For the Love of all Things Jonathan Maberry

Recently I have begun to travel down a dark hallway in my mind, one that has been a total and complete inspiration to my writing. This is not something new, but a “dark passenger” who has always been with me, but tends to slumber for long periods of time (the term dark passenger is from Dexter, a Showtime original series).

Vampires, werewolves, zombies and sociopaths have always intrigued me. I mean some of my favorite adult authors are: Stephen King, Charlene Harris, and Laurell K. Hamilton. I am drawn to those types of movies too, with the exception of really scary ones like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street. I can’t sleep once I see those!

But in terms of YA, I have yet to read a book that compares to the likes of my favorite adult authors. That is until I discovered Jonathan Maberry. I know he wasn’t lost and I didn’t really find him, but I had no idea who he was until YA Fest 2012 in Easton, PA. Since then, I have been singing his praises for his writing AND his public speaking. Last night I got the opportunity to meet Jonathan again at his Flesh and Bone book signing at Doyelstown Bookshop.


He signed my book!          My friend Pam (left) and me (right) with Jonathan!

For those of you who don’t know anything about this author, here are my favorites! Enjoy!!!

(all book photos and summaries are from Goodreads)

Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1)

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Dust & Decay (Benny Imura #2)

Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them. Sounds easy. Sounds wonderful. Except that everything that can go wrong does. Before they can even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town. But as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers and the horrors of Gameland –where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?

In the great Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive.


Flesh & Bone (Benny Imura #3)

Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. They are hunted by fierce animals escaped from zoos and circuses. They must raid zombie-infested towns for food and medical supplies. They discover the very real truth in the old saying: In the Rot & Ruin…everything wants to kill you.

And what is happening to the zombies? Swarms of them are coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. These zoms are different. Faster, smarter, infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

In Flesh & Bone, Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lou Chong and Lilah the Lost Girl are pitted against dangers greater than anything they’ve ever faced. To survive, each of them must rise to become the warriors Tom trained them to be.


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