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Armand’s 2015 Year In Review

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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

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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.

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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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“Dirty Deeds” #crime #thriller on #KindleScout

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I get paid to erase problems. Did your extramarital affair produce an unwanted complication? Family problems? Just want to enjoy your midlife crisis by yourself? That’s where I come in. For a fee I’ll take care of it. A big fee. Only, I’m not going to do what you think. I’m going to get someone away from you and your selfish world.

 

I’ll make this post short and sweet so you can get to the most important part… voting for my crime thriller so I can sign an Amazon Scout contract!

I won’t bore you with the details but suffice it to say getting a contract with Amazon would be a nice step for me in the right direction. A big step.

Dirty Deeds is a crime thriller, told in first person, and was such a fun book for me to write I’m already working on the sequel regardless of whether or not I get the contract. But I’d really rather have the contract, so…

Voting is simple. Go to the link, read the Dirty Deeds excerpt, and if you like what you’ve read, hit the vote button and keep it locked in until November 20th, when my 30 day run ends. If I get a ton of great votes I get a contract, and YOU get a free eBook copy of the book as a thank you!

The link: 

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/QWRKV7YUTPMB

I thank you in advance!

Armand

 

Tentative Release Schedule For Armand Rosamilia #amwriting

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I have quite a few releases coming out in the next year or so, and projects on my dry erase board and Excel spreadsheets. I decided to post them up here to see if I can actually get them all out. These are just the self-published works and don’t include anything for anthologies or books published by actual publishers, just the stuff I’m working on and putting out.

Of course, as always, this is very subject to change. It mostly likely will, since I can’t take into account the movie adaptation contracts until they suddenly appear and I get paid in advance to do them, knocking everything else to the side for a few weeks and pushing the schedule further into 2016.

That being said… here we go!

 

November 3rd 2015 – Highway To Hell 2

This one is already available for pre-sale and merges the first Highway To Hell zombie novella with the Dying Days: Origins story.

 

December 2015 – OPEN

 

January 2016 – Creeping Death (re-release)

Since the demise of the previous publisher I’ve decided to release this once again but this time myself. Pre-sale link once the new cover is finished.

 

February 2016 – Green River Blend

A horror novel and one of my favorite stories. Working on the cover now. This one is all about a small town being overrun with horrible things because of coffee. Yep. Coffee.

 

March 2016 – Dying Days 6

The next part to the zombie series. Also working on the cover as well as a slight revamp for the previous books (expect a post about that in a few days or so). Follow along as Darlene Bobich does her thing during the zombie apocalypse.

 

April 2016 – Belford Stories

Think my Flagler Beach Fiction Series. A contemporary fiction book, set in the little fishing village I grew up in and set in 1987. Photos throughout by photographer Tammy Kelly, who I grew up with in Belford.

 

May 2016 – Necromance (re-release)

The horror erotica series of short stories was never completed before the publisher went under. I am in the process of rewriting it into a single novel, with much less on the erotica and more on the paranormal aspect of the tale. She’s a demon hunter with a warlock for a dad and the minions of Hell trying to kill her. Working the cover soon with the same great model used on the shorts.

 

June 2016 – Dying Days YA novella

This will be the continuation of the Dying Days: Emalee And Mason short story I wrote for Bite-Sized Offerings anthology, furthering the story of the two children as they traverse a deadly world of zombies. Very excited to write this one.

 

July 2016 – Tool Shed Massacre (re-release)

The original Tool Shed horror novella is out of print. I’m going to expand it into a full-length novel and give more of the backstory. Still one of my favorite works and it never got much notice, so this will be fun to update.

 

August 2016 – OPEN

 

September 2016 – Death Metal (re-release)

Another book I loved that never got the release it deserved, in my humble opinion. I’ll rewrite and expand it into a full-length thriller novel and already have the ideas for a sequel if it does well. Fingers crossed.

 

October 2016 – OPEN

 

November 2016 – Dying Days 7

Seriously? Two Dying Days in the same year? Yep. Darlene and company’s story will continue sooner than later for the first time in… well, since I started writing the series. With the rest of the secondary books completed except for the YA novella, it’s time to do 2 a year from this point out. Until no one wants to read anymore and I don’t want to write it anymore.

 

There ya have it… hopefully this list will work out nicely and I can add a few more releases within the open months, although I’m going to relax a bit this coming year and enjoy it all more.

Anything you see you’re interested in reading?

Armand

#NaNoWriMo Day Three of Bleh

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This post will be short and sweet, filled with excuses and then a bold statement which may or may not come to fruition (I love using fruition whenever possible)

Excuses

Since the calendar flipped over to November 1st I have:

1. Been very, very sick. I know I’ve been very, very sick by the amount of times I’ve complained loudly to Special Gal by saying ‘I’m very, very sick’ to the point she keeps quiet but stares at pillows and other items and imagines putting them over my face to shut me up.

2. I went to a very cool surprise birthday party and met special people in Special Gal’s life. Only it was a 4 hour car ride (damn you, Orlando traffic!) and I felt like crap the entire time. Luckily, I hardly ever drive. Another reason Special Gal sometimes stares overlong at pillows and my face. 

3. The hotel room on Saturday night took turns being too cold and then too hot and the bed was horrible. Would it kill a good hotel to spend an extra buck on pillows that don’t fold down to paper-width as soon as my head hits them? Even if Special Gal wanted to kill me with these pillows I think I’d survive. If I got 3 hours of sleep I’d be surprised. 

4. The ride back to Jacksonville sucked because… yep… now we were both sick. We spent Sunday in different rooms moaning and napping on and off. Oh, and Thug Life was also sick when we got home. Three sick people. Not cool. 

5. I woke up this morning to the neighbor delivering fill to his yard. At 8 am on a Monday. Loudly with giant trucks. Of course, behind our house is a wetlands you’re not supposed to build on. The builders were very specific. You can’t build on it. The neighbor is obviously special, because he cut down about thirty feet behind his home to put in his own pool. I hope it sinks into an evil burial ground while he’s in the pool. 

6. I have 3 Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast interviews to do today. I can kinda breathe and can talk for short bursts and can cut out the hacking up a lung parts (I hope). I also have e-mails and Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 things to get done and catch up on… and a million other things, like finding socks because my feet are cold right now and this is Florida and ridiculous I might need to put on pants another day and…

Bold Statement

By the end of November I WILL have my 50,000 words in on this thriller novel. You’ll see. But now I am 3 days in the hole and need to catch up…

Armand

Eve of NaNoWriMo – And I’ve Got A Problem

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I was all in… I swore I’d write a brand new thriller novel in November. At least 50,000 words of it, anyway. An idea I’ve been toying with for months but never had time to write. Something a bit different from what I normally do. 

I even did a rough outline, which for me was writing out a hundred word synopsis of the main story. I did everything but buy special colored pencils to be better prepared. 

And then…

Another contract comes in on the eve of NaNoWriMo. 

I’m not complaining… trust me. I’ve been blessed with the work I get and the money it pays. But it’s a 30,000 word story which will be due in less than 3 weeks, taking up most of my November writing time. 

What’s a boy to do?

Screw it. Of course I accepted the contract (I so love eating and paying bills) and I’m revamping my month to include both projects. I’ll just have to push aside Dying Days 5 (which is about 13k done of the first draft) until December at this point. 

November should be interesting for me. It also might be what I need to get away from Facebook and wasting time and not writing as much as I want. Can I do it? We’ll see…

Armand

“Death Metal” – An Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Armand

Spotlight on Tony Acree #Imaginarium

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Tony Acree

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I follow Stephen Zimmer around and try to bask in whatever glory he allows to fall by the wayside.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is the supernatural thriller, The Watchers.

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Quick description of it.

Sequel to my bestseller, The Hand of God, part of the Victor McCain bounty hunter series. Picture Die Hard meets Stephen King. Vic and the rest of the Scooby-gang battle an ancient evil, buried during the dawn of man, now trying to recapture their place of dominance over the world. 

 

Something unique about it.

I offer a different take on the Watchers, mentioned in the book of Enoch. Add in radical militias, the mob and dash of romance and you get a fast thrill ride.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Tony-Acree/e/B00AY87YE8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

Your promo links.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTonyAcree?ref_type=bookmark

Twitter: @Tonyacree

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6897283.Tony_Acree

 

Your short Bio.

Amazon bestselling author, Tony Acree, likes putting characters in situations they think they will never survive, and find out if they’re right. He lives near Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, twin daughters, two female dogs, a female cat, and says the way the goldfish looks at him, he’s sure she’s female, too.

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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.”

Guest Post: Gary R. Eddings

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Excerpt from Hollow Point by Gary R. Eddings:

 

It is told that a Great Serpent caused extreme distress and threatened the Salish people. Chief Kitsap called down the Double-Headed Eagle from the mountains to fight it. The two creatures engaged in a horrible battle and the Great Serpent eventually pulled the Eagle down, presumably to his death, plowing a huge trench that filled with water and became Agate Pass, separating the Kitsap Peninsula from Bainbridge Island.

The people mourned. Then the ground shook and the Double-Headed Eagle rose from the water in victory, having killed the Great Serpent. To this day the symbol of the Suquamish is the Double-Headed Eagle, their protector.

That type of power is needed once again for the Tribe.

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Title:  Hollow Point

Author:  Gary R. Eddings

Published:  January 2014

Publisher:  Champagne Book Group

Word Count:  60,000

Genre:  Suspense, Thriller

Recommended Age:  13+

Synopsis: There is no such thing as an ordinary traffic stop, something Tribal Officer Pat Colson is reminded of when pulling over a dusty old Buick. Before he knows it, shots are flying and he is huddled behind his police cruiser for cover.

In the ensuring investigation, a sizable amount of methamphetamine is discovered in the suspects’ vehicle. Uncut and very potent, the question is where does it come from— the Reservation or elsewhere?

With everyone on the Reservation becoming a suspect, and little information to go on, Colson must act fast to stop the dangerous drug from killing more innocent victims and stop a murderer in his tracks.

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About the Author:

I retired as a fire department EMS Division Chief for Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue in 2005. I have been writing seriously since mid-2009, and this is my second novel with Champagne Book Group. I am also a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. I am the father of four and the grandfather of three; a two year old grandson and newly-minted twin girls.

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Website

Spotlight On: Minnie Lahongrais #ASOT2014

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Minnie Lahongrais

 

How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

I’m not really sure how I stumbled upon this event. I think either the event was shared or I was invited to participate by another author, but I don’t remember which one. Sad, isn’t it? But I’m thrilled to be able to help thank our servicemen and women for their sacrifice in some small way.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is titled “Divergent Lives.” It is a psychological thriller.

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Quick description of it.

This is the story of two people – fraternal twins R.J. and Adina who were separated at birth. Both are outwardly successful; each from seemingly divergent backgrounds.

Both are sociopaths; one is a serial killer. 

 

Something unique about it.

There are two main characters and each of their stories is told in parallel. It is an exploration of the nature vs. nurture theory.

In addition, it also shows how anyone could be a sociopath.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Divergent-Lives-ebook/dp/B00ALP8DGC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355294827&sr=1-1&keywords=divergent+lives

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/divergent-lives-minnie-lahongrais/1114203125?ean=9780988401600

Worldwide purchase links (including a link to Smashwords) can be found here:  http://www.divergentlives.blogspot.com/p/links-for.html

 

Your promo links.

Website(s):    www.minnielahongrais.com

                        www.divergentlives.blogspot.com

Email:              Minnie@minnielahongrais.com

Twitter:           @Lahongrais

Facebook:      www.facebook.com/Lahongrais

 

Your short Bio.

Native New Yorker, Minnie Lahongrais unwittingly kick-started her second career in May of 2010 when she began writing an urban fantasy tale intended to help her cope with the death of her father. November of that year, she set the story aside to immerse herself in the annual madness of NaNoWriMo, meeting the challenge head on. Her first novel, “Sinner’s Ride” was published in Spring, 2011. That summer, she found herself obsessed with the story idea for “Divergent Lives.”

Currently, she switches between a “happily for now” story whose working title is “Skin Deep” and the urban fantasy she began at the outset of her journey. Currently there are four books planned for that series.

Ms. Lahongrais lives in New York City. She finds time to write every day and spends her free time with her family.

Spotlight On: Wayne DePriest #ASOT2014

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Wayne DePriest

 

How did you get involved in the Authors Supporting Our Troops event?

I saw a post on Facebook by one of my writer friends, Maria K. I thought it was an excellent idea and decided to participate as much as I could and promote whenever and wherever I could.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

It’s called “The Button Man” and it is a mystery/thriller

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Quick description of it. 

The Button Man takes a button when he takes a victim. And he takes a victim whenever he wants. The authorities don’t know he exists, though he leaves them ample evidence of his existence. They just don’t see it. 

 

Something unique about it.

I chose to write it in three distinct POV…that of the antagonist , the primary protagonist, and several corollary protags…using past and present tense narrative.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Kindle here: http://www.amazon.com/Button-Man-Wayne-DePriest-ebook/dp/B00GGPZCQ0/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393351260&sr=1-9&keywords=wayne+depriest

all other eformats and paperback here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/awriter

 

Your promo links.

https://www.facebook.com/wdwriter

 

Your short Bio.

A tall, mustached and rarely serious man, Wayne  writes a poem or a hundred or shoots pool or kills someone in a book. He lives and writes in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN, with two cats and one wife. He has three tattoos.

“Football Espionage” – Second Release This Week

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Football Espionage

A rogue Russian espionage team has figured out a way to infiltrate the Big Show, America’s premier football championship event. Can these SVR operatives get away with it, or will the FBI agents figure out a way to stop them before the two minute warning ends? 

Only available on Amazon Kindle from AK Waters Productions LLC

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Zombie Football

The Big Show is the premier football event of the year, and one the Russians feel would be the perfect place to begin their attacks. 

Two former friends, now rivals, pitted against one another on the playing field, are forced to fight the madness when the SVR’s plans are unleashed… and a zombie horde takes over the stadium!

Only available on Amazon Kindle from AK Waters Productions LLC

To learn more about my latest contract with AK Waters Productions LLC and the Militainment, zombie and thriller releases, see my Previous Post

Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 2

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Yesterday you were amazed with my heartfelt and enigmatic first half of 2013 in review… and now… without further ado…

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In the beginning of August I re-released Death Metal in paperback with the new cover, which I like. I also started to think about ideas for the second book in the series, so look for that in 2014(I hope). I also released Golden Lion Cafe Complete, with all of the stories in one release. I also released Dagon, the fourth story in the Keyport Cthulhu series. And kicked off the third Flagler Beach Fiction Series story arc with JandJ Fitness Part 1

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September was another busy month, with JandJ Fitness Parts 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 released. I ended the month with JandJ Fitness Complete, putting them all together in one spot. 

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In October I decided to slow down the releases, especially anything horror, as most horror books would be pushed out in this month and I’d get lost in the shuffle. Instead, I started the fourth Flagler Beach Fiction Series with Flagler Fish Company Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 were also released in October. I was also lucky enough to get involved in a charity anthology with some amazing authors and got to write a cool chapter in the ongoing story, The Carnival 13 by SAD House Press. 

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With the start of November I released the fifth and final story (for now) in the Keyport Cthulhu series, Evil. I then released Keyport Cthulhu in eBook and Print versions, with all five stories in one. Flagler Fish Company Part 4 and Part 5 came next. Then it was time for Flagler Fish Company Complete in both eBook and Print. November also saw a sequel for me and Tim Baker with Dying Days: Siege 2, a return to European Village. Speaking of Dying Days, I also released the long-awaited Dying Days: Origins, which featured Tosha Shorb, a woman many readers should recognize. It was also released in Print. I was also lucky enough to be invited into the Epic Apocalypse Apocalyptic Horror Box Set (with Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer included). You really need to check out the killer lineup, with Mark Tufo, Joe McKinney, John O’Brien, Heath Stallcup, Shawn Chesser and James Cook. 

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Another great lineup was formed and released in December, with Still Dying 2 (yet another Dying Days release), featuring an anthology of great authors playing in my zombie world: Mark Tufo, Patrick C. Greene, Frank Edler, Tim Baker, AD Roland, Brent Abell, Jaime Johnesee and Sean Slagle. It also came out in Print

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I was also able to update a few books, add some more into print, and also release everything on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and Apple. 

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And 2013 isn’t done yet… my Necromance series of horror erotica has been picked up by Hazardous Press as part of their Hazardous Encounters line, and the first two will be out within a few days (I’ll post a new link, don’t worry), with many more in 2014. 

So add another 28 to the list in the second half of 2013. All told, I put out 45 releases in 2013… not bad, eh? I don’t expect to be as prolific in 2014 with this many releases, as I’m concentrating on some longer novels, but you’ll still see plenty out there from me. 

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“Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun” in Print

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It took awhile… ok, it took a year… but my spy thriller with zombies is finally out in print thanks to Hobbes End Publishing.

This book contains all 12 episodes of the Miami Spy Games series.

Miami, 2012.

A new gun has made its way from a Russian science lab to the streets of Miami—a gun that destroys the executive functioning power of the brain, turning people into zombie-like beings. Osvaldo Rivera is looking for the highest bidder to purchase this Russian Zombie Gun. Jennifer Sanchez, Mark Kostas and Mike Martin make up the Miami Asymmetrical Clandestine Elite Service (ACES) team, a government agency that does not exist. It is up to the best of the best to recover the stolen weapon before a pandemic occurs. The Americans are not the only ones seeking this weapon, though. The Russians and other rogue elements are also in hot pursuit of this deadly technology. And they have every intention of turning Miami into a war zone. News of zombie attacks are spreading quickly throughout the city of Miami, innocent civilians turning into flesh eating zombies. The ACES team must scramble to control the situation. Can they recover the zombie gun before it is too late?

It’s also on sale through Amazon right now for the holidays, so grab a copy!

MIAMI SPY GAMES: RUSSIAN ZOMBIE GUN

only $14.99 (but on sale right now!)

What I Learned About Life And Death From #NaNoWriMo 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

But I digress… 

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

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

How did you do for your National November Writing Month?

Armand

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

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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.

THE RETREAT by Craig DiLouie

Spotlight On: Tim Baker

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Tim Baker

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Dying Days: Siege 2

Zombie/Horror

 

Quick description of it.

Siege 2 is the sequel to “Dying Days: The Siege of European Village”. It follows a small band of survivors in their efforts to find a safe haven from the never ending zombie hordes.

 

Something unique about it.

Siege 2 was co-written by Armand Rosamilia and me. The story focuses on 4 main characters. Two from Armand’s Dying Days series (Darlene Bobich & John Murphy) and two from my own series of thrillers (Ike & Brewski). In so doing, Armand and I combined the respective worlds of our existing books into one.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Kindle

Paperback

 

Your promo links.

Website: www.blindoggbooks.com

Blog: http://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlindoggBooks

Twitter: @blindoggbooks

 

Your short Bio.

Tim Baker was born and raised in Rhode Island, where he lived until moving to Florida in 2006. He has written 6 novels and co-written 2 zombie novellas. He is an avid dog lover, a motorcycle enthusiast and a proud member of Red Sox Nation!

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Spotlight On: Belinda Frisch

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Belinda Frisch

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest release is FATAL REACTION, a mystery with a medical thriller twist.

 

Quick description of it.

Those trained to save lives might be the most skilled at taking them.

Paramedic Anneliese Ashmore’s routine shift takes a startling turn when she answers the call she was never meant to hear–a call to a crime scene where her sister, Sydney, is the victim of an overdose suicide.

The evidence says otherwise.

In the midst of a heated divorce, motive implicates Sydney’s soon-to-be ex-husband. While the police focus on the single lead, Ana makes her own discovery.

A chain of e-mails between Sydney and her surgeon’s office sets Ana on a search for answers about her sister’s recent diagnosis and the life-altering treatment that saved her. The body count rises as Ana closes in on the truth and on the man of her dreams.

With the help of Dr. Jared Monroe, an unhappily married physician with a bit of a crush, Ana uncovers a ring of greed and corruption and exposes the fact that Sydney’s medical treatment may have been the catalyst for her murder.

Unfortunately for Ana, she may be next.

 

Something unique about it.

FATAL REACTION combines the mystery, medical thriller, and romance genres and involves a cutting-edge transplant procedure not yet routinely performed. Fans of Robin Cook and Kathy Reichs, or CSI and House, should love this one.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GO4P8EY

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GO4P8EY/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_u3IHsb10MA280

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fatal-reaction-belinda-frisch/1117398213?ean=2940148979999

 

Your promo links.

Blogger: http://belindaf.blogspot.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belinda-Frisch/141198302620359

Twitter: @B_Frisch

 

Your short Bio.

After fifteen years of working in healthcare, Belinda Frisch’s stories can’t help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, she is a storyteller at heart, and has been writing since her teens. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War. She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer’s Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition. Her novel, CURE, is the runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival and was optioned, early on, for film. She is the author of DEAD SPELL, CRISISHOSPITAL, CURE, AFTERBIRTH, and FATAL REACTION. She resides in upstate New York with her husband, son, and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

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Spotlight On: Jim Hester

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Jim Hester

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

1)      Knights of the White Camelia

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2)      Unforgiveable

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3)      Common Enemy

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4)      Hypocritic Oath

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5)      The Lyons’ Den

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All are political, legal thrillers and became available on Amazon on 10/26/13.

 

Quick description of it.

1)      Rogue group of Nazis try to pick up where Hitler left off but Col. Michael Madigan stops them, although he is arrested for kidnapping the president.

2)      Irish American judge overcome by repressed memories after finding a murder defendant guilty when she realizes it’s her presumed dead father.

3)      After losing his wife and son in a short nuclear exchange, former astronaut joins group to eliminate nuclear weapons and goes to extreme lengths to do so.

4)      Small town high school football coach becomes, in just five weeks, president of the United States.

5)      Brilliant teenager with the ability to interpret dreams starts, and tries to stop, the apocalypse.

 

Something unique about it.

1)      Main character becomes vice-president but is quickly impeached.

2)      Federal court judge joins the IRA.

3)      Astronaut convinces the United Nations that he’s an alien and will destroy the world if nuclear weapons are not eliminated.

4)      New president admits he’s in over his head but pledges not to be a hypocrite.

5)      Teen-age boy tries to kill the pope and the leader of the European Union.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=Jim+Hester

 

Your promo links.

http://www.nspirenterprises.com/

https://www.facebook.com/N2Nterprises (Over 1,000 likes in less than 3 weeks)

 

Your short Bio.

Trial attorney, judge, served with army special forces and volunteered for Persian Gulf War, college professor teaching law, business and political science, candidate for Congress, father of two (22 and 19).

Twenty percent of proceeds of sales of books will go to college scholarship program for Volusia county high school seniors.

 

“Dying Days: Siege 2” Hits the Shelves (or: Will the Dying Ever End?)

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Tim Baker and I have the sequel to Dying Days: The Siege of European Village out today! Buy a copy before it gets banned! Or the world really ends! 

“Dying Days: Siege 2” Hits the Shelves (or: Will the Dying Ever End?).

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Spotlight On: R. Thomas Riley

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SPOTLIGHT ON: R. Thomas Riley

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

If God Doesn’t Show (Apocalyptic Cthulhu Mythos/Military Thriller) from Permuted Press and The Flesh of Fallen Angels (Weird Western) from Grand Mal Press.  

Quick description of it.

1) If God Doesn’t Show

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Thaddeus Archer is an ex-police officer whose missing daughter holds the key to the mysterious force that threatens to lay waste to what’s left of our world. It’s a race against time for the broken and desperate Archer who must trust the only man who understands what’s happening, Gibson Blount, an agent of a secret government agency that doesn’t officially exist. 

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As their world spirals into chaos both men must overcome their differences and personal demons in a world besieged by the re-animated dead, natural disasters, and elder god set on destruction.

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2) The Flesh of Fallen Angels

It’s the eve of The Ripening as Gibson Blount discovers the secret history of an ancient race and the true outcome of Lucifer’s fall. Now, the fallen angel, Azazel, has horrific plans for Blount’s town…and the world. With the help of a local priest, a prostitute, an orphan, historical figure William Quantrill, and one of God’s chief angels, Blount must dig for truth and unearth secrets woven deeply within Time itself to uncover a supernatural plot put into motion by the Church to punish the Roanoke Puritans. The War in Heaven has been lost and the flesh of fallen angels hangs in the balance. An alternative 1860’s history Weird Western, The Flesh of Fallen Angels is filled with fast-paced action, intrigue, and good-versus-evil what-ifs.

 

Something unique about it.

Both books are part of the Gibson Blount series and meld multiple genres from western, thriller, sci-fi, and horror.

 

Links for people to buy it.

If God Doesn’t Show

http://permutedpress.com/books/if-god-doesn-t-show-a-cthulhu-mythos-novel#.UmuhB1uFRF8

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The Flesh of Fallen Angels

http://grandmalpress.com/flesh.php

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Your promo links.

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/R.-Thomas-Riley/e/B002BLU4XO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/author.rthomasriley

 

Your short Bio.

R. Thomas Riley is the author of the short story collection THE MONSTER WITHIN IDEA (2009-2011) published by Hugo Nominated Apex Publications and garnered a Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention, for his story TOO LITTLE. The collection was re-released as a Kindle exclusive in 2011 and on January 14, 2013; the collection reached the Top 100 Paid Bestseller list in the Horror category.

Independent publisher, specializing in apocalyptic fiction, Permuted Press and Audible.com published IF GOD DOESN’T SHOW – A Gibson Blount Novel (co-written with John Grover) in August 2012. THE FLESH OF FALLEN ANGELS – A Gibson Blount Novella (co-written with Roy C. Booth) was published by Grand Mal Press in February 2012. 

Spotlight On: J.B. Wolfe

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SPOTLIGHT ON: J.B. Wolfe

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest is “Squeeze”, released on October 23rd, a paranormal thriller.  I also have “Waite for Midnight” released a month earlier in September of this year. 

 

Quick description of it.

In every person’s life there is a moment which uniquely defines him or her. A moment that divides life into “before” and “after”, a single point in their lives which will change them forever—a threshold moment which, once the threshold is crossed, completely changes everything about a person. For Wendy Calloway, a one-time vocalist recovering from the hellish car accident that claimed her mother’s life and her father’s mind, the greatest “threshold moment” of her life is the moment in which her life is ended. Slain by the diabolical serial murderer known as the “Squeeze Killer”, Wendy finds herself catapulted into the “unseen world”, now a disoriented, disembodied spirit who must come to terms with her afterlife before she can succumb to the overwhelming desire to mete out justice to her killer.

 

Something unique about it.

In today’s flooded market of vampires and werewolves, the story of Wendy Calloway is a completely different, more mature take on the world of the supernatural. 

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.melange-books.com/authors/jbwolfe/squeeze.html

http://www.amazon.com/Squeeze-J-B-Wolfe-ebook/dp/B00G3KVXDO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382615863&sr=8-1&keywords=squeeze+and+j.b.+wolfe

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/squeeze-j-b-wolfe/1117193445?ean=2940045334846

 

Your promo links.

http://www.facebook.com/JBWolfeBooks

http://JBWolfeBooks.com

 

Your short Bio.

J.B. is an avid reader with a voracious appetite for stories of far-flung adventure filled with sultry femme fatales and stone-faced antiheroes. J.B. has been a artist, an infantry paratrooper in the jungles of Central America, and a railroader in the cold Appalachians – traveling throughout the American south before finally settling down to bring his pen to bear on paper. His work very often blurs the lines that separate hero and villain, baring the tenebrous humanity in the characters that he writes. J.B. resides in his treasured state of Florida, where he is thoroughly committed to slowly acquiring a sprinkling of beach sand in every room of his home.

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Guest Post: Nate Kenyon

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Nate Kenyon

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

DAYONE–a thriller

 

Quick description of it.

DAYONE is about struggling journalist John Hawke who is onto the story he thinks is going to revive his career. Hawke gets trapped in New York when all hell breaks loose and everything with a computer chip in it wakes up and tries to kill every single human in sight. Hawke must find a way to outsmart a brilliant, inhuman enemy and escape the city to save his wife and young son.

 

Something unique about it.

The plot revolves around the hacker group Anonymous.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Day-One-Novel-Nate-Kenyon/dp/1250013216/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/day-one-nate-kenyon/1114258493

 

http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250013217

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/day-one/id632032409?mt=11

 

Your promo links.

 

http://natekenyon.com

http://www.facebook.com/NateKenyonAuthor

http://www.twitter.com/natekenyon

http://natekenyon.tumblr.com

 

Your short Bio.

Nate Kenyon’s latest novel is the techno-thriller Day One, about the day machines become sentient and take over New York (St. Martins Press). It received a starred Booklist review and was recently optioned for film. Kenyon is a three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist, P&E Horror Novel of the Year Award winner, and author of Bloodstone, The Reach, The Bone Factory, Sparrow Rock, Prime, Starcraft Ghost: Spectres and Diablo: The Order. The Reach and Sparrow Rock have also been optioned for film. His latest work is the upcoming Diablo: Storm of Light, due in February 2014 from Simon and Schuster. Nate lives in the Boston area, where he is at work on his next novel. Visit Nate at: www.natekenyon.com.

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Guest Post: Debbie Fletcher

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We all have many different preferences, loves and tastes. Strangely, I am obsessed with horror. Anything to do with it grabs my attention quicker than you can imagine. Scary films, being scared and anything that relates to horror in the smallest of ways- I just can’t get enough!

 

Why, you ask? Because it’s exciting, and because you’re not supposed to love the fear factor, you’re typically told you’ll fall in love and enjoy all of these positive emotions. Well not for me, I love anything that gets my heart racing. There are many reasons that I find myself so heavily invested in horror, but I’m still not quite sure why I’m so obsessed.

 

Some would say my love for horror is because of its lack of reality. For example, I can face the fear of a scary movie, but apart of me is awaiting the happy ending, or at least the sheer relief as I remember it’s not real, and the end of the film will soon bring me back to reality. Whether it’s the scary costumes they’re wearing, or the entertaining script, I love the fright these types of films can cause.

 

The “adrenaline rush” may be another reason. Our fight or flight mode can kick in once we are facing fear, and therefore our adrenaline can get higher than one may of previously experienced. Even the bad horrors I have faced in my life fill me with pride. I look back at some scary moments and think “at least I’m over that now, how close was I to facing something unthinkable?”. It would explain why people seemingly brag about their near death experiences and other similar incidents. Perhaps we are hard wired to love the fear and to embrace it afterwards.

 

My love of horror may also come down to evolution. As stated before, we have a lot of natural instincts that appear to bond with fear and horror. Before we evolved so drastically, we were facing risky scenarios each and every day. So like our ancestors, we seek to find the same thrill, but with our evolved lifestyles, I guess it’s just a thing of nature to feel the way I do. We want that same sense of achievement, but we’re intelligent and evolved to the point where most of us need not seek real danger, so we seek it in a safe and controllable form, like a movie or a story.

 

Of course I find many scenarios extremely frightening, but for a lot of the smaller types of horror, I find myself full of controllable fear and pure excitement. If it’s a scary story, a strange experience or something spooky that’s happened, do I run and cry? No, I laugh and analyse all of the outcomes. I guess we are all seeking different things in life, and for whatever reason horror just fascinates me.

 

My love of horror and fright tends to extend to almost every aspect of my life. For example, I am a big fan of rides that make your stomach feel like it’s going to fly through your head, and any feeling that comes with sensation-seeking rides. I personally love that feeling when I am about to enter a really dangerous situation, only to realise I am completely fine after the fun element of horror has gone.

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It really does come down to how we are as an individual. For instance, I am scared of drastic changes within my life, but I love any form of horror, terror and anything that strikes fear in to me. However, others can adapt to many changes at ease, but a simple spider or harmless prank will send them in to a state of panic. As strange as it may be, I will forever be a fan of horror in all its forms.

Daily Writing Goals – The Next 9 Days

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I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July, I know I did… and I also took off Friday to do some swimming, shopping and hanging out with my Special Gal and my daughter… but now it’s Saturday and it’s time to get back to work.

I’ve been once again contracted for a writing project which is a bit different from what I usually do, but it is still right up my alley. It’s a thriller, with plenty of action and dialogue, and (like the last four I did, including Miami Spy Games) it reads like a movie or TV show. Maybe someday this one will become one or the other, right?

Once again I am on a tight schedule for the first draft, which is 30,000 words in 14 days. I’m also working on other stories, and decided to do what I do best: post up a public challenge to myself to complete not only this project, but two others at the same time. 

I’m about 7,500 words into the new one (which I’ll call New One… but I hope that isn’t the title they use), so my daily goals are:

2,500 words daily on New One from today through Sunday July 14th – giving me 30,000 words

1,000 words per day on Golden Lion Cafe Part 4 today through Wednesday July 10th – 5,000 words

500 words on “Dagon,” the fourth Keyport Cthulhu short story from today through Thursday July 11th to finish it at 5,000 words

So, 4,000 words a day for the next week or so during crunch time… can I do it? I better, because it is now set in stone… or online… same thing… I’ll see you on the other side. 

Armand