Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Does the race of the hero in a book matter to you?

Recently a friend and I were talking and he wondered allowed if the fact that our books feature black protagonist might be limiting our sales. I had never really thought of it from that standpoint as I write in the horror/sci-fi genre and I was more concerned about how to market my books to a black audience who might be reluctant to read it.

I know with comic books a hero's race can be an issue with some readers but at the same time comic books are a much more visual medium than fiction books/ebooks. Not much is left to the imagination there.

Now I'm a little naive so I still have faith in most readers. I believe that most readers don't care about the hero's race as long as the story is good and they can become engrossed in it. I also believe that at some point many forget the race of the character or find it irrelevant after a while.

So instead of me just guessing if a hero's race matters to readers I'll just ask you. Does it? Feel free to answer the poll below honestly. No one is judging anyone here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Walking Dead Book Series to Expand With Four New Novels

[ SOURCE ] Following the mega success of their first four “Walking Dead” novels, “Walking Dead” show creator Robert Kirkman and writer Jay Bonansinga are collaborating again on another four-part book series.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the first novel, “The Walking Dead: Descent,” will focus on recurring comic book character Lilly Caul as she returns to the doomed town after the Governor’s assault on the prison.

“There is quite a bit of unexplored territory left in the “Walking Dead” universe and I think people are going to love what Jay brings to this world in this medium,” Kirkman told EW. The first book of the expanded post-apocalyptic horror series will be released on Oct. 14.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Syfy bring new zombie series, Z Nation to the small screen

[ SOURCE ] Z Nation, a 13-episode zombie series, is coming to Syfy in Fall 2014. From production company The Asylum (Sharknado), the action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The series will be produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

Z Nation is a dynamic ensemble drama that will plunge viewers into a fully-imagined, post-zombie America and take them on adventures with a diverse group of richly-drawn characters. Getting to know the reluctant heroes, their flaws, idiosyncrasies, and moral dilemmas will ultimately become the heart of the show.

Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

That's Not your Mommy Anymore: A Zombie Tale

Look we all know a zombie apocalypse is going to eventually happen, right? While much attention is paid to getting adults ready not much is paid to those who would be the littlest zombie fighters, the children. So to avoid our children becoming zombie munchies early on or turning out like The Walking Dead psychotic little demon child Lizzie we should get the kids prepared also.

That's why I'm happy to introduce you to the children's book, That's Not Your Mommy Anymore by Matt Mogk. Here's the synopsis

In the ongoing effort to warn an unprepared world of the rising danger from zombie attacks, one vulnerable group has been left out — small children. That's Not Your Mommy Anymore offers social workers, counselors, and educators a helpful new tool to communicate with hard-to-reach at-risk youth. This inviting and entertaining story helps early readers understand for themselves that a mom who has fresh brain casserole in the oven instead of her usual meatloaf is probably not their mommy anymore.

This utterly twisted and incredibly funny take on the classic children’s book genre tells an entertaining story in rhyming text even as it teaches other telltale signs that mom has been bitten by a zombie! Rabid zombie fans will be highly entertained by this hilarious parody that adult readers are sure to love as much as the real children books they enjoyed as kids.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Changes to The Dead War Zombie Series

Hi all this is George L. Cook III the author of The Dead War Zombie Series. I am writing this to let you all know about a few minor changes and one major change to my series of zombie books.

First let me state that there will be more books in The Dead War Zombie Series. They will be released soon but not too soon. I have spent the last year and change writing The Dead War Zombie books and need a slight break.

Because of that I have made a few changes to answer reader questions from the first three books.

The first change has nothing to do with the story line but with the title. The official title of the series is now The Dead War Zombie series as opposed to The Dead War Series. That is because another author also has a Dead War Series and I believe that it was confusing the readers. It also helps to have the word zombie in your title if potential readers are searching for zombie books. LOL.

Here are the minor changes:

* Sgt. Richards finally gets a first name. It's now spoken once in book two by Sgt. Liu.

* Readers finally learn the source of Duncan's utter hate for humanity.

* We learn why Drake is so important to Devak.

THE MAJOR CHANGE!

The major change involves the ending of The Dead War Book Three: WAR and gives a big hint as to what the Special Forces Scouts are. The ending will also make fans of Sgt. Richards much happier than the original ending.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Zombie Book Of The Day: Day Zero By Charles Ingersall

Marine Corps sniper Sergeant John Walken hitchhikes home after being discharged with a career-ending injury.

Along the way he is picked up by Sebastian, a retired Jarhead truck driver. They travel to the small New England community of Rainier Island for a routine gas station delivery.

While John waits, a bloody and muddy young girl stumbles into the center of town and attacks one of the residents.

The police department quickly barricades Rainier from the Main, trapping John and Sebastian. But isolating the bridges and using John's special skills may not be enough as the island is plagued with unexplained deaths from within and human threats from outside its borders.

Paperback-----Kindle

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Zombie book of the day: Apocalypse (The Wasteland Chronicles, #1) by Kyle West

Alex Keener has lived all of his sixteen years underground in U.S. Bunker 108. When he goes on his first recon into the Wasteland, he will find out exactly why.

Outside, Alex discovers a harsh landscape twisted by the impact of the meteor Ragnarok in 2030. Besides Raiders, dust storms, and cold, a new threat is evolving -- the xenovirus, which twists men and animals into deadly monsters.

When the xenovirus invades Bunker 108, Alex must fight for survival. Joined by a beautiful ex-Raider and an idealistic scientist, Alex discovers that he and his friends might be the only ones standing between the world and a second apocalypse.