November 24, 2014

Bundle up for winter, Zombie Fans!

Hi everyone! I know I've been quiet lately - been dealing with some deadlines, and still have a couple more big ones to meet - but today I have news! I tweeted about this last week, but here's some exciting information about the entire Undead America series!!

My publisher and I decided that, now that the series is released in its entirety, we could bundle all three books together and sell the series as one! It's sort of like a box set, only in eBook form! Check it out!


Isn't it pretty? 

It's available for pre-order now (links below) for the bargain basement price of $3.99. The price'll go up after the holidays. This would make a GREAT Christmas present on a zombie fan's Kindle or Nook, and it's a great way to purchase the series if you haven't already!

So please! Tell your friends! Your families! Your...BOOK CLUBS!! Undead America, the series....coming soon to an e-reader near you!!


November 13, 2014

Friday night at the Windjammer - Help Save a Life!

Hey you guys!

I don't often advertise events here on the blog, unless I'm directly associated with them. You've heard all about rUNdead, sure, and now Atomacon, but this is something different. I won't be at this event, but I wish I could be. 

You see, a friend of mine is trying to help a friend of HIS, a friend who's battled cancer not once, but THREE TIMES! And I want to help him spread the word! Because cancer sucks and it's stupid how much it costs to treat it, and far too many people in this world have their lives turned upside down by that awful disease.

So yes! Let's help!

My friend Tyler Boone is a singer/songwriter here in Charleston. His friend, Dan Rainey, is a musician with a bunch of local bands, including Tyler's. This guy Dan has already had three cancerous tumors, and now he needs chemotherapy. Medical bills have already piled up, and are threatening to get completely out of hand. 

So now, the Charleston music community is ready to help. If you can, head out to The Windjammer Friday night for the concert event, A Little Help from my Friends!


This line-up is pretty awesome. If you're local and you listen to The Bridge at 105.5, you'll know a lot of the music. Also, Box from the Box & Kelly morning show will be performing with some of the bands. Since I already know Box plays a mean air guitar, I imagine the results will be epic.

For more information, check out this page at the Coast Records web site.

The Charleston music community is small and tight. They're all good people. If Tyler says Dan needs help, then we should all help. Cancer sucks. 

If you are free Friday, you should definitely check out this show. All proceeds will benefit Dan directly, helping to pay down his medical bills. If I were free Friday, I'd be there - for the music, sure, but more importantly for the cause.

Fuck you, Cancer. The Charleston music community is coming for you.

November 10, 2014

Atomacon 2014: Where I'll Be

This is new! I've never had to do this before! But I'm a guest at this year's Atomacon in North Charleston, South Carolina, and as a guest....I have a SCHEDULE!

Yes, that's right! I'll be taking part in a generous handful of panels, talking about books, zombies, and publishing, and I hope to see YOU there!

And if you're asking, "What's Atomacon?" I have an answer! It's the Low Country's first Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Science and Technology, AND Gaming convention. There will be panels! Vendors! Cosplay! And MORE!

Here's info about how you can get in, and here's the full schedule (there are all sorts of different "tracks" to follow, and all kinds of awesome guests besides me), so do check it out.

And if you'll be there, here's where you can find me:

Friday:

6:00 p.m. Local Author Spotlight

7:00 p.m. Diversity in Literature panel

10:00 p.m. The Walking Dead panel (featuring Greg French and Mike Mundy, two Walking Dead walkers)


Saturday:

8:00 p.m. Pen and Sword panel (using weapons in your writing)


Sunday:

1:00 p.m. Zombie Survival Guide panel (talking about what YOU need to survive the apocalypse)

November 5, 2014

This I believe

Someone on Twitter yesterday made some comments about how he voted, then said something to the effect of, "I guess that shows how left-wing liberal I am. If that offends you, then I'm not sure how or why you're still following me."

Of course he went on to add, "Right-wingers are welcome here, no doubt, but if my beliefs don't work for you, you should probably look elsewhere..."

These aren't direct quotes - not at all - but they did make me think...

...as did seeing a lot more support of the GOP on my Facebook feed than I expected, and since (in my mind) the GOP has done so much more harm than good lately, it surprised me.

So here I am. I am going to lay my beliefs on the line in this blog post. If you disagree with them to a point where they make your skin crawl, well, then, I'm not sure why you're still following me.

That said, you're still welcome here. Because I believe in the right of everyone to have their own opinions...so long as their opinions don't start influencing my life.

But anyway, in no particular order, here's my belief system. I think it's important you know where I stand if you plan to continue reading this blog:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe two people in love should be allowed to marry, and to have that marriage recognized by our state and federal governments. I don't believe you can force a church/religious group to accept same-sex marriage, but if I were gay and wanted to marry and my church told me I couldn't...I'd find a different church.

I love the new Pope. Even though I'm a Jew, I love his progressive views, and his vision for Catholicism of the future.

I believe I am the only person who has the right to make decisions that affect my body. I believe in access to multiple forms of birth control, as decided upon by my doctor and me. I don't believe the government has a right to tell me what I can or cannot do to my body.

I believe in safe access to abortions for women who need it. I believe if we make abortion illegal, it will go back to being done in filthy rooms with inadequate tools, and I believe women will die.

I do not, however, believe in abortion as birth control. It's a serious decision, and while I understand mistakes happen, I also understand you have to learn from your mistakes.

I believe I will never figure out how I feel about the death penalty. My entire being rails against the idea that one human can tell another they deserve to die...but I also understand the burden of lifetime jail sentences, and I also believe that some people are truly evil.

I believe my chosen faith (strains of Judaism mixed with a healthy dose of skepticism) is mine to choose. I don't believe there's any single right answer to who or what God is or is not. I believe any God above would welcome a person who questions, who wonders, and who does not accept blindly all that is told to him or her.

I believe there are as many good people who practice the Islamic faith as there are Christians and Jews. I also believe there are as many bad people who practice Christianity and Judaism as who practice Islam. I believe religion has caused most of the wars we've ever seen, and thus I remain skeptical about organized religion as a whole.

I believe President Obama is a good man who took on the toughest job in the world. I believe in the ideals he set forth during both campaigns. I believe that when he's changed his mind on issues (i.e. gay marriage), he's done so with much thought and research and introspection, and not simply due to the changing of the national tide. I believe our Congress is currently doing more harm than good, on both sides of the political aisle.

I believe in taking care of our neighbors, of the sick, of the poor. I don't mind paying more taxes if it means the people most in danger in our society can get a little more help when they need it.

I support Obamacare, as it's given many more people access to affordable health care.

I believe we have a responsibility to educate children.

I support charities that provide funding to children, to animals, to cancer and AIDS research.

I believe that, one day, humanity will win. We'll all come together, and it'll be like this video a friend just sent me.

I believe everyone has a right to believe what they think is correct. If you disagree with any of my beliefs, that's fine with me. If you comment with negativity and vitriol, I believe I will delete your comment.

And now I believe it's time for me to get back to work.

November 2, 2014

Winter of Zombie Blog Tour: Spotlight on Jack Wallen

Every few months or so, I'm happy to open up this blog space to fellow-zombie author Armand Rosamilia and his <Season> of Zombie Blog Tours.

Today, as the air in South Carolina has taken a turn for the decidedly-wintery, I'm happy to take part in the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour. Please welcome author Jack Wallen to the blog today! I'm sure you'll enjoy his interview!


Your name:

Jack Wallen

Why zombies?

Because they taste like chicken … albeit rotten chicken. Seriously though, I enjoy zombies because they make for a perfect metaphor for humankind. I get to turn the mirror on humanity and show who the monster really is.

Plus, Hollywood has yet to make zombies sparkle – so they’re still somwhat pure.

What is your latest zombie release?

Cry Zombie Cry

Quick description of it:

With the Guignol Gang fully armed and prepared to defend the castle, Bethany and company are off to see the Wizard of Odd.

The long-awaited entry to the I Zombie series has arrived.

And it’s ready to rock.

Bethany Nitshimi is back and ready to crush the Zero Day Collective with a wall of sound. Together with the metal band Unsun, Bethany will have the undead horde banging their heads until brain runs thick in the streets.

If it’s too loud, you’re too old…or dead.

Something unique about it:

Cry Zombie Cry is, like Rob Halford of Judas Priest, made of metal. At the center of the story there’s a metal concert which serves as a backdrop for a rather epic battle of good vs. evil. Rock and zombies go hand in hand, so anyone prone to throw the horns \m/ will enjoy this ride.

Links for people to buy it:

Ebook
Paperback

Your promo links:

http://www.jackwallen.com
http://www.zombieradio.org
http://www.facebook.com/author.jackwallen
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+jackwallen/posts
https://twitter.com/jlwallen
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004MZWR3W

Your short Bio:

Jack Wallen is a seeker of truth and a writer of words. Although he resides in the unlikely city of Louisville, Kentucky, he likes to think of himself more as an interplanetary soul ... or so he tells the reflection in the mirror. Jack is the author of numerous tales of dark, twisty fiction including the I Zombie series, the Fringe Killer series, Shero, The Nameless Saga, and much more.

 

The stench of frozen rotted meat is in the air! Welcome to the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 10 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of November.

Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don't miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #WinterZombie2014

AND so you don't miss any of the posts in November, here's the complete list, updated daily.