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Gil’s All Fright Diner- A Goodreads Review

Gil's All Fright DinerGil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Duke, a werewolf, and Earl, a vampire, are driving through Rockwood county. They stop at a local diner and are enjoying some greasy burgers when zombies attack. The Diner’s owner, Loretta, offers them $100 to fix her zombie problem. Well, things get complicated soon after. A graveyard ghost, a couple of bored teenagers and a magic eight ball may combine to spell the old gods’ destruction of the world. Or maybe not.
The plot brought an abundance of chuckles from me, but my favorite thing about the story is the characters. They are funny and vivid, but, at the same time, they seemed authentic like people I might kind of know.
If you enjoy dark humor in horror novels or if you like laughing about almost-apocalypses, this is story for you.

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Travel with a good book, and enter to win 1 of 2 Amazon Echo’s! Make sure you stop by and like each participating author! You’ll find out about some fantastic new books, and maybe find some to buy!

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It only takes one drink from the Water of Immortality to kill Evie Woods—halfway. Trapped in undead flesh, the world’s last skin-slider wakens on an island purgatory where a cursed spring bubbles with immortality, and zombie cannibals crave living flesh. Her only hope of escape rests in the hands of the one man who would see her fail. Lord Victor Lowell, the man of her dreams and darkest nightmares. Contrary and intractable, Victor preys on others to maintain his angelic charisma and preternatural prowess.

Trapped in an ever-escalating war they can’t stop, Victor and Evie fight time for a cure, but as the long days pass, blackness tears at Evie, ripping her thoughts from her one memory at a time. Victor will do whatever it takes to prevent her from deteriorating into a rotting husk, even if it means dooming himself, but Evie won’t surrender his soul without a fight.

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After the Cure-A Goodreads Review

After the Cure (After the Cure, #1)After the Cure by Deirdre Gould
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the Cure
This isn’t your typical zombie apocalypse as there’s a cure for the zombie condition and a lot of immune people who are rebuilding society. In fact, they’ve captured the scientists they believe started the zombie plague. It’s up to Dr. Nella Reider, the court- appointed psychiatrist to decide if the defendants are mentally able to stand trial. While interviewing them, she and the defense lawyer discover clues that lead to other conspirators and a second planned outbreak (which they’ve got to stop.)
Exciting, but what made this story for me was the likable ex-zombies, who gave their take on their zombie history and then went on to rebuild their lives and to play major roles in the story’s action.
If you want to see a zombie outbreak from the zombie’s point of view, or if you’ve ever wanted to envision what might happen as society rebuilds after it collapses, this novel is worth checking out.

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The Mostly True Story of Jack-A Goodreads Review

The Mostly True Story of JackThe Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack has always felt unneeded, ignored—almost invisible, but when his parents divorced, he’s shipped off to an uncle and aunt, who live in a small Iowa town. For the first time in his life, he is noticed. He makes friends, and he’s needed. He can’t believe it. He’s important. There’s an evil only he can right, if he can figure it out and if he doesn’t die first.
My favorite thing about this story of magic and secrets is that the characters are human. Even those who have extraordinary gifts struggle with emotions and ordinary life and they need help from a fascinating and likable cast of small town folk who are simply regular joes.
The story comes to a satisfying end when even the villain does the right thing. If you’re a fan of fantasies and feel-good stories, this would be a great read for you.

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Spring Into Romance Hop

 

Mia Jo’s first crocuses

Spring is here and just like I’m waiting the bulbs in my garden to bloom, I’m eagerly anticipating reading these novels:

  1. Snapshot by: Brandon Sanderson
  2. Perfect Shadow by: Brent Weeks
  3. The 100 by: Kass Morgan
  4. Old Man’s War by: John Scalzi
  5. Eerie by: CM Mc Coy
  6. Building Benjamin by: Barbara M. Britton
  7. Hyenas by: Michael Sellars
  8. Beautifully Burned by: C.J. Burright

But there are a lot of great books out there. I’m hoping this Spring Into Romance Hop,  will help you and I discover a whole crop of new stories to add to our to-read piles. I’m adding a $25 Amazon gift card to a lucky rafflecopter winner and seven zombie badges for people who comment on my blog.


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The Night Gardener- A Goodreads Review

The Night GardenerThe Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Molly and Kip, an orphaned sister and brother, seek employment at the Windsor House, but the house is falling down and the family that lives there are curiously losing their health and vigor even as they seem to gain the things they wish for. And this is only the start. Thugs threaten the master of the house. The branches of a sinister tree scratch the windows while its roots wiggle into the cellar and a ghostly gardener creeps through the halls. If Molly is to save her brother, the family and herself, she must figure out why all this is happening and stop the gardener.

This is a creepy ghost story with a plucky heroine who is likely to win your heart as she struggles through some surprising reversals. If you like dark fantasy and eerie stories, this might be right up your alley.

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A Movie-Zombie Shares Her Experience

If you watch Walking Dead or Zombie Nation, it’s likely you fantasize about being one of the zombies on screen. I know I do. Recently, I met someone who was a zombie cast member in George A. Romero’s iconic film Dawn of the Dead.
I asked her about her experience in this short interview.

1. Could you share a picture of yourself as a zombie?
I don’t have a picture of myself as a zombie, although friends have claimed to see me in the parking lot seen.  I am occasionally wearing red mittens, as it was really, really cold.  While the film was set in summer we were filming in early November before the Monroeville Mall opened for business.

2. What did you have to do as a zombie? What were your scene directions?
I attacked a truck, other parts were left on the cutting room floor.  Our directions were, “Okay people…Zombie around!”

3. To look like one of the un-dead must have taken a while. How long were you in makeup? What did they do to give you that just-died charm?
Make up took about an hour for the extras.  They painted blood on us, put on a lot of scar tissue, makeup under the eyes, that brought out the hollows, and then made us watch Night of the Living Dead to get into character.  They fed us well, and we were able to take food back to school with us.  It was a long drive, so we appreciated it.

4. What was your favorite part of being a zombie?
It never got on screen.  If you look at the picture above, you’ll notice there is a road at the back.  It was about 9 degrees out here, and we had the whole scene set up, when a woman in pink curlers, a pink coat walking a pink poodle came toddling down the road and stood there.  She was right in the shot, and even though the assistant director asked her to leave, she obviously didn’t hear her.  Almost as one, we turned, zombie makeup in full view, and ran towards her and the poodle, screaming “get out of the shot, get out of the shot.”  The poor dog jumped in her arms and she ran off, terrified of 30 irate zombies chasing her.

5. Did you meet anyone famous while you were working on the movie?
Tom Savini, the great makeup artist for the film.

6. If readers watched Dawn of the Dead, would they see you? Please describe in detail exactly where we could look for you?
I am apparently quite visible in the parking lot scene, where I have red mittens either on my hands or in my back pocket.

Paola sent me this picture of the zombies in the Monroeville Mall parking lot. If you want to find her, look for the red mittens.

7. Can you describe your experience? How long was it? How many days or weeks?
We went there for about 3 weekends, got to set at about 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, and Sunday, while the mall was closed.

8.  What was a typical day on set?
We got to the mall very early. They put the make up on us, and fed us copious amounts of food.  Blood and guts were all over us, but we didn’t care, and usually had donuts and coffee, since we were well, zombies from driving at night to get there.  It was a blast.  Many of my scenes were cut, because they had a lot of them.  My hands are occasionally in shots, but I am the only one who knows those digits, and, of course, the parking lot.  Between set-ups, we all ran inside because it was really cold, and we hung out.  I do remember doing some shopping, still in make-up and getting some odd looks.

9. Tell us about your most vivid memory of your zombie experience?
I have to say the poodle lady I described above.  It stayed with me forever.

What an amazing experience, but Paola K. Amaras has done a lot of incredible things since. She writes for Thrive Global, Huffington Post, and her own writing research company while she looks for an agent for her book series The Hidden Rims Saga. If you want to find out more about her, you can find her at these links.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/paulamari-438
https://medium.com/me/stories/public 

Also, if you have a question for Paola, you can leave it in the comments and I’ll see she gets it. Thanks.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon – A Goodreads Review

The Girl Who Drank the MoonThe Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The people in the Protectorate think that the baby they sacrifice to the Witch of the Woods each year will keep them safe from the dangers of the volcano and the swamp, but that’s not the case. For years, they’ve been lied to; however, when the Xan, a good witch, rescues a baby she names Luna, things change.
I don’t want to tell you too much of the plot, but the all characters are well drawn and fascinating. There’s a baby dragon, a swamp beast, a renegade sister, a courageous carpenter, a scheming bureaucrat, a nagging mom, and a mad woman, as well as good and bad witches, and a lot of dysfunctional families that need to be reunited.
My favorite part of this story about love and magic is that good shines through. It’s a story where hope wins over sorrow and right is stronger than wrong. The longer I listened to this tale, the better I felt. When I got to the end, I was grinning ear-to-ear and planning to start the story again. If life has you down, this could be a great fictional fix for you.

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