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A deadly pandemic. Five groups of survivors. One destination.
“The funny thing about fight-or-flight was that sometimes flight
didn’t cooperate when fight failed you. There was always freeze, but no one
ever talked about freeze, because no one ever wanted to admit they weren’t
strong enough to fight and were too scared to flee.”—Idaho survivor
“She had killed two of those men and not shed a tear. Even as she
replayed it in her head, she felt no remorse. No, it was more than that. She
was glad… happy she had done it. She wasn’t sure she knew who she was
“If the human race was to survive, they’d have to dig deep and
find the strength to take back their homes.”—Florida survivor
“She moved on to the bed to lay beside him and leaned in so their
heads were touching and held on to him until his last breath. ‘Be at peace,
Dave, and keep a seat warm for me.’”—Massachusetts survivor.
“Eric’s voice was distant, as if water had filled her ears. The
room was too stuffy, too small. Rising, she shook her head and turned, fleeing
from the place she had lost Shawn.”—Indiana survivor.
A deadly virus born of good intentions ravages the planet, leaving
humans on the bottom of the food chain as the infected mutate into creatures
born of myth and nightmares.
As the military sets out to gather the healthy inside the walls of
a biolab located in the central United States, the fight for survival begins for
anyone willing to step beyond the safety of their own front door.
Follow five groups of survivors as they journey from California,
Florida, Idaho, Indiana, and Massachusetts in an epic journey to find, not only
what’s left of their government, but their independence, true love, and the
strength to survive in a world bent on breaking them.
Magen was born in Northern California, but now resides in the beautiful city of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho with her husband, and miracle baby, Austin. She started writing as a hobby, and is thankful every day she is able to remain home and raise her son while crafting worlds for her readers to get lost in. “Life is a constant balance of what we want and what we need. I choose to try and love and cherish every minute that I get to chase my crazy dreams.”
S.L. Dearing was raised in Westlake Village, California and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, before spending several years studying at Los Angeles City College’s renowned Television/ Film program. She has worked on several film projects in several capacities.
She currently works in an administrative capacity in Century City when she is not creating. Writing since grade school, Shannon only discovered her passion for the written word later, and over the years she has created several screenplays, poems and short stories as well as her currently published work.
Shannon is a multi-genre and mash-up author, unrestricted by content, only interested in telling the story that is screaming to be told. She currently lives in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA.
Jax loves to listen to music while closing her eyes and letting the stories unfold. This was her favourite pastime growing up in Scotland and today remains high on her list. Her father, James Walsh, introduced her to a world of fantasy and imagination with a visit to the local library, kick-starting a love affair with the written word. As an avid reader, she prefers paranormal romance, thrillers, and the horror genre; she relished in the new challenge of writing her own novella.
This Article was written by me and originally published in 2012 ~ I recently “cleaned” up my site and moved items here, this was one of them
I think that many people don’t believe that a Third World War is in the cards, I’m not so sure. I can tell you that Utopia will never happen. Why? Simple, there will always be that one person with brilliance, charisma and agenda, and their agenda is to rule the world. A super villain. They don’t just exist in comic books and novels, they are real. That’s why we writers create them and use them.
I’m watching the news and there are so many people with different ideas about what is right and what is wrong and so many are based on their religious ideologies. One reason I split most of my colonies into religious based groups is because it seems that’s how most people would choose to follow, their faith. Not everyone, but most would. Their church is their community and their home away from home. I watch Christians who are under attack by non-religious groups, but then I see Christians attacking equal rights for the homosexuals living in the USA. I see anti-Semitic rhetoric and I see the attacks on peaceful Muslims.
Across the board, a zealot is a zealot and a distortion of your deity’s teachings can create a cataclysm. Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stated in that he would not rest until the West was under one God… he meant his god. The absolute fascism of dictatorship, deciding for the people what is best for them. Forcing ones ideologies on others. We’ve seen this before, twice it led to a World War and in other instances the death of millions, destruction of countries and freedoms that have yet to be re-established.
These people exist right now. They are in our back yard, in our neighborhoods and in our churches. They are Muslim, and Christian and Jew and Atheist. They are everyone who cannot be tolerant of another person’s opinions and beliefs. We are all different and yet all the same.
Is World War III ready to come? All the time. Look around and take notice. I can’t tell you how it will happen or if it will happen in out lifetime, but the seeds are being sown everyday. Will it be fought with Sound weapons and Bio warfare? Maybe… or maybe it will be fought with nuclear weapons, destroying everything. Maybe it will be fought with guns. Who knows? The point is, as long as we are vigilant and strive to be caring and thoughtful and tolerant, we might be able to stop it and until then, we’ll write books where we can teach the people there how to be more tolerant.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with WWI and WWII, please do research and absorb all the information you can. There is much to be learned, about how it started and the atrocities that occurred. To quote the SHOAH foundation, Never Forget. Click here to learn about the SHOAH Foundation
Here it is the amazing cover for my short Shelf Life
(originally published in Apocalypse: An Anthology by Readers and Authors compiled and edited by Cynthia Shepp). and designed by Rene Folsom at Phycel Designs (http://phycel.com)
Shannon and her dog, Max, have been hiding in her shelter for three weeks. The phones are dead and the radio has been nothing but static for several weeks now. What will happen when Shannon leaves the safety of her shelter in search of food? Has the Apocalypse happened? We all have a Shelf Life.
This is a short story from the anthology Apocalypse: An Anthology by Readers & Authors – edited and compiled by Cynthia Shepp. The excerpt below is from the anthology – it started as a contest and it became a book.
What began as an idea soon set into motion a chain of events which would lead to the next APOCALYPSE…
I want you to imagine that the world as we know it has ended. Total Apocalypse. You only have yourself and one other person you can rely on. There is no power, no water, and you are armed with only a backpack of supplies. In your backpack there are matches, four bottles of water, enough food to make it three days, and one weapon. Spin a web of survival, danger, and conflict. Tell us why the world as you knew it ended, tell us your fears, make up a world in which nothing is the same and survival is hard, and the world is against you. Tell us what you would do, where you would go, how you would get food and water, how you would protect yourself, and how you would make your life over again. You could even throw in some romance and meet some new people to help you on your journey.
11 authors, 11 different stories, one main idea…welcome to the APOCALYPSE…