Richard Albert Blackwell III sipped his wine staring at the antique grandfather clock standing against the wall. Time was passing by slowly, and he had watched quite a bit of it. In fact, in a few months, Richard would be five thousand years old. Vampires rarely lived that long, and Richard currently was the eldest of them all. Five thousand years was a landmark achievement, because legend had it that they became day walkers at by that time. As a wealthy business man, Richard looked forward to being able to run his companies during the day time, but he knew something was missing. He knew he needed something to establish himself as a real person. Richard knew a billionaire couldn't show up one day out of the blue with no backstory. He needed stability. He needed validity.
Based on the Donner party, Cold Hunger is set in the present but relies on the facts of the original case for many events. Partly historical fiction and partly apocalyptic horror, Cold Hunger brings the past and present together for a disturbing look into true hunger.In a desolate disease ravaged world, survivors are forced to travel to a new settlement to find safety. Led by the Donner brothers, the group face hunger, scav attacks, illnesses, human greed, brutal natural events, and something far worse. In the frozen darkness, a hunger awaits. It feeds on human flesh. Death stalks the survivors, silent as the falling snow. Facing starvation and death, the survivors will face hardship and horror. They will face... Cold Hunger.
I hope I don't miss anything!
We have signed some great new authors and people are going to go wild for these books.
New releases and I'll tell more about those soon!
Audio books are out and more are coming soon. We will have tons.
Cataclysmic events rock the world, bringing with it a wave of panic and destruction civilization has never seen. Cities tear themselves apart, governments crumble, countries wither and die, and to add to the catastrophe a deadly virus simply referred to as The New Disease follows in the wake. Many survivors adopt a resilient ruthlessness to equalize their modern nature with that of the world of today for the sake of survival. But there are still those who dwell within the remnants of yesteryear, desperately holding on to a thread of hope for a better tomorrow.Claxton, once known as the City of Cities, has divided itself into two opposing sides. The north side, now named The Pinnacle, has rebuilt itself to nearly economic perfection within its concrete and steel environment with fully operational farms and gardens and a perpetual supply of purified water.The south side, Maddick, named for the man who leads them, is infested with all walks of madness and criminals from what was spat from the bowels of the old world, and they are all overwrought with bloodlust and envy. The Pinnacle is barricaded within high walls, the front gate is the only access, armed guards walk these walls and gate around the clock, but The Pinnacle has been breached before, and with the right instrument, it can be breached again.And then a stranger to the city shows up in a pristine vehicle loaded with food and weapons. But the mysterious stranger hasn’t come to battle nor to barter with either side. The reason for his sudden presence runs much deeper than anyone can imagine, and he will do whatever it takes to fulfill that reason.
When downtrodden, life weary office worker Steven thinks his pointless existence couldn’t get any worse a chance meeting proves how wrong one man could be.As soon as Fenston, a dapper dressed barman walks into his life it is as if the very essence of the stygian cosmic nothingness is unleashed.As Steven rapidly descends into a whirlpool of cataclysmic visions, he starts to realize a solitary woman stands at the center of his ruination. A woman of such beauty he can barely comprehend, let alone resist. Alone and surrounded by otherworldly horrors Steven must make a choice, a choice that not only has ramifications for him personally but for humanity in its entirety.
Cover art: Michael (Fish) Fisher
JEA is finally going to audio books. We are getting authors going and then we'll add anthologies...so many books! In the meantime, we are accepting a few titles for this year; see submissions. Meanwhile, try an ebook or a print copy!
Andrew Bell is the new Editor in Chief!
After breaking my shoulder, losing my father suddenly, and a huge move (selling and buying houses!) I am finally back at my craft. Luckily I always had some notes and partial works going, even when I was unable to type. I present:
Years ago, I finally made connections and was allowed to hang around the Apoc crowd with the big kids. In a group, I saw DA Roberts. Gulp. I had read everything in his series. I was a fan. One night, although I can't recall the reason, he spoke to me! We spoke one-to-one and I recall screaming to my husband, "He's talking to ME! He's treating me as an equal...wow." (I had 20+ books out, most with Severed Press, but still felt impostor syndrome). He was HUGE to me, a REAL writer!
My family knows I have poor impulse control, and before my brain caught up with my typing, I told Doug about problems I was having with a book; he gave me ideas and thoughts. (Sqeeeee) My brained lagged again and before I could stop myself, I asked if he would co-author. How I wished I could erase the words. I was so embarrassed, and knew he would just laugh. My audacity was stupid. Don't read it! Wait. He said, "ok." He didn't hesitate! What? It was as if Stephen King had offered to make my writing better and to co-author. I screamed again.
Then it was okay. As he and I talked, we played pretend. What if...what if....what if... He and I thought alike and we bounced ideas, each of us already ahead of each bounce. I knew we had a helluva book. We both fell into comfortable idea-sharing and I knew we'd become very good friends forever.
That book will be released soon!
My story is important because DA Roberts is releasing his series under JEA and again, I feel the same excitement and amazement over the fact that a writer of his caliber is with us! When he moved in as CEO of JEA (Boy, was he shocked when I asked him, but Amanda M Lyons and I had met and we knew it was the chance of a lifetime to have him come on in that capacity) we saw a change at once. Impulse control (lack of) proved to be a positive once more.
But this series. I love it and was a fan long before I met Doug. It's had a few tweaks. There are beautiful covers by Fish. It's the same series I fell in love with, but it's just given a bit of gloss. (Doug doesn't know this, but will after reading this, but long ago, as JEA grew up, there were two series I always dreamed of having. One author promises he'll bring more and I believe he will as soon as time allows. This was the other. A dream come true.)
Doug brings in dedication, hard work, enthusiasm, and knowledge to JEA, just as he has done to this series. Look, I was a fan long ago and he won me over. Because of this, he became CEO of my company. He became the only author I have ever written with. He became a good friend (as has his wife). He's a good person, but I'd never have known that had he not been a wonderful writer, who I met inside of the first book of his that I read.
My point is that when we 'meet' a writer within a great story, we never know what may happen, but look at all of this. Read the first book. Give it just one shot. I dare you to read just the first book; it won't happen. Read them all...and get to know an author I am still stunned to get to work with every day!
Author’s Bio: D.A. Roberts
D.A. Roberts is an author of fiction, primarily in the horror/dystopian and science fiction genres. Born in Lebanon, Missouri, he now lives in Springfield, Missouri with his wife and sons. When not writing, D.A. serves his community in Law Enforcement.
Best known for his “Ragnarok Rising Saga,” he blends the zombie genre with elements of Norse Mythology. The series has been called “a thinking man’s apocalyptic world.” This is a unique approach that creates a new sub-genre in Apocalyptic Fiction. Debuting in July of 2012, the series has been featured on radio shows on three continents.
He is also known in science fiction for “The Infinite Black Series.” This series is based on the hit video game from Spellbook Studio. Approached by Spellbook Studio to create the history of their universe, D.A.’s series explores the rich tapestry that is The Infinite Black. Download and play the game for free at www.Spellbook.com.
Find more about his work at www.jellingtonashton.com and www.Amazon.com.
J Ellington Ashton is a publishing company that always goes big. We deal with quality authors and bring excellence to reading.