I adored the As the World Dies trilogy and am very pleased to share the cover of the mass market paperback for you all to enjoy it’s going to be released on October 30th. You can preorder it already. Amazon / B&N
Katie is driving to work one beautiful day when a dead man jumps into her car and tries to eat her. That same morning, Jenni opens a bedroom door to find her husband devouring their toddler son.
Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.
During their cross-Texas odyssey to find and rescue Jenni’s oldest son, Jenni discovers the joy of watching a zombie’s head explode when she shoots its brains out. Katie learns that she’s a terrific tactician—and a pretty good shot.
A chance encounter puts them on the road to an isolated, fortified town, besieged by zombies, where fewer than one hundred people cling to the shreds of civilization.
It looks like the end of the world. But Katie and Jenni and many others will do whatever they have to to stay alive. Run, fight, pick each other up when they stumble, fall in love . . . anything is possible at the end of the world.
If that doesn’t rock your socks I don’t know what would. The fantastic cover was done by David Frankland
Rhiannon will be featured often I’m sure on the Zombie Queens blog for Zombie Craze go check it out for more zombie book news.
I have been a big Rhiannon Frater fan for some time. I was lucky and got her first book in the As the Wold Dies series from TOR for review. From that moment on I knew she was an author who’s work I would have to follow and who’s series I would read no matter what.
The second in the series I pre-ordered and Siege I was so excited about I asked for a review copy and to take part in the tour. Clearly I’m a fan.
I’m not sure how most people see zombie movies and books, many don’t care for them they only think of the gore for me it’s the exact opposite I think of the humanity. I think of not the zombies, the death, the end of the world well okay I do but I also think of the fight to live. About how in the worst situation the best in people can come out. Leadership that would never have come about, strength of character that one may never have known was there and yes sometimes the worst the panic, the fear.
Siege is a fantastic conclusion to a series that had me hooked from the start. From that opening paragraph with the little fingers under the door I was sucked it and have been in Rhiannon’s grasp ever since.
What appealed to me aside from the well crafted characters and story was the emotional impact the story had. I was laughing and crying. Rhiannon doesn’t shy away from taking her characters right to the edge and then throwing them off it in a very dramatic way. Siege is a must read for zombie lovers yes but anyone who likes survival, character driven well crafted reads will appreciate it for what it is. . . Excellent.
“We don’t have a plan, Jenni.”Ed shouted after her. Jenni stalked toward the undead swarm. “Kill the fuckers! That’s the plan!”
The bolt punctured the top of the zombie’s head and it fell limbs askew. “Penis, I see a penis!It’s a boy!”
Siege is the conclusion to Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy, which should appeal to fans of The Walking Dead. Both The First Days and Fighting to Survive won the Dead Letter Award from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner.
The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors who have found tenuous safety in Texas defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits.
Katie has made peace with the death of her wife and is pregnant and married to Travis, who has been elected Mayor. Jenni, her stepson, Jason; and Juan—Travis’s righthand man—are a happy family, though Jenni suffers from PTSD. Both women are deadly zombie killers.
In Siege, the people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. What’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors.
I am very pleased to have Rhiannon Frater author of the As The World Dies trilogy on the blog today. I was most fortunate to receive the first book in the series for review. The second was then a must buy. The third is a review copy and what a positive review it will have tomorrow, today however is a great interview with the author.
Thank you to Rhiannon Frater and to TOR for the great opportunity to participate in sharing about an amazing series that should be a must read for every reader. Leave a comment for Rhiannon and be sure to enter the giveaway for a copy of Siege. US only please due to shipping costs.
How did you get started writing? Has it always been a passion or is it more recent?
From the moment I learned to talk, I told stories. From the moment I learned to write, I wrote stories. I’m pretty sure storytelling is in my blood. For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a writer, but I had no idea how to make it happen. I spent many, many years as a frustrated author.
Finally, success came when I self-published the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy that had its beginnings as an online serial. It sold briskly, won awards, ended up on some “best of” lists and Tor ended buying the whole series for rerelease.
Now the third, and final book, in the trilogy is hitting bookshelves. It’s called SIEGE.
Some favorite authors and books?
This is always a rough one to answer. I read so much and I have writers who influence me and writers who entertain me.
Recent favorite books have been OPEN MINDS (sci-fi YA) by Susan Kaye Quinn. THE UGLIES (and the three sequels)(sci-fi YA) by Scott Westerfeld. THE SPACE BETWEEN by Alexandra Sokoloff (paranormal, sci-fi YA) , and the JENNY POX (horror) series by J.L. Bryan.
I’m anxiously looking forward to the last book in the Sirantha Jax sci-fi series by Ann Aguirre.
On the list of authors that I will read without hesitation are David Dunwoody, Scott Westerfeld, J.L. Bryan, Carrie Ryan, Stephen King, Joe McKinney, and S.G. Browne.
What are you reading now?
I’ve been reading a lot of YA in preparation for writing my own paranormal YA thriller called THE MIDNIGHT SPELL. Right now I’m reading GLAMOUR by Penelope Fletcher.
I’m about to start reading Jessica Meigs’s THE BECOMING. I don’t read in the genre I’m writing, so it’s nice to be able to read about zombies again.
How did Tor signing for the As The World Dies trilogy happen?
After the self-published version of SIEGE came out, the entire series ended up being optioned for a possible TV show. The producer had been searching online for a project and saw FIGHTING TO SURVIVE under the “people who bought this also bought” header. He thought Jenni looked like his wife, so he clicked on the link. He is from Texas, so he loved the description. He bought the trilogy, loved it, and optioned it. I had to acquire an entertainment lawyer for the negotiations.
Soon after I had an offer from a big name in publishing. The entertainment lawyer sat in on the call because I didn’t have a literary agent. After the call was over, we decided we did not like the deal at all. My lawyer suggested that I get an agent. He had a list of literary agents he worked with. He queried a few and after a conference call with Hannah Brown Gordon of The Foundry, I signed with her.
She pitched in January. We had a deal with Tor by March.
It was like a whirlwind.
What do you wish you had known when first getting started that you know now about the publishing world and book promotion?
Honestly, I wish I had known about book blog tours and had looked beyond the bloggers specializing in horror. In the last year I have had great support from bloggers specializing in YA/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy. I find it surprising since I consider my novels to be horror, but I’m very appreciative. I have definitely learned in the last few months that blog tours are powerful ways to get the word out about a book. I really wish I had done them before.
Do you ever plan to write outside the horror genre?
Well, the YA I’m writing with Kody Boye is probably the closest I will get to something that is not “horror” by classification. But there are some very terrifying scenes in it, so maybe I’m not going too far out of my comfort zone. I saw a review where a reader wishes I would add more romance (sex) to my books, but I write what comes naturally to the story. I hate writing sex scenes and won’t write them unless they add to the plot in some way. And I see romance as an aspect of life, not the central focus. So I’ll probably just keep writing horror with elements of humor, romance (sometimes sex), suspense, and action/adventure.
Why does the horror genre appeal to you?
I tend to write about what I fear. It’s a way of delving into the human psyche and going to frightening places safely. I also think it’s just what comes naturally to me. Every single time I’ve had a book idea, it’s for a horror novel.
Interestingly enough, my grandfather loved horror, and even though I lived far away from him and he never discussed his interest with me, I share that love. Also, my great-great grandfather was an avid teller of ghost stories. Now my little niece is obsessed with monsters and is fascinated with horror. She wept when my brother refused to let her see THE WALKING DEAD TV show. I only see her about twice a year and NEVER discuss horror with her, so I’m starting to think it’s genetic.
Do you think more woman will get involved with the genre, one that has been traditionally dominated by men?
When I wrote AS THE WORLD DIES online back in 2005, there weren’t any stories with strong female characters. We were love interests, zombie fodder, and rather stupid. Now I see many female writers entering the genre and creating strong, realistic female characters (as well as good male characters). It’s very encouraging and extremely exciting!
What future works do we have to look forward to?
I just finished THE LAST BASTION OF THE LIVING (a futuristic zombie novel) Author Kody Boye and I are working on our YA THE MIDNIGHT SPELL and hope to finish it soon. We had to set it aside for a period of time, so it’s great to be telling the story again. I also hope to have the sequel to PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES out sometime soon. PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS has been in high demand. I also hope to have the next book in the VAMPIRE BRIDE series out this year. It’s called THE RISE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE.
So I have a very busy year ahead!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Before I get to my teaser I want to share about an event that I really hope you will all join in on. My friends at Seventh Star Press will be giving away, yes giving away for kindle anyway Michael West’s new book Poseidon’s Children on Amazon tomorrow. All day Wednesday and Thursday you’ll be able to get a copy for yourself so please help out my friends and a great indie publisher by getting a copy. The more people the better so please let everyone know about it so we can get them ranked higher and noticed.
My teaser is from Siege by Rhiannon Frater I will be taking part in the Siege tour later on in the month, my stop will have an interview and I want to make sure I have a review up by then as well. I’ve read and loved the previous two in this series so I know I will love this one as well. Siege is the final book in the series, the first starts out in the initial days on the zombie apocalypse. The second on how the characters were trying to get on their feet and establish as much of a life as they could and Siege the final book in the series. As I’m just getting started I’ll go with the opening lines of the book for us all to enjoy and remember there will be a copy of Siege given away when my stop on the tour comes along so be sure to come back then for a chance to get this book yourself.
The tiny fingers under the door were missing. Jenni stared down at the dark crack under the front door, waiting for her toddler’s tiny pink digits to appear.
BTW this is hard to explain but this line from your Goodreads review -- "What I got out of it is that we may not be the way we see ourselves and some people are just bat shit crazy" is actually one of my favorite things anyone's said about the book! somehow I feel like you've completely encapsulated my vision of the world here (which gives me a warm "my work here is done" type feeling... go figure!)
James Warner author of All Her Father's Guns