Alternate ending to THE AFTER WAR & Audiobook giveaway.

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I have two things for you:

1) I’ve decided to release an alternate ending to THE AFTER WAR, free to anyone who would like it. I’m still getting it organized and formatted, but if anyone wants a copy when it’s ready, please email me and I’ll put you on the waiting list. Warning: It contains spoilers, so if you haven’t read the novel, please wait until you have done so.

2) I need your help winning an award contest, and if you help, you will be entered to win an audiobook copy of THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, straight from audible. I hate asking for help, but in this case, it’s the only way to win the contest. I’m up against three other books, and whoever gets the most Likes and Shares on a Facebook post (combined) wins. To be honest, I don’t care all that much about the contest itself, but the winner gets a big bump in promotion through the site, and a chance for more lucrative awards and reviews in the future. Go to: Underground Book Review’s Facebook page, and scroll down (about four posts) to the one mentioning THE AFTER WAR. Like and/or share that post, and on April 16th (easter) I will randomly select a winner from the list of people who liked and shared. It’s that easy.

 

Thanks for your help. Here’s that link again: Underground Book Review. Good Luck!

 

All the best,

Brandon Zenner

And the winner is …

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Just an hour ago, I had my three year old daughter pick one folded piece of paper from a pile of folded papers, and she alone decided the winner of the contest.

But before I announce the winner, I have to humbly thank each and every person who participated. This was a fun contest, and if you didn’t win—do not fret! I will repeat this contest again, sometime in the future, and any reviews you have already written, or are planning to write, can be included then. 

And now for the announcement … the winner is …. John Zur .

Not only does John have a really cool last name that will sound good in a novel, he read all of my books in record time. Seriously, weeks. He’s a way faster reader than myself. Congratulations, John!

Well, that’s it for now. Although the contest has ended, if anyone out there is still interested in receiving copies of my books in exchange for reviews, all you have to do is ask. I am happy to oblige.

All the best,
Brandon Zenner

Want to be a character in my next novel?

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I was talking to a friend of mine today who told me about a really cool promotional contest that an author friend of his had done, and I thought, hey — why not give it a try? It’s easy to enter, and the end result will be that your name could be used as a character in my next novel.

So here it is: all you have to do to enter is review my books on Amazon. That’s it. Honest reviews. Either Amazon US or UK, but the more the merrier, including Goodreads. To top it off, during this promotion, if you do not own one or several of my books, I will gift you any of my books for free. To be more clear, the reviews would have to be for the following: THE EXPERIMENT OF DREAMS, WHISKEY DEVILS, or THE AFTER WAR. Review one, it puts your name in the hat once. Review all three, and you have three chances to win. After you post the reviews just shoot me an email: brandonzenn@gmail.com, with a link. You can also use that email address to contact me for one of my books, and I’ll gift you an Amazon copy right away, absolutely for free. If you’ve previously reviewed all three, you’re already entered. Just email me to tell me so. THE AFTER WAR and WHISKEY DEVILS have far less reviews, so those are preferred … so … review one of them, and I’ll double your odds. To be clear, review all three, and you have five chances to win.

Here is a link to my Amazon page to navigate to all of my novels: Amazon

As of now, the tentative date for this contest to end is April 1st, 2017. But if I am told from readers that they need more time, I will extend the deadline to include everyone who would like to participate. The winner will be selected at random.

At this stage, I can’t say what the role will be for the character in the book, when the book will be released, or what the book will be about … I like to remain mysterious. At the moment, I am working on one novel and a short story or two. The winner will be contacted in that regard.

Good luck, and feel free to contact me with any questions, anytime, about anything. I would love to hear from you. I think this is a fun contest and I hope you decide to participate. The reviews do not have to be long or sappy. Short, fast, and honest works fine too.

All the best,
Brandon Zenner

 

Get a copy of The After War – Part I for free.

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Story Cartel is a site where readers can receive free ebooks in exchange for providing honest and fair reviews. It’s used by both independent and traditionally published authors, and it’s a great place for readers to select their next read. For the next three weeks, they will be featuring Part I of The After War, and it will be completely free for anyone interested. Here’s the link: StoryCartel  

Please check it out and take advantage of this offer, and feel free to spread the word to your friends.

That’s all for now!

 

-Brandon Zenner

 

A short interview

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As part of THE AFTER WAR’S ongoing book tour, here is an interview I recently did for Straight from the Library blog. As you’ll learn, I really do hate dog-eared book pages. Here’s a link to their site, which also has links for a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway. Check it out: Straight from the Library

 

What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

Hatchet was the first book that I read myself and enjoyed. It’s a great book for a young boy, it’s full of action and adventure.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Two years have passed since mankind faced extinction

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading a few. I’m re-reading The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks and Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski. I’m also reading Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon for the first time.

E-Reader or print? and why?

They both serve a purpose. I like having a physical library in my house, where I can see and flip through my books on a whim. But I also think my e-reader is extremely useful. Having the world’s largest library on my nightstand, or backpack, or luggage during a trip, is amazing. It took me a while to get used to an e-reader, but now that I have, I like them equally.

One book at a time or multiples? Reading or writing?

The answer to both is multiples. However, I’m now going to try to be writing only one book at a time. Flipping back and forth between books, along with working a full time job, gets to be a bit much.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don’t worry—Librarian Judith won’t hold it against you—much)

Bookmark. Or a scrap of paper, a Post-it, or anything really. Dog-ear is a big pet peeve of mine, seeing someone do it gives my anxiety for some reason.

Favorite book you’ve read this year?

The March by E.L. Doctorow

When do you do most of your reading?

Before bed. I used to be a big morning reader, and would like to one day get back into the habit, but ever since my daughter was born (about three years ago) I no longer have mornings free.

Do you loan your books?

Yes, all of the time. There a few that don’t leave the shelf, but if I think a friend would really like a book and I’m nervous of losing one of my more prized paperbacks, chances are I’ll buy them a copy.

Favorite book to recommend?

That depends on the person. The book that I’ve recommended the most is The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Now, I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, it’s a very disturbing book. But when I find the right person, I typically buy them a used copy from Amazon. I think I’ve given away about ten copies of that book.

Character Interview with General Karl Metzger

 

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As part of my ongoing blog tour, the following character interview was conducted with one of my favorites from THE AFTER WAR: General Karl Metzger. To read the blog post from its original source, click the link below.

Book tour & giveaway – The After War by Brandon Zenner

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Character interview

Interview with Karl Metzger

The following interview was conducted under circumstances that I was fooled into believing were for the good of fellow survivors. General Karl Metzger is the leader of a well-equipped band of mercenaries, calling themselves The Red Hands.

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I waited for Karl in a small room, ruined by war. I had been escorted through the town of Odyssey under escort, and the smell wafting from the guards was horrific. One of Karl’s men stood by the door, an assault rifle strapped over his chest, and a thick, red handprint plastered over his chest, which is a symbol of their order. After a half hour the door opened, and in walks a towering man wearing crisp army fatigues with a sidearm strapped to his belt. The man shone a brilliant smile of straight white teeth, and shook my hand with ferocity. He introduced himself in a bellowing voice, and we sat.

***

Interviewer: Hello. My name is Brandon Zenner. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Karl: Likewise. I do hope you will find Odyssey to your liking, and your accommodations pleasurable. Would you care for a cigar?

Interviewer: I generally don’t smoke … but I suppose I can make an exception. Thank you. About the accommodations, I will be leaving shortly after the interview.

Karl: My home is your home. Stay a while and have a drink with my men—the finest assortment of fighting men you will find, this I assure you. I hear you’re a writer, a journalist. Not long ago, I would have thought your job to be an extinct practice. But I now see the errors of my ways. You have purpose to me.

Interviewer: Well … I see. Shall we begin?

Karl: Yes, of course. Ask away. (Karl leans back, putting his feet on the table, and for a moment the creaking of the chair suggests the wood might break under the man’s strong frame)

Interviewer: Fellow survivors speculate about your past, and some people believe that you might not even exist, and the tales of your exploits are only meant to intimidate your enemies.

Karl: Ha! Well, you see me before you, do you not?

Interviewer: Of course. But for the people out there, can you give me something from before the war and disease to prove your existence? Rumors have it that you were once an inmate in Hunterdon—

Karl: (Takes his feet off the table) Let me ask you this: would like to have your every fantasy played out? Would you like to live like a king?

Interviewer: Is this leading to an answer to my question?

Karl: Outside, there are three women, picked from the plunders of war, their beauty unparalleled in this existence or the next. They are yours, Sir Zenner.

Interviewer: I’m not sure how this pertains to my question.

Karl: It pertains to my question: a job offer, with a rank among the brotherhood befitting a man of your stature. My own minister of propaganda. Your words can have an advantage for me.

Interviewer: I … I’m not sure this is how an interview is conducted. I still have a number of quest—

Karl: I know (he leans across the table, the smoke from his cigar escaping with each word) how an interview is conducted. This interview is for you, not myself. Your words are mine to use and own.

Interviewer: I think—

Karl: Guard. (The man in the corner snaps to attention) Lead Sir Zenner to his accommodations. And please, make him feel welcome.

Guard: Yes, sir.

Interviewer: What the hell is going on?

Karl: (Stands and walks to the door) I will have an assortment of delicacies brought to your room; preserved meats and fruits, and the finest alcohol ever made. If you fancy something harder, we have a plunder of cocaine, heroin, pills. You will grow to see things our way.

Interviewer: I have people waiting for me. They’ll know if I’m missing!

Karl: That’s of not consequence.

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It’s been a week, and I have not been let out of my room. But I do have a window with a swift stream flowing under, and not to sound like some hopeless romantic, because that is hardly the case, I do hope that someone finds my message in a bottle. These men, I fear that if I don’t do as they say, they will kill me. I’m in the town of Odyssey, follow the stream, and please, by God, help me …

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