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Authors Supporting Our Troops 2015 #ASOT2015

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, Facebook, Horror Writers Association, HWA with tags , , , , on October 7, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia


Hard to believe we are only three months away from the official kickoff to the second year of Authors Supporting Our Troops. I figured now would be a good time to get everyone up to speed and explain the program again so I don’t have to spend so much time this year telling helpful people what we do and do not need to make this another successful year.

First off, we never really stopped collecting author-signed books, we just haven’t posted too much about it once the official end date of May 15th came and went. We collected 2,500 books from authors and publishers in the four months we promoted it. I think that is awesome.

Since then we’ve managed about 75 more books and sent out another shipment overseas to a soldier. the goal for 2015 is to break 3,000 books collected and shipped. We can only do that with your help.

So, what are we looking for?


Author-signed books.

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


Books only. 

While we know troops overseas could use new toothbrushes and soap and Dorito’s, we aren’t collecting them. Neither are we collecting eBooks and e-readers. Print books only. There are many other organizations who collect necessities for the troops, but we aren’t one of them. Our modest goal is to put 3,000+ print books into the hands of soldiers in remote areas of the world like Kuwait and Afghanistan. If a soldier is stationed in Germany or San Diego, they can easily buy a book or have access to TV, games, e-readers, etc. This event is for the men and women of the military who don’t have easy access to read. It’s something for their downtime between hostile situations.

A fraction of this year's book donations.

What genre(s) do you accept?

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


We ship through USPS.

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


Donations are accepted and welcome.

I am not a non-profit and we are not a business. We are a couple of people who want to help soldiers. We don’t go through the USO or have contact with military groups. I’ve never served in the military but Special Gal (the other half of the team) has a Godson, James, who is serving. it started because she wanted to send him books. This all comes out of our pocket less donations and sales of t-shirts (more on that below). As an example: 3,000 books shipped means about 60 boxes. At $25.00 each to ship. So about $1,500.00 is needed. That doesn’t include buying the shipping boxes and the stickers to place on the boxes. Any monetary donation is accepted and welcomed. We really do appreciate it.

James graduation from boot camp

ASOT2015 T-shirts.

Yes, we will be doing the shirts again in 2015. The first one or two will kick off on January 1st 2015 when the event officially begins. We’ll have several colors this year. We try to keep the price as low as we can so more people will buy them and represent. The small profit from the shirt sales goes towards the shipping cost. Last year over half of the shipping was paid for thanks to the shirt sales. We’ll also do like we did last year and post your picture in the shirt and probably do some prizes and whatnot for those helping us out.


Can you send books and/or donations now?

Of course. But the real fun will begin on January 1st 2015 when the event is officially open. Just send me an e-mail with ASOT2015 or something similar in the subject line asking about the information. I will not be putting my home address on this post or on Facebook. But I will respond as quickly as I can to any queries. if you have questions, contact me at


How else can you help?

By helping spread the word about the event. Even though we hit so many authors the last time around (about 325 or so) that is such a small blip of the writers and publishers out there. If you belong to an organization, let them know about it. I belong to the Horror Writers Association and President Rocky Wood stopped me at a convention and wanted to make sure the HWA was involved with getting me books. You can’t ask for a better comment than that. Ask your publisher to get in touch. Many of them sent us boxes of books last year, which was great.


What branch of the military do you send to?

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


How do you get the soldier’s addresses?

From you. Like we said, we don’t work with a company or the military. We rely on family and friends of soldiers overseas to get in touch with them to make sure they’re interested in handing out the books. Then we need their COMPLETE address (including their name and FPO) to ship to them. That’s it. The goal is 30 soldiers in 2015 or more.


What’s the Facebook address to stay in touch and see all the pictures? and also friend me on Facebook so I can tag you in any pictures we post anywhere on Facebook, too!

We’re hoping the Authors Supporting Our Troops 2015 blows away all estimates. Last year the original goal was to break 500 books. We did that easily. Here’s hoping 3,000 books gets passed by thanks to the generosity of authors.

Armand Rosamilia

August Is MandoWriMo – Catchy, Right?

Posted in #amwriting, anthology, Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, contemporary fiction, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, guest blog, horror, Metal, militainment, movies, music, Necromance, podcast, radio gig, short story, summer of zombie, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia


I’ve been having loads of fun these past months, going to horror conventions and running the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour right after doing Authors Supporting Our Troops, and doing a month of promotion for my latest release, Dying Days 4… but now it’s time to get serious again… the actual goal each day, each week and each month is to write. Right?

I have quite a few projects I’m working on right now (I’ll list them below so you get an idea of the crunch) and need to get back on track. To that end, I’ve decided to unofficially do an August NaNoWriMo of 50k in the month, although mine will be 60k and I must do it. No excuses. No days off and hitting 10k a week and being done with it. I need a true 14k a week, 60k in 31 days month. If I have to do a 24 Hour Writing Marathon to catch up or get ahead, so be it. I call it MandoWriMo. Because I have an ego, I guess…  the extra day gives me only one shot to slack, too. 

To this end I’m not going to be on Facebook much, except to promote other authors with guest posts on my page (but those are sent to me pretty much completed, so no big deal) and do some basic promotion to keep me out there. If all goes according to plan, I should have a couple of anthologies I’m in to promote as well such as the first two State of Horror ones from Charon Coin Press, so looking forward to that. 

I’ll still be doing my Mando’s Manic Melodies show on 97.3 FM on Friday nights from 10 til midnight EST, but expect quite a few to be pre-recorded. For August I’ll put my Monday night show, Mando’s Metal Covers, on hold and see where I stand in September. My main focus (besides writing) will still be Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast. New episodes every Friday. I’m having fun with it so far. 

Now, onto my list… as I’ve been doing for years, this is more for me than the readers of this blog. I hope you’ll follow along and see how I do, but for me it just gives it another place where I can get called out on if I slack off. 

1. Movie Adaptation (30k) – 10k done but I only get to see the dailies of the actual filmed movie every few days, so this one is taking forever. A new experience in how to write for me, too.

2. Children of The Grave anthology (10k) – I really need to get my head around my story so I can actually write it. This has been due so need to make it a priority

3. Change Jar Books Part 3,4 and 5 (15k) – 2k done so far, really behind. I need to tackle these this month and get closer to finishing the Flagler Beach Fiction Series

4. Necromance 5 (5k) – 3k left to write. I know the story, just need to sit down and finish it. 

5. Dying Days: Origins 2 (25k) – 16k left to write. Looking for a November release, so I need to get moving on this first draft.

That gives me 62k right there… I can do it if I get focused, right? 

Wish me luck… and if I’m ignoring you on Facebook I have a really good reason. Or I’m using it as an excuse to ignore you. Either way… 


Summer of Zombie Blog Tour: Armand Rosamilia Interview

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, dying days, fiction, horror, interview, Joe McKinney, podcast, radio gig, summer of zombie, zombie on July 1, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

Jerry Benns with an in-depth interview about author Armand Rosamilia (the sexy bastard)

Summer of Zombie Blog Tour: Armand Rosamilia Interview

Dying Days 4

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

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, Facebook, Horror Writers Association, HWA, Joe McKinney, militainment, personal with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

The t-shirt design comes in a variety of colors.

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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 



Spotlight On: Loren Rhoads #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, fiction, interview, Spotlight On on April 4, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia


SPOTLIGHT ON: Loren Rhoads


How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

I saw the announcements popping up everywhere, but once Sumiko Saulson participated, I was inspired to follow in her footsteps.


What is your latest release and what genre is it?

I’m co-author (with Brian Thomas) of As Above, So Below, an urban horror/fantasy.

 AS Above cover

Quick description of it.

As Above, So Below is the story of Lorelei, a succubus who sees an angel across a crowded bar and decides he’ll fall for her, no matter what she needs to do. It’s also the story of Azaziel, an angel who came to Earth as a Watcher before the Flood and has searched for the perfect love ever since. Aza rescues the soul of one of his mortal charges and uses it to possess Lorelei – which drags in a defrocked priest to perform the biggest exorcism LA has ever seen in front of a virtual Who’s Who of Hell.


Something unique about it.

It’s the only book I know where a teenaged girl possesses a succubus.



Links for people to buy it.

Paperback at Amazon:



Black Bed Sheets:



Your promo links.



Twitter: @morbidloren


Your short Bio.

Loren Rhoads is the co-author of As Above, So Below (with Brian Thomas), author of Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year TwoThe Dangerous Type, her Hong Kong revenge space opera trilogy with a Hammer Horror villain will be published in Spring 2015 by Skyhorse. She believes genre boundaries are for wimps.


Spotlight On: Rich Orth #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, fiction, horror, interview, Spotlight On on March 31, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia




How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?
From the source….Mr. Armand Rosamilla


What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Bloody T’is My Valentine….Dark Poetry


Quick description of it.
Follow up to my 1st release of Poesque verse ..  Rich Orth POEtry Girls!!!
Written with love in mind of those who have been in our lives, yet no longer physically exist on or within the same plane.



Something unique about it.

It features the Artwork & Photography of 14 different professionals.


Links for people to buy it.  &


Your promo links.  &


Your short Bio.
Poet, whose work has been featured in 11 books and multiple zines.  Poem, My Night as Poe, walled up in time capsule inside the Poe Cottage in NY.  Lyricist for the Horror Rock band, DemonBoy.  Next up a children’s book about the struggles of a Siberian Husky after a debilitating stroke!

Spotlight On: Robert Chazz Chute #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, fiction, horror, interview, Spotlight On, zombie on March 30, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

Me B&W

SPOTLIGHT ON: Robert Chazz Chute.


How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

Armand told me to do so. Armand is the All-father in the Asgard of Horror. I am Thor. Or his robot slave. I forget.


What is your latest release and what genre is it?

This Plague of Days, Season 3 comes out this spring. It’s the finale, so I’ll also release This Plague of Days, The Complete Three Seasons.  

 TPOD season 1 ecover

Quick description of it.

It’s the apocalypse and an autistic boy is our champion against dark forces. The zombies aren’t supernatural. The humans get that way. It’s epic and operatic and goes great with sandwiches.


Something unique about it.

The autistic boy that’s supposed to save us from extinction hardly ever talks, and when he does, it’s in Latin. So it’s horror and suspense and a Latin primer. It’s funny in spots, too, between the slayings. Oh, and Season 3 gets into our place in the universe, so there’s that.


Links for people to buy it.

Amazon US:
Amazon UK:
Amazon Canada:


Your promo links.

Author site: and


Your short Bio.

A former journalist, but newspapers and magazines are dead. Everything else is better left unsaid. Find out more at

This Plague of Days Season 2 0918

Spotlight On: KateMarie Collns #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, fiction, interview, Spotlight On on March 29, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia


SPOTLIGHT ON: KateMarie Collins


How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

A friend shared it on their page, and I thought it was a great thing to do!


What is your latest release and what genre is it?

I write fantasy. My last release was a collection of short stories (A Stab at the Dark, Looking at the Light). I’ve got a fantasy/romance novella coming out in spring 2014 titled “Fin’s Magic”.


Quick description of it.

Another thrilling story by the international best-selling author of “Mark of the Successor”!

Fin depends on her companions to keep her safe…and out of chains. As one of the Amari, the only race that can harness magic, she longs for a normal life. One where she didn’t have to constantly look over her shoulder, and she could fall in love.

Alaric fell hard for Fin from the moment he laid his eyes on her three years ago. He swore an oath to keep her safe, even if it meant his life. But he knew that any relationship he could hope to have with her would be on her terms.

When a king offers them the chance at a normal life, Fin’s cautious. And rightly so, as there are others who think she’s the one to lead the Amari from a life of slavery.


Something unique about it.

It’s not straight fantasy or romance. I also believe that the romantic pair should stay in love once they realize it. None of this does he love me why isn’t she nicer to me fluff. Once they know it, they stay true to each other.


Links for people to buy it.

It’s not out yet, but there will be a pre-sale on Smashwords soon! Just waiting on the cover art!


Your promo links.

Book links:

Amazon – Kindle/Daughter of Hauk:

Amazon – Kindle/Son of Corse:

Amazon – Kindle/Mark of the Successor:

Amazon – Kindle/Kick the Can:

Amazon – Kindle/The Strength Within:

Amazon – Kindle/Looking At The Light:

Amazon – Kindle/A Stab at the Dark:

Amazon – Paperback/Daughter of Hauk:

Amazon – Paperback/Mark of the Successor:

Amazon – Paperback/Son of Corse:

Audio Book:

Twitter:  @DaughterHauk




Your short Bio.

Born in the late 60’s, KateMarie has lived most of her life in the Pacific NW. While she’s always been creative, she didn’t turn towards writing until 2008. She found a love for the craft. With the encouragement of her husband and two daughters, she started submitting her work to publishers. When she’s not taking care of her family, KateMarie enjoys attending events for the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA has allowed her to combine both a creative nature and love of history. She currently resides with her family and two cats in what she likes to refer to as “Seattle Suburbia”.

Spotlight On: Robin G. Coles #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, interview, Spotlight On on March 28, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia




How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

Via Facebook?


What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Boating Secrets: 127 Top Tips to Help You Buy and Enjoy Your Boat

Genres: sports, reference, lifestyle


Quick description of it.

A multi-purpose reference guide to help new boaters and old salts get the most out of their investment. Inside you’ll find many tips, stories, definitions, and references to a boaters everyday needs while spending time out on the waters with family and/or friends or making that decision to purchase either their first or next boat. These facts are being represented through a series of interviews with eleven marine industry experts in their field.


Something unique about it.

This was an interview series originally with 11 marine industry experts that came about as I started out on my journey as a better boater (sailor). These experts are from all over the U.S.


Links for people to buy it.


Your promo links.


Your short Bio.

Robin G. Coles is a passionate marine enthusiast and sailor who has interviewed countless industry experts as well as visited, interviewed personnel at, written about, and photographed hundreds of marine ports in the US and abroad.

The ocean both scares and exhilarates her, as it should any boater—one minute it is as calm and smooth as glass; the next a stark raving maniac, as crazy as life itself.

Though Robin has had many challenges in her life, she has always managed to bounce back. Her time on the ocean has been her most rewarding.

Robin has authored a newspaper column and a variety of articles, newsletters, case studies, reports, and technical documents about boating and non-boating topics.

Robin has been a shutterbug from as far back as she can remember. Her photographs have been featured on the cover of the 2008 Winthrop Phonebook, at the 2009 IPEVO show in Las Vegas, and on a local real estate website. To see/read her boating related media, go to Her non-boating related media can be found at

In Robin’s spare time she loves to walk the beach, photograph a variety of subjects, read good detective stories, travel, cook, crochet hats for preemie babies and shawls for four-to-six-year olds in cancer wards, write, and sail Boston Harbor.

Robin spends her time these days between Boston, MA and Florida, where she sails and works with business owners around the world via satellite phone and internet.

Spotlight On: Richard Schiver #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, fiction, horror, interview, Spotlight On on March 27, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia


SPOTLIGHT ON: Richard Schiver


How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

I saw Armand’s post about it on Facebook and as a Veteran myself I knew I had to be a part of this. Having spent some time overseas I know how important it is to receive packages like this from home.



What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Reprisal: Vengeance knows no boundary. Psychological horror with a paranormal twist. 



Quick description of it.

On the surface her plan was brilliant in its simplicity. Return home, take the place of her twin sister, and live out the rest of her life in relative peace. Unfortunately even the best laid plans had their flaws and this one involved Margaret’s alter ego Candice, who was hell bent on leaving a bloody trail in her wake. But Candice failed to anticipate one simple fact.

The dead always got their revenge.


Something unique about it.

I took a paranormal approach to the issue of a split personality. Is it an aberration of the mind? Or a spiritual possession of the soul?


Links for people to buy it.




Your promo links.




Your short Bio.

Richard acquired a taste for reading at an early age that became a voracious appetite as he grew older. He reads every day, his tastes having become more eclectic, with his interests ranging from horror to historical narratives. The only thing he really looks for is a good story. His goal as a writer is to give the reader a story that will stay with them long after they’ve closed the cover of the book.

Spotlight On: Minnie Lahongrais #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, fiction, interview, Spotlight On, thriller on March 27, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

Minnie Lahongrais

SPOTLIGHT ON: Minnie Lahongrais


How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

I’m not really sure how I stumbled upon this event. I think either the event was shared or I was invited to participate by another author, but I don’t remember which one. Sad, isn’t it? But I’m thrilled to be able to help thank our servicemen and women for their sacrifice in some small way.


What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is titled “Divergent Lives.” It is a psychological thriller.

 Divergent Lives JPEG One Page Cover

Quick description of it.

This is the story of two people – fraternal twins R.J. and Adina who were separated at birth. Both are outwardly successful; each from seemingly divergent backgrounds.

Both are sociopaths; one is a serial killer. 


Something unique about it.

There are two main characters and each of their stories is told in parallel. It is an exploration of the nature vs. nurture theory.

In addition, it also shows how anyone could be a sociopath.


Links for people to buy it.


Barnes & Noble:

Worldwide purchase links (including a link to Smashwords) can be found here:


Your promo links.




Twitter:           @Lahongrais



Your short Bio.

Native New Yorker, Minnie Lahongrais unwittingly kick-started her second career in May of 2010 when she began writing an urban fantasy tale intended to help her cope with the death of her father. November of that year, she set the story aside to immerse herself in the annual madness of NaNoWriMo, meeting the challenge head on. Her first novel, “Sinner’s Ride” was published in Spring, 2011. That summer, she found herself obsessed with the story idea for “Divergent Lives.”

Currently, she switches between a “happily for now” story whose working title is “Skin Deep” and the urban fantasy she began at the outset of her journey. Currently there are four books planned for that series.

Ms. Lahongrais lives in New York City. She finds time to write every day and spends her free time with her family.

Reblog: Frank Edler And #ASOT2014 Inspiration

Posted in #amwriting, ASOT2014, authors on March 26, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia


Author Frank Edler drawing inspiration from the Authors Supporting Our Troops 2014 event! Good luck, buddy!

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