Tuesday Promotions (6/27/2017): Nightlight Tales (The Man from the Road)

5 out of 5 stars – Terrific plots and plenty of chills and thrills

13 tales of terror.

13 tales that will have you reaching for the nightlight before you go to bed tonight.

The Man from the Road

A fat, yellow, full moon filled the sky. It lit up the world, casting shadows everywhere; but what was that lurking in the shadows? Shapeless things with dark, red, shiny eyes–things that were watching a man, as he walked down a road, alone. This man ignored the shadow creatures the best he could, and tried to figure out where he was, and why he was here. He had no idea of how he had come to be on this road, in such a dead haunted place.

He started to walk forward, and something stopped him, abruptly.

He turned to his left, and across a nearby field he saw an explosive fire licking at the starry sky with a hell-filled red tongue. The fire seemed to taste the evil in the night, and burn brighter because of it.

The man trained his eyes on the fire, as if he was drawn to it by some unseen force; and then he saw them. There were people dancing around the fire, circling it, chanting out loud in a ritualistic way.

The man moved towards the field, ever so careful to stay out of the shadows and stay in the light; because whatever lurked in those shadows was creeping up to the edge of the black, waiting for the man to slip into the shadows by mistake. They would have him then, and they needed him because they lusted for just a taste of his warm, soft, human flesh.

The man slipped into a tangle of bushes that were basking in the glow of the moon, careful that he remained in the light, but hidden from the fire dancers. The thorns on the bush cut into him, but the man was so consumed by what he was seeing that he didn’t even notice the pain or the trickling blood. When this blood fell onto the ground, the earth he was standing on licked it up with a dark, evil, greed . . .

The stories in this chilling collection are as follows.

1. The Man from the Road: A man suddenly appears on a road. He’s lost, confused, no clue as to how he got there. He starts to walk and stops suddenly. There’s a bonfire in a field nearby. He sees people dancing around this fire. They are performing some kind of ritual. He turns to flee, but he’s captured. No chance of escape. He hopes he is only dreaming, because all of this seems a bit too real.

2. The Living Sand: Two boys discover a hidden beach and the evil deadly secrets that lie within its soft white grains of sand.

3. SHe: A monster stalks the city of Tampa Bay. This monster is only attacking women taking only the one thing it needs. Tim Roberts, a detective, is hot on this monster’s trail. Will he catch this monster in time or will this monster feed until it has its fill? Be careful Tim, this monster has a secret yet to be revealed.

4. A Zombie Christmas: Three men risk life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas Morning.

5. Need to Feed: Another year. Another massacre looming. When the sun rises on the Old West town of Saltwater Junction this town will face head on two fierce predators. Vampires who stalk you in the sunlight and werewolves that transform with the sunrise. This short story rewrites the legends and all you’ve ever known about these creatures of the night. Where do you go when there’s no place left to hide?

6. A Haunted House Tale: Five college students on Halloween night set out to discover the secrets of the town’s most infamous haunted house. Will these students live to see the morning or will this house claim five more victims?

7. A Zombie Thanksgiving: A woman risks life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive.

8. Sandy and The Stranger: A road racing champion meets his match in the form of a stranger who may or may not be the ghost of James Dean himself.

9. Demon Energy: A short story about 1 man possessed and tormented by a 1000 demons who must fight for a soul he is starting to lose. Will he ever find salvation or is his body now an eternal host of hell?

10. Killer Treads: A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it because in many ways it does.

11. A Zombie New Year’s Eve: Becky and Joe are separated in a Zombie Apocalypse and risk life and limb in order to reunite for their New Year’s Eve kiss.

12. Joyride: A Joyride in a Chevy Chevelle. The car was just sitting there for the taking. What could possibly go wrong? Vinnie and Mike are about to find out what can and will go wrong once they turn the key. Evil awaits.

13. A Vampire at Christmas: A Vampire uses his riches and immortal skills to bring joy to those in need during the Christmas Season.

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Blog Updates and Changes 2 and An Updated Cover for A Zombie Thanksgiving

I feel like I’ve been posting a bit too much lately, so I thought it might be nice to scale down a bit. This blog was meant for Haiku and Poetry, and most of you signed on for that. I hope those who did sign on for that are enjoying the new changes.

Anyway, starting this week I plan to change a few things in order to lighten the load on this blog and your inboxes (if you do get my updates in your inbox). Thursdays are now going to be my day to start posting a variety of things. Starting this week and next it will be two more of my cover reveals. After that, I will do some promoting on my latest releases (scheduled to come out in September), then start posting Cool Posters Thursday again (the last of the ones I have scheduled), and then close out the year with my Cheap Covers (that post will move off of Friday afternoons to Thursday mornings at 8). All of that will give those who follow me 5 scheduled posts a week – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The poetry side of this blog is still going to be when the mood hits me, so that could be any hour, and day, any time of the week.

I also wanted to show you guys an updated cover for A Zombie Thanksgiving. I know last week I posted my latest cover for this short story. Well, James over at Go On Write decided to put his covers up for sale – 20 dollars until the end of June (if you need a cover then that is the place to get them). I managed to scrounge up twenty bucks from the dust and lint inside my pocket and below is the newest, latest, and officially final cover for A Zombie Thanksgiving. This short story now has a great eye-catching cover. What do you think?

To find out more about Jame’s secret sale click this link: www.goonwrite.com

Okay, that’s about it. Thanks again for working with me as I continue to evolve this blog.

Paperback Cover Reveals

I honestly debated about doing a post about this. I feel like paperbacks are never going to be a big seller for an Independent Writer. They are too expensive for someone to just grab on a whim because it looks interesting. A free EBook on the other hand that’s a different story. Readers will snatch those up quickly, and take a chance on an unknown that way. That’s why I work so hard to get the EBook covers right. That’s also the reason why I don’t spend tons of time or money on the paperbacks. I did though go in and spruce some of them up, so I thought I would at least give them a nod. I will reveal my favorite one below. If you are curious or prefer paperback books, click the links below. They will take you to the paperback section of my books on Amazon. Okay, here’s my favorite of the new paperback covers. Thanks for reading.

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UK PB

Cover Reveal and A Free Read: A Zombie Thanksgiving

I know we are nowhere close to the Thanksgiving holiday, but if you need a little taste of the season today (6/21) and tomorrow (6/22)  is your chance. I think this new cover works better than the others I’ve made for it. It still doesn’t have that pop I want it to have, but for now this is still the best cover I’ve ever given it. Grab your freebie at the links below.

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A short story about a woman who risks life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive.

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Tuesdays with Mike and The Mike Beem Chronicles (6/20/2017): A Zombie Christmas 2

5 Stars out of 5: I dearly love this author’s short stories.

Description: A boy lost. A family desperate. It’s Christmas in a Zombie Apocalypse and Mike Beem is once again aiming for another Holiday miracle. His goal this year isn’t toys for the kids in the neighborhood. His goal this time is trying to save one small life so another family doesn’t have to suffer the way he suffered.

Mike lay in restless slumber, haunted by this world, haunted by the memories of those who had fallen, haunted by the ghosts of his past.

Donna Marie snuggled in close to him and stroked his long grey hair, trying to soothe him, trying to help him sleep. As she looked at him, lying there, she couldn’t believe she had fallen for a man who was just past 40-years-of-age.

Mike stirred, and opened his eyes. He turned his face to meet her eyes. She might have been 32, but her eyes carried the worry and trouble of so many who now lived in this world. “Couldn’t sleep?” He asked.

“I worry about you when you’re out there,” she replied, as Mike held her close. “We’re working clogs operating in a broken clock.”

“Are you worried about me going back out for that kid, Tommy?”

“Not just that. Every time you go out I worry about you. I wish you could just stay here and let everyone else do the running. Lord knows you’ve done more than most in this world. Building this place alone qualifies you for that,” Donna Marie replied, rolling over and sitting up. She slipped out of bed and covered her topless body with a house robe. She walked over to the window and looked outside. The snow was no longer falling, but the ground was covered in a heavy layer of white. Somewhere close to a foot, maybe a bit more, she guessed.

Did you know this was available as a paperback? Get it and the EBook at the Amazon links below.

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Cool Posters Thursday (6/15/2017): Night of the Living Dead

This week I thought we would switch back to movie posters and feature one of the classics in the zombie genre – Night of the Living Dead.

Now, onto the posters.

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Thanks: collider.com

B.

Thanks: www.pinterest.com

C.

Thanks: postervine.deviantart.com

So, A, B, or C, which is the one for thee?

B. caught my eye right away, but there is something about C. that just stands out. I think I might have to go with that one this week.

Tuesdays with Mike and The Mike Beem Chronicles (6/13/2017): A Zombie Christmas

See, told you I would get back to Mike Beem. How about some Christmas cheer in June? Might help with the heat.

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5 out of 5 stars – I love zombies and I love Christmas ~ A winner!

Description: 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.

Mike leaned down, and looked out the peep-hole as a zombie shambled down off the porch. There were four of them out there. All zombied up, rotting, bloody, fresh from death, and they were all dressed like carolers and holding caroling books. One had his book upside down, two of them had theirs sideways, and the smart one, the one who knocked, had his right side up.

Mike didn’t put up anything with lights in it or on it. There were no lights around the house. He had muted decorations so they wouldn’t attract attention. He didn’t know why or how the carolers had found him, but they did.

Mike began to smile, as the zombies grunted out Jingle Bells and moved on to Silent Night. He didn’t know if he should shoot them or let them be. He stood there a moment and thought about it, listening to the comical tune coming from the mouths of those zombies. He went over to the window and looked out onto the lawn. Their singing was attracting other zombies, so he knew he had to take them out, funny as it was, he had to do it.

He put on his cold weather gear and ventured back upstairs. He walked into the master bedroom and walked over to the balcony doors. He stepped outside and into the cold grey light of dusk.

Did you know this was available as a paperback? You can get it along with the EBook at the Amazon links below.

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