Coveer Reveal Party Skateboard Xombies

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We’re hosting the cover reveal today for YA horror novel “Skateboard Xombies: Search for the Crystal Coffin”. This is the first book in a five-part series of Kindle singles.

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About the Book

Title: Skateboard Xombies: Search for the Crystal Coffin

Author: Ace Antonio Hall

Genre: YA Horror

On a normal school day in Lunyon Canyon, California, teenage necromancer, Sylva Fleischer, bickers with her teacher in class over an unfairly graded paper. But when the principal announces that all teachers should lock their door and not let any students leave class, the entire school is trapped in a world of terrifying zombies that not only bite with their teeth, they bite with their minds.

Since all life on Earth faces extinction at the hands of the perilous undead, a guardian of a secret society of vampire monks saves Sylva, her friend, Half-Pipe and her family, and lead them to an alternate world. And that’s when the real terror begins … on a planet full of every imaginable type of undead creature that ever lived … Including those telekinetic zombies!

Praise for Ace Antonio Hall and Confessions of Sylva Slasher: 

“As I say on the front cover … A treat for Buffy fans–but 100% Ace Antonio Hall’s own twisted vision. Breathes new life into the living dead; run, don’t shamble to get a copy.” –Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author, Robert J. Sawyer

“In a vast sea of zombie tales, Hall’s tale is more than a cut above. He brings the entire genre to heel and treats us to one Hell of a ride.”

Art Holcomb, Editor-in-Chief, Andromeda Entertainment

About the Author

AceAntonioHall promo 2015Ace Antonio Hall is an actor, former music producer, and ‘retired’ educator with accolades as a Director of Education for the Sylvan Learning Center and nearly fifteen years experience as an award-winning NYC English teacher. He has a BFA degree with a concentration in screenwriting and has published poetry, short stories and fiction in magazines, anthologies, newspapers and novels.

Inspired by his father, Chris Acemandese Hall, who penned the lyrics to the Miles Davis jazz classic, “So What”, sung by Eddie Jefferson, and his sister, Carol Lynn Brown, who guest starred in the 1970’s film, “Velvet Smooth”, Ace spawned his creativity into developing the beloved but flawed teen character, Sylva Slasher.

Ace was the Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (2009-2011), and continues to head the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (ScHoFan) Critique Group as Co-Director of critique groups within the society. He is also a member of LASFS and the International Thriller Writers.

On April 14, 2013, Montag Press published his YA zombie novel Confessions of Sylva Slasher. His next release, Skateboard Xombies, is coming out later this year, and he has already begun working on Skateboard Xamurai for the third installment in his Sylva Slasher series.

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Book Excerpt

“Okay, fifteen points,” Ms. B. said calmly, from over my shoulder.

I straightened up from the water fountain, and turned to her. “Really?”

“Find someone or a credible source to give credence to your theory and you will get an A-plus on that paper. Additionally, get rid of that section on biocentricism.”

My mouth opened to protest, but she didn’t let me get a word out.

“I know that Dr. Lanza is the third most respected scientist in the world,” she said. “He’s interesting and I’ve read some of his theories, but there just isn’t enough data to back up his claims that our consciousness continues to live after our bodies die.

Once the body dies, the spirit, the soul, everything is as dead as a red shirt on Star Trek. Sorry, I know that your family business raises the dead for grieving families and such, and you’d like to believe that there is some kind of place we resurrect from, or ascend into, but there is no heaven. No hell. No afterlife, and no facts to support them. Scratch that section and you have a deal.”

Before I could respond she was already walking back into the class room, so I jogged up behind her and was about to open my mouth in protest until our principal, Mr. Lee, interrupted over the loudspeaker.

“May I have your attention,” he said. “This is not a test. I repeat, this is not a test. I need every teacher to listen carefully. Please lock your doors—right now. Close your doors, and lock them. Do not let any students leave your classroom for any reason.”

From outside, emergency sirens started wailing. They were heading toward school grounds.

“Above all,” Mr. Lee said, “staff and students must remain calm.”

“What’s going on?” I asked.

“I don’t know,” Ms. B. said, hustling me back to the door.

“The school,” Mr. Lee said, “is on lock-down until further notice.”

Murmur buzzed through the classroom. Ms. B. shut our door quickly, and locked it.

“I repeat,” Mr. Lee said. “I need everyone to remain calm.”

“Do you think it’s a gunman?” asked a boy named Roger.

“Okay, students,” Ms. B. said. Her face had turned rather pale. “Stay in your seats.”

Emergency engines were getting louder and louder.

Ms. B. looked at her desk. “On second thought, R-Roger,” she stuttered. “You and Terrence move my desk to block the door.”

“Okay, Ms. B.,” Roger said, getting up.

He and super-tall Terrence, the school’s all-city basketball forward, lifted the desk and sort of duck-waddled across the floor to place it in front of the door. Red flashing lights seeped through the cracks in the blinds.

“Thank you, boys,” Ms. B. said. “Now go back to your seats.”

On the way back to his seat, Terrence walked over to the windows. “I hope it’s not some psychotic joker out there with orange hair.”

I hope it’s not another school shooting.

The siren blared so loud it started to hurt my ears. Terrence was about to peek through the blinds when Ms. B. ran over to him, and ushered him away from the window.

“Sit down, Terrence,” she said. “Let’s do as Mr. Lee—”

The windows shattered. Walls imploded with a thunderous sound and a fire truck slammed through our classroom, taking Ms. B. and Terrence with it.

 

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Book Excerpt from Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

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I’m sharing an excerpt today from a YA horror/dystopian book about zombies. Yep, you read that right – zombies! And just in time for Halloween. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt

There was a brief silence before Katlego finally spoke.

‘Okay, everyone ready?’

We had our weapons drawn. Rik and I had our spears and Pa was gripping his crowbar. Dirk had pulled out his massive hunting knife.

‘On the count of three, we step into the alley. Spread out evenly to draw them apart. Take out the brain and put them down… fast. ‘

We nodded and, on three, we fanned out into the alley. They knew we were there immediately and suddenly their docile shuffling turned into a determined walk towards us. Ironically, one of the lady zombies headed straight for me. She was dressed in a dark blue uniform and I soon realised she must have been a nurse.

The blue pants were now ripped and stained, and her eyes were a dark red, with dry blood caked around the sockets. My heart started racing again. I kept repeating don’t be scared, don’t be scared in my head, and tried to remember Pa’s words about using fear to survive. Taking a deep breath, I charged at Nurse Zombie with my spear, aiming for below the chin. I came in a little too fast and got the angle wrong. The spear pierced under her chin, but came out by her ear, totally missing the brain.

The spear was lodged and it was like I had a zombie on a lead. She tried to move in every direction, but I fought her, pushing and pulling. What now?

I decided I needed to get the spear loose, so using all my strength, I pushed, channelling all the power in my legs like a rugby player in a scrum. I started to jog, forcing her to reel backwards. Then I suddenly stopped. Nurse Zombie toppled backwards and her weight let me pull the spear loose. As she landed on her back I jumped forward, plunging the spear through her left eye. Lucky shot, but it worked. I spun around, hoping Pa had seen my handiwork, but it looked like everyone had been concentrating on their own kill. Pa’s eyes met mine.

‘You win?’

I nodded and smiled.

About The Book

Book CoverTitle: Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

Author: Lee Herrmann

Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian

Pages: 180 pages

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1

South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.

After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.

Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.

About the Author

Lee-AuthorLee Herrmann was born and raised in South

Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.

He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.

He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries ( www.TheManservantMysteries.com).

Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.

 

Links

www.saza.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/JournalOfASouthAfricanZombieApocalypse

Release Day Party Drowning in Fear

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About the Book

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Author: Majanka Verstraete

Genre: Horror, Lower Grade, Chapter Book

For as long as he can remember, Nolan has been afraid of drowning. The fear is so bad he can’t even go swimming with his friends.

In an attempt to help him get over his fears, his Dad signs him up for a summer camp near Lake Weird. Ever since Nolan heard the news, he’s been having nightmares about an abandoned cabin near a lake, and about him drowning in water thick as blood.

Nolan is certain his nightmares are related to his fear of drowning, but when he arrives at summer camp, and finds out there’s a cabin near Lake Weird that matches the withered cabin from his nightmares, he realizes something more sinister is going on.

Can Nolan find out the reason why he’s spent his entire life being afraid of drowning? How is it connected to the spooky cabin from his nightmares, and the lake surrounded by creepy, crawling mist?

Author Bio

Majanka Verstraete PictureMajanka has a Master of Law degree, and is studying for a Master of Criminology degree at the moment.

She has written a picture book series, “Valentina’s Spooky Adventures”, of which three books have been released. She’s also working on the “Weirdville” series, a series of scary lower grade chapter books. The first three books in the series have been released, and books four to six will release in 2014.

The first three Weridville books have also been released in audiobook version.

She’s written two young adult novels. “Fractured”, the first book in the Mirrorland series was released last year and its sequel, “Reflected” will be released in 2015. The first book in YA Paranormal series, the Angel of Death Series, “The Soul Thief”, will release in November 2014.

Website: http://majankaverstraete.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/4813098.Majanka_Verstraete

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Majanka-Verstraete/398570476832115

Twitter: @iheartreads

Links

Evolved Publishing: http://www.evolvedpub.com/product/drowning-in-fear/

Amazon (US): Buy on Amazon (US)

Amazon (UK): Buy on Amazon (UK)

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Kobo: Kobo

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Promo Post The Unholy Book Tour

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9780865349599-Perfect w modern.inddTitle: The Unholy

Author: Paul DeBlassie III

Genre: Psychological / Paranormal Thriller

A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.

Author Bio

DeBlassieCMYK4x6419F1233Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. His professional consultation practice — SoulCare — is devoted to the tending of the soul. Dr. DeBlassie writes psychological thrillers with an emphasis on the dark side of the human psyche. The mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic, provides the setting for the dark phantasmagoric narrative in his fiction.  He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

Links

website: http://www.pauldeblassieiii.com/
facebook https://www.facebook.com/theunholy.deblassie
twitter https://twitter.com/pdeblassieiii
blog http://pauldeblassieiii.blogspot.com/

Buy a copy of The Unholy on Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Unholy-Novel-Paul-DeBlassie-III-ebook/dp/B00F8OEH70/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392232920&sr=8-1&keywords=unholy+paul

Buy a copy on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-unholy-paul-deblassie/1116061527?ean=9780865349599

Author Interview with Alex Laybourne

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I’m interviewing Alex Laybourne, author of zombie horror “Diaries of the Damned”. Welcome to my blog, Alex, and thanks for answering my questions.

Author Interview

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

For me, the hardest part about being an author is simply finding the time to sit down and write. I work a full time job which takes about 50-60 hours out of my week, not including the commute. I travel quite frequently for it also, which means 18 hour days. I have four young children, and also like to spend some time with my wife. Being a writer takes sacrifice, it means you stay in when others go out, you don’t sleep enough and are often a slave to the muse. When she wakes and tells you to write, there is very little you can do to convince her otherwise. We do it gladly, because we know what it takes, we understand that being a writer is a commitment, it is something serious and we all strive to achieve the success we seek. Explaining this to people who do not write, and not having them look at you as if you had a screw loose is something else entirely.

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Diaries of the Damned? 

The Diaries of the Damned is a horror novel that takes place before during and after the zombie outbreak. Told from varying viewpoints, each story adds a little piece to the puzzle, until the group of survivors telling their tales get not only answers to the questions they had, but the truth to the points everybody was afraid to ask. Where did the virus come from, and why.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

The story was originally part of a chapter series. I wrote and released one a week. However once it was finished I decided to re-publish it as a single novel. Each character viewpoint is three chapters long, and tells a complete tale, so the book can be read in multiple sittings. Each character has their own complete story line to follow, with one central story running through the books as a single read.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I spent as many hours as I can writing. It would depend who you ask. My wife would say too many, I would say not enough. In all honest, I get up at 4.20 every morning and write before the kids wake up – which with my kids is damned early – I then write during my lunch break and work, and in the evening I try to write for an hour or so, but recently things have been so busy that sitting has slipped away. I can normally get 1500 words written a day, on average.

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

I am a huge Clive Barker fan, and love the Books of Blood series of short stories. The certainly inspired me no end, and opened my eyes to the true meaning of horror, and what it can be used for. I have also recently read The Venus Complex by the talented Barbie Wilde, while there area two fellow British horror writers who I highly recommend people look out for. Michael Bray and Paul Flewitt. Both are fantastic writers, and their books well worth a read.

6) What are you working on now?

I am currently working on the third installment of my Highway to Hell series. It will be the final chapter and poses to be quite the epic in terms of story and scope. It is nice going back to such old and familiar characters. Parts I and II have already been published. I am also waiting on the final comments to come back from editor on a vampire novel I have written. None of that lovey-dovey stuff mind you. This is a hardcore horror tale that I hope brings the bite back to the vampire genre.

About The Book

Ebook CoverTitle: Diaries of the Damned

Author: Alex Laybourne

Genre: Zombie Horror

The dead have risen and a desperate struggle for power has begun. The military are evacuating all survivors in passenger planes. With their destination unknown, one group of survivors led by a journalist named Paul Larkin, decide to share their experiences with the hope that when combined, their stories will reveal some answers that the government had not been willing to give themselves.

Nine survivors have banded together, determined to tell their tale of survival. None of them realized that as they stood to tell their tales that they stood on the brink of discovering a conspiracy the likes of which the world has never seen.

Author Bio

Alex 1Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes drive away and so spent the most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.

I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create, where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue everything basically, and when the time is right, I can simply pluck them from the allotment of my mind serve them up on the pages of whatever work is to be their home.

I am married and have four children and my biggest dream for them is that they grow up and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Laybourne/212049612180183

Twitter : https://twitter.com/Vanplank

Blog: http://alexlaybourne.com/

Release Day Diaries of the Damned

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We’re celebrating the release day party for zombie horror “Diaries of the Damned” by Alex Laybourne.

Get your own copy today!

 

About Diaries of the Damned

Ebook CoverTitle: Diaries of the Damned

Author: Alex Laybourne

Genre: Zombie Horror

The dead have risen and a desperate struggle for power has begun. The military are evacuating all survivors in passenger planes. With their destination unknown, one group of survivors led by a journalist named Paul Larkin, decide to share their experiences with the hope that when combined, their stories will reveal some answers that the government had not been willing to give themselves.

Nine survivors have banded together, determined to tell their tale of survival. None of them realized that as they stood to tell their tales that they stood on the brink of discovering a conspiracy the likes of which the world has never seen.

Author Bio

Alex 1Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes drive away and so spent the most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.

I have been a writer as long as I can remember and have always had a vivid imagination. To this very day I find it all too easy to just drift away into my own mind and explore the world I create, where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue everything basically, and when the time is right, I can simply pluck them from the allotment of my mind serve them up on the pages of whatever work is to be their home.

I am married and have four children and my biggest dream for them is that they grow up and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alex-Laybourne/212049612180183

Twitter : https://twitter.com/Vanplank

Blog: http://alexlaybourne.com/

Author Interview with James Drummond

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I’m hosting an interview with James Drummond, author of YA horror novel “The One You Feed”. My questions are bolded, Mr. Drummond’s responses are regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

This is probably an answer you get a lot, but it’s finding the time to write. I know people who churn out 3-4 books a year and I just don’t know how they do it. Between work, spending time with my girlfriend and two cats, seeing me friends, keeping up with other hobbies, and occasionally reading someone else’s work, I’m lucky to carve out an hour a day. I’ve never been good at sitting down and forcing myself to write. Whenever I’ve tried that, the stuff I write is mostly done away with the next time I sit down and read it over. I’m not the most disciplined writer. It’s something I need to work on.

Can you give us a short synopsis of The One You Feed?

It’s the first book in a horror series I’m writing, in which a cast of human characters tangle with a new type of creature in each novel. In The One You Feed it’s werewolves. After several of his friends are turned into werewolves by an ancient Native American Shaman, a young teen must battle for his and his remaining friends’ survival as the creatures threaten to overtake their town.

Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

It is part of a series. The second book, Something Wiccan, is also available on Amazon. I’m currently working on the third book now.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

When I write, it’s between 1-3 hours. Although I’m not as consistent with that as I’d like to be.

What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

I won’t say it’s the best horror story I’ve ever read, but when I read Stephen King’s The Langoliers I remember absolutely loving it. I don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed a horror story as much the first time through. It was set in present day (when I read it) and did a great job of creating a very believable setting with very believable characters that I could picture ending up on a flight with. I love stories that set the stage for the horror to come using a very relatable, normal setting. When the eeriness starts, it’s all the more disturbing.

 What are you working on now?

The third book in my horror series. I’m finally getting around to vampires, who are basically holding a small, northern Scottish town hostage so that they can stop running from the hunters chasing them. Living in a world that provides such easy access to cameras and other techniques for verifying that things that used to be considered legend might actually be real, the vamps have chosen to settle in this town to live their lives as normally as possible without being concerned about who or what might be watching. The residents of the town aren’t too thrilled with this arrangement.

The One You Feed

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Author: James Drummond

Genre: YA Horror

Like most kids who grew up in the small Oregon town of Silver Falls, Toby Hoffman had heard all the scary stories about the monsters living in the neighboring woods of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Now a teenager, he knows the stories are made up to keep the town’s children from wandering where they aren’t wanted.

Then his best friend, Nate, wakes up covered in blood in the reservation woods, with no recollection of whose blood it is or where it came from. When even more brutal attacks follow, Toby can’t help but wonder if one of the fables he was told as a child might be true. With the help of Rachel, a determined Native American girl who has moved off the reservation and into the house next door, he begins searching for an explanation for the recent carnage. He also develops feelings for his new neighbor, which are put to the test when he and Rachel discover that her uncle may be responsible for the emergence of a legendary monster that does in fact exist.

To make matters worse, there’s evidence that Nate was turned by the beast, and that he has every intention of holding onto his extraordinary new creature capabilities no matter the cost. In order to save Silver Falls from a true scary story, Toby will have to face off against forces he doesn’t fully understand – and his closest friend.

Author Bio

IMG_9862James is the author of The One You Feed and Something Wiccan – the first two books of the Out of the Dark series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his girlfriend Angela and two cats named Tim and Ruby. During the day James is a Senior Instructional Designer for an e-learning development company, where he writes activities and scenarios to educate learners on a wide array of topics—from fast food to PTSD therapies. A Graphics Designer at the company, Wojtek Batko, designs the covers for James’ books.

Links

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Out-of-the-Dark/317240241751156

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-One-You-Feed-Dark-ebook/dp/B009TWF320

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16139551-the-one-you-feed