Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Life as a Teenage Zombie Book Tour and Giveaway

Hi Dana, thanks for letting me stop by your cool blog as part of my Book Launch Blog Tour for Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, which was released August 1.
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Synopsis for GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie:
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes' life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret—he's becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch.
The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for.
But time is running out... Becca needs the help of her friends and other cousin to fight off hungry zombies and find their missing mothers.
Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late...
A virus. A freaking virus.
I'd been sick before, you know, measles, mumps…kid stuff…but not really sick.
Never like this.
This...this couldn't be happening.
I tuned back in to the doctor's explanation…new diet, pills, blah-blah-blah…and let his words fade again into the background.
Gone was the golden tan I'd nurtured over the summer with tanning cream and hours sunbathing by the pool with one of my cousins. My skin had a weird grayish tone, like I'd rubbed myself with fireplace ash.
I gazed at my legs, now mottled with strange gray blotches, and my pretty pink toenails peeking out from beneath the sheet.
The machine next to me made a frantic beep-beep.
I turned and caught my reflection in the metal canister sitting on the table next to the bed. Whimpering, I rubbed a hand over my cheek, wondering at the scaly texture, while at other times I felt almost nothing.
Large, deep brown eyes under ebony bangs stared back. I saw a decent nose.
I took in the pinkish patches and my uneven skin tone, which reminded me of those old battleships on the PBS show I'd watched with my aunt.
For the first time in my sixteen-year-old life I was...ugly.
I struck the bed frame over and over, the pain barely registering. The machine's whir-click-whir turned into a wail almost louder than mine—beep-beep-beeeeeeep.
A nurse in blue scrubs rushed in and tried to reassure me, even as she attempted to keep me immobile on this slab they called a bed.
"Relax, it'll be fine," she said.
"No, it won't," I yelled, "it won't!"
How could looking like freaking King Tut without his wrappings ever be fine?

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1. Tell me a little about your inspiration for GIRL Z.
Like most everyone else, I got hooked on The Walking Dead, but I've long been a horror, monster, and zombie fan. (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead). But I wanted to do a story from the point of view of someone who is part-zombie and part-human yet.

2. What is your favorite character from the book and why?
Only one? I love my main character, Becca. She's sassy, funny, and not always sure of herself, but that's okay. She finds her way. But her cousin, Carm, is no pushover, either.

3. Tell us about your favorite three zombie movies and TV shows.
I loved Zombieland. Fun and funny.
Typical, yeah, I really like The Walking Dead.
And... there's still something fascinating about re-watching the original Night of the Living Dead.

4. What five things would you want with you in a zombie apocalypse?
Funny thing is I'm not a weapons fan, but in that world it's a necessity. So: gun, huge knife , baseball bat, flame thrower, and it might be impractical, but gotta have my dog.

5. Cheeseburger or sushi?
Burger, but I like Turkey.

6. Favorite ice cream?
Anything chocolate.

7. Plotter or panster?
I plot and outline, but do get different ideas to add while I write.

8. What must you have on your writing desk?
Notebooks. I like to write ideas down longhand.

9. What are you working on next?
A horror book with a historical figure and a GIRL Z sequel, along with assorted short stories.

10. What do you want readers to get from your book?
Being different is okay. Ignore the naysayers and be yourself.

Bio: Christine Verstraete is a big Halloween fan who enjoys a good scare or two. Her short fiction has appeared online and in anthologies including Timeshares and Steampunk'd from DAW Books. Her new YA book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie was released August 1. Stop by her website at or blogs, and

*** Don't forget to follow along the rest of the tour! ***
GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie Book Launch Blog Tour - August 5-15
Monday, 8/5 - Marian Allen,-
Tuesday, 8/6 - Armand Rosamilia,
Wednesday, 8/7 - GirlZombieAuthors,
Thursday, 8/8 - StraightFromHel, Helen Ginger,
Friday, 8/9 - Dana Wright, ZombieGirlShambling,
Saturday, 8/10 - GirlZombieAuthors,
Monday, 8/12 - AR Von, Dreamz of Dragons,
Tuesday, 8/13 - B. Swangin Webster, Books, Shoes, Writing,
Wednesday, 8/14 - DB Corey,
Thursday, 8/15 - Wrap-up - GirlZombieAuthors,

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  1. This book looks like it will be great! Thanks for being on the blog!


    dana19018 at gmail dot com

  2. Dana thanks for hosting me! How fun! And I loooove that background!

  3. Curiosity piqued...mothers? Why would the mothers disappear?!

  4. You have to read chapter 1... link to download on my website

    1. Or you can read the preview on the amazon link....

  5. I'm really enjoying the originality of your take on the Zpoc Christine. At first I wasn't sure if reading a YA book would be too young for me but, I'm happy to say that I think it can appeal to all ages!! You've done a fantastic job at capturing how a teenage girl would most likely react to the dilemmas and situations she is faced with!! Well done my friend!! :-)

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  7. Looks pretty gruesome! Can't wait to read it. Email for entry:

    (hope I did this right LOL)

  8. Thanks Joline - now please put that on Amazon. :)
    Hi Rmah - you also need to enter the rafflecopter if you didn't....

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    2. Yea I did. The name it gives isn't the same as my google ID though. For some reason for posting here it doesn't have facebook login, just blogger, google, livejournal, etc. Maybe they should also include a way to login using your FB account? Just a suggestion.

  9. I have read a lot of Zbooks. I love them. Your book sounds fresh. I am definitely going to check it out. I do put reviews of books i read on amazon and Goodreads.

    cristinaalaska at gmail dot com


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