Saturday, September 12, 2020




Waylon Jenkins has a problem. Well, he's got a few of them. The ghost of Betsy Ross lives in his house, he's pretty sure his favorite client is the victim of ongoing domestic violence, and he's been roped into helping the police investigate a series of murders. 

And his penis fell off in the shower this morning. He needs a new one, but none of his friends are willing to donate theirs to the cause. 

In case it isn't obvious by now, Waylon Jenkins is a zombie.

He's also one of the most highly respected and in-demand makeup artists in Hollywood, and that keeps him busy, no matter how dead he is. But now he needs to find out who's committing a string of murders, and make sure nobody hurts Mitzi (one name only), one of his most faithful (and famous) clients. 

He also needs a new penis. 

Pluck & Cover is the first in the Zombie Cosmetologist Novellas, a new series by J.D. Blackrose, author of The Soul Wars and The Devil's Been Busy.

Book Details

Title: Pluck &Cover

Author: JD Blackrose

Genre: humorous fantasy/cozy

Series: Zombie Cosmetologist

Publisher: Falstaff Books (March 5, 2020)

Print length: 126 pages


A few of your favorite things: books, books, all the books!
Things you need to throw out: books, books, all the books! Well, maybe not throw them out, but donate or sell. 

Things you need in order to write: two monitors. I have to be able to Google things or look at my Evernote files while I’m writing.
Things that hamper your writing: Facebook and Twitter! Social media sucks up time like nothing else.

Things you love about writing: creating a story out of your own head and sharing it with other people. It’s the closest thing to magic I know.
Things you hate about writing: finding a way to convey all the details you see in your mind to your reader without dumping ten pages of stupid, boring stuff.

Easiest thing about being a writer: making things up.

Hardest thing about being a writer: not making any money doing it.

Things you love about where you live: I live in Cleveland, and it is a fabulous place to raise a family. It is affordable and has culture and outdoor spaces. The Midwest is great.
Things that make you want to move: snow. I’m so over it.

Things you never want to run out of: fresh water, toilet paper, food, basic medical supplies.
Things you wish you’d never bought: for some reason, I own approximately seven meat thermometers. I’m pretty sure I could pare down on those.

Words that describe you: compassionate, driven, caring.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: impatient, insecure, occasionally inattentive.

Favorite foods: I like almost everything except . . .
Things that make you want to throw up: anise, fennel, and black licorice because they have the same flavor. I’m literally repulsed by it. I can’t even smell it.

Favorite smell: Bath and Bodyworks Jasmine/Vanilla body wash. It’s my favorite, and it is discontinued!

Something that makes you hold your nose: a dirty catbox. There is almost nothing worse.

Something you’re really good at: I’m a good cook. I love cooking and experimenting with different recipes and flavors. 

Something you’re really bad at: sewing. If it has to do with a needle and thread, I’m terrible at it. I can sew a button on but that is about it. Cook a dinner for twelve? No problem. Hem a pair of pants? Not on your life. 

Things to say to an author: I love your books. I recommended your books to my friends. I really enjoyed that scene when . . .
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I think you should have written your book differently. I have an idea for a story that I’m going to tell you and you should write it. I really liked the story, but I gave your book a one-star review because it arrived at my door in bad condition. (Authors have no control over shipping!)

Favorite places you’ve been: Italy. Oh, Italy.

Places you never want to go to again: Newark airport. Sorry, Newark.


J.D. Blackrose is currently writing a new urban fantasy series for BellBridge Books. She published The Soul Wars, The Devil’s Been Busy, and two Zombie Cosmetologist novellas through Falstaff Books. Her short story, "The Ghost Train," was published by Third Flatiron in their Spring 2019 Anthology and their Best of 2019 Anthology. She spends a lot of time chatting with the imaginary people in her head and is often accused of having a hearing problem. As a survival tactic, she has mastered the art of looking interested. She credits her parents for teaching her to ask questions, and in lieu of facts, how to make up answers.

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