August 25, 2012

Taking on the Dead Release Celebration: Guest Post & Giveaway with Annie Walls

Thank you Annie for making Wickedly Bookish a part of your release celebration for Taking on the Dead! I'm dying to read this intense zombie thriller novel so I can review it for you all, but until then, I'm excited to bring you a special guest post with Annie Walls. I asked her to give us a look into the ups and downs of writing zombie fiction and here is her response! Don't forget to enter the giveaway and check out the book blurb at the end of this post!

Writing the Apocalypse: The Good, The Bad, and The Undead

         I’m ecstatic to be a guest on Jessica’s blog! Her blog, well, her blog is wicked! If you don’t already know me, I’ll just tell you... I love all things wicked, scary, gory, sexy, witty, exciting, and more sexy. Anything with one of those, or even better, a combo of those, I’m so there!

            Let’s get down to it. The good, the bad, and the undead on writing zombies. I’m the author of The Famished Trilogy. What?!?! You ask. Another zombie series?

            Um, yes. Another zombie series. What can I say? I love zombies. Writing about them has been no piece of cake, either. Steering clear of any preconceived notion about zombies is hard. Real hard. I mean, come on, the subject is so mainstream, there are books to movies to charity walks to conventions to down right believing a zombie apocalypse will actually happen. Trust me, those people are out there...lurking in the shadows just waiting to have a bloody massacre with the people they despise the most just because they will get away with it. I plead the fifth about being one of those people. I’m not even going to mention the looting part of the deal.

            The good. I can definitely say, I have a unique imagination. If I would have published this story a few years ago, I don’t think I could have gotten anyone to read it. It’s disgusting and grotesque. I even made myself sick a few times while writing it. It’s a VERY good thing zombies are becoming popular, and that people are looking for a different view of things because they get that with the Famished Trilogy.

            The bad. The bad is the same as the good. The popularity of it seems to turning people off. I go to book review sites and immediately see: I DO NOT REVIEW BOOKS CONTAINING ZOMBIES, VAMPIRES, OR WEREWOLVES. Every time I see that, it’s a bummer. I can understand though, I read stuff and it reminds me of something else, and I lose focus of the story. Then it doesn’t have anything special to make it stick out. I forget the names of the characters, the heroine is a whiny damsel in distress, yadda, yadda, yadda. I get it, but that’s bad. For me.
            The Undead. What would make my zombie trilogy different? I wouldn’t know. Yeah, I watch zombie flicks. Who doesn’t? When it comes to reading them, I’ve steered clear the past few years. There are very few zombie novels I’ve actually read and liked A WHOLE LOT. Usually you get cheesy/comical, WAY out there without the writing to make it interesting, or it’s just plain depressing.

            The Famished Trilogy consists of action, gore, horror, suspense, gore, romance, gore, conspiracy. It’s an unpredictable vivid world. My characters have depth and mystery. The only thing I can say is read it and find out why it’s different. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Official Book Blurb
Taking on the Dead
Annie Walls
Famished Trilogy #1
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it's not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

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Giveaway Details

This giveaway is open to all readers of Wickedly Bookish (INT). One lucky reader will win an ebook copy of Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls provided by the author herself! The Giveaway will run from August 25th - 31st.
Entries can be gained in a variety of ways as stated in the Rafflecopter. In order to be fair to everyone, all entries will be checked so please be honest! If I find an invalid entry, it will be removed from the giveaway. As following Wickedly Bookish is a mandatory entry, if I do not find your name in my list of followers, all your entries will be removed from the giveaway. I would much rather skip over this stuff and just get to the fun, but it has happened before, so I need to state it all before the entries are collected.
 Winners will be chosen within 24 hours of giveaway's end and will be notified by email. If you are a winner, you will be expected to claim your prize within 48 hours of receipt of email or another winner will be chosen.

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 1. Be a follower of Wickedly Bookish
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3. Be 18 years old or older 
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