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The Mesmerised by @RhiannonFrater #review @PermutedPress

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Welcome to my spot on the book tour for Rhiannon Fraters latest book, The Mesmerised. A big thanks to Rhiannon for allowing me to take part in the tour and Permuted Press for my review copy. I’ve been a big fan of Rhiannon since I was lucky enough to receive an arc of her then latest book The First Days which was book one of the As the World Dies series. I instantly became a big fan and get gushy over her books because that series seriously rocked my socks. A zombie tale that had heart, soul, guns and ammo and hooked me from the start with those little fingers under the door.

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It is silence, not screams of terror, which proclaims the end of the world…

Minji Nordim is vacationing in Las Vegas with her small family when she witnesses the beginning of a terrifying apocalypse. When humanity is transformed into mindless drones by a terrifying supernatural event only Minji appears to be immune.

Thousands die instantly, but the other affected people are drawn to the Nevada desert. Nothing stands in the way of the mesmerized. Not fire, not heights, not rubble. As the bodies pile in the streets and the relentless wave of the mesmerized plods into the deadly desert, Minji is trapped in a burning city attempting to rescue her affected family.
Can one woman save her family and the world?

While I felt it was easy to figure our where the book was heading The Mesmerised initially had me thinking this would be a zombie book similar to what I had previously read by Rhiannon. I found myself quite taken with the second half of the book, not wanting to put it down. In fact I quite loved it and I think this is because of the ending which I thought was simply perfect. The beginning had a quite disturbing build up with more and more people becoming mindless drones all heading off together in the same direction after each attack. How does a woman with a husband now one of the affected and two small children to care for keep them all safe from harm when everyone around her is either heading transfixed into the desert or dead and the few who are still with it are not exactly the best allies one can have?

I liked Minji a great character capable and headstrong, the desert had something far more curious in store for her than I had originally thought it would and this pleased me a great deal. Entertaining and with characters one can get behind I felt The Mesmerised was another example of why it is I enjoy Rhiannons work.

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Excerpt from The Mesmerized

By

Rhiannon Frater

“Okay, the tigers are at The Mirage. So that’s our first stop,” Jake decided. “Then we can head to the Hard Rock. I want a t-shirt from there.”

Minji looped the end of the leash a few times around her wrist before taking Ava’s hand. “Perfect. Let’s get this show on the road.”

“It’s really crowded right now, so everyone stay close. I’m looking at you, Ava.”

Ava gave her father a plaintive look while tugging on her leash. “I can’t run away!”

“Good! I’d like my little girl to not go splat in the road.”

Minji winced at the memory of her daughter dodging into the road to greet Jake when he’d returned from an evening run. Luckily their neighbor had seen her in time and jerked her car onto someone else’s lawn, avoiding Ava completely. The mere idea of losing any of her family was enough to make Minji sick to her stomach.

Shoving negative thoughts away, Minji kept in her husband’s wake as he threaded through the crowd toward the escalators that descended from either side of the waterfall. The atrium loomed ahead filled with bright sunlight that reflected off the creamy walls and pillars.

The first sign that something was wrong came when her brain was assailed with what felt like millions of cold needles burrowing into the gray matter. With a whimper, Minji pressed her fingertips to her temples in a futile attempt to stave off the pain. Then the sensation intensified.

Screams echoed through the vast resort in a horrifying chorus. All around her, people flailed about, or gripped their heads in their hands. Jake grunted and stumbled as Bailey let out a shrill cry. Woozy, Minji reached for her screaming baby just as another stab of unbearable agony tore through her brain, blinding her. Rapidly blinking her eyes, she desperately attempted to restore her sight.

“Mommy! Mommy!” Ava wailed. “Mommy, my head hurts! I can’t see!”

Howls of agony reverberated through the mall corridors. Minji tugged on the child leash, dragging Ava into her arms. Unable to see, she clutched her daughter close. Paralyzing fear churned in her gut. The pain diminished, but the blindness remained.

“Jake!”

“I’m right here.” A familiar, warm hand floundered against her back then found her shoulder. “I’m right here, hon. I got you.”

Again there was a flash of icy discomfort, then the world returned to sharp focus. To Minji’s horror, blood streamed down the faces of some of the shoppers close to her. Bubbles of the rich liquid formed in their eyes, noses, and ran from their lips. Swaying slightly, the bleeders stared blankly past the faces of their frightened companions. Minji swiftly checked Ava, Bailey and Jake. None of them were bleeding. Lifting Ava onto her hip, Minji pressed against Jake’s side.

“Jake, are you okay?”

“My head is killing me,” he answered. “Check the baby.”

“She’s not bleeding, just crying. What the hell is happening?”

“I don’t know. Keep Ava close!” Jake wrapped his arms around his wife, pulling her toward the far wall.

 

The Mesmerised is on sale for $2.99 till the 19th of December so grab a copy asap. You can enter to win a signed Hardcover copy of The Mesmerised below. The others taking part in the tour can be found on the tour page.

While I’m at it I’d like to wish Rhiannon a big Happy Birthday.

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RhiannonFraterRhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

 

 

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Pretty When She Kills by Rhiannon Frater tour

Welcome to the latest book tour from Rhiannon Frater for Pretty When She Kills the fantastic sequel to Pretty When She Dies.

Rhiannon has kindly agreed to offer all hosts on the tour the chance to let one reader win a copy of both books in the series any ebook format so scroll down and enter. In addition there is a big prize pack on The Bookish Brunettes blog where you should all go to enter for signed copies as well as book marks and vampire themed jewelry.

I’m thrilled to have Rhiannon guest post. As I live in Dallas the fact that her guest post is focused on Texas is pretty cool.

 

Texans, Stereotypes, and PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS
By
Rhiannon Frater

I was born, raised, and currently live in the great state of Texas. My love of Texas is
pretty deep. You can blame that on Texas History in school and trips to the Alamo. I’m
Texan down to my very core. I’m so Texan that while visiting in Europe, if someone
asked me where I was from I would automatically respond “Texas.” Not the United
States. Texas.

Therefore, it’s not very surprising that my books take place in my home state. I love
the geographical and cultural diversity of the state. Plus, Texas is huge and there are
plenty of regions to explore from South Texas to the Panhandle. At my former job as a
governmental consultant, I drove from one end of the state to the other. I interacted
with thousands of people and enjoyed the regional differences in each area of the state
from the local accent, food, and culture. One of the things I enjoyed about writing the
first book, PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES, was taking my character from East Texas to
West Texas and then down in Central Texas. I also enjoyed touching on the various
cultural groups in Texas from Amaliya’s Mexican-American grandmother to her redneck
family and pretty much everything in between.

Yet, as a Texan I’m very aware of stereotypes that exist about Texas. We take a
pretty harsh rap for some of the more stupid people who live here. Just like every part
of the world, you have your good, your bad, and just moronic. When I decided to write
about modern day vampires in Texas, I decided to show little aspects of Texan cultures.

Here are some examples:

Amaliya– My lead character and protagonist is reflective of a lot of different cultures
of Texas. Her ethnic background is Czech, German, and Mexican, which reflects the
three major groups that settled in Texas (after the native people). All three cultures
have added to the mix of Texan culture from Cinco de Mayo celebrations to Oktoberfest.
Innocente Ottmer – Amaliya’s Mexican-American grandmother (who married a
German immigrant) is the amalgamation of many of my Mexican-American friends’
grandmothers and mothers. There is something special about Mexican-American
grandmothers and how they treat their family and guests, and I wanted to give Amaliya
that experience. My biggest compliment has been from fans of the first book who told
me that Innocente is exactly like their grandmother.

The Vezoraks – Amaliya’s redneck side of the family doesn’t garner much
sympathy from readers. A few have accused me of the worst Texas stereotype. Yet,
more than one reader told me that I had written about their family to a T. My hubby
and I have a redneck branch in our extended family. We’ve been treated to turkey fried
in the front yard on Thanksgiving and my hubby has a great story about beer,
chainsaws, stepladders, and tree trimming. Redneck families do exist in Texas and most
are pretty great people. That being said, the Vezoraks are a dysfunctional redneck
family, but I think in PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS you see how much they actually do
pull together to take care of their own.

Samantha– Samantha is a whole lot of Texas shoved into one tiny blond body. She’s
a graduate of the University of Texas and steeped in the culture of Texas football,
tailgating, and barbecue. Through Samantha the readers get to see a lot of Austin, Texas
and get a taste of what it’s like to live here.

The San Antonio Cabal– San Antonio and Austin are vastly different cities even
though they are only about one hour away by car. San Antonio sits at the edge of South
Texas and the Mexican culture is strong in the city. The San Antonio Cabal represents a
few different aspects of the Latino culture. Santos, the master of the city, is the offspring
of a Spaniard invader and Aztec woman. His half-sister, Etzli, is a pure-blooded Aztec.
Santos enlists cholos to enforce his will. Their cabal, which you see in the background of
the story, is a diverse group of people of Mexican descent in all shades and colors.
In closing, I hope that my depiction of Texas will ring true to my fellow Texans, and
that people from outside our state will enjoy getting to know the various facets of our
multi-cultural landscape.

The first in the series Pretty When She Dies is available in audio book format. Check it out along and know that it’s doing so fantastic that Pretty When She Kills will also get the audio book treatment. Be sure to enter and increase you chances to win two great books from an author who’s work I highly recommend by visiting the tour page for others participating in the tour.

Pretty When She Kills is available now. My thanks to Rhiannon as always for allowing me to take part. 

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Rhiannon Frater’s Vampire bride cover reveal

I am pleased to be part of the Vampire Bride cover reveal. Rhiannon Frater has had the covers for her vampire series redone. The third in the series Lament of the Vampire is coming 2013

Author Kody Boye has also reworked the interiors of the print edition so if you can get a hold of that it’s clearly giddiness inducing  though you’ll soon see the new ebook covers that are also amazing thanks to talented artist Claudia McKinney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the original covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fascinating to see the evolution of the covers.

But now for the cover reveal. These are the new ebook covers.

New cover credits

Photographer: Helena Cruz
Model: Megan Young
Cover Artwork: Claudia McKinney
Typography: Ashley of The Bookish Brunette Designs

In THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE, Lady Glynis suffered great horrors at the hands of her evil vampire master, Count Vlad Dracula, and vowed she would one day escape him.

 

In THE VENGEANCE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE, Glynis learns to embrace the title of Countess Dracula as she sets into motion her plans to seek revenge on those who betrayed Glynis and her family to Dracula and to reunite with the man she loves.

 

Despite her ambitions, it soon becomes quite apparent that her life continues to be overshadowed by the ominous presence of Vlad Dracula.

 

Set in the 1820s against the lush gothic backdrop of Buda, Hungary…

So purdy. I fan girl squealed. Sure hope Rhiannon asks me to be part of the cover reveal and tour for the third in the series.

Be sure to check out the awesome Gothic horror series as well as Rhiannon’s other works because dammit the woman writes good stuff! Thank you Rhiannon.

 

Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater book tour

I’m pleased to have author Rhiannon Frater on again as part of the tour for her latest book Last Bastion of the Living. It is available in ebook and print format. Rhiannon is the zombie queen and writes such fantastic fiction though I am eager to try out her vampire books as well. Variety being the spice of life and all.
In addition I have the amazing cover artist Claudia McKinney of Phat Puppy Art who did such a wonderful job in bringing Last Bastion to us in visual form. They’ll both be sharing about covers, how important they are and how the one for Last Bastion of the Living came to be.

Thank you Rhiannon

How much input have you had in your covers?

When I self-publish, I have total control. When Tor is my publisher, I can give some
input, but they make the final decision. With THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING, I
had total control over the cover and I love what Claudia McKinney did with it. She had
already created the piece long before I wrote my book, but she tweaked it to fit my
story, which I appreciated.

How large a priority should an author make the cover?

Well, the old saying is “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but that saying is no longer true.
People do judge books by their covers all the time. I know a few self-proclaimed “cover
whores” who will not read a book if the cover isn’t appealing.
Since I decided to independently publish THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING I knew
the cover was incredibly important. I think the cover is really dynamic and immediately
draws in the reader. I love it.

What was your reaction seeing your book in print for the first time?

Stunned amazement! There were a lot of tears!

Does that first reaction lessen over time or do you still feel that same way each time?

It feels different, but awesome every time. Some covers just really pop when you hold
the complete book in your hand. THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING is that way.
It’s such a beautiful book. It’s so striking when you hold it in your hands. It’s an
awesome cover and it looks great in real life. The image wraps all the way around the
book, which gives it some extra power.

Thank you Claudia

Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve done?

Yes, a piece called “Lucia’s Walk to Heaven” – inspired by my great-grandmother, Lucia Bartolai.

What is the process of cover design? Do you read the book, get scenes only from the author or just an idea to work with?

Unfortunately I do not have the time to read all the books I do covers for – I work all day – so it’s an impossible task to read them all. Also for me, less information is more…. i need to know some key elements, etc…
but it’s important if an author is coming to me, that they are doing so because they like my body of work and how I go about creating that “look”. So I ask them to trust me….
🙂

How did Rhiannons cover come about?

I had done a piece that Rhiannon felt would work well with her character – we just needed to tweak a few things and make it fit even more… 🙂
I always find that when authors license one of my current available covers – they have better successes….. i think because they resonate already with something they see in the current work that totally fits their character and/or storyline.

Do you have other creative outlets?

Yes… i am doing a lot of photography now…… so that is one great outlet for me…. but the best outlet of all come with the names, Catie, Bernadette, Francis and Sean — my four children.
They make it all so worth it – never a dull moment and so much fun!

 

The Bastion was humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. A fortified city with a high wall, surrounded by lush land rich with all the resources needed to survive, protected by high mountain summits, and a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion became the last stronghold of the living on earth. But one fateful day, the gate failed and the Inferi Scourge destroyed the human settlements outside the walls and trapped the survivors inside the city. Now decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city as resources and hope dwindle.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of her lover, Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

Cover reveal : The Last Bastion of the Living

I am thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater. Her books are fantastic and this new one has the most awesome premise of being a zombie novel set in the future. Brilliant stuff!

I’ll be taking part in the tour for Last Bastion so be on the look out for that and be sure to add it to your TBR list it comes out June 12th. For more zombie fun check out the Zombie Queen and her always fantastic Zombie Craze.

The cover makes my toes curl. Major cover whore appeal. This fantastic cover was done by Claudia from Phat Puppy Creations.

The Bastion was humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. A fortified city with a high wall, surrounded by lush land rich with all the resources needed to survive, protected by high mountain summits, and a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion became the last stronghold of the living on earth. But one fateful day, the gate failed and the Inferi Scourge destroyed the human settlements outside the walls and trapped the survivors inside the city. Now decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city as resources and hope dwindle.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of her lover, Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.