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After discovering what was hidden in Mexico and having to sneak back across the border Orlando returns to Los Angeles, but is unable to return to his home.
Instead of hunting Zombies he is now hunted.
Betrayed by those he thought he could trust, Orlando must keep the truth of what he knows to himself.
That is until dead relatives return with dire warnings.
Hi Everyone! I’m M.M. Shelley and today I’d like to share my novellas:
The Zombie Story & Dead Relatives
They are about Magick and Zombies, a little different take on the Zombie genre and follows the adventures of Orlando as he arrives in a new city.
Ruben Juarez has always been careful; he’s had no choice not to be. Orphaned at a young age it has been just him and Elodie, his younger sister, they avoided the foster system by staying anonymous. It hasn’t been easy and it has made him feel disconnected.
To make money he became involved with underground fighting and he has become quite good at it. He can detect someone’s weak spot just by watching how they carry themselves. Ruben has never boasted about the number of wins he has on his belt or about anything else for that matter. Boxing has always been a way for him to burn off steam, a way to forget about everything and just live in the moment.
He didn’t begin hunting zombies until he learned that he could make money at it. He was approached by a man named Maxwell who made him a generous offer if he would agree to train Orlando Drake.
It was an odd offer, but the money was good so he didn’t question it. Maybe he should have questioned it and just maybe he should have walked away. If he had not felt a deep responsibility to look out for his sister he just might have walked away.
His dream would be to just ride on his motorcycle from town to town, nowhere in particular--just far away from everyone who knows him. Ruben has never been one to run away from his responsibility but if it wasn’t for Elodie he just might decide to up and leave.
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Dead Relatives Excerpt
Michael stepped out of a car that he had ‘borrowed’ and waved
down. Michael had to raise his voice in order to be heard over the engine. “What happened to Ruben?” he asked. Orlando
They had decided to number the six men that they were looking for. They felt it was easier to keep track of them that way. Jeffries had been number six and he was safely tucked away at the camp.
The camp was compiled of hunters and others who had no place else to go.
had only been calling it home for about a week. He’d been gone from home for a week and he hadn’t even contacted his family, he knew that they wouldn’t be safe if he did. He had heard that someone had placed a bounty on his head. That someone had been asking questions about him and had even shown up at his high school and had come by the camp. Orlando
Michael walked over to a garage and pulling the lever he opened it, inside was dark.
rolled his motorcycle inside and Michael released the lever allowing it to close them inside. Orlando
A light turned on,
could see that it was a work space, tables had been set up and computer equipment was actively running some sort of data. The windows to the garage had been blacked out. Orlando
“I’ve been monitoring them for a few days.” Michael said as he waved
over to a computer screen. “Every two hours a code name pops up. Lexicon.” Orlando
“Lexicon? Is that the name of the fifth?”
“I couldn’t say for sure. It could be the name of a project or something else.”
“What else does it say?”
“They are preparing for some kind of delivery. I don’t know much more then that.”
said. “Let’s get it done.” Orlando
“You don’t want to wait for Ruben?” Michael asked as he seemed unsure about proceeding without him.
“Yeah, but your magick hasn’t been the most reliable.”
Michael backed down at his words. “I was just saying.”
The classification of magick was simple; there were three levels of magick: Wizard, Mercurial and Novice. A Wizard was someone who’s magick was most strong and constant. It was rare to be a classified Wizard and many doubted the existence of them.
A Mercurial had magick, yet the magick was never reliable, it was never steady and it could be destructive. The steady use of magick over time could make the person go mad from the effects.
A person with the least possible amount of magick was called a Novice. Novices had no control over magick when it was used. Most Novices went years without being able to use magick or sometimes they never used it at all.
The effects of Magick had been widely studied with tests and experiments to somehow control how a person used magick, to make magick more effective for a Novice and to control the desire for more magick in a Mercurial. None of these experiments had been effective and had ended in disaster.
The classification of magick was put into effect to control and curb one’s use of it. Everyone would begin the process of classification, which took years, at the age of thirteen or fourteen. They would be subjected to an endurance test and an I.Q. test to determine their classification. The classification, once given, would determine the course of one’s future. With the economy in a recession and well on its way into a depression, the classification process was more important than ever.
Orlando and Michael agreed to a plan and decided that they would arrive separately. As
turned his cell phone to silent he noted that Elodie had called him and that she had left a message. He would call her later when he had good news. Orlando
"Dead Relatives" is the 2nd installment of the Orlando Chronicles. You may read my review of novella #1, "The Zombie Story" HERE!
Book 2 picks up where Book 1 left off. Orlando and the gang are in Mexico, working on a plan to come back across the border into the United States. Zombies are still on the loose and the gang must try to locate the "fifth" and investigate someone or something called the "Lexicon."
This installment brings with it a lot of action and perilous conditions. Orlando now has the ability to see and hear ghosts, which becomes advantageous on several occasions. Dead Relatives has stepped up the series a notch in adventure, badness, and action. The zombies are much stronger (think a bull as a zombie and you'll hit the nail on the head), Orlando realizes that the evil guys are actually more evil than they first though, revelations about what really happened in Warehouse One come to light, and discoveries about Orlando's parents shed light on their sudden move to L.A.
This is another fine example of a novella that takes it's time (even though it's a short book) and develops all of the characters and scenes. The author does all of this without leaving me feeling like there was too much information, not enough development or explanation of scenes, or important plot lines skipped.
The dialogue isn't quite as uncomfortable as I thought the first novella was and I enjoyed reading "Dead Relatives" without that distraction.
Young Adults and those in love with zombies will definitely want to put "The Zombie Story" and "Dead Relatives" on their To Be Read list!
About the Author:
M.M. Shelley is a storyteller, word smith and dreamer. MISHAP AND MAYHEM, a captivating story of faerie's and magic, is her debut novel. She has traveled the world extensively in search of the magic which is often overlooked in everyday life. M.M. Shelley is a native of southern California, and a student of mythology from which she gets much inspiration.
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