Get Published Episode 156 – Scouts of the Apocalypse

If you have followed my blog or listened to past episodes of Get Published you probably already know that my novel Scouts of the Apocalypse is about to become a book. In fact, it will be available for order everywhere in all formats on June 15th.


This book represents a lot of things for me. It is a moment in time when some of my Scouts were younger, it is a salute to Scouts everywhere and it is the first print book released by Evil Alter Ego Press.

There are more reasons why this book is important to me, but you will just have to listen to the interview, once again led by my friend Jeffrey Hite, to hear them.

I also talk about how the book actually came to be. It was a fun discussion.

Have a listen as I am interviewed by Jeffrey Hite and talk about the book. And if your interest is piqued, please go over to Amazon or Kobo or wherever you buy your books and pick up a copy.

One last thing: this is the second last episode prior to a summer hiatus returning in the fall. Things are crazy busy, which is good, but it means I need a bit of time off to work on them.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 156 – Scouts of the Apocalypse

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 1156 – Scouts of the Apocalypse (continued)

Welcome to the show.

01:24 – Promo – Mighty Marvel Geeks

01:57 Get Published Episode 156 – Scouts of the Apocalypse (continued)

Jeff and Mike discuss:

  • How did Scouts of the Apocalypse come to be?
  • How does the book uses realism to be more effective?
  • Why is it being published now?
  • Why is this book so important to Mike?
  • Evil Alter Ego Press.

31:08 – Promo – The Neverland Podcast

31:52 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Michell Plested –

Evil Alter Ego Press –

Mighty Marvel Geeks –

The Neverland Podcast –


Scouts are Coming to Save the World

On June 15th a book that means a great deal to me will finally be available for sale. That book is Scouts of the Apocalypse.

SotA-finalYou might point out that I have made similar statements about all my books (in regards to them being important to me) and you would be right. Every book I write is important to me. I have heard writers refer to their books as their children and I suppose that is a reasonable comparison.

But this one is different and here is why: the story started out as something for my Scout troop. My Scouts were part of the story right from the very beginning. Every time I read the story I remember sitting around the campfire telling the tale to a rapt audience. I remember the individual smiles when one of the Scouts found his way into the story.

I have changed the names of the characters to protect the innocent (or guilty – however you look at it) but the personalities are very much evident in the characters. That is another thing that makes this story special to me: I can picture my Scouts and who they are (and have since become) when I read it.

I don’t expect that level of connection for everyone. In fact, I would be surprised if any readers get quite that deep not having the background I do. Still, I wrote a good story if I do say so myself (and I do) that I think readers will enjoy.

The story actually takes place the day after a Scout troop leaves a deep woods camp. They have been out of communication for a few days and don’t know what has been going out in the rest of the world.

As they travel back toward civilization they begin encountering strangeness. What they find challenges their ability to cope and to survive what has hit the world while they were gone.

I would like to invite you to have a read. The book will be available as both an ebook and print novel and can be ordered everywhere fine books are sold. (Print ISBN: 978-0-9947266-2-9 and ePub ISBN: 978-0-9947266-3-6)


June is Chock-full of Awesome

2015 has shown itself to be a banner year for me. Jeffrey Hite and I started our new imprint, Evil Alter Ego Press, our first book, Dimensional Abscesses was released and there are a number of big wins at work and at home.

And then June rolled around and upped the ante by a considerable margin beginning right on June 1st when Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty ( link) was released by Champagne/Burst Books.



Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty (Kobo books link) is the first in the Jack Kane series written by JR Murdock and me. The book is a YA/Steampunk/Super hero/Adventure/Comedy mashup that was an absolute blast to write.

I can honestly say it was one of the most fun writing projects I have worked on and I am really looking forward to working on the next one.

The book has been skipping in and out of the top 100 Steampunk books since it was made available for pre-order, which feels great. What JR and I are hoping is that translates into a good number of sales so we can see the book transition from eBook-only to print book too (side-note: Champagne/Burst primarily publishes eBooks but will do print runs should the book perform well).

If you can help us out by picking up a copy, we would both appreciate it.

But that isn’t the end of the June awesomeness!

I also have Scouts of the Apocalypse coming out in both print and eBook formats June 15th!

And tSotA-finalhat means it is now time to reveal the simply AWESOME cover for the book which is another fantastic win from my good friend Jeff Minkevics who has also done the Dimensional Abscesses cover and both Mik Murdoch covers too.

This is a book that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time. I originally told the story around the campfire to my Scouts and it was such a hit, I wrote it down. Ever since I have wanted to see it published and now, after months of editing, revising and more editing, it is ready.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have a touch of angst about this book (will everyone love it as much as I do?) but I cannot wait for it to be in people’s hands.

I will be doing my first “Real” book launch on June 26th at Chapters Crowfoot (in Calgary), which will be fun. I will also be leveraging that launch to help fundraise for my Venturer Scouts (who originally inspired the story all those years ago) so it is doubly special.

I will post links for Scouts as soon as they are available.


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