Zombie Crawl

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

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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

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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)

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Temporary Price Drop for When We Were Human

The Moonbeam Awards medalist ceremony takes place this weekend at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan. Unfortunately I am unable to attend, but I wanted to celebrate the event by dropping the price of When We Were Human to $0.99 from November 12th-18th.

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New World is available for Pre-Order!

Everyone has been dying to find out when NEW WORLD will be available, and I have good news and bad news.

Good news: I have a release date.

Bad news: It’s not until December 1st

I know people are going to be disappointed to hear that, especially since I was hoping to get it out much sooner, but after a lot of debate I decided that pushing the date back to December 1st was what would benefit all of us. Why? Because even though everyone is excited to read the book – and I’m excited to get it out – I want to make sure I put a book out that matches the others. I don’t want the story to feel rushed or incomplete, or the characters to to get lost in the shuffle. I want to make sure I give you the story you’ve been waiting for, which means that I need to take a little more time on it. I need to revise it more throughly and give myself time to sit on the story so I’m sure it is exactly the way I want it to be. If I happen to get it ready earlier, I can always move the date up, but for the meantime I think December 1st will give me the time I need to put out a quality book.

I hope everyone understands!

In the meantime, you can pre-order New World on Amazon by following this link.

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When We Were Human is LIVE on Amazon

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“They came four years ago. Invaded our planet, rounded us up, decimated the human race. We fought back, and some even say we won, but they’re wrong. The invaders took everything from us. Our family. Our hope. Our humanity. We won the war, but there are no humans left. Only monsters who will do anything to survive. Some look human and some don’t, but they are all the same.”

 

 

When We Were Human

 

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Eighteen-year-old Eva has spent the last year punishing herself for her sister’s death and hiding from everyone she comes into contact with, human or otherwise. With the population destroyed and the Earth left in ruins, she sees little hope left for the future.

But when she crosses paths with Walker and Tara something inside her awakens. Something she thought had died along with her entire family. In these new friends Eva sees a promise of what the future could be, as well as evidence that humanity might not be extinct after all.

When a ghost from Eva’s past makes an unexpected appearance, the group sets out on a cross-country trek that will teach Eva how to love and hope again, and will remind her what it truly means to be human.

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      When the camp comes into view I have a difficult time not throwing up. Water and carrots slosh back and forth in my stomach. The sweat on my palms has nothing to do with the humidity, and my legs are so weak they feel like pipe cleaners trying to support a rubber ball.

      The fence surrounding the camp is down in most places, and the majority of the hastily set-up tents have blown away. The few left are ripped. The canvas blows in the warm breeze, flapping back and forth like the wings of an ominous bird.

      The storage building is still standing, though. If it isn’t empty this trip might be worth our time, but if it’s been cleaned out all this emotional turmoil and pain I’m going through right now will be for nothing. And I don’t have a lot of optimism that things will turn out in our favor.

      Atlanta is just visible in the distance. Or what’s left of it, anyway. A ruined building juts up here and there, but for the most part the city is flat. It looks as if like the earth had just opened up and sucked the city down. It’s what the creepers did in the first wave. Wiped out the all the major cities until there was nothing left but a landscape of rubble and dust. Killing millions in the blink of an eye.

      Walker heads into the camp, and I follow silently, trying not to think about those terrifying days. My throat tightens when we step across the toppled chain link fence. The rusty metal clinks under our feet and my heart pounds harder with each step.

      When I finally enter the prison camp where my sister lived out her final days, it feels like I’m walking into a cemetery. In many ways I am. Bones of the former inhabitants are scattered across the ground as far as the eye can see. The bodies have been picked clean by animals and bugs, and the clothes have long since blown away, but the skeletons remain as a heart-breaking reminder of everything we lost.

      Which one is my sister?

      “This way,” Walker says, tilting his head toward the storage building.

      The three of us pick our way across the camp, stepping over debris and remains. Tara won’t stop looking at me, and every glance causes my insides to harden even more. I wish I’d never told them I lost my sister here. I hate thinking that they associate me with this place. Even worse, I hate that I associate myself with this hell.

      I catch sight of a charred, mangled tree and the urge to hurl hits me so hard that I almost have to stop. The stump juts up from the ground, and to the left of it sits a small crater. It’s like a missile took out the top of the tree, then hit the ground next to it. The black circle from the fire extends for about ten feet around the hole. The fire burnt the tree to a crisp, leaving almost nothing behind.

      Our tree. Mine and Lilly’s.

      I force myself to turn away from the remains before I burst into tears. I shouldn’t have come here.

      We get closer to the storage building but something looks off. The brightness of the sun makes it hard to see and forces me to squint. Then it hits me. The walls are covered in writing and discarded cans of spray paint by the dozens lay on the ground. At first I’m not sure what I’m looking at, but it only takes a few seconds of scanning the words to figure out what it all means. They’re notes left by survivors. People hoping to find loved ones they’ve lost.

      Stupid people clinging to hope that doesn’t exist.

      “What is this?” I ask, coming to a stop about ten feet from the wall.

      “Survivor’s wall.” Walker glances toward Tara, then turns at the entrance of the building. “People leave messages behind just in case a family member comes through. We’ll check it out before we leave, but we should look for food first.”

      Tara nods and follows him, but her eyes are glued to the wall. They never stop moving, never stop reading the names.

      I keep my eyes on the back of Walker’s head as I follow him inside. Away from the wall and the words of desperation painted on them. There’s nothing on that wall for me.


 

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╣About the Author╠

Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She grew up in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.

Kate enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes who can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.

Be sure to check out her best-selling BROKEN WORLD series, a top 100 book in dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction on Amazon.

 


 

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The Broken World series
Available now on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, Paperback and Audiobook! 

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When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice. Give up, or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.

The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.

While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.

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Collision

New Adult Romantic Mystery
Available now on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Some secrets are better left untold…

Revised Collsion CoverWhen eighteen-year-old Kara Jones gets into a car accident on the way home from college, she’s left with more than a few bruised ribs, a busted cell phone, and a totaled car. After a slip-up at the hospital, she’s shaken to discover that her family isn’t all it seems. And now her mother’s strange behavior and willingness to do anything to protect her secrets—including pulling Kara out of school—have Kara floundering in the dark.

Enter Derek Miller, a former classmate who’s dealing with family issues of his own. His nerdy charm is too much for Kara to resist, and she’s even more amazed when he agrees to help her dig into her mother’s past. Together they investigate her mother’s old friends and boyfriends, hoping to discover who Kara really is. Instead, they find disturbing connections to the dark history of Kent State University, and an ever expanding maze of mystery surrounding Kara’s birth.

As Kara and Derek chase secrets, she realizes he’s the only person she can trust. But as they get closer to the truth, the disturbing answers reveal a web of evil far darker and further reaching than they’d imagined, leaving Kara to wish she’d never asked the questions in the first place.

 

The List
(College of Charleston, #1)
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Available from Lyrical Press

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The List. Twenty things every girl must do before she turns twenty. . .

Body piercing
Get drunk
First kiss

But thanks to her crazy, over-protective father, Annie Roth is way behind schedule. Good thing it’s her first semester of college, because Annie is more than ready to start checking off items. . .

Fake ID
Skinny dipping
Road trip!!!

Where it gets complicated? Ryan and Chris. Best friends. Both sweet, funny, totally hot, and totally into Annie.

But there are some things on The List that Annie only wants to do with Ryan. . .

Lose it
Get Heart Broken
Fall in love

No Regrets
(College of Charleston, #2)
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Coming September 2015 from Lyrical Press

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College is supposed to be fun…

Go to parties

Pick up guys

Maybe get in a little trouble

 

On the surface Cami is your average, wild teenager out to have a good time, but inside she’s struggling. Almost a year ago her best friend was in a car accident, an accident Cami feels responsible for. Since then, she’s made it her personal mission to experience everything life has to offer, both for herself and for Julie, who will never have fun again.

Then she meets Liam, her cousin’s sexy roommate. Hooking up with a hot British dude seems like the perfect way to start off the school year, but the more time she spends with him, the more she finds herself actually liking the guy. Which totally screws up her plans to live life with no regrets…

 

Prep For Doom
Don’t Look Back, Chapter 18
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PFD cover_officialFrom 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, few of whom will ever meet. 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.

Broken Stories is here!

July 4th is Independence Day in the U.S., but it also happens to be the anniversary of the day I released Broken World! To celebrate the one year anniversary, I’ve released a book of stories and novelettes.

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Broken Stories is a compilation of Short Stories and Novelettes that accompanies the Broken World Series. From California to Oklahoma, South Carolina and Colorado, readers will get a glimpse at what other people went through before, during and after the zombie virus outbreak.

Some of the characters featured in these stories have close to ties to the main characters in the Broken World series, while others are brand new. It’s an emotional, intense and exciting look at how the zombie apocalypse has changed the world.

Thanks everyone for all your support over the last year!

Now Available: Prep For Doom Anthology from 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.

Check out the official Prep for Doom Website: http://www.prepfordoom.com/

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Check out the other authors involved in this amazing Anthology!

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

Jon Messenger

Monica Enderle Pierce

Cameo Renae

Hilary Thompson

Yvonne Ventresca

Megan White

Lost World is here!

The long awaited fourth book in the Broken World series is finally here! Get LOST WORLD for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited now! You can also order a signed paperback of LOST WORLD from me by sending me a message on my Facebook Page!

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With their shelter destroyed and their sense of security shattered, Vivian, Axl and the group set off in search of a safe place. But the group’s morale is at an all-time low, and they now know it’s not just the dead they have to fear. Weeks of wandering brings sickness, death and loss to the survivors, and Vivian soon finds herself losing hope of ever discovering a safe place to live. To make matters worse, two members of the group go missing, leaving the others to wonder not only what happened to them, but if they will ever see their friends alive again.

After what happened in Vegas, Hadley feels like a stranger in her own body. When she and Jon get separated from the rest of the group, she finds herself confronted not only with the scars left behind by her ordeal, but facing the possibility of a new beginning with Jon at her side.

In a twist of fate, Vivian and Axl stumble upon a place that could be the group’s salvation, only to have hope slip through their fingers once again when they are met with the most devastating blow yet…

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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 │ Jon Messenger │ Monica Enderle Pierce │ Cameo Renae │ Hilary Thompson │ Yvonne Ventresca │ Megan White

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╣Synopsis╠

 

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, few of whom will ever meet. 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.

 


 

 

╣About Band of Dystopian╠

Band of Dystopian 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. We are branching into the publishing world with our first anthology, Prep For Doom.

 

Audiobooks!!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that my Broken World series will soon be available on audiobook, from Tantor Media! I got the offer, via my awesome agent, and have been bursting to share the news. The contract is signed and the announcement is up on Publisher’s Marketplace, so now I get too!

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New Release: More than Survival by Camryn Lynn

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More Than Survival
A Post-apocalyptic Love Story

by Camryn Lynn

Post-apocalyptic Erotic Novella

33,000 words

Now Available!

Only $0.99 or Free on Kindle Unlimited!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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More than Survival is the first novella in a post-apocalyptic erotic series…

Lucy was just seven years old when a deadly virus swept the country, killing most of the population. For the past eleven years she’s lived in seclusion with her Uncle Seamus, a prepper who was more than ready for the end of the world. Then Seamus disappears and Lucy finds herself a lone woman facing a dark world of lawlessness.

When Sawyer stumbles upon her cabin in the middle of a blizzard, he not only saves her life, but introduces her to feeling she’s never experienced before. With her uncle’s warnings about the dark desires of men fresh in her mind, Lucy knows she must tread lightly, but there’s something about Sawyer that she can’t seem to shake. And the more she’s around him the more her body and mind awaken to the realization that there’s more to life than just survival…

 

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      I woke shivering, and pulled the blanket up to my chin. It didn’t help, but I was too groggy and exhausted to go for another blanket, so I tried to stay warm by curling myself into a ball. I drifted in and out of sleep for a bit, shivering and half aware of the fact that I was supposed to do something. I just couldn’t wake up enough to remember what.

      “Lucy.”

      Sawyer’s voice broke through my dreams, waking me with a start. I sat up, surprised by the warmth of his body in front of me. I was on the couch and the fire had died almost completely.

      “Crap,” I said, trying to get up. “I forgot about the fire.”

      Sawyer put his hands on my shoulders, pushing me back down. “Forget it. The wood is still too wet. I woke up freezing and came out to check, but of course there was nothing I could do. Your teeth were chattering in your sleep.”

      Goose bumps covered every inch of my body, and I pulled the blanket back up. “It’s freezing.”

      “I know, scoot over.”

      I did as I was told without giving it much thought, and Sawyer climbed onto the couch next to me. He pulled my body against his and every muscle in me tightened.

      “Relax,” he whispered, spreading another blanket over us. “Body heat is the best way to keep warm.”

      “Body heat,” I said, uncertainly scooting myself closer to him. “Like this?”

      "Yeah. Well, the best way is to get naked, but I have a feeling that might be a little much for you.” He chuckled quietly and put his arm around my shoulders, and even though my stomach twisted and my face got warm, I found myself laughing with him.

      Sawyer settled into the couch and somehow I found my head resting on his chest. He was right, I was warmer within seconds. We didn’t say a word after that, and only minutes later his breathing slowed and grew heavy. But I stayed awake, too focused on the warmth of him pressed against me to allow myself to fall asleep. It was nice and comforting, and the first time anyone had bothered to hold me since my mom died when I was seven years old.


 

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Loved this story!

A sweet, sexy love story set in an apocalyptic world with a sexy hero-pretty much everything you could ask for in an erotic novella! I thought Lucy was a good combination of tough and innocent, but she was really striving to be more. Even though we didn’t get to see much of Seamus, he was funny and enjoyable. Hoping he turns up down the road. Sawyer was sooo sexy! The ideal hero to swoop in and save you when the world is gone.

The apocalypse plays a small role in this book, but I have a feeling we’ll get to see a lot more of it down the road. This novella was quick, enjoy and hot. Looking forward to reading more!

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editWriter and lover of all things apocalyptic and a hopeless romantic.
I enjoy long walks on the beach with my husband as we discuss how we will survive the inevitable apocalypse, spending time with my children and drinking lots of wine.

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Cover Reveal: More than Survival

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More Than Survival
A Post-apocalyptic Love Story

by Camryn Lynn

Post-apocalyptic Erotic Novella

34,000 words

Coming January 2015…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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More than Survival is the first novella in a post-apocalyptic erotic series…

Lucy was just seven years old when a deadly virus swept the country, killing most of the population. For the past eleven years she’s lived in seclusion with her Uncle Seamus, a prepper who was more than ready for the end of the world. Then Seamus disappears and Lucy finds herself a lone woman facing a dark world of lawlessness.

When Sawyer stumbles upon her cabin in the middle of a blizzard, he not only saves her life, but introduces her to feeling she’s never experienced before. With her uncle’s warnings about the dark desires of men fresh in her mind, Lucy knows she must tread lightly, but there’s something about Sawyer that she can’t seem to shake. And the more she’s around him the more her body and mind awaken to the realization that there’s more to life than just survival…

 

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      I woke shivering, and pulled the blanket up to my chin. It didn’t help, but I was too groggy and exhausted to go for another blanket, so I tried to stay warm by curling myself into a ball. I drifted in and out of sleep for a bit, shivering and half aware of the fact that I was supposed to do something. I just couldn’t wake up enough to remember what.
      “Lucy.”
      Sawyer’s voice broke through my dreams, waking me with a start. I sat up, surprised by the warmth of his body in front of me. I was on the couch and the fire had died almost completely.
      “Crap,” I said, trying to get up. “I forgot about the fire.”
      Sawyer put his hands on my shoulders, pushing me back down. “Forget it. The wood is still too wet. I woke up freezing and came out to check, but of course there was nothing I could do. Your teeth were chattering in your sleep.”
      Goose bumps covered every inch of my body, and I pulled the blanket back up. “It’s freezing.”
      “I know, scoot over.”
      I did as I was told without giving it much thought, and Sawyer climbed onto the couch next to me. He pulled my body against his and every muscle in me tightened.
      “Relax,” he whispered, spreading another blanket over us. “Body heat is the best way to keep warm.”
      “Body heat,” I said, uncertainly scooting myself closer to him. “Like this?”
      “Yeah. Well, the best way is to get naked, but I have a feeling that might be a little much for you.” He chuckled quietly and put his arm around my shoulders, and even though my stomach twisted and my face got warm, I found myself laughing with him.
      Sawyer settled into the couch and somehow I found my head resting on his chest. He was right, I was warmer within seconds. We didn’t say a word after that, and only minutes later his breathing slowed and grew heavy. But I stayed awake, too focused on the warmth of him pressed against me to allow myself to fall asleep. It was nice and comforting, and the first time anyone had bothered to hold me since my mom died when I was seven years old.


 

╣About the Author╠

editWriter and lover of all things apocalyptic and a hopeless romantic.
I enjoy long walks on the beach with my husband as we discuss how we will survive the inevitable apocalypse, spending time with my children and drinking lots of wine.

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Official Blurb for Mad World

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Mad World
Book #3 in the Broken World series

Kate L. Mary

Coming January 3, 2015


The release for Mad World is now less than two months away, so I guess it’s time to share the blurb!


Mad World is the third book in the Broken World series, which follows a group of survivors after a super-virus has destroyed the world and the dead have come back to claim it as their own…

Vivian didn’t think things could get any worse than losing Emily, and getting to the shelter should have been their salvation. But once again their hopes were shattered when they discovered things weren’t safe as promised, forcing them to head into Vegas in search of supplies.

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But now she and Hadley find themselves in a situation more threatening than even the dead walking the Earth. Kidnapped by armed men and taken deep into Vegas, they’re cut-off from anyone who cares about them and thrust into a world so sick and twisted it can only be described as madness. Knowing that Axl has no idea where they are and little hope of finding them, Vivian and Hadley must team up with one of the very men who abducted them if they have any hope of escaping their new nightmare.

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Watching Vivian get thrown into the back of a van almost tears him apart, but he’s determined to find her no matter what it takes. With the growing tension between him and Angus, Axl finds himself wondering if the price will be his relationship with his brother. Putting both old and new wounds aside, Axl and Angus must infiltrate the group holding Vivian and Hadley, and make their escape through a zombie-ridden Vegas.

But the men in charge of Vegas aren’t the type to easily forget, and the group soon discovers that getting the girls out alive very well could mean the end for them all…


 

Be sure to add Mad World to your Goodreads to-read list!

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I had a cover made for Mad World (book #3 in the Broken World series) months ago, but I never really liked it. It didn’t match the tone of the first two or the story, and it wasn’t what I had in mind at all. We were right in the middle of getting settled in after our move and things with my former publisher had just flopped, so I let it go for the time being. But as the release for Mad World started to get closer (3 months away!), the more I realized that I hated the cover. There was no way I wanted that to represent me or my series. It wasn’t a bad cover really, just not right for me.

So, I finally decided to have a new one made, and this time I sent a picture of the first two to the designer so he’d remember what they looked like. I think the new one is so much better, and really matches the first two, not to mention the story. So here it is!

 

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Shattered World is Live!

Shattered World
(#2, Broken World series)

by Kate L. Mary

Post-Apocalyptic/Zombie Series

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Stranded in the middle of the Mojave Desert, surrounded by zombies, Vivian and Axl are sure they’re facing the end. The dead are closing in and the shelter they were promised is sealed tight. Just when they think they’ve run out of time, the doors are thrown open. Five years underground with all the provisions there for the taking. It’s almost too good to be true. With the promise of security, Vivian hopes she’ll finally able to deal with the loss of Emily, her growing feelings for Axl, and the terrifying new world they’re facing.

But their sense of security is soon shattered when they discover the shelter isn’t the utopia they thought it would be. It seems the company that built the shelter decided to solve their financial problems by selling off provisions, which means the group has to find a way to get supplies. Or face starvation.

And Vegas is the closest city.

With her feelings for Axl stronger than ever, Vivian volunteers to accompany him and a few others on a trip into one of the biggest tourist cities in the world. Vegas is overrun with the dead, but there are other survivors as well. Only not everyone they meet is a welcome sight. As the emotional baggage piles up, Vivian and Axl’s bond grows stronger, but it doesn’t take long to realize that zombies aren’t the only thing they have to fear.

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“Here goes nothin’,” Axl says, echoing my thoughts.

He leans down and fools with the wires under the steering wheel. The dead bang against the car, but even more have surrounded the sedan. I dig my nails into my legs while I wait for Axl to do whatever he has planned. He grunts, and a few sparks fly. My entire body jerks when the deafening sound of the alarm rings through the car.

The world around us explodes. The bodies go crazy and converge on the car, banging on it with their hands, their bodies, their faces. They leave thick smears of black on the windows as they desperately try to get in. The door handle rattles, and some even climb on top of the car.

They’re wild and frantic. It’s so terrifying that for a moment I can’t remember exactly why we decided to do this. My heart pounds and I cover my ears, trying to block out the sounds of the hammering and the alarm. Trying to keep the terror at bay. All I want to do is run, but there’s nowhere to go. The realization that we’re stuck hits me so hard I start to shake.

Then the sedan drives off. It turns the corner with the truck close behind it, and I relax just a little. They’re going to make it. Nathan and his wife, their daughter. Two other little boys who have years ahead of them. Trey can get back to Parvarti and Winston to his daughter. They will have food and safety. That’s why we chose to commit suicide in this horrifying way.

Axl pries my hands away from my ears and pulls me against his chest. He wraps his arms around me as the pounding continues. He doesn’t say anything, and neither do I. All I can do is watch silently as the truck pulls out of sight.

After a few minutes, he turns the alarm off, but the damage is already done. They know we’re in here, and they won’t give up until they’ve broken in. A crack starts at the corner of the windshield and travels across. Then another. A dead man hurls himself against the glass and pounds his fists. Hundreds of cracks fan out across the windshield in a frightening web pattern, and I have to stifle the urge to scream. It’s safety glass, so it doesn’t give. At least not yet.

“I won’t let them get us.” Axl’s lips brush against my head, and strands of hair fall into my face. They tickle my nose, but I can’t find the motivation to move them aside.

I nod and swallow against the lump in my throat. He doesn’t mean he won’t let them get in, because we both know there’s nothing we can do about that now. Surprisingly though, I’m okay with it. A bullet to the brain sounds a lot better than being ripped apart by the undead.

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Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She spent most of her life in a small town just north of imageDayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.

Kate enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes that can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.

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When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice. Give up, or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’sBrokenWorldCover than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.

The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.

While searching for a safe place to go, they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.

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