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Armand’s 2015 Year In Review

Posted in anthology, Arm Cast Podcast, Arm N Toof, Armand Rosamilia, authors, Chelsea Avenue, contemporary fiction, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, horror, Imaginarium, Joe McKinney, Kindle, Kindle Scout, Mark Tufo, movies, novella, personal, podcast, Still Dying, summer of zombie, thriller, winter of zombie, writing, YA, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

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…



Ultimate Undead Box

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!



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


State of Horror: Illinois

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


Dying Days: Origins by Armand Rosamilia

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.


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.

Hollywood Hellmouth

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.

State of Horror: Louisiana Volume I available March 17th, 2015

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.


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.


Fairly Wicked Cover

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.


anything but zombies

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.


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.

NJ sudio

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.


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.


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.


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.


Bite Sized

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.


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.



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?

Honolulu Cover

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.

Dying Days 4 Audio

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.

horror 201 volume 1 small

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.



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.

Bahama Complete Cover

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.


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.



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.

DD Box 1

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.

Hellmouth Box

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.


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.



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.


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout – 10 Days Left!

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , , on November 9, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

Twenty days has flown by… I’m into the last third of the campaign and feeling good. I’m seeing many books getting contracts with less hours on the Hot list and views than I have only 2/3rd of the way done. But does it really mean anything? Ten more days and we find out!

My stats so far:

430 of 456 hours on the Hot list… yesterday was my worst with only 14 of 24 hours on the Hot list, but someone who just got a contract mentioned they spent 14 days without being on the Hot list at all. 

I’m up to 1,595 views now. Still on pace to hit 2,000 views and hopefully nominations. 

I’m beginning to think the Kindle Scout team has already made their choices by the time the campaign is nearly over, as the aforementioned author got picked up 2 days after his campaign ended. I’m hoping for the same luck.

Want to help me get there? If I get the contract and you nominated me you get a free advance copy from Amazon, too!

Dirty Deeds


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout – Halfway There!

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on November 4, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

15 days in and halfway there for my crime thriller Dirty Deeds on Kindle Scout. I’m excited, nervous and more nervous about my chances. After a stellar first few days I came down to earth and my daily views have leveled out to about 45 per day. If I can keep up this pace I can add about 675 votes to what I have so far, which is 1,365. Breaking 2,000 views should be a good thing, right?

I’ve spent the past three straight days in the Hot category, and 322 of 336 so far. Obviously if I hit 644 of 720 it would seem like a good number, too… right?

Again, I have no idea if any of this will matter. Either way I’ll have a new book out in a new genre for me and I’m excited about it. 

With all of that being said… feel free to read the preview and if you’re interested enough PLEASE nominate Dirty Deeds so I can get an Amazon contract


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 12 – Still Going Strong?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on November 2, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

This will be my last post for a few days about my crime thriller Dirty Deeds. Quite frankly, I’m exhausted thinking about it and I have so much on my plate right now. So I’ll be doing a semi-weekly post to catch up the numbers and tell you where I stand. Sound good?

So… yesterday’s numbers:

24 straight hours in Hot yesterday and 274 of 288 in Hot so far

41 more views yesterday and 1,264 views so far in 12 days

I also began NanNoWriMo yesterday and I’m writing the sequel to Dirty Deeds, imaginatively titled… wait for it… Dirty Deeds 2. I know, I’m wild. 3,600+ words into it so far and goal is first draft done by the end of November (and hopefully right after good news of an Amazon contract or a self-pub release of Dirty Deeds myself)

Speaking of which… go view and nominate Dirty Deeds


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 11 – Huh?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on November 1, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

Another day another bunch of Hot hours and views. 

Let’s get right into it before The Walking Dead comes on and I lose my train of thought… 

19 hours on the Hot list yesterday for 250 of 264

29 more views yesterday for 1,223 views so far

Now, before we see zombie Glenn and lose our minds, nominate Dirty Deeds. You’ll feel better about yourself. Trust me. 

“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 10 – Questioning?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on October 31, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

10 days in. A third of the campaign over. 33% of it in the bag. 

I’m calming down now. Even relaxing a bit and not checking my stats every 3 minutes. Spread it out to 7.5 minutes between looks, so there is progress. 

I’m questioning how I can lose in this gamble. Lemme explain…

If I get the Kindle Scout contract I get the contract. Yay me! I also get the marketing and genius of Amazon backing me. They want me to succeed because then they succeed, so I imagine they’ll push my book. With me also championing the novel it will do quite well. In theory, right?

If I don’t get the contract I still touched over a thousand people, some of them who I’d never had contact with before. I’m getting quite a few comments about readers wanting to see the rest of the book, so even if it doesn’t make the final cut I’ll simply release it myself. Amazon will still let everyone know it is available and it should generate a nice initial push for the book, right?

There. I feel better now. I know in the next 20 days I’ll be rehashing all of this and more to keep me grounded and calm. Calm-ish. 

My numbers for yesterday:

24 hours on the Hot list and 231 of 240 so far. 

34 more views yesterday and 1,194 views so far

Here is the book in question you need to checkout. It’s really good. Trust me. Not biased at all…

Dirty Deeds


NaNoWriMo Begins Tomorrow! #amwriting

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout, naNoWriMo, writing with tags , , , on October 31, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia


I’m in again this year. That’s it. I don’t care about the pros and cons of what NaNoWriMo means to the writing community, the weekend warriors who think they can write the Great American Novel for the first time or the people who use it as an excuse to write their 6th novel this year. None of that matters to me. 

I love it. 

I write close to 40k a month so pushing it to 50k and working on one project is the fun of it for me. 

This year I’ll be writing the sequel to my Dirty Deeds crime thriller, which is currently in the running for a Kindle Scout contract. Even if I don’t make the cut the exposure was great and the book will launch sooner than later. Oh, go nominate Dirty Deeds so I can win, too…

If you’re planning on writing for NaNoWriMo feel free to add me as a friend on there. It’s always fun to see who is writing as well… of course, if you’re one of those people who writes 50k in 3 days I’ll congratulate you but curse you at the same time. Just sayin’


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 9 – Grooving?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on October 30, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

Another day another step closer to my 30 days in the Kindle Scout program and this grand experiment. I still see this as win/win, so there is still a positive vibe emanating from my head. 

Let’s get right to the stats, shall we?

17 hours as a Hot book yesterday and 207 out of 216 so far

50 more views yesterday and 1,160 total so far

I think these numbers will hold up and help them make a decision to give me a contract. I can only hope, right? I haven’t seen anyone spill the magic secret formula so far, so we can only hope and guess. 

Losing 7 hours yesterday not on the Hot list is bothersome, though… I’d hate to think I’ll be slipping down to those daily levels and it will be a factor. Did I come out too strong right from the get-go and need to worry about building it back up?

Who the heck knows, right?

All i do know and can control… begging you to give my sample of Dirty Deeds crime thriller a read and vote for it


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 8 – Keeping Positive?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on October 29, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

I’m not stressing today like I’ve been all week. Getting into the groove now, and talking to other authors who’ve been in the Kindle Scout program and been accepted or rejected definitely helps to put things in perspective. No one knows the secret formula they’re looking for, and just being in the program is a win for me I think. 

My numbers:

23 hours yesterday on the Hot list and 190 of 192 hours so far on the Hot list

52 views yesterday and 1,110 so far with 21 days left

Feel free to help me out and vote for Dirty Deeds on Kindle Scout and if I get the contract you get to read the entire book for free. Sound fair?


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 7 – Reality Settling In?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on October 28, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

Another short, sweet and stressful post. I need to focus on the things I can control like writing other books. In fact, I’ve decided (with a big help from my wife, who always knows best) to do NaNoWriMo again this November but instead of the book originally planned, write the Dirty Deeds crime thriller sequel. 

Here’s my plan: id Dirty Deeds gets picked up by Amazon I’ll be thrilled. I’ll have them behind me to promote and sell the book and I’ll have a sequel done by the time it is released.

If, however, I don’t make the final cut and get an Amazon contract I’ll just release Dirty Deeds sooner than later and on my own, using the buzz generated to push a few copies and hopefully do well with it. I’d also have the sequel’s first draft written in November and moving on to the next phases of the book for an early-ish 2016 release. Win-win, right?

My numbers for the first 7 days:

24 more hours on the Hot list and 167 of 168 on the Hot list so far

71 more views of my book and 1,058 total so far. I think after 7 days that isn’t too shabby, but I’m also thinking I need to keep up a steady pace. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and share it all across the land so I can get this contract. Feel free to vote for my crime thriller Dirty Deeds NOW


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 6 – Leveling Out?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on October 27, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

Six stressful days into Dirty Deeds being up for a nomination on Kindle Scout and I’ve learned a few things: there are many more people also stressing about this than I first thought. 

A few observations from the last day or so: no new books were added the last two days. Not sure why other than they don’t add new books every day, but the average seems to be about 5 new books when they do and about 25 per week, so about 100 a month… they haven’t selected a book for publication since October 17th. They’ve only accepted 5 for October so far with only a few days left and plenty of books dropping off. So far I haven’t heard from anyone who’s book ended this week whether or not they were accepted or rejected… they aren’t steadily accepting books, so it really is about what they like and don’t like and no quota for acceptances, at least to me… for instance, they accepted a book on June 20th but then nothing until July 14th, a pretty big gap… one last observation: this is stressful.

OK, my numbers for yesterday:

24 more hours on the Hot list and 143 out of 144 on the Hot list so far

only 34 more page views and 987 total views in 6 days

It was pointed out to me from reading other posts about Kindle Scout that page views do not mean nominations, it just means people wandered over and looked at my book. Not sure if this is another formula Kindle Scout uses, i.e. lots of looks but not a lot of nominations. We’ll see, right?

OK, once again time to spam ya and tell ya to go View and NOMINATE Dirty Deeds.


“Dirty Deeds” #KindleScout Day 5 – Getting The Hang Of This?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, Kindle Scout with tags , , , on October 26, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Dirty Deeds Cover

Five days into Dirty Deeds on Kindle Scout and I’m quite happy. Not about the numbers because I still have no idea if they’re good or not, but because I’ve been slowly connecting with other authors currently going through the same emotions I’m going through – you know, hysteria, panic and fear of the unknown – and reading their steps through the Kindle Scout program so far. 

If number of votes and hours on the Hot list were the only criteria I’d be a shoe-in… of course, from what I am reading, it is only a very small part of the equation. Which is fine… I guess. 

Day 5 numbers:

Another 24 straight hours on the Hot list and 119 of 120 so far

94 more votes for the day and 953 so far

Plenty of time to screw this up or do so well they have to give me a contract, right?

You can help me get an Amazon contract (and if I win you get a free copy of it before it comes out, too!) by nominating me

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