Publishing News – Quarantined to be Rereleased

Quite a few readers have asked me what’s going on with my second book, Quarantined.  Well, here’s the scoop.

My contract with Lachesis Publishing ran out on April 1st, and I’ve decided not to renew with them.  Lachesis is a good outfit, run by some wonderful people, but they’ve had some real difficulties dealing with distributors here in the U.S.  That’s made availability a problem, to the point that nearly all sales of the book over the last three years have come from Amazon.  Getting the title into the brick and mortar stores has been nearly impossible.

So, after some difficult decision making, I’ve decided to reposition the book with Permuted Press.  They will be doing an inexpensive ebook version that can be read on both the Kindle and the Nook, plus a trade paperback edition that I’m really looking forward to, as it will include a few technical revisions to bring the fight against the San Antonio Flu up to date.

Rollout will occur in two parts, with the ebook version appearing first.  Hopefully, the ebook version will be available within a few weeks.  The trade paperback edition is still waiting on new cover art and should be coming out sometime this summer.

I’ll have full details and exact release dates soon.  In the meantime, I’m told that the few remaining new copies of Quarantined are running for over a $100, with used copies going for over $50.

The Confessions of St. Zach

Trapped for nearly three weeks in their four room cabin atop California’s Mt. George, college English professor Jacob Zachary and his wife and son have finally managed to shovel enough snow out of the way to brave a drive into town.  But what they discover is a land of falling ash and burned buildings.  The apocalypse, in the form of nuclear war, has come, and without even realizing it, Jacob Zachary and his clan are among the few survivors.  What follows is Jacob’s attempts to keep his family healthy and united.  But of course things are never as easy as they should be.

The Confessions of St. Zach is from the wonderfully talented pen of Gene O’Neill, whose previous foray into the apocalypse, the novel The Burden of Indigo, was among the finest pieces of apocalyptic science fiction I have ever read (and I’ve read a lot of it, believe me).  It is a short book of only some 55 pages, but it is a big story.  It is part gut-wrenching drama about the loss of our humanity, part fable of hope for a new beginning, and in that respect it captures the two finest themes of all apocalyptic literature.  If you liked The Day of the Triffids, Damnation Alley, A Canticle for Leibowitz, or even Alas, Babylon, you will at once recognize this book’s pedigree, and at the same appreciate how it takes a familiar theme into exciting new directions.  This one is highly recommended.

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