Although My Undead Mother-in-law just launched August 5th, the First Review of My Undead Mother-in-law appeared on Goodreads and Book Pleasures. Written by Dr. Wesley Britton, who also reviewed Zombie Turkeys last January, he accurately describes the nature of the book.
You don’t want to follow the link to the review? The review text follows next.
Perhaps you haven’t heard: Andy Zach, THE Paranormal Animal Author Portrayed by four different interviews. Here’s the first one, from August 4th:
The original interview is at the Working Title Blogspot. Check it out by clicking on this link.
The other interviews follow in reverse time order.
Then there was this televised interview on WMBD Channel 31 in Peoria on August 1st.
These were in advance of my release of My Undead Mother-in-law on August 5th.
Then there was this previous blog post:
This is from Mackenzie Flohr’s blog, click here to go directly. This was published July 30th.
No interview would be complete without my original video interview with the Midley Beacon in 2016:
This interview, when published on the Midley Beacon, led that paper’s website in audience hits for over five minutes!
I had a detailed online interview by Jessie Sanders on July 31st. Here’s a portion of her email, telling you when you can listen to it:
your episode of Jessie’s Coffee Shop has been scheduled for: Fri, August 25, 9pm et.
You can go here to listen to her podcast interviewing me, Andy Zach, by clicking here.
Way back in elementary school! In third and fourth grade, for English, we would write creative stories. I loved that! Later, in middle school (junior high, as it was called then) I wrote a humorous story about the Cleveland Indians winning the World Series. It was called, “The Rise in the Fall of the Cleveland Indians”.
Then in high school, I wrote another comedy, “Gasso: the Thing from the Fume Hood”. That was my first paranormal animal work.
In college, I took a class in satire. What a delight! I wrote a parody of Barbara Cartland, a romance author who was wildly popular.
Sadly, I put aside my writing for thirty-seven years as I worked as a programmer, systems analyst, project manager, and Six Sigma Black Belt. I wrote a lot: I wrote non-fiction training manuals and many Bible studies, and a complete harmony of the gospels. But no paranormal animal parodies–until now.
First, on October 31st, 2016 I published Zombie Turkeys:
Then, on August 5, 2017, I published My Undead Mother-in-law:
And that catches you up with my writing history! Until next time, this is Andy Zach, signing off!
‘This’ is the Andy Zach at Barnes and Noble author appearance. How will you get free books? Read and find out!
First, I, Andy Zach signed books and chatted with fans from 1 to 3 PM at Barnes and Noble in Peoria.
Here was the setting before the press of excited Zombie Turkeys fans closed in around the table:
People came by and I signed volume 1 of my Life After Life Chronicles Zombie Turkeys.
Some fans asked me about volume 2, My Undead Mother-in-law, which is also available at Amazon.
Several people asked me what inspired me to write these books. For Zombie Turkeys I said simply, “We fried a turkey and ate it. Around the dinner table someone said, ‘What if the turkey came back to life?’ ‘A zombie turkey!'”
“That thought thrilled me. What if turkeys came back to life as zombies? What a perfect way to satirize the whole zombie genre! So I wrote Zombie Turkeys in November 2015 for NaNoMo, national novel in November month. Click to find out more.”
Wouldn’t you like to know! Where Zombie Turkeys focuses on zombie turkeys, in My Undead Mother-in-law I ask and answer the eternal question, “What should I do if my in-laws are zombies?”
Let’s start with the famous undead mother-in-law herself, Diane Newby.
Here’s Diane’s description from My Undead Mother-in-law:
“You know I love your mother. But your mother’s a zombie. Who wants to see one zombie, let alone four of them?”
“Now that’s not fair. Mom and Dad have adjusted to their zombiism very well. Mom still volunteers at church and bakes cookies and pies for the bake sales.”
Diane greeted us at the door. “Hello, my love!” She hugged Karen.
Karen barely flinched as she looked into her mother’s bright-red eyes. But she grunted “Ugh!” at the force of her embrace.
“Ease up, Mom.”
“Hello, Mom,” I said as I hugged her as hard I as could.
She hugged me back twice as hard.
“Ugh,” I grunted too.
Diane still had blond-highlighted brown hair, as she did when I first met her. She’d gained a pound or two though. She smelled of the body talc White Linen. I recognized it because Karen and I bought it for her birthday last year, pre-zombie. And she still wore her cat-eye reading glasses on a chain around her neck.”
No doubt you want to know more about Diane and her offspring. Next, I’ll tell you how to get my books for free.
What do you think? Sacrifice your first born child? No. A chicken? No. A turkey? A good guess, but no.
You just have to write to me and promise to review my book, either Zombie Turkeys or My Undead Mother-in-law. Heck, you can cut and paste someone else’s review! Here they are, click here.
You can contact me here (click) and make your review promise. Or you can follow the next instructions.
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That’s all for now!
Amazing Amazon! A New Zombie Turkeys Amazon Review just appeared. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3RRVS80HM1XCZ/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01LXPR63Z
But I don’t want you to have to click on the link. I’m proud to have this review of my book, Zombie Turkeys.
Here you have the review:
Here’s the book:
And here’s the party! The launch party goes from 9 AM to 5 PM Central (Chicago) time.
What are these Two Weekend Book Events for You? First, there is the My Undead Mother-in-law Facebook Launch Party. From anywhere and everywhere around the world people will pile into the party room–virtually.
Fantasy and Science Fiction authors will each host an hour of fun from 9 AM Central to 5 PM. I will give away four copies of my first book in the Life After Life Chronicles, Zombie Turkeys, and four copies of My Undead Mother-in-law, one each hour. Who knows what the other authors will do? Expect mayhem, quizzes, games, and free books!
This is the Big One: an actual, in-the-flesh appearance by the man himself, Andy Zach.
You read that right: Andy will sign both Zombie Turkeys and My Undead Mother-in-law at Barnes and Noble in Peoria.
You don’t know if Andy is someone you ought to see? Check out this video of him from WMBD Channel 31.
Or, you can run his official interview with the paper made famous in Zombie Turkeys, The Midley Beacon:
That would be no! We have another book event and author appearance coming up in the metropolis of Chillicothe, Illinois.
If Peoria is too big and bustling for you to go there, go to the quiet town of Chillicothe the following week. It was the site of a bloody scene in Zombie Turkeys, but don’t worry–no zombie turkeys are there now.
Chillicothe straddles Rt 29 and nestles next to the Illinois river. It’s next to the burgs of Lacon and Sparland, and about ten miles north of Peoria. At 2,000 people, Chilli is bigger than Midley, Illinois (population 512), but smaller than Peoria (110,000).
Andy will be just as alive there as he is in Peoria. And he will sign your books and answer your questions about his books, writing, and self publishing.
I look forward to seeing you!
I’m busier than a zombie turkey trying to scratch out your eye with one leg torn off and the week just began! I had an author interview yesterday with Mackenzie Flohr (click to go to her blog).
In the interview, I discuss my newest novel, My Undead Mother-in-law.
Sharp-eyed readers of this blog will remember this event coming up Tuesday, August 1st:
I’ll appear on WMBD channel 31 in Peoria Illinois. Shape the interview yourself. Follow the link to the poll and select the questions you want. Even if your questions don’t get covered in the interview, I’ll answer them for you in the after action report.
That poll will be handy for the other interviews that happen this week! On the 31st of July I give an interview for an online blog. That will appear later.
On August 9th you can meet me in person and get your information first hand! I’ll visit Chillicothe Illinois Public Library to meet fans and sign books.
No, I don’t mean the biggest tom turkey of them all, but me, Andy Zach. The biggest event of the week, the book launch of My Undead Mother-in-law at Barnes and Noble on August 5th in Peoria. Have a photo of my last appearance there.
And my next appearance is August 5th!
Still happening this week is my Facebook book launch party, August 4th. Anyone from anywhere in the world can attend. Click on this link below:
Finally, faithful readers, take a deep breath. Enjoy this My Undead Mother-in-law reading by yours truly, Andy Zach.
Here it is. Click the clock or lose your Free Zombie Turkeys book.
Take it from the Steve Miller band:
You have been warned!
You bet! Every week I send out my newsletter with free fantasy book offers. I don’t guarantee they’re as good as Zombie Turkeys or My Undead Mother-in-law, but they’re free. Click here, enter your email, and you’ll get some this week.
But that’s not all! Once you join the newsletter, your email is placed in a monthly drawing for your pick of any of my products: Zombie Turkeys, My Undead Mother-in-law, Zombie Turkeys audio book, and Zombie Turkeys Graphic Novel.
The mother-in-law has landed! That is, her book, My Undead Mother-in-law (M.U.M.) has arrived at Jule Inc. Those who’ve won free books (four) and who’ve picked M.U.M. will get one. Those who haven’t picked a prize yet, contact me, Andy Zach.
Indeedy do! The third book in the Life After Life Chronicles, my humorous zombie books set in our modern society has the working title Paranormal Patriots. I want to publish it in April 2018.
Research topics I covered for the next book were Somali piracy and letters of marque. Did you know the last letter of marque was issued in 1815 for the ship the Grand Turk, to be used against the Barbary pirates? It was never used since the second Barbary pirate war ended.
Then later on President Lincoln thought of using them against the Confederacy but didn’t. The Confederacy, however, issued letters of marque against the Union.
Finally, Ron Paul introduced bills for letters of marque against Al-Qaida in 2001 and 2007. In 2010, a Navy lawyer researched the plausibility of letters of marque against modern pirates and concluded it was a good idea.
What do you think? Respond in the comments or by email.
Zombie Turkeys – the only comic paranormal urban fantasy – will make you laugh. But only if you do this one thing.
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No problem! I’ve got tons of proof Zombies Turkeys will make you laugh. First, let’s start here:
Not enough? Are you barely smiling? How about this next video?
Do you want more? I have more funny videos, like the third Zombie Turkeys excerpt following:
Zombie Turkeys is just volume 1 of the Life After Life Chronicles. Volume 2 is My Undead Mother-in-law, availabe on Kindle right now:
If you want the print edition, click on the back cover below:
Yes! But they’re works in process.
First, there’s volume 3 of Life After Life Chronicles, named Paranormal Patriots. We continue the saga of zombies in the world against them.
Next, there’s the audio edition of Zombie Turkeys. If you liked me reading excerpts, just imagine the whole book read aloud with professional recording equipment. The mind boggles.
Finally, there is the upcoming first issue of the Zombie Turkeys Graphic Novel. I know it seems too good to be true, but it may be here by October!
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No, I haven’t lost my mind. You can get Two Free Books, today, in exchange for two clicks.
The first click is on the Zombie Turkeys Free Kindle promotion below. Just download it now:
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If you don’t want to review and you don’t want e-books, but free paperbacks, I’ve got you covered!
Simply join me in our weekly newsletter and you’ll be automatically entered in our monthly drawing. Aside from paperback copies of Zombie Turkeys and My Undead Mother-in-law, we’ll also offer copies of the first Zombie Turkeys audiobook and the Zombie Turkeys graphic novel issue 1.
Didn’t you know we had a Zombie Turkeys graphic novel? Check out the next section.
Here is the cover:
It’s never too late for zombie turkeys to show up; they’re diurnal. But in four days it’ll be too late for Free Zombie Turkeys. Click the book cover below to get it now.
Have a taste of Zombie Turkeys, read by your’s truly, Andy Zach, on my Youtube channel.
Check out some of the eight glowing Amazon reviews laughing readers have given it since its publication last October 31st.
Sam Melvin is a reporter with the Midley Beacon, it’s a tiny local paper – with an online presence – run by its penny-pinching editor Lisa Kambacher. When Sam sees the two turkey hunters on the slab in the local mortuary, he knows he has a story to cover and he sets out to do so with great gusto. As the zombie turkeys multiply, Sam and Lisa are the leading media team on the ground and the Midley Beacon goes international, solving their financial woes and syndicating their work across the globe. But it’s not all good news. After all, there are those people-killing zombie turkeys heading into town…
This was a book I picked up with trepidation as it seemed all too possible it would be a ‘one trick pony’ stretching a single joke to beyond breaking point across the length of an entire novel. Wrong! It is like a bowl of potpourri on the sideboard of life – lots of subtle blending examples of humour – many of them very American so I suspect there were even more than I noticed, handicapped by my British perspective. This is a book that takes ironic comedy to a whole new level – maybe ‘steelic’ comedy…? Humour is a very personal thing, but this book hit me right on the funny bone.
This is a well-written book which takes a totally deadpan approach to a thoroughly – hysterically – funny sequence of events. It is dark comedy, so avoid if you are squeamish. The pace of the book rolls along in a perfect, unhurried way – screaming up into the action sequences and taking time to enjoy the more delicious moments of humour.
The story itself is a lot deeper than many real zombie books and the explanation for the zombie phenomenon is as clever as it is satirical.The characters are well portrayed, deep enough to engage with and care about, but not so deep you get distracted from what they are doing by their personalities. They are the agents through which we see the events unfolding rather than the focus of the story. But the humour is subtle, all-pervading: like the idea of the survivalist organic turkey farmer, part of a network of such, living off grid – except for ordering things from Amazon on his wife’s credit card of course…
The downside is that maybe some of the humour is lost on a non-US reader. There were a couple of moments I thought ‘Huh?’ then decided it was probably a reference to something outside my cultural parameters. The only other criticism I had was that it maybe played the theme along a tiny bit too far and perhaps had a few scenes been a bit shorter, a bit less detail on the way the plague spread, or a couple of turkey attacks left out – it might have been a sharper read. But these are very minor nit-picks against the whole.This is a book I can recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys slow-boil satire and does not mind a few gory giblets thrown in the mix. If you want a good comedy read, you should gobble this up!
Next, take a gander at this one:
Maybe some cranberry sauce? How about a sequel, My Undead Mother-in-law? You can get it on Kindle by clicking here:
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