Deadly Ever After

The Writing Adventures of The Undead Duo–Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel

Mountain Home Kicks the Ass Off Of Your Ass

TODAY’S BREW: Back to the Keurig. My coffee pot broke, and now I’m a single serving motherfucker.

By Julie

You guys may have heard, my book, Running Home, is being published by Books of the Dead on July 22nd. Hold your applause. THIS guy’s book is first up of the 8 authors being published this summer with Books of the Dead. I got to read his book in super secret before the world got to see it. And what a privilege it was.

Bracken MacLeod
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Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a college philosophy instructor, at a children’s non-profit, and as a criminal and civil trial attorney. While he does his best to avoid using the law education, he occasionally finds uses for martial arts and philosophy. His work has appeared in Sex and Murder Magazine, The Siren’s Call e-zine, and twice in Every Day Fiction. He also has stories in the anthologies, The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes, Anthology: Year One, and most recently in Femme Fatale: Erotic Stories of Dangerous Women from Go Deeper Press.His first novel, MOUNTAIN HOME, is available from Books of the Dead Press.

Mountain Home blew me away from the start. I’m a sucker for strong imagery and witty wordings, and Bracken not only gives me this, but he makes literally every page tense with constant…and I mean constant action. This book reads like a Tarantino movie watches. Smart action, with immediate consequences and longtime effects on the characters, choices that are life-changing from the inside out. What I really love about Mountain Home is that the characters are so incredibly real. Bracken manages to do something that I find all too rarely; he makes complex characters that you have strong feelings about, and I don’t just mean “she’s so nice, I don’t want her to die” feelings. You hate the sonofabitch restaurant manager that doesn’t deserve to live. You admire the heroine, Lyn, who has more than just heroism to offer us. She’s an artist, with opinions and really believable feelings. She’s courageous, not just ballsy. The girl makes hard choices that affect people she doesn’t like and doesn’t know, and she’s undecided about them. That is what makes her someone I can identify with. She’s not a toughass chick with something to prove. She’s cornered into making a lot of difficult choices, and makes them with conviction, even when she isn’t sure it’s the right thing to do. (Clearly, I love this girl.)

The “villain” we meet is also one we can identify with and understand. One we sympathize with, and fear a little bit, because we see the reality of her a little too easily.

I am honored to keep company with Bracken MacLeod at Books of the Dead. Read Mountain Home and you’ll find a truly unique voice, and one you’ll want to hear again. http://t.co/n5udtkE4Mn

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