December Audiobook Review POW: The Zombie Days

Run time: 5hrs and 46 minutes, narrated by Jacob Bruce
In Peter Oliver Wonder‘s POW: The Zombie Days, we find ourselves following the author in a first-person account on a post-apocalyptic adventure the likes of which you won’t find in many other zompoc style books. Consider this a buddy movie type story. Two dudes out to keep their small part of the world safe from what remains of the dead after society has fallen and is starting the slow rebuild to something new. The author takes an interesting tongue-in-cheek approach to himself in the story.

What did I like about this story?
The story was filled with bro-humor, alot of it funny, some not so much, but it was the humorous and bizarre aspects that I enjoyed the most. I liked the fact that the story involves a society that has fallen and is rebuilding itself and for the most part, zombies are just a nuisance to be dealt with. There was some interesting character development and even some unexpected plot twists, such as a romance that you think is going one direction and then goes somewhere else.

What didn’t I like about this story?
The same thing I enjoyed I also grew tired of. The bro-humor was entertaining but constant. It got to be very juvenile at some points and tiresome as the story went on. If you’re a fan of constant sarcasm and two dudes bantering, you’ll enjoy this. I just grew tired of it. For me, it was good for comic relief, but not what I wanted to listen to the whole story.

Narration:
The narration was well done. Jacob Bruce’s vocals were energetic and carried the tone of the story well.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
While the story ended with a setup for a sequel going in a very different direction(hint not Zombies), I don’t think I would enjoy another go-round of this type of storytelling, for me, it would be a pass.

I’d give this book a 5 out of 10.

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The Zee Brothers: Zombie Buffet Comic Book Now Available!

Ever wonder what happens when a zombie can eat all it can eat?

In the case of Professor West, he made the unfortunate choice of pissing off

Dr. Natasha Nitsau, and now he’s about to find out!

Grab the book on Amazon and enjoy the trailers below!

The Walking Dead Cookbook!

Just because the undead’s taste buds are atrophying doesn’t mean yours have to!

Want to know the fine cuisine of the post-zombie world? Find out more by checking out The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook & Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson.

 

Treat Yourself to Some Zombies!

All Zombie Books only $0.99 each!! 10/27 – 10/31


Behold Darkness By LC Champlin

“Two businessmen in San Francisco match wits with the mastermind of a multi-target
terrorist attack who unleashes a plague that turns people into mindless cannibals.”

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Forget the Alamo By R.J. Spears

“Grant is trapped in the Alamo, surrounded by 1,000 hungry zombies, a military strike is on its way,
and he just ate his last Snicker’s bar. And that’s just the upside of his day.”

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Mutation Z Series: Books 1-6 Boxed Set By Marilyn Peake

Ebola, one of the most feared of the hemorrhagic diseases, begins spreading across the borders of countries in West Africa, then mutates into the “Z” or Zombie Virus. Journalist Hunter Morgan uncovers a web of sinister intrigue connecting Chen-Zamora Pharmaceuticals, a treatment and research camp in West Africa, the U.S. government, CDC and World Health Organization.

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The Zee Brothers: Zombie School Lockdown By Grivante

“Two brothers trying to stop the zombie apocalypse, one job at a time!”

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Only the Dead Don’t Die By A.D. Popovich

“With hope as her last weapon of defense, Scarlett must learn how to survive
in a creeper-infested world without sacrificing her own humanity!”

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Infected By Jessica Gomez

“If the world ceased to exist in one moment in time, would you know what to do?
Read the Flash series and see how one cave family tests the hands of fate.”

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Odium: The Dead Saga By Claire C Riley

“At the end of the world, you either fight or die.”

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DEAD: Onset (Book One of the New DEAD series) By TW Brown

“A return to the world of the 12 book DEAD series. Evan Berry faces the stuff of nightmares
when his fiancee rises from the dead in a local hospital after being attacked in their home.”

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Dead & Alive: Survive By I.J. Smith

“England has fallen to a terrible viral attack. Six months after, a team goes in.”

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Red Dirt Zombies I: The Battle for Roswell, Georgia By Michael Peirce

“The Walking Dead TV show goes into the consequences of losing the zombie war.
My books go into the consequences of winning.”

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Undead On Arrival By Justin Robinson

“A single bite turns a man into a walking corpse. Five years after the end of the world, someone made sure Glen Novak was bitten and now he has one day to put things in order, protect his people, and, most importantly, exact revenge.”

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Alone By Mercedes Prunty

“Is it safer to be ‘Alone’ in this new infected world? The world has been torn apart as we know it, a war over fossil fuels ended in Bio-Chemical warfare and this is the world Stacie now lives in. As she looks for her sister, the one reason she is still alive, she encounters many horrors and monsters on her path but are the creatures the real danger or the humans that are still alive?”

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Special Bonus!

For the first 25 people that make a purchase of any book above and email a copy of their receipt to receipts@reanimatedwriters.com they will receive a 10 pack of our Choose Your Own Apocalypse Postcards!

 

Undead Worlds is here!

The anthology zombie loving fans everywhere have been waiting for is finally available for immediate download! And for a limited time, you can grab it for just .99c! Featuring 22 brand new stories from 22 different authors all in 1 great book!

Check out Undead Worlds today!

All About The Zee Brothers Vol.2 Zombie School Lockdown!

The Zee Brothers Vol.2 Zombie School Lockdown Cover Reveal Post

You may have seen glimpses of this popping up on the internet, but we are glad to finally be able to do the full reveal!

Here it is!

Book 2 features the brothers and JJ dealing with an outbreak inside a charter school. They are trapped, with no weapons, toxic zombies, and scared children. It’s going to take a lot more than brute force to get them out of this one!

The Kindle edition is available now! Click here to get it!

Here’s the full paperback cover which will be released August 25th!

And for you audiobook fans, the audiobook is currently under production in the capable hands of narrator and opera tenor, Ian McEuen. Look for release information this fall!

And for those that haven’t yet gotten the new edition paperback of book 1, you can order it here!

 

The Zee Brothers: Zombie School Lockdown (Zombie Exterminators Book 2 Update)

So, you may have heard that book 2 drops this Saturday, but might be wondering why you hadn’t heard about it sooner…well, there’s a bit of a story behind that…

Without diving too deep into the details, we set a release schedule for the book to coincide with our appearance at Crypticon Seattle this weekend. This was based on conversations with our artist back in February which allowed us to feel confident that we would be able to meet this date, and then… we didn’t hear from him for 6 weeks.

When he finally reemerged with apologies at the first part of April, we negotiated specific terms for the completion of the project. Based on the situation, we realized we wouldn’t be able to release the illustrated paperback in time, but we could still proceed with the release of the e-book. We canceled plans for the paperback and changed plans to focus our efforts on the ebook, we were just waiting on the cover.

We received the first 2 concept sketches which captured the imagery we were looking for and agreed on the second image below as it really captured the personalities of the characters and the fun of the story.

Work began on the detailed cover art and a few weeks ago we received the image below with promises of a swift completion.

We were excited and couldn’t wait to start broadcasting that book 2 was coming. Unfortunately, this is when communication with our artist again stopped and we couldn’t do anything but wait. As the deadline for the release date drew nearer we had to accept that we weren’t going to have a completed cover. We were forced to make a choice, try and throw something together, quickly hire someone else or wait.

Since this was the second time in very short order that this had happened, we made the unfortunate decision to fire our artist. The lack of communication being the ultimate reason. We could have dealt with delays if they had been communicated, but leaving us in the dark like that made us wait until it was too late to do anything.

As a result, we made some modifications to the last version of the cover in order to have something to put on the book when it went from preorder to on sale. This is that temporary cover.

Once making the decision to let go of our existing artist, our next decision was either to hire a new artist or completely rebrand the series with more traditional covers, like others in the publishing industry use, and do away with the internal artwork which, while very expensive, we loved having.

We are still undecided on this and would love to hear from any of The Zee Brother’s Fans what you might like to see. Either option will take a fair amount of time, but we are hoping to make a decision soon and start work down that path with a target of an October release for the paperback.

In the short term, we did find an artist who is able and willing to complete the cover from the above sketch that will give us something professional to put on the book. This cover should be revealed in the next couple of days if all goes well. Keep on the look out for it!

Thanks for your time in reading and being a fan of Grivante & The Zee Brothers. We wanted to share this information to answer questions we have been receiving on what is going on. In the end, a lesson was learned, never set a release date until you have the cover art completed.

-G.

P.S. Book 2, The Zee Brothers: Zombie School Lockdown is available for order here!

 

April Audio Book Review: Origins of the Outbreak by Brian Parker

Run time 6 hrs and 55 mins

In Brian Parker’s Origins of the Outbreak, we are introduced to the moment the outbreak begins and how it spreads in a series of slice of life vignettes that tell a sprawling story, from one infection to thousands.

I’ll admit, I was a bit leery of the format, as I found the use of vignettes that were interjected into another story recently reviewed to be primarily disruptive and not a positive for the story. This time though, it mostly worked and the story had a unique and engaging feel that I enjoyed following along.

The story starts out in a small town which allows for most of the characters to be closely connected as the infection spreads. This keeps the narrative engaging and kept me tuned in, because even if the characters in a vignette died, they’d be back as zombies in another one soon enough.

We start with patient zero, a scientist at a university in a small town doing an experiment. We learn a little bit about him and what he is doing and then, bam, the outbreak begins!

What did I like about this story?
I liked how we got to watch the virus spread from first this person and then to that person and how those peoples stories interconnected, both pre and post-infection.

I liked the person to person spread so much, I was actually disappointed when the infection grew so large that we lost touch with some of the earlier characters, however, that’s just the way a pandemic goes. It gets out of control.

What didn’t I like about this story?
I could have used more of an overall background storyline for the characters that survive. The story keeps you interested throughout, but there could have been greater connection to the story overall with more main character development early in the story.

Narration: 
The narration was done by Veronica Fox who has a great voice for the job. The inflection with which she read kept each vignette both cohesive and unique.

Conclusion: (Aka: Would I listen to more by this author?)
The book ends with something of a twist that definitely leaves it open for more of this particular story and I’d be curious to see if Brian does continue the series where it goes from here. In general, it was well written with few issues and I could easily find myself enjoying some of his other works of fiction.

I give this 8 out of 10 stars.

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The Zee Brothers Prank Call Promo!

Want to have some fun and win some cool prizes?
We want you to prank call The Zee Brothers!

Who are The Zee Brothers?


Jonah & Judas are two brothers in the Zombie Extermination business. Just like any other exterminators, they get phone calls from prospective clients and go out and do inspections to determine what needs to be done.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the pests, this usually turns into a bloody mess in a hurry. Most often, where Jonah & Judas are concerned, it’s generally pretty funny as well.

While the brothers are serious about what they do, there is one night a year where they will not answer their phone. You see, Jonah & Judas get a lot of prank calls to their Zombie Exterminators phone #, but it’s the worst on Halloween night.

That’s the one night a year when people think it’s funniest to harass them. They don’t answer the phone and they don’t go out. All those costumes and people in zombie make-up are a recipe for disaster for guys ready to shoot anything that’s dead but still moving, so they just stay home and let the phone ring.

The messages range from people making fun of zombie extermination, people pretending they are being attacked, to people saying zombies aren’t real. The list goes on and on. The next morning they nurse their hangovers and listen to the Halloween madness.

That’s where you come in!

We want you to call and leave your craziest, zaniest message about zombies or zombie exterminators to Jonah & Judas. Pretend you’re a potential client or just be a funny prankster.

What’s in it for you?
Your call could be featured in The Zee Brothers Vol.3 both as text in the book and possibly even the audio from your call in the audiobook. We’ll also broadcast some of our favorites across our social media, bringing you untold fame… no fortune, but we promise as much fame as your humor creates.

PRIZES!
The top 3 prank callers will all win signed copies of The Zee Brothers Books 1-3! And the contents of your call will likely be featured in book 3.

(Prizes will be sent out after the release of book 3 mid-2018)

Other prizes may include posters, prints, bookmarks, apparel and more.

How do you participate?
Call the Grivante Press offices at 208-352-2102 and at the beep, pretend you are leaving a message for Jonah & Judas. You are more likely to win if you make us laugh, good luck!

Contest Rules:
Must be 18 Years Old at the time of the phone call.

After you’ve left your message, make sure and pause a moment and then give your call back number, name and an email address so that we can get in touch with you if you win.

Winners will be chosen by 1/31/18.

CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD ENDS 1/1/18

Zombie Cupid Prize Winner Drawing + A Huge Deal on All Zombie Cupid Books

Zombie Cupid Grand Prize Winner Drawing!

Today we have the pleasure of drawing the grand prize and runner-up winners for Zombie Cupid! Check out the video below to find out who won and stay tuned until the end for a really big announcement from the participating authors! For anyone that can’t view the video, please see the very end of the post for a list of winners and their names.

Did you watch the whole video?

If you are having trouble viewing the video, it can be viewed directly on youtube here ->https://youtu.be/E7jA0rKNWv0

Then now you know the big news, that the Reanimated Writers have decided to give you all some Zombie Cupid Love!

From now until 2/15 all books below have been marked down to just $0.99 each!
(Prices may vary slightly based on international conversions)

Did you see one during the giveaway you really hoped you’d win?

Now’s your chance, get it for a steal before time runs out!

All 17 Zombie Books only $0.99 each until 2/15

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Mutation Z : Omnibus
By Marilyn Peake

When a Zombie epidemic is actually a biological weapon,
it takes a determined journalist and a band of scientists
to expose the truth and find a cure.

Find it on Amazon
Connect with Marilyn on Facebook & Twitter

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Frozen Stiff : A Zombie Novella
By John Grover

Find the book on Amazon!
Connect with John on Facebook!

Only $1.24 until 2/15 

Zombie Castle
By Chris Harris

It was intended to eradicate the common cold,
instead it eradicated most of the human race.

Find it on Amazon!
Connect with Chris on Facebook!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Broken Dreams
By Rissa Blakeley

What if you discovered the man of your dreams was nothing but a liar,
full of secrets edging on betrayal?

Find the book on Amazon!
Connect with Rissa on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

The Zee Brothers : Curse of The Zombie Omelet
By Grivante

Orgasms, Chocolate & Zombies?
Just an average day for Jonah, Judas & JJ,
The Zombie Exterminators!

Get the book on Amazon!
Follow Grivante on FacebookTwitter  & Instagram

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Zombie Attack : Rise of the Horde Book 1
By Devan Sagliani

Find it on Amazon!
Connect with Devon on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Aftershocks : A Collection of Survivors Tales
By Kristopher and Valerie Lioudis

Zombies quickly rule the land, but hope falls from the sky in the form of a mysterious flyer directing the uninfected to a sanctuary in New Jersey of all places. Aftershock follows several individuals as they try seperately and together to reach safety.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Valerie on TwitterInstagram or her website!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Unleash The Undead
By Samie Sands

An anthology of undead horrors collected by Author Samie Sands.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Samie on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Sons of Sludge
By Josiah Upton

Being a teenager is hard – being undead is even harder.
Zaul Jarreux is a Hybrid Reanimate, starting his first day of school among the living.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Josiah on FacebookTwitter

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Speakeasy Dead
By Vicky Loebel

A Roaring Twenties Romantic Zombie Comedy:
Has speakeasy manager Clara Woodsen unleashed a zombie plague –
Or are her customers just really bad at dancing the Charleston?

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Vicky on Facebook & Twitter!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

A Place Outside The Wild
By Daniel Humphreys

8 years after Z-Day, a small community of survivors has endured.
When the military returns searching for one survivor in particular,
everything they thought they knew about the outbreak is called into question.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Daniel on Twitter!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

King of the Dead

By Kevin O. McLaughlin

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Samie on Facebook!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Them : Invasion
By 
MD Massey

When a surprise nuclear attack forces Aidan from hiding,
he must rescue his aging parents while traversing a landscape populated by violent redneck looters,
rogue military factions, and an army of hungry undead.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with MD on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Devour
By R. L. Blalock

An infection is spreading.
With every passing minute, more people are dying. More ferals are rising.
The city is devouring itself and Liv is caught right in the middle of it.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with R.L. on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

It Took a Zombie Apocalypse
By Jessica E. Subject

In this tale of forbidden love,
Missy must work with RJ in order to survive the zombie outbreak that plagues their small town.
But zombies aren’t the only threat to her life, or her heart.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Jessica on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

Still Myself, Still Surviving (Gary’s Trilogy Book 1) 
By Marlin Grail

Honestly, in a world with zombies around almost every turn, the cause for these zombies hovering around and what feels like always above you, and to top it all off, the survivors that remain all seeming a monster in their own ways, would you be the same person you are now if suddenly life as you knew it had ended when this kind of world began?

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Marlin on Facebook!

Only $0.99 until 2/15

B is for Brains: ABCs for the Zombie Apocalypse
By Ellie Sutton

B is for Brains: ABCs for the Zombie Apocalypse
A perfect blend of cute and creepy,
B is for Brains leads kids of all ages through a zombie infested alphabet.

Find it on Amazon!
And connect with Ellie on FacebookTwitter!

Thank you to all of you awesome readers who have made this giveaway promotion such a huge success!

The Reanimated Writers want you to know, we appreciate your support!

For those that can’t see the video, here is the list of who won. Each winner has been emailed as well.

Runner-up Prize Packages
Kelley
Natalie C.
Nicholas P.
Katt L.

And the Grand Prize went to
Nick W.