NEW RELEASE: Arrival (War For Earth Book One)

I am pleased to announce that J. Thorn and I have released our newest novel, Arrival. It’s the first book in the War For Earth trilogy, a brand new post-apocalyptic alien invasion story! You can grab a copy here.

Overview:

Paramedic Maya Talbot knows her unhinged, ex-husband is gunning for custody of their children. When she drops off Aiden and Laura at Grandma’s for a weekend visit, Maya assumes they’ll be safe. However, nothing could have prepared her for the chaos created when a strange obelisk rises from the ground and generates an impenetrable dome over the city. Riots, looting, and violence run rampant. The situation in Nashville deteriorates—and then they arrive, thrusting Maya into a desperate race to escape the dome and save her children from the dangers on the ground—and from above. When darkness falls, the intergalactic visitors manifest our worst fears and threaten the future of humankind.

Dawn: Final Awakening Book One is out now!

I’m really excited to announce that Dawn, the first book in the Final Awakening trilogy, is out now! This book was co-written with my good friend and fellow bestselling author, J. Thorn. We worked on this book for several months and are very happy to announce its release!

Get your copy of Dawn!

When the Blackout arrives, Dax Harper finds himself alone and fighting for survival on the chaotic streets of New Orleans. He is on the run, desperately searching for his estranged sister as the riots intensify. An unexpected encounter with his ex-girlfriend thrusts Dax into a leadership position—one he’s not sure he can accept. As the hours pass, the city floods, pitting Dax in an epic battle against time and a mysterious new enemy threatening the future of humankind.

6 Books To Help You Survive NaNoWriMo

It’s hard to believe Halloween has almost come and gone. But before you head into Christmas, and even before thinking about stuffing your face with turkey and watching football at the end of November, there’s a holiday of sorts right around the corner for writers.

November is National Novel Writing Month (aka: NaNoWriMo). If you are unfamiliar with the challenge, the idea is to start and complete a novel in 30 days. A novel, as defined in the official challenge rules, is 50,000 words. Sound daunting?

Just a couple of years ago, I couldn’t have imagined finishing one novel. Now, I have almost half a million words published. The trick is to be prepared and to build a habit.

While I’ve never personally “competed” in NaNoWriMo, I do think it’s a great way for authors to get around a community of other writers and write their asses off.

Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite books on writing to help authors get through this hectic month.

On Writing by Stephen King

Widely known as the best book on writing, Stephen King’s bible for writers is half-autobiography and half-writing help book. While I don’t agree with all that he says (I like plotting), it’s a must read for writers, old and new.

Grab your copy

 

The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne

If you’ve always had trouble plotting your book and figuring out the elements that make a great story, look no further than The Story Grid. This book has drastically changed the way I plan my stories before writing them.

Grab your copy

 

Write. Publish. Repeat. by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt

If you’re looking to make a career out of your writing, this is your book. Johnny and Sean, along with their business/writing partner, David Wright, are the hosts of the Self-Publishing Podcast. That podcast has helped my writing career more than any other source. But with over 200 episodes, this book is a great one-stop-shop to advance your career as an independent author.

Grab your copy

 

Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox

If you struggle just to get into the chair every morning, Chris Fox’s Lifelong Writing Habit will help instill the day-to-day mindset to keep trucking through your work. Chris has some fantastic other books as well on launching your book once it is completed.

Grab your copy

 

Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn is one of the lead authorities in the world of self-publishing, and this free book is an amazing way to get started.

Grab your FREE copy

 

The 8-Minute Writing Habit by Monica Leonelle

Short on time? Monica Leonelle has you covered! My favorite of her Prose on Fire series, The 8-Minute Writing Habit, teaches you how you can sneak in small sprints and still get that story out of your head and onto the page.

Grab your copy

 

I hope you get some good information out of these like I did. And good luck with NaNoWriMo!

Check out the official website for National Novel Writing Month at: http://nanowrimo.org/

Cover Reveal: The Witness

I am pleased to reveal the cover of my upcoming book, The Witness. I’ve been sitting on this cover for weeks now, and I’ve really been looking forward to sharing it with everyone.

Like with Empty Bodies, the artwork was once again provided by Johnny Digges, who you can check out over at www.diggescreative.com.

The Witness is a dark suspenseful horror story with a campy slasher vibe. It is my tribute to classic slasher films such as Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and House of 1,000 Corpses. From a writing standpoint, fans of Jack Ketchum or Blake Crouch’s Desert Places will also enjoy it.

I’ll have more details on the book shortly. For now, I just wanted to tease you with the gorgeous cover.

I don’t have an official release date yet, but the book is currently in the editing phase, and I am aiming for an early to mid-March release.

Stop Remaking Films! Adapt These Books to Movies Instead…

With the recent announcements of the Ghostbusters “sequel”/reboot and the new trailer for the remake of Poltergeist, I’ve seen a lot of people outraged. While I’m not outraged, I simply wish that Hollywood would bring out more original ideas. And yes, I know it’s about money and producing ideas that are guaranteed to sell. But there are TONS of great books out there, especially with the rise of independent publishing.

Here is a list of 5 books that I’d love to see made into movies:

This one has actually been rumored for years and I find myself searching on Google every few days for news as these are my favorite books of all time. Ron Howard has the movie rights, and it’s been very close to production several times. Many actors have been tied to it, and Howard has an awesome idea of wanting to film the series over 3-4 movies with a television series in between the release of each movie. 
Rumors of Netflix and HBO being interested in the show have popped up, but Howard hasn’t been able to get a studio to produce the movies.
These books would translate so well to movies! And with Matthew McConaughey already casted as Randall Flagg in The Stand (Flagg is also the primary villain throughout The Dark Tower series), he’d be perfect for these movies!
Get it done, Ron Howard! Please! 
With the rise in popularity for zombie films, Slow Burn would be perfect!
Author Bobby Adair takes a slightly different take on zombies in this book series, and it would make for a great, fast paced adaptation. And the lead character, Zed, would be a lot of fun to watch on screen! Plus, I’m Texan and would just love to see a zombie movie in Texas. Just sayin’…
While Run comes up as my third favorite Crouch book behind Wayward Pines and Abandon, those two books are already being adapted to television. And I think Run would make a GREAT movie!
The book follows a family after a supernatural event has cause half of the world’s population to start stalking and killing everyone else. I don’t want to ruin the book, but it is amazing! It’s extremely thrilling and would adapt so well to the big screen.
Another smart and thrilling dark fantasy that would translate so well to the big screen. The big opens with the main character in the middle of the woods hanging from a noose, before he is chased down by wolves and a mysterious cloud. I mean, how awesome would the opening scene in this book look in a movie? Pretty bad ass if you ask me. Even if just the first book was done, it would be a great movie!
Like the aforementioned The Dark Tower, Wool actually has movie rights already sold. Hugh Howey made big news as an independent author when he sold the right to this post-apoclyptic epic thriller to Alien and Gladiator director Ridley Scott. Now, I am a HUGE Ridley Scott fan. I thought Wool was a very good book, but Ridley Scott could make it an amazing movie!
Hopefully, he decides to exercise the rights…
So that’s my list! You have any awesome books you’d like to see made into a movie? Comment below!

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‘Empty Bodies’ Is Out Today!

Today is the day!

Book one of my post-apocalyptic series Empty Bodies is available now! The first book shares the same name as the series and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

It’s on sale for a limited time for only $0.99!

Click here to purchase Empty Bodies

The novel is available on both Kindle and in paperback. Remember, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can read the book on any mobile device using the free Kindle app! And if you do purchase the paperback, you’ll be able to instantly download the Kindle version at no additional cost.

Overview:

In a single moment, everything changes…

Hundreds of thousands of people suddenly collapse, leaving their friends and loved one behind, terrified and confused.

Moments later, the fallen rise, and the survivors become the hunted.

“Zach comes out swinging with suspense that will haunt you, and you won’t be able to look away.” – J. Thorn, Amazon Top 100 Horror Author