Monthly Archives: November 2013

What to do now that #NaNoWriMo is done

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#NaNoWriMo words of wisdom from our Canadian friend…

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Start another book. Brainstorm or sketch out another book outline or write a short story or just sit down and see where else you can go at the keyboard. Keep that feather pen scratching. Keep going. 

People will tell you to celebrate. Writers (because we aren’t “people”) will ask, “What else ya got?”

You could take a break, sure. But now that you’ve done NaNoWriMo, don’t you feel you’ve got a good habit going? Habits are hard to break into. To get into the daily writing habit takes practice, just like you’ve been doing all this month. Why stop now? To publish, you must write a lot, rewrite, revise and edit. Good habits are too easy to drop for you to waste all that behavioural inertia you have steaming in your skull engine.

Now isn’t the time to put your feet up.

If you still have some scenes from your…

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Spotlight On: Alex Laybourne

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Alex Laybourne

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

The release I am talking about today is Highway to Hell. It was my debut horror novel, and while the second installment of the trilogy is out now also, you really need to have read this one first.

 

Quick description of it.

A group of strangers die in the opening pages, to find themselves trapped in the various torture chambers of hell. Punished in varying lengths of time, in unimaginable ways, they are forced to face the sins of their life. From hating ones in-laws and infidelity, to being wasteful with money and the means which one has at their disposal, the individuals are worn down, until they have no option but to repent.

Cast deeper into hell, where eternity awaits, they are rescued by a group of angels and for the first time, the strangers come together. Bonding over their experiences, and held together by a force greater than that of heaven and hell, they are forced to stand tall in the face of the end. Charged with finding a sixth soul that was unjustly taken from life, they and they alone are can stop the boundaries that separate heaven, hell and all other dimension in between from shattering.

 

Something unique about it.

Despite being a book about heaven, hell angels and demons, it is not a particularly religious novel. In so far as that I too am not overly religious. I have borrowed parts of various mythologies, with my chambers of hell being based on a Buddhist philosophy and structure.

Another interesting fact was that the trilogy started out as being a novel set on a golf course. Go figure!

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Highway-Hell-Alex-Laybourne-ebook/dp/B00AUD0U20/ref=la_B00580RB18_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383990538&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Highway-Hell-Alex-Laybourne-ebook/dp/B00AUD0U20/ref=la_B00580RB18_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383990538&sr=1-1

Your promo links.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Laybourne/e/B00580RB18/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Laybourne/212049612180183
Blog: http://alexlaybourne.com/

 

Your short Bio.

Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that he became a horror writer.

Married with four children; James, Logan, Ashleigh and Damon. His biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

Highway to Hell was his debut novel, which was followed by Trials and Tribulations – the second Highway to Hell novel. 2014 will see Alex publishing 4 short story collections and at least three full length novels.

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“Ancient” and “Barren” Keyport Cthulhu stories FREE today!

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Because I had such a great Thanksgiving yesterday I decided to give back! But not all the dressing and turkey… so the next best thing is the first two parts of the Keyport Cthulhu series… and I hope you enjoy them! And have a safe and wonderful holiday season in case I don’t see you!

Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th 2013 they’ll be FREE, so dig in and enjoy! 

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Fluffy Red Fox Interviews Armand Rosamilia #dyingdays #zombie

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I’m interviewed on a great site everyone needs to check out!

http://fluffyredfox.blogspot.com/2013/11/some-silly-questions-with-armand.html?spref=fb

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Spotlight On: Max Booth III

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SPOTLIGHT ON: MAX BOOTH III

 

Call me Ismael.

Wait, no. That isn’t right.

Max, I think. With a Booth to follow, followed by a triplicate I.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is a horror western novella called Black, published last month by Hazardous Press.

 

Quick description of it.

From Amazon: “A horrific zombie western tale of a gunfighter cursed with unwanted immortality. It’s one thing to make a deal with the Devil; it’s another when the deal is made for you.”

 

Something unique about it.

There is a man who cannot die, although he has no problem issuing such a fate to others. He has lived too long and he will continue to live. The Law has captured him, and they take plenty of joy in plugging his face full of bullets on a daily basis. They tell him, this is your new life. Get used to these bullets, to these blades. You’re going to be bleeding for all eternity, boy.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Here it is on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Black-Novella-Max-Booth-III/dp/0615892892/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381654907&sr=1-1

 

Your promo links.

Website: http://www.talesfromthebooth.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiveMeYourTeeth

 

Your short Bio.

Max is the editor-in-chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and the assistant editor of Dark Moon Digest. His bizarro flash fiction collection, They Might Be Demons, is currently available. Look for his debut novel, Toxicity, early next year. 

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Reblog: Armand Rosamilia Interviewed by Scott Lefebvre

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I’m interviewed (again!) on a really cool blog, and we went back and forth with questions and answers, which made it fun!

http://youareentitledtomyopinioninterviews.blogspot.com/2013/11/interview-with-armand-rosamilia.html

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

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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 

Spotlight On: Brent Abell

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Brent Abell

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it? 

The newest release out there for me is a little book called, “The Carnival 13”.  The book is in that dark fiction or horror genre we all love so much.  There are a few more new things, but this is the one I’m really proud of and it benefits a great charity!

 

Quick description of it. 

A group of friends visit the traveling carnival one night find themselves fighting for their lives and souls. 

 

Something unique about it.  

The book is a round-robin style book with 13 very talented authors each writing a chapter.  John Everson wrote the prologue and first chapter setting the stage for a ride through the carnival and the freaks residing there (and some clowns too).  The other authors were Jason Darrick, Dan Dillard, Charles Colyott, Dale Eldon, James Garcia Jr., Matt Shiariti, Anne Michaud, Rebecca Besser, Armand Rosamilia, Jon Olson, Julianne Snow, and myself.  All proceeds from the book benefit Scares That Care! 

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/The-Carnival-13-Julianne-Snow-ebook/dp/B00G97Y4AA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1384717547&sr=8-3&keywords=carnival+13

Smashwords- http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/371904

Createspace- https://www.createspace.com/4501149

 

Your promo links.

The Carnival 13 Site- http://thecarnival13.wordpress.com/

My site- http://brentabell.wordpress.com

Twitter- @BrentTAbell

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

 

Your short Bio. 

Author Brent Abell resides in Southern Indiana with his wife, sons, and a pug who will feast on the souls of the innocent.  He has stories in print or upcoming in over twenty publications and his first novella, In Memoriam, from Rymfire Books is now out of print (look for it to return soon).  Currently he has completed his first novel, is putting together a short story collection, and is working on his next few novels.  You can visit him at his site to drink rum, smoke cigars, and speak of all our darkest fears.

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Spotlight On: James Gurley

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SPOTLIGHT ON: James Gurley

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Oracle of Delphi from Montag Press will be released in a few weeks. It’s my first YA science fiction. I also recently published a Middle Grade horror, Grave Dancer’s Club, through Angelic Knight Press.

 

Quick description of it.

Oracle of Delphi – Young Tad da Silva arrives in Delphi on the planet Charybdis looking for a job. He becomes an apprentice to the Plin watchers as a companion for the young autistic king who is also a true Oracle. He becomes involved in court intrigue with the Council of Regents who rules in the king’s name, falls in with rebels, and learns of a group trying to kill him for some unknown reason. As he begins to learn something of his hidden past, he sets out in search of a weapon to prevent the return of the Dark Veil which almost destroyed Charybdis 500 years earlier. 

 

Something unique about it.

It has an young autistic king. Though it is science fiction, there are some elements of fantasy about it.

Links for people to buy it.

http://montagpress.com/books/

Your promo links.

My website: http://www.jamesgurley.com/index.html

My Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007TKXRBI

 

Your short Bio.

I was born in Corinth, MS, a city rich with Civil War history. I moved around a lot after college, finally landing in Atlanta, GA where I stayed for 20 years. There I married my wife, Kim. I became a chef, graduating from the Art Institute School of Culinary Arts. I retired early to write full-time. We lived in the Poconos of Pennsylvania for a few years (Too cold), and then moved to Tucson, AZ (Nice and warm). We have two cats, Shoes and Elsie. I play guitar and keyboards in local bands part-time, write full-time, and sit out back and watch the desert creatures. Great job, huh? I have published 13 novels and 35 or 36 short stories.

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Spotlight On: Susan M. Toy

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Susan M. Toy

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

“Island in the Clouds” is what I refer to as “tropical fiction” – it’s a mystery set in the, well, tropical location of Bequia, a small island in the Caribbean

 

Quick description of it.

The dead body in the pool is putting a serious dent in Geoff’s morning. An ex-pat property manager on the Caribbeanisland of Bequia, Geoff doesn’t want a spotlight shone on the secret past he left behind in Canada, but now he’s the suspect in a brutal murder. With no help from the inept local police force, he’s drawn into investigating the murder himself, to clear his name. As Geoff finds out more about the circumstances surrounding the killing, and he and his loved ones find themselves in danger, he begins to see a very dark underbelly of the place some people call paradise…

Part travelogue, part mystery, Island in the Clouds takes a long, hard look at the reality of living in a place that seems perfect — from the outside, anyway.

 

Something unique about it.

“Island in the Clouds” is the only novel set on the island of Bequia. It offers an honest look at life in paradise and what can happen when ex-pat and local cultures try to exist together. This is the first in a four-part “Bequia Perspectives” series.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Available in both eBook and print editions: http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/where-in-the-world-can-you-purchase-island-in-the-clouds/

 

Your promo links.

Book information: http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/island-in-the-clouds-a-bequia-novel/

Blog: http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/

First chapter sample flipbook: http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/island-in-the-clouds-first-chapter-sample-flipbook/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Island-in-the-Clouds/135848643200688

Twitter: @SusanMToy

IslandShorts (ePublishing short stories): http://islandeditions.wordpress.com/islandshorts/

 

Your short Bio.

I have been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and a promoter of fellow authors and their books through my company, Alberta Books Canada. I am an author and publisher, under my imprints, IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts. Through Alberta Books Canada, I represented authors directly, helping them find promotion for themselves and their books, seeking out new readers, and assisting them in making wise career decisions. I continue to champion many writers and authors, singing their praises online to the rest of the world. I created the writing contest, Coffee Shop Author, have sat on the Board of Directors of the Fernie Writers’ Conference, served as a member of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program steering committee, and was a member of the board of directors for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. I split my time between Canada and the Caribbean and have never discovered a dead body in a pool – or anywhere!

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Guest Post: Jason C. Conley

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I thought I might briefly give a few personal thoughts toward the book and perhaps explain in a little more depth some of the symbolism behind the characters and some of the events that transpire.  First and foremost, I set out to make a rousing adventure tale.  Something that swept the globe that involved the things I was most interested in, gigantic monsters, beautiful women as the protagonist and cool technology.  I very much wanted a female lead that followed the “hero’s journey.” 

This had to be an approachable tale, something recognizable and not too abstract, and above all, exciting.  I purposefully avoided graphic descriptions of violence or sexual content in scenes as well as adult language.  Not that I am some sort of prude, but that I think it automatically limits the audience and takes away readership that might otherwise find the tale enjoyable.  I also envisioned this to be something like a classic serial or western from the 20’s or 30’s, or perhaps something more relatable now like Indiana Jones or Star Wars.  This is an action and adventure tale without all the baggage that comes with adulthood. 

Now, that’s not to say there isn’t adult situations that occur in this book.  My political beliefs certainly snaked their way into the story a great deal.   My thoughts on world ‘rulers’ as it were, changed significantly since 9/11.  I realized the world is manipulated through deceit, subterfuge, and outright lies.  And it is through this manipulation that regimes are able to strangle the very public they are sworn to protect.  It is through this basic premise that I developed the stories main antagonist, Buul.  Whose name in itself is a play on the false god of the Bible, Baal. 

 I designed the main characters to be symbolic archetypes that would be comparative to the transition into adulthood.  Let me explain.  The main character, Jasper, through her character arch, was designed to represent the loss of selfishness or selfishness into selflessness.  “She”, her ego, had to be minimized and her thoughts towards those around her had to expand in importance over the course of the story.  She had to realize that she was not the center of the universe, which is something young adults and children all believe of themselves.  It was her own perception of the world that bound her more than the chains around her waist. 

Ron was characterized by the loss of innocence that comes from the separation from your parents.  If you noticed, I immediately isolated him inside that machine, trapping him from full contact with other adults.  It is that loneliness, that feeling of finally being by yourself in a wide, expansive and even dangerous world that you only truly feel for the first time when you move away from your parents that I wanted to encapsulate with Ron.  Though he is still a child, he is trapped, both literally and figuratively.  He wants to go on these adventures but he still wants his mother too.  It is through his bravery and sacrifice in the end that truly frees his spirit and is I believe the purest hero of the story.

Vork is symbolically that inner struggle of peace vs aggression that young adults, typically boys, go through.  The rage that young men sometimes struggle with, many times unsuccessfully, even though they themselves aren’t generally hateful people.  I intentionally paired him with Jasper, literally chaining an outwardly raging beast with an inward gentle spirit to a whiney brat as to both contrast and highlight the war within.

Terrance was the archetype of sexuality and romance, the dangerous rascal that women swoon over.  He was a brash, raging hormone of lust and desire that was forced to see beyond outward appearances and actually care for the inner being of someone dear to him. 

Buul was the opposite side of the coin to Jasper.  He was characterized by self and pride just as she was, but it was his reaction of jealously and superiority and ultimately revenge that contrasted her desire for justice.  He is the Yin to her Yang.  Male and female, brother and sister, one carrying the sun around her neck, the other empowered by the spirit of the moon, one is light, the other is darkness.  One is fighting to rule under wholesome, family oriented motives of love and peace.  The other is fighting for dominate, empowered, ruthless control over his subjects.

You also might have noticed how I incorporated binding, withholding, chaining or imprisoning people throughout the book.  Jasper is chained to Vork, Ron is trapped inside his machine, Buul is withheld by his own crippled body to that wheelchair, Yerrol inside the egg, Shath to the moon, etc.  While I have to admit much of this happened subconsciously on my part I do feel that this feeling of entrapment goes hand in hand with the teenage angst and the difficulties of transitioning into adulthood that I was symbolically incorporating. 

Finally, no book is complete without a little political commentary.  And while I purposefully tried to keep the preaching down, I did pepper the book with a few observations and similarities to our own world.  This book compares thoughts on the “new” ways vs. the traditional and examines thoughts on the ruling class and what it means to be a leader. 

I included situations that I have witnessed in society today such as a “false flag” attack where the population is lied to about an attack by another country in order to rally them to war.  There is also a highly advanced society where their leaders distract the population from their financial troubles with violent games and entertainment at the arena.  Also, I included a great divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” which caused turmoil, distrust, and political upheaval.  And finally machines of war that are powered by technology that actually poisons the operator and those around them.  It is this “new world order” that I am commenting on lightly and suggestively but that is absolutely apparent in the writing and which I am planning on continuing further in the sequel.

 So all of that is buried within a book filled with airship races, attacks by giant mechanized war machines, huge beasts from the sea, shipwrecks on deserted islands, motorcycle races through the underground desert tunnels, train rides, coliseum battles against giant crocodiles, time travel, clock-tower witches and beautiful women, huge birds going to war against more machines and shadow spirits of the undead, all wrapped up with steam punk styling and high adventure.  Whew! 

Thanks for reading and let’s GO ADVENTURING sometime!

The Kingdom of Vosh: The Chained Princess by Jason C. Conley is now available!  Hardcover, Paperback, or digital.
Find us online at:  www.thekingdomofvosh.com
Our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/TheKingdomOfVosh
Or our Pitnerest page at: https://www.pinterest.com/jconley78/kingdom-of-vosh/

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Book Synopsis: Secrets have been formed in the dark corners of the kingdom. Change is in the air and whispers of new ideas and technologies have swept the land. Unfortunately, the King is old and simple and his daughter is concerned only with worldly possessions. A man by the name of Buul, a man long forgotten, has returned to pay a visit to the King on the King’s birthday. He has not come empty handed and will be the King’s undoing.

The King, in moments of panic and war, can trust no one with the protection of his daughter. He quickly decides to entrust her life with a creature most vile and uncommon and chains her to a Vork. He does not leave her empty handed though. His last gift to the Princess is an amulet with powers even he does not comprehend. The land’s only chance, the only one loyal to the King’s memory, is the daughter that cares nothing of the Kingdom of Vosh.

Spotlight On: Craig DiLouie (with Joe McKinney and Stephen Knight)

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Craig DiLouie, Joe McKinney, Stephen Knight

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

THE RETREAT, Episode #1: PANDEMIC

It’s in the zombie apocalypse genre.

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Quick description of it.

A dream team of three acclaimed apocalyptic fiction writers have come together to produce a six-part novella series, THE RETREAT. Episode #1: PANDEMIC is now available for the Kindle for about $3. The second episode will come out by the end of 2013. Here’s the synopsis:

As a new disease turns people into sadistic, laughing killers, in Boston, a battalion of light infantry struggles to maintain order. As the numbers of infected grow, the battalion loses control, and the soldiers find themselves fighting for their lives against the very people they once swore an oath to protect.

During the ensuing collapse, the lost battalion learns the Army is still holding out in Florida, which has been cleared of the Infected. Harry Lee, its commander, decides the only hope for his men is to get there. But first they must cross more than a thousand miles of America that has been turned into a war zone, fighting a fearless, implacable and merciless enemy.

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Something unique about it.

THE RETREAT is a military zombie novel in the tradition of TOOTH AND NAIL (DiLouie) and THE GATHERING DEAD (Knight). The story arc for the series is about a lost battalion that must travel through an apocalyptic wasteland to safety, with each episode written by a different author. The zombies aren’t the traditional Romero type but laughing sadists who are unpredictable and deliver a sharper edge of horror to the story. The soldiers have the firepower and the training, but they are forced to make increasingly tough choices and fight harder to survive against an implacable, omnipresent enemy. It’s the end of the world. THE RETREAT is about the men and women who try to save it.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Retreat-Pandemic-Craig-DiLouie-ebook/dp/B00GQOG166/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1384898808&sr=8-7&keywords=dilouie

 

Your promo links.

http://craigdilouie.com/books/the-retreat/

 

Your short Bio.

Craig DiLouie is the author of TOOTH AND NAIL, THE INFECTION and THE KILLING FLOOR. Joe McKinney is the author of DEAD CITY, FLESH EATERS and THE SAVAGE DEAD. Stephen Knight is the author of THE GATHERING DEAD, THE RISING HORDE and EARTHFALL.

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Spotlight On: Suzi M

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Suzi M

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

I have a story called ‘Blood in the Water’ included in the Wrapped in Red anthology. As the title suggests, it’s horror and vampiric.

 

Quick description of it.

A bit of vampire, a bit of Cthulhu.

 

Something unique about it.

It’s a new twist on Cthulhu and vampires, one not previously explored.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Wrapped-Red-Thirteen-Vampiric-Horror-ebook/dp/B00G8KCRLG/ref=la_B003TTLGP2_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384362256&sr=1-1

 

Your promo links.

http://www.amazon.com/Suzi-M/e/B003TTLGP2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

Your short Bio.

Suzi M writes for fun and occasionally profit. The Immortal War Series – comprised of NEMESIS, LAMIA, and THE TOWER – can be found in both print and Kindle formats.

Currently, Suzi is working on a several new projects and has released an anthology containing stories by all of her pseudonyms titled Apocrypha of the Apocalypse.

When not busy with her own work or getting pictures and autographs of people who recognize her on the street, Suzi helps support the efforts of independent artists, writers, musicians, and film-makers.

You can follow her on Twitter @xirconnia or join the Suzi M Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/SuziMOfficial

“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: Tim Baker

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Tim Baker

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Dying Days: Siege 2

Zombie/Horror

 

Quick description of it.

Siege 2 is the sequel to “Dying Days: The Siege of European Village”. It follows a small band of survivors in their efforts to find a safe haven from the never ending zombie hordes.

 

Something unique about it.

Siege 2 was co-written by Armand Rosamilia and me. The story focuses on 4 main characters. Two from Armand’s Dying Days series (Darlene Bobich & John Murphy) and two from my own series of thrillers (Ike & Brewski). In so doing, Armand and I combined the respective worlds of our existing books into one.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Kindle

Paperback

 

Your promo links.

Website: www.blindoggbooks.com

Blog: http://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/

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

Twitter: @blindoggbooks

 

Your short Bio.

Tim Baker was born and raised in Rhode Island, where he lived until moving to Florida in 2006. He has written 6 novels and co-written 2 zombie novellas. He is an avid dog lover, a motorcycle enthusiast and a proud member of Red Sox Nation!

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Spotlight On: Mark Tufo

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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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Spotlight On: R.S. Novelle

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is a paranormal suspense story called Reflections.

 

Quick description of it.

Graham had a simple life: A job he enjoyed, a wife that he loved, and a young son that kept each and every day full of surprises. But when his father passed away unexpectedly, he inherited a family heirloom that would begin to…complicate matters.

A mirror that had been in his family for generations, Graham quickly found that its reflections were out of the ordinary, and that it had prophetic powers beyond his comprehension. Giving him just a momentary glance at souls who were on the knife’s edge of life and death, it was up to him to try to save them as they were thrust unknowingly into his path.

Finding a way to balance his daily life with this newfound responsibility was proving arduous enough, but when the mirror begins showing him reflections of his own family, Graham finds his world irretrievably changed. Will he be able to save them, or will he be forced to live with the same regret that so many have suffered before him?

 

Something unique about it.

This book isn’t so much about fighting an outside force, like a lot of other paranormal books. It’s a book that uses the paranormal as a way to highlight an internal struggle within the main character, so it’s very psychological as well, which I think some readers may really like. It’s a crossroads that many of us have arrived to at some point in our lives.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAG2ZBK

 

Your promo links.

Website: www.RSNovelle.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/R.S.-Novelle/e/B00EWLOKIG

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RSNovelle

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RS_Novelle

 

Your short Bio.

Formerly a freelance journalism, Novelle has found placement of 75 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.

In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes psychological thrillers, suspense, paranormal fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, chick lit, and new adult.

Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you meant to be.

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Spotlight On: Mark Onspaugh

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Mark Onspaugh

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

THE FACELESS ONE – Horror or dark fantasy

 

Quick description of it. 

An ancient and malevolent god escapes – the only one with the knowledge to stop it is a former shaman languishing in an old age home.

 

Something unique about it.  

The shaman is Tlingit, a tribe of the Pacific Northwest that few people know about.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.randomhouse.com/book/232235/the-faceless-one-by-mark-onspaugh

 

Your promo links. 

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6hHJToc0WA

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mark-Onspaugh/169861423179330

Website: www.markonspaugh.com

 

Your short Bio.

Mark Onspaugh is a California native and the author of over forty published short stories.  He studied psychology at UCLA and worked with exotic animals in MoorparkCollege’s Exotic Animal Training and Management program.  He learned techniques of special effects makeup from artists like Thomas R. Burman, Rick Baker and Rob Bottin and studied improv comedy with the Groundlings.  Mark has also written for film and television.  He currently lives in Cambria, California with his wife and three peculiar cats. His first novel, THE FACELESS ONE, has been published by Random House under its Hydra imprint.

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Spotlight On: Belinda Frisch

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Belinda Frisch

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is FATAL REACTION, a mystery with a medical thriller twist.

 

Quick description of it.

Those trained to save lives might be the most skilled at taking them.

Paramedic Anneliese Ashmore’s routine shift takes a startling turn when she answers the call she was never meant to hear–a call to a crime scene where her sister, Sydney, is the victim of an overdose suicide.

The evidence says otherwise.

In the midst of a heated divorce, motive implicates Sydney’s soon-to-be ex-husband. While the police focus on the single lead, Ana makes her own discovery.

A chain of e-mails between Sydney and her surgeon’s office sets Ana on a search for answers about her sister’s recent diagnosis and the life-altering treatment that saved her. The body count rises as Ana closes in on the truth and on the man of her dreams.

With the help of Dr. Jared Monroe, an unhappily married physician with a bit of a crush, Ana uncovers a ring of greed and corruption and exposes the fact that Sydney’s medical treatment may have been the catalyst for her murder.

Unfortunately for Ana, she may be next.

 

Something unique about it.

FATAL REACTION combines the mystery, medical thriller, and romance genres and involves a cutting-edge transplant procedure not yet routinely performed. Fans of Robin Cook and Kathy Reichs, or CSI and House, should love this one.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GO4P8EY

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GO4P8EY/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_u3IHsb10MA280

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fatal-reaction-belinda-frisch/1117398213?ean=2940148979999

 

Your promo links.

Blogger: http://belindaf.blogspot.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belinda-Frisch/141198302620359

Twitter: @B_Frisch

 

Your short Bio.

After fifteen years of working in healthcare, Belinda Frisch’s stories can’t help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, she is a storyteller at heart, and has been writing since her teens. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War. She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer’s Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition. Her novel, CURE, is the runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival and was optioned, early on, for film. She is the author of DEAD SPELL, CRISISHOSPITAL, CURE, AFTERBIRTH, and FATAL REACTION. She resides in upstate New York with her husband, son, and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

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Armand Rosamilia

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?Keyport Cthulhu. Horror.

Quick description: “The painting forced him to move back with such suddenness, he nearly fell over the side of the old wooden railing. It depicted a grizzly scene, as if your worst nightmare had been splattered on canvas. Despite his mind screaming to look away, he could not avert his eyes” – Ancient

Keyport Cthulhu

Five stories with a Lovecraftian feel to them… set in the New Jersey fishing village of Keyport, where the Esoteric Order of Dagon has been planning for the awakening of the Deep One all these years…

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Includes two bonus stories, the steampunk tale Rats In The Cellars and Cthulhunicorn co-written with Katelynn Rosamilia

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Brief biography:
Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not watching…

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Spotlight On: Anna Zaires

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Anna Zaires

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Close Remembrance (The Krinar Chronicles: Volume 3). SciFi Erotic Romance.

 

Quick description of it.

The third book in the Krinar Chronicles series.

When a ruthless enemy finally strikes, Mia and Korum will face the biggest test of their relationship yet. But it’s Korum’s own secrets that may ultimately tear them apart.

From the beaches of Costa Rica to a planet in a distant galaxy, theirs is a love story that may change the world . 

 

Something unique about it.

It’s an alien love story unlike any other. The Krinar, an advanced civilization from another galaxy, have come to Earth to co-exist with humans in relative peace. The kicker?  The reason they look like us is because they planted life on Earth and guided human evolution.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Close Remembrance is the third book in the series, and the books must be read in order since they follow the same characters. Luckily, Close Liaisons (book 1) is currently available FREE. Here are the links to it:

http://www.amazon.com/Close-Liaisons-Krinar-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B009MNXWMO/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/close-liaisons-anna-zaires/1113865569?ean=2940044415393

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/close-liaisons/id593202903?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-closeliaisonsthekrinarchroniclesvolume1-1040139-139.html

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Anna_Zaires_Close_Liaisons_The_Krinar_Chronicles_V?id=xm6XX1_I8zAC

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/close-liaisons

https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/anna-zaires/close-liaisons-the-krinar-chronicles-volume-1/_/R-400000000000000964864

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/276088

 

Your promo links.

www.annazaires.com

https://www.facebook.com/author.annazaires

https://twitter.com/AnnaZaires

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6550220.Anna_Zaires

 

Your short Bio.

Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

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Guest Post: Candy Ann Little

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Writing in Different Genres

Many writers ask if they should write in the same genre or if they can branch out and write in different ones. I’m not sure why authors feel the need to be associated with only one particular genre? And, I’m in no way an authority in this subject. I just feel that if you have a story inside you, tell it. What is wrong with writing a story because it’s not the romance, fantasy, sci-fi, horror or mystery that you usually write?

 

Do professors in the writing course tell college students this? Maybe it comes from publishing houses and agents. Perhaps, it is just insecure feelings that lead authors to believe they can only write in one genre. I believe in the past this was more of the norm. However, indie publishing has revolutionized this notion.

 

As authors we have the ability to write and publish whatever we want. So I say, cut loose, and write that story that is churning in your head. Bring those characters to life and forgot that it isn’t your usual genre. Multiple genre writing is the new black!!

 

Indie authors aren’t the only ones doing it either. There are big name authors writing different genres. Nora Roberts is well known for romances, but she’s equally known for her grittier mystery/ thriller novels as J.D. Rob. Look at J.K. Rowling, she wrote an adult romance and a mystery after being known as a YA fantasy author. (I know it’s been debated that these two books aren’t good, but that’s a whole different post.)

 

As for me, well, I guess I don’t really care what the writing industry has to say. I have always written from my heart. If the story is rolling around my head and the characters are talking to me, then I write it. I like reading different genres so why should I be limited to only writing one?

 

I have written in 3 genres to date. The Unwilling Bride is a Christian, historical romance. Unforgiving Ghosts is a Christian, contemporary romance. Then, I wrote Death by broken heart, a mainstream cozy mystery novella, which leads to this new full length mystery novel, Murder of an Oil Heiress.  I am also working on a YA book and have an idea for a horror story, but both will be far down the writing path.

 

The point is I don’t hold to the write in only one genre. Quite honestly, if I did, I’d only have one book!! I feel being true to me is more important. Is it harder to write so many genres? I’ve never had much of a problem, but my brain is always going in different directions. I’m the type of person to take bunny trails when talking to people. I will be on one subject, then get sidetracked with another story and circle it back around to the original subject I was telling.

 

Not only are my book genres different, so are my publishing genres. My romances have Christian elements, whereas my mysteries are more mainstream. Yet I’m confident in both categories that I write.

 

So what is stopping you from writing in a different genre?

 

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Spotlight On: Julianne Snow

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Julianne Snow

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Glimpses of the Undead and it’s a short story collection. The overriding genre is Horror – undead horror, but there are aspects of comedic horror and a little romance thrown in for good measure!

 

Quick description of it.

From the mind of Julianne Snow comes an undead collection of stories that feature the gamut of emotions and situations. Presented in flash fiction and short stories, the tales are sure to leave you wanting more and checking over your shoulder.

How would a group of children handle an uprising of the undead? What would you do to save a loved one only to find out that you’re facing a different threat altogether? How would a country react to a timely warning at the end of a war? What happens when a vampiric Romeo hits on an unsuspecting human? In a world where the undead are common place and protected, what happens when speed dating produces a love match?

 

Something unique about it.

There are two stories, actually three now that I think about it, that I would like to make into larger works. While the short fiction works, I think the longer pieces would be just that much more awesome!

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon: US, UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, India, Australia

Smashwords

The print issue is coming soon!

 

Your promo links.

Twitter: @CdnZmbiRytr

Facebook: Julianne Snow

FB Fan Page: Julianne Snow, Author

Amazon Author Page: Julianne Snow

Blogs: Days with the Undead & The FlipSide of Julianne

Zombieholics Anonymous: Facebook, Twitter, & Website

 

Your short Bio.

Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series and the founder of Zombieholics Anonymous. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction, has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, SAD House Press, Open Casket Press, 7DS Books, James Ward Kirk Publishing, Coffin Hop Press and Hazardous Press with many shorts to be released soon.

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Spotlight On: TW Brown

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SPOTLIGHT ON: TW Brown

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

I actually have 3. One on September 30th, One on October 30th, and one on November 30th. In that order they are Dead: Reborn (Book 7 of the DEAD series); Zomblog: Snoe’s Journey (Book 6 of the Zomblog series); and That Ghoul Ava Kicks Some Faerie A** (Book 2 of the That Ghoul Ava series).

The first two are zombie, but Ava is my foray into horror/comedy.

 

Quick description of it.

The DEAD series is a character heavy series with three rotating chapters: Steve, The Geeks, and Vignettes. It is character driven and book 7 is a year into the apocalypse.

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Zomblog: Snoe’s Journey is the final Zomblog story and is a journal written by the daughter of the main characters from the original trilogy set almost 20 years post-apoc.

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And Ava, well…she is just fun…full of 80s references and sarcasm.

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Something unique about it.

The DEAD series is probably one of the most character-heavy zombie series out there. I wanted to give fans of the genre something with more emphasis on character development than the rip-and-tear.

Zomblog: Snoe’s Journey is 20 years later. This gives a peek at a world well after the dead started showing up at peoples’ doors.

And Ava…again, she is sort of snarky, very stuck in her 80s ways, and she eats dead people.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/DEAD-Reborn-ebook/dp/B00FIVEIJU

http://www.amazon.com/Zomblog-Snoes-Journey-TW-Brown-ebook/dp/B00GAP6RNI/

http://www.amazon.com/That-Ghoul-Queen-Zombies-ebook/dp/B00C4NO7ZA/

 

Your promo links.

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/TW-Brown/e/B00363NQI6/

My Blog: http://twbrown.blogspot.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-TW-Brown/

 

Your short Bio.

Welcome to MY world…

A few minutes with author TW Brown.

Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest with my wife Denise, a Border Collie named Aoife (pronounced EYE-fa), a guitar collection, and an increasing number of aquariums sporting a variety of fish (cichlids are my new favorites), I live for football season when I can cheer on the Oregon Ducks and be disappointed by my Seattle Seahawks once again. I am a fan of Cookie Monster, KISS, and Dr. Who (along with most things British).