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ROT & RUIN by NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry

Simon & Schuster / Hardcover / $17.99 / ISBN: 978-1442402324

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 In the zombie-infested world Benny has grown up in, every teenager must work once they turn fifteen—or they'll lose their food rations. Benny isn't interested in taking on the family business, but he reluctantly agrees to train as a zombie killer with his boring big brother, Tom. He expects a dull job, whacking zombies for cash. What he discovers is a vocation that will teach him what it really means to be human.

 As Benny's worldview is challenged again and again by the lessons he learns from Tom, he is forced to confront another horrifying reality: sometimes, the most terrible monsters are the human ones. 

 Critically acclaimed author Jonathan Maberry crafts a terrifying future vision of the zombie apocalypse, brought to life through the rich emotional struggles of a teenager trying to find his place in a tumultuous new world.

 Praise for….. RUIN & RUIN:

 "…an action-packed, thought-provoking look at life—and death." --Kirkus Book Review

 "A thrilling triumph, full of action, gripping conflict, soul-fullness, gore, solemnity, and hope. A coming of age piece honed in the ashes of apocalypse." -- -Fiendishgly Bookish

 "Thrilling, enticing, and surprisingly touching!" --Heather Brewer -Bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vlad

 "This is a romping, stomping adventure. Anyone with a pulse will enjoy this novel, and anyone with a brain will find plenty of food for thought inside!" -- Michael Northrop -bestselling author of Gentlemen

 "George Romero meets The Catcher in the Rye in this poignant and moving coming of age novel set during zombie times." --Nancy Holder -NY Times bestselling author of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Pretty Little Devils

 "Captured my heart from the first page and refused to let go!" --Maria V. Snyder -multi award-winner and bestselling author of Poison Study




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From now on all of my posts will be at www.jonathanmaberry.com, where I've positioned my Big Scary Blog.  I'm doing an interview each week with a best selling author, and posting info on the world of books, writing, and publishing.

See you there!

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<strong>I’m getting near the end of my signing tour for ZOMBIE CSU.  Along the way I’ve hit several independent bookstores, and that’s always a lot of fun.  Indie stores are different from the chains in a lot of important ways.

First, they really know their customers.  There’s more of a conversational back-and-forth between Indie store owners & staff and their regular customers.  Which leads to a second and very important difference –since they know their customers they know what they like.  These stores often have a lot of specialty stuff on their shelves that you won’t find anywhere else.

Good example… my second novel, DEAD MAN’S SONG, sold out of its first print run.  All of the major chains (including Amazon) are out of copies, but you can find new, signed copies at some of the indies, including:

DOYLESTOWN BOOKSHOP (Doylestown, PA) http://www.doylestownbookshop.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp

BETWEEN BOOKS (Claymont, DE)  http://www.betweenbooks.com/

CLINTON BOOKSHOP (Clinton, NJ)  http://clinton.booksense.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp

These stores support writers and their honor readers.  And as a writer AND a reader, I love 'em.

Check ‘em out!   And…support your local independent book store.

www.jonathanmaberry.com </strong>

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Gearing up for my ZOMBIE CSU book signing at the Borders in Center City Philly at 12:30 pm on Thursday.  Stop on by!

Borders -Avenue of he Arts
1 S. Broad
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.568.7400
Fax: 215.568.7466

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My next novel, PATIENT ZERO, hits stores in March 2009.  Here's a special sneak preview:



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I’ll be signing gobs o’ copies of ZOMBIE CSU this month. Some of these will include panel discussions on all things zombie. Stop on by, grab a book, meet the experts, share your opinions and insights on the living dead. Remember…this is the 40th Anniversary of Night of the Living Dead…what better way to celebrate it than by snagging a copy of a book that explores the science and implications of George Romero’s dark vision of the apocalypse.


Oct 3: Doylestown Bookshop 7-8:30pm



Oct 4: Collingswood Book Festival (all day)



Oct 7: Doylestown Library 7-9pm



Oct 9: Borders Center City; 12:30



Oct 11: Wilkes-Barre Barnes & Noble 2-5pm



Oct 14: Hunterdon County Library 7-9



Oct 17: Borders Express Willow Grove 7-9 pm



Oct 19: Between Books / Claymont Delaware 2-4 pm



Oct 23: Jenkintown Barnes & Noble 7-9 pm



Oct 25-26: Zombie Fest / Monroeville Mall (Pittsburgh)



Oct 30: Clinton Books / 7-9 pm





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Writers Coffeehouse with Jonathan Maberry– Sunday from Noon to 3pm - FREE

Come and join us on Sunday, September 28, from noon to 3pm at the Bucks County Coffeehouse in Doylestown PA for a free networking session. It’s a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing…with coffee.   


No agenda…just chat about the latest trends in the industry, about markets, about pitching and selling, about frustration, about keeping the inner fires alight, about dealing with our families, about how damn tough it is to make it as a writer at the best of times and what writers can do to stay afloat in these troubled economic waters.   


This is stuff that writers can't really talk about with someone who isn't a writer. Writers get other writers: they're of a species.   


No previous publishing experience necessary…the Writers Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers. We’re all writers.   


So come on out and join us. This will be a monthly event. Grab a cup of coffee and head on downstairs to the Conference Room. 


See you Sunday.


For more information, drop me a line at jonathan_maberry@yahoo.com


Bucks County Coffee Company

22 N. Main Street

Doylestown , PA 18901

(215) 345-0795



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This past weekend my wife (Sara Jo) and I traveled to Tunkhannock, a small town of about two thousand people in Pennsylvania near(ish) to Scranton and Wilkes Barre. We’d never heard of before. Now that we’ve been there…we’ll absolutely be going back. The weekend turned out to be one of those genuine surprises that has come to define small town America.
I was invited there by Hildy Morgan (of PennWriters) to give a full day’s worth of writing workshops for folks in the area. The workshop was part of a larger event to support the planned expansion of the Dietrich Theater. The old theater is a marvel. Original built in 1936 and closed in the late ‘80’s, it was brought back to life in 1998 and since then has been continually refined so that it’s now an elegant movie house that shows a mix of films but with a nice bias toward art films. Last weekend they were cruising along with a movie marathon that included MAN ON A WIRE, AMERICAN TEEN, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, MONGOL (one of my recent favorites), and TELL NO ONE –a French film based on a novel by my friend Harlan Coben (current President of the Mystery Writers of America). http://www.dietrichtheater.com/festival.asp
My wife and I were booked in at the Weeping Willow Bed and Breakfast, which has a view you won’t believe and true to its name, a massive weeping willow tree by the front drive that I first saw in the mist of early morning. Huge, green against the gray mist and the red barn, surrounded by flowers and with a cornfield rustling nearby. Pretty much a perfect image (even if you’re not a writer).
We dined at Seasons, a restaurant that is virtually unknown outside of Wyoming County and which can holds it own against anything in New York or Philadelphia. My wife is still talking about the pan-seared Pistachio Parmesan Encrusted Grouper; and I will go on record that the crab cakes at Seasons are second to none (and yes that includes the Jersey shore and the entire state of Delaware). The owner/chef Bruce Arrowood is a genius and the town wasn’t a three hour drive away we’d be there every night. No joke. www.seasonsdowntown.com
The group of writers to whom I spoke was terrific. Smart, focused, talented, and many of them are ready for that step into the pro leagues. They asked all the right questions and we had a blast!
Sara Jo and I feel like we stumbled into someplace magical, and we know we’ve made some real friends.
This Christmas we’ll be going back for their Christmas festival at the Dietrich and a big-screen showing of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Can’t wait!
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This is for all you zombie fans.  ZOMBIE CSU : The Forensics of the Living Dead is the featured book in this month’s issue of RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE.  Associate Editor Monica S. Kuebler does a bang-up job of discussing the content and highlights of ZCSU.
It’s Issue #82, on newsstands now.  Go buy it and feed your braaaaaiiinns. 
Here’s a link to the magazine’s website that has info on all the creepy goodies in this issue (which also sports a cool Alice Cooper cover!).

Zombie CSU official website:

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