October 21, 2013

All Hallows Eve Indies: The Famished Trilogy by Annie Walls

I am so psyched to be today's host for the first ever 
hosted by Jessie Lane & Brandy Dorsch.

The concept is so awesome, each blog is to be matched with a particular series and author and we're to pick each other's brain or something. My author got busy fighting zombies to I'll just share with you where she's at as far as this zombie war is concerned...

I usually get excited about seeing zombies, loving the chance to get up close and check them out, then do my duty and kill them. Looking out the window, I can’t make out how many there are. Rhonda rocks slightly from them trying to get in, but all they can really do is push. Since they’re old, getting out of this situation should be a piece of cake. As long as I don’t have to get out of the car, I’m going to be fine.

I climb to the driver’s seat and start the engine, sending the zombies into a frenzy of jerky and unstable movement. I resist the urge to sit and study them as if I’m in a biology class. With the gearshift in drive, I punch the gas. Several zombies are piled like a cheerleader pyramid on the front hood, and I can’t see through the windshield. The initial launch dislodges a couple of them, and the SUV thrusts up and down jaggedly from running over a few.

I hold the steering wheel straight and pick up speed. There is a street ahead somewhere. Looking for the road, the car bumps up in the front, hitting a curb. Jostling up and down in my seat, I’m starting to relish this joyride and my lips stretch into a wide grin. I jerk the wheel to the left sharply. The SUV lurches where I want it to go without flipping over, and more zombies tumble off to the right. Blood sprays from that direction as old zombies splat on the pavement like gory water balloons.

Two zombies still hold tight to the hood, their fingers in the space between the hood and windshield. A mouth bites at the glass directly in front of me. It’s lost a few fingers from trying to hold on somewhere along the way. I pick up speed before slamming on the brakes, effectively dislodging it. Its remaining fingers rip off, and it slides feet first to the ground. The other zombie hangs on, creeping toward my side. I put the gearshift in reverse. When I hit the gas without looking back, the SUV shoots backward in response. I feel rather than hear several meaty thuds as it knocks zombies away. I hit the brakes again. I can see enough to get out and fight them. It’s not worth the risk of crashing into a tree.

Just as I aim my crossbow at the zombie and watch it closely as I get out, a large arrow goes straight through its head, and it explodes into chunky pieces. I blink to make sure I didn’t conjure it in my mind. Nope, brains still decorate my windshield. I peer out the window, even though the arrow came from the other direction. Zombies litter the ground. Some have arrows through their skulls. I should just turn around and leave, but I want to see who shot the arrows.

The first thing I notice upon getting out of the car is the rancidity. The strong stink of decay hits my nose and the back of my throat. The blood and chunky bits all over the car make it worse. It’s like the smell of the two old zombies from my ventilation system, but a hundred times worse. Unsavory bile from my stomach helps mask the taste. The smell is overpowering. My face scrunches and my mouth waters along with my swirling stomach.

I’m still battling the nausea when more flying arrows grab my attention. They take down the approaching zombies. The archer is very well hidden. I lift my crossbow and shoot my own zombie, and the larger arrows subside. My arrows are much smaller than these, which are meant for serious big game hunting. The larger arrows are always harder for me to aim and still hit a target. Though they are much better for long distance shooting, I still stick with my pistol crossbow.

After the zombies are down, I step out to retrieve my arrows from the rotting flesh. The bow hunter is already doing the same thing. I freeze and stare. Dawn is near, so I see him clearly. He can’t be mistaken for anything but a man. His profile makes my breath catch.

Black leather boots under frayed jeans hold a zombie head down as he jerks an arrow out of the skull. His arms flex when he wags gooey bits from his arrows. I can’t see his face, but he is tall, much taller than me with broad shoulders and wavy brown hair tied back with a dark green bandana. His hair shines golden brown as it blows in the wind, caressing the compound bow strapped to his back.

A large arrow holster hangs by his side. The hunting bow goes from the back of his knees to a few inches above his head. It’s the biggest bow I’ve seen, making me think it is custom made. The wind blows in the other direction, and his hair whips across his face. It barely brushes the tops of his shoulders.

This guy is locked, stocked, and loaded with a big gun tucked into the front of his jeans. When he looks up at me, I feel like a deer caught in headlights, but only for a moment. I escape his gaze. Knowing this guy is helping me, but not caring to know his motivation, I hop into the SUV and hit the gas. The wheels get caught in sticky blood, but finally catch the traction I need for a hasty U-turn.

I bound down the road, peering into the rearview mirror. The last thing I see is morning sun glinting off suntanned shoulders and boot treads running in the opposite direction.

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  1. Ooh hello there fellow blog tour host! I love the idea of this tour too, I do have a special place for indies...there are too many hidden gems out there.

    I think I have Taking on the Dead in my reader, I just haven't gotten around to it. But I do love my zombie books!

    1. Indies dance to their own beat and when done right, the stories are fantastic!

  2. This series has been on my TBR list forever! I need to get to it.

    1. I'm not a zombie girl but I might warm up to this, I'll start with the free reads and ease my way to the series.

  3. I'm a bit squeamish about the zombies, but I love reading and supporting Indie books.

  4. Hmm I haven't read all that many zombie books, I will check these out.

    1. I can count on one hand the number of zombie books I've read.

  5. I have read these books except for Controlling The Dead, which is not out yet. They are excellent. Annie is an amazing writer. If you haven't read them, then you are really missing out.

    1. I'll take your word for it, I'll go check her free reads before I dive in to her zombie world.

  6. the covers are nice, I didn't know this series.

  7. Taking on the Dead made my top 12 list for 2012.


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