Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Undead Road.

Having had a very good lunch at the Mandarin, Matt and I went to get our flu shots. Because we are both on blood thinners, we were asked to remain in the store for 5 minutes and in the mall for about 15. We walked down to Wal-Mart and I got myself a small step stool. Now to see if it does the trick.

I recently read The Undead Road by David Powers King. He asked me to proof it for him and although I don't like zombie books and am by no means a Young Adult, I agreed to do so. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed the book and have no hesitation in recommending it to you. It is not yet available to purchase but will be an ebook at the beginning of the new year. 

Title: The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer: Part 1

Publisher: CreateSpace / Dashboard Books
Ebook Release: January 1st, 2016
Paperback: January 26th, 2016
Cover by Steven Novak


Nothing brings the family together like a zombie apocalypse …

Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Barnes would rather watch a zombie movie than shoot a real one, but he has no choice if his family wants to survive the end of the world. Their plan? Drive across the infected United States to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies without a scratch, but their trip takes a complicated detour in the middle of Nebraska when they find Kaylynn, a girl who can handle a baseball bat better than Jeremy can hold a .45 Berretta. And when they stumble into a sanctuary, Jeremy soon learns that Kaylynn is stronger than she looks—a deadly secret lies inside her.

After the radio picks up a distress call from Kansas City about a possible cure, Jeremy’s parents go with a team to investigate. They never return. The only way to find their parents is for Jeremy and his sister Jewel to rely on a dangerous girl who might just turn on them at any moment.

Contest Details:

A while ago, David invited the blogosphere to let him turn one unfortunate lucky contestant into a zombie for The Undead Road. The winner was Ilima Todd, who is now the awesome author of Remake. The next installment of My Zombie Summer is underway, and David wants to do this contest again. Want to be in a zombie book? Not only is this your chance, but it is your choice!

Between now and next Wednesday, send an email to dpowersking [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line: Zombify Me! Contest. In your email, David wants you to tell him three things:

1: The name you will be identified as (example: your first name).
2: A description of yourself—the more detailed you are, the better.
3: How would you like the survivors to put you out of your misery?

Four casualties contestants will be chosen on Wednesday, November 25th. The most inventive or interesting entry will be zombified! The other three who are unlucky fortunate enough to survive will be given special honors. Winners will be announced on December 2nd on David’s blog.

Prizes? The winner will be zombified in the pages of My Zombie Summer: Part Two, receive a signed proof of the novel (when it’s ready), and a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. The runner ups will receive a free ebook of The Undead Road for their Kindle (other platforms TBA).

Thank you for participating, and good luck!

About the Author:

David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to be a writer. He is the co-author of the YA fantasy novel WOVEN, published by Scholastic. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He currently lives deep in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

This sounds absolutely delicious to me although I don't have jars of sauerkraut lurking in my fridge. I can soon change that though. I don't think I have ever seen red sauerkraut.

Chilled Beet-and-Sauerkraut Soup With Horseradish and Crème Fraîche

  • Yield 4 to 6 servings



  • 4 or 5 large beets (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 large fennel bulb, or 2 or 3 smaller bulbs
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 8 or 9 cloves garlic
  • ½ pound green or savoy cabbage
  • Olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups sauerkraut, preferably red sauerkraut, because it looks better
  • 1 cup sauerkraut liquid
  • Red-wine vinegar
  • A handful of mushroom butts, tied in cheesecloth or a coffee filter (optional)
  • Crème fraîche
  • 1 small piece fresh horseradish, peeled
  • Black pepper


    1. Preheat the oven to 375. Wash the beets, and trim only their stem ends, leaving a little of the stems attached. Crowd beets in a single layer in a roasting pan, season lightly with salt and pour in about an inch of water (less if the beets are small, more if they’re large). Cover tightly with aluminum foil, and roast until a skewer slides easily through the beets, about an hour.
    2. When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel. Trim away any fibrous root ends, and cut into ½-inch cubes. Clean the fennel, keeping tough outers for another purpose. Dice the fennel and onion into pieces slightly smaller than the beet cubes. Slice the garlic. Slice the cabbage to about the size of the sauerkraut.
    3. Set a large pot over medium heat, pour in enough oil to cover its bottom and cook the fennel and onion with a small pinch of salt until they soften. Add the sliced cabbage and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the beets, sauerkraut and ½ cup of the sauerkraut liquid, then enough water to barely cover. Add a small splash of vinegar and the mushroom butts (if you’re using them). Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Chill the soup.
    4. Taste the soup, and add remaining sauerkraut juice to season instead of salt. Serve with a spoonful of crème fraîche, a little grated horseradish and a few grinds of black pepper.

    Have a great day


    1. Hi Jo - glad you had a good lunch and then got your flu jabs done and dusted so to speak. Good to read about David's forthcoming book .. while the soup looks delicious - a really good summer dish ... cheers Hilary

      1. Had a lot of pain last night from the jabs. It's a good story Hilary

    2. Great cover, David!
      Sometimes books outside of our favorite genres surprise us, Jo.

      1. Isn't it Alex?

        I guess they do. I used to read more different genres once upon a time.

    3. I never heard of sauerkraut in a soup; albeit a cold one. Could be interesting to try. Always good to get a flu shot for the upcoming year, need to think about getting one myself.


      1. Hope it doesn't give you any trouble Betty. I was in pain last night. Not Matt though. Never had a problem before.

        Asked German friends they have never heard of red sauerkraut.

    4. I'm still trying to talk my husband into getting a flu shot. He's so stubborn. Congrats to David on his book. I'll be watching for it.

      1. My hubby gets it, no problem, Susan. He doesn't feel anything after. I am usually sore but last night I had a very painful arm.

    5. This is wonderful, Jo. Thank you. And now my wife has a new soup to try out. Just need to pick up some Sauerkraut. :)

      1. I wonder if you can find red kraut though David.

    6. I got my flu shot in October. We'll see if it works. It's amazing how this whole zombie thing has taken off.

      1. I was in pain from mine last night JoJo. Not Matt though. Zombies are very popular these days.

    7. I am not into zombie shows etc... but actually this books sounds quite good. It seems to have a twist especially with the girl who may be nasty. It sounds like you really enjoyed reading it so I will need to add this too

      1. Nor me Birgit. I had my fill of zombies when I was a youngster. I used to read Dennis Wheatley and his books frightened me off that kind of stuff for ever. But yes, this was a good little story.

    8. Awesome! I'm so glad you can recommend the book completely. I've only read one zombie book I really liked, but knowing David, this one has got to be good.

      1. Well Crystal, as David will tell you, I proofed it very reluctantly because of my aversion to zombies and was surprised to end up enjoying the book.

    9. They make everyone hang around after flu shots for 15 minutes over here. That's a brilliant promotional idea of David's, zombifying a person and including them in his book. So original. A great review as well from you Jo. You revealed just enough to make us all curious.

      1. Well that's what we were supposed to do too Pinky. We spent a little while in the Pharmacy because Matt and I are both on blood thinners - he more than me - and then we stayed in the Mall for at least 20 mins or so.

        It is a YA book, but certainly worth reading when it comes out.

    10. We have our flu shots every year. I have hardly ever noticed any issues - apart from the actual injection - but my other half always complains for a day or so. Still he thinks it's worth it to avoid the flu. They don't make us wait around after, though.

      1. Read tomorrow Helen. I do agree it is worth doing no matter what.

    11. I can't wait to read it!!

      I hope the stool helps.

    12. Zombies really are a big hit.

      I was hoping for good fennel at the market today but they were out of the organic one. I tasted a bit of the non-organic and it was dull in flavour so I passed and got leeks instead.

      1. Does it really make that much difference Ivy? Maybe I should visit our market more often.

        I love leeks.