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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Tom Hanks launches a writing app for iPad that mimics the typewriter

Well, the app itself obviously isn’t from the 19th century, but it’s meant to mimic a technology that first came to use in the late 1800′s: the typewriter, and it even has the look and sound (if not the feel) of those charming old devices.

It was created by Tom Hanks (yes, THAT Tom Hanks) and it’s called… read more here.

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Big Announcement! & Win the ‘Sickest. Zombies. Ever’. #rzp #bookboost #iart

Want a free Kindle copy of the novella Zombiephiles.com calls the ‘Sickest. Zombies. Ever.’? Like my most recent post on my fan page and you could be 1 of 3 winners. I will be doing the Rafflecopter giveaway this Friday. Read for yourself what other people are saying about Fleshbags.

I’m doing this because I have a HUGE announcement to make. It’s been some time in the works (actually going back to January), but I’ve signed a deal with the Simon and Schuster imprint Atria to edit my very first anthology titled Anything but Zombies! due summer 2015. I’ve assembled an awesome group of writers–as a matter of fact, I’m surprised I got them all. Armand Rosamilia, Jeff Strand, and Tonia Brown just to name a few. This comes in addition to my first YA novel coming in November from Permuted Press.

What’s that you say? You’d prefer a printed copy? That actually has two stories. Fleshbags and The Zombie ShowOne lucky winner will receive a signed copy.

This year is going to round out quite nicely with more stuff lining up for next year and beyond. I have other things in the works, but my two new babies come first. So get on board now, maybe win yourself a free book. Hurry, before I become a complete snob and completely ignore you.

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My Next Novel #rzp @PermutedPress

Okay, so you haven’t heard anything from me in a while. That’s because over the last couple weeks I’ve been hard at work on two major projects, one of which I can talk about now. Late last year, I signed a deal with Permuted Press to pen my first YA novel, titled Vamp-Hire. It’s about a half human, half vampire who has to do odd jobs to make ends meet.

I’ll talk more about it in the coming months, but it’s due out 11/11/14 and I’ve just finished the last round of edits. Those were tough, but that’s a good thing because Felicia Sullivan is a really great editor. I wouldn’t mind her editing all my stuff.

I’ll talk about the other project soon enough. In the meantime, checkout Where the Monsters AreIt’s only $0.99.

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@actuallyNPH May Join #AmericanHorrorStory

Neil Patrick Harris’ wish to appear in “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is co-creator Ryan Murphy’s command.

Harris told EW Radio that he penned a letter to Murphy asking to be on the new season of the FX series.

Read the rest here.

Have you read Where the Monsters Are? Download a copy for 99¢ on Amazon. Just click the link: http://bit.ly/monstersarehere

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Review of Bad@ss Zombie Roadtrip by @ToniaBrown1

Just finished this book and I loved it. Tonia Brown is now on my must read list and I will begin the very slow process of devouring her books. I purchased this after reading a 5-star review by a reviewer I respect and downloaded this immediately. At $2.99 for almost 300 pages, I have to say Badass Zombie Road Trip is a steal.

Synopsis:
Jonah has seven days to find his best friend’s soul, or lose his own, dragging a zombie across the country with a stripper who has an agenda of her own, while being pursued for a crime he didn’t commit… and dealing with Satan.

The Good

The writing is fantastic. I’m surprised that Brown could write male characters so convincingly. The laughs are genuine and don’t come off as ‘trying’ at any point. Jonah comes off as an everyman loser type who’s just so far beneath the task at hand you wonder how the guy crawls out of bed. Dale is a jerk. There is no reason to believe these two would ever be friends and yet the relationship between them comes off as totally legitimate.

The Bad

If I have to complain about something, I’d say editing. It could use a little tweaking, but honestly that’s not a real complaint because it in no way interrupts the story.

And How Did I Feel About That…

I’m new to Tonia Brown and I can honestly say I love her work. It’d be a goal of mine to work with her someday. As I came to the end of this book I realized what struck me as familiar: it reminds me of that show Reaper. Remember, about the two guys who worked in the big box store who reclaimed the souls that escaped from hell? I could easily see this book being adapted into a screenplay and the awesome Ray Wise returning as the Devil. If you love horror, comedy, and horror-comedy in any combination you should pick this book up.

I write stuff too! Download a copy of my short Where the Monsters Are. Only $0.99.

 

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Robogenesis: A Novel #amreading #rzp

I just cracked open Daniel H Wilson’s Robogenesis, the sequel to Robopocalypse. I’ll review soon, but so far, so good.

Download Robogenesis: A Novel.

Also, download a copy of Where the Monsters Are. Only $0.99. And join the Axe to the Face fan page. What happens when you reform a serial killer?

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Big Break for a Creative Writer #craigslist #scam #alert #rzp

I found another ‘opportunity’ on Craig’s List for writers that should definitely be avoided. At first blush, this might seem like an opportunity, but the more you read it, the worse it looks. Please read for yourself and I will comment after.

Let us give you your big writing break. We are looking for writers and stories to be featured on our website…the #1 site for authors. You will have the opportunity to be read by thousands of readers, agents and agencies, and even publishers. Our site gives writers on all levels the attention we feel they deserve. We will promote you and your story with everything that we have, and will help you show the world what a great writers you are. There is no monetary compensation, only promotion of your work. Sorry! Many of our writers have been published by publishing houses.

If you feel your short story, novel, collection of poems, graphic novel(Yep!), etc. is a great piece of work that hasn’t been given the proper audience, then please submit it in your reply. Serious replies only! We won’t answer any questions that don’t include a submission, and no we don’t steal stories! If you have a story of any type, please don’t hesitate to submit it. All submissions will receive replies.

First off, who are these guys? Any legitimate company or website should be trying to draw you in by their reputation. But the big warning flag is the usual; when guys tell you how they will do you this HUGE favor but offer absolutely no monetary compensation, your antenna should go up. But there’s more here that should be making you suspicious.

‘You will have the opportunity to be read by thousands of readers, agents and agencies, and even publishers’. Even if you didn’t pick apart the semantical use of the word ‘opportunity’, they make no effort to clue you in on exactly how they have the ability to reach these three groups (I count agents and agencies as the same thing). They’re even so bold as to say they won’t answer any question that doesn’t include a submission, but how else would someone who has no idea who these people are and how they will do what they claim? For all any of us know, this is some 13 year old in his parents’ basement. Even if this were a real opportunity, writing that is very poor customer service and does nothing to instill confidence to your potential submitters that you will respond to them when they have questions. And noting that they don’t steal stories doesn’t wipe away doubt, if anything, it calls to mind something that some people may not have thought of. That’s like someone pulling a gun on you and saying, “I’m not gonna rape you.”

Want to learn how to publish your own eBook? Download a copy of How to Publish on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, & Nook the Easy Way! Only $0.99.

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#review of @joelansdale ‘s The Thicket #amreading #rzp

The Thicket

I listened to this on audio and this story wasted no time getting to it. A teenaged boy seeks to retrieve his younger sister after his grandfather is murdered. I’d been wanting to read a Lansdale book for a while after reading one of his short stories a year ago and The Thicket just leapt out at me.

The Good

The writing is awesome. Every character is rich with his own history and you feel like you’re behind each characters’ eyes. I only knew Lansdale as a horror author, but he is extremely adept at a period piece thriller (I guess that’s what you’d call it). And there are several parts that are laugh-out-loud funny. Like Shorty describing the man who came into his story who kept threatening to dress him up in doll’s clothes.

The Bad

Nothing. Honestly, I loved every bit of this story. If anything, I’d like to see another story with some of these characters.

And How Did I Feel About That…

I’m a new Joe R Lansdale fan. Now I’m going to find as much of his stuff as I can and begin reading. Michael C Hall stars in the movie adaptation of his novel Cold In July. I’m going to pick that one up as soon as it comes available.

I write stuff too! Download a copy of my short Where the Monsters Are. Only $0.99.

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11/22/63 pt 2 a #review #rzp #amlistening

The novel starts off with an great premise—a killer drives a Mercedes into a crowd, kills 8 and maims several others, and mysteriously gets away. The retired detective who had been assigned to the case gets a letter from the killer, taunting him, trying to goad him into the suicide the former cop has already been considering. But he only draws the former lawman out of his depression and sends him in pursuit.

The Good

The writing is great. Vivid characters and a nice amount of foreshadowing. I found myself realizing certain things were going to happen and dreading when they eventually came. The banter between the detectives was refreshing. I even liked Hodges and his teenaged neighbor (his name escapes me at the moment). The whole thing had a moment-by-moment, Law & Order feel.

The Bad

The bad guy. I understand the necessity to have clear delineation between good and bad, but the bad guy was over-the-top bad. I’m not objecting to the use of the ‘n-word’, but there was a ton of it when he referred to anyone black. It makes me feel like a fuddy-duddy to write it, but for me, that was too much. I would have gotten some just to make it clear this killer was a racist too, but sheesh.

Also, this story was very reminiscent of 11/22/63. It just had a feel of pursuing the killer who always seemed just out of reach. I did like the story, actually, a lot, but it never seemed to become its own entire story. Maybe because that book is just so fresh on my mind, but I find myself wanting to go back and listen to that again (I’ve already listened twice), but it would feel pointless to listen to this book a second time.

And How Did I Feel About That…

I liked this story, despite the bad. King’s writing alone and incredible ability to set a scene and a mood really carries this beyond just being rehash of another, superior novel. If you read it, you’ll like it, but you’ll appreciate it more if you read it before 11/22/63.

Until Revival comes out later this year, why not download a copy of Where the Monsters Are? Only $0.99. And hop onto the Facebook page for Axe to the Face.

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What I’m Reading Right Now… #rzp #bookworm

I’m about halfway through and thoroughly enjoying Mr. Mercedes: A Novel. Grab a copy on Amazon or listen to it on Audible. If you don’t already have an account, you can listen to it for free. Just sign up at Audible today for a 30 day trial.

And after you devour that one, why not download The Prophet? It’s only $0.99.

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