With the upcoming release of The Becoming: Revelations, the third book in my six-book zombie series, near the end of this month, the reviews have begun to slowly trickle out of the woodwork. And first up on the block is Buy Zombie, one of the leading websites for all things zombie-related!
Overall, Revelations keeps The Becoming series fresh with increased action, several plot twists, literal death defying escapes, and enough action and zombie gore splatter goodness to keep any fan happy and content. If you’ve read all the books in the series up to this point, don’t miss this one.
You can check out the entirety of the review right here.
I’m sitting in the airport in Dallas right this moment waiting for time to fly back home. Once I’m there, I’ll be making a big post recapping all the awesomeness at Texas Frightmare Weekend!
So here’s the deal: I’m pulling a Seanan McGuire.
I’m currently somewhat out of work for the next couple of months due to the joys of a pending shoulder surgery. As such, I have bukus of time to write, and I have a ton of projects on my plate.
My problem? I can’t afford to get them out to all you guys because, well, see above.
Here’s the cold, hard reality of what my dilemma is: I work full time in EMS, but I get a (greatly) reduced income from being out on leave due to my shoulder injury. Also, being a writer, I don’t make that much (okay, almost no) money from that approach. As such, I can only really focus on the projects that I’ve got listed in front of me that actually have the potential to earn me money in the more immediate.
What’s currently on said project list:
1. The five-part serialization of The Deadening, a story set in the 1868 New Mexico territory involving zombies;
2. the novella that’s almost finished that tells Remy Angellette’s story from the Becoming series;
3. a stack of books that are in the various outlining and planning stages for the Unnaturals series;
4. completion of The Becoming: Under Siege (book four), plus outlining and drafting of The Becoming: Awakening and The Becoming: Redemption;
5. a couple of other super secret projects that are going to blow your mind.
Obviously, The Unnaturals and all of its related books are the ones that are lined up to be money-makers for me (relative to the other projects). As such, they’ve been my main focus. But, as I approach the completion of the first book in the Unnaturals series, I’m going to find myself with some open ends and need to make a decision on what out of the list above to work on next.
BUT I can only work on the things that will bring money in first before I work on the other projects.
So, as I said above, I’m pulling a Seanan McGuire and opening up a tip jar.
If I can get $200, I’m going to prioritize finishing Remy Angellette’s story from the Becoming series.
If I can get $300 or more, I’ll toss in the first part of The Deadening‘s release.
If, by some miracle, that tip jar total tops $500, then I’m going to prep up both of the above, plus get The Becoming: Under Siege out for you guys.
You can donate any amount you feel the need to. Everyone who donates at least $5 will receive a set of bookmarks for the Becoming series in the mail, so make sure you have your mailing address on the Paypal!
To drop some change in the tip jar and and help me get these books out for your enjoyment, please click the button below:
Tip jar will be open until May 1st.
Thank each and every one of you for your support!
In an effort to do something special for the release of The Becoming: Revelations next month, I decided (on suggestion from a writerly friend) to do a preorder for autographed paperbacks of Revelations. And, since I’m putting out this effort anyway, I’ll be doing preorders for The Becoming and The Becoming: Ground Zero with the new covers too.
Books will be $15 each (this includes shipping). If you order all three books, it will only cost $40 (shipping included). Each package will include the awesomesauce bookmarks I’ve got to toss into the package too.
Here’s how it works:
You preorder the books, sending the money to firstname.lastname@example.org via Paypal. I hang onto your money until Revelations is made available for me to buy from my publisher. This way, I only order as many as I need and not end up with a bunch of books sitting around the house. As soon as I receive them, I go on a signing party, personalizing each book according to specifications. Then I ship them out same day, and you have them in your hands shortly after.
International buyers outside of the US or Canada, please email me at email@example.com before you place your order so I can calculate your shipping costs, as it costs more to ship internationally than in the US. Thanks!
Thank you for all of your support! 🙂
Yes, you read that right. My little book The Becoming recently landed a slot at #18 on Barnes & Noble’s 20 Best Zombie Books of the Last Decade list! As you can imagine, I am THRILLED about this. It totally made my day to see my book listed among some of the greats from the last ten years. You can check out the entire list right here.
The Becoming as a series also got a shout-out on Dana Fredsti’s article My Top 7 Favorite Horror Series over on the Huffington Post, a bit of an honorable mention, if you will. You can check out her list of awesomeness by clicking here.
Another post coming up shortly; I’m still putting it together, but it involves preorders of The Becoming: Revelations, just as a little teaser. 😀
…and I’m embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to get around to doing it. In my defense, I didn’t know how, but David Gaughran’s post about it helped tremendously.
That said, I’m prepping my first newsletter, and I figured I’d plaster the link to the sign-up form for you guys to hit up so you can keep up with the latest news and releases. I won’t be sending out one too often, mainly when there’s a new release or preorder available or when there’s some absolutely huge news to share. I won’t give your email addresses out to anyone, and I won’t spam your inboxes (I hate spam as much as the next person).
You can sign up for the mailing list by clicking here!
After getting the covers for The Becoming and The Becoming: Ground Zero, I felt the need to get the cover for The Becoming: Brothers in Arms redone to match the other two. It has officially made its debut on Amazon, so I’m posting it here for your visual pleasure:
In January 2009, the Michaluk Virus escaped from the Centers for Disease Control and decimated Atlanta, Georgia.
In February 2009, the virus had spread to the major city centers of the southeast, wreaking havoc in Memphis, Birmingham, Mobile, Jackson, Biloxi, and New Orleans.
Then the virus reached Tupelo, Mississippi.
Theo and Gray Carter find themselves surrounded by chaos, death, and misery on all sides. As their worlds collapse around them, both are forced to do the unimaginable to not only ensure their survival but to protect each other from the cannibalistic infected that cross their paths.
Weaponless and alone, the two brothers quickly learn that the only thing they can count on is each other.
THE BECOMING: GROUND ZERO Named One of The Best Zombie Fiction Releases of 2012 by BN’s Explorations Blog!
Yep, you read that right! My little novel The Becoming: Ground Zero has been named one of the Best Zombie Fiction Releases of 2012, right alongside amazing books like Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town, Rhiannon Frater’s The Last Bastion of the Living and Siege, Scott Kenemore’s Zombie, Illinois, and Survivors by Z.A. Recht and Thom Brannan!
You can check out the entire list of awesome books right here, and if you haven’t read any of the Becoming series yet, you can still grab The Becoming in ebook for only $2.99 until January 2nd from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!
Merry Christmas to all my friends and followers!
In celebration of Christmas (among other assorted things), there’s quite a few sales going on that I thought I’d fill you all in on.
Where to start, where to start?
The Becoming is currently on sale in ebook format as part of Permuted Press’s The Mayans Were Wrong Sale! For a limited time, you can buy The Becoming on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for only $2.99 for your Kindle or Nook. You can check out the Amazon page for the book right here, and you can pick up the Nookbook on Barnes & Noble right here. This sale ends on January 2nd, so get it at the $2.99 price while you can!
You can also check out all the other thirteen Permuted Press books that are on sale by clicking right here!
In other, equally awesome news, the audiobook editions of The Becoming and The Becoming: Ground Zero are both on sale for Audible members for only $1.99 for a limited time! I’m not sure when this sale ends, so if you’ve been considering grabbing up the audiobooks for the series and you’re also an Audible member, you can scoop The Becoming‘s audiobook right here, and you can grab The Becoming: Ground Zero‘s audiobook here!
And if you’re still looking to buy autographed copies of The Becoming and The Becoming: Ground Zero, you can check out the page for that here.
Yes, you read that right! Thanks to Buy Zombie and Bookish Brunette for leading the charge on the cover reveal for The Becoming: Revelations!
Without further ado, here’s the cover and the preliminary back cover copy!
It’s been one month since the events in Atlanta that took the lives of half his friends, and Brandt Evans is floundering. Thrust into a leadership position he never wanted and coping with one of his friends hovering near death, Brandt fights to maintain a semblance of cohesion in those that remain while struggling to deal with his own grief.
But when Cade is kidnapped by a group of militant survivors, Brandt discards his carefully laid plans for survival to save the woman he loves. His path leads him back into Atlanta, where he discovers a tangled web of deceptions and betrayals. Surrounded by enemies alive and undead while facing the miraculous return of a friend he thought gone, Brandt discovers that not all is as it seems. Secrets buried long ago are forced to the surface–and revelations of a cover up could lead directly to a cure for the virus that started it all.
The Becoming: Revelations is expected to be released in May 2013.
Just as the subject line says, the countdown is continuing. I hope everyone’s been checking out my Tumblr page to follow along with the countdown from the soundtrack perspective! We’re up to track 8 over there!
You can also check out my new Pinterest account. One of the boards I’ve started over there is focused on the Becoming series, and I’ll be posting random crap that makes me think of the novels, including my Fantasy Movie Dream Casting of the characters (three of which I’ve already posted) just for fun’s sake.
Coming soon: the first part of a new novella, plus the cover reveal for The Becoming: Revelations. Yes, the cover is done. I have it on my computer. The few who have seen it love it, which is a good thing, yes?
If you’ve got any burning questions about me, my writing, my books, the series, the characters, whatever that you’d like to have answered, send them over to me! You can email them, facebook them, comment here, whatever, and I’ll turn it into a post all on its own! 🙂