Jessica Meigs

Thoughts on the Big Baddies of The Becoming AND Win a Copy of THE UNNATURALS!

I have to admit, it’s interesting reading reviews, especially when I mentally compare the overall reviews for The Becoming versus The Becoming: Ground Zero. One of the first things I’ve noticed about the books, especially The Becoming: Ground Zero, is that it’s fairly polarizing: people either like it or dislike it, with little to no middle ground. And the dislikes don’t even really bother me all that much, because you can’t really please everyone. But it’s actually a recent review of Ground Zero that sparked a few thoughts regarding the book trilogy overall:

A good portion of people have totally missed who the bad guys were in The Becoming: Ground Zero. And it’s not who you think.

In The Becoming, the big baddies were the infected. They were everywhere, the infection was fresh, and characters had no flippin’ idea what they were doing. They were fighting and struggling to survive, dispensing with heroics and even at times getting so frazzled that they forgot basic survival skills in favor of doing…well, quite frankly, stupid things. I like to think this is realistic of humanity in general: even the smartest, most skilled people will sometimes fall apart in the most stressful situations. Zombies getting up and eating your family? Yeah, you might not remember that you’re a master sniper if you’re too busy freaking out because you just saw someone you love eat someone else you love. Everywhere the characters look, there’s violence, terror, and absolute chaos. It’s not a situation that most people would have any coping skills with, because it’s a situation no one has ever actually been in. As such, I believe that it’s totally realistic for, say, Ethan Bennett to fall apart, despite his skills and experience as a police officer, because he’s facing down something he’s never seen before and never imagined could actually exist. The same goes for Cade Alton and Brandt Evans. Despite their military backgrounds, there is some level of freaked-out on their part, because they’ve never seen such a sheer magnitude of violence and slaughter in their lives, not even in combat.

And that actually brings us to The Becoming: Ground Zero and the big baddies in it. For some reason, and I’m not sure why (okay, I lie, I am sure why), people keep thinking that The Becoming: Ground Zero is a zombie novel. Let me lay it out for you right now:

The Becoming: Ground Zero is not a zombie novel.

The big baddies in The Becoming: Ground Zero aren’t who you think they are.

This actually leads me to ask: for those of you who have read the book (and I hope it’s many of you), who do you think the bad guy(s) is/are? Comment here, tweet, or Facebook your answer to me and I’ll put your name in a drawing to win a free e-copy of my newest book, the first part of an urban fantasy series called The Unnaturals. The answer, and the winners, will be revealed in one week. 🙂

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Project Update: September 17th, 2012

New little thing I’m starting to do here, where I post (at least) weekly updating everyone on what’s going on in the writing world of Jessica. 🙂

Project Title: Nightfall

Words Written Today: 3019

Yes, this is the sequel to the just-released The Unnaturals, which I’m hoping to have out by the end of the year, maybe mid-January at the latest. Everything is plotted out and the writing thus far is going smoothly. As you can see, I made my word count goal of 2,000 words for the day, and the only reason I stopped is because it was starting to get a little late, and I have to get ready to work in the morning.

A few little updates on other projects I’m working on:

The currently untitled side-story for the Becoming universe (which I’m privately calling “Remy’s story”) has been set aside for just a moment while I wrap up Nightfall. I’ve got that loosely scheduled to come out around March 2013, though I’m hoping for a little earlier. Things are already (mostly) plotted out for it, and I’m playing around with writing some other things and putting out a collection of side stories and novellas from the zombie-infested universe for fans to enjoy. (This may or may not include the story referenced in Ground Zero involving a mall, escalators, and zombies. Those who have read Ground Zero will likely know what I’m referencing.)

The Becoming: Under Siege (book four) is also temporarily on hold while I finish up Nightfall, and it is currently #3 on my list of things to write. Considering I have about a third of that novel already written, I know exactly where it’s heading and what’s going to happen in it and even how it’s going to end, it should be a pretty fast write once I sit my butt down and get busy on it.

The Deadening is on hold while I do some research. I have my fingers crossed that I can get back to it soon.

THE UNNATURALS Now Available on Barnes and Noble!

The Unnaturals, book one in my new urban fantasy series, is now available for purchase from Barnes & Noble in eBook format!

Riley Walker is one of the world’s best covert operatives, employed by a top-secret sector of the U.S. government known only as the Agency. Highly skilled and lethal in a fight, Riley is fiercely independent and adamant that she work alone after the mysterious death of her partner in an assignment gone wrong.

All that changes when she’s thrust onto a new assignment investigating the deaths of twenty-seven Agency operatives. Forced to work with twelve-year Agency veteran Scott Hunter–a stickler for following orders and a loner by nature–Riley doesn’t get a chance to protest before she and her new partner are passed to a sector of the Agency that they never knew existed. As they investigate the murders, Riley and Scott learn that there’s more to the Agency than they ever suspected.

They discover the existence of monsters right out of their wildest dreams.

You can pick up the book on B&N RIGHT HERE for only $5.99!

THE UNNATURALS Now Available on Amazon!

The Unnaturals, book one in my new urban fantasy series, is now available for purchase from Amazon in eBook format!

Riley Walker is one of the world’s best covert operatives, employed by a top-secret sector of the U.S. government known only as the Agency. Highly skilled and lethal in a fight, Riley is fiercely independent and adamant that she work alone after the mysterious death of her partner in an assignment gone wrong.

All that changes when she’s thrust onto a new assignment investigating the deaths of twenty-seven Agency operatives. Forced to work with twelve-year Agency veteran Scott Hunter–a stickler for following orders and a loner by nature–Riley doesn’t get a chance to protest before she and her new partner are passed to a sector of the Agency that they never knew existed. As they investigate the murders, Riley and Scott learn that there’s more to the Agency than they ever suspected.

They discover the existence of monsters right out of their wildest dreams.

You can pick up the book on Amazon RIGHT HERE for only $5.99!

Cover Reveal: THE UNNATURALS

So I’ve been working on a new series for the past several months, mostly because the idea just wouldn’t leave me alone while I was getting The Becoming: Revelations edited. And unless something drastic happens, I’m excited to announce that my newest little work, The Unnaturals, will be out by October 1st!

Thanks to the awesome organizational skills of the Bookish Brunette, bloggers across the internet are showcasing the great new cover and blurb for The Unnaturals, book one in the series, and the feedback has been fantastic so far! You can check out the new cover and all the great blogs showcasing it below!

 

Riley Walker is one of the world’s best covert operatives, employed by a top-secret sector of the U.S. government known only as the Agency. Highly skilled and lethal in a fight, Riley is fiercely independent and adamant that she work alone after the mysterious death of her partner in an assignment gone wrong.

All that changes when she’s thrust onto a new assignment investigating the deaths of twenty-seven Agency operatives. Forced to work with twelve-year Agency veteran Scott Hunter–a stickler for following orders and a loner by nature–Riley doesn’t get a chance to protest before she and her new partner are passed to a sector of the Agency that they never knew existed. As they investigate the murders, Riley and Scott learn that there’s more to the Agency than they ever suspected.

They discover the existence of monsters right out of their wildest dreams.

You can add the book to your Goodreads TBR list by clicking here!

Many thanks to the following bloggers for showcasing the cover reveal of The Unnaturals and to the Bookish Brunette for organizing it for me!

The Bookish Brunette
I’m a Book Shark
In Libris Veritas
My Para Hangover
Books and Swoons
Behind a Million and One Pages
YA Novelties
A Dream Within a Dream
Sliced Open Reviews
Night Owl Reads
Escaping…One Book at a Time
Dr. Pepper Diva
S.I.K. Book Reviews
Bookish Things & More
samthebookaholic
Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
Book Addict
Promiscuous Diva
Fictional Candy
Michelle Shouts Random
Five Star Books
Stuck in Books
Mom with a Kindle
Book Loving Mom
Contagious Reads
Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Love YA Books
Mama Knows Books
Lizzy’s Dark Fiction
Insightful Minds Reviews
The Solitary Bookworm
A Sprinkle of Books
BookNook

THE BECOMING: GROUND ZERO Reviewed by The Guilded Earlobe!

The Guilded Earlobe, aka Bob Reiss, has posted his review of The Becoming: Ground Zero over on his blog, and he has very awesome things to say about it. Here’s a sampling of his review:

The Becoming: Ground Zero succeeds where many follow ups fail, by changing the tone and slowing down the pace, Meigs actually manages to create even more tension than the original. It’s not an easy ride, with devastating emotion and heartbreak as we become more and more attach to these characters in an extremely unpredictable world. Full of mystery, intrigue and even some romance, The Becoming is a series I want to devour like a lone weaponless survivor in a horde of the undead.

You can read the entirety of his review right here, and you can pick up a copy of the audiobook from Audible.com right here!

Congrats to the Goodreads Giveaway Winners!

A big congratulations to the three Goodreads giveaway winners!

Kim H.
Laura Ann R.
Dannette G.

I have your addresses and will be mailing out your autographed copies of The Becoming very soon!

And thanks to all 873 of you who entered! I’ll be hosting another giveaway via Goodreads soon, so stay tuned for news regarding that! 🙂

Giveaways, Ground Zero, and Autographed Copies!

Just a recap post of the past week or so, in case you missed anything!

First, I have several autographed copies of The Becoming available for purchase for only $15! (This includes shipping, handling, packaging, all that fun stuff.) I accept payments by Paypal and Google Wallet (aka Google Checkout), and I mail as soon as the payment clears/hits my bank account. (Usually within three days.) Copies can be personalized too. If you’re interested in purchasing one, just comment here or hit me up on my email at jessica.meigs@gmail.com to make sure there’s copies left before you pay. (Also, I use a different email address for my Paypal account than what’s listed here, so please don’t try to send money to the jessica.meigs address!)

Secondly, in case you somehow managed to miss all the news, The Becoming: Ground Zero is now available (early!) in eBook format on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords! You can click here to see the synopsis, the incoming praise, and the purchasing links. Paperback and audiobook formats are coming soon! (I will eventually have autographed paperbacks of Ground Zero available for direct purchase too.)

I somehow managed to miss a review of Ground Zero on BuyZombie from mid-June, so here it is for your reading pleasure! A sample of the review:

With some sequels there is always the slight pause while the reader considers that maybe the sequel won’t match up to the first book. That is not the case. Ground Zero delivers pulse pounding action, edge of your seat action, and tension. It’s a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, so strap yourself in for one hair-raising ride through a zombie apocalypse.

Due to popular demand, I’ve started a Facebook group where the novels can be discussed without fear of publicly posted spoilers! You can chat with fans (and with me!), and I’ll be posting exclusive short stories and teasers from future works in the series too. You can check out and join the group right here!

And don’t forget, there’s a Goodreads giveaway going on for The Becoming! You can enter it right here!

The Becoming: Ground Zero Now Available at Barnes & Noble!

The Becoming: Ground Zero, the second book in the Becoming series, is now available for purchase in eBook format from Barnes & Noble!

One year after the Michaluk Virus decimated the southeast, Ethan Bennett and his six companions have become as close as family while facing the trials of living in a drastically changed world. Then a mysterious woman arrives at their safe house in Alabama, pleading for assistance in getting into Atlanta. Despite their suspicions that the woman is hiding important information, Ethan and his friends agree to help. But when they’re suddenly forced to flee from the infected, the cohesion the group cultivated is shattered.

As members of the group succumb to the escalating dangers on their path, new alliances form, new loves develop, and old friendships crumble. In the face of unending horror, one man makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends, while another reveals secrets that could hold the key to humanity’s survival.

Ready to purchase? You can pick up The Becoming: Ground Zero for your Barnes & Noble Nook for only $7.99 right here! (Pardon the lack of a cover; I have no idea what’s going on with B&N lately.)

The Becoming: Ground Zero Now Available from Amazon!

The Becoming: Ground Zero, the second book in the Becoming series, is now available for purchase in eBook format from Amazon.com!

One year after the Michaluk Virus decimated the southeast, Ethan Bennett and his six companions have become as close as family while facing the trials of living in a drastically changed world. Then a mysterious woman arrives at their safe house in Alabama, pleading for assistance in getting into Atlanta. Despite their suspicions that the woman is hiding important information, Ethan and his friends agree to help. But when they’re suddenly forced to flee from the infected, the cohesion the group cultivated is shattered.

As members of the group succumb to the escalating dangers on their path, new alliances form, new loves develop, and old friendships crumble. In the face of unending horror, one man makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends, while another reveals secrets that could hold the key to humanity’s survival.

Ready to purchase? You can pick up The Becoming: Ground Zero for your Amazon Kindle eReader for only $7.99 right here!