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Summer of Zombie Blog Tour & giveaway

I am so excited about taking part in this tour. 6 great zombie authors who have kindly answered my zombie related questions. Check out the fun and comment with email to enter to win a copy of one of their books. Click the covers to be taken to the amazon page.

Summer of Zombie
Interview with Six Authors

Gathering six authors in the same room, four from various points of the United States and two from overseas, is not easy. It takes a massive amount of alcohol.

The six members of the Summer of Zombie blog tour – Dave Jeffery, John O’Brien, Todd Brown, Mark Tufo, Armand Rosamilia and Ian Woodhead – answered a few questions while enjoying the company and the drinks.


Zombie apocalypse breaks out tomorrow. What are your chances of survival?

Dave Jeffery: To be honest, pretty poor. Why? Not very well prepared. No bunker, no weapons cache, no food stockpile. If I saw a zombie I would squeal like a girl and hope I tasted bad enough to avoid been eaten.

John O’Brien: I would think they are pretty good. I live out in the country with very few neighbors. There is plenty of game around and the Puget Sound is right down the road for great fishing. I also have a well system with a generator and manual pump. The only thing I would have to journey into populated areas would be for additional ammo. There is a small town nearby for that but I’d wait until the initial outbreak was over. I have plenty for now. Plus, I have a couple of bows and enough arrows for quiet hunting. I also know a little about survival so that helps.

Mark Tufo: Better than average! I live out in the sticks so my chances of being overrun are slim. I have enough arms and rounds to fend off a third world country. My downfall is going to be my food stores which means I will have to go on scavenging raids, that means more interaction with the living and the walking dead neither will be a pleasant encounter when the end comes. Yes I have WAY too much time on my hands.

Armand Rosamilia: Virtually nonexistent. I’m too lazy to get off the couch, and who wants to live in a world where there’s no Red Sox baseball, no bags of M&M’s and no coffee easily available? No thanks. Kill me first.


Preferred weapon you’d like to have on you for zombie slaying?

Todd Brown: Spiked bat, standard aluminum bat, and an Ontario Knife Company 8335 SP8 Spec Plus Machete. Guns run out of bullets and make noise. Sure, have something handy, but NOT as a primary weapon.

Armand Rosamilia: First, other people that are slower than me so I can push them in front and they can get eaten and I can escape. Second… a gun makes too much noise, a machete or sword and my arm would be tired… a flamethrower would be messy, and anything that blows up like grenades… no idea how to shoot an arrow or bolt properly… I guess slow people would be my weapon.

Ian Woodhead: I was thinking about this earlier. Now, the key word here is ‘preferred’ I’d prefer a shotgun with an unlimited supply of shells. However, considering that I live in England and our gun laws are pretty strict, I’d just have to make do with a plank of wood with a few nails hammered into the end.

Dave Jeffery: My main preference would be a tank. Failing that I’d settle for an F-16.


Is there anyone you would not trip up should it come down to saving your life or theirs?

Mark Tufo: I would fall on my sword for any one in my family, although as in any large family there are some individuals where I would hope the sword was blunt or maybe it fell to the side before I could impale myself on, or maybe just receive a flesh wound. But yeah I’d take one for the home team.

Ian Woodhead: Er sorry, but my life is more important than yours. Surry about that, dude, but you’re going to have to watch for my feet.

Todd Brown: I could lie and say “no” but my wife knows me better than that and wouldn’t let me. The truth is, if you have to give yourself up to save somebody else at this point, they won’t last long after you save them anyways. The best you can offer is a promise to not let them end up as zombie chow. Be prepared to put a round in their head if they fall. That may not be a very popular answer…but it’s honest. Yes, the “Shane’s” in the world do exist, and not all of us have a thing for our supposed best friend’s wife, but we are prepared to survive in the ZA world…despite the drastic measures that it may require.

John O’Brien: My kids! Or any family member for that matter.


What is your favorite zombie book?

Armand Rosamilia: The Rising by Brian Keene started it all for me. Before that book I was a big fan of zombie movies but didn’t think it would work in literature, or whatever it is we are doing. That book changed my thinking because it was a bit different and it was a well-written story that had me going back to the store and buying everything I could from Keene and other zombie authors.

John O’Brien: There are so many I enjoy but I will include two here: The Morningstar Strain series by Z.A. Recht and The Zombie Fallout series by Mark Tufo.

Dave Jeffery: The Unwashed Dead by Ian Woodhead. Great social commentary and wicked, bloody fun to read.

Todd Brown: That is a tough one. I would have to say Monster Island by David Wellington. It is the first zombie novel I read that stood out from the crowd BEFORE the whole zombie thing had its huge resurgence in popularity. You may not love the rest of the series, but that first book is gold.

Ian Woodhead: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks.

Mark Tufo: Well I’d love to sit here and type the title of my zombie book (Zombie Fallout – see how I snuck that in there?) but I really have to give it up for Max Brooks and World War Z who may have just brought the whole zombie phenomenon back to the fore.

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All six of us – Todd Brown, Mark Tufo, Ian Woodhead, Armand Rosamilia, John O’Brien and Dave Jeffery – hope you’ll keep following us on the Summer of Zombie blog tour, and comment as we go along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And… one lucky commenter for each blog will receive a Free eBook or Print book from one of the authors! Simply leave a comment with your e-mail address and we’ll pick a random winner each day! Simple as that!

My Life As A White Trash Zombie review

I’m a zombie book lover. It’s true, what I love is the variety in these books. Many don’t read them because they just think it’s mindless blood gore blah blah. Um no.

The last couple that I’ve read were great reads with their own world, great story and character building to the extreme. Zombie books are after all an examination of the human condition. The best and the worst in us, take people put them in a terrifying situation lite a fuse stand back and watch what happens. Seriously authors rock. Those things make me love them.

My Life As A White Trash Zombie is a unique zombie read in that it’s from the zombie perspective. Angel however isn’t some shambling corpse that wouldn’t be great reading no instead she’s pretty much the same as she was before she you know died except now she likes to snack on brains. See same.

When she wakes up in the hospital told that she had overdosed and was found by the side of the road she thinks that’s it rock bottom. Her past mistakes now look minor but the note she finds telling her that she has a job at the morgue seams odd and  when she starts to like the job and the new people she meets it’s a chance at something different. Coming to realize that you are dead and want to munch on brains throws her for sure but working in the morgue helps out a great deal. Can Angel get her life together oddly after death? Can she keep that supply of brains stockpiled? Can she figure out why so many of the corpses coming in are headless and who is responsible? Well that’s why you have to read the book.

I liked Angel right from the start you know she has flaws but then who doesn’t? Her new coworkers are great, her poor relationship with her dad an interesting point of the story and the headless corpses well you know that’s going to be something to pay attention to in a zombie story. I totally recommend this book for zombie lovers for a different take on a zombie read, YA fans and people looking for a straight up enjoyable read.

I love the cover and it’s what hooked me glad the story kept my interest and I’m already looking forward to it’s sequel.

Carnage Road tour and review

Pump Up Your Books had a short novella zombie read available and as I love short reads and zombie books it was an immediate why yes, yes I’d be happy to take part.

I got a fun entertaining short read out of it done in a couple hours. Carnage Road by Gregory Lamberson is fast paced with almost non stop action limited on the conversation. Sadly the book would drop off anytime someone did have something to say as the talkers were annoying and/or had nothing to say I wanted to hear. A major downer to say the least but the talkers were quickly killed off or dropped off in the story which would pick things back up again nicely.

The story about bikers after the zombie outbreak gives a different point of view than what tends to be the norm in a zombie story. This gives it an interesting perspective. The story is a very quick read. Enjoyable and entertaining, flawed however and with some grammatical errors. I found one paragraphed repeated twice for example so not sure if I received a review copy that was the final edit or not. Either way it was a good quick little read.

Thanks to Pump Up You BooksCreeping Hemlock Press and Gregory Lamberson.

The tale centers on Boone and Walker, the last two members of the Floating Dragons motorcycle gang, who set out on a cross country odyssey during the zombie apocalypse.

 


Gregory Lamberson is the author of five published horror novels and one nonfiction book on independent filmmaking. A two-time winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for Horror for his novels Johnny Gruesome and Personal Demons, and a three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist, he has three books scheduled for 2012: his zombie novella Carnage Road, from Creeping Hemlock Press; The Frenzy War, Book Two in his werewolf series “The Frenzy Cycle” from Medallion Press; and Tortured Spirits, Book Four in his occult detective series “The Jake Helman Files,” also from Medallion. An Active member of International Thriller Writers and the Horror Writers Association, Lamberson also has a following as a cult horror film director and is best known for Slime City and Slime City Massacre.

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.

The First Days paperback cover reveal

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.