Ebook Review: Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor 2

apocalypse_2Apocalypse 2: Diary of a Survivor by Matt Pike

“I thought I had already seen the best and worst of humanity. But I was wrong.”

When a rogue comet smashed into Earth, Jack Baldwin’s life changed forever. In a single night of carnage, the vast majority of the world’s population was obliterated, while those who survived were all but sent back to the Stone Age. The lucky ones? They don’t necessarily see it that way. Especially Jack, whose dreams of a happily ever after – well as happily ever after as Armaggedon gets – were shattered in a senseless act of violence. With everything and everyone he fought to build and protect now gone, Jack is left truly and utterly alone. And with food supplies growing ever scarcer, and fellow survivors getting more desperate and aggressive by the day, it’s going to be a long way back from the brink. Can Jack find himself again, find new purpose and carve out a way forward? Maybe. But first he’s going to have to ask himself the biggest question of all: Why?

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An Interview with Tracy Lawson, author of Resist

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Tracy Lawson is the author of The Resistance Series. Resist is Book 2 in the series:

After their plan to rescue a group of dissenters imprisoned by the OCSD spins out of control, Tommy and Careen are on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the remote mountain headquarters of the Resistance.

Their budding relationship is tested when an attempt to spark a revolution goes awry, and the pair move toward an inevitable confrontation with the forces that terrorize the nation. Will their differing viewpoints drive a wedge between them? And where does love fit in when you’re trying to overthrow the government?

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An Interview with Gary Rodriguez, Author of Escape Through the Wilderness

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Gary Rodriguez is the author of Escape Through the Wilderness, his first fiction book. Here’s the official description:

“What was that?” Savi whispered anxiously.
“It couldn’t be Vexel, could it?”
Again, they heard more rustling in the woods, they knew it was getting closer.

Sixteen-year-old Savannah Evans walks with a slight limp thanks to a gymnastics, accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, but didn’t stop her from attending an adventure camp in Idaho. At Camp Arrowhead, she quickly befriends Jade Chang and Rico Cruz, but Conner Swift taunts Savi because of her injury.

When the four are teamed together for an overnight white-water river rafting adventure, Savi refuses to get in the same raft with Conner. Unfortunately, the director will not reassign her.

A fun expedition down the river turns into a nightmare when their raft slams into a huge rock and their adult guide disappears down the river.

Without their guide and desperately trying to steer an out-of-control raft, they pass the “last chance” marker and enter the larger rapids. With Jade pinned between the raft and a rock, and Rico clinging to a lifeline, Savi must cut the raft free.

When the four drag themselves out of the river, they’re bruised, beaten, lost, and twenty-five miles from camp. Because of late-night campfire tales of Vexel, a vicious animal that roams the nearby woods, Savi and the others are terrified.

Savi becomes the unlikely leader who tries to guide the group back to Camp Arrowhead. Limited supplies, injuries, and the constant threat of Vexel, who Savi fears is stalking them, complicate the harrowing return trip.

Readers will enjoy dramatic survival scenes and the group working together, solving problems, and learning to overcome adversity.

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Ebook Review: Apocalypse, Diary of a Survivor

Diary_Survivor_coverApocalypse: Diary of a Survivor by Matt Pike

“I guess it was inevitable – the end of the world we know – the end of humanity.

Finding out early was a gift, surviving impact night was a miracle, living to tell the tale, well, that was the price I will pay, forever.

There’s no going back now.”

Award winning author*, Matt Pike, takes you on a journey to the end of the world and beyond, as told through the eyes of an Australian teenager, who records his experiences day by day in a survival diary. From the social chaos in suburban Adelaide in the lead-up, a night of total global catastrophe and the aftershocks as community and humanity crumble around him – the world changes forever. What’s left is a place where the conditions can kill you just as easily as the other survivors.

Everything our teenager relied upon for survival in the pre-disaster world falls apart – utilities, community, environment – the only things that can keep him alive are his resources and resourcefulness.

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Book Review: The Curse of the Thrax

Curse_Thrax_coverThe Curse of the Thrax by Mark Murphy

Jaykriss is a typical teenager. He’s bored with school, the girl he loves doesn’t even know he’s alive, and he and his mother disagree—a lot. The village Jaykriss lives in lies deep in a primevalforest. Life there is simple, and is predicated upon day-to-day survival. As his father is gone, Jaykriss must provide for his mother and sister. That is his primary role in life–and he is good at it. But Jaykriss is restless. He is curious and inquisitive. And he wants desperately to avenge the death of his father Glyndich–a warrior killed by a fearsome dragon known only as the Thrax. So how does a mere boy of fourteen who is simply trying to keep his family alive kill a legendary beast thought to be nearly invincible? To kill the Thrax, one must first find it. On a routine hunting trip, Jaykriss and his best friend encounter the Thrax at last. The terrifying creature chases them mercilessly through the darkening forest–and the boys eventually stumble into the refuge of an eccentric hermit whose home is filled with books from ancient times. The hermit teaches Jaykriss that all is not as it seems in his world. The mutants and dragons that populate their world are actually relics of a long-ago biological disaster. The Dark King, a ruler they revere as a god, is a vicious tyrant who will do anything to stay in power. Jaykriss realizes that there may be more to his life than he initially thought. He might be able to someday vanquish the Thrax. He may, in fact, be The One who Leads, prophesied to save the entire human race. But is Jaykriss truly ready for his destiny–or will that destiny consume him? Continue reading

An Interview with Schuyler J. Ebersol, author of The Hidden World

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Author Schuyler J. Ebersol is only in his first year of college, but already he’s a very prolific writer with an incredible story. His first book, The Hidden World: Book One (Age of Tolerance)will be published December 1 of this year. Here’s the official description:

Nate Williams was found wandering alone in the woods at the age of six. He suffers a heart attack at the age of seventeen, which profoundly changes his body and soul—he becomes a shifter, assuming the shape of a wolf. He is sent to the Noble College, where changing into an animal is normal and classes are about altering the weather or changing nature rather than math.

Nate quickly realizes that there is more going on at Noble than meets the eye. When a series of murders around the country threaten the secrecy of the Hidden World, Nate and his friends take it upon themselves to figure out what is going on and bring the killers to justice.

Schuyler was kind enough to answer a few questions, about his life as a writer, his process, and advice for aspiring authors. Continue reading

Building the Next Generation of YA Stars (Webinar)

Last month I attended a webinar hosted by Publisher’s Weekly, called “Building the Next Generation of YA Stars.” The speakers included the editorial director of Disney-Hyperion and the executive editor of Harlequin Teen. Together they covered new marketing strategies for YA novels, trends, and what they look for when acquiring books.  Continue reading