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Freaking Awesome! *Picture Post*

I came home from work to find a box on the porch from Paul Goblirsch at Thunderstorm Books. What do you think I found inside?

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These hardcovers are works of art and a steal at $25! I’m also kind of fond of the story. So fond, in fact, I’ve decided to post an excerpt below the cut!

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Research for the Author with OCD

This is in response to a question posed on the DarkFuse Message Board. I thought it might be fun to share my process.

How much research do you do? Also, how do you conduct such research-via the web, at the library, that kind of thing. —Charlene

For me, doing the research is nearly as much fun as doing the writing. It turns out, I absolutely love learning new things. (Who would have ever thought, right?) I strive to make every inconsequential and seemingly obscure detail 100% accurate. Through the years, I’ve developed a multi-pronged approach. I start with an idea and do the preliminary legwork online to see if the idea is feasible. If I think it has potential, I spend several months contemplating the storyline, which really amounts to little more than a generic character study, a source for conflict, and the ultimate (hopefully startling) denouement. Again, if I feel there’s potential and the excitement is there, I’ll begin the actual research.

Elaborate post with pictures below the cut.

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“In Stock” and Shipping Now!

From Thunderstorm Books:

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A lone figure approaches the New York Stock Exchange in broad daylight, his face painted like a reptile. He shrugs off his trench coat to reveal the silver canisters and high-pressure dispersion system strapped to his back. With an expulsion of gas, the screams of the living metamorphose into the screams of the dying.

FBI Special Agent Renee Lawton leads the investigation, for she has a unique insight into the event. It is part of a larger conspiracy, at the heart of which is the oldest and most insidious of motives: greed. She learns that not only is the love of money the root of all evil, but that some people will go to any lengths to amass it.

In an unapologetic business where avarice and deceit are virtues and the deadliest sin is complacency, Lawton discovers the old adage is true…

Buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own.

Only $25, which is a steal for a signed, limited edition!

Grab one now before they’re gone!


Good News/Bad News

So which would you like first? The good news? Or the bad news? I know what you mean, let’s get the bad news out of the way.

I thought I had this whole promo idea going for the release of THE EVENT. October 4th. 10/4. Ten-four. Right? So what happens? Get this–and I’m sure you won’t believe it, but I swear it’s true–the book shipped EARLY from the printer. Now I can’t even use all of the mildly clever plays-on-words I had lined up. And it’s too late to come up with any September promos.

The good news, of course, is that the book will be available from Thunderstorm Books NEXT WEEK! Check the TSB page every fifteen minutes until then. (Calling the publisher a whole bunch of times in the middle of the night will also expedite things, I’m sure.)

For those of you holding out for the eBook…rest assured, you will definitely see one. I’ll nail down a release date soon. We want to let the collectors have a little advance time alone with the book first. I’ll keep you posted.

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The Reveal

Coming 10/4/13 from Thunderstorm Books, my new novella, THE EVENT:

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You can find all of the details HERE! As part of Thunderstorm’s Elemental Series, there will only be 100 of these cool mini-books released in signed, limited edition format. Keep an eye out for the release; they’re sure to go fast! And yes, an eBook release will follow.

A lone figure approaches the New York Stock Exchange in broad daylight, his face painted like a reptile. He shrugs off his trench coat to reveal the silver canisters and high-pressure dispersion system strapped to his back. With an expulsion of gas, the screams of the living metamorphose into the screams of the dying.

FBI Special Agent Renee Lawton leads the investigation, for she has a unique insight into the event. It is part of a larger conspiracy, at the heart of which is the oldest and most insidious of motives: greed. She learns that not only is the love of money the root of all evil, but that some people will go to any lengths to amass it.

In an unapologetic business where avarice and deceit are virtues and the deadliest sin is complacency, Lawton discovers the old adage is true…

Buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own.

 


Teaser #3

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A lone figure approaches the New York Stock Exchange in broad daylight, his face painted like a reptile. He shrugs off his trench coat to reveal the silver canisters and high-pressure dispersion system strapped to his back. With an expulsion of gas, the screams of the living metamorphose into the screams of the dying.

FBI Special Agent Renee Lawton leads the investigation, for she has a unique insight into the event. It is part of a larger conspiracy, at the heart of which is the oldest and most insidious of motives: greed. She learns that not only is the love of money the root of all evil, but that some people will go to any lengths to amass it.

In an unapologetic business where avarice and deceit are virtues and the deadliest sin is complacency, Lawton discovers the old adage is true…

Buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own.

10/4/13


The Sinister Mr. Corpse…FREE!

If you haven’t read this killer book, now’s your chance! Don’t blow it!

Gleefully Macabre

It’s hard to imagine a better value than my novel The Sinister Mr. Corpse, which usually sells for a mere $2.99. But from Tuesday, September 10th through Saturday, September 14th, The Sinister Mr. Corpse will not be $2.99, nor will it be $1.99, nor will it even sell for the mind-bogglingly low price of 99 cents. If I got such a fine zombie comedy for less than a dollar, I’d be plagued with feelings of guilt until my dying day, but, for five magical days, the Kindle edition will be FREE!

“Bulls**t!” you’re probably shouting. “Mr. Corpse for free? Why, that’s crazy talk!”

And yet it is true. So download away! Tell your friends to download away! Tell your friends’ friends to download away, or have your friends tell their friends for you to save time! This offer won’t last forever (see paragraph #1 above).

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Teaser #2

Ten four, good buddies. Over and out.

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