I give Apocalipstick a five star review. Romance. Action. Adventure. Jena lives in a crazy world, and has somehow found true love with Caleb. Gripping action scene when Caleb saves Jenna. Thank you, Lisa, for a good read.
Genres: Horror, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fiction
Jenna should be having the time of her life at college. Instead, her only desire is survival. She lives in a world gone insane after a virus kills most of the population. Being alive after the apocalypse is bad, but when the undead return, hungry for humans, times turn darker. For Jenna and a small group of survivors, the goal is to reach the High Point Inn. At the inn, Jenna develops feelings for Caleb, who, while exotic and intoxicating, is not quite human. Will this new utopia last?
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“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes…” ran through Jenna’s mind, another remnant of her former life. Now the graveyard was the safest place. Evil openly roamed the streets and it was coming for her.
Jenna blinked the sweat out of her eyes and took a deep breath. She swayed with exhaustion. Angels, symbols of all things God and good, adornments of the dead, swam in and out of Jenna’s clouded vision. She placed a scarred hand on the peaceful, cold stone markers, embellished with the names of forgotten loved ones. Nowadays, loved ones wanted to come back from the grave and claw your face off, devour your insides.
Jenna wanted to lie down and give up. She was tired and had lost everyone she knew. Hair lank and greasy, mud splattered clothing, old and mismatched. Instead of admitting defeat, she forced herself to stay alert, pushing matted, raven hair out of her eyes with a dirty hand. Jenna could not remember a time in her recent history where she felt clean or had a moment in which she was not fighting to stay alive. Looking around the darkened landscape, she wanted to live. She shoved to her feet once again.
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Interview: A Conversation with Author Lisa Acerbo
How would you describe your book in:
20 words or less: Life is bad after the apocalypse…the undead just made it worse.
100 words or less: Jenna should be having the time of her life at college. Instead, her one desire is survival. She lives in a world gone insane after a virus kills most of the population. Being alive after the apocalypse is bad, but when the undead return, hungry for humans, times turn darker. For Jenna and a small group of survivors, the goal is to reach the safe haven of the High Point Inn. At the inn, Jenna develops feelings for Caleb, who, while exotic and intoxicating, is not quite human. Will this new utopia last?
Have you always been a writer?
I have always loved both reading and writing. This love inspired me to major in English during college. While a full time teacher, I have also continued to write and publish. Before turning to fiction, my articles appeared in the Connecticut Post, Trumbull Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.
How did this book come to be? Why did you write it?
I grew up reading novels by Judy Blume, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King, among others. While entirely different genres, these authors inspired me to want to read more and write fiction. I love authors who can create vivid conflicts and life-like characters in relationships, romantic or otherwise. I enjoy reading romances with action and adventure, and I hoped to create a book with those elements.
Who is your audience?
Apocalipstick is geared for older teens and college-aged audiences as it is set in a stark and violent post-apocalyptic world. Some of the scenes when Jenna battles the undead could be considered intense, but I hope people of all ages can enjoy the book.
How long did it take you to write this book and what kind of routine, if any, did you follow?
The book took a long time to complete, and it went through some major revisions along the way. I often write in creative, disorganized blasts (much like my life) and did not really have a routine, but I am currently trying to change that. My writing came in fits and spurts, mostly during the summer when I was off from teaching.
How is this book different from others that are available? What makes it unique?
The book contains a little bit of everything. It has zombies, paranormal romance, and horror. When I began the novel, I hoped that my audience could, on some level, relate to Apocalipstick. Analogous to the characters in the book, we must fight daily battles, whether it is with school, jobs, illnesses, or family problems. At times, we also feel detached, similar to the characters called the “others.” There are even occasions when we might wonder about the possibility of zombies and question if humanity can become similar: dead to the world around us and passing the time waiting for our next meal.
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and two horses. When not writing, she mountain bikes, hikes, and tries to pursue some type of further education--she's working towards an EdD.
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