Today, I’m pleased to welcome author (and my agent-mate) Erica Hayes to Preternatura!
Erica dropped by today to talk about her recent release, Redemption,
the second in her Seven Signs
series published by Berkley Sensation, and to offer tips on surviving the apocalypse, Seven Signs
Erica was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician before finally landing her dream job: fantasy and romance writer.
She writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colorful heroes with dark secrets.
Erica is from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her.
Currently, however, she is terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.
You can read more about Erica at her website
and on Facebook.
I’m also happy to say Erica and I are lurking around with some other authors these days, planning a new group author blog…stay tuned for more details!
ABOUT REDEMPTION: Japheth the Tainted is on the hunt for a mysterious demon vampire. But meeting her face-to-face might disarm his warrior spirit, and spark an unquenchable passion with apocalyptic consequences. As a fallen angel, Japheth is determined to make his way back to heaven by staying pure and slaying hellspawn. With a new scourge of vampires unleashed by a blood-drinking demon, the Prince of Thirst, there’s plenty to be done. But Japheth is after one vampire in particular, the one they call the Angel Slayer. Rose Harley never wanted to be a vampire, but the Prince of Thirst can turn even the kindest soul into a soldier of hell. Feeling abandoned by God, she stalks the West Village taking revenge on his angels, until she meets her match. When Japheth and Rose encounter each other, the battle is fierce and charged with desire. But when they discover a common enemy, the Prince of Thirst himself, they form a dangerous alliance that could either cost them their eternal lives, or spark a love more powerful than heaven or hell.
Now, let’s hear from Erica….
Surviving the Apocalypse, Seven Signs-style, by Erica Hayes
Preparing for the Apocalypse, folks. That’s what it’s all about. No matter what form the End takes, we need to be ready. We’ve all seen The Walking Dead and The Book of Eli and Falling Skies. The end of the world isn’t very nice. So how can we prepare?
It all depends which Apocalypse you show up to. In my Seven Signs series, it’s not simply zombies taking over Manhattan, or a plague of demon-cursed vampires thirsting for your blood. It’s the wrath of heaven, folks. Bringing a shotgun to this big old seven-signs, demons-on-angels, heavens-rain-fire party is like bringing a knife to… well, to a really crazy gunfight.
These zombies aren’t just diseased walking dead who shamble about moaning for brainsss: they’re demon-cursed magical monsters, and they really don’t like you. Except as dinner. Or a sex slave. Maybe in that order. They can’t be killed by bullets. Their gleeful demon masters will laugh at your AK-47 while they’re crawling up your nose in a puff of smoke and sucking your eyeballs out for supper.
So. How to survive the Seven Signs? Here’s a few pointers on what you should bring if you happen to get sucked into a meta-fictional world where you’re the heroine of my book.
Don’t laugh, okay? It could happen.
Go on, try it: shoot that demon-cursed walking corpse. Blam! Congratulations. You just made him angrier, and hungrier for your flesshhhhh…. While you’re sprinting in the other direction, the penny drops: what you need is a bladed weapon. Preferably a heaven-blessed sword, or failing that, a good old-fashioned scythe should slow them down. Heads will roll. Gore will flow. And you’ll stay alive a few moments longer.
Your very own warrior angel
When the signs start, it’ll be everyone for themselves. So if you can rope in your own personal winged warrior, you’re already streets ahead. Preferably one as gorgeous as the guys on my covers, with a big, long, massive flaming sword… but there are way more people than angels, and everyone’s gonna want one. So forget your tedious scruples about cheating, lying and shamelessly trading sex for protection. The world’s ending, folks. Do what you gotta to get yourself an angel. You won’t regret it.
Splash a bit of this stuff on, and cursed flesh will smoke and bubble and scream. There’s nothing demons hate more. Except maybe you, and your hunky angel boyfriend. So holy it up, folks. Raid the font at your local religious establishment and fill up your thermos with holy water.
Which brings me to my most important preparation item…
Yeah. Tiresome, I know. But that’s kind of the point of the End, right? Sheep from the goats, and all that? Demons can smell doubt, and it smells like DINNER. So you better start believing in something, even if it’s only that said hunky angel boyfriend will save you, and that everything will turn out okay in the end. It’s not just your life that’s at stake, but your immortal soulll… bwahahaaaa…
Anyway. For gleeful demons, flesh-bubbling holy water, cursed walking corpses and sexy warrior angels, feel free to grab yourself a copy of my Seven Signs books, REVELATION and REDEMPTION.
So what’s your number one tip for surviving the apocalypse? Getting fit? Hoarding tinned food under the floorboards? Or packing your emergency go-bag – what’s in it?
Now…as part of her tour, Erica is giving away a Kindle Fire!. You can enter via Rafflecopter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can also leave a comment to be entered for your choice of this week’s guest post/guest review books. Are you prepared for the apocalypse? After dealing with Hurricane Katrina, I’m pretty sold on a ginormous stockpile of Army MREs, my TBR pile, a lantern and lots and lots of batteries. Oh, and an underground bunker. What do you think?