#zOctober Interview with Lindsey R. Loucks + Giveaway

The Grave Winner

The Grave Winner
by Lindsey R. Loucks
Series: The Grave Winner #1
Publication date: May 15th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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READ MY REVIEW OF THE GRAVE WINNER!

Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did.

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.

~Interview with Lindsey R. Loucks~

What inspired you to write the awesome and totally unique story, The Grave Winner, and how long did it take you to get it from original concept to completed masterpiece?

First of all, thank you!!! That’s high praise coming from the Queen of Zombies herself! The idea for The Grave Winner started with the title. It leaped inside my head one day while I was thinking about another book I was writing at the time. I immediately had to know why anyone would win a grave. Is it a good thing to be a grave winner? Leigh, my main character, yelled into my ear a definitive “NO!”

It took two years from scribbling Leigh’s story in a notebook to contract, and another four months of editing with my wonderful Crescent Moon Press editor.

Do you have any characteristics that resemble your main character, Leigh?

Like Leigh, I dance to a different drum. In high school, I wore outrageous clothes that would get me sent home. Leigh’s goth/punk clothes don’t get her sent home, but they do make her unpopular with the “cool” kids. We both prefer a small group of close friends, and we tend to shy away from large, loud groups. Unless it’s at a punk rock concert!

I don’t have as much guts as Leigh, though. She can tell anyone exactly what she’s feeling or smash her fist against someone’s unfortunate face without thinking too much about it. Me? I’m still trying to convince myself that a kitten won’t drop dead every time I blurt out a cuss word. Yes, I’m exaggerating, but still.

For those that haven’t had the good fortune to read your books yet, can you tell us a little about The Grave Winner and Haunted Chemistry?

Sure! Here are the blurbs:

The Grave Winner:
Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did.

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.

Haunted Chemistry:
When bookish college co-ed Alexis heads to the laundry room in her new apartment, she runs into Ian Reese, the chem lab partner she crushed on all last semester. And the guy who stood her up on their first date. But she’s down for an awkward reunion, and no better place than her creepy laundry room.

Ian has every intention of making amends, but just when Alexis begins to trust him again, a new threat calls more than their future together into question. A ghost from the apartment’s past is hellbent on revenge, and if he wants to get his girl, he’ll have to get the ghost first.

If you looked outside right now and saw a horde of zombies shambling down your street, what is the first thing you would do?

I would pull the blinds, grab the nearest book, and read by the waning sunlight slicing through the cracks. The zombie apocalypse is the perfect time to catch up on my To-Be-Read list!

Do you think you would survive the zombie apocalypse? Why or why not?

Unless I pack my To-Be-Read list with more zombie survival books, I doubt I’d survive very long. Note to self – add more zombie survival books to my To-Be-Read list!

Thank you so much for being here today, Lindsey! It’s always a pleasure to have you on the blog. 🙂

You can also grab a copy of Lindsey’s newest release, Haunted Chemistry, for only .99 cents!

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~About the Author~

Lindsey R. Loucks

Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize. She’s been with her significant other for almost two decades.

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~zOctober Giveaway~

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Wife, mother, 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.
  • Lindsay Galloway

    First comment! YAY!
    As advice, I say head north! I live up in Canada, so I figure it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to get to the frozen northern regions where zombies don’t stand a chance. It might make farming a little difficult though… It’s a work in progress.

  • Library Lady

    She might want to make sure she keeps some nice sharp pointy objects nearby while she’s reading that way she can stab the zombies with one hand and still turn the pages with the other. 🙂 Of the two books, Haunted Chemistry sounds more interesting to me. I think the idea of running into someone who stood you up while you’re in the laundry room with your dirty clothes is some pretty bad luck. Definitely has me intrigued!

  • heathermanning

    I’d loan out my almost 15 year old son who thinks he has all the answers for when the zombie apocalypse comes. 😀 And both books look awesome.

  • Susan T.

    I live up in the mountains which is probably a pretty good place to be during the zombie apocalypse. If the cold and snow doesn’t kill them the bears and cougars will!

  • sunnie

    I would like to read the Grave Winner I think.

  • Jessica Sturgill

    In the case of a zombie apocalypse, I think your best bet would be to find you a Daryl Dixon type 😀

  • Elyse S.

    Grave Winner, and I think I’ve got a pretty good chance here in FL. The hot weather will make them decompose faster. So lots of weapons and stay somewhere hot!

  • jazmyn

    the grave winner

  • Rainne Atkins

    Both books sound great, but if pushed to choose I’d go for The Grave Winner.

  • Terri King

    Best tip? Run North! Frozen zombies can’t bite so well.

  • Becky Stephens

    The Grave Winner looks cool!

  • Somia

    It looks awesome!

  • Mike Bolter

    Head for Toni’s house!

    And I have to go with Grave Winner, sounds like a fun and interesting story!

  • kathy

    Grave winner

  • Sonya A.

    The Grave Winner

  • Kamla L.

    They both sound like great reads and I would eventually like to read them both but I would go for Grave Winner first. Thanks!

  • Daniel M

    get as many weapons as you can!