Cover Reveal: Friction by Casey L. Bond

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Expected Release Date: Early August 2016

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A cure has been found for both the Infection and Vampirism, and Porschia Grant must take this news out of the colony. Between her friends volunteering to go with her and a well-planned route, the first journey should be easy. But when they make it to Mountainside, things are strange. The people are frightened of female night-walkers and won’t say why.

 
When the excursion takes a wrong turn, Porschia’s friends make a decision that will impact the rest of their lives. They expect to save Porschia from the evil contained in The Manor; they don’t expect to have to save her from herself.
 
When everything goes wrong, who will be left to pick up the pieces and save Ford from a threat no one could have seen coming?
 
What will happen when they risk everything to save one?
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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Jordan

Release Day Blitz: Zombie High Chronicles 1 by Amy Miles

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My name is Roan Sterling.
 
I am seventeen years old.
 
I am not infected.
 
Three months ago my world went to hell and never 
looked back. I knew long before the others that we were all officially screwed. Growing up as an army brat had taught me a few things. Like when the military enacted martial law and forced you to leave your home, a normal day would be anything but.
 
Life in the Safe Zone sucked. The soldiers could poke us like lab rats, load us up on buses bound for school and pretend like everything was normal, but I knew fear when I saw it and the soldiers manning the gates were gripping their guns just a little too hard for comfort. This  place used to be a typical “last place on earth anything would ever happen” slice of suburbia.
 
Until they happened.
 
Dead Heads. Stiffs. Lame Brains. We had a lot of names for them to replace dad, sister or son.  Something flipped a switch in their brains and  the lights went out, but I suspected that the blackout was only temporary. I’d seen things I wasn’t supposed to. The Dead Heads were starting to notice us for the first time.
 
Life at Zombie High was about to get a lot bloodier.
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 Author Amy Miles has always been a bit of a
dreamer. Growing up as an only child, and a military brat to boot, she spent
countless hours escaping into the pages of a book, only to spend the following days creating a new idea of how to twist up the story to make it unique.
 
Since becoming a mother, Amy has slowly nourished her love of the
written word while snatching writing time in the midst of soiled diapers,
tumbling over legos and peering around mounds of laundry and dishes
that never seem to go away. Once her only son started school, Amy was free to
let her fingers dive into dark mythology, tales of betrayal and love,
and explore human nature in its rawest form. Her love of seeing the world from
a different angle bloomed.
 
Amy is the author of several novels, including her popular young
adult immortal books, The Arotas Series, which are an Amazon and
iBooks bestselling series. Unwilling to be defined by any one genre, she
proceeded to flip over to a science fiction/fantasy based idea with her Rising
Trilogy. She then dove into contemporary romance with her novel, Captivate and
explored the depths of her own faith with In Your Embrace.
 
She is currently working on completing her Immortal Rose trilogy,
a prequel to her Arotas novels. She has also embarked on two new
journeys this year, one in the form of a co-written banshee trilogy, The
Hallowed Realms, which is currently represented by GH Literary and she breached
another genre with her upcoming adult horror novel, Wither.
 
Keep reading, 
Jordan

 

Release Day Blitz: Thicker Than Blood-Madeline Sheehan & Claire C. Riley

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cooltext1602390596 copyA true friendship never dies.

Leisel and Evelyn lost everything. Husbands. Families. Friends. Lives that made sense. All they had left was each other, and a friendship that could withstand anything…

Even an apocalypse.

Until one fateful night, the marginal safety they’d come to rely on comes to a vicious and brutal end. With the help of Alex & Jami, both unlikely allies, Leisel and Evelyn are able to escape their shattered sanctuary only to find themselves face-to-face with a much altered, much crueler life where they have to find the way—and the will—to stay alive in a world they no longer recognize.

Traveling across a broken and infection-ridden country; the road-weary group are pitted against endless violence, improbable circumstances, and the ultimate loss.

Everything comes at a price—especially safety, the cost of which could very well strip them of the one thing they’ve tried so hard to cling to: their humanity.

Yet along with all the trials they’re forced to endure, there’s also hope in the form of love. Having loved Leisel from afar, Alex attempts to put the pieces of her fractured heart back together.

But in such a savage world, is there room for love?

In a place of nightmares-made-reality, where the living should be feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love amongst all odds can mean the difference between life and death.

There are friends…

And then there are Leisel and Evelyn.

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Spooky reading,

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Love & Decay Season 3 Episode 1-Rachel Higginson

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

It’s been six months since Reagan Willow fled the Colony and Matthias Allen’s tyrannical clutches. Six months since she broke Hendrix Parker’s heart. Six months since she watched Kane Allen sacrifice his life to save hers.
Whatever was left of her already-tattered life during the Zombie Apocalypse fell apart six months ago. Now, on the cusp of crossing the Mexican border, there is hope that she might lead her friends to a better existence.

Except Zombies are only the beginning of their problems. Reagan and her friends must battle the elements, armies of Feeders and bounty hunters desperate to drag them back to the Colony to face their greatest threat.

The Colony’s power stretches wide and far. Their only hope is to outrun Matthias and get to Mexico.

Love and Decay, Episode One is the first episode in Season Three of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.

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cooltext1544204149 copyZombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world’s population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they’ve become somewhat of experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay.

Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe.

The brothers decide that Reagan and Haley need help with being kept safe as well, and as a group they set off to find the Zombie-free utopia Reagan is dreaming of.

Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they’re not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.

Danger looms over every inch of the way, but Reagan, Haley and the Parkers are determined to get to their goal and remain together. Soon the Parkers become more to Reagan than just traveling companions and more than friendship starts to develop between her and Hendrix, the second oldest brother.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be as simple as life and death. Now, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough to find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Love and Decay, Volume One, is a compilation of the first six episodes in a twelve episode season. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Each episode is approximately 20,000 words.

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

Pleasant reading,

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Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan

3/5 Stars

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)- Carrie Ryan

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We are our own memory-keepers and we have failed ourselves. It is like that game we played as school children. Sitting in a circle, one student whispers a phrase into another student’s ear and the phrase is passed around until the last student in the circle repeats what she hears, only to find out it is nothing like what it is supposed to be. That is our life now.

Plot: Mary lives in a village fortified with gates. The Unconsecrated (think zombies) surround the village with hunger-filled moans that are so common they fade into the background like a distant hum. Even though the danger of a breach or being infected is as constant as the moans echoing from the Forest of Hands and Teeth, Mary can’t help but wonder if the fences were designed to keep the Unconsecrated out or to imprison those inside. As a child, Mary lived vicariously through her mother’s stories of a time before the Return(zombie uprising) when there were skyscrapers and the ocean, not endless trees and barriers from the outside world. Mary believes that there is a world outside the fence, that there are others. However, the village is run by the Sisterhood, a group of women who preach the word of God and protect the villagers. Because there are so few people, special importance is placed on marriage and procreation. Mary is of marriageable age and has her sights set on her handsome childhood friend Travis. When she learns that Travis has asked for her best friend Cass and Harry, Travis’ brother, is now courting her, she feels like her freedom is slowly slipping through her fingers, all she wants is to escape. After her mother’s unfortunate death, Mary is left to fend for herself. Her brother disowns her, Harry rejects her, and she is placed with  the sisters. There she must learn the Bible by heart and not speak unless spoken too. During her stay with the sisters, Mary discovers some secrets hidden by the sisters. First, she meets Gabrielle, an outsider who made it through the fence into their village. This changes everything for Mary because now she has proof that an outside world definitely exists. Second, Travis is brough to the sanctuary to heal and Mary falls more in love with him daily. A series of twists and turns later, the Unconsecrated storm the village and Mary, Travis, Cass, Jed, Beth, Harry, a little boy, and a dog must navigate through the paths to find salvation or die.

PROS:

  • The sisters are just mysterious and sinister enough to intrigue and make the reader wonder just what they’re hiding behind their locked doors and proclamations of unwavering faith.
  • Jed. He is perhaps the most raw, emotional, strong character in the book. Although at times he is somewhat mentally unhinged, his devotion, and faith in the beauty of love is admirable under the circumstances.
  • The background story of the Return, the Unconsecrated, and the general widespread infection, the process of how long is takes for the zombies to rise, and the underlying principles of the sisters were really clever and left the reader hungering for more answers to the questions these details left unanswered.

CONS:

  • Mary is completely selfish and self-absorbed, and what’s worse is that she doesn’t stop to think about how deeply she is hurting people who she supposedly loves. There’s a specific scene where Mary give in to Harry’s flirtations (if you can call them that) and the whole time her inner dialogue is about how Harry can never amount to what Travis is and how she hates Harry for not being something he’s not. For someone who also is as courageous as she is-she singlehandedly decapitated zombies, and is the first to volunteer for dangerous tasks- she does not have enough will power to try to escape her fate. Also, she constantly freezes in times of severe peril because she has a weird self-destructive streak that only further places those around her in danger and sometimes results in their deaths. About 1/3 of the way through the book I wanted to murder Mary, and if there was a zombie apocalypse and I lived in that village, I would have pushed Mary through that fence a long time ago.
  • At times the book is very slow and dull but there isn’t really anything to do in the village.
  • Cass, Travis, and Harry are underdeveloped and bland. Travis, for his professions of love is more words than actions and there’s not ever really a genuine pervading feeling of emotional connection.

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