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This Side of Dead Release!

Brains!

What started out with an RWA chapter mate passing on a submission call for—wait for it—zombie romance, turned into an actual book.

My dear friend (who may prefer to remain nameless), in all seriousness, put a message on our Yahoo loop about a new publisher looking for what they felt was the new “it” genre. Vampires? No. Werewolves? No. Zombies? Yes! Not just zombies, zombie romance. The subject started chatter and jokes and snickers among our group. I, on the other hand started a book. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing. The story fell neatly into place for me. I banged the novella out in the matter of a couple weeks.

After researching the publisher, I wasn’t interested in sending the story to them and my publisher had closed submissions at the time. I polished my story and considered my options. Suddenly, like a golden ray of sunshine beaming down on me, my publisher announced they’d be open for submission from existing authors (me) for stories under 30,000 words (my novella). Angels sang. And my editor loved it (with revisions, because that’s the way she rolls).

I handed the manuscript over to my mother, referring to the precious pages as “my zombie” book, which I don’t think my editor cares for the description. Mom put both hands up, a horrified look on her face and took a step backwards. Here’s the thing, she’s my mother, and I forced her to take the damn thing and demanded she read it because she’s always complaining publicly that I won’t let her read my manuscripts until they’re published. So, be careful what you wish for. Long story short, she said she loved it. She might have said she liked it, but I prefer loved. Love is not a word my family throws around willy nilly. Or ever.

Two rounds of edits and two book covers later, I give you This Side of Dead. What do you think? Is there a place in the romance world for zombies? Do they not deserve love too?


This Side of Dead

Kelly Fitzpatrick

On Memorial Day weekend, Cecilia Denton hopped out of her boyfriend Brad’s car and leapt off a bridge. Far from suicidal herself, she did it to save a jumper, but she had no idea of the chain of events her heroic stunt would set in motion. Because Cecilia cheated the Grim Reaper, Death claimed her boyfriend instead. Now, Cecilia and Malcolm, the stranger whose life she saved, must go on a scavenger hunt of redemption. Either they prove to Death that there’s more to humans than greed and despair, or Death claims both Malcolm and Brad.

Malcolm Manchester didn’t ask to be saved, and he sure doesn’t want to be Cecilia’s partner in a game of Beat the Clock to restore Death’s faith in humanity. The heat is on Cecilia to give Malcolm a reason to live before time runs out—or send him off with a bang.

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41 responses to “This Side of Dead Release!”

  1. Darcy Drake says:

    I definitely think there is a place for zombies! Especially as a plot device or even setting (a story taking place in a post-zombie apocalyptic world) etc. What I think remains to be seen if it’s going to grow is the romance *involving* a zombie(s).

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      Darcy – I love love love the show The Walking Dead, although those zombies are baaaaad. And no brains were harmed or eaten within the pages of my book.

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  2. Vivi Andrews says:

    The idea of zombie romance seemed a bit “Huh?” to me when I first heard about it, but I LOVED (yes LOVED) This Side of Dead. As always, your wit is beyond brilliant, Kelly.

    Congrats on the release and wishing you many sales to happy readers.

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      I bow to you and make a swirly hand gesture. And I love that you loved. I was surprised that my editor loved it. And I sit terrified in a dark closet waiting to see if reviewers love it.

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  3. Zombie romance? I’m buying your book, Kelly. Sounds like there’s a lot at stake for your characters. Congrats on its release!

    Everyone deserves love, especially zombies, those poor misunderstood creatures!

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      I know, right? Where’s the love? No wonder they’re such cranky pants – no one loves them.

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  4. Oh! Just…YES. This looks so good!

    Can’t wait to read it 🙂 Congrats, Kelly.

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      Thank you, Kimberly. This is sort of my first foray into the paranormal. I’m usually such a contemporary-romance-boy-meets-girl writer.

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  5. Rita Henuber says:

    Hmmmm! This is intriguing.
    Congrats on this story. I’m so in awe of you. And I think everyone deserves love.
    Have a great holiday.

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  6. Diana Layne says:

    Zombies? Um…yikes! But this story looks wonderful and your humor is to die for…er, don’t take that literally and send a zombie after me!

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  7. Kate Parker says:

    What a cool idea for a story, Kelly. I love ghost stories like the Ghost and Mrs. Muir, so this is just like ghosts with bodies. I’ll have to go look for this.

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      Thanks Kate. I’m trying to come up with a ghost story concept. Watching alot of Ghost Adventurers on the Travel Channel.

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  8. Great intro to an unusual book!

    But who is the zombie?

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      I don’t want to spoil it for you, Jamie. But I’ll give you a hint…It’s either Brad or Malcolm, maybe both.

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  9. Gwynlyn MacKenzie says:

    My first thought was “Zombies? Really?” then I read your blurb. Loved it. Best of luck with this, Kelly!

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      I know. That’s most people’s reaction. I think zombies are descriminated against. I think I’ll start a movement.

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  10. Tina Joyce says:

    Kelli, I love the blurb–unusual twist! And I love the Walking Dead, too. Surely one of those zombies can be redeemed by true love. Okay…maybe not the ones that only have half a face or anything. On second thought, I think I’ll stick to the type of zombie in your book. Seriously, it does sound like a great read!

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  11. Zombies kind of squick me out. But your blurb is awesome and now I want to read the book! So, just goes to show that even zombie romances can hook me when done right! 🙂

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      I have my editor to thank for the blurb because although I wrote a blurb for the story, I don’t think that was it.

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  12. I like the idea of a scavenger hunt to save their lives… and I’m all for restoring faith in humanity! LOL

    Congrats on the release!!

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      Thank you, Anne. It was fun to write, but I’m not sure if I have anymore zombie stories in me.

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  13. Elisa Beatty says:

    What an awesome premise!! Off to download *now*!!!

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  14. Kim Law says:

    Got to admit, I’m not a zombie kind of gal. I have a close fried who we refer to as our chapter’s resident zombie expert, but I just don’t get it. HOWEVER, the blurb for this sounds fantastic! And given how super you are, I just might have to give this one a try 🙂 I’ll be sure to mention it to our resident zombie expert, too. I’m sure she’ll be all over it!! Congrats, Kelly! It definitely sounds like the stars aligned on this one for you.

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  15. Addison Fox says:

    Kelly:

    Congrats on the release!! This book sounds like a lot of fun. 🙂

    Happy Memorial Day!
    Addison

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  16. Kelly, congrats on the release!

    I’m with Gwynlyn — my first thought was “Zombies? Eeeew.” But the blurb intrigues me — and sounds like fun. I need things to read on the plane trip back from NYC (hope to be sleeping on the redeye there …) I’ll check it out.

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      Zombies need love too. Although, I think my editor wants me to downplay the zombie thing. Too late.

      Anyhow,I hope your trip back won’t be like mine. Someone stole my seat, and then when I ejected him from my seat, his luggage fell on my head, add to that I was dog tired and toting a couple dozen books in my carryon luggage. Oh, and I didn’t win a GH.

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  17. Tamara Hogan says:

    Zombies need love too! Sounds like a fun premise – as long as there’s not flesh dropping off the hero at…an inopportune moment. 😉

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    • kelly fitzpatrick says:

      That would be awkward (why does that look like it’s spelled wrong?). The stench of decay would be a turn off too.

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  18. Kelly, I love your blurb. It does sound intriging. Happy release day.

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  19. Congratulations, Kelly! And zombies definitely deserve love too. The cover is fabulous. Seems like it was just meant to be published.

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  20. Going to download it right now…just because you wrote it.

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