Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#1LineWed - 1 Line Wednesday #Zombie Books

Today for #1LineWed - 1 Line Wednesday - lines from my two zombie books:



First, came my young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.

What happens if you're 16 - and turning part-zombie?

1 Line:
One word came to mind... horrible. If this is what happened when you came into contact with them... I shivered.
 Becca's life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret— he's becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for. But time is running out . . . She needs to find something, anything, to stop this terrible transformation... before it's too late.


My latest: Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders... Now find out what really happened that hot August day in 1892. The events in the book are based on, and follow along with, the actual murder trial and trial transcripts.

1 Line: (This takes place during the trial where Lizzie Borden awaits a jury verdict deciding whether she is guilty or not guilty of the murders of her father, Andrew Borden and stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden.)
Her fears came to light early when she saw the tissue paper covering the mounds on the table.

 ** About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:

Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lizzie Borden Writing News: #Horror #Zombies

An update on what's happening on the writing end of things:

* Dr. Bowen Novella Update:
  
  The Dr. Bowen novella, a supernatural-flavored mystery featuring the Borden family's neighbor and doctor is done! Well, almost. I'm editing now. Then I'll figure out what to do on the formatting and cover end of things. This is a short, 27,000 word book so I'm thinking of having it come out as a mini book size. I love the size of James Patterson's BookShots. Neat little books!

* Working on the back blurb (harder than the whole story!). And... have to figure out the title...  I have something in mind to test out with my writing group.

* Writing - Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2:

Once I finish editing, it's back to writing Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2. I took a look at it again after setting it aside, and the good thing is I still like what I wrote. ha! So, I'll be getting back to that with the goal of finishing it in the next few months I hope!

 * Audio Book Update:

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is in the audio book production stage. The hunt is on for a narrator and it'll go from there. Hope it goes fast!

* Other Potential News: Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter

There may be other news concerning the book, but I can't say yet until/when I get some confirmation on this. I don't want to say anything until I get word on whether it works out or not. So, you'll have to wait with me to find out! :)

* Coming Soon: A new Lizzie Borden zombie story!

   * * Yay! I also have a new short zombie story with Lizzie Borden almost done! Just tying up a few ends on it... Fun story and the neat thing is it has a little surprise twist in it. Stay tuned for details!!

Seeing all this written as one list makes me pretty excited that some good things are going on and will be coming soon! Sometimes you feel like nothing is going on or you're not getting anything done, but this makes me feel that I am moving forward! That's why lists are so great!! If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter (sign up here at my website!) this will all likely be repeated there, but good news is worth sharing more than once, don't you agree?

 ** About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:

Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Borden Murders and Dr. Bowen: 125th Anniversary

Yes, it's a grisly anniversary, but this year marks 125 years since Lizzie Borden was accused of killing her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892.

I'll be getting back soon to working on the sequel to Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, my take on the murders. In the meantime, I've been working on - and getting near to completing - a shorter, supernatural-flavored novella featuring the Bordens' doctor and neighbor, Dr. Seabury Bowen.

  Interesting man, Dr. Bowen. There are hints in the trial transcripts that maybe he burned a note - the note that Lizzie might have written that was supposedly given to her stepmother before her death? Except the note might have said something else...?  ** Read more about that and about him here.  Read  Bowen's trial testimony (PDF) here.

Also, it almost sounds in the second round of questioning that the doctor seems to be unsure, or changes his mind, on what color that dress was that Lizzie had on the morning of the murders.

An interesting thing about reading the trial transcripts is that since you get a lot of repeating, and have no indication of facial nuances, and can't hear vocal tones or how things are being said, you can read into the answers in a lot of ways.

Some people sound guilty, or like they are hiding something.... did Dr. Bowen?  Did anyone else?

If anything, it is fictional fodder. Make no mistake - the Borden murders were a horrific, gruesome event. It must have been shocking, even to the doctor and police officials. As Dr. Bowen was one of the first people Lizzie contacted and who came on the murder scene, you wonder how it affected him? 

Professional that he was, he, of course, checked the bodies and lent his professional experience. But he also did what may sound like questionable practices, like prescribing morphine to Lizzie before - and during - the trial. 

Was he haunted by the murders? Did he ever look back on that day at all?

And, it turns out that in the same time period there was another axe murder... Was Fall River itself haunted or maybe touched by evil? Or maybe Bowen himself was haunted-- but by what?

Those are some of the questions I'm addressing in this next story I'm working on.... I must say it's been fun digging into the past.

Stay tuned for more details!

  About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.




Monday, April 17, 2017

April's Hot Reads! #Zombie #Horror #Mystery

No April Fooling here! Pick up some great new and new-to-you books. Fill that Kindle!


* Also, see the Women in Horror Month List and the March Reading List.


HORROR:


Author Steve Sullivan (award-winning author of the Manos: Hands of Fate original book based on the movie!) has a cool monster serial going, Dr. Cushing's Chamber of Horrors! And he's planning  a possible Dracula vs. Frankenstein book sequel! 
Check out his patreon page for details! 










Tales of Horror on Halloween Night, compiled by Samie Sands - Who doesn't like spooky stories? Short Halloween tales by over 20 authors.








MYSTERY:


 Baker Street Irregulars: Thirteen Authors with New Takes on Sherlock Holmes,  Jonathan Maberry - The iconic detective is re-imagined in new ways and places, from appearing as a parrot? and a vampire? Or going to Russia in the near-future, to a reality show, and more. Stories:
 "Locked!" by Mike Strauss
"Identity (An Adventure of Shirley Holmes and Jack Watson)" by Keith R. A. DeCandido
"The Scent of Truth" by Jody Lynn Nye
"The Adventure of the Reluctant Detective" by Ryk Spoor
"A Scandal in the Bloodline" by Hildy Silverman
"The Fabulous Marble" by David Gerrold
"The Scarlet Study" by Jim Avelli
"Delta Phi" by Heidi McLaughlin
"Beethoven’s Baton" by Austin Farmer
"The Adventure of the Melted Saint" by Gail Z. Martin
"Automatic Sherlock" by Martin Rose
"The Hammer of God" by Jonathan Maberry
"Code Cracker" by Beth W. Patterson 



  Cat Got Your Cash: Kitty Couture Mystery #2, Julie Chase - NEW!   Pre-order, releases April 11.

    Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats--and one very dead Annie. 


 The Dead of Winter, (Piper Blackwell Mystery Book 1), Jean Rabe  

   In a deceptively peaceful county, a murderer hides in plain sight…
   Fifty-eight minutes into her first day on the job, twenty-three-year-old Sheriff Piper Blackwell is faced with a grisly murder—the victim artfully posed amid decorations on his lawn. Drawing on former military training, Piper must prove herself worthy of the sheriff’s badge, and that won’t be easy. Facing personal and professional threats, Piper has to weather a raging storm, keep the sheriff’s department from crumbling around her, and reel in a killer during the most brutal winter sleepy Spencer County, Indiana, has experienced. * Book 2, The Dead of Night, will be coming soon!



Sci-Fi - Adventure:


 Pulsating Liver and Other Stories (Pulsating Liver Trilogy Book 1), Bobby Hassall -    Alien landscapes, a grumpy rock and roll crew, and a hapless alcoholic hurtle through time and space, and get sucked up in a wormhole... and have to save the universe from complete annihilation. ( I just had to include this as it has to be one of the wildest titles I've seen, and the cover pic is great!)








ZOMBIE:

 Hell on Earth - Life of the Dead Book 1, Tony Urban - When civilization ends, when hundreds of the dead return to eat the living, how will the remaining humans survive? 









 New! Journey Across Zombie Texas (Living Dead Boy Book 3), Rhiannon Frater 
Twelve-year-old Josh wants only two things in life: to guide his friends, both old and new, across the zombie-infested Texas countryside to the airlift in San Angelo, Texas using his knowledge of zombie lore, and to be reunited with his dad and baby brother at the FEMA camp.

Josh and the Zombie Hunters survived some of the worst situations the zombie apocalypse has to offer in The Living Dead Boy and Lost in Texas. Now they’ll have to make hard choices and risk their very lives to Journey Across Zombie Texas.
    (Start the series with The Living Dead Boy, free.)


 This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders...


 Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete  


Every family has its secrets…
One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?
    Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Top Female Authors Award!

A nice surprise, via The Authors Show.com . We'll see what happens next  l it's more of an author award, but still nice. -- C.A. Verstraete, author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter


Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Life After the Undead Takes Home a Bronze

At the beginning of the month, I found out that my young adult zombie novel Life After the Undead had won bronze in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Books Awards. I was excited beyond belief.


Heck, I was excited when I found out it was a finalist in the competition.
I am elated and honored to be among the other winners of the award. I think the best part about the whole process was knowing that teens were the ones who read and judged my book. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fantastic when adults read my books also, and I would be happy if they gave me an award too, but it’s extra special when it comes from the intended audience.


Receiving this award is validating. It lets me know that what I’m doing is appreciated. It encourages me to continue to write—especially in the zombie genre. Writing about teens and zombies is something that truly makes me happy, and it’s nice to know that others enjoy it too.