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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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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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