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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Double-Tap: Angela Brown & Gwen Gardner

My scorpion stories seem to have a cascade effect because now they're spawning zombies--and they're attacking my friends!

Fortunately, they attacked the wrong house because Angela and Gwen were ready with a little help from the characters they created for their latest novels.

It's like Greg always tells me, a double-tap a day keeps the zombies away.


PS  Don't forget to leave a comment to get in on the giveaway. Tell me, would you run or shoot if a zombie was ten feet from you?

Keep Stomping Until It’s Dead

Hey All!
If you’re like me, you enjoy reading Maria’s “State of the Homestead” posts.  The parts that cause me to *shudder* the most are the ones where she shares an update on the strategic and constant invasion by those pesky scorpions.  I swear, I think Maria’s been inked on a Wanted poster in some scorpion badlands and bounty scorpions are trying to collect.

That got me to thinking.  I wonder if Partners in ParanormYA has a bounty on it?

“Why?” you ask.

I’m glad you did.  Because we had something – interesting  - happen at PIP HQ.

A late night visitor came a-calling recently.  He broke our front door down and yelled “Brains!” through half a decaying face.  With a stumble-shuffle-lurch, he came inside.  Startled our resident ghost, Franny, into a fit of fading in and out repeatedly, interspersed with “Eeps!”  Indigo, our wonderful ghost whisperer in Givin’ Up the Ghost, raced through the house in her floppy-eared fuzzy slippers to search for her favorite weighted flashlight.  Gwen and I both grabbed our metal baseball bats and took a swing.  We knocked him down, but we could tell by his grunts that he wasn’t out.  Abby smoothed her hands along the tattoos on the outside of her thighs and called forward her nine millimeter pistols.  One shot.  Two shots.  To the head.  Our unwelcomed gentleman finally called it quits.

“Double-tap,” Abby huffed, wiping sweat from her brow with the back of her hand.  “The only way.”

Abby had a lot of practice calling up her tattooed weapons in Neverlove.  She’d never had to do it in her Hello Kitty nightshirt before.  Plus, watching Zombieland ten times in one week actually paid off.  

Thankfully, we haven’t had another walking dead come by, but I couldn’t help thinking about what would happen if some other paranormal creature shows up.  We’ve got wooden chair legs to turn into stakes if Edward Cullen glitters by.  I’ve suggested sprinkling salt around the perimeter of our home to keep out demons.  Gwen agreed to it although she’s not sure if it’ll do little more than send any unwitting slugs to oblivion.  If a Harvestor shows up, Abby can take care of them with her tattooed weapons and her powers over holy water and fire.  If a shadowed monster appears, Indigo is quick on her feet with the light to disperse it.

In the end, I suppose the “double-tap” method is best, plus, always keep stomping until it’s dead, just as Maria does to those dastardly scorpions.

So what about you?  Any other “creature-attack-remedies” you know of?  We’re certainly open to suggestions.

Gwen Gardner’s Givin’ Up The Ghost at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

And there are two giveaways! Visit
Partners in ParanormYA for the Big Swag Giveaway and for the Week Three Giveaway

Leaving a comment is the first way to be entered, but there are MORE! Click on the links below for more chances to win.


Gwen Gardner
Running, writing and reading are my favorite things. I am also a dreamer.

Have you ever told yourself that "someday" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "someday" you'll do it. Too often "someday" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "someday" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "someday" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun.

Angela Brown
Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Gwen Gardner said...

Would I run or shoot? How about run away shooting? All the zombies I've seen are pretty slow, though. I don't know how they catch anyone!

Thanks for hosting us today, Maria! It's so nice to be here:)

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay! This was a lot of fun!
And would i run or shoot? Oh, the question can't be that simple. What kind of gun do i have? How many bullets? Where am i? Do i have any other weapons?
(but i'm fat, so i'd probably shoot ;) )

Maria Zannini said...

Gwen: You're always welcome here!

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: Holy cow, woman! I'm going to stand behind you! LOL.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks so much for having us here today, Maria. I would most certainly shoot-twice-then-run. Even if I kill it, paranoia would probably have me running for general puposes alone lol!

E.J. Wesley said...

Yay for the ladies! :-D And I'd definitely put a bullet in a 'walker' if I ever met one. I'm going to be one of the ones who makes it out alive. ;-)

LD Masterson said...

Great post, Gwen and Angela (and hi, Maria).

Since I run like an arthritic tortoise, I'd probably shoot. Once upon a time, I was a fair shot. Never had a zombie for a target though.

Maria Zannini said...

I might have to keep my comment box open. I went to three different browsers and it won't let me click on the comment tool. I finally got into this one.

:shakes fist at internet:

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: Glad to have you here at last!!


EJ: Shooting just seems more practical. They're slow, but I gotta sleep sometime. Better to get it done now.


Linda: That's me. With this bum knee, even a one-legged zombie will catch me eventually.

M Pax said...

Stomping excessively seems like a great plan to me.

Leslie S. Rose said...

I'm all about the running away from anything scary and unnatural.