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If you would have asked me just two years ago what my very first published novel would be, I could have almost guaranteed it would have been one of my young adult contemporary stories. But nope, in just a little more than a week or so, I will be the author of a young adult, zombie western romance. Oh, you heard me right.
What once started out as a writing exercise, spurred on by my amazing critique group, has blossomed into a full- fledged brain eating, limb dropping, head decapitating, lovey-dovey zombie west series. Yep, a series. I was only going to write one zombie book and then refocus on my contemporary work, but I had so much fun with WANTED: Dead or Undead, that I decided a second book was in order. Now that I am 3/4ths the way through writing the second book in the series, I've come to realize that a 3rd book is in order. So, as it seems, I may never get back to writing contemporary work again. And that's okay by me.
Ever play Red Dead Redemption? Oh, it's good! Lots of undead fun with this one.
It has been a blast writing about zombies and survivors (handsome cowboy survivors) and I think it's because the possibilities are endless. When danger is always present and threatens a person's survival, then all sorts of craziness can ensue, and that makes for a fun book.
So, can a middle-aged mother of three, wife to one, who happens to live in the beautiful state of Utah and who normally writes young adult contemporary stories write a decent zombie book? I sure do hope so, but until the reviews come in, I won't know for certain. AND, if I'm writing a series, getting helpful feedback is critical. Beta readers have liked it. My editor has liked it. My publisher has liked it. But will the masses like it? My fingers are crossed and I'm hopeful.
What I would love to do is get your help. I would love to give you an copy (EPUB or MOBI version, just let me know) of Wanted: Dead or Undead and let me know what you think by posting a review on Amazon and Goodreads. You get to read my book for free, and I get to know whether or not, as an author, I suck. It's a win-win situation.
Just to be clear, this is a book with zombies in it. It also has some romance in it as well (nothing heavy--that kind of stuff makes me blush). If you do not like zombies or romance or young adult books, then this story is NOT for you. But if you like cowboys and horses and tough girls and rotting zombies, then boy do I have a book for you!
This book will be ready March 1st or close to it, but it's official release date will be later in the month. So this is an author advance copy, if you will. All that I am asking in return is for an honest review to be posted on Amazon AND Goodreads. It doesn't have to be anything fancy at all. I just want genuine feedback from genuine readers. Also, not to be pushy, I need the reviews to be posted by March 15th at the latest. This will help me out tremendously.
So, if this sounds like something you would be interested in reading and you have the time to post a review by the 15th, then just leave your name below, make sure to include your email in the form (not in the comment section. It's secure) and let me know whether you prefer the EPUB or MOBI version. Simple.
I'm kinda shaking in my boots (western terminology) about this, but it's time to give wings to my book and see what readers thinks.
Now remember, this book has zombies in it. Just in case you missed that part. You will be amazed at how many reviews are out there where people will say, "I HATE this book. It sucks. It has vampires in it" (vampires do kind of suck--ha,ha I made a punny). And on the cover and in the book blurb it talks about the book having vampires in it. People are weird like that. So just saying.
AND because this is a book with zombies and cowboys I can pretty much promise you that this is not literary genius. I'm 91% sure it's not, but I hold out 9% just in case it might be :)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. (If by some weird chance I get a blast of comments, then I may have to put a cap on this. But for now, let's see what the heck happens).