So, someone put together all the cutscenes from the zombie outbreak video game The Last of Us and it. is. amazing. If you're jonesing for some Jenny Undead action or (like me) missing The Walking Dead, give this a watch. Apparently they're making a movie of this and I can see why. This is hours and hours long, but at least do yourself a favor and watch the first 15 minutes or so. I've seen movies that weren't this good.
I let you vote on the cover for the upcoming Blood Day, and the votes are in. Nearly 50% of you voted for the winner. This was really fun and I might do it in the future again. It's nice to have several to choose from, and getting reader input on what they like best is always good.
Enough chatter. The winner is...
This cover was created by Joe Martin of Nine Worlds Media. He also did the cover for Jenny Undead and The Devil's Backbone.
So onto the writing.
Blood Day is in the works! I think it's going to be a good one and it's very exciting to work on. My problem is that I have several covers and I can't decide which one to use. So I decided to let the readers decide. I have five options, so vote on the one that would be most likely to draw you in. I've captioned each cover with a number in the slideshow. Scroll down and click on your favorite. Thank you!
It's done. It's here. It's all trussed up and ready for purchase. The Devil's Backbone is available two days early and I couldn't be happier with it. So go to Amazon and buy it for less than three bucks. I dare you. I double-dog dare you.
I'm going to go hibernate now.
The book is finished. The Devil's Backbone, the fifth and final installment of the Niki Slobodian saga, is off to the editor. It's short, crazy, and I hope a satisfying conclusion to the series. I'm going to miss Niki, but I think her story has been told in its entirety. At least the parts I want to tell.
Even after eight indie published books, I never quite realize how exhausting it is to write a novel. Even when the rough draft is finished, and I think I'm done, I can't ever really relax until revisions are complete and the book is in someone else's hands. In this case my adorable editor. It's almost like holding onto it, being the sole person responsible for it, eats away at me. It's a relief to send it on, but I'm also nail-bitingly anxious to know what someone else thinks of the story. I can never tell if I've written a good one. That's what my amazing beta readers are for.
It's my birthday next week, so if we can get this out by then it will be about the best birthday present ever. Also, this.
I know this book is a little late, but it's not Jenny Undead late. I said publication would be May 31, so it's not too bad. (Jenny was about three months late due to life getting in the way) I feel personally happy with how the book turned out. I accomplished everything that I wanted to. I'm a bad judge of my own work, but I think it's pretty good.
But, joking aside, I worked hard on this, so I really hope you guys like it. It's really fun being indie and just being able to get it out to you when it's done and polished. And if you are a fan of my author page on Facebook, I will be having an online book release party sometime in the near future. I'll make an announcement when dates are cemented.
That's about it. I'll leave you with this.
And this is how I feel about all my readers.
Thanks for being there, guys. I'm going to go collapse now.
J.L. Murray is the bestselling author of the Niki Slobodian series, After the Fire, and Jenny Undead.