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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

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“Death Metal” – An Update

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I wrote the Death Metal novella many years ago. I believe it was started in early 2007 and I rewrote it as part of NaNoWriMo in November of 2007. It went through a few rewrites and was finally finished and sold to a small press company who released it in January 2009 with a cover I was never happy with and no promotion. (That’s my cover above, so don’t start ripping it, got it?)

A couple of years later I got the rights back and released it myself, changing the cover and promoting it as a thriller, which it is. Not an urban horror story, whatever that means. 

I am quite proud of the story itself. Death Metal was one of my earliest ideas I actually finished and the first piece longer than a short story sold to a publisher, so I am proud of it for that. 

But I was never truly happy with the book itself. I thought the ending was rushed and there are several spots in the plot where it could have been expanded, the bad guys filled out more and so much more tension to add. 

So… as of November 1st I will take Death Metal off of the market. It will be out of print in all formats. Even audiobook. 

My goal will be to rewrite it in 2015 as a novel and add in all the ideas I couldn’t have done as a younger writer. I’ve grown and can now see what was missing from the story. I intend to add it in and double the word count. With the ending I’ve always wanted for it, too. 

I am also going to start the sequel from scratch. I envision this as a trilogy, with the goal being to rewrite this and also write the second book by the end of 2015. I’ve added it to my schedule. Fingers crossed it will happen. 

Armand

99 Cents Month Week #3 from Armand Rosamilia

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A day late and 99 cents short, but here is this week’s three new 99 cents releases… get ’em now because they’ll go back up in the near future

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HIGHWAY TO HELL

The end of the world is upon us… the zombie plague has taken over… and your former friends and loved ones don’t want to just kill and eat you… they want to violate you… 

includes the bonus short story “Rear Guard” 

The kickoff to the extreme zombie “Dying Days” series! 

warning: extreme violence, extreme sexual situations, extreme zombies

Highway To Hell

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METAL QUEENS: BEST OF THE BANDS

“Metal Queens: Best Of The Bands” features 19 Interviews taken from the first six issues of the “Metal Queens” eBook series Bands including Arch Enemy, Vixen, Girlschool, Echoes of Eternity, Holy Moses, Queen Diamond, Battlelore, Wykked Wytch, Seven Kingdoms, and more!

Metal Queens: best of The Bands

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DEATH METAL

No one had ever connected Daniel as the brains behind seven brutal concept albums about Satanism and the dark figure Natas, but when a teenager quotes lyrics from his musical work, Daniel fears his ten-year old daughter, Missy, is in trouble. His fears are founded when she is kidnapped. The kidnappers want Daniel to complete the last three albums for his former band – and return him to the demons he had tried to escape. Daniel can save her, but can he save himself?

“Rosamilia jams the E-major of dark crime in Death Metal. That scream you hear is the electric-soaked feedback of scorching prose.” ~ Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes

Death Metal is a sharply written tale that starts quick and works its way to an edge-of-the seat ending you won’t forget. It’s one of those stories you just can’t stop reading. Bravo! Or should I say Rock and Roll! ~ Laura J. Underwood, Author of The King’s Wind and The Green Women 

With Death Metal, Rosamilia keeps you anxious to turn each page, and leaves you wanting more. A spectacular read that will not disappoint. ~ C. S. Johnson, author of The Watching

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Free Audiobook Contest

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That’s right, that’s right… I’m giving away 15 audiobooks to anyone interested!

Oh, there is a catch… (isn’t that always the way?)

I am in need (like every other author on the planet) of Reviews for ANY of my books. So… if you review a book I’ve put out on Amazon and it gets added to the reviews section on the eBook or print version, I will gladly give you a copy of one of three audiobooks:

DYING DAYS

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DEATH METAL

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SKULLS AND BONES

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Easy enough, right? Between today – Thursday December 26th 2013 – and whenever I get 15 reviews on ANYTHING I released (good review, bad review, it doesn’t matter – just as long as it is live on Amazon) and you let me know, I will gladly give you a code for a free copy. 

But wait, there’s more!

If you are so inclined to review THREE different releases I will gladly give you THREE free coupons so you can have all THREE audiobooks… how does that sound?

Remember, Authors live and die on these reviews, so please give the gift of a review to your favorite author (or me) to end 2013 with a positive note!

Armand

“Necromance” #1 and #2 #horror #erotica #stories are out!

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Necromance #1: Blood Omen, by Armand Rosamilia

Introducing Cheri Rose Thorne, demon-hunter, and more. An evil presence draws Cheri to a strip club in Florida, where she indulges in her own unique brand of debauchery and mayhem.

  Ganxy link:  https://ganxy.com/i/88295
  Smashwords link:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/389294  FREE on SmashWords!
 
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Necromance #2: Check-In by Three, by Armand Rosamilia
  Ganxy link:  https://ganxy.com/i/88388

The second story in the Necromance series takes Cheri Rose Thorne to Newark, NJ, where she must decide whether or not to make a deal with a devil.

Hookers, vampires, fiends, and hot sex in cheap motels. Just another day in the life of Cheri Rose Thorne, demon hunter. To what lengths will Cheri go to get information on her twin sister and her father, the Necromancer?

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. 

Armand

What I Learned About Life And Death From #NaNoWriMo 2013

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I learned I like to be very dramatic. Life and death? Alright, maybe it wasn’t that intense. But I did have a roller coaster month of writing in November. 

I started off the month of November on fire… actually, anything but… my day 1 total? 0. 

But I’m happy to say I broke the 50,000 word novel goal on November 29th, and also managed to add in 25,000 words to other projects during the month, although the last four days (from the 26th through the 29th) I did some major catching up and wrote only the novel and 17,000 words of it. 

Yeah, I had gotten behind. At several points I didn’t think I’d ever get it done, especially with other deadlines on my other things. I thought (stupidly) I’d just pump up the daily word count and add an extra 50,000 words to the list. In that respect I failed because my monthly writing minus this novel was only 25,000 words. I’m not complaining but I know for next year to adjust and be more realistic. 

But I’m not really going to wait around for another November before I hit another novel this hard. While the one I just worked isn’t finished at 50,000 words, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Another 15-20k and it’s done (first draft, anyway). 

Depending on contracted works in early 2014 (still got my fingers crossed on something very Miami Spy Games – esque coming down the pipe), one of my goals is to write longer pieces and getting the discipline to not put out so many short stories and novellas but mix in more novels. With that being said, expect Dying Days 4 in 2014 and a much longer story. While the previous have all been 25-40k novellas, the fourth installment will be 65k or more… 

But I digress… 

NaNoWriMo was a success in my book and everyone else out there playing along was a definite inspiration, especially when it got down to the final week and I thought I’d never get it finished. Will this novel ever see the light of day? It is a goal of mine, obviously. In 2007 I wrote Death Metal and it eventually got sold to a publisher and republished by me. Tool Shed began in 2008 during the November run but not completed on time. I’ve had other hits and misses but only seemed to try to write a longer piece in Novembers past. 

What does December now hold? A lot of short stories, wrapping up two novella projects and (hopefully) starting on an exciting new serial with a publisher… and then some novels in 2014.

How did you do for your National November Writing Month?

Armand

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Hazardous Press, Darkyrie and Armand Rosamilia – Perfect Together?

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Question #1: Why am I so damn good-looking?

Question #2: What do Hazardous Press, Darkyrie and Armand Rosamilia have to do with one another?

You’ll find out very, very soon… 

(This is called a tease)

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Guest Post: Patrick C. Greene

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THE DEAD ROCK!

 

Patrick C Greene

 

In honor of Armand’s DYING DAYS series, and the upcoming anthology based in its universe, I decided to take a look at how the zombie phenomenon has infected the popular and underground music scenes.

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Okay. Maybe not the Top Ten – but here’s my take anyway.

Back in nineteen eighty-something, Michael Jackson kicked off the pseudo-trend I guess, with his loving tribute to horror films, the extended music video for his smash hit Thriller. Using then-state of the art special effects, lavish set design, and cinematic-level camera work, The Gloved One went all out, even hiring A-list director John Landis and the one and only Vincent Price to provide some nice atmospheric voice work.

The result was a success on every level. No one had ever seen anything quite like it on MTV, and probably never will again, unless teen moms and Jersey shore mouth breathers turn into werewolves, or face a zombie outbreak, only with decent lighting, editing, scripting, etc. 

If you’ve never seen it, you really should:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

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The climactic zombie dance number has been parodied and imitated numerous times. Working with Peepin Tom Productions on a zombie film called One Last Sunset a couple of years ago, and again this past spring, I bore witness to a well-orchestrated re-enactment on set. MJ would be proud. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the crew in action, but here’s the trailer for the movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiuVGjmCUUI

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Back to the music…

Soon after, punk rock pioneer Billy Idol took a tune he had performed with his first band Generation X called Dancing With Myself and re-recorded it for his first solo foray, leading to a video directed by none other than Tobe Hooper. The stylish vid features a raggedy band of what can only be zombies, attracted apparently by Idol’s singing and posturing, crawling up the walls over one another looooong before World War Z made it fashionable. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG1NrQYXjLU

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Still in the eighties, new wave-ish pop band The Hooters contributed an atmospheric and hooky tune called All You Zombies that took the charts by storm–though what the hell it’s actually about is up for debate. I don’t think it’s zombies, but decide for yourself:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LE0KpcP05I

 

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1986 found Credence Clearwater Revival alum John Fogerty tossing out a nice piece evocative of bayou voodoo called Eye Of The Zombie. Warning: ass nudity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcTG2z8CgmY

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For at least the next decade or so, it would be difficult to find a song -or for that matter, any pop culture source- about zombies. With the advent of Road Rules type programming, MTV degenerated to a more subtle and less interesting brand of zombification, and horror films in general began to wane. When they were eventually resurrected, it was in the form of a slasher film revival.

 

But our rotten, shambling archetype could not stay figuratively dead anymore than literally so. With hardcore favorites Misfits leading the way, a new wave of ghoulish rock slowly dug its way from the underground. Generally known as “horror punk”, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_punk) these acts use all manner of Halloween and horror film imagery, combined with fifties-esque doo-wop sensibilities to evoke a retro spookshow feel. Naturally, zombies are a popular motif.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5N4cTCZoMQ&list=PLA1065C63412C992E

 

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There’s no shortage of tongue-in-cheek fun to be had from the music and in the presence of horror punk bands. It’s hard not to love a band like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu3Rfc9fr-0&list=FL5BKXFnu9jdFBlTq3KG3dTw&index=854

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The Crimson Ghosts did a good job of capturing the apocalyptic feel of the better zombie movies with this little ditty:
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Why even good old Uncle George got in on the undead action, directing this sick little gem for the ‘Fits:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGUWla4OVrY&list=PLA1065C63412C992E

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Leave it to the world of metal to bring gravitas back to the grave. The video for Moonspell’s “I’ll See you In My Dreams” is bleak and doom-laden:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V11A5-QA364

 

Of course, any band calling themselves Cannibal Corpse should have on their set list at least one track concerned with the undead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HURnx8kffU4

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To bring the cycle back around, techno/goth metalers Gothminister pay tribute to the song that started it all, with–well, what else? Thriller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eloYA9eFTys

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  • BIO_ Patrick C. Greene – Some dark serendipity plopped a young Patrick Greene in front of a series of ever stranger films-and experiences-in his formative years, leading to a unique viewpoint. His odd interests have led to pursuits in film acting, paranormal investigation, martial arts, quantum physics, bizarre folklore and eastern philosophy. These elements flavor his screenplays and fiction works, often leading to strange and unexpected detours designed to keep viewers and readers on their toes.

Literary influences range from Poe to Clive Barker to John Keel to a certain best-selling Bangorian. Suspense, irony, and outrageously surreal circumstances test the characters who populate his work, taking them and the reader on a grandly bizarre journey into the furthest realms of darkness. The uneasy notion that reality itself is not only relative but indeed elastic- is the hallmark of Greene’s writing.

Living in the rural periphery of Asheville North Carolina with his wife, youngest son and an ever-growing army of cats, Greene still trains in martial arts when he’s not giving birth to demons via his pen and keyboard. Visit the website: www.PatrickCGreene.com

In addition to his novel PROGENY, and the short story collection DARK DESTINIES, Greene has several film projects in the works, and just finished writing his second novel – THE CRIMSON CALLING -the first in the action-adventure vampire trilogy, The Sanguinarian Council.

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www.patrickcgreene.com

http://www.amazon.com/Progeny-ebook/dp/B009U6VFEK/ref=tf_cw?&linkCode=waf&tag=greenesfiends-20

http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Destinies-ebook/dp/B00ATF59J8/ref=tf_cw?&linkCode=waf&tag=greenesfiends-20

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Reblog: Friday Night Special

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Books, Beer and Blogshit posted a sweet kiss-ass post about not only The Castaways but Tim Baker’s B-Sides and Mando’s Manic Melodies shows, all airing live tonight on Surf 17 Radio

http://booksbeerblogshit.blogspot.com/2013/09/friday-night-special.html

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

I’m Creeping Death

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I’m Creeping Death

Armand Rosamilia

 

Creeping Death: Short Peeks Into A Disturbed Mind is my latest release, a collection of 16 short stories. 5 of the tales are new and the other 11 are some of my best stories (in my opinion)… Hazardous Press was cool enough to see my sheer and utter brilliance and put it out… or I blackmailed them… either way, it’s for sale.

I’m going to focus on the title track (so to speak) right now. As anyone who even remotely knows me, I am not only a horror writer but a huge Heavy Metal fan. I’m also quite pleasing to the naked eye, but that’s for another post.

I’m on the wrong side of 40, and I grew up listening to thrash Metal giants like Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth and (of course) Metallica. I loved everything they put out as a kid (until the crap after …And Justice For All. Don’t get me started, please) and it was a huge influence on me. They had songs about H.P. Lovecraft? I read all of his work, and even understood some of it as a teen. They wrote a song about Moses? I painted the Creeping Death EP cover on the back of my brother’s jean jacket.

When I originally wrote the opening page or two of the story itself, I had no idea where it was going. I had no title and no real ending, which is rare for me. I just had a feel and a theme, based on the invite from Smart Rhino Publications for their Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! anthology.

As the story progressed, it just flowed so naturally. I took my own experiences going to the Limelight club in NYC in my twenties and my love of the Goth and Metal culture and turned it up several notches. I have no tattoos and no piercings but I was the minority back in those days (and I guess today, as well). But I knew enough about it and was lucky enough to have managed some killer Death Metal bands during that time to know the behind the scenes club goings on.

This ended up being one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written, and was a no-brainer for the title (track) of the book itself. Want to find out what the connection to the title and the story is? Well, you’ll have to read it.

Armand Rosamilia

Creeping Death on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Creeping-Death-ebook/dp/B00DD5DZS8/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1371924843&sr=8-12&keywords=creeping+death

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Cover Reveal: Kokomo’s Cafe (Flagler Beach Fiction Series)

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This coming Friday, May 17th, will see the debut of the first installment of the Flagler Beach Fiction Series, with the first 2-story eBook only release of Kokomo’s Cafe. The contemporary fiction stories are set in a real place with fictionalized versions of the owners as well as the customers… maybe. 

The Kokomo’s Cafe stories will be five 2-story releases, culminating in a complete eBook release as well as a Print release (of all ten stories) and book signing at Kokomo’s Cafe itself!

The release dates:

Friday May 17th: “Be Here In The Mornin'” / “Girls On The Beach”

An introduction to Kokomo’s Cafe owners Mac and Ginny, and then a story featuring Michael Zaun and his pal Larry (from my horror novella Tool Shed)

Friday May 24th: “Maybe I Don’t Know” / “Passing Friend”

An older couple on their weekly lunch date, and then Ike rescues a friend’s daughter (from author Tim Baker’s Pump It Up novel)

Friday May 31st: “It’s All About Time” / “Some Of Your Love”

A local author tries to write without distraction, and then Darlene Bobich and her dad are on vacation and run into someone interesting (from my zombie series, Dying Days)

Friday June 7th: “And Your Dreams Come True” / “Custom Machine”

A local musician, on the verge of stardom, meets with his former band, and then a motorcycle gang with a bad reputation rides into town (from my Keyport Cthulhu series)

Friday June 14th: “Love Is A Woman” / “Here Comes The Night”

Two thugs from New Jersey come down for vacation, and then Wayne Tursha sees what the hype is about the local superstar (from my Death Metal novella)

Friday June 21st: The release of the eBook complete Kokomo’s Cafe

Friday June 28th: Book signing at the actual Kokomo’s Cafe (more details to follow)

Also, look for the second book in the series, Golden Lion Cafe followed by J And J Fitness, Flagler Fish Company and more…

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Having A Bad Day – Writer’s Worst Nightmares

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Today is not a good day for me… it’s currently been raining for what seems like a month straight, flooding up and down the Florida coast, and I hate getting wet. The rain is cold. 

Jeff Hanneman of SLAYER is dead… at 49, from liver failure. I was out to dinner with Shelly last night when my 17-year old texted me the news. Surreal. It was a blow, even though I’d only met him briefly once in the mid-1990’s backstage at a show in New York, and he was a friendly guy. He was the true backbone of SLAYER, writing some of my all-time favorite songs. He was only 6 years older than me, and it was depressing to hear an idol was dead. 

Did I mention it was still raining outside?

Some of you might know I helped a fellow author friend (who I’ve never met in person but hope to someday) to extract his daughter from an abusive boyfriend a few weeks ago. All looked good, she was as far away from him as she could be… but now, it seems, she is going back to him. Another crushing blow. In the short (4-5 hours?) I knew her, I really liked her and saw her bright future ahead. Now, I only see another potential statistic. She thinks she’ll be the exception and he’ll never hit her again… I’m really sad for her. 

Yep, still raining outside…

I do copywriting jobs on the side, little 200-300 word blurbs about a concert coming to someplace in Texas or the reasons you need to select a certain apartment complex in Ohio, stuff like that… only, today, I had a bunch of Adult ones given to me. Really Adult. Stuff about swinger cruises, vibrators, squirting… crazy stuff, and it pays very well. I’m no prude, but this stuff is intense. I need a mental bleach after this… 

When it rains it pours…

I’ve gotten nothing done today writing-wise. Just this blog, which I don’t count as actually getting nearer my 2,000 word daily goal. I’ll be home tonight, listening to the rain, and being grumpy I didn’t reach my goal. 

…and because of the rain, First Friday’s book signing in Flagler Beach has been cancelled for tonight. I guess the fact the park looks like a lake had something to do with it. 

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RAINING BLOOD

Trapped in purgatory 
A lifeless object, alive 
Awaiting reprisal 
Death will be their acquisition 

The sky is turning red 
Return to power draws near 
Fall into me, the skys crimson tears 
Abolish the rules made of stone 

Pierced from below, souls of my treacherous past 
Betrayed by many, now ornaments dripping above 

Awaiting the hour of reprisal 
Your time slips away 

Raining blood 
From a lacerated sky 
Bleeding it’s horror 
Creating my structure 
Now I shall reign in blood!

This Internet Stuff Is Forever… Usually

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This weekend, besides getting into the homestretch of the Dying Days 3 zombie novel, I’be been culling some of my favorite blog posts and interviews from this website and they will eventually all be bundled together, along with many new ones you’ve never seen, into an eBook titled Shut Up, Old Man! Random Thoughts, Posts, Interviews, Lies and Help from Armand Rosamilia

I’m not going to pretend to know anything, but after the last 18 months I’ve learned a few things, and I wanted to put my journey into perspective and see (for myself) how far I’ve come or haven’t come. It’s fun going back and reading posts I did a year ago, and remembering where my mindset was at that moment. And seeing how it’s changed. 

I also began pulling every interview I’ve done and putting together a sort of ‘Best Of’ interview, with every question I’ve been asked and the multiple answers I’ve given for each… so far, I talk a lot of crap. 

One thing that alarmed me, however, was the many dead links I am seeing. I have done a ton of guest blogs and interviews, and linked them to my website. However, when I click on them to find them, they are gone. Erased. Deleted. And these are websites that still exist. 

I contacted two bloggers this morning to see if maybe they changed the names or archived them, only to be told by one ‘Nah, that interview was old (it was 9 months ag0)’, and the other said ‘I only want current stuff on my blog’… 

Huh?

The greatest part of the internet is the perpetual flow of it, and the fact I’ve had new readers who found me based not on my latest Twitter post, but because they read an interview when I was first promoting Dying Days or Death Metal, and they looked me up and started reading my stuff. You never know where a reader is going to jump into your career, so you hedge the bets the more chances for them to see you the better. 

Thank about any author you’ve read. Did you see them as an up and coming writer with their first book, or maybe jumped in when they got a buzz from people you trusted on the third book? I’ve stumbled across great interviews with authors and wanted to dive in and see if they were any good. 

Keeping an interview or guest post on your website doesn’t hurt anyone, especially you. I have hundreds of posts and things on my site, and I’m using about 3% of what they gave me. For free. Unless you are running crazy apps or tons of video, that isn’t a valid excuse for deleting stuff. There’s a blogger I really like on a personal level, but won’t send him my guest blogs anymore, because he takes posts down after two months. I have yet to see what the point is. I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post titled “JA Konrath Is The Devil”, and it still finds its way into my top five posts each week, no matter what. It’s been out for months, but people still find it and follow my blog and keep coming back to read more and more. 

By some folk’s reckoning, I should have deleted it months ago and only posted ‘relevant’ things… well, guess what? If an interview or guest post talking about an old book still in print  helps me find even one more reader and gives them another reason to read your blog and maybe like your own work, I say it is more than relevant. 

Armand

Blog Hop With Armand Rosamilia

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Brent Abell (http://brentabell.wordpress.com/) was kind enough to pass me these questions along, and I am honored to answer them. Then I will choose three authors at the end to keep it going, and answer the questions themselves…

Questions for Armand Rosamilia

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What are you working on right now?

 

Besides keeping my weight over 300 lbs.? I am in the midst of Dying Days 3, my continuing zombie story. I should have the first draft done by May 1st and then it goes to the editor, with a late June release planned. I’m also working on 16 other stories at once, too…

 

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How does it differ from other works in its genre?

 

It is just better. OK, maybe it isn’t… but I like writing it, and other people like reading it so far. And it has zombies in it. But it’s more about the people. But it also has zombies in it.

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What experiences have influenced you?

 

I think you need every experience to influence you, either good or bad. As a writer I’m constantly people watching and committing conversations or ideas to memory. Monday, for instance, I witnessed a sixty year old woman breaking up with her fifty year old boyfriend because his kids are ‘animals’, as she put it. I eavesdropped on the entire conversation, and added a character or two to a future story.

 

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Why do you write what you do?

 

I can’t help it. I have always read horror and been fascinated by apocalyptic ideas and stories, so zombies are just another means to an end (pun intended). The old adage ‘write what you know’ applies to what you read a lot of as well. I’ve read a ton of horror books in my life so far.

 

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How does your writing process work?

 

Better some days than others. I set a daily goal of 2,000 words and then attempt to get there between 8 am and noon Monday through Friday, and get up early on the weekends and hit my goals before the kids are fully awake and bothering me to eat.

 

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What is the hardest part about writing?

 

The daily discipline. Some days I just want to play on Facebook and push it off until tomorrow. But then I know my goal for tomorrow will be 4,000 words and I’d be rushing. So I bust my butt to get it done. Or else.

 

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What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?

 

Getting out of my comfort zone completely. I’d love to write a romantic comedy or a straight action thriller, or maybe even a historical dramatic piece. I’ve dabbled in erotica and enjoyed it, and I know straying too far away from horror might piss off my fan base, but I will eventually expand my range.

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Who are the authors you most admire?

 

Anyone who braves the rejection and fear and just writes and completes a story. I run into so many people who swear they are going to write, and so many more who have something incomplete. Rare do you find someone who finished a story and submitted it or published it themselves, and then kept writing. I have over seventy stories/novellas/etc. on sale right now, and my goal is fifty times that… and that would be a lot of stories! (I can’t figure out the math on that)

 

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Who are new authors to watch out for?

 

I was recently in the Fifty Shades of Decay anthology, and I found some amazing authors in there I will be reading more of. Some might not be new to you, but to me they are. I love when I read someone’s work and it blows me away and I have to pile on their back-list and catch up.

 

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What scares you?

 

Fear of losing you… and dogs. Maybe dogs more.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to read this senseless crap. If you want to read even more senseless crap, next Wednesday go over to see authors Tim Baker (http://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/), Tonia Brown (www.thebackseatwriter.com) and Lisa Woods (http://LisaWoodsWrites.com) as they answer these fascinating questions and try to outdo me with my subversively interesting answers.

“Metal Queens: Models 2” Coming Soon! \m/

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I’ve decided, after a nearly two year hiatus, to release a second Metal Queens: Models book via Carnifex Metal Books. I haven’t put anything out by the imprint in way too long, and the Metal Queens Monthly series got lost in the shuffle.

With my horror writing career takng off in the last 18 months or so, quite a few projects I loved but didn’t make enough money to sustain fell to the wayside, including this series, which captures not only interviews but some amazing photography with Females into Heavy Metal music, whether they are professional alternative models, amateurs trying to turn pro, or women who do it for the sheer fun of it.

This was always a fun project, not to make a ton of money, but more to promote the models and photographers who share a love of Heavy Metal. I’m happy to finally be able to get back to it, even if it might end up being another one-shot for the next year.

So, if you know any females that fit into what I’m searching for, feel free to contact them and pass along the word for me… I hope to once again have a great selection of Metal Queens for you to read about and see!

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Interview With Armand Rosamilia

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There is a great interview with me (and not only because it’s with me!) on Castles In The Air: Author Quinn Cullen’s Scribbles:

http://authorquinncullensscribbles.blogspot.com/2013/01/meet-armand-rosamilia-horror-author.html?spref=fb 

Armand’s 2012 Year In Review

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Another year gone by, and my first full year as a full-time writer. Has it been fun? Definitely. Has it been chalenging? Far more than I thought it would, especially in the last few months as Amazon and the eBook world made some big changes that affected me and every other indie author out there. Would I change anything? Not on your life.

Here is my recap of everything I published in 2012 and my honest opinions now that some of it has some distance. In 2011 I released 25 things, and in 2012 it was 23.

January 2012

On the 3rd the anthology Skeletal Remains came out, a project Keith Gouveia offered to me once the original publisher had some problems. I accepted, since I had a story in it, and I loved the idea and the other stories. I think it’s a strong anthology that got little fanfare, which is a shame. The 16th saw the release of the non-fiction Zombie Writing! book, where I put together 44 great authors with their own ideas and thoughts about writing zombie stories. I love this book, and I’m amazed at some of the great authors who agreed to help me with this. Finally, on the 23rd I released Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, which was the prequel to Dying Days. It amassed some of the short stories about Darlene I’d written, and I added new ones to fill in some of the time.

February 2012

Nothing released for me. Not by me, anyway. It was a month of stupidly counting all the money flowing in from Amazon, seeing my sales hit a couple thousand, and being an arroogant prick. I know it, you know it. I got full of myself, but luckily I also kept writing and kept promoting.

March 2012

The 12th saw the release of Dying Days 2, a book I am quite proud of. It kept the Darlene story going, added some twists, and introduced a slew of new characters I could write for years to come, if I wanted to.

April 2012

On April Fool’s I released Bones. Death. Cenote, a three-story eBook release. It features the unnamed reporter from my Skeletal Remains release and two new stories. I hope to someday go back to this character, because it was interesting to write about South America. On the 11th I put together a huge release called Metal Queens Complete, with all eight issues of the original non-fiction series. Sadly, I doubt I’ll have time to ever dive back into this series like I want to. On the 12th of April Undead Tales 2 was released, the followup to the successful Undead Tales anthology. While it had some phenomenal stories, it lacked the immediate star power of the first book, and sales have been sluggish, to be honest. It has long legs, however, and I hope it sees some steady sales in 2013.

May 2012

Another month of no new releases, but much writing done. Sales were starting to slide a bit but there was no need to panic. I was still doing well, and so was my indie brethren.

June 2012

 The only release was a cool one, when the Dying Days audiobook came out on the 4th, read by the wonderful Amanda Lehman. It was very cool to hear my words being read aloud.

July 2012

The month was geared toward my Keyport Cthulhu series, with the first two parts coming out: Ancient on the 4th and Barren on the 26th. The five-part series is a nice departure from my zombie stuff, and the real-life and creepy town of Keyport New Jersey makes for a nice moody setting. The cover art for all five by Jeffrey Kosh is also amazing.

August 2012

On the 25th, Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days was released, with 13 short stories set in the Dying Days world and introducing both new and old characters. On the 29th the first Miami Spy Games ‘episode’ was released by Hobbes End Publishing, the start of 12 short stories I wrote in 2012 for them. It is one of my favorite things to write, and I hope to have a longer blog post about it in the days ahead.

September 2012

Another wash of a month, but I had some personal things to deal with and came out the other end of them relatively unscathed. I did get out my second audiobook and one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written, when Kevin Giffin narrated Death Metal.

October 2012

The 23rd saw the second Miami Spy Games out, with the third on the 25th, the fourth on the 27th and the fifth on the 30th. Productive week, eh?

November 2012

On the 20th my Tool Shed horror novella came out via Angelic Knight Press, and it is one of my favorite traditional horror stories I’ve ever written. I hope more people take a chance on it, because it was a fun story to write and I hope a good one to read.

December 2012

December 5th saw the release of my first collaboration, when author Tim Baker and I wrote a wonderful tale, combining my Dying Days zombie world and some of my main characters, with characters from his own thrillers set in the area. The result, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, has so far been a big hit in the Flagler/palm Coast Florida area where it is set, and from fans of both of us. The 7th saw my Skulls And Bones collection in print, with a combination of my Skulls and Bones. Death. Cenote collections in one spot. The third Keyport Cthulhu short story, Cabal, was finally released on the 16th. I also combined four Dying Days novellas into one big release with the Dying Days Collection, out on the 16th as well. The print version clocks in at nearly 400 pages. Finally, I ended 2012 with the complete run of Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, with all 12 episodes in one big release. I’m quite proud of this one and crossing my fingers Hobbes End Publishing let’s me keep writing the ACES team in 2013 and beyond.

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“Skulls And Bones” Is Now In Print!

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It’s here! The Skulls And Bones horror short story collection, and it’s only $6.99

Nine tales of Horror from author Armand Rosamilia, including “Memorial Site”, “Vacation’s End”, “1920 Gallery Card #4”, “Stairs To The Ocean”, “Beastie”, “Crow Mill Bridge”, “Rainforest of Bones”, “South American Death Cap”, and “The Devil and The Cenote” plus a preview of the urban horror novella “Death Metal”

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“Bones And Skulls” Print Release Coming Soon!

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With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m trying to get as many new releases out for the shopping deluge… I’ve been asked a couple of times about some of my eBook-only releases and when they will be available in print, if ever.

With that in mind, I decided to take two of my (formerly) eBook-only releases, the Skulls short story collection (6 tales) as well as Bones. Death. Cenote (3 tales) and combine them into one Print release. I call it (amazingly) Bones And Skulls. I also include a preview of my thriller novella Death Metal as well as some notes on the individual short stories included. And it is priced at only $6.99. Great stocking stuffer if you want to freak someone out. 

Below is the cover for the eBook version of Bones And Skulls. It contains the horror stories “Memorial Site”, “Vacation’s End”, “1920 Gallery Card #4”, “Stairs To The Ocean”, “Beastie”, “Crow Mill Bridge”, “Rainforest of Bones”, “South American Death Cap” and “The Devil and The Cenote”, plus a preview of the thriller horror novella “Death Metal.” The Print cover and ordering information will be coming soon.

Tagged By Allison M. Dickson – Q&A Excuse

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I got tagged by the wonderfully talented and beautiful Allison M. Dickson and decided to follow along and answer the interview questions… how can I resist her smile?

The Rules:

Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog

Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Five might be a stretch, but here goes: Tim Baker, Mark Tufo, Todd Brown,  Tonia Brown, and Jeffrey Kosh 

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Death Cult: Death Metal 2

 

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It is the followup to the 2009 release, Death Metal, building on an idea I had well after the book was already released. I never really intended their to be a sequel, but the world I’d created would never fully let me go.

What genre does your book fall under?
Definitely a thriller. With some horror/paranormal-ish leanings. When Death Metal came out, it was marketed by the publisher as an urban horror novella. I never quite got that, but it is definitely a thriller.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For Wayne Tursha it would have to be a large actor with plenty of character, but the best ones (Chris Farley, John Candy) are gone. An unknown who can pull off crazy dyed hair would work.

For Melissa Cahill, Miley Cyrus would be perfect. OK, maybe not Hannah Montana, but someone ‘hip’ and ‘happening’…

I would also have Allyssa Milano playing Karen, her mom. She doesn’t look like her at all, but it would be an excuse to meet Allyssa and win her heart.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The music of D.T.C. has far-reaching and evil consequences, even years later…

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ll be putting this one out myself, like I did when Death Metal‘s rights reverted back to me.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still writing the first draft. I’m 18k into it, but right now the main priority will be to finish the thirteen stories/episodes of Miami Spy Games I am contracted for for Hobbes End Publishing. I hope to be done with the first draft (looking at around 50k) before the end of 2012.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That’s tough. I’m not sure the storyline really compares to another off the top of my head. Not being an egotistical jerk (I don’t think), but I haven’t read this story setup the way I have. I just hope readers of my other work will love it as well as new readers. But, thinking about it, the books by Phil Rickman I read in my late teens defintely inspired me with the combination of horror/thriller and heavy metal music.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My love of the first story and how I could never shake the nagging feeling there was more to be written at the end. Plus, I love the characters and I am a huge Heavy Metal fan and have a working knowledge of how the business end of it works from having managed death metal bands in the mid-1990’s.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you loved Death Metal, you’ll love this book, which picks up years later. If you find this one first, you can still follow along and meet these old friends and new characters. I am enjoying writing it and hope you’ll love reading it.

Now Hop away to some really great writers

 

Check out all of the authors I have linked above. They’re as varied as snowflakes, but all very talented. As for the one who inspired Allison originally to write this, you really should check out Gae Polisner’s amazing book,The Pull of Gravity and keep watching out for her new work…

Thanks, Allison! That was fun!!

The Coming Week of Writing for Mando

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This coming week should be an interesting one, with one of those make or break views for my current writing… allow me to explain.

Last week, as you know, I finished the second installment of Miami Spy Games, and sent it off to the publisher, Hobbes End Publishing. I then took the weekend off and relaxed. No writing, barely any reading, just a man and his thoughts. Oh, and a bunch of alcohol.

But starting right now… today… I will begin a new week and new, more intense goals for my writing.

My goal, first and foremost, is simple: finish the third Miami Spy Games installment by hitting 2,000 words per day, today through Thursday… 8,000 words. On Friday I will then write the first 2,000 words of the fourth Miami Spy Games story.

But, wait… there’s more!

I’ve been seriously neglecting my other stories, so I have a simple goal of writing 500 words on one of the following stories each day: “Cabal”, the third Keyport Cthulhu story (currently at 2,800 of the 5,500 words finished), Dying Days: Origins (8,000 of the 25,000 finished), and Death Cult: Death Metal 2 (18,000 of 50,000 words)… my ultimate goal would be hitting 500 words on each of the three stories per day, obviously.

This week I think I will do a daily recap to see where I am… so you can see and especially so I can see if I get behind, and motivate myself with embarrassment to keep on pace.

As always, wish me luck!

The Writing Week That Was(n’t)

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Bad week last week as far as writing, I completely dropped the ball. I don’t think I hit 3,000 words of anything important, and it sucked.

My personal life (which I won’t get into) is in the process of a huge upheaval, with me having to suddenly move at some point later in this week, many problems where I live and who I have been with for five years, and all that mess.

I’m also waiting patiently (but growing impatient, if I’m being honest) with a publisher about a certain series I’m supposed to be working on for them. Instead, I rushed to get the first one done and now I’ve been on hold for over two weeks. I need to write, and it is such a big project mentally I don’t want to dive back into another one. Endless phone calls is all we’re doing, but it isn’t the publisher’s fault, it’s the higher ups… this will make much more sense once I can finally let the cat out of the bag and tell you what I’m working on, and it is a pretty huge move for me and my writing career…

I did manage to release Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days, and I am quite proud of this zombie book with thirteen short stories set in the Dying Days world. It came out this weekend and already sold a few copies, which I am quite happy about.

Still Dying on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and SmashWords (Kobo coming soon), as well as in Print.

I’m hoping I can get the green light to write the second part of the thing I’m working on now asap. If not I might try to ignore it and jump back into my other work like the third Keyport Cthulhu story, “Cabal” or Death Cult: Death Metal 2. We’ll see. Dealing with an actual publisher instead of making your own schedule is so different, but the rewards for this one make it worth it… but let’s get a move-on already…

Hope you all have a great week of writing and reading ahead of you.