Friday, 10 October 2014

Book Blitz: Day Zero by Summer Lane - Guest Post + Giveaway

Day Zero

Day Zero (The Zero Trilogy #1) by Summer Lane
YA Dystopia
Published: 10th October 2014

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.

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Guest Post by Summer Lane

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.

Author Bio - Summer Lane

Summer LaneSummer 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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An e-book pack, including:

  -Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver
  -Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall
  -Spirit Warriors: The Scarring by DEL Connor
  -Eyes of the Enemy by Kelly Hess
  -Jacob, King of Portalia by Casey Club
  -Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert
  -Aftershock by Roberta Trahan

-Ends 20th October 2014

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

  2. If there was an apocalypse (that would be both cool and frightening at the same time) Id probably head somewhere not so populated (or mainstream) My first thought was to raid the malls but then I realized that THAT is where most people (?) would head first so no-no.

  3. Loving the cover of this book! I haven't read any of the others in this series but this sounds like a good read to me. I would raid the supermarket if I could, trying to get at much food as possible amongst the other people there. Then I would head to our local farm which luckily is only a street away.