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I haven’t gotten out too many posts this winter, and I hope my readers will forgive me as I continue to write and revise my next novel. I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge in April over on my nature blog, The Squirrel Nutwork–come see what my squirrels are up to!
And of course, Book Quote Wednesday remains a steady way to touch base, here and on the twitter hashtag #BookQW. (I’m @laurelwanrow ) Today’s featured word is ‘good.’
Our featured word is “breath” for this week!
PASSAGES has a new review, that ends with: “Ms. Wanrow has put a great deal of thought into the world she has created – from the dynamics of the ‘torg social structure – to the biology of a dangerous spore – to the creation of the compelling characters and drama that make up the story of Passages. This one is going on my favorites shelf!”
Check it out!
Going forward, we need to remember this:
“Nature is not a place. It is home.” ~ Gary Snyder
Congratulations to fellow sci-fi author Jessica E. Subject on her January 30th release of
It Took A Zombie Apocalypse!
It started with a kiss.
Then the zombies came. Now, Missy must work with the neighbor her parents hate if she wants to survive. But zombies aren’t the only threat to her life, or her heart.
Living Underground in It Took a Zombie Apocalypse
In It Took a Zombie Apocalypse, Missy and RJ seek refuge from the zombies in the underground bunker in RJ’s backyard. It was built as a storm shelter, but RJ would often hang out down there to be alone.
For my story, there were a few things that were necessary to include in the bunker. It needed to have a bed or two, someplace for the occupants to rest or sleep if they needed to spend an extended amount of time inside. It needed food, and a place to store it. That is, (spoiler alert) if RJ didn’t eat it all. Plus, it needed a bathroom.
Including a bathroom was a little tricky. I didn’t want to have indoor plumbing, so I did some research to find out what people use in their underground bunker. First, I decided the bathroom would be a little cubby. That way, the characters could have some privacy. Then I found a really neat idea. My toilet in the story is a bucket with a lid. It is lined with a thick garbage bag to catch waste. That would be uncomfortable to sit on, so a pool noodle was cut to fit and slide onto the edge of the bucket. Not ideal, but it worked for anyone stuck down there with the need to go. Of course, there is a shelf inside that holds a bottle of hand sanitizer.
For the sake of the story, I also included a closed-circuit television system so my characters can see what is going on outside of the bunker. It wouldn’t help them during a storm, but RJ installed it so he could avoid running into Missy’s father when he left the bunker.
If you want to see some of the bunker inspiration for my story, check out the It Took a Zombie Apocalypse Pinterest board.
Tell me: If you were stuck in an underground bunker, what is one thing you would want access to down there?
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RJ pressed on the text and read….
Contagion arrived from Ostrander.
Spread through the hospital.
Stay in bunker.
Zombies? He dropped his phone and stared at it on the floor, expecting it to explode. Zombies didn’t exist. He was in some kind of dream. Had to be. Missy actually had come home for the summer. And kissed him. Now, zombies.
“What is it?” Missy bent down to pick up his cell then handed it back to him. “What happened back at the park?”
“Zombies.” The word came out before he had a chance to stop it. He didn’t know whether to laugh or grab Missy again and run.
A crooked smile formed dimples in her cheeks. “You’re joking, right? Trying to help me laugh off what happened.”
“I wish.” He showed her the message from his father. “My dad doesn’t have a sense of humor.”
The phone beeped, and she pushed his hand away. “I think it needs to be charged. We should call him just to be sure. Or contact somebody. Maybe he meant something else. You know how stupid autocorrect can be.”
RJ rushed to the kitchen, found his charger, and plugged in the cell. But, by then, he’d lost signal. Reception was spotty in West Vitula, but he couldn’t get anything. He peeked through the doorway, out to the living room. “Missy, can you get a signal?”
After digging into her purse, she pulled out her phone with a pink, sparkly case. Not at all what he expected from her. Had he missed that girly side, or had someone given it to her, and she didn’t want to hurt their feelings? That he could understand.
She held the cell up and moved around the room. “I got nothing. What’s going on?”
“I don’t know. Maybe we should try outside?” Though he doubted it would make a difference.
Missy stepped over to window and shoved the curtains aside. “Um, there are people coming. And they don’t…look right.”
RJ glanced outside. Neighbors walked down the middle of the street, their bodies twitching. And no one stopped to talk to one another. They just kept marching along to some unknown destination. As they came closer, he noticed their tattered clothing, their disheveled hair, and limbs connected at odd angles to the rest of their body, as if they’d been trampled. And now they were up and walking.
About the Author:
Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.
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