The Zero Dog War included in Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog’s list of Best Zombie Releases of 2012 (also a writing update)

Damn. That title is too long.

The Zero Dog War was mentioned in Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog’s list of Best Zombie Releases of 2012.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled. There’s a lot of great zombie fiction on that list.

Speaking of zombie fiction, my daughter-in-law and her husband bought me the first two graphic novels of The Walking Dead. I really enjoy the television show, so I’m eager to see if I love the graphic novels just as much (I likely will since I generally love the source material more than adaptations).

Other writing news. 9mm Blues may release this week. I really love this Urban Fantasy thriller…and I’m extremely excited to get it out to the reading public. It is packed with action, betrayals, ghouls, suspense, intense monster-fighting, more ghouls, and a young warrior learning what it means to be a hero. Anyway, when it goes live , I’ll update this blog with links and a blurb and so on. I’m terribly excited about it and can’t wait. I completed two novels in 2012…but the stars didn’t align and I wasn’t able to release any of them before the year ended. However, I should have at least three books out in 2013 (crossing fingers), including another book set in the Zero Dog world.

As for the zombie fiction list, click on this link to check it out.
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Explorations-The-BN-SciFi-and/The-Best-Zombie-Fiction-Releases-of-2012/ba-p/1425992

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Win an autographed copy of The Zero Dog War!

Ever wish some random author would mail you an autographed copy of a book? Yes? Perfect! Because that’s what I’ll do if you trek on over to Wicked Little Pixie’s site and leave a comment. You don’t even have to read me rambling on in the post–just head straight to the comment section and, if you win, I’ll send you an autographed copy of The Zero Dog War. Also, the contest is international.

http://wickedlilpixie.com/2012/03/01/keith-melton/

Zombies. Comedy. Gelatin. Machine guns. Large cats.

Here’s the randomly indented blurb:

The first bullet is always free. After that, you gotta pay.

Zero Dog Missions, Book 1

After accidentally blowing up both a client facility and a cushy city contract in the same day, pyromancer and mercenary captain Andrea Walker is scrambling to save her Zero Dogs. A team including (but not limited to) a sexually repressed succubus, a werewolf with a thing for health food, a sarcastic tank driver/aspiring romance novelist, a three-hundred-pound calico cat, and a massive demon who really loves to blow stuff up.

With the bankruptcy vultures circling, Homeland Security throws her a high-paying, short-term contract even the Zero Dogs can’t screw up: destroy a capitalist necromancer bent on dominating the gelatin industry with an all-zombie workforce. The catch? She has to take on Special Forces Captain Jake Sanders, a man who threatens both the existence of the team and Andrea’s deliberate avoidance of romantic entanglements.

As Andrea strains to hold her dysfunctional team together long enough to derail the corporate zombie apocalypse, the prospect of getting her heart run over by a tank tread is the least of her worries. The government never does anything without an ulterior motive. Jake could be the key to success…or just another bad day at the office for the Zeroes.

Product Warnings

Contains explicit language, intense action and violence, rampaging zombie hordes, a heroine with an attitude and flamethrower, Special Forces commandos, ninjas, apocalyptic necromancer capitalist machinations, absurd parody and mayhem, self-deluded humor, irreverence, geek humor, mutant cats, low-brow comedy, and banana-kiwi-flavored gelatin.

 

 

The Zero Dog War Reviewed at Unabashedly Bookish!

Reviews are frightening things. As an author, you run around trying to score them, then dread the negative ones. 

“But negative reviews are inevitable,” some would say. “Why dread them?” Good point, and yet I do anyway for the simple reason that I want the reader to enjoy the book.  Not for ego gratification (although it would be dishonest to claim that a good review doesn’t lift the old writer ego), but because someone who reads a writer’s work invests something precious in it: their time and attention. I want the reader to have a good time. I feel bad when they do not, as if I have failed them.

However, despite all that build up and rambling about negative reviews, Paul Goat Allen enjoyed The Zero Dog War, so I’m running around annoying telling everyone I know about his review. Paul Goat Allen is a man with an epic beard who has read a staggering amount of speculative fiction. So, yeah, I’m excited. Here’s some quotes I pulled:

“…yet another audacious blend of genre elements; The Zero Dog War is a ballsy fusion of military fiction, urban fantasy, and zombie fiction. Envision the classic 1967 war movie The Dirty Dozen…featuring a cast of paranormal fantasy characters…”

“…a breakneck paced, action-packed, categorically cool, and utterly readable novel.”
Paul Goat Allen for Unabashedly Bookish

Read the rest here:

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Unabashedly-Bookish-The-BN/The-Supernatural-Dirty-Dozen-Melton-s-Newest-Blends-Urban/ba-p/1288971

Zombies. Comedy. Gelatin. Machine guns. Large cats.

LA Banks Auction: ARC of Ghost Soldiers Available

The LA Banks Auction is up and live. This auction is to help raise money for LA Banks and her medical bills. Information on this can be found here: http://www.leslieesdailefund.info/  Many people are unaware that writers often have little or no health care coverage in the U.S. Thus, medical bills can be crushing.

http://wickedlilpixie.com/2011/07/06/la-banks-auction-is-open/

And you can get to the main auction here: http://stores.ebay.com/romancerelief It has tons of great stuff to bid on. Seriously, check it out.

I’m bundled with my friends Bree and Donna, the writing duo behind Moira Rogers. Moira Rogers is offering any 10 eBooks from her list of books. That list has some great books, Wilder’s Mate, the Southern Arcana series, etc. They are also offering a one hour chat with the highest bidder. Honestly, they declined to invite me to this chat because I would reveal the secret fact that Moira Rogers is, in fact, two people, not one as we had all previously supposed. Also, I am obnoxious…and probably smell bad.

But moving on.

I’m offering an ARC of Ghost Soldiers (Nightfall Syndicate 2). Actually, I offered ALL of my eBooks in a bundle, but the page just mentions the Ghost Soldiers ARC (which may be Wicked Lil Pixie’s way of telling me the rest of the books suck and are worthless, alas). Actually, now that I think about it, Wicked Lil Pixie would just come right out and say it.

Anyway, if you bid and you (verified) win and would like them all, including Blood Vice (Nightfall Syndicate 1)–always nice to have the first book in a series…for continuity and all that–just let me know and I’ll get ’em to you.

The specific page with the Ghost Soldiers Advanced Reader Copy is here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Moira-Rogers-Keith-Melton-eBundle-and1-hour-Chat-/170663247297?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27bc527dc1

And yeah, you get cool swag *and* earn good karma. Can’t beat that.

Chance to win an iPad and tons of books…

…including a print copy of Blood Vice AND an eBook  copy of The Zero Dog War.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! (Sorry. I just like to say that. It’s like Tourette’s, but with less swearing.)

Also, tons of signed books by other great authors, other swag, and a chance to win the grand prize–an iPad. Even a jaded and weary soul such as myself must admit that’s pretty awesome!

Here’s the specific contest: http://moirarogers.com/contests/may2011-weektwo

Here’s the main contest page: http://www.moirarogers.com/contests/

This contest was put on by the Moira Rogers team and Vivian Arend. These ladies not only work hard, but put on some of the best contests I’ve ever seen (outside of Vegas, where they give away luxury cars and so on, but your odds of winning are exponentially better with their contests–so take that Sin City!).

Storm Relief Auction is LIVE

Okay the auction went live! Here’s what’s available–and people, this is a HUGE bundle. The ARC of Ghost Soldiers (Nightfall Syndicate 2) is available, as well as a copy of Blood Vice (Nightfall Syndicate 1) and The Zero Dog War.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S TONS MORE!

http://helpwritenow.blogspot.com/2011/05/day-8-item-14-nook-huge-e-book-bundle.html

Includes:

1 Refurbished Nook (3G & WiFi)

$100 Gift Certificate to Samhain Publishing

DIGITAL ADVANCED READER COPIES (12)
(All ebooks in ePUB or PDF format for easy reading on the Nook.)

Cipher by Moira Rogers
Kisri by Moira Rogers
Rising, Freestyle by Vivian Arend
Silent Storm by Vivian Arend
Ghost Soldiers by Keith Melton
Push Pull by Joely Skye
The Seven Year Witch by Jodi Redford
Keeping Pace by Dee Carney
The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters by Sierra Dean
Something Secret This Way Comes by Sierra Dean
A Little Harmless Addiction by Melissa Schroeder
Negligee Behavior by Shelli Stevens

EBOOKS (52)
(All ebooks in ePUB or PDF format for easy reading on the Nook. Genres include: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, GLBT Romance & Historical Romance)

 Moira Rogers: A Safe Harbor, Undertow, Cry Sanctuary, Sanctuary Lost, Sanctuary Price, Sanctuary Unbound, Crux, Crossroads, Deadlock, Wilder’s Mate, Sabine

Vivian Arend: Wolf Signs, Wolf Flight, Wolf Games, Wolf Tracks, Tidal Wave, Whirlpool, Turn it On, Turn it Up, Falling Freestyle, Stormchild, Stormy Seduction

Inez Kelley: Myla By Moonlight, Salome at Sunrise, Lipstick on His Collar, Sweet as Sin, Coming Clean

Lauren Dane: Trinity, Revelation

Vivi Andrews: Serengeti Sunrise

Lorelie Brown: Jazz Baby

Joely Skye: Wolf Town

Jorrie Spencer: Strength of the Wolf

Yolanda Sfetsos: The Soul Dealer: Redemption, The Soul Dealer: Deception

Jodi Redford: That Voodoo You Do

Owen Kennedy: Bound by Christmas

Keith Melton: Zero Dog War, Blood Vice

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy: Love Tattoo

Ashleigh Raine: Lover’s Talisman

Sonya Clark: Mojo Queen

C.M. Torrens: His Soul To Take

Stacey Kennedy: Whatnots & Doodads, Bless the Beauty – Special Agent Fang Book One

Rhian Cahill: Coyote Home, Coyote Wild

KT Grant: For the Love of Mollie

Alisha Rai: Veiled Desire, Veiled Seduction

Eliza Gayle: Untamed Magick, Malcom

A great cause!

http://helpwritenow.blogspot.com/2011/05/day-8-item-14-nook-huge-e-book-bundle.html