Tim Baker – Update on a new Flagler Beach novel

Tim Baker is back with another new novel, and his wonderful character Ike is in it!! Tim has been associated with Reading Recommendations since the beginning and I’ve been pleased to announce each new novel as they are released. I’m also pleased to have been a beta-reader of this novel and I can honestly say this is the best Tim Baker novel I have read yet – and I’ve had the great pleasure of reading every one!

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Blood in the Water
by Tim Baker
Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Blood in the Water – my ninth novel – tells the story of Bob “Oscar” Oscarson, who finds a 300-year-old Spanish coin while SCUBA diving. Naturally he thinks his find is only the beginning. Unfortunately, he’s right—it’s the beginning of trouble the likes of which he never imagined.

In the book, we also see the return of Flagler Beach P.I. Steve Salem and his partner Val Casey (Backseat to Justice), who are investigating the disappearance of a retired architect from Rhode Island. Somehow their investigation connects them to Oscar and his mystery coin, and before long…there’s blood in the water.

Available in paperback and Kindle.

Also, to celebrate this new publication, Tim is offering a couple of his earlier books FREE!! for a limited time … The True Meaning of Free Choice

Lockard Young – Just looked in to see what condition my condition was in

I have had the pleasure of “knowing” Lockie Young online since I first promoted him and his writing on Reading Recommendations in Dec. 2013. Lockie returned in Dec. 2014 as part of an anthology put together by another RR-promoted author, Tim Baker. (An anthology to which I had also contributed a short story!) Then he returned once again in Mar. 2015 to tell us of a new novella. Lockie has also been featured in the Reading Recommendations Revisited portion of the blog.

Throughout these past two-plus years I’ve been friends with Lockie, he has always been a bright light, full of fun, encouragement, comraderie and support for his fellow authors. He’s strived to improve his writing and find new readers for his work, all the while helping everyone else to get ahead, as well. I can see just from the number of comments he receives on Facebook whenever he posts, and what those friends say of Lockie and his writing, that he has touched many, many more people than just me. I am proud to be considered a friend of this fine man.

But, all this while, Lockie has been dealing with major health issues … life-threatening, in fact. He recently wrote a very moving, very poignant blog post that describes not only what he has been going through during a recent unexpected and lengthy hospital stay, but also how he managed to derive comfort from the one activity he has been engaged in for years now – his writing! I asked Lockie’s permission to run this post (a link to the entire post is below) so that my blog readers could read and see exactly how this very brave man is now coping with his life and the cards that have been dealt to him. He is an inspiration to me, and I hope he will be to everyone who meets Lockie through his writing here and in his published work and blog. Thank you, Lockie, for continuing to write and to inspire!

(When I first thought of posting an update about Lockie Young, this old song immediately popped into my mind so I just had to use the line for the post title. Lockie approved! Here’s a link to the original from The First Edition – and a very young Kenny Rogers! And there’s Mickey Jones on drums, Tim Baker!!)

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Reflections from a Hospital Window
by L.F.Young

Streetlights blinking, winking and twinkling on the inky black stripe on the horizon, eyes of the city, waiting to greet the new day like a child in sleepy wakefulness. The first shades of bright above black ribbon, shot full of colors yet to grow into crimson, blues and purples, highlight the long thin clouds above in a sky just starting to lighten and asking the stars to please go to sleep, your time complete, now let the sun command.

Steam from a pipe on the roof below, a phantom, twisting and rolling into nothingness in the ice cold on the other side of the pane, makes me think of a dream, a fragile dream, escaping into unknown realms between here and there.
Shadow shapes now taking form, show their hidden likeness against the backdrop of night turned light, darkness no more. Black tree branches, devoid of leaf in this winter slumber, stretch gnarly fingers to the heavens in silent prayer.
A church spire, standing tall and pointed, protruding into the reds, competes with the reflection in the window of a walker and wheelchair, left abandoned in the hallway behind me, a reminder of the illusion in glass that seems so real, I need but just turn around to know where I am.

(To continue reading, please click through to the original blog post on Lockie’s Lectern.)

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Lockie’s two eBooks are available to purchase here and here.

Lockie’s latest acceptance for publication was a short story called Old Memories. It will be published by the University of Saskatchewan in an annual journal on everything Hockey, titled Between the Lines A Journal of Hockey Literature Volume 3 2015/2016 edited by Dwayne Brenna and Sara-Jane Gloutnez. The journal features short stories and poetry from sixteen authors about the national sport.

Sending out good vibes and best wishes to you, Lockie! Readers, please post your wishes below or on Lockie’s original blog post.

Lockard Young – Reading Recommendation Revisited

Lockard Young was one of the “early adapters” of promoting himself and his work on Reading Recommendations, and since Dec. 9, 2013, Lockie has been featured twice on the blog, here and here when he published his own books, and here as part of an anthology in which a story of mine was also included. Lockie has become a great friend over these past 18 months since we “met” online. He’s been a terrific support of both my writing and the site as well as of his fellow authors. Here’s Lockie to tell us a bit more about himself!

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RL_ereader Since my last appearance on Reading Recommendations I have finished the sequel to my first book, Ryan’s Legend. This newest called The Legend Returns, picks up a couple months after the first story ends, and continues with the main character, Ryan, struggling with trying to keep his discovery of a real dragon a secret from everyone, including his friends and his parents.

LegendReturns_ereader The Legend Returns came out this year in the beginning of 2015.

However I was also very fortunate to be picked as a guest Author for Tim Baker’s anthology, Path of a Bullet, which was released in 2014 and has one of Susan Toy’s short stories in it, too. I’ve been asked to submit again for another anthology by Mr. Baker, to be released later in 2015. Path Of A Bullet final

I am enjoying taking some free online courses in Fiction Writing and Poetry and have started a Blog and website where I showcase some of my work. I am currently working on a continuation, but not a sequel, to the The Legend series which is currently just two books. The working title is The Legend Never Dies. This story takes place when the main character is not 10 or 12 but nearly finished university. The story opens with the brothers dealing with family death, so this is not for middle grade readers. I’m aiming for a maturity in the writing, in both style and substance, as the main character also matures. The second book was tested for a grade 4 or 5 level, so a progression from the first. I’m hoping if this book is published, it will also be viewed as a progression in both character development and of course story line. I also want the reader to check out my style of writing now, and in a different genre, perhaps YA paranormal will be the moniker of the next book. I am also compiling a humorous collection of short stories dealing with my life as a service plumber, and yes folks, I have really rescued teeth from the family throne. I’m not saying anything else, but hey! Soap and water or four thousand bucks?

I also have another project I am working on which is tough to write and revisit. I want to tell my story in a memoir, how I smoked for 34 years and thought because I had perfect … well, fairly good, lungs and a strong heart, I would be safe from the big diseases and all the other goodies associated with smoking cigarettes. I want to tell the story of a once busy tradesman, now an amputee traveling a very different road, who didn’t know he could lose his leg because he smoked all his life. I think it’s important, and I think I need to tell it.

I am at the stage of my rehabilitation as an amputee that I have been fitted with an artificial leg, and am finally mobile, and working on losing all the weight I gained while I was not mobile at all. I am still not able to drive a car unless it is fitted with hand controls, but as my range of motion in my good leg returns this should improve and I’ll be back to driving myself around. I have acted as a volunteer coach for Ability New Brunswick in this area for anyone who is going through similar circumstances as mine, just to reassure them there really is life after illness but it is not won easily, and they need to fight all the way. I was asked last week to talk to another person, so this meeting is being set as I type this. My medical circumstances over the past couple years has been food for my writing and has inspired several personal essays about my ordeal.

Unfortunately the marketing of my books has been solely through social media. I say unfortunately because there is so much more that can be done. Of course, money and time are two very big obstacles to overcome when promoting. I am still recovering from a near-fatal blockage in my right leg, and I plan on getting out more in my hometown and do some promoting when I can. I think it’s important as an author to try and get over the shyness of self promoting your work. That is a challenge for me because I was never a type to toot my own horn, but there are so many of us out there, we need to get over that shyness and interact more with our reading public. My target audience is young first-time readers in middle grade. They don’t buy a lot of books, but Mom does, so my real target audience is the mothers (and dads, but still mostly mothers) of these boys and girls. That’s who I need to talk to in libraries and schools if I can get into the schools. Not as easy as you might think, but if that is part of your strategy for promoting your book, I suggest getting an RCMP background check, as you will need one anyway. If the book you authored is a cook book, I’d try to get a table at your local supermarket or farmers’ markets on weekends. My advice in a nutshell: get yourself set up on all the social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. To showcase your book or perhaps short stories or poems you’ve written, you might want to start a Website or a Blog.

Lockie’s Reading Recommendations: I mentioned Tim Baker earlier, and his main character, Ike, is someone the reader can like and respect even though Ike does bend the rules a bit. Tim’s books can be found at his website (and on Reading Recommendations). The second author I discovered recently was Seumas Gallacher. His books also center on his main character Jack Calder, an ex SAS British professional, a ‘00’ if you will. His book links and excellent Blog can be seen here (and also on Reading Recommendations). The third author I have read lately that I want to read more of is actually you, Susan. I know that might sound like sucking up, but I’ve read That Last Summer and Island in the Clouds, and I loved both. I saw your growth in Island as a writer, and I can’t wait for your next book. Both are listed here. (And Susan is the brains and promoter behind Reading Recommendations.)

Aw, shucks! Thanks for that shout-out, Lockie!

Tim Baker – Reading Recommendation Revisited

Tim Baker was the second author featured on Reading Recommendations way back in November, 2013, and he’s been a terrific support of the site, and of me and my books – as well as being a great pal! – ever since. He also came back during the following year with updates on new books in August, 2014, and November, 2014. So when I decided to begin offering new promotions to authors I’d already featured, it was definite I had to begin with Tim! He even came up with the name for the series:
Reading Recommendation Revisited!
Welcome back, Tim Baker!

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RRR: Since your first promotion on RR, what have you been doing?
TB: If memory serves the last thing I shared with your audience was the release of Path of a Bullet, A Collection of Short Stories Featuring Ike. Since then I have begun work on my next novel. It’s a book I began writing in 1988, but never finished. Rather than trying to finish the one I started, I am starting from scratch, keeping the overall concept and theme (Karma) and bringing the story into the 21st century. Full Circle will explore how our actions not only affect others, but how they also have a way of coming back to us.

It will be a slight departure from my usual work. I’m not sure if Ike will even appear or not, but rest assured Ike’s next adventure is ready to be written as soon as Full Circle is complete (No promises, but the next Ike book may even be out before Christmas, if I can finish Full Circle early enough).

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RRR: What else have you been doing, outside of writing?
TB: Between writing and marketing I don’t have too much time for mountain climbing and such, but I did do something recently that I was very happy to accomplish. While in high school I became a certified SCUBA diver. It was fun and easy, since I had lots of disposable income and plenty of free time. Back then I did some diving in Rhode Island, but nothing to rave about.

After college I found myself in the role of “single, working parent” so SCUBA was the first luxury to be cast aside. My gear was sold off for a ridiculously low price, and I figured it was “fun while it lasted.” At least I could always say I had done it.

This year, after the release of Eyewitness Blues, I decided to get back in the water. I found a dive instructor and explained my situation. He gave me a fast-track recertification course and I am happy to say I am, once again, a certified SCUBA diver. I can also say that diving off the coast of Florida is a far cry from diving in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island!!

RRR: Is there one marketing tip or trick you discovered while promoting your own books that worked particularly well and that you’d like to share with other authors?
TB: I wish I could say “Yes, do this, that and the other thing, and you’ll sell a million books.” But, since I am not writing this from the deck of my yacht, I obviously haven’t discovered the magic potion of marketing. My approach is to be relentless, and to keep trying different things. The way I see it is this … and I’ll probably write a blog post about this, so you’re hearing it here first!! Selling your books is like getting thrown off a boat in the middle of the ocean. Your only choice is to swim your ass off until you reach land, either that or sink and drown.

RRR: Please recommend three other authors whose work you have “discovered” or rediscovered this past year whom every reader should consider reading.
TB: The first name I want to put out there is Walker Newton. Walker passed away recently, but prior to his passing, he and I had begun to develop a friendship. He wrote stories in a similar vein as mine, based in St. Augustine. We exchanged books recently and I really love his work.

Second on the list would be my good friend Becky Pourchot. Becky began her career writing personal memoirs, then moved to YA Paranormal stories. Her new book, Open Souls, is an adult, paranormal thriller. I had the pleasure of being one of her beta-readers and I can honestly say that it’s a very enjoyable book.

Third – I would like to promote the Holy Trinity of Florida Crime Fiction – three authors whose work is near-and-dear to my heart not only because they all write stories set in Florida, but because they all share my offbeat style of storytelling. It’s no surprise that my work has been compared to all three of them since they are three of my four favorite authors. They are Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiassen and Randy Wayne White.

Thank you, Tim!

Tim Baker – update on a new book

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Path of a Bullet – A Collection of Short Stories featuring Ike available in print and eBook!
Amazon – eBook and print
Createspace – print

There are plenty of heroes in the world of crime-fiction, each with their own personality and style.

Ike has earned a seat at that table, but, being Ike, he prefers to find his own table…and let others sit with him.

A former US Navy SEAL, Ike’s current position as an enforcer for a local bookie often puts him in close contact with an element of society most of us fortunately never see. These encounters usually lead to trouble and Ike routinely inserts himself at the center of it all to make sure innocent people aren’t hurt. Ike has a tendency to…shall we say…bend some of the rules…and even break a few on occasion, but his moral compass is always strong and true.

It’s this very behavior that has readers of Tim Baker’s novels calling him “Robin Hood on a Harley” or “…an off-white knight in shining armor.”

Thirteen Stories.

One hero.

Path of a Bullet explodes from the barrel with the first tale about Ike’s encounter with a not-so-scrupulous Santa and follows a deadly trajectory until it hits a bull’s-eye with a Thanksgiving story that has Ike questioning his purpose in life.

Ike dispenses justice at a rapid-fire pace until the only danger in Flagler Beach is a traffic jam on A1A.

From the back cover …
Acclaimed author Seumas Gallacher has read it and had this to say …

“…for aficionados of clever, solid, pacy action writing, PATH OF A BULLET is for you… a compilation of great short stories dressed up as a loose calendar of events spins around Ike, an improbable, roustabout hero… ex-Seal, six-feet-five, 275 pounds of muscle, carefree by nature, but caring by inclination… a modern off-white Knight in shining armour, likes his beer, his liquor, and his ladies… most of whom seem to have need of the self-dispensing justice and skills that his past has endowed him with…

…Ike’s principal source of income comes from heavy duty collection work for a local bookmaker in Florida’s Flagler Beach and St. Augustine, and provides a baseline for the stories…

…Tim Baker’s ear for punchy narrative runs through this rapid-fire collection, in which a few hand-picked author pals have also contributed… Ike is an enduring character you can’t help but take to, although some of his methods will have you wincing…”

~Seumas Gallacher, Author of the Jack Calder crime series

From Tim Baker …
I was extremely flattered by that endorsement, and I’m fairly confident that Path of a Bullet will live up to Seumas’ praise.

This book was a year in the making. It contains 18 stories … but only 12 of them were written by me.

The other six were written by writer friends of mine.

For some of them it will be the first time their work has been published … making it a very special occasion indeed.

Over the past twelve months I had lots of fun writing my Ike vignettes, but I have to admit – it was just as fun working with the contributing authors too.

It was also very flattering that these writers thought enough of me and my work not only to become involved, but to write fan-fiction about my character. I can’t think of higher praise for a writer.

I’d like to share with you some of their thoughts about the experience…

Ann Marie Vancas

“This will be the first time I have ever been published. My writing has mostly remained hidden. It’s like having a crush you don’t want to reveal… But like love…once you know it’s right…you want to tell the world.”

Gi Arena

“I’d like to thank fellow author and friend, Tim Baker, for giving me the opportunity to write about his elusive character, Ike. I had the best time pairing Ike with my character, Ruby. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I loved writing it.”

Becky Pourchot

“I must say, I never thought I’d be in a compilation of Ike stories. Action stories were never my thing. That said, I liked the idea of pushing myself out of my comfort zone. In the end I had a lot of fun with it. Who knows, someday I might even write more stories featuring the tough guy, hero.”

Lockie Young

“It was an absolute pleasure working with Tim on this project. I tried to get behind the character of Ike, and figure out what he would want. I think I came up with just the down to earth guy to get Ike the goods he really wants.”

Becky Heishman

“I didn’t have to write a story for Tim Baker’s anthology. I’m a pretty fair writer with my own thing going on. But I believe in Tim Baker and his talent. I believe that his character, Ike, has the potential to become a cultural icon. So when the Tim Baker rocket ship is launched into the stratosphere, I want to be on board.”

Susan M. Toy

“Bequia Blues, a pure piece of Ike fan fiction that takes the man to my Caribbean home of Bequia, was written and submitted for inclusion in Path of a Bullet, because Tim Baker assured me I’d be able to go on a date with Ike as payment. That I’d stay on the boat with him, go for dinner and drinks at The Golden Lion, meet Brewski and Mr. Donebedian, and ride on the back of Ike’s Harley down A1A. That hasn’t happened yet and I’m beginning to think it never will. I’ve been hearing rumours lately that larger-than-life Ike is actually, and indeed, a fictional character! And that he may not exist AT ALL!!! WTF??? This all proves you just can’t trust novelists, because they all lie like a dog!”

Tim Baker has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations, as have Lockie Young, Becky Heishman, Seumas Gallacher (who wrote the promo blurb) and S.K. Nicholls (who provided the introduction). And I, Susan M. Toy, created Reading Recommendations!)

I now present … The Reading Recommendations All-Star Authors!!

When Authors sign on with me to promote themselves and their work on my blog, they agree to this sentence in my description of the site:

In exchange for this free listing, I request all authors reciprocate by promoting Reading Recommendations, their fellow authors listed on the site, and me and my work, as much as possible.

Ten out of the 168 Authors I’ve promoted here on Reading Recommendations have more than lived up to this agreement by not only sharing and retweeting their own promotions, but by sending me new authors to promote, liking, reblogging, sharing and retweeting other Authors’ posts and promotions, commenting on my blogs, engaging with me and other RR Authors on Facebook, Twitter, etc., reading and reviewing my books, promoting and interviewing me on their blogs, reading and recommending books written by their fellow RR Authors, and just being generally all-round congenial people who understand the value of this writing community I’ve created and how important it is to support one another.

So I’d like to take the opportunity now to give these Reading Recommendations All-Stars an extra shout-out, to let my blog readers know just how valuable these Authors have become to me and to their colleagues, and to show them how much I have appreciated their support over this past year. Please check out their links, buy and read their books, and give them a bit of reciprocal promotion – They deserve it!!

(Alphabetical list and all links lead you to their Reading Recommendations promotions.)

Tim Baker
Tricia Drammeh
Michael Fay
Seumas Gallacher
Rebecca Heishman
Allan Hudson
J.P. McLean
S.K. Nicholls
David Prosser
Lockie Young

Thanks to my All-Stars! After all, I get by With a Little Help From My Friends

Chris Tucker

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Lost Voyage – It’s an Action/Adventure novel

Quick description: In 1857, a steamship carrying a valuable cargo vanishes during a storm. For well over a century its whereabouts are unknown until one day it is discovered lying beneath the forest of the Nicaraguan jungle.

Sean Mercer, along with NESA (National Environmental Security Agency), is in Nicaragua studying the effects of water pollution that have wreaked havoc on local communities. What they uncover is more sinister and deadly than just the threat of tainted water. Mass genocide, brutal dictatorship, and a country living in fear of its own leaders is just the beginning of what Sean and his team must put an end to before it’s too late.

When knowledge of a ship with a priceless cache surfaces, two sides struggle to uncover the mystery of how and why the lost ship came to be buried so far from sea, and what exactly it is that lies beneath the dense forest floor.
Now, it’s a race against time stop the bloodshed, find the ship, and retrieve the valuable cargo before Mercer and NESA become victims themselves.

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Brief biography:
I grew up in New England and joined the Army after high school. After college, I spent my time traveling and exploring the country, before landing in Hawaii. I currently live in Denver, Colorado. I have 3 books published, including my novel and two short stories that are in the zombie/horror genre.

Links to buy Chris’s book:
Amazon US, Canada, UK – eBook and Paperback
Amazon Australia – eBook
or
Author’s Website
or
The Tattered Cover Bookstore – Denver, CO

Chris’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the follow up novel to Lost Voyage and I am also writing the third book in my short story series, The 5280 Diaries.

Chris’s reading recommendation:
Tim Baker, Jason Wolfgang Gehlert, Clive Cussler

Tim Baker

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What is your latest release and
what genre is it?
Unfinished Business – Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Quick description: A mortician suddenly finds herself tasked with carrying out the final thoughts of the corpses she embalms. Bringing closure to the recently deceased seems like a worthwhile task, until she embalms the corpse of a sociopath bent on murder.

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Brief biography:
Tim Baker was born and raised in Rhode Island, where he lived until moving to Florida in 2006. He has written 6 novels and co-written 2 zombie novellas. He is an avid dog lover, a motorcycle enthusiast and a proud member of Red Sox Nation!

Links to buy Tim’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook
Amazon US – eBook & Print:

Tim’s promo links:
Website
Blog
Twitter
Facebook

What are you working on now?
My latest work, tentatively titled To Catch a Break is the story of Martin Aquino . . . a man convinced that his life is in such complete disarray that it can only be salvaged by getting into the Witness Protection Plan.
Unfortunately . . . he hasn’t witnessed anything.

Tim’s reading recommendation:
One book that I always recommend is called Black Cross by Greg Iles. It’s fast-moving story set during World War II that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Armand Rosamilia

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Keyport Cthulhu. Horror.

Quick description: “The painting forced him to move back with such suddenness, he nearly fell over the side of the old wooden railing. It depicted a grizzly scene, as if your worst nightmare had been splattered on canvas. Despite his mind screaming to look away, he could not avert his eyes” – Ancient

Keyport Cthulhu

Five stories with a Lovecraftian feel to them… set in the New Jersey fishing village of Keyport, where the Esoteric Order of Dagon has been planning for the awakening of the Deep One all these years…

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BARREN
CABAL
DAGON
EVIL

Includes two bonus stories, the steampunk tale Rats In The Cellars and Cthulhunicorn co-written with Katelynn Rosamilia

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Brief biography:
Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not watching the Boston Red Sox and listening to Heavy Metal music … and because of him they won the 2013 World Series, so he’s pretty good at watching!

He’s written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series:

Dying Days – extreme zombie series
Keyport Cthulhu – horror series
Flagler Beach Fiction Series – contemporary fiction
Metal Queens – non-fiction music series

He also loves to talk in third person … because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at his website for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

And e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal: armandrosamilia (at) gmail.com

Links to buy Armand`s book:
Keyport Cthulhu – Amazon Worldwide (eBook)

Armand`s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

What are you working on now?
Quite a bit! A horror novel for a publisher. A series of erotic horror shorts for another publisher. Two short stories for upcoming anthologies. Stories for Nerdz Comics And More, the fifth book in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series … and a million other projects.

And here’s an update on one of those projects … The Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014!)

Armand’s reading recommendation: Besides Tim Baker’s Unfinished Business, I’d love to also recommend Zombie Fallout 7 from Mark Tufo. Tim Baker is also featured on Reading Recommendations.)