Happy Valentine’s Day – Win An Advance Copy of 33 A.D.

Posted: February 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

OK, so I’m a couple of days early, but I wanted to get this out today because I’ve got a busy weekend ahead. My wife and I will both be out shopping tomorrow, and Sunday is…well…Valentine’s Day. Probably not going to be doing a lot of work that day.

So, I have a couple of advance copies of 33 A.D. just sitting on my dresser. Several copies are en route to reviewers and several others will be once I pick a few more places to send them. But one of these copies is gonna get a nice scrawl and find it’s way to the home of someone who is reading this blog entry. Nice, huh? And, there’s even a little bonus.

For those who don’t know, 33 A.D. is the story of a vampire in Biblical Jerusalem who is sent to assassinate Jesus of Nazareth. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? You know it does. Here are two blurbs from authors who have read it. Click on their names to visit their websites. They are both talented writers and I am very fortunate to have their kind words.

“33 A.D. by David McAfee is a wildly original, non-stop pulse pounder that tells the story of a vampire assassin whose mission is to kill Jesus of Nazareth. In a genre mired by clichรฉ stories, this stands out as something bold and new.”

Jeremy Robinson, author of Instinct and Pulse.

“David McAfee’s 33 A.D. is a truly compelling and unique perspective on the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. With all the skill of a seasoned novelist, McAfee’s thriller brings a melange of riveting characters, otherworld mythology, and political intrigue together in one fascinating read – a tautly paced winner on all levels.”

Jon F. Merz, author of the Lawson Vampire novels & Parallax

Oh, and here, of course, is the cover. ๐Ÿ™‚

Does that look or sound like something you’d want to read? Of course it does. Does it sound like something you’d want to read for free over a month before anyone else has a chance to read it? Of course it does. And if you answered “No,” then I’ll shup up now.

OK, maybe not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, here are the rules. They are very, very easy. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog entry sometime between right now and Friday, February 19, 2010. That weekend I will look through the comments and pick the one I like best, and that person will win the Advance Copy.

What should you comment about? Anything you want. You can quote Faulkner or the Beastie Boys. Spout poetry or funny insults. Tell me your name or the name of your dog. Sling mud at me. Heck, you can even type out a bunch of X’s and go. It’s that easy. And it could be fun. Got something you wanna get off your chest? Now’s your chance!

Also, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if you told anyone else about this contest, because (and here’s the bonus part), the winner of this contest will not only win a signed advance copy for him or herself, but I will also let that person pick one other commenter, and then that person will also win a signed advance copy. Pretty cool, huh? I think so. But then again, I’m kinda biased.

OK, so bottom line: You can win a signed advance copy, and then you can choose who else will win a signed copy. What other author gives you that kind of power? probably dozens, but that doesn’t help me out, so for the sake of this contest, let’s pretend only I do, OK?

That’s all for now, folks. Keep your eyes peeled to this blog for upcoming entries, including excerpts from the book and any upcoming reviews. And feel free to drop me a line at Monkeyfeet73@yahoo.com.

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Comments
  1. Cool contest, but monkeyfeet? I mean, you write about scary, evil things. What kind of self-respecting horror writer has monkeyfeet in his email address? Geez. Now, severed monkeyfeet works. Evil stalking monkeyfeet with the ability to crush human skulls works, too. But plain monkeyfeet?

    Unless, of course, they were wearing sneakers without socks. In that case, I imagine they’d be pretty horrific. ๐Ÿ˜€

    JK. Well, sort of. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • mcafeeland says:

      That’s actually a play on my last name. As a kid, I got all the mangled names, all in jest, of course. Macaroni, MacDonald, McNugget, etc. Then one day this kid called me David Monkeyfeet. I think I was ten. I loved it! I still remember it and use it to this day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kevin Song says:

    David, I REALLY want to read this, and I would LOVE to win an autographed copy! It would be the coolest thing in the world to win an autographed copy of a book from someone who I call a buddy, and respect. Also, I am so proud of you, and happy for you. Regardless if I win, or not, I will be giving this a read. I am sure it will be AWESOME, just like you! Congratulations on your accomplishments, and your success!

    • mcafeeland says:

      Aw, thanks, Kevin. Flattery always helps. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Folks, I swear i didn’t pay Kevin a dime to say those nice things about me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Dhympna says:

    Look I hathe left a blog comment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    When is it due out? I am probably going to do a horror themed month on my bliggity blog.

    • mcafeeland says:

      Woohoo. Blog comments are like crack. Gimme gimme gimme. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The book will be released in the US on March 29. I will need to check out your horror month. Definitely sounds right up my alley.

  4. Free vampires? Early free vanpires!?!!
    I’m so in ;D

  5. You comment whore, you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Of course I suppose commenting here, begging for a free book makes me a book whore then…but I’m okay with that.

    Honestly, I’d buy it anyways…but would certainly love a free signed copy. So…um…pick me! LOL

  6. Carol says:

    This sounds like a really great book! I love the thought of a vampire assassin going after Jesus of Nazareth. Such an original idea!

    But seriously, like Damien said, monkeyfeet? And 73 of them at that! Just doesn’t sound all that scarey to me. In fact, it kind of makes me want to snicker. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Tory says:

    I am a sleazy crack whore who should have made my boyfriend ware a condom

    Congrats on the book man !!!!

  8. Des says:

    Do you think my husband realizes that since his name is a predominately female name, it’s a bad idea to call him self a crack whore and mention any boyfriends …

    If he doesn’t win, I sure hope you will sign my purchased copy. I’m super proud of you and despite what everyone says, I like monkeyfeet. It suits you.

    • mcafeeland says:

      Well, since it IS Tory we’re talking about….probably not. ๐Ÿ™‚

      You know I will sign your copy, Des. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. DAVe says:

    Jump Jesus on a pogo stick. What it enough he had to drag 12 dopey dudes all over Palestine, get dogged by religious nuts, heal people, change their worship paradigm and start his own catering business; then on top of all that he gets beaten, dies and then resurrects? Now, you wanna throw on Vampire into the mix. Well sign me up. I am extremely interested in where you take this. I know it’s fiction and so theology is out the window from the start. I am interested to see how far off the grid you go or stay.

  10. Liz Strange says:

    Hey David-

    So glad that 33AD is finally coming out! This is an awesome, original book and you should be very proud! I better be getting a signed copy!

    Everyone make sure to pick up a copy, you won’t regret it!

  11. swaindaddy says:

    Funny and creative comment here!

    Looks like a good book and worth a read. As a minister (and budding novelist) I am interested in how you will frame this story.

    Sorry about the false advertising above as this post is neither funny nor creative.

    Honestly – I just want the book. Really, so hand it over. (or give my friend kidzguy, so he can hand over the friend copy)

  12. kidzguy says:

    It will be interesting to see how you handle this. I love original ideas and this is definitely original. I’m looking forward to reading your book, and I’m really looking forward to reading it a month early!

  13. Ron says:

    An assassin vampire sent out to kill Christ … hmmm … Sounds like a gnashingly good book to bite into. Would love to add it to my #52Books to read in 2010.

  14. Surfing the net and saw this contest reposted by @RonEarl on Twitter so I thought I’d check it out as he has great taste in books and authors.

    Just to let you know, I’m currently the subject of an experiment on sleep deprevation preformed by the four college girls who live next door to me. Now, that last sentence might sound really good if you’re a single guy – but trust me, it’s not.

    In the last 48 hours, I’ve gotten 3 1/2 hours of sleep, thanks to their car alarm going off every hour on the hour and their party guest slamming the door as they walk out in a drunked slumber…

    I guess what I’m trying to get at is that I have a lot of free time on my hands and a good book might help to pass the time…

  15. Your book has peaked my interest… so I think I’ll leave a Haiku for my comment!

    Tortured by the fear,
    Hoping for a new dawning,
    The zombies are here.

  16. Tyhitia says:

    Nice turnout, Dave. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • mcafeeland says:

      Thanks, Tyhitia. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like a few more entries, but so far so good. Some of the comments are really good, too.

  17. GettingHitched says:

    David, i am so…like…EXCITED, that you picked me OK!!!!
    so i wrote you a cheer (that i kinda STOLE from cheer camp)…

    D-A-V-I-D, cant wait to read it on my
    HE HAS FEET LIKE CHIMPAZEE HONEYMOON!!!!
    SWINGIN’, SWINGIN’
    FROM THEE TREE Krystal Cash
    ITS LIKE READIN’
    33 AD

  18. GettingHitched says:

    okay, cant wait to read it on my honeymoon, messed up my cheer, so here goes again….

    D-A-V-I-D
    HE HAS FEET LIKE CHIMPANZEE
    SWINGIN’,SWINGIN’
    FROM THEE TREE
    JUST LIKE READIN’
    ya book dude

  19. Jen Herman says:

    PICK ME! PICK ME!! PICK ME!!! PICK ME!!!! PICK ME!!! PICK ME!! PICK ME!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think you should give me a personally autographed copy since you never gave me my shoes back! LoL In all honesty, I would be honored to be the recipient of a first edition of 33 A.D. signed by my friend. Nothing but love and luck for you, quackermunch!

  20. christina says:

    The cover looks great! (meaning it totally scares the bejesus out of me) good job!

  21. 1st, I must say congrats, David! I am already so excited about this book, I’ve warned everyone to leave me be once I get my hands on an actual copy…until I finish it at least!
    I’ve passed the title around to a few folks only to have them tell me there is NO WAY that I could actually know an author with this creativity in his head.

    2nd, there are so many very interesting ways I could respond to the blog here and risk embarrassment to you yet not myself since I have NEVER been one to embarrass easily or as shy as people seemed to think. None of which I feel right indulging at this moment…I like to think of you as a friend and would hate to tell some of your teenage secrets to the world ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Some would say that being proud of your work is a sin against god, christ or la la, however you choose to to see “the almighty” as the bible sees pride as a sin…forget that shit…Be proud of this book; the first of many I hope to see with your name.
    Fortunately, I am not one of those people. I live more by the ways of the Native American Indian tribes I have come from and the Irish and Celt traditions. As a an old friend, I have pride in knowing such a kind hearted, deep thinking, intelligient and loyal man (of which are so hard to find these days & your wife is blessed to have found one!) and a handsome son of a gun to boot!

    Monkeyfeet, by the way…are you sure we aren’t related??? That’s what I cal my oldest son most days! He and his brothers are the “monkey-shyts”.

    Much luv, luck and good fortune~in all aspects of life~ to you and yours!

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    • mcafeeland says:

      Heh. And believe me, that is MUCH appreciated. (i.e. not spreading Teenage Dave tales…some of those are better left where they are the most fun….somewhere back in the late 80’s.)

  22. Sheo says:

    This sounds Pretty good Hope i get picked

  23. FYI: I just msgd a friend that writes for the Texarkana Gazette…she’s gonna hollar at you!

  24. Ryan Gore says:

    david it sounds like a hit to me keep up the great writing

  25. E.S. Brown says:

    The following is to be sung to the tune of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR…

    Here’s a free link to the original version if you want to sing along (it takes a minute to load – there’s no indication that it’s loading but it’ll start by itself once done).

    http://www.last.fm/music/Soundtrack/_/Superstar%2B%2528UK%2B1996%2B%252F%2BMusical%2B%2522Jesus%2BChrist%2BSuperstar%2522%2529?autostart

    Enjoy…

    VOICE OF THE VAMPIRE

    Sent by the Prince of Darkness to the Holy Land
    To kill the Son of God, to make a final stand
    Searching for the one who lives as mortal man
    No one shall suffer more than the One who lives Godโ€™s plan

    If I strike today I strike at all of Godโ€™s nation
    If I could win today Iโ€™d destroy a whole generation
    Donโ€™t you get me wrong
    I only want to know

    CHOIR

    Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
    Who are you? How can I take your life?
    Jesus Christ Son of Man
    How can I take your life by my hand?

    VOICE OF THE VAMPIRE

    You cannot run forever, soon I know youโ€™ll stop
    If you scale a mountain, youโ€™ll be crushed at the top
    Canโ€™t hide in any kingdom no matter how grand
    You think you are safe there now living in McAfeeland?

    Do you believe youโ€™re going to live forevermore, or
    Do you know your death shall release only my power?
    I shall win this war
    This tale of death and gore

    CHOIR

    Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
    Who are you? How can I take your life?
    Jesus Christ Son of Man
    How can I take your life by my hand?

  26. E.S. Brown says:

    Sung to the tune of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

    And if you want to sing along, hereโ€™s a link to a free download of the song (once you load the page, the song starts automatically after about a minute).

    http://www.last.fm/music/Soundtrack/_/Superstar%2B%2528UK%2B1996%2B%252F%2BMusical%2B%2522Jesus%2BChrist%2BSuperstar%2522%2529?autostart

    Enjoyโ€ฆ

    (VOICE OF THE VAMPIRE)

    Sent by the Prince of Darkness to the Holy Land
    To kill the Son of God, to make a final stand
    Searching for the one who lives as mortal man
    No one shall suffer more than the One who lives Godโ€™s plan

    If I strike today I strike at all of Godโ€™s nation
    If I could win today Iโ€™d destroy a whole generation
    Donโ€™t you get me wrong
    I only want to know

    (CHOIR)

    Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
    Who are you? How can I take your life?
    Jesus Christ Son of Man
    How can I take your life by my hand?

    (VOICE OF THE VAMPIRE)

    You cannot run forever, soon I know youโ€™ll stop
    If you scale a mountain, youโ€™ll be crushed at the top
    Canโ€™t hide in any kingdom no matter how grand
    You think you are safe there now living in McAfeeland?

    Do you believe youโ€™re going to live forevermore, or
    Do you know your death shall release only my power?
    I shall win this war
    This tale of death and gore

    (CHOIR)

    Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
    Who are you? How can I take your life?
    Jesus Christ Son of Man
    How can I take your life by my hand?

    • E.S. Brown says:

      I didn’t mean to post this twice! I tried earlier but the site was having some ishes. I didn’t know it had actually accepted it when I posted the first time – sorry ’bout that!

  27. Clark Bennett says:

    Hey David, long time no see bro!!! This book sounds amazing!! I am a huge vampire fanatic at heart!! There are many fiction books about vampires published exery week it seems like, but your storyline is very unique and intriging kinda like The DaVinci Code meets Underworld!! You know you might piss off the organized religious groups but I think that’s GREAT. Mel Gibson did it with The Passion of the Christ but a vampire assasin going after Jesus of Nazerene RIGHT ON!!!!!! Weather I win this book or not I will buy it and read it!! Did u leave options open for a sequel or trilogy? I am glad to hear that you are doing GREAT with a book deal and all. Tell your family I said HI!!! Clark from Texarkana

    • mcafeeland says:

      Come on, Clark, I can’t answer any questions about sequels. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Good to hear from you, though. How the heck have you been? You going to Dennis’ wedding?

  28. april says:

    Oh please please please please please please please please please please pretty please pick me??? I beg of you… Pllllllllease!!!!!!! :). All the best my friend!!! So super proud of you and cannot wait to read your book!! Ill buy it either way but once again…please pick me!!

    April ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Tracie John says:

    I still think you should move your whole family to Texas…

    • mcafeeland says:

      I would love to move back to Texas. I miss the Lone Star State so much. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ There is no way I’ll ever get my wife to agree to move there, though.

  30. Teel McClanahan III says:

    Looks like you’ve already got quite a few comments/entries more clever, interesting, and dedicated than I’ll be making… I mean, I’m not about to break into song, and I’m not an old friend of yours, so what chance do I have? Still, no chance if I don’t at least try, right?

    What can I say? Vampire assassin after Jesus, as a premise, is in the same ballpark as the book I’m working on now, which is about a zombie outbreak in 1918 (instead of Spanish Flu) with young Hitler & Einstein as heroes. Supernatural historical horror with a religious theme (the religious aspects of mine are less obvious than yours, but are not insignificant). It’s interesting that there are so many authors working in such a specific sub-sub-genre.

    Then again, my wife is the book blogger in the family. I’ll send her a link & hopefully she’ll get here & comment in time to enter, too. Good luck to everyone!

    • mcafeeland says:

      Don’t worry, Teel. Friends, old and new, are not getting preferential treatment. (Sorry, guys!) Your book sounds real interesting, too. You’ll have to let me know when it’s ready. Need a beta? ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. DW says:

    The cover art looks amazing. And if that alone is an indication of the words inside, then 33 A.D. is going to be one hell of a vampire story.

  32. Mandy says:

    Vampires and Jesus? Two of my favorite things, I’m in. Wait, is this vampires vs. Jesus or vampire Jesus (a la zombie Jesus)?

    Either way, pick me please?

    Mandy

    • mcafeeland says:

      Lol. Zombie Jesus? Sounds like an episode of Futurama. Nope, this book is about a vampire who is sent to kill Jesus of Nazareth. I tried to keep things under control so that no one would want to bomb my house. I did take a few liberties, though. (what author doesn’t?)

  33. Patricia A says:

    I love vampires
    I love history
    I used to subscribe to Biblical Archeology Review.
    I want to read this book and review it.
    Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

    • mcafeeland says:

      Oh, boy. That’s intimidating. ๐Ÿ™‚ Biblical Archeology Review, eh? You will no doubt spot the areas where I had to take a liberty or two. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Georgia says:

    Hrmm… I think I should be considered for the following reasons:

    1. My 5 year old was punished and sent to his room recently, while he was there he opened the window, climbed out onto the roof and started yelling to the neighbors to help him escape.

    2. My 8 year old is obsessed with zombies. He told me that if we are really really lucky, after we die we can come back as zombies.

    3. My 4 year old told me that when he grows up he is going to be a Ninja. Then he jump kicked me in the shin.

    I don’t know WHY these would qualify me to win this book… but since this is my life these are about the only things I had to comment on ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even if I don’t win I am sure I will read the book. It looks very interesting!

    ~Georgia

  35. Superchikk says:

    I’m married to Swaindaddy, and since he’s stoked about possibly winning this book, he asked me to enter. So he can have it. The things you do for love!

  36. kim jipson says:

    I would love a signed copy of your book-we have alot of friends who love to read this type of material so pass it to us and we will get it around lots of luck and we are so proud of you either way we will buy a copy and have you sign it this summer if you are up love jeff & kim

  37. Frank Murphy says:

    My curiosity is piqued. Is there a chapter entitled “Blood of Christ”? Best of luck with the book!

  38. Frank Murphy says:

    What time zone are you? I left a comment on Friday at 11:37 but it appears to be dated Saturday at 12:37.

    The current time is 11:45pm Friday

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