I’ve experimented with a few different segments, here at Live the Story, including the 30 Minute Reader, WTF Wednesday, and probably a few other, less memorable memes. Despite my best intentions, events in the real world continually conspire to keep me from blogging.
Well, I’m here to say that I thumb my nose at the real world, even though I don’t have the vaguest idea what that means. Seriously, have you ever seen someone thumb their nose?
But, I digress. I am thumbing my nose at the real world and blogging to you from the deepest, scariest places beneath my writing cave–it’s the only place where I can hide from my house-elf duties! I am going to continue with the 30-Minute Reader and WTF Wednesday segments with as much regularity as possible. This means you can expect at least ONE more of each post before the New Year.
(Listening to inaudible voices…)
Yes, I know it’s only April. Get off my back!
I began the 30 minute reader segment last year with two books, Dead: The Ugly Beginning by Todd (TW) Brown, and Carats and Coconuts by DD Scott. My friend Catie Rhodes (also my favorite blogger, and a righteously cool chick!) discovered Todd’s zombie books from that segment, and became a fan. Since both Todd and Catie have new books out, I am going to re-launch the 30 Minute Reader next Tuesday, April 09, 2013, with their new books.
Here’s how it works. I read a book for thirty minutes. I take notes on my thoughts, opinions, and whether or not the language I love is being abused. I blog about it. I try to keep it light and fun, but sometimes I have to go off. That’s just the way it is. I consider Todd and Catie as friends…
“What?… So?… It’s MY blog. I’ll feature my friends’ work if I want… If they don’t like it, they can go… Oh, great. Now you tell me.”
…as friends, but I will still shred them if they need shredding (and can’t afford my bribe).
I want you to get these books and read along, keep me honest, and set me straight if you disagree with my opinion.
Todd’s book is That Ghoul Ava and the Queen of the Zombies.
Ava Birch killed herself and woke up a ghoul with an attitude and a hunger for the dead.
With no manual and very little help coming from the supernatural community, Ava offers her services to the regional psychic. Her newest job? Apparently zombies have been spotted in a small town nearby.
Ava wades in thinking that this job will be a piece of cake…or at least as tasty. Navigating meddling vampires, bothersome witches, and a peculiar case of memory loss…and now her best friend and human companion has up and walked out.
Things go from bad to worse when Ava discovers that there is a force behind these recent zombie sightings that may date back to the time of the Black Plague.
Sometimes a ghoul would just rather stay in bed…or at least her sound proof basement where nobody can hear you scream.
Catie’s book, her debut novel, by the way, is called Forever Road.
Seeing ghosts is rough, but owing a ghost a favor flat out sucks.
My name’s Peri Jean Mace, and I’ve seen ghosts ever since I can remember. Don’t get too excited. Seeing across the veil branded me as a loony during my growing up years, and I learned to keep my yap shut about it.
Now I’m not sure I can anymore.
See, my cousin up and got herself killed the very same day I promised her a favor. Now she’s back in spirit form and determined to make me pay. If I don’t solve her murder, she’s going to haunt me forever. Talk about the debt collector from hell.
That’s not my only problem. An obnoxiously hot cop wants to arrest my best friend for the murder. My bigmouthed archenemy holds a clue to the killer’s identity. And there’s this mean—and ugly—woman who wants to beat me up.
None of this can turn out good.
Download! Read! Discuss! If you want them, but you blew your Book Budget on gun powder and militia badges, ask me nicely in the comments, and I will gift a copy of each to one lucky reader.
Two more things:
1. I’m collecting reviews for my debut novel Children of the Plague. You can buy it at most eBook retailers, or if you have time to read and write a review, I’ll gift you an eBook copy. Just ask for a review copy in the comments.
7. Apocalypstick is now free at most online retailers. Not for a limited time. For. Ev. Er. I hope you enjoy it. Read Killing Tiffany Hudson before Children of the Plague!
D. If you have a blog and are brave enough to let me and my invisible friends guest post, interview, or nude pudding-wrestle a miniature Koala Bear, let me know, and I’ll put it on my calendar. You provide the bear, I’ll bring the pudding.