Monday, March 24, 2014

the UNDERTAKERS: Secret of the Corpse Eater

MMGM aka Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday was created by Shannon Messenger to give middle grade reads the attention they deserve. I'm joining in, today. If you'd like to see more MG books, click HERE to follow other participants.
I have a really cool middle grade read for you today! Plus, it gives you a chance to celebrate it's official release and get in on an awesome giveaway (Open INT.) for a chance to: 
  • be one of four (4) winners to receive an ebook copy of Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertakers 3) by Ty Drago (INT) 
  • or be the one (1) winner who'll receive an ebook copy of Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertakers 3) by Ty Drago AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT) Winners will be drawn April 25, 2014.

Meet The UNDERTAKERS. That is, unless you already have. We've got sweet covers with some pretty cool artwork and a premise will make you shiver. But, hey. A good read is a good read, especially a series. Did she say series? Yup. The first two books are plugged at the bottom of this post. But first you need to check our #3. 

And Ty brought along a surprise for you. He's graciously provided me with an excerpt. (...which was supports to be a magnificently written guest post with all of Ty's sparkle, only said owner of the Alleyway forgot to send him his topic. #stopsshyofslammingheadonlaptop #movesforeheadtodesk #bam

Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertaker #3) by Ty Drago
Publication DateMarch 25, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books
Author: Ty Drago


The Corpses are up something.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Micha had been kidnapped and replaced with a “dead” ringer, the sister to Lilith Cavanaugh,the Queen of the Dead. Now Will Ritter must go undercover in our nation’s capital to ferret out the truth and try to stop this ambitious deader. But his mission becomes even more dangerous when he learns of a mysterious ten-legged monster that prowls the halls of the Capitol Building — a lethal monster with a taste for Corpse flesh.

Can such an alien “enemy of his enemy” truly become Will’s friend?

(a peek into Chapter Three)

When a particularly huge Type Two loomed in front of me, I crouched down at the last second and rolled right between his tree trunk–sized legs. He was a giant, six-foot-six six at least, and host cadavers that big were hard to come by. Curious, I risked a glance upward and crossed my eyes.

My heebie-jeebies throttled up into full-blown panic.

Oh no…

I knew this particular dead guy. I’d fought him just a few months back. If fact, I’d driven a sword through his skull while he’d been trying to choke Helene.

Small world.

Corpses tend to have expressionless eyes that don’t give much away and this dude was no exception. But his Mask told me volumes. He recognized me, too.

Before he could make a grab for me, or even yell a warning, I straightened up and called out, “What is this? Some kind of ‘Occupy Philly’ thing? Where’re all you dudes going?”

“Shut up, kid!” This came from a nearby Type Five, his dry skin the color of parchment and his eyes so sunken that they were hard to spot. With his every step, I could hear the crunch of old tendons and when he talked, his jaw sagged to one side. Shiny, black beetles bumbled out from between his teeth. He was a mess.

He was also shuffling along right in front of the giant.

Faking a wobble on my skateboard and sudden alarm, I cried, “Watch it dude!” Then I put my hand on the Type Five’s fragile shoulder, as if scrambling for support. A shove was all it took. He toppled over, hitting the curb with a loud crunch that only a Seer would have heard. Then his head snapped off, tumbling across the sidewalk.

I moment later, as I rolled clear, Dead Giant Guy tripped over Headless Gutter Dude and crashed thunderously to the street.

ABOUT Ty Drago: 

In addition to the first two books in UNDERTAKERS series, RISE OF THE CORSPES and QUEEN OF THE DEAD, Ty Drago is the author of PHOBOS, a Science Fiction whodunit and THE FRANKLIN AFFAIR, an historical/mystery about Benjamin Franklin. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues, including the 2009 anthology YESTERDAY, I WILL ..., and he has written articles for WRITERS DIGEST.  His first UNDERTAKERS novelette, NIGHT OF MONSTERS, is currently available for FREE on and

Author Links:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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  1. Hello, Ty, and congratulations on the launch of Book 3! *waves vigorously*
    I met Ty Drago at the Sourcebooks Fire launch back in March of 2010. Geez, was that really 4 years ago?

    1. Gosh, Dianne. I remember that. I'd just started blogging and knew only a handful of bloggers. I'm not even sure that I'd fired Writer's Alley up yet.

  2. Looks like a fun story with great writing! :)

  3. Thanks for the update on this series. Looks very intriguing. Thanks also to Ty for the sneak preview. It got me hooked!

    1. I remember meeting Ty on the Teen Fire site when I first began blogging. I think it was during my first week or go. I got to read some of his work back then and new this series would be awesome!

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. I agree with Greg. The sneak peek has me hooked too.

    1. I know, right? I think it's a fast-moving story that will probably appeal to the older MGers and those younger ones who don't mind a little guts and glory. LOL

  5. Truth? I'm not usually one for zombie stories...but I confess this snippet has me ready to read more! Bravo on hooking in a reluctant reader! lol


    1. I think those are my favorite stories - the ones I was reluctant to read because, normally, their premise wouldn't be my thing.

  6. Sounds like this book and the series is "dead" on target to be a great read (sorry, couldn't help the pun lol!

    Congrats to Ty for the new release :-)

  7. Love your enthusiasm for this, Sheri. But I have to admit, zombies and heads snapping off are not really my thing. :)

    1. Haha! Honestly is always the best policy when choosing reads. I completely agree~

  8. I'm with Suzanne--not usually a zombie fan, but this series still intrigues me. Thanks for the rec!

  9. Great cover! Not sure about the Corpse Eater part in the title, but it certainly got my attention! And I'm guessing boys are going to like that bit of grossness :)


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