Audio Spotlight & Excerpt: Living Dead Girl + Author Interview

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Title: Living Dead Girl

Author: Kelly Gunderman

Narrator: Veronica Orosco

Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

Publisher: Kelly Gunderman

Released: Dec. 11, 2020

Genre: Young Adult

In this young adult thriller perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars, Thirteen Reasons Why, and Sadie, a teenage girl is about to find out how far would she will go to get revenge on those who have taken everything from her.

When 17 year old high school senior Kaitlyn Davis is almost raped and then brutally murdered at a party by three boys she goes to school with, she uses her dying breath to swear that they will pay for what they’ve done.

When she wakes up the next morning, she is a bit blurry on the night before and gets a big surprise – she’s alive? How?

Soon, things start getting weird – it seems as though no one can see her or hear her, and no matter what she does, she can’t seem to feel anything, such as temperature. She can still move things around and touch others, and the room suddenly drops about 30 degrees wherever she is, but why?

That’s when she is forced to accept it – she’s dead. At first, Kaitlyn grieves the loss of her short life – there are so many things that she is going to miss out on, so many things that she will never get to do. But then she gets angry, and she remembers her promise to get revenge on those who had taken her life.

Setting out to give them what they deserve, Kaitlyn has no plans to stop until she gets the revenge she desires.

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Q&A with Author Kelly Gunderman
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • Honestly, I think that any kind of writing can become an audiobook! There are some kinds, though, like with Living Dead Girl, where there are some pretty emotional parts – in this case, I find it really important to find a narrator who can convey these emotions, or it will end up feeling dull and lifeless.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • When I was writing Living Dead Girl, I honestly wasn’t sure I wanted to have it available as an audiobook. I thought it could be great, sure, but truth be told, I was just really focused on writing the book. The book took a really long time to complete. I thought a lot about how cool it would be as a movie, but not as an audiobook as much. After I finished it, though, I knew I wanted it to be available in all formats – especially audiobook!
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Avoiding burn-out is really difficult, especially if you find yourself doing a lot of the same thing over and over again. For me, this is more true with editing than actual writing. When I’m writing, I can skip around to other parts of the novel, write chapters out of order, and kind of just fit everything together. However, when I’m editing, I try my hardest to stay in order so that I can see the big picture. There are times when I find myself completely tired of redoing the same parts of the book over and over again, so I will come up with new things to throw in there to keep it interesting.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • I do like audiobooks, yes! In fact, I have a pretty huge library of audiobooks, and I find them essential for when I really want to read a book and not disturb anyone else – like at night. I do a lot of camping with my family, and sometimes if I can’t sleep, it’s kind of hard to turn on lights in our RV and not pester them, so I just slip some earbuds in and listen to audiobooks. I also like to listen to them when I’m doing other stuff, like jigsaw puzzles or sudoku puzzles.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Yes. There are some very, very emotional parts of Living Dead Girl that just work better in audiobook format as opposed to print. One of these is a very, very emotional chapter toward the end of the book. I was really worried about how the emotional elements of this would carry over to the audiobook, and whether or not a narrator would be able to really grasp what I was going for, but when Veronica finished that chapter, I was completely blown away by how amazing of a job she did with it. She did such an awesome job with that chapter that I have to admit – I actually teared up a bit.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • Finishing this novel felt like raising a child – part of me feels like I’m forever going to be working on it to make it better, and the other part of me is like “Yay! It’s finally done!” every time I fix a new mistake or something that I missed the first thousand times around. So to answer the question – cake. There is always cake.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • Getting out of a writing slump is always more difficult for me than getting out of a reading slump. Getting out of a reading slump happens when I stumble across a novel that I’m just like “Whoa! I HAVE to read this, and I have to read it right NOW!” This usually results in me reading book after book, then. However, getting out of a writing slump is difficult for me – I can say just keep writing, but sometimes that isn’t an option for me. There are a lot of times when I just have to mull it over in my mind over and over until I can think of where I want to go with it before I even go anywhere near it again. To be honest, this can take weeks for me.
  • What’s your favorite:
    • Food – Oh gosh, definitely pizza! I absolutely love pizza.
    • Song – The Afterglow by Silverstein.
    • Book – I have so many favorite books. I have read so much throughout my life that I can’t even remember every book that I’ve said is my “favorite” over the years – there are just too many to count! I think my all-time favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, however.
    • Television show – Classic Are You Afraid of the Dark? I have my two daughters obsessed with that show, too, and we watch it together all the time. We even have our own “Midnight Society” and tell scary stories around the campfire every weekend. It is so much fun! I’m also a huge Star Trek fan (The Next Generation, Voyager, and Discovery are my favorites).
    • Movie – The Truman Show. I have loved that movie since the first time I saw it, and I have probably seen it a thousand times since then.
    • Band – Silverstein and New Found Glory. I can’t pick between the two, because I love them both!
    • Sports team – I am honestly not into sports. At all. So I don’t have any favorite sports teams!
    • City – Ocean City, Maryland will always have a special place in my heart.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • A lot of the time when you see this question, the first thing people say is “If you want to be a writer, you have to write.” Yes, that’s true, but there are some other bits of advice to hand out, as well. The main thing I think it is important to note is that while yes, you should write, it is also important to spend time with friends and family during the whole process. Shutting everyone and everything out in order to get a chapter written isn’t really the best way to go about it – take breaks if you need to. It’s okay, I promise. Besides, when you do this, you can find more inspiration and think of new things to add to your novel. Another benefit of taking a break every now and then is that when you come back to what you’re writing, you will have more of an ability to be able to spot mistakes or things in your writing that don’t make sense, or things that just aren’t right.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m currently working on a few projects at the moment – one involves edits for my next YA novel, and I’m currently writing another YA novel. Also, I’m working on my very first middle grade novel, which is very meaningful to me. I can see those projects taking some time, but it will be worth every moment I’m putting into them!

Kelly Gunderman was born a child of the late eighties in small-town Pennsylvania. A bibliophile in her own right, she is hoping to one day surpass the number of pages she has turned with those she has written of her own accord.

Having recently completed her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development, Kelly suddenly found herself with a bit more free time than usual, and began her immediately successful foray into blogging and Freelance Writing, which subsequently led to her renewed desire to finally put her ideas and imaginings “on paper.”

Focusing primarily on the Young Adult genre, Kelly is the author of Finding Me and Living Dead Girl.

She currently resides in her original home town with her husband, their two daughters, and a few cats that constantly challenge the sanity of all with their ill-advised attempts at what can only be assumed to be world domination.


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Her voice acting is an extension of her amazing acting skills. If you need not just a voice but an actor with that voice, look no further.



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Spotlight & Excerpt: Then Came the Thunder, by Rachael Huszar

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Then Came the Thunder
Three Willows, #1
by Rachael Huszar
Genre: Historical Fiction/Western Fantasy
Publisher: Rachael Huszar
Date of Publication: July 2, 2021
Number of pages:160
Word Count: 46,000
Cover Artist: Laura Boyle

Jessalyn Joy loves her husband, but she can’t help the feelings that arose when he volunteered for the Union army. When he comes back to her in a box instead of on his feet, those feelings complicate even more. 
Jessalyn’s mourning period is cut short when something begins to attack the livestock in their small town, and greater dangers begin to threaten their provincial life. Thrown together with the new reverend, one of her own students, and a strange man somehow related to her husband’s passing, Jessalyn must find a way to stop the evils that threaten her husband’s first and ultimately last home. 
Set in the Southwestern home front, Huszar blends a taste of fantasy into a startling down-to-earth world, creating a high stakes adventure for this strong female protagonist and her band of amateur sleuths.




A throat-clearing sound brought Jessalyn’s attention back to the man who was looking at her with an expectant eyebrow raised. She’d been quiet for too long.

“Right,” she said. “Please come in.”

Samuel Brooks dipped his head like a gentleman and crossed the threshold into her home. He removed his hat and ran a hand through his slightly wavy light brown hair. Something about the way he moved bothered Jessalyn. He stepped smoothly, effortlessly, without any of the hesitation one would expect to read in a stranger entering uncharted territory. Yet he was already looking past her, at the space he had been assigned to live in, and he seemed comfortable. He filled it up, like water pouring from pitcher to glass, easily taking shape as if he was always meant to be there. Jessalyn felt her lips tighten. She straightened her spine, the way she commanded her students’ attention. He still had about two inches on her. Damn. Opportunities, Jessa. Opportunities.

“This is the house,” she said, gesturing to their surroundings. “You’ll take the spare room, just over here, beneath the stairs. You’re welcome to use any of the common spaces. You are responsible for your own meals and washing.” While she spoke, Samuel Brooks followed along, but was mostly looking at her. She fought back an urge to roll her  shoulders again. “Rent will be due on the first of the month. If you have any questions about the town, I will do my best to answer them. Regarding work, there are many ranches that are always looking for extra hands. I’d be happy to put in a word for you, if you like.” Jessalyn reached the end of the speech she had prepared for this morning.

Samuel Brooks took a moment, then said, “I’m sorry, this is overwhelming. I feel like this entire town is bending over backward to curry favor with a man they just met.”

From his demeanor of comfort, Jessalyn hadn’t expected this sort of a reaction at all. “We like to be hospitable here in Three Willows. Anyone who comes here ought to feel welcome. We’re glad to have you,” she said, echoing Ebenezer’s token greeting.

Samuel’s mouth turned up in a crooked grin. “You know, it’s gotta be the third or fourth time someone has said that to me. But coming from you, it doesn’t seem like there’s an ounce of truth in it.”

Jessalyn stiffened. She did not appreciate being analyzed. “Did you need my help at all with your bags, or…?” If Samuel Brooks was the sort of man who needed a clear boundary set, she was more than happy to do that.

Yet still, he grinned.

“No, I’m all right. Again, thank you, uh… Jessalyn, was it?”


“Do you prefer ‘Lyn?'”

“No, I think-“

“Or just ‘Jessa?'”

Jessalyn flinched. No one had ever shortened her name as a sign of endearment until she’d met Amos. She’d never been dear to anyone until she met Amos. Hearing that nickname come from another man’s mouth sent chills up her spine. She hated hearing it.

“I think ‘Mister Brooks’ and ‘Miss Joy’ will suit us for the time being,” she said coldly.

“That right?”

Was there nothing she could say that would wipe the smile off this man’s face? “It’s the name I’m most used to hearing. I’m ‘Miss Joy’ to my students.”

Samuel stuck a hand in his pocket and leaned back. “Right, right. The good mayor mentioned you were the schoolteacher.” He chuckled, shaking his head at the floor.

“Something funny?”

“I was just remembering my teacher. Missus Hughes. Old, crotchety woman, armed with a ruler at all times.” He set his pack down and nearly doubled over, shaking his fist in a pantomime of brandishing a ruler, then laughed again at his own impression. Straightening up, he said, “Maybe if I’d had something as nice to look at as you, I would have paid more attention in class.”

Jessalyn stared at the man in a mixture of shock, horror, and anger. Did he think at all about the words that left his mouth? Was he such a free spirit that he imagined he was liberated of all consequences? Perhaps his days in the desert burnt away his knowledge of manners. “Mister Brooks-“

“I really wish you’d call me Sam.”

“Mister Brooks!” Jessalyn was nearly shouting. Shouting at a stranger in the middle of her own house. Ridiculous. “Do you require anything else from me at the moment? If not, I’d like to resume my work.”

“Just one last thing.”

“And that is?”

“An answer.”

“I beg your pardon?”

“Why the sudden desire to take on boarders?” Samuel asked. “Are you so hard up for money in this paradise town of yours?”

“I don’t think that’s any of your business, Mister Brooks.”

“Isn’t it?”

Samuel spun in a slow circle, taking in the house again. “Young woman, whole house to herself? How am I to know I’m not being set up? Maybe I’m lodging with the Black Widow of Three Willows and tomorrow morning will find me with my throat cut and my pockets emptied.” He lifted his hands and wiggled them like spider legs.

“I am doing you a favor-“

“You’re doing me a service. There’s a difference. I am paying you, you know. You have to see how suspicious this looks.”

This man was a clown. A rude clown. Heat rose in Jessalyn’s chest as she listened to him. This wasn’t how this was supposed to go.

Amos wouldn’t have fought back. A hospitable lady of town wouldn’t have fought back. But Jessalyn couldn’t stop herself. “No more suspicious than a man who moves to a town with nothing but a horse and a name and manages to sweet talk his way into my home.”

Samuel narrowed his eyes, the grin drifting to one side, sly. “You don’t trust me.”

“I do not know you, Mister Brooks.”

“Well, there’ll be plenty of time to remedy that.”

That was it. “I think not,” Jessalyn said in her strongest reprimanding tone. “Mister Brooks, I have acquiesced to providing a roof for your head, but this does not entitle you to a window into my personal life. We are not friends. We are not even familiar. Keep your distance.” With that, she flew up the stairs to her own room and slammed the door.

A low whistle echoed throughout the house.

About the Author:

Rachael Huszar kept her life steeped in stories from a young age, and she began her own journey in story-making when she reached adulthood. In the time since, she has taken up swimming, roller skating, and consuming tabletop RPG streams. She spends the bulk of her time with her dog, Silo, and works full time as a designer in Dallas, Texas.



Spotlight & Excerpt: The Truth About Unspeakable Things + Giveaway

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The Truth About Unspeakable Things
By Emily A. Myers
Women’s Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 284 Pages
April 2, 2021

“He did more than break your heart, didn’t he?”

Emma Marshall is haunted by memories of a horrific attack she can’t bury deep enough. Most of all, Emma is haunted by fear — fear that she will never be free of her abusive ex’s control, fear she will never be able to trust another man again.

No one knows the unspeakable truth of what happened between Emma and her ex-fiancé Beaux. It’s a secret Emma plans to carry to the grave, until Julian Cole, a music executive with a dark past of his own, moves in next door and opens Emma’s mind and heart to the possibility of love after a violent betrayal. As the reporter and music executive grow closer in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, Emma realizes she must face her past in order to heal and move forward with Julian. But Emma soon learns Beaux will do anything to keep his sins a secret.

Emma must risk everything to protect her newfound happiness and Julian from Beaux’s threats. Putting her investigative skills to good use, Emma embarks on a dangerous journey to gather evidence and bring Beaux to justice. But the deeper Emma gets into Beaux’s wicked world, the more complicated things become. How far will Beaux go to keep his secrets? How far will Emma go to protect the ones she loves? Find out in this women’s empowerment thriller about life and love after abuse.

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The salty New Orleans air fills my lungs as I stumble over uneven concrete walkways. Each time I return home, I believe something will be different—a new storefront, a new neighbor, a new aroma that doesn’t include the special ingredient of sewer. Instead, I find everything as I left it. History, culture, modern conveniences, and unshakable emotion meshed together in a not-so-perfect, colorful medley. On most days, I wouldn’t trade this city for the world, but tonight is different. Tonight is the night I have to see him. Tonight is the night I end my engagement.

My suitcase drags behind me as if it shares in my reluctance to return home. The sound of the French Quarter trumpet players lets me know I’m close and the conversation I’ve been avoiding for a month is all too near. I will hurt him. No, I will hurt his pride. To hurt him requires him to have loved me more than his own selfish desire for carnal pleasure.

About the Author

Emily A. Myers is a Women’s Fiction author based in Louisiana. Her debut novel, The Truth About Unspeakable Things, sets the tone for Emily’s future works as it follows a young woman’s journey through the dangerous pitfalls of adult relationships and the complexities of growing up. In addition to writing fiction, Emily also dedicates time to her blog, which helps other aspiring authors turn their passion into their profession, and her Facebook community for women in which she posts exclusive interviews with inspiring women from all areas of life. Learn more about Emily at Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @emilymyersauthor for real-time updates.

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