Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mark Your Calendar!

MS5 Homecoming has been pushed back a week.  Yes, I know.  I’ve been saying ‘end of September’ for months now.  All I can do is apologize and explain that this process is sort of fluid.  Things happen.  Things pop up that interfere and get in the way. Things that are beyond your control.  Besides, we’re talking a week here.  Just hang on, it’s coming.

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So, mark your calendars! October 3rd! Spread the word. Set aside that weekend.  Get ready to unplug your television, get some reading snacks ready and make sure your most comfy ‘reading shirt’ is washed and standing by.  Have your favorite comforter ready and be prepared to step into the newest saga of the Monster Squad.

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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Voices In Your Head?

I dunno if you hear voices in your head.  Some people do.  Some go so far as to argue with those voices. Do they realize they’re arguing with themselves? Or are they?

Here’s your chance to have a whole new voice in your head. The voice of Jack Voorhies from Falcon Sound. He’s the talent behind the audible version of the Monster Squad and if you weren’t aware, Full Moon Rising has been released and is ready to continue the story for all of you audiophiles!

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That’s right, Monster Squad 2, Full Moon Rising is one click away from transporting you back to your favorite characters either through Amazon or Audible…but wait! If you act now, we’ll also include…you may have seen this one coming.  I’m going to offer a lucky few of you a free download of Full Moon Rising. There’s a couple ways you could get these ten luscious hours of full on entertainment.  You could pony up the $19.95 like most folks. You could take Audible up on their trial membership and get it for free. OR, if you would be so kind as to leave an HONEST review, I can give you a download code and you can get it free, no strings attached. And believe me, when I say ‘honest review’, I mean just that. I’m not looking for a string of 5 stars and simple one liners like ‘great story, you’ll love it’. I’d like to hear what you liked and what you didn’t like about the story.  Jack and I are big boys and we have thick skin. Besides, how else can we improve on the product if we can’t get honest feedback?

So there’s the offer folks.  Limited number of these freebies so feel free to hit me up here or on Facebook or email me at If I don’t respond in a reasonable amount of time, please, hit me up again. There is the odd chance that your message gets sent to spam.

And for those few of you who have never listened to an audio book before and aren’t sure if you want to jump into the middle of a series…hit me up.  I’ll see what I can do about getting you a download code for Phoenix as well.  We may as well start you at the beginning.

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For those of you who think this is a great deal, but it’s just not your cup of tea, I want to personally ask you a favor.  Please spread the word about this offer.  If you have a friend or relative that you think might enjoy an audio book…someone whose eyesight is failing, someone who drives a lot (like a trucker or someone with a long commute), or maybe someone who just doesn’t read well but loves a good story, pass this offer on to them. You never know who might pick up on it. You may just open up a whole new world to somebody who didn’t realize what was available to them.

Thank you.

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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Special on iBooks! Epic Apocalypse Box Set!

Out of the numerous box sets offered up to iBooks for inclusion in their special promotion, only 100 were selected.  Of that 100, our Epic Apocalypse Box Set was one of the chosen few! Many thanks to iBooks for this opportunity as this will not only give tons of readers a chance at a truly fantastic box set for only 99 cents, but it will also give us exposure to a global audience that we previously wouldn’t have had.

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From September 18th to October 14th the epic Apocalypse Box Set will be offered across the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and those fine folks will be exposed to the fantastic writings of Mark Tufo, James Cook, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, Armand Rosamilia and myself. It’s still sinking in just how fortunate we are to be included in this promotion and I simply can’t thank the folks at iBooks enough for this.

For those of you with an Apple product who want to take advantage of this, here’s the link:

If you have the new operating system iOS8, then you have the iBook app already installed.  Why not take advantage of it and get an awesome set of horror fiction in time to set the tone for the season?

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Picking at Mark Tufo’s Brain

Welcome back dear readers. Today I have a refreshing take for you. A short interview with none other than horror author extraordinaire, Mark Tufo! He’s taken on a whole new genre with his latest release, Dystance: Winter’s Rising, and today we get to find out a little bit more about why he decided to go there.  So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.


If you’ve been living under a rock and have never heard of him, Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has gone back to college at CTU to complete his masters.
He has written the Indian Hill trilogy with the first Indian Hill – Encounters being published for the Amazon Kindle in July 2009. He has since written the Zombie Fallout series and is working on a new zombie book.
He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs.

Well, now that the introductions are over, let’s get this shindig kicked off!

Me: What is the title of your latest release?

Mark: Dystance: Winter’s Rising

Me: Can you give us a spoiler-free quick description of it?

Mark: From birth to death, The War is all the citizens of Dystance know. As children it is drilled into their heads that war is the purpose behind all existence. 
Winter doesn’t agree. She’s stumbled across remnants of life the way it was before The War began and now she longs to be as free as her ancestors.
With help from her best friend Cedar and the boy she is forbidden to love, Tallow. She believes she can do it. Winter can see a life beyond the Pickets, beyond the constant hunger and the threat of death, beyond the war machine.
Can one teenage girl and her dream of a better life really change the whole world?

 Me: What (if anything) makes this one unique?

Mark: Well for me this is my first foray into the YA realm.

Me: Bold move for somebody that is so well established.  Can you tell us about your lead character? How are you able to play on their strengths/weaknesses?

Mark: Their strengths are also their weaknesses. They’re young and with that comes impetuous behavior, acting without realizing the consequences of their actions. But also most young people have very strong views of what is right and wrong and will act upon those feelings.

Me: True enough.  And anybody who has raised kids has plenty to draw on for ‘experience’ for their characters. So, what was your first experience with Young Adult stories? What made you decide to go this direction?

Mark: I guess it was the Harry Potter series that really made me delve into the YA scene and I’ve been sucked in since.

Me: Ah.  I enjoyed those as well, but I think the series that really pulled me into the YA genre would be Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games trilogy.
Okay, so Pop Quiz: The Apocalypse is now and you can choose ONE weapon as your only weapon during the EOTWAWKI. What is it and what do you think your chances at survival are?

Mark: I’d take a Ruger 10/22, very reliable gun and the ammunition is light enough.

Me: Excellent choice.  Probably my go-to weapon as well.  Okay, carrying on here.  Can you give us a list of authors who most heavily influenced your work?

Mark: It really does go back to Stephen King, I’ve been a fan of his writings since I was 10 and he scared the bejesus out of me with IT.

Me: Yeah…no.  Me and clowns don’t get along. Ever.  Ever-ever.
Now to get personal. How do you balance your ‘writing time’ with ‘family time’? Do you find your wife encouraging you more now that you have a HUGE fan base?

Mark: I have a very difficult time balancing work with home time. Being self-employed there is ALWAYS more things I need to do. If my kids weren’t grown this would be an impossibility. In a normal week I work anywhere from 70 to 90 hours.

Me: Oh man…I wish I could devote that much time to writing. Okay, one last one and I’ll let you run off cuz I know you’re busy…when last we spoke, you said something about having a series in as many genres as possible. Diversification, expansion on your writing. Is there an underlying driving force at work here?

Mark: First and foremost I write in multiple genres because I love reading multiple genres. It really is as simple as that.

Awesome.  Well, there you have it folks.  Mark Tufo and his latest release, Dystance: Winter’s Rising. Look for it on Amazon or wherever you like to pick up your favorite books.
If you’d like to be able to reach Mark or send gifts or whatever, here’s how to visit him: or or for news on his next two installments of the Indian Hill trilogy and upcoming installments of the Zombie Fallout series.

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized


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FREE!! And If You Act Now, We’ll Include…

Did the title grab your attention?  It’s supposed to.  Everybody likes free. Don’t they? I do.  Usually. Unless it’s herpes. Nobody wants herpes, even if it’s free.

But no, I’m not offering anything like that.  What I am offering is a handful of free download codes for the audible version of Whispers! You can save your $24.95 and get it absolutely free…with a slight catch.  Aha! There it is! You knew there would be a catch, didn’t you? Yeah, there always is.  No, I don’t want you to sign up for some revolving charge on your credit card or force you to donate a kidney to the ice water challenge.  No, all I ask in return is an HONEST review once you’ve finished.

There it is.  That’s it.  An honest review.  A high price, I know, but still…

I’m only going to start with a small handful of freebies.  Say…five? Depending on the response, I may add more.  BUT, the first five to take me up on the offer will have the option of getting codes for Monster Squad 1 and the soon to be released Monster Squad 2.  And yes…future releases. Consider yourselves to be the ‘core’ reviewers, if you will. You can get my audible books as fast as I get the codes for the sky high price of an honest review.  And by ‘honest’ I mean just that.  I’m not looking for 5 stars on all aspects…I mean HONEST. If something about the story doesn’t measure up, report it.  If something about the narrator grates…say so.

That’s it. That’s the offer.

And of the first five to take me up on the offer…who knows?  There may be an internal contest of sorts in the near future. Maybe a drawing or…who knows. So there ya go.  The offer is made. If you want to take part in it, feel free to contact me.  You can reach me at Facebook or just email me.  As always, it’s and I look forward to seeing who may be interested.

Until next time…


Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


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