Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Liza kidnaps Merissa McCain

It's been awhile, but I found someone new to kidnap.

Peep Rep: Who is it?

Liza: I'll give you some hints. This author loves to read, write, drink strong coffee and eat dark chocolate.

Peep Rep: That describes 99% of the authors out there.

Liza: She lives in the deep south--

Peep Rep: uh oh...

Liza: --with her very own superhero and three minions. And together they are planning to take over the world.

Peep Rep: Dr. Who  writes novels?

Liza: I said 'her' not 'him'.

Peep Rep: I don't know what gender Dr. Who is. I've never had the opportunity to check. You know England had a military doctor in the Victorian times that turned out to be a woman, but they only discovered that upon his death. 

Liza: Actually I do know that, but this author, is NOT Dr. Who, so here's another hint: She's co-authored a book with the fabulous Margaret Bail. It's due for release on October 1, 2013. It’s a Paranormal Romance featuring a campy post apocalyptic take on the Snow White tale, and is the first in our Tales from Beyond the End series.
Peep Rep: I know the answer: Merissa McCain!

Liza: You're right Peep Rep, it's Merissa. Welcome to my home Merissa. You don't look happy, are you ill?

Merissa: More like annoyed. I am crazy busy right now and I wake up from my few hours sleep to discover I've been kidnapped. 

Liza: Don't worry, I don't ask for a ransom. Me and my readers are just curious about your book.

Merissa: Seriously? You kidnapped me to learn about my book?

Liza: Yes.

Merissa: Liza, I'm an author! You don't have to kidnap me to get me to talk about my book. You only have to ask.

Liza: I like your attitude. So how come this book is written by two M&M's?

Merissa: What?

Peep Rep: Both of your initials are MM. So she's calling you M&M's. 

Merissa: My friend (and sometimes writing partner) Margaret Madigan and I were chatting on Facebook. Margaret lives in the frozen snowy expanses of the Dakotas, and I live way farther south than that, so we do a lot of our chatting via Face Book.  We were chatting about a special call that had been posted on the internet for reimagined fairy tales. One thing led to another, and we found ourselves plotting, then writing the story that turned out to be Hero For Hire.

Peep Rep: I don't think Liza could work with anyone. She's abnormal.

Liza: Hey, go find links and stop doing my job. *Peep Rep leaves*
Seriously, how did working with another author work out?

Melissa: Writing with Margaret was fun for me to do, and I suppose she liked it too, because we are working on more in the Tales From Beyond the End series, as well as on some contemporary romance novels.  We generally each take a main character, and alternate scenes, which works well for romances, and then edit together.

Liza: So tell me more about this collaboration. Great cover, by the way.

 Merissa: Thanks. Here's the Blurb:

One day her prince would come…disguised as a zombie-killer. 

Having been disgraced and tossed out by her own scientific community, Gwyn is convinced she can develop a cure for a SuperVirus that has turned the Infected into zombies. By pure luck and determination, she has survived on her own for years, but while out scavenging, a clash with the local zombies leaves her potentially infected. Now, running out of time, she needs help and takes a chance on a hero for hire.

Rafe loves the apocalypse. Since the world went to hell, everything’s come up roses for him. Having procured a mansion in the Hollywood hills, adopted a slew of homeless boys and one cantankerous but useful Doc, Mr. Charming is benefiting from the nasty zombie infestation. His job? Killing the bastards, which he considers fun anyway. Gwyn Snow needs Rafe Charming to help retrieve her research from the Paragon Pharmaceuticals lab, also known as Zombie Central. Believing she can yet save the world, Gwyn makes Rafe question what’s right and what’s worth the fight.

CONTENT WARNING: Prince Charming, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves as you’ve never seen them before. Tales From Beyond the End, #1 A Lyrical Press Fantasy Romance – Once Upon”

Liza: This sounds very good. Tell me an excerpt from memory.

Merissa: You could just untie me...

Liza: Nope, you'll leave then. I plan to keep you 3 days.

Merissa: What? I need to get back now!

Liza: Hey, at least you have another M&M to promote while you're tied up. Now start orating.
(I think I made that word up,)

Merissa: Grrrrrrr. All, here's what happens in chapter one when she's scavenging in a mall for supplies.

I was reaching for a twenty-four pack of double-roll toilet paper when I heard the first Infected. They rattled when they breathed, like people in the last stages of lung disease. It was far too close. I squealed and dropped the toilet paper, then realizing I was unarmed, lunged for the bat.

The Infected came at me. Pale, tattered and filthy, he looked like a homeless person who’d been hiding in a cave for the last two years.

My heart tripped in my chest and my lips tingled with the first signs of hyperventilation. It was a few yards from the back of the Rover, but I knew I’d have to hit the thing, as much as I didn’t want to. 
I’d never get to the driver’s door before it reached me, so I tightened my grip on the bat. The Infected had been a person, and it was my fault he’d ended up this way. He kept coming in his awkward, rapid gait. If I didn’t fight him off, I’d end up like him, or dead. Neither option worked for me.

I took two steps and swung the bat, screaming as I did. 

Liza: And? You can't stop there!

Merissa: That's all I can remember. Untie me and I'll read you more.

Liza: I wan't born yesterday. 

Peep Rep: I'm back with the buy links.

Liza: Ha! We can buy our own copy now.

Hero for Hire 
Kobo  Indigo     Itunes    B&N

Liza: Well done on the links, Peep Rep.

Merissa: And what about me?

Liza: I'll let you go in three days IF you've said something about one of my novels.

Merissa: But I haven't read all of them yet.

Liza: Not a problem. David the robot will read them aloud to you. Peep Rep, will set it up. 

Peep Rep: I'd recommend you start with the first book of A Long Road to Love series, Worst Week Ever. It's got twenty-seven 5 stars and eleven 4 stars reviews.

Merissa: Ha! I’m way ahead of you! I’m already reading Worst Week Ever. Its cute, and funny and charming, and I just got done with the bit where they got arrested. So, if you let me go, I can get back to reading. Because I can’t just leave the second half unread!

Liza: Thank you, Merissa. That was nice and so unexpected.  Now don't forget peeps, you can stalk Merissa at the following locations:

 or via email at

And leave a message or she won't know you stopped by.


  1. Don't worry too much people--I eventually escaped from the mounds of rope and am safely back home working on the next story in the series. I also changed my locks and got a german shepherd t help prevent further kidnappings. ;-)
    Thanks for having me Liza--You are awesome!

    1. You know, that won't necessarily protect you. I have a space ship on my other blog with a transporter.

  2. Sounds like a great book! Tweeted and share

  3. Deep South? Ms. McCain, you have me intrigued! does your accent match mine?! zombies, chocolate loving, AND from home-base. I knew I liked you;)

    Love the interview! Sorry for the rope and paper bag treatment, Merissa... Liza can't be tamed. Don't forget to feed her!

    Have tweeted!

    1. Oh God, the two of you zombie authors are both from the deep south. God help us!

      FYI I don't Merissa, because there's no bathroom break. Harsh I know, but....

  4. Nothing stops Liza when she puts her mind and all her peeps on it! The book sounds wonderful Merissa. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. It's true, my deranged mind knows no boundaries. I am so glad I no longer have to pretend to be normal.

  5. Merissa, it sounds like a terrific book. I love zombie movies, but haven't read any books yet. Between you and Tera I believe that will change in very short order. Liza, as always a fun interview.

  6. It's late I know, but I just had to see what Liza was up to. Love title of your book Merissa, and it sounds great.

    1. Up to? It sounds like I'm a 5 yr old that has to be watched or I'll get into trouble...oh wait...that's pretty much the truth.

  7. I love your cover, and that was a great interview!! Tweeted.


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