Friday, November 17, 2017
Not Dead Yet
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 4
by Samie Sands
Genre: Horror, Post- Apocalyptic
The AM13 Outbreak has affected everywhere, the entire world has experienced infection.
Victims of the virus are no longer human, they've changed, become something scientifically impossible. With their loss of human function and their new lust for flesh, there’s only one word to describe them...
The world is divided as everyone tries to work out how to survive. Many have already lost their lives
in the fight, but there are still a few who are not dead...
Don't miss the other books in the AM13 Outbreak Series!
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 1
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 2
AM13 Outbreak Series Book 3
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Extinct?
The main character is Georgie Blake, a zombie author who certainly never expected to end up in what feels like the pages of her book. By the time we get to Extinct, the apocalypse has been going on for a while (although each book in the series can easily be read as standalone!), but she still isn’t used to it. Tom Cleary is another major character and he’s the one who causes Georgie the most concern. She just cannot work out where his motives and loyalties lie…
2. Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
I start out with an idea of the characters I want to include in the plot, but as I write new ones often make an appearance in my mind. Also the ones I’ve started out with don’t turn out as planned. I have one idea of them in my brain, but the plot often takes on a life of it’s own and it changes them with it. I prefer that though, I think it makes the end result of them more organic.
3. What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I did a lot more research for the second book in the series, Forgotten, because one of the characters is a scientist trying to solve the problem of the virus. I had to do a lot of in depth research into some very interesting biology then!
4. Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
I didn’t know how to answer this one, so I asked my five year old daughter! This is what she said: sharing, cuddling, nice, helpful, and fun…not too bad!! 😊
5. How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I enjoyed writing Georgie in this book, since she’s an introverted zombie book writer. I could relate to her more than any of my other characters. I enjoyed creating a character that always wants to do the right thing, but in this situation since this is a new world, she doesn’t know what the right thing is!
6. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I loved writing all the books in the AM13 Outbreak series because they can all be read as standalone which allows for the introduction of new characters and situations. Some readers love the slightly vapid Leah from Lockdown, others like the plucky teenager, Alyssa, from Forgotten, but the best feedback I’ve had is for Georgie in Extinct. She’s flawed and doesn’t always make the right choice, but I think that makes her more realistic.
7. Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Georgie is introverted which makes it hard for her to push herself, but she can do it when she thinks she’s doing the right thing. The reader might not always agree with her, sometimes it might be like yelling ‘don’t go in there’ at a movie screen, but I’m sure everyone would make mistakes in panic during the apocalypse.
8. Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?
Don’t give up! It isn’t always easy and you will face rejection and negativity, but as with anything creative not everyone will like your stuff. Just don’t give up and it’ll all be worth it in the end.
Samie Sands is a 28 year old freelance graphic designer who has recently decided to follow her lifelong dream and use her creativity in a new way by writing.
She has a degree in Media Studies and PR and has already had articles published in a number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie Guide Magazine. She has also had short stories included in a number of successful projects.
She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cultures.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchard
by Vance Huxley
Genre: YA Fantasy, Apocalyptic
The world is falling apart. Terrorists spark a worldwide oil and gas crisis while imports grind to a halt. Europe and Britain are erupting into chaos as food runs out and desperate people take matters into their own hands.
As the government begins to seal off rioting parts of the city, Corporal Harry Miller takes an offered discharge to get his sister and her kids to safety. But he’s not fast enough. Trapped in the city with a rag-tag collection of ordinary citizens, Harry struggles to create a small pocket of stability - a place to ride out the coming confrontation between rioters and the Army, and save themselves from complete annihilation.
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Vance Huxley lives out in the countryside in Lincolnshire, England. He has spent a busy life
working in many different fields – including the building and rail industries, as a workshop
manager, trouble‐shooter for an engineering firm, accountancy, cafe proprietor, and graphic
artist. He also spent time in other jobs, and is proud of never being dismissed, and only
once made redundant.
Eventually he found his Noeline, but unfortunately she died much too young. To help with the
aftermath, Vance tried writing though without any real structure. As an editor and beta readers
explained the difference between words and books, he tried again.
Now he tries to type as often as possible in spite of the assistance of his cats, since his legs no
longer work well enough to allow anything more strenuous. An avid reader of sci‐fi, fantasy and
adventure novels, his writing tends towards those genres.
Monday, November 13, 2017
The Clay Queen
The Children of Clay Book 1
by Ono Ekeh
Genre: Urban Fantasy, SciFi
With her armies defeated, Queen Nouei’s enemies march north to capture her. The earth god’s only hope is to alter history before they arrive. To become stronger she must restart her divine journey by reincarnating as Bridget Blade. But what if Bridget doesn’t want to be a god?
All Bridget wants is a simple life with love and family. But she is confronted by a destiny she doesn’t even understand and burdened by powers and impulses she struggles to control. Bridget must choose a path that leads her to Nouei or, must force the Queen to settle for Bridget’s modest ambitions.
Two women, two destinies, one life. Who will prevail?
Clay to Ashes
The Children of Clay Book 2
Bridget Blade is both a god with an insatiable desire for love and adoration and a human plagued by insecurities, fears, and anxieties. Unaware of her true divinity she longs for the kind of love and a happy family she's never had. Her husband, Jeremy, though, seems more interested in turning her into a research project that he can commercialize.
When Bridget discovers her new abilities she revels in the discovery that she is a god. But her new powers attract unwanted attention and Bridget must fight for her independence and survival.
But when survival means giving up the adoration she craves Bridgett must confront the desires that drive her. Does she want freedom or does she want adoration? She can have one or the other, but not both.
Do you have a favorite movie? which of your novels can you imagine made into
Favorite movie would be Ben Hur, the original one. My favorite line, “We keep you alive to serve this ship, so row well and live.”
After that, I’m a big fan of a film called The Hunter with Willem Dafoe. I love The Chronicles of Riddick with Vin Disel. I think it is a film that is vastly underrated and on my blog I’m slowly teasing out some of the beautiful elements of that film. The Visitor is a great one to watch. Amazing Grace about William Wilberforce is also a favorite. Glory with Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman is one that I can watch over and over again. There’s a scene before they storm the fort which Matthew Broderick’s character looks over the water and watches a flock of birds fly graceful over the calm waves capturing this wonderful moment of zen before marching into the hell of war. I’m embarrassed to say, but I love the Small Soldiers. It does a great job of raising question about artificial intelligence, the moral obligations with regard to sentience, and the dangers of commodifying things like war.
Every writer sees their book as a movie. If it ever does happen for me, I’ll eat a hot pepper and horseradish wrapped in cheddar cheese while singing “Let it Go.” My writing style is more visual so I run through scenes in my head visually but I try to be careful not to write screenplays.
Ono Ekeh is a fifth generation android whose initial programming has exceeded its original boundaries resulting in a self-conscious, fully functional, quasi-human life form. He is married to a wonderful human woman and has four amazing kids. He is interested in religion, politics, science fiction, writing, food, mathematics, and other things.