Tuesday, May 14, 2013

VBT: How Not to Train Your Zombie

by Annie Rachel Cole



How does a thirteen-year old become the most popular kid in 8th grade? He trains a zombie to be a pet... And that's exactly what Max Taylor plans to do, even if he had to lie, steal, and lose his best friend in the process.


Excerpt One:

That’s not only the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard, but it’ll get us in all sorts of trouble.” Chad’s nasally baritone voice blasted its way through the crowded hallway. Only the clanks of locker doors slamming shut were louder, but not by much.

Up and down the hallway, students turned and stared at Chad and Max. Some pointed and laughed, but most just ignored them as if they didn’t exist.

Sheesh! Can you talk a little louder? I don’t think they heard you in the band hall.” Max’s face turned several shades redder than the lockers lining the wall. This wasn’t exactly the kind of attention he wanted, especially not after yesterday’s Career Fair. How his mom found out about it, was beyond him. He had thrown away the first flyer asking for volunteers to speak to his class about their careers over a month ago, and he made sure to throw away every flyer he had gotten since then.

But somehow she found out.

And yesterday, she showed up in a bright pink flower shirt and her overalls and talked to the class about the joys of being a gardener. Max wanted to die. Gardening wasn’t even her career. It was her hobby! And everyone knew it. And then his mom singled him out when she left. Shaking hands would have been okay, but is that what his mom did?

Oh no!

She hugged him in front of the whole class. Even having Eddy Pratt’s dad talk about being a zombie exterminator couldn’t erase the embarrassment and humiliation Max endured the rest of the day.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I live in Texas with my husband, son, and two cats who think they run the place. I read, write, play Texas Hold’em poker (I'm actually part of a local league), and occasionally I compete in BBQ competitions with my husband. Our team name is Outcast Cookers. I also teach in a public school.

My likes include: a wide variety of music (see my play list for book 2 on my blog), Star Trek (My son got me a signed picture of Patrick Stewart which sits on my desk.), Star Wars, Grimm (TV series), winter (though we don’t have snow), the holiday season, coffee, hot tea (with cream and sweetener), pizza (no anchovies though), puzzles, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, and JK Rowling.

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  1. When it comes to zombies, do you prefer the original Night of the Living Dead versions or the Warm Body versions?

  2. Oh parents...born to humiliate their offspring! Lol...as for your question Annie...I love both! Night of the Living Dead types may be a bit less...developed? as characters, but they mean different things. I'm FAR more worried about incarnations like in The Walking Dead and the modern Dawn of the Dead...freaking SCARY!

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  3. Very entertaining excerpt, thank you.


  4. I love fun zombie stories (like sean of the dead) so I have a feeling this is going to be along the same line

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  5. I guess it depends what kind of story. I would prefer the Warm Body version myself, if I had to live in that kind of world.
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  6. The warm bodies versions are REALLY scary!

    Are you looking forward to Star Trek Into Darkness?
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  7. I'm looking forward to Star Trek Into Darkness, just don't know when I'll get to go see it.

  8. I saw the new STAR TREK movie & just loved it. I imagine you will too Annie.