Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guest Author - Mark Henry (Vlog Interview & Giveaway)

Mark Henry, urban fantasy author, Amanda Feral biographer and member extraordinaire of The League of Reluctant Adults is with us today to celebrate the launch of Battle of the Network Zombies, the third book in Amanda's adventures. The book just hit shelves yesterday. I have a spoiler-free review of it posted here. It's the best in the series so far!

In a departure from the usual Q&A, Mark responded to my dozen or so interview questions with a Vlog split into two parts. I hope you enjoy.

I have three copies of the new mass market paperback edition of Happy Hour of the Damned (January 26) to give away to commenters who respond to the question Mark asks at the end of the interview. Contest is open internationally to anywhere that The Book Depostory ships. Giveaway ends March 3rd. Post about the interview and giveaway in the usual places to receive an extra entry.

Interview Part 1

Interview Part 2

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There’s a campaign sweeping the internets to save my zombie diva from obscurity. What it boils down to is, Amanda Feral’s getting one more shot before the series gets nixed. My publisher is reissuing Happy Hour of the Damned, the first book in the series, in mass-market paperback for the paltry sum of $6.99. That’s less than seven bones, people! Buy four instead of the latest Patterson outline turned bestseller, I won’t tell.
One of the ways you can help to keep an unapolagetic antiheroine in the urban fantasy genre, is to order the books through the University Bookstore in Seattle. How awesome would it be to open up your package (the kind from a box, not in your pants) and find some handwritten smut personalized for you by Mark Henry!

Alive, ad exec Amanda Feral worked hard to wring enjoyment out of her days. Now that she's a zombie, it's a different story. Turns out, Seattle is home to glamorous undead of every description, and Amanda - stylish and impeccably groomed even in the afterlife - is swigging cocktails and living large (so to speak) among its elite. But there are downsides. Not being able to stomach anything except alcohol and human flesh, for instance. And the fact that someone is targeting Seattle's otherworldly inhabitants for their own sinister reasons. Preying on the undead is seriously uncool. The only option is for Amanda and her zombie BFF Wendy and gorgeous gay vampire pal Gil to unearth the culprit among the legions of Seattle's bloodsuckers, shapeshifters, reapers, succubi, and demons - before they all meet a fate a lot worse than death...
Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle's supernatural nightlife. But what's a zombie chick to do when her 'Mommie Dearest' gets sick? If you're Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch - or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda's not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who's always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his 'luxury' resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood. First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of 'moderately accurate' psychics, they hit the highway - their way. Of course, they'll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of supermarket shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning.
In Seattle's undead circles, Amanda Feral is one of the beautiful zombies. Of course, when you're socializing with werewolves, devils, and rampaging yetis, there's not that much competition. Still, Amanda has a stylish rep to maintain, which is getting tricky now that her tanking ad agency is obliterating her finances. The fastest way to make some cash: appear on a new reality show, American Minions, hosted by lecherous wood nymph Johnny Birch. Classy? Maybe not, but a girl's gotta eat. With zombie gal pal Wendy posing as her bitchy agent, Amanda settles in to 'Minions Mansion', crowded with 24-7 video cameras and undead fame whores. When Johnny is found incinerated in a locked room, Amanda decides to channel her inner Miss Marple (minus the ugly cardigans) and find out who's responsible. Was it Hairy Sue, the white trash stripper yeti? Tanesha, the glamorous trannie werewolf? Angie, the Filipino vampire with a detachable head? Unveiling the culprit in a heart-stopping finale won't just save the show from cancellation, it might just keep Amanda alive - or as close as a ghoul can get...


  1. Great vlog! Thanks Mark for clearing up that welfare thing. I thought it was a little mean of you when I read that part, but now that you explained it, I totally understand what you are getting at.
    Good luck with the series, I hope they keep it up. Its nice to see something different out there. :o)

  2. First vlog I have bothered to listen to. I have a limited bandwidth so video tends to be jumpy and annoying.
    Good to see it was un-edited and just sort of stream of conscious like.

    My book suggestion would be Glen Cook's The Black Company.

    Question : Seeing you are a Foodie, can you come up with a three course menu for a Zombie? Should be starter, main and dessert and can't be just ram meat !

    All the best with the series.


    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  3. Hi Mark! My answer is easy. For you, I recommend Staked by J. F. Lewis. Here's the first sentence:

    "Somewhere in the middle of my rant it occurred to me that I'd killed whoever it was I'd been yelling at, so arguing was no longer important."

    I think Amanda should go on a date with Eric the vampire. They'd have a grand old time.

    Why are you even trying to write a YA novel? I think it'd be sad watching you try to curb your inner nasty so parents wouldn't storm your house with pitchforks.

    I got Road Trip of the Living Dead from the library (I know, I'm cheap scum), but I'm going to buy Happy Hour and Network Battle right now, so no more free reads on your back.

  4. Thanks Tiah - I realize it's not common to pick up a book marketed at UF (though it looked like paranormal romance on the first two covers) and get a thinly veiled political agenda. Most people didn't pick up on the subtext, because they weren't looking for it. So it definitely comes across as mean. Well...that...and Amanda's a total bitch.

    Buddy - I say a zombie can never go wrong in the international district. ::runs::

    Rebecca - sad or no, the book is going to my agent this friday. And then it's back to a steady diet of filth with my new series idea. You know JF is a member of my blogging group right. So basically, I know, I need to read his book. ::slaps hand::

  5. I think I would probably recommend Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding.

    I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.


  6. Great giveaway! I would recommend Bone Song John Meaney.

  7. Great vlog, Mark. I tend not to watch them, but you and Nicole Peeler are my exceptions.

    Because I'm cheap, I've not bought Happy Hour yet and the mass market pb is not available for purchase in Oz until May, but it's been on my wish list for a while.

    For reading, I'd recommend Neil Gaimen. While not his absolute best, 'Neverwhere' it's a quick read and will whet your appetite for more.

  8. I'm just jumping in to show some love to my fellow Ontario Resident (Doug) and my undying snark and germs to Mark :)

  9. The book is worth buying for the addendum alone, much less the rest of the book. Awesome! (sing-song voice) You'll never go to Benihana again though.

  10. Stalking you from Twitter again. Anyway, that's a really hard question for me. Within what I read, your books are the only ones that fill that particular gore/humor niche.

    I adore Richelle Mead's books, but they are neither gory or funny (they have little bits of both, but those aren't the top words that come to mind). Kelley Armstrong is another favorite of mine, but like Richelle's work, the gore and humor comes in little pieces. There are books that are really wrong that I laugh *at* them, but I don't think that's what you were going for.

    So, I'm not much help, but I am really happy to see You (and Amanda) getting so much support around the web.

    If I buy BotNZ from University Bookstore, how do I go about getting personalized smut anyway?

  11. You don't need to enter me in the contest - I just bought 4 copies of the Amanda books at the UBS!
    I just wanted to say that your review of the BOTNZ was fantastic Doug!I hope it makes more people check out this series.
    Also - a great vlog Mark!


  12. Awesome vlogs Mark. If I were to recommend a book to read, I'd say Ann Aguirre's Grimspace or maybe Katie MacAlister's Steamed.

  13. Hi Mark and Doug.

    Great vlogs. Very entertaining as usual. Your wife is a great sport, that roadtrip sounds like great fun minus the cookie dough.

    Super questions Doug-a blow-up doll. LOL

    I would not even try to recommend a book for you Mark. But I have a question...If you were a zombie and had to eat the brains of any of the Leaguers, whose brains would you eat?

    Please do not enter me in the giveaway, I have HHOTD on my shelf, I am a bit afraid of it. lol NO actually I am working on a way to promote it for you.

    Thanks for the fun interview.

  14. Oh yeah, I have HHotD too. Get it in the hands of a new reader :)

  15. Hiya Mark

    saw ur post on fb so I'm stopping by :)
    and I'm veeera curious to see ur YA book-- can't imagine what a dialed down, "teen appropriate" u sounds like, lol

    as for UF book suggestion?
    like Selestial, I LOVE Richelle Mead's books too..but if u haven't read Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, I definietly suggest that; she's frikkin hilarious, there's gore, mystery, and even sexy scenes, so it's got it all.

  16. Hi Mark,

    I think you're following me because I just saw you at BBB. :) Well, unfortunately, I don't have a book to recommend. Happy Hour was the first book I've read that fits your description. I loved all of it. I have Road Trip on the way. After hearing the appendix story, I'm very interested in learning more about Amanda's Mom. Is she in book 2?

    On your YA project, how hard do you think it will be to tone down you? I love you the way you are, and I can't imagine a watered down Mark.

    tweeted -

  17. Great Vlog!!
    Your hilarious Mark. he he
    I really don't watch many vlog's but I loved this one.
    I have so many great series.
    For funny one's.. MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series is pretty funny.
    I'm a huge fan of Kim Harrison's Hollow series, Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, Richelle Mead's Succubus series and Jocelynn Drakes Dark Days novels.

    Good luck with the rest of the series, I'm dying to read some!!!


  18. Great Vlog, very interesting, loved it! :-) Thank you Mark!

    My suggestion would be Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, though it is more urban fantasy than sci fi, but it is fast paced and has gore :-)

    Good luck with your series!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  19. Grat vlog!
    I'd rec' the Lia de Croisset's novellas by Karen Chance (in the following anthos: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, Strange Brew and Inked). There's humour, there's snark, there magic and guns and people die, too.

    Good luck with the series!


  20. Awesome Vlog! I haven't read your series yet... it is in my pile though... I'll have to move it up a bit :)

    My suggestion would be A Rush of Wings (The Maker's Song series) by Adrian Phoenix... it has humor, death and much more!

    All the best with the series!

    tweeted here ->

  21. Great interview! My suggestion would be Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.
    "A recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against humankind's most frightening enemy."
    Awesome read. Forget the movie ever happened!

    yeseniah23 @

  22. I'd recommend the first book in MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series, Undead and Unwed. It begins, "The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry."

  23. Mark - would love a copy of your book. I recommend Alchemy in Stone by Sedia - great book

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