Feed the Zombies 2 is Nearly Here! #zombies #giveaway #99cents

 

Feed the Zombies 2 poster updated

There are only two days left until the annual Feed the Zombies event takes off once more. If you can’t remember what the big deal is, then check out my earlier post on Feed the Zombies 2 here. Here’s the basic gist of it though:

Want something to do while the turkey is cooking?

Why not feed your brain – and hope that it doesn’t become zombie fodder in the process?

While you are basting your turkey and trying not to consume too much wine while your bird spends HOURS in the oven, why not satisfy your literary urges by devouring some zombie novels? At only 99 cents a pop on November 26th 2014, you’d be brainless not to!

Yep, that’s right – 99 cents for a zombie novel! How many do you think you can devour on the one day?

If you haven’t joined the Facebook event yet, then please click in the image below so you can RSVP. By joining the Facebook event now you will be notified of any new updates and posts so you won’t miss out on any of the awesome giveaways and games occurring during the day.

Feed the Zombies 2 Facebook image

Click on this image to RSVP to the Feed the Zombies 2 Facebook event

 

Also, thanks to Zombiepalooza radio station, a group of authors participating in the Feed the Zombies 2 event were interviewed last weekend. You can listen to the podcast below. (My interview occurs around the 03:30:00 mark.)

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Finally, we have had a few last minute additions, so here is the latest poster displaying all the great zombie novels on sale on the 26th November 2014:

Feed the Zombies 2 banner updated

Can’t wait to see you all there – and don’t forget to invite all your friends by sharing this post across your social medias!

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COVER REVEAL: Hunted Heart by Alison DeLuca

Here’s an exciting new cover reveal about a book I can’t WAIT to read: Hunted Heart by Alison DeLuca! Not only does it sound like a fantastic read, but all money raised will go towards the charity, Save the Children.

I’ll let Alison tell you all about it though…

I met a friend online who gave me a prompt for Hunted Heart. Her idea was to have a strong heroine as the Hunter from Snow White who is given the job of killing the prince. Heartbreak, magic mirrors, and poisoned apples all wound themselves into the plot, and fifty thousand words later I had an adult take on the fairytale.

My publishing group, Myrddin Publishing, does a charity publication each year in December. This year my Myrddin effort is Hunted Heart and all royalties will be donated. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon, and you can add it to your reading lists
on Goodreads.

Blurb

When Tali is hired to cut out the heart of Prince Kas, the huntress can’t refuse. Tali realizes there is no escape from the dark magic of the queen’s mirror, even though her own feelings for the prince are far too complex to understand.

As they try to run from their shared destiny, Tali and Kas have to rely on their wits and each other as hunter becomes prey and hearts are won and lost.

A genderbent Snow White for adults (18+ only.) All royalties go to Save the Children.

My illustrator did a lovely job with the book. Here is Lisa Daly’s cover for Hunted Heart:

About the Author

Author Alison DeLucaAlison DeLuca is the author of several fantasy and steampunk novels. Currently she lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter, where she wrestles words and laundry.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and
Goodreads.

 
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AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 7 Test of Strength

Test of Strength

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So here’s what got my freak on (and off) about Episode 7 (entitled Test of Strength) of FX’s American Horror Story Freak Show:

Freak On

  • The opening sequence being all Bold and the Beautiful between Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) lying, Jimmy Penishands (Evan Peters) working out who the other crazy clown was and Dot (Sarah Paulson) coming to realisation they were being fucked over
  • Jimmy singing  Nirvana – Fuck YEAH!!!
  • Dot messing with Elsa’s (Jessica Lange) head. Yeah, the bitch fight is ON!

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  • The gay going on between Stanley (Denis O’Hare) and Dell (Michael Chiklis). Love the sexual tension – even if there is blackmail involved :-)
  • The feeling that all the story lines are starting to join together into the best tapestry I have ever seen
  • Dell picking on Amazon Eve (Erika Ervin) as his freak victim for Stanley. Who’s the strong man now Dell?
  • The whole ‘is he, or isn’t he gonna kill his son‘ bar hop between Dell and Jimmy. So glad Dell pulled through and didn’t kill his own son
  • Seems Stanley and Elsa are on the same page. Looks like it might be Dot and Bette (Sarah Paulson) who get their formaldehyde on…

Freak Off

  • I choose my sister – Yeah, Bette honey, we need to have a chat about Dot…
  • Would someone call the doctor already???
  • Oh yeah, Ethel (Kathy Bates) is dying. Totally forgot that…
  • Remember Penny (Grace Gummer)? It seems she has one sick and twisted daddy who is prepared to turn his daughter into a freak rather than have her get her jiggy on with a freak *SMH*
  • As a result, suddenly Paul the illustrated seal (Mat Fraser) is well enough to get up out of bed and sympathise with his newly tattooed lady

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What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Ma Petite (Jyoti Amge) NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Fuck you Dell! How dare you kill the little lady :-(

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What did you think of Episode 7 of FX’s AHS Freak Show? Let me know by commenting below!

And just because Jimmy’s nirvana impression was awesome, here’s the video clip:

(Photo Credits: FX)

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 6: Consumed

Consumed

Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) go on a road trip in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

I don’t think we’re in Kansas any more…

So we finally get to go on a road trip with Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Episode 6 (entitled Consumed) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. So glad this episode was better than last week’s. Although it was more understated than I expected. Here’s what went down…

First up, we get a lot of Carol flashbacks in this episode. A little is stuff we haven’t seen, like what she did and how she coped when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) dumped her like a stray that didn’t live up to his expectations. Then we get some stuff that we had seen, or had easily surmised during her time away from the group. At first all these flashbacks seem irrelevant, but then, later on, when Carol and Daryl are chatting, you start to realise just how screwed over Carol has been at every turn in her life. And it has always been by men.

But more on that later.

So Daryl and Carol are tracking one of the Slabtown cars back into Atlanta in hopes they’ll find Beth (Emily Kinney). This is actually real cool because we get to see little snippets of previous seasons of The Walking Dead.

Is that Rick’s tank that Glenn (Steven Yeun) helped him escape from?

Oh, look, there’s the blast zone from the CDC.

Etc…

To make a long story short, here’s the trek in a nutshell:

  • Lots of car following that is ridiculous because can’t the Slabtown folk see them in their rear view mirror?
  • The death of a multitude of walkers… because… Carol and Daryl.
  • A slow little release of clues as to where they are headed. ie. Daryl asking Carol what the initials mean on a stretcher found in the back of a Slabtown car and Carol knowing the name of the hospital (Grady Memorial).
  • One walker attack that ends in the most stupid escapes ever witnessed in Walking Dead history:

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Yeah, a car that is going over the edge of a bridge and starting to flip will totally land on its tires…

  • Speaking of stupid, AMC we need to have a chat about dead bodies. Just because they are covered in a sheet doesn’t mean we can’t see how stiff and light they are when carried. With your budget, may I suggest you borrow Buster, the crash test dummy from Mythbusters?
  • There are a couple of run ins with Noah (Tyler James Williams) before the realisation they are all on the same team
  • Finally getting visuals on Slabtown just as Noah starts shooting walkers and making enough noise for the Slabtown crew to come and have a looksee

Carol (Melissa McMride) reaches cracking point in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

So while all this is going on the viewer is drawn into Carol’s backstory more than is first anticipated. We discover the safe place Carol takes them to is actually a shelter for abused women. It seems Carol and her daughter, Sophia (Madison Lintz), spent some time there back in the days when she was still a punching bag for Ed (Adam Minarovich). So we are reminded once again of how much Carol has changed and how much men have ruined her life. Yet she has always risen from the ashes of the life she left behind like a phoenix rising from the flames.

There are so many instances in this episode when we are reminded of Carol’s path so far and what I really think the writers were trying to remind us of is the fact that everyone has a breaking point.

I seriously think Carol is at hers.

Yet, even with all the shit she has copped from men over the years, even then, she still seems to trust Daryl, and, as a result, just keeps on going on.

Until the motherfuckers from Slabtown hit her with their car…

Carol (Melissa McBride) gets mowed down in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Yeah, not sure how well she will get out of this one, even with Daryl’s proclamation that he has ‘people’ just like Slabtown have ‘people’.

At least we now know who was in the bushes with him back at the end of Episode 3 (entitled Four Walls and a Roof)…

What did you think of Episode 6 (entitled Consumed) of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

(Photo Credits: AMC)

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AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 6 Bullseye

Bullseye

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So here’s what got my freak on (and off) about Episode 6 (entitled Bullseye) of FX’s American Horror Story Freak Show:

Freak On

  • Bette (Sarah Paulson) in love and Dot (Sarah Paulson) all pissy about it.

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  • Freak sex portrayed as normal rather than ‘look at me, having sex with a freak’
  • Dot dreaming about being Dorothy – that woman is as twisted as Dandy
  • Paul the illustrated seal (Mat Fraser) calling Elsa (Jessica Lange) on her bullshit – even if Jimmy Penishands (Evan Peters) defends her irrationally. (Remember Meep (Ben Woolf), Jimmy? Why don’t you give a shit about Dot and Bette?)
  • Paradise being over once Dot called Dandy on lying – guess he won’t want to save HER now if he coughs up for Siamese separating surgery

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  • Elsa doing bat shit crazy – always a highlight
  • Mr. Stanley Freak-Who-Hates-Freaks (Denis O’Hare) turning up and spoiling all Maggie Esmeralda’s (Emma Roberts) plans
  • Haha! Fucked up your own birthday didn’t you Elsa. Seriously, someone kill her already…
  • Go bearded Ethel (Kathy Bates)! You might seem like a spineless pushover, but you have balls when it counts!

 

Freak Off

  • Elsa Mars and her bullseye of death – gee this won’t end badly…
  • Birthday Week. Really Elsa… you are not making me like you AT ALL
  • Ma Petite (Jyoti Amge) in a box. Yes, because she is just a real freak and we better poke as much fun at her size as possible
  • Russian roulette going wrong with Paul the seal – Elsa, seriously, you keep getting rid of your freaks like this and there will be none left! Oh, and NOW Penishands believes him…

What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Bring me my cuddle! Yeah, because you should keep a small woman at the base of your bed so you can cuddle her after having sex
  • Dandy always being in the wrong place at the right time as far as connecting the dots in the story goes
  • Esmeralda the fake psychic not admitting she really likes the freaks – bitch much?
  • Ma Petite in a jar – fuck you not real flashbacks!

FX AHS Freakshow Episode 6 entitled Bullseye 2

What did you think of Episode 6 of FX’s AHS Freak Show? Let me know by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 7 recap here.

(Photo Credits: FX)

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BOOK REVIEW: Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Apocalyptic science fiction, horror, zombies, novella

Blurb

Ebola, one of the most feared of the hemorrhagic diseases, has begun spreading across the borders of West African countries. The CDC and the World Health Organization have admitted they are losing control over the disease. Some hint at a possible worldwide pandemic. At exactly this point in time, Emma Johnson graduates from nursing school. She takes a job in an Ebola treatment camp inside Liberia, West Africa. The camp is state-of-the-art. It’s run by the CDC and the World Health Organization, and protected by the U.S. military. Emma uncovers a secret about this facility: medical experimentation is being conducted along with treatment. Whether or not Emma can ever escape the camp, she’s determined to get the story out. She has intimate knowledge of a biological horror being secretly unleashed upon the world.

*My Book Review*

DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

This book was okay as far as zombie novellas go. It was fast paced and engaging enough that I kept reading. The main character was likable enough, although a lot of the secondary characters felt underdeveloped.

The intro to this novella was awesome. It completely grabbed me and made me want to read on. The atmosphere and the location was completely believable with the evocative desdcriptives. There was plenty of fantastic tension building as well.

However, this story felt like it was rushed out before it was really fully polished. Many parts of the book felt, I don’t know… ‘instructional’, I guess. Procedural even. Maybe this is because there was no real character development due to the story length? I don’t know. But it didn’t quite work for me in these sections, especially when the new group of trainees were being introduced to the medical facility for the first time.

Also, I think this book is grabbing a little at the ‘ebola scare’ headlines in order to grab readers. While it was certainly the reason I agreed to review this book, I think the author really should have polished this novella more before release to deliver a story that was as completely engaging as the current worldwide hype on this subject.

Overall I am giving Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake 3 out of 5 stars.

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About the Author

Marilyn Peake is the author of both novels and short stories. Her publications have received excellent reviews. Marilyn’s one of the contributing authors in BOOK: THE SEQUEL, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at THE DAILY BEAST. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven anthologies and on the literary blog, GLASS CASES.

Awards: Silver Award, two Honorable Mentions and eight Finalist placements in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, two Winner and two Finalist placements in the EPPIE Awards, Winner of the Dream Realm Awards, and eight Top Ten Finisher Awards in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 5: Self Help

Self Help

Michael Cudlitz stars as Abraham Ford in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Okay, so straight up I’m going to let you know this was not my favourite episode of The Walking Dead. I’m not entirely sure why either considering there was plenty of action going on. The only thing I can surmise is the fact that the whole episode revolves around a group of people who I am not yet personally invested in (even if they are among the most fun Walking Dead Twitter users). Sure Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) were there but their screen time was minimal – as it should be because this episode was Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) and Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) story.

Or maybe it’s just because I knew what was coming…

But, anyway, here’s what went down in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead:

So we start with a happy go lucky road trip. Everyone is chatting, Glenn is ribbing Eugene about his mullet and Rosita (Christian Serratos) actually gets to participate in this episode. So, of course, we know the shit is about to hit the fan – which it does via a bus explosion of sorts. No one is injured but the bus and the group successfully work their way through a group of hungry walkers.

Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Eugene is the only one who looks uncomfortable – especially when he has to kill a walker. After that small kerfuffle, Eugene wants to go back to the church. For someone intent on fixing the world, he sure isn’t keen on getting to DC in any great hurry. Gee… wonder what’s up with that?

So the group finds a bookstore to spend the night in until they can find another ride at first light. Having to stay over night in the town though, we get to witness Rosita and Abraham having sex while Eugene looks on. It’s not the first time he’s perved on them either. Ew, dude! Not cool at all! Certainly not doing anything for the fanbase over here either.

So Tara has a bit of a chat to Eugene until Eugene fesses up to sabotaging the bus. Apparently he is having an anxiety attack over being the zombie apocalypse messiah…

Abraham is getting decidedly unhinged in this episode and it helps that we get some flashbacks by way of his backstory. He won’t take no for an answer and they press on towards DC. Luckily they find a fire engine. Unfortunately it works only long enough to release a horde of walkers from the building it was parked up against. But that’s okay because Eugene was on top of the truck and hoses those fuckers down!

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The truck seems mostly fucked but Abraham – once again – won’t take no for an answer and they get it running just long enough for it to break down out in the middle of nowhere. While Abraham tries to fix it, Maggie chats to Eugene about religion and life and shit, until a smell distracts them all…

Yeah, turns out all that noise Abraham was making fixing the truck didn’t attract the huge motherfucking horde of walkers just standing around in the middle of the road! There is a couple of paddocks full of them too, not really sure why either other than to cause a catalyst for emotions that have been bubbling to the surface for the entire episode… After all, how many illegal immigrants can you fit into a farm?

So, yeah, Abraham insists on going straight through the horde and everyone else cracks the shits with him.

This is when Eugene FINALLY confesses to not really being a scientist. *yawn* Yeah, didn’t see that coming… <insert sarcasm here>

Josh McDermitt stars as Eugene in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

 

Then we get the conclusion of Abraham’s flashbacks. It turns out he had been overly zealous about protecting his family – to the point where they up and left him in the middle of the night rather than hang around with his aggressive form of crazy. Of course, that didn’t bode well for his wife and children and they quickly became walker snacks. In the process of Abraham deciding to blow his brains out, Eugene turns up with a trail of walkers and a mission…

And so Abraham found worth in his life again.

And now Eugene has gone and fucked it all up for him again.

So, what did you think of Episode 5 of The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 6 recap here.

(Photo Credits: AMC)

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