Despite what you’ve been told, the Apocalypse doesn’t begin with fire raining down from the heavens, nor does it begin with the human race falling down on their faces in supplication before a triumphant god. No, the sounds of the Apocalypse are much more terrifying than that, and I should know … I’ve heard them, and hearing the world tumble into chaos around me is not something I’ll ever forget.
My name is Melody Carter.
A Boeing 767 fell from the sky and wiped out most of my neighborhood.
But, that's the least of my worries.
My list of "Things I'm Most Worried About" shifted dramatically when my dad told me that charred corpses tried to make a meal out of their rescuers ... I'm thinking yours would too.
This is the beginning of my story.
It's not for the faint of heart.
*** This is PART ONE in the ongoing zombie apocalypse novella series, State of Decay. A new story will be released every 3-4 weeks, until Melody's story has been told. This novella is approximately 20,000 words. (About 80+/- pages long) ***
****** Warning: This book is for mature/NA/Adult Readers. This novella contains: tons of violence, lots of action, gobs of gore, and oodles of bad language. Enter at your own risk. ******
Part 1: I have been on a zombie book binge. I can't get enough. I have read a few that were so so and a couple that were amazing and this one was amazing!
I admit I love it when the heroine can kick ass. When she doesn't rely on a man to save her and can out think, and outwit everyone else. That said, I LOVE Melody!! She is definitely an ass kicker and she's not the type of girl to trip over a tree root and get eaten. She's the blow up buildings, live in the woods alone, take down a zombie with her bare hands, survivalist, bad ass chick that I want my daughters to be.
Melody was taught to survive from her military father and she's no slouch when it comes to thinking on her feet. She's not afraid to get her hands dirty and stab a walking corpse right through the eye with her 12 inch double edge recon blade. I cheered her on from the beginning. She had a gut instinct that something bad was going down, and she prepared to run. When her father was bitten she didn't hesitate to do what she had to do. Some might say she's too hardened, but for the world she lives in, she's got exactly what it takes to survive.
I devoured this novella and am eagerly waiting for the next part of Melody's story. 5 stars!! Great job Peggy!
Part 2: In the Second part of this zombie story, Melody finds herself in an underground military safe camp. She has a bed and hot food for the first time in years. She also has other living people to talk to. She finds herself volunteering to go back out into the gruesome new world to find out what happened to their rendezvous. She and a team led by the sexy NN set off to find out if they can find their guy and learn anything new about the zombie virus.
Melody is still kicking ass and taking names in part 2! I have such a girl crush on her character. She's brave, smart, resourceful and funny! She's a fighter and survivor. This second part was just as good as the first. In this part we learn how the virus came to be and Peggy's imagination thought up a scenario that chilled me to the bone. You'll have to read to find out how it all started, but believe me, you'll want to sleep with a knife under your mattress after you do (which I totally do now). Gruesome and terrifying, this story will keep you up at night. If you love to be scared out of your mind, you'll love these stories! 5 stars for State of Decay part 2!
Today I have Peggy Martinez visiting us and talking about why she likes to write about zombies, movies and more of her work.
What made you want to write about zombies?
I love reading about zombies and I am a HUGE fan of post apocalyptic/dystopian books. I really wanted to see if I could pull off a novella series combining some of my favorite elements.
What is your favorite scary movie?
eeep! Confession time ... I don't *love* scary movies unless there is a HUGE element of suspense & mind bending twists and turns. If the movie is full of gore, but no substance ... I steer clear. ;)
That being said, some of my favorites would have to be- The Omen, Carrie, & Halloween.
What is your favorite genre to read? Favorite author?
Paranormal & Dystopian ... though I have a soft spot for historical romances & Charlotte Bronte.
Karen Marie Moning is one of my ultimate favorite authors ... along with Faith Hunter, Mary Balogh, Maria V. Snyder ... and many many more.
For those not familiar with your work, is this your first book? Are you working on anything else?
No, State of Decay is my first horror, but I've written several other things and have several books/novellas in the works. My first book was Contingency, a YA/NA paranormal romance with time travel. I also wrote Sweet Contradiction, which is a NA Sweet Contemporary Romance.
As far as what I am currently working on ... I am writing book #3 to the time warper series, part two to State of Decay (which will come out at the end of this month), and several other projects. I am also writing erotica under my pen name, E. L. Lea. (The first book will be out at the end of the month- Her Liberation)What band or artist would play the background music for this story? I think I'd go with Flyleaf ;) Here is my playlist for State of Decay so far. -
State of Decay
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