Giving Thanks 2014

C. Che and I love Thanksgiving because it involves Giving Thanks (and stuffing).

We have lots to give thanks for this year and look forward to an even more awesome 2015.

The Manhattan tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, wi...
The Manhattan tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, with Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower (8 Spruce Street in downtown Manhattan, New York City) behind it, as seen from the East River. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, a big thanks to Erik Torkells from Tribeca Citizen (our neighborhood blog) for the shout out!

Lynda Lippin, a trainer at Real Pilates, and her husband have a novel out: Zombie Killing Stoners. From the description on Amazon: “The ZomPoc has hit New York City like the ‘A’ train plowing into a baby stroller. A high-rise at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan has become the center of the universe for a group of survivors who think outside the box. Everyone understands the smoke signals from inside the bowl. This short but sweet first installment packs in: Lots of Zombies (it’s the Big Apple, after all). Explosions. Awesome Views. Big Guns. Big Samoan Drag Queens. Kind Bud. Hot Babes. Mormons. More Zombies. Laughs. Musicians. Thespians. Millionaires. Dogs.” Lynda says the high-rise in question is 8 Spruce Street.

Second, thanks to our friends at The Survival Mom for including both Episodes in their Halloween Zombie Book Giveaway! We sent signed copies off to the winner in Texas, and hope she enjoyed them.

Finally, a big huge Thank You to all of our readers and supporters. Without you we would have never undertaken this apocalyptic journey.

New Amazon Reviews – 5 Stars

New Amazon Reviews of ZKS Episodes One and Two Give It 5 Stars!

It is always exciting to check Amazon after doing some Kindle free days to see if any new reviews have cropped up.

Today is one of those exciting days! We have a new 5 Star review of each Episode!

Thanks to reviewer Liz Long

For Episode 1: Rescuing the Samoan Princess

It is a short book, but it left me wanting more. The lead characters are well prepared thanks to their job in the security field. One of them is a drag queen, which is well done, IMHO. There are nice details like a custom-made dress dummy for Polly included in the story, but it feels like a natural part of the story. This whole episode definitely feels like the set-up for a series, so just know going in that you won’t get closure. But that’s why it’s “episode 1” not “the whole story”!

OK, so they didn’t hire a professional proofreader – the reality is that indie authors usually can’t afford it. It’s still a fun book!

And for Episode 2: The Coming Storm

Really, it’s hard to find something different about the Z.A. This book manages to do that. As we learn early on, the building is quite secure from anyone outside getting in. It’s the first time I’ve read a book with a true safe space in Manhattan. Seeing how they keep it safe, especially given the hazards already locked in with them, and move forward should be a fun ride.This book also introduces new characters and stories from outside their building to start making the world a little fuller. I’m looking forward to seeing how they all intersect.

So if you haven’t read them yet, go now! You will be so happy you did.
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Professor B.T.’s Author Interview on Book Goodies

Professor B.T.'s Author Interview on Book Goodies

Professor B.T.’s Author Interview on Book Goodies – Fun, Free Promotion

Book Goodies is a wonderful website for both authors and readers. They offer free and paid promotion to independent authors in all genres.

This week I finally got my shit together and completed my Book Goodies author interview and book profile. Here is a taste:

ProfZombieWhat inspires you to write?
C. Che and I love zombie fiction, but we wanted something lighter, funnier, more urban, and more inclusive, that still told a great and gory zombie tale. He does more of the first draft creative writing, and I do more of the adding in and editing. We are inspired by Manhattan and its motley community, by the skyscraper we live in, by The Walking Dead, Romero, authors like JJ Zep, and by our stoner community.

Tell us about your writing process.
We are total seat of the pants writers! While we do have a small notebook of character sketches, we find that the characters develop as we write them in, so the sketches came after the fact.

I am considering some outlining and verbal recognition software to help push through writer’s block. We mean ZKS to be a long serial, so sometimes it takes some thought to decide where to go next.

We grew up writing pen on paper or typewriter, so we still keep paper notebooks of how we see stories and characters developing in the future episodes.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was for self-publishing from the beginning. Amazon KDP and CreateSpace make it so easy, and the print books look great!

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
More and more people will self-publish. Hopefully publishing houses will start to look at what’s in the market already and make better offers for their authors.

What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
fiction, horror, action adventure, humor

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

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Walking Dead Zombie Prank – NYC

Walking Dead zombie prank in NYC’s Union Square

I don’t know about other people, but I have always been a little squeamish about walking over sidewalk grates in Manhattan.

Now I know why!

Last Friday, our friends at AMC decided to prank New York commuters at busy Union Square by setting up some Walking Dead zombies under the sidewalk grate in anticipation of Season Four.

Pretty funny and scary. Have a look.


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Giving Thanks

Even Zombie book authors need to give Thanks!

C Che and I spent our first Thanksgiving with my family in over a decade. (In our defense, we lived out of the country for 7 years of that decade.)

It was fun explaining to everyone what the books are about. Apparently zombies, high-functioning stoner mercenaries, our building in lower Manhattan, and survival are not first and foremost in most people’s minds.

This year we give thanks to:

  • The Zombie Killing Stoners fans who read our blog, buy our books, and give us great feedback (that probably means you).
  • Our friends and family who listen to us talk about our work on ZKS and pretend to care.
  • Kindle Direct Publishing for giving us an easy platform to sell our stories.
  • Stuff Stoners Like for featuring us in an awesome Halloweed interview – our first interview since Episode 1 dropped.
  • Our wonderful bud delivery service that keeps us inspired.
  • And last, but not least, Miss Smiley. For picking us to be her humans and hanging out with us for the last 8 years. Best dog ever!

Smiley Dog

Tales of the ZKS

Zombies from The Beyond

Tales of the ZKS

The only thing breaking in the newsroom on this day were lights and cameras as the Zombies wandered through the sets. There was no one left in the newsroom of CNN in Atlanta, no one who had a pulse that is. Every news network in the world was silent.

Soon after everything was silent.

And so begins our tale in the dying days of the greatest city in the world, but every one of you must remember that out of death comes life…kumba-fucking-matata and all that fuzzy feel good horseshit. I’m just busting your stones; this isn’t a story of a bunch of merry men fighting against injustice. Fuck no, bitches. These are the tales of the ZKS, the Zombie Killing Stoners. They not only survived, but they evicted the Zeds from Manhattan and brought back the music. The ZKS are the coolest motherfuckers who ever toked up and terminated Zombies.