Daily Archives: November 11, 2015

#31ZombieAuthors – Day 4 Interview – Ann Christy – When Life Gives You Lemons…

Hey poindexters,

BQB here. Still recovering from last month’s zombie apocalypse. I think I have PTSD. I still see zombies everywhere. Mostly on Sunday nights on AMC but still.

Anyway, I’m reblogging last month’s interviews. On Day 4, I spoke to Ann Christy, who advised that when life hands you lemons, make some vodka lemonade.

Also, if you plan to self-publish a book, there’s no question you need a good editor. But, if you’re determined to self publish and can’t, for whatever reason, get an editor, Ann offers her four views method for self-editing.

If you’re sure that going editor-less is your only option, check this out.

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Today’s guest is Ann Christy, author of the Between Life and Death series.  Follow teenager Emily as she makes her way through a world comprised of three groups:  humans, deaders, and the flesh-eating in-betweeners.

Among her other works, Ann is also the author of the Silo 49 series, which takes place in the world of Hugh Howey’s Wool, as well as the dystopian adventure, Strikers, and many others.

Ann, welcome.  It truly takes a brave individual to take a call from Alien Jones’ space phone.


51LzhZZAQ2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Q.   Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to, does it?  Take my pal, Bernie Plotznick, for instance.  All he ever wanted to do was become a successful rap mogul but instead, he’s freaking…

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Happy Veterans Day! (Literary War Quotes)

Happy Veterans Day! Thanks to everyone who served and/or is still serving.

Around this time last year, I got my hands on the latest Call of Duty game ( still haven’t finished it, I am behind) and ended up posting a bunch of literary war quotes.

Here’s my post from Veterans’ Day Last Year.

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Happy Veterans Day!

For the past week, I’ve been offering “Literary War Quotes” – quotes from classic pieces of literature, as a tie in to my latest obsession with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.  I’m half-way through the campaign and have just learned that Kevin Spacey’s character is the bad guy.  Who knew?

It is probably about time to conclude this series of posts with this quote:

“You were just babies in the war – like the ones upstairs!  But you’re not going to write it that way, are you?  You’ll pretend that you were men instead of babies and you’ll be played in the movies by Frank Sinatra and John Wayne or some of those other glamorous, war-loving, dirty old men.  And war will look just wonderful, so we’ll have a lot more of them.  And they’ll be fought by babies like the babies upstairs.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

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The Writer’s Battle: Undesiredverse and Getting it Done

1371251154I can distinctly remember being a kid, sitting on a beach, notepad in hand, writing down details of a space opera in mind.  The central character was a badass dude in a duster.

Over the years, that storyline has existed only in my mind.  That badass’ name has changed many times, as have his wants, desires, motivations, his activities, and so on.

I’ve started and stopped a lot of projects in the past two years.  Every writer goes through that phase.  Some never stop.  Many always have a number of ideas they’re working on.

I’ve decided that Undesiredverse: Wanted will be my first novel.


  • The heroes are flawed – As we’ll learn, Roman is a degenerate drug addict.  Though he has some standards, he has also done bad things for money.  He’ll soon become a part of something bigger than himself, and be forced to choose a better path.  Meanwhile, Jones was once second in command to the Mighty Potentate.  He’s done something to incur the MP’s wrath, leading him to be stripped of all his supernatural powers and just be a regular, run of the mill alien.  I’m not quite sure we’ll learn exactly what AJ did, at least not in this novel.  But he too is looking for redemption as he’s not thrilled to be Roman’s lackey, but it’s a living.
  • The awesome setup –  Roman Voss is a bounty hunter.  Alien Jones is his trusty sidekick/pilot.  Together, they travel “the Undesiredverse” i.e. the collection of miserable planets whose citizens are too corrupt and violent to be allowed entry into the Rakan Collective, i.e. the Mighty Potentate’s pristine paradise one hundred billion worlds strong.
  • Villains that you’ll love to hate – They include:
  • SOURCEMIND: The dangerously sentient artificial intelligence who conquered an entire planet.  Though he’s stored in a massive mainframe on Omcoros, he could be controlling any machine anywhere.  Is he in your toaster?  Your toothbrush?  Did your TV just switch on by itself?  That wasn’t a glitch.  It was totally Sourcemind.
  • THE TARAZNI CLAN – After thousands of years of waging needless wars, a majority of the demonic looking beings who called Tolloo home decided to mend their evil ways and work toward a peaceful future.  Unfortunately, a minority of renegade Tollusks, referring to themselves as the Tarazni Clan, disagreed, seized the planet’s nuclear arsenal, and used it to punish the peaceniks by blowing their own homeworld to kingdom come on the way out.  They’ve been traveling the stars, conquering worlds ever since.  Earth is their most recent acquisition.
  • THE ONE WORLD ORDER – Earth’s planetary government, filled with corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who care more about saving their skins than their world’s best interests.  Currently operated by collaborationists who rubber stamp the Tarazni Clan’s demands without question.
  • THE VENDRAGONS – Not every vendragon is a terrorist, but there sure are a whole helluvalot of terrorists who are vendragons.  Religious zealots of the Vendragonism faith have separated themselves into two factions, the Red Vendrigo Cult and the Blue Vendrigo Cult.  They’ve been fighting for thousands of years over what color shirt Vendrigo, the holy man of their faith, wore one fateful day.  They literally agree on everything else, but varying holy book interpretations as to whether the shirt was blue or red have led to a very testy situation.
  • THE CABAL – the multi-species intergalactic space mafia.  Their hands, hooves, flippers, fins, etc are in everything.  They killed Roman’s family so naturally, he doesn’t like them very much.


  • The story is easy to serialize – I need to finish my one post a day for a year challenge, but I also have to get cracking on writing a novel.  This allows me to do both.  The plot is that Roman and Jones go on a mission that ends up with them taking care of a very confused woman.  Every scumbag lowlife in the Undesiredverse wants her, but our trio has no idea why.  They become the three most “wanted” beings around and as they avoid capture by various scumbags, the secret of who the woman is and why she’s so important will slowly trickle out.
  • In other words – the beginning, middle, and end are clear.  Now I just have to rack up some daily word counts to get a rough draft onto paper.
  • But do keep in mind – this is just a rough draft.  It will be polished again and again before publication.

Finally, let me just say, I’ll NEED YOUR HELP.

Please check it out.  Tell me what works.  Tell me what doesn’t.  Point out potholes.  Tell me the problems you see.  Help me vet this and make it as awesome as possible.

Here are the first 7 chapters:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

And if you prefer the Wattpad experience (it is a bit easier to read on mobile devices) – check it out.

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Undesiredverse: Wanted – Chapter 7

Six against one.  The odds were against me.  I held my hands up.  The goon squad drew their hand cannons and approached.

“Screw it,”  I thought. “I’d rather be dead than surrender.”

Bounty hunting.  If you’re looking for work, I don’t recommend it.  God knows I wish I’d of gotten into a nice vocational training program but I’m stuck with my career choice now, and if I can’t talk you out of it, you’d better get your own arsenal.

Don’t just get one.  Carry it with you.  I did.  Unlucky for me, it was all neatly stored within my duster sitting on the couch on the opposite side of the room.

I was going to have to do this bare handed.

“OK boys,”  I said as I clasped my hands behind my neck.  “Let’s get this over with.”

They drew closer, their sights trained on me.  One of them put his hand on mine.  I twisted it, broke it at the wrist, then caught the blaster he dropped with his free hand.  I used it to gank two of those losers.  I made a backward dive across the floor, trading shots along the way.

There it was.  My precious duster.  I reached in the pocket and found a small rubber ball.

Three henchmen left.

“WAIT!!!”  I shouted.  I stood up with my hands up again.  “I give up!”

“What’s in your hand?”  on of the goons asked.

“Huh?”  I asked.


“Oh, this thing?” I said as I opened my hand up to reveal the ball.  “Here, catch.”

I threw it.  The goon caught it.  The three of them stood there staring at it like it was a beguiling mystery.

I clicked my Sen Pen twice.

“Detontate,”  I said.

Next thing I knew, it was raining shai parts.  Not a pretty sight. 

I put on my duster with a flourish.  It’s the only way to put on a duster.  You should try it sometime.  Not with mine though.  Get your own.

Behind me, a low growl turned into a ferocious roar.  I’d forgotten there was one more goon.  A furry one.

I kept perfectly still.  I could hear the banji beast charge.  I could sense it getting closer and closer.  I lulled it in, letting her think she’d bested me and then…BAM!  I turned around at the last minute and smashed the fuzzy bastard right in the face, knocking it the hell out.

You wish you were badass enough to say that you punched a banji beast in the face, don’t you?  It’s ok.  Don’t feel bad.  There can only be one Roman Voss.

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Alien Jones here.  Please follow Bookshelf Q. Battler on Facebook.  It’ll get the Mighty Potentate off my back.

And if you love BQB’s tomfoolery, he does engage in additional riffing over there on Zuckerberg’s invention.

Thank you nerds.

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#31ZombieAuthors – Day 3 Interview – Stevie Kopas – The End of The World is Not Glamorous

Hello 3.5 readers.

“The End of the World is Not Glamorous.”

Sure, it’s fun to indulge in zompocalypse fantasies but when it comes right down to it, I don’t want to live in a world without toilets and Internet, do you?

Stevie Kopas talks about all this and more in this interview re: The Breadwinner Trilogy

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“I don’t always drink beer, but when I do I drink Zombie Killer.”


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Today’s guest is Stevie Kopas, author of The Breadwinner Trilogy. Billed with the tagline, “The End of the World is Not Glamorous,” this series portrays the struggles of various people as they fight to survive a zombifying virus that has struck the Florida panhandle.

Take ordinary folks like a criminal defense attorney, a high school track star, and a police officer and put them in a setting where they’re surrounded by murderous zombies and who knows what could happen?

When she isn’t busy fighting zombies, Stevie is the Managing Editor of the Horror Metal Sounds website, which you should totally check out if you’re into monsters, metal, rockers, or any combination of the three.  She writes for the site as well.


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