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Non-Kindle owners rejoice!

The first book in the Savannah Zombie Novel series is now available for both Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Kobo’s line of eReaders!

A New Death is no longer Kindle-exclusive, so now more people can get in on the Savannah Zombie action!

Click on the Books link above or on the links below to go to your preferred eReaders site!

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The rest of the series will be making its way soon! And if you can’t wait until then, don’t forget you can always buy the paperback versions!

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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

left4deadWe made it to the rooftop. I looked at the three others in our small ragtag group. We were exhausted, but our spirits were high. Even old man Bill had a smile on his face as he lit one of his last cigarettes. The helipad radio had fired to life only minutes ago and the voice of maybe the last helicopter pilot in the city came through it. He was willing to pick us up. We just had to wait.

We crossed the city in pretty good time by my guess. Even the detour through the sewers didn’t slow us down much. It was gross, but it didn’t kill our time. The climb up to the roof of Mercy Hospital, well that was a different story. If it hadn’t been for that damn witch sitting in the middle of the hallway, we’d have been alright.

I hate witches.

Louis took the blunt of her attack, but once she was down for good, we put our medpacs together and fixed him up. It’s amazing what a little pills will do for ya.

It was then I heard the first scream.

The infected were coming.

One scream was met was met with another and then another, until a whole chorus of undead filled the night’s air. We didn’t have long.

Thankfully, the Army left us a cache of weapons on the rooftop terrace. The city had been full of last-ditch efforts by our military to arm survivors. They may have not had the resources to evac everyone, but at least they had enough sense to give us a fighting chance.

A lot better than CEDA did us.

I hate CEDA.

But the Army? I could kiss the first soldier I see. They left us a nice little gift on the roof.

A freaking chain gun.

I LOVE chain guns.

We loaded what ammo we could into our guns and into our pockets just as the first wave of zombies showed up. Fighting the undead had become pretty standard procedure. It was the damn special ones you had to watch out for.

As if they were reading my mind, they began showing up. A tongue-tentacle wrapped around Zoey and began pulling her towards the edge of the roof.

“Francis, help!”

I aimed my shotgun for the pulled tight tongue first. One blast severed the nasty thing, freeing the young girl. My eyes followed the writhing appendage back to its owner, but he was out of range for my shotgun. I’d just tickle him if I tried shooting.

“Zoey, there!” I yelled, pointing toward the fleeing Smoker.

She trained her rifle on the wheezing freak and sent him packing in a cloud of ash. Zoey gave me the thumbs up and turned her attention back to the zombie horde.

The ground began to shake.

The whole building began to shake.

“TAAANNNNNNKKKK!”

I ran for the chain gun. Louis began peppering the massive beast with fire from his assault rifle. We encountered one of these things before and it was hell to put it down. The chain gun should help that.

I reached the chain gun and grinned as I launched lead towards the monster.

The towering mass of muscle seemed to absorb the bullets like lotion. The nagging thought in the back of my head saying the chain gun wouldn’t do the trick began screaming. I ignored it.

The beast had its tiny eyes fixed on me. It ran, its giant arms pumping it forward like a gorilla on cocaine. The barrels on the minigun began to glow red, but I didn’t let off.

The blinking light of a pipe bomb arced through the air and landed mere feet from the approaching Tank. It exploded, causing the Tank to stumble and fall. It fell to the ground and came to a sliding stop.

It was dead.

I think we all breathed a collective sigh of relief.

The sound of whirring helicopter blades broke the silence.

“Helicopter’s here! Everybody to the chopper!” Bill yelled.

We all began running as more infected began to pile onto the roof. It was as if they knew rescue was here for us and they weren’t gonna let us leave.

The building began to shake again.

I watched as another Tank appeared and separated me from the group. I ran, away from the helicopter, away from the Tank. It was so close behind me I could feel its stench.

There was loud wet smack as I felt my backside give in. The hit sent me flying through the air.

Ten feet. Twenty feet. Thirty feet, until finally, I was away from the hospital roof, staring at the black streets below me.

I am sure my back was broken. Everything hurt. It wouldn’t hurt for long though. The ground was quickly rushing up to put an end to all that.

 

You are dead.

 you are dead

 

I stared at the computer monitor as it taunted me with the game over screen before the game reset and sent me back to the beginning of the level.

“You gotta be freaking kidding me…”

I could not believe I just made it all the way through the No Mercy campaign only to die in the finale. And not just die, mind you, but to be FREAKING PUNCHED OFF THE ROOF!

This was roughly what happened to me the first time I played Left 4 Dead.

And I loved it.

When I bought the game, it was relatively new and I’d never heard of it. I liked zombies and thought the description on the back of the game box sounded fun, so I decided to give it a whirl.

And man, I’m glad I did.

Left 4 Dead puts you in the middle of the zombie apocalypse with three other people. You must use teamwork and strategy in order to survive. The gameplay is basic: Get from Point A to Point B without dying. Repeat.

That’s it. And as far as story goes, there’s a short intro video when the game boots up, but that’s it.

Or so it seems.

While Left 4 Dead may not seem so concerned with story, it actually is. But rather than give elaborate backstory or thrilling cut scenes, it allows to the story to unfold in a different manner.

It allows you, the player, to tell the story. And each story is different.

Left 4 Dead has gameplay AI (artificial intelligence) called “The Director.” The Director will basically watch how you play the game and then adjust gameplay according to your style.

Like to take your time and be stealthy? He’s gonna send a zombie horde your way.

Breezing through the level pretty quick? Oh, here’s a Tank.

Low on health? Try getting past this Witch in the narrow hallway.

It is the Director’s job to make you sweat.

And here’s where I get to storytelling:

Even though it’s the same game, same levels, you never really play the same game twice.

And that’s awesome.

It’s kind of like those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books we read when we were kids. (Remember those?)

You get to tell your own story.

And then there’s the water cooler moments, or as I like to call them, “Holy Crap, did that just happen?” moments. Like the time a Tank punched me off the roof in the No Mercy finale. Or the time I accidently shot a car with a car alarm and alerted the horde. Or the time I snuck up behind a cowering Witch without alerting her and killed her in one shot.

There’s all these cool little moments in the game that just add to the overall gameplay. For me, these are all about the story. It these “Holy Crap” moments that push us forward and keep us wanting more.

I try to incorporate moments like this into my books. Things that when you read them, you simply have no choice but to keep reading and find out what happens next. You may know them by another name: cliffhangers. (Breaking Bad fans will be familiar with these, but they may refer to them as “the end of an episode.”)

With a simple backstory and awesome things to tell your friends about later (maybe near a water cooler), Left 4 Dead oozes with story. It may just not be like you’re use to.

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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

And here we are.

Twenty days into January.

I should mention that I’ve never been good at resolutions.

My bad.

But that being said, I hope I can make it up to you! With these three things!

Behind door number 1: Are you on Goodreads? Cause I am. Do you like free books? Cause right now, on Goodreads, I’m giving away A New Death. (Yes, you heard right!) You can enter into a giveaway and win one of TEN signed copies of the first installment in the Savannah Zombie Novel series! So, you should click here and go enter to so can win! (Heck yes, you should!)

Behind door number 2: I’m a little late on saying this (unless you follow @savzombienovel on twitter) but I’m running a Kindle Countdown Deal in the UK on both books. Well, tomorrow is the last day, so if you live across the pond (Do you guys even like that phrase?) go snatch up some cheap zombie ebook goodness while you can here!

And finally…

Door number 3: Remember CJ’s Story, the short story that takes place between A New Death and A New Darkness? Ever wonder what my voice sounds like? You are in luck! I’m in the process of teaching myself how to make audiobooks and I’m starting with CJ’s Story! And just like the ebook version, I’m making it free to listen to! It’ll be available on Youtube. (You’ve heard of that, right?)

Here’s the thing though: I’m still kinda working out the bugs in the whole audio department. The first episode is up, but I would love some feedback on how it sounds. You can check it out here and leave a comment on what you thought. Thanks so much.

Okay, that’s everything, I think…

Hmm…

Yeah, that’s it. I hope this makes up for not blogging and know that if I’m not posting stuff here, I am working! If you want more up to date info, then it might behoove you (heh, heh, behoove…) to follow the above twitter account. I tend to be there more than here.

Josh

Every good zombie movie has a killer soundtrack.

Whether it’s a hard rock, metal-palooza, where the only thing that seems more percussive than the shotgun blasts is the bass drum thumping out its beat-o-carnage. Or maybe it’s just an epic instrumental track that sets the mood like a low rolling fog on a full moon night. It slowly crescendos, until it erupts, and all hell breaks loose.

A New Death and its sequels are no different.

While some people cannot listen to music while they write, (because maybe they are purists and they cannot even fathom some other art form tainting their muse, or they simply can’t concentrate on the words they are penning in front of them while listening to someone else sing), I need music to write.

Writing in silence is weird. There’s this strange balance I need in order to write (well) and while complete silence drives me cuckoo for cocoa puffs, needless background noise (TV, I’m looking at you) is just as unhelpful.

I’ve always had a love for music and the fact that music and writing are so intertwined in my creative being, well, I’m no psychologist, but it just makes sense. I’m extremely cerebral (read: head in the clouds), so when I write, the music seeps in and marinates what I’m writing.

Which brings me back to zombies.

There are certain types of music that have influenced A New Death, some of which I make direct mention of in the book, while others, you can see similar themes.

Below are a list of songs/albums that are most likely playing when I’m writing about the zombie apocalypse found in A New Death. They appear in no particular order (Hello, shuffle!), and while I could go on and on about each individual song, I will not, but I have picked a few of my favorites to expound on. Enjoy.

Death of Me – Red

Fight Inside – Red

The Walking Dead Soundtrack: Sinking Man by Of Monsters and Men especially

Muse: Absolution was my first album by Muse and I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to it. From Apocalypse Please to Ruled by Secrecy, this album is a must for a post-apocalyptic soundtrack. I keep all of their albums on my mp3 player at all times.

Weak and Powerless – A Perfect Circle

The Deftones

The Pretender – The Foo Fighters

Korn: I mostly stick to the greatest hits album, but I did enjoy Get Up from The Path of Totality. Call me crazy, but I felt that Korn and Dubstep were made for each other.

Some Kind of Zombie – Audio Adrenaline

Sail – AWOLNATION

Zombie – The Cranberries: If there were a slow bluegrass version of this song, it would be perfect for A New Death. Someone make this happen!

The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana

Sabotage – The Beastie Boys: If you’ve read the book, you know what’s up.

Video Game Music – This can be anything from the Tank music in Left 4 Dead to fan versions of the music from Doom. Special shout out to the instrumental piece in the trailer for Dead Island. If you have not seen that, do yourself a favor and do it right now. Easily better than 75% of the zombie movies out there.

Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger: Ok, when I picture the A New Death movie, this is the song the movie opens in and intros Jeremy at the grocery store. Hollywood, take notes.

The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash (Thanks Zach Snyder.)

Liar – The Henry Rollins Band

Sweet Dreams – Marilyn Manson: This song is used excellently in the movie Gamer during Cable’s escape.

Panic Switch – Silversun Pickups

Kill Everybody – Skrillex

Radiohead: Okay, Okay, I’m late to the Radiohead game, but man, where has this band been all my life? If the only song you’ve heard by this band is Creep, please go download Ok Computer right now. Wow, just wow.

Wait and Bleed – Slipknot: Also the song I imagine when Jeremy experiences the Rage for the first time.

Nine Inch Nails

Tool

The Widow – The Mars Volta

Joker and the Thief – Wolfmother

This isn’t everything I listen to, but there’s a good chance one of these songs/bands are playing when I do! If you want the full A New Death experience, go and download these songs, let ‘em marinate, and re-read.

Enjoy.

Josh

What songs would make your zombie apocalypse soundtrack?

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The next installment in the Savannah Zombie Novel is here!

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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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Well, it’s official.

I’ll be at this year’s annual Savannah Zombie Walk!

Come hang out November 1st, get done up as a zombie, and shamble on through Savannah!

I’ll be there as a vendor, so come say hey, buy a paperback version of my books, get some autographs, or just stare at me like a piece of delicious meat.

It’s for a great cause too. To get your FREE zombie make up, all you have to do is make a canned food donation to the America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Check out the website below:

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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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