Hello and welcome to ZombieBooks.net! This is the home of E.E. Isherwood, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sirens of the Zombie Apocalypse series–a universe filled with ever-evolving zombies, government conspiracies, and an average family stuck in the middle. Click each cover to learn more about this series of zombie books!
World of Zombies has been released!
This zombie book was finished some time ago but I’ve been holding it on the shelf while I got distracted with some real life issues. This is the origin story of one of the women who will show up in a future Sirens of the Zombie Apocalypse title, but I liked the character so much I had to go back and write where she came from. Kind of odd, I know, to write the origin story before we meet her in the main series, but when inspiration strikes I put the pedal to the metal!
I hope you enjoy it. The story is set in Moscow, Russia and the scenery had been percolating in my brain since I traveled there back in 2011.
The book is listed as 159 pages on Amazon, but that includes some sample chapters from Since the Sirens and Sky Dancers. This is a novella, rather than a full-length novel.
So where does the heroine of WoZ fit into my universe? Minor spoilers here, unless you’ve read my whole six-book zombie series and then follow up with Sky Dancers and Dazzle Ships. Those two books are set far in the future after the zombie plague has been sufficiently dealt with by the remaining survivors on earth. We know there is a great convoy of survivors that begins its journey on the US eastern seaboard and makes its way across zombie-infested America. We think it is heading for St. Louis, but there’s no telling because people generally go where they want, no matter what the government tells them.
The convoy has every walk of life and ability, but is surrounded by sheepdog men and women who protect the herd from the growing legions of undead. Liza, the heroine in World of Zombies, will eventually be one of those sheepdogs. She also brings a powerful weapon from Russia …
But first, she has to survive her first brush with the unique zombies in Moscow.
I’ve bundled zombie books 4-6 into a second boxed set bundle on Amazon. As books 1-3 were included in Zombie’s 1st Bite Edition it only made sense to take another bite out of the effort. These three books widen the world of zombies from mainly Grandma, Liam, and Victoria to several other characters. Some are part of the global conspiracy responsible for the zombie apocalypse. Some have spent a lot of time trying to stop it. The problem is identifying who is who!
I hope you will find this bundle a good alternative to buying the books separately. You’ll save a couple of bucks and have them all in one handy package.
Thank you for being a reader!
PS. If you happen to be one of the thousands who already read these books, please consider dropping a review on the boxed sets containing those same stories. Each review is gold to indie authors such as myself.
Wow. I can’t believe book 2 is done and out the door. Dazzle Ships is the second book in the Eternal Apocalypse series and it took me in directions I didn’t know existed. Certainly the final product looks much different than my initial outline for where I thought the story was going. But that’s what makes writing so much fun. I never really know until I’m inside the story.
This series has many inspirations that are hard to evade when I’m immersed in the landscape. Ever play the game Borderlands? For some reason I think of that a lot, even though there isn’t anything taken directly from it. I think I enjoy the wild wasteland feeling in that game — anything can happen if you walk far enough.
Another game that I often think about is Fallout New Vegas. Initially the comparison is apt because they take place in roughly the same geographical area. The Hoover Dam is in the game. But my reason for writing in this area is because I went there as a kid. See, I keep these ideas in my head for a long time before they come out!
Finally, though I don’t take anything directly from the game, I can see Portal from time to time. The game area underground and a nagging A.I. help round out the comparison. Oh, and where would we be if not for the game Wasteland?
From the movies, maybe that Resident Evil where they are in Las Vegas sinks in from time to time. I enjoy that one because it has so many great characters–that die!
So what are dazzle ships? I’ve included a short epigraph to start the book, just in case you missed the definition in book 1.
Dazzle ships: Warships painted with geometric lines and alternating colors, designed to both attract notice and confuse the onlooker as to their true nature.
You can see an example on Wikipedia.
I hope you enjoy it. Now, on to book 3, Heaven’s Vanguard.
I’m a participant in the YA SUMMER SCAVENGER HUNT (rules) and this is where you’ll find all my information so you can scavenge away!
My clue is “LIKE.”
I’m giving away copies of an introduction to my Sirens of the Zombie Apocalypse series, called Officer Down. Most of my books are family-friendly and my six-book series of zombie books is often described as YA, even though I don’t market it specifically as such. I hope you’ll enjoy this dark descent into my universe!
Today is the last day of Sky Dancers release week, my new dystopian book. It has been a long, exhausting few days and I’m actually looking forward to getting back to the peace and quiet of writing. However, I’ve gotten a lot of really nice reviews so at least I can return to the Isherwood writing bunker knowing it was a good story. Over the next few months, as book 2 and 3 are released, I’ll put money into advertising and make a big push to get the full series into the hands of more readers. I’ve found that the very best advertising is … writing more books!
Last day to grab Sky Dancers for .99!
Thank you to everyone who purchased a copy. I hope to see you for Dazzle Ships on June 29!
I love these covers! They were shot and created by Creative Edge.
I’ve gathered my first three zombie books into this handy boxed set. Over 800 pages of zombie goodness as Liam, Grandma, and Victoria explore the collapsing world of the zombie apocalypse. This version, titled as Zombie’s 1st Bite, contains Since the Sirens, Siren Songs, and Stop the Sirens. It makes a nice trilogy along what I call the “Grandma” storyline.
Fun fact: I changed the second half of book 3 just before release so I could continue the story. I didn’t quite have a conclusion for the entire mystery of the plague itself, but it would have explained a lot more of the detail behind the cause of said plague and how Grandma Marty fits in. I’m glad I changed it to read the way it does now.
New readers can save a few bucks by getting all three books in one.
As you might expect, a second boxed set it in the works, lassoing Last Fight of the Valkyries, Zombies vs Polar Bears, and Zombies Ever After.
After my experience in the Dark Humanity (NYT and USAT bestsellers) boxed set, I have an affinity for other compilations out there, including those where I know several of the authors. Once such beast on the prowl is called Dominion Rising. It has 22 brand new novels from bestselling fantasy and science fiction authors. A few were even in Dark Humanity with me.
If you get a chance, check it out. You can also enter a giveaway t0 win an Ipad Mini or over 20 paperbacks. That’s a big ol’ box o’ books!
From the blurb:
Find the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving! Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 22 BRAND NEW FULL LENGTH novels set in fantastical realms.
Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.
Over five thousand pages packed with aliens, faeries, vampires, gargoyles, warriors, telepaths, space pirates, starship captains, hapless mercenaries, street urchins, robots, cyber-enhanced humans, badass heroines, and lost princesses.
This award-winning, New York Times, USA Today and International bestselling authors have left no stone in the science fiction and epic fantasy universe unturned to bring you the very best escape from planet Earth.
All the novels are only available in the Dominion Rising collection.
Readers, give them a look. You can’t go wrong for a buck.
Authors in scifi, post-apocalyptic, and dystopian, I’m looking for Newsletter swaps in May, 2017 (esp. May 15-19). You can also help the Dominion Rising team by promoting their boxed set. If there’s one thing I learned as part of Dark Humanity it’s that it helps to partner with other authors.
In finishing the final draft of Sky Dancers I wrote up a few paragraphs as author notes for the book. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it here.
This book is one of my favorites. I spent a lot of my teen summers sitting in the backseat of our family’s Chevy Suburban as we explored the American West, from Glacier National Park down to god-knows where Arizona and New Mexico. On one of the longer vacations we drove from St. Louis all the way to San Francisco by way of Las Vegas. My sister and I still joke we can hear the Patsy Cline and Plácido Domingo cassette tapes my dad made us endure on those trips. Yikes!
One of the places that always stood out for me from that long trek was Hoover Dam. Back then (the 1980s) you could just walk around, take tours, and never worry about security. The bypass bridge wasn’t there, so traffic was madness, but it was all worth it for the views! The sheer scale impressed me so much that thirty years later I decided to write a book set in the same place.
The kid in me wonders what if the builders of Hoover Dam never stopped their construction? There were already numerous tunnels and endless digging, so how hard would it be to throw in a few extra rooms and then just keep going? Even if they only made a few chambers per year, there could already be a massive living space all set up for the first survivors of some kind of Armageddon. Wouldn’t that be cool?
But, alas, the adult side of me thinks it goes against human nature to prepare too far in advance. I’m as guilty as the next bloke (as Alex might say). No matter how bright the red marker on my calendar, I always find myself packing for camping trips the night before—then getting out there and wondering why I forgot my all-important camp utensils! I’m the idiot slurping his pork n’ beans right off the plate.
Speaking of forgetting, memory plays an important role in these books. I sat in that truck for two whole weeks and if I didn’t have pictures to jog my recall, it’s entirely possible I would completely and utterly forget almost every second of that trip. I certainly don’t remember what I did the day before I left, or the month after I got home. So much of what makes us who we are is left on the cutting room floor.
Still, this story tries to see the positive in humanity, even in the face of the endless boredom and dull routines of life. Because no matter how many times I forget stuff on those camping trips, I always commit myself to doing better on the next one. Sometimes I even get close to having everything I need.
But I, like humanity, have much room for improvement.
Thank you again.
I’m honored to have been part of the Dark Humanity team these past several months. With 21 other authors we landed at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List (#8 on USA Today list). I can’t thank my partners for the shared vision and dedication week after week to promote the boxed set and drive up those sales numbers. On release week we sold something like 22,000 copies!
We had a boxed set expert at the helm–Rebecca Hamilton–but getting onto the NYT list is harder than it looks. You’ll need to work hard, though that should be obvious. You can’t just write a good book, though that’s part of it. You can’t just throw money at marketing, though that’s necessary. Even getting a traditional publisher isn’t a guarantee of success. Even after hitting on all cylinders for the four months of build-up, the curators of the list may decide you aren’t “right” for their list. If they don’t favor you, then *poof* goes your chances. We saw this happen to peers several times in our quest. In the end, the one factor you’ll need but can’t control is luck.
There are rumors NYT is constantly making it more difficult for independent authors to reach the top shelf of the publishing industry. They’ve apparently eliminated some ebook-only categories, though it isn’t clear exactly what that means. Our set was ebook only, and it went through with no issues.
Getting credentials is wonderful, but at the end of the day they don’t mean much. It hasn’t made my writing suddenly better. I’m not magically going to make a million space bucks. It hasn’t made me popular on my street. There’s no secondary market for signed copies of my backlist. Mostly I see this as another reason to get up every morning and crank out five or ten thousand words in a day. I have to prove to my readers I’m improving my craft and living up to the accolades by creating new worlds with great characters having interesting adventures.
Nope, being a New York Times Bestseller hasn’t changed my life. But it may change my future. To that end, if you’ll excuse me, I need to crank out some words before breakfast.
EE Isherwood, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Are you on Facebook? Of course you are. It sucks us all in like a great story. And, hey, speaking of stories have you heard of the new Dark Humanity boxed set? It has 21 science fiction and fantasy authors working together to promote each other in a wonderful compilation of stories. It releases tomorrow, January 24, 2017 and we’re throwing a party!
Dark Humanity is a limited edition boxed set with USA & NYT Times Best & other amazon best selling authors of Science Fiction and Epic Fantasy. We’ve spared no great discovery, with inclusion of a diverse mix of existing titles and brand new content!
We will be partying all the way till January 28th. There will be giveaways along with author takeovers with their own giveaways throughout the ENTIRE event!
Check out the release party as each author will be taking over the page and giving away everything they can. Bring a friend!