Questions 3: Planning to Survive the Apocalypse

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First, I just want to say finding any ‘apocalypse survival’ pictures is a pain if you’re avoiding zombie stuff.  At this point, I think we’re so prepared for zombies that their attack be over in minutes.  Not with them winning, but humans would simply pulverize the first zombie and then several innocent people who simply woke up groggy that morning.  What was this post about?

Oh yeah!  Crossing Bedlam is almost here, so we’re sticking with the post-apocalyptic/disaster topic.  It takes a lot to survive the Shattered States, so let’s toss a trio of questions to see what you’d do.  Maybe you’ll even end up in Nebraska . . . To find out if that’s a good or bad thing, you’ll have to read the book when it comes out.  ;)

  1. Where in the country would you try to survive or would you wander?
  2. What would you do for supplies? (Work, rob, scavenge, etc.)
  3. What thought would keep you going through the hardest times?
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Five Star Treatment – Atto Run – The First Level of Hell by Joelle LeGendre

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Today’s featured book is Atto Run – The First Level of Hell and is the first in a 15 book Sci-fi series with book two in the final stages of editing. Author Joelle LeGendre is also well known to us as Floridaborne at her blog Ranting Along

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A SciFi Cinderella comedy-romance that pokes fun at the craziness of life on Earth,
and possibly elsewhere.

All that stands between Earth and Ri-Atto turning into asteroid belts are the bored preteen with a high-tech orb who rules Earth, a former beautician from a small Florida town,
and a very frightened Ri-Atton illegal alien.

They’re about to find out that the universe has a sick sense of humor.

Some of the reviews for Atto Run – The First Level of Hell

Atto Run is a Good, Intriguing, and Fun Read By Ronald Murphy on March 3, 2014 Format: Paperback


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Animals of the Shattered States

For those who can’t watch the scene, it’s when Will Smith is hunting at the beginning of ‘I AM LEGEND’.  He finds a deer, stalks it, and a lion takes it out before he can shoot.  This scene has managed to stick with me for years because I found it to be more telling than a lot of the movie.  Mostly, it touches on how we have a bunch of non-native animals in zoos that could play a factor in an anarchist country.  As long as they are released, which I’d say is more likely to happen than them being left to rot.  At least the big ones even though I’ve got no idea how you’d get an elephant over the moat.

Animals will occasionally play a major role in Crossing Bedlam as obstacles.  There is a loosely organized group that calls themselves Guardians.  Cassidy and Lloyd run into a few of them, but not the sane kinds.  These people care about the wild animals that are trapped in the Shattered States along with humanity.  So they freed all of the animals and do one of two things.  Some united to create havens for animals that require certain environments like tropical animals going to Florida and arctic ones going to Maine.  These aren’t zoos, but preserves because they are huge.  These Guardians aren’t encountered very often because they stick to themselves.  You may run into an agent in the wild, but they’ve become very good at hiding from strangers.

The other type of Guardian is more dangerous in that they let their charges roam through the country.  Many of these people love animals, but know very little about them.  This puts them at odds with the Haven type.  This isn’t the dangerous part either.  Some of these Guardians are so obsessed with protecting their charges, they kill any human that gets too close.  Men, women, children, elderly, and sick could be killed if they inadvertently move too close to these animals, which range from elephants to butterflies.  Needless to say, they give all Guardians a bad name and have even been known to kill the Haven types.  Doesn’t help that these people are more inclined to be snipers than any other type of killer, which means a person won’t even see them near the animals.

There is a third type of animal that I couldn’t put into Crossing Bedlam, but will be appearing other stories.  These are the Carrier Beasts, which sounds pretty scary.  Good news!  They are pretty scary.  Honestly, it’s easy to figure out what a Carrier Beast does.  These are animals that can transfer diseases, but show very few signs of being sick.  Many of these diseases are new and stem from the Plague Bogs.  Guardians and other groups try to locate these animals or simply keep an eye out for them.  It is agreed that they should be destroyed since they can infect humans and their species entire population if left unchecked.  Thankfully, Carrier Beasts are rarely found near areas of civilization, so only those on the open road and in the wild have to worry.

It’s going to be fun to see what else comes up in the animal world of Shattered States.

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Guest Month Post By John W. Howell

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The second John J Cannon story continues John’s wish to bring the terrorist Matt Jacobs to justice. In the first book, My GRL John was able to thwart the plot to destroy the Annapolis midshipmen on their summer cruise. Of course, terrorists being what they are not content with just one try to embarrass America. In His Revenge, Matt Jacobs takes his hatred for America and John Cannon to another level. The action moves from a barrier Island off the coast of Texas to Washington DC, then to Northern California, and finally to Ecuador. John is on the receiving end of an offer he cannot, refuse. His avowed enemy Matt Jacobs now wants John to help him shake the reputation of the US in…

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It’s Pre-Order Time!!!

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Until the 14th of this month you can pre-order a copy of Céleste for yourselves. The general public will have to wait until the 15th for it to be released. If you click on her highlighted name or the picture, you can pre-order you copy on Amazon .com right now. To pre-order your copy via – click Here.

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Teaser Tuesday: Lloyd the Educated Man

Another taste of Bedlam!  As usual, I’ve put the fun behind a cut to avoid any spoilers.  Closest thing is a mention of one obstacle.  Enjoy.

Let's be honest. You know who this is and where he's from.

Let’s be honest. You know who this is and where he’s from.

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Announcing my new editing service



Welcome to my shingle-hanging announcement, folks! As of today, I’m open for business as an editor of indie books destined for publication on Amazon et al.

I’m calling the operation Indie-Scribable. Indie for the indie part, and “scribable” for scribes. Clever, eh?

Come on over and have a look at my brand-spanking-new website.

I haven’t talked about it on the blog, but for most of my career I was an editor. I started at a medical publisher back in St. Louis, copyediting three or four different journals — such learned organs as Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and, my favorite, the Journal of Enterostomal Therapy! Oh joy.

After that I was managing editor of the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, and then the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Yes, I paid my dues in the…

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