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

Book Cover Evolution

If you follow me on Facebook, or occasionally check for my latest release on Amazon, you’ve probably noticed that my books look different from time to time. If you stalk my books (I don’t mind that at all!), you might wonder if I’m addicted to changing book covers. Since publishing The Jakarta Pandemic over five years ago, I’ve changed the covers for every book published at least twice. The older the book, the more change they’ve seen. While it is absolutely true that I LOVE NEW BOOK COVERS, I can assure you a lot more thought goes into the changes than satisfying a potentially expensive addiction. Instead of a didactic explanation of the general  process, I’ll walk you through the thought process for the books that have seen the most change. The Black Flagged books have undergone the most dramatic changes over the years. When I first published Black Flagged, I hadn’t decided if the characters and plot would continue in a series. Frankly, I had no idea if the books would sell! With that in mind, Jeroen ten Berge created a standalone cover, which remains my favorite to this day. There’s something about this cover that draws me back, over and over again. READ MORE

Book Review of A.R. Shaw’s Graham’s Resolution Series

I haven’t done one of these in a while, particularly due to time constraints, but I couldn’t help showcasing the writing talents of a featured author in The Perseid Collapse Series Kindle World. I was very excited to hear that A.R. Shaw would contribute a novella…here’s why. Forgive me if this review is a little rusty. The China Pandemic (Book 1) and The Cascade Preppers (Book 2) spring from the post-apocalyptic tale of Graham Morgan, a sturdy, even-keeled survivor of a lethal, quick-killing pandemic that sweeps 98% of the world’s population off the map in the span of weeks. Graham has just buried his wife and father, finding himself without purpose, until a gift is bestowed upon him—the unexpected stewardship of a young child. With the promise to guard the child “like his own” recently forged, Graham departs on a journey to reach his family’s empty lake house in the rural Northwest, and the perceived safe haven of a secluded locale. Needless to say, his journey and the following trials are not for the faint of heart. A.R. Shaw strikes a nice balance between menace and the post-apocalyptic environment that would ensue after 98% of the people essentially disappeared. Supplies are READ MORE

Post-apocalyptic 99 CENT Holiday Sale

Spread the End of the World cheer with deeply discounted titles by yours truly! ***Make sure to keep reading to claim your own special gift*** From December 15th thru the 21st, all of my post-apocalyptic, prepper-themed titles will be on sale at Amazon for 99 CENTS each.  Consider giving them as gifts to friends, family OR neighbors you want to scare away during the next major disaster. When you click the links, look in the upper right corner for “Give as a Gift.” You can even select the delivery date to fill the favorite reader in your life with exciting reads on Christmas Day or any of the days of Hanukkah. Remember, the victims…I mean recipients, can read these on pretty much any device out there (tablets, phones, computers, Kindles)…and they won’t know you only paid 99 CENTS! They’ll check out the books on Christmas morning and say, wow, [INSERT NAME} sent me five books valued at $25, and all I got them was a $5 Starbucks card. Guess who will get a $10 Starbucks card next year? I wouldn’t ask you to buy my books as gifts unless I was willing to do something for you in return. Please join READ MORE

The Definitive Interview by Robert Bidinotto

Robert Bidinotto (pictured left) and I share a little history. Our first novels were featured by Amazon (in the same promotion) during a CyberMonday sale three years ago, essentially launching our book writing careers. Robert’s political/espionage thriller HUNTER sold untold thousands of copies. It became an overnight sensation, and rightfully so. We’ve kept in touch over the years, sharing strategies and comparing notes. I was thrilled to hear that Robert would feature me in an interview, adding me to an incredible list of authors that have “sat around the table” with him. Check out his interview page HERE. Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Lee Child, J. Carson Black, Ian Graham, Allan Leverone…this list goes on. Well, I’ve rambled on long enough. Check out the Definitive Steven Konkoly Interview READ MORE

What I think you should know about Ebola—Part Two

Have you thought about Ebola lately? Probably not. If you have, it’s most likely because U2 and dozens of artists have just recorded a new version of the original 1980’s Band Aid charity song “Do they know it’s Christmas?” to raise money for Ebola victims. THAT’S IT! IT’S OVER FOR NOW! Not so fast. Ebola (for now…never say never) has remained squarely an African problem, and one month after the massive Ebola fear hype in the U.S., most Americans have returned to their pre-Ebola scare lives. Some of us have a few more sterile gloves and N95 masks than before, but that’s not a bad thing. An influenza pandemic is a far more likely scenario to affect us. There’s a great fiction book written by someone I know that explains exactly how that might happen. 😉 Did we beat Ebola? According to a Denver Post opinion piece, the U.S. beat Ebola. http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/1824674-155/ebola-africa-spencer-west-care-denver Good news for everyone. Right? Of course, but this article falls squarely in the hindsight is 20/20 category, and fails to look forward. AT ALL. The opinion piece derides the fear that gripped the U.S., pointing out how the system in place worked. You know, the ten systems progressively implemented after the CDC and READ MORE

What I think you should know about the Ebola crisis…

When I published The Jakarta Pandemic in 2010, I had no idea it would be so widely read. Nor did I ever expect to be considered a “source” of information about pandemics. Over the past two months, I have fielded questions from concerned readers, friends, family, readiness bloggers, authors and preparedness consultants regarding the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa. I’ve been rather guarded in my approach to the crisis, having watched it slowly build throughout the summer. When the death toll exceeded previous outbreaks, including the outbreak made famous by the groundbreaking novel The Hot Zone, I started watching it more closely. The novel The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston was the catalyst for my interest in pandemic grade viruses and an inspiration for my first novel. With that said, I want to share my thoughts on the current crisis and point you in the direction of some balanced, informative articles on the topic…along with a few other resources. WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT THE EBOLA CRISIS? I suspect that world health authorities have currently lost control of the virus in Africa. A combination of controllable and uncontrollable factors conspired to worsen this crisis far beyond other Ebola outbreaks.  Take a quick READ MORE

Who wants to listen to me talk for 4 hours?

Probably none of you. I know I wouldn’t. How about one hour? Sounds better to me. Last week I spent four combined hours on live internet radio and podcasts, talking about the upcoming post-apocalyptic collapse, survival, prepping, the Ebola threat, myself (occasionally), my books and the menstrual threat lurking around every corner (you can thank Prepper Chicks for that). Lots of great information, hearty laughs and serious confessions broken into four, one hour segments. There’s something for everyone—I promise. Prepper Chicks morning segment via You Tube. Shooting the breeze with NRA instructor and kick-$#! prepped-mom Lori . Check out her website. Prepper Chicks After Dark segment via You Tube. Playing the survival card game “Conflicted” with Lori and Kat “Herbal Prepper.” By the end of the show I had been awake for nearly 20 hours, so it gets a little “punchy.” All Things Apocalyptic show via You Tube with best-selling author G. Michael Hopf. G. Michael served as a Marine in the Gulf War and now writes post apocalyptic novels for a living. Check out his critically acclaimed New World Series.  Rational Survivor Podcast. Finally, Randy Powers and I spent more than an hour talking with Kyle, the Rational Survivor, about our upcoming collaboration, READ MORE