Bricks of the Dead Reviews The Becoming, Audible Picks up The Becoming: Ground Zero, and I’m Going to Crypticon!

Wow, it’s been a bit since I’ve hopped over here and updated, hasn’t it? Needless to say, I’ve been very busy with my new job, so things got a little hectic for a bit there. Thankfully, I’ve found a few minutes to update everyone on the World of Jessica (TM) and the book series!

First up, The Becoming has been reviewed by Bricks of the Dead:

From paragraph one the action is well-choreographed and fact paced. I find action in books a tough sell, as some writers get bogged down in the details, but in this case, Meigs balances description with action while throwing in character development to boot. I own an E-reader, so there is no page turning, but I found I was so excited about the action sequences that I was hitting the page button early just so I could get to the next sentence!

You can read the entirety of the review right here.

As for my other news…

I’m excited to announce two awesome things. First, I’m going to be at Crypticon Seattle this year alongside eight other Permuted Press authors (Timothy W. Long, Peter Clines, Eloise J. Knapp, David Snell, Gareth Wood, Tony Faville, Craig DiLouie, and Scott Baker). I have my fingers crossed that my second book, The Becoming: Ground Zero will be available by then so I can offer it for sale alongside the first one. 🙂

Speaking of the second book…

I’m happy to inform everyone that Audible.com has picked up The Becoming: Ground Zero to produce as an audiobook as part of a massive twenty-three book deal with Permuted Press. You can see the official announcement and the complete list of books Audible picked up right here!

That said, I have seen sketches and the in-progress images of the cover for The Becoming: Ground Zero, and I am very excited to share the completed project with you guys. I’m also very excited for the book’s release too; this is the stuff no one has read yet, the part of the trilogy that I had not gotten the chance to self-publish before being offered the book deal with Permuted. Needless to say, I’m impatiently waiting on its release date (which I don’t have yet!) so I can get it in your hands and see what you think of it. 🙂

That’s all the news I have to pass on right now! If you haven’t picked up the first book in the trilogy yet, well, you know where to go to check out information on it! And keep your eyes on the site for more information on the second book’s impending release!

The Becoming Reviewed by Zombiephiles and an Interview with Author Craig DiLouie!

Just a couple of little updates to drop in here while I’m thinking about and am not up to my eyeballs working, writing, or editing.

First up, Craig DiLouie, author of the VERY good zombie novel The Infection and the upcoming sequel The Killing Floor, has posted an interview with me over on his website.

An excerpt:

Craig: Which of the following appeals to you most about the genre–zombies, survival horror, apocalypse–and why?
Jessica: Definitely the survival horror. It’s fascinating watching, reading, and writing about people attempting to live in a world like that. It’s only during times of duress that a person’s true character emerges; and whether good or bad, it’s always interesting to watch. Extended periods of high stress can break a person mentally, and that’s–as terrible as it is of me to say–fun to write. (In fact, throughout my entire trilogy–especially in the second and more significantly the third book–readers will get to see a character progressively cracking up as events transpire.) I can’t really get that effect when I’m writing a story that focuses more on the zombies than on the survivors. I think this is why my stories are so character-centric. And it’s what appeals to readers, because they have someone they can empathize with–and I think this is what accounts for the popularity of shows like THE WALKING DEAD, which is very much character-driven.

You can read the rest of the interview right here on Craig’s site, and you can check out Craig’s book The Infection at Amazon’s website for the Kindle and in paperback

In other The Becoming-related news, the book has been reviewed by Zombiephiles.com, and they had great things to say about it:

Meigs created one of the most bleak apocalypse situations I have ever read, and I hope that I never find myself in a situation like that. I actually had nightmares about this zombie world that she created. … The Becoming is the first of a trilogy, and I can’t wait to read more about the Michaluk Virus!

You can read the entire review right here!

Now, regarding the second book (since I’m getting a lot of questions about it now): I have been told it will hopefully be out in the first half of this year. At this point, I do not have anything more specific. I’ll keep everyone updated when I do find out something though! I personally am as excited for its release as anyone else–this is the stuff no one has read yet, and I’m eager to see what people think of it. 😀

The Becoming Audiobook Reviewed by The Guilded Earlobe

The audiobook for The Becoming has been reviewed by The Guilded Earlobe, and he gave it a solid B+! He had great things to say about it too:

The Becoming is a fantastic set up for the future installments of the trilogy, a novel that focuses intimately on the Survivors of a zombie plague and yet is full of subtle hints of something more in the nature of the Michaluk Virus and its consequences. Fans of the Undead will enjoy the well orchestrated Zombie action scenes but for the true connoisseur of zombie fiction it is the speculation of what is to come that is the true joy of this novel.

You can read the entire review here. Be sure to follow the blog too! And if you’re interested in purchasing The Becoming in any format, just click here and scroll down for the different purchasing options!

If you want to check out the audiobook specifically, you can get it for free if you’re a new member of Audible.com! Just drop onto Audible.com, sign up for their 14-day free trial, and use your free credit to “purchase” the audiobook! Even if you cancel before being charged, you get to keep the audiobook for free! 🙂

The Becoming Named one of the Best Apocalyptic Fiction Releases of 2011!

In yet another awesomesauce post with year-end news, The Becoming has been named one of the Best Apocalyptic Fiction Releases of 2011 by Barnes & Noble’s Paul Goat Allen!

“In my opinion, 2011 has been the high-water mark thus far in this new Golden Age of apocalyptic fiction.” — Paul Goat Allen

Definitely an opinion I can get behind, even if my book wasn’t on the list lol.

 

That said, you can view the entire list right here on B&N’s Explorations blog and check out where my book is sitting pretty at lucky number 13!

New Interview with BuyZombie!

I’ve been interviewed by the awesome folks at BuyZombie!

Cade’s character, I think, had the most development; unlike the original novellas, I rewrote her character to give her more finely honed skills, to cast her in the role of a different nationality in order to add diversity (and to give her a good reason to possess the skills she does have). She seems to routinely be the reader favorite too. The others, while developed, weren’t quite as developed as she was, and as a result, they ended up in many cases being complete surprises to me. For example, when I created Brandt, I never knew he had a rather dark past. That only became apparent to me when I rewrote and reworked the first book, and as a result, the major plotline deviated from the plan in the second and third books. And, I think, that resulted in the rest of the trilogy being that much more interesting.

You can check out the entire interview right here! And thanks again to BuyZombie for the interview!

The Becoming Named One of The Best Zombie Fiction Releases of 2011 by B&N!

Yes, you read that correctly. My little novel The Becoming, released by Permuted Press last month, has been named one of the Best Zombie Fiction Releases of 2011 by B&N’s Paul Goat Allen on Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog! I’m listed alongside awesome authors like Sophie Littlefield, Rhiannon Frater, Mira Grant, and Jonathan Maberry, among others.

So hit this link right here to check out the full list! And if you have yet to pick up The Becoming, hit the link at the top of the page that says “Where to Buy” and check out the (kick-ass) cover, praise for the novel, and all the different locations and formats you can pick the book up in! 🙂

BuyZombie Reviews The Becoming!

Buy Zombie has posted their review of The Becoming‘s Permuted Press re-release! And it’s a great review too:

For a first time author in this genre, Ms. Meigs has compiled and created a serious novel that far surpasses others within the zombie/apocalyptic/horror genre. With the revisions, it is an incredible read and well worth adding to any fan’s library.

You can check out the rest of the review here, and don’t forget to scroll down a post and see what B&N’s Paul Goat Allen had to say about the novel on the Barnes & Noble Explorations Blog (in case you missed that one too!).

And, as always, you can check out purchasing options for The Becoming right here in case you haven’t picked it up yet!