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Ho, ho, ho-ley crap!

Thanksgiving and the Christmas season are upon us already!

Man, this year has flown by! It’s hard to believe that December is just a few days away.

I have been wanting to write a seasonal series of stories for a couple years now, but have never seemed to find the time.

Well, I chose to buckle down and use the spirit of NaNoWriMo this year and finally get to work!

I’ve known for a while the series title, North Pole Zombies, and the basic plot line:

Santa’s elves turn into zombies and Santa’s got to put them all down.

But in this past year, I really pinned down the story and it came to life in these past few frantic NaNoWriMo weeks.

And I got to say:

It’s freaking awesome.

It has been so much fun to write and to craft this story’s world and characters.

Oh man, the characters.

One of my favorite things about writing is when you fall in love with a character that you thought was just a supportive role, but turns out to be such an intregal part of the story.

I’m super excited about a character for Part 2 of the series, but I won’t dive too deep into him, because, you know, spoilers…

So, North Pole Zombies is being released this Black Friday. (You can pre-order it now, though.)

If I could describe it simply, it’s like a mix between DOOM, The Evil Dead, and those claymation Christmas specials that come on ABC Family, or whatever that channel is called nowadays. You know the one.

It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, it’s action-packed. 

And mostly, it’s just fun.

It was refreshing to just be kind of silly and write this outlandish short story. To take a break from the bleakness of the world and just have fun with it.

The story follows Nicholas Klaus, the Bringer of Gifts, as he prepares for the Christmas season. After visiting “down South” he returns to the North Pole to find out a mysterious sickness has overcome the elf population. What follows throws Klaus back into a life he had long put behind him…

If you need something to read while you’re standing in line this Black Friday, or just want to read something fun to start getting into the Christmas spirit, check out North Pole Zombies! 

Click the cover above and it will take you directly to the Amazon page.

Happy Holidays everyone,

Josh Vasquez

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Hey, everybody!

Remember me talking about a little thing called the Savannah Quill?

Well, it happened! (Like two weeks ago. I know, I’m a little late for building anticipation.)

It was a lot of fun meeting new readers, new authors, and just hanging out with fellow bibliophiles!

I made a video of everybody that came, so take a look, it’s in a book, a reading rainbow…

Wait, I mean, take a look and you might find a book.

Yeah, that’s what I meant…

Um, here’s the video:

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.

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

So, for those of you that follow me, you may have noticed that I kind of suck at this whole blogging thing.

Yeah, I’m not gonna lie; it’s not my bag of tea.

It’s not that I don’t like writing. (I love writing. That’s why I write books.) I just have a super busy schedule. You see, I have what we, “in the biz,” like to call “a day job.” You know, the job that actually pays the bills? (Well, sorta, but I’ll save that for another blog post.)

Anyways, what I do for a living is this: I make deliveries for a Plumbing and Mechanical Company here in Savannah, Ga. A lot of times what I ship is air duct, different types of pipe and fittings, and massive commercial air units. Very glamorous stuff here. (Not complaining. It’s a great job.)

But my company has jobs all over the Southeast. From Columbus, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina, I drive all over the place. That being said, I work some crazy hours. For example, this past week had me going to Gray, Georgia twice (3 hours from Savannah). I think I went to Charleston once. (or was that last week? It all begins to run together.) Either way, that’s a four and a half hour drive, there and back again. A lot of times I leave early in the morning (5 AM) and get back in the afternoon. And those longs drives can wear you out. (Remember going on family vacations and your dad was all grumpy after the ride there? Yeah, like that.)

I’m not trying to whine about it. I’m just letting you (hopefully my readers) into my world for a minute. When it comes down to it, my time for blogging isn’t just there. And here’s why:

I’d rather be writing more books for you to read.

There I said it. It’s out in the open. Now we all know. (That takes a load off.)

So, to wrap all this up (if that’s even possible), if you don’t see updates on anewdeath.com, it’s most likely cause I’m working on something else great for you. For example, here’s the link to my new short story set in the world of A New Death.

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That will take you to the Amazon page. (As of this writing, the price is set to $0.99, but once Amazon sees I have it free on Barnes and Noble, they’ll drop the price. Cause that’s how they roll.) I also have it up on Smashwords. (If you’re into that kind of thing.) You can get it free here.

Also, I started working on Book II in the New Death Saga this past week.

I’m really excited about some of the stuff I’m working on (so excited that even on the days I get up early, I’m up late working on “book stuff”). Can’t wait to share it all with you. I wish there was some kind of avenue for posting all the things I want to share with you… Oh, wait…

Josh

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Hey everybody! I just wanted to take some time and inform all the fans out there what’s coming up for the A New Death series.

First off, a few updates to the cover have been made, mostly just to make it slightly easier to read.

Next, I just finished the first draft of the mini-story that takes place during the events of A New Death. It’ll introduce new characters and set up background for an existing one. I’m really excited about this one. It won’t be a full-length novel, more of a short story. I don’t have a date for its release quite yet, but expect it this Spring!

Next on our list is a reminder that Friday January 31st will be the last day you can buy A New Death on the Barnes & Noble Nook. As long as you purchase it before then, you should be able to keep it on your device and read it. From now on, all digital copies of A New Death and its sequels will be exclusive to Amazon Kindle.

Now, I know not everyone owns a Kindle or a device with the Kindle app, but if you noticed in the last paragraph, I said, “all digital copies” will be exclusive to Amazon Kindle. What this means is that I am currently working on making a paperback version of A New Death! Yes, there will be a physical copy of A New Death. Right now, I am in the middle of formatting it for the paper version. I hope to have it out within the next couple of months, so Nook owners and non-eBook people, bear with me as I get things rolling!

And lastly, there is a full-fledged sequel to A New Death in the works as well. As of right now, I have an outline and a good idea of where I want to go with the story and character development. My goal is to finish up these other projects before I pour all my focus into A New Death II. But I can tell you one thing: I am so excited about what comes next! No spoilers though!

Anyways, that’s it for now and I cannot tell you how much your support as fans means to me! Being self-published means that I pretty much do everything by myself. I have a great team of people who help me with feedback, editing and cover design, but sometimes it feels like me against the world. Reviews are a great way of encouraging me so make sure to leave a review once you finish reading! It also helps everyone else know that the book is good!

Josh