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  • Cristina Merrill 3:53 pm on 2018/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: , gena showalter, God of War, Happily Inc., , karen schaler, , , , , , Twilight Texas   

    Romance Roundup: Paranormal Warriors, Inn Proprietors, and Spunky Seamstresses 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an ad executive who MUST get into the Christmas spirit, a Marine who needs lots of love and hugs, and an independent seamstress who strikes a deal with a sexy duke.

    Christmas Camp, by Karen Schaler
    In this, the latest from the writer of Neflix’s hit flick The Christmas Prince, Haley Hanson isn’t really the type to decorate the halls with boughs of holly. The ad executive would rather spend Christmas in the Caribbean working. The thing is, this year she needs to land a major Christmas-related account, so her boss sends her to a Christmas bootcamp of sorts to rev up her holiday spirits. Haley gets revved up alright—by the camp owner’s hunky son, Jeff. (Jeff, we’d like to deck your halls with…nothing. Absolutely nothing. Your halls should be naked. And by “your halls” we mean “your body.”) Haley and Jeff soon realize that they like each other a whole lot, but then they run into a major disagreement. Will they be able to get over their differences? And will Jeff continue to show Haley how much fun life outside of work can be for many, many years to come? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 16.)

    Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Virginia Troy was in a cult as a kid, and a fire in the cult compound killed her mother, so yeah, she’s had it rough. Years have gone by, and Virginia now owns her own art gallery in Seattle. (Virginia, you go, girl!) Tragedy strikes again, though, when one of her artists commits suicide. The artist left behind some clues, and Virginia gets help looking into these clues from private investigator Cabot Sutter. He was also part of that cult as a kid, so he knows our gal better than anyone. (Did we mention that he also now has the physique and mind of a mature, adult man, one to whom any woman would give her best “come hither” look?) Now that they’re free adults, Virginia and Cabot can explore their feelings for each other and look into this murder. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that they build a loving and peaceful life together! (Available in paperback on October 23.)

    Not Quite Over You, by Susan Mallery
    Banker Drew Lovato once broke Silver Tesdal’s heart—and his bank turned down her application for a loan. Drew decides to finance Silver’s wedding-related business venture himself, and he miiiiight have some romantically-inclined ulterior motives. (Drew, it’s official. After a brief hiatus, we are back on Team Drew!) Silver is thrilled to get her enterprise up and running, but resisting Drew will prove to be impossible. They were high school sweethearts, for one, and the years have been very good to them both. Still, there are some painful secrets that need to be discussed out in the open. Here’s hoping Drew and Silver give things a real second chance to blossom, and that they let go of their painful pasts and look straight ahead into their futures together! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)  

    Shadow and Ice, by Gena Showalter
    Knox of Iviland is the fiercest warrior there ever was, and he works for an exceptionally intense boss—the king of a battle-weary, paranormal land. Knox’s Number One Job has always been to win new realms for his king to lord over. (Talk about a toxic office culture!) Knox may be Hot Stuff in his world, but he’s still a slave. He can win his freedom, though, with his latest assignment. The thing is, he and Vale London end up stumbling into each other’s lives. She was on a mini-vacation with her foster sister when she randomly found herself in the middle of an epic battle featuring exceptionally hunky fighters. (Now THAT’S a story for the Yelp review!) Knox and Vale end up falling for each other quite hard, but Knox is still in the middle of his whole fight-for-my-freedom mission. Knox and Vale, you’re both smart and strong and sexy. Figure something out! This is the first book in Showalter’s Gods of War series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Winter at the Beach, by Sheila Roberts
    Jenna Jones is the new proprietor of the Driftwood Inn, and her mission this winter is to make the tourist beach haven of Moonlight Harbor profitable in the colder times. She does this by creating a festival, Seaside with Santa, and to her credit the tourists start coming back in droves. She’s awfully busy with all of this, plus there’s the fact that two very different men are trying to win her heart. (Jenna, just tell us which one you really want and we’ll get rid of the other one for you in a legal and non-violent way! Problem solved!) Things are going quite well until Mother Nature starts to turn everything into a wintry, blustery mess. Jenna, you’ve got this! You will save Christmas! And your town’s economy! And you’ll end up with the man of your dreams! And we’ll all help you in any way we can, even if it means crashing in a sleeping bag on the inn’s lobby floor! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    The Christmas Key, by Lori Wilde
    Mark Shepherd was doing well in the Marines, but then a mission went wrong and he got injured and lost one of his fellow soldiers. He’s feeling the guilt big time, and he decides to visit the fallen soldier’s family in Twilight, Texas. There he meets Naomi Luther, who he soon realizes is the perfect woman to have and hold his tender, broken heart. She’s also the sister of his fallen comrade. Thanks to a bit of mistaken identity, she doesn’t learn who he really is right away, and Mark isn’t exactly keen to come clean. Mark, buddy, sometimes in life you have to take a major risk for the things that matter most, so straighten your spine and strut over to Naomi’s place and tell her everything – including how you really feel. Oh, and wear a tight T-shirt that shows off your impressive pectorals and is easy to rip off! This is the ninth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Duchess by Design, by Maya Rodale
    Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, needs to find himself a filthy rich American heiress to save his family’s ruined estate. His quest takes him to Manhattan, where he meets spunky, independent seamstress Adeline Black. All she wants to do is dress high society ladies. She has zero desire to actually be a high society lady. She and Brandon come up with a plan: He’ll make sure she gets the opportunity to display her craft at high society events, and she’ll accompany him to said high society events and help him find a bride who can do the duchess thing. Their respective missions will surely be accomplished! Ah, but then they start to fall in love, which is totally understandable, because Adeline is an awesome, modern woman and Brandon, for all of his faults, is a hottie with a heart of gold. Is there a future for them? This is the first book in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/03/27 Permalink
    Tags: a billionaire affair, alexa riley, , claimed, eight simple rules for dating a dragon, gena showalter, , , , , , , the river house, to woo a wicked widow   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Elves, Guarded Workaholics, and Lusty Widows 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two childhood enemies with a corporation to run, two childhood friends with issues to face, and an elf who embarks on a forbidden romance with a dragon man.

    The Darkest Promise, by Gena Showalter
    Cameo is possessed by the demon of Misery, which means that if she experiences anything remotely close to the emotion of joy she will lose her memory. (And we thought the Monday blues were rough!) Out of options to reclaim her life, she sneaks into a mythical land ruled by Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual, who also possesses The Body Both My Grandmother and Maiden Aunt Would Admire. He is on a mission to destroy his enemies (Oh, Lazarus, aren’t we all!) but he is quite intrigued by Cameo. He wants to turn her frown upside down, and also perform more literal, acrobatic tasks that would take Cameo beyond joy. (Cameo, may we please test the waters for you first?) Will they figure out a situation in which she can finally feel true happiness and NOT lose her memories of him? This is the latest book in Showalters’ Lords of the Underworld series. (Available in paperback on March 27.)

    The River House, by Carla Neggers
    Felicity MacGregor has decided to return to her hometown of Knights Bridge and open up a party-planning business. (Felicity, would you please put some zing into all of our office parties? Thanks!) Also back in town is her childhood friend, Gabriel Flanagan. They’re both involved in an entrepreneurial boot camp, but if anyone needs some motivation it’s these two would-be lovebirds. (Gabriel, we’d all love to, ahem, crowdsource your big data and start up something special with you!) Felicity and Gabriel will need to get over some pretty deep-seated issues if they’re going to embark on a new chapter together. (Ideally, this chapter will involve lots of babies and a custom-built house with hardwood floors and a spectacular view of the local river.) Can they let bygones be bygones and just get nekkid? This is the eighth book in Neggers’ Swift River Valley series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 27.)

    Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon, by Kerrelyn Sparks
    Romance readers who read The Lord of the Rings and thought “This needs more sexy” will love this yarn! Gwennore is an elf with special healing powers. She doesn’t trust dragons, but then she finds herself in a dragon realm. This realm is led by General Silas Dravenko. His job is to serve the realm’s royal family, which is now a bit hard to do with a cutie like Gwennore roaming around and distracting him and making him feel all of the feelings. They are supposed to be enemies, but let’s be real for a second: Gwennore is an awesome lady who makes guys want to learn more about her. As for Silas, well, he’s more than just your typical dragon guy with a handsome face and a derrière carved by angels. Here’s hoping they find some middle earth and realize that they are perfect for each other! This is the third book in Sparks’ Embraced series. (Available in paperback on March 27.)

    Claimed, by Alexa Riley
    Our gal Jay Rose is too busy rocking it at work to go out on dates. She’s quite the workaholic, and her work involves dealing with some very powerful jerks. (Keep calm and yoga on, Jay!) Then she meets security expert Jordan Chen. He works for the powerful Osbourne Corporation, and let’s just say this particular business venture has attracted some mighty bad enemies. When said mighty bad enemies target our gal, Jordan realizes that he is not going to let her face it all alone. (Good for you, Jordan, and for guys like you who are willing to lend a helping hand!) He will need to bring his A-game if he’s going to keep Jay safe, so it’s a good thing he’s logged many, many hours at the gym. This is the third book in Riley’s For Her series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 27.)

    A Billionaire Affair, by Niobia Bryant
    Alessandra Dalmount has had her professional life carved out for her. She was raised to take over her share of the Ansah Dalmount Group. Now it’s time to step up to the plate. Trouble is, she has to work with her childhood acquaintance, Alek Ansah. They didn’t exactly get along when they were young, and he’s morphed into quite the playboy since then, so Alessandra is feeling very “Ugh!” Then she and Alek get to know each other as adults, and pretty soon all Alessandra wants to do with him is have deep, meaningful conversations that involve a sandy beach, a towel, and their bodies covered in nothing but sun or moonlight. Will Alessandra realize that Alek has come a long way? And will Alek realize that he wants nothing more than to please her every day and night for the rest of their lives together? This is the first book in Bryant’s Passion Grove series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    To Woo a Wicked Widow, by Jenna Jaxon
    Lady Charlotte Cavendish was stuck in a horrendous, loveless marriage, but then her awful husband finally croaked and now she’s all like “Freedom!” She’s determined to “have some fun,” and by “have some fun” we mean “get laid.” Oh, and she absolutely refuses to ever get married again. (Totally understandable, Charlotte!) She soon meets Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham. She’s eager to jump into the sack with him (as are we!), but he’s actually more interested in the possibility of marrying her and, ya know, keeping it permanent. This is not an appealing offer for our libidinous lady, but if anyone can convince her that marriage is a charm the second time around, it’s Nash! (He won’t disappoint you, Charlotte!) This is the first book in Jaxon’s Widow’s Club series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 27.)

    What romance novels are you excited to read this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 4:00 pm on 2017/06/26 Permalink
    Tags: a quick bite, , bloodsuckers, gena showalter, , immortals after dark, interview with a vampire, , lords of the underworld, , , , the vampire diaries, , vampire academy,   

    How to Survive a Vampiric Society 

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    So, you’ve gotten yourself into a bit of a (blood) bind: you’re surrounded by vampires. Be cool, stay calm, because I’ve got your trust guidebook right here for how to survive (or, succumb to, if that’s your thing) a society of vampires:

    1. Blend in with a troubled past.
    You’ll notice a trend right away, especially with societies like J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. With names like Wrath, Rhage, Rehvenge, Torhment and equally dangerous and devious pasts to match, you have to blend in with a troubled past. Are you cursed and possessed by a beast? Can you see the future but never change it? Are you on a quest for vengeance? Were you held hostage by the enemy? Whatever your past is, it can’t be sunshine and roses, because you’ll stick out like a sore thumb.

    2. Be innocent in contrast to their worldliness
    Vampires have seen the world. Odds are, you haven’t. So if a vampire like Lestat or Louis from Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice is in your midst, definitely don’t suggest that “actually Pizza wasn’t invented in Italy because they didn’t have tomatoes until the 1500’s” because they will come right back at you with the knowledge that they were there in 997 AD in Gaeta, central Italy, where it was invented, and that pizza is even referenced in the Aeneid. Instead, be charmed by their knowledge of what it was like in Ancient Rome, the Harlem Renaissance, or the Disco Age. That is, if you expect to get out with your neck intact.

    3. Are you cool with being blood-bait?
    This is a big one, and you better decide quick: are you okay with being a walking bloodbag? If not, I refer you to number 1, in which case you better come up with a reason why your blood is toxic to vamps. If you’re cool with it, though, it could actually prove handy, like it does in Vampire Academy and The Vampire Diaries, where it heals wounds and even increases the bond between two people. (And odds are if you’re in a Vampiric society, you’re going to get injured now and again.)

    4. Pick a vampire type and don’t stray.
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that there are two types of vampires: those who want to be good, and those who love being bad. To survive in a world of bloodsuckers, you have to decide where your allegiance lies…and do your best not to stray, because that just complicates things, and increases your chances of NOT surviving by a solid 60%. Learn from Sookie Stackhouse from The Southern Vampire Series, people: choosing the bad guy halfway through the journey is a recipe for disaster.

    5. Be really good at keeping secrets.
    When you join a world of vampires, your old world gets left behind. Be prepared to mourn and wrestle with whether you made the right choice in the first place, but under no circumstances should you reveal the truth to anyone around you. Even if you’re in a modern world of Vampires, threats still abound. Bella did not do a great job of keeping a low profile in Twilight, and look what happened to her! (I mean, unless you want to become a vampire with an immortal vampire baby, in which case, blab all you want, just be careful the Volturi don’t come for you.)

    6. People are going to try and kill you. Accept it.
    Speaking of the Volturi, another important piece of info: you’re a target now. Hanging out with vampires, willingly or not, makes you one. Werewolves, witches, other vampires, demons; every creature under the sun is going to want you deader-than-undead, so don’t be stupid and think you can beat them all yourself. You’ve no doubt made allies among the vampires by now (if not lovers, like in A Discovery of Witches), so as long as you’re human yourself, use them as shields. Trust me, with pecs and abs like theirs, they can take it.

    7. Sometimes, you gotta be willing to die in order to survive.
    But while all of the above is going on, you have to think of two really important things: are you willing to die for them? If you’re anything like the humans in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, you’re willing to sacrifice everything you’ve got—including your life and soul—in order to save them, knowing you might not come back. If that doesn’t appeal to you, I refer you back to #1: blend in until you can find a moment to escape, or an ally who wants to help you, and then, run.

    8. Be willing to become one yourself.
    And the second question is, of course: do you want to be a vampire yourself? Come to think of it, how did you end up in this pickle in the first place? Was it a curiosity about the mysteries of life you couldn’t explain, like in Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld? Was it a hunger for passion that your human existence could never provide, like in A Quick Bite, by Lynsay Sands? Have you actually wanted this all along and this survival guide has just been a waste of your time? Well, in that case, just find your vampire soul-mate and join the party.

    We’ve been waiting for you.

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2017/06/13 Permalink
    Tags: a miami affair, gena showalter, , lexi blake, , , one week to the wedding, revenge, , , , , , the ultimatum   

    Romance Roundup: Miami Affairs, Avenging Siblings, and Jilted Brides 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes some very busy heroines, a smoking hot Miami bachelor who has met his match, and some major family drama.

    The Ultimatum, by Karen Robards
    Our heroine Bianca St. Ives had a rather unconventional childhood. The result is that she is now The Best when it comes to conning con men out of the money they stole. (You go, girl! They deserve it!) She even runs a multinational firm with her dear old dad, so there’s plenty of family fun. (“Hey, Dad, remember that scumbag thief we apprehended while zip lining in Costa Rica? Ah, good times!”) Her latest mission, though, went rather poorly, and her dad might have been killed in action. The government is not so convinced, though, and they want to use Bianca as bait to find him. Our gal is going to have to use every skill at her disposal if she’s going to survive this latest fiasco. Bianca, when it’s over, we’ll take you out for margaritas! This is the first book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on June 13.)

    Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh
    Silver Mercant has some major responsibilities as the Trinity Accord handles some unification issues. Silver is the director of this major emergency response-thingie, for one, so she really has no time to dilly-dally. (Silver, we’d all like to apply to be your personal assistant! You’ll never go a day without fresh dry cleaning!) Then she crosses paths with Valentin Nikolaev, and she realizes that everyone needs to dilly-dally once in a while. (It’s very healthy of you to realize this, Silver!) She’s not supposed to let her emotions get the better of her, but Valentin can elicit a passionate response from a plastic bag. When someone tries to poison Silver, he gets all “Oh, hell, no!” and steps up his game to keep her safe. Can they dodge the bad guys and build a beautiful life together? This is the first book in Singh’s Psy-Changeling Trinity series, which is a spinoff of her Psy-Changeling series. So much fun and romance and action! (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on June 13.)

    A Miami Affair, by Sherelle Green
    Joshua DeLong is a top-notch corporate raider with a body that would look great in any bedroom. He has no plans to settle down romantically, though. Then he meets public relations guru Becca Wright. She doesn’t have time for a guy like Joshua in her life—bad boys aren’t really her thing—but she needs him to support her charity. In order to do this, she must dress up a bit and accompany him to fancy parties and go on excursions on his yacht. (Becca, can we pretty please be your wing woman during these lovely excursions?) They both soon realize that there is far more beneath the surface, and that they’d like to spend WAY more time together. This is the second book in the very sexy Millionaire Moguls series, which is perfect for romance readers who love a Miami-based love story! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 20.)

    The Darkest Promise, by Gena Showalter
    Cameo is possessed by the demon of Misery, which means that if she experiences anything remotely close to the emotion of joy she will lose her memory. (And we thought the Monday blues were rough!) Out of options to reclaim her life, she sneaks into a mythical land ruled by Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual, who also possesses The Body Both My Grandmother and Maiden Aunt Would Admire. He is on a mission to destroy his enemies (Oh, Lazarus, aren’t we all!) but he is quite intrigued by Cameo. He wants to turn her frown upside down, and also perform more literal, acrobatic tasks that would take Cameo beyond joy. (Cameo, may we please test the waters for you first?) Will they figure out a situation in which she can finally feel true happiness and NOT lose her memories of him? This is the latest book in Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on June 13.)

    One Week to the Wedding, by Olivia Miles
    Two sisters try to make amends in the first book in Miles’ Misty Point series. Kate Daniels is planning her best friend’s wedding, but it’s really hard to not feel a bit sorry for herself. Her own fiancé just cheated on Kate with her younger sister, Charlotte. (It’s okay, Kate! We don’t judge you at all!) As for Charlotte, she feels awfully awful about everything, and she really wants to make things right. The opportunity presents itself when Kate needs to go home. Things soon start to look up for Kate, which is good, because she has to put on a good face for her best friend. (Kate, if it helps, we’ll be your Plus One and make sure you dance with the cutest single guy at the reception!) Here’s hoping that Kate and Charlotte get back to being sisterly very soon, and that Kate finds a true romantic partner who will always stick by her side! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 13.)

    Revenge, by Lexi Blake
    Drew Lawless and his siblings are on a mission to avenge their parents’ deaths. Drew decides to get investigative reporter Shelby Gates involved in his mission, and they soon become very attracted to one another. It probably has to do with a bit of shared history, plus the fact that Drew has got that whole righteous, smoldering attitude thing going on. (I mean, the guy wants to avenge his dead parents. It does NOT get any sweeter or more sentimental than that!) Drew and Shelby need to keep their heads above water if they’re going to, well, keep their heads and move on to more important things. Here’s hoping that they can look forward to happier times and that Shelby is accepted into Drew’s close-knit family! This is the third book in Blake’s Lawless series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 13.)

    What romances are smoldering on your TBR pile this week?

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  • BN Editors 6:00 pm on 2014/12/11 Permalink
    Tags: gena showalter, , , , the white rabbit chronicles, YA authors, YA horror, ,   

    Alice in Zombieland Author Gena Showalter on the Best-Laid (Zombie) Plans 

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    White Rabbit Chronicles

    In Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice Bell is plunged into a dark supernatural world after a mysterious car crash kills her family—including her eccentric father, who claimed he was being stalked by monsters. After their deaths, Alice learns that the monsters are real, and that battling them is the only way to avenge her family and save herself. Here’s Showalter on why she’s an unlikely candidate to write a horror series…and why she fell in love with it anyway.

    I’ve never been a fan of horror movies. I refuse to watch them and won’t even close my eyes and listen to them. So of course I was the perfect person to write about zombies. ~head scratch~ Trust me, I know how improbable it sounds. The horror hater diving into a world where monsters stalk the night and the good guy doesn’t always survive? Please.

    But I loved every second of it.

    When I first sat down to write Alice in Zombieland, book one in the White Rabbit Chronicles, I thought I had a pretty good idea about the direction I wanted to go. At least to kick things off. In fact, here’s a snippet of the synopsis I originally submitted to my amazing editor:

    Sixteen-year-old Alice Randall is beautiful, a little shy despite the self-defense training her dad has drilled into her head, and she has always felt distanced from life, as if she were merely walking around in someone else’s dream.  On the outside, her family appears normal.  Her dad is a computer software tech whose hobbies are working out and boxing, her mom is a lawyer, and her little sister is a wannabe ballerina. But that’s only surface. Her dad is straight up crazy.  Sometimes, when he drinks, he rants about seeing zombies.  He’s always been afraid of the dark, he’s been on and off medication for years, but he never ventures out at night…until Alice and her mother convince him to attend the little sister’s dance recital one fateful Friday evening.  All goes well until the drive home.  He hasn’t been drinking, but he begins to rave about the monsters on the road. The girls try to calm him down—they see no monsters—but the car spins out of control, flips, and crashes.

    Sounds familiar, right? (The biggest change is Alice’s last name…had to protect the not-so-innocent, you know!)

    Curious about the bigger changes I found in the original synopsis? Here are just a few. After the crash, Ali is supposed to live with her aunt and uncle (no Nana and Pops, gasp!). Cole’s name was supposed to be Noah Hatter. (Yes. I’m serious.) Ali and Cole’s first kiss happens at school. (They actually make out in the grass outside. Why did I cut this?) They go on a date soon afterward—and McKenzie Love is waiting for him to return home. She throws herself at him and kisses him. (The horror!) The zombies were fought in body rather than spirit and could be killed only by cutting off their heads (hence the “Off with their heads” tagline on the first cover).

    I followed the outline pretty closely as I wrote the first draft of book one, but when I finished, I had a better grasp of the characters and plot and knew I needed to twist things up. Welcome, spirit zombies! Of course, this opened up all kinds of problems. Like, what did the zombies eat? How could the slayers see a ghostlike creature? How did the slayers fight and kill such an enemy? (For those who haven’t read the books, I’ll give you a taste. The only way to fight a spirit is with a spirit, so the slayers had to possess the ability to separate their spirit from their body.)

    The new direction inspired me in a way the original did not, and book two, Through the Zombie Glass, practically wrote itself. My editor said, “Can you use mirrors?” and I was instantly like, “Mirrors! Yes!” The thought of someone’s reflection coming to life thrilled me—seriously, how cool would that be in real life? Well, not quite so cool if the person in the mirror happens to be worse than the zombies on the streets. ~insert evil writer laugh~ Maybe I don’t hate horror so much, after all.

    By the end of Zombie Glass, Ali and her crew reach what seems to be a happily ever after. SPOILER ALERT: They’ve defeated hordes of zombies, as well as the company controlling the zombies. But there are things I’d unwittingly set up…things that could slash their happiness to ribbons. (Yay, Gena’s subconscious! Gold star!)

    When I dove into The Queen of Zombie Hearts, I had one goal: tie up all loose ends. Honestly, I kind of felt like a woman about to perform surgery, even though I’d never actually attended medical school…I’d only completed a semester of nursing school. (Ask me about my beside manner. Or don’t. Yeah, probably don’t. You’d only cry for my patients.) The book should have been a bear to write. No mirrors. Boo! But once I started, there was no stopping. The words poured out of me. I tortured the characters—even killed a few. (What?) I had fun with their dialogue. (Freelance valet, anyone?) I wrote scenes where the slayers had to battle zombies and humans at the same time. Ultimately? I had FUN. I’m not sure I’ve ever enjoyed a process more.

    And yeah, okay, I definitely don’t hate horror anymore.

    The White Rabbit Chronicles series features snarky characters, intense action, a little gore, a lot of creep, and my personal favorite, sizzling romance. If you’re ready to fall down, down, down the zombie hole—and you love things that go bump in the night—this series is for you.

    All my best,
    Gena Showalter

    Book three in the White Rabbit Chronicles, The Queen of Zombie Hearts, is on sale now.

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