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Authors Supporting Our Troops comes to a (technical) end #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, Facebook, Horror Writers Association, HWA, Joe McKinney, militainment, personal with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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Today is Thursday May 15th 2014, the cutoff date for the Authors Supporting Our Troops event started in mid-January. I had to set this date because, while the four months going have been awesome and the support overwhelming, it was beginning to overwhelm not only me but Special Gal and two rooms of the house. 

A fraction of this year's book donations.

When I began this venture (thanks to author Joe McKinney, who did a smaller version last year), I was hoping for 500 books to ship overseas. I got about five times that amount, and every day brought another box of books and more excitement as I opened the box, cataloged and photographed and posted the books on Facebook. 

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It also let me see how very cool and generous people could be as well. Authors and non-authors alike donated money to help with the shipping costs, many people purchased special shirts we made for the event, a great school did a fundraiser (thanks, Margie Colton!), Change Jar Books collected money and donated quite a bit (thanks Suzanne and Craig!), many many articles were written about the event online and in local papers, and the boxes of books didn’t seem like they’d ever stop coming. The mailman had less of a smile for me each day when he rang the doorbell. I’m sure he’ll be the happiest to know the event is technically over. 

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I say technically because tomorrow, when another box shows up, I won’t reject it or throw it in the trash. I still have quite a few boxes left to ship out overseas to troops in need, and mail 4 or 5 of them out each week (each box contains about 50 books). I still have over 25 boxes left to ship over the next few weeks, and as long as books keep coming in I will keep boxing them up and finding another soldier who wants them. 

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So, how’d we do?

Not counting the 59 books I added to the boxes myself, we ended with 2,446 books from 310 authors… that’s an average of 7.9 books per author, which is amazing in itself. I am going to add an additional 54 of my own books to hit an even 2,500 books for the event. And fill the rest of the boxes I have here, too. 

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Now, here is some of the fun breakdowns I did today for this… not very scientific and if I forgot something… too bad. This is just me having some fun with the ending of the #ASOT2014 event. I’ll also make some 2015 goals so I can see if we break them in 2015

1. We sold 293 #ASOT2014 shirts in 7 different color variations. Obvious goal for 2015 will be 300 shirts and at least 10 colors

2. Books came in from 45 of the 50 States (I won’t list the 5 that didn’t send a book) – in 2015 I hope to hit all 50

3. 13 boxes came in from non-US places, which was pretty cool – in 2015 I hope we break 15

4. The top States we got books from (by number of authors, not books – that would take too long to do and I’m too lazy):

Florida – 37

California – 29

Texas – 17

New York – 17

North Carolina – 15

Massachusetts – 12

New Jersey – 12

Virginia – 12

Illinois – 10

Pennsylvania – 9

Oregon – 8

Connecticut – 7

and so on and so forth… 

Where do we go from here?

I’m excited to keep collecting books all year, so feel free to keep sending them. There is a permanent Facebook group to keep track as more books come in and more information is present. Officially, on January 1st 2015, we will begin the event again until May 1st 2015 with the goal of breaking this year’s numbers. Several publishers have already been in contact about offering up many of their titles and Rocky Wood, President of the Horror Writer’s Association, asked me personally to contact him before the event so that the HWA could get 100% behind this from the start in 2015. Another reason I am honored to be a voting member of the HWA. 

It has been fun, it has been exhausting, and I’ve been yelled at many times in the past four months by Special Gal every time I drool at the cover of a book I want to keep. 

I couldn’t have done this without so many generous authors, and I’d love to thank each and every one of you for helping the troops who can’t get e-readers, laptops, video games, etc. easily and are in horrible parts of a hostile country, get a few hours of respite with a good book. 

I’m proud to have started what I hope will be a yearly event until every one of our soldiers returns home… carrying one of our books in his pack because it got him or her through a rough night. 

Armand

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Armand Rosamilia Interview on Booked about #ASOT2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, horror, interview, Joe McKinney, writing on February 10, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

I had an awesome time being interviewed by Liv and Robb on their amazing podcast. Special thanks to Frank Edler for hooking me up with these guys so I could promote Authors Supporting Our Troops 2014!

http://www.bookedpodcast.com/2014/02/10/193-three-authors/

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Authors Supporting Our Troops

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, book signing, Facebook, fiction, giveaway, Joe McKinney, personal with tags , , , , on January 14, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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

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

But I did. 

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

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

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

James graduation from boot camp

Here is the main idea behind everything…

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/647179418679623/?source=1

Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 2

Posted in anthology, Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, Cthulhu, Darkyrie, death metal, dying days, erotica, fiction, flagler beach, Flagler Fish Company, florida, Hazardous Press, Heavy Metal, horror, JandJ Fitness, Joe McKinney, keyport, Keyport Cthulhu, Mark Tufo, novella, personal, short story, Still Dying, thriller, tim baker, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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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

“Undead Tales” 1 and 2 Only $2.99 Each!

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, dying days, fiction, horror, Joe McKinney, Mark Tufo, zombie with tags , , , , , , , on November 26, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Since the holidays are quickly approaching I thought it only made sense to put both Undead Tales zombie anthologies on sale this week… what better says Thanksgiving feast than zombies, right?

UNDEAD TALES only $2.99!

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Eighteen Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse… Featuring stories by Joe McKinney, Carole Gill, Eric S. Brown, W.D. Gagliani, Todd Sprague, Armand Rosamilia, JD Gillam, Scott M. Goriscak, Lawrence R. Dagstine, Kevin L. Jones, P. David Puffinburger, Zach brunner, Scott Nicholson, Ian DG Sandusky, Chantal Boudreau, Mark Tufo, Jeremiah Coe, Ian Woodhead and Zombie Poetry from Rich Orth!

UNDEAD TALES 2 only $2.99!

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16 Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse… 

Featuring stories by David Dunwoody, David Boop, Robert Essig, Kris Ashton, Natasha Hanova, William R.D. Wood, Joe Mynhardt, Armand Rosamilia, Jonathan D. Stiffy, L.R. Collins, Jonathan Lambert, Brent Abell, Rob Rosen, Larry C. Kerr, Jonathan Templar, Matt Moore and Poetry from Rich Orth, Ashlee Napier and Anthony Valade 

Spotlight On: Craig DiLouie (with Joe McKinney and Stephen Knight)

Posted in authors, fiction, guest blog, horror, interview, Joe McKinney, thriller, zombie on November 23, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Craig DiLouie, Joe McKinney, Stephen Knight

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

THE RETREAT, Episode #1: PANDEMIC

It’s in the zombie apocalypse genre.

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Quick description of it.

A dream team of three acclaimed apocalyptic fiction writers have come together to produce a six-part novella series, THE RETREAT. Episode #1: PANDEMIC is now available for the Kindle for about $3. The second episode will come out by the end of 2013. Here’s the synopsis:

As a new disease turns people into sadistic, laughing killers, in Boston, a battalion of light infantry struggles to maintain order. As the numbers of infected grow, the battalion loses control, and the soldiers find themselves fighting for their lives against the very people they once swore an oath to protect.

During the ensuing collapse, the lost battalion learns the Army is still holding out in Florida, which has been cleared of the Infected. Harry Lee, its commander, decides the only hope for his men is to get there. But first they must cross more than a thousand miles of America that has been turned into a war zone, fighting a fearless, implacable and merciless enemy.

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Something unique about it.

THE RETREAT is a military zombie novel in the tradition of TOOTH AND NAIL (DiLouie) and THE GATHERING DEAD (Knight). The story arc for the series is about a lost battalion that must travel through an apocalyptic wasteland to safety, with each episode written by a different author. The zombies aren’t the traditional Romero type but laughing sadists who are unpredictable and deliver a sharper edge of horror to the story. The soldiers have the firepower and the training, but they are forced to make increasingly tough choices and fight harder to survive against an implacable, omnipresent enemy. It’s the end of the world. THE RETREAT is about the men and women who try to save it.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Retreat-Pandemic-Craig-DiLouie-ebook/dp/B00GQOG166/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1384898808&sr=8-7&keywords=dilouie

 

Your promo links.

http://craigdilouie.com/books/the-retreat/

 

Your short Bio.

Craig DiLouie is the author of TOOTH AND NAIL, THE INFECTION and THE KILLING FLOOR. Joe McKinney is the author of DEAD CITY, FLESH EATERS and THE SAVAGE DEAD. Stephen Knight is the author of THE GATHERING DEAD, THE RISING HORDE and EARTHFALL.

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Reblog: Armand Rosamilia Interview by Jaime Johnesee

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, dying days, horror, interview, Joe McKinney, writing, zombie on October 24, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Jaime is good people, and she’s even better people now after interviewing me!

http://jaimejohnesee.blogspot.com/2013/10/coffin-hop-time-and-my-interview-with.html

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