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Yes, that is a new cover for sHe.
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She began to cry.
It was one of those pathetic cries, filled with self-pity, and frustration. She had dreamed of so much more for herself than this at thirty two years of age. She wanted to be a writer, maybe a Graphic Designer with a family in the Burbs somewhere by now. She had never dreamed she would be stuck in a job with no future, living alone on a paycheck-to-paycheck budget. Dreams die hard when dreams decide to die.
She turned towards the door when something caught her attention. There was light pushing into the room around the edges of it.
She rolled off the bed, put on a pair of shorts and a tee-shirt, and then grabbed the loaded gun lying on top of the nightstand. She cocked it, and walked with slow caution towards the door that led into her apartment. Her heart was pounding in her chest, as her lungs filled with heavy air.
She reached the door, and slipped her hands into the light. It had texture. It was warm, and soothing, and glowing yellow-gold. She felt love in that light. A hope of a family. A wanting of a child.
When Mike Beem’s community is savagely attacked, he must exact revenge on those who wronged him. He must put aside all the good he has ever accomplished in order to become someone else. A man without a moral compass. A man without right or wrong. A man who is a cold-blooded killer. Will he get his justice or will he die trying? The answers lie within the pages of this short story.
. . . Zombie heads exploded in rapid succession as Mike and Double Trouble cleared a path to the shelter. Miraculously, none of them got bit on their journey over to what once used to be the old club house.
The place was an absolute mess inside and out.
The exterior walls, once white and freshly painted, were now covered in scratches and gashes. It looked like someone with an ax or a knife had simply made their way around the place with the intent to only destroy. The interior wasn’t much better. The kitchen had been looted, the beds slashed with knives, the couches and chairs not only slashed and cut open, but they had been urinated on as well. The white walls and floors were also covered in blood that dripped down them in a slow river of crimson, pooling on the carpeted floor and soaking into the short beige fabric. Hand drawn in the blood and scattered throughout the room were pentagrams, upside down crosses, devil faces with horns on their heads, and on one entire wall the words “The Satanists” was scribbled in big bold letters.
“Who would do this?” Mike asked, as he tried to keep what little food he had eaten in his stomach.
“Oh my God,” Double replied before leaning over and throwing up . . .
Did you know I have a new short story available?
Did you also know it was free to read?
By clicking this link you can read it in its entirety: https://niume.com/pages/post/?postID=71399
If you don’t have the time to click on over here is the intro. This short story called “The Lot” is about a Christmas Tree lot that isn’t all that it is supposed to be. I know, I know, this is why I am not published traditionally, right? Probably, but I prefer to write stuff like this instead of the normal dreck you find everyday of the week. This short story will be a bonus on “A Zombie Christmas 2” when it releases later on in the year. Okay, here’s the start. Enjoy. Let me know what you think about it if you have the desire to do so.
Ernie Holsten sat in his office. It was hard for him to believe that Gavin was the main suspect in the murder investigation. He still refused to believe it even after they drained the swamp behind The Lot. They had found the missing cars of the people who had disappeared in the area over the last couple of months. It was almost certain proof that Gavin was behind it. Was it great proof? Was it a sentence of life in prison or even the death penalty kind of proof? Who knew? But they had found a lot of Gavin inside those cars. Hair and fingerprints turned out to be more than enough to serve a warrant for his arrest.
“We got him trapped,” One of the cops replied, pausing at the edge of the door.
Ernie looked up at him with haggard eyes, eyes that had thought they had seen it all until Gavin’s case fell at his feet. He pulled his lanky frame out the chair, adjusted his slacks and sport coat, and moved around his soft brown hair. He pulled his gun out of his desk, strapped it on, and then stood there a moment staring at the wall.
“Something wrong?” The cop asked, dressed in his uniform, young and virginal when it came to police work, new to the police force in this town.
“Ugh,” Ernie grumbled.
“You just seemed like you were ready to go and then you weren’t.”
“I still can’t believe its Gavin. He’s never been the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was always a good kid. He was a star athlete in high school, volunteered often, and he made one of the meanest and angriest batches of meatloaf you will ever eat.”
“He sounds like a decent guy.”
“He was until that Christmas tree lot showed up. Then he just got weird. He rarely left that place, rarely came to town, and when someone did try to see him he just ushered them away. It was so unlike him. He was just a nice guy who always had a hello waiting for you when he saw you on the street.”
I have changed my covers for my paperbacks of these two stories. I thought I would share them with you in case you like to read print over electronic formed books.
1st: A Zombie Holiday Trilogy
I know it doesn’t look very holiday like, but that’s not what I was going for when I made it on Createspace. The picture just has this look of hope in it, which is what these stories are all about. Sure, there are rotting corpses everywhere, but we can’t lose hope during the holidays. We have to keep ourselves going with those traditions we have all come to love.
2nd: A Zombie Christmas
I know it doesn’t scream Christmas, but I like the simple look of it. I have been a big fan of Anne Rice’s cover of Prince Lestat (red letters and black background), so I wanted to recreate it here. I used yellow instead of red, because it looks more like a Christmas color.
These two stories can also be found in Paperback on other sites other than Amazon. I know I found A Zombie Christmas on Barnes and Noble once, so if you don’t like Amazon you might be able to find them elsewhere online.
My other novel, which is published through a small Independent Publisher recently got a face lift. I thought I would share that one with you as well before closing out this post.
Thanks again for following me, reading me, and enjoying what I do on this blog.
If you click this link (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/atothewr) you can get all of these short stories free.
I know A Zombie Christmas and A Haunted House Tale will eventually go up to a dollar again, but for now you can download them for any E-Book reader that supports EPUB.
I also have these two on Leafless for free.
The cool thing about Leafless is that it allows the audience to choose the price. The two stories above will remain free until the demand pushes them up to a certain price. They are also available in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF files on that site.
Finally, this short story is available for free on Noise Trade. You can also get it in EPUB, MOBI, or PDF there as well.
That’s it. Hope you enjoy these stories. Thanks for reading. Thanks for following.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned (“mesmerizing” –San Francisco Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat (“brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive” –New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces–the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles. via Amazon
I honestly wish I could heap a lot of praise onto this book, because Ann Rice is one of my favorite authors to read. I can’t do that though. This book was hard to read at times and a bit dull as well. There wasn’t a story line that flowed throughout it that kept you reading. There wasn’t anything to make it a page turner. I dare say that if this was her first book or if this book was from a first time author that it might not have gotten published. I believe her name alone got this one into print. I’ve read of her recent struggles, and I understand that a lot of that might have played a part in the downsides of this book. I honestly don’t know if that is true or not, but this isn’t the book I wanted it to be.
With all that said though, I honestly enjoyed parts of this book. There were a few moments where I felt like I couldn’t put it down. I also loved being back in her Vampire world. The Vampires she has created all find a place here. Their voices may not be as strong as before, but it is nice to read about them again and to see they are all doing well.
If you enjoyed The Vampire Chronicles (I’ve read all the books, and enjoyed them) then you should check this one out. It may be tough to read at times, but you will enjoy being back in this world like I was.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. via The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – IMDb
I really don’t have much to say about this one other than it was a great movie to watch. The acting, the story, the directing, the score, all of it worked and worked well. It didn’t feel like a three-hour movie to me.
I will say this though, you might want to take a shower after watching it because you just feel dirty for entering this world of sex and greed. I think the greed part got me the most. To see what this guy did to make his fortune makes you cringe. Amazing what greed and power can make some people do.
Have you read Prince Lestat? Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? Let me know what you thought of them if you did.
No more free bombardments for this one for a while now. I am moving A Zombie Christmas out of KDP and putting it up on Smashwords once its contract ends. Not sure if it will stay on Smashwords throughout the holidays or not, but I will see how it does then make a decision before Christmas is over. I know, kind of crazy to be talking about Christmas in July.
Anyway, here are some links to get it free. Thanks again for reading and liking my work.
Mike Beem lowered his rifle, put his right eye on the scope, and closed his left eye. The zombie he was about to shoot was an ugly sucker. From what Mike could tell, this zombie used to be a man around five foot five or six, maybe seven. Hell, he couldn’t tell the exact height from just a tiny scope. Its suit was disheveled, full of dirt and blood (it looked fresh, a recent feast perhaps), and half of his face was gone. This zombie was currently investigating Mike’s Santa Claus and reindeer display. The zombie was studying it like he knew what it was or remembered what it was.
“Don’t pick up Rudolf. Don’t,” Mike replied to himself.
The zombie leaned over and picked up Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.
That did it.
You see, the biggest problem was this. When you messed with Rudolph, you screwed up the whole display. All the reindeer were attached by string; and that string led into the hands of Santa, who was glued by his butt to the sleigh he was sitting in. When the zombie picked up Rudolph, the rest of the display just went into disarray.
Mike didn’t want to shoot the zombie just yet, because if he fell forward then it would crush the display all together. Mike waited until the zombie was trying to walk away with Rudolph, shambling off, munching on the plastic reindeer, and the display dragging behind him . . .
This short story is about three men who risk life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas Morning.
5 out of 5 stars – An Uplifting Tale of Christmas Generosity, in a Time When Helping Others is a Real Challenge.
5 out of 5 stars – I love zombies and I love Christmas ~ A winner!
5 out of 5 stars – A Cute Little Holiday Horror Story.
5 out of 5 stars – In a zombie world, there is a Christmas miracle.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading
. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
“Or possibly it was pleased with the prospect.”
“Inside its shell the three of them went about their early evening routine, like microbes trapped in the intestine of a monster.”
Whew! I don’t know about you, but that really sets the creepy factor up to about 11.
Such a great book to read. No wonder I have now read it twice.