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Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews

Kick at the Darkness CoverRelease Date: May 28, 2015
Published by KA Books
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ABOUT THE BOOK:

To live through the zombie apocalypse they have to survive each other first.

College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after he’s had a good sulk.

But Parker’s about to find out what a bad day really looks like—if he can survive the night.

A virus is unleashed, transforming infected people into zombie-like killers. After these quick and deadly creepers swarm campus, Parker only escapes thanks to Adam swooping him onto the back of his trusty motorcycle. Now they’re on the run—and stuck with each other.

When they’re not bickering, they’re fighting off the infected in a bloody battle for survival. Their only hope is to head east to Parker’s family, but orphaned Adam has a secret he’s not sure Parker will accept: he’s a werewolf. Can they trust each other enough to find some light in these dark days?

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OUR THOUGHTS:

Thank you, Keira Andrews, for a kickass zombie apocalypse book! This story is what I imagine The Walking Dead would be if Rick and Shane – yeah, I know, I’d rather it’s Daryl but it’d be Shane – had fallen in love and set off on their own. Well, if Shane wasn’t such a jerk anyway, but maybe if Lori wasn’t around things would have gone differently? (Sorry, if you’re not a fan of the AMC series, you might be a little lost, but it happens to be one of the few shows I watch religiously so thanks for indulging me. :) ) So if you take the apocalypse/survival element of the story and really crank it up by adding in even more paranormal elements, you might come close to understanding how awesome this story is. To top it all off, Andrews throws in a bit of romance to really make Adam and Parker’s story complete.

Okay, so you might be thinking, “Zombies? Really? That’s so trendy.” I know most readers are often hyper aware of trends, and it’s smart for writers to try to capitalize on that popularity. I promise you, Andrews’ contribution to the current zombie craze is anything but trendy. These are not your typical zombies! For one thing, they’re alive. For another, they’re the product of religious zealots (or so we’re told – I’m waiting for confirmation). Andrews builds a world that’s familiar and before our eyes transforms it into a disease-ravaged shell of itself. She expertly demonstrates the changes in not only the physical landscape of the country, but also the sociological state associated with such a catastrophe.  I find it fascinating the way different people react in the face of danger, and Andrews definitely gives us a variety of responses.

What I feel is truly remarkable about this story is that in the middle of all the death and destruction, there’s love. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love when authors create something beautiful against a backdrop of horror.  Andrews does a spectacular job of foreshadowing the significance of Adam and Parker’s acquaintance, but you don’t realize just how important it will be until they’re side by side fighting for their lives. I think readers will sense their connection become something more before they realize it themselves. The bond between them is strong, and it needs to be if it’s going to withstand all the obstacles in their way.

If I had one complaint about this book it’s that when I was about 90% done,  I wasn’t sure the story would be wrapped up in time. I believed this to be a standalone story, and I just kept yelling at these guys to hurry up and fix everything! Because that’s what crazed, sleep-deprived, engaged readers do. :) Since finishing I’ve seen several reports that there might be a sequel, so I’m going to cross all my fingers and toes that’s the case. I can’t get enough of Andrews’ expert storytelling or crazy apocalyptic madness.

RATING: STILETTOS!

BOOK BLAST: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

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My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

Released April 15, 2015

Published by Torquere Press

Cover Art by B. S. Clay

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Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he accidentally creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

Categories: Humor, Romance, Horror, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Paranormal

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Excerpt:

Kit took one look at the concoction and raised his eyebrows in disbelief and disgust.

“What is that supposed to be?”

“It’s your food. Mmm! Delicious, brains! Zombies love brains!” I could see right away that I had gone too far.

“I am not a dog or a child, Edward. And I don’t appreciate your stereotyping.”

Oh, great. I had offended a zombie. What a schmuck. “I’m sorry, Kit. Won’t you at least try it?”

“Is that a slice of brain?”

“…yes. Technically. It’s not human!”

“Oh, it’s a brain, but it’s not human. That makes it all better. What’s in the rest of it?”

“The rest of the cow?” No, this was not going at all well. I pleaded. I cajoled. I begged.
He poured it down the sink.

Sales Links: Torquere Press

About the author:

My Zombie Boyfriend is T. Strange’s first full-length novel, though she has published several shorter works with Torquere Press. When not writing, T. enjoys gardening, spending time with her horse, and, of course, reading. T. lives in Canada with her wife, surrounded by pets.

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Queens of the Apocalypse by Rob Rosen

Queens of the ApocalypsePublished on 29 January 2014
Published by Wilde City Press
Copy obtained from author.

Don your best wig, high heels and paint those dreadful nails because the drag queens of the apocalypse will not be seen with you looking all drab and unglamorous! Buckle-up for a comedic take on a zombie apocalypse. Yes, you heard me correctly! Rob Rosen managed to take a horror/thriller, added in a large dose of comedy and a dash of romance. Who knew?!

Three drag queens, Destiny, Kit Kat and Blondella are in a fight for survival when a solar flare knocks out most of the unprotected population. A radiation blast that followed reanimated those who were killed by the flare. The result, ZOMBIES! Slow moving, stinky, green and not really resourceful zombies. This is good because if you can outrun them, you’re golden! Down side is that the zombies totally outnumber the living and desire human flesh. Another down side is that the solar flare left the temperatures scorching hot. This is Vegas heat with a shot of Phoenix hot boost! So basically to recap, we have queens in caked makeup and full on glam trying to maneuver through stinky, flesh-eating zombies in hotter than hell temperatures.

In this dire situation I would want to be paired with these ladies. They were from the same performing club and had known each other for years. They knew each others ticks and quirks but they also knew how to push each others buttons. The banter back and forth had me laughing more times than I could count. The fat one, the diva, the dumb one. The cuts and jabs were slung around and were extremely entertaining. It kept the seriousness of the zombie apocalypse to a minimum and propelled my love for the girls.

The story is about making it from California to New York. Blondella’s love, Johnny, is safe there and they are determined to get the couple back together. Along the way they meet MANY obstacles and add a few people and… zombies to their rag-tag team. Yes, zombies. How could this mission not succeed?!

I recommend Queens of the Apocalypse if you want a lighter take on the zombie theme, to laugh A LOT and experience some queens cat fighting. :) The book comes with a foreward by Sister Roma that is a delightful bonus read as well.

RATING: BAD ASS (QUEENS IN) BOOTS!

The Copper Horse: Fear (The Copper Horse #1) by K.A. Merikan

Fear (The Copper Horse)Published 7 March 2014
Published by Storm Moon Press
Copy obtained from publisher.

Only Kat and Agnes Merikan can make a slavery situation loving. A pony fetish, fascinating. The captor someone we root for. That is exactly what happens in The Copper Horse: Fear.

All his life, Reuben has been slapped around and considered useless. His father nags on him all day and night. His friends laugh at him, if you can even call them friends. He seeks companionship but even that leaves him feeling ashamed because he really wants the affections of a lad and not a lass. Of course to Reuben, that is wrong, wrong, wrong. In order to make himself feel better about his choices he picks burly men to entice then backs off right before the act so they will abuse him and force him. He definitely is not in a content and normal mind-frame.

A so-called ‘friend’ talks Reuben into betraying his father by making bread from their bakery to sell in Bylondon. They forge through the sewers, are almost killed by a zombie and what does Reuben get in return, betrayal. Reuben is captured and on his way to the Pit of Death when a mysterious man in tight leathers selects him. Reuben has escaped the eminent death of the pit but what will he face now? Will he be a servant? What does this new master require of him? Well…..

The Dal’s are very prominent in Bylondon. If you’ve read the priors books set in this same zombie plagued world (like Stung and The Scavenger series) you know that their reach is far and their hand is heavy. Erik Dal is the forger. Stained hands from his skill and also a bit in the eccentric side. His eccentricity and his dalliances are overlooked but his skill is much-needed and treasured. Erik has a free pass to act in any way he delights and his delight is pony play. He finds his stallions and then trains them to serve and submit to him. His new stallion of choice is Reuben.

It totally helps that Reuben isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. He enjoys the play until he starts thinking a little more than usual. He loves the attention that is lavished on him by the whole household, the careful grooming and warm filling meals. He enjoys all the affection he receives from Erik and his groom Jack. He even likes the pony play he and Erik do together but the minute he thinks someone else will find out or know he freaks. It goes back to his issues from before with accepting his preferences. Once he can get past that little hitch, he will make the finest stallion for Erik. That is what Erik desires and he is the one in control of not only Copper’s happiness and comfort but his life. To deny and fight is surely death.

It is a fascinating world that Kat and Agnes have created for Erik and Reuben. The transformation of Reuben into Copper and his acceptance of his fate is an interesting struggle to witness. Reuben wants so badly to just give in but he continues to hold back. Once they discover the fears Reuben has and he learns that Erik will take care of him he can finally submit and give in to being Copper. Eric is a very patient Master, surprisingly. He is one of the most redeemable ‘bad guys’ I think I’ve ever read. I should have hated the captor but when he is gentle, affectionate and caring it is hard to do so. As long as Reuben embraces being Copper to his fullest potential, I think these two will be inseparable. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

RATING: BAD ASS (RIDE THAT PONY) BOOTS!!