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October 4th, 2013
Experience a Good, Gooey Zombie!

I’d like to welcome Sam Cheever who is celebrating her new release, Hexually Obsessed. Today she’s talking zombies – the good, gooey type. Over to Sam…

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a good time to talk about something really important for your health and safety. Zombies. Yep, that’s right…zombies. Saying the word is fun, isn’t it? Zombies, zombies, zombies. And the idea of zombies definitely fires the imagination. But, while zombies are fun to read about in a novel…Hexually Obsessed… What? I didn’t say anything. As I was saying…while it’s fun to experience a good, gooey, fictional zombie…Hexually Obsessed…erm…the idea of facing them in real life is less fun. (How’s that for understatement?) So what would you do if I told you that real zombies could theoretically exist?

It’s true, or at least possible, thanks to a little thing called toxoplasmosa gondii. This little parasite is a mouthful…literally…but its potential for harm is even bigger. Transferred from rats and mice to cats, the parasite can be passed to humans through the ingestion of under-cooked meat, improperly cleaned vegetables, or contact with feline feces. The means of ingestion is so prevalent, in fact, that from a third to half of all humans are currently harboring this parasite. Ish! What does it do, you ask? Well, mostly nothing. Though for people whose systems are compromised by disease or who are schizophrenic, it affects dopamine levels and, as one fun story I read on the Internet said, can make them "bat-shit crazy". What this means in technical terms is that they may become depressed, suicidal, and reckless. In fact, rats that are infected by the parasite exhibit zombie-like behaviors. Now, we all know humans and rats are biologically similar enough that scientists use them as research stand-ins when developing human drugs. So it stands to reason that an evolved form of toxoplasmosa gondii might conceivably turn people into zombies.

Okay, technically, these wouldn’t be dead people who’ve been re-energized by witchcraft, but hey, when a blank-eyed, pasty-faced guy stomps toward you with blood dripping from his teeth, you’re not gonna worry too much about the distinction…are you? #:0)

But on the flip side, this nasty little parasite has been shown to actually stop brain deterioration in Alzheimer’s patients. It’s also been found to improve patients with ADD and ADHD. Go figure.

I’ll leave you with this final thought. When the world ends and the zombie apocalypse starts, don’t stop to wonder if the zombie stomping toward you is really a re-energized corpse, or if he’s just been infected by an evolved toxoplasmosa gondii parasite. My advice?


Okay, okay, since you asked #:0) here’s the blurb on Hexually Obsessed. (Thanks for indulging me!)

Bio and links

Sam writes as Sam Cheever for mainstream romantic suspense and fantasy, all heat levels; and Declan Sands for m/m romantic suspense and fantasy. She lives in a cabin in the woods with 13 dogs and one husband. She writes books she likes to read and reads books she wishes she’d written. Her books are fast paced and fun loving. Not one of them will solve a single world problem, but you definitely won’t be bored while reading them!

Sam’s published work includes 40+ works of romantic suspense, and fantasy/paranormal. Her books have won the Dream Realm Award for fantasy, been nominated for and/or won several CAPAs, were nominated for Best of 2010 with LRC and The Romance Reviews, and won eCataromance’s Reviewer’s Choice award. Sam is published with Ellora’s Cave, both Romantica and Blush; Changeling Press; Musa Publishing; and Electric Prose Publications (her own imprint). She looks forward to chatting with you today and sharing some of her work!

Sam Cheever links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog | About.Me | Amazon Author Page

Declan Sands links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Blog | Amazon Author Page

Hexually Obsessed by Sam CheeverIf lust were flames there’d be scorch marks across the ages!

Ardith is a time traveling witch, a member of the Epoch Mages. Draigh is a Sorceri Bounty Hunter. They H-A-T-E each other. When they’re thrown together by the elders to chase an evil rogue witch through time and save the world from flesh eating zombies, they quickly discover that, while their minds may tell them they don’t like being together, their bodies don’t quite agree. In fact, if lust were flames, there’d be scorch marks across the ages!

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6 comments to “Experience a Good, Gooey Zombie!”

  1. Congrats on your new release, Sam. It sounds very intriguing!

  2. Thanks so much for letting me stomp…erm…I mean stop by, Shelley! #:0)

  3. That was a fun post!

    But, oh dear…I have pets. I wonder if I might start walking around like a zombie at some point? I just looked in on my boys and they don’t seem to be zombie-ish, so maybe I’m ok. :P

    Too bad though, I could blame my craziness on the rats. Now I’ll just have to blame it on myself…oh well. lol

  4. LOL, oh go ahead, Mary. Blame it on the rats. Maybe you have a really light strain of the zombie virus. It could happen!

  5. O K! I think I will tell the kids to keep all pets outisde from now on. That just sounds ewww! But on the otherhand your book sounds great! Thanks for sharing . evamillien at gmail dot com

  6. LOL, don’t do that, Eva! Only the cats and rats. Snort!

    Thanks for stopping by!