05 April 2014

Giveaway! Win signed copies of all four Elements of the Undead books!

I've got a few complete sets of Elements of the Undead books sitting on my bookshelf, and I'd like to give them away to the first three people that can answer three out of the following four questions:

1. In which New Mexico city did Jack Wolfe live before the zombie apocalypse?
2. Name the three poets quoted in Fire.
3. How long is a Coast Guard RB-M, the boat piloted by Chris, at the end of Earth?
4. What the heck was the robed skeletal figure in the shack on Isla Perpetua? (hint: You'll know right away if you watched season three of Breaking Bad)

When you have your answers, just click on the email link in the top right corner of my blog and send them over. The first three people win signed copies.

This contest is open to everyone, everywhere. Except maybe Antarctica.


17 March 2014

Waddya know? I just wrote a new zombie story.

After a crazy month of working on Blood in the Streets (book number three in my Reluctant Hero series), I needed to shift gears for a couple of days and do something different to clear my head. I typically have a half-dozen or so partially complete manuscripts lying around that I can return to in these situations, but this time I decided to do something different. The first draft of Fire had this really cool chapter about a woman in Montana and her encounter with a zombie. I loved it. LOVED it. But the problem was, it didn't hang with the rest of the book. I tried to make it work at the time, but after several rewrites, I finally abandoned it and moved on and forgot about it. Last Friday though, while I was on my lunch break at my day job, I had an idea. What if I took that scene and blew it up into a standalone story? I was hesitant at first. After all, I had already rewritten this piece several times. But the thought wouldn't go away. By writing it as a standalone, I could, in theory, make it something better (I hope) than it ever could have been as part of Fire. I decided to give it a try.

So - over the course of the past several days, I've been slowly accumulating words. I started at around 2000 (which is pretty thin, I have to admit). Tonight, I'm happy to say, I just wrapped the rough draft at 4657 words. That's only about eighteen pages in print. Short. Really, really short. But I like it. A lot. I'm going to tinker with it for a few more days, make some adjustments, and if I still like it after that, you guys may even get a chance to read it. Maybe...

And now that that's out of the way, I can get back to finishing Blood in the Streets.

01 March 2014

Finally - a zombie show with some brains ;)

I'm talking about In the Flesh, a kick-ass BBC series (only three episodes, unfortunately) that came out last year. Set shortly after humanity has emerged victorious from the zombie apocalypse, the show revolves around a young man named Kieren Walker, who, as a partially-cured former-zombie, is trying to rejoin the world of the living. The show does an amazing job exploring the dynamic between the terminally ill former zombies (who have to get a shot every day to avoid reverting) and the surrounding human population.  I don't want to give anything away, but I highly recommend checking it out if you want a good Z-story that challenges the way you think. You can find it on Amazon streaming.

26 February 2014

18 February 2014

Reluctant Hero, #3 (Blood in the Streets) is coming along nicely...

For those of you who've been patiently waiting for the third installment in my Reluctant Hero series, I wanted to let you know that things are progressing nicely. I'm aiming for a rough (and I mean rough in the most generous of terms) draft by the end of this month. It's funny coming back to characters I haven't worked with in several years - it's sort of like reconnecting with an old high school friend on Facebook. They've been going about their business, living their lives quietly while I live mine.

When I first wrote The Patriot Paradox way back in 2010, I never could have imagined I'd still be thinking about Kurt and Amanda four years later. Yet here I am. And here they are. Stay tuned! It's going to be killer ride!

27 October 2013

Cover reveal - Water: Elements of the Undead, #4

With the fourth volume in the Elements of the Undead series inching closer to completion, I thought I'd give you guys a look at the cover art:

Once again, thanks to the awesome team at Streetlight Graphics for helping my turn my sketchy idea into a killer piece of cover art!

01 October 2013

A reading from Water (Elements of the Undead, #4)

I took the night off from writing to do a YouTube reading from chapter one of Water. Enjoy!