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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…

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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…

Z-Risen 3: Poisoned Earth book sample

Enjoy a sample 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 a week since we arrived back 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. Continue reading…

Will the real Z-Risen 3 cover please stand up?

Howdy friends.

Yesterday I posted a fake Z-Risen 3 cover as an April Fool’s Day gag. Thanks to everyone who played along.

Today I bring you the actual Z-Risen 3: Poisoned Earth cover. The artwork was done by Eloise J. Knapp who is certainly no stranger to the post-apocalyptic genre. I am extremely pleased with her work on the new cover.

The book is nearing completion. I’m lining up my editor and beta readers. I’m doing my best to get this book out by the end of May so that means less than 2 months. In case you haven’t read the first two books, Z-Risen: Outbreak and Z-Risen 2: Outcasts are both $2.99 for the month of April.

Thank you all for your patience. The last 9 months have brought some dramatic changes to my personal life and I ended up sort of falling off the writing wagon. I’m back on track and have a lot of new projects lined up for 2015. I’ll get Z-Risen 3 setup for pre-order. As a thank you to all of my amazing readers, I will price the new book at .99 until the book is released.

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So you are writing or have written your first book. Congratulations because now the easy part is over. What’s that you say? Writing is hard? But it’s cool because you KNOW that your first book is going to sell a metric shit ton of copies and you’re going to sit around and revel in the adoration of countless fans and have your royalty checks delivered in solid gold checks? You’re also going to be an overnight New York Times best seller and the talk of the town. You know this to be true.

Good fucking luck with all of that. Continue reading…