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Howdy, and welcome, those of you who have traveled by way of the Band of Dystopian 3rd Annual Zombie Crawl. I’m super excited to be involved in it this year, because I adore this group, and I’ve also got a very special exclusive sneak peek planned for you hungry travelers.
Make sure to read all the way to the end! There, you’ll find details on how to enter my giveaway, a link to snag a free book from me, and a list of all participating blogs for this year’s zombie crawl.
A lot of you may know me as the author of the YA Dystopian Scifi Treemakers Trilogy. You may also know that I have an obsession with zombies as well as all things end-of-days. Some of you may be waiting patiently (or not so patiently ) for the final installment of said trilogy, which will be available for preorder on Halloween (Yay!).
What you may not know yet is what’s on the horizon for me once this trilogy is complete.
If you said zombies, it’s probably because it’s pretty damn obvious. Haha
Of course, this is me we’re talking about, so don’t expect your normal, everyday zombie story.
I’ve been working on a handful of stories over the past two years, a few of which I’ve decided to move up on my runway. The one I’ll publish by next Halloween is titled “Breakout,” and it features a convict named Corey Meyers. I’ll be publishing this one under C.L. Rozelle to differentiate my YA work from my adult. After “Breakout,” I’ll be working on an intense NA zombie story, which I’ll publish under my full name. So, stay tuned for loads of zombie awesomeness from yours truly, beginning next year.
Teaser, followed by excerpt from “Breakout”
excerpt from “Breakout”
When the shouting and gunfire had moved off, I peeked over the counter and out through the window. No one in sight.
I scanned the switchboard until I found the one marked “Emergency Alarm,” and flipped it down. The deafening blast ceased, replaced by the faraway echoes of shouting and weapons firing, the scent of blood and gunpowder in the air. I realized then I was in the middle of a war zone.
“Meyers,” a voice whispered, scaring the shit out of me.
I peered into the shadows where Driggs was slumped against the wall in a dark corner.
I moved to his side. “Driggs, what’s happening?”
“You get it, and . . . a week later, you do this . . . to people.” He cocked his head to show me the crater in his pale neck, its sticky wetness shining black in the pulsating emergency lights.
“Damn, dude . . . like zombies and shit?”
He unstrapped his gun from its holster. “You got kids, right?”
“A daughter, yeah.” The sudden thought of Sarina brought a rush of panic. “Is it . . . out there, too?”
“Take my gun.” He tapped his holster. “Go to her.”
I hesitated for only a moment before I snatched up the gun. “Thanks, man.”
“You bet. I know . . . what you’re in here for, Corey. Losing . . . someone you love . . . can make you do . . . crazy things. Now’s your chance . . . to make up for it. Go find . . . your baby.”
“Thanks. I appreciate you saying that.”
As I held his gaze, something dawned on me: Rousseau. He could still be alive, and trapped, too.
“Driggs, where’s Rousseau?”
“Where . . . you were,” he panted. “A few . . . doors down. There’s a button . . . on the red . . . panel . . .” He moaned again, then gasped.
Again I scanned the switchboard until I found one section in the corner covered by a clear plastic box—rows of black switches protruding from a red panel marked “Emergency Release.” I raised the cover, found the ones for the solitary cells, and flipped them all in one swift motion.
“Hey, man.” Driggs chuckled.
I stopped on my way to the doorway. “Yeah?”
“Happy . . . Halloween.”
For a second I stood there, stunned. Halloween. The day the world had fallen apart and hell had come to Earth. The day I would be getting another chance at life.
I hope you enjoyed that. More to come!
Now, for giveaways and Zombie Crawl 3 schedule below!
For the chance to win the zombie-and Treemakers Trilogy-themed swag in the pic:
- Follow this rad blog 😉 (The “Follow” button is at the top right of the page if you’re on your computer, but it may be toward the bottom if on your phone)
- Sign up for my newsletter: http://bit.ly/RozelleArmy, so you’ll get news of my future new releases and such.
- Follow me on Amazon: http://bit.ly/CLRAmz
- Say “done” in the comments below, and tell me why you’d want (or why you wouldn’t want) a zombie apocalypse to happen in your lifetime.
Winner will be chosen by random and notified at the conclusion of the zombie crawl on November 1st.
By the way, if you’ve yet to start my current trilogy, you can download book 1, “The Treemakers” for free here: http://bit.ly/TTMIF
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!
OCTOBER 24 – Monday
Jeffrey Clare (publisher, group host)
Christina L. Rozelle (author)
OCTOBER 25 – Tuesday
Digital Dirty Girl Book Blog (blog)
Rissa Blakeley (author)
OCTOBER 26 – Wednesday
R.L. Blalock (author)
Bryan Way (author)
Post-Apocalyptic Playground (blog)
OCTOBER 27 – Thursday
Claire C. Riley (author)
M. Lauryl Lewis (author)
OCTOBER 28 – Friday
The Voluptuous Book Diva (18+ blog)
YA Book Divas (blog)
OCTOBER 29 – Saturday
Kate L. Mary (author)
Brea Behn (author)
OCTOBER 30 – Sunday
Cameo Renae (author)
J.W. Vohs (author)
OCTOBER 31 – Monday
Kelsey D. Garmendia (author)
Lindsey Winsemius (author)
Casey Hays (author)
Lee Ryder (author)
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To learn more about Band of Dystopian and/or to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway, visit BandofDystopian.com and don’t forget to join the group on Facebook!
Thanks for stopping by! Have an amazing day full of words, adventure, and mischief, and Happy Halloween!