The Blood of the Infected Series ~ Blog Tour ~ Excerpt

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Blog Tour ~ The Blood of the Infected Series

Author:  Antony J. Stanton

Genre:  post-apocalyptic/vampire/thriller/horror

Tour Dates: 15th – 19th of May

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Blurb:

“Once Bitten, Twice Die” by Antony J. Stanton

The end of the world was just the beginning.

A cure for dementia has disastrously failed. Patients are left crazed, infectious and enraged. The ensuing carnage quickly spreads the disease, and civilisation is decimated.

On London’s outskirts a military base shelters some survivors. The soldiers within must battle against the infected who now roam unchallenged. Tensions are high, relationships fraught, death commonplace.

But if they thought the end of the world was bad enough, their troubles have only just begun…

An ancient menace has long existed in secret alongside humanity – a vampire clan, which has recently encountered the soldiers. Now is their time to emerge from the shadows. First though they have to overcome their own problems. They too have to fight for survival against the infected, and they violently disagree on their approach towards the humans.

Hostilities are rising. It’s only a matter of time now…

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Book two from ‘The Blood of the Infected’ series: “Once Bitten, Twice Live”

When death is the best option, survival is no longer enough…

With a growing realization that their continued existence bestows upon them a debt to humanity, the survivors look to create a cure for the insanity that has brought civilization to its knees. But that only encourages disagreement and infighting, and comes at a heavy price, bringing various shocks and surprises.

Tensions amongst the vampires are escalating, jeopardizing the very existence of the clan itself. A battle for supremacy seems inevitable and their future is in the balance. How far will Farzin go to achieve his aims – domination of the vampires and humans alike? And how terrible will his vengeance be against any who stand in his path? Their interaction with the humans threatens to increase and not necessarily for the benefit of either group.

Meanwhile the wrathful infected grow ever hungrier…

When every day is a struggle to stay alive, survival of the fittest is never guaranteed.

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Book three from ‘The Blood of the Infected’ series: “Twice Bitten, Twice Die”

When there’s no one left to hear you scream…

Deaths amongst the survivors are occurring at an unsustainable rate. Numbers are rapidly dwindling. Morale is plummeting. Soon they will be beyond salvation, yet their real task has only just begun. But will anyone remain alive to complete it? Nothing could have prepared the soldiers for what lies ahead. If they thought life was brutal already, they had absolutely no idea…

The vampires are in disarray. Their relationships are becoming blurred, confused and violent. A titanic clash between soldiers and vampires seems imminent but no one’s survival is assured.

In a world where life is unpredictable, the threat from the infected suddenly becomes even more unexpected and menacing. Hostilities are inevitable. Only one thing is certain: there will be blood!

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Author Bio:

“Once Bitten, Twice Die” is the debut novel from Antony J. Stanton. The book is the first of ‘The Blood of the Infected’ series, in the ‘post-apocalyptic action thriller’ genre. Stanton was born in London in 1970. Even as a child he always dreamed of becoming a published author, and he started to write a book. But, having watched the film ‘Top Gun,’ he was swayed into a becoming a military pilot. After no more than a glancing blow of a career in the British Royal Air Force he decided that his long term future lay elsewhere and he became a commercial pilot and remains thus to this day. Hence much of this trilogy was written all around the world, generally at unsociable times when jet-lag meant that normal people were asleep.

During a holiday with three friends, a bet was made amongst them. Each had a task to fulfil within the year – Stanton’s was to write a book. A little late, but five years on and his challenge has been completed. Three times.

His period spent in the RAF helped him write the military survival aspects of this book, and a kidnapping incident in Kazakhstan and shooting in Ghana, amongst other ‘adventures’, provided him with a dark well of experience to draw from. Life is, after all, one big adventure. A combination of the aforementioned, along with his love of the darker sides of literature, and the results are this novel and the next two in the trilogy.

And all it took was the impetus of a friendly challenge to spur him on to his creative dream… He still lives in South London and is very much looking forward to watching his friend fulfilling his part of the challenge: demonstrating his (not-so) newly acquired break-dancing skills, surely a sight to behold

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excerpt

 

Taken from “Once Bitten, Twice Die” …

 

This is the end.

The thought was only fleeting. In reality the end had been and gone a long time before. Sinna had warned him not to do anything stupid, but here he was fighting for his life. What he really should have done was to just give up and let Death claim its prize. If he had known what the future held in store for him he may well have accepted the inevitable. He may have sought a more agreeable means of dying; something a little less brutal. Perhaps something that did not jeopardise the lives of others. Had he been aware that he himself was soon to become a vicious murderer he might not have battled quite so hard. But Abbott was not gifted with foresight. At that moment all that consumed him was trying to stay alive just a little longer. Besides, what kind of death can any one person choose for their first experience of it?

His aggressor advanced with surprising vigour. Abbott was forced back onto the table. He was fit, well-trained and considerably larger than the other. Nevertheless, he found himself unable to contain the onslaught, the triumph of wrathful incognisance over strength and experience. Only certain kinds of demise permit the luxury of reviewing your existence as it flashes in front of your eyes in glorious Technicolor. Some keep you fully engaged and struggling for salvation until the very end. In such cases even a brief perusal of your life in black and white is asking too much. Abbott’s situation fell firmly into the latter category.

He frantically grasped the lunatic’s forearms. His assailant however possessed unnatural surges of power dredged up from his inner demons. A trail of phlegm and a guttural snarl escaped his lips. Hands clawed and teeth snapped. He lunged repeatedly at Abbott’s face. He was virtually within reach now. Abbott dodged his head to the side with a grunt. He tried to get a knee under his attacker’s body but the man was writhing too much. It was just not possible. Yet without doing so he knew he would not be able to hold him off much longer. His strength, along with his hope, was fading fast.

Abbott was flecked with spittle. The stench of warm, rancid breath was overpowering as their heads slowly came together. Some of the man’s teeth had rotted and fallen out leaving open sores in blackened gums. His face was mottled with an unhealthy, purple tinge. It was covered with scabs and flaking skin. Red lines like those of a habitual drinker covered his cheeks. His eyes were bulging and blood-shot, and darted about as though without focus. Yet the most chilling factor was the absolute lack of perception. The pupils were dilated and blank like those of a shark. It was as though he was just lashing out blindly. If the eyes are a window to the soul, then these particular portals looked out onto a vista of pure hell. And then there was the rage; unprovoked yet wanton and plentiful. There was just an overpowering urge to kill.

Abbott’s arms burned. His attacker still showed no sign of tiring. If anything he grew even more frenzied and ironically that may have provided an invaluable reprieve. Death took a reluctant step back and waited, denied its reward for now. As the man thrashed about there was a loud crack. The back legs of the table splintered. The pair were sent tumbling. Abbott hit the floor hard. Pain shot through his shoulder and he was winded but he managed to slip a leg between the two of them. Deftly he launched the man over his head, slamming him against the wall. This was his moment to save himself. This was his one chance to live. If the other reacted more quickly then he would surely be dead. He rolled and scrambled to his feet grabbing at whatever he could reach – a heavy, pewter candlestick discarded nearby. He swung as his opponent started to rise. It struck with a thud across the temple. The force jarred right up through Abbott’s arm, but somehow his adversary did not go down. As he leapt, Abbott backed up and swung, again and again.

Each blow solidly found its mark leaving deep, red gashes. The man sagged to his knees, a trail of blood at his nostril. He flailed forwards with an enraged gargling as the liquid dripped from his chin. Abbott struggled to maintain balance. He desperately hit out once more and cracked the skull right on the top. This time it made a different sound, more hollow and decisive.

This time the candlestick embedded itself.

This time the man went down.

Abbott sank to the ground. The body lay at his feet with one leg twitching, disturbingly. A small pool of viscous blood gradually took shape around the head forming a macabre halo. Abbott gulped down air as his hands started trembling. He was in an upstairs room with bookshelves lining three of the walls. The house was identical to all the others in the street and presumably in most this would have been a bedroom. However the owners of this one, almost certainly dead – or worse – had turned it into a reading room. The shelves were made of cheap, knotted pine and books were lying on the veneer flooring, torn and discarded. He noticed that only one tome remained standing – the Bible.

As he sat trying to regain composure, the violence of the confrontation made it hard to focus. He found himself fixing on irrelevant details, a mist enshrouding his mental faculties. He looked around vaguely for a matching candleholder, as these would probably have come as a pair. The random notion surfaced that it was just like a scenario from Cluedo; Colonel Mustard, or in this case Sergeant Matteo Abbott, in the library, with the candlestick. He wondered again where Sinna was as he should have arrived a long time before. It was most unlike him to screw up. Only now did he start to appreciate that something had gone badly wrong.

 

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Review of Choices by Author J.L McFadden

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This book is written in such away that it can be read as a stand alone or after the first book of the series- The Guardian. After so much more loss Adela finds herself in the middle of a love triangle and the fight for the head of Covens.

Adela and John both have their fair share of choices to make. Adela must think of her coven, but at the same time she feels a burning desire for her great, great niece’s Guardian John. She is torn because though fate has blessed her great, great niece with a Guardian that is connected to her by Mother Earth to protect her from anything, she keeps rejecting him. John is torn between the woman he is fated to and Adela. He fears that it is Adela’s powers of seduction that is tempting him. He feels a desire to protect Gala, but also feels a yearning for Adela. At the same time Adela must search for the secret journal known as the Guardian journal and protect those she loves from the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

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About the Author:

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J.L McFadden is the Author of the Guardian Series: Guardian, released,Adela,release in September, Chooses, release in May 2014, Adela’s Lost Guardian, March, more to be named at a later date. McFadden spins tragedy and romance into all of his stories with picturesque descriptions that vividly paints and melts the scenes into your pleasure cortex that is a valid and important part of every readers mind. 😉 Jamie Lee was born in a mixed Celtic and Slavic family in the river valleys of Pennsylvania, in his earlier years he played in bands in New York and ended up working his way into H.Q of the largest musical retailer in the world Guitar Center; while working at the store level he managed multiple departments at once and handled all the stores merchandising logistics. He has explored the world and became the first American to be excepted into the Interregional Federation of Aikido Aikikai of Crimea & Sevastopol, where he enjoys learning from great masters from around the world, where he has developed his himself. He explains that the people rich and colorfully different people he has met, spawned a lot of his characters.

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Review of Choices

4 star rating

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I must start out by saying I loved, loved Priest. What an amazing character one I would love to see a book based on. He was a bad ass vampire hunter, who actually worked with a vampire called Adela. I found his character realistic even though he was human he didn’t lack in any skills compared to the vampires. His movements often quieter, his hearing better.  I rooted for Priest throughout the book and enjoyed every moment of reading from his perspective. The author’s ability to writing fighting scenes was well done, and I was sucked into the book, I loved his journey to the forbidden library and all the creatures he had to fight as he moved towards it.

I had read on another review that someone had said they didn’t like the love triangle for me I wouldn’t call it that. Adela, Gala and John are tied together. John is Gala’s guardian but he is also tied to Adela for me I felt from the start that it was really just Adela and John and the only thing keeping Gala in the circle was a deep rooted responsibility for John to protect her but as the story went on it was very clear to me his love was for Adela and Adela alone. So I personally wouldn’t call this a love triangle as I wouldn’t be the biggest fan, there was no I love you, Oh no actually I love you blah blah blah. Thank god.

Adela’s main priority throughout the story was for her coven and also keeping Gala in line, and oh my god she would test a saint. I wanted so many times to reach into the book and slap her so hard. She was whinny, hateful and just downright annoying. Adela tried so many times to make her see sense even using violence but of course Gala would just cry for herself and not look to the reason why Adela was being so hard on her. I know if gala wasn’t tied to John that Adela would have killed her. But like all things she gets what she deserves. (Not telling, you need to read the book)

Now onto the hardest character for me and the reason this book only got four stars inside of five, was Adela. I really struggled with her character sometimes. She was one of the strongest vampires, respected by all she even had friends in the werewolf clan. She was old and basically feared. Yet for me at times her personality didn’t match the person or vampire I thought she should have been. She was well … emotional which really caught me off guard. I mean in so many ways. Maybe for me this is based on the belief that vampires don’t really cry and as they age the loose their humanity. But Adela was like any other person, she laughed, joked, cried at times when you would expect her too but for me it just seemed unusual.

Other than that I found the story to be fast paced and well written with plenty of action. I would recommend this to all vampire lovers 🙂 and paranormal readers.

Review of Fractured Immortal By E.L. Wicker

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After a terrifying vampire attack in 1810, Ilia Rose spends the next two centuries hunting Sol, the man responsible for turning her and her friends into vampires.

When Ilia discovers he’s run to the one place she’s running from, she’s forced to face her most painful memories back in her hometown, Bearwood.

There, Ilia finds herself face to face with Nathaniel, an insanely hot vampire, and despite the evidence he’s working for her enemy, Ilia can’t fight her attraction to him, especially when he seems to show up whenever she needs him most.

But Nathaniel is keeping secrets and as they begin to unravel, instead of running away from him, Ilia finds herself falling for him. When his last secret is revealed Ilia’s past comes together in a way she never imagined and she’s left with only one option: trust Nathaniel to help her kill Sol, or risk relinquishing her new found strength thus causing catastrophic and devastating consequences for her and everyone she loves.

Ilia begins a gut-wrenching battle to save her life and the lives of her friends, a battle which not everyone will survive.

A vampire tale like none other, love, pain, devastation and revenge, all weave together to create the first in a dark and unmissable new adult series.

Due to sexual content, this book is intended for readers age 18+



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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About this author


Born in Dublin Ireland, E.L. Wicker moved to England when she was nine years old. There she attended Coombe Girls School and her love of writing developed as she began to win literary competitions. A graduate of the Social Science’s at University of Essex, E.L. Wicker uses her knowledge of human nature to craft interesting characters and emotional relationships. Fractured Immortal is her first publication and the first in The Bearwood series.

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Rating: 4.5 star

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Firstly I have to say that this book brought up more emotions then I expected. Fractured Immortal is a dark tale. It’s all told from the perspective of Ilia, a vampire whose life has been pretty sad. Often in stories like this you get to hear what they lost, but this book goes deeper into details and I found myself on more than one occasion fighting the tears.
When Ilia was mortal she was unmarried and pregnant, her mother had two butchers remove the baby from Ilia’s body not really caring for her daughter’s life, the detail was gruesome and so very sad, but overall extremely well written. This is what started to shape Ilia into the vampire she ended up being.
Her existence is in isolation as she searches the globe for the man responsible for killing her family and loved ones. Yet she carries her pain with her never letting it go. She is broken yet a fighter. When she gets news that Sol maybe returning to her hometown, she returns there, and we get to see more of her life, and it’s all very painful. From the person she loved, to the memories of her childhood, it’s dark and sad.
Yet when we get introduced to Lana and Lucas, we see a kindness, and a little bit of weight seems to be lifted off her shoulders, until Kyle steps into the picture.

Now Kyle he is an onion – he has layers upon layers, upon layers, upon layers …. Complex character. Kyle had me hating him, and then loving him. As the story went on I felt so sorry for him, then went back to loving his sarcasm, he threw me so much throughout the book, that even now that I’m finished, I realised I wanted a happy ever after ending for him. He really deserves it. His relationship with Ilia is funny at the start its push shove and fuelled with anger and love, yet once again as the story progresses it just becomes another complicated aspect to Ilia’s life. The part when he takes Ilia to see Julia’s resting place, I cried. It was the saddest moment in the book and it made me look at Kyle once again in a different light.
Nat is the other love interest and from the moment Ilia bumps into him you see an attraction, but their attraction has a reason behind it. Don’t want to say too much on that, you just have to read the book to find out. But I loved it.  And as for the ending…. It had my mouth gaping wide open, while I shook my head cursing the author when I realised the second book isn’t out yet. I needed to get to Ilia and tell her… well I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s pretty huge.

Maggie the witch. I just LOVED HER, every moment she was in the book she had me grinning from ear to ear. She’s quick with her words, she doesn’t think just acts (that is referring to what she did to Nat) couldn’t believe it yet I couldn’t stop laughing. I just loved her.
There was so many great characters even down to Max and Kate the two young witches, and Alex who’s Nat’s friend and kind of side kick. Each character had their own story and each one was interesting. I think the author developed them very well.

The character I hated the most wasn’t Sol funny enough or Seleana for that matter, it was Victor he’s vicious and cruel, yet I know in book two we will be seeing lots of him.

Overall the book was very well written, it flowed well, and kept me engaged the whole way through. I loved each character and found them well developed. I would recommend this book to all paranormal, fantasy, romance or dark fantasy readers.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.