Monday, October 20, 2014

Meet Derek Shriver

First off, let me apologize for my tardy post. Derek had taken to his man cave and was at his sullen worst so we had to put off the life review. He had his reasons, he and his lady love, who also happens to be a biophysicist, were shanghaied to the Roaring Twenties where two mad men insisted that Clara build zombies for Derek to train for warfare. Needless to say, Derek has been pondering how to get them back to their own time. He now has a few ideas and is ready to talk.

Now about Derek.

Several years back, I was invited to write a short story for a Desert Sleuths chapter of Sisters in Crime anthology called HOW NOT TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS. I'm a fan of the peace and good will side of Christmas and was uneasy about writing a dark and dreary murder that didn't harmonize well with the season. Not that I'm against murder in other circumstances, and for a different anthology I can murder as well as the next writer.  For Christmas, however, I chose to write with wacky humor.

Derek Shriver stepped into my life as the hero and is now starring in my first full-length Shriver novel, FIRST WE KILL ALL THE ZOMBIES. 

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Derek is a certified public accountant, former Green Beret and an amusement park owner. He grew up in Reno, Nevada where he eventually bought Christmasland, his first theme park. That where he met and fell in love with the beautiful biophysicist, Clara. They eventually married at Fairie World, another of Derek's theme park dynasty, but first they had to solve the murder of the dead tax man in the women's restroom at the Toadstool Cafe.

FIRST WE KILL ALL THE ZOMBIES is Derek's first novel and all he wants at the beginning is to finally make that honeymoon cruise to Paris with Clara. Instead he and Clara are shanghaied to the Roaring Twenties by a fiendish scientist who has teamed up with one of the most brutal figures in modern history. They want Clara and Derek to create and train zombie soldiers. Derek's only goals are to protect Clara and get them back to their own century. In the meantime, they must juggle issues with their own evolving relationship as newlyweds. Expect Steampunk artifacts, zombies, mad scientists, laughter, fear, tears, and a dab of romance.

FIRST WE KILL ALL THE ZOMBIES was released today. In the meantime, to get to know Derek better, check out the short story prequels There's a Dead Elf in Santa's Workshop and Murder at the Toadstool Café.

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2 comments:

  1. Connie: How can love survive dead bodies in public bathrooms, kidnappings to strange places in another time frame, and orders to not only create but also teach the already-dead? My guess is that all the combined talents of a former warrior-bean counter-adventure park-owner and his biophysicist wife will prevail - But how? Glad to read this is a first novel which implies there are more adventures to come.

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  2. Thanks, Judy.

    I'm having so much fun with this story and once Derek got with the program it was a blast.
    It was nice of you to stop by. You have quite the knack for description. You want to help me write my blurbs ??

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