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Halloween Thrills & Chills: 10 Great Horror Films with Jonathan Stroud

October 8, 2014 Bonnie Giveaways, Guest Post, YA 11 Comments

Autumn is my most favorite time of year. The cool weather, the beautiful colors and that desire to curl up with some eerie books and creepy movies. Today is my exciting tour stop on the Halloween Trills & Chills event hosted by The Midnight Garden and I’m featuring a guest post from Jonathan Stroud where he shares his favorite horror films. Having just read The Screaming Staircase and being currently in the middle of The Whispering Skull, I completely trust his opinion on anything creepy. His series is a fantastically fun mix of mystery and creepy that you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy.

In addition to this guest post, you will have the opportunity to win a box of horror novels that you’ll get just in time for Halloween! Be sure to check out the full list of all the other stops on this thrilling tour for more chilling posts!

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud {Purchase – My Review}
The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2) by Jonathan Stroud {Purchase}

About Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Jonathan grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.

Jonathan is the author of the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy as well as Lockwood & Co. from Disney-Hyperion.

Top 5 Classic Ghost Films

1. The Innocents (1962)
Absolutely my favourite ghost film, an exquisite and near perfect adaptation of Henry James’ classic The Turn of the Screw. Deborah Kerr plays a young governess who comes to teach two adorable children in an idyllic country house. All seems set fair, but it isn’t long before she begins to suspect that Miles and Flora are being haunted by two recently dead servants, who have come back from the grave to corrupt them. Scripted by Truman Capote and John Mortimer, and featuring wonderful performances by the child actors and Kerr, it maintains the ambiguity of the literary original. Is the governess seeing wicked ghosts, or is she barking mad? Either way, it’s scary and unsettling.
2. The Haunting (1963)classic movie collage
The original, not the dodgy remake. Another classy black-and-white adaptation of a literary classic, this time Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. A disparate group of psychic researchers arrive at a house of ill repute, and supernatural forces set to work. Soon one of them in particular, the vulnerable, repressed Eleanor, is being targeted. It can’t end well. Terrifically atmospheric and genuinely frightening.

3. Dead of Night (1945)
A classy portmanteau movie, with several ghostly tales told by guests at a party in a country house. Most famous is the final segment, with Michael Redgrave terrorised by a possessed ventriloquist’s dummy, but most of the other sections have been very influential. By turns comic (the golfing story), poignant (a Christmas encounter with the ghost of a murdered child), and eerie (the haunted mirror), it’s all tied together neatly by an excellent slingshot ending.

4. The Devil Rides Out (1969)
Can I include this? Does it actually have any ghosts in it? There are demons, afrits, cases of Satanic possession… and various ghostly things turning up to menace the heroes as they cower in their protective pentacle at the finale, so… yes, I reckon it’s in. Hammer Studio’s best film, written by Richard Matheson, and with Christopher Lee and Charles Gray on the top of their form, it’s gloriously lurid and excellent fun.

5. Night of the Demon (1957)
You have to ignore the first couple of minutes. In fact, best close your eyes for some of it, since the studio insisted on adding a redundant shot of the demon in question, when it would have been infinitely better to save it for the end. But the rest of Jacques Tourneur’s film is terrific, a spirited and atmospheric adaptation of M R James’s classic ‘Casting the Runes’. The kind of film (like several of these choices) that gives B-movies a good name.

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Top 5 Modern Ghost Films

1. Ring (1998)
Hugely successful, the Japanese movie Ring spawned a plethora of movies featuring creepy girl ghosts with a lot of long dark hair. What I love about it is its fusion of classic folklore (it’s ultimately derived from an old Japanese tale about a servant girl thrown down a well), and modern urban legend. The idea of a cursed videotape that kills the viewer snaps this vengeful spectre instantly into the present day (though I guess you’d need to make it a cursed app now). It gives her immense potency. For a film with such a scary reputation, it’s also highly restrained, relying on slow-build of atmosphere rather than Grand Guignol effects.
2. The Orphanage (2007)
There’s nothing like ghost children to pack an emotional punch. In fact, I almost didn’t put this Spanish masterpiece in my list, because I personally find the outcome so distressing! But it’s a cracking ghost story, beautifully produced and filmed, and derives its power from the seamless meshing of old and new tragedies, the repercussions of past evil, and the remorselessly logical build-up of its supernatural elements. In all of this, it mirrors the very best classic literary ghost stories.

Jonathan Stroud modern films3. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Who couldn’t include this in a list of recent ghostly classics? Just occasionally a movie comes out where everything seems to work just right, and M Night Shyamalan’s debut is one of them. That ending aside, there are just so many brilliantly scary moments here, mainly involving the terrific Haley Joel Osment and what he sees when he’s alone at night. And Bruce Willis is fab too. A film that demands to be seen a second time, straight over, just so you can marvel how clever it is.

4. Stir of Echoes (1999)
Adapted from a book by genre great Richard Matheson (author of best-vampire-novel ever I Am Legend), this gets my nod for Kevin Bacon’s great performance as the ordinary Joe suddenly beset by creepy psychic visions. So many ghost stories have at their heart a vulnerable protagonist, isolated from everyone else by their sensitivity to occult forces. Quite often this protagonist is female (see Nos. 2 & 5 in my list) or a kid (No.3); here, refreshingly, it’s a big burly guy. Plus we get ghostly voices heard through a baby monitor, the possibility of which always used to freak me out when my kids were small. (We did once hear some strange voices, as it happened, but hopefully we were just picking up another family down the road…)

5. The Others (2001)
What is it about Spanish directors and great ghost movies? This one, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, is up there with The Orphanage and Guillermo del Toro’s Devil’s Backbone as a modern classic. Consciously playing with themes familiar to us since The Turn of the Screw – big mansion, vulnerable kids, uptight isolated woman, oppressive forces homing in – it strikes all the right notes thanks to a pitch-perfect performance from Nicole Kidman. It’s also got the great Eric Sykes it as a sinister gardener, which is a bonus in anyone’s book.

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Thrills and Chills: Halloween Event Tour with Jonathan Stroud, Hillary Monahan, and Laurie Stolarz

Wednesday, October 1   The Midnight Garden        5 Questions with Jonathan Stroud
Thursday, October 2       The Starry-Eyed Revue    Into the Spooky Swamp Setting of Mary: The Summoning
Friday, October 3            Supernatural Snark           Rules for Surviving a House of Horrors (guest post by Laurie Stolarz)

Monday, October 6          Xpresso Reads                Deleted Scene from Mary: The Summoning
Tuesday, October 7         Love is Not a Triangle      5 Questions with Laurie Stolarz
Wednesday, October 8    For the Love of Words     10 Great Horror Films with Jonathan Stroud
Thursday, October 9        Winterhaven Books         How I Became a Horror Fan (guest post with Hillary Monahan)
Friday, October 10           YA Romantics                  Quiz: What Dark House Character Are You?

Monday, October 13         My Friends Are Fiction   Fashion Accessories for Ghosthunters (guest post by Jonathan Stroud)
Tuesday, October 14        The Flyleaf Review         5 Questions with Hillary Monahan
Wednesday, October 15   Books with Bite               Top 10 Items to Survive The Dark House Amusement Park

Thursday, October 16       The Social Potato           A Tour of Jonathan Stroud’s Writing Space

Win a Thrills and Chills box of horror! Includes copies of the following new releases:

Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

The box will be delivered just in time for spooky Halloween reading!
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Guest Post + Giveaway! The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

February 27, 2013 Bonnie Book Reviews, Giveaways, Guest Post, YA 0 Comments

Guest Post + Giveaway! The Nightmare Affair by Mindee ArnettThe Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Series: The Arkwell Academy #1
on March 5th 2013
Pages: 367
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Nightmare Affair

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Literally.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

Today is my stop on ‘The Nightmare Affair’ blog tour hosted by Shane @ Itching for Books! I’m featuring a guest post from Mindee where she talks about how she came up with such an original premise and last but not least there’s a giveaway (and it’s signed!!)

 ‘Genesis of The Nightmare Affair ‘

Hey there! I’m so happy to be guest blogging here today at Sweet Tidbits about the genesis of The Nightmare Affair.

I suppose in reality, the very first spark for the idea came from an anthology of short stories called, Horse Fantastic. Published around the time I was in the sixth or seventh grade, I picked it up because (1) it was about horses (Best. Thing. Ever. in other words) and (2) it contained short stories by both Jennifer Roberson and Mercedes Lackey, two of my favorite fantasy authors.

Jennifer Roberson’s story is called “Riding the Nightmare,” and it’s a weird, scary little story about a rodeo cowboy and a black bronc called—you guessed it—Nightmare. Of course, the bronc is no ordinary horse, but a front (or channel or tool, the story doesn’t make it clear) for the nightmare of myth and legend, a succubus who makes a very brief appearance.

Although artfully written, I didn’t care much for the story. The rodeo holds little romance for me. I’m way more interested in riding horses and building relationships with them than that macho-stupido cowboy crap. Still, the nightmare of that story left a lasting mark on my subconscious.

A decade or so later, sometime around 2009, as I sat down at my desk to brainstorm short story ideas, I found myself thinking about Roberson’s story once more. At the time I was searching for a new monster to play the part of villain. I had just attempted a story about a Wendigo that wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. I needed a replacement. So why not a Nightmare like the kind in that short story I’d read as a kid?

I immediately jumped on Wikipedia, and soon stumbled across John Henry Fuseli’s painting The Nightmare.

Naturally, my interest in the painting first centered on the horse, “the mare,” which you don’t even notice right away. But gradually my creative brain began to focus on the demon in the picture, the true “nightmare.” I’m not sure how it happened, but I started wondering what it would be like if the demon were a girl instead, someone more or less human, more or less ordinary, but cursed to spend her nights sitting on people’s chests. I imagined it would be pretty sucky, but also pretty funny, too.

And just like that my search for a monster to play a villain in a short horror story became the protagonist of a novel.

Not long after, I sat down and wrote the opening scene where a twenty-something college student named Dusty—yes, this was her name from day one—breaks into a house to “dreamfeed” on a stranger who turns out to be a hot guy, and who wakes up while she’s in the process of sitting on his naked chest. Shenanigans and chaos ensued.

But when I got to the end of that opening scene, the story abruptly died from “I have no idea what happens next” disease, and I set it aside and wrote a completely different novel, one that would now be regarded as New Adult. Fast forward about a year, once I’d finished the New Adult novel and unsuccessfully queried it, I returned to my little idea about Nightmares.

I approached it this time with a weird mixture of fear and determination. I was a little heartbroken over my lack of success with the New Adult, which, while a decent enough story, didn’t really have a place in the market. I’d come to understand that stories with college-aged protagonists that weren’t quite “adult” were a hard sell. And this is when something fundamental changed for my story and for me as a writer. I asked myself, what if Dusty were a teenager?

It was as if someone had turned on the most powerful light switch in the world, one that completely opened my eyes to something new. Although I liked young adult and children’s stories, I had never considered writing one myself. But once I got turned onto the possibility, all of these ideas began to fill my head—about Dusty and her friends, and her school for other magical creatures like herself, and for Eli, the elusive boy we meet in that opening scene.

To give you an idea of what I mean, here is a sample from one of my early brainstorming sessions, complete with doodling (fifty points if any of you can actually read this mess—even I can’t read all of it):

After many longs days, and a lot of hard work, and hard thinking, this mess of ideas became The Nightmare Affair. A couple of months later, it caught the eye of my rock star agent, and sold to Tor Teen in a little over two weeks.

I’m not entirely sure what the moral to this story is or if there even is one. But thank goodness I read “Riding the Nightmare” all those years before. And thank goodness all those agents rejected that New Adult. Otherwise, I might not ever have arrived at this moment, with a book about to make its way into the world, and right where I always wanted to be.

Happy Writing!

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I’d like to thank Mindee for taking the time to guest post for me, I love the concept for this story and loved even more reading about the entire process! So what do you guys think?

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Review + Guest Post + Giveaway! The Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay

October 24, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Giveaways, Guest Post, Read in 2012 1 Comment

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Review + Guest Post + Giveaway! The Shortest Way Home by Juliette FayThe Shortest Way Home by Juliette Fay
Published by Penguin Books on October 30th 2012
Pages: 416
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC
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four-stars

A NOVEL FULL OF HUMOR AND HOPE FOR FINDING YOURSELF WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECTED

Sean has spent twenty years in Third World war zones and natural disaster areas, fully embracing what he’d always felt was his life’s mission. But when burnout sets in, Sean is reluctantly drawn home to Belham, Massachusetts, the setting of Fay’s much-loved Shelter Me. There, he discovers that his steely aunt, overly dramatic sister, and quirky nephew are having a little natural disaster of their own. When he reconnects with a woman from his past, Sean has to wonder if the bonds of love and loyalty might just rewrite his destiny. Completely relatable, The Shortest Way Home is another perfect serving of a slice of life from the irresistible Fay.

About Juliette Fay

Juliette Fay's first novel, Shelter Me, was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award "Book of the Year." Her second novel, Deep Down True, was short-listed for the Women's Fiction award by the American Library Association. Juliette received a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a master's degree from Harvard University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. The Shortest Way Home is her third novel.

 

A Book in The Drawer . . . Right Where It Should Be
By Juliette Fay,
Author of The Shortest Way Home

I have a book in the drawer. Okay, it’s not in an actual drawer. It’s in a box with old tax documentation under my fax/scanner. I also have electronic copies stashed in several places. Not that it matters. It will never see the light of day.

The Book in the Drawer is a phrase I’ve heard often from other authors, nearly proverbial in its usage. It’s the practice novel, the one that never got published. If a fiction-writers bible were ever to be written, the psalms might include the following lamentation:

Oh, Lord, have mercy on my wretchedness.
I have been cast out into the wilderness of time wastage.
I have put my pen to many a parchment,
Pages that speak from the depths of my soul,
And yet my toil has been for naught!
Alas, my Book is in The Drawer.

(Woeful sigh.)

I wrote my drawer novel out of aggravation. I had just read a remarkably bad book. The only thing I liked about it was the premise: two people trapped in an elevator. (She was beautiful, he was handsome. Of course. Yawn.) I found myself wondering, What would I do with that for a starting point? Who would I put in that elevator?

I decided that the man had just come from a family barbecue at which his siblings had skewered him for being selfish. The woman was a recovering alcoholic with an unmedicated anxiety disorder. The elevator got stuck between floors during a power outage, and the woman had a panic attack and peed her pants.

I called it The Hyperventilating Pants-Wetter Society. It took me a year to write. In the end, the best thing about it was the title, which I still really love.

And it almost got published! I had an agent and everything. (He completely ignored me then shunted me off to some 24-year-old “associate” who clearly hated me and my book. After a couple of painful months they decided it was unpublishable, notifying me by registered letter. I am not making this up. Seriously, they couldn’t have picked up the phone?)

I was in a state of ocean-floor level misery until I remembered how much I truly loathed and was slightly afraid of the both of them. Also, in the year that I had been trying desperately to get an agent, then waiting for them to find a publisher, I had written another novel, Shelter Me, and I knew it was better than The Hyperventilating Pants-Wetter Society, except for the title, which, let’s face it, is hard to beat.

Shelter Me was soon repped by Theresa Park of The Park Literary Group, my second — and as far as I’m concerned, final — agent, whom I love. After she got Shelter Me sold to HarperCollins, I asked her to read The Hyperventilating Pants-Wetter Society. She was not enthusiastic — didn’t even think it could be fixed — so I left it in The Drawer (so to speak) and turned my efforts toward the new story I was working on which became Deep Down True.

There are three things I’m grateful for regarding The Hyperventilating Pants-Wetter Society:

1. That I completed it. Before that I truly had no idea if I could take a story from the bunch of stray thoughts to a full-length novel with a recognizable beginning, middle and end. It allowed me to put an official check mark next to something I’d always had on my bucket list: write a novel. Not write a bestseller or even get published. Just put the words on paper from start to finish.

2. That it’s in The Drawer. For a while I had a hard time with the fact that I’d spent an entire year writing something that would never see the light of day. After I finishedDeep Down True, I went back to see if I couldn’t — oh, how foolishly — prove my agent wrong by buffing it to a publishable state. I couldn’t. It was not good. And if it hadbeen published, I would be embarrassed by it now. It was a practice novel, pure and simple.

The third reason is a little surprising. My father read and loved The Hyperventilating Pants-Wetter Society when I first wrote it. Along with being an adoring and completely biased parent, he’s also a psychologist who often sees clients with phobias.

A couple of months ago, he was helping a client with incapacitating claustrophobia — especially in elevators. Her father was very ill and being treated on the twelfth floor of Massachusetts General Hospital. She desperately wanted to visit him, but not being in great health herself, she couldn’t walk up twelve floors. My father went with her to help her get through the elevator ride. As they waited on the ground floor, she became terribly anxious, and he thought she might not be able to visit her dad.
He later told me, “I wanted to distract her, so I started telling the story of The Hyperventilating Pants-Wetter Society. By the time the elevator came she was laughing, so I kept going. When we got to the twelfth floor she couldn’t believe the ride was over so fast.”

Thus, 3. That it helped someone. You could look at a book in a drawer as a year’s worth of work for nothing, and in some sense you’d be right. But when I remember that mine also helped an ailing man get a visit from his daughter, my frustration is reduced to almost nothing.

© 2012 Juliette Fay, author of The Shortest Way Home

‘From the time he was fifteen Sean had known he would head out and do as much good as he could in the time that was left, while he waited for his mother’s diagnosis to become his own.’

Sean has known since an early age that he had a 50% chance he would develop the same disease that took his mother: Huntington’s disease. Not wanting to waste the life he had left he devoted his life to being selfless and helping others as a nurse in various foreign lands. Deciding that he needs a break because he’s getting burnt out from working so hard, he finally realizes that he’s old enough that he may have actually dodged a bullet and he doesn’t in fact have Huntington’s disease. He beat the odds. But this comes with the realization that he molded his life around the fact that he may very well not have many years to live and he begins to wonder just how different his life could have been if he had made different choices, if he had actually gotten tested and known for sure if he had the disease or not.

Sean returns home to visit his Aunt Vivian, sister Deidre, and his late brother Hugh’s son Kevin. He’s shocked to find that his Aunt Vivvy appears to have Alzheimer’s or early signs of dementia, Deidre is completely absorbed in making it big as an actor and is never home, and that eleven year old Kevin appears to be raising himself. Kevin is an extremely self-sufficient child and isn’t neglected; however, he finds his behavior to be strange until a friend mentions he exhibits signs of having a sensory processing disorder. Reluctant to alter his roaming lifestyle despite the obvious need for his presence to be closer to home, Sean still fully intends on leaving again once he’s been able to get everything straightened out.

There was a lot of detail given regarding Huntington’s disease and sensory processing disorders. Both diseases/disorders I knew very little about to begin with but it was extremely interesting to learn more about. It wasn’t overdone and didn’t venture off into medical jargon that didn’t make much sense, it was well explained and quite informative.

This is a hard book to put a label on. There were a few religious angles but they weren’t so abundant that I would label it a ‘Christian Fiction’ because there were also a couple of sex scenes. The bits of romance that were thrown in weren’t overdone and was nicely intertwined with the story but not so much I would label it a ‘Romance’ either. Definitely one for Adult Contemporary fans with a ‘deeper’ message. I found all of the characters to be quite charming which was a real treat. Once I passed the halfway point I was so absorbed into the story I couldn’t put it down. I suppose it could be said it was a predictable ending but I still raced to finish. Overall this was a surprisingly funny and lighthearted read despite the serious subject matter and I found myself laughing often.

Phew! This was a super long post with lots of scrolling required. Well, as a ‘congratulations you made it to the end’, here’s your opportunity to win a copy of this wonderful book!

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Blog Tour Stop + Author Guest Post! Siege (As the World Dies #3) by Rhiannon Frater

April 26, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Book Tour, Guest Post, Read in 2012 13 Comments

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Blog Tour Stop + Author Guest Post! Siege (As the World Dies #3) by Rhiannon FraterSiege by Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies #3
Published by Tor on April 24, 2012
Pages: 365
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Horror
Format: eARC
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Also by this author: The First Days, Fighting to Survive, The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

four-stars

Siege is the conclusion to Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy, which should appeal to fans of The Walking Dead. Both The First Days and Fighting to Survive won the Dead Letter Award from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner.

The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors who have found tenuous safety in Texas defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits.

Katie has made peace with the death of her wife and is pregnant and married to Travis, who has been elected Mayor. Jenni, her stepson, Jason; and Juan—Travis’s righthand man—are a happy family, though Jenni suffers from PTSD. Both women are deadly zombie killers.
In Siege, the people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. What’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors.

Today is my official day on the Siege Blog Tour and I’m super excited to have Rhiannon stop by with a guest post on her favorite zombie stuff today! How fun right?? But first… check out my review for Siege.

That was damn awesome. 🙂 Siege was hands down my favorite from this entire series. I loved how everything was concluded because it was far from perfect and typical of what one might expect from a world with zombies: nothing ever goes right and NO ONE is safe!! In Siege, fighting the zombies has become the least of their worries. After a member of their community betrays them it causes everyone to realize that the zombies are not the only things that people need to fear.

The thing I loved most about this small community of survivors was how strong, independent and extremely resilient they all were. (Almost) everyone was ready and willing to work hard and do their part in the community but of course there were the individuals that still thought themselves better in various ways and wouldn’t be ‘reduced’ to menial labor. Those particular characters cracked me up because I know for a fact there will always be those people in the world, especially the women still wearing high heels and makeup while the world is going to shit.

This one had me on the edge of my seat for almost the entire story. It was exciting, nerve-racking, emotional and incredibly realistic… a real nail biter. A well written story of survival and doing anything and everything to secure it. Siege didn’t lose any of its original snarky humor but still managed to be one highly emotional thrill ride. If you’re any kind of zombie fan, do not deny yourself this series!

And now let’s see what Rhiannon’s favorite zombie items are!
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Guest Post

Ever since I started writing about zombies, I have been given a ton of cute zombie merchandise by family, friends, and fans.  I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite zombie stuff that is available for purchase. Some of the items I already own, some I don’t.

Enjoy!

10.  Brain Cupcakes

How cute are these? I totally want them! Perfect for when the nieces and nephews are over and playing zombie video games or watching zombie movies.
Available at Amazon.

9.  Dismember-Me Plush Zombie

This was a gift from a friend and I love him!  He’s so much fun to pull apart when a book is frustrating me. Right now he’s in pieces on my desk!Available at Think Geek.

8.  Ghoulia Yelps from Monster High

My niece LOVES Monster High. And I admit, so do I. My husband bought me Ghoulia Yelps, the daughter of the Zombies, as a gift. I love her. She’s so adorable despite being dead. In the cartoon on the Monster High website she’s the smartest of all the kids, though she can only talk in moans.
Available at stores everywhere!

7.  The Zombie of Montclaire Moors Statue

I saw this guy on the table of another author while at an event in Los Angeles. I WANT HIM!  Of course, the neighbors would have a fit.  Oh, well, I guess that is what back yards are for.
You can get him at Toscano.

6.  My Zombie Ate Your Honor Student Bumper Sticker

Yes, I have this on my car. yes, I love it. And yes, I’m sick of all those honor student bumper stickers on the SUV’s careening around Austin. *evil grin*
Available here.

5. Zombie Head Cookie Jar

Need, want, will kill to have it!  I love this cookie jar so much.  It makes me giggle whenever I look at it.  Since I love making cookies, this is a must have item on my next birthday.
Also at Think Geek.

4. Zombiewood Wench Dress

I admit I would have to hit the treadmill a lot more often to fit into this dress, but I think it’s so adorable. I love it.
Available here.

3. Zombie Necklace

I would definitely wear this and with pride. I love the old school font and the sparkles. ACK…does this count as a sparkling zombie?
Available here.

2. Iron Fist Zombie Shoes

I own these!  I wanted them so much I ordered them from the UK long before they became available in the US. I like to wear them at book signings and at conventions. I’ve busted the heels TWICE, but always get them repaired. Love them!
Available here.

1.  Iron Fist Zombie Purse

When to purses, I’m a Betsey Johnson girl, but when I saw this purse, I squealed. WANT IT! WILL HAVE IT
Available here.
What is some of your favorite zombie stuff?
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Thanks so much for stopping by Rhiannon, your top ten list is awesome (and I totally want that bumper sticker!!!) Be sure and check out the rest of her As The World Dies: Zombie Trilogy below on Goodreads.
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