THE UNDEAD ROAD-MY ZOMBIE SUMMER: PART ONE

I’m excited to be part of my friend and fellow blogger David Powers King‘s cover reveal for his new Young Adult novel, The Undead Road-My Zombie Summer: Part One. Once you read the blurb, enter his contest to win a chance to be zombified in Part Two! You know I’m going for it; I love me some zombies, though I never pictured myself being one…

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Title: The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part 1

Author: David Powers King

Publisher: CreateSpace / Dashboard Books

Ebook Release: January 1st, 2016

Paperback: January 26th, 2016

Cover by Steven Novak

 

BOOK BLURB:

Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Beretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

CONTEST DETAILS:

A while ago, David invited the blogosphere to let him turn one unfortunate lucky contestant into a zombie for The Undead Road. The winner was Ilima Todd, who is now the awesome author of Remake. The next installment of My Zombie Summer is underway, and David wants to do this contest again. Want to be in a zombie book? Not only is this your chance, but it is your choice!

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Between now and next Wednesday, send an email to dpowersking [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line: Zombify Me! Contest. In your email, David wants you to tell him three things:

 

1: The name you will be identified as (example: your first name).

2: A description of yourself—the more detailed you are, the better.

3: How would you like the survivors to put you out of your misery

 

Four casualties contestants will be chosen on Wednesday, November 25th. The most inventive or interesting entry will be zombified! The other three who are unlucky fortunate enough to survive will be given special honors. Winners will be announced on December 2nd on David’s blog.

Prizes? The winner will be zombified in the pages of My Zombie Summer: Part Two, receive a signed proof of the novel (when it’s ready), and a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. The runner ups will receive a free e-book of The Undead Road for their Kindle (other platforms TBA).

Thank you for participating, and good luck!

About the Author:

DPK15David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

 

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Congratulations, Sir David! How many of you love zombies as much as we do? Planning on entering the Zombify Me contest?

 

 

WOVEN – BLOG TOUR, BOOK RELEASE, and MY REVIEW!

OMG, my peoples! It’s finally out… Woven, the young adult fantasy novel co-authored by my friend David Powers King has FINALLY been released and I’m doing my part to spread the word! 🙂
At the end of the post, check out my review.

 

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Book description from Goodreads:

WOVEN   by Michael Jensen and David Powers King, published by Scholastic.

Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself. All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown. But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure. Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face. Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.

Available now wherever books are sold.
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About the Authors:

MichaelJensen[1] (2)Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.

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DavidPowersKing[1] (2)David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

 

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I received an advance copy of a second draft version of the manuscript to read. My review is based on this draft.

My Rating:     ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

           Nels, known where he lives as the ‘Knight of Cobblestown’, is always trying to lend a hand. His lifelong dream is to become a knight for the Kingdom of Avërand. After winning a wrestling match with the favored Knight of Avërand, Arek, the Princess refuses to hand over the ‘prize’–a kiss to the winner. When Nels is murdered by a mysterious stranger later that evening, it turns out that Princess Tyra is the only one that can see him. Yes, young Nels comes back as a ghost. Clearly there’s unfinished business that needs to be taken care of, and that includes finding out what exactly bonds these two young people together.

 

          I wasn’t too fond of Princess Tyra at first. She was too much of a spoiled brat for my taste, compared to Nels and his chivalrous and courageous nature. He pleads with her to help him until he has no choice but to follow her around and prank her (think Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost) 😀 until she agrees. (Eventually she wins me over). They eventually join forces to find out exactly what happened to Nels and the evil force trying to unravel him. The quest includes searching for a magic needle that will help tie up loose ends from ties nearly severed years ago. There are many obstacles to overcome and battles to be fought.

 

          The world-building is phenomenal; there is even a map included to give the reader an idea of area locations. I love that the world and everyone in it are intertwined by a ‘Tapestry’, and that fate is sometimes changed by the choices made. Readers will notice many references to sewing in this book: thimbles, threads, weaving, seams, etc. The characters were well fleshed out and three-dimensional, with their own distinct personalities. The story flowed well, although it did lag slightly in the middle. I noticed no spelling or grammatical errors in this draft.

 

          If you like stories with ghosts, sorcerers, knights, magic, witches, and spells mixed with a healthy dose of adventure, action, fantasy, and a touch of romance, then I highly recommend this novel.

 

Another Nomination!

I have again been nominated for another award by the lovely and talented Ms. Briana Vedsted over at  http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com. I am so humbled and moved that I’m at a loss for words. This time, Briana nominated me for the Shine On Award. I so adore that young lady. She, among a few others from my ever-expanding community, has given me so much confidence to continue pressing on. Thank you.

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The rules for the Shine On Award are:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Disclose seven random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers to receive the Award. (I’m sorry. I’m only doing five. I struggled to get my eleven for the Liebster!) It happens when you’re the new kid in town…

SEVEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. Before I became an Emergency Medical Technician, I couldn’t stand the sight of blood or anyone else’s vomit.
  2. I  have an Associate Degree in Management/Accounting and a Certificate in Para-medicine.
  3. I’m a fan of the Walking Dead and Revenge.
  4. I am fiercely protective of family, friends, and Sophie.  (I kick you with my good leg!!!)
  5. I love Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Caramel Lattes
  6. I like stuff by Thomas Kinkaide. (I know. I know.)
  7. Many people think I am either Cuban or Puerto Rican by descent, but my parents (RIP) were both born in Hungary. So that makes me, what? First generation Hungarian American? I don’t know.  No one ever believes me anyway.

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Thank you again Briana so much for this nomination! I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this feels.