Today we have a fabulous giveaway from Z. Allora as she joins us to share more about her Club Zombie series. There’s a copy of each book to be won.
- Zombies Ahead (book #1)
- Zombies Suck (book #2) releasing 15th March.
Forget undead corpses searching for brains. These zombies crave a different kind of head that keeps them young forever. Club Zombie offers safe haven, providing sexy ways to extract what they need from patrons, and the opportunity to find their destined mate.
Alex Waterman is ashamed of his “vile, unnatural desires” and lives a in a desolate world of loneliness and suffering until discovering… it’s not his life. Suddenly he’s swept away to a place where his desires aren’t evil, they’re a mark of the dominant he’s born to be, and appreciative stares and aggressive flirting replace fear and self-loathing. But one night stands aren’t on the menu: Alex seeks “the one” to complete the missing piece of his soul.
Boy-next-door Ulrich calls to Alex, as does the gorgeous but self-destructive Cutter, and an element of irresistible danger clings to bad boy Storm. How can Alex decide between three tempting possibilities?
Maybe he should keep them all…
Chapter 1: The Beginning of the End
Club Zombie’s flashing neon lights promised all those in attendance a night of debauchery. Storm pulled his Camry into an almost empty lot and parked right next to the entrance.
His best friend glanced over at him with an expression that screamed, “WTF!” but instead of voicing the obscenity, Cutter asked, “Is this club even open?”
Damn it! This was Storm’s fucked up luck. It was obvious the club wasn’t the place to be on Thursday nights. He shrugged. “They only just started having under twenty-one nights. Maybe it’s slow tonight.”
“Hmmm, okay.” Cutter unbuckled his seatbelt, leaned forward, and checked his liner in the lighted mirror on the sun visor.
“Besides, it’ll be easier to get you laid without all the trolls.” The words were bitter, but Storm needed to fill the silence.
Cut slapped the mirror lid closed, flipped the visor up with a snap, and glared at him. “I don’t need or want your assistance.”
Storm restrained a sigh. Of course Cutter didn’t want help, nor would he need any. Cutter was exquisite in an emo, brooding sort of way, though guys in their small Southern town didn’t appreciate Cut. Unfortunately, Storm was positive Cutter’s charms wouldn’t be ignored in Club Zombie.
“Do you want to die a virgin?” Cutter going off with someone might kill Storm. Fuck, he’d suck it up! There wasn’t a choice. Cutter needed to get over what Storm couldn’t offer, at least not until he got out from under his family’s thumb.
“Shut the hell up!” Cutter jumped out of the car and slammed the door.
Storm caught up with him at the big wooden doors of the club entrance. He fished for his driver’s license and handed the identification to a guy who was probably only a couple years older than him.
Shit! “Yes, that’s my name.” Would his name ease the way or glue the entrance shut? His father’s run for the mayor’s office, and now successful law office, was a mixed bag. Had dear old Dad screwed this guy over, or someone he knew, in his bid for public office?
“I don’t give a shit who your daddy is. You’ll follow the club rules or my boot will introduce itself to your ass,” the guy warned him as though Storm had broken the club’s rules regularly.
Probably not wise to point out the man had on loafers and not boots. Jesus, Storm was sick of paying for things he didn’t do. “I plan to.”
“You both eighteen?” the man asked with a healthy dose of skepticism as he looked them up and down.
“Yeah, we graduated last week.”
“High school?” After a nod from Cutter, the guy continued, “Midnight is the witching hour. We clear everyone out and only twenty-one and older will be allowed back into the club. Do us both a favor and don’t try to sneak past me, ’cause I don’t give a shit whose condom broke…”
Storm rolled his eyes. Fuck, most days he tried to forget who his father was. “Got it.”
“I’m serious,” the bouncer claimed. “Enjoy your night.”
Goddamn it! Storm pulled open the club door. The wind must have caught it because the wood flew open and banged against the wall.
“That’s one way to make an entrance.” Cutter paused at the top of the stairs.
Storm appreciated the décor, a potent taste of sultan’s harem. Lush fabrics in jewel tones covered the chaise lounges, chairs, and love seats scattered around appealing to his hedonistic nature. Scarves dripped from the ceiling in the same rich purples, indigos, and mauves.
Storm zoned in on two blonds who were at the table closest to the door. One had tipped over his chair when he stood. Both stared at Storm and Cut.
The kid embodying bubblegum and pop music bounced over to them, dragging an underwear model in his wake. “Hi. Welcome to Club Zombie.”
Storm hated to give his father credit for anything, but he’d forced him to learn how to present disinterest. It confuses the other party and gives you more power. He gave the welcome committee a casual, “Hey.”
Mr. Model didn’t even look at him. Storm had seen his type before: so pretty he probably jerked off to his own reflection. Ha. Storm figured the only time he’d picked up a book was to practice his runway walk. Did the guy think he was better than everyone else? Screw him!
The cute blue-eyed kid asked with an accent, “Um, first time here?”
Going for shock value, Storm answered, “Yeah. Heard a guy could get some pretty easily here.” He smirked and gave the gorgeous clothing hanger a once over.
Cutter growled, “Stop eye-fucking the guy.”
The model blushed and shot a glance toward the exit. Was he seeking an escape route? Weird. Storm was sure he’d have darted away, but the other kid gripped his wrist, keeping him in place.
Fuck! Storm was determined to get a reaction from Mr. Sexy. All in. “I bet you’d put out.”
Hurt crossed the model’s face before he narrowed his eyes and turned his gaze into an icy glare; one a haughty elven prince would be proud to wear. “Go in back if you want to get laid.” Gorgeous tugged his wrist out of the kid’s grip and stomped his way back to their drinks.
“Hey, what’s wrong with your girlfriend over there?” Storm failed to keep the interest out of his voice even when he attempted retaliation. Why the hell did he care if the walking anime character blew him off?
Cutter fluttered his eyelashes and asked the brown-haired kid, “So, um… what’s your name?”
The kid beamed as if he’d won the lottery. “Ulrich Bauer. What’s yours?”
Storm decided to stay in the conversation and answered for both of them, “I’m Storm and he’s Cutter.”
“Cutter.” Ulrich repeated the name with the reverence of an enchanted spell and blushed. “Um, you want to sit with us?”
Cutter shifted his gaze to Storm, and then he refocused on Ulrich and gave a jerky nod.
Ulrich led them to the table and introduced them to The Prince of Pretty. “This is Cutter and Storm. This is my roommate Alex Waterman.”
Alex didn’t spare Storm a glance but smiled at Cutter. “Is Cutter short for something?”
The beauty king did speak!
Cutter nodded and sat down. “Cutler Morgan. But I hate that name!” He grinned and then turned to Ulrich. “You have an accent. Where are you from?”
Storm didn’t fit in. “Well, since the Elfin King directed me to the back room…”
“Storm!” Cut growled.
Storm swaggered toward the shadows in the back of the club. He didn’t look back. If he did, he’d never do this.
Cutter had to find someone who could give him what he needed. Logic dictated Storm should play by his father’s rules until he got through college and was able to support himself. He couldn’t be what Cutter needed him to be… not yet, but Storm knew Cutter needed someone now.
Storm tripped past the wall placard naming a particular hallway “BJ Alley” and escaped into a private bathroom. Thank fuck the club saw fit to have single restrooms. Fancy! He locked the door, pulled out his phone. and sat in the plush corner chair.
His phone chimed as if on cue. His brother texted him, “Father’s on the warpath.”
Ha, when was Ethan McGrath, Sr. not? He texted back, “Thanx.”
His brother always followed the McGrath family rules as law handed down by God himself. Erick should’ve been the heir instead of the spare. Their father certainly made that fact known whenever Storm was within screaming distance.
Storm checked his social media pages. Just the usual bitches and whines from people he didn’t know.
Ten minutes. Hmmm, was that enough time for the average hookup? Better check his e-mail. He didn’t want to look like a minuteman. Might as well use the facilities while he was here too. He ran water through his hair. Yeah, that passed as sweat.
He plastered on an “I got lucky” face and strutted back to the table. Cutter was laughing. Storm grabbed a chair, twirled it around, and straddled it. He nabbed Cut’s drink and gulped the soda.
Cutter frowned and narrowed his eyes. “Uli said they have music tomorrow night.”
“So?” Storm failed to see how that increased Cut’s chance of getting laid. Fuck, he seemed too gleeful. Had the Ice King or Mr. Happy put out?
“We want you both to come back,” Ulrich invited him, but a slight hesitation made it clear to Storm the offer was made out of obligation.
Storm glanced at Alex. Not being able to resist teasing, he asked, “Would you miss me if I didn’t show up?”
Alex met and held his gaze. “Yes.”
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About the author
Every one deserves a happy ending… (and Z. Allora makes sure they get one). She’s written hot rockers, sexy zombies, and Thailand club performers– stories about love, romance and are tied together with erotic sex. Utilizing her extensive foreign travels, she brings readers to places they’ve yet to visit, introducing them to cultures they’ve yet to explore. But with every word she writes she hope to convey that love is love. She welcomes contact and looks forward to hearing from her “pretties”!
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Want to know more about the first book in the series? Read on 🙂
Zombies suck, but they’re not after brains! Forget mindless rotting corpses shuffling along. These zombies are young, hot, and looking for action. One day Kai Bauer is tending vineyards in Germany, the next he’s on a plane heading for… well, he doesn’t really know. Wait a minute! He’s a what? And they have to drink what to live forever? The transition begins on his nineteenth birthday. He must find a mate in four years or he’ll have a long, un-fun life.
That’s Jasper’s problem too. After decades, the ex-priest has given up on finding a mate. He’s willing to be Kai’s mentor and friend. Gorgeous, distant, and off-limits, meet young, virile, and gay.
Chapter 3: An Apple A Day
Kai slouched on an examining table while he stared at the books lining the doctor’s office. He wouldn’t have expected to see The History Of Zombies and Zombies In Cinema mixed in with the medical books.
A young male nurse said, “Just a pinch,” as he drew Kai’s blood.
Beau kept him company while he waited for the doctor.
A tall man entered, nodded to Beau, and reached out to shake Kai’s hand. “Hi, I’m Dr. Mayer.”
Kai was glad when the handshake ended and he could drop his hand. The doctor appeared young to Kai, but what did he know? “I’ve confirmed it. You have the tags in your blood.”
What tags in his blood?
The doctor studied Kai. “How do you feel right now?” He moved his hands over Kai’s neck and down his arms.
“Fine?” Exhaustion kept the panic out of his voice but not the confusion. Close to collapse described his physical state, but he didn’t want them to know that, hoping to play it off.
The doctor bobbed his head again and flashed a light in Kai’s eyes. “Open your mouth,” he instructed before he peered inside. “It’s almost your birthday isn’t it?”
Kai had nearly forgotten with all the excitement. He glanced up at the big clock on the wall to do the time difference in his head. “Yeah, if I was in Germany I would be nineteen in about two hours.”
“Good timing.” The doctor went to a mini refrigerator in the corner and pulled out a vial. “Here.”
“What’s this?” Kai stared at the glass tube.
“Um, it’s a bit of fructose sugar, water, vitamin C, citric acid, some enzymes, protein, phosphate, bicarbonate buffers, and a touch of zinc. You’ll want to drink this.” The doctor patted him on the back. “Happy birthday.”
“Thanks.” Kai took the tiny glass bottle from the doctor and studied the liquid. It didn’t sound like poison.
He pulled out the red stopper and sniffed. Mother of God, the liquid smelled intoxicating. He tipped the contents into his mouth. The creamy substance exploded across his taste buds. It was by far the best thing he’d ever had in his mouth, and he moaned as he swallowed.
Dr. Mayer turned away to shuffle papers in his file, but Kai saw the man’s grin.
“That’s the best medicine I’ve ever tasted.” Kai wished his tongue fit inside the vial, because he would have licked the inside clean.
Laughing harder, Beau wiped tears from his eyes. “Oh, honey. You’re priceless.”
“What?” Getting no help from Beau, Kai stared at the doctor with an open mouth. “I don’t understand.”
“How do you feel?” the doctor asked.
“Great.” Pure energy shot through him. “Like my jetlag is gone.”
“Jetlag?” The doctor stared at Kai and then glared at Beau. “Did you tell him anything?”
Beau flushed and shrugged. “You do a much better job than we ever do.”
Dr. Mayer shook his head and said to Kai, “You’ll keep getting better for the next twelve hours, and then the effects will start to wear off. Twenty-four hours from now you’ll experience a dramatic drop in your mental capacity. You’ll be dazed and confused until you have more.”
“More? Why do I need that medication? Am I dying?” That would just be his freaking luck! To be free from his constricting life and now he was going to die! Great! Just great!
The doctor pushed his glasses up. “You’re not dying. Quite the opposite.”
What did that mean? Kai waited for the doctor to continue.
“You’re transitioning. You’re becoming more than what you are.”
That didn’t explain a whole hell of a lot. “Please, Doc, spell it out.”
The doctor took off his glasses and pinched the bridge of his nose. He inhaled deeply and then gazed at Kai. “You’re transitioning… you’re becoming a zombie.” He didn’t even pause to take a breath. “Not like in the movies though.”
Kai didn’t believe what he was hearing. His English translation must be wrong. He glanced over at Beau and asked, “Ein Monster?”
Beau said, “Ein Monster. Yes. A zombie.”
“What? Is this a joke?” Impossible. Maybe it was one of those silly American television shows Ulrich made him watch where they played tricks on people.
“No,” the doctor answered, regaining his attention. “The upside is your body can live forever.”
“And what… the downside is I eat brains?” His voice rose and he laughed hysterically. All the zombie movies and TV shows he’d ever seen depicted were rotting corpses searching for brains to eat until the townspeople put them out of their misery —not a pleasant future.
“Zombies do not eat brains.” The doctor sighed as if he said that a thousand times a day.
The doctor pointed his glasses at Beau. “I told you in 1936 that the White Zombie movie would affect us for generations.” He growled, “And each generation seems to come out with more distortions to the zombie lore. Why can’t they stick to vampires and werewolves?”
Trapped in a Salvador Dali painting, Kai didn’t see a path out of this surreal insanity.
The doctor stared at Kai with a soft frown. “It might help if you think of it as a protein deficiency.”
Being a zombie was a protein deficiency? Kai’s world shifted and now he’d stepped into a half-formed nightmare. Calm, he needed to stay even. “Just tell me the truth.”
Dr. Mayer put his glasses back on and clasped his hands in front of him as he cleared his throat. “Basically, Beau, Lafayette and some of the others gather zombies right before they go through their transition. Our goal is to ease the way for as many as possible.”
Kai leaned away from the doctor. “Are you a zombie too?”
“Yes. See, I didn’t eat your brains. I wasn’t even tempted.” The doctor smiled at his joke that wasn’t funny to Kai. “Lafayette and Beau didn’t either.”
“So you’re a zombie too.” Kai took a deep breath, trying to calm his spinning thoughts. “You know this sounds crazy.”
Both Beau and the doctor nodded.
Kai asked Beau, “Why did you really bring me here?” Perhaps this is how they started, so whatever they actually did wouldn’t seem totally off the wall.
Beau gawked at the doctor with wide eyes for a moment. “By bringing you here, we can make sure you get what you need.”
“That medicine?” Kai surmised. Now that his head was clear he wanted to know what in the hell was going on.
Beau didn’t answer, so Kai directed his attention back to the doctor.
The doctor glared at Beau and then answered Kai, “Zombies need a protein essence that is found in what I gave you.”
“O …kay. So what was it?” Cue the creepy horror-movie theme song. Whatever the doctor said next, Kai wasn’t gonna like.
“What?” Kai must not have heard right.
“Semen,” the doctor repeated giving the word three syllables.
No! What? Kai stared at Beau, and clarified, “Sperma? Samen?” Kai focused to find the English word. “As in sperm? As in spunk? As in jism…as in…” He ran out of English vernacular to continue his list. Oh God! He hadn’t just… Kai ran to the sink, turned on the taps, and rinsed his mouth. Semen?
And he’d liked it?
Dr. Mayer nodded. “Yes, ejaculate. You’ll need more every twenty-four hours or you’ll become disoriented like you were, but worse. If you don’t get what you need, eventually your body will cease to function.”
Kai shook his head in disbelief. “I have to whack off and eat my own sperm?” Oh no! What if he swallowed the doctor’s spooge? Gross!
“No!” Beau exclaimed. “Unless, of course, you want to…. We don’t judge.”
Kai didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It was almost funny. Why did Beau feel the need to reassure him that eating his own come was okay? Had Kai landed in a brothel?
Did the doctor see how Beau misread the entire situation?
Dr. Mayer cracked a smile and answered Kai’s question, “What you produce won’t give you the protein you need.”
But the doctor’s comment didn’t stop Beau from continuing, “That’s why we started Club Zombie. You can get what you need, and hopefully find your mate.”
“My mate?” Kai asked the doctor because the man talking didn’t seemed to understand how upsetting and confusing these revelations were to him.
The doctor cleared his throat. “We each have a mate, and when you bond with them, you’ll only need each other.”
Kai stared at Beau. “So Lafayette is your mate?”
Beau smiled dreamily and sighed. “Lafayette is everything to me. He’s the very air I breathe.”
The doctor rolled his eyes at the lovesick man. “You can take that as a yes. But those of us who haven’t found our mates survive on others’ essences.”
“Essence is come. You drink come.” If Kai said it enough maybe someone would say that wasn’t the case. He jumped back up on the exam table.
“Well… yes, for lack of a better way of putting it,” the doctor said.
Beau grinned. “You’ll love Club Zombie. There’re all kinds of different and exciting ways to fulfill your need for essence so you won’t have to deal with vials again.”
Kai asked, “What do you mean?”
“Straight from the source,” Beau confirmed Kai’s fear.
Kai frowned. “Um, okay, but I’m not gay.”
“Of course you are,” Beau stated as if he knew better than Kai.
“No, I’m not.” He wasn’t. Kai had never been with a guy. Whenever his mind went in that direction he simply changed gears and thought about something else. His uncle had made it clear that homosexuality was something he wouldn’t tolerate in his home.
Dr. Mayer folded his arms and stared off into the space between the far wall filled with books and the ceiling.
Beau gasped. “Doc, is that possible?”
The doctor turned towards Beau for a moment and shrugged. “Everything is possible, regardless of the implausibility of it.” He inspected Kai with knowing eyes. “We might never have experienced this strain. I’ll do more research.”
“Do that! ‘Cause I’m not gay,” Kai restated so there was no misunderstanding. He ignored the zing of desire to get essence in a more direct fashion and asked, “What else should I know?”
Beau folded his arms tight around himself and enunciated his words as if he were weighing each one. “Well, once the transition begins, you’ll require… medicine to function as you normally would. Transition begins on the nineteenth birthday.”
Kai wondered aloud, “Why didn’t you get me sooner?”
Beau exhaled hard. “We’ve been watching you.”
Kai gasped. Stalker much?
Dr. Mayer interjected, “Usually the subject is more willing to come here once the transition is close at hand. You’re more pliable when you need essence.”
Kai swung his legs back and forth. That much was true. It was insane to hop a plane out of his country with strangers…
“Yeah, I’m sorry.” Beau sounded sincere. “We find this is the easiest way.”
“And after a zombie finds his mate?” Kai asked, hoping there was a way out.
The doctor shut that door to hope. “You’ll still need medicine, but only from your mate.”
Did the doctor think calling it “medicine” would help him deal with the idea better? Why did the stuff in the vial taste so incredible? “Anything else?” He wanted everything on the table so he might deal with the crazy all at once.
Beau gestured to the doctor.
Dr. Mayer glowered at Beau. “Without a mate, once the transition is complete, zombies lose the ability to reach climax.”
“What? When?” Kai’s voice raised an octave.
“At age twenty-three, our aging stops, along with other things. Don’t worry, your functions return when you find your mate.” Beau held his hands up.
“But my mate wouldn’t have sperm,” Kai pointed, out since he’d be mated to a female. It didn’t bother him to think about getting married to a woman in the abstract. That’s what was expected of him. However, the addition of a time limit and the many husbandly duties made him rather uncomfortable. He’d deal with that at a later date. He had enough cans of worms opened at this point in time, and they were squirming all over the floor.
The doctor raised his hands in a calming motion to Kai, but it also stopped Beau from saying something else. “That’s why I’ll do further research and figure out a plan of action.”
Wonderful! Kai would lose one of the few things that gave him pleasure. But he shouldn’t worry ‘cause Dr. Mayer would develop a plan for when he lost the ability to get off? Was there an escape hatch?
Kai craved the exhaustion, then at least he’d sleep for a week, blocking out all of this craziness.
Never one to be a freeloader, Kai asked, “So, what’s my job?”
The doctor cleared his throat and folded his arms. “Beau?”
Beau answered with a grin. “Finding your mate is your job.”
“Wonderful,” Kai said, shaking his head. “Then?”
Beau said, “Well, then as a mated couple, you help retrieve other newbies before they can get into a bad situation. Or you can have a career. It depends on you.”
Turning toward the doctor Beau said, “He and Jasper would have a lot in common.”
The doctor’s eyebrows shot up toward his hairline. “That might be. Their families are both from Germany.” He searched Kai’s face. “You might give it a try.”
Kai didn’t ask who Jasper was, because he had a feeling he going to find out… whether he wanted to or not.
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