Monday, January 25, 2016

The A to Z Challenge List Opens! Plus David Powers King and Zombies, RiffTrax, Baroness-Purple Review, New Book Releases, and Ninja News

A lot happening today, including sign-ups for the 2016 A to Z Challenge!

But first, David Powers King is here to talk zombies with you.

The Wild and Varied World of Zombies

Thanks for having me, Alex! I think something needs to be said about what has become of the zombie state of things. There’s so many different kinds of ghouls nowadays that it’s hard to keep track of them all. I mean, the mindless monsters got their start with voodoo magic, but the people under that spell weren’t actually dead. Still, the idea spawned into a new kind of creature when George Romero combined the voodoo zombie with vampires in Night of the Living Dead.

Since then, we’ve had all kind of interesting freaks! Resident Evil brought us mutating zombies, 28 Days Later brought us the Rage zombie, and The Last of Us gave us fungal, bat-like zombies (no wings, though—maybe it’s time to give zombies their wings!). Thanks to The Walking Dead, zombies are now more mainstream than ever, and it’s picking up new fans. What kind of zombie have I produced in The Undead Road? You’re invited to learn more about Vectors on Amazon, where you can find the ebook free on KindleUnlimited. It’s also available now as a paperback!

Thanks again for having me, Alex. Be safe out there, my friends!


The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part One by David Powers King
Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse…
Find The Undead Road: Amazon, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, and Amazon AU

RiffTrax!

RiffTrax is rebroadcasting one of its films from last year, The Room, this Thursday night! Check the site for details and for a theater near you.
It’s supposed to be one of the worst films ever, and since I missed this one last year, I’m looking forward to seeing the guys destroy it with snarky humor.

Album Review

Baroness – Purple
This album came out in 2015. This band had fallen off the radar for me until I read an article about a bus accident…
The tour bus was between two English towns when it left the road and fell thirty feet. Two of the members fractured their vertebrae and were forced to leave the band.
The lead singer used his lengthy rehab time to rededicate himself to this album, and the results are amazing.
They’ve compacted their work – it’s less prog and more just great rock songs. The sound is stripped down, and every song is accessible and catchy as hell. I can’t pick a favorite because it changes from listen to listen.
One of the best rock albums I’ve heard in a long time. Highly recommended!

The Thing That Turned Me Anthology

Due out later this year, this anthology is about turning points and those things in life that motivate us to change. You can find a list of contributing authors at Stay Classy Publishing.

And yes! I am one of the contributing authors. I decided to go back, before CassaStar, and write about a turning point in Byron’s early life. So, if you enjoyed my Cassa series, you’ll get a chance to revisit…

Ninja News

C. Hope Clark, founder of the site Funds For Writers, is visiting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group today!
If you haven’t already (or you are already part of the monthly blog posting), don’t forget to sign up for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s newsletter! Our new admin, Chrys Fey, has some amazing guests and articles lined up for the first issue, due out February 24. Sign up HERE.

Don’t forget - the Lost and Found: Valentine’s Edition Blogfest takes place February 1. For details and to sign up, go HERE.

TF Walsh and a few other others put together a group called Romance Addicts Anonymous. If you are a lover of the romance genre, an author needing a place to share your work, or a reader looking for a new read, go HERE for details on this Facebook/Twitter/ Instagram group.

Sarah Foster is hosting the Muse Party Blogfest – Anti-Valentine’s Day Edition on February 15. Visit her POST for details.

New Releases:

The Galactic Outlaws Book One: The Outlaw's Prize by Susan (Gourley) Kelley
Find it at New Concepts Publishing

A Whale of a Tale by Pat Hatt
Find it at Amazon

The Morrigan’s Curse by Dianne Salerni
Comes out Tuesday, January 26!

A to Z List opens!

Welcome to the seventh annual A to Z Blogging Challenge!

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!
The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 4 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled. Please make it easy for visitors to comment on your blog.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Once the Challenge begins, blogs showing no activity or those that miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number WILL change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:

ANIMALS: (AN)
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)
CRAFTS/ART: (CT)
CULINARY: (CU)
EDUCATION/SCIENCE: (ES)
ENTERTAINMENT: (ET)
GAMING: (GA)
HISTORY/MYTHOLOGY: (HM)
HUMOR: (HU)
LIFESTYLE/SOCIAL: (LS )
PERSONAL: (PR)
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
POETRY: (PO)
TRAVEL: (TR)
WRITING/STORYTELLING/MEMOIR: (WR)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

We also have a Facebook Page and Pinterest Site
Email address is contactatozteam@gmail.com
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

I’d also like to announce my awesome Ninja Minions - Rhonda Albom, Nicola Burggraf, Nilanjana Bose, Susan Gourley, Mason Canyon, Stephanie Faris, Yolanda Renee, Ann Bennett, Patricia Lynne, Donna McDine, JA Scott, and Melanie Schultz. Thanks, you guys rock!

Sign up below and join us for a month of alphabet fun!
(When you sign up, you agree to receive A to Z related emails.)



Who’s ready to hit the Undead Road? Willing to give Baroness a try? Signed up for the IWSG newsletter? Ready for next Monday’s blogfest? Picking up some new books? And are you joining us for the 2016 A to Z Challenge…?
Next week, I have some great guests, plus reviews for a couple cool television shows. (Sorry, too late Sunday night to write a review on the new X-Files mini-series. Way past my bedtime!) And don’t forget, next Wednesday is IWSG post day.

142 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - David's book will be an excellent read - I loved his Woven. Good luck too to Dianne ... and all authors with new books ...

Well done on getting the A-Z on the road again .. I'm signed up and raring to go .. all the best and looking forward to seeing lots of sign-ups ..

Cheers Hilary

nashvillecats2 said...

Excellent post Alex, just signed for ISWG NEWSLETTER and A to Z Challenge. our 7th year Alex. Where has the time gone?
Yvonne.

Truedessa said...

Good Morning,

I have read Woven and it was a great book. Sorry to say I never really got into the zombie thing. I have not seen any of the RiffTrax movies but, it does sound like it would be amusing.

I have not heard of this music, sounds like a NDE has brought about a new change in the journey. So sad, to hear of this happening.

I am a romantic at heart so I will def check out the link. I even coined my own word for this phenomenon.

Have a great week!


Mason Canyon said...

Congrats to David and all the other authors who have new books out. Zombies are popular. Looking forward to seeing all the interesting post produced during the A to Z Challenge.

Rhonda Albom said...

I am honored to be one of your minions. I am definitely going to listen to that album - what a dramatic story with that bus accident.

Sandra Almazan said...

Congrats on being part of the anthology!

I haven't decided yet if I'll do the A-Z Challenge this year. It depends on if I can come up with a theme.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Congrats David! I like zombies.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Night of the Living Dead was a terrifying movie! David, it sounds like you've really researched the different types of zombies that are written. I was surprised to find how many types there were (slow-moving, fast-moving, superhuman, etc.)

A-Z time! The year flew by.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, glad you're with us!

Yvonne, can't believe this is Challenge number seven.

Truedessa, you would enjoy RiffTrax.

Rhonda, honored to have you as a Minion!

Sandra, I just came up with mine last week.

Christine Rains said...

It's definitely time zombies got their wings! Congrats to David! And congratulations to everyone releasing a book. I'm eager to see the new IWSG newsletter. Have a great week, Alex. :)

Melanie Schulz said...

That's a lot going on today!

T. Drecker said...

Wow-there is a ton going on today. Congrats to David and everyone else for their releases! I can't wait to see the IWSG newsletter...things keep getting better and better with that. I'm not sure about the A-Z yet. We'll see how things are going in a few weeks.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Still not sure about A-Z, but I am ready for IWSG next week. :)

Jo said...

Morning, I have signed up although I am still not 100% sure. I guess I should have put CU by my blog but I wasn't sure how to do it. If you could oblige in your spare time Alex. I was staggered the list was so long already.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've been fidddlin' with a zombie story myself.

Chemist Ken said...

Congratulations to David on the new book.

As far as the A to Z challenge goes, I may finally join this year. The trick is finding the time and the dedication to complete the challenge.

Hart Johnson said...

That list is pretty darned long for having just opened this morning! Are we going to recommend starting with yourself and working down again, so more people get traffic? I think that worked pretty well.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Congratulation, David! Love me some zombies. And thanks for the shout out, Alex!

Shell Flower said...

I <3 zombies! Good luck to David. That's exciting that the A-Z list is up. Some great books coming out, too.

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Congrats to all of the authors. And I'm always so impressed with the bloggers who do the A to Z challenge 'cause I'm just flat out lazy.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to David and all the new releases!!!!

Have a great week, Alex!!

Sherry Ellis said...

I can't believe it's already time to sign up for the A-Z challenge. I'll have to think about doing it with my gardening blog. It's been rough finding time to blog on a daily basis. There's just too much going on in my "real" world.

I'm looking forward to reading your contribution for the anthology. Should be good!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jo, I can add that.

Ken, you can do it!

Dianne, you're welcome.

Deb, that made me chuckle.

Sherry, hope you can join us. And thanks!

L.G. Keltner said...

Good luck with the book David!

Looking forward to A to Z!

Pat Hatt said...

Made me get up early to get up on top the list lol then I went back to bed. Thanks for the shout and congrats on the anthology too.

Gail said...

Never was a fan of zombies. The hoopla growing around The Walking Dead finally pulled me in, that and a couched day with a marathon hooked me and reeled me in. I don't even notice the zombies any more, they're just props for a great story line.

I believe I may have a fear of commitment. For two years I have considered the A to Z and have yet to sign up. I will enjoy reading others.

Chrys Fey said...

I've actually started a zombie story sort of inspired by the original zombies.

Yay for A-Z! You've got awesome Ninja Minions this year!

Chrys Fey said...

I've actually started a zombie story sort of inspired by the original zombies.

Yay for A-Z! You've got awesome Ninja Minions this year!

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex!

The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer looks like an exciting new take on zombiekind. I love the tag line: "Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse…" (Bub says "Hello, Aunt Alicia!")

Stephanie Faris said...

Would you believe I got up early this morning to put my name on the list? And since 6 a.m., the list has tripled. I wonder if you ever step back and look at what you've created and beam with pride? This is such a great community and it all can be traced back to you, even though I know others have had a hand in growing it, as well.

Bish Denham said...

Lord help me... I'm doing the challenge again! Already have a theme, already beginning to schedule posts.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Congrats to you, David! Best of luck. I'm looking forward to reading it!

HI ALEX!!!!

Thank you for all the awesome info! I have much visiting to do now!

YAY!!! A to Z has begun! But, did you hear? Stormy had an accident. I'll send you a pic. :)

Heather

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I won't be participating with my own blog, just the IWSG blog again this year.

Congrats to David and the other authors.

Catherine Stine said...

I have never heard of Baroness/Purple. Fascinating story of how they got back on their feet - quite literally! I must check them out. Always fun to visit your blog.

Joanne said...

such a variety of zombies. I am curious as to his angle. Hmm. Lots of activity for January. Guess folks are stuck inside and producing. Congrats to all. And after hemming and hawing I've come up with a theme and signed up for A to Z. I am number 80 - early bird catching the worm. No doubt you and your minions shall keep us under control. Thanks! and have a great week

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for mentioning my book. Every time I see the list on a new blog, it's longer. Sign ups are going fast. I'm not quite ready for next Monday but I'm working on it.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Pat Hatt is unstoppable.
I still can't believe it's already time to plan for A-Z. And that, on the first day of sign ups, I'm #181. Whoa!

Happy new week, Alex.

Yolanda Renee said...

And the year is off with a bang!
So much going on and it's wonderful to be a part of it!

Congrats to David!!!!

David P. King said...

It's that time again! I need to think up a good theme for this year. Maybe zombies? Thanks for letting me guest on your blog. :)

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm one of those people who never thought he could get into a "zombie" series---until I got hooked on The Walking dead.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I really like David's take on zombies. I hope it gets made into a movie. He's got an agent so hopefully that kind of thing is in the works.

Tamara Narayan said...

Sign up for A to Z blog hop: check

Sign up for Feb. 1 blog hop: check

Sign up for Muse Party blog hop: check

Sign up for IWSG newsletter: check

Write bio for IWSG anthology: check

Make edits for IWSG anthology: check

Update blog: forget it, I need lunch

Check ya later, Alex

Nilanjana Bose said...

Congrats on the antho, and to all authors on the new releases.

The story behind the album sounds inspirational!

Great to see the A-Z start off so well! Thank you for the minionship, honoured and proud and happy to be a Ninja Minion.

Andrew Leon said...

Zombies just aren't my thing.

cleemckenzie said...

I waited until this week to decide about the AtoZ, but I jumped in. So much going on these days, and I didn't want to start and not be able to finish. Hate that!

Great to see so many already signed up.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pat, you're welcome, and that was a smart move.

Gail, join us!

Shady, be funny if Bub was in the book.

Stephanie, thanks!

Bish, good for you!

Heather, he did?

Catherine, if you like good rock music, you'll enjoy the album.

Susan, you're welcome. And I still need to think of something for Monday's blogfest.

Robyn, awesome!

David, that would be a great idea.

Tamara, eat - you need your strength after all that.

Nilanjana, glad you're a Ninja Minion!

Lee, you couldn't resist...

Birgit said...

Oh my-I need to get the 2016 A to Z Challenge poster..thingy..um....onto my blog:) Words escape me sometimes so do the occasional moths that fly out of my ears. I am still thinking about next Monday...I know, I know stop thinking and start doing. It sounds like the band you talked about had a major life crisis and will continue to have health issues. I am assuming they are heavy metal?

Suzanne Furness said...

Lots going on over the coming weeks. Congratulations to David on his new book.

Carrie-Anne said...

I haven't yet decided if I'm signing up for the blogfest, though I've left that day blank in case I decide at the last minute.

This'll be my fifth year doing A to Z, and my third year doing it with two blogs.

Laura Clipson said...

I've signed up, I've done it every year since I started blogging, so I can't stop now!

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Baroness – Purple, Attractive and creative composition, good job.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to David on his new book! Can't believe it's time for people to plan for A-Z.

Julie Flanders said...

Every time I swear I'm not going to do the A-Z I get tempted again. I have to think about it because I hate to miss all the fun.
Lots of things to catch up on in blog land and of course your blog is the place to do it!
Big congrats and best wishes to David!

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Congrats to all the new releases! I'll have to check out Baroness. I can't believe A to Z is coming up so quickly. Where does the time go??

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats on the anthology and I'm sure you and your ninja minions will do well Alex. Definitely in for the challenge this year. Nice of David to pop in to hang with us today. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to those with new books out. I see the A-Z list has taken on a life of its own. :)

ediFanoB said...

I admire everyone who takes part in the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

I would fail. Instead I'm more than happy that I wrote two reviews in January. I hope that will continue in the following months.

Kristin Smith said...

Wow, now that's a lot of news! I'm so excited to see that Dianne's new book comes out TOMORROW!! My boys love her Eighth Day series.

And congrats to David! Cool post on zombies.

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats, David! One of my favorite zombie shows is IZombie. There are definitely so many different ways to showcase zombies, so I'm looking forward to see how you tackle them in your book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, yes, more rock-progressive rock.

Carrie-Anne, you're ambitious!

Leovi, it is a cool cover.

Julie, resistance is futile...

Joy, it has!

Edi, you would be hard pressed to write a review every day for a month.

Liza said...

Oh, my word! Look at how many people have signed up already. And yet again, I will cheer from the sidelines! Happy Monday, Alex!

J E Oneil said...

I signed up for the Challenge this morning and still I was 138. It's gotten quite popular :).

Boy, a lot of my friends have books coming out this month.

Stephen Tremp said...

I got my download of The Undead Road. Glad to see the support for David!

Jemi Fraser said...

I haven't actually read/seen any zombie books/movies. Maybe David's will be my first foray into the genre! :)
The A-Z is filling up quickly! :)

shelly said...

Hi, Alex! David is making his rounds, I see.

Marie Moody said...

I signed up and this is my second time trying my hand at it. Not sure of these changes regarding a subject... I thought we just pick a word and write about it or something... gaaaaaaaaaa I totally forgot the directions! HELP!

mail4rosey said...

That's a fun intro. The town I used to live in had a zombie walk. Very busy/popular event. Zombies are def. trendy. Good luck w/the book sales. Nice to e-meet you!

Spacerguy said...

The Vectors on Amazon sounds intriguing, I must check out the latest monsters but first, Shields! Don't you just love creatures? I know of the Keeping Room (2014) but its not the same is it? Is'nt it amazing A to Z is only 60+ days away? Only 281 so far, still early days.

mshatch said...

David's book looks really fun and I am especially excited for my exceptionally awesome CP Dianne's book. What a great series. Looking forward to A-Z :)

DL Hammons said...

Gonna have to pass on A-Z this year. Since the DFW Conference moved up their dates, I've had to correspondingly move up WRiTE CLUB, and it now climaxes in April. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

I love a good zombie tale. I won't be doing A to Z, but I look forward to the posts.

Mark Noce said...

The Undead Road, love it! Congrats David:)

Patricia Lynne said...

Lots of cool bloghops coming up! I really need to start planning my posts for them and get them written.

Mackenna Lynch said...

Never know about buzz on Zombies. I guess I a little worried they in fact will take over the world someday. Yikes

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Signed up for the Newsletter and the A to Z. Looks like a busy spring.

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats on the anthology, Alex.
Watched the X Files last night....I'm liking it:)

Madilyn Quinn said...

I haven't written anything yet for Feb. 1, but I've got an idea brewing... so hopefully I get it done in time!

I signed up for the A-Z Challenge! I just missed it when I started blogging last year and I've been looking forward to it since! I've got a pretty ambition idea. We'll see if I can make it work :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

JE, that's still a good placement.

Marie, no theme or subject needed - just go for it.

Spacerguy, don't remind me! Still trying to organize my theme.

DL, hope you still get voters in April.

Beverly, glad you're with us.

Madilyn, cool! And I have no idea what I am posting February 1.

Karen Lange said...

Nice to see David here. Wishing him well. Will hop over to see Hope at IWSG.

Liz A. said...

Congrats to David on his new release. I did sign up for A to Z. It'll be my fourth year. I'm currently #195.

Helena said...

Congrats to David on his Undead Road--I'll be buying and no doubt enjoying it.

kaykuala said...

A Zombie book to read, yes, would love to! Congrats David on your book

Have signed up for the April Challenge, Alex. Chosen a combi-theme of Visual Art/Poetry this time. Have neglected my art perhaps I can drive myself again and for the 30 days. Phew!

Hank

kristinkingauthor said...

A to Z is such great bloggedness. Thanks for posting.

(Looks like most A to Z bloggers (2 out of 3) aren't using the category system. Maybe on the linky, the category could be separate box to fill in next year?)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Looks like the A to Z Challenge sign up is off to a good start. I'll be on there, soon! It is a fun and frantic month of blogging and connecting.

Nicola said...

Best of luck to David. I love Zombie stories! Really looking forward to my new role of Minion in the awesome upcoming A to Z challenge.

Shadow said...

....and 2016 is off to a flying gallop. Enjoy the ride.

dolorah said...

I've seen most of those zombie references. I enjoy them for the most part. The Morrigan Curse looks interesting. I think Pat puts out a book a month, lol.

I'm not doing A-Z, will be on blog break. Wishing everyone luck though.

Michelle Wallace said...

You have 12 A to Z minions? Way to go Captain!
I'm all signed up for the A to Z Challenge(but still thinking about a theme...)and for next week's Lost & Found blogfest.

Sandra Cox said...

Love the Ninja Minions Meme.

Robin said...

I look forward to supporting A to Z, but I'm not participating this year. Frankly, I don't know how you do it...

Liz Fichera said...

Holy cow...7 years since the original AZ Blogfest??? My how time flies.

Misha Gericke said...

Already signed up for A to Z. Baroness sounds like a band I would like. :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats to everyone with book releases!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm not sure I'm going to do the challenge this year because I need to finish two manuscripts. I think I'll be a visitor instead of a blogger....less pressure that way.

Kate Larkindale said...

Gah! Is it that time again already? Now I have to decide if I can commit to the A -Z again this year.

Al Penwasser said...

I've done it and signed up for another go at the Challenge. I'm not sure what my theme will be (or if I will even HAVE a theme).
Should be fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liz, that's a good spot.

Hank, that's sounds cool! Look forward to it.

Kristin, we've tried to find a way to do that. We might have an option next year.

Nicola, thanks for being a Ninja Minion.

Michelle, I do! And two other offers...

Robin, I don't either...

Liz, I know!

Al, with you, I know it will be amusing.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I suppose I should add my blog to the list. LOL

Blue Grumpster said...

A Whale of a Tale! The Cat is on a roll, Alex.

Jess said...

Oh my, I've missed so much…………

klahanie said...

Hey Alex,

Gosh, I had to scroll way, way down all those folks with the bizarre obsession with the alphabet!

Good to see the legendary David featured on your site. His book sounds like an intriguing read.

Loads of links and thanks.

I might just, after all, satirise the A to Z, once again this year. Of course, if I do that, it ends up ironically promoting the weird alphabet craze. After that, all the folks involved with the A to Z will be so impressed with my satire that I get mentioned by the A to Z. What a wacky world of blogging!

All the best, good sir.

Gary

Tess Julia said...

I will have to check out the Baroness- I love good music! One of these years I'll have to give the A to Z challenge a go, just have too much on my plate still this year.

Francis Lee said...

Who doesn't like a book about zombies?

Crystal Collier said...

Wow! That A to Z list is madness already! So excited for the new releases, the anthology and the bloghop!

Sarah Foster said...

Thanks for the shout out, Alex! (Sorry, I'm just getting around to reading blog posts today!)
I wasn't sure about doing the A to Z this year but I think I've come up with an idea that can work.

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations on the upcoming anthology!

Eep, there are already so many on the list! I came in at #399. I still thinking the acronym BO is funny, but that's what I am! Can't wait to reveal my theme :-)

Loni Townsend said...

Wow, look at that list already!

Grats to David.

I'll have to look up Baroness - Purple to see if any strike my fancy. I typically like softer stuff than you, but there are a few you bring up that I really dig.

Patsy said...

I won't be a-Zing, but I'll be reading.

John Wiswell said...

I keep confusing The Room, the classic terrible movie, with Room, the current Oscar nominee. I'd take a look at MST3K: Oscars Edition!

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats to the authors with new releases.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I'm confused...I thought we were already signed up for the newsletter if we were on the FB page. If not, I'll definitely sign up. I'm looking forward to it.

I *am* signed up for the A to Z! I'll be back with more spooky goodness.

M Pax said...

Congrats to David and Susan. Love seeing everyone getting their work out there. Good luck with all the hops coming up. And break a pen with the anthology.

Cynthia said...

Goodness, is it almost A to Z time again? I probably left this exact same comment on your blog last year when you were announcing A to Z. Maybe I'd do it this year....but I'd need a theme. So let me think about it. Thanks for all you and your team does, Alex, to organize this!

Julia King said...

Is April that close? A - Z Challenge. I participated a couple years back and it was such fun!

Congrats to David Powers King! I'm happy to hear about his new release. :)

The X-Files mini series started off with a bang. Can't wait for your review.

Cheers!

Kim Lajevardi said...

A lot of news today. Good luck to TF and her group. I've always admired those who make it through A-Z Challenge. It's more than I can manage, but I'll cheer from here. :)

Gail said...

I bit the bullet, Alex. Hope I remember to follow through.

Thanks.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I've purchased Undead Road, but not sure when I'll get to read it. Good luck with the A-to-Z!

Nick Wilford said...

Looking forward to checking out David's spin on zombies. He's everywhere!

50% sure on doing the A-Z this year, but it's looking more likely. Just that small matter of a theme!

Nicole Zoltack said...

One of these years, I will do A-Z, I swear. Not this year, though, not with self publishing at least 3 novels. O.o

Sandra Cox said...

TF's site sounds exciting.

How are you, Alex?

msmariah said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a blogathon so huge! I wish I had time to create an entry. Good luck! Hope you're doing well! I look forward to seeing your X-Files review.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Just finished the first season of IZombie. Loved it. Who knew! Congratulations again on the anthology.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gary, you know we will mention you!

Sarah, you're welcome, and hope you can join us.

Deniz, it is funny...

Loni, it's not as heavy as some of the bands I like.

John, BIG difference!

JH, awesome! And you are signed up if you are on the blog list, but not the Facebook group.

Cynthia, you can do it!

Julia, next week!

Gail, I won't let you forget.

Nicole, you'll be busy.

Sandra, doing good and going to see RiffTrax tonight!

Elizabeth said...

Congrats on your story in The Thing That Turned Me Anthology! I'm excited about the IWSG newsletter and the A to Z Challenge! I will probably go sign up for the Lost and Found Blogfest only because Michael decided to involve it in the Question of the Month. I'm still trying to figure out what to write.

Botanist said...

That is one heck of a sign-up list for the A to Z in such a short time! This event just keeps growing each year.

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Congrats to David. Seeing him and his book cover everywhere! So cool. I'm excite for the a-z challenge. Should be fun. Thanks, Alex for always stopping by my blog and commenting. So great to be back. Best, Becca

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Alex!

ALMOST 500 people already and it's not even February yet!. AMAZING! LOOK what Arlee and you have started. INCREDIBLE!

Would LOVE to do it this year, but my life is still INSANE> LOL... But all is good. I may even write something new. Won't that be shocking. LOL.

Anyway .. hope all is well!

CONGRATS to all the amazing books featured in your post! ALL THE BEST WRITERS!!!!!

Sandra Cox said...

Going to the movies instead of grocery shopping....
Wow, you wild kids.

Donna K. Weaver said...

DPK's book is a great read, even if you're not all that into zombies. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Elise Fallson said...

Just look at all those people already signed up! WOOT! I'm really diggin the new badge for this year too. Congrats to David on his new book and everyone who has releases. Hope one day I'll finally get my book out.... :)

Jennie Bennett said...

I know practically nothing about Zombies. Good thing I bought David's book!

Robert Bennett said...

I think I'm going to wait before signing up. I want to make sure that my schedule allows me consistency (in the process of getting a new job). That aside, I freaking love zombies. I couldn't tell you where it started since they terrified me as a kid but I rarely can get enough of the genre.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm not usually a big zombie fan, but David Powers King is such an awesome writer that I'm willing to give this one a try. I'm signed up for the IWSG newsletter . . . and I'm going low key with blogging this year, so despite loving blogfests and A to Z in particular, I'm going to sit back and enjoy it from the sidelines this time around. Best wishes to all who participate!

Yay for new books! (I finally read Diane K. Salerni's Eight Day book and loved it!)

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats to David, Susan, Pat and Dianne on their new releases!

Yay for all the wonderful new Ninja Minions you'll have to help you in April! :)

Patrick Coholan said...

I'm Patrick, and I know of Alex by his reputation. The notes here evidently got a substantial response, which is great, because so many people are showing support. Owing to what's been said here, I believe I will sign up for the IWSG newsletter. I mostly know of IWSG by references to it in blogs. I have never looked into it closely, but I am becoming convinced it is something I would like. I am ready for Monday's blogfest, to see how that goes. Getting pointed in the direction of the blogfest, and also the WEP challenges, is helpful because I have an idea what specifically to read. I am not sure I have the strength as a blogger to join the A to Z challenge this year, but I am on board as a reader.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I am eager to read David's book. Felt nice to see him featured on your blog. Alex, you seem to be writing many short stories nowadays?

Congrats to David, Susan, Pat and Dianne on their new releases!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I've never been into The Walking Dead - maybe I need to read about zombies instead of watching them. David's cover is very striking.

Good luck to everyone signing up for the A-Z challenge - so many people already, awesome! I'm staying out of it this year, at the moment anyway :-)

DMS said...

Exciting to see David here. His book looks and sounds fantastic! I also noticed Diane and Pat's books- congrats to them too! I have two of Diane's books that I am hoping to start reading soon. I am way behind on my reading right now, but working to catch up!

Look at all the A-Z people! Awesome! I can't wait to see all the posts. :)
~Jess

Madeleine Sara said...

Those new releases sound enticing. A-Z is tempting, as i always enjoyed participating in the past, but have a busy month in April. Good luck everyone.

Mason T. Matchak said...

I've never been a huge fan of zombies, but the bit about winged zombies got me thinking. That might be something that could make me a bit more interested in them. ^_^

And best of luck to everyone doing the A to Z challenge. I see it every year and think there's no way I'd do that, but I catch some peoples' entries and it's nifty to see what they come up with.

Emilyann Girdner said...

Wow, so many great things happening. Congrats David and to everyone with new releases!

Pat Tillett said...

I will be reading the Undead Road. Thanks for the informtion Alex...