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Flying Mutant Zombie Rats–A Sure-to-Be Middle Grade Classic

When my sons were in elementary school, they thrived on HARRY POTTER, WALTER THE FARTING DOG and the adventures of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS. Now I can’t help but welcome a book that adds a supernatural twist to the mischievous-guy humor my sons so enjoyed— FLYING MUTANT ZOMBIE RATS.

Flying Mutant Zombie Rats

 

I’m guessing your elementary or middle school sons, nephews or neighbors will get a charge out of this story, but I’ll let you decide. Here are thirteen lines.

  1. Two blocks till the viaducts—under street tunnels that channeled runoff water through the city—and then at least they’d be off the main drag.
  2. They passed two teenagers perched on their front stoop, staring at them.
  3. It probably looked like they were being chased by a mob of crows.
  4. No time to explain.
  5. When they hit the viaduct, Pea and Paco hugged the berm hard, practically riding sideways.
  6. The others rode dead through the three inch-deep water in the middle.
  7. The flock of mutants hissed and squealed as they tried to advance on them.
  8. They got closer, now that the boys couldn’t duck and weave as much.
  9. Pea sped up and led everyone underground.
  10. They left the light from the city behind, relying on a few cracks of light from above to show them the way.
  11. Good thing they’d all taken this path so many times before, they could stick to the dark, watery trail in the center, knowing by heart when and where to turn.
  12. “Where are you going?” Tad yelled. “They’re gaining on us.” He swung a baseball bat he must have had in his saddlebag over his head to ward off a rat flying too close.
  13. “The park!” Pea yelled over his shoulder. He risked a glance past Tad, into the tunnel behind him. Red eyes. Tons of them.

Want to know more? Here’s the back cover blurb.

Summer vacation is almost here! And Pea O’Neil is stoked to try out the new local BMX track which is finally open. He and his gang of friends can ride all summer long!

But when Pea tries a back flip, he unwittingly opens a portal to another dimension and hordes of flying mutant zombie rats are unleashed upon the city. With the help of an otherworldly talking cat sent to help prevent the demise of humankind, Pea and his friends must hunt down the hungry mutants and send them back before the portal closes.

But when the zombie rats attack a neighbor man, the boys have to enlist the help of a graveyard looney and the city’s stray cats. With time running out, Pea and his gang track the monsters to the city’s sewer system. But in the city sewer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it’s eat…or get eaten.

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Author Kat de Falla and her sons wrote this book. She was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher. Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients. She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.  

You can contact her at the following links:

Website: www.katdefalla.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkatdefalla

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@katdefalla

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AuthorKatdeFalla

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Kat-de-Falla/e/B00IMG1YA4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

If you’d like check out or buy the book for under a dollar or be a lucky winner follow this link.a Rafflecopter giveaway

And of course, I’d love it if you left a comment.  Thanks.

 

Celebrate Romance-Read-A-Romance-Kat de Falla’s The Seer’s Lover

I love the kind of stories that wrap around me as I read, the ones that seem so real to my imagination I anticipate glancing up from the page and being in the characters’ world with them.

Lots of times Romances transport me to that otherworldly place. When I heard my home chapter—Wisconsin Romance Writers was participating in Read a Romance Month http://www.readaromancemonth.com/, I wanted to highlight a book that might take readers to a new place. My friend and chapter-sister’s debut novel A Seer’s Lover is one that does.

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Don’t believe me? Check out this excerpt.

She traced a circle in the sand with her finger.

Why would she disclose her whole existence to someone she’d just met? Someone who talked so little about himself that she found herself talking to fill the void. Saying things she could barely admit in her own head.

His hand covered hers. “I’m lonely, too. Getting to know you this week has been the brightest point in my life and I don’t want you to leave, but I know the only place you’ll be safe is far away from me.”

She swallowed. He had read her mind.

He lay down on his back and closed his eyes. “Cali, you know when you hear a song for the first time and you kind of ingest it? You can’t possibly know right away that it will be one of your favorite songs for the rest of your life. A classic.”

“Yeah.” She hoped he was going somewhere good with this.

“That first listen,” he continued, “you pick up a little of the melody and some lyrics that catch you. But when the song ends, you have to hear it again because you want to memorize all the words and sing along. After you hear it a few times and learn the words inside and out, then you begin to let the melody seep inside you. Next thing you know, you’ve completely digested the song and find yourself humming it while you are doing nothing, like shaving or driving your car. Finally, the song becomes so ingrained it becomes a part of you. Forever. You can recall it and it’s with you whenever you need it. Am I making any sense?”

She nodded, blinking back the tears fighting to fall.

“Cali, I don’t want you to go back because you’re my favorite song.”

Good news if you’d like this book. The Seer’s Lover is on sale! Only 99¢ until August 15th, 2014

 

Want to learn a little about Kat?

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Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher.

Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients.

She is married to her soul mate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.

And I got Kat to answer three interesting questions from the Read-A-Romance site.

1. Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

Change my life to be a better person for my soul mate.

2. Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you
knew?)

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I was an English Major at the UW-Madison but Science was my other love. Pharmacy came a calling but writing has been a hobby/passion of mine since I learned the alphabet!

3. Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

I have changed from a complicated, empty existence to one of incessant striving to live more simply, find peace, and value, above all else, love.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Kat’s excerpt and learning a little about her. If you’d like to know more there are a number of places where you can.

Author Website: www.katdefalla.com

Blog: www.quillorpill.blogspot.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@katdefalla

Facebook:www.facebook.com/authorkatdefalla (message me to join my street team!)

 

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