Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CHRISTINE VERSTRAETE - WOMAN IN HORROR!


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Christine Verstraete is my Woman In Horror today! Christine is quite an eclectic author. She is an award winning journalist, writes Steampunk Romance, children's books, horror, and her biggest success to date, in my mind, YA horror via the Zombie route. Girl Z: My Life As a Teenage Zombie is creating a lot of buzz. That's only because it's a great book, and its originality is off the wall super.

Book Description

July 29, 2013
Life can suck when you're sixteen. It can suck even worse when you're not- quite- dead.

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes faces every teenager's biggest nightmares: bad skin, bad hair, and worse . . . turning into one of the living dead.

Becca's life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret—he's becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch.

The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for. Then she meets Gabe, a good-looking part-Z like her, and fears falling for him. After all, how can he, who shows hardly any Z symptoms, be interested in someone like her?

But time is running out... Becca needs his help as she and her cousin Carm search for their missing mothers and fight off hungry Zs.

Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late...

Review

GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie brings teenaged angst to an entirely new level when 16-year-old Becca is infected with a zombie virus and becomes one of the living dead. Still sentient and able to control the whole flesh-eating cravings, Becca struggles to find her place in a world where some of the dead eat the living while others try to fit into their old lives, only to be met by hostility and fear from former friends and family. "Written from Becca's point of view, we get a narrow and very realistic view of this chaotic new world from a self-absorbed teenager's tunnel vision. A very fun and readable introduction to a new series! --Dana Fredsti, author of Plague Town & Plague Nation, swordfighter, and actress in Army of Darkness

What's a pretty Latina supposed to do when her skin turns gray and breaks open in gooey sores that don't heal (I mean, she's had breakouts before, but this is FIERCE!). In C.A. Verstraete's Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, Rebecca (Becca) Hernandez and her bff cousin Carmella (Carm) Sanchez are surprised when Carm's brother shows up on the porch and dies ... after scratching Becca. She starts to show symptoms of the zombie disease (like dying in the hospital), but the infection can be controlled in the young and healthy, so she is sent back home and off to a terrifying world: high school. She discovers prejudice she never encountered as a pretty Hispanic girl in the Illinois-Wisconsin area. Becca and Carm start off on a bad-driving road-trip odyssey to find their moms, trapped by the shuffling creatures. In many cases, they face greater danger from fear-crazed humans than from flesh-hungry zombies. The half-Zs come in many varieties: good and bad, determined to deal with the situation and determined to exploit the situation. Becca even finds love...when her body isn't trying to die. You can actually look at this story as a parable about the teenage condition. An orderly life is upended by forces and urges that are difficult to control. People you trust can turn on you, and sometimes you feel like you're going to die. Yep, that s being a teenager. Verstraete, whose background runs from journalism to designing one-twelfth scale dollhouse rooms, has come up with a clever way of telling her story from a zombie point of view without sinking to the Hungry ... eat ... BRAIINNSSS! level. Despite becoming one of the living dead, Becca is definitely still a teenager: me-centered, petulant, obsessed with her outward appearance, and slightly boy-crazy. She has her pity-party moments, she can be snarky and insulting, and all this gives her a refreshing real-ness. She's a girl who could talk your ear off ... and eat it, too. With Girl Z, Verstraete has shuffled to the head of the zombie-lit horde. May she never stumble! --Review by Terrance Mc Arthur, Kings River Life Online Magazine

Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie is a dark, zombie apocalypse novel about a Rebecca, a sixteen-year-old girl who contracts the dreaded zombie virus. The symptoms manifest slowly and relentlessly, turning her life upside-down with bizarre physical changes. Even when she finds herself falling for Gabe, a handsome part-Z, she's conflicted. Worse, hungry full-Z's are an ever- present threat! Can anything stop the deadly Z transformation - and is it too late for Becca to live as a human again? Told in first person from Becca's point of view, Girl Z is a different type of zombie apocalypse story, especially recommended for fans of the genre! --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

C.A. Verstraete has always wanted to be a writer for as far back as she can remember. As the family "bookworm," she knew her writing desire was a natural progression. She always read and still does, enjoying books by Barbara Taylor Bradford, Debbie Macomber, Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark and many others. C.A.'s career has mostly been in newspapers and magazines, although fiction writing always called to her. Discovering online writing groups inspired her to get more involved in short fiction. Initially, the transition from nonfiction to fiction was hard, but she said it was always a heck of a lot of fun. C.A. grew up in Chicago, the third-generation to live in the two-story house bought by her Belgian-born grandfather in the mid-1900s. She now lives an hour's drive from Chicago, just over the border in Wisconsin. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago. She also received various awards from Illinois and national press associations for nonfiction articles she has written. One of her pastimes is building dollhouses and miniature rooms, which has served as inspiration for nonfiction stories and even a Christmas eBook. She has also written a children's mystery, Searching For a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, unique, and smart!! August 13, 2013
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Girl Z is NOT what I expected at all. I knew for months that I wanted to read this based on the whole, teenage girl living as a zombie, aspect. I also knew that this was a YA novel and that's why this book ended up being a pleasant surprise for me. Honestly, I expected there to be a lot of teenage girl drama, petty arguments, competition over boys, etc...I can assure you that those elements were not a part of this story. I'm not going to give away too many details or "spoilers". If you're going to read this, which I hope everyone does, the story will be so much more fun to read without knowing anymore than what you read in the books description. I would also like to point out that, even though this is considered a book for young adults, Girl Z will appeal to anyone that enjoys books about the zombie apocalypse. The greatest thing about this novel is the originality. Christine did a fantastic job using her imagination to create believable situations and characters. I am very impressed by the originality of the Zombie virus, the characteristics of the zombies and part zombies, and the struggles the main character faces throughout the various unique situations she encounters. I'm really hoping that there is going to be a sequel to Girl Z although, Christine Verstraete did an excellent job with leaving the ending open for the readers own interpretation.

If you've read as many zombie books as I have (I believe I'm up to about 60 now) you may be getting that "been there, done that" feeling. I can guarantee that you will NOT have those feelings with this book. If you're looking for a fresh, fun, and fast-paced New zombie book, download, Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie! I firmly believe you will not be sorry you did so.

Great job Christine!! You've got a new fan for life!! I'm really looking forward to reading other work from you and (hopefully) Girl Z, part 2!!


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I hope this great book is part of a series. I can hardly wait for more!

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To show the versatility of Christine, I have chosen to shout out the anthology Athena's Daughters: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy in which Christine has a story titled The Songbird's Search.


Book Description

May 1, 2014
Athena's Daughters is a collection of short fiction by women about women from some of the best writers in science fiction and fantasy today.

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A wonderful anthology... I highly recommend Tanya Spackman' story, "Moon Fall". I am so glad I read this and I look forward to Volume 2!

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Amazon bio:


Christine Verstraete is an award-winning author and journalist from Wisconsin.
Not your typical zombie story... GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie... *** NEWS! WINNER!! 2014 Lovey Award for Best Paranormal- Sci Fi - Love is Murder Mystery Conference (Feb. 2014) - Named the Young Adult Winner in the 2013 HALLOWEEN BOOK FESTIVAL contest! ***
Life can suck when you're 16. It can suck even worse when you're not-quite-dead..... It's YA zombie with a little romance - and zombies - humor - and zombies - a touch of mystery and... well, you get it. See synopsis at website, http://cverstraete.com. (Blog linked here is GirlZombieAuthors, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com)
Her short stories have been published in anthologies including Darlings of Decay and The Tall Book of Zombie Shorts. Other stories have been published in Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, Steampunk'd and Timeshares (DAW Books). Her story "Perfect Timing" appeared in The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, with works by 14 other authors, in June 2012.
A longtime horror fan, she also enjoys writing short fiction with a touch of the macabre, including the eBooks, The Killer Valentine Ball and Motherly Love.
She also is author of an award-winning children's book, Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery, for ages 9 and up. (#1 Kindle book for miniatures; 2009 EPPIE Award finalist for ebook.) Available in Kindle, eBook, and print.

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Find a new favorite author. Christine Verstraete is a Woman In Horror!


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