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Hey Everyone! 

Welcome to my new website! I’m in the process of migrating over from Blogger today (March 26), so I might be under construction for the next few days.  Please bear with me as I transfer old content, add new content, and get everything up and running. 

Things will be back to normal in no time! 

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BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: Dead New World by Ryan Hill

 
Dead New World by Ryan Hill
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 13th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult, Zombies

Synopsis:

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead.
When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.

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EXCERPT: 

“Thanks. For helping me with, you know,” I said in a hushed voice. The Lancasters, or Baker, for that matter, didn’t need to hear me thank my friend for saving my life. Again. “Been a while since one of them got within spitting distance of me, and that includes last night.”

“No problem,” Ambrose said. He kept his eyes on the terrain for potential threats.

“Why did it listen to you?”

Ambrose looked at me funny. “What are you talking about?”

Ray cast a suspicious look back at us. I managed not to laugh when he bumped into the corner of a car. Scowling, Ray faced forward, rubbing his leg.

“The zombie. It was trying to bite off my face when you yelled ‘no.’ It stopped and stared at you. Like it understood what you said.”

“I didn’t notice.”

Just like him, to play dumb.

“Probably because you were busy blowing its head off. But it did look at you. I know you can kind of sense when they’re around, but maybe there’s more to it than that.”

“You saying I can talk to them? Ask them what they like to do when they’re not trying to eat people’s brains? That’s stupid.”

Was it, though?

“I mean, maybe you can control them or something, like the Reverend.” I kicked a piece of burnt metal off the road. “I don’t know. That kid did say you were one of the chosen ones. And, if you can, that could be useful.”

“Shut up. That’s an order.”

“Yes, sir,” I said in a snarky tone, and I mock-saluted. If he didn’t want to talk about it, fine. Two could play that game.

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Book Review: Gossip by Clara Grace Walker

Gossip (Desire Never Dies, #2)Gossip by Clara Grace Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this Whodunit novel. It’s the 2nd in a series, but I read it first with no confusion. It stands alone well. While I typically wouldn’t read a series out of order, it worked out great in this instance.

I have to admit I like to know as little as possible about a book before I read, so I was guessing this was going to be more of a romance novel. It isn’t. I mean, there’s a strong thread of romance and some definitely sexy moments, but it fits even better into the Murder Mystery/Suspense genres.

I enjoyed the variety of characters and perspectives, and along the way, I changed my mind a few times about which ones I liked and which ones disgusted me with their lousy behaviors. I think most people don’t have a particularly high opinion of gossip columnists and photographers, but this story turns the tables around on that and lets you see many different sides to people who work in that industry.

Overall, it’s a good, solid read, and I recommend it for anyone who likes mystery and suspense with a sensual element.


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Also, follow Clara Grace Walker on Twitter. She’s a delight:  https://twitter.com/AuthorClaraGW

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#PitchWars Update: Getting Ready for the Alternates Showcase

Today I was featured on my #PitchWars mentor’s blog. Jessie Humphries critiqued the first page of Unauthorized. Check it out here: Blog by Jessie Humphries

The final round is next week, and my pitch will appear in the alternates showcase. Until then, I’ll be spending most of my free time editing. I want to add a few small scenes, actually more like moments, that I think will make the novel even better.

Regardless of what happens, this has been an exciting experience, and the feedback provided has helped me make my novel so much stronger. I’m happy that I put myself and my work out there.

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