Dread Nation by Justina Ireland #bookreview #YA #zombies #TuesdayBookBlog

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems. 

I haven’t listened to many audiobooks, but when I had a long drive ahead of me traveling to a writer’s retreat, I downloaded Dread Nation, a book that has been in my TBR for a while.  Now I get why people have favorite narrators, because this one is excellent, in my opinion.  I’d listened to another audiobook not too long before this one, and was unable to finish it due to one of the narrators, who honestly ruined the book for me.

I haven’t read much YA historical fiction (more like alternate historical fiction, because, well, zombies), but I really enjoyed this novel.  The second I heard Jane’s snark, I knew we’d get along just fine.  Watching her enemies-to-friends relationship with Katherine was especially enjoyable, as was the way Jane deals with those who doubt her strength, intelligence, and worth.  Having read several zombie books, the world-building is done well, with its own unique spin.

When the setting changes from Baltimore to the west, I felt the pacing slowed a bit, but picked up again around 75%.

If you’re a zombie/shambler fan, or just enjoy books with strong, sarcastic female heroines and an intense plot, I’d highly recommend Dread Nation.  It’s a series I plan on continuing.


#BadMoonRising: Dying Days – Family Ties by Armand Rosamilia #zombies #horror

It’s Friday!!!!  This is Armand Rosamilia’s fourth time participating in Bad Moon Rising – he might have been the first person who signed up.  And friends – Armand has a Ouija board story guaranteed to give you goosebumps.  If that’s not enough, he also lived in a haunted house that previously served as a funeral parlor.  Don’t let me keep you – read on.

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I really hope I’m the first person to die. Until then I’m probably the comic relief… although being the eye candy for the ladies would be cool, too.

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

True story… as a kid my mother used to have her friends over to play with one. This was in the mid-seventies when it was ‘fun’ to mess with them. Once she started getting creepy messages she put it in the attic but it was on the kitchen table the next day, so she took it in the yard and burned it. I was about five or six and from inside I heard something scream. Still freaks me out thinking about it forty-plus years later.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

I lived in a haunted house, a former funeral parlor, in Keyport New Jersey. Lots of strange things happened in the house like basement lights turning on in the middle of the night, footsteps and whispering as well as faint music. A ceiling relief once crashed on my bed seconds after something told me to get up at 3 am. I also had a sixteen year old die on my couch in that house. Not sure why I stayed there as long as I did.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Getting my butt in the damn seat. Some days I get distracted by emails and podcast questions or problems. I do quite a few interviews for my two podcasts so that cuts into my writing time. We travel a lot, which also takes me away from the keyboard. Plus there are days I just don’t want to be creative. I want to watch TV or stay in bed and read. People call me and want to chat because I’m home. Anything having to do with the house I take care of so lawn maintenance, appliance malfunctions, cable problems, etc. means I’m waiting for someone to arrive to deal with.

What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I developed a system that works for me. I jokingly called it The Mando Method and others have picked up on it and use it. At the top of an hour I write for 15 minutes. Nothing else. Just writing. I can average about 600 words in that time. Then the next 45 minutes I do other stuff like emails, coffee and wandering around the house, thinking about the next sprint. No matter what I’m doing, at the top of the next hour I stop and do another Mando Method sprint.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Roll up in a ball and cry. Or go to a baseball game. I read a lot. Watch way too much TV. My wife and I travel quite a bit, too. Spend time with our families and go out to dinner too much. She has a full-time career and if she’s traveling for work I get to go with her and write in the hotel room while she’s out doing her thing. After we get to go to dinner and explore the city we’re in.

A YA novella set in the Dying Days world from Armand Rosamilia!

Emalee and Mason are brother and sister, differently abled teenagers, both with Down Syndrome, trying to survive during the zombie apocalypse.

They both have unique powers that will be tested because sometimes it isn’t just the zombies that are threatening. 

Will they be able to protect one another and find safe haven from a world turned upside down?  

Dying Days: Family Ties Amazon Link

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Days-Family-Zombie-Novella-ebook/dp/B07CGRVZ5F

Print: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Days-Family-Zombie-Novella/dp/1980872805

Author Bio

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He not only runs two successful podcasts…

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda – talking about writing and publishing

But he owns the network they’re on, too! Project Entertainment Network

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:






#BadMoonRising: Vinnie the Vegetarian Zombie by Victoria Zigler #childrensbooks #zombies #TuesdayBookBlog

Horror books aren’t just for adults – the tiny humans also enjoy thrills and chills.  The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine has been popular for years, and author Neil Gaiman has penned a few.  Today’s guest is the author of a veritable library of children’s books and, as a zombie fan, her featured title is near and dear to my heart.  Welcome Victoria Zigler and her book, Vinnie the Vegetarian Zombie!

Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, or zombies – which would you least want to meet in a dark alley?

Well… Let me think…

Vampires and werewolves would be potentially tough to beat, and I know from experience that blood loss isn’t fun to deal with, but being turned in to either of those wouldn’t be too bad.  How dangerous a ghost is varies, so it’s hard to say whether I could just ignore it and it would go away, have a pleasant chat with it, or would end up becoming its victim (I wouldn’t mind the first two, but option three wouldn’t be much fun for me).  Zombies, on the other hand, would potentially be easier to beat, unless I was overwhelmed, but I’d really hate to end up becoming a zombie.  I could deal with becoming any of the other three.  But, for some reason, I really hate the thought of becoming a zombie.

I think I have to go with the zombie.  My survival rate in any of the cases is questionable, but at least it wouldn’t be too bad if I ended up joining the ranks of the vampires, ghosts, or werewolves.  So, I’d least like to meet a zombie in a dark alley.  Or even a light alley, to be honest.

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

Yeah… Totally! Check out a haunted house, and make some extra money at the same time… Count me in!

In a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice?

For me personally? Knives.  Knives are a must.  I know it means getting close, which could be risky.  But I’ve got more chance of aiming right with a knife, and knowing I’ve done so.  Plus, you don’t have to take time to reload, hope you don’t run out of ammo before you run out of zombies, etc, which can be a potential problem for things like guns and bows.  Although, having said that, I wouldn’t mind also having a bow and arrows too.  I want a really good knife if I can only pick one weapon though.

 How do you develop your plots and characters?

Sometimes the characters will be my own pets, in which case I know them pretty well by the time I’m writing their story, so nothing needs to be done to develop their characters.  In those cases, I sit down with an idea of what the story will be about, and start writing, letting the plot develop as I write.  For example, “Where’s Noodles?” – the story I wrote and published earlier this year about our Westie, Lilie – was written with only two things in my mind when I sat down to write it: it was about our Lilie, and was a story about how upset she got when she couldn’t find her current favorite toy.

Other times the character will be one my hubby made as a potential unusual character for a roleplaying game.  My faerie dragons are perfect examples of that situation.  Hubby enjoys using the character creation systems and coming up with characters, whether he ends up playing the characters or not, so made me a couple of faerie dragons – which I named Caia and Draco – after I said it would be cool to play one.  Then I said I enjoyed writing about them, and wanted to do another faerie dragon story, especially since I was actually getting requests for more faerie dragons from people who read my book “Jinx And The Faerie Dragons” (where you can read Caia and Draco’s story).  So he created Zeena.  I was the one who named her again though.  He likes when I name the characters, especially since I have a bit of an obsession with names, so there’s usually some kind of meaning behind it that makes it fit the character.  Anyway, it was his giving her a mixture of abilities that covered the various elements that sparked the idea for my “Zeena Dragon Fae” series.  Again though, in this situation the plot will develop as I write.  I just have the character, complete with a list of their abilities and how they work, and an idea of what the story’s about.  Then I sit down and write it.

Other times I’ll just sit down and write, with only a vague idea in my head of who or what I’m writing about, and let both character and plot develop as I write.

As you may have noticed, the plot always just develops as I write.  I’m really no good at outlining plots, so letting that develop during the actual writing process works best for me.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

I know plenty of people say otherwise, but I don’t think you need more than a way to write, and a way to check spelling, grammar, etc.

Whether you write with a pen or pencil in a fancy notebook, write with an iPad or other tablet, or use a computer, you have what you need to do your first draft.  After that, you just need access to a dictionary, thesaurus, and some kind of grammar checking option, whether it’s books on the subject, the internet, or whatever.

As long as you have those things, you don’t need anything else.  At least, that’s my opinion.

What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?

What is this schedule you speak of?

Seriously! I’m no good with schedules.  I’ve tried, but they never stick for long.

I have an unpredictable sleeping pattern, which means my writing time changes depending on when I sleep and how long for in general.  Add to that a young dog, which is kind of like having a toddler, since there’s no way I can do anything that demands a lot of my attention when she isn’t napping.  Throw in phone calls, people at the door, and all those other things that happen because people assume being at home all day automatically means you’re free all day, because apparently writing and publishing books isn’t work to most people… You get the point, I’m sure.

What it all boils down to is that I write when I can, based on when other things allow me to, but it somehow all works out in the end.  Well, most of the time, anyhow, since this year has been a bad one for writing time, due to some life stuff I’ve been dealing with.

When Vinnie the zombie smashes his way in to the fruit and vegetable shop where six year old Annie is waiting in hiding for her Mother to come back for her, Annie isn’t sure what to do.  But Vinnie isn’t like other zombies.  A vegetarian in life, it looks like Vinnie may also be one in death, and it may not be Annie who’s in danger after all.

Where to find the book:

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Vinnie-the-Vegetarian-Zombie-Audiobook/B07CX44QY6

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/459076

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie-victoria-zigler/1119982818

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie/9781311948908-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie/id900774428

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie-unabridged/id1383256619

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Vinnie-Vegetarian-Zombie-Victoria-Zigler/1512324256/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/cka/Vinnie-Vegetarian-Zombie-Victoria-Zigler/1512324256/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/cka/Vinnie-Vegetarian-Zombie-Victoria-Zigler/1512324256/

The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Vinnie-Vegetarian-Zombie-Victoria-Zigler/9781512324259

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22753278-vinnie-the-vegetarian-zombie

About the author:

Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids.  Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.

To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future.  She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Author links:

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827


#BadMoonRising Armand Rosamilia #IndieAuthor #horror #postapocalyptic @ArmandAuthor

Armand Rosamilia was one of the first authors to sign up for Bad Moon Rising a couple of years ago and, taking into account the number of books he’s written and the podcasts he hosts, I wonder how he had time to even email me!  I’m thrilled to have him back for the third year.  Read below for Armand’s favorite candy (which fans kindly bring to him in copious amounts) and his unlikely Halloween costume.

Sometimes it’s not just the zombies in a post apocalyptic landscape that are the problem.

As Darlene Bobich and the survivors try to rebuild and live another day, a new menace is coming at them from all angles. 

The zombie horde is coming but will The Promised Land survive to see it?

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

About seven years ago I went to a party but had no idea it was a Halloween event. Everyone was dressed like it was the 80’s. Women dressed like Madonna, wearing neon outfits and headbands, guys dressed like Top Gun. I was wearing a SLAYER shirt and someone remarked how cool it was and where I bought it for the party. I told them it was just a shirt I put on tonight. I got a strange look from the guy.

Favorite Halloween candy?

Anything with chocolate. It’s my one vice. I am a huge fan of plain or peanut M&M’s. It’s gotten to the point where fans and other authors will bring a bag for me when I’m at a convention or book signing. I’m not complaining, although at one con I received 14 lbs. of M&M’s and my wife knew I would eat most of it. In the next few days. Which I did.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It sounds cheesy to say, but I really did want to be a writer. At 12 years old I started reading Dean Koontz books and it opened my eyes to reading and writing. It took me until my early 40’s to start writing full-time but it was worth the journey. I am living my dream today.

Which horror/thriller novel do you wish you’d written?

Phantoms by Dean Koontz. As a teen it spooked me while reading it, the first time it had ever happened and it was a defining moment for me. Before that a story might be great or bad but it was just a story. This book changed the way I looked at books. It might seem tame compared to all that’s come since, but for me it was the one book I wish I’d written for the unsettling feeling I got reading it.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? 

Tosha Shorb from the Dying Days zombie series. What started out as a one-shot minor character has grown into a major one, and she’s appeared in most of the books so far. She’s a tough redhead who takes no crap from anyone. She’s chaotic. Selfish. Deadly. Her twin sister is dead but they still talk. Lots of layers to Tosha I never thought I’d be exploring. The readers either love her or hate her. There’s no in-between with the things she does.

If you could change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?

I wish I’d taken the leap of faith years before I did. I wasted my twenties and early thirties in bad relationships, dead-end jobs and dreaming without acting on what I wanted from life. When I was laid off from my job as a retail manager six years ago I decided to give writing a try, all the while looking for another horrible retail management job. I proved to myself I could do this for a living and be happy.

Author Bio

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He not only runs two successful podcasts…

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda – talking about writing and publishing

But he owns the network they’re on, too! Project Entertainment Network

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:


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#BadMoonRising C.M. Saunders #IndieAuthor #scifi #dystopian #zombies

Who doesn’t love zombies at Halloween (or on Sunday nights during The Walking Dead), am I right?  Today’s author brings us zombies and discusses aliens and time travel – welcome C.M. Saunders!

Dan Pallister is a survivalist and prepper. Much to the chagrin of the people around him, he’s been surviving and prepping since childhood. He just didn’t know what for. When he wakes up one morning to find the world overrun with bloodthirsty zombies it all becomes clear, and despite the fall of civilisation, he can’t wait to get started. He just needs to stock up on supplies from the local supermarket first. 

But is everything what it seems?

Bonus Content:
Til death do us Part (short story)
No Man’s Land: Horror in the Trenches (exclusive extract)

WARNING: This book contains descriptions of graphic violence and/or sex, and is not suitable for children.

What’s the best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year so far?

Raw, the French cannibal film, is getting a lot of press. It’s good, and certainly contains some gut-wrenching scenes, but I’m going with Alien: Covenant. It’s the second prequel, if that makes sense, continuing on from where the disappointing Prometheus left off. It fills in a lot of back-story, is a definite return to form, and is a brilliant stand-alone sci-fi horror in its own right.

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

I’ve had several. I’m open to the paranormal, but at the same time I’m naturally very skeptical. One thing I do believe in, though, is alien life. It’s very naïve, and a little arrogant of people to think we are the only intelligent creatures in the universe. A few years ago, I was on holiday in Greece with an old girlfriend. It was late afternoon, and we were walking along the beach. Something told me to look up, so I did, and directly above us, there was an object just hanging there. It was metallic, silver-coloured, and shaped like a shuttlecock. It wasn’t moving, and it made no sound. I remember an eerie hush, and a general sense of unease. We watched this object for a few minutes. I took a few pictures on my camera, then we continued our walk. When we looked up again a few minutes later, the object was gone, and when I had the film from the camera developed, it showed nothing but an empty sky. That was probably the weirdest thing of all, because my girlfriend and I definitely both saw something. I just hope the aliens we meet are more friendly than the ones in the Alien films!

If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?

Good question. It’d be easy to say you’d go back and help mankind by stopping the JFK assassination or killing Hitler, but I’d be wary of changing history too much. Anything might happen. So I might just go to Woodstock and get wasted, though the ones who were actually there say it was a terrible experience with all the mud and stuff. An even more selfish option would be to go back to before the digital revolution and invest all my money in Microsoft or Google or something. That way, the world would turn out the same, except I’d be a whole lot richer.

What are you working on now?

I’m on the third installment of a YA historical adventure series, about a troubled teen who stumbles across an ancient a time-travel device in a rock pool in Wales, figures out how to use it, and goes rampaging through history. I try to write them in such a way that they are both entertaining and educational. My agent is confident about finding a reputable home for them, so fingers crossed. That book will be finished in a month or so, then I can start putting together X3, the third installment in my short fiction anthology, and get it ready for a February 2018 release. Most of the stories in my X books have been published before in various places, and every couple of years I gather ten together (X) and release them.

When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?

I always have multiple projects on the go at any one time, and jump from one to another. I might do more work some days than others, but I rarely take days off. I find I’m much more productive that way. If things slow down or grind to a halt on one endeavour, I just switch to another. Of course, it means that some things never get finished, but I find myself working at a steady pace. I’ve developed the same habit in my reading. I never read just one book at a time. No matter how good the book is, I tend to drift in and out of it. So I invariably have five, six or more on the go at any one time. I don’t just read fiction in my genre, I also read a lot of rock music and sports autobiographies, survival stories, history, travel. Pretty much anything that grips me.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? 

At the moment I’m very attached to Dan Pallister, the main protagonist in my new novella, Human Waste. He’s a prepper, or a survivalist. That’s something that has always fascinated me. Not just the mind-set, but the practicalities of it all. Some people go to extraordinary lengths to ensure they are prepared for the end of the world as we know it. In the book, Dan finally gets to put his skills to the test one day when he wakes up to find the world outside his apartment crawling with the undead. It sounds like a straightforward zombie romp, but there is more to it than that. I just can’t say too much not to give the ending away! My work has often been described as containing a sardonic sense of humour, and I think this book lives up to my reputation.

Author Bio

C.M. Saunders is a freelance writer and editor. His journalism has appeared in publications such as Loaded, Record Collector, Fortean Times and Urban Ink, while his fiction has appeared in over fifty magazines, ezines and anthologies, including Raw Nerve, Fantastic Horror, Trigger Warning, Liquid Imagination, Gore, DOA 3 and the Literary Hatchet. He is a hybrid author, meaning his books have been both traditionally and independently published, the most recent being X SAMPLE and Apartment 14F: An Oriental Ghost Story (Uncut) which are available now via Deviant Dolls Publications. He is represented by Media Bitch literary agency.

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