May 8, 2015

Ash and Ruin Series by Shauna Granger {Excerpt/Giveaway}

There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real.

The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive.

That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.

Time of Ruin (Ash and Ruin #2)
Release Date: 07/22/14

Summary from Goodreads:
The world has ended, and hope is the most dangerous thing left.

Battered and bruised after barely escaping San Francisco with their lives, Kat, Dylan, and Blue press north – desperate to reach the possibility of a new home.

But strange, monstrous ravens are tracking the remaining survivors, food is becoming scarce, gasoline is running short, and people are becoming suicidal, making survival almost impossible.

And the Pestas are growing bolder. Somehow, their numbers are growing.

The further north they go, the harder it becomes to ignore the signs that they’ve made a fatal mistake. Kat must face the impossible truth that there is no escape, there is no safe haven, and their worst nightmares don’t come close to their new reality.

Age of Blood (Ash and Ruin #3)
Release Date: 05/05/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Hope is a dangerous thing, but powerful. Hope keeps you going. Hope can keep you alive.

But hope can shatter your world.

Kat and Dylan have found a home, but the monsters are still out there. The pox and plague still ravage the world. They have hope of finding a vaccine, but their encampment isn't equipped to develop it.

Dylan is still too weak from the pox to leave the encampment, so Kat must decide between staying by his side and protecting her last remaining family member as he leaves to find supplies. Separated for the first time since they came together, Kat and Dylan will have to fight their own battles to save what is left of their bloody world.

Kat will have to hold on to hope that she has anything left to save and someone to come home to. If she can survive.


Those first few days on the road were the hardest. My body struggled to get use to the strain of walking all day with thirty pounds weighing me down. Each night, I spent time stretching and working out the kinks in my back and legs.
When I found the beach, the salty air rushed around me. It was tainted with the acrid stench of burning flesh. The beach was dotted with smoldering pyres, bodies piled higher and higher with each one. I swallowed against the bile rising in my throat and moved to walk close to the mountains, keeping the sand and highway between me and the burning, infected bodies.
Though I had to walk so close to the dead, breathing the smell of cooking flesh and squinting through the ash in the air, being so far away from houses made me feel a bit safer. I walked without fear of eyes on me, without wondering if someone was coming up behind me. I walked for days along the beach until I was sure I was coming close to Malibu.
I knew Malibu well. My mother and I weekended there many a time. I was sure I could find some safe place to hole up for a few days, allow myself to rest and recover and maybe even find food. In those early days, I went through my food faster than I should have. With so many hours on my feet, burning through the calories, I’d told myself to eat to keep myself going. I knew about burning calories and what I needed to consume to replace that energy, but what I hadn’t accounted for was the fact that there would be days, even weeks, where I wouldn’t find food no matter how hard I looked. In short, I was a naive idiot.
But I couldn’t continue through Malibu on foot because the government had set up a major roadblock on the highway. Hiding behind an abandoned car, I watched the armed men in impressive masks and felt sweat on the small of my back despite the crisp autumn air. Because of that blockade, I was forced to leave the highway and move into the mountains of Malibu, dotted with million-dollar homes.
Because of that blockade, I was standing on a hilltop when the jets roared overhead. I watched as the bombs were dropped over L.A., incinerating the sprawling city. I was so far away, I didn’t think it would be possible to see the flames. But I did, and I felt the heat of them. That was the night I mourned my parents.

Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.

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