Friday, June 28, 2013

State of Chaos: Release Day (Finally!)

At long last, the day has finally arrived! State of Chaos officially releases TODAY! I am so excited to finally let this novel go - literally and figuratively speaking. It was an amazing, life-changing experience to write this book, which makes it very special, because not many books change your life like State of Chaos changed mine. And I mean that in the best way possible. The process of writing this and getting it published was very interesting. I've grown a lot as a human being since I began writing it in January of this year. Check it out:

Today there are some wonderful bloggers and reviewers who volunteered to give you guys the deets on State of Chaos. Kudos to you guys! You're the best! (Check out the list at the bottom of this post so you can visit their websites.) 

Here's my release day interview for State of Chaos, a collection of all the FAQs I've received over the last few months.

Why did you name the sequel 'State of Chaos?' 

Because writing it was possibly one of the most chaotic experiences of my life. You don't even know the half of it!
But seriously, I named it that because it symbolizes the turmoil Cassidy - and the world - has been thrown into since the story took a surprising turn at the end of the first installment. You'll understand once you read the book. 

So. Chris Young. Is he based on somebody you know? 

This is easily one of the questions I get asked most frequently for some reason. Everybody wants to know who the inspiration for my Navy SEAL male lead is. The truth is, Chris is completely fictional, but some of his characteristics are based in fact. Bits and pieces of people I've known over the years have been poured into Chris. He became his own character, and I just went with it. Chris's initial purpose was to keep Cassidy alive when I first came up with his character, but I didn't want to part with him, so he will be playing a major role in Chaos. 

Will there be a third book? 

Yep. There is no title or official release date yet, but I should have one in the next couple of months. Just in time for my birthday! 

Where is State of Chaos going to be available? 

On Kindle, Nook and Paperback! Here, there and in the air. Up, down, and all around. (Sorry. I've been reading WAY too much Dr. Seuss lately.) Mainly just Kindle, Nook and Paperback. 

What's your favorite writing snack? 

I'm a gluten free girl, therefore snacking on cookies and pieces of burnt toast is completely out of the question. So I go gluten free with stuff like apples, yogurt and M&Ms. But coffee cake is one of my all-time favorite foods. It should be on the nutritional pyramid or something. Seriously. It's delicious. And it can be made without the wheat. I also love cheese...I'll pretty much eat any cheese outside of Gouda. None of that bitterness for me! 

What do you do in your down time?

I love to read (obviously). I crochet, I watch movies, I go shopping (for important stuff like more books), I volunteer, I visit with my friends, I experiment with gluten-free recipes, I randomly pet cats that I meet, I make iced tea, I create photo collages for no particular reason and I like visiting the mountains.

 Check out the amazing people taking part in the State of Chaos Release Day Tour!
Thank you so much for reading my books, and for stopping by today!!! You're the best!! Here's to State of Chaos...!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Countdown to State of Chaos

It's officially only THREE MORE DAYS until the release of the next installment in my Collapse Series, State of Chaos. It seems like I've been talking about this for years, when in actuality the entire process has only been about seven months. But still. 
It was a long seven months, okay? 

So here are the details: 

Title: State of Chaos 
Collapse Series #2
Release Date: June 28th, 2013 

The release day book reviews, interviews, guest posts and character interviews will be happening on release day, so make sure you stop by here on June 28th for all the websites that will be involved! Until then, add State of Chaos to your TBR Shelf on GoodReads! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Interview with NA Author Ellen Mansoor Collier

As you may have heard, Ellen Mansoor Collier released her second New Adult novel, Bathing Beauties, Booze & Bullets in May. It's the sequel to her 1920s-era mystery novel Flappers, Flasks & Foul Play. She has a great way of pulling you into the time period and keeping the romance and mystery alive. She was awesome enough to stop by for an interview, and here are her thoughts on everything from flappers to writing methods! 

The Flapper Era. It's so glam. So mysterious. What drew you to this time period initially?
I loved The Great Gatsby and the 1920s era, especially the design aesthetic and attitude of the era, the sense of freedom and “anything goes” spirit. On a trip to Chicago, my husband and I took a “Mobsters” tour of Al Capone’s stomping grounds and visited the famous Green Mill bar. While in Galveston, I heard wild stories about the Maceo brothers, real-life bootleggers who owned several high-class speakeasies, like the Turf Club and the Hollywood Dinner Club, now long gone. I became more intrigued when I found out there was a link between Capone and Galveston’s gangsters. As a journalist, I prefer reality-based stories because I feel like I’m learning something new while I’m reading and researching.

Maybe you should tell us a little more about yourself. Who are you? Why did you decide to start writing?
My mother was a World History teacher and part-time writer, and encouraged me to take a journalism class in high school. I served on the school newspaper as the Features editor and won a couple of writing awards (including one for a feature story and a UIL award in newswriting). In college (the University of Texas at Austin), I majored in magazine journalism and wrote for the college magazin. Originally I wanted to be a news reporter, but was more interested in the craft of writing than being the first to track down a story. Magazine journalism gave me the opportunity to explore topics more in-depth.
I’ve worked as a freelance writer and editor most of my adult life.

I love Jasmine's character. She's an independent, free-spirited girl who likes adventure. How did you come up with her character?
Like Jazz, I’m naturally curious, rebellious and restless, but Jazz goes places I’d never go! Personally, I have no interest in covering crime or murder.
She’s a younger version of early TV/film female journalists like Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday, Lois Lane and real-life crusader Nellie Bly.
My novels tend to be soft-boiled since I want a break from today’s true crime stories. If I wanted hard-core murder and violence, I can just turn on the news!

I hear there's some romance brewing in this sequel. Tell me more, please!
Here’s a hint: Jazz and Burton have a falling out and she’s pursued by a handsome but dangerous gangster. You’ll have to read BATHING BEAUTIES for the rest!

One of my favorite things about your writing is the little details you sprinkle in about period clothing and furniture. It makes the story real. Do you do a lot of research for this type of thing?
Yes, it’s part of the fun, and I do tend to get carried away! I have countless books on Art Deco, and love shopping at antiques shows and flea markets. My interest in the era really developed when I worked for two antiques dealers and designers after college, so I caught the bug at an early age. The art, fashions, architecture and furniture—even industrial items—have such a distinctive and timeless style. Susan Langley’s book “ ROARING 20S FASHIONS: DECO (Schiffer)” provided great images of late 20s clothing and accessories, and was a very helpful resource. The term Deco wasn’t coined until the 1960s, so I used descriptions like “sleek” or streamlined or stylized.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

As a magazine writer, I was getting tired of freelancing and constantly pitching ideas to new editors.  I wanted to produce work that was more permanent and not yesterday’s news. I tried to think of each chapter as an article and that helped me keep going forward.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Research. I really enjoyed researching all the history, people and places as well as the slang, but it really interfered with the writing. I found it hard to maintain the flow of writing when I constantly had to stop and look something up to make sure it was accurate. Often I’d get carried away and start reading unrelated period magazine and newspaper articles and go off on tangents because the information was so fascinating. Also since I wrote about real people (Galveston gangsters and high society), I had to be careful not to write anything too offensive or incriminating.

Dialogue was also a challenge because too much slang can sound corny and outdated. Certain words like “teen” weren’t in use until 1930, while other slang words were more common in the North than South. I tried to make my characters  sound authentic but not go overboard. Also I wanted to use words that readers could understand in context, but some expressions were so colorful and fun that I wanted to include them anyway.

Favorite writing snack?
I drink Arnold Palmers (iced tea and lemonade) or iced coffee like crazy. No wonder I’m a night owl!
Background music: yea or nay?
Yes, I like listening to instrumental jazz. Singing just distracts me and I’m easily distracted.

Advice to aspiring authors?
Write what you love about topics that interest you. Don’t chase trends or try to write for the market. Writing and publishing are hard work,
so you may as well enjoy the journey!

Thanks so much for dropping in, my friend!

About the Author 

Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer whose articles and essays have been published in several national magazines including: FAMILY CIRCLE, MODERN BRIDE, GLAMOUR, BIOGRAPHY, COSMOPOLITAN, COUNTRY ACCENTS, PLAYGIRL, etc. Several of her short stories have appeared in WOMAN'S WORLD. A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of DECODAME, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items (
Formerly she's worked as a magazine editor, and in advertising and public relations. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism. During college, she once worked as a cocktail waitress, a short-lived experience.
"When you grow up in Houston, Galveston becomes like a second home. I had no idea this sleepy beach town had such a wild and colorful past until I began doing research, and became fascinated by the legends and stories of the 1920s. Finally I had to stop researching and start writing, trying to imagine a flapper's life in Galveston during Prohibition."

Official Synopsis for Bathing Beauties, Booze & Bullets:

It’s 1927 in Galveston, Texas—the “Sin City of the Southwest.” Jasmine (“Jazz”) Cross is an ambitious 21-year-old society reporter for the Galveston Gazette who tries to be taken seriously by the good-old-boy staff, but the editors only assign her fluffy puff pieces, like writing profiles of bathing beauties. The last thing Jazz wants to do is compare make-up tips with ditzy dames competing in the Miss Universe contest, known as the “International Pageant of Pulchritude and Bathing Girl Revue.”

She’d rather help solve the murders of young prostitutes who turn up all over town, but city officials insist on burying the stories during Splash Day festivities. After Jazz gets to know the bathing beauties, she realizes there’s a lot more to them than just pretty faces and figures. Jazz becomes suspicious when she finds out the contest is also sponsored by the Maceos, aspiring Beach Gang leaders and co-owners of the Hollywood Dinner Club, where the girls will perform before the parade and pageant.

Worse, her half-brother Sammy Cook, owner of the Oasis, a speakeasy on a rival gang’s turf, asks her to call in a favor from handsome Prohibition Agent James Burton: He wants Agent Burton to raid the Hollywood Club during the bathing beauties dance routine--or risk revenge from the Downtown Gang leader. Her loyalties torn, Jazz is faced with an impossible task that could compromise both of their jobs and budding romance. Meanwhile, Jazz fends off advances from Colin Ferris, an attractive but dangerous gangster who threatens Sammy as well as Burton. In the end, she must risk it all to save her friends from a violent killer hell-bent on revenge. Inspired by actual events. (Sequel to FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY)

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Take Notes: This is What Authors Do

Strangely enough, I've been thinking a lot about notes lately. And I'm not talking about the five thousand to-do list/notes I have scattered around my desk. (It's not a pretty picture, my friends...) Those are reminders. You know. "Remember to call so-and-so for an interview." "Remember to eat breakfast this morning, and if you forget, just deal with it and eat lunch earlier than usual." 
These are the reminders in my life. Yep. 

Actually, what I'm really talking about are notes. As an author, you need to be aware that everyday life - even the most mundane activity - is important. Authors, regardless of whether or not we're writing fiction or non-fiction, harness emotion, because what writing does is make people feel. It makes you feel excited, angry, sad, get the idea. If you read a book that didn't make you feel anything, chances are you're either reading a really lousy novel or an algebra textbook. Nope. Reading brings out people's emotions (the "e-word," as I like to call it!), and a good author knows how to channel realistic ones. I have found that an outstanding way to transfer emotions into writing is by keeping notes. 

When I was a Junior in high school, I remember sitting outside in the mountains with a notebook and a pen. Yes, I was just randomly hanging out with the bluejays and bears, something I enjoyed doing. Peace and quiet is a great way to think. I started writing down exactly what I was feeling at the moment - even though it was incredibly boring. I answered these questions: 
How do I feel? 
What does it smell like right here? 
What do I see? 
What does the ground feel like? 
What's the weather like?

Boring stuff, I know. But extremely useful. Because when I went back to write a piece later about a scene in the mountains, I was able to look at a sheet of notes that told me exactly what types of emotions to transfer onto paper. I essentially took the emotions of the moment, trapped them in a bottle, and saved them for later use. I do this quite a bit. If I have a great experience - or even a bad one - I try to capture the emotions in words and use them later in fiction. Because fiction is an embellished version of reality, and it has to be made more believable than non-fiction. 

Feelings of excitement, fear, despair, apprehension and the like are all emotions that you should write about when you're feeling them. It makes it easier to give your fictional characters a sense of realism, which is the ultimate goal of any author, right? 

Next time I'll be talking about something else important in the writing process: Showing and not telling. Until then, start taking notes! Keep a journal. Keep track of your emotions...they could be worth a million dollars someday. 


Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Sound of Letting Go: A Novel by Stasia Ward Kehoe (And Giveaway)

Title: The Sound of Letting Go
Author: Stasia Ward Kehoe 
Publisher: Viking/Penguin
Release: 2014


For sixteen years, Daisy has been good.  A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly.  A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad.  She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave. 
But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal.  Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy?  Should she side with her parents or protect her brother?  How do you know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Write a Novel in a Month? Here's How You Can Do It

I know what you're thinking: 
It can be done, but not by me. I'm way too busy to write a novel, much less do it in a month.
Actually, you have more time than you think. We all do. The fact of the matter is that most people don't look hard enough to find it. For example...I'm a full-time freelance writer and publicist, plus I have about 1.5 million little side jobs I do during the week. 
Or is it 1.6? I'm not quite sure. 
And yet I'm a novelist, too. Writing a novel is all about finding your creativity every day - even on the stressful ones. It has to do with a sense of routine - even if you don't think you'll be able to get into one. Let me tell you: It can be done, because I've done it, and so have lots of other writers. With just a little push, you can write an entire novel in one month. 
Yes, you too can be the next literary wizard. 
How do I write a book? Seriously. I'm lost. 
When people say that they don't know how to write a novel, I like to quote this line from Alice in Wonderland: 
"Start at the beginning. And when you get to the end, STOP."
There you go. Simply start writing. But getting started might seem a little bit daunting. Well...don't scare yourself! Begin small. You might be working a full time gig and juggling college classes or summer odd jobs, but that doesn't mean there's no time for writing. Set aside a single hour a day for writing. Whether it's in the morning or in the evening doesn't matter. Just find one hour. You can do it. Use that hour to write something. It doesn't even have to apply to your novel; just write something creative. Get your brain in the habit of being imaginative at the same time every day. Pretty soon, your imagination will be impatiently waiting for you to sit at the computer and write. 

How do I make myself write every day? 
Writing is fun. It's not supposed to be the equivalent of medieval torture. Lighten up, people. 
Once you've found your hour, give yourself a goal. One page. Two pages. Maybe five. For myself, I like to write between 1500-3000 words per day creatively, and I do it in the early hours of the morning - before the rest of my day even begins. Do the same. Give yourself a word goal (or page goal), and reach it every day, even if it's not the most inspired piece of work in the world. It doesn't matter. As long as you're writing, you're winning. 

I wrote a hundred pages. Then I burned out. Help!
Don't be doing that! For those who are new to the whole writing-a-novel thing, it's sometimes best to create an outline. I'm talking a simple bullet point list of things that are going to happen in your story. Where it begins, where the middle goes down, and how the plot is resolved at the end. Write out all of your ideas. Play with them. Mix them up. Have fun with it. You might be surprised what you come up with. An outline will help you chart your story as you go, remind you where you are, and keep yourself inspired, because you know that there is definitely an end in sight. 

I find it difficult to sit still and write.
Oh, wow. Doesn't everybody get the wiggles every once in a while? I know I certainly do. And because I'm what you might call a "pink collar worker," computer and secretarial work is my middle name. I'm constantly looking for an excuse to get up and walk outside. A lot of people don't realize how much like they like to move around until they're forced to sit still for a certain period of time. Make life easier on yourself (and everyone around you), by breaking up your work. If you're finding it hard to sit in one place and concentrate, get up every thirty minutes, take a drink of water, and look out the window. Sit back down and do another thirty minutes, then go walk outside and and pet your dog. You get the idea. Every so often, give yourself a little break. A tiny escape. That's how I do it. I strategically place my water glass on the other side of the house so I can get up and walk to reach it - it's not what you'd call an epic workout, but that simple 20 second break will break up your writing enough to keep your brain going. if I finish this novel...then what? 
DON'T STOP WRITING! Keep writing every day. Short stories, journal entries, letters to the editor, research papers. I don't care. Just keep churning out the words, okay? Let me give you a final illustration. I love to play the piano, but I've never been able to read notes. I play by ear, and learning to play movie scores has always been a hobby of mine. When I was visiting Disneyland in Jr. High, I was one of those unfortunate people they plucked out of the crowd to play a piano solo at the Coca-Cola Corner on Main Street USA. If I remember correctly, I played the Haunted Mansion theme song. There was a local Hollywood piano teacher there. He said, "You've got the talent, but remember this: Never stop playing." high school that's exactly what I did. I stopped playing. I was busy with other things and I pushed my keyboard under the bed. It took me years to get back into the habit or practicing the piano again. Way too long!

So what's my point? Don't stop writing, either. It can take a long time to get back into the routine of doing it. It's very easy to stop, but very hard to start. Make yourself do the hard things now, and you'll enjoy wonderful things later. Get out there and write that book!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How to Create the Perfect Villain

You know the type. Tall, sinister, rather devious in appearance. Gives off a dangerous vibe. Has some sort of tragic backstory. Tries to take over the world and all that jazz. 

I am, of course, talking about the generic story villain. He or she (or they, as the case may be...), is what makes it hard for our hero to reach their main goal. They make story tension. They make a plot more exciting. So how do you create the perfect bad guy? It's not that hard. It's all about the basics here, folks, and here are four of them: 

  • Villains should be real. I don't care if your villain is a space alien or some random house cat turned ninja. Your villain needs to be just as real as the hero. This means he or she needs to have a backstory and a reason for being evil. Yes, some people simply are evil because hey, villainy is apparently appealing to the simple-minded. But there are those who aren't so simple-minded, and they always have a reason or motivation behind their devious plans. So make sure you know what your villain's motivation is. 
  • Who is your villain? A villain doesn't have to be a person. It can be an invisible force. For example, in State of Emergency, the villain is a powerful invading army called Omega. There's no single face; the force itself is the villain. So a villain does not have to be one person. It can be a thing. For example, a ship on the high seas will quickly have a villain to fight when it comes in the form of a hurricane. You'll have a villain to fight when you stub your toe on the corner of the kitchen table. Antagonists are all around us, unfortunately. Bad for us, good for villain creation. 
  • Make them relatable. Your villains needs to have humanity. It doesn't have to be much....just a sliver. Your villain should have a weakness. Something that makes them human. Something that might even cause the reader to have a teensy bit of sympathy for them...but only for a moment. The best (or should I say worst?) villains are human. 
  • Don't overdo it. I'm not into naming names, so let's just say that there are some instances in which I read about a villain that is so nasty...that he doesn't even seem real. I know. Evil people exist. Villains are bad. But don't get caught in cliches. Your bad guys should be bad - but they shouldn't be so bad that your readers are getting the feeling that the villain's evilness was planned. Obviously it was planned, but you get my drift. Less is usually more. 
Ask yourself these questions: 
  1. What is your villain's goal? 
  2. Why do they want to achieve that goal? 
  3. What are they willing to do to get to said goal? 
  4. What makes them human? 
  5. What is their Achille's Heel? 
I could probably write a book about how to create the perfect villain, but I won't. Because right now, the release day for State of Chaos is creeping closer and closer...and yeah. The only villain involved in this situation is a little thing known as time. But hey. What's life - or a story - without a little tension? 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Guest Post by Nicky Peacock

Nicky is the author of the YA thriller, Bad Blood, which is a book concerning zombies. We all know that end-of-the-world stories are exciting (State of Emergency, anyone?), and Nicky graciously created a fun guest post for us today about how to survive a zombie apocalypse. I would personally recommend that you find a fast car, a lot of food, and a big pile of ammunition. 
Zombies aren't friendly types, you know. 


It wasn’t that long ago that the BBC (In the UK) put out a fake report that Swine Flu was turning its victims into real-life zombies. It scared a lot of people and when you look into the potential spread of Swine Flu, it kind of mimics how a zombie virus would hit us – so not as farfetched as you’d think.
We have a fascination with zombies, in my opinion they are the more realistic monster lurking in the horror aisles of your local book shop. They are us. They could happen. Vampires, werewolves – well, as Disney put it ‘It’s a small world after all’ so we’d know about them already. In a time when people post what they had for breakfast on FaceBook, these creatures couldn’t hide for long. But zombies …there are more dead bodies crammed into the earth than live ones walking on it.
So how could it happen? Mostly in zombie stories the survivors rarely find out how they ended up nose to nose with re-animated flesh-munching corpses; they’re far too busy trying to stay alive than to discover the undead root of the problem. To me, the most believable way of this happening is through a scientifically created disease, perhaps something similar to rabies.
Okay, so it’s happening, the dead are rising. In theory this wouldn’t be an instant issue, it would probably take 2 or 3 days for the undead crap to really hit the fan. In that time you’d see more violent news reports than usual. There would be odd # threads on twitter about attacks and infection. They’d be YouTube videos popping up with alarmingly regularity featuring police show-downs with crazed, bullet proof psychos. It would be a slow but steady stream of bloody violence.
Now, if hunky British survivalist Bear Grylls has taught us anything, it’s that to survive in a harsh environment we need to ensure we have three things: food, water and shelter. You need to be fed and rested to be able to keep one step ahead of the zombie hordes so, to survive, your first priority would be to find a safe place to hole up, preferably which contains food and water too. We’ve all seen the potential trolley of problems with picking a shopping centre for this – it’s too big, you can’t defend it. So somewhere like a small supermarket that’s doors could be barricaded, would work well.
The next question you have to answer is: do you buddy up, or go it alone? There are dangers with either, but I tend to think the buddy system was practicality designed for zombie attacks, so buddy up! Just be cautious and ensure your buddy is someone you can trust. You don’t want to test the theory ‘to survive - you only need to run faster than your friend, than a zombie horde in pursuit!’
So, you have a group of people you can trust, you’re holed up in a defendable, solid building stuffed with food and drink – now what? Well, to be honest, you wait it out. When comparing a zombie outbreak to a disease of similar ilk, it would all be over after 21 days. After that time, those who were infected will have eaten their whole available food source, they’ll start to starve and, even zombies need food to keep going. After hearing the last animated corpse scratch and moan at your door, you give it another day before emerging. Then with other sensible survivors start to rebuild, and I guess figure out how it all went horribly wrong in the first place.
Just, remember the rules that horror movies have taught us over the years: Don’t open the door for anything/ anyone. Slug anyone who looks like they’re going to panic and rip out through your barricade. Ration the amount of sugary items you consume (Although I truly believe that you can never eat enough chocolate). Always carry a weapon. Check your buddies for infection. And always, always... hang on there’s a new #infection tag on Twitter...Right I’m off down the supermarket; you can join me if you like, but make sure you get there before I barricade the door!

Author Bio:
Nicky is an English author living in the UK. She writes both YA and adult horror and paranormal Romance. Her new book, Bad Blood is a vampires VS zombies YA horror published through Noble Romance Publishing’s YA imprint Noble & Young. She also has over 30 stories published in horror and paranormal romance anthologies available to buy now.
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Nicky's Book, Bad Blood:
“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”
A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London, have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie "bad blood," the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive. But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia's murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the "safe" hold?
Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.