"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared to meet me is another matter."
-Winston Churchill

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BBT Virtual Book Tour: Guest Post with Maralee Lowder - The Morticians Wife

Please welcome Maralee Lowder, (I just LOVE her name), visiting during her tour at Bewitching Book Tours with her book, The Morticians Wife! I KNOW! Awesome title and cover! 

Welcome Maralee!

Maralee Lowder

Author of

The Mortician’s Wife

            One of the biggest problems I faced while writing The Mortician’s Wife was figuring out how to create a character evil enough to make an otherwise timid woman want to murder him without him turning into some sort of comic villain.  Horace, my ultimate “bad guy”, had to be someone most people would admire if he were to get away with the crimes he committed.  In fact, he had to be more than likeable. He had to be downright admirable.

            While casting about in my brain for an inspiration for Horace, I came up with the perfect answer.  I would model him after my brother-in-law, the man our family called our very own “action hero.”  James (I’ve changed his name here because, although he knows about his role in the writing of my book, he would still be embarrassed if I made a big deal about it), was, and still is, a true hero.  He’s saved more lives than he can remember. He is the type of man who makes friends everywhere he goes.  He is kind, considerate and loving.  Those attributes were exactly what made him the perfect model for my villain.   

If a villain readily shows how evil he is, he may be scary, but not nearly as scary as the guy who appears to be kind and gentle, while hiding his vile impulses. I used James’ most-loved-guy-in-town personality to offset the black soul that lurked just under Horace’s outside appearance.  It was this likable side of Horace that everyone in town loved and respected.  And it was that side of his personality that won an innocent young woman’s heart.  And it was also that side of his personality which allowed him to do things too evil to comprehend, yet never worry about being discovered.

            Given her dilemma, what was his young wife to do?  When she discovered the true character of the man she had married, she knew that his taunts were all too real—no one in town would ever believe her when she told the authorities what he had done and what he was fully capable of doing again. 

            In the end, she did what she knew she must.  But there was one thing she was not prepared for.  Although she was able to eliminate Horace from this earthly world, there was no way she was able to eliminate the horror of his haunting soul.

About the Author:

Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one.  Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense. 

Look for the sequel to "The Morticians Wife"  coming soon

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Taylor Street Books

ISBN: 13: 978-1480011229

Number of pages:194
Word Count: 71000

Cover Artist: Tim Hewtson

Book Description: 
“I have spent the night in supposedly some of the most haunted buildings in America. I have met people who could fairly be described as evil incarnate. I have been to the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir. It is gorgeous but I wouldn't spend a single night there.” Kathleen McKenna, author of horror novels 'The Wedding Gift' and 'Family Matters'.

Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician's wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets.

With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will.

BBT Virtual Book Tour Interview & #Give@way: Moonlight & Mechanicals by Cindy Spencer Pape

Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a drink?
I think I’ll go with Witches Brew. Thanks! I’m delighted to be here today.

Wonderful. Now that we're all settled in Cindy, I'm so excited to chat with you today. I love the covers on your books and can't wait to start reading them. For you guys, Cindy is offering you a chance to win your choice for Book 1 Steam & Sorcery or Moonlight & Mechanicals in pdf or epub formats. Leave a comment with your email telling Cindy what is that draws you to want to read her books.

BK:  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
CSP: It was a gradual thing for me. I’d noodled around with it my whole life but didn’t really give it a serious shot until my mid-30s.

BK:  Please tell us a little bit about your current release...
CSP: Moonlight & Mechanicals is the fourth story (second full-length book) in the Gaslight Chronicles series from Carina Press. It features Wink, a street kid adopted into the nobility, now all grown up and a brilliant engineer. She has to choose between a Knight of the Round Table (in this world, they still exist, the descendants of the originals.) who adores her and the taciturn werewolf, Inspector Liam McCullough, who she has loved since she was sixteen. Of course they also have to save England while they’re at it.

BK:  What inspired this particular novel/book?
CSP: When I decided to try writing a steampunk romance, Wink and Liam were the first characters to form in my mind. As they evolved, though, I realized the story started much earlier, with Wink’s adoptive parents. (Steam & Sorcery, book 1 of this series.) Wink and Liam were put on hold for a while, but now it was their turn.

BK:  How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?
CSP: I like to think I have my own voice. In this genre, a lot is about the world. Mine mixes magic and paranormal with the futuristic technology that often goes with steampunk, and I think I’ve built memorable characters who can stand on their own.

BK:  What was the hardest thing about writing this story?
CSP: Keeping Wink and Liam apart long enough to make it a story. They’d both been in love with each other for years.

BK:  Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?
CSP: I’m particularly fond of George the clockwork mastiff. He can do things that even Wink, who built him, can’t quite explain. He’s made of brass and nuts and bolts, but there’s something very real about George.

BK:  Tell us about the one scene you had the most fun writing…
CSP: It was actually three scenes. One by one, each of Wink’s younger brothers corners Liam and asks about his intentions. Since they’re family friends, much younger than he, and Liam really doesn’t plan to marry Wink (at this point in the story, anyway) it’s awkwardly uncomfortable.

BK:  Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series? OR If it is a series, what inspired it to become a series?
CSP: LOL, I think I answered that above. Plus, once I dove into this world, it was too much fun to let it go with just one book.

BK:  Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?
CSP: Pretty unexciting. I’m the servant for two dogs. I get up, I write, interspersed by letting them in and out. I have two college-aged children who may be playing x-Box while I’m trying to write. (My desk is in the family room.) My husband cooks, we all grumble about cleaning up, and then I either write more or watch TV or read.

BK:  What do you like to do when you're not writing?
CSP:  Like most authors, I read voraciously. I’m a fan of The Big Bang Theory, Castle, Warehouse 13, Doctor Who and other geek TV. We watch a lot of history, science, and military channels in our household. In the summer, we hang out as much as possible in costume at Renaissance fairs. We’re just starting to get into the steampunk social scene and I’m really enjoying that!

BK:  What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
CSP: Unlike a lot of writers, I’m really good at math. I used to tutor high school students and do ACT/SAT prep in any math up to calculus.

BK:  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?
CSP: Wow, the list is endless. I love paranormal romance, with Jayne Ann Krentz (under all her names) and Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels as prime examples. Also romantic suspense, some with a touch of paranormal, like Linda Howard and Elizabeth Lowell. I also read some SF and Fantasy, like Jim Butcher, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. And historical romance, like Julia Quinn and Stephanie Laurens.

BK:  What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?
CSP: Be in it for the long haul. Don’t expect it to be easy, but don’t give up when it gets rough.

BK:  What are you currently working on?
CSP: I’m revamping Nailed, a short story I did with Resplendence Publishing into a longer novella, at their request. I think the new one will be out after the first of the year.

About Cindy Spencer Pape:

Award-winning author of over forty popular books and novellas in paranormal, historical, and erotic romance, Cindy Spencer Pape is an avid reader. According to The Romance Studio, her plots are “full of twist and turns that keep the reader poised at the edge of their seat.” Joyfully Reviewed said, her “colorful characters and plot building surprises kept me spellbound,” and Romantic Times Magazine says her “characters are appealing, and passionate sex leads to a satisfying romance.”

Genre: Steampunk Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication:  Oct. 22. 2012
ISBN: 978-14268-9452-7

Number of pages: 276
Word Count: 74,000

Cover Artist: Kix by Design

Book Description: 

London, 1859

Engineer Winifred "Wink" Hadrian has been in love with Inspector Liam McCullough for years, but is beginning to lose hope when he swears to be a lifelong bachelor. Faced with a proposal from a Knight of the Round Table and one of her closest friends, Wink reluctantly agrees to consider him instead.

Because of his dark werewolf past, Liam tries to keep his distance, but can't say no when Wink asks him to help find her friend's missing son. They soon discover that London's poorest are disappearing at an alarming rate, after encounters with mysterious "mechanical" men. Even more alarming is the connection the missing people may have with a conspiracy against the Queen.

Fighting against time—and their escalating feelings for each other—Wink and Liam must work together to find the missing people and save the monarchy before it's too late...

Monday, October 29, 2012

BBT Virtual Book Tour: Guest Post by Christine Locke - Open Door

I'm pleased to introduce  you to Christine Locke, on tour at Bewitching Book Tours with her book, Open Door. Christine is sharing a guest post with us today, Welcome Christine. The floor is all yours :)

Who Wants to Live Forever? By Christine Locke

Well, no one, if you believe many popular stories.  Like the contest at the center of Highlander with the prize, life as a mortal, going to its winner, many stories about immortal characters reveal them to be conflicted about their “gift,” eternal life. 

“Being sixteen forever sounded good until you really thought about it. Then it didn't seem like such a great prospect.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

YA paranormal novels are no exception.  In Time, the sequel to my first published novel Open Door, gives me the opportunity to focus on the question Stephenie Meyer asks:

“If you could live forever, what would you live for?”
― Stephenie Meyer
I get to show—or at least hint at—the afterlife of a main character with In Time, and that is lots of fun.  I try to convey that although her earthly life is over, she still meets challenges and is drawn to opportunities, even if my heroine can no longer understand her mentor as she once did.  I’d like to think that the kind of immortality I’m conveying—a sort of heaven—is free from the biggest problem I’ve observed other immortal fictional characters combating: boredom.  The trials of this life are interesting for a time, but once you’ve learned what you can from them and you know your time has no limits, ennui invariably sets in, or so Lestat told me J

I agree with Baudelaire:

“The insatiable thirst for everything which lies beyond, and which life reveals, is the most living proof of our immortality.” --Charles Baudelaire

Live with an insatiable thirst NOW, revel in all that your life reveals, apply it to the best of your ability, because we do thirst for what lies beyond.  Whatever that is, we do wonder and wait and, perhaps with dread or foreboding (for what could be more natural?), we hope it will be something more, something new, something wonderful.

Just remember this:

“... millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
― Susan Ertz

Here’s to savoring your Sundays while reading fabulous fiction for as long as we may!  I hope you give Open Door a try, I hope you love it, and I thank you for visiting Immortality and Beyond.

Christine Locke was born in California and grew up in various locations around the United States as a Navy brat. She was the oldest of six children and today is mother and step-mother to seven. She attended Texas A&M University, receiving her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature in 1995.

Christine has worked as a writing instructor, a salesperson, and an award-winning retail manager and management trainer, among other things. Today, she co-ordinates makeovers for a local magazine. She and her husband, Mike, live with their children, two dogs, and two cats in Arkansas.

For years, Christine has been writing novels around her work and family life. Open Door is her first published novel. Several other manuscripts are almost ready to follow Open Door onto Amazon KDP, including the Open Door sequel, In Time.

Twitter: @wrtrdoll and @CarinsGriffin




Open Door
By Christine Locke

Book Description:


It's 1987, and 16-year-old Carin White desperately needs her first job.  An elegant woman she's never met appears at her door offering employment.  "Aunt" Helen asks Carin to work for her on the family's rambling, enigmatic estate in the tiny resort town of Eureka Springs.


Carin takes little notice of Rafe Allen, Helen's other hired help.  But a brutal assault forces Carin to confront her own capacity for violence.  Carin learns her mother concealed her identity from her, and the mansion hides horrific secrets of its own.


Carin exposes the truth about her presence on the estate.  Will she be strong enough to recognize love and redeem her family legacy?  Or will the temptations of power and control lure her to the same dark places where others lost themselves?


Notes to Readers:

This novel is NOT about werewolves, vampires, or fallen angels.  It is a story about magic.  The gothic Mallace Mansion lives and breathes as a character, and only one woman controls its Legacy.  Is Carin the one? Read OPEN DOOR to find out.

This novel does NOT have a cliffhanger ending.  The author does not believe in them.  The story is complete in itself, and the ending points the way to a new storyline for IN TIME, the second novel in the Legacy Trilogy due out this Halloween.

OPEN DOOR is a full length novel at over 46,000 words.

Thank you so much for stopping in Christine and the best of luck in the future :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Virtual Book Tour & #Giveaway with Alan S. Kessler - Satan Carol

Today I am excited to introduce you to Alan Kessler, on tour now with his book Satan Carol at Goddess Fish Promotions! Alan is offering you a chance for 2 of you to win a copy of his book in your choice for print or e-book, PLUS, by following his tour and commenting, you also will be entered to win a $10 Wild Child Publishing Gift Card AND a pack of Snackwells Devils Food Cookies (Open to US/Canada Only)!

Welcome to Immortality and Beyond Alan!

BK:  Please tell us a little bit about your current release...

Satan has a son who needs a soul. A Satan Carol is a story about how the devil, constrained by the cosmic law of freewill, tries to influence a young girl and her family into giving her child’s soul to him.

 BK:  What inspired this particular novel/book?

I wanted to write a story about faith and choices while using as its central character the devil, portraying him beyond caricature as someone with motivations we can understand. He is not the enemy of God but a fallen angel who feeling abandoned by his Father has a plan to regain His  love. Of course, since we are talking about Satan here, the plan is demonic.   

BK:  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote my first story when I was ll. It was about the earth opening up and exploding with crawling creatures called Leeks.

BK:  How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I think spiritual horror is different by definition. I use blood but at the end of the story I want the horror to transcend the visceral and give the reader something to think about beyond the gore.

BK:  What was the hardest thing about writing this story?

My habit of self-editing as I write. I want every sentence perfect, every word to fit not only with what I want to say but have a rhythm. Prose should be musical, that often means not using the same adjective, verb, or noun in the same paragraph or sometimes, same page. Pretty crazy, I admit. 

BK:  What character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

I liked having Satan expound upon why he thinks he got the short end of the stick.

BK:  Which was your favorite scene to write?

There’s an old farmer from Idaho, Orem, who landing on a beach, in the parallel universe of ShinyLand 7, believes he’s died. Crabs pop up from the sand and crawl over him, their large pincers snapping. He tries to brush the crustaceans away, his hands going through the scaly bodies.

BK:  Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series?

No. One journey into this kind of hell is enough.

BK:  Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?

I get up, walk the dog, see the kids off to school, sometimes use the EMF meter I got for my birthday and look for electromagnetic anomalies in our old New England farmhouse.

 BK:  What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I teach karate, watch Ohio State football and when I can, the Cleveland Browns. For those of you not familiar with the latter, it is a professional football team and according to a Brown’s website, rebuilding since 1964.

BK:  What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I hate violence
BK:  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?

I read non-fiction, except for horror writers I like, especially ones belonging to the New England Horror Writers association. I like Dickens and Faulkner. Both believed in ghosts.

BK:  Please tell us one piece of advice you were given as an author that you carry with you when you write?

Don’t let your imagination become a monster devouring the story.

BK:  What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?

My advice is a cliché—don’t give up; persevere. But here’s something more—write what’s true to your heart and with your own voice. Perhaps that will intersect with what the market wants, but if not, does it matter? The passion to write should be the overriding motivation for why we do it.
BK:  What are you currently working on?

A novel about a boy who grows up in a house of demons and a novella with a serial killer who gets what he deserves.

BK:  Where can readers connect with you?

About Alan:
Born in a small town in Ohio. Married, with four children and a dog, Buckeye. We live in New England.

What does the devil really want?
Nostalgic for the Inquisition and plague, Satan feels neglected by the modern world that no longer blames him for disease and death. He plans to create a new genesis, a place where people will love him. For that, his son needs just the right soul.
And there is one—unique, powerful, able to heal. To get it, Satan has a plan that begins in Ireland in the famine year, 1848, and 180 years later traps a young girl and her family in demonic forces pushing them to kill.         
A Satan Carol is a horror story about family values--even if they originate in hell.


On back of the EnViro truck continuing across the grassless, treeless land, Orem couldn’t tell if the gray, steaming waves he saw lapping sluggishly against a beach were those of a bay or ocean. He could distinguish the two structures whose dark shapes he had seen from a distance, the one closest to him an old farmhouse painted black, beyond it, a ramshackle pier standing a half mile from the shoreline. When the truck passed the pier, Orem saw what looked like a junkyard where the road ended. As the truck slowed before entering the junkyard’s fenced in area, he let go of the handle and jumped, rolling in dirt so dry and light he inhaled it as if it were another form of air. Choking, he took small breaths, sat there slowly adapting to the particle laced, heated atmosphere.
Out of the ground hundreds of small, shriveled crabs, their oversized, razor-sharp claws clicking, swarmed over him. Orem thrashed at them, his hands going through their bodies. Still frantically searching for what had strayed into their feeding zone, the crabs covered Orem’s face, twitched and convulsed in hunger and after running down his legs, disappeared with a popping sound into the dust, the last of their energy wasted on trying to eat a ghost. Orem saw no bite marks on his skin. He got up and by walking slowly, resting every few steps, the heat from the scorching land burning through the soles of his shoes, reached the junkyard fence of dry-rotted planks arranged haphazardly. Orem read a blistered, hand-lettered sign propped up against an old toilet: Moe Gut-man Salvge & antiks
A business sign…in Hell? The EnViro road from Boston to the White Mountains ended on Moe Gutman’s desert land where sinks, stained mattresses, broken pipes and large, cracked vats lay jumbled together along the fence. Through a hole in the boards, Orem watched the truck he’d jumped from pierce the ground with its titanium shaft. Sludge poured from the truck into a bubbling landfill marked Field 17. Nearby, a row of glowing, fissured mounds created by EvViro trucks pumping waste beyond the ground’s capacity to absorb it, rose 70 feet above fields 12 and 9. Brother Green’s business extended all the way to Hell. Orem didn’t understand. For him Hell was a place of torment, not entrepreneurship. In the Hell he imagined, the crabs would have chewed on his face forever. “Am I a spirit and this, damnation? The house and pier, the junkyard, designed to remind me of the world I’ve lost?” Except for the heat, he couldn’t feel or touch what was around him. This Hell of Brother Green’s trucks had its own dynamics and he remained outside it, looking in, detached and alone. “Is this my punishment for sin?  Eternal isolation even from other damned souls in this land of the dead?”   
Hello hello. Can you hear me?
Orem blinked and looked over to where a boy sat slumped and drooling in a stroller parked a few yards from the junkyard fence. Behind the child, a young girl, very thin, stood gazing out at the water.
Children? In Hell? To Orem that didn’t make sense. And he was sure the girl had just spoken to him. Is it possible, by some miracle, I’m still alive? 

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Monday, October 22, 2012

BBT Virtual Book Tour: Corpse Days by Jonathon Kane

Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a drink?
·         Vampires Wind
·         Witches Brew
·         Zombie Blast

Zombie Blast.  Make it a double.

Wonderful...Zar, please bring Jonathon his drink please.

 Thank you Zar. Now that we're settled in, let's chat.

BK:  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I wrote a short story and received a really good review from a friend who’s an avid reader.  Positive feedback goes a long way with me.

BK:  Please tell us a little bit about your current release...

Corpse Days takes place in a world that has survived a Zombie Apocalypse.  In this world, zombies are kind of just a nuisance… that can eat you.  There are rules and a system in place to deal with them.  Most people long for an end to the Disease, but others want to exploit it.   

BK:  What inspired this particular novel/book?

The short answer is Halloween.  This is my favorite time of year.  I find the horror genre of entertainment very compelling.

BK:  How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I withheld from making it a gore-fest.  There is some gore, of course, but I tried to focus on good character development and an interesting story as well.

BK:  What was the hardest thing about writing this story?

Ending it.  A lot of things needed to come together at the end, so when I felt I was getting close, I actually had to outline it, which I did not do for the rest of the story.

BK:  Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

Heather Storm.  No doubt about it.  She had the best fight scenes.

BK:  Tell us about the one scene you had the most fun writing…

I really enjoy writing dialog, so the scene where the members of the team were playing cards and telling stories of their first zombie encounters was fun for me.

BK:  Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series? OR If it is a series, what inspired it to become a series?

It’s a two part series.  The second book is called The Calm Before.  I knew pretty early on how I was going to end the first book and I was happy with it, but when I got there, I realized there had to be more. I also felt it would be cool to bring back some of the lesser developed characters from the first book.

BK:  Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?

I’m incredibly busy.  Unfortunately, I have a full-time job that doesn’t involve writing.  We do what we have to do, though.  Wait… that wasn’t fun at all.  Sorry.

BK:  What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I play as much hockey as I possibly can.  I also play guitar in a band.

BK:  What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I’ve only seen one episode of The Walking Dead.

BK:  What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?

I honestly have not been reading as much as I want to lately.  The last books I read - Harry Potter.

BK:  What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?

Keep trying.  I’ve started and stopped many stories.  Hitting a wall is natural.  It happens.  Not every story is meant to go the distance.

BK:  What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a collaboration project with another writer.  It’s going to be horror, but there won’t be any zombies, werewolves or vampires.  We’re six chapters into it, and I’m really happy with the way it’s going so far.

BK:  Where can readers connect with you?

I can be reached at jonathonkane1@gmail.com and also on Facebook.

Corpse Days
Jonathon Kane

Genre:  Horror


Number of pages:  169
Word Count:  53,132

Cover Artist:  Steven Novak

Book Blurb:

Is this the end of the world? Is the Rapture upon us? Has a Zombie Apocalypse arrived? That's a matter of opinion, but it doesn't hurt to be a licensed Shooter in these uncertain times.

Meet Stan Norton - a middle-aged Shooter with a haunting past. He wants little to do with the living dead and less to do with the living, until that is, a mysterious young woman with an affinity for guns and martial arts enters his life. An adventure begins and the hunt is on for a reclusive enemy, as the clock ticks down toward a full-blown resurgence of the Corpse Days.

 Short Excerpt:
“So what do you say, Stan?”
“Yeah, what do you say?  Wanna join our merry band of zombie hunters?” questioned Jay.
“You’re the only merry one,” played Javier.
“Yeah… I’m the merry one.”
“Seriously,” pleaded Heather with a hint of longing in her eyes.  “We could use one more.  Safety in numbers, Stan.”
“I’ll… have to think about it.”
“Okay.  Well, think about it at our place tonight then.  We have a cabin in the woods down the road from here… plenty of room, a king-sized bed, and the fridge is stocked full of beer,” she offered.
Stan contemplated the offer for a few seconds.  He was exhausted from the road trip and sore from his run-in with the living dead earlier.
“Sure, if you don’t mind.”
“Our place is your place,” called out Jay enthusiastically.
“Well boys, I got this one,” announced Heather to a receptive audience.
Stan got up so that Heather could get out of the booth.  She walked up to the counter, and paid the bill with cash.  As she collected her change, she noticed a news broadcast on a small television mounted up in the corner behind the register.  She listened closely to hear what the newscaster was saying over the noise of the restaurant.
“Earlier today, this video was shot of a man walking around downtown Mobile.”
The video was shaky.  Panned out, it showed the side view of a man in a well-tailored suit slowly walking down a sidewalk.  He was holding a briefcase.  No one else seemed to be around.  When the camera quickly zoomed in, the man still appeared to be perfectly normal.  He had dark, slicked back hair and short sideburns.  However, his profile was partially hidden due to the angle at which he was being shot, and when he turned his head, the reason why someone was filming him became dreadfully obvious.  He was facing the camera, but he was not looking into it.  He was not capable of looking into it because he had no eyes.  The frame froze there.
“Oh my gosh,” gasped a waitress who was standing next to Heather, looking up in awe.
And there it was—in the upper left corner of the screen—the poster child for the new zombie movement.  Where the windows to the soul would be, this thing had neither.  Its humanity left behind somewhere, yet inexplicably, it still moved on—transformed from someone with a purpose to something with a purpose.  Heather wondered if he ever had a soul to begin with.
“The man was processed by an off-duty police officer.  He has yet to be identified,” concluded the newscaster.
“This really is the end of the world, isn’t it?” asked the gum-chewing waitress, still staring at the grotesque image in the background.
“Depends on who you ask,” replied Heather coolly.

About the Author:Corpse Days is Jonathon Kane's debut novel.  A zombie story was a natural fit for him, as he loves all things Halloween.  He felt he could bring human emotions other than just fear into this corner of the horror genre.  In high school, he began writing short stories.  However, only when Heather Storm came along—the main character of Corpse Days —did he realize a novel was possible.  Jonathon has recently finished the sequel to Corpse Days, titled The Calm Before.


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