Candace Marshall: The Heroine You Didn't Know You Needed


I was the bravest, fiercest warrior, singlehandedly stopping the zombie apocalypse and earning the respect and admiration of those who fought with me.

Just kidding. I pretty much peed my pants and wasted a ton of ammo. At least everyone else shot what they were aiming at. Me? Not so much. This is my story—me, Candace Marshall, the world’s biggest scaredy-cat, facing my biggest fear. Zombies. It was awesome. (As in, not at all.)

Entertaining from beginning to end! When I think of zombie books, I visualize anything but humor, but Michele Israel Harper nailed it with a comical, awkward protagonist you immediately fall in love with.

Candace Marshall reluctantly accompanies her loser boyfriend Peter to an interactive zombie film—complete with Hollywood stud Gavin Bailey in the theater seats. Swoon! During the Q&A time, a terrified Candace interrupts the movie-goers with her embarrassing (although accurate) tirade on zombies—only for a boyfriend-stealing bimbo to take Candace’s place next to Peter, leaving her on her own.

After leaving the theater with tears streaming down her cheeks, Candace runs into the handsome Gavin Bailey, who asks to buy her a cup of coffee. Which she turns down.

I know that if Ashton Kutcher ever asked me for coffee, there's no way I could say no. But Candace had a little bit of stage fright.

An altercation in the theater parking lot with a dreadlock-donning miscreant, however, leads to a car ride in Gavin’s gorgeous sports car—and a coffee date after all.

The coffee date is cut short when Gavin and Candace notice emergency vehicles heading toward the theater. Even boyfriend-less, Candace shows compassion and asks Gavin to head back to the theater to check on Peter. Upon entering, they notice spilled popcorn and shattered glass amongst the flames.

Oh yeah—and zombies.

I opened my mouth to say something sexy and flattering but instead shouted, “Look out behind you!” and poked him in the eye with my finger.

Horror becomes reality as Candace's peaceful town morphs into a mess of slathering zombies. Together, Gavin and Candace fight their way through the disaster, making plenty of blunders along the way.

But, just when Candace thinks it can’t get worse than zombies, it does.

Full of clumsy romance, consistent comedy, and the perfect dose of action, Michele Israel Harper's Zombie Takeover is the humorous take on the zombie apocalypse you gotta experience.

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An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.