Saturday, October 31, 2009

How to Tell If Your Boyfriend's a Zombie?

The gals at Love, Passion, Romance have a great Cosmo-type quiz to tell if your guy is a zombie. A lot of fun. Link below:

Also, HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE made Wikipedia. How awesome is that?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells makes Finalist in Contemporary Rainbow Awards

Congrats to RR author Em Lynley, who's Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells was selected by the Rainbow Awards jury panel as a finalist in the Contemporary category!

As Em explains, "This was separate from the open voting, and means my fellow writers liked the book enough to choose it to go to the last phase where everyone actually reads the entries, and chooses the winners. I'm up against some of the top names in m/m fiction, so it's just an honor to make it this far. I'm just thrilled about this.

The rest of the list is here: http://elisa- rolle.livejourna html

Here's the link to the book:

Congrats Em!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

St. Martin's Buys Reprint Rights to Zombie Romance Anthology


October 29, 2009 – New York, NY
They said it couldn't be done, so digital publisher Ravenous Romance took the challenge and published HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE: An Anthology of Zombie Romance, edited by Lori Perkins.

Ravenous Romance has sold print rights to St. Martin's Press, which plans to publish the book in trade paperback next Halloween.

Following in the footsteps of the amazing cross-genre popularity of such new classics as Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and Breathers, HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE brings together best-selling horror and romance authors. Zombie masters Brian Keene (The Rising) and John Skipp (writing as Gina McQueen) are in this volume, as well as new stories by Michael Marshall Smith, Francesca Lia Block and New York Times best-selling author Lois Gresh.

"The zombie mythos is as expansive as the vampire mythos," said Lori Perkins. "In these recessionary times, we're all zombies paying off our bloated mortgages and working for blood-sucking corporations in the aftermath of the Bush Boom, which was a metaphor for vampiric greed."

HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE features stories of the lost and re-animated, love among the undead, love among zombie hunters, and even a zombie noir story. It is available as an ebook on,, and will soon be available for Amazon Kindle and on

Zombie Lovin' Chat Tomorrow

It's what we've all been waiting for, and yes . . . I know it's short notice, but please do come!

WHAT: Live Chat With NY Agent Lori Perkins - "THE ZOMBIE STOMP"

WHEN: Friday, October 30th - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST

WHERE: RAVENOUS ROMANCE NING - Chat room, http://rrauthors.

Bring your poisonous apples, your favorite witch's brew and a *black hat* full of questions. We'll be talking zombie love and what's hot in publishing. Now's your chance to ask Lori what you always wanted to know about agents. So don't be shy!

And, oh, yes, we'll be giving away gift certificates for free e-books from the Ravenous Romance site!

Please pass the word and let all your friends know. We'd appreciate it if you'd twitter about the chat in the next few days.

Be there or Be Square!

Keta Diablo

http://ketaskeep. blogspot. com

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Zombie Romance

If you've been following me on facebook, you know that I have spent the past three weeks knee deep in zombies - zombie romance stories that is. We received 110 stories for HUNGRY FOR YOUR LOVE, our zombie romance anthology that will pub around Halloween.

I sent it to the copy editor on Saturday, and we already have a cover and an offer for reprint rights form a major house (but the book might go into auction, so I can't leak the details yet - do stay tuned.)

I wanted to share the introduction to the anthology with you, because I am really excited about this book. I think it's the best anthology I've personally edited, and I am hoping that it will become part of the conversation on the zombie zeitgeist in American pop culture.


They said it couldn’t be done.
And like the undead, I rose to the challenge.
This anthology was born in July 2009 at the 29th Northeastern Writer’s Conference, affectionately known by its regular participants as “Camp Necon.” Every year since its inception, Necon has what we also affectionately call “that damn vampire panel.” But this year, we had a zombie panel instead. The revolution had begun.
As soon as the panel opened, someone brought up the question of whether or not the zombie mythos could possibly have the staying power of the vampire appeal in American pop culture.
And I said yes.
As soon as the words had left my mouth, the audience responded, “but you can’t have zombie romance.”
And I said yes, you could.
As soon as I got back to the Ravenous Romance office, I informed my colleagues that we would be doing a zombie romance anthology. They were emphatically skeptical. We posted the thesis on Facebook and hundreds of readers said they couldn’t imagine romance with rotting corpses.
Oh, ye of little faith.
The zombie mythos is the perfect metaphor for the end of an era, for a society beset with change it doesn’t understand but knows is here.
Vampires were the cultural embodiment of the end of the millennium: seductive immortals with (literally) cutthroat greed. Then came the recession and the end of the Bush boom, and with it came the realization that we were all worker drones paying off our bloated mortgages, bloodsucking corporations and even each other.
We are the dead.
So, in these pages you will find zombie tales that span the possibilities and boggle the brain. Jeremy Wagner’s Love Ain’t Dead and Michael Marshall Smith’s Later are two of the most romantic stories of lost love you will ever read. Dating the undead? Try I Heart Brains by Jaime Saare and Elizabeth Coldwell’s zombie threesome in Everyone I Love is Dead. Love among the dead? Take notes from Francesca Lia Block’s Revenants Anonymous or S.M. Cross’s Through Death to Love.
And what about undead exes? Gina McQueen’s Apocalypse as Foreplay gives you one take you’ll never forget; then there’s Jan Kozlowski’s First Love Never Dies. And leave it to zombie master Brian Keene to show us how we can find love and revenge in the time of the zombie apocalypse in Captive Hearts.
But it’s not all George Romero’s zombie hordes in these pages. Old-fashioned voodoo zombies make their presence known in Isabel Roman’s Zombified and Mercy Loomis’s White Knight, Black Horse.
There’s even a tale of zombie noir in R.G. Hart’s My Partner the Zombie, and some classic paranormal romance in Regina Riley’s Undying Love. And if Lois Gresh’s Julia Brainchild doesn’t make you laugh, well, then you are a zombie.
And just because this is a Ravenous Romance title, we have some zombie smut for you from two of our favorite RR authors. Dana Fredsti lets you know just how hot and bothered you can get from zombie hunting in First Date and Kilt Kilpatrick gives us the unforgettable erotic zombie escapades of a high school senior in Las Times at Ridgemont High.
There’s something for everyone.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Come Hear Me Speak at the NYC RWA

I'm speaking at the local chapter of RWA in NYC about how we started RR and what we see as the future of RR, ertic romance and dfota publishing. The meeting is open to all, s please drop by Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00 at: 44 East 32nd Street - 11th Floor. I'm giving out RR gift cards!

By the way, we're now an RWA approved publisher, so many of our books will be submitted for the RITAs, which is actually very exciting. We'll also be submitting for Lamdas and Stokers.