Monthly Archives: April 2017

Chipping Away at the Fringes of the Enemy


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Blake Jackson and his extended family on the homestead are providing training for everyday living and military survival tactics to all who show up and are willing to learn. Meanwhile, in Texas the new Caliphate’s army is moving through slowly and methodically. Many from the homestead are taking on the fight in the southwest. But, what are the remains of the USA’s former government doing?

Craven’s eighth novella in The World Burns series, The World on Fire, shifts the focus off the homestead and onto the fight in the southern regions of Texas, New Mexico, and surrounding states. The cartels of Mexico are assisting the new Caliphate in moving troops into the USA. With so much of the US’s military still abroad it is the everyday citizen that is having to fight to retain their freedom.

As much as I love the Jackson homestead stories I am thrilled to finally know what is going on in the larger picture throughout the USA. Keep them coming!

5 out of 5 stars.

Interview with Author Adrienne Lecter


CTC:       Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Adrienne Lecter, author of the amazing zombie apocalypse series, Green Fields.

GF Incubation     GF Outbreak     GF Escalation

GF Extinction     GF Resurgence     GF Unity

Thank you so much for joining me and taking time to answer a few questions for my readers. Let’s get started, shall we?

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

AL:          When I started writing my first book at age 13, but it was much closer to 30 that I considered it in earnest.

CTC:       How long does it take you to write a book?

AL:          Anywhere from four weeks to six months. I try to get the first draft done in 6-8 weeks.

CTC:       What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

AL:          Ideally, I sit down in the morning and write until late afternoon, with some light editing and social media in the evening. Some days that works perfectly. Others, not so much. I usually finish writing my books at 3am after working myself to the bone for the last few days, so that should give you an idea how well my time management works.

CTC:       What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

AL:          Not sure if that counts, but I fully visualize my books before I sit down to write.

CTC:       Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

AL:          I love to do a lot of research, which as a former scientist who writes from a former scientist’s POV during the zombie apocalypse can get very interesting. I would be lost without YouTube and Google StreetView.

CTC:       When did you write your first book and how old were you?

AL:          I started in 1996 when I was 13, a few months after we got our first computer. That abomination will never see the light of day, but I have plans to revisit the world and do a complete re-write.

CTC:       What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

AL:          Read, play video games, ride my motorcycle. The usual 😉

CTC:       What does your family think of your writing?

AL:          Only my boyfriend has read my books, but my parents are surprisingly impressed with the fact that their daughter is a published author. Everyone is very supportive, which I consider a true blessing.

CTC:       What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

AL:          That as an Indie author you’re lucky if 50% of the work you do is actual writing. I never expected how much else there is to releasing books in multiple formats.

CTC:       How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

AL:          Written, close to 30, I think. Published under this name, 6; Under another penname, 13 altogether.

My favorite is Incubation, the first in the Green Fields series. It was the “make it” book in the “make it or break it” phase of my writing career.

CTC:       Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

AL:          Read. That’s really the best suggestion to hone your craft. Read, and write. Don’t re-write, don’t edit your one manuscript until it has lost all soul and voice. You need to create and be inspired as a writer, so keep the ball rolling!

CTC:       Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

AL:          They can be a chatty bunch, mostly on facebook and via email. I like to think that I’m doing something right, writing slightly off the beaten path in the zombie apocalypse genre. What a lot of readers mention (particularly when they recommend the books) is how dark and twisted they are. If it works for them, it sure works for me!

CTC:       Do you like to create books for adults?

AL:          Yes. I wouldn’t dare even consider writing for children. I’d traumatize them for life!

CTC:       What do you think makes a good story?

AL:          Great characters and an engaging plot. You need both. I’m also a huge fan of Stephen King’s idea of writing about what scares you the most. As a horror writer, that’s really all you need for inspiration.

CTC:       As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

AL:          Be a scientist. Tried that, can’t recommend it 100%, but it gave me a lot of ideas for the books I’m writing now.

CTC:       Again, thank you, Adrienne, for allowing me to take up your time.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?


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Morgan Carter and his extended family are back in their old neighborhood after the liberation of the FEMA/DHS camp. Some of their friends from the camp have joined their crew. With the ever-increasing numbers of mouths to feed, getting a garden planted and hunting have taken all their efforts. Once one threat is seemingly eliminated another crops up to take its place. Now, a wild fire is spreading across Florida unchecked with no rain in site and is heading in Carter’s direction. Meanwhile, the worst of mankind is still out there.

American’s fifth novel in The Survivalist Series, Resurrecting Home, follows Carter as he tries to find ways to redirect the fire so that his group does not have to leave their homes again. After running some threats out of their neighborhood, they realize that a 24/7 watch must be posted. Along with all the other chores needing attention, such as hunting, a schedule must be drawn up. It is amazing to see how willing folks are to work together to survive. The group dynamics change but so far everyone is on board.

Even with the wildfire threat it is nice to see burgeoning friendships moving towards relationships. Along with the defeat locally of the FEMA/DHS folks love being in the air provides hope that things will get better. While things will never be the way they were in the Before, this slower, simpler life seems to be agreeing with those that have survived thus far. American does a great job of detailing everyday life as it is now.

5 out of 5 stars.

Sometimes the Good Guys Really Win


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Morgan Carter and his extended family of friends have bugged out to a secluded area along the river into rustic cabins. Sarge and his crew have joined them temporarily. But, the more that they settle in the more outside influences threaten their survival. Things at the FEMA camp are going from bad to worse for Jess and her friends. And, the National Guard is planning to turn the place upside down.

American’s forth novel in The Survivalist Series, Forsaking Home, follows Carter as he tries to make the cabins in the woods as homelike as possible. With the move comes more of the mental challenges of survival. Up until now most of them lived in their home and that served as an anchor point to the Before. Jess soon finds out that there is a feudal-like structure to the FEMA camp. Those with DHS that feed off the fears of others are thriving with power over the citizen prisoners. Will the Guard succeed?

Each book in the series brings in new characters and some of the lesser reoccurring ones. It is a small world now with so many folks either relocated or having died. It’s a dog eat dog environment now. If you don’t destroy a threat when you first encounter it, then you had better watch your back. It is a time where like-minded survivors need to come together so that they have more security.

If you liked the first three books in this series, you will enjoy this one just as much.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Scavenger’s Life


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Papa Bear has taken on as his charge a young girl. He has sworn to protect her no matter what. In this post-apocalyptic, radioactive wasteland there is little one can do to survive. They are scavengers and opportunists. When a seemingly impossible bounty presents itself, will these two live to collect it in this ever-violent world?

Turner’s first novel in the Survival series, Wasteland Fairytale, paints a harsh picture of the world after nuclear fallout. It’s kill or be killed especially when there is a young female involved. This steampunk tale features a dystopian society with multiple layers of haves and have nots. No one is happy and everyone is just trying to live another day. The dynamics between Papa Bear and the girl were a little on the almost creepy side.

Overall, it was a good story with a fresh take on the survival of mankind. It is well written and captivating. It will be interesting to see how the tale plays out in the next installment.

4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Gritty, post-apocalyptic tale


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Indigo Cruz is a trader in the Republic, a very successful trader. The Fundamentalist Church of Divine Wrath, or Fundies as they are called by others, are staking out new territory and they need Indigo’s help. As a trader she knows how to stay off the Dallasites radar. To insure her compliance, they have captured her crew. Not knowing the purpose of the mission, she finds herself in the middle of a war for control of the Republic. Can she use this to her advantage and come out on the winning side? Will she be able to get her crew back? And, how does Soledad play into all of this?

Young’s second novel in the Dark Republic series, Indigo, neatly dovetails into the story of the first novel. While the first novel focused primarily on Don Flaco and his army, this book focuses on the Reverend Zachariah Wright and the Fundies along the same timeline. It is a well written, fast paced novel. This futuristic, post-apocalyptic tale is gritty and full of hard characters. Young’s world building skills are such that you can vividly imagine every detail.

I highly recommend this series and can hardly wait for the next installment.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.