generally know their place: vampires get to be sexy while zombies just
decompose. But Maggie La Croix’s Zombified conjures up an entirely different kind
of undead raised by good old-fashioned Voodoo. These gorgeous walking corpses
eat brain, they don’t
stagger, and their bodies are spared the indignities of putrefaction.
Jolicoeur. More than one hundred years after his death he is still a bewitching
Adonis. But zombification does have its downsides. Henri has a master, a
powerful Voodoo priest whose spells keep Henri, his teenage zombie sister, and
five other poor souls in perpetual servitude.
until a hurricane devastates their New Orleans home and the zombies are
evacuated to the Texas border town of El Paso. The curse is broken. They are
free and intend to stay that way. But how can they pass for human when they don’t eat or
sleep and they’re
reeling from black magic withdrawal? If that isn’t enough, they have a traitor in
their midst, their master is hot on their trail, and a mysterious stranger in
black is watching.
Cortez, a cowboy boots-wearing reporter at the local newspaper who desperately
needs a good story to save her moribund career and get her editor off her back.
One look at Henri and his weird little family and she knows she’s struck
journalism gold. But strange things keep happening around Henri, things that
remind Josie of her own tragic family history with black magic, a history that
cost her her beloved mother and led Josie straight to the bottom of a bottle.
Josie would rather forget all about that. Forgetting Henri, however, is easier
said than done, even if falling for a man without a heartbeat could get her
more than a broken heart. It could get her zombified.
first embarked in fiction writing, Maggie thought, Piece of cake. After
been a newspaper reporter for ten years; writing was her daily bread. But Zombified,
her first novel about a band of sexy zombies, was anything but easy. The story
conveniently laid out for her at a press conference; it had to be coaxed out of
her own imagination. Plot points resisted solving, descriptions meandered, and
characters misbehaved. But just when things seemed bleakest, it happened.
Maggie fell in love with it all: the zombies, the love story, and even the
rituals of writing.
likes her leading women flawed and her science fiction sexy. She went to school
for journalism and political science. She lives in the United States.
Mention zombies and the first thing
you tend to think of is one of the creatures on The Walking Dead, not
smokin’hot gigolos. In
her debut novel, Zombified,
set in the devastation post-Hurricane Katrina, Maggie LaCroix has managed to
create a world of attractive Creole revenants, forced to do the bidding of an
evil voodoo master.
When down-on-her-luck journalist Josie
Cortez is assigned to cover the arrival of the Katrina refugees in her Texas
town, she gets more than just a front-page story. Her attraction to the
gorgeous man with the strange eyes, Henri Jolicoeur, leads her into the kind of
danger she could never have imagined.
is unique, fast-paced, and quite humorous in places. Just one look at that
cover tells you this is not your usual zombie story.
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