Heartbeat

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
After the Zombie Apocalypse, civilization adapts to troubled times. But can the living and the undead co-exist in peace? A zombie defender must question his principles when a hunter becomes infected by the zombie plague and threatens the boy's mother in "Heartbeat". More

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About Lori R. Lopez

Lori R. Lopez wears many hats, literally and otherwise. She is an artist who designs her book covers and illustrates some of her tomes. As an author she writes poems, short stories, novels, children's books and songs, as well as a humorous-slash-serious column called "Poetic Reflections" at Fairy Fly Entertainment. She is a musician, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger and animal-lover. A vegetarian, her work often contains themes of conservation, animal rights, and the rights of children. Lori unapologetically takes pride in creatively bending and reshaping the rules of writing when it suits her style.

A horror fan since small, she roamed graveyards as a kid and conducted funerals for dead birds, squirrels, insects and spiders. Lori has received various honors for her novels THE FAIRY FLY and AN ILL WIND BLOWS. She was named on an Examiner.com list of "92 HORROR AUTHORS YOU NEED TO READ RIGHT NOW" for WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH 2014. Her books also include CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, POETIC REFLECTIONS I and II: KEEP THE HEART OF A CHILD and THE QUEEN OF HATS; THE MUDPUPPY and THE FOX TROT (based on childhood experiences).

Her stories and verse, featured in THE SIRENS CALL E-ZINE, on HELLNOTES.COM, and at SERVANTE OF DARKNESS, have been published in anthologies such as TERROR TRAIN, JOURNALS OF HORROR, WE ARE DUST AND SHADOWS, BONES II, MIRAGES: TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, MASTERS OF HORROR: DAMNED IF YOU DON'T, DARLINGS OF DECAY, I BELIEVE IN WEREWOLVES, THE EPOCALYPSE: EMAILS AT THE END, SOUP OF SOULS, THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED, and SCARE PACKAGE: 14 TALES OF TERROR. Fifteen of Lori's poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.

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Review by: Parents' Little Black Book Reviews on May 24, 2012 :
Once again, Ms. Lopez has caught me in her web and drawn me into suspension of disbelief. This time she only took one paragraph to do it.

The world has gone mad. The zombies have taken to the streets and are now the majority. But all will be well if only the government would take on the care and feeding of them. After all they are, or were, citizens, aren't they?

Into the chasm of neglect come the self described geeks. Zombies have been around their entire lives. There is nothing new here. But feeding them? Now that takes genius.

But even the best laid plans can go awry and when your mother is at risk the game changes.

I am not going to say anymore since I don't want to ruin the story.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Leslie Whitaker on March 08, 2012 :
Zombies are a common everyday thing now. They are kept in line by a group of "geek" kids who have mastered the art of keeping their portion of the neighborhood safe. The characters where well written and I loved the story. It moved along without being to fast or to slow and the action kept me glued to the story. It was a short read and oh so worth it! This was my first story by Lori Lopez and i have already purchased more!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Quinn Cullen on March 04, 2012 :
Today I read Lori R. Lopez' Heartbeat. Not having read anything she'd written before I started reading with the notion I would get through a little bit of her story tonight and get back to it another time but found that I was unable to stop until I reached the end. Lori's story is exceptional! Her writing is superior, better than most of today's well known author's and of equal caliber as writer's like Stephen King and John Grisham. With a writing style that is unique and masterful, her descriptive writing is flawless. Lori captivated me with her opening paragraph. No, her first sentence actually hooked me. I had to read on to find out what was going to happen to Jessie, the other members of the Corps Of Mutant's and Jessie's mother, Lynette. Take a bow Lori R. Lopez, you are an incredible author!
Sincerely, Quinn Cullen
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tiffiny Sarradet on March 03, 2012 :
This is the first I've read of Lori's work and to be honest, I didn't want to take the time to write a review before devouring the next book!

Before we move on, credit must be given where it's due: Lori R. Lopez makes fewer grammatical mistakes than any other self-published author I have seen. I noticed one incorrectly spelled word and only one comma error. This is allowing for the extra commas and sentence fragments that contribute to the flow of the story; Ms. Lopez.'s creative license. These deliberate "errors" should ONLY be included by authors skilled enough to use them seamlessly. Too often, the use of them is attempted by authors who don't know what they're doing; we've all cringed as we've seen them jump off the page. Kudos to this lady for her intellect and instincts!

In addition to this rare skill, Ms. Lopez displays a very broad vocabulary, necessary to prevent any story from becoming dull and/or monotonous.

The pace of this story was perfect. The descriptions were enough to give us mental images yet not so detailed as to cause any lag. The narrative thoughts of our protagonist are interrupted often enough by action to thwart tedium while giving the boy just enough time to effectively communicate with his audience. I noticed no lulls and never felt rushed. Again, not an easy skill to master!

The story itself is touching albeit horrifying. A boy on the cusp of becoming a young man has been raised in a time when zombies are commonplace. Mankind is struggling to come to terms with the zombies' existence even as they fight for survival. When the boy's own mother is in danger of being infected with the virus responsible for zombieism, he must make a choice: protect the caring woman who gave him life, or stick to his unconventional ambition to protect zombies?

This story is for young adults as well as any adult who remembers how challenging it was to be one. I give this opinion because understanding and compassion for the boy is essential to appreciating the tale.

I greatly enjoyed the experience of reading Ms. Lopez's work and can't find any aspect to criticize!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jerry McKinney on Feb. 08, 2012 :
The society has seemingly learned to deal with the zombie infestation. And Lori Lopez has used her sense of wordplay and wit to bring us into this brave new world. A band of misfit teens who have taken it upon themselves to protect the ambling dead. Does this matter when a loved one is threatened? Find out Lori's answer and hold on to your poking stick!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: vix kirkpatrick on Jan. 30, 2012 :
Both sad, funny and horrific this little tale packs a potent punch.
From visions of Zombie Elvis hunters to a strange,horrifying future... but at least chocolate remains a priority!
Lori has such a blunt way of stating the horrors that you need to read the sentence twice to make sure you read it correctly, then the real horror hits you... not in the gore-fest but the possible truth.
again, Lori, manages to astound me with little phrases that no American should know! and excites me with a new descriptive word that I need to dash off and look up!
brilliant stuff!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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