Release Day Blitz – Honor (Book 5 NOLA Zombie Series) by Gillian Zane

Release Day Blitz – Honor (Book 5 NOLA Zombie Series) by Gillian Zane

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Author, Blog Events, Cover Reveal, Matty Says | 12 comments

Today I’m taking part in the Release Day Blitz for Gillian Zane’s new book! If it sounds like something you might enjoy, check it out. And be sure to enter the giveaway below!   The NOLA Zombie series comes to a close with this emotional and action-packed installment. Since the SHTF, Romeo is good at one thing, killing zombies. He doesn’t want to waste his time with anything else. His fellow survivors think of him as a machine and he’s fine with that. There isn’t any time to waste on things, like feelings, or other nonsense. Lena Dervay, former movie star, current walking victim has barely been surviving in a repurposed middle school run by an incompetent Army Lieutenant. She and her group of survivors are as good as dead if they stay put.  When Lena finally gets in touch with Romeo, she knows that if anyone can come in and save the day, it’s him. Problem is, Romeo isn’t the charming, white knight, hero that she remembers. Lena is still drawn to him, though, and as their paths intersect she knows she might not come out intact in the end, body or soul.     Gillian Zane is the author of the NOLA Zombie series. Zane is the pen name of a prominent blogger in the publishing industry, which will remain a mystery unless you Google it. Since she can remember her goal has been to become Master of the Universe and has decided to focus first on the literary world. Things are progressing nicely. Zane has been a freelance writer for the last ten years and has published a few non-fiction works, none of which was very exciting. Zombies are much more exciting and a way for her to combine her two current obsessions, hot boys with guns and Doomsday Prepping. When she isn’t stockpiling MREs (Meal’s Ready to Eat) or researching how to build a cistern on a budget, she’s taking care of her little family and exploring the city that she loves, New Orleans. You can find Gillian Zane on twitter @GillianZane.   Sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bmCzWf Web: romance.rocks twitter: @gillianzane facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GillianZaneAuthor/     a Rafflecopter...

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Cover Reveal – Infinite Possibilities

Cover Reveal – Infinite Possibilities

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Author, Blog Events, Cover Reveal | 0 comments

Today I get to bring you a cover reveal for a new anthology of YA/NA short stories, brought to you by a group of great people. Check it out below and if you have some time, share the link with your friends! Infinite Possibilities “Pounding from the front door echoed across the room, drowning out the sound of the rain pelting against the window.”    T.J. Burton, Mireille Chester, Robbie Cox, Maggie Dallen, Taylor Dawn, Brandy Jellum, and S.L. Stacker, the authors of Infinite Possibilities, take that sentence and deliver to you seven unique YA/NA short stories filled with romance, action, fantasy, and the paranormal. Individual Story Synopses Medium by T.J. Burton ONE LINE BLURB: Jocelyn Sinclair can see and talk to the dead, but can she help the nephew of the handsome stranger who shows up at her door? FULL SYNOPSIS: Jocelyn Sinclair had known since she was a small girl that she was different. Many called it a gift but she often wondered if it was a curse. Talking to and seeing the dead came at a heavy price. It made it nearly impossible to live a normal life. It did allow her to help people both alive and dead and for that she was thankful. When Ethan knocks on her door on a dark, rainy night, she knows she has to help him. He is as desperate as he is handsome. The spirit that haunts his nephew is stronger than Jocelyn has ever faced before. Can she do it? Tears of the Moons by Mireille Chester ONE LINE BLURB: A search for a lost dog sends Kendra into a world she never knew existed. Will she survive when all she has to rely on is an injured man? FULL SYNOPSIS: When Kendra is woken in the middle of a storm by her neighbor, Sara, the last thing she wants to do is search for the child’s missing dog. After safely locating Max and returning home, Kendra is forced back into the storm to find her phone she dropped during the search. Soaked and nearly frozen from her first outing, the last thing she wants to do is go back out. As she retraces her steps, she soon learns her phone isn’t the only thing she will find. Add in an injured man, a pack of wolves that want them dead, and a new world she never knew existed, Kendra finds herself overwhelmed. It isn’t long before Kendra realizes she knows nothing about this new world, and if she doesn’t keep the injured man alive, she’ll be left to die herself. Enter the Witch by Robbie Cox ONE LINE BLURB: Amber Bastian strives to help Jasmine Burkehart rescue a friend from a spell gone awry as a skittish ghost, Cletus, cautions her about the danger of being a witch. FULL SYNOPSIS: Enter the Witch sets the stage...

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2015 and the loss of 2014

2015 and the loss of 2014

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Author, Author Advice, Publishing, Rant And Ramble, Writing | 7 comments

2014 was a difficult year of evolution for me. It was better than 2013, which was a horrible experience for the most part,but 2014 did not shape up to be what I thought it would. It’s not all completely wasted, but I definitely expected a more powerful year. Instead, it was a year of growth and learning, which in all honesty, can be painful. At the end of 2013, I was ready for a new year. Boy, was I ready. I had published the final book in The Protector series, Endure, and I was moving on to bigger things after a year struggling through personal issues. Then 2014 came, and suddenly it was gone. I didn’t write as faithfully as I had in previous years. I can admit that much. My writing was sporadic at best. At first, and for most of the year, I thought it was me. I was recovering from major losses, my entire world had been changed, and I was trying to rediscover who I was and what I wanted out of life. I knew I wanted to keep writing, I just didn’t have it in me all the time. I thought one day I’d wake up and just be ready to get back at it. I wasn’t. Instead, I tried forcing it, regaining a little of my lost passion piece by piece, but even when I was sure I was ready, I still struggled. I wrote 80k words of Sacred Cities when I realized it wasn’t working. I probably realized it earlier, but I didn’t want to admit it. When I finally accepted it, I knew I had to do something drastic, something I’d never had to do before: I would delete a major chunk of the book and start again. 50k words to be exact. Even if you’re not a writer, surely you can understand how heartbreaking it is to delete that much of your work. I didn’t let it drag me down though, I grabbed the silver lining and told myself how much better the book would be because of it. I worked my butt off from that point on, and when it was done (again!) at a monstrous 183k words, I knew cutting those words was for the best. With my knew novel in rough draft  I was ready to start editing. The problem was, the 183k I’d written had been spread out over half the year. I didn’t realize what poor shape my story was in. Editing the book was painful. Very painful. I continued to tell myself I had to force my way through it to get back in the groove, but it wasn’t working. That’s when I realized that the book wasn’t done. Once again it wasn’t right, but this time I didn’t know why. I left it alone for a month, raking my brain over it. At this point,...

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First Signing Jitters

First Signing Jitters

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Author, News, Writing | 9 comments

Last Saturday I had my first ever book signing. It was a terribly intimidating event. A fear of being that guy at the table that nobody comes to see replayed over and over in my head leading up to the event. I would sit there for five hours growing increasingly sweaty and gross, until eventually I was just that slobby wet dude that the store manager kicked out. In my head, it wasn’t a pretty event. In my head there was a soul-crushing amount of pressure about to crumble me. When I got there however, it wasn’t so bad. It started out a little rocky and fairly quiet. I’m pretty sure I looked like that guy completely out of his element, but one of the girls that worked there came over and chatted me up, got me to sign her book, and made me feel a lot better about how nervous I was. I’m fairly certain she won’t be able to read anything I wrote though, my hands were sweating which made it hard to grip the pen, and then of course my hands were also shaking. On a good day, my penmanship is horrid, on a sweaty-hand-shaky-hand day, it’s…well let’s just say I should’ve brought my seven-year-old in as a replacement. She has nice writing. As the day progressed, the store grew busier and for every person that came up to talk to me, I shed a little bit of that nervous skin. Not literally though, that’d be gross. Also, with how nervous I was there’d have been a pile of dead skin the size of me and…yeah, gross. Anyways, I started to get more comfortable as I found my rhythm, and I talked to a ton of great people. I received some book recommendations I’m excited to jump into, and I think I made a lot of connections. I even met a few actual fan’s in the fourteen – sixteen year range and two of them had a little trouble speaking to me. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who was nervous. That made me feel a little better. To sit and chat with someone in my target audience and listen to them gush about my book was a humbling experience. On a bit of different note, I realize my elevator pitch needs a little work, but I did get some people really excited for Sacred Cities, which is awesome. That book is going to kick ass, and right now the redraft is going great! I know you’re wondering so I thought I’d just tell you. So overall my first book signing was a success. I met fans, new readers, received some exciting book recommendations, and learned a lot about myself in the process. I have another one coming up this Saturday in Edmonton, so if you’re in the area and able to make it over to the...

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Holiday Update

Holiday Update

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Author, Blog Events, News, Publishing, Writing | 2 comments

As promised, I got down to business on my holidays. It was later than I had hoped, but word count is word count, right? After what I can only describe as an amazing trip to Canmore, I felt very refreshed. My wife and I ended up staying an extra night, and it was beautiful there. This was the view from our hotel balcony. I can promise you that this picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s a small town, but man, it was beautiful up there. Surprisingly, it was warmer and there was less snow than here in Red Deer. Huh. After we came home I had to spend a few days getting some things in order, but then I got down to work. I had two decent days, putting down 14,000 words in my new novel, which in case you missed my Facebook post, is tentatively titled Sacred Cities. This a Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy, and I think you’re going to love it. At least I hope you do. No, I mean I know you will. Ah, yes, such is the flippity-floppity of a writer. I’ve added two new events to my upcoming Events page. I’m going to be in my locals Chapters on March 29th to do a book signing. I’ll be there from 12pm-4pm, and if you’re anywhere in the local area, I’d love for you to come down and say “hello!” If that’s a bit of a trek, I’ll also be in Seattle, at the Red Lion hotel on 5th Avenue on June 14th. If you’re anywhere in the area then and you want to meet up, check out the website and get tickets. It’s a multi-author signing and there are going to be a ton of great people there. It’s something I definitely do not want you to miss if at all possible. And I think I’m going to spend a few days just checking out the area afterwards, because Seattle is a city I’ve always wanted to visit, so going there for the first time will be a blast. I’ve had a Newsletter sign-up sheet in the top right corner of my blog for quite some time now, but I haven’t actually been using it. I was having some trouble with the provider and whatnot, all of which has now been ironed out. My first News Letter will be coming out at the end of February, so sign up if you’re interested in some special news and exclusive content. I’m not going to be posting many novel sneak peeks on the website, so if you want to see them all, be sure to sign up. Speaking of sneak peaks. Laura at Little Read Riding Hood has the first chapter of my current work-in-progress, Sacred Cities going up on her blog on February 21st. This is the world’s first look at my new project, and I really...

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Not So Secret Santa – Author Exchange

Not So Secret Santa – Author Exchange

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Author, Blog Events, Interviews | 0 comments

Matty says go check it out! Today I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited into a pretty cool event. The Not So Secret Santa Author Exchange is where some book bloggers have come together and exchanged favorite authors, in an attempt to help spread the word about authors and books that others might not know about. I was very luck and came to be paired up with Book Groupies, so if you want to check out a new interview and some of the other great authors involved, go check it...

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