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My Life as a White Trash Zombie: A White Trash Zombie Novel

My Life as a White Trash Zombie: A White Trash Zombie Novel

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by Diana Rowland

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Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive"...


Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive"...

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Publishers Weekly
An intriguing mystery and a hilarious mix of the horrific and mundane aspects of zombie life open a promising new series from Rowland (Secrets of the Demon). Angel Crawford, a high school dropout on probation for possession of a stolen car, wakes up in a hospital with a confused memory of horrible injuries now mysteriously vanished and an anonymous benefactor setting her up with a job at the local morgue. Angel's problems with her alcoholic father, petty-criminal boyfriend Randy, handsome cop Marcus, and obnoxious co-worker Nick are overshadowed by her new appetite for the brains of the corpses she handles. Then Angel encounters a trio of odd deaths and starts tracking a serial killer with a habit of beheading his victims. Humor and gore are balanced by surprisingly touching moments as Angel tries to turn her (un)life around. (July)
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“Rowland’s delightful novel jumps genre lines with a little something for everyone—mystery, horror, humor, and even a smattering of romance. Not to be missed—all that’s required is a high tolerance for gray matter. For true zombiephiles, of course, that’s a no brainer.” — Library Journal

Equally gross and heartwarming, disgusting and rivetingMy Life as a White Trash Zombie is a clever read. If you like to see a flawed heroine pull herself back up, and can handle visceral imagery, it’s a brilliant book. Fans of Carolyn Crane, Stacia Kane and Allison Pang will dig on this one. Big time.” — 

Library Journal
Angel Crawford is the very essence of white trash—an unemployed, drug-addicted high school dropout and convicted felon who lives in a Louisiana swamp shack with her alcoholic father. But her life changes the day she wakes up in the hospital with dim memories of a car crash and an all-consuming hunger for—you guessed it!—brains. Awaiting her is a note instructing her to report to the morgue for her new job as a coroner's van driver along with a case of "energy drinks" (containing brains). Angel has been transformed into a zombie, and this is the beginning of her journey from white trash loser into self-sufficient modern woman. Rowland's delightful novel jumps genre lines with a little something for everyone—mystery, horror, humor, and even a smattering of romance. Not to be missed—all that's required is a high tolerance for gray matter. For true zombiephiles, of course, that's a no brainer.

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Publication date:
White Trash Zombie Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line. She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, and has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition. She presently lives in southern Louisiana with her husband and her daughter where she is deeply grateful for the existence of air conditioning. A master of urban fantasy, she’s the author of the Demon series and the White Trash Zombie series. She can be contacted via her website,

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My Life as a White Trash Zombie: A White Trash Zombie Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This book features an engaging 'loser' protagonist, a convoluted but entertaining plot, morbid details, wonderfully gruesome imagery and a new twist on zombies. In this story zombies are ageless supernaturals who only begin to rot when they don't get their quota of brains. The protagonist, Angel, is a surprisingly sympathetic character. Life has treated her badly but, as a pill popping high-school dropout, she's also cheated herself. At twenty-three she's going nowhere fast until she wakes up in the hospital with flashbacks of grave injury. She's told that she overdosed on drugs, and she believes it because she doesn't have a mark on her Then, she finds an anonymous note which threatens to inform her probation officer of the overdose unless she begins a job as a 'body snatcher' at the local morgue. She's also given 'energy drinks' with weird pudding-like material at the bottom. The story is part murder mystery, part upbeat self-discovery tale, part horror story and part traditional paranormal fiction with an underlying romance element. The first party narrative unwinds at a fast pace and culminates in desperate and thrilling climax. Note, the edible brain imagery and morbidity details are gruesomely excellent. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any and all zombie enthusiasts. Further, I recommend this book to all urban fantasy fans looking for an unusual but entertaining story.
Betty Patterson More than 1 year ago
WTZ wad a great read with great character development, humor, and enough romance to make me like it more than some of those will not be named vampire books. Really hope to see a followup within the next year or so, and not just cause the zombie on the cover looks like me heh. Really great read.
ZombieJoe More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book last year during during the Romantic Times convention. Diana was talking about the newest book she was working on about a white trash zombie who gets a job as a morgue tech for easy access to brains. I know it's shocking, but the an unpolitically correct story about a zombie is totally up my alley. Also, being a huge fan of the Kara Gillian series by Rowland I have been waiting impatiently for this book to release. The book opens with Angel waking up in the hospital. She was brought in as a suspected overdose victim. Her scattered memories and the mysterious package left for her at the hospital hint at something entirely different. Now don't accuse me of spoiling the book for you, but she has been turned into a zombie. Of course the reason why she has been turned into a zombie and who her mysterious mentor is keeps you hanging through the ending of the book. In fact the majority of the book is about how being turned into a zombie is one of the best things that has ever happened to her. Also a good deal of the buildup is world-building. Namely, introducing you to what it means to be a zombie in this book series. It also lays the groundwork for how the zombies abilities and weaknesses work. The author takes the difficult situation of having to make a zombie likable and excels at it. By the end of the story I was really rooting for her. This brings me to the end of the story. As I insinuated in an above comment, I will not spoil the story. George R.R. Martin may threaten to put a spoilers head on a pike, but the author in question on this series has certifications maintaining her aim and ability with deadly weapons. (According to her own bio she has worked in the police force among other jobs.) That being said, I will say that her ending took me by surprise. My expectation is for an ending (even one with a twist) to be along the lines of the direction I thought the story was going. Rowland caught me on this one, marking it as one of my favorite reads so far this season. I will over the caveat that this is a story about zombies. Those with a weak constitution should be forewarned. Even if you are a little skittish at the thought of brain-eating zombies, I would urge you to read this as you might very well be surprised at the extent to which you enjoy the novel. Mrs. Zombie (who is ironically not a fan of the gore) is chomping at the bit to read my copy of it. Easily I will give this one a full 5 dancing zombies out of 5. If you want to go the Slayer route on it, Faith calls this one 5-by-5. No matter what pop culture reference you use, it is easily worth the money. To prove that fact, even with my library budget tight I am going to stop tonight and purchase a retail copy. Normally I would consider this one for a Nook purchase, but that cover art is just to damn good to pass up!
KnowwhatIike More than 1 year ago
Half the book is setup. Conflict unconvincing and very late in the book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I'm excited to see where it goes from here!
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Angel is no angel. She’s a pill popping addict with a felony record and she can’t hold down a job. She’s also a zombie. When she wakes up in the hospital, she thinks she’s lucky to be alive after overdosing on pain pills. But then she starts getting these weird cravings, and she can’t seem to eat enough to get full. An anonymous note leads her to apply for and land a job at the morgue. That’s when her craving shows it’s true colors. That sweet smell that’s making her stomach growl in hunger is brains. What better job for a zombie than to work at the morgue. Nobody will miss a few brains here or there. I suspect any zombie would want the job. Another advantage is not having to worry about being so hungry you lose control and attack someone. But someone does notice the missing brains. And someone made Angel a zombie for a reason. And even worse, there’s a serial killer racking up a body count and taking the heads. No more brains means Angel will have to find out who the killer is or she might graduate to full dead. Angel isn’t the most likable character at first. I have little sympathy for drug addicts. Especially when they do harm to others to get their next fix. Once she was turned into a zombie, I hoped she’d take the second chance she’d been given and do something good with her “life.” She has her work cut out for her. And there’s a possible romance with a sexy deputy. I wondered what he’d think if he knew Angel craved brains. Angel made me laugh. She made me shake my head in exasperation. Then she grew, accepted the role life gave her. She slowly won me over and made me care about her. Looking for your next zombie fix. Try this series. It’s fun, kind of gross, (well, it’s about zombies and zombies eat brains), and has a killer plot. And there’s no cliffhanger ending, even though this is the first book in the series. Everything gets wrapped up. Yet it leaves you curious to know where Angel goes from here. I was so lucky to win this book!
Samantha57 More than 1 year ago
Great start to the series though had a new flaws but excited to read more
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
The Story Angel is a self-proclaimed loser and white trash. Living at home with her dad is only the beginning of her woes, as she's in her mid twenties, can't hold a job and has a problem with pills. She not bothered though. She used to want ,ore out of life, but came to the conclusion that some people just aren't that lucky. After dropping out of high school and going to jail for a car deal that was too sweet to be real, she knows she's one of those unlucky people. Then she wakes up in a hospital, an apparent drug overdose, following a night out drinking. She was found naked on the side of the road and barely escaped death.   Yeah, Angel was a loser. She was white trash.   Now Angel has a new chance at life. Maybe she can keep a job, get straight and have the house she always dreamed of. Okay, maybe it involves working at a morgue, but she seems to have a knack for the job. There's only one catch…   Angel has a huge craving for brains…good thing her patients don't seem to need them anymore.       Angel Crawford’s life is about to change in more ways than one. She struggles to take on a new perspective and come to terms with her past and future, most importantly her lack of pulse and the strange notes she keeps receiving. Can she live the life of a brain-craving zombie and not turn into a monster. My Thoughts I enjoyed every moment of this book. The first thing I noticed was that this was not your average zombie story. Instead of the typical ' ah, zombies are taking over and eating us, we have to survive' we are given a story where zombies are a minority. They have been changed, and now they are trying to remain as hidden as possible. As long as they have their fill of brains every couple of days, they remain as warm and lively as you or me. Most of them find jobs where they brains are easy to come by, such as Angel's new job at the morgue. This means they have no need to hurt anyone to stay whole and healthy, they just use the brains from those who won't need them anymore. There's even a market for them, where one of the local zombies sells those he doesn't keep for himself.  I love that the story has a completely different perspective from the typical zombie read. I love zombie stories, and this one has really got me hooked. I like reading about Angel's life and her struggles to try and remain 'normal.' She has to go through life finding out who she is, just like we humans do. She needs to learn to understand herself, her limits and what she needs to survive.  I also like that the story isn't just about that. It also has lessons about finding yourself in general, it tells you about Angel's discovery that she can make more of herself (and that lack of money isn't the only reason to turn to drugs, drink and give up on life.). Finally, you learn about Angel's love life, or lack there of, and how she comes to terms with the fact that she deserves someone good for herself as well.  The story does have a great tale of rags to riches, though Angel doesn't get rich in money, she does learn that there are other forms of rich. She starts to stand up for herself, becomes strong and gets herself out of her self-proclaimed state of white-trash.  I love the characters in the book, as each has a deep, meaningful personality. Each character sticks to the personality they have been given, and they really do feel real, not all alive, but real.  The details, both of characters and in the storyline, are brilliant. There are enough details that you know and trust everything is happening, but to enough are given to actually ruin any of the surprises that are to come.  The pace of the story is perfection. It moves swiftly, keeping your attention held, and gives you snippets of details about the brain-eating issue throughout. However, it doesn't move so fast that you aren't able to get into the story. It is just right.  OVERALL: I really enjoyed every second of this book. It was engaging, interesting and had great side lessons/stories. I know there are two more books at the moment, in the series, and I cannot wait to have a go at them. I want to know what happens to Angel and her friends next. She has so much more to learn, do, achieve and I cannot wait to see what happens. After the ending, I was left on the edge of my seat, excited and happy for Angel, but also worried and wondering where they will go from here. I would highly recommend this books to anyone age 14 and above. It does have gory details, but nothing that couldn't be handled or expected in those ages. It really is a read that you shouldn't pass up, especially if you are a zombie fan. I've never read a book like it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great new take on the zombie genre. Part mystery, part zombie story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of the Christopher Moore "Vampire books". Funny, darkly comic, and surprisingly human
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GuzziAlfa More than 1 year ago
We're talking about about a genuine heroine in Angel, a drop out, pill popping, drunk low income, trailer trash equivalent who turns into, well let's just say she becomes someone to root for with everything and everyone against her. Oh and she also just happens to be a zombie. Rowland is quickly becoming my favorite author in this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good concept and execution. Was a little baffled by her casual attitude about how she became a zombie. I know it's a zombie book, but the worry about her next meal was annoying by the end. For a while it seemed as if that was the whole story. Glad to see character growth toward the end and I look forward to starting the next book and seeing how Angel continues to discover who she really is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read! I enjoyed it so much angel is funny she is something else highly reccomend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad for a zombie book. Author kept to traditional zombie details, and writing is true to that of a white trash society
Michael_Sw More than 1 year ago
I like the modern fantasy genre, with wizards, werewolves, vampires, and zombies intermingled with cars, iPhones, and the rest of modern society. But an awful lot of the stories are repetitive or boring. This one clearly is not. Zombies and brain-eating is a gruesome topic, and yet somehow this book manages to make it palatable (forgive the awful pun). Likewise, it's usually hard to sympathize with white trash people and the lives they lead, but this book succeeds in painting a flawed but very likable protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series.
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog …does it make me a little weird that when Angel was describing her cravings for brains that I kept getting a little hungry?! That’s either really good writing, or I need to see a Doctor! ~ Under the Covers Angel Crawford is a deadbeat; with no job, a loser boyfriend, an alcoholic father and a pill addiction her life is getting no where fast. But, when she wakes up in hospital after ODing and being found naked on a road her life starts to change for the better and for the freakier, instead of craving pills, she now can’t seem to stop drooling over delicious brains… I got this book originally because I loved the cover, normally that doesn’t pan out too well but in this case I am really glad I am a bit of a cover whore because I really loved this book! I know zombies are a new craze at the moment and they seem to have a sub-genre all of their own, but this has to be the first book I have read where a zombie is the main character and not a shambling monstrosity who immediately gets its head loped off and I will definitely look closer at zombie books in the future. I do admit though, this book could be a little gross, but it wasn’t too bad and does it make me a little weird that when Angel was describing her cravings for brains that I kept getting a little hungry?! That’s either really good writing, or I need to see a Doctor! But this book was more then a gruesome tale of a girl discovering a love of devouring brains, Angel was a fantastic and well realised character. As the book went on she changed and grew as she shrugged off her label as a “loser” and started to take control of her life and become a responsible adult. The plot on this was a little slow to start as it focused mainly on Angel adjusting to her new zombie lifestyle; this made the book a little unbalanced. In the beginning not too much happened when we were being introduced to Angel and her world and then towards the end we suddenly had a zombie hunter on our hands. However, this wasn’t a problem for me, this was a first book and I expected it to be heavy on the world and character building. A fantastic read, which has the bonus of looking awesome on your book shelf and I can’t wait to see what more is in store for Angel in her new undead life.
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Wonderful book!