After Death is LIVE!

It’s been a long time coming for sure. In this post, are the links you guys will need to get your copy!

Paperback – Createspace direct: $6.99 Buy Now!
Paperback – Amazon direct: $6.64 Buy Now!
Ebook – Smashwords direct: $2.99 Buy Now!

Smashwords will soon distribute my eBook to retailers such as Barnes and Noble and Apple, but for now, the only place to get the eBook version is directly from Smashwords, I do apologize for that, but it is available for download on your ereaders, computers, smart phones, etc.
Additionally, the first 40% is completely FREE to download!

If anyone that sees this hasn’t liked my page on Facebook yet, I’d love it if you would. Here it is: Seth Thomas

I would be so grateful to anyone who can help me out, but even more than that, it would mean so much to me for you guys to see my work. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while!
Thanks, much love,
Seth


After Death News Part 2

The proof of my book arrived today! It looks pretty dang nice. It feels great seeing a finished product like this. It feels so much more real. The only thing I might say is that the door on the cover seems a little too dark, but their printers have done that to proofs in the past. The cover of a collection I wrote with my friend David turned out much darker than it actually was. This instance is no deal-breaker, but David is going to see if he can lighten the door so it can print at the darkness I originally intended.

In my last post, I said I hoped to get After Death published a couple weeks before Black Friday, but that was just an overshot. It will be live on all platforms by Halloween! I’m very happy to say that for a couple reasons, one being that it’ll be great that I won’t be competing as much with my other book that I wrote with David: In the Lone and Level Sands. I’m also just happy because I’m getting it out sooner than expected.

Here are some shots I took of the proof just to give you an idea of what it looks like:

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On my Facebook page, anyone can follow me. I would greatly appreciate it. I will be posting excerpts and such up until release, and I will post info about future projects.

Thanks so much!

Seth


After Death News

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted about anything, but things are really revving up again. With help from my good friend, David, I’ve been getting my book formatted and fixed up to be published. It’s my first book that I’m publishing on my own, so just learning the ropes of the self-publishing world, and I appreciate his help since he’s had a few times to get used to all the ins and outs. With Microsoft Word’s “quirks,” it’s been a struggle, but it will be worth it in the end. The cover is done, we’re just pulling it all together, and I’ll be ordering a proof copy to make sure it looks good.

When that’s all done, I will be making it happen. I’m hoping to have it live on all major platforms at least a week or two before Black Friday, so I hope that is all very exciting for anyone who sees this. Speaking of “seeing,” I thought I’d let you all see the cover. Here it is, below:

 

The front cover of After Death turned out real nice!

The front cover of After Death turned out real nice!

 

I want to thank David first and foremost for putting all the time he put into making it, being patient with me. Fred Byrd for the photos he took around my neighborhood and house, and Angela Masters for her love of sky photography!

Before I wrap this up, for any new eyes on this project, here is my simple synopsis:

 

Virginia’s comfortable life with her husband, friends and family is turned on its head when a sickness sweeps the area, causing normal people to devour others alive.

Each loss Virginia experiences tests her spirit, and when she’s left with no one else to turn to, she is faced with one choice: life or death. Thinking she’s got nothing else to lose, she takes her own life. When she awakens in a cold, dark world, she realizes she couldn’t have been more wrong.

Hoping you all will be joining Virginia on her journey in November!

Many thanks and lots of love,

Seth Thomas

 


Change of Plans

Originally, after finishing “After Death,” I was going to begin working on the first book of a fantasy trilogy. I was all excited about it, but I quickly found out that I was not ready yet to get back to writing so quickly. I was feeling more down and out than usual due to a variety of things, so I just decided to take a break. I was going to pick it back up yesterday, but I had a dream last night that more or less breathed new life into a sci-fi project of mine. Currently tentatively titled “The Link,” the story came to me out of the blue like the occasional idea just does.

Iernnix is a Cycrenian father on a mission to a foreign planet with intentions to conduct research. Environment, ecosystems, but more importantly, the native aliens. That foreign planet is Earth. Iernnix is traveling with his young son. He would live incognito with a piece of his people’s technology. It would allow him to take the DNA from a human (harmlessly) through a nano-mosquito. The DNA would be transmitted into the home device, replicated and used to essentially become a clone of that person. More than one DNA sample can be taken to essentially create a composite human.

I could go on and on about the technology and how it will be used and all that, but I won’t. The story is mostly unwritten. I have a lot of ideas for it, so I’m hopeful this will be a success. I talked to a couple of friends who like to draw. Laura Soret and I worked a bit to get a final look of the alien shape-shifting technology. One aspect of it needs to change, and that’s the “needle” in the center of the back part. Having it flip out won’t work, it would need to eject outward, so it can just inject into the subject’s arm.

Here’s the final sketch:

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This next sketch or sketches are VERY rough pencil scratches of what Iernnix and his fellow Cycrenians will more of less look like. They do wear clothing, but I just wanted Jacob, the artist behind this to do a little sketching. We never finished conceptualizing the design but I decided that I would flesh out their look more as I wrote more. I’m showing this anyway. They will likely look drastically different than this in the end, and they will not be naked.

Here are the rough sketches:

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There is a lot of potential here, and I look forward to proceeding with the writing of this story. I’m hoping for an epic sci-fi experience. I hope this gets people a little excited as well. 


New Beginnings

This last week has been a little rough on me, emotionally. When I wanted to be productive with my writing, I was hindered by myself, mainly (as is how it REALLY works), but outside factors did hinder me as well. I just lacked the go power I really needed. I have all these cool plans for my three-part series and all that, but all that means nothing if I can’t muster enough gumption to really get going with the story. I’m the only one that can truly push myself over the ledge of creativity after all.

I wish I’d have grabbed the reins of this horse earlier in the weekend for sure, but now is better than never. After I write this entry, I plan to re-read the first fifteen pages of my novel(la) to refresh my memory, get me even more into it, etc. Then, I’m going to use that only as a guide to begin writing the story anew. Much of it will not be changed because I know most of it is worth keeping, but what changes isn’t what I’m thinking about, so much as what I add. I’m looking forward to see what happens.

Maybe I’ll start writing and not stop for five hours, maybe write some 40k words, leaving no less than 80k to finish it. As awesome as that would be, I don’t plan on rushing. If it happens like that, I won’t see it as rushing, anyway. I’ve done my share of rushing and I know there is a difference between forcing it out and letting it all just flow forth like the steady drip of a tap left on for an extended period of time.

In any case, this story and its sequels have been taking up too much space in my head; the characters are slamming their fists upon the walls of my skull and shouting for their freedom. It’s worn me down, and it’s time to let that tap flow, let their stories be told. I’ve told myself many times that I’m not ready to write these stories. At one time, that may have been true, but now, it’s but a sorry excuse. I was afraid that when I flew to this task, I’d screw it up, but I won’t know if I don’t make the attempt.


Some news

So I know I haven’t posted in a long time. I’m really bad at this whole blogging thing. :/ Anyway, on March 1st I finished the second draft (the major rewrite) of “After Death.” This was and is big news for me. I began this project sometime last April. It’s been almost two months since the finishing of this draft, and I’ve completed two more drafts of it. Currently, my friend, David Lovato is proof-reading my book. I thought it needed a second pair of eyes to see it, and he was willing to do that favor.

Since Monday (when my friend started proof-reading) I have been doing nothing but watching Netflix and playing my 3DS and Wii U. This weekend has been different. I’ve been doing some major thinking about my next project. It’s almost two years old in my head and I actually began writing the first book of a trilogy two Novembers ago in NaNoWriMo. I wrote almost 10k, and from what I’ve looked at, it looks pretty decent.

I’ve got several more plot points and characters to play with for this book alone, but I think before I get to actually writing more of the story, I think the next step is to write some character backgrounds, plot out some stuff, flesh things out a bit more. There will be character bios, country bios, some political and social background… and much more. I am looking forward to all that, by itself, but this is a big project, since it’s a trilogy. There’s a lot going on, a lot that could happen, and I want to make sure it’s all the way it should be. Most of all, it needs to be plausible and make sense. If any key element doesn’t hold water, the whole infrastructure of Aasellesh (the world of my trilogy; pronounced Ah-sah-lesh) will collapse.

All three books remain untitled for the time being, and I’m fine with that. The title will come with time and patience. It is very important to find the right title. Over the course of the next few months, I will try to update at least once per week with one or two of the following: character bios (with possible illustrations), world/country/town history, and a little bit down the line, excerpts. For now, hopefully this is exciting to you as it is to me. I want to share a whole lot more, but I need to do some creating, because as detailed as some of the stuff is already, there is still a whole lot more I need to get outside of my head to someplace more solid.

 

Happy writing!


Current Happenings, and a Reminder

So, I want to try to keep my entries going. I have been slacking, and I don’t a have a real good excuse except the fact that there’s just not enough exciting stuff to talk about every day, or even every week. I will try harder. I promise!

The last couple of days, I have been playing Alan Wake, which I have to say is an amazingly creepy, and scary game. It’s immersive, and surprisingly challenging. I started playing on my keyboard and mouse, and found it too hard to press all the different keys at once, so I have been playing with a controller.

With Christmas coming up, I don’t have much time to meet my new goal of finishing “After Death” (a novella I’ve been working on) by the 25th. I have exactly 25 days to get the first draft (well second) finished. I will do my best. I do know that work on that will very likely slow considerably, since I’m getting the Wii U for Christmas…

As I was writing the last bit, I realized I never mentioned “After Death” before. Well, I did, but the novella had a different title then, “A Love that Never Dies”. It has undergone at least one title change since that one, and I ended with “After Death.”

The story has expanded quite a bit. What was going to be maybe 18k words long, has increased to nearly 35k, and it’s still growing. I might have another 15k left in me, but the editing will knock off a sizable chunk. So depending on how much more I have in me, and how much I knock off, it may be book length.

“After Death” follows two different characters.

Virginia Shibata is the perfect example of the happy, normal woman who (when everything is ripped from) her begins a devastating downward spiral into madness. She is a relatively successful fiction writer who lives in Bonner, Washington with her husband, Mark.

Virginia Shibata is the perfect example of the happy, normal woman who (when everything is ripped from her) begins a devastating downward spiral into madness. She is a relatively successful fiction writer who lives in Bonner, Washington with her husband, Mark.

Virginia is the viewpoint character for the majority of the story, but the last 20% or so follows Mark on his adventures.

Mark Shibata is a down-to-earth kind of guy. He loves his wife, Virginia very much, and would do anything for her. Her happiness is his top priority, and when she is anything less, it really worries him.

Mark Shibata is a down-to-earth kind of guy. He loves his wife, Virginia very much, and would do anything for her. Her happiness is his top priority, and when she is anything less, it really worries him.

The concept of this story comes from a rather dark place, so the subject matter is a little on the gritty side, but I believe that is what can make a really good story. One that feels real, along with the characters that can feel so real and believable. “After Death” comes from my heart, so it means a lot to me, and I’m hoping that anyone that reads it will enjoy it for what it is. It’s not for people who are looking for “happy” and flowers and rainbows, just as a fair warning. That doesn’t make as good a story anyway, in my opinion.

On that note, when I’ve finished writing, and editing, I will try to publish in some way, shape, or form. If it isn’t long enough to publish as a novel, I’ll just look for magazines willing to publish it. Maybe I’ll just self-publish. It depends. I look forward to whatever way is best for “After Death”.

For the second part of this entry: My best friend and I recently self-published our zombie story collection (which “After Death” was originally meant for, but was too big an idea) as some of you know, I’m sure. I want to bring it up again. Hopefully you will go to Amazon!

Kindle Edition – $4.99

Print Edition – $7.99

Whether you’re one of those people who loves the idea of holding a real book in your hands (I know I am), or you love your Kindle (or other eReader), it would mean so much to us if you would take a look. You can read the first 30% for free on your eReader of choice, or you can go here. You have to create an account to purchase the book or get the free sample of the book, but signing up on Smashwords is 100% free, so there’s no reason not to!

Also, if you could just pass this on to all your friends and family that are interested in zombies and such, that would mean so much! Thanks in advance! Have a good day!


After the Bite

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~After the Bite~ Written by David Lovato and Seth Thomas. Cover art by Laura Soret

It has finally happened. My friend, David Lovato and I have finally come to a point where we are ready with something to publish! It’s very exciting news, and I just want to thank him first of all for the experience. It’s been great writing these stories with him, taking a little journey through this world we’ve created together.

This book is a different one than the one which was the maiden voyage onto these often violent waters. The stories that make it up are all tied together by the very world in which they take place, and to that of the aforementioned novel. Some are very tragic, some are full of energy, some are exciting, and some are cool, calm and collected. They are all full of life, and I hope anyone who reads them will enjoy.

I will get to the stories in just a moment, but first I would like to say a few words.

This has been a project that has spanned well over three years, along with the original book. We decided long ago that this would be a separate work. Separate as in physically, but also in the fact that these stories have more than enough legs to stand on as they are. We hope others feel the same way, and have a good time reading them too.

We have officially published the collection on  Smashwords for $4.99. It will become available through other retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and more in the near future. We are also looking into a print version.

I think there are quite a lot of zombie lovers out there, which is great. If you were to pick up a copy of our book, it would mean so much to us. Additionally, to get a taste of the action, we decided to make the first few stories available for free on Smashwords. (The only thing between you and that is a quick, FREE signup to Smashwords. It’s easy as pie too!)

And if zombies or zombie fiction just aren’t your cup of tea, we hope you’ll at least send this along to friends who love those bitey little bastards.

Finally, David has written up summaries of each story that will make sure you’re not entering this zombie-infested land without a proper weapon. We want to thank you for helping us out, and to know that your support means so much to us. It means more than you’ll ever know. So, without further ado, here are the zombie story summaries:

1. The River – Jack and Henry are brothers and best friends, but the world threatens to pull them apart. The zombies aren’t helping, either.

2. On the Road – Larry embarks on a survival road trip across a post-apocalyptic America.

3. Holy War – A Jewish man and his Muslim neighbor meet daily in a battle of words.

4. The Living Dead – A brief glimpse of what it means to one man to be alive.

5. On 68th and Woodland Drive – A short poem about the zombie apocalypse.

6. Tragedy in Belford – A successful writer pens the moments leading up to the zombie apocalypse.

7. Sanctuary – A man named Garrett is looking for safety, like a lot of people. Finding none, he decides to make it himself.

8. Death’s Robe – A portrait of the zombie apocalypse.

9. Grampa’s War Story – A group of soldiers on a secret mission in the Middle East must battle enemy combatants and zombies alike.

10. Concrete Nightmare – It’s just another day on the job, until people start eating each other.

11. Dead and Gone – A poem written on a blood-stained scrap of paper.

12. Acceptance – Sometimes it’s hard to share our secrets, even with those we love.

13. Alone Up There – The crew aboard the International Space Station find themselves adrift in a sea of stars.

14. Dog’s Story – The zombie apocalypse isn’t limited to human beings.

15. Thy Neighbor – Two men whose families have been at it for generations might be each other’s only hope.

16. Grim is the Truth – The diary of one survivor of the zombie apocalypse.

17. Two Worlds – When zombies run him out of his home, a young Mexican man heads across the border into America, looking for his brothers.

18. Did Your Mama Ever Tell You the Story of the Day You Were Born? – Everyone has a baby story. Caleb’s involves zombies.

19. BAZK – These guys just want to be rock stars, but zombies keep getting in their way.

20. Like Fish – Brent struggles to hold on to his humanity when the world takes everything away.

21. Ghost Story – When the world is long gone, what happens to those left over?

P.S. The cover art was done by Laura Soret, you can find more of her work here: www.suthnmeh.deviantart.com


Someone’s at the Door

I was sitting with the pugs when someone rang the doorbell. Surprisingly, the dogs didn’t bark or move. I stood up and headed to the door.

At the door, was a middle-aged woman in a form-fitting, brown, silk dress. She sported a partially graying bob. It was still mostly coal-black in color, but it moved fluidly as did her body. She was thin but not unhealthy as she was stacking eight twelve packs of Dr. Pepper from a cart to my doorstep.

Curiously, I opened the door and leaned out, she didn’t take notice until she’d finished unloading all eight twelve packs. When she did, she looked surprised, as if she wasn’t expecting me.

“Can I help you?” I asked.

The woman nodded and smirked.

“These are for your family,” she replied.

“Thanks, but we didn’t order these.”

“They are for your family,” she repeated.” Her smirk had faded. “You will pay now?”

“We did not order these.” I was growing frustrated, especially because no one in the family liked Dr. Pepper, and I wondered what we’d do with 122 cans of it. “You’re going to have to take it back!”

The woman did not approve of this response. She curled her upper lip at me and hissed. A drop of saliva landed on my cheek.

“You will take it, and we’ll receive payment!”

“I don’t think so!” I said.

The woman turned, and bent slightly, farting in my direction. She laughed afterward and began to leave. I sighed angrily and began bringing the pop inside.

Later, I was on the couch again, and outside, it was getting frosty and cold. It was also getting rather foggy when I heard the doorbell again. Again, the dogs ignored it.

I regretfully did not. I walked over, and before I could answer the door, I was struck with this immense feeling of dread. I didn’t know why exactly, but I knew something bad was going to happen.

My face pressed against the window pane, and I peered through the swirls of fog that had filled the world. I couldn’t see anyone, but I began to hear the faint sound of metal being dragged. Not just dragged along grass, but as if it was being dragged along a hard plot of cement. It was heavy, and it was growing louder.

For whatever reason, I couldn’t go sit down. I remained at the window, just listening. Waiting, watching, as the sound of the heavy metal object being dragged grew louder, as it got closer.

My breath fogged the window, as I continued to look through. A figure began to materialize in the fog. I began to hear a voice. It was faint, but it sent chills up my spine.

“Time for payment…”

I began to freeze up. My knees buckled and as much as I wanted to move from the door, I couldn’t. I even opened the door and stepped out. I don’t know why I did it. The figure was only getting closer. Within seconds, it was right by the porch.

I found myself responding each time to the voice. “How much… is it?”

My breathing was affected. It felt like parts of my throat and face were numb and swollen at the same time and I found it hard to swallow, and I still couldn’t back off and separate myself from the being. The metal dragging along cement was very loud now.

All of a sudden, I regained movement, but the figure was now upon me. It was a tall, lanky man with a long-handled axe. It seemed to shine in the fog-filled air. My heart was beating a million miles an hour.

I backed inside as the man crept closer. His nearly white blonde hair hung down over his brow in huge, flowing bangs, while the rest of his medium length hair was neatly combed back.

We were inside now, and he lifted the axe and I fell to the ground. My legs no longer worked and I couldn’t even scoot myself away on my ass. I was about to have a heart-attack, but honestly, I wasn’t going to die from that, I knew that deep inside. The man lifted up the axe, and a huge grin showed on his face, his eyes were wide as he began to laugh. It was frightening, and then his upper lip raised abnormally, revealing an his top row of teeth. They shone with such an extreme brilliance, I had to shield my eyes. The man came down with the axe. Right before it hit, I woke up.

I was with the pugs, one by each side, and I was terrified. I’d realized it was just a dream, but I began to remember bits and pieces of the dream, and the fear began to bubble to the surface again. The dread, it returned and I felt the man’s presence behind me as I looked at the pugs. Both of them looked up, but not directly at me. Their eyes looked genuinely worried and afraid. There was an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach.

I began to feel the effects of lock-jaw. Both rows of teeth wouldn’t touch, and the pugs’ expressions still remained the same.

Against my better judgement, I turned, reached my hand behind me, and before I saw anything, a huge axe slammed down on my wrist, severing my hand, causing blood to shoot from my arm. I didn’t get the chance to scream as the man raised the axe again, and swung. All I could hear was the air rushing over the sharp edge of the axe as blood continued to spray from my wrist and then it was all over.


Things are moving forward…

I finally finished my story, “A Love that Never Dies” last night around 11. I started it in late April, which makes the time it’s taken to write the story a bit longer than I’d have liked. There were some down times where not much got done, but mostly I was working on it, so it’s all good. It’s not a good idea to rush a story to completion anyway. Like any other art form, you can’t rush to the end. It’ll only make editing that much more frustrating, and in the end, it’ll most likely not be like you envision.

In the next few days, I will be typing this bad boy up. I’m not going to rush that process either, especially considering this will be considered the second draft, as I will edit a bit as I go. Mainly huge, glaring mistakes, and some plot holes. The real editing won’t come into play for at least a week from the completion of the second draft. I will give it to my friend, he’ll look it over, offer some input, and I’ll save that input and my second draft away for a little while, distance myself from it, and when I come back to it after some time, hopefully I’ll have new eyes to begin work on the third draft, where all the technical stuff comes into play.

A couple of weeks ago, I submitted an application to my local video store, and just when I thought they weren’t going to call me, I got a call, asking me to come in for an interview! I’ve been at my current job at Hy-Vee for 6 years, this August, so it’s time for a new job. The interview went well, and we’ll see what happens from there!

NaNoWriMo is creeping up, at a little under a month away, and now that this story is finished, I can really begin any planning I may need to do for the session. My book for this one will be an untitled work, the first book of a fantasy/sci-fi trilogy. It’s about a boy whose country is thrown into the chaos of a war against a race of people with whom they once peacefully co-existed. When the boy comes of age, he is sucked in, and that creates all kinds of problems he may or may not be ready to face; with his brother, his friend (who is of the other race of people) his will-be wife, among others.

I’ve got a good deal going on, here, and I will try to update this more often. To anyone who reads these, I’m very grateful. I hope some of you will participate in August’s camp NaNoWriMo, and I wouldn’t mind hearing some of your ideas!

Laters!

That’s it for now! Happy writing!