Friday, May 17, 2013

How Not to Train a Zombie by Annie Rachel Cole - Virtual Tour and Giveaway

Today author Annie Rachel Cole visits on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the middle grade novel, "How Not to Train a Zombie".

The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so leave a comment today and follow the rest of her tour by clicking on the banner above.

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.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

“Training a zombie is not a stupid idea. Everyone will be so jealous and they’ll want one. But we’ll be the only ones who can train them. Not only will we be popular, but we’ll be rich,” said Max, quickly changing the conversation away from Kelly’s pool party as fast as he could. It irked him that Eddy Pratt, the geekiest kid in school got invited to the party and he, Kelly’s soon-to-be boyfriend, didn’t. How could Eddy Pratt be ranked higher than him on the school social ladder? How could Chad get invited and not him? It didn’t make any sense.

Max banged his fist against his head. It did too make sense. Eddy didn’t get invited because he was cool or anything like that. He got invited because his dad’s a zombie exterminator.

“Training a zombie like it’s some sort of pet is not only the most stupid idea I’ve ever heard, it won’t work. No way!” Chad opened his locker and put several books inside. “All you’re gonna do is break a whole lot of laws. Besides, I’ve already told Mr. Carter we’re doing an experiment to show how volcanos create islands.”

“And how is showing how volcanos create islands going to make up popular?”

“It’ll win us the science fair.”

“But if we train a zombie, we’ll not only win the science fair, we’ll be doing the town a huge favor.”

“How? By getting ourselves put in jail or worse like—you know—infected? No! Thank! You! There are rules about zombies for a reason. They are extremely infectious…”

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. I did enjoy the excerpt thank you. I can see my daughter enjoying this too.


  2. Thank you for hosting. And thanks to everyone who stopped by.

  3. I don't recall ever being so eager to win a science fair! LOL.

  4. Great excerpt, thank you.


  5. I think it would be hard to write about zombies for MG. On the other hand you seem to rock at it!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Thanks for a great tour, it sounds like a really fun story for its genre

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  7. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  8. Enjoyed this tour and learning about your book which sounds so fun to read. Will add to my TBB list.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  9. I want to thank everyone who stopped by. I hope you enjoy the book, and good luck.

  10. Hey there, Annie! I've really enjoyed stalking-- err, following, you along on your blog tour! ;-)

    My best,


  11. What a fun book! Loved the excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com


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