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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.
Reagan and her friends escaped Diego and his terrifying plans for them. But maybe that wasn’t the best decision after all.
Without weapons, food or water, survival has become more than bleak. The Mexican wilderness offers little resources to their desperate circumstances and when Feeders find them, there is no hope of salvation.
Until they stumble into a mine and find a miracle waiting for them. But a miracle in the Zombie Apocalypse is a double-edged sword; one they might soon wish had never found them.
Love and Decay, Episode Three is the third 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.
About Rachel Higginson
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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.
I was happy to come home from vacation to find a note from the postman saying I had a box from Amazon that was too big for the mail slot. Today, I picked up said box and found the first three books from The Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan.
I want to thank Serena Lawless from The Great Noveling Adventure for doing the giveaway and sending these over to me from Ireland. Much thanks!
Because of this lucky winning, I decided to create this first post in the new category of What Is In My Mailbox?
Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you… Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity. Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she. But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love. She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.
My Review – I was really taken in my the language of this book. It was easy to get drawn into the characters with the excellent descriptions and tone of the novel. I really love books like this, that show a contrast to the normal life and the dark underworld that Hannah must face. I love when fantasy books are set in real world settings too because it gives the story more connectivity. North Carolina is something I can definitely relate to, so I’m happy to see it in a book like this. I like paranormal literature, and this theme of sea gods and goddesses mythology (and the romance!) is really different and enjoyable. I’m really eager to read the rest of the series. Definitely a recommendation for those who love Twilight and The Wolves of Mercy Falls books.
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About Kristen Day
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I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – I started reading this way back in my high school days, but now I’m actually getting into it.
What did you recently finish reading?
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest – I picked this up via the $.99 sale on Kindle. Really pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it.
What do you think you’ll read next?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I still have to get back to this one after reading the first two chapters a while ago. Now that I’ve seen the trailer for the movie, I am ready to read the book.
Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!
There are lots of books I still have to finish and some I’ve been wanting to get to for a while. Here is the list of books that I hope to tackle over the summer while I have all the time in the world to read.
Linger – I read Shiver and loved it, and finally I bought the paperback of the second in the series since Sinner is the most recent release.
The 5th Wave – I think I got less than half way through this and I quit. I’ve checked it out of the library numerous times, but haven’t made myself get all the way through it.
The Maze Runner – I read the first two chapters after I bought the paperback, so I need to read this before the movie comes out.
Half Bad – I think about this book about every day, so I’m going to have to reread it. One of the best I’ve read so far this year.
Dorothy Must Die – I started the first couple of chapters at the gym one day. I’ve been really excited about reading this one, so I bought it when it was on sale for Kindle.
The Martian – I’ve read a good chunk of this when I got it free in exchange for a review. It’s a bit more technical than I’m use to, but the narrative voice is so good, I want to finish it.
City of Bones – Since this is in third person, I didn’t fall in love with it, but I really do like the world that Clare has built. I have the second book in the series, and I’ve seen the movie, so I really should finish this one too.
The Program – I really enjoyed this, but I stopped reading when I had something else from the library that get me distracted. Definitely want to finish this one.
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release date: July 7th 2014
“In the armory, things can be convincing and impossible. Just like Elias.”
Seventeen-year-old Marcella Jackoby’s bleak reality is altered when she encounters the apparition of a grieving bride wandering the deadly thirteen curves outside of Pennywright. Intent on capturing Marcella, the bride seeks to populate a mythical castle disguised as an abandoned armory, where young guests tirelessly battle an alliance of recluses in order to live with the promise of eternal youth and love.
Unaware of Elias Hawk’s efforts to safeguard her from untimely death, and in spite of the fact that he and the kids residing at the armory are not what they appear to be, Marcella falls for this enigmatic young man. As she uncovers Elias’s century-old secret, Marcella’s home life crumbles and an encounter with a roughneck adversary threatens her budding relationship and the existence of the armory’s residents, unintentionally leading Marcella to ignite war between the worlds, endangering the couple’s future in a shocking twist of fate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeanne Arnold is an author of young adult romance. At a young age she found her creative outlet in art, and for years her fictional characters came to life in drawings and paintings, until they demanded a voice. Now they grace the pages of her stories. Jeanne shares her time with her fictional teenage counterparts and her human family in Central New York. STUBBORN is available in ebook, print and audiobook at all major online retailers. Look for THE HAUNT OF THIRTEEN CURVES in July 2014 and JUST AS STUBBORN, the second installment in the STUBBORN series, in January 2015.
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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
I know I’ve said this before, but I am so tired of the same basic start for young adult books. A lot of the books I’ve picked up lately have one or more of the following:
- unrequited crush
- dead relative
- high school clique of mean and popular students
- some big “Wow” factor at the very start of the book
- some “oh, bother – why me” kind of attitude in the main character
Granted, I’m guilty of some of these in my writing too, but I really don’t want to have something that is a copy of a copy of a copy (to quote Trent Reznor.) I don’t even care if there’s a ton of action in it with no room for reflection. (Some books I’ve read can’t handle subtlety or being in the moments, it’s all go-go-go and it gets kind of exhausting.)
Aside from that, I just reminded myself to buy Linger because Shiver was the book that first gave me the idea of having first person POV from both main characters.
Happy Reading and Happy Monday!