WUNDER BY A.R. VON - REVIEW

REVIEW OF: Wunder by AR Von


Wunder is part zombie due to her mother being bitten during the last part of her pregnancy. This has given her some special skills that help her in her work as a zombie fighter. However, she is alone in her personal life because she doesn’t know any men who are part zombie. Few people know her secret because she doesn’t want to be viewed as a freak. Each night, she has very explicit, sexual dreams about a man. This man is destined to enter her life. He too, is part zombie.


Though I’ve other books by AR Von that I really enjoyed, Wunder is not one of them. There were leaps of judgment that were not explained, and the writing style was a bit too simplistic for my taste.


In one place in the book, Wunder says she’s one-quarter zombie. Since she gained her part zombie status and extra abilities through a zombie bite her mother received during pregnancy, I don’t see how that makes her one-fourth zombie. There was no medical explanation to back up the statement. I realize this might seem a bit picky to some readers, but I’m a picky reader. Part zombie through a bite is understandable; one-fourth zombie is not – at least not without a detailed explanation.


Additionally, Wunder is supposed to be in her mid-20s, yet the writing voice (the book is written in first person) is very juvenile, more in the voice of a teenager – and a younger teenager at that. A woman who has worked fighting zombies for many years, with the skill set that Wunder is supposed to have, should be mature for her age. She’s grown up in a world overrun by zombies and has had to fight for her existence since birth; she shouldn’t sound like a fourteen or fifteen-year-old.


This same character has very sexually explicit dreams and experiences. This juxtaposition of childish voice and adult sexuality is extremely disturbing. The sexuality was fine – it simply didn’t work with the tone of voice used by the character. The images in my head were of a child. (This is only ME – others may not have pictured Wunder as someone young.)
I also never really found a plot throughout the entire book. I realize this is a serial novel, but there should be a hint of something relevant going on, rather than two characters discovering each other, along with a few secrets exposed. (I’m keeping this spoiler-free.)


While Wunder was not for me, I do encourage others to try it. A.R. Von is a talented author, so I’m sure she’s got something great planned for this series. I wasn’t impressed with this first installation, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be peeking at the other parts. I’m a fan of Von; I know there’s something up in Wunder’s world. Yes, there were problems in this volume that I really disliked. But do NOT discount Von’s work. My opinion is only that – my opinion. If you like zombies, romance, and strange things happening, Wunder might be something you’d like to read.


I was provided a copy of this book for the purpose of review.

I give Wunder two sparkly stars.

THE BOOK OF IVY BY AMY ENGEL: BOOK TRAILER W/GIVEAWAY

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel Releasing November 11, 2014 Amy Engel has written a book that aroused my curiosity. The Book of Ivy sounds quite intriguing, filled with twists, turns, and mysteries galore. I’ll be reviewing this book in the near future, so stick around folks, and see where this book takes us. In the meantime, for those of you who want a more “visual” perspective, Amy has compiled a book trailer for you. Take a peek: Book Trailer Info Link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB9MvY0V-Cc Embed code: Book synopsis: After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn. My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power. But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy. Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him… Buy links: Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mj5PXZ B&N: http://bit.ly/BoIBN iTunes: http://bit.ly/BoIiTunes Kobo: http://bit.ly/BoIKobo Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20640755-the-book-of-ivy?ac=1 About Amy Engel: Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. Find Amy online: Website: http://amyengel.net Twitter: http://twitter.com/aengelwrites Goodreads Giveaway Info: Here’s the link to the giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/111469-the-book-of-ivy Here’s the widget code:

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DUST BY SARAH DALTRY - YA EPIC FANTASY PREORDER BLITZ w/giveaway

Sarah Daltry’s newest book, DUST, a YA Epic Fantasy, is available for preorder today. As I’ve mentioned often on this blog, Sarah is one of my favorite authors. Her work is sublime. She is one of the few authors capable of packing an important and powerful message in a book that is also totally compelling and completely engrossing. Her words wrap themselves around the reader’s heart, engraving themselves there for all eternity. Her books are items of rare beauty to be read, re-read, and cherished. I hope you take a moment and preorder DUST today. More information about DUST can be found below: BANNER2   Dust Cover   7372f-blogaddtogoodreads     synopsis

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“I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw - parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.” In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people. When the princess, Alondra, falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty. But her parents have other plans; they have a kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed? As lies, illusions, and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but also everything she has known and loved.

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Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the contemporary New Adult series, ‘Flowering’, a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us. Although the books are no longer in print, they are being rewritten and redeveloped for future publication. Please visit Sarah’s website for more details.

As a former English teacher and YA library coordinator, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and ‘Dust’, an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, ‘Backward Compatible’. Most of Sarah’s work is about teens and college students, as it’s what she knows well.

Sarah’s passion in life is writing - weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips to, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hello anywhere Sarah is online! You can find these places at http://sarahdaltry.com

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, ‘Bitter Fruits’, is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

Sarah has also written ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,’ a reimagining of one of her favorite poems in a contemporary setting.

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THE DEMON STONE - REVIEW WITH GIVEAWAY

Today I’m excited to bring you a Guest Post and Kindle Fire Giveaway from Chris Datta. His first Novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.

The Demon Stone by Christoper Datta

demonstone1 The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors. “Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!” -Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood Amazon.comBarnes & Noble  

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Christopher Datta, with his supernatural thriller The Demon Stone, provides readers a substantial taste of true evil. The Demon Stone leads the reader on a journey between the dangers of war-scarred Africa to the seemingly less dangerous environment of a camping trip as the protagonist tries to work through the issues of a friend’s death (in Africa) and the dissolution of his marriage (in Minnesota). As the tale switches from Africa to Minnesota, the reader begins to grasp the larger evil the protagonist unwittingly brought with him from his visit to Africa. This evil has permeated his entire life similar to the way it permeated his friend’s life in Africa, prior to that friend’s death. The protagonist works to extricate himself from the evils of the Demon Stone before it results in death. The struggle between good and evil takes a new and decidedly more interesting form than many of the overworked and exhausted themes seen in much of today’s literature. The character development progresses naturally from the beginning of the text, allowing the reader to get to know the characters much as one gets to know one’s friends in the real world – gradually, and with increasing detail. This progression makes for a greater understanding of the characters, just as one knows one’s friends and enemies, over repeated interactions. Datta has a way with words that is wonderfully engrossing His writing is exhilarating, compelling, and ideal for lovers of the supernatural. His work is filled with evil of a frighteningly human nature that strikes eerily close to home. Datta is a talented author who has created an original supernatural tale that smacks of reality. The Demon Tale was so persuasive; readers will be wondering what’s next from this electrifying author. I was presented a copy of this novel for purposes of review. I give this wonderful book FOUR SHINING STARS!!! I recommend The Demon Stone to all my followers.  

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Chris1Debut author CHRISTOPHER DATTA is no stranger to civil conflict or the still-extant scourge of slavery. Most recently the acting ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan where he helped end a war in April of 2012, he has spent a distinguished career moving from one strife-torn country to another, including Lebanon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, his research for Touched with Fire is exacting and based in part on a true story.

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHRIS DATTA W/KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY

I was supposed to post this yesterday, and I apologize profusely. I was in bed, deathly ill, so I’m behind on everything. I do think it’s very important for you to know about this wonderful book and its terrific author. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to have this author on my blog today. Let’s talk about Chris Datta and his supernatural thriller, The Demon Stone. I’m excited to bring you a Guest Post and Kindle Fire Giveaway from Chris Datta. His first Novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.

The Demon Stone by Christoper Datta

demonstone1 The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors. “Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!” -Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood Amazon.comBarnes & Noble  

Interview with Chris Datta

Novel Publicity: What drew you to writing about spiritual forces, and could you explain how spiritual forces can be both real and supernatural?

Christopher Datta: I want to write books that matter and do more than tell a story, although I think that telling a good story is critically important. What could be more significant than exploring our spiritual lives and to look for purpose beyond unexamined living and consuming day to day? I want to ask questions and lead the reader on a journey so that by the end of the book he or she hopefully comes to a new understanding about life. I read a great deal about new advances in theoretical physics. It is a fascinating field that increasingly shows us that the more we know, the more we come to see how little we really grasp about the mysteries of the Universe. There are things about the cosmos and our place in it that we may never fully understand; that are, in fact, beyond our ability as human beings to fully comprehend. In Demon Stone, I symbolically represent those mysteries through the supernatural. NP: The two geographic locations in the book are very distant from each other. How did Africa & Minnesota become part of the setting for The Demon Stone? CD: I lived for many years in Minnesota (I went to high school with Jessie Ventura!) and I loved camping in the isolated Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. The wilderness is both a thrilling and at the same time dangerous and even alien environment, which again serves as a metaphor in the story for life. There is an incident with a black bear in the book that is close to something that really happened to me. My career as an American diplomat took me to many places in Africa. The original inspiration for the book occurred when I was traveling through rural Uganda. I came across a hut with a hand painted sign advertising the services of a local shaman. Intrigued, I stopped and met the old man, who offered to cast a curse on any enemies I wanted eliminated. That got me thinking about what it would be like to have that kind of power, and what the unintended consequences of using it might be. The record of the human use of unbridled power is not very good. In my travels through many war zones I have seen incredible beauty and sacrifice as well as the most horrible and brutal acts of cruelty. NP: Did you have to do a lot of research into different cultures and religions to write this book, and can we expect to delve into the differences between cultures throughout the book? CD: I have lived and worked for many years in several African countries. I also studied the belief in demons in Africa, and Agbadofrom my story is a demon well known in Sierra Leone. My son is an adopted war orphan from Sierra Leone who has been with me since he was 14 years old and he was a big help with some portions of the book. Religion and culture play a big role in the story. NP: How much of the book was inspired by your work overseas? CD: I saw the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, was in Sierra Leone at the end of the brutal civil war in that country, was the acting Ambassador to Liberia when the capitol was attacked by two rebel armies in a war that I helped to end and I was again the acting Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan when war broke out between that nation and Sudan. Again, I played a major role in helping to end that conflict. I have brought two African war criminals to justice and was active in a program to try to end the reign of terror led by Joseph Koney, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, one of the most brutal and deadly terrorist groups in Africa. General Mosquito in my book is based on a real warlord in Sierra Leone. I actually played a role in bringing him to justice. I have had to deal first hand with the bane of child soldiers and modern slavery in Africa. NP: The Demon Stone seems to have everything from love & tragedy to religion and supernatural beasts. Can you expand a bit on your writing process, and how you were able to bring the characters together across vast distances and very different settings? CD: That’s complicated! Many of the characters in the story are based on real people I have known. General Mosquito, for instance. Gem and Hampton, the two dogs in the story, are dogs I have known and loved very much. Basically, I took experiences and people from my life in America and in Africa, put them in an environment of my creation, and let them weave the story together. My books never turn out the way I think they will at the beginning of writing them. The characters at some point take over and they tell the story. Sometimes, in my experience, all a good writer has to do is listen carefully to what the people he creates are telling him. That certainly happened in Demon Stone. But that shouldn’t be surprising. If you are really on a spiritual journey in telling a story, and you do a good job of it, you should expect to wind up in unexpected places. NP: Who were the easiest and toughest characters to write and why? CD: The toughest character to write was Morgan. She is one of the main antagonists of the book, but I didn’t want her to be a caricature and there was a real risk of her being a two dimensional archetype instead of a real flesh and blood person. On some level, for an antagonist to work well in a story, the reader needs to identify or on some level sympathize with that person. Morgan does terrible things, but terrible things have happened to her. I hope that comes across in the story. The easiest character to write was Hampton. He’s a dog, a very loveable, dopey and fearless dog. I enjoyed writing about him. NP: People often talk about feeling like they’re being followed, especially if they have to walk through a secluded area by themselves. What gave you the idea to play on people’s fear of being stalked for this book? CD: All the time I spent in the isolated Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. I love it, but there is nothing that will give you the heebie-jeebies faster than being alone in the middle of the deep forest in the middle of the night. I suspect thousands of years of human evolution dealing with the risks of being secluded in the dark in a wilderness just naturally puts the fear in us. We somehow intuitively feel the threat of being hunted. NP: Demons are part of many religions and cultures myths. Was there a particular reason you decided to write about demons? CD: We create demons, and we have always created demons. They symbolically represent the forces in life that we fear. A spiritual journey, which I hope readers of Demon Stone find the book to be, needs to confront those demons and the dark side of our natures. NP: Symbolism plays a large part in The Demon Stone. The Demon within can sometimes be as scary as a supernatural being seems. Do you think that talking about human behavior through the use of symbolism makes talking about tragedies like murder easier or harder? CD: The most frightening sections of Demon Stone are not encounters with the demon, but the real and terrifying things people do to each other, sections of the book based on real events. The demon Agbado is a symbol of that dark nature that haunts us, that leads some of us to rationalize the most horrible of acts andrepresents the loss of empathy that permits people to commit such unspeakable crimes as genocide, which I have personally witnessed. To me, the most terrifying story in the book is the tale of the child soldier Muctar. This story is based on a real child. The demon within is the real monster of the book. But yes, I felt the use of symbolism made talking about these horrors easier, just as Halloween or The Day of the Dead in Mexico make dealing with monsters and death easier for us to confront. NP: This is a two part question. The cover of The Demon Stone is very unique and doesn’t focus on any particular character, rather an object. Who did you choose to do the cover art and why? How hard was it to settle on the cover, or was it love at first sight? CD: The mask on the cover of Demon Stone is from my personal collection. I bought it in Rwanda when I was there helping to reopen our embassy directly following the genocide in that country. It was always in the back of my mind to use it as the cover for this book (and yes, I started this book that long ago). Finding that mask in Rwanda at that particular moment, and the way it looked, just made it seem right to me for this book. This type of mask is actually from the Congo, and is used in coming of age ceremonies for young men. A good friend of mine, Don Hurlbert, is a photographer for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, and he took the photo. Mallory Rock designed the cover. She is a terrific graphic designer I know and I use her for all the covers on my books. NP: Civil conflict and slavery were both a focus in your working life. Do you find that your writing reflects this in The Demon Stone? CD: Absolutely. It is a major part of what this book is about, and not just in The Demon Stone. I also have published Touched with Fire, a novel set in the American Civil War inspired by the true story of a slave woman who escapes by posing as a man. She later joins the Union army disguised as a man so she can fight her way South to free her husband. That story is turning into a trilogy, and book two, Fire and Dust, will be out in November. It also extensively addresses the issue of slavery in America before and during the Civil War, but is told exclusively from the Confederate side of the war. Book three will be set in the Reconstruction period of American history and the characters from the first two books will meet. NP: Survivors’ guilt can be devastating to many people who work in war torn countries and come back home to a peaceful life. Having worked overseas, and in war torn countries, do you have any advice for others. Would you say writing The Demon Stone has been a cathartic experience for you? CD: I have been in some very tough situations involving life and death issues for sometimes thousands of people, as well as having been under fire myself. Sometimes I saved people, sometimes I couldn’t. I have had to deal with instances of PTSD. It was never easy, and there were times I had to step away from Demon Stone because it was getting too deep into places I was not, at the time, ready to go to for the sake of my own well being. What helps? Giving yourself permission to take the time to heal and being able to confront the demons with good friends are both important. Know and accept that you are not Superman, and don’t expect yourself to be. That’s not healthy. In the end, writing Demon Stone was cathartic, but there were times it was right for me to keep away from it until I was ready.

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Chris1Debut author CHRISTOPHER DATTA is no stranger to civil conflict or the still-extant scourge of slavery. Most recently the acting ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan where he helped end a war in April of 2012, he has spent a distinguished career moving from one strife-torn country to another, including Lebanon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, his research for Touched with Fire is exacting and based in part on a true story.

EVIL AND THE DETAILS BY ROY A. TEEL, JR. - REVIEW

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Evil and the Details by Roy A Teel, Jr.

Roy Teel continues to amaze me with his ability to thoroughly and completely portray serial killers. I am NOT talking about his character Iron Eagle, here, though The Iron Eagle is a killer, too. I’m talking about the criminals Teel depicts in each of his books.

His attention to detail in the brutal methodology of the killer is exacting. His writing is reminiscent of the best in true crime fiction.


While I love crime fiction of all types, I much prefer the brutal reality of a hardcore story to the comfort of a cozy mystery. I must warn all readers who want the puzzle without the burden of the blood spatter or nasty crime details: Teel is NOT the author for you. He does not pull his punches. He hits his readers full in the face with the brutal reality of the effects and aftermath of violent crime. Even his main protagonist is extremely violent.


The detail given to each crime and the specifics of the murder is not to sensationalize the horrors of murder but to remind his readers that real monsters exist in modern society without the need for fantasy. The monsters Teel describes are far crueler and more terrifying than any I’ve ever met in the most frightening horror novel sold on the market. Even more terrible is these monsters are based on fact.


Teel knows his crime. He works with professionals in the various fields of law enforcement. He wants people to understand and be aware of the realities of the world.


Each book deals not only with a particular serial killer and the pursuit of the Iron Eagle, but with various philosophical questions, as well. Teel raises important issues for readers’ consideration. In addition to the main characters in this book and their joint pursuit of justice for the various criminals within their jurisdictions are their conflicting opinions on the actions of the Iron Eagle. Due to many factors in our current criminal justice system, there is often an inability to convict a truly guilty person who has committed numerous, heinous crimes against many victims. In such a clear-cut case, is vigilante justice ever excusable?


I was given a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.


I give Roy A. Teel, Jr.’s second Iron Eagle book yet another fiercely glowing 5 stars!



Roy A. Teel Jr, Is the author of several scholarly biblical books as well as works of fiction. He is an ordained minister through ULC Ministries; he earned his Ministerial Studies degree from Global University of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri. He holds PhDs in Divinity and Biblical Studies from ULC Ministries. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995 at the age of 30. He became disabled in 2010 due to his MS becoming relapsing progressive. He lives with his wife, Tracy; their Springer Spaniel, Sandy; and their tabby cat, Oscar, in Lake Arrowhead, California.

The idea for this series was on his mind for over 30 years and now is a reality. What makes this series different from others is that it’s based on reality. What happens in these books can happen to any of us at any time. The terror is in the reality of the cruelty of man.

Suicide, Jennifer Lawrence, and the Internet

Suicide, Jennifer Lawrence, and the Internet

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I was thinking about a novel I really enjoyed, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, yesterday and also reading about Jennifer Lawrence’s statement to the pressabout her stolen photos. Because I’m not always smart, I read the comments on several of the posts about her statement and I got to thinking. This here isn’t a post about trolls – those are people who are…

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A.R. VON - WUNDER SERIES W/EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY

A.R. VON has begun a new zombie series that is unlike any zombie series I’ve read thus far. Of course, I’m far from the foremost authority on zombies, but I’ve begun reading pretty voraciously in the genre recently. Wunder is definitely a new take on an often predictable tale. I’ll be presenting my review of the book after the tour. Here is the information on the book: The Wunder Series - Tour Banner  

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TITLE – DreamZ, The Approach & Reunion and coming soon - Teamwork SERIES – The Wunder Series (Volume 1) AUTHOR – A.R. Von GENRE – Paranormal romance/zombie-lit PUBLICATION DATE – August 2014 PUBLISHER – Dream Z Dragons Publishing COVER ARTIST – Wicked Muse

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(Contains DreamZ, The Approach, Reunion AND bonus material) Wunder isn’t your average girl in fact—she isn’t even an average human. In a world ravaged by Zombies, she was born amidst the chaos. She may have a normal life now…well as normal as a freak of nature could have. Part zombie while her job is to hunt bloodthirsty creatures to protect the innocent. It’s the dreams that haunt her and they aren’t nightmares. Wunder dreams of a man, a man made just for her. Is he real, can he be the one she‘s yearned for?

Wunder’s life has been far from perfect so far, secretly being part Zombie in a world devastated by the plague of the walking dead. Still, she knew there was something special awaiting her, someone out there who could change everything and she did find him. Pete is everything she dreamed of and more as she discovers passion and fulfillment for the first time in her life.

Pete has his own secrets to tell. His world is a lonely one as he wrestles with the reality of being part zombie. His hatred for the creatures that killed his parents drives him to patrol the streets and wipe them all out. His life would be stark, but for the dreams he’s been having; of a woman, so sensuous, so sexy. These alluring visions have become erotic and consuming. He feels as if he made her up to keep from going crazy. Is this life of hunting the walking dead, all there is? Or is she out there waiting—just for him?

Now—with the reunion; Wunder’s life turns into a journey of discoveries. Secrets from the past come full circle and her world is changed forever. In the coming chaos, can she keep her new found happiness and the man of her dreams?

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Why? Why the torture? Each and every single night since I became a woman I awaken sweating, panting, hot and bothered from the pure sexual torture. Many times with my hand rubbing my most intimate place. A dream, so many dreams. Each one is different, but all contain the same faceless dark haired stranger.

“UGH!”

The only things I know for sure is he is tall, has raven black hair, the same color as mine, but much shorter. He has the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen. Glowing eyes that seem to be able to see into my soul. My heart’s deepest desires and he always grants them to me without pause. It was strange at first, seeing him and yet not. Not being able to make out his facial features, except for his eyes. I got used to it throughout the years, I guess. One thing I DO know, is the way he makes me feel, always!

So much passion, heat and desire. He makes me feel beautiful, irreplaceable and wanted in a way, I imagine, every woman wants to feel.

Frustration at its finest. This latest dream seemed more realistic than all of the others. I still feel the ripples on my skin from his touch; the most intimate touch I’ve ever experienced, the only touch from a male I’ve had in such a manner. The goose bumps are just starting to go away. His caress is always so sensual and arousing. My mouth is still dry from all of the panting I’ve done, my panties are drenched and my heart is still pounding.

No words could ever describe my desire to meet this man of my dreams. That is—if he truly does exist. I’m going to be 25 years old and have zero sexual experience. I’d give anything to feel even a portion of what I’ve felt during these amazingly satisfying yet torturous dreams. Anything!

When I finally do get out of bed and stroll towards the bathroom, the floors feel extra cold on my overheated feet. “Definitely starting off with a cold shower.” I turn on the water full blast cold, toss my sleep shirt and panties in the hamper and brace for the shock of cold water against my flesh. “ACK!” Holy crap does it sting. But hey, it works. My body no longer feels the intense heat of arousal, just the residual tingles left after the orgasm, still lingering along my body. I fully submerge after adding some hot water to the mix, when I hear banging on the bathroom door. I jump slightly and slip a bit, almost landing flat on my ass. Luckily, I have fast reflexes and right myself quickly.

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He sighs, moving his mouth towards my ear, flicking his tongue out softly and caressing my lobe. I shudder in response feeling flutters low in my belly. “I don’t know if I can wait any longer to have you. I need to taste you—feel you.” Oh my, did my panties just get wet? “Yes!” I say with a heavenly sigh. “Please,” I answer as if he’s offering food while I’ve been starving for days. He uses his tongue superbly to lick all the way down along the column of my throat.

Sensuously, he places precise kisses all the way back up, until he hovers over my lips, looking hungrily into my eyes. “I’m going to kiss you now, Wunder. Then, I’m going to take you and make you mine. If you don’t want that? Now, would be the time to tell me.” I’m swaying on my feet, gazing into his eyes—at a loss for words.

Finally, I find my voice. “Please.” He takes my mouth with such fervor, my heart pounds harder than after I’ve just run for miles. My legs now feel like over cooked noodles. He holds me tighter, exploring every nook and cranny of my mouth and I answer with the same exploration. He’s making silent promises, grinding his hard length, against my body. I bravely slide my hand from around his neck, down between us, past his chest to cup him through his tight jeans. He groans into my mouth and slowly pulls back to gaze at me questionably. My eyes are still at half-mast, drooping as if they would close on their own accord. I give his jean encased cock a firm squeeze, ‘Yes’ in answer to his question. He takes my hand, tugging it as he moves toward the back of the club. I go willingly. Oh—how I go willingly!

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I fall into a slow jog beside Pete, heading the opposite way we came in. I have no idea where we are or where we’re going, so I figure it’s best to find out…“Where are we going?”

“Right now, we’re going to try and intercept whatever is coming this way. The vibe is growing stronger in this direction. Do you think you can handle it?”

“Of course I can. You should know better than to ask me that. But won’t I be seen in here. Won’t you and dad get—hold on a sec. We don’t even know what it is!”

“Trust me Wunder, I know this place like the back of my hand even after only a few months and I also have the cameras handled. No one will see us as long as we stay away from the research sector right now. That’s where they keep most of the infected and do all the tests for cures and such. I didn’t dare touch those cameras. I don’t need to. I only blocked out the ones closest to us. There’s a lot more cameras where we’re headed though. Give me a sec.” He points a finger to his temple, gives me a small smile, then he takes a deep breath and seems to briefly lose focus. His eyes give a quick flash of a green eerie glow.

Just like mine do when my emotions are out of whack. I’m fucking confused! What the hell is going on? More damn questions and no time to ask them. Figures, I have the best of luck with everything, don’t I?

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Their first time as a trio. The team of Tank, Wunder and Pete will face their greatest challenge when they come up against RIP subject number 776, the deadliest Zombie yet. He’s unpredictable , smart, full of cunning and has yet to be found.

While they fight for their lives, the heat between Pete and Wunder will blaze out of control. They will discover powers within themselves brought on by being part zombie. Powers beyond even their wildest imagination.  

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I had my eyes squeezed closed as I screamed bloody murder. My father ran straight over to me telling me to continue to keep my eyes closed. Of course I didn’t listen. I stood there and watch as he grabbed the infected’s hair, carefully removed the bastard’s teeth from my arm and stuck the dagger straight through his head via the fucker’s ear. The sounds were sickly. I dreamt of that night for years. I was a bit haunted by it, but also fascinated. It was then I decided I did not want a mellow life or job. I wanted to be just like my Dad. A kick ass soldier of good. Well that’s what I thought of him then, so it’s what I went with. I don’t think I was ever far off. These infected are not good news in any way, shape or form and my father, as well as the others he worked with. Fought the bad guys, killed them and helped to slow down the spread of the infection in the area. He, and the others, are heroes in my eyes. Always were and always will be. Once the infected proved truly dead on the spot, my dad freaked out. He thought he was going to lose me. But he was wrong…

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AUTHOR BIO

A.R. was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related. In her free time she enjoys exercising, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing and writing. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book!

She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story. She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.

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What are they? Well, they’re the walking dead, duh! Seriously though, the zombies (aka the infected) in Wunder have been terrorizing the planet for over 30 years. They are gruesome, strong, and much faster than the average zombie you see on television. They are also a lot smarter. They know how to trap their prey and the best way to get them down for the kill. They crave protein due to its ability to strengthen their muscles and improve their physical condition. So, when they attack their prey (humans), they start off with consuming whatever blood they can get and work their way deep, to get to the marrow of their prey’s bones.

The origin of the contagion is not yet known, but it is under constant investigation. Some say it is alien based, something that was brought to the planet by other worldly beings with hopes all humans would die and the aliens would take over, live and flourish as if we were never here. That’s not yet been proven.

Others say, that it was created as a biochemical weapon from one of Russia’s or Korea’s mad scientists that are out for destruction of anywhere but their country, so they can have all control. But those theories are… Just theories, nuff said.

One thing we do know for sure is Wunder is a rarity. How many people do you know that can actually say they are part zombie? Exactly! NONE.

She now fights alongside some others, to help all that are terrorized by the infected to stay alive and uninfected. She doesn’t see them as kin or anything of the like. She sees them as enemies, targets, needing to just be…gone. And that’s what she’s trained to do for a majority of her life. Taught by her 100% human father and his comrades. Kill or be killed!

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LEGALLY UNDEAD BY MARGO BOND COLLINS - EXCERPT


If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Margo Bond Collins, you are really missing out on one of life’s great things. Today, I’m featuring an excerpt from her newest book, Legally Undead. I love her writing, her humor, and her impeccable sense of timing. Enjoy.



Title: Legally Undead

Author: Margo Bond Collins

Release date: May 2tth, 2014

Genre: Paranormal
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Book Description:
A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.

Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.
But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire sucking the blood from her fiancé, Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs—not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.
As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning to face them, Elle realizes Greg’s body is gone—and her perfect life falls apart

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Book Excerpt

The ballroom was packed. More people had arrived while we were getting dressed. Women in sequined dresses and men in tuxedos sat around almost all the tables. Some of them were even eating. Couples crowded the dance floor. The band was indeed very good—they were playing a version of “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to” and the lead singer, a tall woman in a slinky black dress, had a deep, smoky-sounding voice.
It would be easy to be charmed by this setting, by all the elegance that surrounded me.
Of course, all the vampires that surrounded me weren’t quite so charming. They were terrifying.
And in a room full of people, I discovered that it was easy to tell which ones were vampires and which ones weren’t. Some of the humans were easy to spot—the ones who were eating food were easy to pick out as humans, of course, and many of them had bandages or fresh wounds on various parts of their bodies. The parts where the veins ran close to the surface: the neck, the crook of the elbow, the wrist.
There were other humans there, too, though, humans who weren’t eating and who didn’t have any visible blood-donation marks. But they were clearly human, just as some of the other people moving around the room were clearly vampires. The vampires tended toward pallor, of course. And occasionally one flashed a fang here or there, particularly when they laughed—an effect that I found chilling. They were mostly extraordinarily beautiful, but then, so were the humans. Deirdre seemed to like surrounding herself with beauty.
It had something to do with the energy the vampires projected, I guess. They seemed strangely brittle, yet almost vibrating with a nervous vitality. I’ve seen a similar thing with people who were on the verge of an emotional breakdown but attempting to hide it. I’ve also seen it in people with bipolar disorder. It’s a sort of forced, manic gaiety verging on hysteria.
But that energy was combined with an indolence of movement. They swayed through the room slowly, languorously, all the while virtually quivering with some suppressed power.
All in all, it was just about the creepiest thing I’d ever seen—toward the top of the list, anyway, right after “Seeing My Beloved Eaten.”
I recognized now some of that same energy in Greg himself. It wasn’t as pronounced, but it was there all the same. Perhaps it grew with age.
That meant that I was in a room full of old—perhaps very old—vampires.
God. I was in big trouble.


About the Author:
Margo Bond Collins is the author of Legally Undead, first in an urban fantasy series coming in 2014 from World Weaver Press (http://worldweaverpress.com/), Waking Up Dead, first in a paranormal mystery series from Solstice Publishing (http://www.solsticepublishing.com/), and Fairy, Texas, a YA paranormal romance series (also from Solstice). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college English online. She loves paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.

Official Website: www.MargoBondCollins.com
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“I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw - parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming.” In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people. When the princess, Alondra, falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty. But her parents have other plans; they have a kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed? As lies, illusions, and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but also everything she has known and loved.

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Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the contemporary New Adult series, ‘Flowering’, a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us. Although the books are no longer in print, they are being rewritten and redeveloped for future publication. Please visit Sarah’s website for more details.

As a former English teacher and YA library coordinator, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and ‘Dust’, an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, ‘Backward Compatible’. Most of Sarah’s work is about teens and college students, as it’s what she knows well.

Sarah’s passion in life is writing - weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips to, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hello anywhere Sarah is online! You can find these places at http://sarahdaltry.com

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, ‘Bitter Fruits’, is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

Sarah has also written ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,’ a reimagining of one of her favorite poems in a contemporary setting.

She is an obsessive Anglophile who spends more time watching BBC TV than any human being should, as well as a hardcore gamer and sarcastic nerd.

Email: sarahdaltrybooks@gmail.com

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