Review: Tails of the Apocalypse anthology

tsils.jpgSynopsis: Nobility. Self-Sacrifice. Unconditional Love.

These are the qualities of the heroic animals in this collection.

The Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey in 14 amazing tales by today’s most talented independent authors. Seven stories set in all-new dystopian landscapes. Seven stories set in the bestselling post-apocalyptic worlds of David Adams’s Symphony of War, Michael Bunker’sPennsylvania, Nick Cole’s Wasteland Saga, Hank Garner’s Weston Files, E.E. Giorgi’s Mayake Chronicles, Deirdre Gould’s After the Cure, and Edward W. Robertson’s Breakers.

When the world ends, the humans who survive will learn an old lesson anew—that friendship with animals can make the difference between a lonely death among the debris and a life well lived, with hope for the future.

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Pets for Vets!

*For the rest of 2015, editor and author Chris Pourteau will donate $1 from every book sale to Pets for Vets, a national non-profit that

matches shelter animals with military veterans. Personnel train the animals as special companions for

veterans suffering from emotional trauma, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The work of Pets for Vets is a great match for the themes of self-sacrifice and unconditional love

explored in our anthology, so this holiday season, give meaning to your reading.*

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Review: I was given a copy of this anthology in exchange for an honest review. (Thanks Harlow!)

This anthology made me hug my dog. She then looked at me weird and fell back to sleep with a sigh. Because she loves me no matter what I do. The way that animals, especially pets, make us feel is somehow deeper than our connection to human characters in books. This may not always be the case, but this is the first time I have cried so many times reading an anthology. I’ve truly never thought about what could happen to our pets after the world ends in a fiery apocalypse, so this anthology is a refreshing take on the genre. Heart-wrenching, but beautiful, Tails of the apocalypse gives readers a look into what could happen beloved animals and the people they hold dear. A must read!

I don’t know if I can really choose a favorite story…but I really loved “Ghost Light” by Steven Savile. The sort of ode to King Arthur quest for the Holy Grail was an awesome idea for a story. I love the idea of our pets leading us home.

But honestly, I loved all of the stories. Please read this anthology! 😀

 

 

Prep for Doom Anthology release day!

Prep For Doom

by Band of Dystopian

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From the imaginations of twenty authors of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction comes PREP FOR DOOM – an integrated collection of short stories that tell the tale of a single catastrophe as experienced by many characters, some of whom will cross paths.

What begins with a seemingly innocuous traffic accident soon spirals into a global pandemic. The release of Airborne Viral Hemorrhagic Fever upon New York City’s unsuspecting populace brings bloody suffering within hours, death within a day, and spreads worldwide within a month.

An online community called Prep For Doom has risen to the top of a recent doomsday preparation movement. Some have written them off as crazy while others couldn’t be more serious about the safety the preppers could provide in a global disaster. But when AVHF strikes, their preparation may not be enough to save them.

From authors Laura Albins, ER Arroyo, Amy Bartelloni, Brea Behn, Casey L. Bond, TK Carter, Kate Corcino, Harlow C. Fallon, Kelsey D. Garmendia, Caroline A. Gill, DelSheree Gladden, John Gregory Hancock, Casey Hays, Kate L. Mary, Jon Messenger, Monica Enderle Pierce, Cameo Renae, Hilary Thompson, Yvonne Ventresca, and Megan White.

Where to Buy

Amazon

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Other Links

Prep For Doom Website

Prep For Doom on Goodreads

Release Party (Facebook)

Join us June 27th for a day full of author takeovers, games, and great prizes, including a Kindle Fire HD7!

About Band of Dystopian

Band of Dystopian (BOD) is a Facebook group, blog, and company dedicated to dystopian, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic books. Our mission is to help fans of dystopian fiction find books they will love and help authors of the genre get the word out about their work. Our community of over 2,300 readers and authors has become a supportive, interactive, and insanely fun place to be. We are branching into the publishing world with our first anthology, Prep For Doom.

We have over 150 authors in the group, plenty of great conversation, tons of giveaways, and the perfect place for dystopian lovers to find their next great read.

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Review: Killshot by Aria Michaels

bookcoverSYNOPSIS: When 17 year old Liv Larson and her brother are sent to separate foster homes, she becomes content with her isolation and dedicates her every breath to getting him back. After months of solitude and anti-social behavior, Liv’s best friend Riley drags her to a Rooftop Party to view Icarus (the once in a lifetime solar flare) where Liv finds herself inexplicably drawn to Zander James, the mysterious boy with the crooked smile. For a few hours, Liv’s troubles finally feel a bit less overwhelming—that is until what should have been a small flare erupts into a massive solar storm forcing them all to seek shelter in the school’s basement. Cut off from the rest of the world and with no signs of rescue, fear and paranoia set in and battle lines are drawn, dividing their ranks. What is left the group must embark on a perilous journey to save one of their own and find their families…but, something sinister awaits them in the shadows and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.

Can Liv keep her promise to reunite with her brother? What are she and her friends willing to do to survive? Will their bravery and determination be enough to save them all from a rogue government, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night…Or was Icarus, indeed, The Killshot?

REVIEW:

I snagged Killshot during an awesome free book promotion on Amazon (that has now ended, sorry). After hearing a lot of excited readers raving about the book, I dove right into the high-schooler, Liv’s, life. She doesn’t have a great life, but hopes for better things when she finally can keep the promise to her brother to reunite them forever. I can’t imagine being separated from my siblings growing up. We don’t have as much of an age difference as Liv and her little brother, but now that I have kids I can (tearfully) imagine the situation Liv finds herself in after her parents’ deaths. If life isn’t hard enough….BAM! Apocalypse. That sucks. I will not be providing spoilers today, but just know that you won’t see the twists and turns in Killshot until they hit you in the face.

Characters: Like most avid readers, I enjoy a bit of character development. Killshot delivers this as people discover how strong (or weak) they are when apocalyptic situations arise. I love the chemistry between Liv and Zander and everyone else for that matter. High School provides enough drama on a regular day, but toss a bunch of kids in the “end of the world”…yea, it gets heated (HA, puns).

Cover: I really like the title font chosen for the cover and the effects applied to it. As I have stated many time, I am not a fan of seeing character’s faces head on when looking at covers because I like to imagine them however my brain feels like it. I am digging her glowing blue eyes though.

You can find Aria Michaels on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon and her website. I will be having a an interview with Aria later this week, including an awesome signed swag giveaway! Please buy Killshot here! I will be snagging the companion novella, Before the Sky Fell, here.

Aria also featured me on her blog here! But I just want to clarify that I am not giving her book a good review because she is super nice to me and THE KATY. Her book is awesome! So go read it. ; )