Commune Book One Now Available at Barnes and Noble #postapocalypse #ebook #adventure #fiction

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For all of you lovelies out there who don’t dig on Amazon or Kobo but partake of the B&N Nook…ocity?  Nookitude?  Nookchuckus?

I don’t know where I just went, there.  Anyway, if you have a Nook, you too can come escape into my little slice of unheaven.  Enjoy and thank you all.


Commune Book One: A Thinking Reader’s Post Apocalypse #books #reading #postapocalypse

Progress on Commune Book Two is banging along at a fantastic pace!  I’m already one third of the way finished (or maybe a little less depending on what the total length ends up being; it feels like it may be a bit longer than the first book right now).  It would be really friggin’ cool if I had it ready to publish around the time the production of Book One’s audio book is finished.

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In the meantime, the first book calls out to all you fans of the post apocalypse genre.  For any who enjoy dreaming about how you would fair in a total societal breakdown or who wonder about your chances of surviving a world suddenly made lawless and hostile; for any preppers who fancy themselves ready for the day the lights go out; for any military (either active service or veterans) who would view the situation as just another day at the office: this series of books is my little love letter to all of you (kiss!).  Click the image of the book cover for a free preview!  You can grab a copy in both ebook and paperback formats.

See what other readers are saying about Commune Book One!

Five Star Review for Commune Book One!

Someone left me a lovely little review on Amazon today 🙂

“This was a quick read, I did it in about a day. I could not put the book down I wanted to know what was going to happen next. This is not my normal type of book to read. I am usually a strictly YA/ Paranormal/ or romance okay basically I will read anything as long as there is a possibility of romance in the horizon. Well, this book did not have that really. Now, I am still holding out hope for Jake and Amanda. Enough of that though.

This book has you focused on three characters Jake, Amanda, and Billy during basically what I would call an early stage of a Mad Max apocalypse world. So a solar flair basically takes out the worlds computers/machines, and people have been reduced to learning how to live without, FB, ATM, Netflicks, Lights, running water. So Jake, Billy, Amanda and her Daughter Lizzy are learning how to scavenge for supplies and survive after the plague takes out the majority of the population. Now, this was not a zombie book which I liked.

I really liked Billy I could see a little bit of that crazy uncle we all have, that tells us stories that will have an impact on us but then later add a joke. Jake is a bit interesting. What I really liked was the whole addressing the BIG PINK ELEPHANT and yes I mean PINK. In every book or TV/movie they hardly ever mention feminine products. Thank you to the author for paying attention to the fact a woman in a post civilization may want her tampax. This was not my normal book but I am glad I read it.”

Well, thank you so much for taking the time to tell me what you thought, dear reader.  I’m glad to have touched on some subjects that you found lacking in other stories within this genre.  Hope to see you back for Book Two!

Commune Book One is available on Amazon and Kobo in ebook and print form.  It will be available as an audio book later this year on

Commune Book One Travel Map #bookplanning #postapocalypse

Commune Book One is available on Amazon and Kobo in both ebook and paperback formats.

You can view an interactive map showing the position of all the major events of Commune Book One by clicking the below image.  This map was one of the major planning tools that I used when writing this novel.

Commune Book One Free Sample Inside (Hit Share)!

The following is an excerpt from “Commune Book One”, the first in a series of three books dealing with the struggles of a small group of people trying to survive the apocalypse.  If you enjoy reading this and want to know what happens next, please consider heading over to the Amazon or Kobo page to get yourself a copy.  The ebook is available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers for free.

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– Josh

The morning found me well quit of Primm and headed North again up the I-15.  I wasn’t having any luck finding another ride despite my best efforts (well, in this case “best effort” means I was checking anything in my immediate path) so it looked like another full day of walking, which it very much turned out to be.

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Commune Book One Audio Book to be Performed by R. C. Bray

I have just signed a deal to have my novel produced as an audio book.

It’s going to be performed by, and I shit you NOT: R.C. Bray. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of audio books, Bray is basically Robert Deniro, Marlon Brando, and Robin Williams all in one. His narration of Andy Weir’s The Martian is what helped to sky rocket the book to such a level of success that it was made into a major Hollywood film (that and Weir’s amazing talents as a story teller, anyway).

Let me tell you something: it takes an awful god damned lot to humble me but I’m absolutely humbled right now by Bob’s enthusiasm and belief in my work. If you had told me at any point that one of the industry’s most talented, respected, and beloved narrators wanted to perform my very first novel only a friggin’ week after it was published, I would have told you to grow the hell up. This is the kind of thing you dream about after slogging through years of obscurity.

I have no words for this.

Commune Book One is currently available in ebook and paperback on Amazon and Kobo.  I’ll provide further details on the audio book production as I get them.

Commune Book One is now Available on Kobo!

For those of you who prefer Kobo over Amazon, Commune Book One is now available as an ebook.  Click here to get you copy now!

For those of you who have already gotten a copy over at Amazon, thank you so much!  I am both humbled and gratified that you’ve decided to come spend a little time in my world.  I look forward to seeing you in books two and three.

For those of you stumbling on my novel for the first time, I’ll offer the following details (outside of the standard plot synopsis, which you can read on the purchase pages for the book):

What I ended up writing was a zombie story without all the zombies.  I’m a big fan of the post apocalypse survival genre and a lot of my favorite works in the arena involve zombies.  That being said, I didn’t want to write another zombie book.  Even in those books that do involve the zombies (those that I enjoy, anyway), the zombies are only really a threat for so long before such encounters become routine.  When zombies become normal, the real and more extreme danger always presents itself: other humans.  To my mind, the most fascinating subject matter is explored when the story starts dealing with competition between surviving communities for limited resources and how they choose to behave in these situations.  In my book, I just wanted to skip the zombie part altogether and dive right in to dealing with who I believe have the potential to be the scariest, most threatening monsters: us.

When I wrote this book, I was looking (in part) to create a story that veers away from a lot of the standard tropes that I’ve been seeing in the genre (everyone always turns into opportunistic savages, the military is evil, and so on).

There are definitely evil people in this story but I wanted to explore the idea that there is a world of difference between your basic, boring, mustache-twirling evil and a person who is basically decent but focused only on looking out for himself.  One of the primary themes I work on is that it’s very likely easier and safer in the short term to go “every man for himself”, however you end up actively creating a world in which you wouldn’t want to live.  The characters in the story struggle with this concept, having to establish a balance between preservation of self and preservation of humanity.

Additionally, the story is delivered in the form of a first person narrative from people who may not necessarily want you to know every little thing about them.  My intent is that, for some of the characters, you learn more about what makes them tick from what they don’t say rather than what they do…

Commune: Book 1 is Available for Purchase on Amazon!

Back in January, I had written some 89 page’s worth of a story that had been banging around in my head for roughly a year.  I had no idea if I was going to finish the thing as the only book I had written before that was a sub-200 page guide on guitar making.  As far as I knew at the time, this whole thing was a lark and might not actually go anywhere.

Well, now it’s March 30th, the damned thing is published on Amazon, and book 2 of the series is well under way.

You can purchase your copy at this link, by the way 🙂

This has all been a bit “out of left field” for me.  I’m an engineer.  I work in the aerospace business.  I do not write novels.  Ah, me.  Gene Wolfe, my favorite author of all time, had a background in engineering.  I suppose this is a hopeful sign.

I’ll wager that step 2 is figuring out how to get some attention for this.  I’ll see what I can do about beating bushes.  Meanwhile, if you are one who is interested in the book or me as an author in any regard (be it review, interview, or you just want to drop me a line), feel free to send me a message on my contact page.  I’m a relative nobody, which means I’m guaranteed to respond as long as you’re not spam 🙂


Book 1 Progress Update

Advanced copies have been sent out for review and feedback is beginning to trickle in.  My wife has already played a major role in helping to clean up plot holes and narrative style so I’m feeling pretty good about where things are at.  Thankfully, the plot holes that have been uncovered so far are due to a lack of clarification on my part rather than being the result of use cases that had just flat out never occurred to me.  The former is easy to fix with more words; the latter could constitute the need for major revision.

From the admin side of things, I’m currently jumping through those hoops that Amazon requires before they’ll allow me to publish on their site, which is fine.  There’s this whole world to publishing of which I was unaware until I actually started trying to do it – I’ve since learned that writing a good story is the easiest part of the entire process.  Actually getting the damned thing published is like trying to pull the teeth from a baboon with your bare hands while driving a Buick down an unpaved mountainside, all while that baboon’s family flings poop at you.  The good news for me is that by going through Amazon, I can at least get a legal entity to drive the Buick for me so I can focus on not getting killed by an enraged primate.

Getting close…