Dead Snapshot: Bring-the-zombie-apocalypse-to-my-town

UPDATE:  Due to some issues beyond my control, I’m a little late in updating and getting the info to Todd — but those who commented as of yesterday, will receive a copy of Todd’s first Snapshot novel. Which is awesome by the way! :-)

 

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Do you like zombie books and movies? The Walking Dead? Are you sort of on the fence about the whole zombie thing? Or think you wouldn’t like reading about them but you like excellent writing; rich, vivid scenes; and characters who are so skillfully developed that you’ll love some and love to hate others? Then TW Brown’s DEAD series is for you. His work is so much more than just zombie books — it’s a study in humanity. As I said in a previous post, “The pages of his books are filled with triumph, fear, love, and loss. And just like in the real world – no one is safe.”

With the DEAD series coming to an epic 12 book end later this year, Brown has started a spin-off — DEAD Snapshot: {your town here} series in which you’ll possibly see the zombie apocalypse brought to your town.

 The first is DEAD SNAPSHOT: PORTLAND, OREGON which releases today. Here’s the link to get it now! :-) You don’t have to have read the DEAD series to enjoy these snapshots as they each stand alone.

Todd’s being very generous and giving away FIVE FREE COPIES to reader’s of my blog — just leave a comment and let me know if you want .mobi or .epub formats if you’re chosen as a winner!

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I’m going to let Todd tell you all about his new series and how you might be able to get the DEAD to come to your hometown.

Behind the curtain of the DEAD Snapshot: {your town here} series

“THE DEAD WALK!”

You sort of dream about that headline. Admit it. You watch shows like The Walking Dead and think, That would be SO cool! Would it really? I want you to bring your own arm up to your mouth and bite as hard as you can. Now keep going until you rip the flesh. (In the interest of our “sue happy” culture, I am not really suggesting that you do this, and if you already did then can I ask what in the hell is wrong with you?)

So…how cool is it now? And then there is the idea of finding a loved one who had the misfortune of not heeding the warnings and got bit trying to hurry home to take care of you. They are coming at you with filmed over, dead eyes. So grab a gun or something and shoot or bash them in the head. Oh yeah, that includes your precious little Jimmy or Janie. You know, that apple of your eye…the one thing that you love more than life itself.
Not sounding so great anymore, is it?

The reality of the zombie apocalypse is probably more terrifying than we want to imagine. However, reading about it is a blast. On that, I think many of us can agree. Only, when you read these stories, don’t they always seems so far away and remote? Unless you have a local zombie author who loves to set his novels in his or her (and by extension…YOUR) neck of the woods, you have to imagine places you have never been and hope to sink into the story enough to feel like you are “there.”

Well, wait no more. With my new spin off of my successful and best-selling zombie series DEAD, the apocalypse can be right outside your own front door. How? I will tell you later. You don’t think I am gonna give you ALL the good stuff right off the bat, now do ya?

My new series is titled DEAD Snapshot—{insert town here}. Okay that last little bit is just the generic filler. To be clear, the first book is titled DEAD Snapshot—Portland, Oregon. I set it in my town because it is someplace that I know pretty well. However, the next book is titled DEAD Snapshot—Leeds, England. Never been there, but with the help of Google, I can get down to street level and “walk” about from the comfort of my computer.

Each of these books will be a stand-alone novel set in the mythology that I built in the DEAD series. Some of them may see “guest appearances” by characters that you know and love or hate from DEAD. You don’t have to be a reader of the series to enjoy or understand the book. It is zombie fiction, not Twin Peaks. For those totally unfamiliar, my zombies are like those found in Romero flicks. Still confused? (I weep for you, but I will clarify.) The Walking Dead. You know, basically slow and not all that coordinated. I do have a few twists in my mythology that differs from the norm. While I won’t state it as a fact, I had not read (in my VERY EXTENSIVE reading) any instances where the bite was not a catalyst for somebody to turn. Also, children of the younger age bracket might behave just a bit differently. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will leave it at that and let you discover for yourself why my series has allowed me to be a writer full-time and quit my day job.

So, how do you get zombies to come wipe out your town (or maybe the town of an ex, or somebody that you just really don’t like), so to speak? Simple. All you have to do is send me an email at twbrown.maydecpub@gmail.com with “I WANT TO SEE THE DEAD TAKE MY TOWN!” in the subject line. From there, in the actual email, tell me where you are from. Tell me a little bit about your town and what makes it special. Feel free to offer your own name up for use as a character. You are even free to give me a description or photo that I can use to design this character. I even let you specify if you wish to be hero or villain. Sorry, no promises that you will survive in any case, and your character’s depiction may be NOTHING like you in manner and action. It will simply carry your name into the annals of zombie apocalypse history.

So…are you interested? Curious? Or maybe you really dislike those snobs over in Shelbyville? (Simpson’s reference…sorry.) Well, you now have the power of life, death, and undeath in your hands. What will you do?

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Thanks, Todd! I’m so glad I don’t have to say goodbye to this fantastic world you’ve built.

So, want to find out more about TW Brown? You can visit his blog, or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Oh! And here’s his Goodreads page, too if you want to leave a review there. Todd was gracious enough to do an interview for me previously and you can read the interview here.

Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve read any of the DEAD series yet and what you think. Haven’t read it yet? Tell me what you like about zombie books, movies, etc. You just might win a copy of DEAD Snapshot: Portland, Oregon — so let me know if you would like a .mobi (Kindle) or .epub (just about everything else) format if you win.

As always — thanks for reading!
Rhonda

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Women in Horror Month 2015

 

 

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February is Women in Horror Month which celebrates the female authors of the genre. I’ve been honored this month by two other authors on their blogs. Check out the interview I did for Claire C. Riley and feature article from Blaze McRob. Thank you both so much! While you’re visiting their sites, check out their other Women in Horror posts for February as well as their own books/stories. You’re sure to find some great new reads!

To return the generosity, I want to tell you about a few of my favorite women in horror.

Claire C. Riley

BIO: Claire C Riley is a best selling British horror writer, a reader and writer of dark paranormal romances, zombie, and apocalyptic horror. She lives in the United Kingdom with her three young daughters, husband, and one scruffy dog!

Claire C Riley’s work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult-classics while still feeling fresh and cutting-edge. She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.

MY THOUGHTS: I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Claire. She puts a lot of thought, emotion, and action into each of her works. They’re well-written and fast-paced. I particularly like her Odium series – a zombie apocalypse tale full of vivid scenes and characters that are worthy of your love or hate.

 

Odium

 

Claire has been one of my Authors Give Back Features. Check out her generosity here. And she recently did an interview for Women in Horror month for Charon Coin Press.

You can find more of Claire’s works at her Amazon page.

Connect with Claire:

Website     Facebook     Twitter     Google+     Goodreads

 

Eli Constant

BIO:  Eli Constant is a genre-jumping detail junkie, obsessed with the nature of humanity. She believes that there’s beauty at the core of most everything, but that truly unredeemable characters create the best stories. Eli is the author of “Dead Trees,” “Mastic,” “DRAG.N” and is a contributor to the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death,” benefitting the V Foundation.

Eli lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is surrounded by battlefield country, farmland and lakes. Currently, she spends her days being a devoted mother and, of course, writing.

MY THOUGHTS: I first read one of Eli’s stories in the LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH anthology and was impressed with her ability to set a scene and draw me into the story from the beginning. I’ve since read DEAD TREES, a fresh take in the apocalyptic genre. Eli’s version reaches deep into the Earth’s depths and gives us subterranean humanoids which surface to create havoc upon the world as we know it. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

 

Dead Trees

 

You can find more of Eli’s works at her Amazon page.

Connect with Eli:

Website     Facebook     Twitter     Google+     Goodreads

 

Jennifer L. Oliver

BIO: During her many years of working at a daily newspaper, Jennifer L. Oliver honed her writing skills in secret. As an avid reader, she enjoys books that give her an entertaining and temporary escape from the ruckus of everyday life. Now, she hopes to bring the same enjoyment to others through her own work.

Jennifer is the author of The Haedyn Chronicles, and other dark urban fantasy and paranormal thrillers. She is also a freelance proofreader and always looking for the opportunity to help other authors reach their publishing dreams.

Although born and raised in North Carolina, she now lives on Florida’s gulf coast with her husband, two cats, and a Royal Bahamian Potcake dog – who is half her size and thinks the world revolves around treats.

MY THOUGHTS: The first thing I read from Jennifer was THE UNNAMED, the prequel to her HAEDYN CHRONICLES series. I was hooked from the first page. I love this series and Haedyn’s conflict between good and evil. There’s also a romantic interest for those who enjoy fantasy and paranormal romance. I’ve read everything in the series so far and am eagerly awaiting the next.

 

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You can find more of Jennifer’s works at her Amazon page.

Connect with Jennifer:

Website     Facebook     Twitter     Google+     Goodreads

 

Alexie Aaron

BIO:  After traveling the world, Alexie Aaron, a Midwestern native, returned to her roots where she’s been haunting for years. She now lives in a village outside of Chicago with her husband and family.

Her popular Haunted Series was born from her memories of fleeting shapes rushing around doorways, an heirloom chair that rocked itself, cold feelings of mysterious dread, and warm feelings from the traces of loved ones long gone.

Alexie also writes the Cin Fin-Lathen Mysteries. These cozies set in England and south Florida combine action and intrigue with a liberal dose of humor

MY THOUGHTS: I love Alexie’s HAUNTED series.These books center around Mia, a young woman who can see the paranormal and her friends from PEEPs (Paranormal Entity Exposure Partners), a professional ghost hunting group. They even have their own axe-weilding spirit on the team. Murphy is a hoot! The characters are so skillfully developed they feel like old friends. Each story is stand alone, but to get the full affect, I’d start with the first — THE HAUNTINGS OF COLD CREEK HOLLOW — and work forward. Ms. Aaron integrates humor with some really great skin-tingling, chill-inducing fear.

 

The Hauntings of Cold Creek Hollow

 

You can find more of Alexie’s works at her Amazon page.

Connect with Alexie:

Website     Facebook    Goodreads

 

Mitzi Flyte

BIO: Mitzi Flyte’s been writing since she was twelve … for many, many years. She’s been published in nonfiction, poetry, and short story in various genres. A retired RN, Mitzi lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Morgan Reinbold, also a writer, a dog and various cats.

MY THOUGHTS:  I first read one of Mitzi’s stories while working on the TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Her story, To E.A. Poe, was one of my favoritesI had no idea she had published a book last year, but I was fortunate to run across THE GUARDIAN’S PROPHECY yesterday. I started reading it earlier today and it was all I could do to put it down to finish writing this post. I can’t wait to get back to it! It’s a paranormal romance, with a fresh take on the Werewolf genre and I am thoroughly enjoying the read.

 

Guardian's Prophecy

 

You can find more of Mitzi’s works at Amazon.

Connect with Mitzi:

Website     Facebook    Twitter     Goodreads

 

I hope you’ll give some of these authors a try. They may not (yet) be the biggest names in horror, but they have what it takes. Each of them is unique in their own ways, but I love reading each of their works. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

 

As always — thanks for reading!
Rhonda

 

 

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Survival: Dead of Winter Cover Reveal & More!

This month is really busy. I have a cover reveal I’m really excited about. I also have a brand new interview to share with you. And last – but certainly not least – I recently ran a contest on Facebook to name a character after my 100th newsletter subscriber. I have the winner(s) below. So let’s get to it! :-)

SURVIVAL DEAD OF WINTER CoverSURVIVAL: DEAD OF WINTER is the second in my zombie apocalypse series which will be released in April. I just couldn’t wait to show you the awesome cover created by Jeffrey Kosh Graphics. Jeffrey also did my original SURVIVAL and THE CONSUMING covers as well. I might be a little biased, but I think he does fantastic work!

And that good-looking character on the cover? That’s Eric Alvarez. Eric is a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Department and is in charge of the security at the Family Courthouse — the current “safe” house for our displaced survivors. I’m looking forward to sharing more about Eric with you in DEAD OF WINTER.

 

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Fellow dark fiction author, Claire C Riley, is interviewing me at her blog for February’s WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH. I’m thrilled to be one of her features! I hope you’ll check out the interview and while you’re there, check out the other WiHM feature interviews/profiles. I’ve found some really great new female horror authors the last couple of years and am excited to be included among them. Just click on this link to go to the interview! Consider leaving a blog comment. I’ll follow up with you there. :-)

Want more Women in Horror? Check out the other events for the month.

 

And the Winner Is

 

Quinnell Land was my 100th newsletter subscriber! So she gets a character named after her in my next release — SURVIVAL: DEAD OF WINTER. Congratulations, Quinnell! However, Quinnell is a friend of mine from high school, and I want to make sure that no one thinks I played favorites. So I’ll also be naming a character after the 101st subscriber as well. Congratulations to Michael Parnell!

Please remember — this is a zombie apocalypse novel, so there’s no telling if your character will be a good guy, a bad guy, or even a zombie. I can’t even guarantee the character will survive. But it should be interesting!

Thank you to all of you for signing up for my newsletter and sharing my journey with me.

Oh! And one more thing before I go…some of my fellow Addictive Reads Authors are hosting a blog hop and giveaway this weekend for Valentine’s Day. So click on the image below and enter to win some great prizes and find some awesome reads!

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I hope you each have a fantastic Valentine’s Weekend!
As always — Thanks for reading!
Rhonda

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Book Recommendations for Your Holiday Gift List

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Looking for some great books to give someone special on your list this holiday? Or did you get a new eReader you need to fill up? I have a few suggestions for you. And if you want to try them out first — many of them offer the first one free or are available as part of Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe. They’d be great to pre-download on a Kindle you’re giving to a loved one. You can even give a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. And most of the books I’m recommending also come in print for those that prefer it.



Horror/Paranormal 

My very favorite author in the zombie genre, TW Brown, has two great zombie series – DEAD and ZOMBLOG. Brown does so much more with his books than just adding in flesh-eating monsters. He takes the time to explore human nature…the good, the bad, and the downright evil. And he pulls no punches. No one, not even favorite characters, are safe. You never know what will happen next. I can’t recommend these series enough. Mr. Brown also has a really cool series about a female ghoul named Ava. It’s full of humor and great characters.


That Ghoul AvaZomblog

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One of my favorite books of all time is CADES COVE by Aiden James. If the person on your list likes ghost stories, this is the one to get. I’ve been endoctinated in the genre so long that it’s really tough to scare me. But this one did. Unlike any in a long time or since. I recommend it all the time. Mr. James has many other great reads as well — another of my favorite authors!

 

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I love the HAUNTED series by Alexie Aaron. These books center around Mia, a young woman who can see the paranormal and her friends from PEEPs (Paranormal Entity Exposure Partners), a professional ghost hunting group. They even have their own axe-weilding spirit on the team. Murphy is a hoot! The characters are so skillfully developed they feel like old friends. Each story is stand alone, but to get the full affect, I’d start with the first — THE HAUNTINGS OF COLD CREEK HOLLOW — and work forward. Ms. Aaron integrates humor with some really great skin-tingling, chill-inducing fear. (Don’t let the covers deter you — this is a really great series!)


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Dean Koontz is my favorite author and I have loved most all of his books. But my favorite is his ODD THOMAS series. Odd is a quirky character with lots of charm and the ability to see the lingering dead. If I started telling you everything I love about these books, I wouldn’t have time to tell you about any others. So, I’ll just say — these are well worth the read and I can’t recommend them enough.


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Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction

If epic fantasy is what you or your giftee would like, then Anna Erishkigal’s SWORD OF THE GODS SAGA series is the way to go. The first in the series is SWORD OF THE GODS: CHOSEN ONE and is FREE. An amazing deal for nearly 500 pages of extraordinary characters and world-building. I was spell-bound as I read this one.


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Cate Dean’s CLAIRE WICHE CHRONICLES and the spin-offs, THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF ZACH WICHE and ALEX FINCH, MONSTER HUNTER are great for those who enjoy fantasy. Zach and Alex will appeal to young adults as well as those who are fans of the Claire Wiche Chronicles. I adore these characters. Ms. Dean has the ability to pull you right into the story and keep you there, turning the pages.


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I am also enjoying the HAEDYN CHRONICLES by Jennifer L. Oliver. She currently has one book and two short stories in this series. The two short stories are FREE and Haedyn’s Choice is part of Kindle Unlimited, so if you subscribe you can also read it for free. Haedyn is a complex character and I can’t wait to see what happens next with her.


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Gregory Carrico’s CHILDREN OF THE PLAGUE, is a unique post-apocalyptic science fiction novel. I don’t think I’ve read anything that comes close to this one. It’s full of action, great scenes, and characters that are also unique. I love the relationship between Lannie and her brother, Alex. This is one not to be missed.


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THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins is one of my favorite series. I don’t think I need to go into details on this one. With the popularity of not only the books, but the movies, I think most people have heard of
it. I’ll just say that it’s one that I can read multiple times and not get bored.


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Middle Grade

Nicole Storey has a wonderful fantasy series, GRIMSLEY HOLLOW, that is a great read for middle graders and even adults. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character, Gage, is an eleven-year-old boy with autism and Ms. Storey shows that everyone can make a difference in the world around them regardless of their personal challenges. The characters are wonderfully developed and the world-building is excellent. I was totally immersed in the story.

 

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THE LEGEND OF BUTTERFIELD FARM by D.D. Larsen is another great fantasy/action adventure for middle graders. I loved the characters and the non-stop action. And the world-building is also skillfully developed in this book. Kids, as well as their parents, are sure to love this one.

 

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Make a Difference

You can help make a difference in the fight to cure cancer by purchasing copies of LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH. All proceeds for this anthology go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The first of my zombie apocalypse series, SURVIVAL, is included.

 

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My Books

And of course, I’d be honored if you’d share something of mine that you’ve enjoyed with someone or try them out for the first time yourself.

 

 

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Before I forget — I’m having a giveaway for the holidays! Just click on the image below and it’ll take you to the post. Enter through Dec. 31st for a chance to win and enjoy some of my favorite Christmas music while you’re there.

 

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Romance and More

You can’t go wrong with any of the authors over at ADDICTIVE READS. There are books in just about every genre. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list, including every variation of romance you can think of.

In fact — while you’re there — the Addictive Reads Authors are having a holiday event and giveaway, so enter through Dec 31st for a chance to win some great prizes. Just click on the image and it will take you to the event page.

 

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Reviews

If you get any of the books I’ve recommended for yourself, then please remember to leave a review — good, bad, or mediocre — where you purchased it and at Goodreads. Authors and other readers will appreciate that you did so. You may even bring a new author and reader together!

 

You’re Recommendations

I hope you’ll share your recommendations in the comment section below. What books would you recommend as gifts? Or drop a hint to someone for yourself. (Personally — I’d LOVE an autographed copy of any of the books above.) 😉 You can list however many you like, but I’m pretty sure more than one link will get your comment sent to my spam folder. So if you use links, please use them judiciously. :-) Tell us the genre and what makes it such a great read!



As always — thanks for reading. I hope you have a fantastic holiday with family and friends! 
Rhonda

 

P.S.  That’s a lot of links!  Phew!  😉 Please let me know in the comments if you find a link not working and I’ll get it fixed asap. Thanks! :-)

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Event & Giveaway!

Happy Holidays!

 

UPDATE: WINNERS CHOSEN BY RAFFLECOPTER!

DEBRA F. — eCOPY OF THE GIFT
JEAN P. — eCOPY OF SURVIVAL

CONGRATULATIONS! WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED BY EMAIL. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED IN AND ENTERED! I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A FANTASTIC 2015!

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To celebrate the holidays, I’ve joined with my fellow Addictive Reads Authors to host a blog hop and GIVEAWAY! Here I’ll be offering up a eCopy of my newest release, THE GIFT and a eCopy of SURVIVAL. Enter below. But I hope you’ll read all about a few of my favorite things before you go. :-)

 

The GiftTHE GIFT
Contemporary Holiday Short

Sometimes, the best gifts are unexpected…

When workaholic Robert Chalmer’s wife leaves to take care of her sick mother for two weeks, he is left with all the responsibility… including his seven-year-old daughter. With Christmas fast approaching, Robert must find a way to reconnect with what is most important in his life, or risk losing it forever.

THE GIFT is a 7300 word heart-warming short story set in Fort Worth, TX about family, love, and second chances.

 

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Survival - Rhonda HopkinsSURVIVAL (Survival Series #1)
Horror

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

SURVIVAL is a 14,000 word short story – the first in a new zombie apocalypse series. It was originally published in the Let’s Scare Cancer to Death Anthology.

“FANTASTIC story.”  “Short story or not, this tale will stick with you. This story opens with a punch in the throat and has you gasping until the last words on the page fade as you turn off your Kindle…It matters very little if you are a fan of the zombie genre, this is a story that will pull you in and refuse to let go…This was my favorite read of the year.” ~~ TW Brown, Author of the DEAD and ZOMBLOG series.

 

Amazon     B&N     KOBO     Smashwords     iBooks

Amazon UK     Amazon CA     Amazon AU

 Add to your Goodreads Shelf

Survival (Survival Series #1)

 

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Over at ADDICTIVE READS, we’re giving away a Kindle Fire HD 7 with over 3o of our novels, novellas, and short stories preloaded – including my two above, along with $50, $20, and $15 gift cards. 

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But first…

I’d like to tell you about some of my favorite holiday things. Of course, sharing the holidays with family and friends is absolutely THE BEST thing in the world. And I found that trying to pick among my favorite memories was just too hard — I’m fortunate to have been blessed with an awesome family and great friends. So I’ve decided to share my top Christmas songs with you.

I’m a little bit traditional when it comes to my Christmas songs. The same way I am with most Gospel songs. But I also like the modern approach. Hopefully you’ll find the music as beautiful as I do.

 

O Holy Night
I really enjoy this version by Mariah Carey.

 

The Little Drummer Boy
This version by Pentatonix is awesome.

 

 

Angels We Have Heard on High
I absolutely adore Pentatonix in case you can’t tell. :-)

 

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
I really like the one by Michael Bublé and Carly Rae Jepsen, but Brenda Lee is the one my sister and I danced to along with my parents during the holidays as kids. :-) Great memories!

 

It Wasn’t His Child
This is Tim McGraw’s version. There are others just as well done, but who can resist Tim? :-)

 

 

Mary Did You Know
While I didn’t put a numbered list on the others because it’s just so hard to choose among them, I think this song has to be my favorite. It’s the whole reason we celebrate Christmas to begin with. And this by Pentatonix (yes again — I told you I adore them) is absolutely my favorite version.

 

And here’s a bonus for you. I just had the pleasure of hearing it while working on this post — a new release from…you guessed it!…Penatatonix. :-) It’s fantabulous! Every time I think they can’t possibly top what they’ve done before…they do. 😉
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

 

 Okay, I know you’re eager to get to the giveaway, so here’s the rafflecopter for THE GIFT and SURVIVAL. Good luck!

 

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And to get the info on the ADDICTIVE READS HOLIDAY EVENT AND GIVEAWAY, just click on the image!

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Good luck and I hope you all have a very happy holiday no matter what you celebrate. 

As always — thanks for reading! 
Rhonda

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Spontaneous Multi-Author Flash Fiction

The other day on Facebook, I posted a simple status:

It was a dark and stormy morning….How glorious! Love the rain. :-)

Photo by Osalenko at DepostPhotos.com

Photo by Osalenko at DepostPhotos.com

I had no idea that one of my friends and fellow Addictive Reads‘ Authors, Jennifer L. Oliver, would take that and run with it. She started a spontaneous round robin story (where several people add a little to the work — also known as tandem writing). We took turns tagging fellow authors and this is the result. I thought you all might enjoy the spontaneity of the piece.

TAKING CARE OF JOE

Jennifer L. Oliver: It was a dark and stormy morning, the kind that makes you want to stay in bed all day. But I couldn’t indulge myself, at least not today. It was time to deal with Joe, and I was the only one left to do it.

Rhonda (Me): I put the last row of seats down in the SUV, and put some gloves on. The black tarp spread out across the back flooring like an angry sea. I smoothed it out, making sure it covered every inch, and placed a shovel on top. It was time to go. I couldn’t put it off any longer.

Claire C. Riley: I trudged back inside, the angry thumps coming from the basement loud and obnoxious to my sensitive ears. Mama always told me that was why I was so good at playing the guitar. My hearing was so well attuned to the little noise discrepancies of each string. I sigh, heavy, heartfelt, and pick up the hammer from the counter top.

Eli Constant: The hammer felt heavy and ominous in my hands, a long put-off task finally realized. The basement door was to the right of the small kitchen pantry. I approached it and slowly began unlocking the vertical line of six serious-looking deadbolts. I didn’t bother with the small sliding lock that kept the little floor-level peep-hole closed. That was only for feeding Joe… for shoving in the bits of rotten cow flesh that kept him sated. But the cows were gone, everyone else was gone. I was about to be gone. I couldn’t drive away from the house though, not with him forever trapped as a monster in the basement.

Wulf Francu Godgluck: My heart is a racehorse against my ribs, at any second the organ will crack bone. I’m sure of it. I reach out, my fingers numb gripping the door knob, numb around the handle of the hammer. I can’t do this. I have to, but I can’t! I close my eyes, turn the knob and push open the door. It launches back at me, fast, screeching on its hinges and slams me in the face. I stumble backwards, landing on my back. The Hammar slipped and fell, sliding off across the kitchen floor. The door screeches again, opening to the endless pit of black darkness. And the darkness snarls at me…

Jennifer: My eyes rounded and for a split second I froze. My brain screamed at me to move, to run, but I couldn’t. Another snarl and shuffling of unsteady feet kicked my body into action. I scrambled backwards, and turned to push up on my hands and knees. The hammer was just a few feet away. If I could only reach it…

Rhonda: I hurled myself sideways just as Joe pounced. My hand gripped the hammer and before I could even think about what I was doing, I made contact with Joe’s head. The sickening crunch invaded my numbness, but he still fought his way toward me, teeth gnashing. I had no choice. I pulled the hammer back, blood and gore dripping from the metal. The sucking sound it made as I pulled nearly worse than the crunch. I hit him again. This time, the claw penetrated his brain and all movement ceased. I’d killed my husband.

No that wasn’t right. I couldn’t think of this creature that way. My husband died two weeks ago. This thing was not Joe. A tear trickled down my cheek. But there was still no time to mourn. I had miles to go.

I made a few trips between the patio and my SUV, putting containers of plants in the back. Hopefully, they’d help to start a garden somewhere. Maybe Fort Worth. I’d heard there was a community of survivors there. Better than here where there was no one but the dead. And me.

THE END

So what do you think? Not bad for a lazy afternoon, no planning, no rules, no editing, and off the top of our heads, right? I want to thank my fellow authors for being such a good sport and playing along. And thanks to Jennifer for getting us started. This was fun! :-)

I’ve linked to the participating authors’ websites above. I hope you’ll visit them and maybe give their work a try.

Both Eli Constant and Claire C. Riley have stories in the LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH ANTHOLOGY, where my short, SURVIVAL, made its debut. The great thing about this anthology (besides all the fantastic stories and authors) is that ALL the proceeds go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. So yes – it’s an awesome thing and deserves (in my opinion) another plug. At this posting, it’s only 99 cents for the ebook and the paperback is on sale for only $12.56. It has some fantastic reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads. You can also find it on Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

 

Want to see how one of these multi-author stories evolve in real time? Some of the Addictive Reads authors will be releasing a short paragraph (or more) each day on our facebook page until we have a completed story. Our project will begin September 1st. So if you want to be witness to a story in the making, “like” our page now. I’d tell you what to expect if I knew myself. But no clue. We’re a multi-genre group, so anything is possible! It should be fun, so I hope you’ll join us. :-)

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Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Consuming, and Survival Series. She writes horror, suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. She is also a Contributing Author for Addictive Reads and Killer Ink Press.
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Get Survival And A Lot Of Other eBooks Free!

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Have you read SURVIVAL yet? If not, you can get the first of my new zombie apocalypse series absolutely FREE today at Smashwords. No coupon code required. And you can get whichever format works best for you – .mobi for Kindle, .epub, or even .pdf.

Just click here to get your copy now!

Survival - Rhonda Hopkins

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

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Check out this great review for SURVIVAL from Nicole Storey, Author of Blind Sight (The Celadon Circle)

Other Reviews

“FANTASTIC story. Truly one of the best shorts that I have read this year!” ~~ TW Brown, Author of the DEAD and ZOMBLOG series.

“Rhonda Hopkins’ Survival series reminds me of TWD – and she’s totally hooked me with the great character and story development in this beginning ‘episode.’ I can’t wait for the next one to see where she takes everything and how the world progresses as I and the zombies follow the characters she’s fleshed out.” ~~ Stacey Joy Netzel, Author of The Still Waters Series

“Her character development is superb. The twins are true-to-life and there is a fascinating relationship with a co-worker which adds a great sub-plot . . . . If zombies are your thing…and maybe if they are not…you will love this book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. It promises to be a wild ride.” ~~Amazon Reviewer

“Totally hooked me. The characters are believable and the events are realistic. Hopkins provides enough intrigue and action to make you keep turning the pages.” ~~ Jennifer L. Oliver, Author of The Haedyn Chronicles

“I found Rhonda Hopkins’ Survival to be a gripping story. As in, if I hadn’t kept a grip on my pants she would have scared them off of me.” ~~ D.D. Larsen, Author of The Legend of Butterfield Farm

Yeah, that last one made me laugh. 😀

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Today is Digital Book Day

Thanks to CJ Lyons, a lot of your favorite authors have gotten together to show appreciation for our readers. You’ll find a ton of great books in different genres for FREE (Today Only!) over at the DIGITAL BOOK DAY site.

This is a great time to try out a new author with no risk or stock up on some by your faves as Authors Give Back.

Want another FREE one from me? Just sign up for my newsletter and I’ll send you the password to get a .pdf copy of THE CONSUMING.

 

You can subscribe to my blog posts over in the right side-bar. And I hope you’ll connect with me at the following:

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Don’t forget — if you enjoy a book, then help out the author and other readers by leaving a review. :-)

As always – thanks for reading!
Rhonda

Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Consuming, and Survival Series. She writes horror, suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. She is also a Contributing Author for Addictive Reads and Killer Ink Press.
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Interview with Author TW Brown and a Giveaway!

WINNERS UPDATE: Todd has generously agreed to provide everyone who commented by the time of this update with your choice (SPRING or UGLY BEGINNING). I’ve sent him the email addresses. You’ll just need to make sure that you tell him which ebook you’d like in which format (.mobi for Kindle or .epub). Thanks to everyone who read and commented!)

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I’m so excited to have a special guest interview today. TW (Todd) Brown is one of my favorite authors and the author of two of my favorite zombie series – DEAD and ZOMBLOG.

Todd also writes the THAT GHOUL AVA series. I haven’t had the chance to get into that one yet, but have read the intro story and loved it. It’s fun and quirky and I’m looking forward to reading more.

Todd just has this wonderful ability to suck you right into a story. If you haven’t read him yet, you’re really missing out on a great reading experience. He’s able to put you right in the scene – in the middle of the action. And he makes the characters feel like real people, complete with strengths and weaknesses, good and evil.

Todd’s also very generously agreed to give away three ecopies of either DEAD:SPRING or the first in the series, DEAD: UGLY BEGINNING (for those new to the series) in .mobi (Kindle) or .epub formats – winner’s choice. Enter by leaving a comment below.Winners will be chosen at random.  Tell us what you enjoy about this series, or zombie lit in general. Also please tell us which format and which book you’d like just in case you’re chosen as a winner.

I’m going to get out of the way now and introduce you to TW Brown. Thanks for being here today, Todd!

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New Release!

Tell us what about your latest release, DEAD: SPRING (Book 9):

With it being the 9th book, I wanted to really reward those who have stuck with me this long. Also, since this series proper only has three more volumes before it wraps up, I needed to set up for the final push. While I do have the DEAD: Snapshot {insert town} series coming on line, the characters who have been the center of things will be put to rest or at least retired.

This is the longest book to date in the series. While the previous ones have come in around 100,000 words, this one comes in at over 174,000. There is a lot going on and I believe that this is my best work to date in the series.

I can’t wait to get into it. :-) What can we expect from the rest of the series?

Closure. Some sad farewells. (You know nobody is safe in my world.) And even a few happy endings. Also, there will be a dramatic shift between books 9 and 10, but that is a surprise.

Surprise, hmmm??? Such a tease! Guess we’ll just have to wait. So, I know why I think DEAD is one of the best series in the genre. What do you think makes DEAD different from other zombie series?

I think that it is more about people than about zombies. I catch a lot of flak for having some pretty vile characters, but if you stripped away law and order, I think some very bad types would rise and crawl out from under their rocks. Also, I have had some people get very upset when central characters have died, but this is a zombie apocalypse, not a trip to Disneyland.

And I won’t claim it as fact, but I think that I was one of the first to explore the possibility of immunity. That really tilts some lives upside down when they realize they may have “mercy killed” people who might have survived.

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Yeah – that really threw some of them and us, but it’s a very cool adaptation. You’re a mentor to many writers, Todd. Who do you consider a mentor or influence?

Influence is easy. I love the classic King. The Stand was life changing. I can’t ignore Romero, but I also drew from George R. R. Martin (Song of Ice and Fire—Game of Thrones). I had to re-read the death of Eddard Stark to convince myself that it actually happened. Also, my three rotating storyline chapters is a nod to his book being told from the perspective of its different characters.

As far as a mentor, I learn from everybody that I read and share ideas with. Lately I have been on a “Female Horror Author” splurge. Women can have some very dark works that I think catch people by surprise. Some of the most frightening things that I have read are from women like (you), Claire Riley, Eli Constant, and a few others.

That’s so sweet of you! See that’s one of the many reasons I count you as a mentor, Todd. Thank you! And yes, THE STAND is just epic. Definitely one that stands out in any list. So tell us, what do you think is the best thing about the horror genre?

It lets us explore what really scares us. Every element of horror touches on basic fears and insecurities that we have as a species.

Your least favorite thing about the genre?

It can get tired and repetitious. I think you have to sift through a lot of weeds to reach the wheat. There are some amazingly talented people who go largely unnoticed. Also, horror is sort of to literature what comedy is to The Oscars. Nobody takes it serious. When I get asked what I write, the faces that I get when I mention horror, and more specifically zombies, are priceless.

You’ve killed off some really great characters. I’ve shed tears for some of them and even sobbed over one. Yet I, and countless others, have stayed for the journey in both the DEAD and the ZOMBLOG series. Besides the great writing (which is a given at this point) why do you think that is?

I hope that it is because there is an attachment to that entire universe. {SPOILER ALERT} When Steve died and the torch was passed, I had to really ponder who could pick up the narration. I think that Billy was the right choice. He gives you a new peek at Steve’s gang because you are seeing these people through his eyes.

Also, my hope from the gate was that this was a character-driven story with depth and a sense of realism. There are people to love and hate. And I think that people who made it past book three of the DEAD series are vested in it. It is more about the entire world than just a few people.

Oh, poor Steve. He was the one I sobbed over. I had to take a break from reading that book for a couple of hours at that point and ended up writing this. I really miss him, but yes – Billy is also a great character. There was one character though that I cheered aloud for when he was killed. I’ll bet you can guess which one that was. :-)

Who are some of your favorite authors outside the zombie realm?

Besides early King (everything from It and back); Kim Harrison (the Rachel Morgan series); Patrick O’ Brian (the Master & Commander series)

I haven’t read O’Brian yet. I’ll have to give his books a try. What are you working on now and when will it be available?

Lots. I have the next That Ghoul Ava coming at the end of the month (hopefully). The 10th DEAD is slated for Halloween. Also, I have the second and third volumes of the DEAD: Special Edition series where I compile three books worth of the three rotating chapters into one book (Geeks, Vignettes, and Perspectives—Steve/Billy’s story) and add some bonus material. Those should be out in August and October respectively. Toss in a few editing jobs and the fact that I just bought a new house on three-quarters of an acre that I am trying to slowly convert into a sustainable source of food…I am staying busy.

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Congrats on the new home! You are definitely a busy man. What advice would you give to a beginning writer?

Write every single day. Do it because you love it and not because you think it will make you rich and famous. Read everything you write out loud. You would be surprised at how much you can clean up that way. Writers can get repetitious and lock onto a certain word. Reading it out loud shines a light on that. Also, find an editor. It is an expense that will pay off in the long run…and this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Great advice! Reading aloud is one of the best things I do for my own work. As we’re coming to a close – if you could say anything at all to your readers, what would you say?

Thank you. Your reading my books have allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream.

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Thank you so much for the interview, Todd. I can’t wait to read DEAD: SPRING.

If you haven’t read this series yet, you can start with DEAD: THE UGLY BEGINNING and it’s a steal at only 99 cents!

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Want to connect with Todd? You can do it here:

Website     Facebook     Twitter     Google+     Goodreads    Amazon Author Page

So, have you read any of Todd’s books yet? Tell us what you think in the comment section. Don’t forget — you can win a copy of one of Todd’s books by leaving a comment below. Just follow the instructions at the beginning of this post. Thanks again, Todd!

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As always — thanks for reading!
Rhonda

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Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Consuming, and Survival Series. She writes Horror, Suspense, Paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. She is also a Contributing Author for Addictive Reads and Killer Ink Press.

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My Fantasy Vacation #AReads Blog Hop + Giveaway

The Addictive Reads Authors (of whom I’m proud to be one) is having an eBook sales event and blog hop from Friday through Monday.

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There are a lot of great books on sale and even some for FREE.  AND we’re having a giveaway!

I’m sure you’ll find something for your summer reading pleasure during the event. You might even like my new release – SURVIVAL. It’s the first in my zombie apocalypse series and is only 99 cents! You can find out more about it here.

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Stay tuned for more details about the Addictive Reads’ Event and Giveaway below.

In the meantime, I want to tell you about my ideal summer vacation. Okay. It’s a fantasy, but I can hope. Right?

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The boat docks at a private island in the Pacific. As I step out onto the wooden decking, I’m met by the resort staff, one who looks suspiciously like Mr. Rourke. (If you’re too young to know who he is, google Fantasy Island.) My luggage is whisked away to my own private oasis for my month-long stay.

I’m shown the amenities – all the wonderful food and drink I want. An incredible library holds any book I might want to read. (Hey – it’s my fantasy and I love to read!) All sorts of amazing comforts are mine for the asking: massages, mani/pedis, facials, and just whatever my heart desires.

The clear blue water and white sand beaches stretch out before me. I’d planned to spend a lot of my time relaxing here, doing some snorkeling or even some diving. But there are 5 other guests on the island. They’re friendly and interesting from different backgrounds. I’m already having fun. Especially with the Dean Winchester look-alike. Could it be him? (Ahem – my fantasy, remember.)

Although bright sunshine encompasses most of the island, there is a part of it that seems a little sinister. And even though I haven’t been here long, there’s already talk of some supernatural activity. Maybe I’ll get to do a little ghost hunting or monster tracking. (Oh come on. You know you’d like to be in on a hunt with Dean.) It’s definitely not going to be a boring vacation.  :-)

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Okay, so maybe that isn’t your fantasy vacation – but what did you expect from an author who enjoys reading and writing paranormal and horror? 😉

Check out the blogs for the other Addictive Reads Authors – some of them are giving away some cool prizes!




So, tell me below in the comments where you’d go for your fantasy vacation. I’m giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card and you’ll get an extra entry in the rafflecopter below.

 Just enter here:

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And over at the Addictive Reads Event we’re giving away over $100 in prizes! Up for grabs are:

One $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – Winners Choice
One $15 Amazon Gift Card
Five $10 Amazon Gift Cards

The Addictive Reads Authors have a lot of eBooks on sale (and some new releases) – in just about every genre. Fantasy, Romance, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, and more. There’s something for everyone!

Check out all the great books and enter via the Rafflecopter HERE

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As always — thanks for reading!

Rhonda Hopkins is the author of The Consuming, and Survival Series. She writes horror, suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. She is also a Contributing Author for Addictive Reads and Killer Ink Press.
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New Release: Survival

I’m excited to announce the release of SURVIVAL, the first in my zombie apocalypse series. 

Survival - Rhonda Hopkins

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

 

SURVIVAL is a 14,000 word short story and was originally published in the LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH ANTHOLOGY.

 

SURVIVAL is now available for only .99 cents at:

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I originally wrote SURVIVAL as a one-time short story. But, I had so much fun writing it that I decided to continue the saga of Sarah, her twin Dana, and their group of survivors. There’s a lot more ahead for them in their new reality. I hope you’ll come along for the adventure.

 

Here’s what early reviewers are saying about SURVIVAL:

“FANTASTIC story. Truly one of the best shorts that I have read this year!” ~~ TW Brown, Author of the DEAD and ZOMBLOG series.

“Rhonda Hopkins’ Survival series reminds me of TWD – and she’s totally hooked me with the great character and story development in this beginning ‘episode.’ I can’t wait for the next one to see where she takes everything and how the world progresses as I and the zombies follow the characters she’s fleshed out.” ~~ Stacey Joy Netzel, Author of The Still Waters Series

“Her character development is superb. The twins are true-to-life and there is a fascinating relationship with a co-worker which adds a great sub-plot . . . . If zombies are your thing…and maybe if they are not…you will love this book. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. It promises to be a wild ride.” ~~Amazon Reviewer

“Totally hooked me. The characters are believable and the events are realistic. Hopkins provides enough intrigue and action to make you keep turning the pages.” ~~ Jennifer L. Oliver, Author of The Haedyn Chronicles

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Excerpt

     Sarah Jamison’s gaze met her twin’s fear-filled blue eyes. “I—”
     “It’s no use. The cuff is too tight. You’re going to have to leave me.” Dana put her free hand on Sarah’s, stilling their frantic motions.
     “No. I won’t leave you. Maybe I can . . .” She turned, taking in the empty basement—the cement walls, exposed pipes, and her sister handcuffed to one of the metal cylinders. A small amount of light trickled in through the one lone window, but there was nothing she could use as a weapon. Unless . . . .
     She strode over to the dangling pipe from which she had managed to extricate herself earlier. Grabbing the unattached end, she tried wresting it clear of its fittings, her own wrist dangling handcuffs which clinked against the metal with each pull. Rust and time made it impossible to remove.
     “Sarah—”
     “No.” Tears ran down her face. “I can’t leave you, Dana.”
     “You have to. It’s the only way we’re both getting out of here. You have to go for help.”
     Sarah knelt beside her sister who reached out and wiped her thumb across her cheek, brushing the tears aside.
     “I’ll be okay until you get back. I won’t give them any excuse to throw me out to those . . . .” Dana choked back the word they had both been avoiding, choosing another instead. “Creatures.”
     Realizing there was no way she could take on all three kidnappers without a weapon, Sarah accepted she had to have assistance to save Dana. Hugging her sister, Sarah kissed her cheek. “I love you, Dana. Be strong. I’ll be back just as soon as possible.”
     Heavy footsteps reverberated on the stairs. Dana pushed Sarah away. “Go now. Before it’s too late.”
     Stretching upwards, she tried to raise the window, but it wouldn’t budge. She took off her T-shirt, wrapped her hand, and knocked out the glass, ducking as shards rained down on her. Pain shot through her palm all the way to her shoulder, but adrenaline fueled her and minimized the hurt. She unwound the red fabric and smoothed it hurriedly across the sill.
     The door crashed inward as one of the men who had captured them ran into the room. “What’s going on here?” He took in the situation and bee-lined for Sarah, grabbed her legs and pulled her down from the window. Grasping one arm, he backhanded her across the face. The edge of his ring ripped across her forehead; the pain almost blinding. Blood gushed from the wound.
     She jerked away from him and took on the fighting stance she had been taught, feet set apart at shoulder width. Sarah grabbed the dangling cuff in her hand and put all her force in the punch to the man’s jaw. His head snapped backwards. Before he could react, she stepped back and struck out with her right foot, making contact with his left knee.            The crunch of breaking bone and his scream told her she had done some major damage even before he fell to the floor.
     The other two kidnappers pounded down the stairs.
     “Sarah! Go!” Dana screamed.
     She grabbed the window sill and pulled herself upward and through the opening; glass slivers cutting her where the shirt didn’t cover. She yanked her legs through, turned and gave one last look at her sister and saw her mouth, “I love you.”
     Two men crashed through the open doorway. One ran for the window as the other stopped to check out their injured friend.
     Sarah took off running around the abandoned building to the parking lot in front. Her black Expedition was one of three cars parked there. The abductors had taken their keys and cellphones, so she fell to her knees on the pavement beside the left rear tire and reached into the wheel well. Her fingers fumbled for the magnetic box and she issued a silent prayer of thanks when she found it. She got in the car and hit the locks just as the man they called Ron sprinted around the side of the building. The inside light illuminated the car’s interior, giving away her location.
     Her shaking fingers pulled the key from its container. She managed to insert it and start the car in one try. Ron banged on the passenger window with one hand, the other pulling on the handle. He yelled and hurled obscenities as she squealed away from him and onto the street.

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As I said earlier, SURVIVAL was originally published in the  LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH Anthology. All proceeds from the book go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.  So, I would encourage you to buy the anthology. It’s for a very worthy cause and has 15 other great stories by some of my favorite authors.  You can find out more about it on my Anthologies & Box Sets page.

Thank you so much for joining me for the release of SURVIVAL. As always — thanks for reading!
Rhonda

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