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Book Excerpt from Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse


Book Excerpt

Pa closed the gun and handed it to me. I pushed the button and it clicked open in the same way. I touched the chamber and spun it—it clacked as it turned.

‘Good. Become familiar with it.’ Pa spoke in a soft voice, his tone calm. It reminded me of when he’d taught me to ride a bike.

‘Rik, your turn.’

Rik walked over. Pa fixed his stance and helped him point the gun. My brother did everything I’d done before Pa took the gun back and tucked it into his pants again. Seeing my father like this was almost surreal. It was as if he were a different person. As much as I was telling myself not to be scared, I was.

‘Pa… How do you know all this stuff?’ I asked sheepishly.

‘I learnt a few things in the army.’ He almost cracked a smile. ‘But I also knew this day would come… when we would have to leave the house and survive on the outside. So, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. I was hoping we would have more time to practise, but the water ran out sooner than I thought. ’

He lifted his face up to the sky and closed his eyes, letting the sun shine onto his face. The creases were deep around his eyes, and I now noticed that his face had thinned a bit, making him look older than his forty-four years. I was still watching as he turned and walked back towards the house.

‘I want you to practise some more. Tonight we’d going to sleep early—tomorrow is a big day.’

He was hiding it well, but I could see that Pa was also scared.

About The Book

Book CoverTitle: Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

Author: Lee Herrmann

Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian

Pages: 180 pages

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1

South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.

After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.

Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.

About the Author

Lee-AuthorLee Herrmann was born and raised in South

Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.

He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.

He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries ( www.TheManservantMysteries.com).

Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.





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About Deviation

deviation_cover_ebookTitle: Deviation

Author: Christine Manzari

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

Author Bio

tineredThe first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.



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Book Excerpt from Harm


We are hosting an excerpt from YA dystopian thriller “Harm”. We hope you enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

There was a commotion going on up ahead. It started out as a low murmur but the sound soon grew louder as it went viral, darting from lip to lip, spreading the panic until it reached its peak and burst forth in one coherent word.


Niko immediately made a grab for her knife. The blade wasn’t long enough though, not if she wanted to fend off a Slither and remained unscathed.

The crowd finally began to reach them. They were going to get slaughtered.

“Whatever you do,” Niko warned. “Don’t—”

Songhay and Roosevelt were already gone. She spotted them halfway across the street. She sighed then, disregarding her own advice, dashed after them. She could hear the hiss of several Slithers mixed with the screams of the terrified and dying. She didn’t dare look back.

She caught up to them easily. Spotting the yawning mouth of an alley she pointed. “Over here!”

Songhay grunted and abruptly changed direction. Roosevelt stumbled between them and suddenly, within the madness all around them, the picture grew clear.

“You can kill Slithers.” She said breathlessly shocked that she took so long to notice.

In the middle of the dead-end alley Songhay looked at her as if she was a fool. Roosevelt’s eyes seemed to take up her entire face, a braid had become unraveled and the strands blew about. “No one can kill Slithers.”

Niko shifted and something crunched beneath her boots. It was probably the bones of someone being consumed by the muck. “I can.”

“Gods.” Roosevelt gasped but she wasn’t looking at Niko. Her gaze was directed over her shoulder, beyond the mouth of the alley.

Niko turned around.

Out in the streets walked a Slither. It walked casually, there was nothing it had to fear in the slums. Under one arm it carried a severed human torso, the poor man’s arms dangled toward the ground while the Slither used its other hand to root through the open cavity like it was a bloody goody bag. Finally finding what it was searching for it pulled out a slippery organ and stuffed it into its mouth.

The thing took in its surroundings, dead white skin covered with all manner of gore. It dropped its macabre goody bag and the acid quickly began to nibble at the dead body.

It loped over to a two story house. It’s blood drenched claws shredded through the wall of the house and it buckled, upper story crashing into its neighbor and she could here the screams of those inside.

Roosevelt gasped. It was such a soft sound but the Slither looked toward the noise as if it’d been as loud as gunshot. It stared at them with multi-colored eyes, its hands parting the walls like a curtain. Then it turned away. They were only so much meat.

About Harm


Author: Kayti Nika Raet

Genre: YA Dystopian Thriller

After a harrowing escape from Amaryllis City, Niko is forced to lay low. The people who want to use her unique genetics for their own ends are still out there and their reach is long.

After an emotional split with Ben and hiding deep in the slums she soon meets Songhay, a charismatic thief and his younger sister Roosevelt. Together they dodge violent gangs, roaming Slithers and the ever present threat of acid rain. Growing closer Niko along with Songhay soon form a rag-tag band of Slither hunters to keep the slums safe and the monsters at bay.

But then she discovers shocking information about her past that challenges everything she thought to be true about herself and those she loves.

Now she has to decide if she’d going to stay safe in hiding or stand up to the lies and injustice swarming around her.

She was never one to lie low for long.

Lies and truth collide in the second book of the Outsider Chronicles.

Author Bio

DSCN5944Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11 where she was bit by the writing bug as well as other less friendly insects. She the author of the YA dystopia, NIKO, as well as it’s upcoming sequel, HARM, and  the short stories SLITHER and TAPE THE DEVIL’S MOUTH.

Her procrastination aids are reading, K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia. Visit her online at http://KNRwrites. tumblr.com, TheOutsiderChronicles.tumblr.com, on Facebook, Youtube (Kayti Edition), or email her at KNRwrites(at)gmail(dot)com.





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