I am SO unbelievably excited to be the blog host for Michele Vail’s UNDEADLY on its book birthday. Happy birthday! *Throws Confetti*
While it was available to purchase on the 20th – mine has been happily living on my Kindle for a week – its official release date is today. And I have a super fun guest post by Michele Vail to share… well, actually I have Ally Bartolucci, president of the Citizens for Zombie Rights group on the blog today.
Ms. Bartolucci has stopped by to share an article with my blog’s readers to inform everyone of the importance of proper zombie care and treatment. The article is a cautionary tale and should hopefully serve as a reminder that zombies are… or were… people too and should be afforded the same level of care as any household member.
A little humanity goes a long way. You don’t want to end up like Mr. Richardson.
Anyway… If you’d like to know just a little bit about the book and author before being enlightened about just what results from the mistreatment of zombies, check out the description and author bio below.
About the Book
The day I turned 16,
my boyfriend-to-be died.
I brought him back to life.
Then things got a little weird…
Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she’s shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath.
Life at Nekyia has its plusses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another…except, there’s something a little off about him. When students at the academy start to die and Rath disappears, Molly starts to wonder if anything is as it seems. Only one thing is certain—-Molly’s got an undeadly knack for finding trouble….
THE REAPER DIARIES
Michele Vail writes young adult paranormal fiction about zombies and reapers.
She likes reading, dogs, cats, board games, ghost-hunting shows, and Halloween. She believes in magic, in the impossible, and in the restorative powers of chocolate.
Michele lives happily-ever-after with her Viking and their family.
Hi. I’m Ally Bartolucci, and I’m the president of the Citizens for Zombie Rights group in Las Vegas. We are very concerned about the humane treatment of zombies, and the article below is just an example of why it’s so important to take care of zombies properly and with compassion.
Owner Eaten by Illegal Zombie Servants at Las Vegas Home
Nathan Richardson was found dead in his home on Tuesday evening after neighbors reported seeing his undead staff of three shambling after Richardson’s pet dogs—two pit bulls and a Yorkshire terrier.
Not much was left of Richardson, who had been attacked and mostly eaten by his housekeeper, landscaper, and butler. Police worked with the Zombie Enforcement Unit to capture the zombies, who were taken to the ZEU facility on the outskirts of town.
A partially opened case of Ghoul-AID was found in Richardson’s kitchen, next to what was left of his body, but all of the bottles were intact. Police speculate that Richardson had waited too long to feed his zombies, who were overtaken by the Hunger, and killed him as he was trying to give them the appetite suppressants.
“He was too cheap to take care of his zombies,” said Celia Monroe, a neighbor who’d reported Richardson for zombie abuse twice before. “Those poor things never had any proper shoes and they were always getting caught on the fence. No wonder he got his face eaten off.”
Further investigation revealed that Richardson had bought his zombies from a black-market facility in Mexico, one of many “zombie mills” notorious for using illegally obtained bodies and minimal necro-magic.
“People purchase zombies from these mills because they’re far cheaper than going through traditional zombie-making services,” said Detective Art Kline from the Zombie Enforcement Unit. “Most zombie attacks and owner deaths can be traced to these illegal mills. The problem is that the moment when we shut one down, another one pops up.”
Richardson’s animals appeared to have escaped the zombies, but were taken to Animal Control for medical treatment and monitoring. As per federal law, the zombies who attacked Richardson will be de-animated and cremated. Richardson had no family or friends, and his remains were buried without services on Tuesday.
Thank you so much, Ally, for sharing that article. That story was not covered by my local news here in Los Angeles. Where I live we are very, very appreciative of our zombie household staff members. Thankfully.
I cannot imagine the man who would care for zombies on the cheap. I’m not surprised by their actions and it’s unfortunate they had to be de-animated when it was he who was at fault.
It’s no wonder, really, that he had no family or friends. A man who would leave their zombies shoeless wouldn’t be the type to be able to maintain friendships. And I hate to say it, but it seems he got what was coming to him.
I’m just glad the animals in his household are okay and weren’t victims of his cruelty, either.
As anyone who visits my blog knows I am a HUGE fan of book trailers. Well, there are two seriously AWESOME trailers for UNDEADLY that I have to share with you. Oh my gosh I love BOTH trailers!
The first is a super cool introduction to apply to Nekyia Academy.
And the second is a super fun book trailer with an incredibly catchy and WICKED AWESOME soundtrack.
There are two AMAZING giveaways being offered by the publisher for this tour. Check out each of the tour stops for more chances to win the signed and unsigned copies of the book and for more entries into the grand prize giveaway.
About the Contest
There are TWO giveaways for his tour! (US/Can only)
1. The first is for a copy of Undeadly AND a SIGNED copy of Undeadly. – This one’s for just my stop!
2. The second is for a Kindle Paperwhite skinned in the Undeadly cover art! The winner will be drawn from all entries gathered throughout the tour!
There are extra entries for tweeting (once per Tour Stop), following Michele on Twitter, leaving your mailing address (for faster shipment of the prize) and for leaving a comment at each Tour Stops (one extra entry for each Tour Stop).
See full contest rules here.
Enter in the Rafflecoper widget below.
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