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Terrorist Fears

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I also wrote a blog post about the fears of attacks on U.S. soil and the coming zombie apocalpyse… and it is coming. Sb Knight was kind enough to run it for me:

http://sbkdarkfantasy.blogspot.com/2013/01/miami-spy-games-terrorist-fears-armand.html

Pros And Cons of Serializing

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Another reblog today (I am everywhere!), this time on the great Dan O’Brien Project

http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-zombie-serial-miami-spy-games-by.html

Miami Spy Games – The Blog World of Kat Yares

Posted in Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on January 14, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m over on the wonderful blog of Kat Yares… won’t you come join me?

http://katyares.blogspot.com/2013/01/presenting-armand-rosamilia.html

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Upcoming Week of “Miami Spy Games” Posts

Posted in #amwriting, Blogging, Facebook, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 13, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Starting at some point tonight, and hopefully running all this week, a series of articles/guest blog posts will be out and about on various blogs and websites I enjoy. I hope you will follow along, and I intend to reblog all of them as they hit to make it easier for you to read and also find some new blogs for you to follow as well.

Most of them will be various aspects of the Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun release, with a few pieces thrown in about my previous and upcoming work. My goal is to fill up your Facebook and Twitter feeds with me, lol…

Armand

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Armand’s 2012 Year In Review

Posted in bones. death.cenote, Cthulhu, death metal, dying days, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, Miami Spy Games, novella, personal, short story, skulls, spy, thriller, Tool Shed, writing, zombie on December 30, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

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.

Armand Rosamilia

“Miami Spy Games” Schedule – Can I Do It?

Posted in #amwriting, horror, Miami Spy Games, personal, short story, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on December 7, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

Things are coming along nicely for the Miami Spy Games series I’m currently writing for Hobbes End Publishing. What started as a single story to get the series out there quickly morphed into a four or five part arc… then, once the Powers That Be saw what could happen, it became a 13-story arc. I’m quite happy.

What’s my main goal? Another 13-story arc, of course… or a 30-story arc. I’m not picky. I could write these characters for the next 25 years if Hobbes End Publishing will let me. 

Which brings up a point for me: getting them done. The first five have been released, and I’m happy to say next week should see another two or three coming up… I know Monday December 10th expect to see Miami Spy Games Part 6 to get released, with Part 7 on Wednesday the 12th and (maybe) Part 8 out on Friday the 14th… 

But I still have to write Parts 9 thru 13… and here’s where the deadlines and crunch-time occur. And I’m self-imposing them, and figure the easiest way to get me to keep to this crazy schedule will be by posting it here and then committing to it… and if I fail everyone can yell at me and mock me until I catch up. That sounds like a game plan. 

I began Miami Spy Games Part 9 yesterday and got 1,800 words into it… my goal is 7,500 words every four days to finish the first drafts. This means each day I need to write 1,875 words. Which I can do easily… well, maybe easily is a stretch, but I average 2,000 words anyway. This weekend will be interesting, since I have a book signing going on in town both days until around 5 pm. And sleep and eating always get in the way on a daily basis. 

So, I’ve decided to list my schedule and see if I can keep it up and if people will help me along with encouragement and words of wisdom and a kick in the ass if I slip. I already have the basic story in my head, so there is an advantage to knowing what I’m doing. OK, enough stalling… here goes nothin’…

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Miami Spy Games Part 9

Done by Sunday December 9th 

Miami Spy Games Part 10

Done by Thursday December 13th

Miami Spy Games Part 11

Done by Monday December 17th

Miami Spy Games Part 12

Done by Friday December 21st

Miami Spy Games Part 13

Done by Tuesday December 25th

I think something is going on the last day I need to write, but I probably won’t remember by then… OK, I’m off to write 1,875 words today (and catch up on the 75 I’m behind from yesterday… see, already I’m behind! Ugh…)

Armand

Three Favorite Tales I’ve Written

Posted in guest blog, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, Miami Spy Games, novella, short story, spy, thriller, Tool Shed, unicorn, writing, zombie on December 2, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

Someone asked me yesterday about my favorite stories or books, but when I started mentioning a couple (Watership Down, The Road, The Shadow Over Innsmouth) they wanted to know what were my own favorite stories I’d written. 

I thought it was a cool question, and decided to blog about it… and I’ll also be asking some of my writerly type friends to do the same thing, so look for a few guest blogs coming up in the near future, asking the same question… 

Three Favorite Tales I’ve Written…

1. “Cthulhunicorn”, the bonus story in the first Keyport Cthulhu release Ancient. It is co-written with my then-11 year old daughter Katelynn and combines her love of unicorns with my worship of Cthulhu. It might not be the greatest story I’ve ever written, but it was the most fun to write. And getting to share what you do for a living with your child was priceless. And the fact, after a few hours of writing it, she said she didn’t realize how hard it was to write a story. And then looked at the shelf with all my releases proudly displayed and laughed. 

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2. Tool Shed, my horror novella released by Angelic Knight Press. If you have read a large sampling of my work, you’ll notice this one (which I like to think of as traditional horror) is a bit different from my zombie books, or anything else I’d written. The ideas was started years ago, and updated several times. It was just a fun story to write, and it still has my favorite opening line of anything I’ve ever written… 

ToolShed

3. Miami Spy Games (Episode One), my spy thriller zombie gun beginning to the series (13 shorts in total). I went into the series which trepidation, since this was a subgenre I’d never written in, but the zombies helped, even thoughthey aren’t traditional zombies I usually write. When the three main characters were given life, it was like old friends I hadn’t seen in so long. I knew these people, and it’s never felt like I was forcing them to do anything. They literally write themselves. Or figuratively. Whatever. 

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Think about your favorite stories you’ve written and why… and then feel free to contact me, because I’d love for you to write it up properly, give me and potential readers some insight, and garner some new fans.

Armand

The Rest Of 2012 And Goals

Posted in Blogging, Cthulhu, dying days, horror, Miami Spy Games, novella, personal, short story, spy, writing, zombie on November 23, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I know, I know… I’ve been ignoring this blog like mad lately, only reblogging some killer posts I read elsewhere. But I’ve been really busy, I swear… you’ve seen all my Foursquare check-ins at bars and eateries. I’m busy, and getting fatter with each meal. Anyway…

I sat down this morning and tried to map out some kind of game plan for the rest of this year, which is only about 5 or 6 weeks to go. What do I hope to accomplish in that time? What stories can I get done?

My immediate goal is to stop eating out almost every night and pissing through money like it’s water. Or pee. Whichever analogy works for you. I’ve been quite blessed with this year’s eBook and print sales, and releases by Hobbes End Publishing with the Miami Spy Games has gotten me some great sales as well. With my horror novella Tool Shed coming out on Monday November 26th, I am hoping to keep the ball rolling with releases with great small press publishers. 

So… let’s list a few stories/novellas/novels I need to finish up in the next few weeks, and then we’ll see where I stand come New Years. Or not. If you’re bored already, go read something else. I’ll wait. 

OK, for the few that are still with me (thanks, mom!)…

1. I turned in Part 7 of Miami Spy Games this week. The goal is 13 of them, and then the long-term goal is to do another 13 of them… and then another 13… you get the idea. But in order to finish the first series by New years, I need to finish about one 7,500 word story per week. That seems easy enough… 

2. “Cabal”, the third story in the Keyport Cthulhu series, really really really needs to be finished. I’m actually about halfway there with 3,750 words, so I might work this over a weekend and get it finished. And then start in on the last two stories, “Dagon” and “Evil”. Again, easy enough…

3. My Chelsea Avenue novel (65,000 words) is languishing halfway through an edit, and I’d love to finish it and get it shopped to a publisher in the new year. I need to find the time to make this a priority. But editing your work is akin to pulling your own hair out. I’m short on hair right now. 

4. There are several Dying Days zombie projects to finish… First, Dying Days: The Siege Of European Village I’m co-authoring with author Tim Baker is flying along nicely. We’ll actually be writing a large chunk of it today, so I’m happy. We’re about 13,500 words into it and our goal is to have it completed, edited and for sale by Christmas. Again, easy enough… 

5. Dying Days: Origins, featuring our favorite fiery redhead Tosha Shorb, needs to be finished as well. I’m only about 8,000 words into it in a planned 25,000 word story, so I need to make up some ground. I’d love to have this out in early 2013 and then start on the next one, Dying Days: Origins 2, featuring David Monsour. 

6. Dying Days 3… yes, there will be a third installment. I already have the basic story idea in my head and my goal is to write at least something on it before the year ends so I feel better about myself. It is, obviously, all about my feelings. 

7. Dying Days Collection… I am planning on putting Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, Dying Days, Dying Days 2 and Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days together in one big eBook release for the holidays. It will have a nice price to it and maybe some exclusive content or something. Who knows. Again, it is just about editing and putting it together. Again, easy enough…

I want to thank you for the ride we’ve taken together in the last couple of years… and I hope you keep reading my work and my blog and other great indie authors out there. 

Armand Rosamilia

The Week Ahead In Mando World

Posted in #amwriting, Cthulhu, Miami Spy Games, personal, spy, writing, zombie on October 21, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m going to forget about last week… as far as writing went, it was a total bust. 1,500 words written on the upcoming Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, a collaboration with author Tim Baker. That’s it.

But as far as me and personal growth, it was a week of eye-openers. If you follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook, you’ve marveled at the many (many) daily check-ins at local eateries, drinking establishments and random places. I think the awesome Adeline Westerman summed it up when she asked ‘Don’t you ever eat at home?’. Not last week.

I started my journey on Thursday October 11th, celebrated the belated birthday of author Tim Baker, and then never stopped celebrating. Every night after was spent out in local Flagler County bars and restaurants, and crawling home at 2 am, getting up at 6 am to get my son to school, and then spending the day going to Palm Coast Power Lunches with friends and never writing. Having Biketoberfest the last few days here didn’t help, either. I simply hit the biker bars and drank, drank, drank.

As I drag myself out of bed today, and before the coffee has had time to rip through my system, I realize it was fun (it was awesome!) and I had such great company with me this week, but I need to get back to the proverbial grind. The reason I had so much spending money these last 10 days is because of my writing career. Time to refill the coffers.

With an announcement for Miami Spy Games and the scheduling of parts 2 – 5 coming soon, I need to focus on keeping the momentum rolling for the rest of the series and parts 6 – 13.

I also need to keep pace with Tim Baker and our aforementioned Dying Days: The Siege of European Village story (more details coming this week on it), and we have a book signing coming to Europa in Palm Coast this coming Tuesday night that should be awesome.

I also know I am way behind on delivering “Cabal”, the third Keyport Cthulhu story, as well as a ton of other ones. I have interview and blurb requests piling up, and the last 10 days of the Haunted Halloween Blog Tour 2012 I’m doing with authors Tonia Brown, Mark Tufo, James N. Cook and John O’Brien to do.

This coming week ahead is all about the writing, though. The goal is 2,000 words a day, no looking back on the wonderful week past and the drinking, eating and meeting of awesome new people in my life, and just focusing on the thing that got me here: the writing.

I hope you have a productive week ahead in whatever you do!

“Miami Spy Games” Part 3 off to Publisher

Posted in #amwriting, guest blog, Miami Spy Games, short story, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on September 21, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

Yep, I finished the third installment of Miami Spy Games yesterday (right on schedule, thank you!) and after an edit overnight and another this morning, it was sent off to Hobbes End Publishing.

I immediately dove into part four, since I am absolutely in tune with these characters and story and hope I can write with them after this thirteen story arc is over.

There will be a definite announcement coming very soon, detailing the release schedule of the rest of the episodes (as I like to call them) as well as purchase information and the covers for each eBook release.

I’ll be out of town this weekend, but when I return expect more updates as well as some great guest blogs I’ve lined up with a diverse group of writers and filmmakers for you.

Have a great weekend!

The Coming Week of Writing for Mando

Posted in #amwriting, Cthulhu, death metal, dying days, horror, Miami Spy Games, personal, short story, spy, writing on September 17, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

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!

“Miami Spy Games” Second Story Done (First Draft, anyway)

Posted in #amwriting, Miami Spy Games, short story, spy, thriller, writing on September 14, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

Sorry I haven’t been around online and on this blog too much, but there are many exciting things going on behind the scenes for me right now.

With the finalizing of a contract between Hobbes End Publishing and I for a thirteen-story arc for the Miami Spy Games – Zombie Russian Gun story, I’ve been busy with first getting all of the ducks lined up in a neat row, and then getting the main, broad-stroke ideas from both the publisher and AK Waters to keep on writing.

To that end, I completed the first draft of the second story, leading off where the first one did and following the further exploits of the ACES team – Jennifer Sanchez, Kostas and Mike Martin – and the guy in way over his head, Osvaldo “Ozzie” Rivera. There are a few new baddies on the horizon, and (I hope) a nice flow to the story like the first part.

The rough draft clocks in at about 8,500 words, and I submitted it this morning for Hobbes End Publishing to do their initial magic with it. I love these characters and story so much I am spending today doing the first part to the third story and a rough sketch for the third through fifth story already. I’m hoping to see an official release schedule from the publisher soon, and will pass that along. I’m assuming since we’re rolling again, a story part a week is likely.

I’ll try to keep everyone updated on where I stand with the series, as well as my other writing.

You can find the first story at Amazon.

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