Blogging from A to Z April Challenge — “Z”


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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!

Z4ZFACTORThe blurb:

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.

17 thoughts on “Blogging from A to Z April Challenge — “Z”

  1. Katnip Dean… aw, this is so funny! I’m going to visit your other posts now. This is such a creative theme!! I love it.

    So glad I found your blog for the A to Z challenge! My posts are about Memorable Characters.

    • Thank you, Stephanie. This was a lot of work but a lot of fun too. I was happy to make people smile a little for a month.

  2. Regrettable Books are a great idea, and it’s been a lot of fun this month! I have to confess there are a couple I wouldn’t mind reading. And I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Z-Games turn up as a movie in a few years! 😉

    • Heh-heh, thanks Katy! Some of these I could really see myself writing too with a little bit of the ridiculousness removed. It was all excellent practice for my Photoshopping and blurb-writing. Glad you could visit and say howdy. 🙂

  3. You are so cleaver! and the cover is perfect 😀 I’ve totally enjoyed your posts and congrats on finishing. Your theme wasn’t easy but a hellava lot of fun.
    I will try and find you later next month. But I may show up under another name lol

    • Thanks, Susan! 😀 I’ve really appreciated all your repeat visits and comments. Last day of the challenge and I’m a little tired from my own blogging, but I’ll still be diving into the Linky list for many more weeks to come. I’ve had a blast entertaining visitors with my lunacy.

    • Heh! Thanks, Siobhan. Gotta have the disclaimer on everything these days. A few quick skimmers thought some of these were real books and that I was making fun of this other author, “Lila’s” books. snicker. Those comments made me giggle and were kinda nice in an unexpected way.

  4. I have followed all your A to Z posts via my email. I have to say that some of your ‘Regrettable’ books have looked more interesting than some of the real books I chose to review for my A to Z theme! Loved your covers and blurbs!

    • Aww…thanks, Aimee! So glad I was able to entertain you with my craziness. If only writing the whole novel were as easy as making a quick cover and throwing together a blurb. I wish I had that kind of speed.

    • Heh-heh…but it’s the half that’s not good that makes them fun! thanks for all the visits and nice comments, Veronica. I enjoyed your blog as well.

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