To celebrate Valentine's Day, stop by the Bloody Valentine's Day party on the Facebook page for author posts, free fiction and more! The theme is Love Gone Bad... See more below.
(* Also = sign up for my giveaway here to 2/22)
Participating authors include:
McCallum Morgan (** see excerpts below)
W. J. Howard
C. A. Verstraete
John Linwood Grant
Juli D. Revezzo
A. F. Stewart
For a little blood-curdling reading, here are some Bloody Valentine lines to whet your appetite! Be sure to pop into the party.
And thanks for stopping by. Love ya to death! heh-heh.
Nothing like historical zombies....
About Ambulatory Cadavers; A Regency Zombie Novel, McCallum J. Morgan -
(Definitely Love Gone Bad:) Two cousins. One on the verge of a great discovery... and excessive power, wealth, and infamy, the other on the verge of an odious marriage.
A zombie soared through the glittering glass and flopped in a heap on top of the harpsichord. “Braiiiiiins!” it shrieked, and chomped into the harpsichordist’s forehead. Blood sprayed across the violist’s sheet music and the whole room screamed as one.
Alice clutched Clara as everyone started to run in all directions, screaming and falling and trampling one another. Viols and violas flew through the air as the musicians scrambled and the zombie polished off the harpsichordist’s nerve center.
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(Alice) touched the painted face and fear surged through her. She was doomed. Marriage on one hand and this… this feeling that made her cling to paintings and dresses on the other. She threw the painting across the room.
“No,” she whispered. “I can’t. I can’t. I’ll be engaged tonight…” she trailed off and tears stung her eyes.
About LizzieBorden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete:
In a twist on the real Lizzie Borden's life, John is a fictional character I added into the story that a lot of people don't care for. He helps her, introduces her to the underground zombie fighting society, then appears to use her and drop her. He then goes his merry way, fitting, I'd say since he'd served his purpose and reveals his true character: a cad. Who's to say Lizzie Borden never was jilted? Definitely love gone bad.
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.
Excerpt: As the attorneys began an animated discussion in front of the judge's bench, Lizzie turned back to look at John again only to find him intently listening to the
whispers of a most attractive woman seated next to him. Inwardly Lizzie fumed a bit, unable to stop the sudden stab of jealousy while she watched the two of them talking together. His companion's neatly coifed hair and lovely features, along with the fashionable cut of her soft mauve gown, only made Lizzie feel worse. She stared at the drab charcoal of her plain gown, feeling ugly and much older than her years.
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To her (Lizzie's) surprise, the conversation went better than expected. John seemed genuinely happy to hear from her, or else he should have pursued a livelihood on the stage.
Ten minutes later, a knock on the door interrupted her musing. Emma grabbed the knob first and opened the door ahead of her.
“John! How good to see you. I’ll leave you to Liz.”
With that, to Lizzie’s chagrin, Emma walked out ahead of her and climbed into John's carriage to wait. Lizzie waited for John to say or do something.
He smiled in greeting. “Liz, you’re looking well.”
He’s being so standoffish, Lizzie thought, though she supposed it
shouldn’t surprise her. So be it. Well, I can act the same way.