Read-A-Long: The World Without a Future (Chpts 41-45) by Nazarea Andrews

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This is the second week of the the read-a-long blog tour for THE WORLD WITHOUT A FUTURE by Nazarea Andrews. This is book #1 in ‘The World Without End’ series. Book #2,The Horde Without End is available now and the third book in the series,The World Without Hope, will be released on November 20th.
 
Each site will be hosting a summary of 5 chapters from THE WORLD WITHOUT A FUTURE. You can check out Nazarea’s comments on those chapters below.

THE WORLD WITHOUT A FUTURE – CHAPTERS 46-50
by Nazarea Andrews

So they FINALLY have the medicine and everyone can do a happy dance and go back where they belong. Except—you know, there’s that small matter of a zombie horde coming. And because of it, the Aldermen are locking the Haven down.
The thing is that the Havens aren’t defensible, and hiding is a death sentence. That’s what Finn would tell the Aldermen, if they would listen. But they aren’t, because the idea of leaving behind the protective walls of their haven home—that’s terrifying.
Then Finn has a plan and we get to see Ren interact with Jesse and then Lori. I enjoyed seeing her without Finn as a backdrop—how she stands up to threats and manipulates people (because come on. She totally does with Jesse. I felt bad for the poor guy.)

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Blog Tour~ First Wave (Travis Combs Thrillers # 1)

We’re entering the zombie zone today with First Wave, the first in a new post-apocalyptic- zombie series by JT Sawyer. Today’s post includes an article by the author explaining the appeal of zombie fiction that continues to be wildly popular with some readers, myself included. You can also whet your book appetite by reading the Prologue and opening First Wave.  Enjoy!

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Firsst Wave (Travis Combs Thrillers # 1) by JT Sawyer

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Publication Date:  February 2014 / Publisher JT Sawyer

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Paranormal (Zombies) 

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Special Forces veteran Travis Combs just wanted to forget his weary years of leading combat missions while taking an extended rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.

As he and his group complete a 22-day trip on the Colorado River, they find the world has unraveled from a deadly pandemic.

Now, he has to show his small band how to live off the land and cross the rugged Arizona desert, while evading blood-drinking zombies, gangs of cartel bikers, and a rogue government agency.

Available at Amazon: First Wave: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller, Book One (First Wave Series 1)

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Cover Reveal for The Future Without Hope (The World Without End # 3)

I’m excited to learn that book three of The World Without End series will be published soon. I’ve read the first two books in the series, and I like it. Today, I’m sharing the cover and book description for The Future Without Hope which is scheduled to be released this November.

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Future Without Hope (The World Without End # 3)  by Nazarea Andrews

Publication Date: November 2014

Genres: NA, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Paranormal (Zombie) Fiction

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Separated from Finn, captive of the Order, Nurrin has no hope left. But she has survived twenty years of zombies–and she has the unshakable faith that Finn will find her.

But Finn is a long way away. The Order’s influence runs deeper than was ever suspected, and politics are shifting–and zombies may not be the most dangerous thing she’s facing.

Finn always thought the war stripped him of all he had to lose. But with Nurrin missing and doors closing in his face, he realizes there is always more for the world to take–and he will drag the remains of civilization down with him before he gives up on the only promise that matters.

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Book Blitz for Day Zero (The Zero Trilogy # 1) + Author Guest Post & Giveaway

If you’re a fan of Summer Day’s post-apocalyptic Collapse series, then you don’t want to miss her new novella companion series called The Zero Trilogy. The first installment was just released and features Elle who also appears in the Collapse series. Today, Ms. Lane is guest blogging with me,  so read on as she explains the factors that went into the creation and shaping of Elle’s character. The blitz-wide giveaway includes lots free books, so be sure to enter for your chance to win!

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Day Zero (The Zero Trilogy # 1)  by Summer Lane

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Publication Date: October 10, 2014

Genre: YA,  Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia Fiction

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Elle is a survivor.
Since the collapse of modern society, she’s been living in the remains of downtown Hollywood, California, foraging for food and fighting for her life.
And then everything changes.
After she is forced out of her home, she heads north. What she finds is a group of bunker survivors, unlikely comrades, and the hope of a safe haven. Together, they journey toward the dregs of civilization, facing starvation, imprisonment and death.
They are alone, but they are ready.
Day Zero begins today.

Day Zero is a novella, the first installment in The Zero Trilogy, a novella series complementing the international bestselling Collapse Series.

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SummerSummer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series, which includes State of Emergency, State of Chaos, State of Rebellion and State of Pursuit. The fifth installment, State of Alliance, is releasing January 2015. Summer is also the author of The Zero Trilogy and an upcoming survivalist/science fantasy series coming in 2015. She owns WB Publishing, Writing Belle Magazine, and is an accomplished creative writing teacher and journalist.

Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her time writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, dates to the movies, hiking in the mountains and strolling on the beach.

Author Links.

http://www.summerlaneauthor.com/

https://twitter.com/SummerEllenLane

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 “Creating Elle” 
One of the joys of being a writer is that you get to create new and exciting characters entirely from scratch. Of course, fictional characters are simply made up of bits and pieces of realistic people and personalities, but combining them to make a single, unique protagonist is an awesome task.

Elle is the fifteen year-old protagonist of Day Zero, and will be the starring player in the entire Zero Trilogy. When I began writing the story, I had a very clear picture in my head of who this girl was, and where she came from. I find it helpful to create intricate character backstories – regardless of whether or not those stories make it into the novel. Knowing your characters as well as you know yourself makes them real to the readers.

I built Elle’s appearance and personality around the fact that she had been through serious trouble and tribulation before we get into her head in Day Zero. This is what shaped her character for the book, and it is what carries her through many of her adventurous survival scenarios. I can’t wait to see where Elle’s journey ends up taking her!

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B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/day-zero-summer-lane/1120437045?ean=2940150405714

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Blitz-wide Giveaway (INTL)

Dead Girl Walking, by Ruth Silver 

Fractured Dream, by K.M. Randall 

Spirit Warriors: The Scarring by DEL Connor 

Eyes of the Enemy by Kelly Hess 

Jacob, King of Portalia by Casey Club 

Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert 

Aftershock by Roberta Trahan 

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Free Post-Apocalyptic/Fantasy Book Tour for The Survivors (Life After War # 1)

Today, I’m happy to feature the Life After War series by Angela White. I read the first four books in this series, one right after the other back in 2012, and only stopped because the fifth installment had yet to be released. It’s an intriguing read with a varied cast of characters who struggle to survive after a nuclear holocaust destroys the world as they knew it. This multi-genre series stood out to me because it blends together science fiction, fantasy, adventure, as well as a touch of romance with the desolation and violence of a post-apocalyptic setting. It’s complex, but White makes it work.

The best part of this tour is that The Survivors, the first book in the series is available for FREE for the duration of the tour!  Read on to learn more about the series, watch the book trailer, and read an excerpt from book one.

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The Survivors (Life After War # 1)  by Angela White

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Publication Date: October 2010

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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“This is Safe Haven Refugee Camp. Can anyone hear me?

Hello? Is anyone out there?”

“The End of the world has given us a harsh, merciless existence, where nature tries hard to push mankind to the very brink of extinction. Everything is against us, between us…

“Untold miles of lawless, apocalyptic roads wait for our feet, and the Future, cold and dark, offers little comfort. Without CHANGE, there will be no peace. Only Survivors.”

From dangerous trips into dark, apocalyptic cities, to patriotic rescues and furious revelations, Life After War is an action packed fantasy series where those left alive must come to terms with their mistakes in the old world, while fighting for a place in the new one. It’s the apocalyptic fantasy series that Stephen King fans have been searching for. This way, please…

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The Zombie Zone: Cover Reveal for Dead New World

I just discovered this new post-apocalyptic zombie novel set to release this fall and wanted to share the cover that has just been released. The premise of the book is a 180 degree turn from the zombie-related fiction I usually read. Instead of destroying the zombies, a surviving cult wants to embrace their existence and turn humans into one of the undead.  The book cover is striking and… hmm…the concept of a human-zombie hybrid sounds intriguing.  I’ll be keeping a watch for this book’s release.
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Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Publication Date: October 13, 2014

Genres: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Zombies

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Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.

All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

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Book Blitz for State of Pursuit (Collapse # 4): Author Guest Post & Giveaway

Today, I’m excited to share with you the latest release in Summer Lane’s post-apocalyptic Collapse Series. After reading the first three books, I’ve been looking forward to this next installment. If you are unfamiliar with the series, I’ve included a link to my review of the third book that also provides a general overview of the series.  Below you can read an excerpt from State of Pursuit, check out the author’s guest post explaining her viewpoint for killing off characters, and enter the giveaway to celebrate the release of the book.

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State of Pursuit (Collapse Series # 4) by Summer Lane

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Publication Date: June 6, 2014

Publisher: WB Publishing http://writingbellepublishing.com/

Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, NA

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Cassidy Hart is alone.

Her Commander and the love of her life, Chris Young, has gone missing in action. A horrific battle with Omega has left too many good men and women dead, and Cassidy must bear the burden of leadership in the militia on her own.

But she’s not about to give up.

With the help of her faithful friends – and former enemies – she will stop at nothing to rescue Chris and ensure victory for the militias in their fight against the all-powerful Omega forces.

The game has shifted.

This time, Cassidy is one step ahead of the enemy.

This time, Cassidy is in charge.

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Cover Reveal for Time of Ruin (Ash and Ruin # 2)

As a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, I’m so glad I’ve discovered this new trilogy by Shauna Granger. The author has just released the cover for her upcoming sequel to World of Ash, and based on the creative cover, I have a feeling this will be an intense read. So,  I’m looking forward to starting this YA series, hopefully before the second installment releases in July.  It’s definitely on my BTR list!

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Time of Ruin (Ash and Ruin # 2) by Shauna Granger

Release Date: July 22, 2014

Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic

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The world has ended, and hope is the most dangerous thing left.

Battered and bruised after barely escaping San Francisco with their lives, Kat, Dylan, and Blue press north – desperate to reach the possibility of a new home.

But strange, monstrous ravens are tracking the remaining survivors, food is becoming scarce, gasoline is running short, and people are becoming suicidal, making survival almost impossible.

And the Pestas are growing bolder. Somehow, their numbers are growing.

The further north they go, the harder it becomes to ignore the signs that they’ve made a fatal mistake. Kat must face the impossible truth that there is no escape, there is no safe haven, and their worst nightmares don’t come close to their new reality.

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Mini Review of M-Day (M-Day #1)

ccede-mday_frontjpegBefore the day… before M-day… people used to read books and watch movies about zombies. They used to dress up as zombies; pretend to kill zombies… Basically, zombies had become a part of popular culture in a very unexpected way. 

The highly anticipated zombie apocalypse never came. 

What did come was much worse than any city over run with shambling corpses after brains and flesh. A virus… a virus that only affected men. Nobody knew what caused it, or where it had come from, not that it really mattered. It’s here and there’s no going back. 

Maxine was one of the lucky ones–she got out alive. She and her friends banded together to survive the new desolate conditions left behind by the virus. When a supply gathering mission goes awry, Max and company are left with no better choice than to trust a group of uninfected military men. No longer on the run from her infected husband, Max discovers there could be worse dangers for her on the horizon… Like losing her heart to her mysterious savior everyone calls Zee.

 

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When I post spotlights of books, I choose the ones I am interested in reading and want to share my finds with other readers. M-Day is one of those books I posted about and finally had the opportunity to read, but it was not at all what I expected. Maybe I should have read the reviews beforehand, but  I didn’t want to be influenced by other readers’ opinions of the book.

I know it’s a cliché to say I really wanted to like this book, but it’s true. I was attracted to this novel because it has an unusual twist on the typical zombie-infested post-apocalyptic fiction I’ve read. Like other books in the zombie genre, there is an outbreak of a virus, but only men become infected. Similarly, these men become mindless and animalistic in their nature, losing their ability to think and reason. They also become faster and stronger than normal. However, this is where the similarities end. The men don’t desire to feast upon the women’s flesh. Instead, they hunt and enslave them for their own deranged sexual purposes. Although the premise of the book is creative in its approach to an apocalyptic disaster, the eroticism and obsession with sex become so dominant that the rest of the plot is diluted and shallow.

From the book’s description it’s obvious this will be a war between the sexes, and I expected there would be violence and some sexual situations. However, what I read was more of an erotic dark “romance” with a weak post-apocalyptic storyline, and this is the major reason I was disappointed by the book. The world-building needs to be fleshed out with more details about survival in this dark and gritty setting. Instead, the sexual depravity of the infected men eclipses other aspects of this post-apocalyptic environment.

The book has a strong beginning that introduces us to three women, Max, Evo, and Izzy, who have banded together to survive and evade the horrors of being captured by the infected men (I-Men) in search of women to possess. Running low on fuel, Max decides to sneak into one of the I-Men camps to find gasoline. There, she meets and is rescued by Zee who leads the women to a temporary sanctuary guarded by the military. From this point on, the story went downhill for me. The emphasis moves to Zee and Max’s instant desire for each other and their sexual relationship ensues. The love scenes are frequent and explicit. Max and Zee seem to fall into a haze of lust and forget about preparing for the ugly reality that awaits them.

When Max is kidnapped by her infected husband, readers are given a vivid description into what life is like for the women who are captured and enslaved to satisfy the I-Men’s insatiable sexual cravings. The brutality these women suffer is revolting and was too much for me. I was also disappointed by the excessive use of profanity that weakened the dialogue, yet one could argue that it fits right in with the deterioration of this society.

All in all, this book just did not work for me. If you are looking for a dark erotic read set in a post-apocalyptic world then M-Day might interest you.

Source: Purchased ebook

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Book Blast & Giveaway for Apocalypticon

I like apocalyptic fiction, and I couldn’t help but be drawn to this unusual plot about Patrick and Ben’s journey to Disney World in a post-apocalyptic America. It really looks like a fun read!

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Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith

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Publication Date: January 2014

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

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Three years have passed since the Jamaicans caused the apocalypse, and things in post-Armageddon Chicago have settled into a new kind of normal. Unfortunately, that “normal” includes collapsing skyscrapers, bands of bloodthirsty maniacs, and a dwindling cache of survival supplies. After watching his family, friends, and most of the non-sadistic elements of society crumble around him, Patrick decides it’s time to cross one last item off his bucket list.

He’s going to Disney World.

This hilarious, heartfelt, gut-wrenching odyssey through post-apocalyptic America is a pilgrimage peppered with peril, as fellow survivors Patrick and Ben encounter a slew of odd characters, from zombie politicians and deranged survivalists to a milky-eyed oracle who doesn’t have a lot of good news. Plus, it looks like Patrick may be hiding the real reason for their mission to the Magic Kingdom…

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Blog Tour for The Forgotten: Review & Giveaway

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The Forgotten by L.C. Mortimer

The Forgotten coverIt’s been nearly eight years since the first reports of a zombie outbreak occurred, and Nicole Blue is tired of sitting around. The zombies pose no threat to her and she’s ready to start living her life. She decides to take control of her future and secures a job in nearby Breakside, a town known for its bars, night life, and zombie hunters. It isn’t long before she’s fully immersed in her life as a bar back at the Breakside Lounge, making drinks, friends, and a name for herself. 

Nicole wrestles with her failing relationship while simultaneously falling for someone new in Breakside. Colin might be “just” an ordinary boy, but he makes her feel special and he takes the edge off Nicole’s anxiety. After only a few weeks at Breakside, however, there are reports of a new invasion. Colin plans an escape and brings Nicole with him into the nearby forest that surrounds the city. The two of them embark deeper and deeper into the woods, fighting for their survival and their very lives. 

Will they make it through to the other side or will starvation get them first? What dangers lurk in the forest waiting for the unlikely couples? What about the tiny man who lives in a cabin in the woods? Will Raz be the friend they hope will get them through to the other side? Most importantly, can their relationship stand the stress of the apocalypse? 

Find out in The Forgotten.

Publication Date: November 18, 2013

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Pentimento

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Pentimento by Cameron Jace

As a fan of dystopian fiction, I’m really looking forward to reading Pentimento in the near future, and right now it’s available for only $.99 cents on Amazon! I’m getting my copy today.  Read on to learn more about the book from an interview with the author and check out the excerpt for the book.  Also, be sure to enter the awesome giveaway!

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Publication date: December 20th, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19448790-pentimento

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The day Iris Beaumont turns seventeen, she is threatened to be taken by the Beasts, the rulers of the new America. After the destruction of the world, the Beasts provide citizens with whatever they need in exchange for the one teenage girl they enslave every week. They call them the Brides, and they never comes back. Iris isn’t the worrying type though; she’s been defying the system since she was ten and never cared for the Beast’s rules.

Then she meets Colton Ray, who is not like any other boy she’s ever seen. His confidence and dominance are otherworldly she can’t rationalize the attraction she feels for him. Colton had one slight problem though. It’s rumored he is one of the Beast, and Iris could be the next on the Beast’s list.

Book Blast & Giveaway for Rebels

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The world is on fire. From the ashes like a phoenix rises a new America, one that will save it all. Under one condition; absolute and complete surrender.
The world complies without question. Those who don’t are destroyed. It is in this world, John is born. His very name is treason.
If the New America, now known to everyone as the State, knew what John was, they’d kill him, but instead they give him a gift.

Purchase from Amazon: Rebels (John Bates)

Praise for Rebels

John has a lot of potential (especially for someone so young) in that he sees the flaws in this society. He wants to be like George Washington and knows a lot about the manner in which a government should be run… Highly recommended. ~Amazon Review

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