Redemption and Surviving the Apocalypse with Erica Hayes (& Kindle Fire G*veaway)

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-style.  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 websiteand on FacebookI’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.
Holy water
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?

Thanks, Erica!! 

Now…as part of her tour, Erica is giving away a Kindle Fire!. You can enter via Rafflecopter here:

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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?

45 thoughts on “Redemption and Surviving the Apocalypse with Erica Hayes (& Kindle Fire G*veaway)

  1. A new group author blog…stay tuned for more details! You bet, as much as you are busy, busy, busy a new group blog means more to read, new authors to discover, more posts. Who, what, where? I know, stay tuned! Tease!! I have Erica’s Shadowfae Chronicles books. Think an underground bunker would also be underwater. High ground for me.

    • Well, if you can’t beat ’em… probably a good plan. They usually have a large weapons stockpile, and there’s safety in numbers!

  2. Ohi would stock food and i need to find a way to protect my books… and stocking a lot of medecine could be a great idea too…

    since i can’t go out because of a snow storm ( more than 20cm already and that tomorrow will be minus 13°C the snow will become ice i can think of a lot of thing i should have prepared^^;; ( but so far i have food, warm and my dog is well ( he was happy with10cm plyaing now it’s too much and the fireplace is a better place for everyone)abnd i have books to read so i’m well ^^)

  3. OK, I’m in pretty good shape, so that’s gotta count towards something, but I’m also a really, really slow runner, so maybe I need a machete. That sounds good. Now I just need to learn to run with the machete in hand.

  4. Aw man, I have to admit, I’m quite the First-World-Problems kind of girl. I’ve never been through any really trying hardships or anything, so I think if the apocalypse actually came, if be one of the first to migrate upwards. :/

  5. Ha! I knew you guys would come up with good stuff (Rebe, careful running with that machete!). Roger’s right…I’m rethinking the whole underground thing, as the words “drowned rat” keep coming to mind.

  6. In real-world “apocalypse” prep, I actually need to build a go-bag and emergency kit for our house (I have the list made, just haven’t gone past that). I live in the middle of MI, so usually the worst thing that happens is a few days without power, which is why I haven’t gotten off my butt and taken care of my emergency prep yet :/

    Anyway, on to the apocalypse speculating! If you live in a big town/city, DON’T try to just hop in your car and leave if the apocalypse (especially zombies) comes! Everyone tries to leave at the same time, clogging the road exits and setting up for extra disaster (either in car accidents or zombie buffets). Try to hole up in your house for a bit, then venture out when things die down a little. PUN INTENDED. Also, don’t try to raid the gun stores. EVERYONE else has the same idea, and the owners of the gun stores are probably already well-stocked themselves to try to keep people out. Try the small convenience stores for food/supplies (not much sustenance, but the bagged foods won’t spoil as quickly). Try to rig up your own weapons from the things you have on hand at home. It won’t help you with guns, but in the aftermath of the apocalypse they wouldn’t be as useful as you’d think anyway. You’d be a target for people trying to steal them from you, plus unless you’re a crack shot you’ll run out of ammo preeetty quickly. And they’re loud, so you’re giving away your location when you use them.

    • Everyone having the same idea at the same time would definitely be an issue. Getting stuck in traffic while the zombies are attacking is far from ideal…

  7. I just hope I have a magic bag that can carry food, water, medicine (that will not be exhausted) and offcourse my books 🙂

  8. I’m not exactly built for traversing great distances, but I think an axe would come in handy after effing off to the woods, in order to hole-up at camp. Chopping firewood and supernatural baddies, it’s all the same, I suppose.

    • Y’know, that’s a very good point. I did a survival exercise in the jungle once, and if you can’t cut wood to make a fire? You’re screwed. Axe, machete, anything like that will do. And matches. Lighting a fire without them is hard 😀

  9. Congrats Erica on the new release! I’m happy dancing on the inside cuz I just got your books!!!! I splurged and Amazon just delivered them 🙂 Thanks for the great tips! My BF and I joke that we are watching Walking Dead for “educational purposes”! 🙂 Definitely going to have to make sure to fall in with a great group with lots of guns!

    • Hey, that’s awesome *happy dance* Hope you enjoy the books!

      And The Walking Dead should be compulsory viewing for everyone. Just in case…

  10. Love your tips for surfing the apocalypse. Definitely adding this series to my TBR pile. Adding matches to the emergency kit. Need fire to eat, heat and keep away the zombies!

  11. I will admit – I do have a BoB and I do hoard food, bottled water, and have a gallon zip lock baggie full of lighters for starting fires. I also have a sword and a bow with a quiver full of arrows.

    • That is very cool. The bag doesn’t take up much space, and you never know…

      A quiver full of arrows 🙂 excellent! You’ll be laughing at all those gun-wielding folks when their ammo runs out. Arrows can be improvised.

  12. First of all I’m counting on the fact that I live in a really rural area to up my chances cause face it guys, you all that live in these big cities ain’t got a chance. We’ve got lots of farm land and woodlands to grow our own food and provide us with firewood. Already know how to can food plus we have a food distribution center within miles of us. So if we can kill off the few zombies with our hunting rifles and fence in our property, we just might make it.

  13. I already hoard canned food when it looks like inclement weather is coming, so I’m sure my style of survival mode includes rows upon rows of glorious shelf stable edibles.

  14. hmm.. i want hermione granger’s bag, that way i can stash my books, lots of canned and dried food, water, spare batteries and weapons. oh, since you guys just nixed the idea of underground bunker, i have no idea where to hide

  15. Almost ready for the apocalypse. I’ve got food, water, batteries, and plenty of books. I’m still looking for my own personal warrior angel. Can you send me one?

  16. I am completely unprepared for an apocalypse of any kind, inclunding zombies. 🙂

  17. This book does not sound like anything I’ve read!

    I don’t think ai am prepared for the apocalypse other than having some extra food in my cupboards!

  18. I am wondering how I have not heard about these books before. They sound great.

    As for the apocalypse. Yeah not read for that and as for packing I would be more inclined to pack books though I suppose they could be used as a weapon.


  19. Lol about a flooded bunker. The old WWII bunkers here are still undestroyed. There is just nothing that can destroy two meter thick concrete walls reinforced with iron. Water has no chance at all to invade it either. So, I will get me one of those.
    I will stock it with lots of bottled water and canned foods, weapons and a generator for heath and light and of course my book collection. And don’t forget toiletpaper! And when the apocalypse is done, I will carefully go out and see who has won and what is left of the world.

  20. This is hilarious!! I’ve seen Erica on a few sites now for this tour and I must say, she has a wicked sense of humor! I love it 🙂 Honestly, I would follow a blog featuring the two of you in a heartbeat, no questions asked!! Adding in some other fabulously funny fantasy females (ooh, like what I did there?!) – that is to say, some other hilarious and very gifted women writers of urban fantasy such as yourselves 😉 – would just be icing on the cake. Yay!