Wednesday, November 18, 2015

THE UNDEAD ROAD: My Zombie Summer: Part One! Cover Reveal and "Zombify Me! Contest" Details!


Ready for a story? My interest in zombies first began as a teenager, heavily jump started by the Resident Evil games. Zombies have been my favorite monster since. I even imagined seeing some outside the backseat window during a long family road trip in the Midwest. I wanted to make my own, but didn't know how for a long time.

Now, years later, I've given my favorite monsters a "shot." And I'm plunging into the world of self publishing for the first time. I hope you will join me when the book is available. Until then, here's the cover!

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"Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …"

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Beretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment. 
Cover by Steven Novak 
Publisher: CreateSpace / Dashboard Books 
Ebook Release: January 1st, 2016
Paperback: January 26th, 2016

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What is a cover reveal without a contest? Some time ago, I invited the blogosphere to let me turn one unfortunate lucky contestant into a zombie for The Undead Road. The winner was Ilima Todd, who is now the awesome author of Remake. The next installment of My Zombie Summer is underway, and I want to do this contest again. Want to be in a zombie book? Not only is this your chance, but it is your choice!

Between now and next Wednesday, send an email to dpowersking [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line: Zombify Me! Contest. In your email, I want you to tell me three things:

1: The name you will be identified as (example: your first name).
2: A description of yourself—the more detailed you are, the better.
3: How would you like the survivors to put you out of your misery?

Four casualties contestants will be chosen on November 25th. The most inventive or interesting entry will be zombified! The other three who are unlucky fortunate enough to survive will be given special honors. Winners will be announced on December 2nd on my blog.

Prizes? The winner will be zombified in My Zombie Summer: Part Two, receive a signed proof of the novel (when it’s ready), and a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. The runner ups will receive a free ebook of The Undead Road for their Kindle (other platforms TBA).

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for more news and updates.

Spread the word, thanks for participating, and good luck!

What do you think of the cover? Who wants to become a zombie? Are you ready to start the new year with the undead?

I'm David, and if you haven't seen any zombies, you're welcome.

27 comments:

  1. Awesome cover, David! And very cool the contest winner gets to be a zombie in your next book. What a cool idea.

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  2. Hi David - Jo gave it a good write up ... and good luck with your zombie sales and release later on. I too think the cover is clever .. those eyes - cheers Hilary

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  3. Love your cover!!

    (oh, double exclams, I'll be damned)

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  4. I love the cover too and enjoyed the story. And I don't like zombie books.

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  5. Great cover!! Good luck with self publishing!

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  6. Congrats on your awesome cover! And that's awesome you wrote a book about zombies since you're so into zombies. Good luck with your release. Be sure to e-mail me when it releases if you want me to announce it in Follower News.

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  7. Your cover is terrific. Best of luck with your new venture. I believe lots of YA readers would pick zombies as their favorite monster.

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  8. I am freaking out over here. The cover is amazing, the blurb is just wow, and I am so so excited for you! I love it!

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  9. Awesome cover, David! It would be awesome to enter that contest and be mentioned in your second part, but I'm not a writer. Can't wait to buy it!

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    1. No worries! You don't have to be. Just a little info and I'll do the rest, and run it by you for approval. Thank you. :)

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  10. Love the cover and the contest. WAY too much fun there. Oh wait, is that possible?

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  11. This is awesome! The cover looks great and my husband would LOVE to be zombified! I'll have to show this to him. :)

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  12. Great cover, and it sounds like a thrilling adventure is on the way!

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  13. I love your cover, and the story sounds great! Congratulations on your upcoming release!

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  14. That is an awesome cover, David! :) Way to go!!

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  15. How exciting, David! Your cover artist did a good job. It has a gritty, comic-book feel to it.

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  16. I love the colors in the cover... really stands out. Great job by Steven and congrats to you DPK, Knight emeritus of the Zombies :)

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  17. Great contest idea. Zombies seem to be the "it" creature of the moment. I wonder why...

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  18. I hope your shot isn't a shot to the head. That's fatal to zombies :P.

    Congrats on the big reveal! It looks great. I can't wait for it to come out.

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  19. I love that cover and can't wait for the book. Thanks for taking care of the zombie hordes. Haven't seen one yet.

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  20. I love that cover! Congrats! :)

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  21. Great cover! Really pulls you in and creates interest! Cannot wait to read it! Wish you the best with it...write on!!!

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  22. Congratulations on the new book. You'll have to let us know how you worked with Steven to come up with that cover.

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  23. Congrats on the book! It sounds like a great read.

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  24. Wow, that was fast! I remember back when you mentioned you were working on this. Just curious, but how long did it take to write it, do edits, and then get cleared for publishing? Seems lightning fast:)

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    1. This was a side project for about two years, writing and editing, and the submissions and deciding to self publish. I'll have to write about a guest post for all the details sometime. :)

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  25. Love love love. Read my first zombie book a few months ago and surprisingly liked!! The cover is awesome. Great job!

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