You’re Here Now, So What’s Next?

Whether you’ve found this site by chance, clicked on a link from Twitter or Facebook, or downloaded a free copy of 30 Minute Plan, you’ve made it. I’m guessing your likes are walks on the beach, people who like to smile, and horror. But wait, before you just go why not take a look at what else I have?

Like the equally free The Beggar’s Bowl? I know, I know, that cover is awful. I’ll probably do another when I get time, but there’s a lot more to be read! Like Fleshbags or Where the Monsters Are, my Halloween book of shorts The Best Night of the YearThere’s just so many to choose from and considering most are only $0.99 you don’t have to pick just one.

Check out my booklist.

Or my UK booklist.

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Are You Nice to Your Characters? #iartg #BookBoost #PDF1

One of the most recent reviewers of Vamp-Hire wrote something to me that got me thinking. “Poor nick,” she wrote, “you are pretty mean to him.” As it had been about six months since I’d read the whole story, I was kind of surprised. Was I? My intention was to write an every-man story set in a post-apocalyptic world. Of course something bad had to happen so he had something to struggle against and (hopefully) overcome. It never crossed my mind that I wasn’t being nice. But then again, I began to think, wasn’t that part of the point of the story?

Life definitely kicks Nick in the balls and he goes through some tough times and experiences a half vampire’s version of racism (specism? hemophagism? Ah, my brain isn’t going to let this go until I think of a proper-sounding word). I guess I have been mean to him and I was just late to the game so far as seeing that. If I ever get around to writing a sequel, I’m certain to be nasty to him some more.

Already read the book? Why not pre-order Anything but Zombies, available May 26 from Atria Books!

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#SneakPeek of #TheWalkingDead 90 Minute Season Finale

See it here.

And after you’re all done playing with the dead, why not pre-order the anthology Anything but Zombies or my YA novel, Vamp-Hire.

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Review of @AnneRiceAuthor ‘s #PrinceLestat #amreading

Prince Lestat


I just finished listening to the audiobook of Prince Lestat and the story was like putting on an old pair of comfortable jeans. I read the first book in The Vampire Chronicles back in high school in the mid-nineties and the next three books shortly thereafter (somewhere in there, I also read Ramses the Damned which would make an excellent movie as well).

The Good

The writing is as good as any other book in the series that I’ve read (I confess, I missed the last six installments). Lestat is just as elusive in character as he is in location as vampires begin collecting as a voice begins awakening ancients and compelling them to kill young vampires.

The Bad

I’m not sure there is anything bad, per se, but something that bothers me and in hindsight, has bothered me about the series. Human beings are essentially cattle. I mean, I know that is the attitude of some (or a lot) of the vampires throughout the series, but we are really never a threat at all and there is no sort of fight against these predators. Ricedoes mention a few times how a vampire is captured, but it escapes and destroys it captors or other vampires break it out. Human beings never rally to say, “Enough snacking on necks, let’s get our pitchforks and tell theses vampers whatfor.” She does explain that humans still don’t believe they exist, but there’s one small problem with that. The Talamasca know they exist and all of them are human (unless you count David Talbot as being a member). But through the thousands of years they’ve been documenting the living dead nobody ever said, “Hey, let me put down this notepad and pick up a stake and torch?”

And How Did I Feel About That…

I still loved the book, but the conflict was a little less in the arena of grand climax and resolution. I never felt like the main characters were in that much danger. Even the ones who died didn’t really have death scenes that seized me and had me on edge. It was more of a ‘This is about to happen/this just happened’ kind of thing. That sounds a lot more ho-hum than it’s meant to be. I’m still jealous of Anne Rice as an author and wish I had a scintilla of her writing ability and hope to one day be able to look back on a career as an author as long as she’s had. I just would have liked to have felt a greater sense of danger throughout the book and maybe that would have been had Lestat been under threat.

Upon checking Rice’s Wikipedia Page for The Vampire Chronicles, it appears as though Prince Lestat is only the first in a new series. A sure fire way to know I liked a book is if I read its sequel and Blood Paradise is definitely on my list.

Hey, I wrote a book about vampires too! Well, kinda. Download a copy of Vamp-Hire and check it out. Only $5.99!

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Vamp-Hire Tonight at Midnight! #iartg

In just under a half hour my first YA novel, Vamp-Hire, will be published by Permuted Press. This is my first, full-length novel since The Ghost Toucher almost five years ago. I’m as excited as I am nervous because this was a new challenge for me as I’ve never really written for a younger audience and it came out a lot better than I expected.
I won’t toot too much, but if you like vampires, I’d say give it a look. It’s been reviewing well so far. I’m going to be doing a giveaway on Facebook tomorrow too (Vamp-Hire Release Party) where you can win a free book from Permuted. I invite you to come over be check it out.

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The Reviews are Coming in for #VampHire #PDF1 #BookBoost #snrtg

In one week, my first YA eBook will be published. As this rolling ball begins really rolling, it’s been getting some excellent reviews too. I’ll just let them speak for themselves.

“Finally, a refreshing addition to the vampire genre.”

“A thrilling novel vampire-lovers can sink their teeth into.”

“A thrilling novel where traditional meets dystopian. Brilliant.”

“Although I am not a huge fan of vampire books, I am a fan of Gerald Rice. I love everything that he has written. And Vamp-Hire is no different. First off, forget all that typical vampire lore. This is nothing like that. This is original and modern and more realistic. It was full of action and emotion and I had a lot of trouble putting it down. I sure hope there will be a sequel to this because I can’t see it ending here. Great job Gerald, I think this may be the best yet!”

You can pre-order a copy of Vamp-Hire for your Kindle.

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Smells Like #bookboost #snrtg #iartg

Smells Like


Some books just don’t get enough attention. That being said, I’ve decided to offer my little eBook, Smells Like, for free this weekend. Maybe you’ll think about it during the Big Game or on your way to the store or something, but it’s yours–free for the cost of clicking this link.

I was looking at the Amazon page for this story and saw it doesn’t have anywhere near enough reviews. So why not get a copy and review it?

And as long as you’re already on Amazon, why not hop over to Anything but Zombies and pre-order the anthology before it’s published this May? I’ve already reserved my copy!

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Peter and the Little Boy Eater #snrtg #iartg #bookboost

I was perusing Facebook when I saw an e-publisher looking for manuscripts for children’s books. I thought I’d give them a look because I’ve had a children’s story I wrote about 12 or 13 years ago that I’ve never done anything with.

Website was completely devoid of any relevant information and when I go back to the FB page I notice 2 spelling errors within 10 seconds. Confidence not instilled. I guess I’ll have to keep on looking.

Make sure to come back in time for the February 24 release of Vamp Hire from Permuted Press. And pre-order Anything but Zombies, available this May from Simon & Schuster!


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Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

I got this book back way back in 1984 for Christmas. It was one of the very first non-school related books I ever received. My brother got a different book by the same publisher, but he wasn’t as big a reader as me (nerd). I loved reading the stories and re-read the one by Poe several times about the dying girl who predicted she would return as an animal, then a half-naked African boy.

I would often read this book in class rather than pay attention to whatever the teacher was saying. One day in 7th grade, I left my book beneath my desk after Mr. Greg’s class and realized I’d forgotten it several hours later. I rushed back to his class and checked beneath the desk to find it gone. I never got my book back, but I never forgot it, either. Over the next few months, I checked the shelves of all my local book stores. B. Dalton, Waldonbooks (they were owned by Barnes and Noble and Borders, but the bigger book stores hadn’t made it to southeast Michigan even though Borders was headquartered out of Ann Arbor) didn’t have a copy and with a general title like Ghost Stories nobody could locate it.

After some industrious searching, I finally found my book and ordered it. I can’t wait for this gem to arrive in the mail. Maybe I’ll read it to my daughter for bedtime.

You can grab a copy of Ghost Stories for as little as $0.01. And don’t forget about Vamp Hire, coming February 24 from Permuted Press!

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The Secret’s Out for this Website

I’ve already espoused the virtues of Bookbub and more people are learning about it all the time. I just stumbled across an article on The Book Insider. Bookbub is a great site to learn about books in genres readers love and get those books at a 50%+ discount. I’ve used this site twice before and definitely will again in the future.

Read the Book Insider article here

Download a copy of Where the Monsters Are for only $0.99. And reserve your copy of Anything but Zombies! today.

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