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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Release Day! Day Zero (The Zero Trilogy #1) by Summer Lane

Description:

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.

GUEST POST
The Names 

Names are fun. One of the perks of writing fiction as a primary job is that you get to play around with lots of names. Names should represent the personality of a character, in my opinion, so I try to match my characters with appropriate monikers. In Day Zero, my protagonist’s name is Elle. It’s a somber, pretty name for a somber, pretty girl. (A girl with attitude, mind you, but still!) 

My favorite names in Day Zero are Pix and Flash – twins, a brother and a sister. I don’t want to give away anything, but I played around with a lot of names before settling on those two. Thanks to the Internet, you can find names and their meanings far quicker than in the past. It’s better to use Google than to slog through those dusty piles of baby-name books in your mother’s attic. 

Not that I’ve done that, but you get my point! Names should be memorable, and I also think that there should be a fair variety of different names in a book. For example, naming your characters James, John, Janice, Jenny and Jared is what I’d call “alliterative overkill.” Mix up the names! Make them fun, and most of all, make a character and their name instantly identifiable to the reader. 

About the author:
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.

6 comments:

Read Book said...

Definitely, food first .

Summer Lane said...

Thank you so much for posting!! I really appreciate it!! :)

Anita Yancey said...

I would probably go to the grocery store to look for food first.

Cyndi F said...

I would go in homes that had no one in them, or in large buildings like places that other people might not hit first, like with office buildings that had cafteria's or what ever was closest. thank you for the giveaway

Piper said...

If it wasn't too crazy there I would go to a big club store. They have so much food and other supplies, earlier on it would have to have something left!

Linda Romer said...

If i had to survive an apocalypse i would hunt for food in the woods.