Get into Bed with Aria Kane (Author Interview)

Blog Tour ButtonKeira: In a zombie apocalypse, what three items do you grab and what’s the first thing you do after grabbing them?

Aria Kane: 1 – Water filter. In an apocalypse, even a zombie one, lack of potable water is going to kill more city folk than just about anything else. I have one designed for hiking, that’s light weight and will filter out most danger organisms.

2 – A crowbar, baseball bat, whatever you have that’s good for decapitation. If I’m at my parents, I’m going straight for the gun cabinet.

3 – My dog. No, seriously. Watch I Am Legend. A dog will save your ass more times than you can possibly count. My booboo’s not normally fierce, but he is protective of me.

Keira: Your new release, Once Upon a Darkness, features zombies. What do we, the readers, need to know? Do we bring along our zombie survival kit?

Aria: I will say that hardcore zombie fans might be a little disappointed. Once Upon a Darkness reads more like an action adventure than a horror and the zombies are only up close a few times. But if you have guys like Clint, Hank, and Erik backing you up, you’re golden.

Keira: In your opinion, what is more dangerous: zombies attacking or humans attacking and why?

Aria: On the one hand, zombies are incapable of reasoning. On the other hand, humans are capable of reasoning. Zombies are relentless, but they’re not very smart. Humans are effing smart – and cruel. You only have to look at things like the atom bomb to answer this question: zombies just want to find dinner, humans want to watch the world burn.

Keira: Do you plan to go see World War Z? And if you are, is it for the zombies or Brad Pitt?

Aria: Heck yes! As soon as I can convince someone to spend the night with me afterward – funny enough, I’m a HUGE scaredy-cat when it comes to zombies.

Keira: What’s next on your plate? More zombies? (Brains!)

Aria: I’m currently working on something new for me – a contemporary romance. I’m working on a sexy continuity with a few author friends of mine and – I think that’s all I’m allowed to tell you about it right now!

OnceUponADarkness_v2Blurb:

Gretchen and her twin brother, Hank, were abandoned to a zombie horde when they were five years old. Intended to be a sacrifice by their zealot parents, they were instead rescued by The Company. Raised to become soldiers in the war against zombies, they now provide safe passage through danger zones, one contract at a time.

Clint’s only skill is war, but he’s weary of killing other men. When his contract with the Marines runs out, he takes a job on Gretchen’s team, hoping that the search-and-rescue life will suit him better.

On Clint’s second day, their four-man team is attacked, drugged, and taken to a prison full of frightened civilians. The only way in or out is by helicopter and, here, their enemies are human. One by one, the captives are culled from the holding area. Rumors say the facility director uses the prisoners as experimental subjects for the testing of a zombie cure.

When Hank is culled, Clint and Gretchen must put aside their personal feelings and find a way out of the prison, surrounded by thousands of starving zombies, before Hank becomes just one more disposable guinea pig in the hands of a twisted mad woman.

Buy: Once Upon a Darkness

Excerpt:

“Can we try something else?” Clint swung the practice sword in a wide sweep. “I think I got this motion down.”

“When you’re facing a crowd of zombies, there’s no time to think,” a woman’s voice said behind him.

He spun, sword in hand. She lunged at him. He had enough time to register pale skin and straight white-blonde hair atop a lithe frame before her arms crashed into his shoulders with shocking force. Air rushed painfully from his lungs as his back hit the ground. His sword rattled out of reach. She crouched on top of him, somehow holding him down with not much more than a hundred pounds to her. Eyes the color of ice on an Alaskan glacier stared back at him.

“If I were a zombie, you’d be a three-course meal right now.” The woman, who was maybe a few years younger than him, snapped her jaw and laughed.

“Or a new zombie, yourself,” another male voice said. Clint looked over her shoulder to find the male version of his attacker standing about twenty feet back from the scene. Next to him, a mountain of a man smirked with amusement. All three of them were nuts.

She shaped her hand like a gun and pressed it to his forehead. “No, I’d kill you before I let that happen.” She said it casually, like telling someone lunch was ready.

“Thanks?” Was this some sort of weird initiation?

The woman leapt to her feet and yanked him up after her. She tapped the back of his skull. “When you’re attacked, your lizard brain takes over. You have to do something like a sword swing or a roundhouse kick thousands of times so that it becomes instinctual. Hesitation is fatal.” She punctuated her words with practiced movements; the swinging of an imaginary sword and a roundhouse kick aimed at the practice target.

“Right.” He had known this, of course, but had forgotten it in the absolute boredom of swinging the sword the same way for hours.

The woman stood there with her hands on her hips as if she were waiting for some kind of applause. He didn’t know what else to say that would keep her from jumping him again. Though, now that he got a good look at her, maybe he wouldn’t mind another roll in the dirt. She was tall, with long legs bared by khaki shorts. A tiny white tank top stretched over a black sports bra that definitely earned its keep. Lean muscle stretched along the full length of her arms, torso, and legs. Strapped to her legs and waist were weapon holsters of all varieties that – in his mind, at least – only made her sexier.

“What are you, Zombie Slayer Barbie?”

Buy: Once Upon a Darkness

Giveaway: To celebrate the release of Once Upon a Darkness, Aria Kane is giving away a Kobo Vox (Android) eReader with a red leather case to one winner (US residents only), and a choice of any Entranced ebook to another winner (international entries welcome).

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AriaKaneAbout the Author:

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. She lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he’s a Chihuahua.

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Review: The Girls Guide to Dating Zombies by Lynn Messina

Reviewed by Sandra Scholes

In almost every genre there are comedy novels designed to make the reader laugh out loud, from comedy romance for vampire lovers to ones for those who enjoy a werewolf howler now and again – the types are vast and excellent to read.

Just like this one…

After a virus wiped out most of the human race, normal men have become the rarity, and those who hope to find companionship, even romance can have a shred of hope in the form of Hattie Cross.

For Hattie Cross, dating ordinary men is a definite no no. She prefers her men with that glazed look in their eyes (provided they have them), and those with a shoe fetish too. Yes, you’ve guessed it, she prefers zombies. And as there is not much chance of meeting the remaining 0.00001 percent of the normal human male population, she has settled for the 99.9999 percent of zombies who are still prowling the world. As a tabloid reporter, Hattie decides to write The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies based on her own experiences.

The first part acts as an Oprah style interview with the author about why she wrote the book, while the rest is the actual guide. Honestly, if the reader isn’t giggling like a schoolgirl from the first two pages there’s something wrong. With published works like The Xombie Review and The Daily Scoopage nothing could be funnier. Hattie gives the real woman a chance to date a different man, one who will never complain about the food, keep you waiting, or have you wondering whether they like you or not. This is the revolution where the woman is on top with a can of air freshener on hand and with the right pills to medicate him, she can do anything!

The humour comes in fits and bursts, and it is an absolute must read as far as I’m concerned. I’ve not read anything this funny since Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen.

Welcome to the Zombpocalypse. Lynn’s novel is witty, funny and right up there with Mary Janice-Davidson and Katie McAllister. It’s a zombie rib-tickler.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies

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Review: Haunted Honeymoon (Casa Dracula Book 4) by Marta Acosta

Head’s up there are some spoilers in this review. Ye be warned.

In the final installment of the Casa Dracula series, Milagro must make the toughest choice of all and that’s following her heart. She’s with Ian currently, but every time she thinks of Oswald, her heart aches. The idea of leaving Ian though causing just as much heartache which confuses her because she swears her hormones hijack her brain whenever he’s around.

When Ian hires thralls, Milagro is severely tested, but Ian confronts her about the issue. Then she sees him snacking on their next door neighbor, Christine (Cricket) Poindexter, and while the woman seems to be enjoying it a little too much, it’s the last straw for Millie. Of course with Ian, Milagro is always looking to find fault so she can run from him. He poses too much of a threat to her heart compared to the safe and fascinating Oswald.

A torrid fling in England and finalizing a second contract with Don Pedro is just the thing she needs to distance herself from all she’s feeling. Ian is none too pleased and they have another confrontation. When Wilcox Spiggot comes to America to continue the affair, he’s killed and left to decompose on Milagro’s bed in her loft.

She assumes it was Ian but his thralls say he wasn’t in the country. Leaving, she stumbles across a scene at the neighbors. Cricket in an attempt to win Ian has been draining her blood in doses and saving it for him, this time she accidentally cut an artery and bled to death. Her husband freaks out, slips on the blood and goes down hard on the floor cracking his head.

Cue a super secret special force team that hauls Milagro away. This is where the opening prologue and the story realign. Book four of Casa Dracula is noticeably darker in theme than the previous while still keeping the ongoing humor element. The one thing I will tell you about the dark portion is that it’s not very long and there’s no rape. Milagro uses her wits and escapes going to Mercedes and then onto the ranch looking for help.

Oswald is not happy and a series of events occurs that results in Milagro having amnesia. At first nobody believes her but it soon becomes apparent Millie is indeed suffering some trauma. The Grant family calls in a shrink who comes to the ranch to help her out while they petition for recovery time from the Council who wants to investigate and interrogate Milagro.

Is this the second chance Milagro needs to turn things around with Oswald or will she realize her heart belongs to Lord Ian?

When she asks for the reasons both men claim to love her is very eye opening set of moments for her and some of my favorite moments in the series.

If you haven’t yet tried the Casa Dracula series, and you love vampires or comedy romances, you need to snatch up these novels immediately!

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Haunted Honeymoon (Casa Dracula, Book 4)

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Review: Alice in Zombieland by Lewis Carroll and Nickolas Cook

by Isabel G., guest reviewer

Alice is on a slightly altered adventure in this twist on a childhood classic. The accident that sends Alice to Wonderland makes her question more than just her surroundings; it makes her question if she’s still alive. She finds herself craving meat from both the living and the walking dead. Yes, it seems most of our favorite characters have either perished, are in the process of dying, or killed as the story progresses. Could there be an upside? They come back as zombies!

I liked how the story began and it had a lot of potential. The idea of Alice being in the graveyard and following the black rat was brilliant. The part with the baby turning into a zombie, however, was creepy even for this story. It’s interesting that some of the material can be considered humorous while other sections are too gory and dark to be part of the same story. By the way, Alice is a bit of a hypocrite about the other characters eating each other, when she herself, indulged in some cannibalism at the Tea Party. The best part is how Alice’s own sister thinks of her. At the end of the story, Alice’s sister was as rotten a person as any zombie Alice dreamed up.

Besides the nonsense that’s normally attributed to any version of Alice in Wonderland, the Alice in Zombieland story had a few adjectives that seemed out of place. Some of the wording chosen didn’t make sense in certain sentences. For example, on page 236, “Its rotting head collapsed around her huge horny fist…” What is that? How does the word horny factor into the sentence?

Weaknesses: Getting past the back-to-back run on sentences was an uphill battle. The book came perilously close to taking flight…straight into my bedroom wall. The hope it would improve was still alive…and so, I continued. To my relief, the story and writing improved enough to keep me reading.

Strengths: Hello! Zombies, Alice, the Mad Hatter, all of our childhood favorites. Well zombies were part of my childhood at least; I loved/still love those horror movies.

Recommendations: If you generally read mash-up novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Little Vampire Women, then you’ll find this an enjoyable read. But if on the other hand, you don’t read mash-ups, and are a stickler for good grammar, you may choose to bypass altogether.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Buy: Alice in Zombieland

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN# 978-1-4022-5621-9
Copyright 2009, 2011
Genre: Humor
Pages: 240

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