Fiona Quinn interviews me about podcasting and books and stuff!
Fiona Quinn interviews me about podcasting and books and stuff!
Brand spankin’ new interview with me is up today! You should really read it!
2016 was supposed to be a slower year for me with book signings, conventions and leaving the house… so far it looks like another busy year is upon me.
After a nice and relaxing opening 6 weeks I’ve started to pack everything in…
Friday February 12th
Book signing for Dirty Deeds with author Wayne Stinnett at Golden Lion Cafe in Flagler Beach, Florida
Saturday March 19th
From 11am-5pm I’ll be a vendor outside of Mythical Mountain in Mandarin FL selling some books, hanging with other cool vendors and seeing some excellent cosplay, too!
Tuesday March 22nd
Release Day for the haunted house novel The Enemy Held Near, co-written with Jay Wilburn and released by Devil Dog Press
Thursday April 7th – Monday April 11th
The Novel Experience Event (TNEE) convention in Atlanta, GA
I’ll be there with the newest releases as well as a huge back stock of books. Sharing a table with author Jay Wilburn, so you know it will be wild.
Tuesday April 5th
Release Day for the contemporary fiction novel Belford Stories, featuring photography from Tammy J. Kelly
Friday April 15th
Belford Stories book signing with me and photographer Tammy J. Kelly at Belford Brewing Company
Will feel great to be back home after more than 12 years away! Details
Saturday May 7th
Free Comic Book Day book signing at Nerdz Comics And More
Flagler Beach FL
Tuesday May 31st
Release Day for Dying Days 6
Friday July 22nd – Sunday July 24th
Scares That Care Weekend convention in Williamsburg VA
My favorite convention, looking forward to it. Will be sharing table space with Jay Wilburn, Mark Tufo and Devil Dog Press. There will also be a special taping of Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast with co-hosts Armand and Mark wearing kilts and joined by Joe Ripple and Brian Keene (also in kilts)
Spooky Empire convention in Orlando FL
I will return to hang with cool authors, be on jam-packed panels and check out the celebrity guests! More information like set date as it gets closer
That’s just the start of everything coming up in 2016. Look for many more releases and appearances!
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…
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 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
The audiobook for State of Horror: Illinois came out on February 20th (narrated by the wonderful Jack Wallen)
The audiobook for Dying Days: Origins came out on March 3rd, narrated by Jack Wallen. Obviously I enjoy working with Jack on these audiobooks.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
On the 17th Dying Days 4 audiobook (narrated once again by Amanda Lehman) was released.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Darlene Bobich missing? Have I misplaced her? Not quite.
When I first began writing my Dying Days series I had no real idea it would take off and people would want more and more. I needed a cover for it, something a little different, so I decided on zombies on a beach since the setting is in Florida. Simple enough. Ash Arceneaux did a wonderful job creating cover after cover for me, but the lag time between releases (about a year apart) meant there was no real consistency in the covers, something I wish I’d done.
One cover I really liked was the redone Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer. I thought it kinda caught the essence of who Darlene was…
An average blonde in her late twenties. No super sexy hot mama look, no total bad ass action movie star wearing a steampunk-ish outfit and high heels carrying two shotguns and ammo belts wrapped around her hourglass figure. Just your typical everyday woman who happens to be caught up in the zombie apocalypse.
It got me thinking, which I sometimes do.
I’ve scoured the model sites, Pinterest and the stock photo places. Countless hours searching for Darlene.
I don’t want to use the same stock photos of a blonde woman everyone else uses. I want something fresh, a real person who wants to be on the cover of a continuing series. Not looking for zombies, either.
Now, for the fun part…
Do you look like Darlene?
If you do I want to put you on some book covers. Nothing crazy, just a few different poses with a background that compliments each cover as it is re-released and for future Dying Days books.
We’d need to work out the details of what is involved as far as payment/swag/gratitude for being the model for the covers, and the way to get the photos done, etc. etc.
Bottom line… are you Darlene? Do you know someone who would be perfect as Darlene?
An average blonde in her late twenties. No super sexy hot mama look, no total bad ass action movie star wearing a steampunk-ish outfit and high heels carrying two shotguns and ammo belts wrapped around her hourglass figure. Just your typical everyday woman who happens to be caught up in the zombie apocalypse.
Have I said that enough?
Send all serious inquiries to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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?
Jay Wilburn is a fellow author and good friend. I’ve had the privilege of doing several book signings with Jay over the last couple of years and many more are scheduled and will be done in the future.
His philosophy is simple: don’t show all your books at once. Overloading potential buyers with too many books will only confuse and annoy people, or something to that effect. I always disagreed and piled 30+ releases on the table.
Who usually sold more books? I don’t want to talk about it.
I was interviewing a fellow author for my podcast (Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – HERE is the link. Go listen and then come back. I’ll wait) and we talked about having too many books and stories out and confusing readers.
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I have too many choices and sometimes it might be overwhelming to figure out where to jump into my work. I used the short stories a couple of years ago to build up my numbers and get my name out there and it definitely worked. But now I worry I’ve over-saturated the market with smaller works. Right now on Amazon I have over 150 releases. Crazy, right?
So… I’m making an adjustment, which is part of the fun of being a self-published author. I know I can’t do anything about stories released by publishers but I can do my own stuff, right?
Right now I have 81 releases in Kindle Unlimited. I love the program and I make good money with so many pages read, so the problem isn’t having so much in KU, it’s what I have in KU to begin with.
I’ll begin slowly working some titles out of the system over the next few weeks, but here’s the basic ideas so far…
2. Same with Keyport Cthulhu. The five parts will now be deleted and the final collection sold only.
3. In addition, I’ll be slowly pulling the early Metal Queens nonfiction books in favor of box sets with all of them together
That’s just the start.
A few other things I’ll be working on:
Doing more box sets with multiple books for a better bang for your buck
Revamping the main Dying Days series with new covers
Pulling a few titles to rewrite/re-edit or keep out of print
Recently out of print works like Chelsea Avenue, Creeping Death, Tool Shed and Necromance updated and on sale
always adding new works to the pile
More information on these last few parts will be rolled out over the next few weeks and months, so stay tuned!
Another November and another Winter of Zombie event.
This year will be even bigger, with over 40 zombie authors!
Get ready for interviews, guest posts, teasers from their zombie books, giveaways, contests and so much more
In October we’ll begin slowly rolling out the authors involved and come November 1st it will begin!
Make sure you follow Dying Days Zombie blog so you don’t miss any of the posts
Join the Winter of Zombie FB Event so you don’t miss the contests and giveaways
Yep, I’ve made the decision to update Highway To Hell from the NC-17 graphic story to a more R rated one. I haven’t rewritten anything other than some of the really sexual parts, while still retaining the rest of the story.
In the end, I thought the excessively graphic sexual parts did nothing for the story itself. It even took away from it once I went back and reread it. Again, I wrote this novella five years ago and haven’t read it since it was published.
I also wanted it more in line with the rest of the Dying Days series as well as fit seamlessly with the sequel, Highway To Hell 2, which will be coming on November 3rd. It will also be a kinda-sequel to Dying Days: Origins as well, wrapping up both stories at the same time.
So on September 1st I will upload the newer version of Highway To Hell. If you want to read the original first, feel free to buy it asap. Once it is gone it won’t be changed back. I’m not sure how Amazon works but I think you can get the updated version if you bought the original previously, as I’m just updating the files.
I will also be changing the print copy, too… so the few I have in stock at home will eventually be sold at cons and direct from me, too.
If you’ve read Highway To Hell and have been asking for the sequel, Highway To Hell 2 is now up as a pre-order. It goes live November 3rd but feel free to show the love and loyalty and place your order now.
This is more or less a teaser for ya…
Once again, November will be Winter of Zombie blog tour time and this year I am opening it up to not only the great zombie authors I’ve worked with in the past, but the new ones as well!
Starting September 1st (or around there) I will begin accepting zombie authors onto the list who are interested in participating in the event. A few things you need to know before you send me a message in September, though:
1. You have to have RELEASED a Zombie book. Seems common sense, but…
2. Your Zombie release has to be out before October 15th so I can get all the material for it well ahead of time. Unfortunately, I will no longer accept authors promoting books being released in November or beyond, since it’s (quite frankly) a pain in the ass to update posts, especially when you’re talking 150+ posts I put together for the month. You need to have everything ready to go as soon as I ask for it.
3. You’ll be expected to do a Spotlight On interview, 2 (or more) Guest Posts and a teaser for your Zombie release. You’re also expected to share all of the other posts each day and spread the word.
4. The goal is only 35 Zombie authors, and we had three times that many not able to get in during the Summer of Zombie event, so this will be a First Come First Served type of deal. I make ALL decisions and if you’ve been on previous tours you know I don’t take kindly to slackers and those who only promote themselves (those people won’t be on the tour again)
5. Got it? September 1st send me an e-mail to email@example.com with WINTER OF ZOMBIE in the subject line and any questions you have and tell me you want in. I’ll begin putting the list together and asking for material asap. I create a secret group for the authors involved and all the info will be there, too. Deadline will be October 15th for all material to be in. Gives you plenty of time if accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS this year, either. You’re either 100% in or you’re not.
6. The actual event page (where all the actual posts will go and people can join and read all of them) is now live ahead of time at WINTER OF ZOMBIE on Facebook. Join it and feel free to add all of your fans and friends, too!
Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days zombie series, is interviewed:
TJ Redig swears he had an oh-so-metal discussion with Armand Rosamilia, the author of the Dying Days series, the Keyport Cthulhu series, theFlagler Beach series, the Metal Queens series, and God-only-knows how many other things.
TJ Redig does not lie…
I am nearing the first draft finish line for the next installment of the Dying Days series, Dying Days 5 (which is up as a pre-sale) and I am truly excited.
For those of you who have been reading along since Dying Days (and, perhaps Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer or the original extreme zombie novella, Highway To Hell, the story and world has progressed into even more divergent paths. Ones I am quite proud of!
With Dying Days 5 I continue to tell the story of not only Darlene Bobich, but old and new survivors as well as the zombies themselves.
My schedule for the release will be as follows:
Today… Pre-sale of Dying Days 5 is now up. Get your copy as soon as it goes live when you pre-order.
Sunday April 5th… Beta Readers will get their hands on a copy. I am very blessed to have some great pre-readers who offer me some valid points, and I will be reaching out to 3-5 of them right before this date to see if they have time to read and give thoughts on it.
Tuesday May 5th… By this date I’ll have all the notes in and will have done my rewrite. Taking into account my wedding on April 18th and then the week honeymoon, and this last weekend I will be in Atlanta at World Horror Convention, I know I am cutting it close. But I do love a crazy deadline. At this point I will send it off to my editor, Jenny Adams, to start ripping it apart.
Monday June 1st… hopefully uploading the finished copy a week ahead of schedule.
Tuesday June 16th… Dying Days 5 will go live, right in the middle of the upcoming Summer of Zombie Blog Tour! I actually plan this each year, and have had one out during the tour. More info on the tour itself coming soon, as well…
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January was a busy month for releases for me, with 10. What a great start to the year, right?
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.
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.
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)
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.
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/
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It looks like some of those stories I’d been writing finally got released…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
To hear the podcast version of this Year In Review, visit
Just a quick update for ya…
The best laid plans of mice and men and all that…
I love planning out my month, because it usually changes halfway through… which is exactly what August did to me, but I roll with the punches and adapt and survive… and totally stress out.
1. The 30k movie adaptation ended up being PRIORITY #1 and also ended up being 38k and written exclusively for quite a few days, which is always odd for me. I like to work on 2-4 projects each day if possible, but this one needed to be released. And it was. Zulu Six: Origins is the expanded book version of the upcoming independent film (they tell me a later 2014/early 2015 release) and I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. Readers who remember my Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun novel will enjoy this. Coincidentally (or not), I wrote it for the same people.
But adding an extra 8k to this forced me to drop some other stories I wanted to finish… keep reading, you’ll see it…
2. Children of The Grave short story is done. 10k and I liked where the story ultimately took me. I just need to clean it up and send it off to the publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, for the editing round now.
3. Change Jar Books Part 3-5… I finished Part 3 and sent it to my editor a week late due to other deadlines. It was supposed to be out last week, but I’m hoping I can get it released this week. I wrote only 1k on Part 4 so far, a victim of adding to the movie adaptation. I’m hoping to finish at least part 4 before next Sunday, when August ends.
4. Necromance 5 is done. 5k and I just got it back from my editor. Now it will go to Hazardous Press for their turn before releasing it in their Hazardous Encounters horror erotica short story series. I’m really beginning to have fun with the main character, a sexy demon hunter who loves Metal and guys and gals.
5. Dying Days: Origins 2 was another victim this month, but it is my main focus this week to get as far ahead on it as I can. I only managed 5k, so I have almost 11k left to write to hit 25k, although the story looks like it will be longer. I also set up a pre-sale page on Amazon at 99 cents (when the book is released it will go to the normal $2.99, so get yours now). The cover should also be ready in a week or so, featuring David Monsour and his back-story.
How am I doing? 54k in 25 days so far… a bit ahead, but need to finish as many projects as I can, because I just signed another huge movie adaptation contract, which will begin on September 1st and run until October 30th… 100k in 60 days. Can I do it? Of course I can. But I’m hoping I can also find the time to write everything else I want to write in September.
Regardless, this is going to be fun…
I’ve been having loads of fun these past months, going to horror conventions and running the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour right after doing Authors Supporting Our Troops, and doing a month of promotion for my latest release, Dying Days 4… but now it’s time to get serious again… the actual goal each day, each week and each month is to write. Right?
I have quite a few projects I’m working on right now (I’ll list them below so you get an idea of the crunch) and need to get back on track. To that end, I’ve decided to unofficially do an August NaNoWriMo of 50k in the month, although mine will be 60k and I must do it. No excuses. No days off and hitting 10k a week and being done with it. I need a true 14k a week, 60k in 31 days month. If I have to do a 24 Hour Writing Marathon to catch up or get ahead, so be it. I call it MandoWriMo. Because I have an ego, I guess… the extra day gives me only one shot to slack, too.
To this end I’m not going to be on Facebook much, except to promote other authors with guest posts on my page (but those are sent to me pretty much completed, so no big deal) and do some basic promotion to keep me out there. If all goes according to plan, I should have a couple of anthologies I’m in to promote as well such as the first two State of Horror ones from Charon Coin Press, so looking forward to that.
I’ll still be doing my Mando’s Manic Melodies show on 97.3 FM http://www.flaglerbeachradio.com on Friday nights from 10 til midnight EST, but expect quite a few to be pre-recorded. For August I’ll put my Monday night show, Mando’s Metal Covers, on hold and see where I stand in September. My main focus (besides writing) will still be Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast. New episodes every Friday. I’m having fun with it so far.
Now, onto my list… as I’ve been doing for years, this is more for me than the readers of this blog. I hope you’ll follow along and see how I do, but for me it just gives it another place where I can get called out on if I slack off.
1. Movie Adaptation (30k) – 10k done but I only get to see the dailies of the actual filmed movie every few days, so this one is taking forever. A new experience in how to write for me, too.
2. Children of The Grave anthology (10k) – I really need to get my head around my story so I can actually write it. This has been due so need to make it a priority
3. Change Jar Books Part 3,4 and 5 (15k) – 2k done so far, really behind. I need to tackle these this month and get closer to finishing the Flagler Beach Fiction Series.
4. Necromance 5 (5k) – 3k left to write. I know the story, just need to sit down and finish it.
5. Dying Days: Origins 2 (25k) – 16k left to write. Looking for a November release, so I need to get moving on this first draft.
That gives me 62k right there… I can do it if I get focused, right?
Wish me luck… and if I’m ignoring you on Facebook I have a really good reason. Or I’m using it as an excuse to ignore you. Either way…
Here is where all of the posts for the #SummerZombie blog tour will be updated on a daily basis in the month of June. You can expect 3 posts a day during the tour from various zombie authors.
Sunday June 1st
Kirk Allmond (interview) on Blaze McRob’s Tales of Terror Blog
Shana Festa (guest post) on Yours In Storytelling Blog
Monday June 2nd
Christine Verstraete (teaser) on Graeme Reynold’s Blog
Jay Wilburn (interview) on Author Rebecca Besser’s Blog
Jack Wallen (guest post) on G. Elmer Munson’s Blog
Stevie Kopas (interview) on Books, Beer & Blogshit
Tuesday June 3rd
Charles Ingersoll (teaser) at The Bookie Monster Blog
Chris Tucker (interview) on Horror After Dark Blog
Timothy Baker (guest post) on Sweet Southern Home Blog
Wednesday June 4th
Claire C. Riley (teaser) on Buy Zombie Blog
T.W. Piperbrook (interview) on Chris Tucker Books Blog
Stevie Kopas (guest post) on Richard Schiver’s Blog
John O’Brien (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit
Thursday June 5th
Melanie Karsak (teaser) on What Zombies Fear Blog
Rhonda Parrish (interview) on Jay Wilburn’s Blog
Shawn Chesser (guest post) on Manuscripts Burn Blog
Rebecca Besser (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit
Friday June 6th
Stephanie Kozeniewski (interview) on The Darkness Goes ‘Round Blog
Erik Gustafson (teaser) on Darkness Abound Blog
Mark Tufo (guest post) on Leah Rhyne’s Blog
Kirk Allmond (guest post) on Rhonda Parrish’s Blog
Jay Wilburn (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit
Saturday June 7th
Julianne Snow (teaser) on The Twisted Mind Blog
Bryan Cassiday (interview) on Day Zero Blog
Christine Verstraete (Guest post) on Rhonda Parrish’s Blog
Sunday June 8th
Sarah Lyon Fleming (teaser) on Brewed Bohemian Blog
Thomas M. Malfarina (interview) on Hobbes End Publishing Blog
Ian McClellan (guest post) on Reviewing The Apocalypse Blog
Monday June 9th
Robert Chazz Chute (teaser) on Author Candy O’Donnell’s Blog
Peggy Martinez (interview) on LiteraryEllyMay’s Blog
David P Forsyth (guest post) on Zombie Evolution Blog
Charles Ingersoll (interview) at Books, Beer & Bullshit Blog
Tuesday June 10th
TS Alan (teaser) on Six Feet From Hell Blog
Ian Woodhead (interview) on Zombie Rising Magazine Blog
John O’Brien (guest post) on The Dark Fantastic Blog
Claire C. Riley (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Wednesday June 11th
Jaime Johnesee (teaser) on Girl Zombie Authors Blog
Rebecca Besser (interview) on Armand Rosamilia’s Blog
Alex Laybourne (guest post) on Paranormal Tendencies Blog
Kirk Allmond (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Thursday June 12th
Shana Festa (teaser) on A Life In Limbo Blog
Jack Wallen (interview) on Zombie Guide Magazine Blog
Jay Wilburn (guest post) on Cupcake’s Corner Blog
Chris Tucker (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Friday June 13th
Chris Tucker (teaser) on Darkness Dwells Blog
Charles Ingersoll (interview) on Bones Along The Road Blog
Armand Rosamilia (guest post) on Get Jack’d Blog
Saturday June 14th
Timothy Baker (teaser) on Horror Tree Blog
Stevie Kopas (interview) on Claire C. Riley’s Blog
TW Piperbrook (guest post) on Words, Words, Words Blog
Sunday June 15th
Shawn Chesser (teaser) on Visionary Press Collaborative Blog
Claire C. Riley (interview) on Violet VanDoren’s Blog
Rhonda Parrish (Guest post) on Whatnot Blog
Monday June 16th
Stephen Kozeniewski (teaser) on Zombie Pop Blog
Erik Gustafson (interview) on Under The Oak Book Reviews Blog
Melanie Karsak (guest post) on Storyteller – S.K. Gregory’s Blog
Mark Tufo (interview) on Courtney Rene’s Blog
Shana Festa (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Tuesday June 17th
Thomas M. Malfarina (teaser) on Bryan Cassiday’s Blog
Julianne Snow (interview) on Heath Stallcup’s Blog
Bryan Cassiday (guest post) on Terrorphoria Blog
TS Alan (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Wednesday June 18th
Ian McClellan (teaser) on Chazz Writes Blog
Robert Chazz Chute (interview) on Sparky Lee Geek’s Blog
Sarah Lyons Fleming (guest post) on Armand Rosamilia’s Blog
Timothy Baker (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Thursday June 19th
Peggy Martinez (teaser) on Trip Through My Mind Blog
David P Forsyth (interview) on Word Wenches Guilty Pleasure Blog
TS Alan (guest post) on Darkness Beckons Blog
Ian Woodhead (teaser) on A Book Addict’s Delight Blog
TW Piperbrook (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Friday June 20th
John O’Brien (teaser) on The Flip Side Of Julianne Blog
Jaime Johnesee (interview) on TS Alan: Dark Horizons Blog
Rebecca Besser (guest post) on Whispers From The Abyss Blog
Armand Rosamilia(interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Saturday June 21st
Alex Laybourne (teaser) on The Cerebral Writer Blog
Shana Festa (interview) on Fabulous And Fun Blog
Chuck Ingersoll (guest post) on Brewed Bohemian Blog
Mark Tufo (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Sunday June 22nd
Kirk Allmond (teaser) on The Darkness Goes ‘Round Blog
Christine Verstraete (interview) on Graeme Reynold’s Blog
Chris Tucker (guest post) on Manuscripts Burn Blog
Monday June 23rd
Armand Rosamilia (teaser) on John M Whalen’s Blog
Timothy Baker (interview) on The Sinister Scribblings of Sarah E. Glenn Blog
Claire C. Riley (guest post) on One Book At A Time Blog
Bryan Cassiday (teaser) on Rhonda Parrish’s Blog
Julianne Snow (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit
Ian McClellan (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Tuesday June 24th
Jay Wilburn (teaser) on Zombie Horror Blog
Shawn Chesser (interview) on Chasing Steampunk Blog
Erik Gustafson (guest post) on Self Publish Or Die Blog
John O’Brien (interview) on TS Alan: Dark Horizon’s Blog
Robert Chazz Chute (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Jaime Johnesee (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Wednesday June 25th
Jack Wallen (teaser) on Stuart Conover’s Blog
Melanie Karsak (interview) on Kirk Allmond’s Blog
Stephen Kozeniewski (guest post) on The Bookie Monster Blog
Shawn Chesser (interview) on Melanie Karsak’s Blog
Rhonda Parrish (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Bryan Cassiday (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Thursday June 26th
T.W. Piperbrook (teaser) on Kulz’s Captured Imagination Blog
Sarah Lyons Fleming (interview) on G Elmer Munson’s Blog
Julianne Snow (guest post) on Sweet Southern Home Blog
Jaime Johnesee (guest post) on Horror After Dark Blog
Thomas M. Malfarina (interview) at Books, Beer &Blogshit Blog
Jack Wallen (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Friday June 27th
Stevie Kopas (teaser) on Bufton’s Blog
Alex Laybourne (interview) on Author Candy O’Donnell’s Blog
Thomas M. Malfarina (guest post) on Day Zero Book Blog
Rebecca Besser (teaser) on Blood, Sweat And Books Blog
Stephen Kozeniewski (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Sarah Lyons Fleming (interview) at Books, Beer & Blogshit Blog
Saturday June 28th
Rhonda Parrish (teaser) on Yours In Storytelling Blog
Ian McClellan (interview) on Someone Read This Blog
Robert Chazz Chute (guest post) on Rhys Christopher Ethan’s Blog
Sunday June 29th
Mark Tufo (teaser) on Zombie Guide Magazine’s Blog
TS Alan (interview) on Darkness Dwells Blog
Peggy Martinez (guest post) on The Power of Passion Blog
Monday June 30th
Armand Rosamilia (interview) on Trip Through My Mind Blog
Ian Woodhead (guest post) on Author Rebecca Besser’s Blog
David P Forsyth (teaser) on Armand Rosamilia’s Blog
Here are links to the 33 authors involved in the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014 for their Amazon Author page
Check out all the releases they have to offer, and not only purchase a couple-three but make sure you kindly leave reviews so they can continue to bring you great stories in the future… and follow the entire tour posts in June on the #SummerZombie event page!
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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.
Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie
Open letter (OK, blog post, get off my case) to Myself today from Me three years ago…
I’m damn proud of you. It is unreal how much you’ve accomplished and how many goals you set before you and have surpassed. If you’d said three years ago you’d have over 100 releases on Amazon, worked with some great small press companies, attended World Horror and other conventions not just in Florida but in many other places, had stories published in some great anthologies with other great authors, had a couple of your story ideas turned into upcoming movies, signed a thirteen book deal with a Hollywood production company, got on the actual radio to talk and play the songs you grew up with, met the woman of your dreams and STILL own the beat-up Kia AND it still started, I’d have laughed.
All amazing things, and a ton more you’ve accomplished in the last 36 months or so. You got away from a horrible, mind-numbing relationship filled with daily fighting, jealousy over a potential writing career and following dreams you’ve had since you were twelve years old. You set many goals and keep setting goals, and you are easily in the best place you’ve ever been in your life.
Pat yourself on the back, smile as you sip $20 a pound Death Wish Coffee and eat expensive meals in fancy restaurants and live comfortably in a big new house watching the 55 inch TV you bought with some of your earnings over the 36 months. Pat that growing belly, filled with that expensive food and coffee, and keep smiling.
Stop acting like a Big Shot, because you haven’t written a damn word in the last three days and your daily writing goal of 2,000 words a day is kicking your ass. When is the last time you actually hit the goal, or hit it feeling good and not just relieved you actually made it but dreading what tomorrow was going to bring?
When was the last time you actually shut Facebook off or didn’t answer an e-mail immediately? How many Pinterest and New MySpace followers do you actually need? Is breaking 70,000 Twitter followers really more important than writing today? Right now?
Remember Joe McKinney at World Horror Convention? While you drank and laughed with a bar filled with other authors, Joe was upstairs in his hotel room writing. Yep, working. Why? Because he gets it. You have a deadline, remember? Which is now getting closer and closer.
Sure, you finished Dying Days 4. It only took you about 14 months since Dying Days 3 was released, which you swore wasn’t going to happen. God forbid you start on Dying Days 5, right? By the time that comes out Mark Tufo will be on Zombie Fallout 19.
So… sit back and Google your name again and read another wonderful review about a release you wrote two years ago. Enjoy the praise from your many, many followers and your peers in the writing world.
Who, if they are better than you, got that way because they don’t stop writing and doing the important things, the top three…
Now, shut up and turn off the damn internet and get in your work before you check your Amazon sales for the fifth time today.
I’ve decided to practically give away a few of my books this week and see what happens… the obvious goal is to hook new readers into the Dying Days zombie world, so they will continue to read the entire series… we’ll see what happens!
Dying Days: Siege 1 And 2 Set
TWO zombie novellas for only 99 cents? Tim Baker and Armand Rosamilia must be insane! This won’t last long!
Two Novellas for the price of One!
Dying Days: The Siege of European Village
European Village in Palm Coast Florida is the last bastion of defense against the unending zombie horde.
Darlene Bobich and John Murphy are fighting for survival, and their feelings for each other.
They are surrounded: The defenders of European Village ahead, mysterious strangers from the rear, and zombies everywhere. But inside European Village, a small band of survivors are doing whatever it takes to stay alive – but are they risking their own survival by keeping the new strangers out?
Dying Days: The Siege of European Village is the latest release in the Dying Days series by Armand Rosamilia, and first with author Tim Baker (Water Hazard, Pump It Up) and combines their favorite characters in one rousing story! Includes an Author interview detailing how the story came about, as well as sample chapters from both authors!
Dying Days: Siege 2
Just when they thought they were out…
The last survivors of the zombie raid on European Village find out they have nowhere else to go in this post apocalyptic world.
Darlene Bobich must once again team up with Ike in order to survive!
Dying Days: Siege 2 is the sequel to the successful collaboration between authors Armand Rosamilia (Dying Days, Keyport Cthulhu) and Tim Baker (Pump It Up, Unfinished Business) and includes two bonus short stories, an interview with the authors as well as samples of their latest work!
Over 70,000 words and usually $3.99!
Dying Days: Bundle Set 1
Two Novellas For The Price Of One!
Dying Days: Origins
The prequel tale to Tosha Shorb, featured in Dying Days 2 zombie novella as well as short stories set in the Dying Days world.
Includes two bonus stories: Dying Days: Randy Jackson, featuring the main character from the Highway To Hell zombie novella… and Dying Days: Eric White, the origins short for the character featured in the Dying Days series and written by Lisa McKinney! With Author Notes…
Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days
Thirteen zombie tales set in the world of the “Dying Days” series… stories about old friends and new, including Tosha Shorb, David Monsour, Steve ‘The Breeze’ Brack, Russ ‘Madman’ Meyer, Jeff Beesler, Morris Chambers, Michael Ross, and many more! Welcome once again to “Dying Days”…
Over 70,000 words and usually $3.99!
I’ve been looking at me sales of books in the last few months, and they have been increasing each week, which I am thankful for. Yet another reason I’m glad I dropped out of retail management and took on the life of a full-time author.
I also took a hard look at some of my titles and decided to do something about it. Not too long ago I changed the cover of Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer to better imagine what she looks like, and I’m at it again…
But this time for a slightly different reason. The original cover for the Extreme Undead Collection was quite the eye-catcher, created by the very talented Nic Burgess. Here is is:
Unfortunately, Amazon took one look at the cover and decided it was erotica and subsequently buried it without me realizing what they’d done. I had a total of 4 sales in the last year on this four-novella collection, while the Dying Days Collection has sold steady and increasing in sales each and every month. Two of the novellas are shared in both releases, too, so I knew it wasn’t the content being the problem.
So, I’ve updated the book a bit: brand new cover, courtesy of longtime Dying Days cover artist Ash Arceneaux, and I moved the novellas themselves around a bit so it reads better. Here’s the new cover:
Extreme Undead Collection
Four zombie novellas in one release!
“Zombie Tea Party” – zombie short story collection…
“Highway To Hell” – Randy just wanted to survive, run away from the zombies, and hide… until he met a mysterious and sexy girl…
“Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer” – the collected short stories of Darlene Bobich leading up to “Dying Days”…
“Dying Days” – Darlene Bobich, Florida sun and zombies… what better combination?…
nearly 100,000 words in all…
warning: extreme situations, extreme violence… extreme undead…
Only $4.99 on
I talked about doing a contest for readers to be a part of Dying Days 4 and become a character in the book itself Here. The poll is now closed and we have a winning idea, but it wasn’t a landslide. In fact, all 3 ideas on the poll were pretty close…
So there will be TWO different ways for you to be picked to star in Dying Days 4…
1. Send me a cool pic of you holding any (or all) of the Dying Days books. It could be either Dying Days, Dying Days 2, Dying Days 3, Highway To Hell, Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, Still Dying, Still Dying 2, Dying Days: Origins, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, Dying Days: Siege 2… You’ll automatically be entered in for a chance to star in it. AND… for every book in the picture I’ll give you another chance, as well as bonus entries for originality! Note: I will use the pictures as promotional items on my blog, Facebook page, etc.
2. Reviewing any of the above-mentioned Dying Days books will also get you a shot at being in the book. It doesn’t matter what your rating is, as long as it is on Amazon (and bonus chances for every other place like B&N and Goodreads you post it as well), and you’ll also get your name added for each and every review, so if you review all 10 books listed above and post them to Amazon, B&N and Goodreads, it gives you 30 chances to win! And I’ll be really happy, too…
Any questions? Too bad. it’s simple enough! Send pictures to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be collecting them until April 1st, when I’ll make a decision or two…
Yep, here it is… the long-awaited Dying Days 4 cover art, once again magnificently created by Ash Arceneaux (www.asharceneaux.deviantart.com), who’s done the rest of the covers in the series and quite a few others for me. I’m obviously a fan of her work and I hope you are, too.
But don’t get too excited, because I’m not done with writing it just yet. In the coming days and weeks I’ll update you onto my progress of the first draft and might give you a tease or two along the way.
I also want readers to know this installment of the Dying Days zombie series will be much longer than the previous releases. As I’ve stated on my blog a few weeks ago, I want to give more of the story with each new release, and instead of 25-35k of story you can expect 45-55k (or maybe more as I write the first draft and then edit) for Dying Days 4.
I’ll also be bringing in a few characters you might have forgotten about along the way, too… and a few new ones you’ll love and/or hate… but, as always, Darlene Bobich will be the main story for you to follow along…
AND… if you want to be in the book as well? Find out how HERE
If you haven’t begun the Dying Days stories yet, I will hunt you down and… I mean… what are you waiting for?
Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer is the perfect spot to begin your journey!
The Bookie Monster reviewed Still Dying 2, and you should read it!
I had the privilege to be interviewed for this great podcast by Simon Whistler and his outrageous accent!