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Armand’s 2014 Year In Review

Posted in #amwriting, anthology, Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2014, authors, Brian Keene, Chelsea Avenue, dying days, erotica, fiction, Flagler Fish Company, Golden Lion Cafe, Hazardous Press, horror, horror movie, Horror Within, JandJ Fitness, Joe McKinney, Keyport Cthulhu, Kokomo's Cafe, Mark Tufo, movies, Necromance, novella, podcast, Ragnarok Publications, short story, Still Dying, summer of zombie, tim baker, Tool Shed, winter of zombie, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

2014 was another fine year for me and my writing, as well as other things in my life… as I’ve done for the last couple of years, I’ll spell it all out for ya… I also do this so I can go back and see what I’ve actually accomplished. I especially like to re-read these yearly posts when I’m struggling to write and feeling like I haven’t amounted to much so far. You know… typical manic writer stuff. 

Here goes the Year In Review for 2014

January

The first day of the year saw the Kokomo’s Cafe Complete audiobook released. Narrated by the wonderful Jack De Golia (who will end up doing the entire Flagler Beach Fiction Series), it is still one of my favorite set of stories I’ve written. And Jack’s voice adds so much more to each character. 

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Also released on the first of the year was my movie adaptation of the zombies vs. Navy SEALs story Zulu Six: Origins in paperback, ahead of the movie (actual movie release sometime in early 2015 as far as I know). I’m looking forward to seeing how the film matches the book, as i wrote it while they were filming and got to see the dailies to see the actors and action. 

January 2nd was the release of the beginning of the fifth book in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series with Nerdz Comics And More Part 1. It follows the rest of the series with the two opening shorts. 

January 7th the Epic Apocalypse – Apocalyptic Horror Box Set was released. I’m proud to be a part of this massive collection, with fellow authors Mark Tufo, Heath Stallcup, John O’Brien, Joe McKinney, Shawn Chesser and James Cook. 

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January 9th I released Nerdz Comics And More Part 2, with 2 more short stories to add to the growing series. 

A week later, on January 16th, Nerdz Comics And More Part 3 was released. 

On January 20th the audiobook version of Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer was released. Narrated by Carolyn Nicely, who did an excellent job. 

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January 24th saw another audiobook release, this time Golden Lion Cafe Complete, the second in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series and again narrated by Jack De Golia. 

January 27th was the release date for Zombie Football, another book for the movie company. Surprisingly enough, it’s about zombies attacking during a football game. Hopefully at some point they’ll get around to making the movie version of this one. 

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The next day the movie company released Football Espionage, another book I wrote for the movie guys. This one has no zombies (wild!) and pits the Russians vs. Americans trying to manipulate the Big Game. 

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January was a busy month for releases for me, with 10. What a great start to the year, right?

February

On February 18th the third short story in my horror erotica series (released by Hazardous Press) came out: Holiday In The Sun. Lots of sex and horror once again. 

February 20th the audiobook version of Keyport Cthulhu was released. Narrated by Mike Chadwick, who was able to capture the gloom that is an homage to Lovecraft. 

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Not a busy month as far as releases, but I got in some great writing in the small month. Stories that would see the light of day before the end of the year, too. 

March

On March 2nd I released Dying Days: Siege 1 And 2 Box Set. Both novellas I’d written with author Tim Baker in one handy eBook, and all for the great price of 99 cents (as of this writing… get it before it goes back to $2.99, still a bargain)

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Lets Scare Cancer To Death was released on March 8th, a charity anthology I had a Dying Days story in. Proceeds go to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. 

March 10th I released another box set, this time Dying Days: Double Set 1, which combined Dying Days: Origins with Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days. A bargain at $2.99 for both releases. 

March 25th the third Flagler Beach Fiction Series audiobook was released, J And J Fitness Complete. Once again narrated by Jack De Golia with his unique voices. 

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Also in March: The Authors Supporting Our Troops event technically came to an end. We collected 2,500 author-signed books for the soldiers in remote areas of the world. Want to learn more about the even bigger 2015 event about to begin? https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASOT2014/

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April

Not an April Fool’s joke, the Horror Within: 8 Book Boxed Set was released. Featuring my first Dying Days novella as well as books from Travis Tufo, Tony Baker, Eric A. Shelman, Ian Woodhead, Robert Chazz Chute, Mark Tufo, Scott Nicholson and JT Warren. And it is currently 99 cents so grab a copy!

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April 2nd saw Nerdz Comcs And More Part 4 released. 

The next day Flagler Fish Company Complete audiobook (the fourth in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series) was released with another excellent job from narrator Jack De Golia. 

April 14th and Nerdz Comics And More Part 5, the final release for this book, was out. 

On April 18th Nerdz Comics And More Complete was released with all ten stories in one print book. 

The rest of the month was spent writing and playing too much on social media. 

May

May 30th I released the Dying Days 2 audiobook, narrated by Amanda M. Lehman, who did a great job on this and the first audiobook in the series. 

And that was it for May! Of course I was writing and doing fun stuff like going to the World Horror Convention with Special Gal the beginning of the month. Yeah, it’s a dirty job but somebody has to hang at the bar with Mark Tufo, Joe McKinney and Brian Keene and look interesting… 

June

June 19th Dying Days 4 was released, right in the middle of my annual Summer of Zombie Blog Tour. I even planned it this way, if you can believe it. I’ll chat more about the blog tour on my Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast episode #28. I swear. 

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June 23rd the fourth Necromance horror erotica short from Hazardous Press was released, Downtown. More horror and more erotica and what more could you ask for?

Another slow month as far as actual releases were concerned. 

July

On July 4th the Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Podcast made it’s debut, with interviews with Mark Tufo and John O’Brien. 2014 will end with episode #28 (the Year In Review episode) and 2015 should still see new episodes every Friday. 

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A month almost passed before A Quick Bite Of Flesh: An Anthology of Zombie Flash Fiction was released on eBook from Hazardous Press, giving me an actual release for the month. One of my flash fiction shorts kicks it off. The print book has been out for a long time, so I’m not sure if July 30th is the actual date this version was released but according to Amazon it was, so… 

More writing in July without any real releases. I can distinctly remember wondering if all the work I was doing would ever see the light of day, as several short stories for invite-only anthologies were finished in these weeks without definite release dates. Some of them saw the light of day by the end of the year and a few are scheduled for 2015. 

August

On the 3rd of August Change Jar Books Part 1, the beginning of the sixth book in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series.

August 6th the Fairly Wicked Tales anthology from Angelic Knight Press was released, featuring my short, “The Wolf Who Cried Boy.”

August 11th Change Jar Books Part 2 was released. 

On August 19th the eBook version of the soon-to-be-released zombie vs. Navy SEALs movie, Zulu Six: Origins, went live. 

August 23rd saw the State of Horror: Illinois anthology from Charon Coin Press get released, with a new Dying Days short story. 

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The following day (according to Amazon) State of Horror: New Jersey anthology from Charon Coin Press was put out. It featured another new Dying Days short story. 

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August 28th I had yet another new Dying Days zombie short story in a new anthology, namely Fading Hope. This story is really, really dark. 

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It looks like some of those stories I’d been writing finally got released… 

September

On September 3rd an interview I did was added to the Interviewing Authors Anthology Volume 1 from Tim Knox, where I talk about writing zombie stories. 

September 8th brought out the audibook version of Nerdz Comics And More Complete, once again ready by Jack De Golia. 

Also on the 8th my debut full-length traditional horror novel, Chelsea Avenue, was released by Ragnarok Publications. After having written so many shorts and novellas, it was great to have a longer piece published after all this time. I’m damn proud of this story, too. 

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september 11th another short I’d been working on, a creepy horror tale, made it into Suspended In Dusk anthology, with an introduction by Jack Ketchum. How cool is that? 

September 16th Change Jar Books Part 3 was released. 

October

On October 6th Change Jar Books Part 4 was released. 

October 17th the final part was put out: Change Jar Books Part 5. You can expect the audiobook version (once again narrated by Jack De Golia) in 2015. 

Hallowed Horror was another box set I got to be in in 2014. On October 21st it was released and is currently only 99 cents so grab a copy asap! Featuring Mark Tufo, Christine Sutton, Scott Nicholson, Lisa Vasquez, Eric A Shelman, Chantal Noordeloos, Heath Stallcup, Jaime Johnesee, Eden Crowne, and featuring my “Tool Shed” horror novella you can’t find anywhere else! 

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November

November 11th saw Dying Days: Origins 2, featuring David Monsour (the character in the book and the real man on the cover), released right in the middle of the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour. More on the tour in the podcast. 

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Change Jar Books Complete came out November 16th, with all ten stories in it. 

Most of November was spent writing several projects, including another movie adaptation that should be filmed in early 2015 and then the book will be released as well. 

December

December 15th the audiobook version of Highway To Hell was released, and read by none other than Jack Wallen. Why did it take so long to get released? That’s a story for the podcast. 

Even by my standards December was a slow month. I worked mostly on a movie adaptation novel as well as a few short stories for upcoming anthologies in 2015. I wrote a big chunk of the first draft of Dying Days 5 as well. 

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43 more releases in 2014!

What will 2015 bring? Hopefully many more releases and many more new readers

Here’s to another great year coming up!

Armand

To hear the podcast version of this Year In Review, visit

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast Episode 28

Spotlight On: Tim Baker #ASOT2014

Posted in ASOT2014, authors, fiction, florida, interview, Spotlight On, tim baker on March 2, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Tim Baker

 

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

The last thing I remember is a windowless van and some big guy with a goatee asking me if I wanted some candy.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

“Unfinished Business” is my latest release…it’s a bit paranormal and a bit crime/suspense/thriller.

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Quick description of it.

A woman working as a mortician is suddenly tasked with carrying out the final thoughts of the bodies she embalms.

 

Something unique about it.

The concept of a living person having to act out the final thoughts of the dead – and being powerless to stop it is very unique. So far, everyone who has read the book has loved the idea and said it would make a great movie or TV series.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Unfinished-Business-ebook/dp/B00DPK3III/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

http://www.amazon.com/Unfinished-Business-Tim-Baker/dp/0983520437/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372688716&sr=1-1&keywords=unfinished+business+tim+baker

Your promo links.

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

Twitter: @blindoggbooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7159755.Tim_Baker

Website: www.blindoggbooks.com

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

 

Your short Bio.

Rhode Island native Tim Baker released his first novel, Living the Dream, in August, 2009 and has followed up with 6 others since then. Tim writes fast-paced, off-beat crime stories full of colorful characters and loaded with unexpected and often humorous twists and turns, set in Flagler Beach and St. Augustine, Florida.

Reblog: Still Dying 2 Interviews with Tim Baker and Jaime Johnesee

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, dying days, fiction, horror, interview, short story, Still Dying, tim baker, zombie on January 15, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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Authors Tim Baker and Jaime Johnesee wrote 2 of the 10 killer zombie stories found in Still Dying 2. Read about it and them

http://www.zombie-guide.com/still-dying-2-authors/

Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 1

Posted in anthology, Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, Creeping Death, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, Flash Fiction, florida, For The Night Is Dark, Golden Lion Cafe, Hazardous Press, Heavy Metal, horror, Kokomo's Cafe, Miami Spy Games, movies, novella, personal, short story, spy, tim baker, writing, zombie on December 16, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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I had a killer 2013… there is no doubt about it. And not only in my writing and publishing career, but in my personal life. I started dating a wonderful Special Gal in December of 2012 and we’re still going strong, I began spending more and more time in Jacksonville and really growing to love it, I got a radio gig on an actual radio station with fellow author and great friend Tim Baker, and even starred in a music video. OK, I just stood there with sunglasses on looking all menacing and sexy, but I was the real star, and not The Cherry Drops.

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What’s really left for me, with my bucket list of things to do before I die? Maybe act in a movie… but I’ll save that one for 2014 so I have something to look forward to. 

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Truth be told, 2013 started out very slow release-wise. I wrote three novellas for a Hollywood company that still have not seen the light of day, although the pay was nothing to laugh at, and was riding the wave for sales of Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun. Unfortunately, it meant no new releases for me until February, and even then it was a flash fiction piece in the Fifty Shades of Decay zombie anthology from Angelic Knight Press. 

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Over a month later, at the end of March, I had another story published in an anthology, this time in For The Night Is Dark by Crystal Lake Publishing. A couple of days later I had my first official release of 2013, but it was a non-fiction one with Metal Queens: Models 2

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April was a lot of writing for me. Even though I didn’t have many things out at this point, I’d been writing, editing and getting my work beta read like mad. I’d been pounding away at a huge project, one that was totally different for me: a contemporary fiction series that would eventually encompass 70 short stories in 7 print releases and over 40 eBook releases: Flagler Beach Fiction Series

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The first of this series was released on May 15th, Kokomo’s Cafe Part 1. Part 2 was released a week later. Then Part 3 came out at the end of the month, one new two-story part each week. June saw Part 4 and Part 5 as well as the print version of Kokomo’s Cafe and all five parts in one eBook, Kokomo’s Cafe Complete

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In the meantime, at the end of May, I finally released Dying Days 3. It had a few twists and turns longtime fans weren’t expecting. In June I released Creeping Death, a collection of my short stories released by Hazardous Press. 

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The last weekend in June saw the beginning of the second part of the Flagler Beach Fiction Series when Golden Lion Cafe Part 1 was released. Part 2 was released the first week in July, followed in subsequent weeks by Part 3, Part 4 and then Part 5

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From the 1st of the year (with some breaks) through the end of July, I had 17 releases. I think I had 23 all of 2012, so 2013 was already on pace to beat it… but I had no idea how much more I was going to be putting out in 2013… 

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Spotlight On: Tim Baker

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, florida, guest blog, horror, interview, short story, Spotlight On, Still Dying, tim baker, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Tim Baker

 

What is the title of your story in Still Dying 2?

Dying Days: Angel

 

Quick description of it (no spoilers)

Angel Godwin must escape her own home or be taken by zombies.

 

Something unique about it.  

It leads into Dying Days: The Siege of European Village

  

Your promo links.

Website: www.blindoggbooks.com

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

         Twitter: @blindoggbooks

Author photo courtesy  www.imagesbytasia.com

Your short Bio.

 Rhode Island native Tim Baker released his first novel, Living the Dream, in August, 2009 and has followed up with 5 others since then. Tim writes fast-paced, off-beat crime stories full of colorful characters and loaded with unexpected and often humorous twists and turns, set in Flagler Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. 

He also thinks his favorite author, Armand Rosamilia, has beautiful eyes. Which he does. 

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Kindle ($3.99): http://www.amazon.com/Still-Dying-2-Days-ebook/dp/B00H4HHALO/ref=la_B004S48J6G_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386293844&sr=1-2

Print ($12.99): https://www.createspace.com/4557463

“Still Dying 2” #zombie #anthology Out Now!

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, dying days, fiction, horror, Mark Tufo, short story, tim baker, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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STILL DYING 2

Zombie Anthology

 

Nine authors… Ten stories… nothing but zombie horror!

Dying Days creator Armand Rosamilia invited eight incredible authors to set foot in his world, and the results are creepy and the anthology a page-turner. Enter this zombie apocalypse… if you dare.

 

How Me And Bozy Became Dads by Patrick C. Greene

A road side inmate clean-up crew find themselves caught in the middle just as a plague takes hold of the city. Small time hoods Randall and Bozy find freedom—which just became worse than imprisonment.

 

Gator Aid by Frank Edler

Can a popular Floridian tourist trap survive and thrive as an attraction during the end of civilization?

 

The Trap Line by Sean Slagle

Spencer, his sister, and her boyfriend have been hiding safely in a hunting cabin since the beginning of the apocalypse. But all of that changes when another family of survivors shows up.

 

Dying Days: Television by Armand Rosamilia

What’s more important than television, even during the end of the world?

 

Flight 509 by Jaime Johnesee

A man is stuck on a plane during the ZA and has no clue how to get out alive. 

 

The Old Man And The Apocalypse by A.D. Roland

He just wanted to live out the rest of his days in peace. With the walking dead stumbling around his retirement community, it wasn’t too easy to do that, but he’d managed. An unexpected visitor reminds him, though, that sometimes life isn’t just about waiting to die. 

 

The Happiest Kingdom On Earth by Brent Abell

Two men trying to stay alive in a zombie ravaged world find a group of survivors who have taken refuge in Florida’s premiere tourist attraction and find out how high the price of admission can be to stay in the “Happiest Kingdom on Earth”.

 

Dying Days: Stew by Armand Rosamilia

Stew and his dog Orion are just trying to scavenge in a restaurant when things get tricky. Can they survive a zombie attack and find hot dogs for Orion?

 

Lucifer’s Revenge by Mark Tufo

A monsignor reluctantly finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

 

Dying Days: Angel by Tim Baker

Angel Godwin must escape her own home or be taken by zombies.

 

Amazon Kindle only $3.99

Print version only $12.99

PLUS…

Today through Monday we’ll be running Spotlight On interviews with each author about their stories, so stick around for them, too!

Spotlight On: Tim Baker

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, dying days, fiction, florida, guest blog, horror, interview, novella, Spotlight On, thriller, tim baker, zombie with tags , , , , on November 22, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, book signing, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, florida, horror, Kindle, novella, thriller, tim baker, zombie on November 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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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Book Signing Kit

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, becky pourchot, book signing, personal, tim baker, writing with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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Over the past couple of years I’ve done countless book signings (I could actually count them and figure out a number but I’m too lazy, and countless makes it seem like I’ve done hundreds of them). Whether it was a solo book signing or one with Tim Baker  or at a convention, I always try to come up with a game plan to get me in and out of the event with minimal energy and manpower to do it. I also hate carrying heavy boxes of books. 

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My problem (and it is a good problem) is I can bring 45 print books with me to a signing. 45 different titles I am in. That is quite a few choices, although I don’t have all of them in bulk to sell. I usually have 10 different titles, sometimes 12… but then, when you carry a dozen copies of each, you run into carrying three boxes of books or more. Quite heavy. I have an old luggage dolly I use, but the wheels are getting stiff and it can only hold three of the smaller boxes. And it rattles if I pull it over uneven surfaces. 

I also make sure I have a pen in my pocket and some singles and fives for change. The pen is usually new, since I steal one each book signing from Tim Baker. I guess I could figure out how many signings Tim and I do based on the pile of pens on my desk at home. What else? Tim usually brings the table if we need one, and a couple of chairs. We all have boxes of bookmarks and business cards, and enough back stock in books to supply a bookstore. 

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But I’ve been to conventions where authors and publishers bring an entire small city of items with them, and it amazes me. The work involved to lug it in and out, especially if you only sell a few books. Ideally, leaving a signing with empty boxes is always the goal. 

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Here’s my question for those who do book signings, whether it is at your local bookstore, at a convention or just about anywhere else you sit down at a table and start peddling your wares: what do you bring along, and do you have a Book Signing Kit with items you have to have in it? 

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Authors and Bookmarks

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, contemporary fiction, fiction, flagler beach, florida, giveaway, Giveaways, Golden Lion Cafe, Kokomo's Cafe, personal, tim baker on July 8, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Back in the early days of publishing (for me… we’re talking 2005) I always had a huge stack of bookmarks at my disposal. I did a new bookmark for every release I put out with Carnifex Press and every one of my own releases got the bookmark treatment with the website on one side and the book cover and ordering info on the other. Of course, when Carnifex Press went the way of the dodo I was stuck with about five thousand useless bookmarks. I guarantee there is a heavy box filled with them somewhere in my garage. It was also the last time I used anything other than a business card to promote my work. 

Author Tim Baker swears by bookmarks, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him without a handful of them in his pocket and within easy reach. Hell, if you even glance at him he’ll do this ninja move and put one in your hands. At some point I’m sure he’ll be so proficient in it he’ll be able to sever someone’s neck or slice through an Achilles heel. 

I’ll be the first to admit I’m firmly in the creative end of my writing career and ignore the business end to a fault. I’m sure it’s one of the many reasons I don’t have a new car, a real place to always live, and money in my pocket. I do earn a living doing this writing thing but sometimes it’s a stretch when you are borrowing a few bucks for gas or living off the generosity of others. 

Tim has been arguing with me for months about proper promotion. I’m arrogant when it comes to this as a career, but I also listen every now and then. Apparently my Special Gal was listening as well, because when I casually brought up the idea of doing bookmarks for my Fourth of July book signing at Kokomo’s Cafe in Flagler Beach Florida in the event I sold out of the handful of print books I had on hand, she immediately went into action. 

She might not be a creative type when it comes to writing, but she has a killer business sense and enjoys being creative when it comes to promotion and such. As a commercial property manager, she has to deal with signs, flyers, contracts, promotional items and so much more… and she took over for me when the bookmarks were mentioned. 

I love them. I don’t currently have a scanner or I’d add one into this post, but suffice it to say I am quite happy with what she did: she made me a Flagler Beach Fiction Series bookmark, with beach backgrounds, the first two print book covers and my contact information. And she designed it, got in touch with a local Jacksonville printer who did them within a few days, and I had them for my signing, where I handed out quite a few. 

AMENDED: Thanks to David Royall for scanning and sending me the bookmarks, which are now attached at the end of the post! 

But did it help? And will they help sell books? I’m still not sure. I know JA Konrath talks about any promotional items like bookmarks, pens and postcards as being nothing more than a waste of your money, but with the rules changing all the time and independent authors challenging what came before, I’m curious if this will be a great thing, or did I waste my money?

What do you think about authors using bookmarks and other promotional items to call attention to themselves, and does it sell your work? Really sell you as an author and put money right back in your pocket?

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Short Week Ahead

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, becky pourchot, contemporary fiction, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, florida, Kokomo's Cafe, Miami Spy Games, short story, tim baker, writing, zombie on May 28, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I hope everyone had a great extended weekend, I know I did… took my Special Gal and my daughter (and her friend) to see the new Star Trek movie, went swimming and relaxing with aforementioned Special Gal and then she had me watch Despicable Me since the new one is coming out and she’s a huge fan… lounged around and ate and just spent time together. 

How was my writing? Dunno, because the laptop stayed closed from Saturday morning until right now. And I am happy about it. Normally I freak out over missing three days of writing time, and panicking because I’m 6,000 words behind. But I’m beginning to slow down the fear and relax. It might have to do with so many finished projects I’ve added into the pipeline, too. I know I’ve been busy and now I can actually release a few things. I spent the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 writing for money, with stories made specifically for TV and movie projects, and they may never see the light of day except on a screen. 

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This week will see the third part of the Kokomo’s Cafe serial released, and I’ve already begun writing the second set of stories, set in Golden Lion Cafe. I’ll be putting together the print version of Kokomo’s Cafe so it will be ready by the time of my June 28th book signing at Kokomo’s Cafe, and this week I will be doing another round of edits on my horror novel, which I will be pitching at World Horror Convention. 

DD3 Print Cover

In addition, I want to begin moving again on Dying Days: Origins and I’ve already gotten an idea for the opening to Dying Days 4. Since Dying Days 3 just came out, it isn’t at the top of the list, but it would be nice to write a bit of it and see where it goes, right?

Anything else? Not this week. Coffee, good food, writing and good friends will sum up the rest of this week. I’m sure by this time next week panic will have set in and I’ll be behind, but for now… I am enjoying this… 

Armand

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