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The Pre-Order is up! :) 79 A.D. will be officially released on June 29th!


Since Londinium, Taras and Theron have gone their separate ways. One now roams the Spanish countryside, feeding on robbers and bandits, while the other hides in a cave on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, experimenting with his newfound powers. Neither has thought much about the other over the last eighteen years.

But Baella, the ancient renegade, has plans for the pair, and her plans don't involve letting the two live out their lives in relative peace. Through her treachery, they are reunited in Pompeii, but not even Baella can stop the coming cataclysm.

Powerful forces are rising in the world of the Bachiyr, and Taras and Theron may find themselves caught up in something much bigger than they can imagine. That is, if either of them survive the mountain's fiery anger.


"David McAfee combines historical fiction with vampires like no one else, boldly merging frightening lore with real events to create stories that are impossible to put down." -- Jeremy Robinson, international bestselling author of Project Nemesis and Island 731

Some advance reviews for 79 A.D. have already started to trickle in. I've posted them on www.mcafeeland.com.

The Kindle file also holds a preview for my next novel, BAIT. Enjoy!

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So I just signed a contract. My novel, 33 A.D. (as well as the sequel, 61 A.D.) has just been optioned for film by Winkler Films in Hollywood, CA. Winkler Films is the production company that brought us Rocky, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Taken, The Net, and a great many other movies.

Needless to say, my wife and I are pretty dang excited. :)

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Writers' Cafe / What Up, Peeps?
« on: August 28, 2013, 09:48:10 am »
Been a while since I've been to KB. Thought I'd pop in and see how everyone is doing. :)

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Writers' Cafe / And this, folks, is why we have "Proof Copies."
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:54:43 pm »
So, yeah....



I think I need to tweak the print file a bit, don't you?

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Writers' Cafe / Here is how YOU can help the economy:
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:58:34 pm »
Okay, folks...by now we all know that the best way to stimulate the economy is to spend money. And so, in the spirit of economic recovery, I invite all of you to buy my books. Buy several copies and gift them to friends. Inundate me with purchases too numerous to count. I will happily bear the brunt of the crushing weight of hundreds of thousands of ebook sales for you, the people. Yes, I am willing to make that sacrifice. It's just the kind of patriotic, self-sacrificing guy I am.

What's more, when you buy millions of copies of my books, I will spend a whole LOT of that money on cool stuff...er...I mean...goods and services which will ensure continued employment for countless Americans.

And, if you really, really want to stimulate the economy and get the ball rolling, I also invite you to buy me a new Dodge Challenger. Or two. Just think of the many jobs you'll be saving as I pump thousands of dollars worth of gasoline into that huge, gas-guzzling Hemi V8. Or better yet, I'll go through the self-serve line, thus ensuring MORE employment for MORE Americans.

So buy my books and help America. Unless you're a commie or something. In which case, ask your government to buy my books.

;)

(I don't think I really need to add this, but the above post is a joke, folks...unless, of course, it made sense to you, in which case I meant every word.)

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Writers' Cafe / Meep! Meep!
« on: October 23, 2012, 12:41:50 pm »
Well, that was completely pointless.

Please carry on with your day. :)

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The Book Bazaar / Small Towns Hide The Biggest Secrets...
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:44:17 am »
It's here! Only $2.99!

OLD SINS,
from the bestselling author of 33 A.D., 61 A.D., and NASTY LITTLE F!#*ERS!



Secrets run deep in small towns. Wakely, Tennessee is no exception.

The first death is ruled a suicide, but soon more and more of Wakely’s elderly are found dead, seemingly by their own hands. Deputy Scott Henry is not so sure. His suspicions turn to horror when he sees one of the recently deceased shuffling down the street.

His search for information leads him to a terrible discovery: a secret so vile it refuses to stay buried. Something dark has come to Wakely, and an old sin is about to be repaid.

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I've been in the mood for a good, old fashioned fantasy novel or series lately. I'm talking wizards, swords, maybe dragons, etc. Not looking for Urban Fantasy. I also like to support indies whenever possible, so if you've recently read a good indie fantasy, tell me about it, please.


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The Book Bazaar / This Is What Being A Stay At Home Dad Is REALLY Like!
« on: September 17, 2012, 04:20:34 am »
Something new and different from the author of 33 A.D., 61 A.D., Saying Goodbye to the Sun, and NASTY LITTLE F!#*ERS!

Livin' La Vida Papa, only 99 cents!



At the time my son came along, I already had a 16-year-old daughter who was almost grown and out of the house. I thought my work was done. Apparently not. So now, at 38, here I am starting over. New baby, new family, same old me. Except for one thing: this time, I get a front-row seat to everything. Diapers, teething, early morning feedings…I get to experience it all as I stay home to raise my son. If you’ve ever wondered what the life of a stay-at-home parent is really like, here is your answer.

But fair warning: if you are looking for a cute, fuzzy book about raising children with bunnies and rainbows, then you need to keep walkin’. This book is based in reality. If happy little bunnies are your preference, I would recommend reading some old Family Circus books by Bil Keane. Livin’ La Vida Papa is full of humorous stories and tips lifted from my real life experiences as a stay-at-home dad, including plenty of examples of things you probably shouldn’t do.

Whatever you do, DON’T mistake this for a parenting book. I don’t need that on my conscience.

LANGUAGE WARNING: Contains words you would never want to hear come from your toddler’s mouth. So don’t let your kids read it.

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Writers' Cafe / Congratulations to Kindleboards' Own Daniel Arenson!
« on: June 28, 2012, 07:44:21 pm »
Daniel sold his 100,000th book today.

One. Hundred. Thousand.

That's such a huge, phenominal number, especially for an indie. Big, big congratulations, Daniel. You totally deserve it.

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Writers' Cafe / I'm dumb. That's all I'm gonna say about it.
« on: June 11, 2012, 12:49:47 pm »
Never mind. I see there is already a thread about this in the Cafe. Duh...

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Writers' Cafe / Indies - Has Your Book Hit The Top 100?
« on: May 29, 2012, 09:08:04 am »
With the success of authors like Amanda Hocking, David Dalglish, Victorine Lieske, John Locke, and now Hugh Howey fresh in our minds, I started to wonder... just how many indies have cracked the Top 100 Kindle books at least once? Not the Top 100 in a specific list, like Horror or Sci-Fi, but the Top 100 overall? I know Amanda has made it with numerous titles. Ditto John Locke and Joe Konrath. I remember a couple of years ago Vicki Tyley's book Thin Blood made it all the way up to #7 in the Kindle Store, and I'm pretty sure Lieske's Not What She Seems cracked through the triple-digit barrier at one point, as well.

So, with all the threads here in the Cafe about book sales, how about we start one where folks who've hit that rank can post about it? I propose we do it right here. ;)

Okay, so I'll start. My book in The Dead Man series (titled The Dead Woman) made it into the Top 100 earlier this year. To date, it is my only title to crack that Top 100 barrier, and it made it all the way up to #17 (I think...don't hold me to that number.) It didn't stay there long, of course, and it is certainly not there now, but it made it. Once. And I wrote it. So I can say I've been there.  ;D

Other than that, the closest I ever got to sniffing the Top 100 was when 33 A.D. made it to #136 overall in the Kindle UK store. Still a great day, but not a Top 100 day.

So how about you? Any of your books ever hit a double (or single) digit ranking in the Kindle Store?

EDIT: A friend of mine has pointed out that I forgot to include Michael Wallace in the above list of authors who have cracked the Top 100. Sorry about that, Michael!

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Archives / SOLD: Kindle Fire
« on: May 04, 2012, 06:55:57 pm »
SOLD. Thanks for looking.

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Writers' Cafe / Same Old Cafe
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:04:39 pm »
I've been outta circulation for a little while, tending to various aspects of life, both writerly and otherwise. Nice to know I can skip a few months and still see the same stuff in KB.

Without meaning to offend anyone, I have to ask...most of us DO realize the KB has a search function, right? Just checking.

Although, I suppose without the contstant stream of threads agruing over $.99 vs. $2.99, or free vs. paid, or how to get noticed, or how to crack the Amazon algorithm, or the threads harping about negative reviews, or the milestone threads (which I can understand...and congrats!) or the multiple threads denouncing whatever huge calamity has just befallen the indie writing community because of the greed/stupidity/insensitivity/polictical correctness (pick one, or more!) of Amazon or some other partner, then these boards would probably get very little new topics.

Can someone please ask a writing question?

*End pseudo-rant*

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Writers' Cafe / Kindle Fire Department Sponsorships! *Thumbs Up*
« on: January 06, 2012, 11:46:22 am »
Just so y'all know, the KFD is doing sponsorships now. Mine is running today. :) Check it out.

http://fireapps.blogspot.com/2012/01/splashtop-remote-desktop-todays-free.html

So far it's going pretty well. I've seen a definite uptick in sales today as opposed to the last few months. Went from around a 20K ranking to 7K by 3PM. Will keep you posted on how it goes.

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Writers' Cafe / Broke into the Top 100 in the Kindle store!
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:47:12 pm »
All the Dead Man books (1 - 5) have broken into the Top 100 today. My contribution, The Dead Woman, is currently #35! :)

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Had to share this here. Sorry for the hi res file.


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Livin' La Vida Papa!

Written by my thinly-veiled alter-ego, Louis Mack. Here is a collection of humorous stories and tips for today's slave...er...stay-at-home parent on the go. Only 99 cents! Paperback version is coming soon.



From the Amazon Page:

At the time my son came along, I already had a 16-year-old daughter who was almost grown and out of the house. I thought my work was done. Apparently not. So now, at 38, here I am starting over. New baby, new family, same old me. Except for one thing: this time, I get a front-row seat to everything. Diapers, teething, early morning feedings…I get to experience it all as I stay home to raise my son. If you’ve ever wondered what the life of a stay-at-home parent is really like, here is your answer.

But fair warning: if you are looking for a cute, fuzzy book about raising children with bunnies and rainbows, then you need to keep walkin’. This book is based in reality. If happy little bunnies are your preference, I would recommend reading some old Family Circus books by Bil Keane. Livin’ La Vida Papa is full of humorous stories and tips lifted from my real life experiences as a stay-at-home dad, including plenty of examples of things you probably shouldn’t do.

Whatever you do, DON’T mistake this for a parenting book. I don’t need that on my conscience.

LANGUAGE WARNING: Contains words you would never want to hear come from your toddler’s mouth. So don’t let your kids read it.


WHO THE HECK IS LOUIS MACK?

Louis Mack is a world-renowned author of horror fiction and treatises on Nuclear Physics. His missionary work in the Congo has twice earned him a nomination for the Nobel Prize, which he has yet to win. When he does, it will go right on his wall alongside his Congressional Medal of Honor and framed certificate of completion from Mrs. Potter’s 4th Grade Class. (Go Potts!)

His horror novels (written under a different name so as not to confuse the readers of his works on atsrophysics…I mean…uh…nuclear physics) have been translated into a hundred and thirty-two languages (including French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, and Klingon) and have sold over a hundred million copies in 84 countries around the world, as well as a few on the International Space Station. At the time of this writing, he is raking in the dough at a rate of approximately eight figures each month.

All of which gives him the commercial and personal clout to write his own bio.


"Reading Louis Mack's latest just solidified for me what I've been saying for years: I don't want kids, because I'll end up just like him." ~~ Sean Sweeney, author of the AGENT thriller series.

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Writers' Cafe / 35,000! (Late milestone thread)
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:16:45 am »
Sometime last week I sold my 35,000th career ebook, but I didn't realize it until this morning.

Woohoo. Party time. :)

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All right, fellow indies. We need to start an Occupy Amazon movement. We'll wear T-Shirts that say "I am the 99%" and underneath, in smaller print, it will say "99% of authors do not make enough money from their efforts to buy groceries." We will occupy space in their offices and clog up the works until they start selling more of our books. Or until the police come and pepper spray us, in which case most of us (myself included) will probably curl into a little ball and contemplate a new career in the food service industry. Who's with me? We'll have to start soon, cuz I have to be home by 9 or I'll miss my shows.



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Writers' Cafe / Make sure you set your prices for Spain and Italy.
« on: December 01, 2011, 03:34:55 am »
I was just in my dashboard updating one of my book files and I noticed that the Spain and Italy prices were blank. Not sure if this is the case with everyone, but I thought I'd share the info with you guys so you could go in and check to make sure.

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Writers' Cafe / As Writers, What Do You Wish You Did Better?
« on: November 29, 2011, 07:22:06 pm »
Some of us may feel our work is perfect and we have no need to improve, but most of us live in a shabby little hovel of self-inflicted criticism. That's not a bad thing. It helps to keep you grounded and striving to always improve. In this spirit, I invite you all to share what you feel are your biggest shortcomings as a writer. Do you think your dialogue sounds like two p*ssed of cats howling at each other? Do your heroes always fall flat? Is every woman in your books a hot Megan Fox lookalike? C'mon, spill it. Get it off your chest and you might feel better.

For me, I feel like I stumble in the action scenes. I don't think I have found that balance of action vs. words yet. My action scenes always seem too long or (far more likely) too short, imo, but any attempts to adjust this always end with me feeling I've reached the other end of the spectrum.

Also, I really, really suck at marketing. I know that has nothing to do with writing, but when you write for a living like I do, it's pretty darn important to a healthy and long lasting career.

Whew! I feel better. Like I've come to some sort of author's confessional. There's a screen, but it's made of shredded screenplays, and the guy behind it is Quentin Tarantino.

ME: "Forgive me, Quentin, for I have committed a writerly sin."

QT: "What have you done, my brother?"

ME: "I write sucky action scenes and I don't know how to market."

QT: "Write ten Hail Marys and go get me a latte."

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Writers' Cafe / Name An Indie Who Has Inspired You
« on: November 29, 2011, 03:46:40 am »
I dunno why, but I woke up this morning thinking about a friend of mine named David H. Burton. Maybe it's because I was talking to him yesterday here in the KB (briefly) when I realized he'd switched covers for his amazing, yet relatively unknown novel, The Second Coming. I asked him why the switch and he said he was trying something different.

Anyway, all of the above is largely irrelevent to the topic. I thought I'd give David a shout out here because he has written one of the best indie novels out there, and he continues to work every day at writing more and better books. The Second Coming has a blurb from none other than Margaret Weis! This is, if I remember correctly, because David amd Weis share the same agent. Or they used to, I'm not sure anymore.

Anyway, I remember when David told me that, and I remember thinking Wow. If this guy can get noticed by someone like Margaret Weis, then maybe this self-publishing thing really is possible!

So today, I want to thank you, Mr. Burton, for inspiring me to reach a little further. Depending on how you look at it, it was either one of the best things that ever happened to me or one of the worst. I'm going with best, though. :)

So how about you guys? Are there any indie authors out there who have inspired you to be better? What about them inspired you? Was it their sales? Their attitude? Their work? The color of their hair? Take a moment here to let them know about it.

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Writers' Cafe / WATCH OUT FOR THE FLESH EATING, ZOMBIE TURKEYS!
« on: November 23, 2011, 07:56:15 pm »
Heh. Sorry. Couldn't resist. :)

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I received an email this morning that prompted today's blog post. Most of the writers here in the Cafe wouldn't fall for something like this, but still... I wanted to post this here so any new writers who maybe haven't had the experience could see it. It's important. Watch out for scams, people. There are a LOT of them out there that prey on new writers.

http://mcafeeland.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/new-writers-beware-publishing-scams-to-watch-out-for/

If you don't want to read the whole blog post, let me sum it up in one simple rule: Money flows to the author, not away from the author.

If a publisher asks you for money, run. It's a scam. If a literary agent asks you for money, run. It's a scam.

Period.

Two great sites for more info are:

Preditors and Editors http://pred-ed.com/pubagent.htm

and

Writer Beware http://accrispin.blogspot.com/

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