Monday, March 25, 2013

Sins of the Undead Patriot Review Tour


Blurb:  
To save the President, Vaihan must trust the woman who betrayed him.

Vaihan Louchian, Ancient Zombie and Special Advisor to the President, dabbles in contracts for Homeland Security in Washington DC, the only remaining demilitarized zone. His latest mission: to seduce delectable Leera Waltz so he can take down her boyfriend Rowley, leader of the anti-zombie terrorist movement. Vaihan and the President work the Bill of Undead Rights through the Senate, but terrorist attacks rise. The futures of the living and undead are in jeopardy, and Ms. Waltz is not all she seems. Vaihan can’t help being more interested in rescuing her than in his assignment. Any human female who’s willing to put up with the complications of lovemaking with him and his bouts of OCD is worth the hassle.

Vaihan is powerful, intelligent and kind. So not what Leera expected of an undead. When she’s forced to betray Vaihan, she knows he will never understand. She must return to Rowley, and slips deeper into the city’s dark underworld. Then Vaihan’s suspected in an assassination attempt against the President, and Leera has to find the courage to do what’s right and save him, or lose not only Vaihan and the leader of the free world, but her heart and soul.

WARNING: Questionable sexual situations that will disturb some readers, such as abuse, bondage and drug use. Graphic violence and sex, including taboo play. M/F. M/F/M. M/M. And the sexiest undead civil servant you’ll ever meet.


Excerpt:
Temptation filled the dark lounge--half-clad human females danced in the center prancing for the zombies, who circled this evening’s “dishes.”
Jaw clenched, Vaihan gripped his glass with a shaky hand. Sure, the government provided his kind cloned meat, but taste didn’t factor in. “I can’t believe it’s cloned human” was false advertising.



A petite blonde glanced his way for the third time and smiled. As she ground her hips to the rhythm of the music, her purple, skintight minidress hiked up her thighs.


He lifted the Lagavulin Scotch with an ounce of pureed organs mix to his lips and downed the contents to quiet the ache at the pit of his stomach. The smoky peat-and-metallic flavor of the dense liquid coated his tongue. Such concoctions helped keep the cravings at bay. However, the elixir only curbed the urge to taste flesh temporarily. The mouthwatering aroma of healthy humans permeated each breath, waking the “urge.”

He slammed his glass down on the bar and headed for the door. It wasn’t easy to be The Undead Poster Boy, when he too, struggled to keep his other needs caged.

The blonde stepped in his path. “Leaving?” Between the mounds of breasts, her cleavage was a deep gorge. She curled her lips upward on one side in what she likely hoped was a seductive smile.

“I’m stepping out a moment.” If she was legal, he’d guess barely. Not worth the risk. Not after every sacrifice he’d made the past thirty years.

“My place or yours?” Need beamed at him in her green eyes. Blue LED lights ran in tubes on the ceiling, flooding her youthful flesh. The bass of trance music thumped at the rate of a victim’s heartbeat when panic set in. An undead never tamed the predator inside.

“Neither.” Tonight she’d find a fix, but not from him. Others of his kind enjoyed toying with their food. He found such activities distasteful, so
these types of clubs weren’t his scene. In the corner, a zombie licked a brunette’s neck and slid his hand up her skirt. Tasting the living didn’t hurt, but left an undead in a state much like blue balls. Her lips parted in a gasp as she rested her head on the wall behind her. An addict, no doubt.

“You sure?” The blonde leaned into Vaihan, pressing herself to his crotch.

Heat from her hip stroked his length, rousing suppressed need. He huffed. Maybe some were more easily swayed. He stepped back.

With wide eyes, she glanced up. “Holy Mother of God, and you’re not even hard.”

“Correct.” Clueless would understate her aptitude. The human females in this bar had no clue what they were getting themselves into. So many tasty treats were scattered about the room offering themselves up for a hit of Z-Luv, the neurotoxin zombies produced in their saliva, blood and semen, which paralyzed their victims in a state of pleasure until the feeding began. In this place, even the oldest of Ancient undead would suffer. Once a human was hooked, they spiraled out of control, losing their appeal. He enjoyed a more responsive lover in and out of bed rather than one half-baked out of her mind. Perhaps he should show her.

My Review:
4 stars

I loved this take on zombies. I'll admit, I usually view zombies as mindless, brain-eating creatures. Here, they're not only intelligent, but they're trying to become citizens. Not something your usual zombie would do. This was well thought out and I would love to see more books set in this world.

As for the plot and the characters, the plot was engaging and interesting, and kept me guessing till the end. I absolutely loved the characters, and I'll admit, I'm never going to look at zombies quite the same again. I'm in love with Vaihan, he's simply amazing.

Now, I do have to warn you, the sex scenes get...interesting. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but let's just say it gets varied and intense at points, and might disturb some people. Pay attention to the warning in the blurb, there's a reason it's there.

My only real problem was that parts of the book could be confusing and it was difficult to keep track of who was who, who was talking, etc. Though it became much easier once I got further into the story.

All in all, I would recommend this story to anyone who likes thrillers, paranormals, and for you zombie fans out there, definitely a must.


a.c. Mason will be awarding a $20 Amazon.com e-gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon.com e-gift card to a randomly chosen host.
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Bio and links:
Born from the union of her Scottish and Belgian mother and an African American and Cherokee father, a.c.Mason’s youth was filled with dichotomies and moving from place to place. She developed a curiosity to explore through writing the seedy side of our nature and desires. Add to that her fascination with theology, politics, history, horror, and erotica. And voila, her distinct voice surfaced. Given her own diverse background, she writes stories that represent the world she grew up in. She enjoys delving into the realms of the unknown and blurring the caution lines. Her stories are the place where darkness meets human desire and fairytales endings are not promised but earned.

She is fluent in French and English. She’s an avid traveler, including most of Canada, both of the United States seaboards, England and Europe. For the past nine years of her life, she has worked with one foot in the past spanning from 18th century, the Bering Strait theory to modern day and now late Victorian and WWII. She advocates the preservation of our natural and cultural riches for future generations.

Take a journey with her characters and come face to face with what lays beneath their illusions. Emerge…on the other side changed.

23 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting and the wonderful review. Vaihan definitely has the ability to warm you up to him. : ) I'll drop back in when I return this evening.

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  2. Sounds very intriguing.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for commenting Ingeborg. Good luck!

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  3. Zombies as heros sound fascinating!

    lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

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    1. I figured they needed a hero too. Thank you for commenting Lyra. Good luck!

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  4. How did you came up with the names for your characters?

    moonsurfer123 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Great questions Anas.

      I think if people knew how much time I put into picking names for my characters they would know where Vaihan gets his OCD from. I'm very particular about sounds and how they work together in language. I think this is because I'm fluent in two languages and have an ear for others.

      Vaihan just came to me while I was researching his background.
      Leera was named after the Italian currency Lira with a twist.
      Rowley wanted something traditional and I always like how the city of Raleigh sounded so I found a name with similar phonetic ring.

      Thank you for the question Anas. Good luck!

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  5. Interesting review, thank you for sharing!

    shadowrunner1987ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Thank you for commenting Ami. Good luck!

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  6. Fascinating excerpt and great review.

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    1. Thank you for commenting MomJane. Good luck!

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  7. It sounds intriguing, zombies as the love interests is certainly not the role I have seen them in any book or movie before.

    lennascloud(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Vaihan is a romantic. :) I felt compelled to break that mindless stereotype zombies have. Thank you for commenting Lena. Good luck.

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  8. Is Leera's brother a zombie as well?

    freetofall00 at gmail dot com

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    1. Unfortunately Peter isn't a zombie and works with those that oppose the Bill of Undead Rights. Thank you for commenting Lydia. Good luck!

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  9. Certainly a different kind of zombie book. I'll have to think about it some more. Zombies are scary.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Most zombies are scary. But Vaihan is a romantic, even finds poems to capture the essence of his feelings. Undead is the preferred politically correct term for his people. : ).
      Thank you for commenting Mary. Good Luck.

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  10. I'm glad that you mentioned how you come up with your names. I, too, was curious about that.

    Your own initials, a.c.--intentionally lower case. What's with that? I think it's interesting.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Good question Catherine.
      Getting back to my OCD, let me bring you into how the name thing came about.
      Capital A has very wide span so does the C. The visual of A.C. Mason seemed disproportionate in size to me. Being A. Mason read funny to me like I'm saying I'm 'a' Mason which I am but not what I was saying. C. Mason to me seemed like I was saying see Mason. Again read funny for me. Or I could have c. a. Mason might have been another option but read to me like I was saying see a Mason. Ugh yes this really happens in my head.
      Because I wanted to use my actual initials, I thought maybe I switch them around. What if I'm M.C… Master of Ceremony? A.M. morning? M.A. graduate degree?
      So I end up back to A and C and decide to make them lower case a.c. Mason. Since a.c. is four character spaces and so is ason after the capital M that made sense to me. That's how I end up with a.c. Mason.
      Thank you for the question Catherine. Good Luck.

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  11. lol I had to read that twice when I read Zombie...I'm terrified of them! Don't know how I feel about a zombie love interest...

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Some zombies are scary. I'm terrified of some humans to be honest. :). I figured if humans can be good or bad than zombies might be too. Thank you commenting. Good Luck.

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  12. Thank you for hosting the Sins of the Undead Patriot Review Tour. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the The Undead Patriot world. Good luck!

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