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By Lori Whitwam
The Dead Survive, Book 2
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Length: 166 Pages
About the book:
After being rescued from a brutal band of marauders, Ellen Hale rebuilt her life in the fortified neighborhood that became her home. A heartbreaking decision and devastating loss pushed her to become a fierce fighter, because weakness only got you and those you loved killed.
Now her community is facing a deadly threat, and Ellen has another choice to make.
Ellen volunteers as a member of fallback team three, tasked with establishing a temporary refuge for their citizens in the event their community is overrun by the enemy. As the danger intensifies, she and her adopted sister, Melissa, set off with the rest of their team on the road trip from hell.
Their mission is cloaked in secrecy, but suspicions of a traitor arise.
Something is affecting the zombies’ migration patterns, and when blacksmith Tyler Garrett is discovered trapped in a farmhouse, the team refuses to trust him. But Ellen believes his story, and it’s not just because of his rugged, blond good looks and soft-spoken manner—his skills can greatly benefit their team.
As the team struggles to reach the fallback, previously secure locations are overrun, and their chances of success seem remote. With the likelihood of a traitor nearly certain, and the lives of everyone she loves at risk, Ellen must figure out who to trust before the traitor—or the zombies—destroy them all.
Is there a spy among the fallback team,or is there another threat lurking in the Kentucky hills?
EXCERPTChapter FourTheo still looked pissed, but he clapped the leg-stabber on the shoulder. “It’s okay, Gil. There wasn’t a good choice there.” He glanced at me, and I saw he was trying to settle his emotions. “We were too far away, you had to do what you had to do.”Gil pushed long, sweaty black hair back from his face, undid the tie at the back of his neck, and re-secured the whole mess. “I know. I guess. But, man, I feel like shit.”“Yeah, but Isaac feels worse, so suck it up.” Apparently Theo had exhausted his daily supply of sympathy.Marcus rose from where he’d been kneeling by Isaac and the doctor. “All right, everybody. Show’s over. Good work out there.” He paused to catch Gil’s attention, then gave him a nod, including him in his praise. “Doc’s got things under control here, and Isaac’ll be fine. Go clean up, and be back at the meeting place in an hour.”Dismissed.I turned to go and met up with Melissa as she descended the ladder from the tower. “You were great out there,” she said.“Gee, don’t sound so surprised.” It had been over a year since I began learning to fight, but it still seemed like a novelty to Melissa.She snorted, and I went to put my arm around her, but she darted away. “Ew, no. You reek.”The rush of the fight fading, I realized she was right. I looked at Rebecca, who only smirked and headed toward the house. I took a tentative whiff, then exhaled and decided breathing through my nose was not an option for a while. The oily, rancid stench of the dead coated the inside of my sinuses, and clung to the sweat on my skin like wet tissue paper.I knew what had to be done. We’d heat the water in one of our rain barrels and use the manual pump to hose off the stink. We wouldn’t have time to get the water hot, but we could at least take the chill off. I pointed at Melissa. “You’re on pump duty.”She fanned her hand in front of her nose. “It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lori spent her early years reading books in a tree in northern West Virginia. The 1980s and 90s found her and her husband moving around the Midwest, mainly because it was easier to move than clean the apartment. After seventeen frigid years in Minnesota, she fled to coastal North Carolina in 2013. She will never leave, and if you try to make her, she will hurt you.
She has worked in public libraries, written advertising copy for wastewater treatment equipment, and managed a holistic veterinary clinic. Her current day job, conducted from her World Headquarters and Petting Zoo (her couch) is as Managing Editor for Limitless Publishing, as well as editing for a select list of indie author.
Her dogs are a big part of her life, and she has served or held offices in Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees rescues, a humane society, a county kennel club, and her own chapter of Therapy Dogs International.
She has been a columnist and feature writer for auto racing and pet publications, and won the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award for a series of humor essays.
Parents of a grown son, Lori and her husband were high school sweethearts, and he manages to love her in spite of herself. Some of his duties include making sure she always has fresh coffee and safe tires, trying to teach her to use coupons, and convincing the state police to spring her from house arrest in her hotel room in time for a very important concert. That last one only happened once—so far—but she still really, really appreciates it.
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