Monday, March 12, 2012

DYING DAYS BLOG TOUR-STOP ONE



Blaze is honored to be Stop One on this great Blog Tour! Yay for me! Armand and I are both transplanted New Jersey boys with horror running through our veins. It comes with the turf. New Jersey is chock full of hauted roads, swamps, woods, buildings, and graveyards going back to the 1600s. How cool is that?


But only Armand Rosamilia could come up with his great tales of Darlene Bobich. What a pistol-packing lady! She is an ordinary woman turned into one with extraordinary skills and determination, doing whatever it takes to get the job done. I love these tales so much I put up a post about her on Dark Media City last month. Visit the site and check it out!

Armand has all kinds of great things planned for this blog tour. Scroll down below to see how you can become giddy at the prospect of getting some great booty!

Armand and Darlene: a dynamic duo! 


Below are words from the master himself:



Dying Days Blog Tour 2012 - Stop One

            …and we've arrived at our destination, and just in time.

           I began this journey many months ago, although at the time I thought I was writing a short story featuring some woman with a gun in her hand about to shoot her zombie daddy. I was wrong.
          Darlene Bobich began, quite innocently, as a one-off flash fiction piece for the Daily Bites of Flesh: 2011 anthology (Pill Hill Press). Heck, I felt like writing a vague story of a woman with a Desert Eagle only a couple of days before, and only because Kim's father (John Murphy - Murph in Dying Days) had one in his possession and showed it to me.
         So, like all writers, I stored the information in the back of my mind, and when I needed to find a weapon for this mystery woman to use on zombie daddy, it was the obvious choice. A bit of research told me the Desert Eagle had briefly been manufactured in Maine before heading back overseas to Israel. Excellent.
         What if her daddy made this very gun, working in the factory in Maine, and it was a gift to his daughter? Perfect.
         I needed a name for her. With flash fiction it sometimes doesn't matter the names to some authors, but to me it always does. Back in my early career I'd start looking at names on books on the shelf, turn on the TV and find a name, ask someone in the room, or grab the newspaper. In this day and age I went social media: I asked for a name on Facebook to use. Who answered the call? The real Darlene Bobich, someone I never met, maybe swapped a few posts with, but generally had no idea who she was. But I liked her name, asked if I could use it, and now I had another piece to the puzzle.
        And that was it. Put Desert Eagle to daddy's head, pull trigger, end of 500-word story and Darlene Bobich.
       Except, a funny thing happened along the way.
       I wrote Highway To Hell, an extreme zombie novella, for a publisher looking for that sort of thing, but they rejected it. No big deal in this day and age. I simply released it myself. When it got down to formatting it and getting the cover art (which I still love, thank you Ash Arceneaux - she's done all the Dying Days covers as well) I realized a 'bonus' short story would be cool, something extra for readers. This book was going to be my one-off zombie release before moving back into straight horror books.
       I began writing "Rear Guard" and realized I was writing about Darlene Bobich again, but this time her and her Desert Eagle were somewhere outside of Baltimore.
       That was it. All I thought about was this normal, twenty-eight year old former mall makeup counter woman, prone to crying, panic attacks, but a helluva shot with that Desert Eagle.
        Dying Days followed, with Darlene in Florida. In the meantime I'd written several other short stories with her, including "Undead of Winter" (which became the lead story for the zombie anthology bearing that name), and a prequel called Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer came out, starting with that flash fiction piece and running through her adventures in Baltimore.
        Now, today, is the release date of Dying Days 2… Darlene still trying to survive in sunny Florida with her Desert Eagle and her panic attacks.
        Will she make it for a Dying Days 3? I sure hope so, because I still can't shake this character.
        I hope you enjoy reading about her as much as I enjoy writing about her.
Armand Rosamilia
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Want to know more about the "Dying Days" series? Want to win free eBooks and maybe print books of them? My contest is simple: e-mail me at armandrosamilia (at) gmail (dot) com with DYING DAYS in the subject line and I'll enter you into the daily giveaway… also, post a comment here and you get another chance… follow my blog at http://armandrosamilia.com for yet another chance, and friend me on Twitter (@ArmandAuthor) and simply post DYING DAYS to me, and you'll get another shot… nice and easy, right? If I get enough people joining in the giveaway there will be a print book given away that day!"Dying Days" series information can be found here: http://armandrosamilia.com/dying-days-series/


Blaze

6 comments:

  1. Hey! this is great!
    Really looking forward to Armand stopping off at my blog too in April.
    Go for it, Armand!
    Thanks, Blaze.
    New Jersey, huh?! Wow, almost neighbors. I'd have rowed over to you guys!

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  2. This is cool, isn't it, Carole? Two Jersey boys starting it all off and a former Jersey girl being the first one to comment. Yay for us.

    Blaze

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  3. Not a Jersey boy, but yeah for the Indiana boy! Nice post Armand and congrats to you Blaze for being stop uno. Can't wait till the big guy hits my stomping ground in a week on the blog tour.

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  4. I have a lot of friends in Indiana. I'll be sure to visit your site, buddy! Make sure his stomping is controlled!

    Blaze

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  5. Armand is super! It feels great when a character proves more lively than the author could ever espect. Best of luck to Armand. Great coverage Blaze! As always, you rock!

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  6. I try to rock, my friend. And roll, too. Armand is quite the guy. Too bad he's so shy, though!

    Blaze

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