So I’ve obviously decided to try to post here more often, because well, I’m paying for the .com and there are people who actually read this. (And I’m an author who likes to be interactive, I suppose you can say.) Since this website is for my zombie-style horror novel The Becoming, you can predictably say that most of the posts will be related to zombies or my books in some way, shape, or form.
…are we going to say that that’s a bad thing?
So quick news on the novel itself. Sales are going smoothly. Since January 1, 2011, The Becoming: Outbreak has ben purchased on Amazon’s US Kindle Store twelve times and one time on Amazon’s UK Kindle Store. I have no idea about how many have been sold on Barnes & Noble’s NOOKboks store, because their reporting system sucks like you wouldn’t believe (perfect example: they’re still updating and posting sales from last month on my monthly reports; at least I’m happy to report that from December 20-31st, 2010, I sold at least ten copies of the book on B&N).
Reviews are coming in on a slow, barely there trickle on Amazon and B&N. As of this point, on Amazon, there are two reviews and the novella is carrying a four-star rating, which is definitely better than I expected. No reviews on Amazon UK, sadly. But on Barnes & Noble, there’s been five ratings, and I’m averaging four stars. So I suppose this means I’ve written a four-star novella?
I will ask that everyone who’s purchased and read the book leave some form of rating on Amazon and/or B&N. Even if it’s just rating it via the star-system without leaving a written review, that’s fine with me. You can hit the B&N page with my novel on it here and the Amazon page here. Much love for those of you who take the time to review it, and even more love for everyone who has bought it so far! (And even more love for those of you who are helping me pimp it out to your friends, online and off!)
Zombie Book Recommendation of the Week:
Feed (The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book One) by Mira Grant
Summary: (from Amazon) Urban fantasist Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue) picks up a new pen name for this gripping, thrilling, and brutal depiction of a postapocalyptic 2039. Twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason and their colleague Buffy are thrilled when Sen. Peter Ryman, the first presidential candidate to come of age since social media saved the world from a virus that reanimates the dead, invites them to cover his campaign. Then an event is attacked by zombies, and Ryman’s daughter is killed. As the bloggers wield the newfound power of new media, they tangle with the CDC, a scheming vice presidential candidate, and mysterious conspirators who want more than the Oval Office. Shunning mysogynistic horror tropes in favor of genuine drama and pure creepiness, McGuire has crafted a masterpiece of suspense with engaging, appealing characters who conduct a soul-shredding examination of what’s true and what’s reported.
My Thoughts: I love, love, love this book! I’m not going to say too much on it, because it would totally spoil the major twists and turns in the plot, but this is seriously one of the most thoroughly detailed post-zombie worlds I have ever read. The characters are realistic and extremely likable (or hateable in some cases!), and I have rarely read a book that so easily sucked me in and made me not want to put it down. Highly recommended for everyone who is a fan of the zombie genre!
My Rating: ***** (out of 5)
What I’m Currently Reading: Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Saga by Z.A. Recht
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