Today I have a new installment in my “Regrettable Books A to Z™” series. For those of you new to my series, this is 100% parody. You are more than welcome to laugh, snicker and guffaw at my amateurish photoshopping and blurb writing. Bad is good. Good is bad.
Last Day! Whew! Before we get to the LAST Regrettable Book, I wanted to say
to everyone who visited me and especially to those who made repeat visits. April was a tough month for me at work and sometimes coming home and reading the comments made all the difference between a shi**y day and a not so bad day.
It’s a bittersweet emotion with which I present the last Regrettable Book of the A to Z Challenge.
Z is for Zombie. Yeah, you totally saw that one coming!
First the tagline:
The games have begun. Time to run!
In the ruins of what was once known as Texas lies the kingdom of New Rome. At the heart of its twelve districts is the shining capital city of Houllas. The citizens occupy two classes—the Firsts and the Reruns. Reruns are Firsts who have died from the Lazarus virus. The virus reanimates their corpses into mindless eating machines. For decades Reruns were the boogie men of nightmares until the invention of a neuroblocker drug that turned them into docile, controllable slaves.
2175 is the year of the one hundredth Z-Games, a throwback to when Reruns were called Zombies. Thousands from the districts flock to the Houllas Arena to observe and bet on the games. The favorite is the Hungry Dozen in which twelve untamed Reruns face off against twelve condemned Firsts, one from each district. If the Rerun wins, he dines on human brains instead of genetically engineered organic soup. If the First wins, by decapitating his Rerun opponent, he is set free and given a lifetime pension.
Katnip Dean’s life as a career thief is about to end one way or another as she enters the arena. Her opponent? A newly created Rerun, her cohort in crime and first love, Mellark Gayle, the boy she watched die from the Lazarus virus only days earlier. Will love be a strong enough neuroblocker or will Katnip lose her heart as well as her head to the green-eyed boy she used to know?
You have no idea how much I nitpicked over those eyes on the cover! I’ll spare you the gory, but delicious, details.
Disclaimer: “Regrettable Books A to Z™” is a completely fictional (duh!) creation for parody purposes only. I have no product beyond what you see in this post. Photos are public domain or stock photos I have purchased. This is not a commercial purpose, however, I retain any and all creative story rights in the highly unlikely event I accidentally create something that might be worth a damn.
That’s a wrap, people.
Thank you again for making my third year doing the A to Z Challenge a complete blast. I’ll have a reflections post in a few days and I’ll probably provide thumbnail links to all the Regrettables to make it easy for latecomers to pick and choose any they might want to read.