The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #3
on September 30, 2014
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I have a plan.
We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.
Either way, only one of us is walking away.
In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.
As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.
I’m beyond excited to be part of the blog tour for The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter. This is the final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles and I don’t know about you guys but I’m eager to see how Ali and Cole’s story is going to end.
Check out my interview with Gena Showalter!
- First off, thanks so much for doing this interview. I’m a huge fan of your young adult books and I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for Queen of Zombie Hearts!
GS: Thank you so much for having me over!
- Describe the White Rabbit Chronicles in 140 characters or less!
GS: The first time I read this, I somehow homed in on the number 40. I came up with: ‘Nonstop action with zombies, slayers & romance’ and then ‘Monsters go boom, girl falls in love.’ Then it hit me. I’d missed 100 characters. So.
As the war between zombie and humans—and humans and humans—heats up, Ali Bell has to decide what’s more important. Her love life…or her life.
- How is writing for young adults different from writing for adults?
GS: Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s very much…here goes, just say it…the same. I do my best to create characters with fully realized backstories, keep the action and adventure flowing, weave in secrets, reveal those secrets, and my favorite: make the pages sizzle as certain characters fall in love.
- The White Rabbit Chronicles features a good mix of characters. Do you have a favorite? If so, who and why?
GS: Kat has always been my girl. I adore her attitude, her witty comebacks, and the fact that she was once angry with her boyfriend for a crime he committed…in a dream. A trait I share. I have often blamed my family members for their dream-crimes. (You know what you did, Mother!)
And I must say, Kat is in top form in The Queen of Zombie Hearts. She didn’t just steal my heart, she decided to rip it out and keep it in her trophy case.
Her motto is: I’m on board the awesome train, and you can hop on or get run over.
- When you first started writing the White Rabbit Chronicles, did you know how the trilogy was going to end or did that come to you later?
GS: Much to my dismay, no. I wrote the first book with only a vague idea of where I was headed. Girl realizes zombies are real, falls for boy who kills zombies, learns to kill zombies herself, romance, the end. I had a better idea with book two—mirror images come to life, Z wars, secrets among friends, problems with the romance—and then absolutely ZERO idea with book three—uh, more zombies? I knew I had to tie up all the threads I’d left dangling in the first two books, and had to brainstorm with my editor about how, exactly, to do that.
The end result THRILLED me. Do I enjoy torturing my characters? Yes. This book is proof. Did I smile more while writing this book than ever before? Definitely. And not just because of the torture. Some of the things that come out of the mouths of my characters… I’m smiling now!
- What advice would you give to people living in the world of the White Rabbit Chronicles? In case of a zombie apocalypse, any tips would be helpful!
GS: Stay close to a slayer. If you can’t see the zombies, you’re toast. But, uh…maybe don’t try to steal a slayer’s boyfriend. You’ll be even bloodier toast.
- Any hints about what readers can expect next from you? More YA in the future?
GS: I will be launching a brand new YA trilogy next year (2015) and I’m SO excited. In fact, I’ve never been so excited about an idea, or a book, or a group of characters. Ideas have been flowing continuously for about a year, and I’ve been keeping notes. I know exactly where to start, where to go, and how to end. Thank the good Lord!
About Gena Showalter:
GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined novels and several other popular YA and adult series. Her stories have been featured on MTV and in Seventeen magazine and have been praised as “unputdownable.” Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and three slobbery bulldogs. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @GenaShowalter and visit her at genashowalter.com/young-adult/ and at HarlequinTEEN.com.
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Each tour stop is offering up a copy of either ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS, or QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS!
One lucky grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card and a complete set of the White Rabbit Chronicles. To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, hunt down the white rabbit, and answer the daily question.
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“Look for the White Rabbit Contest”: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the white rabbit will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!
Where could the Rabbit appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and hunt the rabbit. Will you find it?
Daily Question: Who is your favorite White Rabbit chronicles Character, apart from Ali and Cole 🙂 ?