Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A to Z Blog Challenge - EXplain WhY Zombies

* Combining these two - X and Y for the daily A to Z Blog Challenge *

X  is for... EXplain  whY you like Zombies....

Why Zombies, you ask? 

Writing about any kind of monsters and horror is fun. Sure, you say. 

Five Reasons to Write (and read) about Zombies:

1.  It's a way to face your own fears or "kill" your frustrations.

2. It puts a face on "evil."

3. Scary is fun. Really.

4. It's a different way to put characters in dangerous situations they need to escape from. Oh, and if you don't like a character it's easy to get rid of them. Chomp!

5.  I like scary books more than movies. I'd rather see it in my mind with my own images, but putting it in words is rather fun. Surprising how many ways you can think of trying to describe a zombie. They're not all alike, you know...

* How about a little zombie fun? Becca's life is changed forever when she's scratched by her cousin and is infected with the Z virus. What's worse than being 16  -- and turning part-zombie? (See website - All links,  Amazon  - Barnes & Noble)

About the Book:

Life can suck when you're sixteen. It can suck even worse when you're not-quite-dead.
   Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes faces every teenager's biggest nightmares: bad skin, bad hair, and worse . . . turning into one of the living dead.
   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.
   The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for.

   But time is running out... Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late...

Monday, April 27, 2015

A to Z Blog Challenge - W is for Wonderland Fiction

 * Today is Letter W of the daily A to Z Blog Challenge *

W is for... Alice in Wonderland
Short Fiction....

I’m using story prompts from “Story Prompts that Don’t Suck.”

Prompt 612-Use three things in a story –a bucket filled with a mysterious pink substance, an unopened letter, an elderly white horse. (I used two.)

Return to Wonderland

She must be dreaming.
   Melody looked in the bucket again. Whatever it was looked slimy and was colored a Pepto-Bismal pink. Just thinking of it made her stomach hurt.
   What was she supposed to do with it?
   The letter.
   She grabbed the envelope tied to the bucket handle. An ivory-colored paper sat inside. Written on it in a hard-to-read script were two words: Drink Me.
   Eyes wide, she looked around again, expecting to see a dessert laden table and a talking rabbit from her favorite story, Alice in Wonderland. It was s place she’d always wished she could visit. Nothing greeted her eyes but a dim sky and dark shadows in what looked like a forest.
   Yes, she had to be dreaming. Had to be!
   Melody pinched herself. “Owww.”
   She felt that, so it must be real, right?
   To drink or not to drink?
   She could stand here all day or do what the note said.
   Taking a deep breath, she picked up the bucket, tipped it to her mouth, and drank. The stuff was thick, but good. It tasted like strawberry.
   She drank her fill, set the bucket down, and sat to wait. Soon, the sky began to lighten. The shadows faded revealing bright green trees surrounded by flowers in a rainbow of colors.
   “Ohhh! It’s my story. It’s real!”
   It’s only when it got to full sunlight that Melody saw the table. At each place sat a familiar figure—the rabbit, a playing card soldier, the red queen, and others. It’s only when she got up for a closer look that she saw their heads sitting on the plates in front of them and began to scream.
   Then she looked down and saw the blue dress she had on and the swordsman standing at the head of the table. One place remained open for the main character, Alice. Her.
   She screamed and ran, soon realizing there was no way out. She found herself trapped by the paper forest and flowers around her.
   Melody looked up in horror at the laughing face staring down at her over the edge of the page.
   Her wish of being able to go inside her favorite book had come true in the worst possible way.

© C. Verstraete  http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com  372 words

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z Blog Challenge - V for Verstraete

 ** Today is the Letter V for the 2015  A to Z  Blogging Challenge  **

V is for...

C. A. Verstraete

Really? How can I resist??? ha!

Things you never knew you wanted to know about author C.A. Verstraete:

1. I have raised dwarf seahorses. (Unfortunately, you can't tell how old they are and they don't live long.) 

 2. GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie is my first YA book and of course, it's not the usual zombie book. No brain eating. It has weird humor, a quirky character and features a teen girl.

3. I collect dollhouses and miniatures. (See A Mini a Day at my other blog for April.)

4.  I like to write about a lot of different topics. I have a small collection of short stories with dogs coming out soon. Check the website for news! 

5. I'm an award-winning journalist, and write for various newspapers and magazines.

6.  I've completed a more zombie-centric novel featuring a historical figure, a real life crime and lots of zombies. I'm sending it around to publishers. Stay tuned for news!

Many more projects in the works!

Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for the Undead - Who's Worried?

*A to Z Blog Challenge  - U is for the Undead - Who's Worried?*

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to travel to Riverton to do my zombie presentation through the Wyoming Humanities Council and my Surviving Zombies workshop. It is a 3.5-hour drive from my hometown, and the vast majority of it takes place on a two-lane highway. I was amazed once again how beautiful my state is.

But it also became apparent how incredibly open, vast, and unpopulated it is. I couldn’t help but think that the people of Wyoming will have nothing to worry about if the undead rise from the grave. Sure, we have some populated areas, but nothing like New York or LA. We also have terrain that the undead would find difficult to navigate, and we get some really cold winters days. On top of that, a lot of people carry guns in this state.

As I drove down those lonely, long stretches of highway, I thought about how lucky I am to live in Wyoming. Let the undead rise. We’ll be ready.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A to Z Blogging Challenge: T is for Truck Driving Vampire

**  Today is Letter T of the 2015  A to Z  Blogging Challenge  **

Freightliner: Evil sits behind the wheel.

A truck-driving vampire terrorizes Interstate 10 in New Mexico and Texas. When he targets trucker Jay Carlson, Jay finds himself unwillingly teaming up with an illegal alien and a tough-talking custodian--both of whom claim to be vampire hunters.  However, they are injured in the fight, and Jay will have to conquer his disbelief and destroy the vampire himself before it kills them all.

Of course that was why he had not come out to check on her, she thought with a surge of relief. He probably thought it was an abandoned car. But now--she stepped out onto the gravel, hearing for the first time how loud the crickets sang. She smelled the strong scent of the cooling air. Too early for snow. Too warm, still anyway, though she cursed herself for not thinking to put on jeans before making her big exit. She peered at the cab, but nothing moved.
“Hello!” she called, moving closer. She could not make out a logo on the truck. It was dark, dark paint. She had an impression that the shape was--not wrong exactly, but not usual. It was an older model, she decided. An old truck.
She had reached the door.
“Anyone there?” she called, hesitating to step up and look inside. What if something had happened to the driver? What if he were dead? What if she opened the door and a body spilled out onto the road?
But that was silly. He had just pulled up. Probably he was rummaging around in his berth for some tools.
But what if he was dead? What if she took hold of the door and--and what if he was right there, watching her?
She had almost decided to go back to her own car. But the thought of the semi parked behind her, silently cutting its chunk from the sky, was in some strange way even more frightening than opening the door. She reached up for the handle and pulled herself up level with the window.
The handle turned in her hand.
It was then she knew she had done the wrong thing. If only someone else had come--she prayed for someone else. A cop. Even a car full of good old boys. Anyone.
The crickets fairly screamed their shrill and mindless song, the scent of the Russian knapweed was overpowering. But it wasn’t strong enough to hide another smell, a dark earthy smell. A smell of death mellowed by long usage.       
The door opened.
Reba froze, clutching the handle, balancing there with the driver’s seat in front of her. She tried to speak, to call, but nothing would come out. She hung there, thinking of death, while the night passed and the stars moved and the moon looked in over her shoulder. Finally, she climbed into the truck.
“Daniel,” she whimpered. She was ready to forgive the new pickup, but it was too late. Something moved in the back and she turned in the driver’s seat and saw a pale face, caught in the moonlight, eyes gleaming. She had an impression of lank hair, grizzled beard. And then two hands reached up to take her shoulders and she saw the mouth open.

Amazon link:  http://amzn.to/lJDL9b

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z Blog Challenge: S is for Zombie Sheep

**  Today is Letter S of the 2015  A to Z  Blogging Challenge  **

(by Karina Fabian)

I'm going to be honest. I may write zombies, but I'm not a big horror fan, but today, I bring you 
Zombie Sheep!

Horror movies with Sheep!

Zombie Sheep T-shirts!

And a Zombie Sweater because...Wool.
Plus S is for Sweater and Santa!

This little bit of silliness was brought to you by the letter S because mutton is better than zombie sheep jokes in April!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z Blogging Challenge - R for New #Zombie Reads

* A to Z Blog Challenge  - R for New Zombie Reads*

Since there are a lot of new visitors to the blog, thought I'd share a few new zombie books and stories I've come across or are coming out:

* My writing: I have a  long short story, "Puppy Love & Zombies" coming out in summer or early fall in the YA adventure anthology from Intrigue Publishing.

  It features my part-zombie character Becca and her cousin, Carm, from my book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.  In the story, Becca has to overcome her fear of dogs when she tries to find a missing German Shepherd puppy and learns other dogs are gone, too. Zombies and a short mystery.

* I also have another story, "Second Chances" coming out soon in the Baby Shoes anthology... A hoarder finds new life after the zombie apocalypse when she helps the most helpless... A "different" twist on zombies!

New or upcoming zombie books:

 Broken Hearted Ghoul (Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) - A different kind of series. I know Joyce and Jim Lavene from their gardening and Renaissance Faire mysteries, but was surprised to find they'd done a zombie series! How did I miss that??

About the book: 

It’s been two years since Skye Mertz agreed to drive Abe’s Taxi for the Dead, transporting his zombie workers back to the man who gave them an additional twenty years of life. She’s raising her daughter, with the help of her ghostly mother-in-law, and keeps looking for what killed her husband the night she died. 

Now she has a partner—a housewife working off her zombie husband’s service—and she’s met a sorcerer with amnesia. It shouldn’t be surprising that a broken hearted ghoul, bent on getting revenge, should show up too. After all, there’s no rest for the dead. - Amazon.com

The sequel is: Dead Girl Blues (Taxi for the Dead Book 2)

Jonathan Maberry has a new set of short stories from his Benny Imura Rot & Ruin series coming out Sept. 22 (wow, 592 pages!) 

Bits & Pieces (Rot & Ruin) has 11 new short stories and 11 previously published short stories filling in the gaps, from Nix's journal, and a first script from the Rot & Ruin comic books! 


Armand Rosamilia's latest entry in his Dying Days series comes out  June 16. 

   In Dying Days 5 (91 pgs.), Darlene and John have been scattered... can they fight through miles of undead to find one another? Will The Lich Lord destroy what is left of this post apocalyptic world? Will the Main Street compound survive another day? - Amazon.com

  Coming June 2 from Stoker Award Nominee John Palisano

Dust of the Dead - For a while, it looked like the living had won. The war against the walking dead lasted almost a decade, but it’s mostly over. There are only a few straggling zombies left to take care of. Los Angeles has returned to its lattes and long commutes. It’s up to a small Reclamation Crew to clean up the Zoms left behind. But when the undead dry up, their skin turns to dust. Now the hot Santa Ana winds deliver a new threat…because the Zoms were only the beginning of something far worse. 
- Amazon.com