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Friday, September 28, 2012

Pretty When She Kills Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway with Rhiannon Frater

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Hello again fellow Vagabonds. Please give a huge welcome again to Rhiannon Frater. Her new book Pretty When She Kills has just released and she has been great enough to have me be a part of her tour. Frater is will give us some background on the various creatures that go bump in the night her her series and she is offering a giveaway of both of her books to one lucky winner. So let's get this party started!

Necromancers, Zombies, and Ghosts
Rhiannon Frater

When I decided to write about vampires, necromancers, and the zombies the necromancers control in PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES, I knew I was leaving a door open for ghosts to enter the mix in the subsequent novels. I was excited at the idea of expanding the mythology of the universe in the sequel, PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS.  The seeds for the sequel and the final book in the trilogy are in the first book. One of those seeds came to fruition with the growing powers of the characters from the first book discovers she can see the spirits of the dead.

Expanding the necromantic powers in the world of PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS just seemed like a natural progression. Amaliya, the protagonist, is already a rarity in the world of the supernaturals. Her creator, The Summoner, was the only known necromancer/vampire until her creation. In the second book, the discovery of another necromancer/vampire offspring of The Summoner immediately is cause for concern. Amaliya’s existence has already caused a lot of upheaval and put her in danger. Amaliya still doesn’t fully understand the extent of her powers and it’s her blood that infuses Samantha (who is still mortal), Cian’s ex, with new necromantic powers.

In PRETTY WHEN SHE KILLS, Samantha has a terrifying experience with a ghost when she’s jogging around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin one morning. It doesn’t take her long to realize that something is amiss.

“My ex-fiancé is fucking Vampira and I’ve gone all Sixth Sense! My life sucks!” Samantha wiped at her eyes irritably. “I’m so not going all Patricia Arquette. I refuse to! Because the next thing you know I’ll be all John Edwards-y and people will be banging on my door wanting the deets of their dead granny’s peach cobbler recipe!” –Pretty When She Kills

Soon Samantha is testing the limits of her abilities to see the spirits of those who have passed on while she struggles to understand why it’s happening.  Samantha is often the comic relief of the story. With her rabid love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, her adversarial relationship with Amaliya, and her determination to fight against the big bads, she takes on a greater role and becomes a strong central figure in the novel.

One of the fun aspects of Samantha’s powers was that I created a whole new type of necromancy for her.  While Amaliya can raise the physical bodies of the dead (zombies) and use them as an army, Samantha interacts with the spiritual fragments of those who have moved on. Her ability allows her to interact with ghosts in ways that surprises even Jeff, the vampire hunter and her potential boyfriend. By the end of the book, Samantha comes to fully embrace her abilities as a phasmagnus and begins to wield her power in the battle against the new evil coming against those she cares about.

The PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES trilogy is much more than just a story about vampires. It’s about love, death, betrayal, and sacrifice in the face of a horrifying evil. With zombies and ghosts in the mix.

About Rhiannon Frater
Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant.
During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a serial online under the title AS THE WORLD DIES, she later self-published the series in three novels to satisfy the many fans of the story. The first novel in the series, THE FIRST DAYS, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.

The AS THE WORLD DIES books were purchased by Tor in 2010.The first book, THE FIRST DAYS, was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The second, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE, was released on November 8, 2011. The third book, SIEGE, will be released in April 2012.

She is also the author of THE LIVING DEAD BOY AND THE ZOMBIE HUNTERS, PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES: A Vampire Novel and two novels in the Vampire Bride Series (THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and THE VENGEANCE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE). All her works have been optioned for either TV or film.

Rhiannon continues to live in Austin, Texas with her husband and is now a full-time writer.
She is represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media agency. 

Follow Rhiannon Frater Here: 


Interview with Rhiannon Frater HERE and Cover Reveal
6 out of 5 star Review for The Tale of the Vampire Bride

Pretty When She Dies is now on Audiobook!


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*One winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter
*Contest ends October 8th!
*Open Internationally!
*Books provided by Rhiannon Frater

**Don't forget GRAND PRIZE Giveaway over at The Bookish Brunette**


  1. Thank you for the giveaway ladies. I would love to win these books and hurry up and get them read before the movies come out!! That would be so exciting. Keep on writing and I'll be reading Rhiannon.

  2. One of my top favorite authors!! I'm loving this blog tour! Thank you for being a part of this blog tour Diana! :D

    DeAnna Schultz

  3. Awesome post! I am starting this book tonight! Can't wait and I have Rhiannon on my blog on Monday of next week!

  4. @Laura-You are so welcome hon and thank you for the comment. The movies are sure to be epic. I can't wait either.

    @Sacredmoon- I knew you would be on board for sure. How can you not love Frater? Thanks for the comment hon and good luck :)

    @Heidi- Thank you hon. Oh you will love it. I will keep my eyes peeled for the post. Thank you for the comment hon :)


Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D