My friend Pippa Jay told me that one of her previous releases, a YA (Young Adult, for those wondering) paranormal called Restless in Peaceville, is coming out in print today. I’ve already seen her lurking on Facebook with print copies of it, and it looks beautiful (if one can call a book about zombies that…).
This book is one of very few first-person-voiced stories where the voice didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment of the book. So here’s an extract from near the beginning, to demonstrate.
I suppose I should count myself lucky they hadn’t started carving me up, and that I’d gone for an overdose rather than throwing myself in front of a truck or out of a window. I’m in damn good condition…for a corpse. Still in one piece as far as I can ascertain, and that ain’t easy to determine, let me tell you. You know how an arm or a leg goes after you’ve sat on it for a while, cutting off the circulation? But before the blood flow starts again and you get pins and needles? That numb heaviness? My whole body is like that. Like every part of me is full of lead.
Also, the not breathing is weird. I take a couple of breaths out of habit, for the familiar feeling of air moving in and out of my chest. After that I don’t bother. It takes too much concentration and there are other things I need to focus on. Like, what do I do next, for instance?
So, what, I’m just gonna lie here?
It’s an option, but I’d probably give the next person who opens up my drawer a heart attack. I don’t want another death on my conscience. Not when I already have my own.
There you go. Beautiful, isn’t it? I just love the self-deprecating tone, as well as the fresh perspective on the… death?… of a zombie (can’t say ‘life’ now, can I?).
I’ll leave you with the full print cover and the description of the book.
Welcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…
Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…
But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?
And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.
Restless In Peaceville is a young adult zombie story with a twist, set in a Louisiana that never was, and released by Lycaon Press on the 20th August, 2014. Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE. Sign up to Pippa’s no-spam newsletter HERE to stay up to date with releases, cover reveals, sales and giveaways for all her titles and more.