Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Winners for the SIEGE Arc Giveaway Announced!!

Congratulations to the winners!  Please email me your mailing address at rhiannonfrater at  I plan to send the books out tomorrow!

For those of you who did not win, check back tomorrow for a brand new giveaway.  You will LOVE this one!

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New Updates To My Blog

It's been awhile since I last overhauled my blog.  I finally got bored of the old look and updated it last night.  I'm sure I'll be tweaking it here and there, but I like how it's looking so far.

I've also added pages to the blog. You can access these new pages on the tabs above.

I have added a page with my complete book list.  Click on a cover and it will take you to a detailed page (at about the book.

Also added, per fan request, is a page where you can purchase autographed novels directly from me.  The link is to paypal, but if you want to use a debit/credit card just click the option that reads "don't have a paypal account" and it forwards you to a page where you can use your card. If you're an international fan, please make sure to read the information page carefully.

I have also moved some items off the sidebar to their own page. This includes information on how to get autographed bookplates, a kindlegraph, and my biography.

I hope you enjoy the new layout and the new additions!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Publishers Weekly Review of SIEGE

THE FIRST DAYS received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and the review for FIGHTING TO SURVIVE was glowing, yet I've been on pins and needles waiting for the review for SIEGE.  I worked very hard on the revisions for SIEGE and it quickly became the book with the biggest overhaul.  As I have recounted before on this blog, I chopped over 60,000 words out of the original manuscript. Since the story had been originally told online in serial form, there were a lot of scenes in SIEGE that were written just so I would post something.  I slashed my way through these filler scenes, hacked out any repetitiveness scenes or conversations, eliminated some stuff I wrote just to make fans happy, and returned the ending to my original inception.  By the time I was done with SIEGE, I felt pride in my accomplishment, yet a little fearful on how the old fans and new fans would respond to the book. I loved it, but would everyone else?

Publisher Weekly's review came out today and I'm so pleased with it.

The people of Ashley Oaks have managed to survive the zombie plague detailed in The First Days and Fighting to Survive, thanks to hard work and the leadership of new mayor Travis. As characters struggle with their new circumstances, they find a community of survivors, under the brutal control of ambitious Sen. Paige Brightman and Maj. Gen. Gordon Knox. The danger represented by the senator and her minions pales in comparison to the tsunami of undead making its slow but inexorable way toward Ashley Oaks and its tasty inhabitants. Frater has managed to develop an original treatment of the zompocalypse; the protagonists try their best not to abandon civilized values, and they resist despair despite tragic loss. Even in the face of disaster, the series manages an odd but reassuring optimism, a peculiar faith in humanity not often seen in horror. 
My favorite line is actually the last one. It is the well-established trope in zombie horror that everything must be doom and gloom.  Every time I watch a zombie movie, I expect everyone to bicker until they die in the end.  I knew that I was going against the tide by having a group of people building a community in the deadlands.

I'm giddy, ecstatic, and crying right now.  The enormous relief I felt when I read this review has liberated me from all my previous angst.

Remember to enter the SIEGE Giveaway!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Will the Vampire Bride Series Retell Stoker's Dracula?

The three brides
This question was asked on Twitter today and I thought I would give a more in depth answer here.

The Vampire Bride series intersects with Bram Stoker's Dracula to some degree. Lady Glynis Wright is the fourth bride of Count Dracula.  Vlad Dracula, the three brides, and even the Erzsebet (aka The Countess Dolingen) were characters from Stoker's Dracula and in Dracula's Guest, but also have pivotal roles in THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE.

The Countess Dolingen of Gratz

In THE VENGEANCE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and future books in the series, Bram Stoker's original characters make occasional appearances in the story, but are not central to the plot.  The Vampire Bride series isn't about Vlad Dracula and his many wives. It's about Glynis and her struggle to create a life for herself apart from her creator. Though Vlad Dracula's presence may cast a shadow over Glynis' world, he is not central to her life nor the plot of the series. As seen in the first two books in the series, Glynis is very good at creating a life apart from him. Also, even when Vlad had power over Glynis, he did not let her know what he was planning unless he needed her for a specific purpose.

Dracula at his castle
The events in Bram Stoker's Dracula do not include Glynis since she is my original character and there will be no alternate version of Stoker's Dracula from Glynis' viewpoint.  I am actually very aware of Glynis' life up until the early 1900's (her world runs about 100 years behind ours) and already know where she is during the events in Stoker's Dracula. She is nowhere near the castle, England or the events in the book.

That being said, the fates of the three sisters remains the same as in the original novel. As does the fate of Vlad Dracula. Van Helsing kills all three sisters and the vampire hunters stab Dracula through the heart. Erzsebet (The Countess Dolingen of Gratz in Styria) remains the same as in Dracula's Guest. Dracula kills with her with a lightning bolt. I have no intention of altering any of their fates.

A future book may overlap with the very end of Bram Stoker's Dracula, but Glynis will not be participating in the actual events of the book.

Friday, February 17, 2012

SIEGE:AS THE WORLD DIES Advance Review Copy Giveaway!! Enter Today!

SIEGE Advance Review Copy Cover 
SIEGE: AS THE WORLD DIES BOOK THREE hits the bookshelves on April 24, 2012. That date seems like a long way off, but I have a special surprise for you.

How would you like to be one of the first people to read the newly revised and improved version of SIEGE?  Wouldn't you like to know the fates of your favorite characters? Will the fort fall or survive? Who will live and who will die?

I did a massive rewrite on SIEGE and it is better than ever.  In fact it is closer to my original vision of the story (I admit I did bow to fan pressure on a few things the first time around) and it's better than ever.

The advance review copies usually only go out to book reviewers, so this will be a rare version of the novel.

So how would you like your own copy?

I'm hosting a giveaway for SIX copies of the advance review copy of SIEGE (for readers in Canada in US only). All you have to do is enter the giveaway by following the directions below.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another Quickie Update - Ken & Lenore Vrs Zombies!

I am very happy to unveil the cover for AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES VOLUME 2.  Philip Rogers yet again did a great job.

Hopefully, we'll have this book out very soon.

So what do you think of the new cover?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I'm Tumbling!!

I'm taking a quick break from trying to finish my novel to let you know that I have joined Tumblr.  So if you would like to follow me, just follow this link.

See you there!