I’ll be appearing for an interview on 8/25-http://tobtr.com/10207903 #interview #books

Commune - Audio CoverJoin me and Audie Award winning Narrator R. C. Bray as we discuss books, writing in general, the fine art of narration, and any other random thing with host and author S. Evan Townsend! R. C. Bray will also perform a live reading from my novel, Commune Book One.

Bring some popcorn!

Radio Interview 8/25 @SEvanTownsend @audbks #book #interview

Speculative Fiction CantinaJust a quick reminder that famed audio book narrator R. C. Bray and yours truly will be appearing on the Speculative Fiction Cantina podcast on August 25th at 3 PM, West Coast time, with author and host S. Evan Townsend to discuss my novel Commune Book One.  Bray will also perform a live reading from the novel.

You can view the full event details over at the Facebook page, here!

Learn more about the Speculative Fiction Cantina at this link!

Get a copy of the book here!

R. C. Bray @audbks will join me for radio interview with host and author @SEvanTownsend #books #author #interview #audiobooks

Speculative Fiction CantinaI just got word this morning that Audie Award winning narrator R. C. Bray will be joining me for my interview with Mr. Townsend at the Speculative Fiction Cantina on August 25th, 6 pm PST.  Bray will be saving my sorry ass by performing the live reading of my novel Commune Book One.  This is profoundly good news as far as I’m concerned.  You know how they have the expression, “He has a face made for radio”?  Well, I have a voice made for writing…

I will be doing a radio interview with host and author @SEvanTownsend #books #author #interview

Speculative Fiction CantinaThe good people at The Speculative Fiction Cantina have booked me for an hour long interview on August 25th, 6 PM Eastern Time (3 PM Pacific).  We’ll be discussing my book(s), writing in general, and any other thing that happens to come up.

The show is hosted by S. Evan Townsend, a gifted and well regarded author in the sci-fi/fiction arena.

Mark your calendars, my friends 🙂

Commune Book One Now Available at Barnes and Noble #postapocalypse #ebook #adventure #fiction

Commune Book One Preview

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For all of you lovelies out there who don’t dig on Amazon or Kobo but partake of the B&N Nook…ocity?  Nookitude?  Nookchuckus?

I don’t know where I just went, there.  Anyway, if you have a Nook, you too can come escape into my little slice of unheaven.  Enjoy and thank you all.

Josh

Commune Book One: A Thinking Reader’s Post Apocalypse #books #reading #postapocalypse

Progress on Commune Book Two is banging along at a fantastic pace!  I’m already one third of the way finished (or maybe a little less depending on what the total length ends up being; it feels like it may be a bit longer than the first book right now).  It would be really friggin’ cool if I had it ready to publish around the time the production of Book One’s audio book is finished.

Commune Book One Preview

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In the meantime, the first book calls out to all you fans of the post apocalypse genre.  For any who enjoy dreaming about how you would fair in a total societal breakdown or who wonder about your chances of surviving a world suddenly made lawless and hostile; for any preppers who fancy themselves ready for the day the lights go out; for any military (either active service or veterans) who would view the situation as just another day at the office: this series of books is my little love letter to all of you (kiss!).  Click the image of the book cover for a free preview!  You can grab a copy in both ebook and paperback formats.

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Commune Book One Audio Book to be Performed by R. C. Bray

I have just signed a deal to have my novel produced as an audio book.

It’s going to be performed by, and I shit you NOT: R.C. Bray. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of audio books, Bray is basically Robert Deniro, Marlon Brando, and Robin Williams all in one. His narration of Andy Weir’s The Martian is what helped to sky rocket the book to such a level of success that it was made into a major Hollywood film (that and Weir’s amazing talents as a story teller, anyway).

Let me tell you something: it takes an awful god damned lot to humble me but I’m absolutely humbled right now by Bob’s enthusiasm and belief in my work. If you had told me at any point that one of the industry’s most talented, respected, and beloved narrators wanted to perform my very first novel only a friggin’ week after it was published, I would have told you to grow the hell up. This is the kind of thing you dream about after slogging through years of obscurity.

I have no words for this.

Commune Book One is currently available in ebook and paperback on Amazon and Kobo.  I’ll provide further details on the audio book production as I get them.

Commune Book One is now Available on Kobo!

For those of you who prefer Kobo over Amazon, Commune Book One is now available as an ebook.  Click here to get you copy now!

For those of you who have already gotten a copy over at Amazon, thank you so much!  I am both humbled and gratified that you’ve decided to come spend a little time in my world.  I look forward to seeing you in books two and three.

For those of you stumbling on my novel for the first time, I’ll offer the following details (outside of the standard plot synopsis, which you can read on the purchase pages for the book):

What I ended up writing was a zombie story without all the zombies.  I’m a big fan of the post apocalypse survival genre and a lot of my favorite works in the arena involve zombies.  That being said, I didn’t want to write another zombie book.  Even in those books that do involve the zombies (those that I enjoy, anyway), the zombies are only really a threat for so long before such encounters become routine.  When zombies become normal, the real and more extreme danger always presents itself: other humans.  To my mind, the most fascinating subject matter is explored when the story starts dealing with competition between surviving communities for limited resources and how they choose to behave in these situations.  In my book, I just wanted to skip the zombie part altogether and dive right in to dealing with who I believe have the potential to be the scariest, most threatening monsters: us.

When I wrote this book, I was looking (in part) to create a story that veers away from a lot of the standard tropes that I’ve been seeing in the genre (everyone always turns into opportunistic savages, the military is evil, and so on).

There are definitely evil people in this story but I wanted to explore the idea that there is a world of difference between your basic, boring, mustache-twirling evil and a person who is basically decent but focused only on looking out for himself.  One of the primary themes I work on is that it’s very likely easier and safer in the short term to go “every man for himself”, however you end up actively creating a world in which you wouldn’t want to live.  The characters in the story struggle with this concept, having to establish a balance between preservation of self and preservation of humanity.

Additionally, the story is delivered in the form of a first person narrative from people who may not necessarily want you to know every little thing about them.  My intent is that, for some of the characters, you learn more about what makes them tick from what they don’t say rather than what they do…