December 6, 2013

World of Ash Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the World of Ash blog tour! Today I have a guest post by the author to share and don't forget to scroll to the bottom and enter the giveaway! To follow along with the rest of the tour, click on the banner above!

World of Ash 
Author: Shauna Granger
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: December 2, 2013

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There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real.

The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive.

That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.

Why I’m Scared of the Zombie Apocalypse

Or any apocalypse really, let’s face it there will be things none of us are prepared to give up when the end comes. Friends and I have talked about having a survival plan for the apocalypse (given the whole world isn’t set on fire or taken in a series of tsunamis) without being some crazy “doomsday preppers” but no matter how much you prep there are going to be things we run out of or things we don’t want to have to deal with. That is what I’m terrified of. Writing World of Ash gave me a chance to explore some of these losses and what it would mean to moral of people in general. So I thought I’d share with you what top ten things I’d miss the most.

1. The day we run out of toilet paper. This wasn’t something I had ever thought about until a friend told me she planned to hoard all of it when we start to get the warning signs. Toilet paper! Can you imagine not having toilet paper anymore?!

2. Feminine products – I’m being discreet here for the guys, but guys, you should be afraid of this too. I cannot imagine the anger and rending of flesh that will happen when the women realize we need to start raiding the feminine products aisle in the store. When we run out of these products it really will be the apocalypse.

3. The day the only things not yet molded or gone to mush are Twinkies and McDonald’s food.

4. The day we run out of coffee. What a sad, sad day that will be.

5. The first time I accidently swallow gasoline when I try to syphon some. My characters had a much more clever way of figuring this one out that I’ll have to remember should I need it.

6. The day I can no longer charge my ebook reader – I mean I’m not going to be able to cart hundreds of books around with me so an ebook would be the best option, right? But what if we don’t have a generator?! The dude in The Book of Eli was able to charge his MP3 player… we have to figure this out.

7. No more hair dye. I know, as soon as the shit hits the fan, whenever my last touch up was, that will have been my last touch up. I will no longer have my loverly red hair and I will be sad about

8. If it is a zombie apocalypse, that fish are contaminated. If we follow popular belief then this will be a disease passed through saliva then doesn’t that mean it could it be water born? Wouldn’t that affect fish? And WATER?! I suck at science so this is just me freaking out.

9. Having to kill my own food. If someone brings me an already dead and skinned animal, I can break it down in my kitchen and not blink an eye, but the thought of having to gun down, or arrow down, an animal and see the life fade from its eyes just upsets me so much! I know being a vegetarian might not be practical in that situation, I just hope I don’t have to do the killing.

10. If it is a zombie apocalypse then my biggest fear would be having to kill my husband if he’s bitten. We have a pact to kill the other if they are bitten, but that doesn’t mean I’ll want to.

Dude, the apocalypse is going to be a bitch.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your reasons for fearing an apocalypse today Shauna! I think we all agree that it will definitely be a bitch! :)

Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis. 

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