Monday, February 9, 2015


Lori Whitwam is my Woman In Horror today! She wanted me to talk about her new book The Dead Survive. This is a super Zombie tale and there is a sequel on the way. Her fans will be very happy.

The Dead Survive, is a great zombie tale with a twist. Well, many twists actually. As the review by Becca  states below, this is more about the human side of the Zombie Apocalypse. It turns out the humans are even worse than the Zombies.

I know this sounds intriguing to you. I am a huge fan of new, different books, regardless of the genre. We certainly have one here. Lori did a superb job with this story!

Here is the book description:

Book Description

December 30, 2014
**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

It should be easy to tell who the monsters are in the middle of a global zombie pandemic…

The blank-eyed swarms of animated corpses who want to gnaw on your flesh. Well those are the obvious choice, of course.

In reality, though, it’s not always that simple.

In the early days of the global zombie pandemic, Ellen Hale learned a brutal lesson. While trying to survive the hordes of zombies, Ellen was abducted by a band of marauders and subjected to abuse almost beyond her ability to endure.

She is broken both mentally, and physically, and fears she is on the verge of becoming a monster herself…

Until she is rescued by a growing band of survivors and given a second chance.

Ellen is taken to “The Compound”. Where she meets ex-convict, Quinn.

He’s everything she’d ever been taught to fear, but his presence is the only thing that makes her feel safe.

Will she be able to look past his rough exterior and learn to trust him? Or will the memory of the men who subjected her to such sadistic horrors ruin her chance at a new life?

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book! December 20, 2014
When Ellen has found herself in the middle of a zombie outbreak, she thought she would be safe with her brother Matt until she is taken by force and made to endure sheer torture at the hands of several men.

Ellen's whole world is turned upside down and she doesn't think she's ever getting out of the predicament she's in until she's saved by survivor's of the zombie apocalypse. She's not sure she'll ever be able to trust another human being, especially a man but Quinn might just change her mind.

Quinn is a big, rugged looking guy and when Ellen first spots him she is completely intimidated by him. I don't know if it was his tattoos, his looks or the fact that he was killing zombies but he was the last person she wanted to get to know.

The very first time Quinn see's her, he does something that should have proven he wasn't a bad guy or even won her over just a little but she still thinks of him as Mr. Evil and when she learns he's an ex con, it pretty much cements her opinion of him.

Quinn proves he's more of a teddy bear than the big bad wolf when Ellen watches how he acts with one of the girls who was held captive with her.

Quinn is a totally swoon worthy hero and his character proves that you should never judge a book by its cover. A person is more than what they look like on the outside. The true spirit of a person resides on the inside and how the express themselves to others.

Ellen has lost just about everything of her old life but when Quinn finds something that she's been hoping to find and brings it back to her, well let's just say you're gonna need a box of kleenex to get through that scene.

I was so happy with this book, right up until I got to the ending and I had a moment of "Oh No You Didn't!"

It was one of those rare moments when reading a book where you want to scream at the author and ask them why they did that. I've read other reviewers say that this moment in time has happened to them but this is a first for me. I'm still a little stunned by the twist in this book. A twist that you will just have to read the book in order to find out what I'm talking about.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced digital copy for free from the author in exchange for my honest review.

5.0 out of 5 stars Worse, it's at the hands of humans December 30, 2014
By Becca
Format:Kindle Edition
So what makes this book different? The focus is less on the zombies, and more on the humans. What we get is a look at society in the face of change. A social experiment of adaption that focus on how we survive, what changes, and what stays the same.

When Ellen gets separated form her brother in the early days of the pandemic, she is forced into a world of servitude that most could never fathom. Worse, it's at the hands of humans. While the zombies wage attacks outside, Ellen is faced with the fight of her life to survive her captors. Where do we draw the line on the anything goes when the world is ending mentality? Crime still happens, and people still exploit one another.

After being rescued, she finds herself in a cooperative environment where surviving humans have banned together. She also finds herself dealing with PTSD, trust issues and a new found drinking problem. It's bad enough to confront these issues in a normal world, never mind one where death comes knocking for you, in the quise of flesh eating zombies, at any minuet.

Enter Quinn, the ex-con with a heart of gold, and a habit of rescuing Ellen. Can she learn to trust him? Learn to live again? And can she learn what her place is in the new world the survivors are creating?

To me this book is entirely about Ellen. Her growth, her strength, her flaws, and her ever changing outlook. Whitwam gives us a strong female character who isn't afraid to show her flaws. She is raw, she is real, and she grabs you into the story. Told from Ellen's point of view, this is her testament on the apocalypse, and it is worth your while.

I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it.

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From Lori:

"This interview with Amelia has answers to a lot of questions.

The Dead Survive began as a short story, which I then fleshed out when it decided it should be a book. It's still a short novel, and it moves at the accelerated pace of a short story. However, I'm hard at work on book 2 of The Dead Survive series, Fighting to Survive, and it will feel quite different to readers. It's been planned as a novel from the beginning. It will be significantly longer than The Dead Survive, almost making the first book a prequel. It will have the additional depth and detail one would normally expect from a novel. Book 2 will bring Ellen and her friends to a new situation, with adventure and trauma along the way, and set up some of the challenges they will face in the rest of the series."

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Bio and links:
Official Lori Whitwam Author Website
Lori spent her early years reading books in a tree in northern West Virginia. The 1980s and 90s found her and her husband moving around the Midwest, mainly because it was easier to move than clean the apartment. After seventeen frigid years in Minnesota, she fled to coastal North Carolina in 2013. She will never leave, and if you try to make her, she will hurt you.
She has worked in public libraries, written advertising copy for wastewater treatment equipment, and managed a holistic veterinary clinic. Her current day job, conducted from her World Headquarters and Petting Zoo (her couch) is as a full-time editor for indie authors and small publishing houses.
Her dogs are a big part of her life, and she has served or held offices in Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees rescues, a humane society, a county kennel club, and her own chapter of Therapy Dogs International.
She has been a columnist and feature writer for auto racing and pet publications, and won the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award for a series of humor essays.
Parents of a grown son, Lori and her husband were high school sweethearts, and he manages to love her in spite of herself. Some of his duties include making sure she always has fresh coffee and safe tires, trying to teach her to use coupons, and convincing the state police to spring her from house arrest in her hotel room in time for a very important concert. That last one only happened once—so far—but she still really, really appreciates it.

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I believe it's pretty easy to see that Lori has a great book on her hands and, with more to come, there's no end in sight to what this young lady can expect in the world of horror.

Lori Whitwam is a Woman In Horror!

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