24 October 2013

Halloween Seduction Giveaway Hop

Halloween is upon us, a spooky time to celebrate everything dark and wicked.  When one thinks of things that go bump in the night, vampires, ghosts and goblins come to mind.  But this year, I got the privilege of writing a zombie story for a Halloween release.  I realize that zombies are not romantic or sexy, so I decided to use them as the background to the love story.

Civilization is pretty much a thing of the past in A Wanted Man, and humanity is a concept that can get you killed.  With that in mind, that only the strongest survive, the dynamics in writing such a couple in this environment have to shift a little because strong and weak aren’t necessarily definitive properties anymore.  Although most would say Atticus is the alpha and Kit is the beta, both men have to be strong, both men have their weaknesses, and both men have to learn to give and take. 

Drama creates tension and a lot of time heroes have outside trials and tribulations in the form of an antagonist. But when the world itself is the antagonist then this gives a clear path for the two heroes to take.  Suddenly, there are scenarios for the author to explore further. The two men have to work together.  They learn to trust each other, grudgingly.  They learn to fight side by side.  They learn to become partners.

But the road to true love is never easy, especially in a disease-torn world.  The heroes, Atticus and Kit, are trying to find utopia.  Between them and their destination are crazy survivalists, lawless bands of roaming mercenaries, and, of course…the zombies.  With so many different bad guys pulling and prodding the two men, the love story had to balance delicately.  I didn’t want to create insta-love, so trust had to be the first hurdle to overcome.  Both men struggle with issues of trust in different forms.  I had to put myself in their shoes and think, “How would I handle this situation?  Would I jump in with both feet, or would I be hesitant?”

And speaking of putting yourself into your character’s mind-set, the dialogue has to be believable from a man’s point of view.  I tend to write more crudely when I’m writing from a male’s POV.  With men, romance can be as simple and uncomplicated as making sure the beans are the right temperature.  But in a world full of the Z-disease, how can one write romance?  It’s really about the heroes protecting each other’s back in a fight—standing side by side.  They must overcome a marriage minded woman living in a survivalist camp, get past the lawless bands of roamers dominating the roads, even mutated wolves wanting a snack.  And when all hope is lost, loyalty creates an unbreakable love. Trust, loyalty, and passion—It’s the staple of what I put into all my romances.    
To win this awesome Zombie prize, just leave a comment (plus an email to contact you)!  Winner gets zombie kitchen towel and oven mit, two plastic drinking cups featuring How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, and a PDF ebook of any of my titles.  Winner will be chosen at random Nov. 2nd.
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  1. I don't own anything with Zombies and I would love to! That set looks flippin' awesome!! Zombie love story...interesting idea. As long as their parts don't fall off at the wrong time. O.o My email is bookreadsandreviews at gmail dot com

  2. Zombies in a steamy romance..... now that could be interesting!!!!

  3. Braaaaiiiiins... Cool pack :) Zombies are fun in books :) (email's in the blogger profile)

  4. Sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. They look great!!! I want! :D

  6. Great story! Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Happy Halloween! evamillien at gmail dot com

  7. Loving your prize that you picked out! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

  8. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Halloween!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  9. Romance + Zombies! Sounds awesome.


  10. This sounds like such a cool story a zombie romance.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  11. Zombies - love it! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!
    Margaret (at) montalbano (dot) net

  12. Zombies and romance, what more can you ask for?! And it sounds like the setting is a real part of the story--while 'it's the end of the world, so why not fall in love' can be fun, it's interesting to see a more realistic take on survival and how relationships can form under those circumstances.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  13. Love Zombies. They are my favorite things to read about! Thanks

  14. I love love love zombies!!!! Whoot whoot! I've read all the CM Wright books and the 10 minutes from home series, Im always looking for more good ZOmbies!

  15. Love in the time of zombies. How can you go wrong? :D Thanks for the giveaway!


  16. Thanks for the great giveaway! Happy Halloween!
    i_love_books at aol dot com

  17. Hi! Happy Halloween! I hope your having an awesome time! This hop is a blast! Great post! Love zombies! :D Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!

  18. Seems like you have great characters in the book. Thanks!

  19. I love the zombie towels so very very much! Thanks for a chance to win.
    brendurbanist @ gmail.ocm

  20. that's some cool zombie stuff where did you get them?
    Happy Halloween
    sasluvbooks at yahoo.com

  21. Thanks for participating in the hop!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  22. Love the prize. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  23. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! Happy Halloween!!!
    kac_030 at yahoo dot com

  24. I love zombies :)