I have never been a fan of horror in any form. But somehow, like so many other people, The Walking Dead drew me in, and I became of fan of zombies. Well, zombie books and movies, at least. I’d rather not have any actual zombies show up in my life! And the dystopian books followed naturally behind the downturn in the economy.
In celebration of Halloween, The Survival Mom is doing two book giveaways, one with zombie books and one with dystopian books. As an indie author, I love helping to promote other indie authors, but really the best thing about them (in my honest opinion) is that indie authors bring a lot of different points of view.
In addition, the winner of each giveaway will receive a copy of the book The Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford, the Survival Mom herself.
Like any genre, the books can start to run together when you’ve read a lot. These books are particular favorites of mine in the zombie because they each have a unique take on the zombie apocalypse, making them memorable. One features a virus that doesn’t turn everyone into a zombie. One is about a group of survivors in, of all places, Manhattan. And one shows us exactly how the whole virus spirals out of control, starting with where and how the very first patient became infected.
All three zombie authors will sign their books for the winners. The giveaway includes Slow Burn Volumes 1 – 5, volumes 1 and 2 of Zombie Killing Stoners, and OMG! Not the Zombies! and a proof copy of the short stories in Swept Away, as well as The Survival Mom.
The Slow Burn series by Bobby Adair features a zombie virus that doesn’t turn every single person who catches it into a zombie. This isn’t about immunity per se, it’s about how severely the virus infects each person. Just as one person can catch the flu and not much symptom-wise other than the sniffles, there is a continuum of how badly infected people are by the zombie virus. Main character Zed Zane (yes it’s his name; no he’s not a zed) is one of the lucky ones who didn’t turn. The series follows him and his fellow survivors on their adventures throughout the Austin area and beyond.
As a reader, one of my favorite things about this series is that Bobby Adair doesn’t keep you waiting for new books. This Giveaway is for books one through five (five was released in July) and the next one is in the final editing stages – but that doesn’t mean he skimps on editing to ensure a professional final product!
The first two books in the Zombie Killing Stoners series by C. Che Bhalin and B.T. Mienoré, Rescuing the Samoan Princess and The Coming Storm, are definitely not for kids, but they have a wicked sense of humor. What other zombie book features a Samoan drag queen? None, but the ZomPoc has hit New York City and all her very varied citizens, including a Samoan drag queen and pot-smoking stoners, “like the ‘A’ train plowing into a baby stroller.”
A high rise at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan has become the center of the universe for a group of survivors who think outside the box. Everyone understands the smoke signals from inside the bowl. These two books pack in: Lots of Zombies (it’s the Big Apple, after all). Explosions. Awesome Views. Big Guns. Big Samoan Drag Queens. Kind Bud. Hot Babes. Mormons. More Zombies. Laughs. Musicians. Thespians. Millionaires. Dogs. Anyone and anything is fair game for us to poke fun at; absolutely nothing is sacred. So sit back, relax, and don’t take this too seriously!
OMG! Not the Zombies! is by me, Liz Long, and is a YA book (no scary or gross descriptions of death and dismemberment). Unlike most zombie books, it tells you exactly where and how the outbreak takes place and really focuses on how it takes hold in one town and spreads, starting with Patient Zero. The group of teens who accidentally start the Zombie Apocalypse use the preparedness skills they learned in Scouts to save as many as they can, including their own families. After setting up an expanding community in an Arizona cliff house, they start looking for a way to find the CDC and make a real difference in ending the ZomPoc. It’s not easy being a teenager in the zombie apocalypse, especially when you and your friends accidentally started the whole disaster.
Undead Swept Away includes three short stories set in the same universe as OMG! but focuses on how natural disasters – a lava flow, a sandstorm, and a hurricane – affect both the living and the undead in the zombie apocalypse.
Both Bobby Adair and Steven Konkoly will autograph their books. This giveaway includes all three books in the Perseid Collapse series by Steven Konkoly, the first two books in the Coming Global Collapse series by John Wesley Rawles, and Ebola K, the first book in a new series by Bobby Adair, as well as The Survival Mom.
Bobby Adair wrote most of Ebola K before the current outbreak and based parts of it on his son’s recent experiences in Africa. When the current outbreak became big news, he updated his book to reflect current events. It is the first book in a trilogy and the descriptions of the diseases effects are extremely detailed. Of course, no one would enjoy reading a book that simply chronicled the effects of such a horrifying disease, so it’s a great thing the story is so compelling.
n 1989 the Ebola virus mutated to into an airborne strain that infected humans for the first time on American soil in Reston, Virginia. Through belated containment efforts and luck, nobody died. Now, in the remote East African village of Kapchorwa, the Ebola virus has mutated into another airborne strain without losing any of its deadly potency. In this thriller, terrorists stumble across this new, fully lethal strain and while the world fearfully watches the growing epidemic in West Africa as Sierra Leone goes into country-wide lockdown, only a few Americans are aware of Ebola K and the danger it poses—to be the deadliest pandemic in the history of mankind. Can they do anything to protect themselves from this killer disease? Can they stop the terrorists?
Liberators and Expatriates by John Wesley Rawles are novels about the coming global collapse. After the United States suffers a major socio-economic meltdown, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly-radicalized Islamic government has risen in Indonesia and—after invading the Philippines, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea—sets its sights on Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel an invasion alone.
In the thick of it all, Peter and Rhiannon Jeffords, American Christian missionaries in the Philippines, and Chuck Nolan, a Texan petroleum engineer in Australia, find themselves adrift in a world in flux. Chronicling the Jeffords’ and Nolan’s fight against Indonesia’s merciless advances, Expatriates is a riveting thriller and a powerful depiction of the authentic skills and techniques needed to survive the collapse of modern civilization.
Author Steven Konkoly of Jakarta Pandemic fame has donated a set of his series, The Perseid Collapse. The Perseid Collapse chronicles the first 48 hours “post-event,” as the characters navigate a hostile landscape to reach their destinations. Event Horizon, book two in the series, picks up where book one ends, completing their arduous trek and unveiling a harsh, new reality for Alex Fletcher. Point of Crisis, the final book in the trilogy, shows Alex face his most difficult decisions ever as the world unravels in the aftermath of the “event.”
This series is getting rave reviews on Amazon and with good reason. All of Steven’s books are well-researched, fast paced, and realistic. After you enjoy these, don’t forget to pick up Jakarta Pandemic, which introduces the courageous and long-suffering Fletcher family featured in this series.
These giveaways are open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age and older at the time of entry. The giveaway starts October 28th 2014 at 2:00 pm (CDT) and ends on November 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm(CDT). We will choose a winner randomly for each giveaway at the end of the giveaway and that person will be notified by email. They will have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond we will choose another winner. Good luck to everyone and here’s to enjoying a great bunch of books!
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