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Armand’s Summer Clearance Event! $5 Print Books!

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I’ve just come back from back to back conventions, Scares That Care Weekend in VA and Authors After Dark in GA. Both events went well but I realized something. OK, let me back up a second and be honest… I always knew I had this problem but until the past few weeks I never realized how bad my problem was… I pack enough books for every author in the room to sell.

I lost count (and too lazy to look) but I believe I am well over 50 different print books with my name in there somewhere. No way I should be able to carry a few copies of each, yet every time I go to a con I bring 3 full crates and at least 2 full boxes with me. Insanity! 

So… I decided to do something drastic about it. Actually, my wife forced me to do something intelligent about it, especially since certain print books are out of print or have had an update, etc. 

I’m going to sell every book listed below for the earth-shattering low price of $5 each plus $4 shipping first book and $1 each additional. Sorry, only available for U.S. buyers  AND I’ll even sign them because I’m really a nice guy at heart. 

Here are the print books and the number next to each is how many are available, so get your orders in asap. I will update this page as books are sold:

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Highway To Hell (original naughty version) – 2 left

Highway To Hell 2 – 1

Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer (out of print) – 2

Dying Days 1 through 5 (original covers) – 1 of DD1, 8 of DD2, 16 of DD3, 9 of DD4 and 7 of DD5

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Dying Days: Siege of European Village – SOLD OUT

Dying Days: Siege 2 – 9

Undead Tales anthology – SOLD OUT

Undead Tales 2 anthology – 1

Dying Days: Origins – 2

Dying Days: Origins 2 – 3

Still Dying – 2

Still Dying 2 – SOLD OUT

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Zombie Writing! – 5

Creeping Death (out of print short story collection) – 5

Metal Queens: Models 2 – 6

Belford Stories (original version) – 10

Quick Bites of Flesh (out of print) – 1

Zombie Tea Party – SOLD OUT

Skeletal Remains anthology – 1

Rymfire Erotica anthology – 2

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There ya go! 24 different titles to choose from. When they’re gone they’re gone! I won’t be printing them again. Some are still available through Amazon but at the normal $9.99 – $12.99 price and those aren’t signed, either. 

How can you get your hands on these copies? Simple. Send me an email at  armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know which signed print books you’re interested in along with your PayPal address. I will send you an invoice and get your book(s) ready to ship. 

Any questions?

Armand

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Armand’s 2016 Updates – Signings, Cons And Releases

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2016 was supposed to be a slower year for me with book signings, conventions and leaving the house… so far it looks like another busy year is upon me.

After a nice and relaxing opening 6 weeks I’ve started to pack everything in…

Friday February 12th

Book signing for Dirty Deeds with author Wayne Stinnett at Golden Lion Cafe in Flagler Beach, Florida

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Saturday March 19th

Mandarin MiniCon 3

From 11am-5pm I’ll be a vendor outside of Mythical Mountain in Mandarin FL selling some books, hanging with other cool vendors and seeing some excellent cosplay, too!

Tuesday March 22nd 

Release Day for the haunted house novel The Enemy Held Near, co-written with Jay Wilburn and released by Devil Dog Press

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Thursday April 7th – Monday April 11th

The Novel Experience Event (TNEE) convention in Atlanta, GA

I’ll be there with the newest releases as well as a huge back stock of books. Sharing a table with author Jay Wilburn, so you know it will be wild.

Tuesday April 5th

Release Day for the contemporary fiction novel Belford Stories, featuring photography from Tammy J. Kelly

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Friday April 15th

Belford Stories book signing with me and photographer Tammy J. Kelly at Belford Brewing Company

Will feel great to be back home after more than 12 years away! Details

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Saturday May 7th

Free Comic Book Day book signing at Nerdz Comics And More

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Tuesday May 31st

Release Day for Dying Days 6

Friday July 22nd – Sunday July 24th

Scares That Care Weekend convention in Williamsburg VA

My favorite convention, looking forward to it. Will be sharing table space with Jay Wilburn, Mark Tufo and Devil Dog Press. There will also be a special taping of Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast with co-hosts Armand and Mark wearing kilts and joined by Joe Ripple and Brian Keene (also in kilts)

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Spooky Empire convention in Orlando FL

I will return to hang with cool authors, be on jam-packed panels and check out the celebrity guests! More information like set date as it gets closer

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That’s just the start of everything coming up in 2016. Look for many more releases and appearances!

Armand Rosamilia

Armand’s Convention List 2015

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2015 should be another good year for going to conventions for me and Special Gal. We’ve talked about paring it down for 2016, so this might be our big year and then not much next year or rotating conventions in and out on odd years. 

While I absolutely love going to cons and seeing fans and fellow authors, the travel and expense is getting to be too much and I need to justify the cost of it against the return. So if you were planning on hanging out with me at a convention and buying me a bag of M&M’s (plain or peanut only, please) and a beer, 2015 is the time to do it!

MidSouthCon 33 – March 20-22 2015 in Memphis TN

I’ll be on some panels and doing a special book signing for a bizarro novella I co-wrote with authors Jack Wallen, Jay Wilburn and Brent Abell, which will debut in print at the con. More info on the new book as we get closer to finishing it. 

World Horror Convention – May 7-10 2015 in Atlanta GA

Fresh off my wedding and honeymoon, we’ll be hanging out with quite a few author buddies and enjoying the networking of some new friends. 

Imaginarium – September 11-13 2015 in Louisville KY

Second year of this con and I have high hopes for it. Will hopefully be once again joined by Jack Wallen, Jay Wilburn and Brent Abell and maybe have a sequel out of our bizarro novella by this one. Who can say?

Spooky Empire – October 30-November 1 2015 in Orlando FL

This one is a tentative con for me because it is so far out, but I had a great time last year and met quite a few new fans and fellow authors. Plus, it is a couple of hours away, which makes it nice, too. But being set over Halloween might not be a good thing for us… hmm… plenty of time to figure it out, right?

I hope to see you in person in 2015!

Armand

Book Signing Setup

 

Change Jar Books, Snowflakes And #ASOT2015

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This is why I love Change Jar Books… and why you need to find a little mom & pop independent bookstore in your area and buy from them and keep them around… 

Suzanne and Craig have always been great to us local authors, giving us a nice section in their store and letting us do book signings and pretty much whatever we want. They even have a nice display of my Flagler Beach Fiction Series books on their counter. Book six just released, which is set right in Change Jar Books. Yeah, I love the place. 

I’ve been very lucky because when I started doing Authors Supporting Our Troops in the beginning of 2014, they were very helpful with ideas and took care of all the shipping. I simply dropped off the many, many boxes going to the soldiers and they streamlined the shipping and paying for me so I didn’t have to stand in lines at the post office or have any worries. 

All throughout the year I’ve shipped sporadic books, even when the event was technically on hiatus. Whenever I filled a couple of boxes I’d drive down to Flagler Beach and they’d be shipped. Nice and easy. 

On top of that, they also put a jar on the counter and asked customers to donate to the cause with their spare change. And the book buyers of Flagler Beach always amazed me, because every week or so when I went in there was not only a pile of coins but singles and fives (and sometimes even bigger!) stuffed in the jar. Truly a Change Jar… see what I did there?

So, when I was in Change Jar Books (in their huge new location at 319 Moody Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136) yesterday to ship out five boxes to three soldiers and collect a full jar of donations, owners Suzanne and Craig hit me with a great idea…

Snowflakes for $1.00.

Like you see in many businesses, instead of just collecting a donation, we were going to ‘sell’ a snowflake for a buck and you can proudly write your name on it. Change Jar Books will post them around and show off that you care about the soldiers. How neat is that? 

They’ll kick it off tomorrow and collect until they run out of room to post them! And with all the love I get from Flagler Beach and their customers, it shouldn’t take long…

If you’re in Flagler Beach, stop in and see the new Change Jar Books and say hi to the owners. Buy one (or three) of my books, and donate to the Authors Supporting Our Troops event as well! 

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Upcoming Convention Appearance: MidSouth Con 32

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March 21-23 2014 I will be appearing at MidSouth Con 32 in Memphis, Tennessee. I’ll be doing a couple of book signings as well as being on a couple of panels, which I’m quite happy about. 

Rymfire Books editor Jerry Benns will also be there and I’m looking forward to meeting him in person. There are a few authors that will also be on panels I’m looking forward to finally meet in person, as well, like J.L. Mulvihill, Stephen Zimmer, Tommy B. Smith and Weston Ochse… but meeting any author is always exciting for me. Add in Guest of Honor Kelley Armstrong, and this is going to be a great convention. 

For more information, visit the MidSouth Con 32 website

If you’re planning on going, let me know! I’d love to meet you! 

Armand

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Authors Supporting Our Troops

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Armand with Joe McKinney

When you meet your idols sometimes they don’t live up to the hype. Sometimes they are grumpy and ornery and couldn’t care less about you. Such is definitely not the case when it comes to Joe McKinney. I met the man at World Horror Convention in New Orleans last year and he was even better in person than in my mind. Yes, I did the Fanboy thing at first but he ended up being a great guy with a genuine love of what he was doing and everything around him. 

Why am I telling you this? Because when he asked me (and many other authors) to help him as he collected books from us to ship overseas to some of our troops, I jumped at the chance. And so did so many others. He was able to put quite a few books into the hands of our military overseas. I never forgot about it, and decided to do my own event this year, especially when I found out from Joe he didn’t have the same contact overseas. 

But I did. 

My girlfriend Shelly (Special Gal to those in the know) had a great contact she’s known for years, someone she considers her family. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him and he is quite impressive. He’ll be coming back to the States in late March and then shipping overseas, at which point he’ll be my contact for this book drive. But let Shelly give you more detail about him:

Shelly: “I met James about 8 years ago when he was 17, while working in a youth department of the church I was attending.  He was a quiet young man living in a rough situation. I starting getting to know him and over the years he has become like a son to me. We got him through high school and he started working and then he started thinking about the military. I support him 110% and he has turned into a wonderful young man who celebrated his 25th birthday this past December. He refers to me as his godmom and I couldn’t be prouder of him if he were mine.”

He is currently a Private First Class serving at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany but will deploy to Kuwait in April.

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Here is the main idea behind everything…

I’ll be collecting fellow author’s books to send to our troops stationed in Kuwait in April. Interested in donating some of your books? The men and women of the Armed Forces love receiving signed books from authors to read and pass around while they’re over there! If you’re an author and want to help, join this Facebook page and then get in touch with Armand for the address to send your copies. Let’s do something positive for someone else! 

I want to thank everyone who’ve already committed to helping with the event and are sending me packages so i can gather the books and box them for the troops. 

Quite a few non-authors have asked how they can help… get in touch with me, I will gladly collect donations to offset the shipping costs from me as well as purchase more books from authors I know at cost so there will be more books in the boxes to ship. 

At this time I am only interested in author-signed books to ship overseas. I think the troops will love the read and also knowing the actual author sent the books or the actual publisher. I’m not looking for your used books to donate or perishables or anything other than print books. This is not an eBook event, and not a forum for your political statements. It is simply to help those in the trenches who might want to read a book they can’t get their hands on right now. 

Come and help out as an author or as a supporter!

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“Dying Days: Siege 2” Hits the Shelves (or: Will the Dying Ever End?)

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Tim Baker and I have the sequel to Dying Days: The Siege of European Village out today! Buy a copy before it gets banned! Or the world really ends! 

“Dying Days: Siege 2” Hits the Shelves (or: Will the Dying Ever End?).

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Guest Post: Lauren Rhoads

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            In 2010, twelve writers and artists joined hostess Rain Graves and a team of ghost hunters for a long weekend at a haunted historical mansion in Northern California.  The first Haunted Mansion Retreat was so inspiring—and so scary—that most of us jumped at the chance to do it again in September 2012.  Some new blood was added to the mix and all of us looked forward to four days together in the haunted house.

            I rode with Rain and Sèphera Giron up to the mansion on Thursday afternoon. Once we arrived, Rain put us to work. Sèph and I went up to the second floor to put name tags on beds so that everyone could find their assigned spaces. Sunlight flooded through the windows, highlighting the crisply made beds and cozy rooms.  Mount Tamalpais loomed on the west, lush and green, enrobed in autumn.

            Sèphera and I started with the familiar rooms at the top of the stairs:  here was where S. G. Browne had been menaced by the Black Mass; here was Wes and Yvonne’s sunny corner suite; here was my friendly little blue room where a ghost had touched my hair.

            We had just come out of the room that would be Chris Colvin’s.  Sèph was telling me about the Black Mass that had harassed her and Rain in the corner room in 2010.  We stood in the little hallway, sorting out our list and the name cards, when something large moved through the empty room we’d just left.

            I looked up, startled, and met Sèphera’s eyes.  “Did you hear that?” I gasped.

            “Something is up here with us,” Sèph said and smiled.

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            Friday night, most of us were writing in the first-floor parlor while the rest joined the GhostGirls’ investigation on the third floor.

            Something heavy scraped across the floor above us: on the second floor, in the area where Yvonne, Wes, and I had our rooms.  It sounded like a heavy piece of furniture—for some reason, I thought of a trunk—being dragged across the floor.  None of us would do such a thing, conscious as we were of being in someone else’s house.  We exchanged glances, but couldn’t explain what we’d heard.

            Scott stomped down from the third floor.  “What was that?” he demanded.

            “We thought it was you,” someone said.

            “We were all on the third floor,” he said.  “Who’s on the second floor?”

            “No one.  We’re all right here.”

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            After midnight, when I finally got brave enough to go upstairs to change for bed, I tried shoving the furniture around my room to see if I could replicate the noise we’d heard earlier.

            The bed was on casters.  It glided silently across the bare, unmarked floorboards.  Nothing in my room could have made the heavy scraping we all heard.

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            The house seemed quiet on Saturday.  Even the night passed peacefully.  I felt pretty relaxed about the whole experience, until Yvonne teased me about sleeping with my light on.

            I’d woken up in a puddle of moonlight, so I knew I’d shut the light off before I went to sleep.  My room had been locked from the inside.  No one had been in there touching the lights, but me.

            Or so I thought.

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            So: every two years, a small group of writers and artists meet at a haunted mansion in Northern California.  What we find there excites us, terrifies us, and inspires us even after we leave.  The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two is our documentation of the four intense days we spent together in the house in September 2012.

            The contents range from the official site report prepared by the GhostGirls to survivors’ subjective accounts of their experiences to short stories and poetry inspired by the house’s atmosphere and the things that occurred there. Damnation Books published the book in June. It’s available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DF74TF2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DF74TF2&linkCode=as2&tag=cemettrave-20

            Rain Graves, S.G. Browne, Fran Friel, and I will read from the Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two at the Borderlands Café (870 Valencia Street, San Francisco) on November 3 at 3 p.m.  Hope you can join us.

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Book Signing Kit

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Over the past couple of years I’ve done countless book signings (I could actually count them and figure out a number but I’m too lazy, and countless makes it seem like I’ve done hundreds of them). Whether it was a solo book signing or one with Tim Baker  or at a convention, I always try to come up with a game plan to get me in and out of the event with minimal energy and manpower to do it. I also hate carrying heavy boxes of books. 

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My problem (and it is a good problem) is I can bring 45 print books with me to a signing. 45 different titles I am in. That is quite a few choices, although I don’t have all of them in bulk to sell. I usually have 10 different titles, sometimes 12… but then, when you carry a dozen copies of each, you run into carrying three boxes of books or more. Quite heavy. I have an old luggage dolly I use, but the wheels are getting stiff and it can only hold three of the smaller boxes. And it rattles if I pull it over uneven surfaces. 

I also make sure I have a pen in my pocket and some singles and fives for change. The pen is usually new, since I steal one each book signing from Tim Baker. I guess I could figure out how many signings Tim and I do based on the pile of pens on my desk at home. What else? Tim usually brings the table if we need one, and a couple of chairs. We all have boxes of bookmarks and business cards, and enough back stock in books to supply a bookstore. 

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But I’ve been to conventions where authors and publishers bring an entire small city of items with them, and it amazes me. The work involved to lug it in and out, especially if you only sell a few books. Ideally, leaving a signing with empty boxes is always the goal. 

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Here’s my question for those who do book signings, whether it is at your local bookstore, at a convention or just about anywhere else you sit down at a table and start peddling your wares: what do you bring along, and do you have a Book Signing Kit with items you have to have in it? 

Armand