DEAD: Alone (Book Two of the New DEAD series) will be out on March 1st. If you have not read DEAD: Onset (Book one of the New DEAD series) yet, now would be a good time to grab it in paperback, ebook, or Audible. With the feedback. from my Beta readers, I am feeling pretty good. Book one was very well received and the action amps up in this newest volume. I thought it would be good to share my introduction to book two with you. Have a great Wednesday. And now, I will set the zombies aside for a spell as I get to work on the new That Ghoul Ava adventure. I will share more on that matter this Friday.
Things you should know before reading…
Starting a new series can be difficult. Starting a new series set in the world another series has already established can be even trickier. Fans of the original are going to hold them up side-by-side and look for something wrong or perhaps repetitious. Therefore, there is a balance that I must find to bring in new fans, bring back old ones, and maybe even convert a few people who walked away from the other series for whatever reason.
With this reboot of the DEAD series, I have decided to give the story of one person and his group. Many of the zombie series out in the market give you a clear-cut hero that is good and wears a very white hat. Or…they go the exact opposite and you get to follow in the shoes of evil. I believe that humans have a much broader spectrum that they exist in. We live in varying shades of gray. Nobody is absolutely good, nor are they usually completely evil. But this is not a debate about such things, I am speaking in generalities before you start flooding me with emails about Manson, Hitler, Jesus or Mother Teresa.
Evan Berry is the guy next door. He is you, me, and all the regular folks. He has certain things that he excels at, and others…not so much. He makes mistakes that he, and sometimes others, pay for—sometimes with their lives. He is not Steve, nor is he Kevin, and I know that some people might not be sure how to feel about him. All I can say to that is perhaps go into this with new eyes. Yes, it is has the DEAD logo, and there might even be a bit of crossover. You’ve already had appearances by Steve, Thalia, Teresa, Barry and Randi. Could there be more? Anything is possible.
So, what lies ahead? For one, I want to really bring the zombie children into the forefront. Yes, they are different. But how much so remains to be seen. And then there are some other aspects that I also want to explore. I don’t want to be rushed. Evan’s story allows me to do that.
A few more things before you venture forth. Sometimes, writers push the envelope of reality. One of the things I will say is that this book covers a span of about ten days. As you read, ask yourself, if you were in Evan’s shoes, how hard would you push your body? We see athletes play with injuries that we take a week of from work for. Is Evan on par physically with a pro athlete? No. But he has few options and must ignore things that we might tend to look at from eyes that are not facing life or death. But, the bottom line is this…my book is just a story. You are already suspending belief to accept zombies. Open it just a fraction more.
The last thing I will say before I get to the thank you portion of this little introduction is to say that I look forward to where this story will take us together. Here is where I do that little bit of begging. Your reviews are priceless. Good or bad, your reviews are the commercial for others to see and perhaps join you on this journey. You might think, “Well, I’m sure there will be plenty of other people who review this book.” Yet, of the almost one thousand copies of the previous book in this series that was purchased, to date, it has thirty reviews. I suck at math, but even I know that is a pretty low percentage. Believe it or not, Amazon increases visibility of a book or product if it surpasses a certain number of reviews with a decent average rating. And no, this is not a plea for just a glut of 5-star reviews. It’s okay if my book doesn’t hit all your buttons. Be honest. I read them all, and sometimes a well-crafted critical review can be helpful. And sometimes, those glowing reviews arrive on the day when I need a boost. You are the ones who write my job performance review. The difference between the one you write me and the one you might get from work is that mine are public, for the entire world to read.
And now…the thanks. I will make these quick because I know that, unless your name appears here, these are just random names that mean little to nothing: First and most important, I must thank my wife Denise for all the support, I could not do this without her; Debra, Sophie, Todd & Amy, Cassie, Malik, Andrea, Caron, Hope, Justin, Kathy, Abby and Terri, each of you has my deepest thanks; to Evan for lending me a name for the new main character for this series; to another really cool guy, Don Evans, trust me, the REAL Don Evans is nothing like the man you will meet in these pages; while I’m at it, I want to thank many of the local Portland, Oregon Tribute Band performers who have pulled me aside at a show and asked if I might need another name for a future volume. Before this series ends, I might end up exhausting every band roster under the J-Fell banner. So, I guess I should also thank Jason Fellman. Hmm…that might be a name you will see in the next book. Stay tuned.