Well, there’s always a silver lining to any adversity, and 2020 was no different. While it’s globally unanimous that 2020 was like skidding down a razor bladed playground slide, there were some benefits. Beyond the zenith of all joys, the birth of my son, Ronan, I could also get a lot of writing projects ready for their 2021 debut. So, strap on your helmet, squeeze into your short shorts, and grease those rollerblades, because we’re skating through 2021 with conviction. Here’s a look at the Justin Alcala schedule for the upcoming year.
Final edits for “A Dead End Job” were put together by Parliament House Press and myself
Production Meetings began for the future graphic novel, “Apollyon” with talented producers/creators James Rock and Alex Gomez
“Taming of the Cthulhu” 1st proof reaches 30,000 words.
“A Dead End Job” cover artist completes project for acceptance
“A Dead End Job” cover reveal on February 25th
“Magic of Motivational Quotes” by Wingless Dreamer publishing is released, featuring a Justin Alcala excerpt
Cover reveal for the new anthology, “Citizen Survivors: The Red Book” released by BLK DOG Publishing. This historical fiction piece about the world had Nazi Germany been victorious features a short story by Justin Alcala titled “The Entrepreneur”
Proofreading for the Middle Grade book, “The Last Stop” begins. This young reader horror story follows seventh grader, Morrigan, and her little brother, Asher, as they explore the frightful history of their new town, and the connection with their eerie new bus driver.
“Taming of the Cthulhu” manuscript should reach the halfway point for creation
Two new short stories will begin for Halloween distribution
“Citizen Survivors: The Red Book” hits shelves
“The Last Stop” will sent off to agents and publishers
Short Horror Stories “A Horse for Us All” and “Buried in the Rain” hit anthology and literary magazine shelves
Finishing touches for the first proof of “Taming of the Cthulhu” complete and sent out to editors
“The Last Stop” proposed to agents and publishers
“Apollyon” finishes proofreads and illustrators begin early sketches
Early reviewers get their “looking-balls” on “A Dead End Job”
Interviews on podcasts, radio stations and literary journals for the premiere of “A Dead End Job”
Early announcement about “The Last Stop” publication
Short Horror Story Projects Cut Off for Submission
We will take part in the “2021 Charity Drive for the Extra Life for Kids” program
We will start the countdown for “A Dead End Job” with great giveaways, including e-books, t-shirts and other great
“The Last Stop” continued publication announcements
“Taming of the Cthulhu” hits submission phase
“A Dead End Job” preorders completed
“A Dead End Job” released (Woo hoo!). Parliament House PRess will release physical copies and ebooks starting October 5th, 2021.
Podcast interviews to continue in promotion of Parliament House Press in conjunction with “A Dead End Job”
Halloween Short Stories hit publication
“The Last Stop” begins editorial phase with new publisher
“Taming of the Cthulhu” early publication announcements
Justin Alcala short story and novel contest results announced
Christmas Giveaways for “A Dead End Job” gifted for select readers
Sorry for interrupting your cult meeting. I know you’re all trying to attain eternal life and all. Now, you’re going to kill me, but uh, I’m actually here to eliminate you all on behalf of the Grim Reaper. Isn’t that neat? Also, let me correct myself. You’re gonna try to kill me…and it’s going to go poorly for you.” -Buck Palasinski, Intern for Death
“A DEAD END JOB” hits pages OCTOBER 6th, 2021. Preorder today at a discounted rate on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
“What a lame day to die. It was Friday, possibly the best time of the week for any seventh grader, it was ruined. People should die on Mondays. That sounds right.”
-Morrigan, The Last Stop
Morrigan’s family needs out of the city. So they move to suburbia where her special needs brother, Asher, is closer to his treatments. Life in a little town though isn’t what it’s cracked up to be and soon Morrigan grows tired of discourteous classmates, quiet streets and strange neighbors. What’s worse, she and her tag along brother are the last ones dropped off every day on the school bus, dragging out her drab existence. The none day a new bus arrives and Morrigan’s life gets deader than she could have ever imagined.
There’s never been stranger urban fantasy than with “A Dead End Job” presented by Parliament House Press. Buck was just a lowlife Hitman trying to make his way through this miserable world when the gun was flipped on him. Now he’s interning for the Grim Reaper in an attempt to dodge eternal damnation. His new job entails taking out “Unmentionables,” those who cheat death. The only problem? When you know how to dodge your final demise it’s usually because you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Poor Buck. PREORDER “A DEAD END JOB” on #amazonbooks #barnesandnoble and #kobobooks or wherever great books are sold.
“The hardest thing about a job isn’t the killing. It’s the freaking planning. Tailing your mark’s whereabouts is expensive on a hit man’s pockets. Especially in Chicago. Oh well. Should’ve stayed in school I guess.” -Buck, Death’s Intern
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Let me tell you what I love about Parliament House. They go the distance to ensure this book is perfect in every way…including ensuring our villains (or perhaps antiheroes) are fleshed out just right. We are in the late stages of publication for “A Dead End Job.” Still, there’s a long way to go. From a second round of line edits to content reviews, we are working hard to get you this book. So please, preorder today. Every preordered book helps with Amazon marketing tiers, sales strategies and other presale details.
We’re on a mission to play role playing games in order to help heal kids. We’ve chosen our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Augusta. With 170 hospitals to chose from, each location treats thousands of kids annually, regardless of their illness, injury or family’s ability to pay.
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Here it is. The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Our talented artists at Parliament House Press have put together a fantastic book cover. This enticing book calls to me as a reader and I hope it does to you too. There’s lots of information packed into the art that gives you small clues about what our story, and our chief character, is all about. I can’t wait to hear what people think, and thanks again to the publisher for months of hard work creating this masterpiece. Readers, get your limited discounted preorder of “A Dead End Job” now on #amazonkindle #booknook and .#kobobooks. A DEAD END JOB HITS SHELVES OCTOBER 5th, 2021 in digital book, paperback and audio book. www.justinalcala.com