Glass Frost Teaser

Note: You’ve heard all about First Frost, now it’s time to learn a bit more about the sequel…Glass Frost. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Reluctantly Bianca sat down on a nearby stool; the chairs were so small that she worried she would break them. Luckily for her, they were quite sturdy. Bianca took a seat next to Terrance. Ming eventually joined them and sat beside the prince. Bianca noticed the awestruck look on Prince Ferdinand’s face as he ran his hands along the table.

“Are you okay?” Bianca asked.

He lifted his gaze at her. “Incredible. Isn’t it?”

Bianca grinned and nodded. When she closed her eyes, she could easily imagine a young Snow White living here. A beautiful little girl, scared, with nowhere else to go. Probably relieved to have found a safe place to call home. Someplace where she wouldn’t be abused, threatened, or killed. A steady energy seemed to run through the cottage. It hummed with warmth and love.

The three dwarves joined them in the dining room where they all sat and drank herbal tea. Bianca breathed in the warm and aromatic fragrance of the cloves and cinnamon.

“This cottage was half the size when Snow lived with us,” Collier said.

“Really?”

“Snow didn’t care though. She loved it here,” Howard said. “She helped rebuild the kitchen and planted a vegetable and rose garden beside the cottage. It hasn’t been touched since she passed away, but every year there is a fresh crop of vegetables ripe for the pickin’. I swear every year the roses smell sweeter and sweeter.”

Bianca imagined Snow White helping them build the kitchen and the other rooms in the house. She could picture her with silver-colored nails glinting on the corner of her mouth and a hammer in her hand, ready to do anything to help. Bianca wondered if she helped carve the designs on the walls, and if so, which ones was she responsible for.

“She loved you,” Bianca said.

“Aye, she did,” Knox said. All three brothers nodded in agreement.

“Were you angry with her when she left?” Terrance asked.

“No. Not at all. This wasn’t a place for a beautiful princess. We were sad to see her go, but never angry,” Knox explained.

Bianca was happy to hear that. Did Snow White know how they felt? She liked to think so.

Knox finished his tea and set his mug down on the table.

“Come…follow me,” he said. He grunted as he got out of his chair. “You’ll have to forgive my slowness…these old bones aren’t what they used to be. I am nine hundred and ninety seven years old after all.”

Bianca set her tea aside and followed Knox as he led her up the steps.

“Is it true?” Bianca asked.

“Is what true?”

“That dwarves live until they are a thousand years old.”

“Yes, it’s true.” Knox gave her a single nod.

“Doesn’t it scare you? Knowing that you only have three years left?”

“Death doesn’t frighten me, child. I’m looking forward to being finished with this life. I’ll see my brothers again. I’ll see Snow White once more. I won’t be so tired anymore.”

Bianca had a hard time believing what Knox just said. She had never met anyone that was looking forward to dying. In all honesty, she had never thought about what she would be like twenty years down the road. As far ahead as she was thinking at the moment was her senior year in high school and her eighteenth birthday. But other than that? She had no clue.

Bianca continued to follow Knox up the lopsided stairs. She had to bend a little so her head wouldn’t touch the ceiling. Once they reached the hallway, she studied her surroundings. There were four rooms. Three of them she could peek into, but all she could see was the foot of their beds. The door to the fourth bedroom was closed. That was the room he led her to.

Knox opened the door; it released a soft creak, as though it had been ages since anyone had stepped inside its threshold. It had a higher ceiling than the rest of the cottage. In the middle of the room was a full-size bed with white lace sheets and a single pillow. There was a small night table with a silver candlestick and a single half-burnt white candle. At the foot of the bed was a large wooden trunk. It was a beautiful polished cherry. All Bianca wanted to do was open it and find out what secrets it held.

“This was Snow’s room,” Knox said.

“It’s beautiful.” And Bianca meant it. She was struck by the simplicity of the place. It was elegant. Uncomplicated. Much like the woman that inhabited this space.

“We’ve left it just as it is. We come in every once in a while to dust and clean off the cobwebs.”

He opened the trunk and very carefully placed the items on top of the bed. There was a white dress, a pair of dusty-rose silk slippers, black work boots, a navy-blue and white quilt, and lace gloves that had yellowed with age. Then he tugged on a small piece of rope and revealed a secret hiding place. Patiently, Bianca waited. Knox pulled out a red velvet bag with gold ties.

“Here.” He handed the bag to Bianca.

“What is it?” she asked as she took the bag from him. She couldn’t get over the rich velvet fabric she held in her hands. The fabric felt soft against her fingertips. Bianca had never seen anything so luxurious in her life.

“I don’t know. I’ve never looked inside. She never said what it was or what to do with it. All she told me was that she would return someday to retrieve it. Unfortunately that day never came. And seeing as you’re her kin, I like to think she wouldn’t mind if you had it.”

Knox took the items he had placed on the bed and put them back inside the trunk. He gently closed the lid and walked out of the room. He closed the door behind him with a soft click, leaving Bianca alone to examine the red velvet bag.

She let out a deep sigh. It never ends.

She sat on the corner of the bed. The color on the blood-red bag was still bright. It was as though it had been at the bottom of the trunk for a few days and not a couple of centuries. She undid the knot and emptied the contents on top of the bed.

“Apple seeds,” she whispered.

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Zombie Ever After/Free Comic Book Day Giveaway

To celebrate Zombie Ever After & Free Comic Book Day I decided to have a little giveaway. What’s up for grabs? A signed Zombie Ever After sample of issue #1, Zombie Ever After limited edition lip balm and a $10 gift card to Amazon.com. What’s not to love?

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Road Trip with Lizzie

Yesterday was the craziest day of my life.

First of all I want to give a HUGE shout out to Joanne Reinbold and Justynn Tyme for being brave enough to drive me down to the Kent County Library for Authors and Audiences Event.

So you can understand why it was such an insane day for me, let’s start with the day before.

Friday, April 25th 2014 9:30 PM

Bedtime. At least I seem to think so, my kids have different ideas. 9:30 PM is officially the witching hour here in my house. My kids seem to have more energy and fight sleep with everything they’ve got. Peter was being his usual fun loving, rambunctious self as usual. He was running in his room, with the iPhone in his hands, not paying attention to where he was going, tripped, fell and bit his own lip. I was in the living room when I heard the loud THUMP, quickly followed by his crying.

I ran to the bedroom and found Peter just standing up from his fall when I noticed a shock of bright red over his teeth, lips and chin. It was a disaster. I won’t give you too many details because trust me, I don’t want to remember how awful it was. Safe to say, he didn’t need stitches. I cleaned his wound as best as I could, gave him a lot of Tylenol and was able to get a little bit of sleep.

Next morning. Saturday, April 26th 2014. 6:30 AM

I checked on Peter and he seemed to be okay. So I got ready to go to Dover for Author’s and Audiences with Joanne and Justynn who had graciously agreed to pick me up in exchange for gas money.

I said, “You guys are brave. I can promise you it’s never boring when I’m around.” I didn’t think it was going to be this eventful. Usually I’m just a smartass, telling jokes and making sure everyone has a good time. But this time? Stuff actually went a little crazy. I blame the fairies.

Here’s what happened.

1. My debit card wouldn’t work at the gas station. Sounds silly, but to me that was the first sign that things were going to get a helluva lot more interesting.

2. Luckily the drive went smoothly. Lots of great discussions, laughs, and jokes. I had a lot of fun talking to Joanne and Justynn and getting to know them and allowing them to get to know me better.

3. When we finally arrived, I bent forward to check my shoes and unbuckle my seat belt when I heard a loud SNAP. For a moment I thought that my bra had become unhooked. When I got out of the car I felt a breeze…that was when I realized that the zipper in my BRAND NEW dress had come undone. Joanne and two other authors that I was meeting for the very first time got to see me in a very awkward situation. They tried to fix the dress and get the zipper to work but nothing worked. All I could do was put my jacket back on and wait until the library opened so we could get set up, and have Justynn take me to WalMart so I could buy a new dress.

4. Once the library doors opened to the authors (the library opened to the public at 1PM but authors were allowed inside at 10AM) I put my things down and headed straight to the ladies room. Took my dress off and pulled, pried, prodded, swore enough to make a seasoned truck driver blush and finally fixed the zipper on my dress. MIRACLE!!

5. Had lunch. Called Kurt to check up on Peter. He hadn’t eaten or drunk anything all day. I’m exhausted and worried. Still try to put on a brave face because my mom told me that since his lip was hurt he wasn’t going to have much of an appetite. But still…my baby boy was on my mind all day long.

6. Got a chance to meet Annette Curtis Klause author of Blood and Chocolate & The Silver Kiss. Listened to her speech and discovered that we had a lot in common.

7. Had lunch and got a chance to meet Christy Schaffer who is even lovelier in person (we met on facebook). And also saw some other friends and fellow authors that made the trip to the library specifically to see Joanne, Justynn and I. Definitely the highlight of my day.

8. Had a mishap with my credit card reader. It was working just fine until suddenly it just refused to work. Why? I have no clue. At least the lady was a good sport and found an ATM machine nearby and bought a copy of Someone Wicked. (BTW Have you picked up your copy of this amazing book yet?)

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9. I feel bad because even with all the craziness going on I had a really great time with my friends, but my mind was elsewhere. My mind was on Peter and how he was doing. Because no matter where I am, I’m always a mommy. By the time I had checked in on my husband and the kids, Peter still hadn’t had a single thing to eat or drink.

10. We left a few minutes early because most people had already left (beautiful day usually means that people are going to spend the day outside) and I really wasn’t paying much attention to what was going on. I blame exhaustion and checking my phone every ten minutes to see how Peter was.

11. The drive back to Wilmington went smoothly thank God. We talked the whole time. And it’s funny because when I’m home I don’t say much. I keep my thoughts to myself but when I’m around like-minded people, I can’t shut up. I have to talk to the point where I have to get as much of my thoughts out of my head as possible. And then I can go back to hibernating in my house until my next outing.

12. Ooohh and I got a leprechaun’s cane/magic wand yesterday. Christy Schaffer gave it to me and I’m totally going to find a way to write it into my next book. 🙂 And I got books signed by Annette Curtis Klause. 😀 Will post pictures later.

13. In case anyone is wondering Peter is doing a lot better now. Took a trip to the emergency room, and lots of love, and patience but he’s finally eating, drinking and being his usual, fun loving, rambunctious self.

Kind of a bestseller…

Okay…so a lot has happened since yesterday. I’ve been promoting my book’s sale like crazy over the past few days. On facebook, twitter, google +, tumblr…even a few well placed ads and one thing led to another and First Frost has soared all the way to the top.

How high?

I took screen shots. 🙂

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I’m keeping my favorite author of all time Marissa Meyer company!! 😀

 

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And here’s the cherry on top. 😀

 

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I was a B&N Top 100 Bestseller: Nook Books!!!

That’s the highest I’ve ever gotten on B&N. 🙂 I’m over the moon over this! I still can’t believe this is all actually happening to me. I keep waiting to either wake up from a dream or discover that this is all an elaborate prank. But I’ve been hitting the refresh button obsessively and it’s all very real. 🙂 Although now comes the sucky part, where I get to watch my book go down the chart until poof! off it goes. Back into obscurity. But man, did I enjoy seeing my little book have that moment in the sun. A point where hundreds (possibly thousands) of people saw my book and my name. 🙂

I’m going to have stickers made where it’ll say B&N Nook Bestseller. Because now it’ll be true! 😀

 

First Frost Excerpt

Bianca got out of her car and ran inside the house. She called for her mother as she searched for her upstairs in all of the rooms. Nothing. She quickly ran downstairs and was ready to go down to the basement when a strange turquoise light caught her eye. She looked out the kitchen window; she couldn’t believe what she saw. Her mother was throwing what Bianca could only describe as balls of turquoise fireballs at a woman wearing a black hood. Bianca couldn’t see the woman’s face, but she could see her pale hands and slender fingers.
Bianca tried to make sense of it all. She kept expecting to see a special effects crew to come out from behind the trees and tell her that it was all part of an elaborate prank. But no such thing happened. All she knew was that a strange turquoise flame was coming out of her mother’s hands.
She knew that her mother sometimes read old dusty books on witchcraft, but she didn’t know she had actual powers. She thought about all the little quirks her mother had. Things that Bianca thought were essentially Rose. Her mother talked to plants and trees. She would sometimes stare off into space as though she were looking at something in another world. Something only she could see. She read tarot cards to random people and would tell them things about his or her life as though she were reading an open book. Bianca always thought she just made really lucky guesses. She chose not to believe in this other world and everything it stood for. Magic represented a life out of the norm, and Bianca desperately wanted to be normal. Just like everyone else.
Bianca pulled herself out of her thoughts. As she looked at the blue and green flashes in the backyard, she quickly realized that this was something she couldn’t escape. Normal was no longer a part of her world. Normal was no longer an option for her.
Bianca didn’t know what to do. She was frozen in place. She was afraid to distract her mother for even a second. She ducked behind the screen door; at least this way she could still hear what they were saying to each other.
“Did you really think I wouldn’t come?” the witch shouted. “Oh, I knew you’d be back,” Rose replied.
Bianca slowly lifted her gaze and peeked above the screen. She saw her mother standing behind the shed on the left side of their backyard. The witch was still too far away for her to get a good look at her, but Bianca could tell that she was on the far right corner of their yard.
“Where’s the book?” the witch demanded.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Rose replied with a smirk.
“Don’t be coy with me. You know very well what I’m talking about.”
“Sorry. I can’t help you.” Rose’s breathing was becoming more labored and she was drenched in sweat…obvious signs of exhaustion, but Bianca could tell by the look on her mother’s face that she wouldn’t give up.
“The wards in the museum are impressive. I couldn’t get past them. But maybe…she’ll know where the book is,” the witch said as she looked in Bianca’s direction and threw a sickly olive-colored fireball at the screen door.
Bianca shrieked and jumped out of the way. The screen door fell off its hinges and landed on the kitchen floor with a loud thud.
“Bianca!” Rose screamed.
© Liz DeJesus 2012

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LOL See my play on words there? I thought it was funny. 😀 I felt like celebrating the arrival of Spring (finally! Hopefully I’m not the only one that was sick of snow and cold). So I’m putting First Frost on sale for 99 cents everywhere ebooks are sold!

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For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Fairy Tale Friday

This weeks edition of Fairy Tale Friday will be about my absolute favorite princess…Snow White. I think this story has everything, a beautiful princess, loss of parents, evil stepmother (which technically makes her an orphan), dwarves, poisoned apple, jealousy, kiss, and then she comes back from the dead! Seriously. What else does this story need?

Well there are different versions of this story. In some the evil stepmother tries to kill her three times, with ribbons,  a poisoned comb and last but not least the poisoned apple. And then the prince wakes her up but again there are different versions that explain how it happened. The most romantic one is with true loves kiss, and in another version the prince decides to take her casket with him to his castle and in the journey  the casket hits a bump, making the bit of apple move dislodge itself from Snow White’s throat and allows her to breathe again. I’d rather go with true love’s kiss…it’s a lot less creepy. I mean…why would the prince want a dead body? I mean, come on!

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Anyway here’s what I’ve found on wikipedia:

Snow White” is a German fairy tale known across much of Europe, and is today one of the most famous fairy tales worldwide. The Brothers Grimm published it in 1812 in the first edition of their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales. It was titled in German: Sneewittchen (in modern orthography Schneewittchen), and numbered as Tale 53. The Grimms completed their final revision of the story in 1854.[1]

The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the 7 dwarfs, who were first given individual names in the Broadway play Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (1912) and then given different names in Walt Disney‘s 1937 filmSnow White and the 7 Dwarfs. The Grimm story, which is commonly referred to as “Snow White”, should not be confused with the story of “Snow White and Rose Red” (in German “Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot“), another fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.[2]

In the Aarne-Thompson folklore classification, tales of this kind are grouped together as type 709, Snow White. Others of this kind include “Bella Venezia“, “Myrsina“, “Nourie Hadig” and “Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree“.[3]

Story

1. The Queen asks the magic mirror

5. The dwarfs warn Snow White

2. Snow White in the forest

6. The Queen has poisoned Snow White

3. The dwarfs find Snow White asleep

7. The Prince awakes Snow White

4. The Queen visits Snow White

8. The Queen arrives at the wedding

At the beginning of the story, a queen sits sewing at an open window during a winter snowfall when she pricks her finger with her needle, causing three drops of blood fall onto the snow on the ebony window frame. Admiring the beauty of the resulting color combination, she says to herself: “Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that is as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as that wood of the window frame”. Soon after, the queen indeed gives birth to a baby girl as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and with hair as black as ebony. They name her Snow White, and not long after, the queen dies.[1][4]

After a year has passed, the King takes a new wife, who is beautiful but also unutterably wicked and vain. The new Queen possesses a Magic Mirror which she asks every morning: “Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?”. The mirror always replies: “My Queen, you are the fairest in the land.” The Queen is always pleased with that, because the magic mirror never lies. But, when Snow White reaches the age of seven, she becomes as beautiful as the day and even more beautiful than the Queen and when the Queen asks her mirror, it responds: “My Queen, you are the fairest here so true. But Snow White is a thousand times more beautiful than you.”[1][4]

This gives the queen a great shock, and she becomes yellow and green with envy, and from that hour her heart turns against Snow White, and with every following day she hates Snow White more and more. Envy and pride, like ill weeds, grow in her heart taller every day, until she has no peace day or night. The Queen orders a Huntsman to take Snow White into the deepest woods to be killed. She demands as proof that Snow White is dead, he returns with her lungs and liver. The huntsman takes Snow White into the forest. After raising his knife, he finds himself unable to kill her as she sobs heavily and begs him: “Oh, dear huntsman, don’t kill me! Leave me with my life, I will run into the forest and never come back!”. The huntsman leaves her behind alive, convinced that the girl would be eaten by some wild animal. He instead brings the Queen the lungs and liver of a young boar, which is prepared by the cook and eaten by the Queen.[1][4]

After wandering through the forest for days, Snow White discovers a tiny cottage belonging to a group ofSeven Dwarfs. Since no one is at home, she eats some of the tiny meals, drinks some wine and then tests all the beds. Finally the last bed is comfortable enough for her and she falls asleep. When the Seven Dwarfs return home, they immediately become aware that someone sneaked in secretly, because everything in their home is in disorder. During their loud discussion about who sneaked in, they discover the sleeping Snow White. The girl wakes up and explains to them what happened and the Dwarfs take pity on her, saying: “If you will keep house for us, and cook, make beds, wash, sew, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay with us, and you shall have everything that you want.” They warn her to be careful when alone at home and to let no one in when they are away delving in the mountains.[1][4]

Meanwhile, the Queen asks her mirror once again: “Magic Mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?” The mirror replies: “My Queen, you are the fairest here so true. But Snow White beyond the mountains at the seven Dwarfs is a thousand times more beautiful than you.”[1] The Queen is horrified to learn that the huntsman has betrayed her and that Snow White is still alive. She keeps thinking about how to get rid of Snow White, then she disguises herself as an old peddler. The Queen then walks to the cottage of the Dwarfs and offers her colourful, silky laced bodices and convinces the girl to take the most beautiful bodice as a present. Then the Queen laces it so tight that Snow White faints, causing the Queen to leave her for dead. But the Dwarfs return just in time and Snow White revives when the Dwarfs loosen the laces.[1][4]

Next morning the Queen consults her mirror anew and the mirror reveals Snow White’s survival. Now infuriated, the Queen dresses as a comb seller and convinces Snow White to take a beautiful one as a present. She brushes Snow White’s hair with a poisoned comb and the girl faints again, but she is revived by the Dwarfs. And the next morning the mirror tells the Queen, that Snow White is still ‘a thousand times more beautiful’ than its mistress. Now the Queen nearly has a heart attack in shock and rage. As a third and last try, she secretly consults the darkest magic and makes a poisoned apple, and in the disguise of a farmer‘s wife, she offers it to Snow White. The girl is, at first, hesitant to accept it, so the Queen cuts the apple in half, eating the white (harmless) part and giving the red (poisoned) part to Snow White. The girl eagerly takes a bite and falls into a state of suspended animation, causing the Queen to triumph. This time, the Dwarfs are unable to revive the girl, because they can’t find the source of Snow White’s poor health and, assuming that she is dead, they place her in a glass coffin.[1][4]

Time passes, and a Prince traveling through the land sees Snow White. He strides to her coffin, and enchanted by her beauty, instantly falls in love with her. The Dwarfs succumb to his entreaties to let him have the coffin, and as his servants carry the coffin away, they stumble on some roots. The tremor caused by the stumbling causes the piece of poisoned apple to dislodge from Snow White’s throat, awakening her. The Prince then declares his love for her, and soon a wedding is planned. The couple invites every Queen and King to come to the wedding party, including Snow White’s stepmother. Meanwhile, the Queen, still believing that Snow White is dead, again asks her magical mirror who is the fairest in the land. The mirror says: “You, my Queen, are fair so true. But the young Queen is a thousand times fairer than you.”[1][4]

Appalled in disbelief and with her heart full of fear and doubts, the Queen is, at first, hesitant to accept the invitation, but she eventually decides to go. Not knowing that this new queen was indeed her stepdaughter, she arrives at the wedding, and her heart fills with the deepest of dread when she realizes the truth. As a punishment for her attempted murders, a pair of glowing-hot iron shoes are brought forth with tongs and placed before the Queen. She is forced to step into the burning shoes and to dance until she drops dead.[1][4]

Variations [edit]

In their first edition, the Brothers Grimm published the version they had first collected, in which the villain of the piece is Snow White’s jealous mother. In a version sent to another folklorist prior to the first edition, additionally, she does not order a servant to take her to the woods, but takes her there herself to gather flowers and abandons her; in the first edition, this task was transferred to a servant.[5] It is believed that the change to a stepmother in later editions was to tone down the story for children.[6]

Disney’s variation of Snow White gave the Dwarfs names and included magical, moving trees and a singing Snow White.

Another notable variation is the 2012 feature film Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders. In this version of Snow White, Snow White becomes a warrior in order to overthrow the Queen and the Huntsman is presented as her mentor and possible love interest.

Many later versions omit the queen’s attempted cannibalism, eating what she believed to be the lungs and liver of Snow White, reference on old Slavic mythology where witch eats hearts of people, like in some versions of this tale.

 

FYI Here’s another sneak peek at Zombie Ever After. Neve Blanche is based on my favorite princess, Snow White. ImageStory by Liz DeJesus, Artwork by Mik Jimenez and Colors by Lynn Kranz

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Zombie Ever After Sneak Peek Part II

Zombie Ever After Sneak Peek Part II

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What else would you want? See more of Red in the upcoming “Zombies Ever After”

Artwork by Mik Jimenez
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