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Sucked into a FIRE STORM

That’s what will happen when you start reading book 3 in The Zulu Virus Chronicles! SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Fire extinguisher is probably the right answer. FIRE STORM: Book 3 in The Zulu Virus Chronicles is now available in ebook and hard copy format. Audiobook will be available in mid-March. CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE KINDLE BOOK CLICK HERE OT ORDER A PAPER COPY SOMETHING MERCILESS WATCHES OVER THE OUTBREAK–GUIDING ITS COURSE. Having narrowly survived the KILL BOX, HOT ZONE’s hardened survivors and their KILL BOX allies separate to pursue different objectives–outside of the Indianapolis quarantine zone. For David Olson, that means bringing his son south, to the safe haven of his parents’ home–far away from the infected cities. Eric Larsen takes him up on the offer to rest and heal at the house, before departing on the long journey to find his family in Colorado. For Rich and his secretive black ops team, that means transporting Dr. Chang and Dr. Hale to a secure facility out east, where they will join the nation’s few surviving bioweapons researchers–with the hopes of pinpointing the source of the virus and possibly developing a vaccine. Neither group will get very far, before READ MORE

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SURVIVE?

NOT AS MUCH AS YOU THINK, if you’re smart about it. I should be writing book 3 in the Zulu Virus Chronicles, but I’ve instead been writing “the book” on Chronic Procrastination. Actually, I’ve been tackling some administrative stuff before I launch into FIRE STORM, which is the far less glorious part of being an author. That said, one of those tasks turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. About a month ago, I was approached by Amazon to create a list of items related to my post-apocalyptic/dystopian books and make it public through a new system they’ve rolled out to their affiliates. I’ve always wanted to create a list of useful survival and readiness items (with links), and include it in my books, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it until now. Amazon just made it incredibly simple. By CLICKING HERE (or the image below), you’ll see over a hundred readiness related items that I’ve either purchased…or THINK I NEED (but my wife will kill me if I buy). I’ll let you all guess which category each item falls under. Currently, they’re not in any particular order or clustered by category,—and I certainly READ MORE

Your KILL BOX has arrived

Not something you normally hear!  FOURTEEN NOVELS—8,000 pages—6,300 Amazon reviews later, I bring you…. A FIFTEENTH NOVEL.  KILL BOX: Book 2 in The Zulu Virus Chronicles is now available in ebook and hard copy format. Audiobook is on the way (early January). CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE EBOOK CLICK HERE TO ORDER A PAPER COPY A LETHAL BIOWEAPON HAS BEEN RELEASED ACROSS AMERICA. With their daring escape plan thwarted at the last possible moment, HOT ZONE’s motley band of survivors faces a worst-case scenario. Forced to take refuge near the epicenter of the bioweapons outbreak, deep inside in a city gone mad, THEIR TIME IS RUNNING OUT. Unable to slow or adequately contain the infected population, the government has triggered KILL BOX, a desperate and merciless contingency protocol. HOT ZONE’s survivors have less than twenty-four hours to escape the KILL BOX. The Zulu Virus Chronicles places you at ground zero during a chillingly realistic, insidious “event.” This is a story about regular people from different walks of life coming together to survive an unthinkable disaster. Welcome to the KILL BOX!   READ MORE

Author Steven Konkoly and the Wonderful World of Audiobooks

I know. The blog post title sounds like some kind of movie nobody should watch, or an audiobook nobody should listen to! I figured the worse the title, the more curious you’d be. Morbidly curious. HOT ZONE just hit the audiobook shelves at Audible and iTunes, so instead of a post with a single title, I thought I’d create a post listing all of my audiobook titles. A one stop reference for those of you with long commutes, long walks to take, long breaks at work OR those of you who simply don’t like to “READ.” I know who you are! CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR EACH STORE I’ll start with HOT ZONE and break it down by series after that. Happy Listening! HOT ZONE at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES THE PERSEID COLLAPSE SERIES   THE PERSEID COLLAPSE (BOOK 1) at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES EVENT HORIZON (BOOK 2) at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES POINT OF CRISIS (BOOK 3) at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES DISPATCHES (BOOK 4) at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES THE JAKARTA PANDEMIC at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES (sort of a prequel) THE BLACK FLAGGED SERIES   ALPHA (Book 1) at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES REDUX (Book 2) at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES APEX (Book 3) at  AUDIBLE | iTUNES VEKTOR (Book 4) at READ MORE

Welcome to the HOT ZONE

Not words you’d typically want to hear under any other circumstances. HOT ZONE, the first book in THE ZULU VIRUS CHRONICLES, is now available in Kindle or hard copy on Amazon. The audiobook version will follow in August. HOT ZONE is also enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program. CLICK HERE TO GRAB THE KINDLE VERSION CLICK HERE TO GRAB A PAPER COPY While you wait for you book to arrive or download, check out my recent chat with LEE WEST, author of the Blue Lives Apocalypse series. Lee was one of first to read HOT ZONE, providing some spot on developmental advice. You can also CLICK HERE to check out THE ZULU CHRONICLES VIRUS PRIMER for more information about the series. QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH STEVEN KONKOLY: Lee: Having just finished HOT ZONE, I’ll start out by saying “I see what you did there.” Steve: Is that a good or bad thing? Lee: It’s a very good thing. For those of you wondering, there’s a subtle tie-in to one of your previous series, I won’t give it away, but let’s just say that it’s brilliant, hiding just below the surface. Obviously, you did this on purpose. Can you expand on that? READ MORE

THE ZULU VIRUS CHRONICLES PRIMER

WITH LESS THAN TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE PROJECTED RELEASE IN LATE JUNE…I figured it was time to give give you more than just a few teasers about HOT ZONE, book one in The Zulu Virus Chronicles. Before I go crazy here, I want to highlight an opportunity to be an integral part of the The Zulu Virus Chronicles launch. I plan to provide advanced reader copies (ARCs) of HOT ZONE (and all future books in this series) to a sizable group of readers. I can’t include everyone in this, but for those of you that would be willing to read a free copy of the books ahead of the launch, and possibly share your opinion of the book with the pubic, I will consider you a candidate. I will also form a members only group on Facebook, where we can “hang out,” and I can pass news, launch material and get your opinion on aspects of the story. You don’t have to be on Facebook to be part of this group. If you’re interested in doing this, send me an email at freebooks@striblingmedia.com OR message me directly at my author page on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.   NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF. READ MORE

MAY DEALS

THE DEALS AND NEW RELEASES KEEP ON COMING! I’ll keep this short, in bullet format, because my wife informed me that I have a tendency to ramble…and she’s the boss. 1.) Both novels in my Fractured State series (near future covert operations and conspiracy thriller) have been discounted by my publisher to $1.99. They aren’t free, but at $1.99 each, you’re looking at a 75% discount for the series. Click the images below to grab a copy from the U.S. Amazon store. Sorry, but the deal is not available outside of the U.S.         2.) Long time good friend and fellow author, Lee West, just released Resist and Evade, sequel to the smash hit, Survive and Escape. Lee’s Blue Lives Apocalypse Series focuses on the police response during a widespread EMP event; a unique twist in an overworked genre. At my recommendation, Lee keeps the series at a very affordable $2.99 each. Trust me. These books are a steal at the price. Check out this series if you’re looking for something new in the post-apocalyptic genre. CLICK ON THE IMAGES for the U.S. Amazon Store.           3.) Bestselling author and good friend, Nicholas READ MORE

A CONSPIRACY COME FULL CIRCLE—THE BLACK FLAGGED LEGACY AND BEYOND

***Post-apocalyptic fans will find some VERY exciting news at the end of this post (new series), so keep reading. Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the Black Flagged series*** I’ve led readers on a wild ride through the Black Flagged series, most of that ride centered around a particularly nasty, weaponized virus created by Dr. Anatoly Reznikov, a devilishly unhinged, former employee of the Russian Federation’s State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology (VECTOR Institute). —REDUX (Book 2) followed Dr. Reznikov to Monchegorsk, Russia, where he infected a city of 60,000 inhabitants with the ZULU Virus—in a twisted revenge plot against the Russian government. Readers saw first hand what can happen to a populated area hit with the virus. —APEX (Book 3) brought the ZULU Virus to the United States, where it was snatched from the hands of Al Qaeda, by a sophisticated domestic terrorist group that had orchestrated the creation and delivery of the virus from the very start. —VEKTOR (Book 4) extinguished the bioweapons threat created by Dr. Reznikov, along with the illegal bioweapons research program at the Vector Institute—ALMOST. —OMEGA (Book 5) brings Dr. Reznikov and his designer viruses back into the spotlight, amidst political turmoil in the United States and a blossoming conspiracy. —VORTEX (Book 6)—TO BE RELEASED IN READ MORE

OMEGA

FINALLY! Three years isn’t that long…right? Don’t spend another second waiting. CLICK HERE TO ORDER THANK YOU for very patiently waiting for this book. I released Black Flagged VEKTOR (Book 4) in the summer of 2013, after deciding to take a short break from the series. I’d written four books back-to-back in two years and was starting to see the Black Flagged characters in my sleep. That short break turned into a long detour. Six books and several novellas, in two different series, to be exact. I really appreciate your loyalty and patience. I think you’ll find OMEGA worth the wait. I had a lot of time to ponder the fifth book, which I thought would be the last novel in the core series. I’m very pleased to let you know that there will be a sixth book. Halfway through OMEGA, I realized that the finale I had in mind for this story was worth a full novel, so you can expect book six within the next year or so. I don’t want to give too much away, but the scope of the conspiracy unveiled in OMEGA is vast and devastating, unlike anything you may have read before. On that note, READ MORE

THREE YEARS LATER—HOW DO YOU REIGNITE A SERIES?

WITH A BIGGER CONSPIRACY, AND A COMPLETE SHAKE-UP   OMEGA: A BLACK FLAGGED THRILLER (Book 5) redefines the characters, organizations and all of the relationships readers have come to known in the Black Flagged series. At the same time, OMEGA introduces a blistering conspiracy perpetrated at the highest levels of power. VORTEX: A BLACK FLAGGED THRILLER (Book 6—COMING IN 2018) will unleash a disturbingly familiar, but entirely reimagined conspiracy to the American people. CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY AND GET IT TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT! “A joint U.S.- Russian Special Forces raid against a hidden laboratory yields an alarming discovery. Anatoly Reznikov, the deranged bioweapons scientist stolen from U.S. custody a few years earlier, vanished minutes before the attack—taking his deadly work with him. In the United States, Beltway power brokers grapple withTrue America’s surprise presidential win, finding the new administration to be anything but easy to work with. Karl Berg, demoted within the CIA due to the sudden shift in agency leadership, seeks to stay out of trouble, and retire quietly—a task he finds impossible when news of Reznikov’s near-capture unofficially reaches his desk. Oblivious to the growing threats domestic and abroad, Daniel and Jessica Petrovich finalize their plan to abandon the READ MORE