Martini, anyone?

It’s been a while since my last post, so I thought it’s a good time to let you all know what I’ve been up to.

On top of writing, I’ve been a career bartender for the past fifteen years or so. I’m lucky to be working in a busy Irish bar, in Red Bank new Jersey, where I began as a waiter when I was twenty two.

A few months ago, I decided to go back to school and finish up my degree (surprisingly, the credits that I earned nearly twenty years ago are still valid!). As part of my first class, which was a public speaking class, I had to make a demonstration, tape it, and send it to the teacher. Well, if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to make a damn good drink. So here it is, me teaching a group how to make a martini. Please remember, this was taped on a phone in a bar, and I had no plans on sharing it, but then I thought … why not? If school has been preventing me from writing a blog post, here’s an opportunity to share with you all what I’m currently up to. Also, keep in mind that this was for a class, so I was obligated to show the audience, use sue cards, and speak in a certain way. But after the intro, it gets more interesting, and the camera clearly shows me making the drink. Also, that guy talking on the phone in the background, oblivious that I was taping, eventually stops.

So, grab a glass, pour a drink, and find a good book to read … Here’s the link: Martini

 

 

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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.