Foamers Goodreads Giveaway


Giving away one paperback copy of Foamers. If you haven’t got yours yet, now is your chance to get one without having to pay for it. (Valid in the U.S. only, sorry TP)

Maura Lynch’s review of Foamers

Foamers Review

Click here for the full review of Foamers by Maura Lynch.

…Novelist Justin Kassab, age twenty-six, manages to analyze, define and take control of the fear of the apocalypse in his extraordinary and impressive debut FOAMERS.  This is the first in The Primal Age Chronicles series, a blend of science fiction, dystopian, adventure, and coming-of-age literature.  Kassab has created characters in which the reader invests quite a lot emotionally.  The book is most definitely a page-turner, and Kassab is masterful in determining when to accelerate the pace and when to rein it in. The taut plot keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire novel…



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Foamers Release: T-minus 1 Month


One month from today is March 25th 2014. On that day my first novel, Foamers, will release. This is the first book in my post-apocalyptic series called The Primal Age Chronicles. For those of you who have been following the progress of this process with me I thank you, as well as my publishers: Akashic Books, and Kaylie Jones Books, for making this possible. Also a huge thank you to Laurie Powers for designing this amazing cover.

Here is what other people have been saying about Foamers:

“When a screwed-up flu vaccine mutates sixty percent of humanity into mindless beasts, ‘Trust your intelligence’ becomes the leitmotif of a group of survivors. Fast-moving, violent, and vividly imagined, Foamers creates a dangerous world made disquietingly believable.”
—David Poyer, author of Stepfather Bank and The Cruiser

60 Days til Foamers

60 Days

Foamers Arrives

If my math is correct, which it might not be, there are 60 days until you can buy your copy of Foamers, the first book in The Primal Age Chronicles. 

March 25th!!!!

You can find more details about the book over on Akashic’s website. Now for those of you who have been following you will remember this is an e-first book, the price currently listed at Akashic is for a print version. The ebook will be around $5.00.

So, to start off the count down to the book release, here is the cover which was done by the lovely and talented Laurie Powers.


Foamers Update

Well folks, I know its been a long time since I posted anything up about the release of Foamers. The publishing world is a crazy place and things change frequently, so I didn’t want to jinx myself and post things prematurely.


So, knocking on wood, but for those of you who have been asking Foamers will be coming out this spring. I have more details, but I will wait until the time is closer so I don’t have to do any retractions if something should change. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this endeavor so far.

Free Sample

Free Sample of Dead Darlings

Well folks, I will be returning to Survival Tips tomorrow. Promise. However, during my killing of darlings I cut one of my favorite scenes from the novel. I would be quite sad if I was the only person to read this scene. Even though it might not make total sense by itself, and doesn’t pertain to the new time line of Foamers, I am hoping some people will take joy in reading it. So, without further adieu, I present to you my dead darling:



            It was 11 p.m. and X figured he knew Kade well enough to follow his plan without having to touch base with him. Besides, X had his own plan to worry about. He wandered around a small retirement community until he found an area with a cul-de-sac and a garden in the middle. He picked a mailbox that had the last name stenciled on it, and pulled a burner cell phone out of his pocket.

“911, state your emergency,” the operator said.

“This is Jim—” he paused to read the mailbox, “Stenson. My grandmother just had a heart attack. I don’t know what to do. The address is—” he paused again, “112 Mayberry Lane.”

He gave them the rest of the information they requested and then went and waited in the center of the shrubbery.

The chill in the air reminded him of childhood nights with Kade. The two of them went back practically to their births. X had been raised by a single mom, and was often looked after by Kade’s parents when his own was at work.

X had never bonded with Damian or Ashton, but Kade was the closest thing he had to a brother. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do for the Zerris family, and Kade had proved on more than one occasion that their relationship was a two-way street. Kade had even crossed Mick to keep X from going to jail.

Though X wasn’t a keen believer in Kade’s Shenanigans plan, he owed Kade too much to not help him. He didn’t care if Kade was right or wrong, this was a matter of loyalty.

It took close to ten minutes for the ambulance to arrive, and X was glad he didn’t actually have a grandmother dying of a heart attack. He patiently sat and watched the two EMTs run along the walkway and pound on the door. A light turned on in the house, and a moment later, the EMTs disappeared inside. X stood, dusted off his black shirt and blue jeans, casually strolled across the street to the ambulance, climbed into the driver’s seat, checked for the keys, adjusted his black cowboy hat, made sure the mirrors were in the right position, put the gearshift into drive, and drove away.





Logos for The Primal Age

Pick Your Favorite Logo

Foamers, the first novel in The Primal Age Chronicles, has been picked up by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books. Currently it is slated for release in the Spring of 2014. So, in preparation for said release, I have been trying to come up with promotional gear, such as key chains, magnets, stickers, shirts and coasters.  My thought would be a survival tip on one side and a simple logo on the other. I’ve been working with the lovely and talented Carly Kent(Contact me if you are looking for a Graphic Designer) on some basic logos to use, and we’ve come up with four of them. We each have our favorites, but since you have all be so helpful with the Smack Down brackets, and picking the cheetah name in one of my short stories, I wanted to bring the decision to you.  Below are your four choices, please vote for the corresponding number in the poll box at the bottom.




Coming Soon! Foamers!


Well folks, today I signed my first contract for the opening novel of The Primal Age Chronicles titled: Foamers. I look forward to introducing all of you to my characters. I am thrilled to be taking such a big step down this path, and can’t express enough thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way. Special thanks to my mentor, Kaylie Jones, and Akashic Books for making this possible. Please check back often for updates(or other fun things) on the site. Thank you again to everyone.