News, Fiction Updates & General Musings
Hope you’re all enjoying Infection Z. That book is still just 99c for a very limited time, so hurry up and grab it now if you haven’t already.
If you have read it and you happened to enjoy it, I wanted to give you a quick heads-up that the sequel, Infection Z 2, will be available on the 24th April and is now available to pre-order.
Writing Infection Z was a lot of fun. Writing the sequel was an absolute blast. It’s darker, more intense, and if you loved the first book, I think it’s a given that the sequel will be right up your street.
If you judge a book by its cover — which we all do, for better or for worse — then this piece of art should tip you over the edge.
So what are you waiting for?!
Hope you enjoy it!
Unless you’ve been sleeping in a cave for the last few months, you’ll be well aware that I’ve been working hard on a brand new series called Infection Z, a new post apocalyptic horror that fans of Dead Days are sure to enjoy.
The first book in the Infection Z series chronicles the journey of Hayden McCall, a layabout waster in his mid-twenties who is thrust headfirst into a dangerous and violent world where all that matters is survival. Forced to give a shit about something other than his overdue rent, Hayden must step up for the first time in his adult life on a treacherous journey. As he meets new friends and encounters dangerous foes, Hayden is forced out of the comfort of his bedsit and onto an unpredictable adventure of survival and self-discovery.
Infection Z is a new zombie series in a different “world” to the Dead Days series, packed with twists, turns, character dilemmas, heightened emotions, page-turning suspense and nail-biting horror. Oh, and zombies. And gore. Plenty of it. I foresee it as a long journey and a series I’m going to spend a lot of time on, with four books scheduled for release in 2015 alone, the next of which will be out next month. Yep, IZ 2 will launch just a month after the first book, and is already available to pre-order. Don’t say I don’t ever treat you…
Infection Z is available right now for Amazon Kindle. As a special treat, it’s only 99c for the first week or two on sale, before heading back to its RRP of $3.99. Kindle Unlimited readers can pick up the book as part of their subscription. Other platforms will launch later in the year.
And here’s the covers for the first two books. I absolutely love them both. They capture the essence of the series so well. And how damned unique are they?! Amazing. I love this series and I know you Dead Days fans will love it too. As much as I adore Dead Days, I wanted to stretch my creative muscles (yep, us writers do have ‘em) in a completely new world with slightly different rules. Plus it’s even better for you readers as it means you have two zombie series to keep up with instead of one, both of which evolve from similar roots to be very, very different…
And for a sneak peek of the first Infection Z book, click here to check out the first couple of chapters. Just try putting it down. I dare you…
Wow, it seems like forever ago that I was last on this blog posting an update about new stuff. But here I am, out of my writing cave and… well, typing away some more. Thank God for my new ergonomic setup or my wrists/back would be ruined by now.
In an attempt to restore some order and routine to this blog, I figured it would be a good idea to do some updates every month. Info on what I’m working on, what’s coming in the next few months, and general musings on the writing life. I realise I’ve neglected my blog these last few months, but truth be told, I’ve had good reasons. Namely, working bloody hard on all kinds of new projects.
The first new project I’ve been working on is Infection Z. It’s a new zombie apocalypse series unrelated to the Dead Days books. Now I know, I know — I already have one zombie series, so why am I bothering with Infection Z? Well, Dead Days has grown into something completely different. I won’t spoil the books in case you’re yet to read them/still making your way through them, but it’s safe to say that there’s much more to it than just surviving in a zombie apocalypse world now. Rules have changed, the story has twisted and turned, and it will continue to do so right up until its final season (which I currently have planned for the eighth).
Infection Z is a back-to-roots zombie horror. And at the same time, there’s some unique twists on the genre. Some interesting developments from the very start that set the book apart from its colleagues. And while Dead Days hurtles towards an end goal, Infection Z is very much an ongoing tale of survival in a decaying world. Central to that is humanity, and how it adapts and responds to the changing landscape.
Basically: if you love Dead Days, you’ll love Infection Z. If you haven’t read Dead Days, you can read Infection Z anyway. It’s different stories, different characters, and very different direction–even though they both ultimately start with the same concept: a world falling apart under the weight of a zombie infection.
It’s a twist filled ride that I think you’ll really enjoy, and that I’m very proud of. It’ll be out in March. Cover reveals and stuff like that coming soon.
I’m also working hard on a brand new series that I don’t want to talk about too much just yet. Yeah, I know, teasing and all that. But all I can say is that it’s new territory for me. A combination of my mystery and my horror sides of writing with a whole new sprinkle of literary depth on top. Mostly, it’s a lot of fun. I’ll share more about this in the coming weeks, but rest assured, I think it’s the best book I’ve ever written. And I’m a real harsh critic of my own work.
Anyway, time for me to get back to the madness. January and February were very, very good months–two of my best in writing. So thanks very much for all who picked up one or two or however many of my releases in 2015 so far. Hope you enjoy what you see, and it’ll be great to have you on board for many years to come.
Cheers. More soon.
It’s the news a lot of you blog readers have been waiting for – Dead Days Season Four is now available to buy at your favourite retailers!
You can download the new season at the following links:
Amazon – http://viewbook.at/DeadDaysS4
Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/15CgGEs
Kobo – http://bit.ly/1CIz1wI
Google Play – http://bit.ly/1tgnlPH
iBooks – http://bit.ly/1wxLUmq
Smashwords – http://bit.ly/1zhAWsT
Note: the iTunes Store takes a little longer to launch. If you can’t wait a few extra hours, please purchase a DRM-free EPUB through Smashwords.
I’m so proud of this season. It goes in loads of crazy new unexpected directions, and I’ve done everything I can to make sure all six episodes are packed to the brim with drama, twists and turns.
I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it. If you do, I’d massively appreciate it if you left a review at the store you purchase it from.
Cheers, and enjoy!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I certainly did. I always love Christmas, and find it a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends.
Alas, in between Boxing Day football and New Year parties, it’s also that time of year where writers like me have to start thinking about the next twelve months, as well as looking back at the previous twelve to see what we did and how we can improve on it.
Firstly, I’m very happy with my personal output in 2014. I managed to expand the Dead Days and McDone series, as well as starting a few new series.
That said, the flipside of that coin is that I would like to simplify things in 2015. Currently, I have the Dead Days series, McDone, Blake Dent, Sinkers and The Hunger all crying out for sequels. But I think it is only fair if I focus on a couple of those series going into the new year. Fair on the readers, so I can put out the best quality books, and fair on myself so I don’t have a million plot strands tangling in my mind.
So in 2015, things are going to get simplified.
I will be publishing books in the Dead Days and Brian McDone series next year.
The other series will be on the back burner for the time being.
Why? Well, firstly because of the reasons stated above. It gives me more chance to focus and flex my creative muscles in these two very different (post-apocalyptic horror and crime mystery) series.
Also, my readers seem to enjoy these series more than any other, so if I can give readers more of what they want, that’s great.
Like I say, I’m really happy with my output in 2014. But I definitely need to simplify that output in 2015. So narrowing it down to my post-apocalyptic Dead Days adventures and my twisting, turning McDone mysteries sounds like an ideal way of doing so.
Specifically, I’ll be releasing three seasons of Dead Days (Seasons Four, Five and Six), and two McDone books (Books four and five). I also have another standalone book called I Saw You scheduled for a March launch. So there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.
If you want to see my full schedule for 2015, head over here: http://ryancaseybooks.com/coming-soon
Anyway, thanks very much for all your support. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas (if you celebrate it), and have a very relaxed Boxing Day.
It’s December 24th, so I figured I’d better write a little note to say thank you for all the support in 2014.
I’m sitting at my writing computer with the notes from my current work in progress beside me. I’ll speak a little more about this WIP in the new year, but the ideas are in full flow and I can’t wait to continue exploring this fascinating new world I’ve created.
I have cover proofs for the new season of Dead Days open in a new window, which will be revealed at the start of January. In another tab, I have my promotions document for 2015 all in front of me and mapped out, so I can see all the exciting events that will be taking place in the next twelve months at a glance.
Oh. And did I mention it’s my birthday?
Happy Christmas, guys. And thanks so much for all your support, whether it be buying one of my books, reading everything I publish, commenting on these blogs–whatever. Your support is greatly appreciated.
I get to have fun with my day job on my birthday. That’s not a boast, but how many people can say that?
And it’s all thanks to you, my readers.
Have a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate it, a very happy holidays if not, and a fantastic new year of joy and success.
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