The Survivors Book I: Summer

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GENRE: POST-APOCALYPTIC ROMANCE
LENGTH: 400 PAGES/100,000 WORDS
RELEASE DATE: 01/08/13

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Synopsis

A tale of love, hope, and humanity set against the backdrop of post-apocalyptic New Zealand.

“Ten years ago, a deadly plague ravaged humanity. There were seven billion souls on our planet; now, there’s just a handful. Our extinction event has come and gone, but a few of us did survive. We’re the lucky ones, born with a rare genetic adaptation that gave us immunity to the plague. The intervening decade has been brutal and unforgiving, and many more of us died. First came the riots, then the gangs. Bad people are running wild now, with no one to stop them.

“I wish I could say that I was the hero this world needs to stop them, but I’m not. I was eighteen years old when I watched my family die one by one, and then I spent the next decade alone, struggling to eke out an existence amongst the ruins of our shattered world. It’s a miracle I’m still alive. I am a lone female in a world without rules, and death stalks me at every turn.

“It turned me hard, made me paranoid and fearful, but now I have a second chance. I’ve met a group that I know I can trust, a group that I would do anything to protect. I choose to fight for what’s important. I can’t just stand by waiting for death to claim the people that I care about, one by one. What can one person do to save a world this far gone? I’m no hero, but I can try to bring hope to the people who are left behind. I have to try. We have to try. We have to find some way to move forward, or humanity will be lost forever. Someone must take the first step, and lead the way out of the darkness.

“My name is Sandy McDermott, and I am a survivor.

“This is my story.”

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Author’s Foreword

Although this book does feature the undead, it is not intended to be horror. The Survivors is a little bit apocalyptic, a bit dystopian, a bit science-fiction, a bit zombie horror, but above all else it is a love story. To quote the very first blogger that got her hands on it: “(The Survivors is) a layered, touching, powerful story of humanity and survival.”

The story takes place in the Waikato region of New Zealand, ten years on after a killer plague erased the majority of our species from the face of the earth. 99.5% of humanity is either dead, or has been reduced to the (mostly) harmless, lumbering undead. The few people lucky enough to be immune to the disease have spent the last ten years struggling to live amongst the ruins of a dead society.

For some people, the time hasn’t been so bad. For other people – like our heroine and narrator, Sandrine McDermott – the last ten years have been a living hell. Without rules to keep people civilized, there’s nothing to keep a lone female safe except her own wits. Sometimes, that’s just not enough.

Life has not been kind to her. In fact, it’s safe to say that fate’s been kind of a bastard. However, it’s also a whimsical bastard. When Sandy injures herself and is forced to go looking for the medication she needs to survive, she finds herself on the receiving end of kindness in the last place she expects. She’s forced her to reassess her place in the world, and her own humanity.

The Survivors is a four-part tale that follows Sandy’s evolution from the psychologically-damaged wreck that she at the beginning of the story, to the true heroine that we need to preserve our species from extinction.

Somehow, some way, she must go from being one of the hopeless wanderers, to being our hope for a new tomorrow.

This book is written entirely in New Zealand English, which is an offshoot of British English.

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Editorial, Peer, & Reader Reviews:

WINNER OF THE READER’S FAVORITE 2015 BOOK AWARDS FOR THE ROMANCE – FANTASY/SCIFI CATEGORY.

“…a refreshing take on the popular post-apocalyptic theme. No hordes of boring undead, The Survivors takes the reader on a journey inside the survivor’s head, providing a unique perspective of surviving in this new world.”The Reader’s Favorite, Five Star Review

“The story is strong and it focuses on the human side instead of the events. That makes a good, strong story in my opinion.”Bookie Monster

“A layered, touching, powerful story of humanity and survival!”Craves The Angst Book Reviews

“This story made me laugh out loud, shed a tear, and kept me completely captivated throughout.”SBM Book Obsession

“…an interesting read in that Sandy must learn to live and love again.”A Navy Vet…VT town, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

“I highly recommend this book I loved it and can’t wait for the next in the series.” – Book Junkie Girls

“…this story gripped me right from the start. I was hooked into Sandy’s world and the trials of living in a world where nothing is handed to you out the drive-up window and “Do you want fries with that?”” – Kristi Cramer, Author

“Finally, the Zombie Apocalypse story I’ve been waiting to read!” – Michelle H, Smashwords

“I loved the depth to the characters and their vivid backgrounds made for an even more amazing story.”  – Maria T, Goodreads

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