Sunday, June 14, 2015

Lone Survivor Releases Monday June 15th


My first Booktrope release, Lone Survivor, comes out Monday June 15th. I’ve never spent so much time working on publicity for a book. I’ve done blogs, podcasts, radio shows, set up a thunderclap campaign, advertised on Facebook, and gotten a couple hundred mentions on various social media. I’m pushing hard to help this book be the success I know it should be, but will that result in amazing sales? I’ll let you know.

I wanted to dedicate this blog to that book because I believe in it. I believe in the words I
wrote, re-wrote, edited, re-edited, re-re-edited, proofread, polished, and finally approved. I worked with a kick ass editor, a stellar proof reader, an amazing book manager, and had a ton of support from the imprint manager. The cover was designed and polished, hand drawn and worked over and over until we got what, I believe, is a fucking amazing and captivating piece of art.

So now the work is all done and some of the reviews are coming in. What are people saying about this book?



This is a fun slant on what has become a very over-saturated sub-genre. Author Jensen wisely focuses on the zombie Sasquatch once our apocalyptic world is established but, the walking corpses still appear and appear often, to satisfy those that can't get enough of them. The story moves very fast and the author is very descriptive, though sometimes at a fault…did I really need Jim's impression of Bigfoot's manhood…not really. There is a lot of bloody action and overall it is an entertaining read.
4 Stars

this is the first book i have read by Mr Jensen and i was not disapointed was such a good book i had to finish it in one evening ....i cant wait to read more by him and would hope others will try his books also
5 Stars

BADASS Mr. Jensen. I don't need anymore words than that
5 Stars

I REALLY liked this! As a huge fan of The Walking Dead, I wasn't sure how I would react to this zombie novel, but I was oh so pleasantly surprised. The writing was clear, descriptive, and engaging. Jim, the main character, was so human it hurt. Kudos for the plot twist that makes this not-your-typical-zombie novel.
5 Stars

There are others, but I’m not trying to brag or only post the best reviews. Kindle has 6 reviews, 4.6 stars. People are reading it and enjoying the hell out of it, and that’s one of the reasons I do what I do.


So what is this book about? Here’s the synopsis:

One man. One Bigfoot. One billion zombies.
In the land of the dead, reanimated corpses hunt through the shadows. Man has turned against man in an unforgiving apocalypse where only death can thrive. When there is no one left to trust, nowhere left to turn, you have to fight to make it another day just to become the Lone Survivor.
Jim has been making through the apocalypse on his own. A chance encounter with the mythical creature known as Bigfoot gives him an inadvertent ally, but Jim quickly learns that friendships made after the end of the world don’t last long.
After Bigfoot gets bitten by a zombie during a bloody fight, the man-ape begins to turn. Now there’s more dangerous things out there than the festering corpses of man, and it’s eight feet tall and weighs more than four hundred pounds.
When fate throws Jim yet another curve ball, this time in the form of two damaged female survivors, Jim must decide if he is going to help them survive, or leave them to fend for themselves. Will Jim finally become part of a group, or remain a Lone Survivor?


That’s great, you say. So you post some reviews and a synopsis and I’m just supposed to buy this thing? You expect me to plunk down $2.99 for your book when I’ve never read anything else by you before? How do I know if I’m going to like it?


Here’s an excerpt:


I moved as quickly as I could in the thick brush and swung my machete. The zombie reached for me, oblivious to the blade cutting through the air. It hit the neck, severing it cleanly, sending the head pin-wheeling through the air. I was on to the next corpse before the head hit the ground. I chopped through the next two easily enough, but then lost my footing swinging at the fourth one. I went down on one knee and the thing was on me in seconds. I felt the skeletal hands grabbing my hair. Bones got tangled up, and as I tried to pull away from the thing, I only succeeded in pulling it closer. The stench of death and excrement was so strong, my eyes watered. 

I got a hand under the chin and pushed as hard as I could until the fragile neck popped. The body went limp. The last four zombies were close enough to touch, but I was stuck with a corpse wrapped up in my hair like some perverted bow. I shoved as hard as I could, ripping the fingers out, along with a few good-sized chunks of my hair. Son of a bitch, it hurt. But fuck it, I needed a haircut anyway. 

I shoved the broken corpse into the next three and sent all of them falling to the ground. That gave me enough time to cut the head off the slowest one, a small female in dirty sweatpants. I moved around her, grabbed another female zombie by the head, and twisted. She went limp, but her jaw still worked, opening and closing around the four teeth she had left. A black, dried-out tongue reached for me. I stomped on the head a few times until the skull gave way and then returned to the three stooges currently falling all over each other in a desperate attempt to get back up. 

Three quick whacks with the machete finished them all off. It was too dark to do anything with the bodies, so I left them for morning. I’d burn them down the road tomorrow. 

I headed back for Veronica and took her hand. She didn’t seem to mind the gore covering my big mitt, or if it bothered her she did nothing about it. She had just stood there watching me kill the zombies, an expression of fascination on her face. I wondered what she would have done if I hadn’t come along. Would she have run away, or just stood there and let the dead do what they do? I made a conscious decision to not think about it and just get the girl back inside. 

By the time we got returned to the trailer, the other two were inside waiting for us. Alice had the desperate look of worry painted on her face, but that melted off when she saw us. She smiled and waved, calling us to the safety of the indoors. Night rushed up behind us, ready to nip at our heels and pull us into the hungry shadows, but we got into the warm light of indoors with just enough time to lock the monsters out.


So there you go. You get zombies in a post-apocalyptic world, a Bigfoot that may or may not get turned into Zombie Bigfoot, and a man trying his best just to survive. He meets some friends and a whole lot of enemies during my tale, but through it all he remains true to
himself and does what he knows is right. He might not be perfect, but would you be?


Here’s the links for the books. I sincerely hope you put your faith in me, spend the $2.99, and leave me an honest revue. Let me know what you think. I’ll post my social media contact info as well.


Thank you.



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