Waking up Dead
End of Days Love
by Emma Shortt
Genre: Horror romance
Publisher: Entangled Select
Date of Publication: 22 October 2013
Cover Artist: TK Designs
You know your life has hit rock bottom when you’re living off cooked rats and showering once every few months—if you’re lucky. But for Jackson Hart things are about to get a whole lot worse. When her best friend, Tye, disappears hunting for food, kick-ass Jackson’s ‘head south to safety’ plan looks like it’s dead before it’s even begun. But then she meets ex-mechanic Luke Granger, who takes her to his bunker, feeds her with non-rat based food, and offers her protection against the zombie hordes—not that she needs it. She knows how to use a machete and isn’t afraid to.
Jackson was tempted to stay in the city with her rescuer. Food, shampoo and the possibility of finally getting laid, what more could she ask for? But the flesh eaters are getting smarter and the bunker is compromised, so Jackson and Luke have no choice but to make the journey south.
Luke and Jackson team up to find other humans in a road-trip romance for the ages. They travel for thousands of miles with zombies shadowing their every move. They must utilize every resource at their disposal…and then some. On the way, they discover that even if flesh eating zombies are knocking down their door, there’s always time for sex and even love.
As a kid Emma wanted to be an astronaut, or maybe Captain Janeway. Because she didn't really think her career choices through very well she ended up in an everyday geek job, crunching numbers and sighing over syntax. It seemed a long way from the stars, and in an effort to escape Emma decided to get serious about her other passion. Writing.
Several years later and Emma has yet to walk on the moon or sit in the Captain's chair, but she is still writing. She scribbles stories in all sorts of genres, contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, historical, sci-fi...if she hasn't tried it yet she will before long. The only common theme is the romance. A hopeless romantic, everything Emma writes has a love story in there somewhere.
She lives on the west coast of England with her very Greek husband and teenage kiddos. Apart from all things geek reading is her main hobby and she likes nothing better than getting home from a hard day at work and curling up with a book, though sometimes she gets home and writes one instead.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Oooh, what a fab question! I would have the power of super math. Basically how it would work is that no math would be out of my reach. I would be able to understand the entire universe, the patterns, the balance, all of it. Now, you’re probs thinking – as my children just said – that’s a poor power to choose. But think about it, I would be able to build time machines, crafts to traverse the universe, maybe even cheat death.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When a box full of books was delivered to my door. I opened the box and there it was, Waking up Dead, copy after copy. I think I may have fainted ever so slightly.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because Jackson and Luke’s story is about true love, something we all deserve.
Don’t make me pick! Eating is one of my hobbies, and I have a Greek husband who cooks very well.
What book are reading now?
Shift by Hugh Howey. It’s a dystopian thriller.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Winter. I love the cold, the feel of snow underfoot, even the fall of rain on my face. Given the choice I would totally live in Iceland.
What was your favorite children's book?
The Lake at the End of the World by Caroline MacDonald. I read this when I was about eight or nine and it was everything a book should be. It’s post-apocalyptic and tells the story of the last girl on Earth...only she’s not. It was brilliantly done, with references to Plato’s The Republic, that I did not pick up on until I read it when I was much older
Beach or Pool?
What is one book everyone should read?
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkins. Everyone should have a fundamental understanding of our universe. It’s so fantastic, so compelling, once you begin to understand the immenseness of it all it puts everything into perspective.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I have an Entangled Indulgence book, The Seduction Game, out in Jan. It’s quite a sweet story, I loved writing it and I’m super excited to be a member of the Indulgence crew!
For those that prefer their romance to be very steamy, my Club Smex series (contemporary erotic romance) releases at the rate of a book a month from the end of November in to the New Year. I’m sooo in love with the covers which are up on my website. I also have the second book in my Alpha Collection, Seduced by the Very British Lord, out in Jan (Jan is going to be a busy month!)
Apart from that I am working on the second book in the End of Days Love series, Waking up Alive, a new contemporary romance series and a stand alone science fiction novel, as yet untitled.
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