Today I am so pleased to welcome T. Strange to Joyfully Jay. T has come to share an excerpt from My Zombie Boyfriend. She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving T. a big welcome!
Thank you so much to Joyfully Jay for hosting me on the release day of my first full-length novel, My Zombie Boyfriend! I am thrilled and beyond excited to share Edward and Kit’s story with the world.
“Edward! You’re too thin! How much Ramen did you eat this week?” My dad greeted us at the door wearing a ‘Kiss the Cook’ apron over his jeans and T-shirt.
It was true; I was thin. I’m normally slender, and the last week had been quite trying. I ignored his question—the answer was “almost exclusively”, but I didn’t want to admit that.
“Mom still reading?” I asked. She was fond of reading until the last possible moment. When dinner was ready, she came into the dining room and grilled me about what I had learned that week. At least I came by my poor social skills honestly. I look like my dad: very straight black hair, dark eyes that we’ve both been told were unnerving, and pale skin. I also came by the creepy necromancer look honestly. The best of both worlds. Thanks, mom and dad.
“Aren’t you going to introduce us to your friend?” Mom popped out of the living room wearing a wicked grin. Oh yeah, I would be in for it tonight. Mom was much more softly colored than my dad or me—brown hair, brown eyes, a few freckles. She was very good at putting her patients at ease by being straightforward with them, but she wasn’t much for touchy-feely nonsense. She left that to dad.
“Mom, dad, this is Kit. Kit, my mom and dad, Moira and Jonathan.”
“Please, call me Jon. Jonathan is the name I sign checks with. And I haven’t written a check in a decade.”
“Does Kit have a last name?” Mom, of course.
I had neglected to think of a last name for Kit. Maybe he didn’t have one. He was certainly fancy enough for that, right? “Ward. Kit Ward.” Kit Ward. Great. I had now named him after my dead cat and myself. Well done, Edward. I could only hope he’d never figure that out.
Kit gave me a look that told me, in no uncertain terms, that I was going to get it later.
Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he accidentally creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.
With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.
My Zombie Boyfriend is T. Strange’s first full-length novel, though she has published several shorter works with Torquere Press. When not writing, T. enjoys gardening, spending time with her horse, and, of course, reading. T. lives in Canada with her wife, surrounded by pets.
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