The zombie apocalypse was Alexis Winter’s first challenge. It won’t be her last.
Life on S-Island hasn’t been easy, but Alexis and her fellow survivors are making the best of their new lives in a post-Z world. Every day is a struggle, a struggle to find food, to keep the zombies from their door and to prepare for anything this new world might throw at them. There is no room for heartache, there is no room for mourning the lost, there is only one focus: the fight for survival. And there is definitely no room for love. At least that is what Alexis keeps telling herself.
The second installment in the NOLA Zombie series by Gillian Zane. Be warned, there will be monsters, living and dead, there will be very intense sexy-time and there will be a third book.
Loving someone means you give them your heart, your soul and everything in between.
For 69 Bottles Drummer, Dex Harris, life has always been about taking what he wants from women and walking away, that is until Raine Montgomery came barreling into his life. A force to be reckoned with and a woman he couldn’t ignore. She’s showing him that there is more to women than a temporary cure to boredom.
With all their demons laid out on the table, the path to healing can begin. Dex quickly finds he’s replacing a drug addiction, with a Raine addiction, devouring her at every possible moment. Taking her to new heights and pushing her limits is what he’s determined to do.
With the help from a couple new friends, Dex and Raine quickly find a new dynamic to their relationship really does work for them, but is it what she wants? Can she surrender herself to him in every way?
When his past starts knocking on his door, will he be able to protect Raine from his transgression or will the sins of his past rip apart the one thing that has brought him the most joy?
She’s tamed him…now it’s time to show her what true love really means.
A Rock Band… A Tour Bus … One WILD Ride!
This story may contain sexual acts, content and otherwise erotic adventures between a man and a woman, Domination, submission, floggers, handcuffs, whips, rope, punishments and raw sexual pleasure in a playroom. May also contain some F/F.
The author is not responsible for panty changing, cold showers, boyfriend/husband/significant other breaking or the events that may cause you to read one handed – batteries are not included.
This story may also contain discussion of drugs, drug addiction, drinking, alcohol addiction and some violence – reader discretion is advised.
The Program, the clandestine agency that employs Boy Nobody as an assassin, is rather scary, but the conspiracy theorist in me thinks it could be possible that something like this exists. Where did you get inspiration for the idea? And do you think it is possible?
Sadly, my inspiration is all around us these days. Secret government organizations, secret data collection, secret courts, secret trials. Is it so hard to believe an agency like The Program might exist? Of course I don’t believe there are real teen assassins in our country, but it wasn’t a stretch for me to imagine an organization that started out with a noble goal and became corrupt over time.
How do you research your books? They seem so on point…are you a secret spy for the government?
I can neither confirm nor deny being a secret spy for the government. Next question.
Did you find it hard to write the Unknown Assassin trilogy as opposed to your other more contemporary and humorous books?
You’re right that my previous books such as FOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN’T HAVE were funny and realistic. But I’ve always been a fan of the thriller genre, so I loved having a chance to play in this new, darker world. It’s fun to write action scenes!
I read that your first love is theater, do you write your books with a movie or play in mind?
I grew up in the theater, first as a high school actor, then later as a director in college and graduate school. I think my dramatic background informs the way I tell stories, but to be honest, when I’m writing a book, I’m just thinking about the book itself. I’m always looking for the most effective, entertaining way to tell the story, whatever form it might eventually take.
The series have been optioned by Sony Pictures, is there any word of what will become of it?
The first book, I AM THE WEAPON (formerly called BOY NOBODY), has been optioned by Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment. I can’t tell you anything about the film except that they’re working on it, and I’d love to see it in theaters.
Finally, what can we expect next?
Much like my spy credentials, the next project is top secret.
The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard, who was captured by The Program.
Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Putting their skills to the test, Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson -- he can't trust anyone.
On the run from The Program, Boy Nobody must face his past, as he's forced to decide where his loyalties lie.
Allen Zadoff packs the final installment in the Unknown Assassin trilogy with even more action, higher stakes, and mind-blowing reveals that will leave readers riveted.
I AM THE MISSION by Allen Zadoff
(The Unknown Assassin #2)
Pub. Date: June 17, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.
And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.
His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now our assassin is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.
But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.
The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff’s The Unknown Assassin series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes our hero question everything he has believed.
Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.
But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.
In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.
About Allen Zadoff
Allen Zadoff is the author of the THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN series as well as several acclaimed novels includingFOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN'T HAVE, winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults. Allen's action-packed series debut, I AM THE WEAPON (formerly BOY NOBODY), is a page-turning thriller about a teenage assassin that has already been optioned for film by Sony Pictures & Overbrook Entertainment. The book was featured in the Los Angeles Times' Summer Reading guide and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA. Kirkus Reviews called I AM THE WEAPON "fast, furious, and fun." Look for the sequel, I AM THE MISSION, beginning in June 2014. Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. His training as a super spy, however, has yet to be verified. Visit Allen on the web at www.allenzadoff.com.
Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn’t prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered. She has been “prepping” for the last three years. The problem is location and timing. She’s stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the “non-preppers” this means hole up and stay safe).
Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her on the ass big time. Hopefully, it won’t be a literal bite by the walking dead.
Luck favors the prepared, and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller, the man with the plan, his goal: steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until they find safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. The two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can’t keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.
Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world, and if they do make it through the night, find a place that is safe and secure? Can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or heartbreak?
Zombies, sex, romance and carnage…you can’t get any better than this.
a Rafflecopter giveaway Gillian Zane has been writing fiction stories since she was first able to put pen to paper. She has published a few non-fiction books in her field of study, which is Art, but finally, after all, these years her first fiction novella is being released. Gillian is obsessed with anything that gives her a thrill and feels adding romance to any storyline is a good thing. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She lives with her husband, too many animals in a little house that has way too many books.
There is no denying the fact that New Orleans is known as a vampire hot spot. Most attribute tying vampires with New Orleans to Anne Rice and her fiction series, but the ties and lure of vampires go much further than a best-selling fiction series from the 90s.
New Orleans is the perfect setting for vampires and has seen quite a bit of vampire activity since it’s founding in 1699. It was inhabited by French and Spanish convicts, prostitutes and nuns. The original Ursuline nuns that still are prolific in the city today, are a main part of one of the biggest vampire stories that still resonates through New Orleans. It is thought that their ‘casket girls,’ young girls that came to the city and lived at the convent until they married, bearing with them large coffin-like luggage, actually helped smuggle vampires into the French Quarter. Those vampires were allowed to live in the attic of the Ursuline convent and it is still rumored that they live there today and on occasion escape. This is why the attic doors, which are sealed with “blessed” screws, will slam open on occasion, a common “haunted” sighting in the French Quarter.
The Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. You can see the attic windows in this picture, which are said to “fly” open on occasion, even though they are sealed shut with blessed screws. Archbishopric New Orleans Louisiana DetPub” by Uncredited photographer for Detroit Publishing Company – Detroit Publishing photo via Library of Congress website . Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
In an ironic turn of events, in THE ORIGINALS, it is the witches that are kept locked in attics by vampires and not the vampires. I guess they turned the tides in the later centuries.
Modern day New Orleans is a much a draw to vampires as it was in the past. Our unique blend of cultures, our open-minded nature, rich grasp of history and ability to embrace the strange and usual, makes it the perfect place to settle for the “paranormally challenged.” New Orleans is the only town that you can find a voodoo shop a few doors down from a cathedral with little to no judgment by the cities residents.
It also helps that we don’t have “last calls” and bars will stay open until dawn and unwary tourist walk about with abandon, open to the idea of meeting a vampire…instead of scared of it. It’s a veritable all-night-buffet for vampires. Night-time in New Orleans is the perfect setting for a vampire.
Mix the debauchery and excess of our visitors and then our 24-hour culture, paired with the uniqueness of our residents to embrace “different” and “unusual” characters as a way of life and a vampire is just another face in the crowd. We don’t stare harder at the guy in period dress…we just think of him as another “New Orleans character.”
But, these are all logistical reasons why New Orleans is the perfect spot for vampires. There is also an intrinsical and almost magical feeling about our city that just screams other-worldliness. If you want to know what gothic feels like, visit New Orleans. The town screams old-world and dark. From our above-ground burial grounds, that we call The Cities of the Dead, to the plethora of haunted tales that are whispered about in private circles and cement New Orleans as one of the most haunted cities in the country…I would think we would attract magical beings like flies to honey.
New Orleans and its dark nature, its obsession with the dead and paranormal and its ability to be accepting of macabre and unusual environments would welcome the Original Family with open arms. As long as they mostly behaved though. Because, even though, we are accepting we don’t take too kindly to people/vampires that don’t respect the city and its residents. So, Klaus better keep that in mind…
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.
Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah Mikaelson had won it all, only to lose it again by 1788. Control of New Orleans is split between the vampires and the werewolves, much to Klaus's displeasure.
In a dangerous attempt to reclaim his home, Klaus decides to build a vampire army to take out the werewolves once and for all. If he can't have love, then he'll settle for power. Elijah lets his brother take the reins as he turns his attentions to a beautiful and mysterious witch. But Rebekah has had enough of her brothers' love of bloodshed and begins a journey to find her first home and the key to her family's immortality.
As the battles rages on, the siblings must come together and fight for what they believe in most: family.
Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.
Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?
Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.
After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn't satisfied. He wants more. He wants power. But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse—one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors—and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.
About Julie Plec
JULIE PLEC skillfully juggles work in film and television as both a producer and a writer. She is the co-creator and executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries” and the creator of “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off, “The Originals,” which tells the story of history’s first vampire family.
Plec got her start as a television writer on the ABC Family series “Kyle XY,” which she also produced for its three-year run. She also collaborated with Greg Berlanti and Phil Klemmer on the CW drama, “The Tomorrow People,” the story of a small group of people gifted with extraordinary paranormal abilities.
Her screenplay adaptation “The Tiger’s Curse” is in development at Paramount, and she will produce the feature “@emma” with Darko Entertainment. Past feature production credits include “Scream 2” and “Scream 3,” Greg Berlanti’s “Broken Hearts Club,” Wes Craven’s “Cursed” and “The Breed.”
Sure! I was born and raised in New York and though I have a bad case of wanderlust, I always find myself returning home eventually. I like to incorporate the places I’ve been in my books, which is why you’ll see a variety of locations in The Girl at Midnight, from New York to Kyoto to Paris.
When I’m not writing, I’m probably stressing about not writing or doing something fun like book-inspired nail art or going to museums or riding horses or pretending I’m good at archery (I’m a bit rubbish but I love it anyway).
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
The Girl at Midnight is about a runaway turned career thief named Echo who’s taken in by a magical race of creatures with feathers for hair – the Avicen — who live beneath the streets of New York. She finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient war and when she learns of the firebird, a mysterious entity prophesied to end the conflict, she goes on the hunt for it, risking life and limb for the people she loves.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
The beating heart of the story is Echo. She’s a human living among inhuman creatures so while they’re like her family, she still feels like an outsider. She has friends like Ivy and Rowan – two Avicen teens — who help her feel at home but there’s a deep seated desire for more.
The Avicen are at war with the Drakharin, who are led by their elected prince, Caius. Caius has been hardened by war and loss and his single-minded focus on finding the firebird has sort of eclipsed everything else in his life.
I don’t know that I have a favorite character but think I had the most fun writing Dorian. He’s the best friend and loyal guard of Caius; he’s been through a lot, from losing one eye in combat to surviving a century of unrequited love and at this point, he’s pretty much Done with a capital D. He has no time for anyone’s crap. That is, until he meets Jasper, a notorious Avicen scoundrel. Then, he finds his world uncomfortably turned upside down.
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
I put a lot of effort into making my cast of characters feel unique. There will always be comparisons to other books because some plot elements – centuries-old wars, forbidden love! – are pretty universal, but I wanted readers to feel like they could get to know Echo and Caius and Dorian and Jasper and Ivy. I spent a lot of time writing stuff about them and their lives that isn’t in the book just to get to know them as people, fictional though they may be.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I used to have a ton of writing rituals before The Girl at Midnight sold. I had to play a certain kind of music and light a certain number of candles and blah blah blah. I had to ditch all those habits to learn how to write on a deadline. Now, my only constant is a cup of tea (if possible) and a mostly handwritten first draft.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Just to name a few: Mercedes Lackey, Neil Gaiman, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Catherynne Valente, Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Marie Rutkoski, Leigh Bardugo, and Victoria Schwab.
What are you reading now?
Right now, I’m reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
I think one of the most valuable skills you can learn is to be critical of your own work and receptive to criticism. If you’re struggling to write at all, embrace your imperfections and power through your first drafts, knowing you can fix them later. If you’re struggling to be published, then remember that resilience is key. You might not sell the first or the second or the fifteenth book you write. The important thing is to keep writing and keep growing and keep trying.
For readers of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants … and how to take it.
But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
Praise for THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT:
"Grey’s energetic debut offers a strong protagonist…[and the] well-built world, vivid characters, and perfect blend of action and amour should have readers eagerly seeking the sequel." — Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Sparks fly...This first novel will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters...[and] a breathtaking climax that...cannot come soon enough!""—Booklist starred review
"Inventive, gorgeous, and epic—Grey dazzles in her debut." — Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“A stunning debut. Equal parts atmosphere and adventure … positively divine.” – Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic
Melissa Grey was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. After earning a degree in fine arts at Yale University, she traveled the world, then returned to New York City where she currently works as a freelance journalist. To learn more about Melissa, visit melissa-grey.com and follow @meligrey on Twitter.
Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn't prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered, she has been "prepping" for the last three years. The problem is timing. She's stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the "non-preppers" this means hole up and stay safe).
Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her in the ass big time. Hopefully, it won't be a literal bite by the walking dead.
Luck favors the prepared and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller the man with the plan. His goal: to steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until he finds safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. And the two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can't keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.
Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world? And if they do make it, find a place that is safe and secure, can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or just heartbreak?
Zombies, sex, romance and carnage...you can't get any better than this.