Thursday, October 4, 2012


Some parts of writing are a total blast. I love the initial process of figuring out a new story line. I adore having people read the book when it's done. I usually like writing the first draft, when everything is fresh and new. But editing can be tough. I like it because I know it will make the final product better. And I like adding something new that is like putting frosting on a cake. But there are parts that are just plain work. That's where I'm at right now with Air Keep.

You may have noticed I haven't posted a new chapter yet. That's because I'm neck deep in editing, and don't want to post the next chapter until I know it's not going to change a lot. Yep. This is work. But, it's in the middle of times like these that I get something like the pictures below that totally make me keep pushing. This is one of my awesome readers with her pictures of Marcus, Kyja, & Riph Raph, and below Master Therapass in his wizard and wolf forms.

Love 'em! Got any pics of your own you want to send over?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Starred Kirkus Review

If you aren't a librarian, book store employee, author, or otherwise involved in the publishing industry, you may not have heard of Kirkus Reviews. But if you are any of those things, you have almost definitely heard of it. Along with publications like Booklist and Publishers Weekly, they are one of the most prestigious book reviewers there is. They pride themselves on being tough, and a good review from them means a lot.

They also give out a small number of starred reviews for what they call, "books of remarkable merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus." These are very rare. It's even more rare for a genre book to get one.

This is why I am so excited to announce that Zombie Kid has just been given a starred Kirkus review. I am beyond thrilled. Here's what they had to say.

"Striking the perfect balance between rib-tickling humor and bone-chilling adventure, the first novel in Savage’s new middle-grade series is sure to please young readers looking for a thrill. 

Nick, Carter and Angelo, otherwise known by their fellow sixth-graders as the “Three Monsterteers,” are obsessed with the supernatural and all things Halloween. Nick is crushed when he learns that he will miss trick-or-treating with his buddies because he has to travel to New Orleans for his great-aunt’s funeral. But when it turns out that she was a voodoo queen, the trip to Louisiana quite literally changes Nick’s life. Back home in California, Carter and Angelo notice there’s something different about their friend, and all the signs lead them to one conclusion: Nick’s been turned into a zombie. It’s pretty cool to have a zombie as a best friend, but when Nick starts losing body parts and develops a hankering for brains, the three boys set out on a desperate mission to change Nick back before it’s too late. With clever commentary from a mysterious narrator at the start of each chapter, a trio of funny and enormously likable boy protagonists and plenty of creepy encounters to up the ante, Savage hits all the right notes.

It’s hard to imagine that readers (particularly boys) won’t enjoy every minute of hair-raising fun. (Funny horror. 9-14)"

I seriously could not have asked for a better review. The book comes out December 26th, and I can't wait to get it out to all of my readers.