The Island Trilogy by Larry Weiner #zOctober2015

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Welcome to the 3rd annual zOctober event hosted here on My Book Addiction! I’m super thrilled to have so many fabulous authors on the blog, as well as so many incredible fans stopping by to see what’s new in the zombie world. Thank you to everyone for being here!! Let’s welcome our next author….

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Paradise Rot
by Larry Weiner
Publication date: June 7th 2015
Category: Adult
Genre: Comedy, Zombies

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Kyle Brightman—late of the advertising industry and soon-to-be-late of the 5th floor psych ward—has a job offer he can’t refuse. A new resort in the Caribbean is looking for an art director. Kyle soon finds himself on the Isle of St. Agrippina working alongside a beautiful copywriter with an icy handshake. Questions arise: Why does the resort management team sport spray-on tans in the Bahamas? How can the resort offer such cheap vacation packages? What does one do with vats of Astroglide? To get the answers, Kyle must first navigate a series of wildly unpredictable events with a cast of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including a seductress jungle assassin, her partially paralyzed talking Chihuahua, an Ivy League Rastafarian seaplane captain, Kyle’s ex-psych ward roommate, a former Haliburton mercenary, and a French tavern owner with a fondness for goats, all set to the greatest hits of the 70’s. Pablo Cruise never felt so right.

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~Guest Post~

SUBVERTING A GENRE CAN BE A BLAST

When I set out to write “Paradise Rot,” I had a few things in mind. First, I wanted to play around with the zombie genre ala “Shaun of the Dead,” and I wanted to create an island escape – much like you’d find in a Jimmy Buffett song. But that wasn’t enough. No, I wanted to take a character and put him through hell. I wanted this character, our hapless protagonist, to feel the burn of hitting rock bottom. Why?
Because it’s only from that position in life that you’d be game for anything.
So that’s when I started thinking about the movie, “The Firm.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s basically about a lawyer who gets his first gig and as it turns out, it’s working for the mob and the only way out is by death. I thought to myself, what if the lawyers were zombies and you provided a service for them only to discover to your dismay that the better you do your job, the worse the moral implication (like working for the mob).
So what would create a moral dilemma working for say, zombies? High functioning zombies who ran a resort in the Caribbean? That’s when I got the idea that if you had zombies on an island there were only a finite number of brains to eat. What to do? How about hire a marketing team to sell cheap vacations to lure people to the island to become dinner?
Ooh. I liked that premise.
Zombies in paradise. Then I started thinking about the practical considerations of zombies in a tropical climate. There was the rot factor to consider. What if these zombies had to, as those involved in the plastic surgery arts would say, have “work” done to them to keep up appearances? Dental implants, cosmetics, foam injections and polymers to reconstruct body parts. Fake tans. Wigs. All that good stuff morticians use.
What if you were a guy who hit rock bottom, with a background in advertising, were to suddenly get a job offer that was too good to be true? You’re in the bottomless pit of despair – best not to ask too many questions. So what if our protagonist, who by this point has had a nervous breakdown and resided in a psych ward, were to catch wind of a cool resort in the Caribbean looking for marketing pros.
If you heard that, you’d assume it was drugs or guns but who cares? It’s the Caribbean. Why not search for that lost shaker of salt? Why not get paid to live a Jimmy Buffett song in exchange for marketing help? But what if once you get there and put together a kick-ass advertising campaign that brings in a shit ton of tourists, you realize you’re ringing the dinner bell for zombies?
That’s about when your moral compass kicks in and you’ve got to figure out a way to stop this madness. You’ll need help.
Here’s the blurb for Paradise Rot:
Kyle Brightman—late of the advertising industry and soon-to-be-late of the 5th floor psych ward—has a job offer he can’t refuse. A new resort in the Caribbean is looking for an art director. Kyle soon finds himself on the Isle of St. Agrippina working alongside a beautiful copywriter with an icy handshake. Questions arise: Why does the resort management team sport spray-on tans in the Bahamas? How can the resort offer such cheap vacation packages? What does one do with vats of Astroglide? To get the answers, Kyle must first navigate a series of wildly unpredictable events with a cast of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including a seductress jungle assassin, her partially paralyzed talking Chihuahua, an Ivy League Rastafarian seaplane captain, Kyle’s ex-psych ward roommate, a former Haliburton mercenary, and a French tavern owner with a fondness for goats, all set to the greatest hits of the 70’s. Pablo Cruise never felt so right.
If you’re thinking I had too much fun writing this novel. You’d be right. In fact, it was such fun that I took the same cast of characters and put them up against vampires (Once Again, With Blood – out now) with the same feeding idea and eventually aliens who don’t want to eat humans – just mate with them to get more alien offspring (Hindu Sex Aliens – coming out in October).
Subverting a genre can be a blast.

Thanks so much for providing this awesome guest post, Larry! It’s a blast to have you as part of zOctober this year. I can’t wait to read this series! Happy zOctober to you, sir. ~ Toni

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~About the Author~

Larry Weiner

Larry Weiner is the author of PARADISE ROT (BOOK ONE) and ONCE AGAIN, WITH BLOOD (BOOK TWO). Larry earned a degree in film from CSULA and was an award-winning art director. And then he got the hell out of Dodge (advertising) and decided he was better at fiction for the greater good (entertainment) than fiction to make people buy shit they don’t need (advertising). He’d written two novels and a ton of scripts in his 20’s but doesn’t really count them as over 20 years passed since writing Paradise Rot. So really, let’s call Paradise Rot the first novel. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two kids and a gaggle of animals.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Jeanine

    I love a good zomedy!

  • This sounds like fun! I love movies that are zomedies, so why not books? I’ll plug this page and the giveaway on my blog on my next post, Fri 10/30. 🙂

    • NC_WA

      I love the idea of zomedy, especially if witty and intelligent.

  • Lindsay Galloway

    I haven’t read a lot of zomedy, and I’m definitely thinking it’s time to change that!

  • ZombieMomOf4

    I love zomedy! Shaun of the Dead was cool, as was Zombieland. I think it helps to chuckle while being scared, takes some pressure off. This book of yours sounds amazing! Thanks for blogging and joining zOctober!

  • Jami Broveak

    Love zomedy! Can’t always be serious.. and if you can’t laugh at yourself, you definately won’t survive the end of the world 🙂

  • Michelle Willms

    I think it’s a great idea! We should always find time to laugh and this sounds like a wonderful story to have fun reading and get some laughs at the same time.

  • Laura Wilson-Farmer

    I think it’s great to give it a different spin other than the norm

  • Julia Damatto

    I love it!!! Actually I’m a big fan of ZNation, that show is hilarious!! Thanks for the chance