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Cover Reveal Skateboard Xombies

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We’re hosting the cover reveal today for YA horror novel “Skateboard Xombies: Search for the Crystal Coffin”. This is the first book in a five-part series of Kindle singles.

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About the Book

Title: Skateboard Xombies: Search for the Crystal Coffin

Author: Ace Antonio Hall

Genre: YA Horror

On a normal school day in Lunyon Canyon, California, teenage necromancer, Sylva Fleischer, bickers with her teacher in class over an unfairly graded paper. But when the principal announces that all teachers should lock their door and not let any students leave class, the entire school is trapped in a world of terrifying zombies that not only bite with their teeth, they bite with their minds.

Since all life on Earth faces extinction at the hands of the perilous undead, a guardian of a secret society of vampire monks saves Sylva, her friend, Half-Pipe and her family, and lead them to an alternate world. And that’s when the real terror begins … on a planet full of every imaginable type of undead creature that ever lived … Including those telekinetic zombies!

Praise for Ace Antonio Hall and Confessions of Sylva Slasher: 

“As I say on the front cover … A treat for Buffy fans–but 100% Ace Antonio Hall’s own twisted vision. Breathes new life into the living dead; run, don’t shamble to get a copy.” –Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author, Robert J. Sawyer

“In a vast sea of zombie tales, Hall’s tale is more than a cut above. He brings the entire genre to heel and treats us to one Hell of a ride.”

Art Holcomb, Editor-in-Chief, Andromeda Entertainment

About the Author

AceAntonioHall promo 2015Ace Antonio Hall is an actor, former music producer, and ‘retired’ educator with accolades as a Director of Education for the Sylvan Learning Center and nearly fifteen years experience as an award-winning NYC English teacher. He has a BFA degree with a concentration in screenwriting and has published poetry, short stories and fiction in magazines, anthologies, newspapers and novels.

Inspired by his father, Chris Acemandese Hall, who penned the lyrics to the Miles Davis jazz classic, “So What”, sung by Eddie Jefferson, and his sister, Carol Lynn Brown, who guest starred in the 1970’s film, “Velvet Smooth”, Ace spawned his creativity into developing the beloved but flawed teen character, Sylva Slasher.

Ace was the Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (2009-2011), and continues to head the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (ScHoFan) Critique Group as Co-Director of critique groups within the society. He is also a member of LASFS and the International Thriller Writers.

On April 14, 2013, Montag Press published his YA zombie novel Confessions of Sylva Slasher. His next release, Skateboard Xombies, is coming out later this year, and he has already begun working on Skateboard Xamurai for the third installment in his Sylva Slasher series.

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Book Excerpt

“Okay, fifteen points,” Ms. B. said calmly, from over my shoulder.

I straightened up from the water fountain, and turned to her. “Really?”

“Find someone or a credible source to give credence to your theory and you will get an A-plus on that paper. Additionally, get rid of that section on biocentricism.”

My mouth opened to protest, but she didn’t let me get a word out.

“I know that Dr. Lanza is the third most respected scientist in the world,” she said. “He’s interesting and I’ve read some of his theories, but there just isn’t enough data to back up his claims that our consciousness continues to live after our bodies die.

Once the body dies, the spirit, the soul, everything is as dead as a red shirt on Star Trek. Sorry, I know that your family business raises the dead for grieving families and such, and you’d like to believe that there is some kind of place we resurrect from, or ascend into, but there is no heaven. No hell. No afterlife, and no facts to support them. Scratch that section and you have a deal.”

Before I could respond she was already walking back into the class room, so I jogged up behind her and was about to open my mouth in protest until our principal, Mr. Lee, interrupted over the loudspeaker.

“May I have your attention,” he said. “This is not a test. I repeat, this is not a test. I need every teacher to listen carefully. Please lock your doors—right now. Close your doors, and lock them. Do not let any students leave your classroom for any reason.”

From outside, emergency sirens started wailing. They were heading toward school grounds.

“Above all,” Mr. Lee said, “staff and students must remain calm.”

“What’s going on?” I asked.

“I don’t know,” Ms. B. said, hustling me back to the door.

“The school,” Mr. Lee said, “is on lock-down until further notice.”

Murmur buzzed through the classroom. Ms. B. shut our door quickly, and locked it.

“I repeat,” Mr. Lee said. “I need everyone to remain calm.”

“Do you think it’s a gunman?” asked a boy named Roger.

“Okay, students,” Ms. B. said. Her face had turned rather pale. “Stay in your seats.”

Emergency engines were getting louder and louder.

Ms. B. looked at her desk. “On second thought, R-Roger,” she stuttered. “You and Terrence move my desk to block the door.”

“Okay, Ms. B.,” Roger said, getting up.

He and super-tall Terrence, the school’s all-city basketball forward, lifted the desk and sort of duck-waddled across the floor to place it in front of the door. Red flashing lights seeped through the cracks in the blinds.

“Thank you, boys,” Ms. B. said. “Now go back to your seats.”

On the way back to his seat, Terrence walked over to the windows. “I hope it’s not some psychotic joker out there with orange hair.”

I hope it’s not another school shooting.

The siren blared so loud it started to hurt my ears. Terrence was about to peek through the blinds when Ms. B. ran over to him, and ushered him away from the window.

“Sit down, Terrence,” she said. “Let’s do as Mr. Lee—”

The windows shattered. Walls imploded with a thunderous sound and a fire truck slammed through our classroom, taking Ms. B. and Terrence with it.

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Book Excerpt from Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

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Pa closed the gun and handed it to me. I pushed the button and it clicked open in the same way. I touched the chamber and spun it—it clacked as it turned.

‘Good. Become familiar with it.’ Pa spoke in a soft voice, his tone calm. It reminded me of when he’d taught me to ride a bike.

‘Rik, your turn.’

Rik walked over. Pa fixed his stance and helped him point the gun. My brother did everything I’d done before Pa took the gun back and tucked it into his pants again. Seeing my father like this was almost surreal. It was as if he were a different person. As much as I was telling myself not to be scared, I was.

‘Pa… How do you know all this stuff?’ I asked sheepishly.

‘I learnt a few things in the army.’ He almost cracked a smile. ‘But I also knew this day would come… when we would have to leave the house and survive on the outside. So, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. I was hoping we would have more time to practise, but the water ran out sooner than I thought. ’

He lifted his face up to the sky and closed his eyes, letting the sun shine onto his face. The creases were deep around his eyes, and I now noticed that his face had thinned a bit, making him look older than his forty-four years. I was still watching as he turned and walked back towards the house.

‘I want you to practise some more. Tonight we’d going to sleep early—tomorrow is a big day.’

He was hiding it well, but I could see that Pa was also scared.

About The Book

Book CoverTitle: Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

Author: Lee Herrmann

Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian

Pages: 180 pages

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1

South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.

After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.

Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.

About the Author

Lee-AuthorLee Herrmann was born and raised in South

Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.

He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.

He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries ( www.TheManservantMysteries.com).

Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.

 

Links

www.saza.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/JournalOfASouthAfricanZombieApocalypse

Book Excerpt Talking Walls and Cigarettes (And Other Dark Tales)

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We’re hosting an excerpt from horror short story collection “Talking Walls and Cigarettes”. Have fun reading!

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From “Cough Syrup” by Kelli Beck

Sitting atop a low brick barrier that separated the bus stop from the small community park behind it, Phillip watched the smoke from his last cigarette roll from his mouth and get carried away by the breeze. A small group of people huddled nearby, their voices breaking the silence of the morning. Birds chirped in the trees and Phillip was mildly aware of a pair of squirrels fighting in the branches. He had drank from his bottle of cough syrup before leaving the house to quell his ever present headache, but already a dull throb was beginning at his temples. He reached his hand into his jacket pocket, pulled out four cough suppressants, and popped them into his mouth. He punctured the gel caps with his teeth, allowing the bitter liquid to ooze onto his tongue. He let the taste linger for a moment while he waited for his headache to abate. He took a swig of soda, found its warmth nauseating, and let it fall behind into the bushes below.

            “You shouldn’t litter,” came a voice to his left.

            Startled, he turned to the source of disturbance. A young woman stood there. His eyes took in the plump cleavage that threatened to spill from her tank top and followed her curves down to her slender waist and wide hips. Shades covered her eyes but he could still make out the dark chocolate of her irises. Her hair was tied with a ribbon and fell in tight curls over her shoulder. Her white shirt contrasted nicely with her dark skin and both the shirt and her jeans clung to her tight young body. When Phillip was finished looking her over, he shrugged her off.

            “Mind your business.” he said.

            Undeterred, she leaned against the brick, took out a pack of cigarettes, and pulled one out. She held the pack out to him and he took one. After she lit hers, she turned to light his. She cupped her hand around his cigarette, touching her skin against his. Her small body pressed against his knees. A gentle morning breeze caught the flame and she leaned in closer and he caught the light scent of her perfume. She turned back and gestured to the trash can, “There’s a garbage can right there, by the way.”

            He frowned, “Thought I told you to mind your business.”

            She looked at him, bent her head to the side and narrowed her eyes at him, “That’s no way to talk to someone who just gave you a cigarette.”

            “Didn’t ask for one.”

About the Book

Talking Walls and Cigarettes coverTitle: Talking Walls and Cigarettes (And Other Dark Tales)

Author: Erin Beck and Kelli Beck

Genre: Horror,  Short Story Anthology

Talking Walls and Cigarettes is a collection of seven dark short stories that deals with both real life monsters and those that dwell within us. A bartender still grieving the tragic death of her brother, shunning from her family, and the whispers in the street is visited by a man who appears out of thin air to offer her a way out of her own personal hell in The Salesman. A poor family is cursed by a mysterious old man in the woods and the children are at risk for falling victim to their parent’s unspeakable acts in Porcelain. The title story follows a man as he is tormented by demons in his own mind. In Homecoming, can a young woman find what she’s looking for years after her father’s abduction by other-worldly beings?

Author Bio

Erin Beck was born and raised on the mean streets of Chatsworth Illinois.  Every day was a struggle to survive, to overcome, to persevere.  At the age of twelve, she took up writing.  This passion for the written word saved her from such fates as teen pregnancy and tooth decay, that which have befallen many other great Chastworthians.  Erin is also the author of The Pursuit of Hair and co-author of Grabappleberry Punch: The Adventures of Mister Tennison Volumes One and Two.  Her influences include Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, and Christopher Moore.  Erin spends her leisure time tossing a ball around with her dogs and parasailing, and has on more than one occasion been caught napping in a box full of packing peanuts.  She is a drop-out of Hogwarts where she majored in English and minored in the contortion arts.  She has scaled the dark tower; she has trekked through middle earth; and she thinks cannibalism is a real hoot.  Erin now lives in the woods with her boyfriend and survives off of insects and pine needles.  She wrote portions of this short fiction collection on homemade paper and her own blood.

kelli bio picWhen she is not gold mining or globetrotting with her husband, Kelli spends her time writing, reading, and playing with her two dogs. Often described as “worldly” and “well-traveled,” Kelli is envied amongst co-workers and friends alike. She has a knack for reading minds and can often predict the future. Many people worldwide come to her for financial advice and money as she is the sole proprietor of the only money tree in existence. Her heroes include her father, Stephen King, and Albus Dumbledore. She has read the Harry Potter series many times over and is proud to share her birthday with The Chosen One. She has been described as a fearless leader, charismatic, even bulletproof.

Links

http://www.amazon.com/Talking-Walls-Cigarettes-Other-Tales-ebook/dp/B00FPRZ4A4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391020263&sr=8-1&keywords=talking+walls+and+cigarettes

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/talking-walls-and-cigarettes-erin-beck/1117156441?ean=9781492265191

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/talking-walls-and-cigarettes

Book Excerpt Burn

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Who’s in the mood for some horror and suspense? “Burn” is the second book by author Danae Samson, and it sounds like a fun, dark read. Enjoy the excerpt!

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Normally she would have a satchel and textbooks in tow, but not for a Saturday faculty meeting.  She rounded the car and came up the walk feeling light in her casual jeans and long sleeved Henley.  Her roses were trimmed back for the season and a glance at their bare limbs reminded her that it was only February and that an entire semester lay ahead.  She stopped.  Four rose bushes. . . four weeks . . . four students.

About Burn

Burn Front CoverTitle: Burn

Author: Danae Samson

Genre: Thriller, Horror

From the pen of Danae Samson, author of the terrifying debut, LAMENT HILL, comes her follow-up novel, BURN: The Casual Slaughters of Simon Green.

Violence comes to the small Californian college community of Riverhearst as a group of students and teachers are forced to confront a sociopathic killer targeting students.  But what is more frightening is that this killer appears to be one of their own…

Prepare to experience the neuroses and the casual slaughters of Simon Green.

Prepare to experience the horror of a town BURN!

Author Bio

DANAE SAMSON - AUTHOR OF BURN & LAMENT HILLBorn in Southern California and educated in Portland, Oregon, Danae Samson’s debut novel, Lament Hill, is a testament to her life on the west coast. Samson received her Bachelors and Masters degree from Portland State University and went on to teach English at four colleges in California and Washington. In 2011, Samson decided to pursue her writing full time and signed with Media Aria CDM in the spring of that year. In addition to the release of Lament Hill, Media Aria CDM will publish Samson’s second novel, Burn: The Casual Slaughters of Simon Green in 2013. Samson has recently finished her third novel, also a work of fiction, and has begun the construction of a fourth manuscript. Samson currently lives in Carlsbad, California.

Links

MediaAria CDM’s website

MediaAria CDM’s profile on Goodreads

Danae Samson’s profile on MediaAria CDM

Danae Samson’s profile on Goodreads

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