Adam Carpenter from Examiner.com has posted some very kind words about The Becoming: Outbreak. Here’s a sampling of his article:
As for the book itself, it is great work, especially for a young author. The pace is fast enough that you never feel like you’re at a stopping point, and the characters are likeable, familiar archetypes for a zombie story. It is also a response to zombie fans everywhere who have been wondering why every victim in a zombie story loses all common sense the second things go wrong, instead of getting a gun, some ammo, and some food, and thinking through their options. It is not PG-13 however; like most zombie books, it is not short on violence and does not stray away from punishing its characters. … All in all it is a fantastic read, and when you find out it was a young authors first book, written entirely on Blackberry smartphones, it just makes it all the more impressive.
You can read the entire article here.
A quick report on sales: I broke 300 sales for the month of February on Amazon alone a few days ago, and as of five minutes ago, those sales topped 350 and still climbing. Across all platforms the book is available on, I’ve topped 500 sales for February. And I’m currently sitting at 813 sales overall since December 20th. It’s definitely been a great week! 🙂
In sequel news, The Becoming: Safe House is in the process of getting a cover. The always awesome Heather (who designed the cover for The Becoming: Outbreak) and I had a chat on AIM the other night and stirred around some ideas for Safe House‘s cover. I think I’m going to like this one. It’s basic like Outbreak, but it’s going to be attention-grabbing to say for sure. I can’t wait for you guys to see it!
We’re still on track for a March 1st release. Editing continues; I’m roughly 40 pages away from being done with the edit job. Then there’s the day or two of wrestling with the formatting and the trial and error on my NOOKcolor, and then it’ll be ready to go. (Keep a look-out though! No promises, but if I wrap things up before March 1st, it may get released early!)
And to whet your appetite for The Becoming: Safe House, here’s the official synopsis (as it stands) for the novel. Do I have to warn for spoilers?
In January 2009, the Michaluk Virus swept across the southeastern United States, infecting nearly everyone in its path and turning them into homicidal cannibals. One month later, as Cade, Brandt, and Ethan hole up in a safe house near Tupelo, Mississippi, the arrival of two brothers threatens to upset the layers of security and trust they’ve built around themselves. After the infected attack and they’re forced to flee, one of the members departs for Memphis and the others sweep south to Biloxi, where they discover a trapped young woman begging for help. When the rescue is botched and two members of the group go missing, the remaining three race to a new safe house, all the while wondering if their companions are still alive and who is left to help them survive.
For the record, I hate writing summaries. This one was the one that I feel came out the best. Hopefully it doesn’t give TOO much away!
The link’s still available above to purchase The Becoming: Outbreak if you haven’t already! And if you’re viewing this on an RSS feed, the link is becomingzombies.com/purchase.
P.S. I’m thrilled! That last post I made with the Dead Island trailer? It was optioned for a movie, not even 72 hours after the game makers posted the trailer. Definitely a film I’d want to see! That trailer struck a chord with me that I can’t explain. If you haven’t seen it yet, scroll down to the next post and hit play, and then watch the chronological version (which is linked to in the video) and tell me that wouldn’t make a great movie.