Category: Behind the Writing

Topped with Rainbow Colored Sprinkles

It’s 1:30AM when I wrote this and I’m still awake. Truth be told, I’m currently angry at myself for not buying ice cream earlier. I hate my logical past self. 1:30AM demands ice cream. We’re going to need to have a long talk about the necessity of having chocolate swirls available at all time.

I just clicked “submit” on the Nighthawks audio book. My past self is kind of a dink. I remember him thinking, “Oh, I can edit an audio book easy peasy.” Not only did he skip out on peanut butter cup Ben & Jerry’s, he also had absolutely no idea how difficult it is to edit an audio book. My wonderful narrator, Robin J. Sitten did such a great job that the editing process was easy enough, but active listening is apparently not a skill I easily command. The button has been pushed and now the Amazon gremlins will perform whatever devious acts they must and soon it’ll be available for sale.

Oh yeah, Suburban Zombie High: The Reunion is available for sale too. Grab a copy, leave a review, I think by now we all know the drill. The third installment is getting ready to see the light of day for the first time. The third book in this series has defeated me three times before. This time, I’m kicking it in the butt so hard its teeth are rattling. Huge shout out to my editor for this series, Suzanne Lahna over at Word Vagabond, without her cheering me on from the corner, I’d probably be a crying mess. Nobody wants to see a large man weeping over his iPad. It’s not pretty.

By the time you read this, there’s a good chance I’ll have the curtains drawn and be elbow deep in popcorn while I watch the latest Power Rangers movie. Yes, the curtains will be drawn so my neighbors won’t catch me indulging in my secret shame. What can I say? I grew up on Power Rangers and with an injection of teen angst, there’s a chance I’ll be buying it on Blu-Ray before the end credits appear. Stop shaking your head, it’s not that bad. I can quit anytime I want. I swear.

Now that you’re judging me, leave me your guilty pleasure movie in the comments. I’ll reveal the single movie I can’t help but stop and watch every time it’s on TV. You think you’re judging me now, just wait.

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Review Me Like I’m Hot

I’ll let you in on a secret, your reviews matter. Right now, we decide what we’re going to buy on our need and social proof. If you want to read superhero sci-fi, I’m your go to guy. But I can always use more social proof. I mean, who wouldn’t want fans to inform the world know about awesome books they’ve discovered. They don’t need to be lengthy. Some of the best reviews are short, to the point and rant and rave in a few sentences. So if you want to help, take a minute or two and leave a review for the above books. You’ll be doing me a solid!

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Accepting Applications for the Street Team

Have you been following the Children of Nostradamus or Suburban Zombie High? Are you a  fan of my writing and want access to behind the scenes content, exclusive stories and newly made swag? Then this is your chance. I’ve finally decided to start my street team, a group of fans willing to help promote, review, and spread the word about current and future writing projects. I’ll be providing advance reader copies for upcoming releases and reaching out to ask for feedback and input in upcoming writing projects. I like to think of it as the group of fans who get put on the Christmas list!

To follow this link to the Facebook group:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/streetteamheroes/

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PAXEAST 2017: More Pixels Than I Can Count

I’m not really a video game geek. I bought a Playstation 3 so I could play Infamous, which of course is even making my video game geekery comic related. I fell in love with the cell shading of Borderlands and played that over and over despite it scaring the crap out of me when I played at night. I ultimately bought a Playstation 4 so I could play Destiny with some friends. I’ll probably play the same handful of games until I die. But when a friend invited me to my second PAX, I thought, why the hell not?

Maybe it’s because it’s my second time, or perhaps the displays weren’t as snazzy, but I walked away a bit lackluster this year. Don’t get me wrong, it was great, and I even stopped to play a few video games, but I found myself mostly confused by the games. I’ll admit, I want flashy graphics coupled with compelling stories. Retro gaming just leaves me bored. If I wanted games with 8bit graphics, I’d go back to my old Nintendo and break out Secret of Mana and Mega Man. Even Bethesda’s display didn’t leave me feeling warm and fuzzy. I will admit, they do put on a good show with their booths though. I may even buy Prey, which means I’ll just be scared all the time thinking weird goopy bug things are going to kill me.

I bumped into plenty of comic geeks and got to see a lot of great costumes. My favorite part is watching the people interact. It’s a friendly lot and similar to comic conventions in that regard. I was also delighted that there were fewer people. Perhaps the cold scared them away, it was frigid outside and sweltering inside. I’m still recovering. However, I did walk out of there rejuvenated and ready to do some work, so I’m back at writing and plotting out stories. Never enough down time!

 

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Boskone 54 – Sci-Fi & Fantasy at Boston’s Seaport

I had the opportunity to work at Boskone 54 as both a vendor and a panelist. I sat on some amazing panels and met some pretty spiffy folks. The event, overall, it was amazing. The people in attendance were voracious readers looking for new material to consume. I talked more about science fiction than I had in my entire life. I recommended books, sold some of my own, and had a chance to make some new friends with both readers and other vendors.

I was so incredibly nervous attending, but familiar faces through the New England Horror Writer’s made it bearable. I have to give a special shout out to Cat & Barry for making sure I had food and bathroom breaks. Trisha was kind enough to cover my table while I spoke on a panel and Suzanne talked geek with me while bringing me chocolate. I’m still constantly amazed with how wonderful this tribe of writers in the Northeast can be. I’m thrilled to have met them.

While at Boskone I also got interviewed by Max Bowen and Matt Zappa from Citywide Blackout of WEMF Radio. They were a riot to talk to and did a great job loosening me up while we shot the shit. We talked superheroes, zombies and where they intersect. If you want to check it out, you can listen over on Citywide’s Blog.

 In other good news, Nighthawks is currently in the process of being turned into an audio book. I’m thrilled and a slight be terrified. While that is being done behind the scenes I’m still in the middle of writing Morning Sun and on track to have it available come May. I’ll have even more good news coming in the next few weeks, but I wanted to share what I could now. Thanks for the support everybody, this wild and crazy ride is still going strong!

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