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Meme: Top Ten Tuesday – Vampire/Zombie Apocalypse Books (Any Topic Week)

November 6, 2012 6 comments

The meme Top Ten Tuesday topic of the week (via the Broke and Bookish blog) is:

Top Ten Books Freebie! Your time to pick whatever topic you’d like!


The vampire/zombie apocalypse books are a new genre for me, i.e. I haven’t read a lot of these yet, but those I did have really hooked me in! The Walking Dead TV series is one of my fave things right now. I’m including some books that are in my WishList too!

  1. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson : This is a classic in the genre and remains one of my all time faves.
  2. The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin: I read it since it was hyped as this amazing new literary horror novel, and wow, did it live up to it! The cliff-hanger ending had me dying for the sequel.
  3. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks: I first borrowed this from the library, but it was so good that I had to buy my own copy. Super realistic accounts of a zombie apocalypse!
  4. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King: Okay, this isn’t really apocalyptic since it only concentrates on Jerusalem’s Lot (a small town in Maine), but it’s easy to imagine the vampire takeover spreading worldwide!
  5. The Walking Dead by Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard and Cliff Rathburn: I started reading the comics because of the TV series. Super violent but oddly compelling.
  6. Cell by Stephen King: A very frenzied, gory, blood-spattered horror novel from the master.
  7. Patient Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry: I haven’t read this, but my brother swears this military thriller is fantastic, and has lent me his copy.
  8. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts: I’m cheating a bit, since this one doesn’t have zombies/vampires, but the outbreak here causes ordinary people to turn into homicidal maniacs, so it still counts, right? I really liked the teenage survivors in the book.
  9. Plague of the Dead (Morningstar) by Z.A. Recht: I haven’t had the chance to read this yet, but the series was highly recommended to me, and I do have a copy given to me on my Birthday.
  10. Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne: I haven’t read this yet either, but the reviews are great and I love that this is supposed to be a “handwritten journal depicting one man’s struggle for survival”. On my wishlist for sure!

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With H.M. Ward! @hmward

November 6, 2012 2 comments

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author H.M. Ward to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series! H.M. Ward was featured in the Washington Post for her debut novel Demon Kissed. This novel quickly became a bestseller, hitting #1 in multiple lists.

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!

Vampire Apocalypse #2 Catalyst by H.M. Ward

Describe your book Vampire Apocalypse #2 Catalyst in ten words or less

Vampires rule a frozen earth – Kahli’s the last wild human.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I had the idea prior to the cover shoot, but when I shot the model and she had that jacket, and I loved the way it looked. So the world in the novel shifted.

Instead of a dried out wasteland, I switched it to a post-glacial world that’s been doomed to another ice age. The anemic humans, crazed animals, and starved vampires sprung from that.

So, I was inspired by a jacket. Yeah, I didn’t believe it either, but hey – whatever works. 😉

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

Kahli is my favorite character.

She’s strong and brave and says what she wants, but she’s flawed as well. The thing is, she doesn’t let the flaws hold her back. She lives her life and doesn’t wait around for a hero.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I was a full time photographer prior to being a full time writer. The two go hand in hand.

It’s really helpful to be able to shoot someone that you see as the heroine. It gives the story more depth and allowed me more ways to express the story, in photographs and words. It’s cool!

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’m working on another series: THE SECRET LIFE OF TRYSTAN SCOTT.

Trystan and Mari are into their third book and things finally start to get better for them. I love Trystan. That series started as a writing exercise and took off from there. I can’t believe how many fans relate to Mari and Trystan. It’s awesome when characters relate to real people like that.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you wished you could smoosh together Hunger Games and Twilight, then you’ll probably like BANE, the first book in the Vampire Apocalypse series. Pssst! It’s 99 cents right now, too!

Thanks again for stopping by, H.M. Ward! You can learn more about the author via her website:, Facebook: demonkissed, and Twitter: @hmward.

 Vampire Apocalypse #2 Catalyst is available on Amazon (Kindle).

Check out H.M. Ward’s Amazon author page for more info and browse through her other books!

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