Blog Tour: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

Posted 10 September, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Blog Tour, Giveaway | 69 Comments

Oh, y’all. I’m so excited to be part of Gena Showalter’s The Queen of Zombie Hearts blog tour, hosted by the fabulous ladies at Kismet Blog Tours! Gena is a favorite author of mine and both her young adult novels and steamier adult offerings. Lucky for us, Gena was kind enough to do a quick interview with me!


Book Swarm: First off, thank you so much for doing this interview, Gena! I tend to keep things short and sweet on my blog so I only have a couple of questions for you (plus, I know how busy you are!).

Gena Showalter: Thanks so much for having me over!

BS: Because her life’s been turned upside down, Ali had many insecurities and issues she had to work through in the second book. Can you give us a hint about how she’s doing and what growth we might see in this final installment?

GS: She is learning humans can be more dangerous than monsters, there are no real shades of gray, and doing what’s right isn’t always the popular choice. Oh, and she and her boyfriend Cole may or may not take things to the next level…
Oooh! *rubs hands together*

BS: So, I hear you wrote a letter to Cole, proclaiming your love for him. What draws you to him?

GS: I adore his snark, his sense of power, his willingness to admit when he’s wrong, his wit, his love for Ali, his willingness to die for his friends, his courage, his body—uh, I mean, his strength.
He does have some impressive…strength, doesn’t he?

BS: While there are some obvious references to the original Alice In Wonderland, I’m curious: any Easter eggs or more subtle references readers might have overlooked?

GS: I took bits and pieces of character personality traits and applied them to my own characters. There is a Mad Hatter, a Queen of Hearts, a Chesthire Cat, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Also, in Alice in Wonderland, Alice cries a pool of tears. My Ali cries more than ever at her sister’s funeral. Alice falls down the rabbit hole. My Ali spirals down a dark pit of despair at the loss of her family. I went for subtle references like that.
Very cool!

BS: You also write several highly successful and popular adult series including Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress (all of which rock!). What’s the difference in your writing process or mindset when you’re writing your YA series versus your adult series?

GS: Thank you! To be honest, my process is pretty much the same. I do my best to create fully realized characters, plot twists, big reveals, action, and my personal favorite, sizzle between the hero and heroine.
We do love that sizzle, no matter what kind of story it is.

BS: I’m always fascinated by writers’ creative processes and spaces. So, tell us, what does your writing space look like?

GS: As you can see, I like to be surrounded by pictures of my loved ones. And the potholder hanging from the cabinet, well, I stole it from my mother and then bragged to her about my awesome stealth, so it has a special place in my heart. And taunts her every time she comes over.
LOL! Such a good daughter!


Don’t you just love getting a peek into an author’s creative space? This definitely looks like a great place to write.

BS: What are your must-haves when you’re writing?

GS: A bottle of water and some kind of music or white-noise. I can write anywhere, anytime, with a computer or a notebook or even speaking into a voice recorder. Chaos doesn’t bother me. I even wrote during the big tornado that swept through Moore, OK. It was me and my notebook in the celler—I alternated between writing and praying. And though I don’t need it, I really enjoy writing while my precious dogs are sleeping around me (I have four.) You can’t see them in the picture, but they have beds around my desk.
Wow. That’s some harrowing writing you’ve survived. And yay for puppies! They help with everything.

BS: Again, thank you so much! I’m thrilled to have you on my blog!


Look for the White Rabbit Contest

GrandPrizePackage_QoZHMondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the white rabbit will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!!

Where could the Rabbit appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and hunt the rabbit. Will you find it?

Look for the White Rabbit Question:
What’s one reader quirk you have (ie dog-earing pages, creasing the spine, reading the end first)?


Giveaway Info:
Each tour stop is offering up a copy of either ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS, or QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS!

One lucky grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card and a complete set of the White Rabbit Chronicles. To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, hunt down the white rabbit, and answer the daily question.

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.
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Tour Schedule:

Monday, September 8th – Two Chicks on Books & Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Wednesday, September 10th – The Book Swarm
Friday, September 12th – Supernatural Snark
Monday, September 15th – Such a Novel Idea
Wednesday, September 17th – Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, September 19th – Katie’s Book Blog
Monday, September 22nd – The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
Wednesday, September 24th – Adventures of a Book Junkie
Friday, September 26th – Book Rock Betty

Find Gena:

Gena-ShowalterWebsite | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Harlequin Website

GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined novels and several other popular YA and adult series. Her stories have been featured on MTV and in Seventeen magazine and have been praised as “unputdownable.” Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and three slobbery bulldogs. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @GenaShowalter and visit her at and at

Book III in the White Rabbit Chronicles

Blog Tour: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena ShowalterThe Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #3
Published by Harlequin on September 30, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 464

I have a plan.

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

Alice 'Ali' Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

Book II in the White Rabbit Chronicles

Book I in the White Rabbit Chronicles

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69 Responses to “Blog Tour: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter”

  1. kara

    A major quirk I have as a reader is new covers! I buy the old ones & feel obligated to buy the new!

  2. Megan

    If a story captures me I will read a book over and over. Sometimes I am just not ready to be done and let go of the world that has been created.

  3. Melissa

    Is anyone else having a problem with the white rabbit not opening the Rafflecopter entry form?

  4. Georgeana Gutierrez

    A major quirk for me is that I have to have a series in all paperback, or all hardcover, or all ebooks. And with series, I also have to have all the books in the series, which is why I take into careful consideration whether or not I really like the series enough in order to get all the books in the series.

  5. The biggest Reader’s Quirk I have is becoming seriously obsessed with favorite moments of books. I reread certain lines over again to make me super happy. For instance pretty much any scene involving Kat and Frosty 🙂

  6. Sandra V

    I guess my quirk is that I absorb every detail. When the author talks about the character’s outfit, scenery, etc. I take it all in and can recite details later to my friends, lol. It’s a little scary all the details I retain in my memory.

  7. Stephanie A

    I can’t mix a series, either all hardcover or all paperback. I also don’t like to have creases on my spines if it’s a new book. Loved the interview!

  8. Shannon Quenzer

    I can’t start a book in a series unless I have reread all the books before it.

  9. Giaochau N.

    I hate dog-earring books and I tend to skim through the details so I can read the dialogue.

  10. sarah k

    I don’t have many quirks, I sometimes dog-ear books or use any kind of small object to keep my place. Something I have to work on is I sometimes get annoyed if interrupted during reading a section thats involved or exciting.

  11. Michelle

    I read the start of a book then skip to the ending. I then go back to where I stopped and read to the end.

  12. I *REALLY* dislike movie covers on books. I get that the book is “Now a Major Motion Picture” but the books aren’t based off the movie, it’s the other way around!!

  13. I do peek at the last page. Eep! lol It doesn’t ruin anything for me but let’s me relax a little so I’m not an uptight maniac while I’m reading.

    And I agree with Ashley’s comment. I hate when the covers change because it’s turned into a movie or TV show.

    The worst is the Sookie Stackhouse series. They have such beautiful, unique artwork but now they all have this giant True Blood thing stamped on them. Grrrr
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  14. Connie

    I read about 1/2 way through the book…and then skip to the end. Then I finish reading the rest of the book 🙂 I have to do this otherwise I’ll stay up all night reading!

  15. Yun-A

    When I’m reading the sequels, I’ll usually check out the last 5 pages or so before reading the book from beginning to end. My friends don’t understand me at all.

  16. Aww the thought of Gena writing surrounded by sweet dogs is just delightful! I can’t believe she wrote through a tornado, I need a herculean level of concentration to write anything. 🙂 Awesome interview!

  17. Tasha W.

    I never open a book too far. I hate it when the spine gets creases. I also have a really hard time lending out my books for this reason. Thanks!

  18. Kai W.

    I can’t read books when the weather is so hot and humid. I need a comfortable place to read like an A/C room.

  19. JoannaM

    Nobody, and I mean nobody touches my books!! I had to buy my nephews their own collection of the Harry Potter series because every time they came over they wanted to read mine LOL Also, if I see somebody reading a book, they have to be holding it the right way otherwise I have to turn away or I’d feel compelled to tell them that’s no way to treat a book, ha!

  20. Mary G Loki

    If I am really into a story my eyes will ‘skip’ to the next page real quick while im still reading. 🙂

  21. Jessica Mobbs

    My quirk that I have: once I start a series, I read them all. I won’t start a different series til I’m done with the one I started.

  22. Tamara

    Sometimes if a scene gets too good or too bad I’ll put the book down and run around and jump around my room fora minute before i return to it

  23. JoannaM

    I’d give a rather succulent dinner party to entice Gena to give up all secrets and whatnot of things to come!!

  24. I think my quirks are 2. If is a book I’ve been waiting for a while… like Queen of zombie hearts, I got to read it as soon as possible without stopping until I’m done, not matter if I don’t sleep.

  25. Texas Book Lover

    Once I start a series I have to read all the books that are available in that series before I can read anything else. I learned a long time ago to make sure I have them all on hand before starting or I get to impatient and it gets too expensive. I watch for sales and slowly gather series I want to read and get all giddy when I finally have them all and can gorge myself on them.

  26. I have a lot of reading quirks but my biggest is grammar and punctuation! I have a hard time reading even the most interesting book if it’s poorly edited!

    Another weird thing I have to do is read before I sleep! If I don’t read before bed, I don’t sleep well. I’ve been doing this since I was around 7 years old. There’s only been a handful of nights that I haven’t read since I was a little girl. Thank god for Kindles and good book lights!

  27. Amber D.

    My reading quirk is that I have to own all the books in a series before I will start reading it.

  28. Stephanie F.

    My biggest is I can’t stop reading mid chapter, I always have to end at a new chapter. Problem is I usually keep saying one more and end up reading for two hours more, lol.