Spotlight on Melanie Karsak

Summer of Zombie 2014 SPOTLIGHT ON: Melanie Karsak

I have the distinct pleasure of hosting the amazing Melanie Karsak, one of my new favorite authors.  She’s the genius behind The Harvesting and a couple of other fantastic books.


Second Edition Ebook Cover High Res Final (1)What is your latest zombie release?

The Harvesting

Quick description of it (no spoilers)

“The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone.”

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that’s upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

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


Something unique about it.

Sometimes people are surprised to discover that my novel is not a straight-up zombie apocalypse story. I mix in other supernatural creatures and elements. The novel questions what the death of mankind might mean if other creatures of lore existed. What if the z-poc actually became a war for contemporary middle earth?

The Harvesting is also an award winner! The novel just received a BRAG Medallion for excellence in writing.

Links for people to purchase it.

Your promo links.




Melanie Karsak Author Pic by Orange Moon Studios (1)Your short Bio.

Melanie Karsak 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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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.


Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don’t miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie


AND so you don’t miss any of the posts in June, here’s the complete list, updated daily:


The Ultimate Zombie Survival Tool

I visited Rhonda Parrish’s blog today and had a chance to talk about The Ultimate Zombie Survival Tool.  She’s the author of Waste Not (And other funny zombie stories).  She also has a bazillion other books.  Don’t believe me? Check out her Amazon Author page and count for yourself.

In my post, I talk about a few possibilities, inject a little humor, and generally have a good time.  If you’d like to check it out, click here n stuff.


Also, if you’d like to know a little more about Rhonda Parrish, her blog is a great place to start. Or This Interview

How to Make Bacon Post Apocalypse

Bacon Rules

baconBacon, the loveliest food in the world. The creation of bacon is an age old process, one mastered eons ago. The earliest record of bacon I could find was 300 B.C. There is no reason that the walking dead should stop humanity from enjoying it’s crowning culinary achievement. In fact, knowing how to make bacon will save your… bacon… post apocalypse. Curing meat for long term storage is something of primary importance to the post apocalyptic survivor. Eating squirrel and other single-serve meat is good, but time consuming. To really thrive through the zombie apocalypse, you’ll need the ability to cure and store meat.

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LEGION: 1.01 Vanessa Ridolfi

Vanessa Ridolfi woke up about eleven Tuesday morning, and was immediately sorry she’d gone out the night before.  Her head was pounding.  Six mango-rum margaritas was five and a half too many.  Carefully, she rolled over and buried her head under her pillow, hoping to make the pounding stop.   After several minutes of pressure, she gave up, took four Advil and got in the shower.

She scrubbed off the nightclub smell, a mix of stale cigarette smoke, alcohol and the Axe body spray every douchebag in Raleigh seemed intent on wearing when they went out to a bar.  Vanessa, her old college room-mate Janae, and a few of their friends had been celebrating Janae’s recent promotion.  As she rinsed the conditioner out of her hair, she laughed about the number of UNC frat boys that had tried to pick one or all of them up.  It took a lot of guts to approach five women sitting in a tight circle.  Guts or several of whatever beer the trendy guys were drinking these days.

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Declaration of War is live on Amazon

Book 5 of the What Zombies Fear Series Declaration of War by Kirk Allmond and Laura Bretz

Declaration of War by Kirk Allmond and Laura Bretz

It’s finally live!  You can find Book 5 “Declaration of War” of the What Zombies Fear series on Amazon.  Still waiting on Barnes and Noble and other retailers.

This is a really exciting time, a new novel published, and the start of the new series “Will of the Dead” launched a couple of days ago.

We’ve started work on the sixth and final book  in What Zombies Fear, called The Incarnation, it’ll likely be published this summer.  I have a little bit more to write in the 2nd episode of Will of the Dead, and then focus returns to WZF 6.  Stay tuned!

I’m feeling pretty good about making it as a writer today.   If I work hard enough, if I want it bad enough, it can happen, right?


blue_aura_handAfter yesterday’s vlog experiment, I started playing around in Windows Movie Maker.  It’s maybe the 3rd time I’ve ever opened the program, so I wasn’t expecting much.

After googling for a while, I found a piece of music (Royalty FREE!!!) that I really liked.  And then ideas started flowing for how to tell the story in pictures.   Here’s what I came up with.  It’s not a blockbuster trailer, so have low expectations going in 🙂

I had a much harder time finding images than I expected I would have.  I wish I could have kept it to all movie scenes, or all animated/xbox style.  I wish I had more, some of the images are on screen for a second or two too long.  But, it tells the story.  I love the “Twin Peeks” image, and the Frye images.

What do you think?  Would you buy What Zombies Fear if you hadn’t already read it?

You should buy it anyways, I’m a way better writer than videographer.