Bet you were just thinking to yourself, What the hell is Kristanna Loken up to? After Bloodrayne and Terminator 3, you might have missed her in Painkiller Jane and The Legend of Awesomest Maximus. (No, I’m serious.) But she’s back to kick ass as Mary Death in Bounty Killer the movie based on the graphic novel. [Read more…]
What is Z.B.C.?
Z.B.C. is an acronym for the musical conspiracy that concocted an electronic-pop-song called Trouble With Green Eyes:
Writing isn’t generally the most “earth-friendly” occupation, I swear I’ve printed out an entire deciduous forest in rough draft manuscript hard copies just so I could burn them. (Trust me, it’s a whole different feeling than right-click-and-delete.)
Anyway, to work off some of my karmic debt and to help celebrate EarthWeek, here is a great service I just heard about called Yerdle. Yerdle’s slogan is “Why shop when you can share?” [Read more…]
If anyone ever asked me how I got started writing, I’d tell them, “Well, I had this idea for a story, and I decided to write it.” That first part is easy. The second part, not so much. Lots of people have great ideas, but they don’t decide to…you know, like Nike says – Just Do It.
…has great ideas. For example: [Read more…]
Last Saturday I attended the 2013 Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair along with fellow Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Group members: Terry Faust, Michael Merriam, Jason D Wittman and Joel Arnold.
We attended the writers festival last year, and we learned that this is not a large event, nor an awesome event for sales of spec fic. “Low maintenance, Low payoff,” is how I reported it to the other MNSpec group organizers. We decided to get a table anyway, and use this event as a practice for developing our marketing/promotional clout for larger events coming this summer.
Some numbers: [Read more…]
This Saturday, 23 March 2013, myself and many other authors from the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Group are attending the Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair. We’ll be celebrating stories, the authors who write them, and the readers who enjoy them.
This event is FREE and open to the public, although the seminars and workshops require registration. There will be plenty of freebees handed out. You’ll be able to buy books directly from the authors and have them signed.
See below for more details. I hope to see you there! [Read more…]
Win a Free Copy Of The Hobbit on Blu-Ray/DVD!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is coming to Blu-Ray & DVD on March 19th. To help celebrate the release, Warner Bros. has graciously gifted me a copy of the movie to give away here at conradzero.com! One lucky member of the Cult of Zero will win a copy of the Blu-Ray/DVD/Ultraviolet combo pack of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. [Read more…]
To commemorate the FRIENDS complete series release on Blu-Ray, Warner Brothers has graciously provided me a Limited Edition FRIENDS prize pack to give away, including two oversized cappuccino mugs (one for you and one for a friend to bond over a caffeine buzz) and a picture frame just like the one on Monica’s door! (Um… OK, I can’t explain the picture frame, but who cares? It’s Free!)
If you’re already a member of the Cult of Zero then you’re already entered in the drawing. If you’re not, then sign up before Sunday, November 25th. I’ll select a winner from the list and notify by email. Winner will have to reply by email, and provide a mailing address within 48 hours in order to get the prize. Mailing address must be accessible by UPS/FEDEX, (Sorry, No PO Boxes!).
Join the Cult of Zero mailing list here:
While you’re waiting, test your FRIENDS knowledge with this trivia app:
For more friends fun, check out this player which shows highlights from the entire series: The clips change weekly, so check back for more FRIENDS fun!
Authors J.A. Konrath, Blake Crouch, Lee Goldberg, J. Carson Black, and Scott Nicholson are running up a lovely promotion for their combined 5-book “Ultimate Thriller Box Set” by giving away 10 Kindle Fires and other prizes. The promotion is called Big Kindle Boogie, and you can find out more at http://bigkindleboogie.blogspot.com/.
Digging around online, all the buzz revolves around the FREE KINDLE FIRES and the PRIZES, but I can’t seem to find out anything about the contents of this “Ultimate Thriller Box Set.” Can’t even find the titles of the stories involved. Are they a secret? It certainly is suspenseful.
What really is thrilling is finally seeing someone promote the Kindle Fire over the i-pad. But I wonder if there is an actual “box” involved in this “box set”? I”m guessing that these are e-books, since they’re giving away Kindle Fires and all, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up for a physical box.
Here’s the official press release:
WIN A KINDLE FIRE IN THE BIG KINDLE BOOGIE
10 Free Kindle Fires, 75 free ebooks, $300 in gift cards, a $500 library donation! Entries for 10 free Kindle Fires are already underway at http://bigkindleboogie.blogspot.com and gift cards are bing randomly awarded on Twitter for those who tweet about the Big Kindle Boogie.
On Feb. 1-2, bestselling thriller authors J.A. Konrath, Blake Crouch, J. Carson Black, Lee Goldberg, and Scott Nicholson are making 75 Kindle books free on Amazon. They are also making a $500 donation to the local library of one Kindle Fire winner. They are also releasing the five-book Ultimate Thriller Box Set for free during the event. Contest is international, no purchase necessary. You can also join the Facebook party at http://www.facebook.com/BigKindleBoogie.
Three easy ways to enter:
- Use the entry counters at http://bigkindleboogie.blogspot.com
- You can also enter manually by tweeting to be eligible for Kindle Fires and Amazon gift cards: 10 free Kindle Fires. 75 free ebooks. http://bit.ly/xWOoKN #bigkindleboogie RT to enter for a Fire!
- You can email [email protected] ONCE PER DAY with “Boogie entry” as subject line
Everything free, everything fun. Good luck!
So spread the word and best of luck!
The Accidental (and Ironic) Pirate
While researching different authors perspectives on e-book piracy, I tripped over a blog post by a New York Times Bestselling Author. Let’s call her Jenn. (Not her real name) Jenn’s blog post explains how piracy affects people she knows in the music industry, and her own career as an author. She experiences the direct impact of piracy firsthand, and she is clearly against the theft of intellectual property.
Yet the irony is that Jenn, herself, is a pirate.
That’s right. A New York Times Bestselling Author… a person who is directly affected by pirates stealing electronic versions of her work… a person who knows and understands piracy, and fears that it may be destroying the publishing industry…
…is a pirate herself! [Read more…]