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Here’s the first part of  A New Death: CJ’s Story, the audiobook version. You can read along with the free ebook available here.

This short story set in the Savannah Zombie Novel universe takes place at the same time as the first entry, A New Death. It focuses in on thirteen year old CJ and his family, who appear in A New Darkness. This story bridges books 1 and 2.

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That’s me in our local paper’s DoSavannah section, which features local music and happenings each week.

No big deal.

Haha, jk. It’s weird though, because this is the first time I’ve really put my work out there locally. My books have been in several local bookstores, but unless someone just walked in there, they would have no idea my books exist.

Sad, I know.

But now, “real” people know about my books, not just “internet” people. (No offense.)

Anyways, this was a really cool start to the new year and as I get back on track with A New Daybreak, this really gives me motivation to press forward. I just shared the Prologue with my email list (which you should join by the way and get a free ebook) and will continue to share sneak peeks with them until release day.

You can read the article here and you should probably share it on social media, because it’s 2016 people and that means it’s the future.

The future people.

Alright, now back to writing.

 

Josh

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Right now you can get Book 1 in the Savannah Zombie Novel Series for FREE on your Amazon Kindle!

This promo will last for FIVE days, so now would be a good time to pick it up if you haven’t read it yet! If you have, then now would be a great time to tell your friends!

Here’s what some readers have said about A New Death on Amazon:

“When you read A New Death,I think you will be shocked to learn that it is the authors first novel. The story is well written and has a good quick pace. It is surprisingly upbeat for a zombie apocalypse novel. I enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.” -J. Meister

“I can’t believe this is the authors first book. Very well written and flowed great. You Mr. Vasquez are a gifted story teller. I really enjoyed the character development, I could not put this book down I think this is the fastest I’ve read a book.”- Jesse E.

“Josh Vasquez has done a fine job for his first effort. The characters grab your attention and pull you along with them. This is very much a character driven tale and it works well. Plenty of zombie action and questions to answer. I am looking forward to the next installment.” – Belle Rouge

“Easy to read and entertaining. Fast moving. I Looking forward to the next book! Perhaps the Bible talk may be a turn off for some but so far it was tolerable.” – Amazon Customer

“one of the better zombie books I’ve read in awhile! fast paced, great characters…Loved lexx! really hope there is a sequel!! hoping for more from this author!” – Lisa Cook

“This is a bit different from other zombie books. There are the usual slow ones and some runners. What makes it different is that the bitten change into muscle bound rage monsters. While this not the best book I have ever read it certainly isn’t the worst. It’s a good first book.” – ladyboss230

“Josh Vasquez obviously found his calling in writing a zombie novel, keep up the great work!! A can’t put down read!” – Debra Ryan

That’s just a few people’s opinion. You can make yours by either clicking the picture above or by clicking here.

I hope y’all enjoy!

Josh

Hey everybody!

A little update before I take my Sunday afternoon nap before work tonight. (I work Sunday nights 9 to whenever we finish at my “real” job.)

First off, check out the new cover for CJ’s Story:

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It now matches the cover for the new Lexx’s Story that drops the end of this week. I felt like it needed some updating, plus now it matches. I like the way it looks. The text is big, it’s simple, and it features the “Savannah Zombie” tagline, connecting better to the rest of the series. Amazon is in the process of updating it now. What do you think?

Second, I will be running a free promo on A New Death this week.

Yes, I said free.

So if you’ve read book one in the Savannah Zombie series, now’s a good time to tell your friends to check it out! Or if you haven’t read it, now’s a great time for you to check it out! My reasons for giving my work away for free is twofold:

1. To get my work out there and find new readers. Being self published, I feel like this is a great way to introduce my writing to new people.

2. I’m really hoping for some new reviews. If you download it during the promo, (or if you have already read it) please consider leaving a review. Reviews really help other readers decide whether or not a book is worth checking out. In a nutshell: the more reviews, the more a book gets noticed.

Well, that’s it for now. Time to go get some sleep before tonight shift!

Josh

Hey everybody, here’s the audio of the first “episode” of CJ’s Story. I say episode, because I plan on releasing it free in that format and maybe in full (for a minimal fee?) somewhere else. Not really sure yet. Kinda veering into uncharted territory here. I have a little experience working with audio from a former job (editing audio for a church radio broadcast) so I kinda know what I’m doing, but there’s a lot of technical stuff I don’t. The plan is to teach myself the ins and outs of audiobooks with CJ’s Story, then tackle the bigger novels. I don’t know, we’ll see. You’re on this crazy ride with me!

Anywhosen, give this a listen and let me know what you think!

What do you think about the music?

Is my intro/outro voice cheesy?

How do you like my reading?

Do I ask too many questions?

Josh

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The next installment in the Savannah Zombie Novel is here!

Click on the cover to buy!

Hey everybody, just wanted to give a quick update and let you know what I’m up to.

First, A New Darkness releases on Kindle this Saturday! You can still pre-order it and save 33% on this weekend’s price and 66% on list price. If you haven’t yet, go and get it here.

Maybe you’re like, “I still haven’t read A New Death yet.” Well, good for you, A New Death is on sale until Saturday! Get it for $1.99 here!

Or maybe you like paper. (Who doesn’t? Books smell amazing.) Well, good news for you, I’ve made some updates to the paperback version of A New Death and started work on the A New Darkness paperback this week. So both of those will be live in the next couple of weeks.

And lastly, I don’t normally do too much promotion leading up to book launch (one of my weak points) but this time around, I’m trying something new.

It’s called Thunderclap. Thunderclap works like this: You go and hook up your social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr) to my Thunderclap promotion. Then on Saturday at noon, Thunderclap will blast out a message featuring my book and link through all of our social media accounts. Pretty cool, right? The only catch is I have to get full support or else the message won’t go out.

As of right now, I’m at 14 out of 100 supporters. With only 14 people signed on, it already has a reach of 4313 people. Can you imagine if we get all 100?

I’ve done this before and have never received any junk mail from it, or any emails afterwards. It’s an extremely easy way to help support me. All you have to do is give up one tweet or status update on Saturday.

100 people is an easily reached number. We can do this. Sign up here.

Thank you so much for the support and I look forward to hearing what you have to say about A New Darkness!

Josh

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Hey everyone!

So, it’s only a handful of days until I turn in the final manuscript for A New Darkness and I’m working on the finishing touches.

One of which is the cover. For the cover of A New Death, Xavier Martinez came up with the design, and I thought he did an awesome job, so I asked him to do it again.

And he came through.

Problem is, he made too many awesome covers and now I can’t decide which one I like more!

So, let’s put it to a vote!

Tell me which is your favorite and whichever cover gets more votes, that will be the cover for A New Darkness!

Here they are:

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Don’t forget to pre-order A New Darkness! You’ll save 33% from weekend launch price and a whoppin’ 66% from regular list price! Click on the banner below!

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This next month I will be rushing to finish book two of the A New Death series. I have a lot of work ahead of me this next month, seeing that I’m two-thirds of the way through my first draft.

Don’t worry, I know you’re concerned. You’re probably like, “Joshua, what the heck have you been doing? I’ve been waiting forever for this book!”

I know, I know. I’m a slacker.

But here’s the good news:

I work my best under pressure.

Always have. (Well, except for one area, but don’t worry, that has nothing to do with my writing.)

In school, I always waited to the last minute to start reports or any other kind of projects. And for the most part, I always came through. This might turn some of you off, but I was that kid that just naturally retained information. (Except for math, that junk is hard.) I rarely studied for tests, I just remembered what I was taught.

Prodigy?

Probably not. You see, we all know that, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” uncleben

 

Well, because I retained facts so easily, I didn’t apply myself that much. In fact, I spent a lot of my spare time writing stories that no one will ever read. (We see where that got me.)

So, okay, what does this have to do with Book 2?

I’m going to bust this story out this next month. I know exactly where I’m going with it. I know where it ends. ***SPOILERS*** I’ve already hit the climax and it’s all downhill from here. (Okay, that wasn’t really spoilers, but people are weird about that kind of stuff.)

One last story before we go and I get back to my dayjob. (I’m on lunch break as I’m writing this.)

My senior year in high school: The year was 2006. A year of dreams. A year of aspirations. In my 12th grade Lit class, part of our final grade was a book report. I had a buddy, who shall remain anonymous, who, let’s say, didn’t care for reading. (I know, who doesn’t like reading?) Anyways, he decided to hire me as a ghostwriter. (That’s what I’m calling it.) The deal was, he would pay me $90 and I would do his report. Simple. Plus, the book was 1984. (No! Don’t throw me into that briar patch!) I spent the majority of the time working on and writing his report. This was the first time I was being paid for writing, so I wanted to do the best I could. (Although I did knock off $10 for a sandwich, but I digress.)sandvich

This left me with little time to work on my own crucial report.

I decided to do it on a book I had already read, so I choose Animal Farm. I knocked out my report quickly and didn’t really put that much into it. Well, when we received our papers back, I ended up scoring several points higher than his. Long story short, I work well under pressure..

Speaking of working under pressure, I have set Book 2 up for pre-order on Amazon. I have to have it finished by October 1st and it will go live on October 10th! The cover is temporary, but the name has been revealed! Pre-order A New Darkness now on Amazon!book2promo2.jpg

Okay, enough blabbering, I have a book to finish!

Josh

It may be hard for you to believe this, but I enjoy other things besides zombies.

Crazy, I know.

Anyways, one of those many things is Marvel’s superhero movies. Iron Man, Captain America (my favorite) and the other Avengers, all of them are movies I don’t mind watching over and over again. (Even you, Edward Norton version of The Incredible Hulk.)Norton-Hulk-1

So, low and behold, when I saw that Marvel has movies planned through 2019, I was more excited than Thor with a cup of coffee. (That’s pretty excited.)

That’s five more years of guaranteed awesomeness.

Now of course, they’ve only revealed a small part of this schedule, but the idea of being that far ahead in planning got me thinking:

How far ahead do I have things planned?

I knew in my head what all projects I wanted to tackle, but I’d never really articulated them out loud. So, while I was driving a fork lift in the early Monday morning hours, I thought it all out and planned on writing it out as well. While it may not be as extensive as Marvel’s plan, here’s what I got:

October 2014 – A New Death 2 (Tentative Title)

November 2014 – Participate in NaNoWriMo

December 2014 – A “Seasonal”-themed short story (I’m giddy about the idea I have for this one.)

Spring 2015 – Publish 1 or 2 A New Death short stories. Begin work on A New Death 3. (Again, tentative title, although the numbering does give it a campy, horror-kinda feel…)

Fall 2015 – Publish A New Death 3 (I say fall, but know I mean October. Trying to be consistent.)

November 2015 – NaNoWriMo

December 2015 – Seasonal short story

And there you have it folks, that what I’ve got in the works so far. Of course, things could always change and life could happen, but as much control I have over it, this is what you can expect out of me through the next year.

Sometimes I wish I could just focus on writing, but with a full time “day job”, it’s just not possible yet. But maybe one day (if you buy a crap-ton of my books) I’ll be able to be a full-time writer. And then, well, maybe I’ll match Marvel’s five year plan.

Josh