Friday, March 6, 2015

{Tour Stop} DEAD SPOTS by Rhiannon Frater—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Dead Spots
by Rhiannon Frater


In the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill you.


The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers.

Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are beseiged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.

Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive....

As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.

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Age Group/Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Horror
 Publisher:  Tor Books
Purchase: Amazon • B&NB-A-MKobo • IndieBoundAudible 

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by Rhiannon Frater


WRITING: BEHIND THE SCENES


I’m going to say it straight out: Instagram photos lie.

I’ve seen plenty of photos of beautifully lit immaculate writing spaces adorned with fresh flowers, a glass of wine (or a mug of coffee with a cute quip on the side), a fancy laptop (or even old-fashioned typewriter), and an unstained notepad without frayed edges with a pretty pen resting on top. I don’t believe they really exist.
My desk is a cluttered wreck. I do have fresh flowers, but they’re a gift from my agent to celebrate the release of Dead Spots. I had to move a stack of research books out of the way to fit the vase on my desk. Though I do have a very cute zombie glass with zombie survivor rules scrawled on it, it’s filled with black cherry flavored water and my red lipstick is staining the entire rim. (Why can’t I just pick one side to sip from!?) My computer screen is a behemoth and nearly as wide as my desk. The computer itself is huge and sits under my desk like an angry dragon puffing hot air at my legs. There’s no sign of a notepad, but I do have a stray Sharpie precariously close to the edge of the desk.

I try to organize my work space on a regular basis, but fail miserably the moment I start to write. Whereas my manuscripts, notes, and character descriptions are all organized in a computer program called yWriter, my desk is a dumping ground for of all the other parts of my life. Books for research, autographed novels I need to mail, shipping labels, royalty statements tucked into organizers, a Day of the Dead pail from McDonalds filled with my medications, jewelry tucked into a ceramic bat dish, stray lipsticks, and a couple of gargoyles that fight off the bad writer’s block juju (or so I hope) clutter up my area.

When I first started writing full-time, I tried to create the perfect workspace. I shopped at Ikea for all the coolest office furniture and accessories and spent time organizing my shelves and artwork on my walls. When I finally had everything just the way I liked it, I sat down feeling very accomplished.

After just one writing spree, all that work was obliterated.

It took me awhile to realize that I’m never going to have the perfect Instagram moment with my desk. My wildly disorganized workspace is actually my sanctuary where I transfer images from my imagination into words that then create adventures in the minds of my reader. That’s the true purpose of my writing area and as long as those words are flowing everything is perfect.

Until the cat walks behind my monitor and knocks that Sharpie on the floor.

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Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant.

During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a serial online under the title As The World Dies, she later self-published the series in three novels to satisfy the many fans of the story. The first novel in the series, The First Days, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, Fighting To Survive won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.

The As The World Dies books were purchased by Tor in 2010.The first book, The First Days, was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The second, Fighting To Survive, was released on November 8, 2011. The third book, Siege, was released in April 2012.

She is also the author of over a dozen independent works such as The Last Bastion Of The Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog). Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014.

Rhiannon continues to live in Austin, Texas with her husband and is now a full-time writer. She is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media and Brandy Rivers of Gersh Agency.

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Giant thanks to Rhiannon Frater for giving us a peek into her writing life!
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