Listen up bookish people! It's time for another book spotlight, complete with excerpt and giveaway! Are you a fan of dystopia fiction? Love your YA with a little drama? Well here's a book that you might just want to add to your reading list.
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Elle is a survivor.
Since the collapse of modern society, she's been living in the remains of downtown Hollywood, California, foraging for food and fighting for her life.
And then everything changes.
After she is forced out of her home, she heads north. What she finds is a group of bunker survivors, unlikely comrades, and the hope of a safe haven. Together, they journey toward the dregs of civilization, facing starvation, imprisonment and death.
They are alone, but they are ready.
Day Zero begins today.
Day Zero is a novella, the first installment in The Zero Trilogy, a novella series complementing the international bestselling Collapse Series.
Santa Monica Pier
Don’t ask me why, but the idea of a post-apocalyptic Santa Monica/Hollywood always fascinated me. From an author’s perspective, the story setting of places like that for a post-apocalyptic environment is very alluring. There are so many potential stories tucked into the buildings and streets of the city. Personally, I found the most interesting part of the city at the Santa Monica Pier.
Looking over the silhouette of the pier against the sunrise years ago, the thought crossed my mind that I should integrate the pier into a novel someday. I finally got my wish in Day Zero. Because Elle’s story begins in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, she is able to visit the Santa Monica Pier.
In order to write realistically about the pier itself, I visited the area. I mapped out step-by-step routes for Elle to take in the city, and I wrote down the names and titles of all of the restaurants and souvenir shops on the pier. I studied Muscle Beach and drove down streets like Moomat Ahiko Way, Ocean Boulevard, Pacific Highway One, and Wilshire Boulevard. Hands-on research is inspiring, and gives authors the tools they need to make their story more believable. I loved every minute of researching for Day Zero, and can’t wait to continue to do so for the rest of the trilogy!
Summer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series, which includes State of Emergency, State of Chaos, State of Rebellion and State of Pursuit. The fifth installment, State of Alliance, is releasing January 2015.
Summer is also the author of The Zero Trilogy and an upcoming survivalist/science fantasy series coming in 2015. She owns WB Publishing, Writing Belle Magazine, and is an accomplished creative writing teacher and journalist.Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her time writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, dates to the movies, hiking in the mountains and strolling on the beach.
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