The Chevy Volt an Ideal Car for the Apocalypse? Yeah, right.

Has anyone else seen this?

It’s a zombie-based ad for the Chevy Volt, based on the whole idea that a Chevy Volt is the perfect vehicle for the zombie apocalypse.

Am I the only one who sees a problem with this?

The Chevy Volt is a hybrid vehicle. It runs off of a combination of gas and electricity. So my question is…when the power grids fail (and they will), what the hell are you going to charge the thing with? The Volt will be just as useless as any other vehicle that runs out of gas, because there would be no electricity.

Needless to say, this wouldn’t make me consider the Volt in the slightest (not that I am to begin with; all accounts say it’s a worthless pile of crap).

Thoughts?

Introducing: The New Permuted Press Authors’ Blog!

So I thought you zombie fans would find this pretty awesome. A group of Permuted Press authors, myself included, decided to start a blog for us to post on, just for the fun of it. It promises to be a really fun trip, and considering how Permuted authors operate, there’s no telling what’s going to pop up on there.

You can check out the awesomeness that is Enjoying the Apocalypse: The Permuted Underground right here!

LIKE My New Author Page on Facebook!

Just dropping a quick note to let everyone know that I have a new author fan page on Facebook! You can “LIKE” the page by clicking here and hitting the LIKE button. On that page, you’ll see news about the progress of books I’m working on, both my zombie-related books and my non-zombie stuff, along with other random crap that catches my fancy. So be sure to like the page to help you keep up with all the goings on in the writing life of Jessica Meigs!

Brothers in Arms Reviewed on The Guilded Earlobe (Plus an Interview)!

Reviews, both good and bad, make me smile. Why? Because it means someone took the potentially limited time they have to read and chose my book to spend that time reading. Even better? Constructive criticism.

Another thing I like? Doing author interviews. 🙂

So in an effort to catch up with all the stuff that’s been going on that I haven’t had a chance to post about (especially considering this is supposed to be *ahem* Zombie Awareness Month), here’s both an interview and a review for you! 🙂

I was interviewed a bit ago by fellow zombie author and awesomesauce book reviewer (and beta reader) James R. Jackson for his blog. Here’s a snippet:

Developing characters is a really interesting task. A lot of their attitudes came naturally; I write a lot before I even get started, most of the time, so as a result, I have a ton of short stories and novellas that are stashed on my hard drive that explore the lives of the characters, both before and after the viral outbreak. One particular novella, for example, follows the character Remy Angellette, showing what she was like before the outbreak, how she handled it, and what happened to her family—and what happened to her that put her where the rest of the group found her in the first book. (I’m contemplating releasing some of these novellas as promotions for the second and third books too, if there’s enough interest from readers!)

You can read the entire interview right here. And for you authors out there who are in need of a little assistance on military-related matters, check out Jackson’s new project The Ward Room. I can personally attest to how great he is with his assistance.

And as for the review I mentioned, The Guilded Earlobe has done a rare review on a written book (as opposed to the audiobooks they normally review on) and has reviewed The Becoming: Brothers in Arms!

The Becoming: Brothers in Arms is a fast paced, tightly drawn Zombie outbreak novel that highlights the characters craftiness and ingenuity over any special skills or training. … Meigs does a good job putting these two relatively normal guys in situations where they must use their natural born intelligence to find a way out of a highly unusual situation.

You can check out the entirety of the review right here on The Guilded Earlobe.

Because I can make ANYTHING about zombies…

Since this is, in fact, semi-zombie related…

Just about everybody that’s seen the show The Walking Dead knows that one of the most distinctive vehicles in the show is the Hyundai Tucson picked up and driven by Shane in the majority of the second season:

Yeah, I kinda fell in love with that car pretty much the minute I saw it in the show.

Anyway, one of the big things about the zombie apocalypse is having a reliable vehicle to get you from point A to point B. Said vehicle should be easy to drive, should handle well, should have plenty of room for supplies, and should have really good gas mileage.

I’ve now got mine:

Have you got yours yet?

May is Zombie Awareness Month!

So just in case anyone isn’t already aware, today is May 1st, which makes it officially Zombie Awareness Month! (According to the Zombie Research Society, anyway.)

 

 

Why is May the official month for Zombie Awareness Month? The ZRS says:

Why is May is Zombie Awareness Month? Many films important to the evolution of the modern zombie are set in the month of May, most notably George Romero’s original 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead.

As such, I’ll be celebrating the month by making a TON of posts to bring awareness to the cause of Zombie Preparedness, along with other assorted treats and promotional things for my series and other authors’ books and series! Since I kinda fell down on the job on my Month of Permuted celebration (to be honest, I got WAY busy for a bit there and couldn’t get to the scheduling of posts quite fast enough for my personal taste), I still have several interviews with Permuted authors to get up on the blogs, plus I’ve got a bit of a stack of reviews to write up that I hope to get going this month. This month promises to be great fun, so keep an eye out on the blogs for a new post (nearly) every day!

Guest Post on Rhiannon Frater’s Blog Today!

I wrote a guest post on the awesome Rhiannon Frater’s blog today (that’s Rhiannon Frater of As the World Dies trilogy’s fame) talking about kick-ass women in apocalyptic fiction and my character Cade Alton in particular.

Cade is a thirty-two-year-old Memphis resident who is an immigrant from Israel. Trained extensively in all matters military, she spent seven years in the IDF and, as such, honed some serious sniper skills–a woman so good at what she did that she would have made a great recruit for Mossad. She is a rifle-toting, knife-and-gun-collecting enigma wrapped in a mystery with all the assorted mood swings to go along with it. She’s strong-willed and independent, loyal to a fault, and quite capable of some major butt-kicking whenever the situation calls for it. Oh, and she has a very unladylike habit of swearing like a sailor on shore leave too. Just call it “venting.”

You can read the entirety of the guest post right here on Rhiannon’s blog.

And, as an extra-special treat, I decided to extend the availability of The Becoming: Brothers in Arms as a freebie for an extra day! You can pick it up right here if you haven’t already! 🙂