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Stepping out of the car was like opening a hot oven and climbing inside. The sun beat down on my head while a burst of fiery air engulfed me, coating my skin in stickiness in five seconds flat. Even the tiny sundress I wore didn’t help. Not during the worst heat wave Ohio had seen in years. Not when there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the air was sticky enough to curl even the straightest hair.

“Thank God for air conditioning,” I said as I slammed the door shut.

Only Michael’s head was visible from the other side of the car, and under the brilliant summer sun, his golden hair shone enough to blind someone. He shot me a smile that made the already bright day seem ten times brighter, and my knees wobbled just like they had when we’d first met. You would think I’d be over that by now. That a surprise pregnancy and the drama we’d been through with his family would have killed the butterflies that had taken up residence in my stomach. But it hadn’t, and I was starting to think nothing could, because I loved this man more than I could have ever thought possible. It was so intense that it felt like something out of a fairy tale or a Nicholas Sparks novel. A love that would transcend time and death and any other obstacle that got in our way.

“It isn’t even that hot yet.” Michael lifted his head toward the flawless blue sky. It was the same color as his eyes, although not nearly as breathtaking. “It’s only June.”

“Great,” I muttered as I headed to the back door, thinking about our shitty little apartment and the nearly useless window unit.

The thing worked in the broad sense of the word. It sputtered out cool air well enough, accompanied by a fine mist of water most of the time. It was all we could afford at the moment though, and even that was only because Michael had given plasma three days a week last summer so he could save up for the thing. Of course, back then we’d had it in our bedroom because I’d been big and round, and so hot that I’d found it impossible to sleep most nights. After he’d installed the little window unit I’d stretched out on the floor in front of it—totally naked—and sighed in contentment as it pinged me with icy drops of water. It had been such a relief that I didn’t even care that I was covered in goose bumps.

Now the window unit was in Cassidy’s room because she needed it more than we did. Although, with this heat wave sweeping the state, I had been seriously considering moving her crib to the master bedroom for the summer so we could all enjoy the bought air.

The back door squeaked in protest when I pulled it open. I leaned in, smiling so big that it made me feel like that freaky cat from Alice in Wonderland, and my eight-month-old daughter smiled back me. She squealed and her blue eyes shimmered the same way her father’s did when he was happy, while on her head the blond ringlets bounced back and forth.

“Hi, princess,” I said as I worked to get her out of the secondhand car seat we’d lucked into.

She squealed again, this time kicking her feet as well. She actually reached out for me, and it did something to my insides. Caused this pang in my chest that made it feel like she was holding my heart in her hand, squeezing it gently the way she did when she wrapped her fingers around one of mine. It was the most beautiful feeling in the history of the world.

I scooped her up and planted a kiss on her forehead as I turned. Michael was ready and waiting with the shitty umbrella stroller I’d managed to scrape up enough money buy. It was from Wal-Mart, so at least it wasn’t secondhand, but it was nothing compared to the fancy things I saw other moms pushing around at the park. Strollers that were made of chrome and converted for all the different stages in your baby’s life, that had baskets underneath so you didn’t have to lug bags around, and cup holders for that five dollar caffeine fix from Starbucks. Luxuries I knew nothing about.

None of that matters, I told myself as I strapped Cassidy into the stroller. One day things will be better. We have time to make something of ourselves. This is just a pit stop in our lives.

Michael was much better with the pep talks than I was.

I stood so I could look him in the eye, the man I loved so much. Our beautiful daughter was between us, strapped into the cheapest stroller money could buy. Next to us the rusty piece of junk that represented our only form of transportation sat baking in the sun, which wasn’t doing the already faded and chipped paint any favors. It had once been red, but now looked more on the pink side, which was a constant source of teasing between Michael and me. I loved pointing out how manly he looked driving around in a pink car. Not that he cared or complained.

“Tell me this is only temporary,” I said.

He couldn’t read my mind, but he knew what I was talking about. We had this same conversation several times a week. Every time a bill came in that I couldn’t pay or we had to spend the last of the money in our checking account on diapers. We were struggling, but we were getting through. Together.

“It’s only temporary.”

He flashed me another smile and I marveled at his straight, white teeth. Teeth that had seen the best orthodontics money could buy as a young teen. Teeth that represented someone who’d had parents who wanted perfection from their child. So much so that when he’d made a mistake they’d decided the only appropriate response was to cut him out of their lives and focus all their efforts on his younger brother.

“You’re happy?” I asked even though I knew he was.

“I’m happy.” He pulled the umbrella stroller back a few steps, maneuvering it behind our piece of shit car. “I don’t need a big house or lots of money. I just need you and Cass.”

When he held his hand out I took it, allowing him to pull me up next to him. I snuggled into his side, loving his body heat even though we were both sticky and gross from the hot summer day. He kissed the top of my head and I pulled back just enough so I could look up into his eyes.

“I love you,” I said.

“Love you,” he replied, and his grin stretched wider. “Now can we please get out of this damn heat?”

I laughed. “Yes. Please.”

He let me go so he could push the stroller and I linked my arm through his as we walked. The mall was packed today and we’d had to park near the back of the lot. In the stroller Cassidy kicked her feet excitedly and squealed. She was a happy baby, thank God, and had only gone through a few bouts of extreme fussiness during her eight months of life. Michael and I had been told by numerous people how difficult this would be, and they’d all been right. Having a baby at the age of eighteen with no help or support was hard, to say the least. But no one had told us how amazing it would be. No one had warned me that this little girl would steal my heart the first time I held her, or that seeing Michael rock her to sleep would make me love him more than ever. No one had told me that all I really needed to be happy were the two people at my side, and that cable and internet were a luxury I wouldn’t miss as long as I told myself that I was doing all of this so I could be with the man I loved and we could raise our baby together.

Michael could have made a much different choice, an easier one that would have had him at Harvard right now—his family Alma Mater—instead of struggling through community college while working forty hours a week. He could have chosen his family over me. But he hadn’t, and I was determined to never let him regret that choice.

I leaned my head against his arm as we walked. “Thanks for choosing me.”

“Thanks for being so amazing,” he replied.

Even with the heat it felt like a picture perfect moment, which of course couldn’t last when you had an infant in tow. We’d just reached the door to the mall when Cassidy spit up. I tried not to groan, but it wasn’t easy, especially knowing that I wouldn’t have the money to go to the laundromat for at least another three days.

Michael stopped outside the mall entrance and knelt in front of the stroller while I dug through the diaper bag I’d slung over my shoulder. Of course, I knew it was pointless. The bag was the only thing I could afford and it was way too small to fit everything I needed, meaning the extra clothes we had were in the car.

“I’m going to have to run back,” I said, holding the bag out for Michael to take. “Get her inside and out of the heat.”

He stood as he took the bag. “I can go.”

I shook my head just as someone passed us on the way into the mall. When they pulled the door open a burst of cool air swept over me and I almost groaned. All I wanted to do was walk around the mall in the AC for a few hours.

“It’s fine,” I lied and held my hand out for the keys.

Michael frowned as he slipped them into my hand, but he didn’t argue. I knew he was tired. He’d worked yesterday after staying up late so he could study for a calculus test, and then he’d been nice enough to let me sleep in when Cassidy got up at six in the morning. The man was a saint, so the least I could do was hike back to the car and grab the extra clothes. Heat or no heat, I owed him that much.

“I’ll be right back,” I said as I walked backward. “Go inside.”

Michael gave me one last smile before heading toward the door.

I turned my back on him and headed across the parking lot, dodging pieces of gum that were baking in the heat and a now melted pile of ice cream that some kid had probably dropped. The sun was directly over me, beating down on my head like it was trying to scorch my scalp. My body was so sticky from sweat that I knew when I finally did make it inside the mall the first burst of cool air would feel too cold and uncomfortable. I could already imagine how the goose bumps would pop up on my moist flesh and how my already wet clothes would cling to my body, almost as if they had been suddenly frozen to my skin.

I unlocked the trunk when I reached our car and the hinges groaned in protest. A woman with two kids under the age of ten passed and gave me a disgusted look. I knew what her expression said, what she thought when she saw me standing beside this piece of junk. I knew that she could somehow tell my clothes were from Goodwill. I did my best to ignore her judgment, but it was impossible. It wasn’t easy getting used to being trash.

This is only temporary, I told myself again.

It took a few minutes of digging through the trunk’s contents to find what I was looking for, but only because I had so many just in case baby items crammed in there that finding the onesie was like going on a scavenger hunt. I held it up to make sure it was clean and a pang twisted my insides. I’d window shopped at baby boutiques countless times, wishing that I could get Cassidy one of the adorable ruffled rompers in the window or the frilly dress that was as impractical as it was beautiful, but this simple onesie was the best I could do. At least it had flowers on it. At least the pattern was pretty and the fabric was soft instead of stark white and scratchy.

I sighed as I slammed the trunk shut, still picturing the romper with the lacy butt and imagining what my little darling would have looked like crawling away from me in that precious little outfit.

One day she will have that, I told myself. One day Cassidy will have everything.

For just a moment, I truly believed it was true.

The blast happened just as I turned to face the mall. The violence of it threw me through the air in a burst of pain and heat, and I landed so hard that all the air whooshed out of my lungs. I couldn’t move, and all around me the world was engulfed in deafening sounds that made it impossible to think. The crunch of metal and glass came from all sides, and above that was a roar I couldn’t comprehend. It was so loud that I had to cover my ears, but that did nothing to block out the noise. It felt like it would crush me with its strength. Like the world was imploding and I would soon be sucked into the heat and noise surrounding me.

Above me, the previously cloudless sky had turned dark. Black and gray clouds bubbled up as if from nowhere and stretched across the sky, growing bigger and darker with each passing second. There was nothing natural about them. They seemed to be centralized, as if they were all coming from the same spot and pushing their way out in hopes of engulfing every inch of blue, and they were darker than even the darkest storm cloud. Threatening. Terrifying.

I had to gasp a few times before I was finally able to fill my lungs, and even though the air was grimy with dirt, it helped bring my mind into sharper focus. My heart was pounding in my ears as I took stock of my body, wiggling fingers and toes, moving limbs. Everything hurt, but there didn’t seem to be any major damage, and once I was sure I was basically okay, I forced myself to sit up.

That’s when the mall came into view. Or at least the spot where the mall had once stood.

“No,” I mumbled as I scrambled over rubble and glass to get to my feet. “No!”

My legs were shaking as I hurried forward, and more than once I fell to the ground, cutting my knees in the process, but I made myself get back up. I couldn’t trust my eyes. I knew it had to be a mirage and that if I could just get there I’d discover that everything was exactly as it was supposed to be. So I ran, passing mangled cars that had been thrown during the blast and heaps of rubble that had come from nowhere. The cars were now on top of one another, reduced to twisted pieces of metal and glass that looked nothing like the vehicles they had once been, and all around me there were piles of rock or mangled metal that had to have come from the blast.

The sky grew darker by the second, and my heart pounded harder with each step I took. The closer I got, the less I was able to deny what I was seeing. It was as if the mall had been blown off the face of the earth or sucked into the ground. There was nothing but a crater now. A hole in the pavement that when I dropped to my knees in front of it and peered down, seemed to go on forever. It was deep and wide and black and crushing in its magnitude.

“No,” I said again, this time covering my face with my hands.

My body shook with sobs, and when another explosion rocked the ground beneath me, this time further away, I was only half aware of it. It wasn’t until another one exploded through the air that I pulled my hands from my face. In the distance, a fireball lit up the sky. Above it there was a mass of dark clouds, just like the ones over my head right now. The little bit of sunlight that was still able to penetrate the darkness glinted off cars as they went flying, and a few seconds later another explosion sounded to my right, and then another to my left, and another behind me until it felt as if I had been sucked into a war movie.

I knew I wasn’t safe where I was, but I couldn’t bring myself to care or leave. The sobs shaking my body were too violent, too devastating. It felt as if I would explode just as the mall had, and I couldn’t find it in me to care. Not even a little.

It wasn’t until I squeezed my hands into fists that I realized I was holding something. I looked down and blinked, but I had to force my fingers to relax so I could open my hand. The little purple flowers on the onesie felt like knives in my chest, and in that moment I knew I would never be the same.

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New Release: The Blood Will Dry

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The Blood Will Dry

Kate L. Mary

A Post-apocalyptic Romance Novel

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Five years after an alien invasion, the earth is unrecognizable. The human race has been decimated and the sun completely blotted out by dark clouds that bring constant rain. All indigenous plant life has been killed off and replaced by vegetation that has proven to be as deadly as it is invasive, and the aliens that have taken over the planet are seemingly invincible.

Living in a crowded building with other survivors, Diana Foster wants nothing more than to forget what she lost the day the aliens arrived. But an incoming platoon brings a familiar face, one that not only opens old wounds, but also forces her to deal with the painful memories she’s worked hard to forget. Bryan may not be the same cocky kid he was before the invasion, but his sudden appearance still turns Diana’s world upside down in ways she never expected. When he showed up she knew it would mean finally facing her past, but she never thought she’d find a future that was actually worth living.

After years of struggling to find a weakness in the aliens’ defenses, Diana stumbles upon a solution just as a new and more deadly threat surfaces. Faced with an attraction she never expected and a battle that most believe can’t be won, Diana must work through her painful past as the survivors mount a battle that may determine the fate of mankind. If her plan fails it very well could be the end of humanity, but if works it will mean having a real future, and a chance to allow the blood to dry once and for all.

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The city was as quiet as it usually was, but for some reason I felt on edge. Everything seemed to be sharper than before too, like I was really seeing all the details for the first time. The dark, nearly black clouds looked puffier than I remembered, and thick. They hung in a suspended state like Michelangelo himself had painted them. The vines that snaked their way across the streets and up the buildings seemed thicker and more threatening, their surfaces even more moist than ever before.

The drizzle Daisy had reported had lightened until it was nothing more than a fine mist. When it was like this it always made me think of amusement parks on a hot day, how they would have a misting station set up to help guests keep cool. I remember going to King’s Island as a kid, back before my dad died and my world had shifted for the first time, how I’d rush to join the crowd already gathered under the mist, fighting for my turn to cool off.

The air was as thick with moisture as it always was right before the clouds really opened up, despite how light the mist was. I could smell the rain on the air too. Not the pleasant odor that used to follow a storm in spring, but a sickly sweet scent that made me shudder. It reminded me of those first few weeks, back when we didn’t know how dangerous this new landscape was. Back when no one realized that some of these flowers were beautiful for a reason; that the bright pinks and purples and oranges were there to draw you in just so the aliens could take more of us down.

We were better prepared now. We knew what not to touch and what we could eat thanks to the rats and mice that had crowded the cities in those early days. We’d trapped them and used them to test out the flowers around us first, and then some of the other plants that had looked like fruit. With most of our native plants gone or dying, it was the only way to survive. Without the sun, nothing else would grow and we knew the processed food wouldn’t last forever.

I pulled the hood up on my poncho as I passed a gnarled old tree. The limbs hung bare and lifeless, like arms reaching up from a grave. It was just one of thousands of dead trees all over the city. Most of those close to our building had been cut down and used for firewood, and I knew this one probably wouldn’t last that much longer. It was a remnant of the past and a constant reminder of what we’d lost.

The rain picked up before I’d reached the end of the block. It changed from a fine mist to a light drizzle and felt unnaturally warm for such a cool day. The sun being so thoroughly blocked out had caused the average temperature to plummet, but the terraforming had been so complete that the atmosphere was now somehow cool and humid at the same time. Your skin could be moist with sweat and yet covered in goose bumps. The air could be cool like it was now, but the rain that fell was warm enough that it felt like the sun had heated it. Maybe it had. Maybe the sun beating down on those clouds was what made the rain so hot. Or maybe it was just how the aliens had engineered it to be.

About the Author

18581526_1671276819846638_9135279862380836398_nKate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Fans of The Walking Dead won’t want to miss out on her Amazon Bestselling Broken World series, and the spin-off series, Twisted World.

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The Blood Will Dry

An Alien Apocalypse Romance Novel

August 15, 2017

Five years after an alien invasion, the earth is unrecognizable. The human race has been decimated and the sun completely blotted out by dark clouds that bring constant rain. All indigenous plant life has been killed off and replaced by vegetation that has proven to be as deadly as it is invasive, and the aliens that have taken over the planet are seemingly invincible.

Living in a crowded building with other survivors, Diana Foster wants nothing more than to forget what she lost the day the aliens arrived. But an incoming platoon brings a familiar face, one that not only opens old wounds, but also forces her to deal with the painful memories she’s worked hard to forget. Bryan may not be the same cocky kid he was before the invasion, but his sudden appearance still turns Diana’s world upside down in ways she never expected. When he showed up she knew it would mean finally facing her past, but she never thought she’d find a future that was actually worth living.

After years of struggling to find a weakness in the aliens’ defenses, Diana stumbles upon a solution just as a new and more deadly threat surfaces. Faced with an attraction she never expected and a battle that most believe can’t be won, Diana must work through her painful past as the survivors mount a battle that may determine the fate of mankind. If her plan fails it very well could be the end of humanity, but if works it will mean having a real future, and a chance to allow the blood to dry once and for all.

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Giveaway to Celebrate 3 years of BROKEN WORLD

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of BROKEN WORLD I’m giving the ebook away for FREE and one lucky winner will win a paperback signed and annotated by me!

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TWISTED MEMORIES is live!

It’s FINALLY here!
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Twenty years ago Angus James woke to find himself in a sterile room. On the other side of the locked door, doctors worked to manipulate a virus, using him as their ultimate pin cushion. He was supposed to be dead – and there were moments over the next two decades when he wished he was – but despite his torturous existence, he remained a fighter. Through pain, love, loss, and heartbreak, Angus traveled a road that took him on a journey much bigger than the room he was confined to. As the world move forward without him, he fought to hold onto as much of himself as he could, determined to make it out of his prison a whole man. 

Outside the walls of the CDC, Angus’s family worked to move on. But between the dark rumors surrounding the man in charge and a twisted new religion that threatened to turn their lives upside down, starting over has began to seem impossible. With more and more of the freedoms being stripped away, and more devastating losses piling up around them, the group found themselves wishing they’d never set foot in New Atlanta in the first place.
And wondering if leaving was even an option
 
Travel back with Twisted Memories and experience the emotional journey Angus James was forced to take during his twenty years as a prisoner. Discover how he came to be a father, what he did to stay sane during his long confinement, and how he managed to earn his freedom. 

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Twenty years ago Angus James woke to find himself in a sterile room. On the other side of the locked door, doctors worked to manipulate a virus, using him as their ultimate pin cushion. He was supposed to be dead – and there were moments over the next two decades when he wished he was – but despite his torturous existence, he remained a fighter. Through pain, love, loss, and heartbreak, Angus traveled a road that took him on a journey much bigger than the room he was confined to. As the world move forward without him, he fought to hold onto as much of himself as he could, determined to make it out of his prison a whole man. 

Outside the walls of the CDC, Angus’s family worked to move on. But between the dark rumors surrounding the man in charge and a twisted new religion that threatened to turn their lives upside down, starting over has began to seem impossible. With more and more of the freedoms being stripped away, and more devastating losses piling up around them, the group found themselves wishing they’d never set foot in New Atlanta in the first place.
And wondering if leaving was even an option
 
Travel back with Twisted Memories and experience the emotional journey Angus James was forced to take during his twenty years as a prisoner. Discover how he came to be a father, what he did to stay sane during his long confinement, and how he managed to earn his freedom. 

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Gone with the Dead Anthology

Check out my short story in the Romance/Horror Anthology GONE WITH THE DEAD!

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An Anthology of Romance and Horror where Gone with the Wind meets The Walking Dead!

When a convention of more than 4,000 romance writers and readers descends upon Atlanta Georgia, it can only mean one thing…a mash-up of two of the finest Georgia traditions.

Erotic romance anthologist Lori Perkins has brought together 16 tales of Southern love and death in this unique short story collection.

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Christina and the Virus by Sarah Bale – A Dead Man is Hard to Find by Ellay Branton – A Piece of Him by R. L. Merrill – A Happy Medium by Freddie Milano – Bait by Isabelle Drake – Bloody Line by Carolyn Haven – Devil’s in the Well by Harley Easton – A Ferocious Blossom by Marie Piper – Kissing Summer by Megan Hart – If I Only Knew By Genevieve Williams – Animals by Sue Ayers – Dogs of War by Andrew Robertson – The Music Man by Kimberlie L. Faye – Fallen by Xio Axelrod – Leftovers by Cassandra Chandler – Here for You by Kate L. Mary

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For the first time ever ALL my ebooks are on sale for ONLY 99 cents each. This may never happen again, so grab them while you can! May 1st-9th only, you can get all seven books in the Amazon best-selling BROKEN WORLD series, as well as over a dozen other ebooks. Young adult, new adult, romance, dystopian, zombie apocalypse, and post-apocalyptic fiction!
 
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SALE on Zombie Romance Novellas

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Through April 1st you can get all four
Zombie Apocalypse Love Story Novellas
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More than Survival

Fighting for a Future

Playing the Odds

The Key to Survival

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Sale and Contest

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you. I’ve teamed up with 10 fantastic sci-fi romance authors to offer some great post-apocalyptic reads for $2.99 or less! My novel MOONCHILD is on sale for $0.99, along with books from authors like Eve Silver and Heather Knight.
Check out all the books here: bit.ly/post-apoc-rom-sale 
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NEW Novella-The Key to Survival

The Key to Survival

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After finding her fiancé in a compromising position, Jane heads to a private island resort in Key West to clear her head. There she meets Austin, six years younger than she is and the exact opposite of her fiancé in every way, he seems like the perfect prescription to cure her heartbreak. But everything changes when the virus that had previously only been a minor nuisance morphs into a full-blown epidemic. Three miles from the mainland and surrounded by ocean, Austin and Jane believe they’re safe from what’s happening in the world, but a virus knows no borders, and it isn’t long before other guests start coming down with the illness. 

Zombie isn’t a word that anyone likes to throw around, but it’s the only explanation the couple can think of when one of the other hotel guests tries to eat Austin’s face off. As things go from bad to worse and Jane leans on Austin more and more, she soon finds herself wondering if her little trip to Florida wasn’t just the key to her survival, but also the key to finding a man who will love her the way she deserves.

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NEW Novella-Playing the Odds

SURPRISE release of the next Zombie Apocalypse Love Story Novella:

Playing the Odds

 

playing largeWhen Cole breaks into a winery in the middle of Napa Valley, he’s pretty sure he’s only there to drink himself to death. After all, a virus has wiped out most of the population and turned them into zombies, and he doesn’t really feel like he has anything left to live for.

Alessa retreated to her family’s winery hoping to find comfort. Every good memory she’s ever had started there, and even though her entire family is gone now, she knows that she’ll have to hold onto the strength they’ve always given her if she’s going to survive.

After a rocky start the two find themselves trying to move forward, welcoming other survivors into the winery so they can work together to build a future. But as the chemistry between Cole and Alessa heats up, an unexpected twist is thrown their way, forcing them to fight the odds and find each other once again.

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Update!

Whew! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I know I’m behind on LOTS of things, and updating readers is just one of them. Walker Wednesday fell by the wayside during my recent move from Oklahoma (I’m still going to get those posts up), and I had so much going on that I literally went weeks without writing a single word. It was stressful because I missed working, but also because I knew readers would be anticipating getting something new from me.

Well, I’m in Ohio now and in my new house, and I’m settling into life. I finally got back to work this week since most of my boxes have been unpacked, and I’m excited to announce that I have finished the first draft of a novella: Twisted Mind.

This story will fill in some blanks from the past, as well as give you glimpse of what to expect in the next book, Twisted Memories. Told from the perspective of Jackson Star, it’s a dark and disturbing look at the inner workings of the CDC and what they are trying to accomplish. Have you always found yourself wondering about the origins of the original virus? Well, you’ll finally have answers to some of the questions you’ve had since Broken World!

While I don’t have an official release date yet, I’m getting ready to send Twisted Mind to beta readers today and I hope to have it out to you by mid-January (holidays permitting)! Here’s the blurb so you can get a better idea of what to expect!

Born at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse to the head of the CDC and the leader of the new world, Jackson Star has always known that he would one day lead. Only the Stars’ plans go much deeper than simply keeping humanity alive, and the evil that sleeps inside Jackson is darker than even his father knows. Everyone in the settlement is a puppet, and everyone has a purpose in the Stars’ master plan, starting with Megan James.

But as Jackson and his father creep closer to achieving their goals at the CDC, things slowly begin to unravel. Meg isn’t cooperating like she should, and the presence of a new person in her life is threatening to blow their plan apart. Jackson must now decide how do deal with the girl he has spent the last nine years trying to manipulate, as well as the family she has left and the man who
has taken up residence in her life. To complicate matters even more, the dark-ness in Jackson has gotten increasingly persistent, making it difficult for him to control it at times and leading him to wonder if he shouldn’t just give into his urges once and for all.

Twisted Mind is a dark and disturbing look into Jackson’s brain, as well as the inner workings of the CDC. It will give readers a glimpse of the future, as well as answer some of the questions that have plagued readers from the beginning of the Broken World series.

 

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LETTING GO
Book 4 in the College of Charleston Series

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Some people like a little chaos. Not Sarah. Growing up in a house of humiliating filth means she has three crystal-clear goals:

  1. Get through college, however she can.
  2. Keep her four-year-old sister away from her mom’s hoarding.
  3. Never, never let disorder take over her life.

Of course, studying, working, and taking care of a toddler mean Sarah has no time for fun. Until she meets Zac.

He’s sweet, he’s funny, they have compatible plans for the zombie apocalypse. But Sarah can’t let him in. It’s not just his three drooly, sloppy dogs—with him in her life, the pristine future she’s working for would be shredded before you can say Down, boy!

Sometimes falling in love is really all about letting go.

 

 

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Liberation
Moonchild Book Two

After surviving the auction and a near death experience at the hands of Asher’s father, Scarlett Moon is more than ready to settle into life in Columbus. She isn’t alone, either. With each passing day her friends look more at home in the warehouse, and even with Asher ready for more than Scarlett can give, she manages to fall into a routine that almost feels like a normal life. She has her best friend back and for the first time in years, Scarlett feels like there just might be hope on the horizon.

But one distress call is all it takes to destroy the serenity the group has managed to build.

It’s been months since the night Paget stormed out of the warehouse following a fight with Asher, and for all Scarlett knew, the other woman had moved on. Only the fear in Paget’s voice when she calls the warehouse tells a different story, and even though Scarlett never liked Asher’s ex to begin with, she can’t help feeling a little bit responsible for the trouble Paget now finds herself in.

The group heads to the seediest part of the city in search of Paget, picking up clues as they piece together what might have gone wrong. The more Scarlett learns about what the other woman has been through over the last few months, the more concerned she becomes. Even worse: there’s no sign of Paget anywhere in Columbus.

With all the clues pointing in one direction, the group leaves the city and heads for the country in hopes of finding Paget hiding among her own people in Hocking Hills. Only it seems the danger may have followed them, leaving nothing but death and destruction in its wake and putting Paget in more danger than ever before. With each turn Scarlett learns more about the woman who used to hold Asher’s heart, and she suddenly finds herself unable to deny how she really feels about him. Only, with Paget in trouble, Scarlett can’t help wondering if Asher is as over his ex as he claims to be.

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Zombie Crawl

Happy Halloween and happy 6th birthday to my little zombie!

AND

Welcome to Zombie Blog Crawl 2016!!!

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This is the third year Band of Dystopian has put together a Zombie Blog Crawl for Halloween, and the third year I’ve participated. You can see my post from 2015 HERE and my post from 2016 HERE (when I went visited the set of The Walking Dead). After you look through this post, be sure to scroll down and check out the links to all the other blogs participating in the Zombie Crawl, AND enter the giveaways! (Be sure to check out my giveaway at the end of this post.)

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I keep telling my husband that being a zombie author will help me when the zombie apocalypse happens, but he thinks I’m insane. Still, I maintain that fans of the zombie genre in general would have a decided advantage. Having written thirteen zombie themed books, I’ve reached the point where I’ve taken my characters through countless scenarios—and not always successfully — and I think at this point, I have a good idea of what to do and what to avoid. On top of that, when I’m out exploring the world, I constantly myself envisioning how a person would fare in a certain area. If it would be easy to fortify. If there are supplies around. If water would be an issue. And I’ve come across some places that would be perfect for zombie apocalypse survival, as well as some not so great places. So, for this year’s zombie crawl, I’ve compiled a list of… 

The 50 Best Place to Go to Survive the
Zombie Apocalypse

(In Alphabetical Order)

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AlabamaFort Morgan

Edibobb at Wikipedia.org

 

On a peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, this 19th century military fort would be a great place to hunker down. While it’s not in great shape, it’s well fortified and secluded, and would provide enough shelter to get you through the early weeks at least.

 

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AlaskaAlyeska Ski Resort

Eric Goedtel at Wikipedia.org

Alaska in general is a good place to go during the apocalypse, assuming you can survive the cold weather. The town of Alyeska is approximately 27 miles from the town of Anchorage, but let me tell you, in the winter in Alaksa, 27 miles feels a lot further. In December of 2012 I took a trip out there to visit my best friend and we went to Alyeska for the night. The resort itself it very secluded, surrounded by mountains and forests, and even though it’s the largest ski area in the state, as few as 2,000 people live in the valley year round. It was off-season when I visited, and we saw very few people. With over 300 guest rooms, there’s plenty of space for you and your fellow survivors to start over.

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ArizonaTitan Missile Museum

Jeff A. Goldberg at Wikipedia.org

 

 

While not the most comfortable place to live out the apocalypse, the underground bunker sure would be safe. Steel reinforced, tunnels, and blast doors are all features in this Cold War era bunker.

 

 

 

 

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ArkansasWar Eagle Cave (or any of the other dozens of caves)

War Eagle Cavern/Facebook

 

I’ve only been to Arkansas once, and it was more than *cough* twenty *cough* years ago, but apparently there are a lot of caves. I chose War Eagle Cave because it doesn’t have any really tight passages or stairs, a plus when trying to survive underground and not lose your mind.

 

 

 

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CaliforniaA secluded Winery in Napa or Sonoma

Stan Shebs at Wikepedia.org

This is just a personal opinion, but I think it would work. Wine country is secluded, the wineries are often far from the road and have fences around the property, plus some even have an inn or restaurant. Even better: lots of wine. Let’s face it, it’s the end of civilization, you’re going to need to curl up with a good bottle of wine at the end of the day. If it doesn’t work, at least you’ve gone out in style.
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Colorado– Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park

Rationalobserver at Wikipedia.org

Ancient civilizations lived here, so why couldn’t you? Let’s face it, life is going to be rough after the zombies take over, and the most important thing to find is safety. A national park will be secluded and these homes are built into the side of a mountain! You know no one is going to sneak up on you, and you’ll have the perfect vantage point if anyone tries to get at you—alive or dead.

 

 

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Connecticut – Mystic Seaport

Wikepida.org

Apparently if you’re in Connecticut, the best thing you can do is grab a slice of pizza (showing my age with that joke) and head on down to the port. Being on a boat is never a bad thing, and you’ll definitely be safe from zombies. You can collect rainwater to drink and fish so you don’t starve. Just be sure to bring a lot of vitamin C so you avoid scurvy.

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DelawareFort Delaware

Missy Lee at Wikipedia.org

Just look at this thing! A moat, solid brick walls, and plenty of room, it’s like the people who built it were thinking about zombies. Assuming you have enough food and supplies, this just might be the best place to end up. It’s better than an underground bunker because you could actually escape (not so easy when you’re underground), and it’s less limiting than an island somewhere. It actually makes me want to set a zombie novel in Delaware so I can have my survivors end up here…

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FloridaLittle Torch Key Hotel

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Trip Advisor

I found out about this place while researching locations for books, and it blew my mind. An exclusive Florida Keys resort, Little Torch Key Hotel is so remote that it is literally only accessible by sea-plane or boat! I’m talking about living the good life during the zombie apocalypse. Private beach bungalows and beautiful landscape, all on an island that the zombies won’t be able to touch! If you’re in Florida when the apocalypse hits, throw your fishing gear in your car and head down to this resort. Heck, even if you aren’t in Florida you may want to think about heading down there. I might!

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GeorgiaSenoia and The Walking Dead Set

Me in front of the set 2015

This is no brainer. If you’re in Georgia when the zombie apocalypse happens, head to Senoia and take shelter in the Walking Dead set. If you saw my page last year during the Zombie Crawl, you know that I visited Senoia personally. Real walls surround the set and the houses inside are real as well. Yes, the set is situated literally in the middle of the town of Senoia, but it’s not a huge town and it’s far enough away from Atlanta that the population isn’t that large. What better way to survive the zombie apocalypse than a town that was actually designed to survive it?

 

 

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Hawaii Dali Hale beach rental on Kauai

ExoticEstates.com

Brutal honesty: Hawaii is about the last place you want to be when the apocalypse hits. It’s secluded and you’re likely to run out of supplies fast. The state itself is split up into several islands, so you’re even more cut off than you would be an Island off the mainland, and Honolulu itself has been rated the worst place to be when the zombies take over. But if you do happen to find yourself there, I’d look for a luxurious beach house like the Dali Hale on Kauai. This one in particular is gated and secluded, and has plenty of space. It wouldn’t be perfect, but it might be your best bet.

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IdahoBoise Fallout Shelter

Idaho Architecture Project

In 1961, due to the growing fear of nuclear attack, a community fallout shelter was built in Boise . It was designed to shelter about 1,000 people for several years and stock in the shelter was sold off at about $100 a share, giving wealthy members of the community a chance to save their family. Of course, those people never needed those reassurances, and the fear of nuclear attack eventually faded, leading to the sale of the shelter. It’s still standing today, but is now privately owned and has been renovated so it’s less of a living space and more of an office area, but it  would be a great place to set up camp in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

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IllinoisJoliet Correctional Center

Daniel Schwen at Wikipedia.org

We all know that a prison is a great place to set up camp when the zombies come, assuming you can clean it out. The good thing about this one? It’s already abandoned and there’s even a watch tower in the middle that allows you to see all around the prison. Not too shabby!

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IndianaVivos Indiana

Vivos Command at Wikipedia.org

Somewhere in Indiana a cold war shelter has been renovated so 80 people can live out the apocalypse in luxury. The company, Vivos, spared no expense when they created these shelters, as you can see here, but if you want a spot in this luxury shelter it’s going to cost you. How much is hard to say since it’s not laid out on the website, but we’re most likely looking at millions of dollars here. Or you can find out the location of the shelter, pray most of the people who bought into it die early on, and hope that someone inside has enough sympathy to let you in. It’s a long shot, but if you’re stuck in Indiana, it might be worth a try.

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IowaIndependence Mental Health Institute

kc7fys at Wikipedia.org

Sure it’s rumored to be haunted, but the building is secure and has plenty of space. While it’s hard to say what condition the majority of the hospital is in, a section of it is currently open for tours, and that part at least has been maintained. Since the hospital itself hasn’t been in use in years, the building is also empty. Meaning you won’t have to worry about clearing out the walking dead when you get there. That right there is a big plus when you’re talking about survival.
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KansasLuxury Survival Condo

SurvivalCondo.com

 

If you’re familiar with my zombie series, Broken World, you’ve heard about the Atlas missile silos being converted into luxury condos. They are real, and if you live in Kansas, there’s a good chance you aren’t far from one. While the location is secret, it might not be that hard to get an idea of where one could be. You can search for all the Atlas missile silos in existence here and see which ones are privately owned. It shouldn’t be that hard to figure out if you really want to, and it just might save you when the zombies show up! (PS…Yes, this is where I got the idea for my own underground luxury shelters.)

 

 

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KentuckyMammoth Cave

Daniel Schwen at Wikipedia.org

 

This past summer my family took a tour through Mammoth Cave. It was late June and over 90 degrees that day, but the second we set foot in the cave we cooled off, and throughout the two hour tour, I couldn’t stop thinking about what a great place it would be to set a dystopian or post-apocalyptic book. Everywhere I looked I could imagine an underground civilization springing up slowly over decades, eventually becoming a metropolis. It was awesome, and it’s also the perfect place to set up camp when the zombies come if you’re in Kentucky.

 

 

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Louisiana – Louisiana Castle

LouisianaCastle.com

 

This beautiful wedding venue and inn is situated on ten acres of secluded land and has plenty of room for a large group (the site says it can accommodate 350 guests). While it may not be easy to fortify the perimeter, the castle-like structure sure would be secure!

 

 

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MaineFort Gorges

Wikipedia.org

 

You’re going to have to build your own shelters inside this Civil War-era monument, but it will be worth it. Accessible only by water and fortified by thick, stone walls, Fort Gorges will keep you safe from men and monsters during the end of the world.

 

 

 

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MarylandFort Frederick

frenchandindianwarfoundation.org

With walls that are more than 17 feet high and three feet thick, this is your best bet in Maryland. Leftover from the French and Indian War, the fort is now part of a state park, meaning it’s being maintained and kept in pristine condition. There are a two barracks inside the walls  that will do for shelter, and plenty of space to expand as your population grows.

 

 

 

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MassachusettsFort Warren

Doc Searls at Wikipedia

While I personally wouldn’t want to be anywhere near a city, I saw Boston listed over and over again as a good place to head. Apparently, Boston has been identified as the city most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse (followed by Salt Lake City, UT and Columbus, OH). But being in a city goes against everything I believe about surviving the zombie apocalypse, so instead I’m going to send you to Fort Warren, a 28 acre island at the entrance of the Boston Harbor. That way you’re secluded, but also close to the city that is apparently going to break all the rules and be a good place to end up.

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MichiganBelle Isle, Detroit

Mlive.com

This 982-acre island park in the Detroit River is ideal. While there’s a lot to do on the island (aquarium, zoo, golf) no one actually lives on it since it’s a state park, and as far as I can tell, there’s only one way on or off. There’s wildlife, water, plenty of open space to grow your own food, and lots of buildings. You could literally start a new city on this island.

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Minnesota – Fort Snelling

historicfortsnelling.org

Built in the 1820s, the fort was used as recently as WWII as a language center, teaching military personnel Japanese. During that time, barracks were built to house soldiers, meaning not only is this place fortified by high walls and equipped with a watchtower, but it has places for you sleep.

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MississippiThe American Queen Steamboat

Thegreenj at Wikipedia.org

Keep a safe distance from zombies on the American Queen Steamboat! The largest steamboat to ever be built, she actually works on steam (although has a secondary diesel engine as well) and has 222 staterooms. You can coast up and down the Mississippi River, picking up supplies and passengers (if you feel inclined) as you go, or simply dock somewhere and stay a safe distance from the walking dead. Whatever floats your boat. Literally in this case.

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MissouriBonne Terre Mine

Westendiving.com

The world’s largest man made cavern, it remains 62 degrees year round and has plenty of room for you during the zombie apocalypse. Consisting of five levels, the lower three form a seventeen mile long underground lake while the upper two levels have old mule trails that will easily guide your through the caverns. Since this is currently a tourist attraction, it’s outfitted with boats and scuba gear, as well as lighted throughout. That may not help once the electricity goes out, but where there’s a will there’s a way, and if you decide to make this your post-apocalyptic home, I’d say you have a strong will to survive!

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MontanaChurch of Universal Triumph Bomb Shelter

discovermagazine.com

This is a rather obscure one. Apparently there is a cult called the Church of Universal Triumph and they have a bomb shelter (under their church?) in Emigrant, Montana. Not only is it stocked with supplies, it can house up to 150 people in 40 staterooms. Due to the nature of this group, there isn’t a lot of information about the bunker available, but it’s there for anyone who is interested.

 

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Nebraska – Fort Atkinson

Wikipedia.org

Built on a rocky bluff and large enough to house about 1,000 people, this fort has a pretty solid fortification. Even though it was built in 1819, it was reconstructed in the 1990s, so the walls are pretty new. While I couldn’t find any information about exactly how high the walls are, there are walls around the perimeter.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nevada3970 Spencer St. in Las Vegas

oddee.com

Ever see the 1999 movie Blast From the Past? Well the idea for that movie was based on a real house in Las Vegas, that has a 15,000 square foot bunker built underneath it, complete with a putting green, swimming pool, hot tubs, a sauna, dance floor, and more! The original owners died in 1980s and was purchased in 2014 by a mysterious group called the Society for the Preservation of Near Extinct Species for the low price of $1.5 million. (Is that species mankind?) Get the whole scoop on what this property has here.

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New HampshireThe Fort At Number Four

Pinterest

Yes, another fort. Seriously, these are a gold mine and something I never even considered for the setting of a book until I started making this list. They are literally all over the country, and like this one, most are fortified and ready for a group of survivors to move in! Enclosed in a stockade and complete with a lookout tower, this fort is doubly secure with a square of interconnected houses in the center. Meaning you’ll be safe and you’ll have a roof over your head.

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New JerseyAbandoned Bunker, Cape May

urbanghostsmedia.com

Sitting on the beach in Cape May, NJ is an old WWII bunker. It’s abandoned and up for grabs when the apocalypse hits. Sure it will be a bit uncomfortable—and dirty—but it will be safe. And let’s  face it, we know from watching The Walking Dead that people will get very desperate very fast when the end comes. This might look like paradise to you compared to what else is out there.

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New MexicoGila Cliff Dwelling

John Fowler at Wikipedia.org

New Mexico has cities literally in the side of mountains. They’d be safe, secluded, and high, and would provide a good lookout for anyone or anything headed your way. You’ll need to bring a lot of supplies in, but people have lived here for real, so it’s doable and might just be your best bet when the zombies come.

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New York – Adirondack State Park Missile Silo

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silohome.com

 

Located near Lake Placid, this silo home has been all over the news. Created out of one of the old missile silos from the Cold War-era, it’s a normal house above ground, but a luxury bunker underneath complete with nine levels and 12k square feet of space. It also sits on 10 acres of secluded land. You never know, if the owners are still alive when the zombies come knocking, they might be feeling generous and let you in. If they’re gone, the shelter just might be up for grabs.

 

 

 

 

 

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North CarolinaAbandoned Underground Mall in Raleigh

CandidSlice.com

Beneath the streets of Cameron Village in Raleigh sits an entire abandoned mall. While the main entrance has been sealed off, apparently other entrances into the mall can be found in the back rooms of various businesses in the area. Not only would this be a really cool place to explore, but it would provide survivors with shelter and security during the zombie apocalypse. You can get all kinds of great info about this abandoned mall and where the entrances might be hidden here.

 

 

 

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North DakotaFort Union Trading Post

Xerxes2004 at Wikipedia.org

 

It has a wall, it has a house, it’s ready for you to move in. This fort was instrumental in developing the fur trade during the 1800’s and is now a historic site. While it’s only partially reconstructed and it might take a little elbow grease to make it the perfect apocalyptic town, it still looks pretty secure.

 

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OhioNorth Bass Island

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Used with permission from Aerial Graphics

My home state and where I’m moving to in just a few short weeks, I wasn’t thrilled with the list of options available for zombie survival, but the small islands in the northern part of the state, on Lake Erie, seem to be the best bet. North Bass Island in particular since it’s the least developed of the options. Used mostly as a vineyard, there are only about a dozen inhabitants on the island itself, meaning your chance of running into the dead is minimal. And there will be some houses up for grabs.

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OklahomaQuartz Mountain Resort

Quartzmountain.org

This is practically right down the road from me, and when my family and I were out there hiking a few weeks ago, I couldn’t stop from marveling at what an ideal location this would be during the zombie apocalypse. Surrounded by the Quartz Mountains and the 6,400-acre Lake Altus-Lugert, the Quartz Mountain Resort is perfectly secluded. There’s one road in, which makes it easy to fortify, and it has 118 guestrooms just waiting to be filled with apocalypse survivors. If my family and I happened to still be in the area when zombies showed up, this is where we’d go.

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OregonTerwilliger Hot Spring

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Terwilliger Hot Springs/Facebook

If you’ve read my zombie series, you know that I’ve used this setting before, and while the Terwilliger Hot Spring wasn’t the inspiration for my setting, it isn’t a bad option. Located in Willamette National Forest, the springs are secluded, and assuming you can fortify the area, it would be nice to have hot water when the world ends.

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PennsylvaniaThe Alvira Bunkers

Used by permission from smithcreate.com

Near Allenwood, PA sit the remains of the small town of Alvira and the Susquehanna Ordnance Depot, where the federal government made and stored war munitions during WWII. Among those remains sit 149 bunkers, just waiting for the end of the world and someone to claim them. While they’re dirty and some may not have usable doors, you should be able to find a few that would serve the purpose of keeping you safe from zombie attacks. You can more info about the bunkers here.

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Rhode IslandPrudence Island

Juni0r75 at Wikipedia.org

Only five and a half square miles and fewer than a hundred inhabitants, this Island would be your best bet in Rhode Island. It’s secluded, accessible by ferry only, and has homes on it already. You’d be able to make a real stand on an island like this, with less area to keep track of and the sea ready and waiting for you to fish in.

 

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South CarolinaThe Castle

National Geographic Channel

Near Pickens, SC is a castle bunker built by prepper Brent Bruns and his five children. The whole thing was the subject of an eight episode show on the National Geographic Channel back in 2013, and you get all the details about the shelter and the family here. I haven’t seen the show, and there is little information online about what’s actually in the shelter (no details on size, how many people it hold, or what it’s stocked with) but it’s there! It’s up to you whether or not you want to knock on the door and ask them to let you in.

 

 

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South DakotaVivos

Forbes.com

Apparently, this is one of the worst states to be in when the zombie apocalypse hits. I’m not sure why given it’s much lower populated than a lot of other states that fared better, but I’d guess it has to do with the wide open spaces and the few hiding spots. The good news is that Vivos has struck again, and they’ve built 575 private bunkers on 9,000 miles of land that they are currently selling off. In the Black Hills area of SD, south of Edgemont, this former Army munitions depot has been transformed into a survival community that would make any preppers dreams come true. And you can buy your very own bunker for just $25k. Now even middle class Americans can survive the apocalypse! Of course, these bunkers come literally bare and you have to put even more money into renovating them into a workable shelter, so maybe not so much. But we all know not all of those bunkers are going to be occupied when the end comes, so if you find yourself in South Dakota, you might want to head there. Although, I’m not sure what you’d do for supplies given that the bunkers are literally in the middle of nowhere. For more details, you can read the article in Forbes or visit the Vivos website.

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Tennessee The Lost Sea

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TheLostSea/Facebook

America’s longest underground lake and an extensive cave system, The Lost Sea is located in Sweetwater, TN and is the perfect place for you and your fellow survivors to set up camp. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s hidden away and safe from zombies, with plenty of room to spread out.

 

 

 

 

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TexasLonghorn Cavern State Park

Longhorn Caverns/Facebook

With a year round temperature of about 68 degrees, this is the perfect place to escape the heat in post-apocalyptic Texas. I couldn’t find anything that said how long the caverns are, but they sit on over 600 acres of state land, so that makes them pretty secluded. From the looks of the pictures, the ceilings aren’t low and you aren’t going to run into many tight areas.

 

 

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UtahTimpanogos Cave

Utah.com

The trail leading up to this cave, which is on Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Mountains in American Fork Canyon, is 1.5 miles long and steep, but paved and fairly wide. So, even though you’ll have to hike your way up, so will anyone who wants to get at you. There are actually three caves, Hansen Cave, Middle Cave, and Timpanogos Cave, all connected by manmade tunnels. Just be sure you have plenty of supplies because you could get snowed in once winter hits.

 

 

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Vermont Burton Island

vtsports.com

 

250 acres of isolated and uninhabited land is just waiting for you on Burton Island. Accessible only by ferry or boat, the island has a dock and three cabins up for grabs, as well as numerous campsites and restrooms.

 

 

 

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VirginiaTangier Island

Emeil at Wikipedia.org

Only accessible by air or sea, with less than a thousand inhabitants and no cars at all, Tangier Island is the perfect spot to escape to. It’s nestled in the Chesapeake Bay only 12 miles from the mainland, close enough that you can go ashore for supplies if you need to, and far enough away that people passing by wouldn’t even know you’re there.

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WashingtonSan Juan Island

Pfly at Wikipedia.org

There are four main islands in the San Juan Island system, none of which are accessible by anything but water or air. They’re lush with wildlife and get ample rain, but due to their location, they get less rain than the Seattle area so you wouldn’t be soaked all the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West VirginiaPrickett’s Fort

Jeff Turner at Wikipedia.org

Built when European settlers first came to the new world, the fort is a reconstruction of what it would have been. It has walls surrounding it with a meetinghouse and fourteen small cabins inside, as well as two story blockhouses at each corner for easy lookout. It will be a tight fit, but it will keep you safe.

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WisconsinApostle Islands

wikipedia.org
Wikipedia.org

 

More islands. Who knew?

The Apostle Islands are a group of 22 islands in Lake Superior that are home to lush plant life and brimming with animal life. Several of the islands have lighthouses and ranger stations, most have docks, and many are popular camping areas.

 

 

 

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WyomingCarissa Mine

wyomingstateparks.wordpress.com

With some of the buildings and tracks reconstructed in recent years, and daily guided tours happening at the mine, the area is a good place to take shelter. We know that it’s secure enough to go in if the state is taking people through it, and with options both above ground and below, you won’t get as claustrophobic as some of the other options on this list.

And that’s fifty!

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Before you go, I do feel like I need to point out a few places that I think you should avoid during the zombie apocalypse.

1.Hospitals

I saw a few sites list this as a good place to go, but most people who enjoy apocalyptic fiction will tell you this is not true. Especially when you’re dealing with a zombie outbreak. Where do people go when they get sick? The hospital. Now, imagine that every person who sets foot in the hospital dies and comes back as a zombie. Would you want to be there? Nope. If you’re looking for medical equipment, there are alternatives. Urgent Cares, Pharmacies, medical supply stores, and vet clinics. Don’t forget that many of the medicines used for animals are the same ones used for people. Plus, they’d have gauze, syringes, medical tape, and suture kits. That’s the first place I’m heading when I need medial treatment during the apocalypse.

2.Military Bases

I found military bases on more than a few lists, and as an Air Force spouse and someone who has spent more than a little time on and around military bases, I have to disagree. On the surface it may sound good. There are weapons and commissaries (grocery stores), and the property is fenced in. BUT the sheer size of most bases would make them impossible to fortify. Military bases are literally small towns, encompassing miles of land. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio is nearly twelve square miles. How easy do you think it would be to keep track of that many miles of fence on a daily basis? Not easy. Plus, thousands of people live and work on bases, meaning they would die on the base and be stuck inside the fences. It just doesn’t seem worth the risk or hassle if there are other places around to set up camp.

3.Churches

Like a hospital, churches would be overrun during the apocalypse—unless you have a preacher who locks his congregation out. When the end of the world seems to be looming, many people turn to faith, which means heading to church. Don’t be surprised to find your local church crawling with zombies!

Want an idea of where everything is in your town?

Check out the Map of the Dead 

 


 

***Special thanks to Onlyinyourstate.com for their helpful lists, EmergencyOutdoors.com for tips, and Oddee.com for their article on 10 Amazing Apocalypse Bunkers.

***In most cases, I tried to get photos from Wikipedia.org so they were copyright free and I have credited my sources, but a special thank you to AerialGraphics.com for giving me permission to use their picture of Bass Island, Jonathan Smith of SmithCreate.com for allowing me to use his photo of the Alvira Bunkers, and CandidSlice.com for giving me permission to use her picture of the Raleigh underground mall.

 


GIVEAWAY ALERT

***Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Not only can you win a DVD of Zombieland, but you’ll also get book one in my Amazon best-selling zombie series, Broken World. (Signed by me, of course.) In addition to that, you get: a Broken World keychain and pen, zombie bits candy, and a Walking Dead necklace.*** 

I know what you’re thinking: How do I enter!?

You can like my Facebook author page, or follow me on Twitter and Instagram, but that isn’t necessary to enter or win the prize. This giveaway is open to residents of the US & Canada, and all you have to do is click on THIS link and fill out the form. I’ll choose the winner on November 2nd and shoot you an email (I’ll also announce it here and on my FB page). 


Before you leave, be sure to check out all the other posts included in the Zombie Crawl and enter all the other great giveaways!

 z crawl schedule

Zombie Crawl 3

a blog party from Band of Dystopian Authors & Fans

October 24 – 31, 2016

How it works: Each day, the scheduled authors and bloggers will post awesome zombie-tastic content for your enjoyment along with a giveaway on their site/blog/page. You can hop around to all of the participating sites and enter as many giveaways as you like! The easiest way to make sure you don’t miss a post is to join our Facebook event page, where we’ll post links each time an author or blogger participates on their scheduled day. We’ll also have several flash giveaways on the event page as well as a grand prize giveaway on BandofDystopian.com. And of course, you can use the schedule below to click through to each site. Make sure to leave comments and interact with the participating sites. Have fun, and thanks for joining the party!

The Schedule

OCTOBER 24 – Monday

Jeffrey Clare (publisher, group host)

Christina L. Rozelle (author)

OCTOBER 25 – Tuesday

Digital Dirty Girl Book Blog (blog)

Rissa Blakeley (author)

OCTOBER 26 – Wednesday

R.L. Blalock (author)

Bryan Way (author)

Post-Apocalyptic Playground (blog)

OCTOBER 27 – Thursday

Claire C. Riley (author)

M. Lauryl Lewis (author)

OCTOBER 28 – Friday

The Voluptuous Book Diva (18+ blog)

YA Book Divas (blog)

Grivante (author)

OCTOBER 29 – Saturday

Kate L. Mary (author)

Brea Behn (author)

OCTOBER 30 – Sunday

Cameo Renae (author)

J.W. Vohs (author)

OCTOBER 31 – Monday

Kelsey D. Garmendia (author)

Lindsey Winsemius (author)

Casey Hays (author)

Lee Ryder (author)

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To learn more about Band of Dystopian and/or to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway, visit BandofDystopian. com and don’t forget to join the group on Facebook!