Friday the 13th Special!

Creative commons via Hryck

IT’S TIME FOR PRIZES!

Who said Friday the 13th had to be all bad news?

Leave a comment on this post before Saturday July 14 for TWO free ebooks!

Whether you scoff at superstitions or suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia, I have an irressistble offer for you today which will convince you that Friday the 13th can be a good thing, too.

All you’ve got to do is leave a comment here on this very post, with your correct email address, and ZING! I’ll send you two ebooks.

Prize #1: A SIGNED PDF of Hungry For You

Prize #2: YOUR choice, between Belonging or Merge!

Leave a comment now specifying which book you want!

ALSO: Go to Goodreads to enter to win a PRINT copy!

p.s. Reviews are always appreciated.
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Zombies in Oxford’s Not the Literary Festival

As you might have seen in my previous blog post, eight cuts gallery staged a literary take over last week with their Not the Oxford Literary Festival.

Calling for poetry submissions via email or twitter, eight cuts revolutionaries spotlighted alternative & indie authors by leaving leaflets at bus stops and in phone boxes, putting posters through cafe doors and various other things.

Eager to join in, I submitted Electricity (the closing poem of Hungry For You)… and guess which poem made The Oxford Times?!

Yup – pictured is eight cuts gallery ringleader Dan Holloway, with a leaflet of my poem!

Check out the full article on The Oxford Times — I’m not mentioned by name, but I still think it’s pretty darn cool. Dan tells me the article made the print edition, too.

So yes. Me = happy.

How was your weekend?

Indies Unlimited: celebrating indie authors

Indies Unlimited is a collective for indie authors, by indie authors.

From the about page:

We are at the beginning of a technological revolution in how books are written, published, marketed, purchased, and read. This site is dedicated to the independent authors, publishers, reviewers and readers who are on the cutting edge of that technological revolution.

A major challenge for any indie author is the lack of established infrastructure in place to market indie books. It can be challenging and time-consuming to get the word out about your book, to find reviewers, and to drive traffic to your website or Facebook page. As a new author, I was delighted to discover a very high level of mutual support and camaraderie in the indie author community. This platform is born from that spirit of mutual aid and support.

Please make Indies Unlimited your home for engagement with others who are interested in the Indie Author Movement. Be sure to “play nice” with others. Write informative, educational, or opinion minded comments, guest posts and other contributions. You can promote your books or yourself by participating in discussions and providing valuable content. Please do not spam us or use this system to send unrequested self-promotion, marketing, or sales materials. Instead, please use this platform to engage, inform, discuss, and build quality relationships.

I am currently featured on Indies Unlimited – they’ve posted a sneak peek of Hungry For You — so please stop by to say hi, and be sure to check out the rest of the site!

Valentine’s Special: Get Hungry For You FREE

Feeling the love?

NO? How about if you check out that sexy zombie on the right?

I’m celebrating Hungry For You’s first birthday… by giving away FREE books!

That’s right, for Valentine’s Day you can download Hungry For You for free from the Kindle store.

The giveaway will run throughout February 13th and 14th, so feel free to pass the message on to any Kindle-owning-friends.

Grab your copy today from Kindle US or Kindle UK.

UPDATE: So, Amazon effed up and has not put the book up for free yet. The promotion will, however, run as planned tomorrow (February 14) — so bookmark the page today, and download it tomorrow! Teaches me to not schedule posts ahead of time….

Interview on Free Book Reviews

Free Book Reviews is a blog that reviews indie books, interviews indie authors and generally talks about whatever amuses them in the literary world.

Yesterday, Free Book Reviews posted an interview with yours truly. I discuss poetry (and Gabriel Gadfly), horror, chocolate, and other things I can’t remember saying.

Some choice excerpts:

FBR: Why do you write?

Me: Because not to write is to despair; I simply cannot imagine life without it.

There’s an immense satisfaction in crafting a story, in finding the right turn of phrase, in seeing the little characters in my head come to life. But there’s an even greater satisfaction in having my work read, and finding that others, too, can fall in love with my worlds. Sharing the joy of writing and reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

FBR: Did researching and writing Hungry For You teach you anything or influence your thinking in any way?

Me: It’s made me appreciate horror as a genre — I’ve come to realise that horror is more than just gore and guts. There’s a lot to be learnt about the human condition in extreme situations; I think people really show their true nature when faced with life or death situations.

FBR: What is your greatest strength as a writer?

Me: I think my greatest strength is that I believe nothing I write is sacred.

It can always be improved, rewritten, changed. I want to tell the best possible story, and if that means cutting out 30,000 words and writing new stuff, I’ll do it.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Hungry For You on Ebooks of Horror

Hello and welcome to the latest issue of Procrastination Daily!

WTF is Ebooks of Horror?

For today only, zombie love anthology Hungry For You is featured on Ebooks of Horror — head over now to see what the fuss is all about.
Part of the Gossamer Publishing group, Ebooks of Horror is a blog dedicated to featuring and promoting indie horror authors. Authors are welcome to contribute excerpts of their work, guest posts or interviews.

Yes, YOU can be a BLOG COMMENTER!

Start Today – No Qualifications Necessary
I’d like you to be my blog commenter. If you’ve enjoyed Hungry For You, please take 30 seconds to leave a comment about how awesome it is. Let other readers benefit from your great insight and undead humour. Spread the zombie love disease. Find your soul mate. Do it now!

FORBIDDEN Knowledge For Serious Writers

Are you an indie author? Do you dream of having your novel showcased online? Gossamer Publishing is an initiative to help promote and educate authors within the self-publishing community. Check them out to promote your work for free.

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(…okay, I am done being silly.)

Zombies, Double Rainbows, Russian Chocolate… and Prizes!

No, I haven’t gone insane.

You can find all those things over at Her Book Self, where lovely book blogger Lisa is hosting an interview with yours truly.

The subject of the interview is, of course, Hungry For You, with a few asides on working for 1889 Labs, my current projects, and how much of a scaredy-cat I am.

Oh yes, didn’t I mention PRIZES?

Hungry For A Giveaway!

For a chance to win a copy of Hungry For You, leave a comment on Her Book Self.

Want extra entries into the giveaway? Leave a comment on this post, too!

Anyone who comments on this post will ALSO win a free e-copy of Belonging, so make sure to leave a valid email address!

So what are you waiting for?

Leave a comment below to claim your copy of Belonging, then head on over to Her Book Self and comment there, too. The giveaway closes on October 31st so get those fingers typing!

Why Zombies Should Smell Roses

Zombies weren’t always carnivores.

There is an excellent cross-examination of the rise of the 21st century zombie over in the New York Times called The State of Zombie Literature – An Autopsy, discussing just how zombies came to be the flesh-hungry beasts they are today and why we find them so appealing.

I particularly enjoyed the author’s suggestion as to why zombie fiction has seen a recent surge in popularity:

“You have to wonder whether our 21st-century fascination with these hungry hordes has something to do with a general anxiety, particularly in the West, about the planet’s dwindling resources: a sense that there are too many people out there, with too many urgent needs, and that eventually these encroaching masses, dimly understood but somehow ominous in their collective appetites, will simply consume us. At this awful, pinched moment of history we look into the future and see a tsunami of want bearing down on us, darkening the sky.” – The State of Zombie Literature – An Autopsy

I think that’s exactly what terrifies me about traditional zombies, and that’s why I walked a different path with Hungry For You: by giving my zombies personalities — the ability to think and feel — they evolve from faceless, insatiable voids mindlessly destroying the world and become people, individuals with whom I can relate.

If a zombie can take the time to stop to smell the roses… then maybe the world isn’t so bad, after all.

(Thank you to Toni of nzreader for linking me to the article.)

Run For Your Lives!

Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse?

I’m an active supporter of being ready for the end of the world — but while there’s been a lot of literature published on the subject, there hasn’t been much chance for hands-on experience.

However on October 22nd, 10,000 brave souls will have the chance to participate in Run For Your Lives, a first-of-its-kind and completely unique race that takes participants through a series of 10 obstacles over a 5K course, all while being chased by zombies.

Unfortunately for me, it’s happening on the other side of the pond (in Darlington MD to be precise). I guess I’ll just have to stick to my books, then….

Zombies Are People, Too

Meet Edward Grey, the kind of zombie I talk about in Hungry For You.

Edward Grey’s life has been on the downward spiral ever since the day of his death. Not only must he deal with rising damp, bone decay and rot — but also the fact that he is now jobless, penniless and without girlfriend. A documentary crew follows Ted around for a day providing intimate insight into the heart-wrenching world of the walking dead.

Life can bring many challenges… but death can be a bastard.

(via mcchots)