

Lucifer’s Revenge by Mark Tufo

A monsignor reluctantly finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

 

Dying Days: Angel by Tim Baker

Angel Godwin must escape her own home or be taken by zombies.

 

Amazon Kindle only $3.99

Print version only $12.99

PLUS…

Today through Monday we’ll be running Spotlight On interviews with each author about their stories, so stick around for them, too!

“Undead Tales” 1 and 2 Only $2.99 Each!


Since the holidays are quickly approaching I thought it only made sense to put both Undead Tales zombie anthologies on sale this week… what better says Thanksgiving feast than zombies, right?

UNDEAD TALES only $2.99!

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Eighteen Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse… Featuring stories by Joe McKinney, Carole Gill, Eric S. Brown, W.D. Gagliani, Todd Sprague, Armand Rosamilia, JD Gillam, Scott M. Goriscak, Lawrence R. Dagstine, Kevin L. Jones, P. David Puffinburger, Zach brunner, Scott Nicholson, Ian DG Sandusky, Chantal Boudreau, Mark Tufo, Jeremiah Coe, Ian Woodhead and Zombie Poetry from Rich Orth!

UNDEAD TALES 2 only $2.99!

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16 Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse… 

Featuring stories by David Dunwoody, David Boop, Robert Essig, Kris Ashton, Natasha Hanova, William R.D. Wood, Joe Mynhardt, Armand Rosamilia, Jonathan D. Stiffy, L.R. Collins, Jonathan Lambert, Brent Abell, Rob Rosen, Larry C. Kerr, Jonathan Templar, Matt Moore and Poetry from Rich Orth, Ashlee Napier and Anthony Valade 

“Dying Days: Origins” #zombie #novella


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Dying Days: Origins 

The prequel tale to Tosha Shorb, featured in Dying Days 2 zombie novella as well as short stories set in the Dying Days world. 

Includes two bonus stories: Dying Days: Randy Jackson, featuring the main character from the Highway To Hell zombie novella… and Dying Days: Eric White, the origins short for the character featured in the Dying Days series and written by Lisa McKinney! 

36,000 words in all! With Author Notes…

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Dying Days: Origins

Chapter One: Notorious

The apartment was cramped, smoky and the radio way too loud for the neighbors. Tosha Shorb tried to get to the window to open it despite the cold night, but several drunks were in her way.

“Excuse me,” she asked the guy in front of her. He ignored her.

She was tired – she’d worked a double today – and, despite three shots was still sober. And now she was sweating because forty people were crammed into this shitty apartment.

“Excuse me,” she said louder, trying to talk over the inane pop music blasting through the room. When he glanced down at her and smirked, putting his beer can to his lips, she lost it. Before she could think she’d swung around and smashed him in the face, the can crushing on his cheek and beer exploding in all directions.

“What the fuck?” he managed, and took a defensive position even as blood and beer streamed down his face and chest. He cocked his fist to punch but stopped, staring at his attacker.

Tosha was a slight redhead with piercing eyes, which were now filled with rage. She looked much younger than her twenty-seven years, which wasn’t a good thing when you worked in a hospital and patients never took you seriously when you came for blood-work.

She put her hands on her hips, aware the music had been turned down and all eyes were on her. As usual. Glad her twin sister wasn’t here to give her the motherly look, she tried to remain calm. “I asked you to move.”

The guy laughed. “Are you even allowed in here, little girl? What are you, twelve?”

There were a few snickers from those guests that didn’t know Tosha. To her friends and those aware of her reputation, they knew what was coming and took two steps back.

The rage was building. She had two choices: turn, walk out and go home, or take action.

She put her right foot back a step at the same time he wiped his face and winked at her. Tosha tipped her weight forward with her hard leather boot swinging, catching him squarely in the groin.

As he doubled over, dropping to one knee, she leaned over and got in his face. “I’m allowed wherever the fuck I want, you fat piece of shit.” Tosha winked at him as people grabbed her by the arms and pulled her away.

“I think you need to leave,” someone said to her.

“Of course. You can’t have some little girl in here kicking dude’s asses, can you?” Tosha shrugged off their grip and gave them the finger as she left.

 

Chapter Two: Flesh Eater

            It was cold but her rage kept her more than warm. Her Lizzy Borden concert shirt – she’d picked it up in Allentown during their last U.S. tour – was sticking to her chest and her tight blue jeans were starting to bother her. Her toes still felt numb after kicking the guy in the balls, and the thought of it made her laugh.

The streets of Harrisburg were empty, as usual. “Should’ve listened to Trista and stayed in.” Her sister was the introverted one, preferring to sit home after work and play videogames online with her imaginary friends instead of going out into the actual world and talking to actual people.

She even preferred to be called by her stupid online name, Mathyu. Tosha didn’t know if that was the dumb part, or the fact that she’d started addressing her sister by the name.

In order to get to her apartment, she cut through an alley between the McDonalds and the Harrisburg Laundromat. It always smelled bad down here, but it was much worse during the summer, when the garbage heated up, rotten food and dead rats stinking. The bums loved this alley because the fast food garbage was tossed in the dumpster, and they’d rip the bags apart and feast.

Tosha decided to sleep in tomorrow, burying herself in her pillows and stuffed animals on her bed, curtains drawn, and threatening her sister to not wake her unless the world was ending.

She was so focused on her thoughts she stumbled into the bum, standing in the dark in the middle of the alley.

“Watch where you’re going,” she said loudly. Usually when you shouted or acted crazier than they did, the bums would leave you alone.

He didn’t move.

When she tried to sidestep him, he grabbed her left arm. He leaned into her and his breath was like rotting meat and bile. Tosha nearly gagged, but knew she had to get away from this crack-head or drunk and escape before she was raped.

“Back off, dickhead,” she said and pushed him away. He simply reached for her again. Tosha easily moved around him and ran down to the other end of the alley. When she looked back, he was walking slowly toward her. “Fuck you, asshole. Maybe I’ll call the cops.”

He kept coming with that staggered, insanely slow stutter step. What the fuck was wrong with this guy? Was he fucking with me, trying to freak me out? Playing some game?

As he got closer, she tried to see his face, but it was too dark. Was he smiling, laughing, stoned? Tosha had all kinds of overdoses in the hospital, and she’d seen too many drug addicts with faraway stares or looks like they wanted to kill you.

She walked backwards to the other side of the street, aware she was alone. A quick glance north and south confirmed her fear. There wasn’t a person out this time of night. No cars went by on the cross streets, she didn’t hear any traffic, not even a train rumbling by.

It felt like an hour but he finally made it to the end of the alley and stepped out onto the sidewalk and under the street light.

Tosha gasped. He was covered in blood, his mouth dripping with it.

“Is this some fucking joke, asshole? It’s not funny. Did you come from that lame party, and think you could fuck with me?”

She puffed out her chest and planted her feet. She was headstrong and didn’t run away from a challenge, even if it was a dumb idea. Her past was littered with dumb ideas, and she thought this was about to be another one.

“Last chance to leave me alone,” she said. He took another three steps forward, within ten feet, when she gasped.

Something wet and bloody fell from his mouth and to the pavement. His eyes were glazed over and dead, his mouth slowly moving like he was biting the air. His arms were bent forward, straining at her.

“Fuck this,” she muttered and turned and ran.

Spotlight On: Mark Tufo


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Mark Tufo

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen. Is Zombie a genre? Horror then, maybe post-apocalyptic. Screw it, romance, those sell well.

 

Quick description of it.

Basically it’s about a man, Michael Talbot, that will do all in his power to protect his family and friends during a zombie invasion. Or he is a Scottish Highlander wearing a kilt, time-traveling to save all manner of women in distress.

 

Something unique about it.

Besides the kilt? Sorry. Okay I tried to write this from the perspective of someone who is and every man. He does not have access to military grade weapons, he is not a martial arts instructor. He is not rich or have an underground bunker. He’s basically an average guy trying to find a way to survive while the world throws more and more at him.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mark%20tufo&sprefix=mark+tuf%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amark%20tufo

 

Your promo links.

www.marktufo.com

 

Your short Bio.

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has gone back to college at CTU to complete his masters.

He has written the Indian Hill trilogy with the first Indian Hill – Encounters being published for the Amazon Kindle in July 2009. He has since written the Zombie Fallout series and is working on a new zombie book.

He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs. Visit him at marktufo.com or http://zombiefallout.blogspot.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Tufo/133954330009843 for news on his next two installments of the Indian Hill trilogy and upcoming installments of the Zombie Fallout series.

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“Epic Apocalypse” Box Set Release


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Epic Apocalypse Boxed Set 

Welcome to the Apocalypse 

Tis’ the season for all things that go bump in the night. Today’s top selling horror authors bring to you this boxed set of five full length apocalyptic tales and a teaser from award winning author Joe McKinney. Turn the lights off, enjoy the ride and find out what is lurking under your bed. 

Mark Tufo – Zombie Fallout 
“Working as both straight up survival fiction and comedy, Mark Tufo’s FALLOUT is a gory, laugh out loud tale of a community of heroes, cowards and misfits struggling against zombies. Tufo’s unlikely hero is one of the funniest and most endearing characters I’ve seen in zombie fiction.” – Craig DiLouie, author of TOOTH AND NAIL and THE INFECTION 

Heath Stallcup – Return Of The Phoenix 
Stallcup’s debut is a fun, rollercoaster ride of a story, and easily the best that I’ve read all year. It’s part military fiction, part horror, with elements of fantasy and science fiction thrown in the mix. Yet somehow, this novel has the stark realism and well-researched detail you would expect to find in nonfiction. The author’s vivid characters and comfortable writing style left me believing in all the things that go bump in the night and more importantly, in the men and women who hunt them down! – Jaye H 

John O’Brien – A New World: Chaos 
Once I picked up this novel and began reading I could not put it down. The characters are well developed and the story is filled with edge-of-your-seat action. I dare you to pick up a copy and read it. – Troy D 

Armand Rosamilia – Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer 
Upon finishing this book, I asked myself “What makes this one different from all the others I’ve read?”. I’m here to tell you just that. Armand is meticulously descriptive, his characters are colorful & he doesn’t fail to leave out any gory zombie details. His zombies are still creepily human, with desires beyond eating brains. Darlene is loveable, strong, & heroic, while being fragile & very female at the same time. I found myself holding my breath more than once, wondering what was waiting around the proverbial corner for our little band of survivors. The end is surprising, & leaves you craving more. A wonderful, entertaining read. I’m a fan for life!! – Susan M 

Joe McKinney – Dead Wait Teaser from Bram Stoker Award winning author 
“One of those rare books that starts fast and never ever lets up. . . a rollercoaster ride of action, violence and zombie horror.” –Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry on Dead City 
“Gritty suspense. . .You’re gonna like this guy.” –Tom Monteleone 
“A rising star on the horror scene.”–Fearnet.com 

Shawn Chesser – Trudge: Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse 
Author Shawn Chesser has written a zombie story full of scares, excitement, sadness and kick-butt action. Unlike other authors, even some of the big names, Chesser understands female character as well as male. This is such an important thing in a book with strong characters that are of both sex. I would recommend this book to all zombie fans, it’s a good one. – examiner 

James Cook- No Easy Hope: Surviving The Dead 
I absolutely adored this book! The storyline and the characters kept my interest and I couldn’t put it down! This has to be in the top five of my favorite zombie books so far. For those that love zombie stories this is a must read! – G. Atkinson 

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The Writing Week That Was: 15,560 Words


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I wrote last week… and I had a good seven days doing it, too… even though I only wrote on five of them… 

Tues 10/8 – 2,455 words

Wed 10/9 – 3,003 words

Thurs 10/10 – 2,346 words

Fri 10/11 – 0 words (meeting other authors and then my radio show)

Sat 10/12 – 0 words (World Zombie Day in Jacksonville)

Sun 10/13 – 5,600 words (co-writing the sequel to Dying Days: The Siege of European Village with Tim Baker and then my own projects)

Mon 10/14 – 2,154

Projects completed: Flagler Fish Company Parts 1 and 2... sequel to Dying Days: The Siege of European Village

15,560 words done in the week… My weekly goal is 10,000 words, so I made up for the week before a bit (I only hit 8,872 then)… I’m up about 4,000 words on the month and year and I hope to keep it going… Today starts a new week for me, so my goal is to not only hit my 2,000 words but to get ahead as much as possible. 

I’ll try to keep my weekly posts going as long as people are interested in them. I hope it will inspire you to hit your own daily and weekly goals, and it keeps me honest by having to say what I wrote whether I hit the mark or failed… 

Armand Rosamilia

Guest Post: TW Brown


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Behind the curtain of the DEAD series

 Dead Reborn

When I first sat down and wrote the opening line for the DEAD series, I was thinking, “Maybe I have a five book series here.” By then end of that book, I knew it was going to take more than that. My mind was made up that I was going to write the “Wheel of Time” equivalent for the zombie crowd. I was set to build an entire world and then take the reader on a whirlwind tour of the apocalypse populated with a cast of characters that might reach a hundred in any given book. And yeah…I knew it was risky. But I also felt that the zombie fans were a group that deserved something with depth.

The formula that I chose was inspired by George R.R. Martin. If you have dipped your toes in the books that the very popular “Game of Thrones” series is based upon, then you know how he does each chapter from a different perspective of one of his characters. I tweaked it for my own devices and came up with “Steve’s Story”, “The Geeks”, and “Vignettes” as my three rotating chapters. If you have read any of my DEAD series, then you know that each book is always 18 chapters long (6 per story line). However, things have changed some since that first book. I learned some lessons.

Of course, Steve’s chapters are all in first person. That lets you really see things from one person’s perspective. You are only as clued in as he is during any particular moment. The Geeks was my homage to every single zombie fan who thinks that the Zombie Apocalypse would be so freakin’ cool. This is the story that I get to sink in to as I write it. I channel many of my friends and the snippets of conversations that we have had since that day in the 70s when we all came out of the original Dawn of the Dead with some fairly silly adolescent fantasies. However, it is the Vignettes where I think I have learned the most as a writer. And that is sort of my focus here as I let you peek behind the curtain.

The vignettes were initially just supposed to be snapshots of the world in chaos. I even toyed with the idea of folding every one of those stories in to my two main story lines. Somewhere along the way, many of those shorts began to take on a life of their own. In fact, they are the source of the most hated and loved (according to reviews and personal emails) of my character; Garrett being the former and Juan the latter.

In the first book, DEAD: The Ugly Beginning, I wrote the vignettes as they came to me. So, there was no order, rhyme, or reason. However, as some of the stories began to take on a life of their own, I started to really get invested in what would happen. By the second book, DEAD: Revelations, I realized something: I needed to keep the stories in the same order chapter by chapter. By the third book, DEAD: Fortunes and Failures, I had a refined formula. What I would do was continue to keep the main vignettes in order, but I would give each vignette chapter what I termed as a one-timer. This would be a single open-and-closed short.

Funny thing about when an author sits down with an idea. They are usually the only one who understands it. So was the case with Vignettes. The idea is one that I would not change as a whole, but I do think that I would have modified it to some extent. And that is where I believe it to be now.

Readers of the series have had to go through this process with me, but I do think what I have now is the way to go. Now, in Vignettes, there are the main story lines that have endured since the first book or two of the series. However, since I try to complete the main ideas of a story arc in each three-book offering, I now introduce a new vignette at the start of books 4, 7, and 10. That will allow me to write a bit of a novella-length story. Some will fold in to the main stories, some will simply reach a climax and end, and others might be melded into one of the other vignettes.

Now, I realize that I still run the risk of “too many characters” as some critics have pointed out. However, I believe that, once you become engrossed in this DEAD world, you will find it a very rewarding experience.

At least that is what I am hoping.

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