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My New Zombie Book Series – Re-Civilize

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been talking about a new zombie book series I’m starting called: Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize. The first book “Chad” is releasing as a Kindle ebook on November 15, 2016.

The series will start with novella length books in first person of the back stories of each of the “exception” characters. These will end when their role in the re-civilize process has been established. Basically, the character novellas will take you through the characters’ experiences from when the zpoc happened until they get to where they fall in with the new society.

Why novella-sized? Why so short? Because this enables me to turn out a book every few months rather than years, and I will be able to introduce more characters faster! I plan to turn out a character novella at most every six months.

After I do all the “exception” character backstories in their own words (first person), I will do a series of novels in third person with all the characters from the novellas. I will continue where all the characters’ stories leave off by location. So, yes, you will get more of the characters’ stories later according to where they ended up geographically.

At this point I plan to make the entire series an ebook series. But, later, I will probably put all the character novella stories into one compiled book as a paperback, and the novels will probably appear in paperback at some point too. Otherwise, I’m going straight up Kindle with the Re-Civilize books.

If you’re interested in starting the series from the beginning, go pre-order Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize: Book 1 – Chad now!

Zpoc Exception Series: Re-Civilize: Book 1 - Chad by Rebecca Besser

Chad hates everything about life. He hates his sister for being a brat, his parents for being in denial and pretending life is perfect, and the world he lives in for the adherence to social pressures and norms. He wants it all to go away.

When the zombie apocalypse wipes out the world he’s used to, he’s left alone…and bitten. He’s sure he’ll die and become one of the undead. Instead, he becomes severely sick and recovers…still fully human.

Believing he can’t be the only exception, the only one immune to the zpoc virus, Chad goes out into the world to find others like himself. Once he does, he’s sucked into a plan to re-civilize for the good of all the survivors.

Chad and the other exceptions are expected to protect and provide for the weak and vulnerable survivors. He’s not sure he wants to take on the role expected of him in the new society, but he knows that if he refuses the survivors will die.

The fate of the human race weighs heavily on Chad’s young shoulders and he has to make a decision that he can live with in the new, re-civilized world.

 

©Rebecca Besser, 2016. All rights reserved.

Scares That Care Fundraising Giveaway From Zombie Book of the Month

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**ZOMBIE BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB (ZBOTMC): SCARES THAT CARE LOADED KINDLE (see details below) AND SWAG PACK RAFFLE!!! HELP US FIGHT REAL MONSTERS!**

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GET IN ON THIS AMAZING PACKAGE AND FUN! !
100% OF PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO SCARES THAT CARE!

*The winner will be announced on July 18, 2016, and the money raised will be presented to Joe Ripple at the Scares that Care Weekend.

*The winner will be picked old school style; a short video of a name being drawn out of a hat. *Prizes will be mailed August 1, 2016.

I am sorry but shipping is for US residents only

If you are across the pond and buy a ticket we will send a couple of ZBOTMC stickers

I.J. Smith will also send anyone across the pond that buy a raffle a ebook copy of his book Outbreak
Prizes:

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Kindle Paper White with custom skin by Bobby Adair, it will be preloaded with books that have been donated by all the authors listed below and more to come,

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ZBOTMC embroidered bag,

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ZBOTMC embroidery patches, one of a kind Scares That Care embroidery patch, Zombie beanie, ZBOTMC lanyard, stickers,

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2 T-shirts (1 large and 1 extra-large),

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Zombie family decals,

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zombie wallet,

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an I heart Zombies ID/credit card holder,

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a deck of zombie playing cards,

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a The Walking Dead pen and bookmark,

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and an I heart zombies Keychain,

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a one of a kind Scares that Care cozy with cup

*Cost for tickets to enter the drawing:
1 Ticket $5
2 Tickets $10
3 Tickets $15
4 Tickets $20

*Please go to https://www.paypal.com/home
* Send to zbotmc@hotmail.com
*The raffle will run from June 20-July 15, 2016.

(The below list of donating authors will be updated regularly as more gifts of kindness come in.)

Shaun Phelps & Kyle Clements – Zombie Stories for People with Short Attention Spans
Claire Riley
Jack Wallen-Hell’s Muse
Armand Rosamilia
Peter Meredith-The Apocalypse Crusade
Mike Evans-paper back
Phillip Tomasso-Vaccination
Jay Wilburn
Allen Gamboa-Dead Island
Kerry Alan Denney
Sean Kidd-paper back
Shawn Chesser-Amazon gift card
Lori Lynch Fontanez e book and cozies
Nicholas Smith e book and box set of 3 Extinction Horizon
Author S C Daiko
Devan Sagliani
Tj Weeks
W.j. Lundy-Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Boxset. Vol 1-3
Saul Tanpepper 3 ebooks/Contain/The Flense China/Gameland 1 & 2
Jonathan Edward Ondrashek 2 ebooks/What goes around/Dark Intentions
Ian Woodhead
Gregg Zimmerman
Jeff Olah-The Last Outbreak – Awakening
Steven G Bynum-Deaders
Chris Philbrook-3 ebooks: Tesser/Adrians Undead Diary bk 1/Wrath of the Orphans
Nichol Thorn-2 ebooks: What Lies Beneath/Your Heart is Mine
Sarah Dale-We Could Be Heroes by Sarah Dale/Collision Course bySarah Dale & David Owain Hughes/Mysterium Excelsum Unum by Ellie Holiday Dale Piersol
Will Allen-Fight the Hunger
I.J. Smith-Outbreak
Jaime Johnesee-Misadventures of Bob
Rebecca Besser-3 ebooks: Cursed Bounty/Hall of Twelve/Twisted Pathways
John Palisano-4 ebooks: Dust of the Dead/Ghost Heart/Starlight Drive/Nerves
Ed Cardillo-ebook code sent directly to winner
Mark Tufo-paper back
Owen Baillie-Invasion Books 1-3
Justin Gowland– Otto
Dunne Brothers Justin Dunne & Robert Dunne-Tales of the Nothing Man
Ricky Fleet– Hellspawn
Heath Stallcup-Caldera/Forneus Corson The Idea Man/ Return of the Phoenix Monster Squad/Whispers
JJ Beal- Lions & Tigers & Zombies Oh My
James Wallace(Jr Wall)- Zombie Theorem The Culling
Eric S Brown– Megalodon Apocalypse (dead tree addition)
Greg Ferrell-free book code upon winner announcement
AJ Jeff Brown-Dredging up Memories (Stitched Smile Publications)
Stitched Smile Publications (Lisa Vasquez)- The Voices Within Anthology
Kindra Sowder-Follow the Ashes and Harvested
Alizabeth Lynn- Crimson Bayou
Peter Oliver Wonder-The Zombie Days
Burning Willow Press- Crossroads
Sarah Dale-We Could Be Heroes
Ellie Peirson- Mysterium Excelsum Unum
Mark Reee-The Road to Jerich

Survivor Dangers by Rebecca Besser

Survivor Dangers

By Rebecca Besser

 

By default most people think that the biggest threat during a Z-poc would be zombies. At first, that might be true. At first it will be the zombies, then it will be basic human stupidity in dealing the zombies, then it will be those stupid people turning into zombies, and if you survive all that… What’s next? Survival.

Survival in and of itself has a lot of dangers. Have you tried to live and sustain your life (and your family’s) without a decent shelter for more than a weekend camping trip? Can you even function without electricity and running water for more than a week? Or prepackaged food for more than a couple of days?

Most of you are probably sitting there thinking: “Pfft! Yeah, I’m tough!”

But what if the world went to shit in the dead of winter and you had no heat, no running water, and little food that you could gather without being able to run to the store? Can you even make a fire without matches?

Keeping yourself warm and fed are going to be the next dangers you’re going to have to face.

Yes, you will face other people, but that’s only if you survive long enough to do so.

More than likely, half (or more) of the human survivors that don’t become zombies would die from the cold or starvation.

Another half of what’s left would probably die of disease or infection from wounds or accidental injuries.

Now, let’s just say it’s not winter or you live in a warm climate… The number of people who would die from freezing would decrease, but instead dehydration or a sickness brought on by drinking contaminated water would increase. (After all, you could melt snow for water and that could help for a while.) Throw in heat exhaustion, low blood sugar, and the untellable other health issues anyone could have from living constantly in a harsh environment without adequate supplies…death is assured for most.

Granted, with that many people out of the way, prepacked food and bottled water sources will be overly plentiful, but you’ll more than likely have to fight for them.

That’s more injuries, more dehydration, more zombies, and more other people who want the same things and don’t want to share.

Most zombie entertainment doesn’t show you some of these aspects because they need their characters to live so they have a story to tell. We all know that real life isn’t that forgiving and we can’t all be that lucky.

We get mesmerized by those who survive in zombie entertainment because we like to imagine ourselves as them, being smart enough or lucky enough to beat the odds of ALL the things that could go wrong and are stacked against us.

But real life isn’t fiction. I don’t think there would be near the numbers we would hope for of survivors should something as global as a Z-poc happen.

And don’t even start to argue – it would be global with human stupidity and people doing so much traveling (it has been demonstrated in many stories and scenarios).

After thinking about all that could go wrong, and all that could kill you, I pose to you the question I asked my husband the other day:

Would you rather be a zombie or a survivor?

©Rebecca Besser, 2015. All rights reserved.

Shut the Damn Door by Rebecca Besser

Shut the Damn Door

By Rebecca Besser

 

Recently, while watching Fear the Walking Dead, I found myself completely annoyed with the stupidity of humanity. In situations where people don’t know what’s going on or what to do, they tend to make the stupidest of decisions. Like leaving the damn doors open behind themselves when they leave the house and, by doing so, allow a zombie to get into their house.

I was literally screaming at the TV, calling the people idiots for not shutting the door to their house when they left.

My husband said, “You would do the same thing.”

I responded with, “No, I wouldn’t.”

Why wouldn’t I? Because I’m not stupid enough to leave everything open to someone or something that might harm me or my family. Hell, I’m allergic to cats so I shut the door every time I step outside so that one doesn’t sneak in while I’m not looking. I even shut the door so as not to allow bugs in because mosquitoes love me! I sure as hell wouldn’t leave the door to my house open if I thought anything even remotely close to zombies were running around outside. In that case, I wouldn’t leave the house unarmed. And I’d damn well shut the damn door.

Smart people don’t leave their secure, safe place open to just anyone or anything. That’s how people get hurt and die.

Yes, I’m aware people would be in denial, just like the characters of the show I just mentioned. But, they stared the dangers in the face (at least a couple of them did) prior to the incident. They made the mistake of not telling the third person in their party (who hadn’t witnessed what was going on) blind to the entire situation, hence the door being left open by that person. Hence the risk to all their lives.

Luckily they all managed to survive, even though that third person I mentioned finally came face to face with the danger no one would tell her about at the risk of her life. She managed to escape…barely.

You’re probably wondering why the writers would make their characters so naïve. Frankly, it’s because writers want a reaction from you. Example: Me screaming at the TV. They want you to feel something for the characters or about the characters. That’s how they get readership/watchers. Writers want the characters to be relatable in some way.

Even if you’re not stupid enough to leave the door to your house open during the Z-poc, I’m sure you know someone who is dumb enough to do so. Human beings will always be in denial of the biggest threats that face them. Those that survive in the hard times will be the people who are strong, decisive, and cautious (or the people who are protected by such a person). All the others will find their demise one way or another.

So, shut the damn door and survive. Protect yourself and your own. Be a strong survivor whatever the danger that’s staring you in the face.

©Rebecca Besser, 2015. All rights reserved.

Eric A. Shelman – Summer of Zombie Box Set

Summer of Zombie Box Set

What is the Summer of Zombie Box Set?

What authors and books are included?

Meet one of the authors and hear a tidbit about his book below:

 

Name: Eric A. Shelman

Author Eric A. Selman

What is the title of your book that’s included in the Summer of Zombie Box Set? Dead Hunger II: The Gem Cardoza Chronicle

Scabs by Eric A. Shelman

Who is your favorite character in that book? All of my characters are my favorites, really – while this is Gem’s chronicle, my fiery Latin heroine – Flex is her man and he’s awesome, too.   Hemphill “Hemp” Chatsworth is my British character – and smart as a whip – along with his girl, Charlie Sanders.  This book picks up after book #1 and really reveals the cause of the apocalypse and new ways to fight it.

Are there any “author secrets” in your title (things you included or ideas you had that aren’t shared with readers in the title)? Not really – there is a bit of a difference in my series, though.   In the first book, Flex Sheridan narrates and tells the story.   In book 2, we move to Gemina “Gem” Cardoza, who tells “her beginning,” then picks up the story from where Flex left off in the first chronicle.  I decided to include book #2 in this collection rather than book #1 because the first book is already included in a couple of other collections.  I thought it would be interesting to do it this way because if the reader enjoys it, they can go back to Dead Hunger: The Flex Sheridan Chronicle, to read it like a prequel of sorts.  If they prefer to just move forward from that point, they can always finish the series (thus far) and then read book #1 to see how it all began.  I suppose the logical way would be just to pick up book #1 for $.99 and read it before digging into this volume.

Tell us something about your book that will make us want to read it: I know you always hear that a book is character-driven.  That is also true with the Dead Hunger series.  They drive the story – and me!   My zombies are different, though.   Because of the way their molecular structure integrated with the chemical component that “changed” them, some pregnant females developed differently – in a scary way.  They continue to evolve throughout the story in some surprising ways.

Another thing is how I add characters along the way rather than dumping a dozen people on you all at once.  As my people get on the move, they pick survivors up so that you get to meet them one or two at a time.   Eventually, if the character is popular, I may have them tell their own chronicle.  Again, they start their chronicle from “their beginning,” then carry on to tell the story from where the last chronicle left off.   The first-person aspect of my storytelling allows the reader to become intimately close to almost all of my characters, and the reader feels like a “fly on the wall” for most scenes.

Is your book part of a series (if so, what are the other titles in the series we should be looking for)? My Dead Hunger series stands at 8 books.   They are numbered II thru VIII (Roman numerals) except the first one, which is just Dead Hunger: The Flex Sheridan Chronicle. 

Where can readers find you (website, social media, etc.)? If you Google me, you’ll find every possible place I am – Twitter (AuthorShelman), Facebook/AuthorShelman,  and Facebook/createyourfate, Goodreads, Smashwords, etc.

Do you have a website readers might want to check out? http://www.ericshelman.com

AND please check this new TRAILER out for my newest release, Scabs: The Gemini Exception!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4Q8x3Z2MK8

Bio: Eric A. Shelman was born in the prior century in Fort Worth, Texas. In his early teens, his widowed mother remarried a man named Ed Middleton, and his new dad moved the family to southern California. Eric used to write short stories that featured all of his friends as characters, but because Eric was a longhair living in Laguna Beach, California in the 1970s, you can bet they usually involved drugs of some kind.

Fast forward … to the mid-nineties. Eric started writing some short stories, and finally had one published. After that, he felt it was time to write a book. He initially intended to write supernatural fiction, along the lines of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, as well as many others. But when he discovered the story of a little, abused girl who was rescued by the ASPCA in 1874, he got sidetracked and wrote the very first book on her case, Out of the Darkness: The Story of Mary Ellen Wilson. It came out in 1999, and since that time, thousands have read it, and it is one of his biggest selling books ever. It’s also been optioned for a Major Motion Picture.

From there he wrote a thriller called A Reason to Kill and shelved it. Eric began work on a witch novel that involved past lives, but he became so confused while writing the book that he put it down at 53,000 words and didn’t write again for eleven years.
Wow. That was dumb.

Since 2011, Eric has written and released TWELVE full-length novels, including EIGHT volumes of his Dead Hunger zombie series. So … time travel, zombies, witches and serial killers. Something for everyone … everyone twisted, that is.

Eric A. Shelman lives in Southern Florida with his wife of 28 years, Linda.

Life is good.

Mike Evans – Summer of Zombie Box Set

Summer of Zombie Box Set

What is the Summer of Zombie Box Set?

What authors and books are included?

Meet one of the authors and hear a tidbit about his book below:

 

Name: Mike Evans

Author Mike Evans

What is the title of your book that’s included in the Summer of Zombie Box Set? The Orphans: Origins Vol I

The Orphans: Origins Vol 1 by Mike Evans

Who is your favorite character in that book? I like Ellie she is a total smart ass and takes no slack from anyone. Shaun is probably my second favorite only because he is the future of America and its hope and savior.

Are there any “author secrets” in your title (things you included or ideas you had that aren’t shared with readers in the title)? There is nothing in the title but every character and number in the book is someone I know.

Tell us something about your book that will make us want to read it: The zombies are like none that you’ve seen before. They hunt in packs, their hunger is forever and they can outrun a Olympic athlete and tear your car door off before ripping your chest open. There is also a very strong character development, you will fear for every person’s fate.

Is your book part of a series (if so, what are the other titles in the series we should be looking for)? You can find Vol II Surviving the Turned. Book III will be out at the end of the year or beginning of 2016 but Zombies and Chainsaws should be out in November which will be my next and newest zombie series.

Where can readers find you (website, social media, etc.)?

http://tinyurl.com/Mikesauthorpage webpage

@mikee1123 twitter

https://www.facebook.com/pages/M-Evans-Author/1438259789750360?ref=bookmarks facebook author page

http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Evans/e/B00IQ9Z75A/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 amazon author page

Bio: Mike Evans lives in Iowa with his wife and children. He writes for character depth because he wishes for you to love the character, regardless if they are the villain or the hero. He likes to write from a unique perspective, doing things with books that no one has done before. He keeps his characters realistic, there are no superhero like events that will happen. There are no perfect characters in his books, everyone has their flaws much like that of life.