Z-Risen 3: Poisoned Earth – SSDD Part One

An excerpt from Z-Risen 3: Poisoned Earth

In the event this log is found with my corpse, I’m Machinist Mate First Class Jackson Creed and it’s been almost two weeks since we arrived in San Diego following the event. With me is Marine Sergeant Joel “Cruze” Kelly.

We were both stationed on the USS McClusky, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate out of San Diego. Our ship was overrun by the dead and we barely escaped with our lives. Now we live in the middle of Undead Central.

Entry #21 – SSDD

The Z hit me like a ton of bricks. Continue reading…

Z-RISEN: OUTCASTS has been released

I’m happy to say that Z-RISEN 2: OUTCASTS has been released.

“When the USS McClusky, a US Naval frigate out of San Diego, ran aground, it was only the beginning for Machinist Mate Jackson Creed and Marine Sergeant Joel “Cruze” Kelly. The unlikely duo battled for survival as they established a base of operations and fought to retain their “fortress.”  Continue reading…

Z-Risen: Outcasts update

Z-Risen 2: Outcasts is coming along nicely. I’d hoped to have the book ready for February but it looks like it will be closer to a late March release due to other commitments. The new book is taking Jackson Creed and Joel Kelly into some interesting territory. That said, I’m already looking forward to book 3 – Z-Risen: Out of Time before the end of the year. For fans of the first book I’m happy to say that this won’t simply be a trilogy and the series will go on as long as it takes to tell the entire story.

A big thank you goes out to one of my favorite sites, Bookie-Monster. I read all of the reviews on the site and was thrilled to see Z-Risen: Outbreak get a 5 star rating. The bookie-monster herself proclaimed “Z-Risen is one heck of a fast-paced, action-packed, rip-roaring funny ride.” Swing by their site and checkout the wealth of great reviews.

I’m close to inking a deal to bring the first two books of Z-Risen to audible.com. I’m hoping to bring Todd Menesses on as narrator because he did an outstanding job on my urban fantasy, AT THE BEHEST OF THE DEAD.

Don’t forget to enter the contest on the front page of Z-Risen.com. I’m giving away a Kindle.

Thank you all so much for the positive reception Z-Risen has received. I’m looking forward to writing many more books in this series.

Beer Run Part Two

Beer Run – Part 2

18:45 hours approximate
Location: Undead Central, San Diego, CA

We exited the block and ran into the parking lot of an apartment complex. Joel and I had dodged behind cars and concrete dividers at every opportunity. Our sprint had carried us nearly a hundred and fifty yards away from the dumpster and I, for one, had begun to feel it.

I panted, hunched next to a car; Joel did the same. He swept his ball cap off his black head and wiped sweat from his brow with his sleeve. San Diego might be a comfortable seventy degrees but running for your life has a tendency to make you sweat like a pig.

I pointed at my orange wristband and he gave me the finger. While we took a breather, I ejected the magazine from the M45 and filled the five rounds I’d emptied into Z’s. Joel took a moment to do the same with his AR. We waited and looked toward the area we’d just left, only to find that luck was on our side and we’d avoided a larger confrontation. Continue reading…

Beer Run Part Three

19:05 hours approximate
Location: Undead Central, San Diego, CA

We hit the landing and tore to the right. I gripped Joel’s shoulder while he moved (once again) in a crouch. I drew my M45 and switched it to my dominant right hand. On the grass, an army of the dead had congregated. Joel leaned over the railing, aimed…and fired at a car of all things. What the hell? He’d picked a high-end BMW; when the bullets punched into the hood, they set off an alarm.

“Jesus fucking Christ!” I cried.

The dead turned toward the sound and I realized Joel was smarter than he looked. Give a Marine a gun and they suddenly turn into a fucking brain surgeon.

“Let’s go.” Continue reading…