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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

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Flagler Beach Fiction Series on Audiobook

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All seven books in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series are now available on audiobook and all narrated by the great Jack de Golia. 

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Check them out in order:

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Kokomo’s Cafe Complete

Golden Lion Cafe Complete

J and J Fitness Complete

Flagler Fish Company Complete

Nerdz Comics And More Complete

Change Jar Books Complete

Bahama Mama’s Complete

Armand’s 2015 Year In Review

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2015 was another solid year for me when it came to releases. While the amount of new product slowed, the same amount of words was released in my estimation. My goal each year is to hit 400,000 words written and except for a couple of short stories currently awaiting publication, everything else was released via self publishing or through a small press in 2015.

I had 30 releases, which was less than the 45 a year average I’ve done the last two years. I also went through my works and eliminated all of the serialized stories that made it into complete collections as well as redundant releases I did myself.

Box sets were still a big deal for me in 2015. A lot of my secondary sales through them as well as key Amazon ranking came because of the box sets and I hope to continue to be involved in a few more in the future.

OK, time for the breakdown by month for me and 2015…

 

January

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Ultimate Undead Collection: The Zombie Apocalypse Best Sellers Boxed Set (10 Books)

The last day in January Dying Days was published in this box set along with notables Joe McKinney, Bobby Adair, TW Piperbrook, Michaelbrent Collings, Sarah Lyons Fleming, Shawn Chesser, Rachel Aukes, David Moody, Timothy W Long and Eric A Shelman. The best part? it’s still only 99 cents!

February

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State of Horror: North Carolina

February 8th I was in another State of Horror anthology (you already know my initial involvement in the franchise, so I won’t digress) which featured some really cool stories by  Nathanael Gass, Frank Larnerd, Randal Keith Jackson, Kathryn M. Hearst, Spencer Carvalho, Kenneth W. Cain, Frank J. Edler, Stuart Conover/Kerry Lipp, Susan Hicks Wong, Matt Andrew, L.J. Heydorn andMargaret L. Colton

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State of Horror: Illinois

The audiobook for State of Horror: Illinois came out on February 20th (narrated by the wonderful Jack Wallen)

March

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Dying Days: Origins

The audiobook for Dying Days: Origins came out on March 3rd, narrated by Jack Wallen. Obviously I enjoy working with Jack on these audiobooks.

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Change Jar Books Complete

March 13th the audiobook version of this came out, narrated by Jack Di Golia, who did the entire seven book run for me. I couldn’t be happier working with him, either.

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Hollywood Hellmouth

Also on the 13th, the first part of a trilogy came out, a horror humor tale written with Jack Wallen, Jay Wilburn and Brent Abell. This was fun to write. We debuted this at Mid South Con in Memphis to rousing success. Fine, we sold 5 copies.

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State of Horror: Louisiana I

March 16th State of Horror: Louisiana I debuted, with more great stories, this time from Chad McKee, Pamela Troy, Tommy B. Smith, Amanda Hard, Allie Marini Batts, Sarah Glenn, Armand Rosamilia, Ethan Nahte, J. Jay Waller, Alexander S. Brown, Henry P. Gravelle, Jay Seate, and Margaret L. Colton.

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State of Horror: Louisiana II

March 30th saw the second part of LA being released, this time with stories by Stuart Conover, Herika R. Raymer, Teresa Bergen, J. Lamm, Nathan Pettigrew, Armand Rosamilia, Ambrose Stolliker, B.A. Sans, Edward Moore, Anthony Watson, Jonathan S. Pembroke, J.M. Lawrence, and Melodie Romeo.

April

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Fairly Wicked Tales: Dark Fantasy Anthology

April 19th Fairly Wicked Tales: Dark Fantasy Anthology was re-released and featured one of my short stories, “The Wolf Who Cried Boy.” Over 20 great stories are in this one, so buy it. Now.

May

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Anything but Zombies: A Short Story Anthology

On the 26th of May my short story “Down In A Hole” was featured in this Simon and Schuster release. Tim Curran, Jeff Strand, Rebecca Besser, MontiLee Stormer, Lee Moan, Tonia Brown, Jake Bible, Faye McCray, and Jimmy Pudge were all involved as well. Get it.

June

Tales of Magic

Tales of Magic and Misery: A Collection of Short Stories by Tim Marquitz

Tim put 19 of his stories together in this fine collection, and had other authors (such as myself) give him one of our stories to promote. He’s a swell guy. This came out June 6th. I had “Dying Days: Noah Stern” short in there.

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State of Horror: New Jersey

This audiobook came out on the 10th. Narrated once again by Jack Wallen and once again featuring a Dying Days short from me in it.

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Dying Days 5

June 16th Dying Days 5 was released. Putting this together I realize its my first self published full release for the year, as everything else was an anthology or audiobook previously out. I’d been writing up a storm up to this point in the year but most of it would be released later (as you’ll see) or written for the movie team and those books sometimes come out months in the future. Anyhoo… this is part 5 and it was released right in the midst of my annual #SummerofZombie blog tour.

July

This month saw the two year anniversary of Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast as well as the debut of Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast, co-hosted by Mark Tufo. Both on Project iRadio.

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Hoboken Hellmouth

The second book in our trilogy was released on the 21st. Another fun time was had by all: me, Brent Abell, Jay Wilburn and Jack Wallen.

August

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Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales & Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse

This was a really cool charity anthology to help a friend in need who is such a big supporter of zombie authors. Over 30 authors contributed a YA zombie story, including my first-ever, a Dying Days story featuring the children of the family. It will definitely lead into my first-ever Dying Days YA novella in late 2016, too.

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Highway To Hell

This is the updated version. I changed the crazy sex parts and over the top violence and made it more in line with the rest of the Dying Days books. So far people have enjoyed the less intense version, although it still isn’t for the kids. I’d give it a solid R rating instead of the NC17 it used to be.

September

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Children of The Grave

September 4th this cool anthology came out. It’s a shared world anthology and written by Joe McKinney, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Joe Mynhardt, Aurelio Lopez III, and Alex Laybourne. You don’t get any cooler than that group. Am I right?

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Honolulu Hellmouth

On the 8th, right in time for the Imaginarium convention on Kentucky, we released the third and final part. Single digits of people flocked to our signing tables, creating such a noise the car alarms went off in the parking lot.

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Dying Days 4

On the 17th Dying Days 4 audiobook (narrated once again by Amanda Lehman) was released.

The Louisiana Incident: Former Navy SEALs Vs Zombies

I wrote this novella based on a movie that was filmed but some people weren’t happy with it. So (because it is Hollywood and beyond me) I was listed as editor, the cover is just words and it has distanced itself from the movie by changing the title. The book is much better than the movie, by the way. Much.

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Horror 201: The Silver Scream Vol 1

October 14th saw this extensive collection released. Nonfiction essays and interviews by film legends and authors such as Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Ray Bradbury, Ed Naha, Patrick Lussier, Stephen Volk, Nancy Holder, Tom Holland, John Shirley, William Stout, and John Russo. For some crazy reason they thought I had something to say on the subject, too.

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Chelsea Avenue: A Supernatural Thriller

On the 30th Devil Dog Press re-released this book, one of my favorites and my first real full-length novel. Look for longer books from me in 2016, and most of them more thriller and less horror as I change things up a bit. This book is one of my favorites I’ve ever written, and you need to read it and tell me I’m right or wrong. As long as you read it.

October

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Paying The Ferryman

On the 18th this anthology was released. My short story, “Black Tooth Grin,” joined  Melodie Romeo, Rick Scabrous, Silas Green, D. S. Ullery, Brian W. Taylor, Diane Arrelle, Bryan Best, Tanya Nehmelman, Mariesa Inez, Rachel Hogan, S. H. Roddey, Jenner Michaud, Scott McCloskey, Heidi Lane, Brian Fatah Steele, Eric I. Dean, Herika R. Raymer, Lee Pletzers, and Jerry E. Benns writing fun stories about death.

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Bahama Mama’s Complete

The seventh and final release in the contemporary fiction Flagler Beach Fiction Series was out on the 20th. The audiobook followed in November, too, once again narrated by the great Jack Di Golia. This wraps up the series although I have a feeling we’ll see some of these characters again in the future.

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Middletown Apocalypse

Halloween saw the release of this cool anthology, where eleven authors took the kernel of the same basic story and made it our own. Hi-jinx ensued. Abel, Chesser, Evans, McKinney, O’Brien, Rosamilia, Shelman, Stallcup, Tufo, Wallen, Wilburn. So cool you don’t need first names.

November

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Highway To Hell 2

November 3rd, at the basic start of my annual #WinterofZombie tour I always release a new Dying Days book. I still technically did, and it nicely combines characters from the first Highway To Hell as well as Dying Days: Origins.

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Dying Days Ultimate Box Set 1

Four novellas set in the Dying Days world are included in this massive box set: Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days, Still Dying 2, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village and Dying Days: Siege 2
Plus… the two-story Dying Shortly set (now out of print except here) and 2 short stories previously only available on a website: “Dying Days: Downtown From Hell” and “Dying Days: The Scorpion”… Over 500 pages and more than 174,000 words in all! This special box set will only be available for a limited time at a special price of $9.99 but right now its only $3.49, so get a copy. Look for the second one in early 2016, too.

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Hellmouth Trilogy

November 23rd I released all three of these glorious books Jack, Brent and Jay and I had written in a convenient box set. Now you have no excuse not to read them. And its priced right now for only $3.49, so you really have no excuse at all.

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Flagler Beach Fiction Series Complete

I told you I liked box sets this year. On the 30th I put all 7 of the Flagler Beach Fiction Series books together in one massive 190,000+ word ebook collection and priced it at only $3.99. You’re welcome.

December

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Green River Blend: A Supernatural Thriller

My last release of 2015 and one of my favorite stories. I liken it to a Bentley Little weird tale and so far readers have agreed. A little different from my traditional horror work, which I will be getting slightly away from in 2016. I’ll still have many horror releases and more Dying Days but this book (as well as Chelsea Avenue, both released by Devil Dog Press) will further expand what I’m doing.

Also look for my Kindle Scout-winning Dirty Deeds crime thriller in early 2016, too! Mark Tufo and I wrote an apocalyptic tale together (no zombies!) featuring Darlene Bobich and Mike Talbot. Look for that in 2016 as well… big things on the horizon for me in 2016.

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Tentative Release Schedule For Armand Rosamilia #amwriting

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I have quite a few releases coming out in the next year or so, and projects on my dry erase board and Excel spreadsheets. I decided to post them up here to see if I can actually get them all out. These are just the self-published works and don’t include anything for anthologies or books published by actual publishers, just the stuff I’m working on and putting out.

Of course, as always, this is very subject to change. It mostly likely will, since I can’t take into account the movie adaptation contracts until they suddenly appear and I get paid in advance to do them, knocking everything else to the side for a few weeks and pushing the schedule further into 2016.

That being said… here we go!

 

November 3rd 2015 – Highway To Hell 2

This one is already available for pre-sale and merges the first Highway To Hell zombie novella with the Dying Days: Origins story.

 

December 2015 – OPEN

 

January 2016 – Creeping Death (re-release)

Since the demise of the previous publisher I’ve decided to release this once again but this time myself. Pre-sale link once the new cover is finished.

 

February 2016 – Green River Blend

A horror novel and one of my favorite stories. Working on the cover now. This one is all about a small town being overrun with horrible things because of coffee. Yep. Coffee.

 

March 2016 – Dying Days 6

The next part to the zombie series. Also working on the cover as well as a slight revamp for the previous books (expect a post about that in a few days or so). Follow along as Darlene Bobich does her thing during the zombie apocalypse.

 

April 2016 – Belford Stories

Think my Flagler Beach Fiction Series. A contemporary fiction book, set in the little fishing village I grew up in and set in 1987. Photos throughout by photographer Tammy Kelly, who I grew up with in Belford.

 

May 2016 – Necromance (re-release)

The horror erotica series of short stories was never completed before the publisher went under. I am in the process of rewriting it into a single novel, with much less on the erotica and more on the paranormal aspect of the tale. She’s a demon hunter with a warlock for a dad and the minions of Hell trying to kill her. Working the cover soon with the same great model used on the shorts.

 

June 2016 – Dying Days YA novella

This will be the continuation of the Dying Days: Emalee And Mason short story I wrote for Bite-Sized Offerings anthology, furthering the story of the two children as they traverse a deadly world of zombies. Very excited to write this one.

 

July 2016 – Tool Shed Massacre (re-release)

The original Tool Shed horror novella is out of print. I’m going to expand it into a full-length novel and give more of the backstory. Still one of my favorite works and it never got much notice, so this will be fun to update.

 

August 2016 – OPEN

 

September 2016 – Death Metal (re-release)

Another book I loved that never got the release it deserved, in my humble opinion. I’ll rewrite and expand it into a full-length thriller novel and already have the ideas for a sequel if it does well. Fingers crossed.

 

October 2016 – OPEN

 

November 2016 – Dying Days 7

Seriously? Two Dying Days in the same year? Yep. Darlene and company’s story will continue sooner than later for the first time in… well, since I started writing the series. With the rest of the secondary books completed except for the YA novella, it’s time to do 2 a year from this point out. Until no one wants to read anymore and I don’t want to write it anymore.

 

There ya have it… hopefully this list will work out nicely and I can add a few more releases within the open months, although I’m going to relax a bit this coming year and enjoy it all more.

Anything you see you’re interested in reading?

Armand

August Is MandoWriMo – Catchy, Right?

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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 http://www.flaglerbeachradio.com 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… 

Armand

99 Cents Month Week #1 from Armand Rosamilia

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As promised, I have two releases I’ve lowered the price down to 99 cents beginning this week and running until the end of April!

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Kokomo’s Cafe Complete

Flagler Beach Florida is quite the small town, eclectic and quirky… and filled with many unique characters. 

Kokomo’s Café owners Mac and Ginny see their fair share day in and day out. Come meet the locals and the tourists! 

Contemporary Fiction and a fun beach read! Includes Ten Short Stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe!

http://www.amazon.com/Nerdz-Comics-Flagler-Fiction-Series-ebook/dp/B00JG4V4ZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396551062&sr=8-1&keywords=nerdz+comics+armand

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kokomos-Complete-Flagler-Beach-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00DIK7XOK/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1396559435&sr=8-2&keywords=Kokomo%27s+Cafe+armand

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Zombie Writing!

So, You Want To Write About Zombies?

Learn secrets, opinions, styles, and get advice on creating your own zombie story, from 44 Masters of the Zombie Genre, whether they’re talking about books, short stories, movies, television and influences for your work, and talk about their own Undead Tales. 

Neil Kloster * Mark Clodi * Richard Lee Byers * Joe McKinney * Jason S. Hornsby * Rie Sheridan Rose * Christian Jensen * Mainak Dhar * JD Gillam * Mark Justice * Michael D. Griffiths * Dane Hatchell * T.S. Charles * David Moody * Todd Brown * Craig DiLouie * Lee Pletzers * Andy Taylor * Kevin Coryell * Brent Abell * Sharon M. White * Kelly M. Hudson * Chantal Boudreau * Carole Gill * Marissa Farrar * Tim Waggoner * W.D. Gagliani * David Lee Summers * Lou Antonelli * Shawn M. Riddle * Keith Gouveia * Ian DG Sandusky * Tony Monchinski * David Dunwoody * DA Chaney * Adam Millard * Thomas Scopel * Jeremiah Coe * Jasper Bark * Ray Wallace * Eric S. Brown * Blaze McRob * Kate Madison * Armand Rosamilia

http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Writing-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B006YZDIE0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396559560&sr=8-1&keywords=zombie+writing%21+armand

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zombie-Writing-Richard-Lee-Byers-ebook/dp/B006YZDIE0/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1396559520&sr=8-1&keywords=zombie+writing%21+armand

Spotlight On: Lisa Shambrook #ASOT2014

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Lisa Shambrook

 

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

A friend of mine invited me to the event and the whole idea intrigued me, so I joined in!

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

‘Beneath the Rainbow’ and it’s contemporary general fiction

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Quick description of it.

Freya won’t let death stand in her way. When she dies Freya needs to move on, but is caught within her mother’s grief. When her family finds her list of goals she discovers a way to help them come to terms with their grief.

Freya intends to create a rainbow, the last item on her list, to reach her mother, but her pale arcs won’t achieve closure. She needs scarlet like remembrance poppies then sunset orange and sunflower yellow.  She makes green like her willow and blue like daddy’s t-shirt.  Finally conjuring indigo, the shade of deepening night and violet to match Purple Ted…

Beneath these colours will Freya reach her mother and be ready to move on?

 

Something unique about it.

My main protagonist dies in the very first sentence…

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Rainbow-Lisa-Shambrook-ebook/dp/B005947316/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393353500&sr=1-1&keywords=beneath+the+rainbow

 

Your promo links.

www.lisashambrook.com

www.thelastkrystallos.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/LisaShambrookAuthor

https://twitter.com/LastKrystallos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIfzCJmmQg4

 

Your short Bio.

Born and raised in vibrant Brighton, England, Lisa’s lyrical writing is emotional and imaginative. She concentrates on description and colour, and hopes her readers will easily visualise the narrative.

A wife and mother, Lisa draws inspiration from family life, faith, memory and imagination. After having her first of three children, Lisa has lived in Carmarthen, West Wales, another town rich in legend and lore.

Lisa loves family time, walking the family’s excitable German Shepherd, beaches, scrap-booking, photography, art and last, but not least, writing.

Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast Interview with Armand Rosamilia

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I had the privilege to be interviewed for this great podcast by Simon Whistler and his outrageous accent!

http://rockingselfpublishing.com/episode-29-prolific-writer-armand-rosamilia/

2014 #AStoryAWeek Challenge

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Jessica McHugh (I pronounce it McHug with a silent second H, like something you buy at a creepy McDonalds) has a great idea going for 2014, and since I dive headfirst into anything that keeps me challenged, I decided to join in as well… and special thanks to Jay Wilburn for keeping me alerted to more stuff to keep me busy… we’ll be the death of each other before this is all done… especially with another #24HourWritingChallenge or three this year… 

I’ll update it each week with what I’ve finished… 

2014: A Story A Week

2014 is the year of #AStoryAWeek. All you have to do is write a story a week. I know, I know, ALL you have to do–like it’s not hard. It will be hard at times, but some weeks will be easier than others. Hell, just scroll down through the list below. It’s not really that long. I actually copy/pasted way too many “weeks” and was pleasantly surprised at how few there were. 🙂

REMEMBER: a story is a story, no matter how small. It can be 6000 words or 60 words. It can be written, edited, and polished for submission, or it can be a super-rough first draft. It can be brand new, or it can be an old story you’ve finally completed. Just THINK IN INK and get those words down! I will update this list with my story titles to show how I’m progressing, and I encourage you guys to comment with your lists, too! GOOD LUCK!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

Participants
Jessica McHugh (www.JessicaMcHughBooks.com)
Jay Wilburn (http://JayWilburn.com/)
April Hawks (http://princessvespa3.com)
Lori Michelle (www.lorimichelleauthor.com)
Joseph Eastwood (http://www.josepheastwood.co.uk)
Laura Roberts (http://buttontapper.com)
Tonia Marie Harris (http://passionfind.wordpress.com)
Cina Pelayo (http://www.cinapelayo.com/blog)
T.R. Stoddard (http://t-r-stoddard.blogspot.com/)
Nelson. W Pyles (www.NelsonWPyles.com)
Brady Allen (www.bradyallen.com)
Josef Matulich (http://dalmatianalley.wordpress.com)
Rob Smales (http://robsmales.webs.com/)
Axel Howerton (www.axelhowerton.com)
Bill Coffin (http://billcoffin.com/)
Armand Rosamilia (www.ArmandRosamilia.com)
Erin Coughlin
Charlie Boucher (www.facebook.com/bouchercharlie)
Todd Banks
Mae March (https://www.facebook.com/madmaemarch)

Week 1 (Jan 1-5): Nerdz Part 3 (for the Flagler Beach Fiction Series), about 5,200 words – contemporary fiction
Week 2 (Jan 6-12): Nerdz Part 4 – about 5,700 words
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WOW!! YOU JUST WROTE FIVE STORIES! GOOD ON YOU!! KEEP IT UP!

As we enter February, maybe try changing up your genre or perspective. If you’re used to writing dark fiction or horror, why not give something lovey-dovey a try. Or at least make some people fuck. 😉 If you’re a third person omniscient writer, try writing limited, or maybe even second person! Change it up this month!

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2013 Was A Damn Fine Year For Me

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I see many people crying about how they got shafted in 2013 and are hoping 2014 treats them better… well, I also hope 2014 treats me better but only because I’m selfish…

I had an amazing 2013, easily my best year yet in my personal life and in my writing career. 

First, my personal life… 

Obviously it begins with dating Special Gal (Shelly), who backed me up completely all year, made sure the writing was my focus and let me be when I got cranky and had deadlines to finish. She was nothing but supportive and I will always love her for it. I’m looking forward to spending another year or fifty with her coming up. 

I also got my finances in order and was able to live comfortably without having to live paycheck to paycheck (or contract to contract), and it freed up some of the mental baggage. I got the chance to live another dream of mine and be on the radio thanks to Vern Shank and Surf 17 radio (www.flaglerbeachradio.com). Look for me on FM in 2014, too! I reevaluated a friendship and decided to cut some people loose that were nothing but negative and unloyal and got inside my head. No more of that shit. I have a great group of loyal and great friends I’m surrounded with. I hope to make a few more in 2014 but the ones I have are awesome. 

OK, there is one bad thing… I need to lose some weight before I can’t fit in the tiny radio station… 

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Now, my writing career…

I had 45 releases and sold more books in 2013 than I have in all the previous years combined, and 2012 wasn’t a bad year for sales. I’ve been blessed with a great fan base of readers, especially in my Dying Days and Flagler Beach Fiction Series releases. You can expect quite a few more in both of these in 2014 as well as a few more things… my goal in 2014 is to write and release longer pieces like more novels and novellas, and there will be quite a few sequels in the works as well… more info will follow as we get deeper into 2014…

I want to also thank each and every one of you who takes your precious time each day or each week and reads my posts and thoughts, and I hope you keep sticking with me for a long time to come… I’m really looking forward to an even better 2014…

Armand

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Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 2

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Yesterday you were amazed with my heartfelt and enigmatic first half of 2013 in review… and now… without further ado…

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In the beginning of August I re-released Death Metal in paperback with the new cover, which I like. I also started to think about ideas for the second book in the series, so look for that in 2014(I hope). I also released Golden Lion Cafe Complete, with all of the stories in one release. I also released Dagon, the fourth story in the Keyport Cthulhu series. And kicked off the third Flagler Beach Fiction Series story arc with JandJ Fitness Part 1

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September was another busy month, with JandJ Fitness Parts 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 released. I ended the month with JandJ Fitness Complete, putting them all together in one spot. 

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In October I decided to slow down the releases, especially anything horror, as most horror books would be pushed out in this month and I’d get lost in the shuffle. Instead, I started the fourth Flagler Beach Fiction Series with Flagler Fish Company Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 were also released in October. I was also lucky enough to get involved in a charity anthology with some amazing authors and got to write a cool chapter in the ongoing story, The Carnival 13 by SAD House Press. 

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With the start of November I released the fifth and final story (for now) in the Keyport Cthulhu series, Evil. I then released Keyport Cthulhu in eBook and Print versions, with all five stories in one. Flagler Fish Company Part 4 and Part 5 came next. Then it was time for Flagler Fish Company Complete in both eBook and Print. November also saw a sequel for me and Tim Baker with Dying Days: Siege 2, a return to European Village. Speaking of Dying Days, I also released the long-awaited Dying Days: Origins, which featured Tosha Shorb, a woman many readers should recognize. It was also released in Print. I was also lucky enough to be invited into the Epic Apocalypse Apocalyptic Horror Box Set (with Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer included). You really need to check out the killer lineup, with Mark Tufo, Joe McKinney, John O’Brien, Heath Stallcup, Shawn Chesser and James Cook. 

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Another great lineup was formed and released in December, with Still Dying 2 (yet another Dying Days release), featuring an anthology of great authors playing in my zombie world: Mark Tufo, Patrick C. Greene, Frank Edler, Tim Baker, AD Roland, Brent Abell, Jaime Johnesee and Sean Slagle. It also came out in Print

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I was also able to update a few books, add some more into print, and also release everything on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and Apple. 

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And 2013 isn’t done yet… my Necromance series of horror erotica has been picked up by Hazardous Press as part of their Hazardous Encounters line, and the first two will be out within a few days (I’ll post a new link, don’t worry), with many more in 2014. 

So add another 28 to the list in the second half of 2013. All told, I put out 45 releases in 2013… not bad, eh? I don’t expect to be as prolific in 2014 with this many releases, as I’m concentrating on some longer novels, but you’ll still see plenty out there from me. 

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Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 1

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I had a killer 2013… there is no doubt about it. And not only in my writing and publishing career, but in my personal life. I started dating a wonderful Special Gal in December of 2012 and we’re still going strong, I began spending more and more time in Jacksonville and really growing to love it, I got a radio gig on an actual radio station with fellow author and great friend Tim Baker, and even starred in a music video. OK, I just stood there with sunglasses on looking all menacing and sexy, but I was the real star, and not The Cherry Drops.

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What’s really left for me, with my bucket list of things to do before I die? Maybe act in a movie… but I’ll save that one for 2014 so I have something to look forward to. 

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Truth be told, 2013 started out very slow release-wise. I wrote three novellas for a Hollywood company that still have not seen the light of day, although the pay was nothing to laugh at, and was riding the wave for sales of Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun. Unfortunately, it meant no new releases for me until February, and even then it was a flash fiction piece in the Fifty Shades of Decay zombie anthology from Angelic Knight Press. 

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Over a month later, at the end of March, I had another story published in an anthology, this time in For The Night Is Dark by Crystal Lake Publishing. A couple of days later I had my first official release of 2013, but it was a non-fiction one with Metal Queens: Models 2

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April was a lot of writing for me. Even though I didn’t have many things out at this point, I’d been writing, editing and getting my work beta read like mad. I’d been pounding away at a huge project, one that was totally different for me: a contemporary fiction series that would eventually encompass 70 short stories in 7 print releases and over 40 eBook releases: Flagler Beach Fiction Series

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The first of this series was released on May 15th, Kokomo’s Cafe Part 1. Part 2 was released a week later. Then Part 3 came out at the end of the month, one new two-story part each week. June saw Part 4 and Part 5 as well as the print version of Kokomo’s Cafe and all five parts in one eBook, Kokomo’s Cafe Complete

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In the meantime, at the end of May, I finally released Dying Days 3. It had a few twists and turns longtime fans weren’t expecting. In June I released Creeping Death, a collection of my short stories released by Hazardous Press. 

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The last weekend in June saw the beginning of the second part of the Flagler Beach Fiction Series when Golden Lion Cafe Part 1 was released. Part 2 was released the first week in July, followed in subsequent weeks by Part 3, Part 4 and then Part 5

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From the 1st of the year (with some breaks) through the end of July, I had 17 releases. I think I had 23 all of 2012, so 2013 was already on pace to beat it… but I had no idea how much more I was going to be putting out in 2013… 

Armand Rosamilia

Spotlight On: Susan M. Toy

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Susan M. Toy

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

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

 

Quick description of it.

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

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

 

Something unique about it.

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

 

Links for people to buy it.

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

 

Your promo links.

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

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

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

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

Twitter: @SusanMToy

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

 

Your short Bio.

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

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Reblog: Armand Rosamilia and JandJ Fitness!

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Reblog from the great Whispers From The Abyss site, where they mention my contemporary fiction set, Flagler Beach Fiction Series. 

http://rschiver.blogspot.com/2013/10/countdown-to-halloween-armand-rosamillia.html

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Mini Update On My Writing

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So far, so good… since beginning to actually keep track of my writing this past Tuesday (October 1st) I’m over 7,000 words on the week with two days left to write. My weekly goal is only 10,000 words, so 2,000 words a day with two days off to concentrate on marketing, e-mails, Red Sox baseball and maybe even talk to other humans is the way to go. If I write a bit on my off days (like I did on Friday, hitting 674 words in about a half an hour of writing) I’ll be fine. 

Yesterday was my daughter Katelynn’s 13th birthday and we celebrated with the Festival of Bacon in Orlando and then dinner at Kan-Ki Japanese steakhouse for her. No writing. Today, while she is out shopping with Special Gal I’ll be hitting my 2,000 word goal. And then hitting it again tomorrow, so hopefully getting over 11,000 words in my first tracked week. 

What will I be writing? Here’s going to be the challenge and the fun… 

In November I am definitely going to write the first draft of Dying Days 4 but it will only be about 35-45,000 words, so that won’t be a problem. I’ll write a few other things in there as well and write 7 days a week for the month. I’m excited to get back into the zombie series and I hope my readers will be, too. 

The problem will be having only 4 weeks left to write in October to finish a bunch of projects I have deadlines for:

1. Flagler Fish Company Parts 2 – 5 in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series (20k)

2. Nerdz Comics And More Parts 1 and 2 in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series (10k)

3. Dying Days: Origins finish (10k)

4. “Evil,” the fifth and final part of the Keyport Cthulhu series (5.5k)

So, about 45,500 words in 4 weeks… easy, right? An extra 10 percent and I do it. And all of these will then go to beta readers and editors and see the light of day very soon… as well as everything else currently in the pipeline with readers and editors. 

How will I do? 

Armand Rosamilia

“JandJ Fitness Complete” Print Book!

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With the release of the fifth and final part of JandJ Fitness (Book Three in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series) I’m also releasing the Print version of all ten stories a bit earlier than I usually do… because I can.

You can expect the eBook version of JandJ Fitness Complete next week around this time, but if you want the print version, it’s only $7.99!

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Grab a copy, tell your friends, talk about it on social media, buy an extra one in case you run into Oprah Winfrey at the car wash… but get your copy before they are sold out! 

Also still available:

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24 Hour Writing Marathon Update 3 of 6

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Still going and still feeling good! 

2:00 pm… 1,173 words on the horror erotica #3 story, breaking 2,000 words of the 5,000 needed to finish. This is the second-most important story on the list, so I need to do a few more extra runs of it sooner than later to finish. I also broke 10,000 words with this hour’s writing. Damn proud of myself for it. 

3:00 pm… Only hit 528 more words on the fifth JandJ Fitness story, but in all fairness I took two phone calls and had a big bowl of Chunky’s soup (Philly-style Cheese Steak), which was delicious. I’ll make it up in the next couple of hours, I swear. 

4:00 pm… 982 words on the horror erotica #3 story, pushing it over 3,000 words. Looking good to finish this one. I’m also being distracted because I stupidly put on the MLB Network and keep glancing at it. With the Red Sox game coming on in two hours I will be hard-pressed to stay focused. 

5:00 pm… 1,008 more words on the erotica #5 story. My total for the day so far is a tad over 12,500 words. I’m starting to get tired and my goal will be to reach 18,000 words and then call it a night. At this pace I should see that around midnight.

Armand

24 Hour Writing Marathon Update 2 of 6

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It’s 10:00 am and I’m feeling good… but might need to make another pot of coffee already. Not a good sign. 

 

10:00 am… worked on the horror erotica #3 story and wrote 862 words to start it out. So far so good. I have no idea where it’s going, which is why I didn’t break 1,000 words… I think. 

11:00 am… back to JandJ Fitness #5, and 1133 more words added to it. Over 3,000 right now. Feeling good about finishing this one today. It is my top priority on the list. 

High Noon… it sounds cooler that way. Not time to eat lunch but I am stuffing my face with Double Stuff Oreo cookies. They keep me going. Another 1138 on “Evil” and so far averaging about 1,100 words an hour or so. 

1:00 pm… exactly 1,000 words on erotica story #5. Good hour. Will need a cold shower soon.

So far, after 8 hours of continuous writing, I have 8,830 words in… still on pace for about 1,100 words an hour but don’t know if I can keep it up. Only 10,000 words from my goal of 18k for the day, and will finish a few projects. 

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24 Hour Writing Marathon Update 1 of 6

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You can expect six updates today and into tomorrow morning, so if you’re already bored ignore and/or unfollow me. However, if you decide to stay, be prepared to be amazed! OK, maybe not. I’m sure as my morning turns into afternoon turns into night turns into hell I’ll be more and more incoherent. But, let’s see what the first four hours of my journey have brought me so far…

6 am… Seriously, already questioning why I am awake. I stopped working retail so I’d never have to get out of bed this early. I did manage to write 745 words half asleep and with the coffee taunting me by brewing oh so slowly. Finished erotica story #4 and began #5 right away. Nothing like writing porn to get you up so early. 

7 am… changed gears and started writing “Evil,” the last story in the Keyport Cthulhu series. 754 words to open it. I also did 500 words on the fifth and final JandJ Fitness story. Solid hour of writing. Third cup of coffee and I’m getting hungry. 

8 am… 869 words on the Erotic Horror story #2, and finished it. Will begin story #3 today at some point. I’m enjoying skipping around and hitting different stories and different ideas so far. Fourth cup of coffee but still no food. 533 more words on Dying Days: Origins as well. 1402 word hour, so up to 3401 in 3 hours. Pretty nice pace and trying to bank as many words as I can in the beginning so if I slow down I won’t fall too far behind. 

9 am… Made four slices of delicious French toast, poured another cup of coffee (either cup four or five,  lost track already) and dove back into JandJ Fitness #5 and wrote 1296 words on it, just short of 2,000 so far. One of the goals is to finish this story today. 

So far: 4 hours of writing and 4,697 words. I’m feeling strong and the French toast and coffee are sitting nicely in my tummy. See you in four more hours! 

Armand

Instant Gratification: Short Story Writing

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For the past couple of months I’ve been writing stories in my Flagler Beach Fiction Series, starting with ten stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe and I just finished the ten stories set in Golden Lion Cafe. Each story is about 2,500 words. I sell two stories (5,000 word total) each Friday or Saturday for 99 cents and then once all ten are released via eBook I do a complete eBook and Print book of them before moving onto the next book’s stories. 

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It’s allowed me to get quite a few releases out for each book (5 eBook 2-story releases, 1 complete eBook and 1 complete Print book for each, so 7 for each)… at this point it will be 7 books, so in theory I’ll have 49 releases just for the Flagler Beach Fiction series. That’s quite a lot of places for new readers to start with me, and it keeps my loyal readers constantly having new things to read. Each week, in fact. 

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Besides that series, I’m also releasing other things as well, but right now the short stories seem to be taking precedent. The last two stories in the Keyport Cthulhu series, “Dagon” and “Evil” are being worked on for a release soon, and I have other short pieces currently being edited or first drafts completed. 

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Which all makes me very happy, because I’ve preached this a million times but it bears repeating: keep giving the people what they want. 

Now, for the downside… 

Dying Days: Origins… my unnamed zombie novella set in a diner… Death Cult: Death Metal 2Dying Days 4… 

All of these longer pieces are suffering because I’m only nibbling on them each day, adding 250-500 words if I’m lucky. I’m ignoring them because it will take me weeks to finish each, and (in theory) I can knock out a short story in 2-3 days and get it into the edit/rewrite/final draft system and get it either out for submissions to an anthology or a publisher, or self-publish it myself. 

I also keep adding more and more projects, which I cannot stop doing. I have an addiction. 

But, after going through and seeing the two dozen index cards I have set up with all my various projects, I’ve decided to do something radical about it. 

I’m just going to keep writing whatever I want to write, and if it’s a new batch of short stories… so be it. I just hope you keep reading everything I’m putting out. 

Armand

Authors and Bookmarks

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Back in the early days of publishing (for me… we’re talking 2005) I always had a huge stack of bookmarks at my disposal. I did a new bookmark for every release I put out with Carnifex Press and every one of my own releases got the bookmark treatment with the website on one side and the book cover and ordering info on the other. Of course, when Carnifex Press went the way of the dodo I was stuck with about five thousand useless bookmarks. I guarantee there is a heavy box filled with them somewhere in my garage. It was also the last time I used anything other than a business card to promote my work. 

Author Tim Baker swears by bookmarks, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him without a handful of them in his pocket and within easy reach. Hell, if you even glance at him he’ll do this ninja move and put one in your hands. At some point I’m sure he’ll be so proficient in it he’ll be able to sever someone’s neck or slice through an Achilles heel. 

I’ll be the first to admit I’m firmly in the creative end of my writing career and ignore the business end to a fault. I’m sure it’s one of the many reasons I don’t have a new car, a real place to always live, and money in my pocket. I do earn a living doing this writing thing but sometimes it’s a stretch when you are borrowing a few bucks for gas or living off the generosity of others. 

Tim has been arguing with me for months about proper promotion. I’m arrogant when it comes to this as a career, but I also listen every now and then. Apparently my Special Gal was listening as well, because when I casually brought up the idea of doing bookmarks for my Fourth of July book signing at Kokomo’s Cafe in Flagler Beach Florida in the event I sold out of the handful of print books I had on hand, she immediately went into action. 

She might not be a creative type when it comes to writing, but she has a killer business sense and enjoys being creative when it comes to promotion and such. As a commercial property manager, she has to deal with signs, flyers, contracts, promotional items and so much more… and she took over for me when the bookmarks were mentioned. 

I love them. I don’t currently have a scanner or I’d add one into this post, but suffice it to say I am quite happy with what she did: she made me a Flagler Beach Fiction Series bookmark, with beach backgrounds, the first two print book covers and my contact information. And she designed it, got in touch with a local Jacksonville printer who did them within a few days, and I had them for my signing, where I handed out quite a few. 

AMENDED: Thanks to David Royall for scanning and sending me the bookmarks, which are now attached at the end of the post! 

But did it help? And will they help sell books? I’m still not sure. I know JA Konrath talks about any promotional items like bookmarks, pens and postcards as being nothing more than a waste of your money, but with the rules changing all the time and independent authors challenging what came before, I’m curious if this will be a great thing, or did I waste my money?

What do you think about authors using bookmarks and other promotional items to call attention to themselves, and does it sell your work? Really sell you as an author and put money right back in your pocket?

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Daily Writing Goals – The Next 9 Days

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I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July, I know I did… and I also took off Friday to do some swimming, shopping and hanging out with my Special Gal and my daughter… but now it’s Saturday and it’s time to get back to work.

I’ve been once again contracted for a writing project which is a bit different from what I usually do, but it is still right up my alley. It’s a thriller, with plenty of action and dialogue, and (like the last four I did, including Miami Spy Games) it reads like a movie or TV show. Maybe someday this one will become one or the other, right?

Once again I am on a tight schedule for the first draft, which is 30,000 words in 14 days. I’m also working on other stories, and decided to do what I do best: post up a public challenge to myself to complete not only this project, but two others at the same time. 

I’m about 7,500 words into the new one (which I’ll call New One… but I hope that isn’t the title they use), so my daily goals are:

2,500 words daily on New One from today through Sunday July 14th – giving me 30,000 words

1,000 words per day on Golden Lion Cafe Part 4 today through Wednesday July 10th – 5,000 words

500 words on “Dagon,” the fourth Keyport Cthulhu short story from today through Thursday July 11th to finish it at 5,000 words

So, 4,000 words a day for the next week or so during crunch time… can I do it? I better, because it is now set in stone… or online… same thing… I’ll see you on the other side. 

Armand

Books, Beer and Blogshit Interview with Armand Rosamilia

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Once again, those two fine fine gentlemen from Books, Beer and Blogshit interview me… haha, I’m sorry, I can’t keep a straight face. Frank and Jeff actually interviewed me. 

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Teaser: “Kokomo’s Café” Part 4

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Part 4

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And Your Dreams Come True

 

Ginny smiled when Danny Street came in. The boy was handsome, and had gone to FlaglerPalmCoastHigh School, with their daughter. He was an amazing guitarist, and, on several Friday nights, had played in the courtyard between Kokomo’s Café and Bahama Mama’s. Danny drew not only a younger crowd of smiling females, but a mature crowd who loved his acoustic renditions of classic 60’s rock and country staples from before he was born.

“I haven’t seen you in forever,” she said, from behind the counter. “The last thing I heard, you’d gone off to Nashville to become a star.”

Danny laughed and tucked his long blond locks behind an ear. “I wish. I went up there to record a few demo tracks, but nothing really came of it.” He looked around at the few customers in the main room and leaned forward. “But I have a meeting with a manager today.”

Ginny clapped. “Amazing! I knew you’d get somewhere, didn’t I always tell you that?”

Mac came out from the kitchen. “Hey, buddy. What’s this I hear about you getting rich and famous and forgetting about us little people?”

“You know it will never happen.” Danny, again, tucked his long blond hair behind his ear. “I’m going to meet him here later today. I invited the gang to come down so I could talk to them beforehand.”

“Taking the whole band with you to Nashville?” Ginny asked.

Danny put his hands up and smiled. “Who can really say? I sure hope so.”

“You’ve jammed with your friends for years and years. How amazing would it be, not only for you to get rich and famous, but to be able to take care of the people around you? They must be excited. Do you want some coffees?”

“I could really use a slice of the six-layer carrot cake. The manager will be here in a couple of hours, so just put it on his tab. He’s good for it. Maybe a smoothie, too. I need to focus and relax a bit. I’m going to chill in the side room until the guys get here. It’s so great to see you two again.”

 

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“Wade, this is difficult, trust me,” Danny said.

“Bullshit. I can’t believe, after all we’ve been through, you’re going to drop us like this. For what? Some hotshot manager who’s going to make you into a star?”

“It does sound kinda cool,” Jayce said.

Wade turned to Jayce, who had his sunglasses on despite the fact they were sitting in the side room of Kokomo’s Café with the lights off and only natural sunlight peeking through the curtains. “Shut up, you burnout hippie. You always agree with whatever he says, no matter what. Dude, he’s dumping us so he can go off and be a star. We’re being left behind, don’t you get it?”

Jayce shrugged. “I’m happy for him. He’s my bro.”

Wade turned back to Danny. “We had a deal.”

Danny shook his head. “We had a few big dreams, sitting in your mom’s garage and jamming, that’s all. Look, I’m sorry you’re mad. I get it, I do… but this is my chance to make something of myself. You think I want to be trapped in FlaglerBeach, playing shitty free shows to mindless tourists? Shit, I’m too good for that.”

“What about us?”

Danny sat back and sipped his smoothie. “What about you?”

 

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