Author Melanie Karsak and The Shadow Aspect

Today I have fellow author and friend Melanie Karsak stopping by. Now we have very similar tastes, with steampunk, historical, add a dash of romance –  but today we are talking zombies :)

About The Harvesting Series

Shadow AspectIt’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead!

When mankind fell, Layla and the residents of Hamletville fought to survive. They managed to keep the undead at bay only to be seduced by an ancient fiend: vampires. The survivors soon found themselves running for their lives. But where could they turn in a world turned to shadow?

Cricket was perfectly happy working the carnival, but the flu that swept the globe took the last of what she knew and loved. Cricket and Vella, and Cricket’s loveable mutt Puck, found safety with another group of survivors…but not for long. No one can hide when death seeks them?

The Shadow Aspect Novel Description: 

When Layla took the final step through the labyrinth, she thought she was saving the ones she loved.

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

Layla and the other survivors now find themselves caught in a war for our world, the unwitting victims of a grudge seething for eons. Surviving the zombie apocalypse has become the least of their worries as they come up against vampires, shapeshifters, and fae. When she uncovers an unspeakable horror, whom can Layla trust? The carnie girl? The doctor searching for a cure? The tarot reader? The stranger with alluring gold eyes? Or the man she loves?

The wrong choice could doom them all.

When the world burns, mankind’s shadow side rises. Do we deserve to survive?

Out now at AMAZON

About the author:

Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the Green Fairy) and the award-winning horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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To celebrate the release of The Harvesting, Melanie is giving away an Amazon gift card.

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Who imagined a sequel to Cinderella?

Well my weella2e fun romp (with zombies!) is out in the world and I’m blown away by the number of people enjoying ELLA’s story. Thank you so much.

Now, as you know, it’s my twist on Cinderella. And as we all know, there’s no sequel to Cinderella. When I wrote ELLA I never imagined a sequel. Then people starting asking and I realised, yip, there  be another story lurking in there.

So  it looks like I might need to write a follow up novel. Yes? I’m only just bouncing ideas around in my head at the moment, so it won’t be written/available until 2016. But at this stage, I’m thinking ALICE, THE PLAYER and it’s going to involve a croquet mallet… :)

Visceral zombies from Eli Constant

ELLA is warm and fluffy compared to these guys!


z children release day poster 1Our kids are no longer our future… They’re our demise.
Humanity’s advancements in medicine, meant to eliminate disease and extend life, have led to a macabre reality of childhood vaccinations gone terribly wrong.
Kids have transformed, changed into ravenous beasts that are nightmarishly quick, disproportionally strong, and void of empathy.
No amount of planning or preparation could have saved the human race against this unexpected attack, centralized in the heart of every human home, and the U.S. is quickly thrown into a chaos of Z Children. By the end of the first day, the entire world is jolted into a veritable hell on earth.

Yet, there are survivors- individuals who, by luck, skill, or circumstance, lived through the initial wave of destruction. These ‘lucky’ ones will join together, bonded in their quest for survival. They will try to maintain their humanity in a world where children have graduated from bubble baths to blood baths.
And they will try to find an answer to the only question that matters now: What will tomorrow bring?


Z Children: Awakening on Goodreads:

Ella, The Slayer is unleashed!

Ella is an Edwardian Cinderella with an undead problem, because Cinderella doesn’t have enough problems and I had to make her life *more* difficult… lol

ELLA,-the-Slayer-front-cover for previewThe flu pandemic of 1918 took millions of souls within a few short weeks.

Except it wasn’t flu and death gave them back.

Seventeen-year-old Ella copes the best she can; caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. Vermin they’re called, like rats they spread pestilence with their bite. Ella’s world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger, who is very much alive.

Seth deMage, the new Duke of Leithfield, has returned to his ancestral home with a mission from the War Office — to control the plague of vermin in rural Somerset. He needs help; he just didn’t expect to find it in a katana-wielding scullery maid.

Working alongside Seth blurs the line between their positions, and Ella glimpses a future she never dreamed was possible. But in overstepping society’s boundaries, Ella could lose everything – home, head and her heart…

AMAZON ~ KOBO ~ iTunes ~ B&N ~ SCRIBD 

Will there be more Artifact Hunters?

I’ve had a few people contact me and ask if there will be any more books. I said book 4 was THE END. I hinted that I killed everybody and the only way they were coming back was as zombies… zombie artifact hunters? It could work… lol

Now I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. Not a single word is written, in fact there is only the tiniest whisper of an idea in the back of my head that *maybe* it’s not over. I have some real life/health stuff taking up mental energy at the moment, so IF there is another book, it won’t be for at least a year. However, I am exploring some options. Here’s some ideas (and I know, I know, I promised some of these last year)…

1. An origins story. How Nate left home at 18, met Jackson and Loki, climbed aboard a pirate airship and established himself as the Villainous Viscount.

2. A prequel story about Fraser’s hunt for The Grinder, the serial killer who preyed on working girls.

3. Paniha’s Taniwha. This is the story of Loki’s adventures in Aotearoa and explains where he was during book 4.

4. Book 5 exploring events hinted at in the closing chapters of book 4.

5. A book set 10 years in the future.

What would you vote for? Now I can’t guarantee anything, but I am open to peer pressure :)

Thoughts about THE QUARRY

the quarry coverIn 2013 I wrote a short story called THE QUARRY for a charity anthology. And then a funny thing happened. Some people asked where was the rest of the book. And I went, what book? Seriously? You guys want a whole book about gargoyles…?

Now, I did seriously consider it. I even had a cover made! But then I thought there are so many other authors out there tackling the genre in general (and gargoyles in particular), who do it so much better.

When I wrote the short story I imagined their world with the dark noir Batman/Gotham type vibe. But if you *really* want me to give it a go, I’m thinking of going a bit further back in time. How about gargoyles in the 1920s? With prohibition, jazz music, mob rule and dirty cops?

Yes or no? :)