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Zombie Goodness from Jenny Undead: The Thirteen

Wow am I glad I took the advice to read this zombie book. I was totally riveted through the whole thing. I need more soon though! I have grabbed her Nikki Slobodian Omnibus (books 1-3) and cannot wait to start reading it.

review

This book was a blast! Considering there is a lot of serious shit going down, the book was atilla heck of a lot of fun. The conflict.. the character builds, the world and how destroyed it has become. Though I finished this about five books ago and I still can see the the images of the evil crazy person is doing all over (I cannot tell you but man.. OH man).

mad-maxThe conflicts of a normal zombie apocalypse world are there but there also are bands of zealots and crazy ass cults. There are urban fantasies which as you know are steeped in truth. The fact that poor Jenny’s family, having Jenny be the poor one, is actually .. well the origins of the plague.. well I can’t, it would be spoilers! Let’s try a different tactic.

It is like a mashup of Madmax, The Postman and a wee bit of Dusk to Dawn ya I know vampires in that one, but it was the badassery only Quentin Tarantino can do… OH WAIT!! Kill Bill.. OK OK I stop but you get my drift! (Oh did you hear that Mad Max is getting another movie coming in 2015?? Oops sorry I saw a shiny)!

The only issue was there was not enough back story. I pieced it together as I was reading and understand much was to keep the mystery alive. But, some was just to vague a if it was forced. My other issue was Jenny (who if you can’t tell by the cover) is now infected. Because of some things which happened in her past and involved some of the things about the development of the plague, her mom and grandfather. I did struggle a bit with it, but I expected some flow or at least the struggle not be stuck on one loop. But the rest was so solid and the characters were so wonderful it did not take away from it. Of course it did pick up and now that it is over, I keep checking on Amazon and waiting.

This would be a fun series. Another mashup? Try Dollhouse blending with a touch of Lost Girl and the intensity of The Walking Dead. Yep. That would be awesome. Though I am not sure I have found a Daryl yet……… oh wait.. *grin* maybe, but you have to read it to find out!

It really was great read an now I’m going to be waiting with bated breath for the next book. Anyone who is looking for a good zombie read grab it.

redneck-cocktails

redneck_wading_pool-1It is Memorial Day weekend, I am absolutely craving a Bloody Mary. To make it more in line with this fabulous book and the zombie apocalypse, short of going on raids looking for alcohol and possibly getting bit in the process, or kidnapped by god knows who (where oh where is Beth!) why not just make your own!

One of my southern belle’s always had a mason jar with Moonshine her dad made her and one day we had a little gathering where she made this fabulous killer Bloody Mary. She cautioned us all that we may not be able to taste much alcohol but it had a much bigger kick than traditional vodka. But wait, you are not suppose to make your own booze are you (wink) you can get Moonshine at the package store so no worries!

She shared her recipe and I have adapted it a bit. Different from my Bloody Mary, the Cabin Goddess Style, it is refreshing and festive! REALLY festive, but make sure you have a designated lookout because you will not be able to hear them coming with that buzz of happiness ringing in your ear!

about-the-book

#WalkingDead withdrawals? Try @JLMurrayWriter, she helped me!Jenny Undead
Series: The Thirteen: Book One
by J.L. Murray
four-half-stars
Published by Hellzapoppin Press
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Zombie
Source & Buy Links: Amazon
Amazon • • Goodreads •

Warning: This book contains strong language, zombies, knives, guns, and violence.

In a world ravaged by disease and chaos, Jenny has a secret. She and her brother were part of a gruesome experiment conducted ten years earlier in an attempt to stop the zombie apocalypse. If the rumors are true, her mother was the hated pathologist who released the disease in the first place, leading to the destruction of government, civilization, and life as we know it.

Despite the constant terror of the undead, Jenny is as happy as a post-apocalyptic girl can be. She has friends, she's good with a knife, and she has Declan Munro by her side. But when she hears her brother might still be alive and living with the Underground, a religious group hiding in the now-defunct subway, Jenny jumps at the chance to find him. She infiltrates the group to right the wrong she caused when she ran away, leaving him in that lab.

When she finds him, though, Casey is not at all what she expected. He's been turned. And the impossible happens when Jenny is bitten. She and Casey are dead, but they're not like any other rotters. Their minds are still intact. And there are others: Thirteen children survived the mysterious experiments, and it’s up to Jenny to find them and bring an end to the plague. But not everyone wants the chaos to end.

Between battling her hunger for living flesh and the all-encompassing rage that goes with it, and the realization that a killer is stalking both the living and the undead, Jenny has her hands full. Coming between a dead girl and the people she loves is a big mistake. Because if you can count on one thing, it's this:

You wouldn't like her angry.

Bloody Betty-Jo | Moonshine Bloody Mary
Even if zombies are roaming outside the encampment you will probably have moonshine. Who knows, you could find some tomato soup and make something special one night. But till then, try this recipe!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups V8 juice (or Tomato juice, but I try to keep my alcohol intake healthy)
  • 3 TBLS lemon juice
  • 3 TBLS lime juice
  • 1 TBLS prepared horseradish
  • 2 TBLS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ tsp Tabasco™
  • 1 tsp Old Bay™ Seasoning
  • 1 ounce of Ole Smoke™ Original Moonshine
  • additional cracked pepper for the rim of the glass (mix with a bit of Old Bay™
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine the tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and hot sauce and process until smooth. Transfer to a nonreactive container and add salt and black pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, run the edge of your mason jar (or glass) in a smell bit of lemon and lime juice and dip it in cracked pepper with a touch of salt (to taste), or fill each glass with ice.
  3. Add 1 ounce of Moonshine to each glass, then fill the glass with the bloody mary mix. Stir well, garnish each glass with whatever you feel like. I like an extra crisp garlic pickle wedge, or a couple of pearl onions and olives.
Notes
Crisp peppered bacon slices (if you want to have it Cabin Goddess Style). Personally I love it this way! Moonshine and all maybe on the side (since savory tastes do not go well with corn based hooch).

meet-the-author

About J.L. Murray

Raised in a tiny mill town in Northwestern Montana, J.L. had every intention of being anything but ordinary. After a shortlived marriage at the age of 19, J.L. decided to explore every facet life had to offer. She hitchhiked with friends. She went to Rainbow Gatherings all across the U.S. She lived on a farm. She explored the punk scene, fell in love, laughed loudly, and cried deeply.

When she met her husband, her adventurous spirit didn't dry up. If anything, J.L.'s husband exacerbates her desire to explore. They have traveled to Europe together, with their two children in tow. They have lived in beautiful, ugly and ordinary places. These days they live in Hawaii, and spend their weekends exploring the islands.

J.L. is currently working on book five of the bestselling Niki Slobodian series, The Devil's Backbone. She likes spicy food and the smell of the ocean. And she loves getting email.

 I am making this a regular thing so if anyone has any names, suggestions or recipes, send them in! Authors I will even be open to reviews of your book that go with a Redneck Cocktail!

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