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Review Tour ~ Gravely Inanimated ~ Esther Wheelmaker

Gravely Inanimated

Gravely Inanimated

Series- Zombiepunk Series # 1
By- Esther Wheelmaker

Genre- YA Horror/ Paranormal
Published By- Third Broom on the Left Press
Publication Date- March 29, 2013

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Extra, extra, read all about it: Zombies Invade London!

It has been thirty years since the Voodoo Queen plagued England with the zombie disease that has since swept the world. Humans have had to learn to function around them while the dead kill innocent people. The government continues its efforts to try to contain and find a cure for the problem.

However, by the cover of night, a man who hunts zombie, known only as Aeron, roams the streets in search of protecting the upright citizens from the flesh eating creatures. One foggy evening Lucille Knight becomes one of these people and Aeron’s interest is instantly peeked. A stubborn, feisty “lady” in this day in age? How challenging.

But Aeron will have a little competition when Miss. Knight meets Lord Garrett Ashdown, the son of Earl Thomas or a man better known as: The Inventor. A man who builds automatons for the direct purpose of killing zombies; mysteriously understanding their blood and the way they sense humans.

Lucy is taken by the masked man known as Aeron and the equally mysterious Lord Garrett. With one concealing his true identity and the other hiding a ghastly secret, she doesn’t know which one is less dangerous. What secrets do Aeron and Garrett keep from Lucy? Will Miss. Knight be able to be with the man she chooses when she learns the awful truth?

It is still unclear. And the current edition isn’t spilling the beans just yet…




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Cara’s Review:
While still relatively new to the Steampunk Genre, I am finding myself more and more intrigued with the idea behind it. As a lover of Post-Apocalypse books (especially those including Zombies!) I found the idea of mixing the two genres to be an enticing idea. So, after eagerly assenting to the email to say I would read this book and write a review, I sat down and devoured it.

I didn’t really know what to expect, and was a little put off at first by the heroine only being 16 (the hero is 18). However, though perhaps emotionally immature, Lucy Knight did not act as the teen I expected. I seemed to have forgotten that the teenager of Victorian England were much different from the teens of today! So, at peace with the main characters age, I moved forward quickly. Lucy is a believable heroine, filled with conflict, and as I said before, still somewhat emotionally immature to start. However, we get to see her grow and evolve as a person, which is always awesome to see in a character, and hard for an author to make realistic, in my experience. The hero, Lord Garrett Ashdown and his dark foil, Aeron are kick butt awesome as well. With an inner strength, strong conviction, loyalty, and with lots of cool gadgets, these characters are believable and have their own angst and issues.

A rich cast of supporting characters, including Lord and Lady Ashdown: the eccentric Inventor and the ex-Zombie slayer, a true sister-friend in Emily, and a distant Father figure, Julian Knight, round out the story, with soirees and parties to attend, zombies to slay, and shopping to be done! It is fascinating how insular the characters are, with different goals, ideals, and expectations. Yet, they work so well as teams.

I would strongly recommend this book to fans of both Steampunk and Zombies, you definitely won’t be disappointed (how do authors come up with idea for all the cool inventions and gadgets?). I greatly anticipate the next book in the series, and can’t wait to get a hold of a copy!

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Gravely Inanimated authorAbout the Author-

Her name is Esther Wheelmaker and she is the author of the new, Zombiepunk Series. With Gravely Inanimated (book one) coming to life, she is pounding away on her typewriter to try and get book two out. However, she is easily distracted by sparkly things.

Her background is a mystery and all anyone knows is she loves hugs, corsets, steampunk, books and Mozart….

…Let’s face it…Everyone likes a girl with a little mystery.






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Spotlight ~ Lovers & Liars ~ Jean Joachim

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Alone in the world, Erica Wheeler needed a job or face eviction. The aspiring actress harbored a lifelong dream of movie stardom. She knew she had the talent, all she needed was a chance. Her roommate, Amy, plotted revenge on her former boss, sexy, bad-boy producer, Gunther Quill, for firing her. Together she and Erica bent the truth like a pretzel to get her a job working for Quill. He surprised her. Was he the same meanie Amy described or was he simply a smart, ambitious man on his way to the top?
One thing Gunther Quill hated was a liar. Tough, seductive and brilliant, he prided himself on being truthful. With his sharp, new assistant, Erica Wheeler, he’d soon be the most powerful producer of musicals in Hollywood and on Broadway. Nothing could get in his way, except maybe, falling in love.

Bumping into his hard chest threw her off balance. She clutched at him as he steadied her. Their faces were only inches apart. Gunther slowly drew her into his embrace. Erica didn’t resist, her hands flattened against him, and her fingertips dug into his flesh.
“I don’t know what I’d do without you,” he whispered.
“Gunther Quill, big bad producer? You could replace me in a heartbeat.”
“No, I couldn’t.” He leaned forward slightly, and his lips connected with hers. They were soft and gentle, surprising her, making her want more. Her hands glided up to join around his neck as he pulled her flush up against him. He angled his head and deepened the kiss, the tip of his tongue brushing along her lips, coaxing admittance.
When she parted for him, the kiss became hard and passionate. He took her mouth, demanding a response. And she gave one gladly. A low moan escaped her throat as her knees weakened.
When she began to slip away, his arms tightened, his fingers pressing into her back. He held her fast for another moment, her hands grasping his bare shoulders. Then, he stepped back. His eyes glistened with desire. Need grew in her belly. Dampness between her thighs made her ache for him to relieve the pressure.
She couldn’t disguise her heavy breathing, so she didn’t bother to try, but returned his lustful stare with her own. Erica ignored the logic in her brain. She wanted him with every fiber of her being, engaged or not.
“I promised, didn’t I?” he said, dropping his hands.
She nodded, as words wouldn’t come. A brief sting of tears behind her eyes warned her. No crying. Not gonna cry! Calm down.
“I got carried away. I’m sorry.” He cast his gaze to the floor.
“I’m not.” She shifted her weight, thrusting out her hip in defiance.



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Jean Joachim, wife and mother of two sons, is owned by a rescued pug, named Homer. She’d been writing non-fiction for what seemed like forever until she got up the nerve to try fiction. It was love. Now she spends her days in New York City in the company of her characters, with a cup of tea and a secret stash of black licorice. She has 18 romance books published and seven non-fiction books.