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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hangin' at Bitten by Books, Givin' Away the Shiz


I'm still in celebration mode over the return of my zombie socialite, Amanda Feral, and the release of BEACH BLANKET BLOODBATH, so I'll be at Bitten by Books today, chatting like a crazy person. Head on over there! Unless you hate FREE STUFF.


There'll be videos, readings and a chance to win gift cards and a copy of PARTS and WRECK! Click here to have fun!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Beach Blanket Bloodbath Hits Da Skreets!


Beach Blanket Bloodbath is book 4 in the Amanda Feral, Zombie Socialite series! But a fantastic starting point for readers who are new to the world as it sets up a brand new and exciting story arc! A great choice for fans of horror-comedies such as Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil!

video


Here's the dillio: 
Zombie socialite, Amanda Feral, and her undead friends, Wendy and Gil, shamble into an idyllic seaside village for an event promoting Amanda's memoir, HAPPY HOUR OF THE DAMNED and, as usual, to get some rest, relaxation and consume cute coastal townsfolk. As is their unique luck, plans are derailed when they become embroiled in a gory mystery at the Miss Sand Flea Pageant. Beset with perky, sinister go-go dancers, the inevitable wereshark attack and an annoying octogenarian writer, Amanda must, once again, take time out of her busy schedule of critique and ridicule to solve the crime and save a local bookseller from ruin.
And a reading from Chapter one of Beach Blanket Bloodbath!


Buy it now at the following online retailers...


Saturday, March 29, 2014

April News Roundup of Amazingtude

It's been a while since I blogged/brought y'all up to date on my comings and goings. So, naturally, I keep putting it off and putting it off until I have a metric ton of shit to say!

First and foremost, my debut indie urban fantasy-comedy novella and the long-awaited return of Amanda Feral, BEACH BLANKET BLOODBATH is DONE! PDF copies of the uncorrected galley are circulating and if you're a blogger/reviewer that cross-posts to Amazon just email me@markhenry.us and let me know if you want in on the snarky zombie bitch thing.

The book releases on April 7th in all the eFormats so be on the look out!

To celebrate, I'm throwing a big-ass Facebook party with 16, count 'em, SIXTEEN, very special author guests, each leading a chat, doing a giveaway. There'll be games, barrels of undiluted and deftly aged snark, and my biggest giveaway yet (given that I don't do big giveaways!). Books, Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IBooks gift cards and for the big prize, a brand-spanking new Kindle!

You don't want to miss it. Here's the invite!

If you're local to the Seattle area, I'll be one of the featured authors at this year's Romance Extravaganza in Redmond. There'll be panels, a book fair and later we'll make out. I'm certain I'll be talking a lot about my very first paranormal romantic comedy, PARTS & WRECK, and its forthcoming sequel, COLD HANDS, WARM PARTS. Here's the deets:

The Romance Extravaganza – New Trends in Publishing Panel
Saturday, April 26th, 11am – 2pm
Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th St. Redmond 98052
MY panel will be from 1-2pm, but you should plan to be there by 11:45am for the book signing at noon. There's a panel before the book-signing, too.

One more thing!

I announced in a very roundabout way that, in addition to BEACH BLANKET BLOODBATH, I'd be revealing the synopsis and cover of my first paranormal erotica novella, BALUSTRADE (May 5th)! I'm pretty sure that'll coincide with the Big-Ass Facebook party, so GET. ON. THAT.

Wow.

I think that's it.

Phew.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Go Ahead Be a Dick.

Even up until just a few days ago, I proclaimed my internet motto was "Don't Be a Dick." On the surface, it seems perfectly reasonable. Common sensical. But I worry that people will take it as a very black and white stance, like-bum, bum, buuuuuum-Never Be Mean! People Are Too Fragile! You'll Melt The Special Snowflakes! (there might even be handwringing or a solitary tear).

Listen. 

I'm not a concrete thinker. My world is neither black nor white. Even as a child I questioned everything including myself. I'm a self-assessor. I evaluate everything and try to get a global picture of issues and emotions and what have you. 

I live in a VERY grey world.

And guess what, I can be a dick-Strike that-I NEED to be a dick. My writing depends on it. I write people who are gleefully mean. They have strengths. They're bitingly funny. But they in no means give a single fuck. Giving a fuck strips away the humor. The second I worry about whether a reader will be offended is the moment I know the scene is probably EXACTLY what I need to keep in the book.

That's where the internet is so tricky. There are so many outraged people, so horribly offended about things that I would really have to struggle to give a fuck about. I make an effort to block them from my feed.

The easily offended are NOT my readership. They just aren't. And being aware of that is fantastically freeing. I can dig back into my work and create the kind of nasty humor I love and fans of the books love without worrying.

So, don't worry, I'll just continue to be a dick in the greyest most flexible way ever. Am I still extremely polite? The kind of hospitable and courteous man only a Southern mother could raise? Yeah, absolutely. But right now, I'm over here being a dick. And it's all for you.

Are you a dick?

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Glamazombies Street Team



After taking off my rose-colored glasses and assessing my year in publishing, I've come to a number of conclusions.
1. I need to gather as much support around me as possible. That's both from readers and writers. I could use some accountability on both fronts, but more than that, I need help. HALP!!!
2. Street teams seem to be the way to do that. Now, back when I first started, when Livejournal was our everything, it seemed much easier to gather a group together, we called ourselves the GLAMAZOMBIES and we had fun and talked shit in a yahoo group and so on, but over time things kinda got lazy and my writing veered toward YA and everything just got bungled.  If you were a member of the original Glamazombies and are interested again, please fill out the new-fangled newsletter link over there on the left sidebar. If you're new to my writing and want in on things like First Reads, ARCs and exclusive contests and meet-ups, I'm looking for a minimum of 50 folks.
3. Jesus. FIFTY! That seems like a lot of people, right? But it's the bare minimum, I promise. I'm going to do a video explaining it all, but until then, I'm putting out the call!
Feel free to comment below, but definitely sign up for the newsletter because I'm going to focus a lot of my efforts there and on My Facebook Page.
Whew. That's an update. Oh wait...there's more...I'm holding off on the Amanda Feral novellas until I can launch those books right, in true Glamazombies style. While January is supposed to be the biggest month for sales, it seems (and I feel like I learned this from Parts & Wreck) my fan base is pretty small. And I need to find some leverage for outreach before just throwing up an indie book. That's where you come in, potential Glamazombie!!!
I've got work to do and I hope you'll help.
Eep.

Until then, I'm strapped to two more YA projects that have taken control of my life and frankly give me the opportunity to focus on building my tribe and bettering my chances for a successful Indie publishing launch. So...yeah!!!

Let's make 2014 a breakout year, y'all!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Parts & Wreck Virtual Tour and Contest

I'm on the road, bringing a level of inappropriateness to Romancelandia unseen before they let me out of my crawlspace! I'll be talking about weird holiday traditions, demons, what brought me to romance and all sorts of other stuff. I'll be at quite a few more places in addition to these, so keep an eye out!


12/5: Preternatura
12/11:  Book Suburbia

About Parts & Wreck:


Wade Crowson, a brutish and brooding playboy and veteran vivisectionist for the Parts Department, runs into more than he bargained for in new partner, Lucid Montgomery, a quirky beauty with a bizarre secret and a string of psychiatric diagnoses she tries hard to keep hidden. Loving Luce will stamp a demonic target on her back and thrust Wade into a frenzied whirlwind of hilarious misunderstandings and, quite possibly, a stripping gig for emptynesters. Can they withstand the savagery of an exorcism (with or without the split pea soup) and come out alive and …in love?

Contest:


I'm giving away three prize packages an adult set, young adult set and ebook set of my work. Attached to each of the guest blogs and spotlights is a rafflecopter signup. Get on it!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

PARTS & WRECK is OUTTIE!!!

The day has finally come (and it comes with some secret surprises I couldn't share with you until now), PARTS & WRECK has escaped into the wild of the internet and you can nab her for your very own eReader NOW!!!

Here's what people are saying about my first foray into paranormal romantic comedy!


“Like being on a roller coaster after drinking tequila shots: rollicking and hilarious. I loved this paranormal romance. Every adult on the planet should read it ... Now!”
- Michele Bardsley, National Bestselling Romance Author
  
"One of the funniest romances I've ever read. Who knew vivisection could be so sexy? A fun, frenetic frolic of a book."- Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series (Tempest Reborn)

For a peek into the world of Parts & Wreck, read this EXCERPT!!!