Cover Reveal: Restless in Peaceville

Sparky

 

Last time Pippa Jay visited me, I revealed her cover for Zombie Girl. Sadly, her publisher closed up shop just days before Zombie Girl was due to be published, which led Pippa to evaluate her publication options. I’m relieved to say that she has decided to pursue self-publishing, for which I am thankful, seeing as I devour (read, not eat, please!) her work with great relish whenever a new one comes along!

Thanks to Pippa’s very kind publisher (the one that closed up shop, yes), she’s able to re-release her works with relatively minimum fuss compared to what most publishers enable an author to do. The first of these is Restless in Peaceville. One of my top two first-person POV author reads (the other author’s written several).

So here we are. First up, let’s get to know the story a bit.

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.

And now for the brand-new cover!

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This cover is absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for dropping by and letting me share it with my friends, Pippa!

Cover Reveal: Zombie Girl

Sparky

 

Hi all! A while back I had the opportunity to beta read this YA story for Pippa (yes, I know, not quite my usual fare, but I can digress, right?), so I’m quite excited (see my tail wagging, anyone?) to share it’s progress with you. And as you can see, it’s got a cover.

First up, here’s the blurb:

Imagine waking up to find the world has ended, but unfortunately you’re not alone…

For Connor Innis, awakening from a year-long coma with no memories, no ability to move, and unable to speak was bad enough. Then he learns that a bioweapon set off a zombie apocalypse—for real—while he was sleeping, and the world he can’t even remember no longer exists.

Rehabilitation might be torture, but far worse awaits him outside. All too soon, the hospital Mentor declares him fit to leave but with nothing to go home to except a city full of mindless, flesh-eating monsters. That is, until he forms a strange relationship with the one he nicknames ‘Zombie Girl’.

And now I’ll give you the cover.

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To whet your appetite further, here is the opening to the book.

He woke to sensations of warmth and heaviness. The relentless thump, thump of a heartbeat and the rushing sound of someone breathing unsteadily. It took time to recognize the heartbeat as his own, to connect the breathing to air moving in and out of his own chest.

How long had he been asleep?

He didn’t remember going to bed. He couldn’t open his eyes. Confusion muddled his thoughts. Wait. Why can’t I move?

Panic set his pulse racing, but a weight held him down. He choked on something pressing at the back of his throat. Nothing responded as he struggled to move. Damn, am I paralyzed? Trapped under something?

“Please try to remain calm. You are perfectly safe.”

Remain calm? What the fuck does this moron expect?

“Please try to calm yourself.”

He couldn’t place a gender to the voice, and the flat unemotional tone meant it was probably synthetic. What were they called? Mentors. That was it. An artificial entity called a Mentor. The knowledge seeped into his awareness like blood oozing through a shallow cut.

His struggles weren’t getting him anywhere except a quick trip to a heart attack. He forced himself to take slow breaths, to steady himself. Not because the voice said so, but because there was nothing else he could do. He swallowed, painfully aware of the pressure of a tube in his nose and down his throat. He tried to talk, and heard a weird gurgle instead of words.

“Please relax. Do not attempt to move or speak at this time. Once you are calm, I will explain your situation fully.”

So there you have it.

Thanks for letting me share your cover, Pippa. Looking forward to whatever happens next!

 

Print Release: Restless in Peaceville

Sparky

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.

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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.