Armand’s 2015 Year In Review


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.

Chelsea Avenue

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.

Armand

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Guest Post: RJ Sullivan


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The Bass Player Quit Again

Or, the Chemistry of Author Co-Ops

 

“She wants to be an author when she grows up!” I looked down into the wide eyes of a tween girl. Her parents pulled her over to my booth so they could tell me this, apparently in hope that I could grant some words of wisdom on the spot. So I tell her half the truth. The good half. The encouraging half.

Thanks to modern technology, specifically ebooks and digital publishing, this little girl is growing up in a time when anyone who wants to chase their dream of being an author will have more choices before them than any era before. She can choose to avoid the lifelong frustration of rejections and never getting that break. Her destiny will be in her own hands, and success or failure will be more in her control than ever. The parents smiled and the girl glowed and my duty to inspire future generations was done for the day.
I had, of course, only told her the good news. What I didn’t tell her was that her destiny will be in her own hands, and success or failure will be more in her control than ever.

Today, authors are expected to be our own brands, marketers, promoters, formatters, editors, proofreaders, and (the historical antithesis of everything authorly) social!

The duties and responsibilities of a fiction author are overwhelming, and many people fail because they go at it alone. Some people compare being an author to being a full time one-person business. But that’s not accurate. It’s actually more akin to a small business of five to ten employees. No, forget all that. The best analogy is that of a garage band.

That brings me to author co-ops. I am a part of one; it’s called the Speculative Fiction Guild. Finding and cultivating an author co-op is the sanity-saving approach to being an author. Author co-ops form organically as a result of that pesky socializing and networking. They’re formed through shared experiences and often shared adversity. There are a million co-ops and a million stories.

In your co-op, you may have a strong cover artist. Another who creates strong back cover blurbs (this happens to be my specialty) yet others who create book trailers, create websites, formats ebooks, etc. Because these are people you’ve cultivated a relationship with, you all bond and help each other by sharing expertise. You’re all in it together and you share in each other’s successes and failures.

Yes, you can still be Bob Dylan or Melissa Etheridge and do it all, but there’s a reason that the Dylans and Etheridges are few and far between. It’s easier to master the keyboard and go find a good bass player, drummer, and lead singer to jam with.

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            Being in an author co-op is like having your own band while being an occasional player in other author’s bands. So I’ll lay down a track for E. Chris Garrison and John F. Allen, and in return they help me figure out the lyrics to this new song I’m putting together. And then you load up the tour van, go out on the road, split hotel and gas, and learn too much about what your bandmate mumbles in their sleep.
Yeah, it’s a lot like that.

Unfortunately, the resemblance to garage bands doesn’t end there. Sometimes a member trashes a hotel (not literally … well, okay, sometimes literally). Sometimes your guitarist has to step away. Sometimes the drummer wants to go a direction the bass and guitar don’t get. Maybe two players go off and form their own band (and call it Journey…sorry, did I just show my age there?)

And that’s okay. These things have to happen to keep the creative process healthy.  But when you find a few others who get your groove…the jam sessions are magic!

SFG will be well represented at Imaginarium. I’ll be there with my regular session guys John and Chris, plus Kat French and Matt Barron, and perhaps a couple more, not quite confirmed as of this writing. Storytelling by its nature is a solitary venture, but you don’t have to go it alone.

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R.J. Sullivan writes paranormal thrillers and science fiction through Seventh Star Press. His short story collection, Darkness with a Chance of Whimsy, came out earlier this year. Learn more at http://www.rjsullivanfiction.com

Armand’s Convention List 2015


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

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

MidSouthCon 33 – March 20-22 2015 in Memphis TN

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

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

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

Imaginarium – September 11-13 2015 in Louisville KY

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

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

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

I hope to see you in person in 2015!

Armand

Book Signing Setup

 

Spotlight On Sean Taylor #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Sean Taylor

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I’ve known Zim for years. And he was nice enough to extend a vacati—I mean an opportunity to attend to a hack like me.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest work is from Moonstone Books, and it’s called OF MONSTERS AND MEN. I have a short pulp story inside featuring a team-up between the pulp heroine the Golden Amazon and Quasimodo himself, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Something unique about it.

The whole book is about team ups between pulp heroes and classic monsters. What’s not to love?

 

Links for people to buy it.

For more info, visit http://moonstonebooks.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=1066

 

Your promo links.

http://www.taylorverse.com

http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com

http://facebook.com/seanhtaylor

http://twitter.com/seanhtaylor

 

Your short Bio.

Sean Taylor is an award-winning writer of stories. He grew up telling lies, and he got pretty good at it, so now he writes them into full-blown adventures for comic books, graphic novels, magazines, book anthologies and novels. He makes stuff up for money, and he writes it down for fun. He’s a lucky fellow that way.

He’s best known for his work on the best-selling Gene Simmons Dominatrix comic book series from IDW Publishing and Simmons Comics Group. He has also written comics for TV properties such as the top-rated Oxygen Network series The Bad Girls Club. His other forays into fiction include such realms as steampunk, pulp, young adult, fantasy, super heroes, sci-fi, and even samurai frogs on horseback (seriously, don’t laugh). However, his favorite contribution to the world will be as the writer/editor who invented the genre and coined the term “Hookerpunk.”

 

For more information (and mug shots) visit www.taylorverse.com and his writer’s blog at seanhtaylor.blogspot.com

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Glenn Porzig #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Glenn Porzig

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I ran into Stephen Zimmer when I was appearing at the Destroyer Books booth at Fandom Fest. He told me about it and I wanted to support his convention and meet other creative people.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black is an occult horror novella, I am currently at work on the second in the series.

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Quick description of it.

When a family of four is murdered in their sleep the entire city is on edge. Police investigate the occult connections between these murders and similar murders thirteen years ago. One detective knows the truth. Something dark from Sister Marian’s past has returned. Now innocent lives are being lost. Will she have the faith to face her greatest fear?

 

Something unique about it.

There are many tales of exorcism, but I wondered what happens after the exorcism to those that survive.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Darkness Unbound

 

Your promo links.

http://twitter.com/GlennPorzig

Glenn Porzig- Author’s Facebook page

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Your short Bio.

Glenn Porzig is best known as the creator of the comic book heroine Ace of Diamonds. Glenn grew up reading comics, pulp novels, and watching too much TV. Glenn and his wife Carly have written three screenplays together. They live in Indiana with a menagerie of both furry and scaly pets. Since 2005 he has been the co-host of a weekly fandom podcast at PodCulture.com.

He has worked over twenty years in the television industry including two highly rated specials for SCI FI Channel: The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence, and The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed. He currently, literally, has his head in the clouds as a videographer on a TV news helicopter.  Recently he has turned his attention to writing short stories and novellas. His occult horror novella Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black was released this summer. Glenn’s first short story, Master of the Dead, is due to be published by Destroyer Books in the More Blood anthology this fall.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Annie Jones #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Annie Jones

How did you get involved with Imaginarium Convention?
Serendipity. Friends mentioned they were going. I followed the page on Facebook, asked some questions and Stephen Zimmer invited me to take part. It pretty much had to go that way as am of the “I write to avoid real people” ilk. Not to worry, I’ve done a LOT of panels and presentations at conferences, seminars and workshops over the years, so I won’t be huddled under a table, sending my answers out scrawled on paper airplanes.
What’s your latest release and what genre is it?
Put Annie Jones in the search bar of Amazon, most of the stuff that shows up is me. My bestselling self pub/re-issue is The Christmas Sisters for All Seasons series. They list as Christian fiction, as most of my books do, even though they really aren’t religious. They make me wish there was a “Hallmark Movie meets Grit Lit” genre because that’s where I’d put most of my work right now. (The more mainstream books were written under Luanne Jones and the rights have not reverted on those).
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Bio
My former agent would take me to task if I did not mention that I’m an awarding winning, internationally bestselling author of some 38 books with 8 publishers and 4 names (some pen names, some variations on my real name). Am now publishing independently from a small part of that backlist along with new material. 

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Cam Crowder #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Cam Crowder

 

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

My friend Bobby Nash told me about the convention.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest book is called Legacies. It’s the second in the Broken Bloodline trilogy, and I’d consider it to be somewhere between Dark Fantasy and Horror.

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Quick description of it.

At the end of the first book, the group eradicated their ancient nemesis, the Hunters, and everything seemed to be looking up, but now something on a more apocalyptic scale is coming, and they’re not really sure how to stop it. All hell is, quite literally, about to break loose, and the only thing standing in the way is a Werewolf, three Vampires and a schizophrenic Sorcerer.

 

Something unique about it.

How about a 12 year old sociopath with a gift for magic that captures and tortures Faeries?

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Legacies-Broken-Bloodline-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00M8JIISM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409690252&sr=8-1&keywords=legacies+Cam+Crowder

 

 

Your promo links.

A link to the first book, Electus:

http://www.amazon.com/Electus-Broken-Bloodline-Book-1/dp/1461078156/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409690266&sr=8-1&keywords=electus+cam+crowder

 

 

My facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCamCrowder

 

Your short Bio.

When not furiously tapping away at the computer keys, Cam Crowder enjoy playing Ultra Street Fighter 4, as well as playing guitar and writing music. He currently resides in Starkville, Mississippi with his wife Anna.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”