In the last few years I’ve noticed an increase in women writers within the world of zombie fiction. They seem to have taken the shuffling, putrid flesh-eaters to their hearts, and I will admit this makes me very happy. Formally a male dominated genre, I’m hoping more female authors take the plunge. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed many zombie novels written by men, (such as David Moody’s awesome Autumn series, and The Rising by Brian Keene), but there’s something about the way women write their zombie books that satisfies every part of me as a female reader and a zombie lover. I think the main aspects I’ve noticed is there’s a lot of heart in their zombie stories as well as the gore and horror (Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies series comes to mind). Many, although not all, of the zombie books I’ve read written by men contain lots of gore but little heart or an emotional aspect, women writers seem to be able to offer me both.
This may be down to the fact that most of the women writer’s in zombie fiction often have a female lead character. This means I can identify wholeheartedly with the character/s. That’s not to say I can’t connect to a male character, as I surely can when written well, but there’s definitely something about books written by women with a female lead. This is probably the same for guys reading male leads and preferring that over female leads – although I haven’t got any data to support this 😉
As a huge zombie fan I wanted to celebrate the rise of women writers in the field of zombie fiction – hence, THIRTY SHADES OF ZOMBIE. We have a fantastic line up – some authors you will know but others you may not, and many are self-published – I wanted to give everyone a platform to show off their books!
Let’s talk about the name of the event and why we chose it. Basically, I have to say thanks to Gemma who came up with the name of the event. We were brainstorming and she just came up with it. It made me laugh and so I decided to go with it. However, the more I thought about the title the more it actually made a lot of sense. The event has nothing to do with the book, Fifty Shades of Grey, or with erotica, but I would say that just as in Fifty Shades of Grey it was eluding to all the different sides to its main character, Christian Grey, THIRTY SHADES OF ZOMBIE represents the different types of zombie there are in fiction (as well as film); from slow to fast, from conscious to brain dead, reanimated by virus or something else entirely. There are many different ways to make and be a zombie. The number 30 was chosen due to there being 30 days in November.
Lastly, I want to say thank you to Emily White Designs who made the banner. I gave her my brief and I think she did a fantastic job. So, thank you Emily!
There will be something posted daily with regards to this event, but in case you’re not a zombie fan we will also have our normal schedule of regular urban fantasy and paranormal romance reviews. But I hope you enjoy this month’s zombie fest and discover lots of fantastic new women authors in the world of zombie lit.
~ Carolyn xoxo
(aka Zombie Hunter Princess – aptly named by Gemma)
18 Zombie Titles Up for Grabs!
Angela Scott is giving away a finished copy of WANTED: DEAD OR UNDEAD and an eARC of book two, SURVIVOR ROUNDUP
Kristen Middleton is giving away a set of her Zombie Games series consisting of ORIGINS, RUNNING WILD, and DEAD ENDZ
Emily Goodwin is giving away a copy of CONTAGION
Shannon Mayer is giving away a set of her Nevermore series consisting of SUNDERED, BOUND and DAUNTLESS
Annie Walls is giving away ONE ebook copy of TAKING ON THE DEAD
M. M. Shelley is giving away copies of THE ZOMBIE STORY and DEAD RELATIVES
Chrissy Peebles is giving away TWO copies of THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES
Tonia Brown is giving away an e-copies of BADASS ZOMBIE ROAD TRIP
Megan Berry is giving away a copy of DUKE OF THE UNDEAD
Lynn Messina in giving away a copy of THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO DATING ZOMBIES
Donna Burgess is giving away a copy of SOLSTICE
The above titles are ebooks only and will go to TWO winners! *lucky peeps* – each winner’s pack will include NINE (9) random ebooks from the list above chosen by BCC.
For entry into the giveaway please answer the following question then fill out the form below:
Q: The world’s population has been decimated by a zombie apocalypse. The dead are everywhere, millions of them. There’s no food, the water is contaminated and has to be purified before drinking. Your family and friends are dead. It’s only been a few days but so far you haven’t come across any survivors like you. You are on your own. What’s your plan?
This giveaway is OPEN TO ALL and ends 12:00am GMT 30th November 2012
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