2016-12-08

Lissa Bryan is the author of Dominion (The End of All Things Series)

Obviously, throughout your research for Dominion and The End of All Things Series, you have explored different survival techniques and food sources. Have you ever tried any of these techniques or foods and if so what were the results or consequences? If not, why not, AND which ones would you like to try / experiment with?

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I have to admit, I probably wouldn’t be all that great with the whole “survival” thing myself. I had to confront this when I was at my grandmothers and discovered that the fire in her stove had gone completely out. I thought certainly I wouldn’t have trouble starting a fire, especially with all the kindling and tinder on hand. Well, as it turns out, it’s not as easy as it looks. After it went out the third time, I surrendered and used the firestarter blocks! “Knowing how” to do something and actually being able to do it are two entirely different things.
Last summer, I tried a water evaporation technique I was going to use in the book. You dig a hole in the earth and sit a bowl in the center of it. Then you lay a sheet of clear plastic over the hole and weight it down in the center with a rock, so it makes a point over the bowl. The concept is that the heat of the sunlight causes water to evaporate from the earth, collect on the plastic, and drip into the bowl. The results were somewhat disappointing. I collected maybe half a cup. It would probably work better over a larger area, or if you have multiple evaporators working, but it’s a very slow method. 

As for the foods, I’ve eaten quite a few of them. I live on the edge of the Appalachians, and so many of the plants Taylor encounters in the book are native to my area. My grandmother used to serve some of them. Dandelion greens can be quite tasty, but you have to harvest them in the early spring before they get bitter. I’ve also eaten squirrel and rabbit, and my grandfather insisted I learn how to clean them. He told me at the time that I never knew when I’d need to know this kind of thing. I doubt he ever imagined I’d use it in a book! 

Thank you, Lissa! 

Release Date: December 3rd 2016
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian


Release Date: December 3rd 2016
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian


SUMMARY: A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.
When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.
Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.
They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.
Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.
. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”


Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.

Praise for 
The End of All Things Series

Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews

The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale .... highly recommended for all fans of apocalyptic fiction. It's a well-written book with excellent pace, plot, and best, it has real soul. ~ Jade Kerrion, Goodreads

2016-12-05


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2016-11-30

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the highly anticipated conclusion to The Florentine Series.


Summary: Raven and her sister, Cara, are at the mercy of a small detachment of Florentine vampyres, who are delivering them as a peace offering to the feared Curia in Rome. Though she’s unsure William survived the coup that toppled his principality, Raven is determined to protect her sister at all costs, even if it means challenging Borek, the commander of the detachment. In an effort to keep Raven from falling into the hands of his enemies, William puts himself at the mercy of the Roman, the dangerous and mysterious vampyre king of Italy. But the Roman is not what he expects … Alliances and enmities will shift and merge as William struggles to save the woman he loves and his principality, without plunging the vampyre population into a world war. This stunning conclusion to the Florentine series will take readers across Italy and beyond as the lovers fight to remain together. Forever.

Review by Raum

For those who have been following the adventures of Raven and William York through The Prince, The Raven and The Shadow, The Roman represents the last step of a tour that took thousands of readers from all over the world to discover Florence, its history and its stunning art.

The Florentine Series is coming to an end and, sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to those characters. 
But Sylvain Reynard has prepared many surprises for the faithful readers who are willing to follow the acclaimed writer through a dangerous journey. 

The Roman will give you the opportunity to discover Rome, the eternal city. There couldn’t have been a better setting for the last act of the story of supernatural creatures gifted (or doomed) with immortality. 

We finally get to meet the famous Roman, whose role is well-known to the readers who have already enjoyed The Shadow, as well as other vampires who had been mentioned in the other novels of the series. 

International (vampire) politics and court intrigues will take the readers to Prague and to other fascinating locations as well... 

We have already experienced how dangerous the vampires of a single city -- such as Florence -- can be. Imagine what might happen when vampires from different parts of Europe fight and when their own survival is threatened by very powerful humans. 

When humans and vampires are at war, which side will Raven -- William York’s Cassita, a human who fell in love with a vampire but doesn’t want to become like him -- pick? 

And how can their love survive when her mortality and his immortality are bound to separate them?

Brave, faithful readers, get ready for adventures, scheming, fights and daring escapes!

Where to purchase...

2016-11-23


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2016-11-19

Dominion by @LissaBryan is coming in a few days...

Release Date: December 3rd 2016
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian

EXCERPT
She woke to the sound of screams and gunfire.
Taylor sat up, looking around her darkened room, holding her breath as she listened. For a moment, all she heard was the pounding of her own heart, and then there was another shriek, this one not far away. Taylor rolled out of her bed and crouched low, heading for the window. She used the side of her fist to rub away some of the grime that coated the glass on the inside, though the outside was still clouded so all she could see was an ominous orange glow and wavering shadows.
Oh shit, oh shit.
Feet pounded down the sidewalk in front of her room, and the shadowy outline of human forms darted past her windows. Someone was crying, horrible sharp sobs.
Taylor crept to the other side of the window where a hole had been broken out of one of the panes. She slowly pulled out the rag stuffed in the gap and peered through. A body lay in the parking lot outside her window, and she smothered a gasp by pressing a hand to her mouth. The bloodied head was turned away from her, but she recognized the tangle of blond curls and the green sweatpants the body wore. It was Grace, and she was dead. 
Tears burned in Taylor’s eyes, but she forced them down, swallowing hard. A loud bang drew her gaze, and she saw a man with a rifle kick in the door of a room on the opposite side of the parking lot. He charged in and emerged seconds later, dragging a kicking and screaming woman by her hair.
Time to go. Taylor didn’t know what was going on, but she could figure that out later.

SUMMARY
A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.
When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.
Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.
They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.
Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.
. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.
She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.

Praise for 
The End of All Things Series
Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews
The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale .... highly recommended for all fans of apocalyptic fiction. It's a well-written book with excellent pace, plot, and best, it has real soul. ~ Jade Kerrion, Goodreads

2016-10-25


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2016-10-24


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2016-10-08


americasgreatoutdoors: Fall has arrived at Glacier National Park, and it’s stunning. Crushing clouds and rain greeted Nate Luebbe at Glacier, but as he crested Logan Pass he was treated to one of the most spectacular alpenglow sunsets we’ve seen. “The sun shot golden fingers between jagged peaks and illuminated the clouds from below, and I couldn’t help but admire the timing. Montana was welcoming me home.” Photo courtesy of Nate Luebbe. Places to see Glacier National Park

2016-10-07


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