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You Still Have Time…Barely!

What happens October 31st?

Yeah, besides the wee beasties who toilet paper your yard, leave candy wrappers everywhere and egg people’s houses…something IMPORTANT?!

Middletown Apocalypse will be released!

Wait…you hadn’t heard? WHAT ROCK HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING UNDER?!?!

Let me tell ya, as one who took part in this little endeavor…it was fun. When I was approached with this project, I wasn’t sure what was going on, but with the other names involved? I knew it would be GOOD. I was in if they’d have me.

Our instructions: Write a zompoc story beginning at Middletown University in Middletown, Indiana and ending at another location. What ever happened between those two points were up to us. We could kill off the whole world or leave survivors in the event we wanted to revisit this small town again.

So, what happens when you give eleven of the best modern-day apocalyptic writers the same idea for a story and allow their twisted imaginations to go wild?
Middletown Apocalypse… that’s what.
Set in America’s heartland, these stories begin with chemistry student Charlie Noble and wind their way through the infected landscape of middletown America.
Abell, Chesser, Evans, McKinney, O’Brien, Rosamilia, Shelman, Stallcup, Tufo, Wallen, Wilburn.
Are you ready this?

Pre-Order your copy NOW!


How did this come to happen? Let the man behind the project tell you in his own words:

So what are you waiting for?!

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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Spread the Word!

Yeah, I’ve already told you about this incredible box set:

But have you told your friends? Have you told your coworkers? Have you told your family members?
Where else can somebody take advantage of so many different authors for SO CHEAP? Yes, only 99 cents buys you full length novels from Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, James Cook, Armand Rosamilia and even me! Joe McKinney slid a teaser sampler into the folds as well.

We’re not talking one of those box sets with fifteen stories from people you’ve never heard of, we’re talking big names here…and for less than a buck? How can you go wrong?

So, help a fella out here. Spread the word. Trust me, people will thank you.


Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


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While It’s Hot

Do you like buffets?  You know what I’m talking about. Dozens of different flavors all spread out so that you can sample the things you know you like or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment a little and jump into something new, just to test the waters? Yeah.  Buffets are good.


My kids love the Chinese buffet.  They know they want Chinese food, but they aren’t sure exactly WHAT they want.  The buffet is the perfect answer.  They can’t pronounce it, but they know they like ‘chicken on a stick’. Or they want that ‘white stuff crammed into the cracker flower’. They sometimes like a steaming bowl of ‘egg yuck soup’. Anything with shrimp is usually good as long as it’s not the ‘snot covered shrimp with onions’. Yeah.  There goes my appetite.

Well, back to my point.

For a limited time you can have a mind buffet…of sorts.  No, not brains for you zombie wanna-be’s.  But, for those who have yet to partake in the Epic Apocalypse box set, it is currently on sale for (get this)…less than a dollar.  Can you believe that?  99 cents buys you full length novels from the likes of John O’Brien, James Cook, Shawn Chesser and Armand Rosamilia.  They even let Mark Tufo toss in with these guys.  As a bonus, there’s a lip smacking teaser from Joe McKinney in it as well.  The only down side is, they let me put my stuff in it…sort of like that green gooey stuff over by the Sushi bar.  Yes, the pistachio ice cream has turned!

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This set has a little bit of everything, and for the price, you can’t lose.

So do yourself a favor.  Check it out.  You’ll be glad you did.


Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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World Horror Convention

Most of you are aware by now that the World Horror Convention is going on in Portland, OR.  Anybody and everybody that has anything to do with horror is converging on the city of Portland to rub elbows and hang out, have fun and network, visit with old friends and meet new ones.

While I won’t be there to enjoy the festivities, a lot of my friends and fellow authors will be.  If you are close, stop by and visit them.  If you are traveling there for the convention, spend some time at the different booths, but make sure you stop by May December Publishing and say hi to Todd and Denise Brown.  Then swing by and give the fellas from the Epic Apocalypse set a visit too.  Mark Tufo, Shawn Chesser, John O’Brien, Joe McKinney and Armand Rosamilia are manning a booth and if you are lucky, you might catch all of them at the same time.

Trust me when I say that it’s killing me inside to know that everybody is there and I’m not, but know that I’ll be there in spirit, wishing all of them the best of luck.  Plans are already in place for next year in Atlanta, but alas, that’s a whole year away.  Until then, if you want a set of autographed books, a Monster Squad coffee mug or bumper sticker you can find it at May December’s booth along with some other swag that I sent along to help spread the word.

So, have fun, see all of the cool things that Portland has to offer and enjoy yourself!

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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Things In a Box and Other Musings

Those of you who follow my ramblings on Facebook are already aware that the first Monster Squad book, Return of the Phoenix, has been included in a truly awesome boxed set along with five other authors.  Whoever decides to take advantage of this offer will be picking up over a half million written words of some of the best horror on the market.

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For those of you who haven’t already experienced the wit and wisdom of Mark Tufo, here’s your chance to dive into the first of his Zombie Fallout series.  You also get to sink your teeth into John O’Brien and the first of his zombie series, Chaos.  Expose yourself to the inner workings of the twisted mind of Armand Rosamilia with Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer.  You can dive into Trudge from Shawn Chesser, probably one of his best works.  And one of my personal favorites is James Cook’s offering of No Easy Hope.

These are all full length works to keep you busy through the Halloween season…but there’s a catch.  We’ve included a teaser from Joe McKinney’s The Dead Wait.  If you’ve never read Joe’s writings, you’re not doing yourself any favors.  He has a way of sucking the reader into the story and putting you on edge throughout the entire ordeal.

Now for the ‘spiel’.  You get the entire boxed set for the price of a single e-book.  WHY would we do this, you might ask?  Where’s the catch?  Are we only putting in HALF the story?  No, these are the complete first books.  If you ordered each of the books off of Amazon, this is what you’d get.  The catch is, we’re trying to EXPOSE all of these writers to YOU the reading public.  That’s why we make offers like this.

You may recall a while back when I mentioned that I ‘fell into’ a wonderful situation with a group of other authors that help promote each others work…this is that group.  A mish-mash of authors from all over the country with one thing in mind…to put our stories into the hands of as many readers as we can.  So, with that, I present to you, the readers, Epic Apocalypse, A Boxed Set of Apocalyptic Horror.

Read, enjoy, review!

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Promote Yourself

Todays post ties in to my last one.  Promoting yourself and your work.
How do you reach the most people, the most effectively, with the least amount of effort?
Well, if this were Amway, we’d recruit three people and they’d recruit three people and then they’d recruit three people.  We’d all save money buying products we were going to buy anyway and maybe sell a few things to our friends and neighbors.  But, this isn’t that.  This is selling ourselves.  And for someone who isn’t used to doing that, I did what I do best.
I freaked out.
Actually, I turned to the pros.
I’ve been really fortunate to fall in with some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.  They’re always super busy, so any time they offer their advice, you better believe I listen.  Sometimes the advice they give isn’t what I want to hear, but so far in life, I’ve yet to have anybody tell me that there truly is a magic pill for weight loss, a secret elixir for gaining wealth or a holy relic that will be bring me all the knowledge of the universe.  And if you think about it, if anybody had any of those things, human nature being what it is, would they really share it?  So, with honest advice shared, the next step is to take that advice and apply it.
How to promote oneself.
There are many different ways to do this.  There are also many ways NOT to do this.  So far, all the ways NOT to do this can be summed up thusly: “If it sounds too easy, don’t waste your time.”  It’s either a scam to separate you from your money or it’s ineffective.  I’ve yet to have any of the pros tell me, “Yes, sign up with such and such website to promote you.  They’re great!”  In fact, of all the businesses that bombard you with their ads begging you to do just that, I actually did a wee bit of legwork and researched them myself.  It wasn’t hard.  Just go to their ‘Testimonials’ page.  Look at the names of all the authors that tout their great work.  Copy their names and then go to Amazon and paste that name.  Look at the number of reviews they have.  Is it less than five?  How long has their work been available?  Some had NO reviews.  If you ask me, I wouldn’t post that authors testimonial on my website.  It did more harm than good.
So, what do the pros say?  Social Media.  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, AboutMe, MySpace, Blogs, websites…use them all and use them smartly.  There is a fine line between promoting yourself and becoming a nuisance.  Navigating that fine line is YOUR job.  I primarily use Facebook as it helps me to stay in touch with family and friends as well.  It also helps me to NETWORK.  Something learned way back in my Amway days (yes, I was a distributor, and no…I’m not going to try to sell you soap).  Networking helps you to reach people outside your sphere of influence.  I reach out to my family members.  Say my sisters.  They have completely different spheres of influence than I do.  When they reach out to their sphere of influence on my behalf and help to promote my work, my sphere of influence grows, as does my debt of gratitude.  They help me to reach new people and my readership grows.  If one of those new readers enjoys my work enough to share with one more reader…word of mouth.
Another way to promote yourself is to make yourself KNOWN.  Advertising.  Now, this is where it can get tricky and expensive.  Where do you advertise?  WHEN do you advertise?  What media is best to advertise?  I’ve yet to meet one of the pros that has said, “Take out an ad in the Social Section of the New York Times and…”  or “Pay for a radio spot on your local radio station”…  If they don’t tell me they’ve tried it and it worked, I’m not doing it.  It might work for the big name guys with the Big 6 publishing houses pushing people like Stephen King but I have no illusions.  Nor do I have that kind of cash flow.
Conventions.  Yes, HorrorCons, SciFiCons, MonsterCons.  They’re ALL over the place.  Don’t believe me?  Google it!  I did.  I was blown away.  A friend convinced me that these were the places to be.  It gives you the opportunity to rub elbows with others in your trade and let people get to meet you.  It gives you the chance to meet and interact in a way that the internet simply does not allow.  You can hand out business cards, swag, copies of books, coupons for free downloads…whatever, and you can meet others that you may have only met online before.  It’s a whole new experience.  For those who aren’t familiar, ‘swag’ = ‘freebie stuff’ like bookmarks, bumper stickers, buttons and whatnot.  Take custom t-shirts and let other people advertise FOR you!
There’s a lot to remember in the whole ‘promoting’ game.  And truly, there isn’t a right or wrong answer for each person, business or situation.  Each one is unique.  What works for me may not work for you.  What works for you may not work for me.  But what works for ‘like situations’ is probably a good bet to work for each other.  So, if you are a writer, emulate a writer.  If you own a coffee shop, find out what other successful coffee shops have done and emulate those.  If you run a flower shop, find out how other more successful flower shops have promoted themselves and see if you can’t employ some of those ideas.  Common sense applies.
As for me?  I plan to be at the Underground Monster Carnival in Oklahoma City in March 2014.  True, there are other Cons before then, but I’m just getting started in this whole ‘promotion’ game.  I need to properly prepare in order to be ready.  I had hoped to go to Austin to the WizardCon in November, but alas, I couldn’t get my ducks in a row.  So, OKC it is.
I even plan to bring some swag to give away.
If you want some…come by and see me.
Until then, just drop by here.


Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Uncategorized


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