Saturday, March 14, 2015

Day 14 of 31 books in 31 days- Alison Kemper book giveaway & qualify to win a kindle

Welcome to the 14th day of 31 books in 31 days, where you win prizes for reading.

Recap of Rules

Everyday that you participate in the giveaway of the day, you are eligible to win a brand new kindle.

How to participate
  a) Subscribe via email, so you can get the author & prize of the day sent directly to your email.
  b) Like the author of the day on facebook
  c) Follow the author on Twitter
  d) Read any of the author's books
  e) Answer the occasional quiz on author's interview
  f) Scroll to the bottom of each interview and enter the raffle (you'll have to unlock the raffle with your email first)

That's it- then enter the kindle giveaway!

All giveaways will be sent out by the 7th day in April. Good Luck.

Today's author of the day is the very talented Alison Kemper. She is the author of Donna of the Dead, our featured read, and Dead over Heels. These two zombie stories are  a very original take on the theme of the undead. If you haven't checked out this author yet, today is a good day to do so.

Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn't mean she's crazy. Probably.

The voices do serve their purpose, though- whenever Donna hears them, she knows she's in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, its no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy head cheerleaders, and-- best of all?--Liam, hottie extraordinaire and Donna's long-time crush. When Liam is around, it's easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad's plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.

But as the teens' numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren't really down with kids like Donna...

                                             Interview with Alison

What role does reading play in your life?

A huge one! If I'm not writing, I'm reading. :) I heard that Maggie Steifvater is one of your favorite authors. Which series of hers is your favorite and what makes her stories resonate with you? SCORPIO RACES is my favorite Maggie Steifvater novel. Both Puck and Sean are such fantastic characters--I couldn't decide which I wanted to win the race. I'm also really enjoying THE RAVEN CYCLE series. For anyone who hasn't read THE RAVEN BOYS, something crazy happens about midway through the novel--I had to close the book and start again from the beginning to pick up on everything I'd missed about one of the characters. It totally blew my mind!

 What was the last book you read that impacted your life? What about it was so life altering?

 I loved THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales. Elise (and her dad) made me think a lot about creative activities--and how crazy they can make our lives, but how worthwhile it is to follow our artistic dreams. If you could choose to be a character from any YA book, who would you be? Why? Probably Anna from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS--living in Paris for a year, flirting with the hot British boy... How fun is that, right?

 Why do you read and write YA books?

 I think it's one of the most interesting times in a person's life. Everything is so new and fresh--all the feelings are extra strong.

 Your books are a comedic spin on zombies. Why this theme? Why this approach?

I've always been a big fan of zombie movies--especially the funny ones like ZOMBIELAND and SHAUN OF THE DEAD. When I first started writing, I thought I'd write a funny book for middle grade readers--and then my characters kept flirting, and then kissing, so I thought I'd better bump it up to a YA level. :)

 Tell us about your book and why people enjoy it? Leave modesty at the door.

 So many people tell me they'd never read a zombie novel (and didn't think they wanted to),until they tried DEAD OVER HEELS. It's an interesting combination: an apocalyptic horror story mixed with humor and romance. Definitely not your typical zombie story! And the Kindle edition is on sale right now for $0.99! (shameless plug)

Other Books by Allison Kemper

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