Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
Interview with Michael Poeltl, Author

What is the working title of your book? Her Past's Present.
Where did the idea come from for the book? A past life regression I did in 2012.
What genre does your book fall under? Paranormal, general fiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Lead character could be played by Kristen Stewart.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
To find purpose in her crumbling day to day, Tess attempts to understand her past, while inadvertently experiencing what came before.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Shopping the idea in a couple of months, but I will self-publish if I have to.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Not done yet, but it will be roughly six months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? It could be compared to Cloud Atlas, but moves much faster.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? All my inspiration comes from within, then once I have the idea mapped out I turn to music to keep the inspiration coming.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Tess, is abandoned by her husband, left with her six month old daughter and throughout the book comes into contact with character and actions whose purpose will become defined through past life regressions. This along with a family secret which is brought up during her hypnosis therapy will keep readers at the edge of their seats.

Monday, December 3, 2012

December, 21st, Winter Solstice, End of the World?

What will you be doing on the 21st of December this year? Consider for a moment that the Dooms-dayers are right, and the Mayan calendar ending on the winter solstice means our numbers up, what would you want to do, or who would  you want to be with when that day cometh?

If nothing else it's a great reason to throw another holiday party, buy t-shirts for all of your friends, "I Survived December 21st, 2012" or something to that effect. Make your own wine or beer to commemorate the event by slapping on some home made labels. There's plenty you could do in order to make the night a blast, and hey, if it really is the end of the world, at least you prepared by stocking up on Gatorade and bacon to assist in your morning hangover.

Whatever you choose to do December 21st, don't be an idiot and break windows or turn over parked cars trying to incite riots. The last thing we need is for a bogus date for the apocalypse, based on a very old calendar that is merely starting anew as our Gregorian calendar does yearly, to spur on an actual apocalypse for anyone. The end of the world will always have  predictors, and will always be just out of reach, so treat this one like the event it is, celebrate responsibly, knowing that we'll all survive this one, just like we have all the others, including Y2K!

Happy holidays and remember, if the 21st is the end, pick up a copy of The Judas Syndrome trilogy before too long, just in case!  ;) Michael Poeltl

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pitch Contest and Blog Hop

With an opportunity to get my manuscript in fron of Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management and the chance for fellow authors to help polish my three sentence pitch, I thank you Heather Webb!

Tess, a young mother whose partner has deserted her, is on a quest for purpose. Her estranged husband, self-destructive tendencies and her own questioning nature complicate her journey in understanding why she exists and to what end. Tess must decide on how she will restore this sense of purpose in her life, and whether the urge is strong enough to take the risks necessary to discover the truth that will set her free.
Earlier attempt:
To find purpose in her crumbling day to day, Tess attempts to understand her past, while inadvertently experiencing what came before. Could a past life or lives assist in understanding this life? Is metaphor hidden in every act, every relationship, every love and every sadness, waiting to be discovered, and with that discovery a purpose take wing?

Michael Poeltl

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New novel - Apocalyptic, but not in a global sense

The newest offering from Michael Poeltl, author of The Judas Syndrome trilogy, is a departure from the genre that has made him a name in the PA and dystopian world of YA trilogies. His new novel, as yet untitled and in its infancy, is spelled out below in a synopsis that should interest those fans of The Judas Syndrome for its paranormal content and dark investigation into human behaviour. This novel is also for those looking for a good read with interesting characters, settings and content everyone will relate to.


To find purpose in her crumbling day to day, Tess attempts to understand her past, while inadvertently experiencing what came before. Could a past life or lives assist in understanding this life?

Abandoned by her husband, Tess throws herself into a one night stand with an old acquaintance under questionable circumstances. The encounter pushes Tess to seek help for her depression and lost sense of purpose both for her sake and that of her six month old daughter. Tess knows that if she can’t find a peaceful solution to the angry voices in her head, she will lose herself and with that any chance at a normal life. 

Tess checks herself into a mental health facility in order to make sense of her devastated world, leaving her daughter with her parents. While at the hospital she meets Tebor, a man who claims to know her from a previous life, as well as a disturbed teenager whom she’s drawn to help and the psychiatrist who works with Tess to understand her past in order to heal her present.

Tebor, a constant interruption at first, becomes a confidant and friend to Tess, introducing her to Mahiva, a nurse who performs hypnosis and past life regressions on those patients willing to entertain the idea.

Meanwhile, Tess’s therapy with the psychiatrist uncovers the difficulties she experienced after her brother’s suicide; revealing a family secret she’s kept buried in her unconscious. Concurrently her estranged husband stops all contact with Tess and she is left to wonder whether they will ever be a family again..

This novel offers insights into hypnosis, past lives, discourse, discovery, love, life and the journey in which we all participate, through the telling of one woman’s life and those special souls that play a role in the evolution of her spirit, for better or for worse.

For more on Michael Poeltl, visit this link.

Michael Poeltl

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Get Your Free Trilogy in Paperback now!

Win a copy of  The Judas Syndrome complete trilogy by entering today at a Rafflecopter giveaway and come away with one of the years most exciting stories for free!
For more information visit the dystopian inspired website

About the books:
In a world devastated by an apocalyptic event,
the bonds of friendship are tested in the haze of
unrelenting depression, and paranoia.

Will you know who your friends are?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Amazon Prime Membership and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Since the inception of the Amazon Prime Membership program, where members pay into a monthly membership and can download ebooks for free, a new marketing venue to get your books out has opened up.
Post Apocalyptic fiction has definitely enjoyed a resurgence with the popularity of The Hunger Games and Divergent and a slew of other trilogies of the same or similar genre, but even with its renewed popularity, PA fiction is still a niche genre under the Science Fiction umbrella and getting the word out to the general public is still a chore.
But with the introduction of the new Amazon Prime Membership, authors of the dark arts have a new angle, a free angle that will offer more exposure if they decide to include their books into the KDP Select program. This is where Prime Members get their fix of freebies.

So mention your books to Prime members via the Amazon forums dedicated to them and get noticed!

Michael Poeltl

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Grim Reaper, as perceived in The Judas Syndrome

A man, a terrorist organization, a rogue country bent on world annihilation, the Grim Reaper is a mystery.

Though touted as a mad man, coined The Grim Reaper by the media, the idea that a single man or even a small country could have the nuclear arsenal the Reaper’s blogs are suggesting seem ludicrous.

All the same, he (they) are insisting world governments dissolve, religion is removed from society, that the root of all evil is possessions, that every person should live off the land, that technology is poisoning the planet and our children’s minds. He is asking that we revert to a pre-1800’s way of life.

Though these demands would heal the planet, they would destroy the delicate infrastructure of society. The Grim Reaper blogs daily about world hunger, pollution, endangered species. He threatens a future now, where he will show the world’s leaders today what kind of a world they are creating for our children and grand children. He will release his nuclear weapons on every corner of the earth, bringing about a nuclear Armageddon, missiles removed from Iraq, pre-inspection and housed in a secret location.

To know more about this new threat to Homeland Security and the world at large, click on this link.

Michael Poeltl

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Micki Peluso of The New York Journal of Books reviews post-Apocalyptic fiction trilogy

Micki Peluso describes book one of the dystopian trilogy dealing wtih the end of the world like this: "Author Michael Poeltl brings book one of his page-turning, outstanding stories to a dramatic, unforeseen close. Spellbound readers will want to read, "Rebirth", second in this ongoing series . . . followed by "Revelation", the final book of this unforgettable trilogy."

Micki Peluso reviews book two of the series like this: "Michael Poeltl writes a brilliant, riveting sequel of survival in a world gone mad. This is one book that's impossible to put down. Readers, captivated by this story will want to rush to buy the finale . . . `Revelation'..."

And for book three of the trilogy, Micki sums up the whole series like this: "Author Michael Poeltl's talent as a writer shines ... The book races to a heart-pounding climax that will shock and surprise readers. This debut trilogy is a five star winner, reminiscent of `The Stand' by Stephen King and the twelve books of the `Left Behind' series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Those enjoying this phenomenal trilogy will agree that Michael Poeltl is heading for the best seller list. It is one of the best series to surface in years."

For more on the series, The Judas Syndrome, visit this link.

For more on Micki Peluso find her here.

Michael Poeltl

Characters from the Post-Apocalyptic series The Judas Syndrome - Sara

18 years old at the beginning of The Judas Syndrome, Sara is the 'it' girl at her high school. Beautiful, smart, athletic and engaging. Her popularity was assured, but popularity does not impress Sara, determination and purpose impress and drive her. Her choice of a best friend in Julia, a spectacled overachieving book club type, pretty in an unorthodox way, gives us an idea of her value in popularity.

She is blessed with perfect features, a main of thick shiny brown hair and the body of a cheerleader. Standing at 5'8", Sara is taller than most of her girlfriends, but in no way uncomfortable in her own skin. The majority of her high school career Sara dates a volleyball player and though he was driven, it proved not enough for her as she yearned for more intellectual stimulation.

Sara is a family oriented person who never complains about taking family vacations or trips to the beach with her mom and dad. She cherishes her time with them. That being said, she is a teenager and happily splits from the family unit when a party or other social event involving her friends comes up. She indulges in all the illegal fun her popular friend base enjoys, but rarely to excess.

Sara is a confident girl, secure in her choices and thoughtful of her actions. She believes in Karma and is mindful of her spiritual nature. Raised in the Lutheran faith, Sara was baptized as a baby, confirmed as a young teenager and has carried the Christian teachings close to her heart. She believes in God, but accepts that she is human and so imperfect.

Sara heads up the cast of Rebirth, telling her story in 1st person, advancing the story from its tragic beginnings with The Judas Syndrome.

After the Apocalypse, Sara is devastated along with the others, over the monumental loss of her family to the Reapers deed. Joel would be her rock, he would be her everything. She was very happy when she heard Joel would be voted in as the groups leader and celebrated the victory with her friends. She became Joel’s religious advisor, reading him stories from the Bible every night, not sure whether to believe in anything herself anymore.

In Rebirth we find Sara taking on a leadership role herself when the house is split down the middle, Earl leading one camp and the remaining friends following Sara's ideals. Pregnant and scared, Sara decides to flee the house which has fallen to Earl's warped sensibilities, embarking on a journey with her son that will lead her onto a destiny forsaken by Joel.

Michael Poeltl

Friday, August 31, 2012

Characters from The Judas Syndrome trilogy - Joel

18 years old. Lean muscular build, 6' tall. Dirty blonde hair frames his handsome face as though worked into place.

His style mirrors a favorite band, unkempt, with clean lines. Outwardly his mood reflects that of his deceased father, calm. But this calm he recognizes as little more than a mirage, his mother’s anxious nature prevalent in the back of his mind. A quiet intelligence radiates from him, he wins friends easily with little effort, a skill or trait not learned but rather something he’d been born with. He couldn’t recall a time where he made the first gesture of friendship. It went that way with girls as well. Joel had been single a total of 6 months throughout his high school career.

He finds himself the center of attention in many situations, not the least of which is making choices for his friends. He’d rather be the one making the decisions than following someone else’s anyways, and if his decisions and opinions could be projected onto his friends favorably, what’s the harm.

Joel is a compassionate person, focusing mainly on those who seemingly cannot help themselves. He feels a responsibility toward them, to help them, protect them, and is likely one of the reasons people are drawn to him.

Anxiety occasionally overwhelms him, the physical stress of it at times paralyzing him. It comes without warning, his pulse quickens, pins and needles attacking his extremities, a numbness in his face and finally the frightening certainty that death lurks around the corner. Though undiagnosed he is very aware of this flaw in himself, and manages it as best he can, alone.

Though this dark secret he carries plagues him regularly, he keeps it from his mother, not to worry her, keeps it from his doctor and friends and buries it deep within himself, controlling the outbursts by self medicating with drugs and alcohol. Careful not to become dependent on the lifestyle, he practices deep breathing and daydreaming to calm the symptoms.

Regardless of the loss of his father and his anxiety disorder, Joel is a remarkably active and vibrant person, enjoying life as it comes and where it lulls, making something from nothing. He has never allowed his dark side to completely overwhelm his life, his motto, ‘shit happens, when you get a lemon, make lemonade’ has served him well through his high school career, and he is ever hopeful it will serve him well into adulthood.

For more character sketches of characters fromThe Judas Syndrome visit this link.

Michael Poeltl

Friday, June 22, 2012

Author Interview with Michael poeltl - Dystopian fiction

Book three of the popular post-apocalyptic trilogy The Judas Syndrome is now available, and to accompany the books release is a new interview by Catherine Sword of WhiStle Radio, 102.7 on your FM dial. In this most recent interview, Michael Poeltl gives insights into the book (and series)creation, the process and answers question about the trilogy's look at destiny, free will and how spirituality plays a powerful role in the character's day to day. Also Ppoeltl offers three readings from the third book, Revelation.
The interview is in two parts and can be found on Youtube

Michael Poeltl

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dystopian fiction for men - it's not all about the girls

With so many dystopic and post-apocalyptic series coming out the past few years that cast female leads like Divergent and the Hunger Games, it's difficult to find popular books for the boys. Though the stats have it that girls and women read a LOT more than the opposite sex, we guys that like our fiction dark need a few books that we can relate to as well!

That being said, The Maze Runner series offers just that. With a strong lead that is very identifiable to teenage boys and adults alike. Another dark trilogy is The Judas Syndrome, whose main character is a teen boy in book one, and book three. Faced with a dark premonition in book one, Joel, who narrates the book in first person is a care free teen waiting out the summer with his friends before heading off to college. Then a great evil shrouds the world in darkness and he and his friends have to navigate a post apocalyptic present without the aid or guidance of their families.

In book three, Lief, the son of Joel is faced with a similar premonition in the aftermath of his father's apocalypse and all at once struggles with his destiny and humanity. A lot to put on a kid of eighteen, but definitely books the boys can sink their teeth into.

Michael Poeltl

Thursday, June 7, 2012



Are you a survivor? Are you prepared?

Nuclear war, terrorism, pole shifting, killer comets and tsunamis all have the potential to cause national or worldwide disaster. Some people think the Mayan Calendar predicts the end of the world on December 21, 2012.

If you've always wanted to secure lifetime access to a well-protected, underground shelter for you and your immediate family in case of a global emergency, then this is your chance.

SPIKE TV and Vivos Shelters ( are seeking a handful of lucky people to compete on a new TV show for the chance to own shares in a state-of-the-art, community underground shelter for up to 6 family members.

Producers are looking for outgoing, competitive PAIRS of immediate family members (husband and wife, father and son, siblings...) to represent their family household on national television in a series of fun and exciting challenges. This is your opportunity to PROVE that you have what it takes to join a community of people who can survive global disaster!

 Send an email to with the following:
 1. Your name and the name of at least one family member who could be your teammate
 2. Your phone numbers
 3. Your city/state (same household or neighborhood preferred)
 4. Recent photos of each of you
 5. A brief explanation of why you want to win this show AND what skills you and your family can offer a community of survivors.

Deadline to apply is JUNE 20, 2012! Producers are waiting to hear from you!

* To compete on the show, you must be a legal U.S. resident and at least 18 years of age. (Note: Family members of any age are eligible for a place in the shelter. Conditions and restrictions for shelter co-ownership apply.) For more information, visit

Michael Poeltl

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The art of the book cover

Originally, when I first created The Judas Syndrome cover art in 2009, it was meant to portray the catalyst of the apocalypse in a more painterly style.

Then as the book became a series I realized the cover art wouldn't lend itself to  branding three books. So I came up with the stark graphic image in 2010 which lent itself perfectly to using a symbol for each book,  yet carrying over the same look and feel.

Then in 2012 I decided I'd make a compilation of all three books into one trilogy and designed the current cover.  Then decided I could use this new cover for each of the books and just replace the secondary name  and include the original symbols from the 2010 design.

I think the cover has come a long way and feel this may be its last incarnation. The point is, cover design is a tricky business. You don't want to jump into it like I did and keep changing it. I was lucky enough that the books didn't really get selling until I had my second design in place and since it pretty closely resembles the current cover art, I think people will still relate them to the series, but offers them more 'curb appeal'. After all, most people do still judge a book by its cover, and so, as indy authors, we need to step it up a notch and have professional looking cover art for our indy marketed books.

Michael Poeltl

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Post Apocalyptic Earth Blog: Revolution

Post Apocalyptic Earth Blog: Revolution: There is gonna be a new show on NBC "Revolution". "Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped...

Marketing your trilogy for the Indy author

As an independent author, I understand the limited reach I have against traditionally published books or series. So, as such, you have to think outside the box.

Have you writ en a trilogy or series? Have you created a website? Have you marketed yourself on all of the important social networks? The Facebooks and Twitters, Goodreads and linked In? Did you place your book on Amazon and Smashwords in digital formats to meet all potential e-readers like the kindle, nook, kobo, Sony and ipad? Have you joined forums like Kindle boards and mobile reads to promote your work? Have you approached bloggers and reviewers of your genre?

Good, then you have taken your future and the future of your books into your own hands. Regardless of whether you've been traditionally published or going it on your own, marketing is always going to be on you, the author.

So, you've built your name and your brand and your series. What's next? Freebies! And which book should you offer as a freebie? Think about it now... why give away book one? "Well, it's the first of the series" is your argument. But think about it. If you give away book 1 there is no guarantee they'll move on and buy book 2. You're assuming they'll love book one and have to know what happens next. But that may not be the case. So, you've potentially lost a sale for every free book you've handed out. Now, if you were to give away book 2 of the series or trilogy, then you're going to receive potential sales for book 1 right away, as many people won't want to start in the middle of a trilogy, but because the book is free, will give it a shot!

Now, you can go a little further and up the price of book one (which i didn't do) or up the price of book three (which I did do). Once you've read two of three books in a series, and even only liked them and didn't love them, you're in the author's world now, so you're likely to buy book three  - especially if left with a cliff-hanger in book two. So, are you getting my point? People love free books. People love a trilogy. People have a hard time coming into a trilogy in the middle. So people buy book one because they got book two for free. They purchase book one and read one and two, then they purchase book three. If you gave away a thousand copies of book 2, you can potentially sell 2000 more copies. Then there is word of mouth, the reviews, the tweets, the 'likes', the bloggers and the potential that someone with some real influence has now read your series and is interested in traditionally publishing it with the promise of another two or three book deal worth 7 digits.

That's pretty exciting. I know I'm excited for my own success in having recently done just that with my trilogy The Judas Syndrome. I expect within a month's time I will be very grateful for the idea and I hope I can encourage other Indy writers to do the same with their books and realize a similar success.

Michael Poeltl

Friday, May 18, 2012

FREE Kindle book May 19th - 23rd, 2012

For a very limited time Rebirth, Book two of the post-apocalyptic, dystopian trilogy The Judas Syndrome will be available FREE for your kindles on Amazon. Commencing May 19th through to the 23rd.

This second installment of the epic trilogy picks up where book one leaves off, overlapping the final scenes and giving enough background that the reader will not feel lost.

For more on the series visit

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Free ebook available featuring The Judas Syndrome characters

2012’s Revelation may have signaled an end to Michael Poeltl’s Judas Syndrome Trilogy, but Joel, Sara, Earl, Sonny, and the other characters continue to live on in the hearts of fans worldwide.

Holes in the Darkness is a collection of six short stories / book excerpts submitted by fans of the series. These pieces are dark, humourous, touching, and occasionally a hybrid of all three.

Courage. Violence. Hope. Despair. Humour. Rage. These are recurring themes in the Judas Syndrome trilogy, and they all make an appearance in this authorized anthology.

This is a free offering put together by Rose Keefe, the editor of the trilogy and authorized by author Michael Poeltl.  Each of the stories have been compiled from multiple fan fiction sites and given authorization from the individual authors to be included in this free ebook.

Poeltl says:

"I am thrilled to have this work of fan fiction based on characters from my series .... available to the public. Each story is well written and well thought out."

Monday, May 7, 2012

77 Days in September - novel by Ray Gorham

Ray Gorham was born in Calgary, Canada in 1966.  Prior to graduating college and settling in the United States in 1991, Ray had the good fortune to live in a variety of locations around the world.  Years in Australia, England, Lebanon, Japan, Canada, and the United States all helped to shape his background, worldview, and appreciation for other people and cultures.

Graduating with a degree in Accounting, he decided he couldn’t spend a future studying tax law and sitting in front of a computer all day, so he took a management position with Wal-Mart and spent the next 10 years in retail management where he had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of employees and thousands of customers on a weekly basis.  Growing tired of large corporations, Ray next tried opening and running a restaurant, but decided after a year that wasn’t for him either.  From there, he found a small log home business for sale in Montana in 2006 and settled in for what he hoped would be a long-term career.

When the construction industry slowed down in 2008, Ray knew he was going to have a lot of time on his hands, so he determined to cross off one of the items on his bucket list—writing a novel.  After thousands of hours of writing and editing he had the final draft of his first novel, a 108,000 word effort telling the story of a husband struggling to return to his family after a major terrorist attack.  While agents and publishers have passed on his efforts to this point, he has found significant success so far in digital format, selling over 10,000 copies of his work.

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to a halt most forms of transportation.
Kyle narrowly escapes when his airplane crashes on takeoff, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th Century. Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile continent to a family he’s not even sure has survived the effects of the attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its slow spiral into chaos and anarchy.

77 Days in September follows Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion to each other the strength to persevere.


High above the sun-baked prairies of Lawrence, Kansas, the missile reached its target.  No one on the ground even noticed the blast.  Perhaps had someone been looking at precisely the right location, at precisely the right time, they might have noticed a tiny, momentary spark in the bright afternoon sky.  Had they seen the flash, it likely would have been attributed to the glint of sunlight reflecting off a passing airplane.  From every vantage point below the detonation, there was no sense of the destructive capacity contained in that tiny speck of light.  More than 300 miles above the earth, a nuclear explosion impacts nothing with the force of its blast.  It is merely a large bomb going off in a vacuum, creating no shockwaves, no fireballs, no radiation, not even any sound. 

Despite the lack of explosive destruction, this was now the most lethal weapon to be unleashed in the history of the world, but it was a weapon that would have had absolutely no discernable affect on mankind 200 years ago, other than creating a more colorful aurora.  Upon detonation, the bomb expelled an intense wave of gamma radiation in every direction.  The gamma rays traveling earthward interacted with the upper levels of the atmosphere and created a chain reaction of displaced electrons that rushed towards the surface of the earth at the speed of light.  Most of the these displaced electrons passed rapidly through the atmosphere and grounded themselves harmlessly in the earth. 

A small percentage, however, encountered conductive materials:  metal, antennas, copper wiring, and silicon chips.  As these conductors absorbed untold billions of free electrons, they experienced sudden surges in both voltage and current.  In simple items, like a garden rake, this surge was manifested as a harmless static electricity-like spark.  But in larger networks and sensitive objects, the consequences of the electron overload were devastating. 


They sat in silence, lost in their thoughts and watching the pandemonium.  Ed spoke after a long period of silence.  “I don’t think we’ll be flying out of here today, even if we want to.  I don’t think anyone is.  This is completely different from anything I’ve ever seen or heard of.  With all those crashed airplanes, there should be hundreds of emergency vehicles from all over the city out there, but I didn’t see a single one.  There should have been enough help for us, even with the other planes down.  I bet we’d still be waiting out by that airplane if we hadn’t come in on our own.  Something is wrong at a level I can’t fathom.”

Kyle nodded.  “I’ve been thinking the same thing.  I think everyone is.  You can see it in their faces; there’s a fear and helplessness that I’ve never seen.  Of course, how are you supposed to act when you’ve seen an airplane fall from the sky?”

“It’s not just one plane wreck, Kyle.  It’s multiple wrecks.  It’s no emergency assistance to our flight, and no response for those other planes.  It’s no power in the terminal.  It’s total confusion with the airport employees.  You saw them.  They had no idea what they should be doing.  Some of the smart ones are faking it, but most of them look like they want to cry.  And the passengers…they’re freaked out bad.  There’s a deeper fear there than just the power being out, more than a plane crash.  Have you noticed that no one is using their cell phone?  We tried mine, but it’s dead.  They’re all dead.  In a situation like this, everyone would be on their phone.  It’s like…I know this doesn’t make any sense, but it’s like we’ve been attacked.”  Ed paused a moment before continuing.  “You remember 9/11?”

Kyle nodded.  “Who doesn’t?  I’ll always remember it.  I was listening on my car radio 2,000 miles away from New York when it happened, but I’ll always remember it.”

“It feels like that, but ten times worse.  Remember how unreal everything felt that day?  How you couldn’t believe it was happening, even as you watched it on TV?  This feels the same way.  I don’t know why, but it does.”

Publisher: Self
Genre: Techno-thriller/literary fiction
Release Date:May 25, 2011

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Do you wait for the trilogy to be complete before reading?

I have a thread on Goodreads currently asking whether readers actually wait for the whole trilogy or series to be available before buying (so there isn't that separation of years between cliff-hangers) or if they buy as they come out.
Interestingly enough, I have found roughly 60% would rather wait out the series and then start reading it.
Then I put the idea to them; What if all three books of a trilogy were combined into one book? Would that make sense? I have recieved a resounding YES!

So, now that my trilogy is complete, and the third book selling, I'm seriously considering this option of including all of The Judas Syndrome books into a complete anthology of the series, with a new cover look (which is still recognizable to the branding of the other three).

Would you buy the full series if it was offered in this one large format? Or would you rather go book to book?
Michael Poeltl

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Free e-reader copies of book two in The Judas Syndrome series

Stop by Smashwords to get your free copy of Rebirth, book two in The Judas Syndrome trilogy  of Apocalyptic fiction.

A year into a Post-Apocalyptic existence, where friendships are tested and new enemies emerge; talk of destiny fulfilled through a child offers salvation. Could you believe?

The Judas Syndrome trilogy is complete, and with the 2nd book in this exciting series available free for a limited time, you will have the opportunity to download it in several different ebook formats. Book two is a continuation of book one, but offers enough back story from the first book that it is not necessary to read book one. However, once you've read Rebirth, and book three; Revelation, you may find yourself backtracking to book one just to know the full effect it had on the last two books in the series.

Happy reading!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Enclave by Ann Aguirre - Reviewed

This novel finds the reader in the bowels of old New York, living in the tunnels of the ancient subway system. It’s an interesting and well documented example of what might happen to those left to fend for themselves in a city whose social and political construct has collapsed due to a violent strain of some virus.

These bunkers served as escapes from the virus but not from the ‘freaks’ who roam the same tunnels. Disfigured humanoids whose conception isn’t expanded on in this first book of a series, are reminiscent of zombies, dumb, hungry but with claws for fingernails.

Happily the story moves to the surface where we meet new characters and embark on an adventure that takes the two main characters through a mostly abandoned city on a journey north, where a fabled new city might exist.

The way the female lead, Deuce, discovers this new world where the sun is a threat and the wide open spaces, claustrophobic, is a testament to the way the author is able to capture the character’s innocence.  Lu expertly explains Deuce’s apprehension upon discovering anything could be so different from the darkness she’d grown up in.

I will be looking for book two of the series, as I found myself wanting as book one came to an end.
Michael Poeltl

Legend by Marie Lu - Reviewed

I was a little apprehensive going into this book. It felt like I was going to be reading The Hunger games again, but as I got a few chapters in, I realized it was very a different story, and very well put together.

The action was constant after the initial character development, and the relationship between the main characters was cleverly crafted. I could tell where the story was going with the main characters before it happened, but that only made me like the book more.

The deeper story, the conspiracies, are what really made the book for me and I eagerly await the second of the series

Michael Poeltl

Monday, March 12, 2012

The official cane of the apocalypse

I have seen the future, and it goes by the name: Hammercane.

If the buzz is right, and the apocalypse is upon us, or not, commemorate 2012 with the official cane of the end times. These handcrafted, hardcore, downright badass accessories will no doubt find themselves in the hands of many a survivor, should we find ourselves in social upheaval because of a predestined end.

I'm certainly not advocating you buy a Hammercane for the purposes of bludgeoning your enemy, you could do that with a hammer, but will you look as badass doing it?

The Hammercane was conceived by the unconventional mind of Scott Given, an Ontario native living and working out of his home in Southern Ontario.

Given has been experimenting in metal art for years after his graduation from the Ontario College of Art and Design. I personally have in my own collection a piece of his ‘shotgun’ art.

But I think he’s landed on something with Hammercane that will become a trending topic across multiple social media networks and explode onto the scene not unlike the axe art of Peter Buchanan Smith of Best made Co.

These marvelous canes can come in a variety of hammer heads, even incorporating a favorite grandfathers antique hammer head if you’re so inclined.  As Given says: “The Hammercane is only limited by your imagination (And his, which seems boundless!).”

The twisted chain shaft is now a signature piece in Given’s collection and selling fast. These canes are like a metal work installation you get to carry around on your person. Unlike other artistic ventures, the Hammercane can be personalized, inscribed, and made to suit varying heights and weights.

The Hammercane is Apocalypse Art in the truest sense. I’m getting one and I urge you all do the same. Your life, and your family’s lives might … just… depend on it!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Amazon's So you'd like to... read apocalyptic fiction guide

I've begun creating a guide via Amazon's 'So you'd like to..." app and have listed a number of current post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. I will comnitnue to add to this list to help those interested in the genres to navigate through the massive amount of apocalyptic novels that are available.

To view the list visit

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rebirth, book two of The Judas Syndrome as reviewed by Pretty Bellflower

"I was glad to see a main character that was also a strong female ... I loved that a reviewer said it didn't turn into a "post-bomb chick lit"

"Sequels are typically when a series start to go downhill. I'm glad this series avoided that."

4 out of 5 stars.

For more on  Pretty Bellflower's review of book two of the post-apocalyptic series see:

Book Three of The Judas Syndrome trilogy is now available

The dystopian landscape of The Judas Syndrome
finds hope in the second generation born into the
aftermath of an Apocalyptic event.

Born into the violent chaos of post-apocalyptic North America, eighteen-year-old Leif has been told his entire life that he has a crucial role to play in humanity's future. To achieve that end, he must elevate himself above all normal human sentiment, as attachment and fear are obstacles to his greater purpose.

Despite rigorous guidance from his guardian angel, Leif finds love when a beautiful young wanderer enters his life. And when a dangerous enemy from his mother’s past rises up to seize power in the post-bomb chaos, he experiences fear, and questions his fitness for his destiny.

Can Leif be a human being as well as a predestined hero? Or will he fail as his father did, and usher in another period of darkness?

Full of answers, action, romance, and tragedy, Revelation reveals the dark clouds that lie behind every silver-lined gift.

As a soft cover copy
Paypal (signed copy from the author)
As an e-book
Kindle (Amazon)

Reviews are appreciated on the Amazon page. If you prefer to buy your soft cover from Amazon, a link will be available in two weeks.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pretty Bellflower: Review: The Judas Syndrome

Pretty Bellflower: Review: The Judas Syndrome: The Judas Syndrome by Michael Poeltl My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was not planning on finishing this book today. I was hoping to finish i...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Costa Rican Apocalypse - Eerie sounds

A strange sound rattles the nerves of Costa Rican's country wide. The eerie sound, almost musical in its repetition could be mistaken for a monk's chant. On the other end, it sounds an awful lot like whale song.

It has been confirmed the sounds are not linked to any earthquakes of volcanic activity. So what on earth could cause something like this to occur throughout an entire country? Perhaps it is unearthly, and so maybe the Apocalypse is upon us? And perhaps it is beginning in the tiny country of Costa Rica?

For more on this phenomenon and to listen to the sounds visit this link.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Doomsday clock now at 5 minutes to midnight - Mayan calender to blame?

Scientists are saying they've moved the clock one minute closer to midnight because of world issues like the proliferation of nuclear weapons and social media bans in countries like Iran and Syria, but I have a feeling the Mayan calender might have a little something to do with this as well.

Not to say a scientist would ever give something like the Mayan long count calender any weight in their decision, but consider the mind-set of the people that believe in it. That's what to watch out for this year. People are expecting the world to actually end on the winter solstice in 2012, and who knows what they will do with their 'last year on earth'.

I've watched this phenomenon closely since Y2K came and went without so much as a war breaking out. It will be interesting to follow the doomsday clock  over the course of this year to see whether a rising paranoia over December 21st, 2012 offers any new threats to world peace.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 and the End Times - True or False?

Though my genre of choice has always been Apocalyptic fiction, I am in no way an advocate for the end of the world. I have a daughter, I have a life, I want to go on living and watch my little girl grow up and experience life in all its abundance. But, does that mean she will? I stumbled upon an excellent blog posting by  that helps answer the validity of the 2012 Apocalypse so many of us have bought into.
Read Nasa's response to questions of Nibiru, Planet X, Solar flares and Pole shifts.

Learn for yourself whether 2012 is your last year on earth.

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