#8Sunday – WeWriWa

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This is an excerpt from ‘The Vista: Blackout’, a prequel to the book. It will be novella length and focus as much on the romance as on other things happening. I wanted this to be the first part of book 1, but it didn’t seemed like the right fit. So here is a sneak peek. Check back next weekend for more.

I hope to have a firm release date on ‘The Vista’ then as well.

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“I thought we had a date,” Shan whispered, almost awake.

“Until Dispatch sent me out towards Divide.” He brushed long wild strands of hair back from her face.

“I figured they found you a job. What happened?”

“Someone at the depot thought they heard cars driving around and since no one in Security was anywhere near there, they sent a couple of us out to have a look.”

“They sent cars out to see if there were cars out,” she said. “And?”

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Pippa Jay – Cover Reveal – Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened

Blurb:
Imagine waking up to find the world has ended, but unfortunately you’re not alone…

For Connor Innis, awakening from a year-long coma with no memories, no ability to move, and unable to speak was bad enough. Then he learns that a bioweapon set off a zombie apocalypse—for real—while he was sleeping, and the world he can’t even remember no longer exists.

Rehabilitation might be torture, but far worse awaits him outside. All too soon, the hospital Mentor declares him fit to leave but with nothing to go home to except a city full of mindless, flesh-eating monsters. That is, until he forms a strange relationship with the one he nicknames ‘Zombie Girl’.

Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened is the first part of a YA dystopian romance trilogy, releasing 22nd April, 2015. Please add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE, or sign up HERE for my no-spam newsletter for special previews on cover reveals, new releases, the latest giveaways and discounts, and upcoming news.


Excerpt:
He woke to sensations of warmth and heaviness. The relentless thump, thump of a heartbeat and the rushing sound of someone breathing unsteadily. It took time to recognize the heartbeat as his own, to connect the breathing to air moving in and out of his own chest. How long had he been asleep?


He didn’t remember going to bed. He couldn’t open his eyes. Confusion muddled his thoughts. Wait. Why can’t I move?


Panic set his pulse racing, but a weight held him down. He choked on something pressing at the back of his throat. Nothing responded as he struggled to move. Damn, am I paralyzed? Trapped under something?


“Please try to remain calm. You are perfectly safe.”


Remain calm? What the fuck does this moron expect?


“Please try to calm yourself.”


He couldn’t place a gender to the voice, and the flat unemotional tone meant it was probably synthetic. What were they called? Mentors. That was it. An
artificial entity called a Mentor. The knowledge seeped into his awareness like blood oozing through a shallow cut.


His struggles weren’t getting him anywhere except a quick trip to a heart attack. He forced himself to take slow breaths, to steady himself. Not because the
voice said so, but because there was nothing else he could do. He swallowed, painfully aware of the pressure of a tube in his nose and down his throat. He tried to talk, and heard a weird gurgle instead of words.


“Please relax. Do not attempt to move or speak at this time. Once you are calm, I will explain your situation fully.”






Bio:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.


Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of
subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—
Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).


You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but
without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as
@pippajaygreen.
Blogs –
Adventures in
Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk
Spacefreighters
Lounge – http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com
Amazon page – http://author.to/PippaJay

Technical Difficulties

I mentioned previously about my word program (Apache Open Office) being just wanky sometimes. It did it again when I saved last night. This is about a third of a page from the novella and it’s a first draft, so consider it a teaser. And a puzzle. The program removes quotation marks and replaces them with oriental letters.

Maybe my computer is haunted?? I’ve updated the program, but it doesn’t seem to care. I am baffled.

WTF

WeWriWa #8Sunday Snippet Part 3

My next 8!  This is the third and last bit of the snippet.

Part 1

Part 2

See more #8Sunday bits here –
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“You didn’t drop the warheads,” Wade put an end to the conversation. His father had died trying to get them out of the city.

They fell silent. Shan wondered why he asked, after a year. She let it go.

“The Council, our parents – they want us to believe our lives are so much more dangerous now,” Mac said. “It’s a lie. There are different dangers, not more.”

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‘The Vista’ will be available later this month.

Short Post

Just trying to get everything in order to get ‘The Vista’ online.  The book is officially copyrighted, which makes me feel better.  The novella is moving right along too.  At this rate, it will be ready for release in April.  Things are happening!

R. I. P. In Print – Pippa Jay

Now available in print!
 
Blurb:
Welcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…
Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his
dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…
But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a
natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?
And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living,
evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.
Restless In Peaceville is a young adult zombie story with a twist, set in a Louisiana that never was and released by Lycaon Press on the 20th August, 2014. Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE. Sign up to my no-spam newsletter HERE to stay up to date with releases, cover reveals, sales and giveaways for all my titles and more.
 

Excerpts:
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I suppose I should count myself lucky they hadn’t started carving me up, and that I’d gone for an overdose rather than throwing myself in front of a truck or out of a window. I’m in damn good
condition…for a corpse. Still in one piece as far as I can ascertain, and that ain’t easy to determine, let me tell you. You know how an arm or a leg goes after you’ve sat on it for a while, cutting off the circulation? But before the blood flow starts again and you get pins and needles? That numb heaviness? My whole body is like that. Like every part of me is full of lead.
 

Also, the not breathing is weird. I take a couple of breaths out of habit, for the familiar
feeling of air moving in and out of my chest. After that I don’t bother. It takes too much concentration and there are other things I need to focus on. Like, what do I do next, for instance?
 
So, what, I’m just gonna lie here?

It’s an option, but I’d probably give the next person who opens up my drawer a heart attack. I don’t want another death on my conscience. Not when I already have my own.

 
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A creak is all the warning I’m given before the floor gives way and I plummet through the rotten woodwork like a kingfisher diving through the water. I can’t see a thing for dust and chunks of wood, but I know I’ve gone through the ground floor of the house when I break through a second
layer of wood and hit earth. Damn, how long will this body hold up if I keep crashing like this?

 
I lever myself up, and find my head just above ground floor level while more dust and splinters shower down around me. I turn, looking for some way to pull myself back up…and find myself being stared at by three kids. 
 
Oh, shit. For a moment we all just gaze at each other, no one sure what to do or who’s going to do it first. Then one of the boys, maybe eight or nine and his mouth hanging open points at me and screams, “Zombie!” 

What else can I do? I yank myself out of the hole and lurch at him, moaning fit to scare them to death. They don’t hesitate. Each of them competing for the most piercing holler, they scarper out of the house so fast I expect to see scorch marks from the acceleration.  

I laugh. Seriously, it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen since I died. Maybe I could get to enjoy this.


Bio:  After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitudeof subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards SF category, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.


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Restless In Peaceville by Pippa Jay

Restless In Peaceville

by Pippa Jay

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

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