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Two Zombie Novellas for Only 99 Cents (and a nightmare about polar bears)

I got a phone call at 3:00 in the morning this past Sunday from Armand Rosamilia.

He was in a state of pure panic.

From what I could decipher through his hysterics, he had a nightmare about the two zombie novellas we co-wrote. In this nightmare he was surrounded by big, happy, fluffy polar bears. They were eating vegetables and singing love songs (that’s a nightmare for him, believe me). The polar bears were demanding that he make our novellas available as a 2-in-1 set and that the price be lowered to 99 cents.

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He called to tell me he was going to make it happen whether I liked it or not…these were polar bears, damn it!!!

My first response was…“Armand who?”-  but then I listened to his rant and told him if it meant I could go back to sleep he could do whatever he wanted.

Actually – not a word of that is true. (Except for the polar bears…he really doesn’t like polar bears)

What is true…is the pricing thing.

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We decided to take the two zombie novellas we wrote, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village & Dying Days: Siege 2, and combine them into a “box set” which is now available for the ridiculously low price of 99 cents.

My advice to you is to get over there (a convenient link is provided below) and get your copy before Armand comes to his senses and raises the price back up to the normal $3.99 mark.

Click here to take advantage of this crazy deal!!!

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That is all…you may now resume normal behavior.

 

As always – thank you for reading

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The Zombie Apocalypse Hits European Village – Again

A little more than a year ago Armand Rosamilia and I were enjoying a banana-bread-beer (don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it) with some friends at one of our favorite local pubs called Farley’s.

Farley’s is in a “plaza” called European Village, which consists of 3 buildings arranged in a triangular shape with an entrance at each point of the triangle. The first floor of each building is occupied by businesses – restaurants, pubs…even a cigar shop – and the upper 3 floors are condominiums.

The interior of the triangle is a large open courtyard with a gazebo in the center.

The architecture of the entire plaza is intended to resemble an old…you guessed it…European village. It even goes so far as to have spots where the stucco has (by design) fallen off.

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European Village

So – anyway…as we’re sitting there enjoying the setting Armand mentioned that E.V. would be a cool setting for a zombie attack (believe it or not – that’s the way he thinks). It’s easy to picture it as an Alamo of sorts if – or when – the zombie apocalypse happens.

Somebody else in the group picked up on our conversation and suggested that Armand and I collaborate on a book about it. Before you could say Dawn of the Dead the excitement was building and the ideas were flowing.

Within 2 months, what began as a fun, hypothetical, beer-fueled discussion became a novella called Dying Days: The Siege of European Village.

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We enjoyed working together on it and we even incorporated the names of many of our friends just to add to the fun. They all enjoyed reading to see if they survived.

We also incorporated 4 fictional characters; Darlene Bobich and John Murphy from Armand’s very successful Dying Days series and Ike and Brewski from my series of action/thrillers.

When the book was released we had a book signing at Farley’s and sold out of books (48 copies I believe) in less than 2 hours.

We each assumed the excitement was over and we could resume our normal (crazy) writing schedules…

Unfortunately – you know what happens when you assume…

People loved the book and almost immediately began asking about a sequel. At first we laughed it off, but as time went by, and the number of requests grew, we decided that perhaps we should get cracking on a sequel. (Although sequel isn’t really the right word – since the story is really another entry in Armand’s whole Dying Days series.)

Last month we sat down and began hashing out ideas, talking about characters and basically deciding which of our friends would survive or how gruesome their demise would be.

On 3 occasions (two in September and one in October) we sequestered ourselves and had weekend-long writing marathons.

Yesterday (October 13) we finished the first draft of Dying Days: The Siege of European Village II…or as Armand keeps calling it – Dying Days: The Siege of European Village – Electric Boogaloo.

Truth be told – we haven’t officially given it a title yet, but we sent the draft to the editor and the cover art is being created. We plan to have it finished and released before Thanksgiving.

zombie turkey

Our book has nothing to do with Thanksgiving or turkeys – I just thought this was a cool picture.

Armand and I are both very excited about it, because even though the whole thing sprung from incredibly inane chit-chat, we have had a ton of fun writing both books and toying with the fates of our friends! I might be a little more excited than Armand, because he writes zombie/horror stuff all the time. These two books have been my only experience with it – so it’s very new and different for me!

Fans of Armand’s Dying Days series are bound to enjoy it and my readers, who are familiar with the way Ike and Brewski handle things, won’t be disappointed either.

I will keep you posted about the exact release date. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the original you might want to grab a copy and bring yourself up to speed!

As always – thank you for reading

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No Rest for the Weary

I’ve got a bit of a writing hangover…

I began writing Unfinished Business in early 2010. Its completion was delayed by the 3 books I wrote in the meantime (No Good Deed, Backseat to Justice and Pump It Up) and threatened by a couple of new ideas, which I had to force myself to put on the back burner. I also had a few struggles with plot lines and such.

Nevertheless, after 3 years Unfinished Business is…well…finished.

Unfinished Business will be released in June, 2013

Unfinished Business is finally…finished

I’m very proud of it, it is already getting extremely positive feedback and I’ve been asked a few times about a sequel. I hate sequels, but it might be necessary – again (click here to read about my last sequel).

With all that being said…I would really like to kick back, take the rest of the summer off and not worry about another book (or books). I’d like to just hang out and have nothing more pressing to do than watch the Red Sox.

Unfortunately, that’s not happening.

I’ve got a new book in the works and I want to finish the first draft before Christmas so it will be ready for release next spring. It’ll be a fun story about a perpetual loser who feels his only chance at having a good life is the witness protection program…unfortunately, he hasn’t witnessed anything.

I also have an idea for another novel, an epic story compared to all my others.

I have a co-writing project with Armand Rosamilia to do, the sequel to our novella Dying Days: The Siege of European Village.

cover2On top of those I have a few other book ideas I need to at least start before I forget them – and then there’s the ever present Full Circle.

All of this while I still have to promote Unfinished Business at various events and signings.

So, for me, there will be no break in the action. Like drinking too much on Sunday night…when Monday morning rolls around you have to suck it up, have a few Tylenols for breakfast and get your ass to work.

I will jump back into the fire…right after I enjoy the 4th of July Holiday!

It’s one day, and besides…I wouldn’t get any work done with all those fireworks going off and the smell of cookouts filling the air.

Happy Birthday America!

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As always – thank you for reading.

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The World Didn’t End – Looks Like I’ll Have to Keep Writing

Another year comes to an end.

At the risk of sounding cliché – where the hell did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was wondering what 2012 would bring.

Well – now that it’s over, let’s take a look and see.

2011 ended with the November release of the sequel to Living the Dream – No Good Deed.

When 2012 began I was working on Pump It Up, which I finished and sent off to the editor in March. The editor and I worked very hard on Pump, putting it through three solid rounds of edits. Judging by your response, the finished product was well worth the effort.

I also decided to release a print version of Backseat to Justice in 2012. It had been written in the summer of 2011 and released in e-version only, with half of the profits being donated to a dog rescue organization called Golden Huggs. I ran the book through a quick edit, commissioned a cover from the same designer who did Pump (Keri Knutson) and she came up with another beauty. The two books were released within two weeks of each other bringing my catalog up to five.

Not bad for three years. I was very pleased and thought 2012 was going to end up being a very good year.

Not so fast, it wasn’t over yet.

In April I had met Armand Rosamilia, another author living in my town. We quickly became good friends and, sometime around September, decided it would be fun to co-write a book together.

There were a couple of challenges; the first being our genres were miles apart. Armand is a horror/zombie writer and I…am not (for more information on my genre click here). The second challenge was writing this book, editing it and having it published before Christmas. We wanted to release it before Christmas hoping it would help with sales.

Long story short…we did it. We took three of my recurring characters (Ike, Brewski and Didi) and immersed them into Armand’s zombie world in Dying Days: The Siege of European Village.

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The entire process was a blast and Dying Days Euro had its debut at our “End of the World Book Signing” on December 21st, selling 48 copies in two hours. A success we hadn’t imagined.

So – to sum up…2012, great year – 2 ½ books.

What’s coming in 2013 you ask?

I expect the first draft of my current work-in-progress Unfinished Business to be finished before the New Year begins. It should be released sometime in the summer of 2013.

Once Unfinished Business goes to the editor I’ll start working on my next novel. The question is – which one?

I have two works in mind…

The first I call Protect This. It will be the story of a man who feels his pathetic life can only be salvaged if he enters the witness protection program. The problem is that he hasn’t witnessed anything.

The second will be another Steve Salem novel (as in Backseat to Justice) where Steve and Val take on two unrelated cases. When things begin to heat up they have to figure out which case is the reason…and why.

There will probably be another co-writing effort with Armand, since we’ve already started talking about it.

So stick around, it looks like 2013 is going to be another busy year.

As always – thank you for reading.

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