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Can You Name Your Zombies?

Is a Zombie by any other name still a zombie?
You decide.

Can you guess which name fits which story? Take this quiz and see.
1. The name The Revived comes from _______.
a. The Zom-B Chronicles
b. The Walking Dead
c. The Maze Runner
d. Zombie Nation

Answer- a. The Zom-B Chronicles by Darren Shan

2. In Pride. Prejudice and Zombies, a book turned into a movie, the Regency elite call zombies _______
a. Cranks
b. Blasters
c. The Afflicted
d. Unmentionables
Ha! I tried to trick you. There are two answers- c. The Afflicted and d. Unmentionables.

3. In the movie, Army of Darkness, as well as in the TV series Ash vs the Evil Dead the zombies are referred to as _________
a. Walkers
b. Deadites
c. Eternal Walking Nightmare
d. Biters
Answer- b. Deadites
4. In The Maze Runner movie and novel series, the zombies are called_____ by Wicked.
a. Biters
b. Cranks
c. Walkers
d. The Infected
Answer-b Cranks
5. In Other Than, all these names are used to refer to the undead EXCEPT for ________.
a. Biters
b. Shamblers
c. Stitches
d. Sneaks
e. Howlers
Answer- a. Biters

How did you do?

I made up this quiz with the help of this master list that, Michael Sellars, a friend of mine, who writes about the undead, too, compiled with the help of Goodread’s Apocalypse Whenever members.

Afflicted, The (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Awakened, The (Nod, Adrian Barnes)
Biters (The Walking Dead)
Blasters (Z Nation)
Brain Eaters (A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West, Justin Bienvenue)
Cold Bodies (The Walking Dead)
Cranks (The Maze Runner, James Dashner)
Crazies (The Crazies)
Creepers (The Walking Dead)
Dead Ones (The Walking Dead)
Dead, The (Zone One, Colson Whitehead)
Deadheads (Survival of the Dead)
Deadites (Army of Darkness)
Differently Biotic (The Kiss of Life, Daniel Waters)
Diseased, The (Once Bitten, Twice Die, Antony J. Stanton)
Draugr (Skyrim)
Eaters (Eaters, Michelle DePaepe)
Eternal Walking Nightmare, The (World War Z, Max Brooks)
Exes (Ex-Heroes, Peter Cline)
Ex-Living (Ex-Heroes, Peter Cline)
Ex-People (Ex-Heroes, Peter Cline)
Fence Clingers (The Walking Dead)
Floaters (The Walking Dead)
Flood, The (Halo)
Foamers (Toward the Brink, Craig A. McDonough)
Forged, The (The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb)
Freaks (Enclave, Ann Aguirre)
Geeks (The Walking Dead)
Ghouls (Night of the Living Dead; Fallout 3)
Gimps (The Hospital, Keith C. Blackmore)
Great Impure, The (Once Bitten, Twice Die, Antony J. Stanton)
Howlers (Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste)
Hungries (The Girl with all the Gifts, M.R. Carey)
Hyenas (Hyenas, Michael Sellars)
Infected (Resident Evil and all over the place)
Inferi (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling)
Jokers (Hyenas)
Lamebrains (The Walking Dead)
Lifeless, The (Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson)
Lurkers (The Walking Dead)
Meat Puppets (The Walking Dead)
Monsters (The Walking Dead)
Mouth-Breathers (Hyenas, Michael Sellars)
Mudo (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan)
Necromorphs (Dead Space)
Phone Crazies (Cell, Stephen King)
Phoners (Cell, Stephen King)
Phytos (Z Nation)
Plague Rat (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan)
Puppies and Kittens (Z Nation — inspired by The Walking Dead)
Reliving, The (Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist)
Resurrected, The (Z Nation)
Revenants (The Revenant)
Revitalized, The (Zom-B Chronicles, Darren Shan)
Revived, The (Zom-B Chronicles, Darren Shan)
Roamers (The Walking Dead)
Rotters (The Walking Dead)
Shamblers (Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste)
Skels (Zone One, Colson Whitehead)
Skin-Eaters (The Walking Dead)
Slugs (The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell)
Sneaks (Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste)
Speeders (Zombie Fallout, Mark Tufo)
Stitches (Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste)
Turned (Love, Death and Tea, Will Once)
Twats (Hyenas, Michael Sellars)
Unconsecrated, The (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan)
Unmentionables (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Vectors (Helix)
Walkers (The Walking Dead)
Wights (A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin)
Zapheads (After the Shock, Scott Nicholson)
Zed, The (Waking The Zed, M.L. Katz)

If you know any other zombie monikers, please add them in the comments. Thanks.

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Chasing the Moon- Goodreads Review

Chasing the MoonChasing the Moon by A. Lee Martinez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Diana, a poor department store salesperson, gets a great deal on a new apartment, but there’s a catch—Vom the Hungering. He’s the monster in her living room closet. As soon as she signs the lease and carries her stuff in all exits in her apartment vanish. To leave, Diana must let Vom out, and once she does, he’s doomed to devour her. It turns out–all the apartments in her building have zany curses and Diana’s letting Vom out triggers events that led up to an apocalypse. Only it’s a funny end of the world with monsters that are as humorous as the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters.
I loved all the silliness along with the funny but true human psychology behind the main characters; however, even though the main source of destruction was amusing, it didn’t quite work for me. In my humble opinion, the end wasn’t quite up to the beginning and middle. That said, if you like lighthearted horror, scary-cute monsters, and escapism in general, this book is worth a read.

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Rebel of the Sands-A Goodreads Review

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amani Al’Hisa, is a pistol, quick to shoot and even quicker to mouth off. To get out of marriage in the middle-of-nowhere town of Dustwalk, she enters a shooting contest, where she meets a rakish stranger. He’s trouble, but he and a magical horse are her way out of town and into a country-wide rebellion, the schemes of an entire harem, and the secret magic of genies.

I love how Amani is flawed. She speaks out of turn, takes impulsive actions, falls in love readily, and holds a grudge, yet she’s loyal. She tries to save her friends and do the right thing. She’s a perfect heroine for all the action in this story.

If you’re looking for a tale of romance and adventure with a Wild West/ Arabian-nights touch, this is the read for you.

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Busy? Need to Find Time to Write? Shari Elder’s Tricks

Scratching out time to write challenges many writers, like me, who work full-time and have family and other community obligations. Along the way, I’ve figured out a few tricks I am happy to share.

Trick 1:  Ten minutes is enough to get something done so use it.
One of the most consistent enduring myths is that 10 minutes just isn’t enough time to get anything done, especially writing. It’s not true. You can write or edit a paragraph, crack a pernicious plot point, outline the next chapter or send off a marketing e-mails. It may seem like moving a mountain with a spoon, but the more you get used to using those hidden time gems, you will see outputs add up and things get done. I have learned never to let 10 minutes go unused.

Trick 2:  Establish A Writing Time and Keep it Sacred
It is way too easy to get seduced by cyberspace, get lost for hours on Facebook, twitter, blogs and the growing legion of on-line social media.  The clock strikes midnight, no writing done, laundry piled up in several corners, half empty glasses of tea and yogurt containers scattered around the house. One strategy is to carve out a time (daily, weekly) and show up, every time. For me, it’s the morning before everyone else wakes up. The alarm rings at 5:00 am, I wake up, make coffee and write. Every day. It is my writing time. Research backs me up. Regular writing periods trains the mind and unleashes creativity. Even if that is the only time I make it to the page, and even if I only write 200 words, my books move forward.

Trick 3:  Let it go.
It isn’t all going to get done. Accept it and move on.  Just chose what you can and can’t live with–turning underwear inside out for lack of laundry, eating take out to cover for the empty fridge, paying the kid next door to mow the lawn, kicking dust bunnies back under the bed, whatever it takes.   Embracing and owning that you can’t do it all, is empowering as all get go.

Trick 4:  Double dip
I live in the Washington DC region, one of the most congested region in the country. My morning commute to work is my biggest time suck. I moved from driving to taking the metro, and write on the metro with my laptop on my lap. I travel and write at the same time. It adds 20-40 minutes of writing to my day (I don’t always get a seat on the trip home).

How about you. Any suggestions for grabbing some more time, to keep writing, get the tasks of life accomplished and just have fun?

Now that I’ve shared a bit about writing, I’m very excited to introduce you to Unnatural Allies, Book Two in the paranormal romance series, Shifting Alliances. Although part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.

A World in Transition
Violent fae encroachment on shifter land is heating up. With death tolls rising, the impossible becomes necessary – an alliance among predator and prey shifters.

An Inconceivable Love
Nicca Baron, lone wolf and wolf clan beta, finds herself under the command of Evan Grant, the rat alpha.  In different circumstances, he’d be dinner. Or so her wolf keeps reminding her.  Evan proves to be a perceptive leader, a skilled fighter and irresistible to her lonely heart.

To rule the rats, you have to rule the pack. Evan is a whiz at managing people and groups. Until he finds himself leading a mission made up of every single large animal that thrives on rat flesh. And not the kind between his legs.  The only bright light is Nicca. Her storm gray eyes miss nothing, her brilliant mind comprehends everything and her succulent curves offer the perfect place for a rat to nestle.

An Impossible Future
In each other’s arms, Nicca and Evan discover love and a new perspective in an off-kilter world. But a wolf cannot mate with a rat, no matter the strength of the human attraction.

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Evan had never seen Nicca look frightened before. Those silver eyes expanded into saucers, and they were still beautiful. He wanted to wrap her in his arms, just hold her close as they both tried to process a world spinning out of control. Even his rat wanted to comfort her.
She was getting under skin and fur.
The last leaves hung limp on the branches, resisting winter’s pull. Away from the sidhe, the air had warmed, although the sky retained a grayish winter hue. Shifter bodies held heat, keeping them comfortable in the most brutal frost. Evan burned hot from continuous movement, the too frequent adrenaline spikes, and Nicca’s nearness. Everything about her fit, like she was made for him. That agile mind, open-mindedness, those lush curves. Hell, she even spouted poetry. He yearned to put a sign around her neck—no trespassing, this woman belongs to Evan Grant.
Except for that whole wolf thing…
“Why don’t we find a comfortable place to set up camp near Fairy Falls and call it a day?” he said to get his mind back to practical things, not wishing for something he couldn’t have. He told himself he selected the location as part of the mission. All species declared the pristine, wild falls a safe zone, so they wouldn’t need the wolves or eagles to stand guard. The fact that it was the number one rated site for shifter romances had nothing to do with the selection. Nothing at all.
No one would ever accuse Nicca of talking too much, but she was withdrawn even for her on the hike to the Falls. “Any suggestions on places to sleep?” he asked when her silence got too loud for him.
“I’ve, uh, never really been here,” she whispered, looking at the ground. “Just run by it on patrols sometimes.”
“And that makes you sad?” He itched to run his hand down her cheek.
“This mission makes me sad.” Her gaze stayed lowered as she walked.
His rat senses perceived a deep despondency wrapped around her like a black aura.
“This mission makes you angry, anxious, and confused. Not sad.”
“Who are you to correct my assessment of my emotional state?” She gave him a half-hearted snarl. He figured he’d hit an open, raw nerve.
“I lead this mission, and I will not have you fall apart on me. Right now, you are not okay.” He opened his arm, aping Rafe’s earlier action, inviting her to him to take comfort. “Let me help.” Let me touch you.
She visibly shook herself, ignoring his outstretched limb. “You’re right. I need space. Let me run as wolf.”
He dropped his hand, then nodded to cover the ripping sound his heart was making. “Stay close,” he said over the lump of disappointment lodged in his throat. “Give me your backpack, and I’ll find a place to sleep. Meet me at the falls when you’re done.”
Relief brightened her eyes. Once shifted, she brushed against his leg, then licked at his hand dangling by his side. He ran his fingers through her thick, gray fur touched with black and silver as she trotted off. “Grab some happy, Nicca,” he said into the air, as she raced out of sight. Come back to me. Accept me.
Alone, he hummed as he walked toward the falls. The low tune soothed his skittish rat, who hated being alone and wasn’t too fond of the woods. Rats felt secure in the pack. The human in him appreciated the red gold of the sunset streaking across the powder blue of the sky, weaving in and out of spiky, hunter green firs that ate up the landscape. Beauty truly did soothe an aching heart. The whirr of winter birds, a chorus to his ears, unnerved the rat. He picked up his pace, following the smell of ice and the roar of the falling water.
When he arrived at the falls, he saw Nicca standing at the edge of the descending water, running her fingers through the stream. That sadness he’d sensed earlier scented the air and dulled those unique gray eyes. Following a powerful intuition, he approached quietly, staying upwind so she wouldn’t notice until he stood directly behind her. She may have rejected his offer of support earlier, but he was determined to try again. His way.
She turned to face him, and tilted her head up to meet his gaze. He pushed behind one ear a lock of hair that was draped along her cheek. The tresses felt like silk, the skin velvet against his fingertips.
He leaned over, touching lips to lips ever so gently. Giving comfort. Sneaking a taste. Exploring what might be. She pressed back, her mouth opening slightly beneath his. He sank into cherry and cinnamon, shyness and heat. She didn’t require a friend; she needed a lover. He desperately wanted to be that man.
He pulled back, falling hard for the blush staining her cheeks a bright pink.
“Follow me,” he said, taking her hand, and led her to the camping spot he noticed along the way.
To love a wolf.

About Shari

Hello, I’m Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.

At night, the other Shari emerges.  I take off the suit, curl up on the couch and let my imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination with her furry minions).  As my alter ego, I save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.

In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. I can’t resist a happy ending. And I am particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives me immense satisfaction.

Join me on my journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.

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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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