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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

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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

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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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Spotlight On: Loren Rhoads #ASOT2014

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

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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.

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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: http://www.amazon.com/As-Above-Below-Loren-Rhoads/dp/0615942075/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1396377897&sr=8-1

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/As-Above-Below-Loren-Rhoads-ebook/dp/B00I80MGKG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1396377897

Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/as-above-so-below-loren-rhoads/1118431440?ean=2940148284727

Black Bed Sheets: http://downwarden.com/blackbedsheetstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=640

 

 

Your promo links.

Home: http://lorenrhoads.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loren.rhoads.5

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

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Rich Orth

 

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

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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.   

Facebook.com/RichOrth  & Amazon.com

 

Your promo links.

www.facebook.com/richorth  & http://www.demonboyband.com

 

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

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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.  

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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: http://amzn.to/1ilbXbf
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1g17Zl5
Amazon Canada: http://amzn.to/1drte4B

 

Your promo links.

Author site: AllThatChazz.com and ThisPlagueOfDays.com

 

Your short Bio.

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

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Spotlight On: KateMarie Collns #ASOT2014

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

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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:  http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Raven-Chronicles-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HG15SBM/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-2&keywords=katemarie+collins

Amazon – Kindle/Son of Corse: http://www.amazon.com/Corse-Raven-Chronicles-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HFF3MUS/ref=sr_1_5_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-5&keywords=katemarie+collins

Amazon – Kindle/Mark of the Successor: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Successor-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HFF3SH0/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1389373492

Amazon – Kindle/Kick the Can: http://www.amazon.com/Kick-Can-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HG15R36/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-3&keywords=katemarie+collins

Amazon – Kindle/The Strength Within: http://www.amazon.com/Strength-Within-P-Estelle-ebook/dp/B00H2SVIS6/ref=sr_1_8_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-8&keywords=katemarie+collins

Amazon – Kindle/Looking At The Light: http://www.amazon.com/Looking-The-Light-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HJY0GRM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-6&keywords=katemarie+collins

Amazon – Kindle/A Stab at the Dark: http://www.amazon.com/A-Stab-At-The-Dark-ebook/dp/B00HJYZAXM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-7&keywords=katemarie+collins

Amazon – Paperback/Daughter of Hauk:  http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Of-Hauk-KateMarie-Collins/dp/1475230338/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335468615&sr=8-1

Amazon – Paperback/Mark of the Successor: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Successor-KateMarie-Collins/dp/1491298162/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377528453&sr=1-1&keywords=mark+of+the+successor

Amazon – Paperback/Son of Corse: http://www.amazon.com/Son-Corse-Raven-Chronicles-Volume/dp/1492837970/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382546541&sr=8-1&keywords=Son+of+Corse

Audio Book: http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Hauk-Raven-Chronicles-Book/dp/B00BK4RB8O/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1361631472&sr=1-2&keywords=daughter+of+hauk

Twitter:  @DaughterHauk

FB:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492

Blog:  http://www.katemariecollins.wordpress.com

 

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

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Robin G Coles

 

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

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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.

http://BoatingSecrets127TopTips.com

http://TheNauticalLifestyle.com

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=boating%20secrets%20127

http://www.lulu.com/shop/robin-g-coles/boating-secrets-127-top-tips-to-help-you-buy-and-enjoy-your-boat/paperback/product-17362571.html

 


Your promo links.

http://TheNauticalLifestyle.com    http://TheNauticalLifestyle.com/TransientTalk

http://BoatingSecrets127TopTips.com   http://Facebook.com/TheNauticalLifestyle

http://Twitter.com/NauticalLife   http://LinkedIn.com/in/robingcoles

http://Goodreads.com

 

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 TheNauticalLifestyle.com/TransientTalk. Her non-boating related media can be found at RGColesandCo.com.

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.

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