Friday, April 29, 2011
Good morning everyone and welcome to another Follow Friday! This week's question from our host Parajunkee is:
Q. Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on parajunkee.com, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?
Wow. I actually had to go and sleep on that one and I am still not sure. Let's see if I can do this.
1. Hunger Games
3. Forest of Hands and Teeth
4. My Nook (until the power goes out!)
7. Bird Sisters
8. Visual Guide to Crochet
9. Southern Living Cookbook
10. The Mists of Avalon
That was tough. I know I will change my mind and have to switch things out at least once. If it comes down to it, I was actually thinking about what you would need if it went all post apocalyptic. Has anyone read Life As We Knew It ? It is the book about the moon coming close to the earth and everything going crazy? The power goes out, volcanoes erupt and all the Walmarts run out of Twinkies. Wait. Maybe that was Zombieland. Whatever. Anyway. Twinkies. Or, in my case, vanilla zingers with cream filling. Orange cupcakes too. OMG. How would I live without orange cupcakes?
This week my washer went out and it has been the biggest pain ever. It reminded me of the hurricane a couple of years ago when we were out of power for several days and had to try and cook what we could from the freezer on the gas stove and grill outside. Kind of feels like that I guess. At least there is a laundry facility down the street even though I hate going there.
I digress. What would I need if the world did go nuts and I had to build a bomb shelter or at least start hording can goods or something? Ten things. Here we go.
1. Lots of can goods.
2. Orange cupcakes by the case.
3. Dog food by the ton. (furry kids)
4. Water. Lots of bottled water.
5. Granola Bars
6. Toilet Paper. (no comment)
7. Knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn.
8. A weapon of some sort to kill anyone who threatened my zinger supply. (Just sayin.)
9. Soap and deodorant
10. A book on how to garden, because I think we may need more than canned yams eventually.
Now for more hopping...
"Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"
Wow. There are so many. The first one I am dying to get my hands on is the new Charlaine Harris book in the Sookie series. Dead Reckoning. It is my birthday Sunday, and it is on my list!
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
With all the excitement about the release this week of Warm Bodies the soon to be feature film, the publisher has given me the extreme pleasure of hosting a giveaway! One lucky person will win a copy of this amazing book!
Now for the rules:
* One entry per person.
* You must be over 13 to enter.
* Entries are counted from contest form only, but I do LOVE comments too.
*Publisher will be mailing out the prize. Winner will be notified by email and have three days to send a reply or the next lucky person will be chosen.
*One copy of Warm Bodies is the prize.
*Contest is from 4/27-5/15/11
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
For fans of Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide and zombie aficionados everywhere, a hilarious debut novel about life (and love) after death.
Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car-crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket to the SPCA to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.
Darkly funny, surprisingly touching, and gory enough to satisfy even the most discerning reader, Breathers is a romantic zombie comedy (rom-zom-com, for short) that will leave you laughing, squirming, and clamoring for more. (Goodreads)
From the first paragraph, I knew I would love this book! Hilarious, thought provoking and amazing!
If you don't have it on your TBR pile, you need to, Zombie Horde!
Also check out S.G. Browne's new book, Fated.
From the acclaimed author of Breathers—an irreverent novel about fate, destiny, and the karmic consequences of getting involved with humans.
Over the past few thousand years, Fabio has come to hate his job. As Fate, he's in charge of assigning the fortunes and misfortunes that befall most of the human race-the 83% who keep screwing things up.
Frustrated with his endless parade of drug addicts and career politicians, Fate has to watch Destiny guide her people to Nobel Peace Prizes and Super Bowl MVPs. To make matters worse, he has a five- hundred-year-old feud with Death, and his best friends are Sloth and Gluttony. And worst of all? He's fallen in love with a human.
Getting involved with a human breaks Rule #1, and about ten others, setting off some cosmic-sized repercussions that could strip him of his immortality-or lead to a fate worse than death.
Corresponding with Scott Brown, I wanted to pick his brain (not eat it. Please!) about his life as a writer and what or who inspired him to start writing about zombies. Check out the interview:
Me: When did you first get interested in writing about zombies?
I started writing in 1990. Novels and short stories. Mostly supernatural horror ala Stephen King, Peter Straub, Robert McCammon, and F. Paul Wilson. For a number of years I kept trying to write a zombie story but nothing was working. Then, in 2001, I wondered what would happen if I reanimated from the dead. But rather than being your typical Hollywood zombie, staggering around and wanting to eat human flesh, I was instead just a reanimated corpse with no rights, I was gradually decomposing, and I needed some serious therapy. What would my existence be like? How would society treat me? Would there be self-help groups I could join? So I wrote this two-thousand-word short story titled “A Zombie’s Lament” which, several years later, I would expand into a full-length novel titled Breathers.
Me: What weird habits do you have when you are writing? (Box of cheese doodles, three cans of Mountain Dew, a stuffed cat named Herman...anything like that.) Me, I have to have my container of cashews, some chocolate, two bottles of water and my dog Tadpole sitting next to me. He is my puppy muse. Or something. He claws the crap out of me if I don't.
I don’t know if I have any habits that you would call weird, but I can’t write with any distractions. No people talking. No clowns juggling. So cafes and Cirque du Soliel are definitely out. Other than that, I’m pretty vanilla when it comes to my writing habits. And I don’t have a puppy muse. However, I do have two cats who stare at me like I’ve done something wrong. They’re doing it right now. It’s kind of creepy.
Me: What one thing would you tell someone who wants to be a writer?
Whatever you choose to write, make sure it resonates with you on some level. Write something that makes you laugh or cry or feel a cold finger of dread tracing its way along the length of your spine. Don’t write something just because you think it will sell. If it doesn’t resonate with you, it’s not going to resonate with anyone else.
Me: How do you balance your everyday life and writing time?
Balance? I’m supposed to have balance? Well, that explains a lot. What I try to do is limit myself to four hours of writing a day and a couple of hours of e-mail and social networking so that I can get out and get some exercise and interact with three-dimensional human beings. It doesn’t always work. It’s easy to get sucked into writing and end up spending ten hours without taking enough time to play or run errands or eat a healthy meal. So let’s just say it’s still a work in progress.
Me: In Fated, you are writing about Fate and the Deadly sins. What was your inspiration?
I was sitting in a shopping mall one day back in June of 2004, watching all of these people and wondering what they would be like in twenty years. So I wrote a scene from the point of view of someone who can actually see what their futures hold. It didn’t take long for me to decide that the main character would be Fate. That more or less became the first chapter. From there, I realized Fate needed some friends and co-workers, so as I went along I added Destiny, Death, Karma, Lady Luck, Honesty, Love, Failure, Integrity, Sloth, Gluttony, and the rest of the Deadly Sins, among others. They’re all immortal beings who are in charge of humans, yet they exhibit rather human qualities themselves. It’s a little bit like a modern day Greek mythology, only instead of gods I have immortal personifications of concepts. And instead of living on Mount Olympus, they live in Manhattan.
Me: What is your favorite zombie book or movie?
While I’m not the zombie geek that everyone assumes me to be, I do enjoy a good zombie film every now and then. And my favorite one would have to be the original Night of the Living Dead. It doesn’t necessarily holdup against some of today’s special effects and action, but it’sstill creepy and manages to get the job done without all of the hoopla.
Me: Do you listen to music as you write? If so, what?
For the most part, I listen to instrumental music. Not something you’d hear in an elevator. We’re not talking Air Supply muzak. Just good surf tunes or some classic R&B like TheVentures or Booker T. & the MG’s. Maybe throw in some Medeski, Martin, & Wood and The Dust Brothers from the Fight Club soundtrack. Though if I’m in the right mood, I enjoy writing to a mix of Green Day, Sublime, Morphine, and the Pixies.
Me: What are you working on now?
I’m working on the edits for my third novel, Lucky Bastard, which is tentatively due out sometime in Spring 2012. Like Breathers and Fated,it’s a bit of a dark comedy and social satire, but in this one the main character is a private detective who has the ability to steal luck, so it has some mystery/noir elements to it, as well. And it takes place all in one day,which was both fun and a challenge to write.
Me: How do you gauge your success each day as a writer? Page count?Word? Not falling off the chair in mid thought from lack of food?
On a good day, I like to get 1000 words written. Maybe 1500. That’s enough for me. On a bad day, I’ll write for four hours and if I don’t hit my word count, I’ll go take a bike ride or go hit a bucket of balls at the driving range. But really, a successful day is one in which I get my words written and get a chance to play without feeling guilty about it.
Me: What is one thing readers should get from your books?
A good laugh. And hopefully a somewhat different way of looking at the world. I know, that’s two things, but I’m bad with math.
Many thanks to Scott for answering my questions. If you want to find out any more cool information, make sure you check out his website at: http://www.sgbrowne.com
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Welcome to another awesome Follow Friday!
Welcome to another Follow Friday and Blogger Hop. To sign up on the linky lists, make sure you visit our host's sites at: http://www.parajunkee.com/ and http://www.crazy-for-books.com/
This week's question from Parajunkee is:
What is on your playlist right now?
My newest thing as a blogger is to review music. I love it. http://muzikreviews.com/ is where you can find some of my reviews, along with my new music blog: http://bookgirlsmusicmusings.blogspot.com/.
Salon of Refuse is the review I just turned in and now my new favorite band. Check my site for posting on the review in the next couple of days. They have a free demo that is supremely awesome. The vocals soar and just stick in your head. I love them. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Tell them Dana sent you!
"If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"
Oh yeah! Books, chocolate and music!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Sh#@ Your Phone Says
Okay, before you even say it. There are no zombies in this article. Nope. Not one. Why did I blog about this, zombie horde? Because it is so funny, you will have to be careful not to laugh so hard that body parts will start falling off. Not kidding.
I received this book from the publisher for a review and almost had bladder control issues as I was reading it. Laugh out loud, shrieking behind my hand laughter. Yep. Ha! I thought. I will put this on the bathroom bookshelf and see if my husband likes it. One day, behind the closed door, I heard the screams of laughter I was waiting for. He emerged and was holding the book, tears streaming out of his eyes. "Oh my Gawd!" He shook his head. "That was hilarious!" He promptly stole my book and went upstairs to his man cave. I heard more laughter and shrieking wafting down the stairs. Mission accomplished. Book=Awesome.
So, if you haven't grabbed yourself a copy, do. You will just love the cellphone misadventures. I just had another one the other day and had to snicker to myself that it would have been the perfect candidate for this book.
Mystery question of the day: Why are cell phones even programmed with some of the words that accidentally pop out? I mean really. It can be mortifying. Thoughts?
If you want to see more amazing autocorrect horrors: http://www.damnyouautocorrect.com/
Friday, April 15, 2011
Good evening Zombie Horde! We have our winners for the Zombie Autopsies contest!
Winners have just been notified by email and have three days to reply, or the zombie horde will pick another lucky winner.
If you didn't win this round, never fear. There will be more contests where that came from. Thank you to everyone who participated. Your support for Zombie Girl Shambling makes my little undead heart beat happy tunes.
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Have an awesome weekend! Remember, no biting.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Marie and Brie @ Romance Around the Corner
Q. Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her.
My Mom and sister both love "vampire smut." I used to read it more than I do now. They love to tell me about the latest book they have found and how hot the guy is. I still read it from time to time, but I am in a YA mode right now.
To comment on the Anita Blake series, I used to really like it until it became so focused on extreme erotica. I like that, to a point. You just have to have a plot and focus on that. A little bit of love scene goes a long way. If it is every other page, you are going to lose me as a reader.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
It is time for another Follow Friday. Today we are witnessing a short film of a bunny/zombie massacre. Watch out, zombie horde. They can be vicious!
Feature & Follow Friday #40
Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Good morning zombie horde. If there was ever an award for the coolest book ever to be played over a store intercom system after the store was closed, it would be this book. Complete with jaunts to the gym, coffee house and other cool places, Steve Mackus does a brilliant job with vocalizing the needs of zombies everywhere. Thumbs up Steve. It rocks.
5 out of 5.
Monday, April 4, 2011
On a sunny Wednesday morning in October, a day that would mark the end of one life and the beginning of another, I found out my grouchy next door neighbor was the walking dead. When you turn around expecting to see something familiar, and instead see something else altogether, it takes a little while for your brain to catch up with your eyes. I call it the 'Holy Crap Factor.'A" Forced to flee his home and family, twelve-year-old Will Ritter falls in with the Undertakers--a rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters, who've banded together to battle the corpses.
This book is a middle grade age book, but has a good voice and interesting characters. When the publisher sent me this in the mail, knowing how much I love zombie books, I was thrilled. Normally middle grade is a bit young for me, but this one was something else.
I enjoyed it because it had kind of a different take on the zombie theme. Very good and you don't feel that you are reading down, if that makes any sense. Some middle grade books leave me wanting. This one did not. It kept my interest and I really enjoyed it. It had a different kind of flair and made me keep reading! I will be looking for more from this author. Check out the book trailer below from Sourcebooks.
Excellent read! 4 out of 5. Out today! April 5th!
Ty Drago is on Goodreads and has his own website.
http://www.tydrago.com/ Check it out and sign the guestbook on his website.