EVE BRENNER: ZOMBIE GIRL by A. GIACOMI
Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl by A. Giacomi
(The Zombie Girl Saga #1)
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: January 25th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Zombies
Eve used to be an ordinary girl, from an ordinary town, with ordinary dreams, but her dreams rapidly turn into nightmares when one grave mistake leaves her a little less than human and a lot less average.
Eve’s not quite the same girl she used to be. She desperately clings to her humanity as new desires, new abilities, and new urges take over with each passing day.
Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is a tale that takes you on an emotional and terrifying journey as Eve struggles to cope with her new life and find a cure for her strange illness before time runs out. She desperately clings to her humanity as she tries to control the monster she knows is lurking inside her.
Turns out living was the easy part.
A few hours later, dinner is ready and I have to pretend that I love everything I eat. All foods taste the same now, sort of like ashes and dirt, not very appetizing. But people? They smell like turkey dinner, and they taste like candy. Sweet, sugary, addictive candy. My mouth waters at the thought.
I mostly stare at my plate and take a few bites here and there. I can see my mother’s disappointment as she glances at my plate. She loves when I eat; it means that I enjoy the food. She is most likely wondering if it is any good, which I’m sure it is; she is a fantastic cook.
“Mom, this is so good. The chicken is the juiciest I’ve ever had! I’m trying to savour every bite.”
That makes her feel a little better, and we start up some dinner conversation.
“So, honey, how’s school treating you?”
I look at my mom and try to give the best impression of a happy version of myself. “It’s going really well. I love all my classes.”
“Great to hear it. And how about the swim team?”
Shit. I hoped she wouldn’t ask about that, but how could she not? I am captain of the team, aren’t I?
“It’s going really well, too.” She knows I am lying as soon as I say it. She always knows.
My dad chimes in at this point. “How come you haven’t invited us to any swim competitions yet? You usually do. I enjoy that. It’s like being at the Olympics.”
“Thanks, Dad.” He looks confused and shrugs. “What?”
I figure I should tell them the truth; they are on to me anyway.
“Okay, listen. I’m not captain of the swim team anymore.”
My mom looks a bit upset. “Why wouldn’t they make you captain again? You are an amazing swimmer!”
I shake my head. “No, no, they wanted me to be captain. It’s just…this year is really busy. I decided to step back from the swim team this year.”
My mom and dad stop eating to look at me, absolutely shocked.
“Eve, you love swimming, and in a year, you will be really out of practice. It will take you forever to get back to where you are now. Are you still training at least?”
Cue my dad with the guilt trip. He means well but can be harsh sometimes.
“No, Dad, I’m not training. I’m taking a year off swimming.”
He drops his fork and sits back in his chair in disbelief. “But what about your dream of going to the Olympics someday? That won’t happen if you don’t show them what you’ve got. How could you just drop swimming altogether? That’s not like you, Eve.”
I know that; he doesn’t have to remind me. Nothing is like me lately, absolutely nothing!
I wish I can tell them the whole truth. That I can’t swim unless the team feels like swimming in shark-infested waters. That I am too busy eating people. That I am too busy trying to stay under the radar.
My rising anger starts to make me hungry. I don’t like thinking of my family as a meal, so I excuse myself immediately. I don’t mean to leave them hanging, but I’m sure if the conversation continues I will only get angrier and can’t be responsible for my actions. It is safer just going to my room and locking the door.
Almost as soon as I enter my room, my cell phone rings. Thank God, a distraction. The caller ID says it is Alex. “Hey, Al, what’s the news?” I answer.
“Well, Cam met with the Coroner, and he said the autopsy is finished. The cause of death was deemed an accident. There have been a lot of bears spotted in the area, so they believe that is what happened. The marks on his body are very similar to a bear’s attack style.”
I am relieved to hear there won’t be any further investigation into the matter.
“Did Cam see the body? Was it there?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A.Giacomi is the author of the wildly entertaining Zombie Girl Saga, a four part series from Permuted Press. Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl is A. Giacomi’s debut novel. You can catch the latest updates about her writing on her blog: http://www.poeticzombie.com
A. Giacomi is a wife, and mother to one small human child. She is a Canadian born writer, educator, and artist. She proudly waves her York University Alumni flag and continues to thirst for knowledge and devour books. She is a zombie enthusiast, lover of all things Tim Burton, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Marvel, Star Wars and just generally just loves film, essentially she’s a fangirl.