by Maggie LaCroix
Release Date: August 28 , 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: Fantasy/Urban, Romance/Paranormal ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-324-9
Monsters generally know their place: vampires get to be sexy while zombies just decompose. But Maggie La Croix’s Zombified conjures up an entirely different kind of undead raised by good old-fashioned Voodoo. These gorgeous walking corpses don’t eat brain, they don’t stagger, and their bodies are spared the indignities of putrefaction.
Take Henri Jolicoeur. More than one hundred years after his death he is still a bewitching Adonis. But zombification does have its downsides. Henri has a master, a powerful Voodoo priest whose spells keep Henri, his teenage zombie sister, and five other poor souls in perpetual servitude.
That is, until a hurricane devastates their New Orleans home and the zombies are evacuated to the Texas border town of El Paso. The curse is broken. They are free and intend to stay that way. But how can they pass for human when they don’t eat or sleep and they’re reeling from black magic withdrawal? If that isn’t enough, they have a traitor in their midst, their master is hot on their trail, and a mysterious stranger in black is watching.
Enter Josie Cortez, a cowboy boots-wearing reporter at the local newspaper who desperately needs a good story to save her moribund career and get her editor off her back. One look at Henri and his weird little family and she knows she’s struck journalism gold. But strange things keep happening around Henri, things that remind Josie of her own tragic family history with black magic, a history that cost her her beloved mother and led Josie straight to the bottom of a bottle. Josie would rather forget all about that. Forgetting Henri, however, is easier said than done, even if falling for a man without a heartbeat could get her more than a broken heart. It could get her zombified.
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
When she first embarked in fiction writing, Maggie thought, Piece of cake. After all, she’d been a newspaper reporter for ten years; writing was her daily bread. But Zombified, her first novel about a band of sexy zombies, was anything but easy. The story wasn’t conveniently laid out for her at a press conference; it had to be coaxed out of her own imagination. Plot points resisted solving, descriptions meandered, and characters misbehaved. But just when things seemed bleakest, it happened. Maggie fell in love with it all: the zombies, the love story, and even the rituals of writing. Maggie likes her leading women flawed and her science fiction sexy. She went to school for journalism and political science. She lives in the United States.
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Praise for Zombified
They were zombies, he’d said. Like those decomposing, staggering corpses hungry for human brains that seemed to populate every other movie these days. They were the exact opposite of Henri. He had made no attempt on her brain so far and . . . he was sexy! So sexy in fact that all she knew was that she had wanted him from the first minute she laid eyes on him. She had fallen in lust with a sexy zombie.
So what if he didn’t have a heartbeat? The boy was a keeper.
His heart stopped beating, and with his last breath, life escaped his earthly body. Henri Jolicoeur, the brilliant seminary student headed for the priesthood, avowed abolitionist and devoted brother, expired at the tender age of twenty. He passed a few minutes before midnight on November 2, 1853. But his grave marker would never say any of this, for he would not be buried.