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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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The Zombies Are Coming!

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The history of zombies extend back to Haitian Voodoo folklore.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “zombie” first appeared in English around 1810 when historian Robert Southey mentioned it in his book “History of Brazil.” But this “Zombi” was not the familiar brain-eating manlike monstrosity but instead a West African deity. The word later came to suggest the vital, human force leaving the shell of a body, and ultimately a creature human in form but lacking the self-awareness, intelligence, and a soul. It was imported to Haiti and elsewhere from Africa through the slave trade. (http://www.livescience.com/23892-zombies-real-facts.html)

It’s through film that we, through a few generations, have become fancied with the idea of The Walking Dead covers_0zombies. And why not? They’re scary, grotesque, they rely on brains for sustenance and in recent years with zombie advances in such films as “Dawn of the Dead” (2004) the classic Romero remake directed…

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Guest Post: Pamela K. Kinney

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Before I wrote this fictional horror tale in Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness, “Let Demon Dogs Lie,” it began Hell life as a mere slip of a legend set in the mountain town of Valle Crucis, North Carolina, about a demon dog seen on Highway 194, near a church. The small town takes its name, which is Latin for “Valley of the Cross” from the two streams which meet at right angles in the middle of the valley. There is a stone church off Highway 194, where a dog from the very pit of Hell stalks among the tombstones of the cemetery connected to the church. To escape this beast, you must reach the bridge where below it, the streams meet in a cross. Maybe this is the liquid version of a crossroads? It makes one wonder.

With Halloween being my favorite time of the year, I knew this story about my two characters had to take place around this scary time. Add a dash of costumes due to a party, a late-night road trip for home, and a wife excited about legends of North Carolina she had heard at the party, particularly one about a demon dog, and walla!, “Let Demon Dogs Lie” was born.

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From the fiery abyss of the underworld comes 20 hellish tales from the south and southwest. Within these charred pages are stories that will introduce you to the many demons that stay hidden but are always nearby…

 

20 authors provide stories of possessed people, objects, houses, highways, and the devil’s favorite playground – the forest.

 

Dare to meet Deidless, a demon who is a buyer of souls. Discover what kind of demons men can summon. Read of battles between good and evil. Learn of ancient artifacts and stones that crave sacrifice. Finally, become acquainted with legions of evil.

 

Again, we invite you, sit back, dim the lights, and prepare yourself to meet the devils in the darkness.

 

Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness is the next installment in the exciting anthology series that began with Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us.

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Guest Post: Alexander S. Brown

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My story, Attachment, in Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness was inspired by multiple subjects.  For the lead character Tina, I had, at the time of writing this story, befriended a few people who were sensitive to spirits.  While speaking to these individuals, I discovered, in most cases, they would receive visions in the form of flashes or symbols.  They noted on a rare occasion, they could actually see a scene from the past play before them, like it was a movie.

The two innkeepers in Attachment, have names where if they are combined, the name would be similar to the actual possessed establishment which I wrote about.  The location name in my story was changed to protect the property. 

With characters aside, I decided to place my story in December as that month brings many joyous gatherings for numerous religions.  It is also a time where many folklorist tales can cause chills to ravish a person. 

Predating Christianity, the month of December is one filled with many superstitions regarding demons.  Even in the middle ages, folklore was popular that St. Nicholas would ride a white horse giving presents to those children who were nice.  During this same time, folklore stated that St. Nicholas would be accompanied with demons.  For the children who were naughty, they had to suffer at the hands of the demons to atone for their misbehaving.  Since Attachment, is a demonic story, December felt suitable for its setting.

The houses featured in Attachment, are actual houses and the history of the homes that the reader learns about is true.  The homes that I wrote about were used as grounds for satanic sacrifice.  Psychics have investigated the property and said that not only are the houses and land possessed, but the entire street is possessed.  I had learned about this location when I participated in a ghost tour and the stories shared that cold night were tales that frightened me for many evenings to come.

The subject matter of the story regards the fact that if a person explores a possessed area, they have the chance of being possessed by the demon or demons of that location.  Signs of possession might not become noticeable until that person has returned home, making the demonic entity no different than a parasite. 

As always, my story is one of good versus evil.  But I will not tell you which side wins.  You will have to read Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness for yourself to find out. And on that note, Ghost Story Lover, I bid you a safe farewell and I advise you to read Southern Haunts in the daylight.

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From the fiery abyss of the underworld comes 20 hellish tales from the south and southwest. Within these charred pages are stories that will introduce you to the many demons that stay hidden but are always nearby…

 

20 authors provide stories of possessed people, objects, houses, highways, and the devil’s favorite playground – the forest.

 

Dare to meet Deidless, a demon who is a buyer of souls. Discover what kind of demons men can summon. Read of battles between good and evil. Learn of ancient artifacts and stones that crave sacrifice. Finally, become acquainted with legions of evil.

 

Again, we invite you, sit back, dim the lights, and prepare yourself to meet the devils in the darkness.

 

Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness is the next installment in the exciting anthology series that began with Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us.

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Don’t Believe Your Own Hype

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Open letter (OK, blog post, get off my case) to Myself today from Me three years ago… 

I’m damn proud of you. It is unreal how much you’ve accomplished and how many goals you set before you and have surpassed. If you’d said three years ago you’d have over 100 releases on Amazon, worked with some great small press companies, attended World Horror and other conventions not just in Florida but in many other places, had stories published in some great anthologies with other great authors, had a couple of your story ideas turned into upcoming movies, signed a thirteen book deal with a Hollywood production company, got on the actual radio to talk and play the songs you grew up with, met the woman of your dreams and STILL own the beat-up Kia AND it still started, I’d have laughed. 

All amazing things, and a ton more you’ve accomplished in the last 36 months or so. You got away from a horrible, mind-numbing relationship filled with daily fighting, jealousy over a potential writing career and following dreams you’ve had since you were twelve years old. You set many goals and keep setting goals, and you are easily in the best place you’ve ever been in your life. 

Pat yourself on the back, smile as you sip $20 a pound Death Wish Coffee and eat expensive meals in fancy restaurants and live comfortably in a big new house watching the 55 inch TV you bought with some of your earnings over the 36 months. Pat that growing belly, filled with that expensive food and coffee, and keep smiling. 

And then…

Stop acting like a Big Shot, because you haven’t written a damn word in the last three days and your daily writing goal of 2,000 words a day is kicking your ass. When is the last time you actually hit the goal, or hit it feeling good and not just relieved you actually made it but dreading what tomorrow was going to bring?

When was the last time you actually shut Facebook off or didn’t answer an e-mail immediately? How many Pinterest and New MySpace followers do you actually need? Is breaking 70,000 Twitter followers really more important than writing today? Right now?

Remember Joe McKinney at World Horror Convention? While you drank and laughed with a bar filled with other authors, Joe was upstairs in his hotel room writing. Yep, working. Why? Because he gets it. You have a deadline, remember? Which is now getting closer and closer. 

Sure, you finished Dying Days 4. It only took you about 14 months since Dying Days 3 was released, which you swore wasn’t going to happen. God forbid you start on Dying Days 5, right? By the time that comes out Mark Tufo will be on Zombie Fallout 19

So… sit back and Google your name again and read another wonderful review about a release you wrote two years ago. Enjoy the praise from your many, many followers and your peers in the writing world. 

Who, if they are better than you, got that way because they don’t stop writing and doing the important things, the top three…

1. write

2. write

3. write

Now, shut up and turn off the damn internet and get in your work before you check your Amazon sales for the fifth time today. 

Armand Rosamilia

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Armand Rosamilia – an update on the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014!

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Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Armand Rosamilia is here to tell us of a Zombie Extravaganza running through the entire month of June! As well as Armand, other previously featured authors on Reading Recommendations include Christine Verstraete, Chris Tucker, Tim Baker, Claire C Riley and Robert Chazz Chute (in July) who will be taking part in the Zombie Blog Tour 2014!

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Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 – June 1st through 30th!

Another summer, another rotting corpse! This year’s month-long event brings you 33 great zombie authors… Interviews, guest posts, teasers, prizes, cool swag and so much more!

Author Armand Rosamilia, Kirk Allmond, Shana Festa, Christine Verstraete, Jay Wilburn, Jack Wallen, Chuck Ingersoll, Chris Tucker, Timothy Baker, Claire Riley, T.W. Piperbrook, Stevie Kopas, Melanie Karsak, Rhonda Parrish, Shawn Chesser, Erik Gustafson, Stephen Kozeniewski, Mark Tufo, Julianne Snow, Bryan Cassiday, Todd Brown, Sarah Lyons Fleming, Thomas M. Malafarina-Author, Ian McClellan, Robert Chazz…

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Guest Post: Judy Serrano

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Ivy Vines, has a few things to say to the author after book one of her series was completed.

So, Mrs. Serrano, what made you decide to make the setting of the book in Sedona Arizona?

For starters, Ivy, Sedona has these great vortex areas that are known for paranormal activity. Besides its intense beauty, I thought that a book about psychics or seers, as I call them, couldn’t take place anywhere else.

Well, I really can’t complain. It is a wonderful place to live. There is one thing that I would really like to know. Does Eli ever really fall in love with me?

That is a good question. Men like Eli are rarely open books. That is why good girls tend to fall for them. The temptation to fix them can be overwhelming.

Tell me something. Is there going to be a book two and will I stay with the man of my dreams?

Yes, Ivy, there is a book two and I can never really be sure where the protagonist is going to take me. It will ultimately be your decision.

Oh, I like that. I know I’m not supposed to ask, but will my son be okay?

I can honestly say that your son will have his day in the sun, (so to speak) in one of my future books. He will make his own way into the world. Just wait. You will see.

Do you have any advice for me as I embark on yet another journey?

The truth is that I don’t really write the books. I sit down at my MacBook and let my characters take me on their very own, personal journey. So, keep your head up, don’t loose sight of where you are in life, and love as hard as you can for as long as you can. You simply never know when the ride will be over.

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Moving to Sedona was the only way Ivy could think of to start over. She would meet her high school sweetheart and work on making things right between them. Her psychic abilities were gradually becoming a curse and she needed a new start. Little does she know that when she applies for a waitressing job at a local, upscale French bistro, she will come in contact with the dark and mysterious Eli Dubois. What she doesn’t realize is she has just walked into the middle of the Vortex Murders, which involve a great deal of paranormal activity. Elijah’s army of seers are being murdered, one by one, which seems to be magnifying Ivy’s special abilities. 

Eli’s best friend, Jake, arrives on the scene and reveals the secret that changes everything. With nowhere to turn, Ivy leans on the two men who offer her solace. And who is the old woman in the shroud? Is she a vision, a dream, or is she real? Only time will tell.

 

Author of The Easter’s Lilly Series and Linked

published by Black Rose Writing

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www.JudySerrano.com

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On the Undead, Killer Tattoos, and Midian

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Timothy Baker has been a busy, busy boy… #SummerZombie

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Just some updates of what’s been going on cuz I know you’re dying to know cuz I haven’t got in touch for a while and yeah I’m sorry but I’ve been busy take a breath so I’m gonna tell you hold your damn horses….

Since the release of my novel–

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“CHILLING”  “HAUNTING”  “SPIRITUAL”  “ZOMBIES”  “TASTES”  “GOOD”  “WRITTEN”  “VIVID”  “IMPRESSIVE”  “INTELLIGENT”  “BRAINS”  “ACTION”  “PACKED”  “STUNNING”  “LYRICAL”  “GROSSED”  “BURRO”  “TORTURE”  “BELABORING”  “GREATNESS!”

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–I’ve been very busy with the promotion of Hungry Ghosts, and to that purpose I’m going to be on tour with over thirty other zombie authors to chat all things undead! I’ll be hosting too, so watch for some guest authors stopping by here. Be sure to get your reservations for…

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STARRING:Armand Rosamilia, Kirk Allmond, Shana Festa, Christine Verstraete, Jay Wilburn

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The State of Horror Anthologies- SoH: Illinois & SoH: New Jersey (Charon Coin Press)

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Charon Coin Press Presents:

The State of Horror Anthologies- SoH: Illinois & SoH: New Jersey

 

On April 15th of this year, Charon Coin Press- brainchild of Editor Jerry Benns- announced the official acquisition of Rymfire Books’ State of Horror Anthologies (along with several other Rymfire Book previously-published works).

Before the Charon Coin Press’ acquisition, I had submitted stories for both SoH: Illinois & SoH: New Jersey through Rymfire. I was already excited about State of Horror, but CC Press taking over heightened my excitement. I know this Press will do a phenomenal job! It’s such an inspired idea to begin with also. Not only does it showcase the uniqueness of each state, it showcases the talent from each state. It’s a wonderful combination to take writers who are passionate- about a hometown, U.S. landmark, tourist destination, or particular town- and let that passion work in tandem with individual…

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When Your Family Doesn’t Support Your Writing

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Excuse me if this post gets a little rant-ish. Maybe you’ll relate to this, maybe you won’t. Maybe your family and friends are your personal cheerleaders. Or maybe your family told you to stop playing with your imaginary friends and get a job. Or maybe your family is like mine and happily supported you back when everyone thought you’d make it big, land a million-dollar publishing contract, and get a movie deal, but fell out of love with your writing once they realized that wasn’t going to happen.

Lack of support. This is a very painful topic, but it’s one I think it’s important to discuss. Writing is largely a solitary endeavor, often undertaken by introverts. But even though we’re introverts and we’ve decided to travel the often lonely path of the writer, we’re still human beings. We crave love, acceptance, and acknowledgement. We crave community, and who better to…

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Guest Post: Scott M. Sandridge

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By Scott M. Sandridge

 

The Fey love music. Okay, okay, they love all forms of art (well, most of them), but they love music. It’s as much a part of the Fey as the Fey are a part of nature. From ancient to modern, every genre you can think of, the Fey are a part of it. They play it, dance to it, revel in it, and some are even birthed by it.

 

And Heavy Metal is no exception. Indeed, Metal has spawned the most interesting Fey around. The following are just a few examples of the faeries currently known as the Heavy Metal Faeries:

 

Headbanger: A cross between a troll and satyr, this big horn-headed lug has a very thick skull, and he’s not afraid to use it to bash through brick walls. He loves the drums.

 

Nymphosiren: She’s hot, she can sing (or scream), and can kill you with sex. She’s also pretty good with knives and guns.

 

Axer: Don’t assume this music-loving Sidhe is frail. His guitar can slice off your head with ease.

 

Base Boy: He might look cute with his fluffy ears, but he can bash you into goo with his spiked club tail. He also plays a mean base.

 

Gratuitii: Creatures of various sizes and shapes, often female gender (but not always), they have a tendency to pop up from out of nowhere to then strip down to their birthday suits and start dancing for no discernible reason. And as quickly as they arrive, they disappear. On rare occasions, they have been known to get violent, but the majority of the time they’re just too drugged out to bother.

 

But are these faeries Seelie, Unseelie, or something else? Ask any two among them, and you’ll get five different answers. In many ways they have transcended the stifling ancient labels that have long plagued their ancestors, even to the point of creating their own culture and language outside the two common Courts. And as far as they’re concerned, they’re the only cool Fey around. All the rest of their kin just plain suck.

 

They also throw the wildest parties. Just sayin.’ 😉

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A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court

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About the Editor: Scott M. Sandridge is a writer, editor, freedom fighter, and all-around trouble-maker. His latest works as an editor include the Seventh Star Press anthologies Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, and the two volumes of A Chimerical World, Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.

 

Book Synopsis Tales of the Seelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the first volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Seelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “good” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Seelie Court, from authors both established and new, including George S. Walker, Eric Garrison, and Alexandra Christian.

 

But be warned: these faeries are nothing like Tinker Bell.

 

Stories Included in Tales of the Seelie Court:

 

“Extra-Ordinary” by BC Brown

“Dead Fairy Doormat” by George S. Walker

“Taggers” by Christine Morgan

“Wormwood” by Alexandra Christian

“The Harpist’s Hand” by Steven S. Long

“Sanae’s Garden” by Chantal Boudreau

“Mark of Ruins” by SD Grimm.

“Birdie’s Life at the School for Distressed Young Ladies” by JH Fleming

“Cultivated Hope” by Jordan Phelps

“Seelie Goose” by Eric Garrison

“I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” by Brandon Black

“The Body Electric” by Sarah Madsen.

“The Last Mission” by Cindy Koepp.

“The Beggar-Knight & the Lady Perilous”

by Matthew A. Timmins.

“The Filigreed Lamp” by Edward Ahern.

“Keys” by Michael M. Jones

“Like a Sister in the Proper Court” by Lisa Hawkridge

“Gnome Games” by Saera Corvin

“The Goat Man’s Garden” by Marten Hoyle

 

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

Book Synopsis Tales of the Unseelie Court: The Fey have been with us since the beginning, sometimes to our great joy but often to our detriment. Usually divided (at least by us silly humans) into two courts, the second volume of A Chimerical World focuses on the Unseelie Court: the court we humans seem to view as the “evil” faeries. But “good” and “evil” are human concepts and as alien to the Fey as their mindsets are to us.

Inside you will find 19 stories that delve into the world of the faeries of the Unseelie Court, from authors both established and new, including Michael Shimek, Deedee Davies, and Nick Bryan.

 

But don’t be surprised if these faeries decide to play with their food.

 

Stories included in Tales of the Unseelie Court:

 

“In Plain Sight” by Rebecca Leo

“The Wunderhorn” by David Turnbull

“Treehouse” by Kim Smith

“I’ll Watch Over You” by Angeline Trevena

“The Enemy of my Enemy” by Deedee Davies.

“Maestro” by Nicholas Paschall

“Prey of the Boggart” by Rony Blechman.

“Fear of Little Men” by Mike Pieloor..

“Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” by Carmen Tudor..

“Gifts” by Michael Shimek..

“Djinn and Tonic” by S. Clayton Rhodes

“The Bet” by Jodi Ralston…

“The Fool and his Money” by Nick Bryan

“The Yielding” by J. A. Ironside.

“The Tamer of Beasts” by Doug Blakeslee..

“The Last Sword of Barrow Thorns” by Matthew A. Timmins

“The Rose and the Dragon” by Steven S. Long

“The Brothers Doran” by John A. McColley

“Wonderland” by Stephanie Jessop

 

Be sure to also see A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court, for more tales of the Fey!

 

 

Editor Links:

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/scottmsandridge

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/smsandwrites

 

Website/Blog:

http://smsand.wordpress.com

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5772749-scott-sandridge

Amazon Links for Tales of the Seelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court/dp/1937929477

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Seelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTMAO

Amazon Links for Tales of the Unseelie Court

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court/dp/1937929493

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/Chimerical-World-Tales-Unseelie-Court-ebook/dp/B00IAHTVSC

Writing: Tics and traps to consider

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I used ‘all hell broke loose’ and ‘suddenly’ in Dying Days 4, which Robert was kind enough to read and blurb. Now he’s using it against me. Nice move.

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We all have tics in our writing that show up as we revise our manuscripts. I think it was Elmore Leonard who said we shouldn’t use, “all hell broke loose,” and “suddenly.” I actually don’t see a problem with suddenly, but because Elmore Leonard didn’t like it, I’m too chicken to use it. I also think adverbs get a bad rap, though I use them sparingly.

Here are some more things that get repeated in manuscripts you should consider leaving out for a faster, easier and clearer read.

1. When you can say it in fewer words, do so. (General guideline. No, this doesn’t mean all novels should be reduced to their three-paragraph summaries. Yes, we’d all be better read, but it’s about the journey.)

2. When you can use a simpler word instead of an unfamiliar one, consider that. I use some Latin and unusual words in This Plague of…

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Guest Post: AshleyRose Sullivan

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Guest Post from AshleyRose Sullivan, author of Awesome Jones: A Superhero Fairy Tale

 

Awesome Jones is a blend of comic and novel. It’s the story of two regular people trying to navigate live, work, and dinner in the midst of a superhero world–until everything begins to unravel. Featuring art–photos, postcards, newspaper clippings–snippets from the characters’ life together. The formatting mimics the look of comic books with blocky, un-indented paragraphs and un-tagged, indented dialogue. My aim is that whether you’re a long-time comics fan or you’ve never paged through a single issue, you’ll be able to jump into the story and read about Awesome Jones, Lona Chang and Arc City without hesitation.

 

A lot of people ask me how I came up with the idea for Awesome Jones. The truth is, it was an accident. I had an idea about a completely average guy named Awesome Jones. I thought about him often enough that I eventually sat down and began writing. It started with a short story in a notebook. As Awesome’s story grew, I realized I was writing a novel. Now, several years later, it’s a published book and anyone in the world can take up residence in Arc City along with Awesome and Lona.

 

Synopsis:

The only thing Awesome Jones wants is to be a superhero. Until he falls in love.

Despite his colorful name, Awesome Jones is a painfully average man who dreams of being a superhero, just like the ones who patrol his city. It’s been that way since he was a little boy, raised by his grandfather after his parents’ death.

The day Jones starts his new job as a file clerk at Akai Printing Company he meets secretary Lona Chang and everything changes. Lona sees something in Jones that no one ever has and the two quickly become inseparable. But when the perfect pair’s domestic bliss is threatened by a super-powered secret from the past, Awesome Jones has to make a choice. He must decide whether he should play it safe or find the strength to live up to his name and risk everything he’s come to love to save the day like he always dreamed.

 

This superhero novel is more than just a comic book in prose—it’s a fairytale for adults.

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AUTHOR LINKS:

website:

http://www.ashleyrosesullivan.com

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ashleyrosesullivan

GoodReads page:

https://www.goodreads.com/AshleyRose

Twitter:

@MyYearOStarTrek

 

AWESOME JONES BUY LINKS:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J4UFT1C/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J4UFT1C/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/awesome-jones-ashleyrose-sullivan/1118944097?ean=9781937929565

 

Authors Supporting Our Troops comes to a (technical) end #ASOT2014

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Today is Thursday May 15th 2014, the cutoff date for the Authors Supporting Our Troops event started in mid-January. I had to set this date because, while the four months going have been awesome and the support overwhelming, it was beginning to overwhelm not only me but Special Gal and two rooms of the house. 

A fraction of this year's book donations.

When I began this venture (thanks to author Joe McKinney, who did a smaller version last year), I was hoping for 500 books to ship overseas. I got about five times that amount, and every day brought another box of books and more excitement as I opened the box, cataloged and photographed and posted the books on Facebook. 

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It also let me see how very cool and generous people could be as well. Authors and non-authors alike donated money to help with the shipping costs, many people purchased special shirts we made for the event, a great school did a fundraiser (thanks, Margie Colton!), Change Jar Books collected money and donated quite a bit (thanks Suzanne and Craig!), many many articles were written about the event online and in local papers, and the boxes of books didn’t seem like they’d ever stop coming. The mailman had less of a smile for me each day when he rang the doorbell. I’m sure he’ll be the happiest to know the event is technically over. 

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I say technically because tomorrow, when another box shows up, I won’t reject it or throw it in the trash. I still have quite a few boxes left to ship out overseas to troops in need, and mail 4 or 5 of them out each week (each box contains about 50 books). I still have over 25 boxes left to ship over the next few weeks, and as long as books keep coming in I will keep boxing them up and finding another soldier who wants them. 

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So, how’d we do?

Not counting the 59 books I added to the boxes myself, we ended with 2,446 books from 310 authors… that’s an average of 7.9 books per author, which is amazing in itself. I am going to add an additional 54 of my own books to hit an even 2,500 books for the event. And fill the rest of the boxes I have here, too. 

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Now, here is some of the fun breakdowns I did today for this… not very scientific and if I forgot something… too bad. This is just me having some fun with the ending of the #ASOT2014 event. I’ll also make some 2015 goals so I can see if we break them in 2015

1. We sold 293 #ASOT2014 shirts in 7 different color variations. Obvious goal for 2015 will be 300 shirts and at least 10 colors

2. Books came in from 45 of the 50 States (I won’t list the 5 that didn’t send a book) – in 2015 I hope to hit all 50

3. 13 boxes came in from non-US places, which was pretty cool – in 2015 I hope we break 15

4. The top States we got books from (by number of authors, not books – that would take too long to do and I’m too lazy):

Florida – 37

California – 29

Texas – 17

New York – 17

North Carolina – 15

Massachusetts – 12

New Jersey – 12

Virginia – 12

Illinois – 10

Pennsylvania – 9

Oregon – 8

Connecticut – 7

and so on and so forth… 

Where do we go from here?

I’m excited to keep collecting books all year, so feel free to keep sending them. There is a permanent Facebook group to keep track as more books come in and more information is present. Officially, on January 1st 2015, we will begin the event again until May 1st 2015 with the goal of breaking this year’s numbers. Several publishers have already been in contact about offering up many of their titles and Rocky Wood, President of the Horror Writer’s Association, asked me personally to contact him before the event so that the HWA could get 100% behind this from the start in 2015. Another reason I am honored to be a voting member of the HWA. 

It has been fun, it has been exhausting, and I’ve been yelled at many times in the past four months by Special Gal every time I drool at the cover of a book I want to keep. 

I couldn’t have done this without so many generous authors, and I’d love to thank each and every one of you for helping the troops who can’t get e-readers, laptops, video games, etc. easily and are in horrible parts of a hostile country, get a few hours of respite with a good book. 

I’m proud to have started what I hope will be a yearly event until every one of our soldiers returns home… carrying one of our books in his pack because it got him or her through a rough night. 

Armand

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FanBoy Moment: Meeting Brian Keene at WHC

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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

Announcement – State of Horror: New Jersey Story List

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Announcement – State of Horror: New Jersey Story List

State of Horror: New Jersey lineup!

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StateofHorror_NewJersey In January 2014, State of Horror: New Jersey became the first rereleased anthology to be selected as part of the State of Horror series relaunch. State of Horror: New Jersey  was previously released by Rymfire Books and contained seven stories. In the relaunch, it once again opened for submissions adding six new stories, and a brand new story from series creator Armand Rosamilia, to the previous stories. The original release contained horrific tales from authors Scott M. Goriscak, Diane Arrelle, T. Fox Dunham, C.I. Kemp, Christina Jensen , and Blaze McRob .  In the new release, we will be adding several great authors to the list.

The selection process was difficult. So many well written terrifying stories were submitted. The challenge was finding the stories that blended well with the previous stories to create a well-paced collection of tales. As I look through the list at each of the selected authors…

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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?

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Please leave a review! Now!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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If not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it made…

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Helpful Mother’s Day Advice plus what’s tiring me out in publishing this week

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More advice from Robery Chazz Chute #writing

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At the end of this post, we’re going to find the happy. You’ll feel the height and breadth of the contrast to the rest of the article when we bring this post in for a landing. Also, at the bottom, you’ll get some excellent Mother’s Day advice. Now, here’s ten things that suck:

1. Relentless Facebook group “marketing.”

How can I miss you if you don’t go away? Spread that stuff out! Give me some space instead of pummeling me with spam. I am begging you.

2. Publishing gurus saying (smugly) that ebook sales are slowing down.

Slowing down from a rocket launch still gets us to high orbit. Nobody said we’d grow 800% every year. Slow down from that a bit and the growth curve still exceeds any reasonable expectations. E-publishing is a young industry and it’s doing great.

3. Certain players in traditional publishing complaining about Amazon’s “monopoly.”

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New #AmazonCart Hashtag to Drive Amazon Sales thru Twitter

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#AmazonCart to buy books!

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When I logged into Author Central this morning, I saw an announcement for a new feature called AmazonCart. If you visit Author Central, you can find the announcement there.

https://authorcentral.amazon.com

The new AmazonCart feature works with Twitter:

  • If a Twitter user receives a tweet with a link to an Amazon product, the customer can reply to the tweet adding the #AmazonCart hashtag.
  • If they have connected their Twitter accounts to Amazon, replying to the tweet with the AmazonCart hashtag will add the product from the tweet to their cart at Amazon.
  • At their convenience, the product will be waiting in the cart at checkout at Amazon.

The new #AmazonCart hashtag will start working Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Authors

What do you have to do to take advantage of this?

Nothing, really:

  • All you need to do is periodically tweet with a link to your book in the message.
  • Customers…

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Suspended In Dusk Author Interview: Armand Rosamilia

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Armand Rosamilia Interview for my “Suspended In Dusk” anthology

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Hey folks.

Over the next month or so I hope to bring you some short interviews with some of the fantastic authors whose stories feature in the forthcoming Suspended in Dusk anthology.   I encourage you to check out these authors and their other work and hook up with the on social media. You won’t be disappointed!

Without further ado, please meet the totally awesome Armand Rosamilia.

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  • Tell me a bit about yourself, where are you from and what brought you into writing? What drives you to continue writing? 

I’m a New Jersey boy (44 years old) living in sunny Florida. I write full-time and have many, many things on my plate at all times: author, radio DJ, podcaster, movie treatment writer, publisher, running the Authors Supporting Our Troops event, and a few more hats. I have a huge head, so it helps. Dean Koontz brought me into writing at…

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New Review of Brian Keene’s THE RISING

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Brian Keene’s “The Rising” is the reason I write zombie fiction

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In reviving my Is that an Old Book? review series, I wanted to take a moment to look at a novel that breathed new life into the horror genre at the beginning of the Twenty-First Century and succeeded in becoming a contemporary classic. Before proceeding, it’s worth mentioning the idea behind this review series—the original description is linked here, however, in short, the idea behind Is that an Old Book? is as follows: The Iliad is an old book. Hrafnkels Saga and Genesis are old books. A book published in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, is a new book, and reviewed as such.

First published in 2003, Brian Keene’s The Rising quickly became definitive for the renewal of what is popularly termed the ‘zombie craze’ in popular culture. While it may or may not be on the radar of those readers of the blog who aren’t horror fans, it is…

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Guest Post: Stephanie Joyce Cole

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Excerpt from Compass North by Stephanie Joyce Cole:

 

Meredith sat squeezed against the wall behind the wobbly table with the plastic checkerboard cover. She pushed the last bits of her hamburger bun around her plate. With the long drive finally over, they had stopped to eat at a trailer-turned-diner on the fringe of town.
“So, can we drop you someplace before we take off?” Evan waved to the waitress, motioning for the check.
She took a deep breath and ran her fingers along the pattern in the tablecloth. “Well, I’m not sure…um, I haven’t really decided where…” She looked up and saw Evan frowning at her.
“You don’t have a plan? No place at all to stay tonight?”
Meredith shook her head.
Jan bit at her lower lip and stared at her. “Gee, Meredith, we just assumed you had it all worked out. I wish we could offer you a place, but we’re couch surfing right now until we can get back into our old apartment.”
She saw Jan and Evan exchange anxious glances, and she felt a pang of shame. This wasn’t what they bargained for when they offered a stranger a ride. They didn’t expect to be responsible for me.
Meredith looked down at her hands. She took a deep breath. “I…guess I thought there might be a cheap hostel. I guess I just didn’t think…”
She didn’t have any plan. None at all. She’d hardly focused her thoughts except when the memory of the accident raged back into her head, and when that happened, the terror and pain were almost too much to bear. So she’d tried to smooth out her mind, just letting the hours pass, letting the fatigue and the strangeness of all this wash over her.
No plan. But something had changed now. This was all crazy, but she felt she was watching someone else, someone brand new sitting here in this rundown but cozy restaurant, and that new person was the one with no place to go. It was like play-acting, like being inside of someone else’s skin. Here was a new someone, who didn’t know where she was going to sleep tonight, but this new person wasn’t stumbling around, lost, dragging a huge, black bag of mistakes and bad decisions. She lifted her chin and stared out the window.
“Wait a minute.” Jan looked at Evan. “What about Auntie Rita? I saw her outside just a few minutes ago.” She turned back to Meredith. “She’s not really anyone’s aunt—at least as far as we know—but my mom always made me call her that. I know she’s got a bit of room. She was trying to rent out a spare room a while back, but she didn’t get any takers, I guess.” Jan shrugged.
Evan smirked. “Big surprise. No one wanted to live with Rita. How can that be?”
She glared and him and breathed an exasperated sigh. “Her place is out of town, but you should be able to get back tomorrow without too much of a problem. Rita drives in all the time.”
“Rita, really?” Evan gave a low whistle. “You’re really ready to go there, Jan? You know how she can be.”
Jan pointed her finger at Meredith. “Look, it’s past noon already, and she doesn’t have a clue about where she’s going to sleep tonight. Rita likes me. Well, at least I think she does. I’m going to find her.”
Evan rolled his eyes up at the ceiling. “Rita…jeez…”
Meredith sipped her coffee and stared out the window. She tried to keep her thoughts steady. Now what? She did need a place to stay. She needed to be in a place where her new self might exist, just for a little while. She didn’t want this new Meredith to disappear, not yet.
Puffs of dust bloomed as a brisk, stinging wind whipped at the loose dirt in the parking lot. It was only late September, but the few people outside wore gloves and hats pulled down snug over their ears. Just beyond the rough lot, a greenish-black wall of spruce trees huddled close, their thick boughs knocking and bouncing in the wind. And behind them the tops of jagged and fierce peaks seemingly leaned forward, looming over the spruce. The wild world pushed back here, refusing to let the manmade world have the upper hand.
I am in a new place where I don’t exist. The old Meredith doesn’t exist here.

Title:   Compass North

Author:  Stephanie Joyce Cole

Published:  December 2013

Publisher:  Champagne Book Group

Word Count:  81,000

Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller

Content Warning:  Minor Violence

Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis: Meredith slips into a new identity and a new life in a small town in Alaska, she discovers it’s not that easy to leave behind the baggage from her past.
Set in the spectacular natural landscape of Southcentral Alaska,
COMPASS NORTH tracks an unexpected journey of personal reinvention.

Reeling from the sudden breakup of her disastrous marriage, Meredith barely escapes a freak accident in Alaska and is presumed dead. She stumbles into a new identity and a new life in a quirky small town. As new friendships grow, Meredith has to learn to trust in herself again.

When a romance with a local fisherman unexpectedly blossoms, Meredith’s secret jeopardizes her hopes for future happiness. And someone is searching for her, someone who will threaten Meredith’s dream of a reinvented life.

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About the Author:

Stephanie Joyce Cole lived for many decades in Alaska before she recently relocated to Seattle, WA, where she lives with her husband and a predatory but lovable Manx cat. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her goal is to write books that are both thought-provoking and entertaining, and that will carry readers into an adventure in small-town Alaska.

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