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THE FRONT: SCREAMING EAGLES is out!

I’m very pleased to announce that THE FRONT: SCREAMING EAGLES is now available on Amazon. Not only that but it’s on sale for .99 today and tomorrow. 

I hope you enjoy this sample from the book. Look for the second book, THE FRONT: RED DEVILS in the coming months.

TheFront_updatedsub_altGrillo shivered, and thought about moving around. He’d been sitting here for over an hour, and the chill had sunk in. His clothes felt damp thanks to the cold, and he was pretty sure his jacket was frozen to the tree.

He held his M1 Garand to his chest like it was his best friend. It was loaded with a full-eight round clip and he had a few extra in his pouch. Not enough if they came under heavy fire, but the rest of the squad’s ammo was spread thin. Him being the new guy, they’d stripped most of his rounds when he’d arrived and passed them out among the other men. Continue reading…

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Welcome to THE FRONT

I’m pleased to post a small sample of THE FRONT: SCREAMING EAGLES for your reading pleasure. The book will be released on Tuesday, December 22nd. Until then, please enjoy a free chapter.

-Tim

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Pine trees overhead cast shadows on the cold hard ground as Sergeant Heinz Behr studied a tuft of undergrowth that had somehow survived the frigid cold. He dropped the envelope that had contained his division’s orders and tucked the letter itself into his jacket. No fire meant there was no way to burn the paper. He should’ve ripped it to pieces and buried it, but the ground was too hard.

His face was smooth-shaven, but it had come at the cost of applying a razor in the sub-zero weather. His cheeks and chin burned like they’d been scraped raw by a cheese grater. Just another indignity to bear while waiting for the next battle. It was important to keep up a front with his men, but in this war the effort seemed futile.

His combat clothing was stitched together in places, and his jacket was sodden. His boots dragged at the ground when he walked, and he couldn’t feel his toes. He’d long since given up on being disgusted at his own smell—that and that of his men. The last time he’d had a bath was sometime before the battle outside of St. Lo. He’d taken a bullet wound across his upper arm, but the medic had managed to stave off an infection. That or God had seen fit to allow him to keep his limb. Continue reading…

I make stuff up for a living

I recently read a review on another author’s book claiming that the author had a certain political leaning based on reading his work. I had to laugh because I didn’t think anything could be further from the truth based on what I know about the author. It reminded me of some of the funny reviews I’ve read of some of my books and assumptions about me based on the reader’s interpretation of my work.

Let me hit you with a little truth regarding writers: writers make shit up for a living.

i love writingNo joke. When I write a book the last thing on my mind is making some statement (with the exception of satire). If I’m writing satire I’m probably out to lampoon some ridiculousness in the world. In Congress of the Dead I was fed up with the government shut-downs. The message was that a congress of zombies would get just as much work done as a congress of jack-holes sitting at home on their collective asses. Continue reading…

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Projects underway update

I have a variety of books in the works and thought I’d post an update. I’m a full-time professional author now so it’s my absolute pleasure to get to write every single day rather than slogging through a 3 1/2 hour daily commute to and from Seattle for a day job. As writing is the new normal, my book output will pick up quite a bit.

First up is THE FRONT – A World War II novel about the allies at the Battle of the Bulge with a zombie twist. I’m writing this series with David Moody (one of the guys who directly influenced me to write! What an honor), and my good friend and Stoker nominated author Craig DiLouie. Craig and I hatched this idea during a drunken night at a convention in Seattle back in May. We figured we had no way to get David Moody onboard but he surprised us by jumping at the chance. The first book, THE FRONT: SCREAMING EAGLES will be available in December 2015. The book will be followed closely by the second novel from David Moody. Craig will write the third. Continue reading…

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Real heroes in THE FRONT

TheFront_draft2In THE FRONT I’ve written an homage to one of the most decorated platoons of World War 2. On December 16th, 1944, the 18 men of the 99th’s Intelligence and Recognizance Infantry Division, faced a force of over 500 German paratroopers. They managed to hold a hill that overlooked the village of Lanzareth for 10 hours.

They were commanded by a 20 year old Lieutenant named Lyle Bouck. The amazing part was that the entire group of men were green and yet they delayed the German advance by up to 20 hours despite begging for artillery support and being told they were “seeing things”.

The 99th had no artillery support with the exception of a 60mm mortar despite repeated calls for help. At full strength the company numbered 22 men with the mortar (a late arrival on the morning of the attack). They suffered only minimal losses. One of the mortar team members was struck and died. They had almost no medical supplies and no morphine. Continue reading…