Your weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse- Guest post by Emma Shortt
I am happy to have Emma Shortt with us today during her book tour to discuss potential weapons for use during a zombie apocalypse. You don’t want to miss this one. It goes very well with her new book release, Waking Up Dead, that just came out October 22nd. Read her guest post below and check out the details on her book while you’re at it. As an added bonus, Emma is conducting a tour-wide giveaway of a WAKING UP DEAD t-shirt. Click on the Rafflecopter link for your chance to win!
Your weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse
by Emma Shortt
Imagine you’re on your way to the store. It’s a balmy evening. You’re wearing a cute pair of shorts and a nice tight tee. You’re probably planning to pick up some juice, maybe even a snack. All is well in your world…then out of nowhere people start running, there are screams, yells, a siren sounds in the distance. You have no idea what’s going on. You start running with the people. Your only thought is to get back home and figure out what the hell is happening…
You run as fast as you can, taking a short cut down an alleyway, worried and scared. You turn a corner…then you see it.
It’s standing right in front of you and at first you can’t really believe what you’re seeing. It can’t be real can it? Only it is, it’s a real life freaking flesh eating beast! The zombie apocalypse has started.
You veer across the street, running as fast as you possibly can, and as luck would have it you run straight into a store. You look around you and breathe a sigh of deep relief. You’re in a weapons store (we’re going to conveniently ignore the fact that there aren’t actually any weapons stores around), and the shelves hold a plethora of zombie slaying devices.
Another scream, grunts and you realize the zombie is following you, it is kill or be killed…so which weapon will you pick?
1. A machete – pros it’s sharp, cons can be difficult to master.
2. A cleaver – just like the machete.
3. A baseball bat – needs some muscle power to really work, and are we talking wood or aluminium?
4. A knife – means you’ll have to get up close and personal, increasing your chances of being bitten.
5. A bow and arrow set – great for the first half hour, question is…how many arrows do you have and where will you get more when they run out?
6. A sword – yes, you’ll feel all Game of Thrones, but again with the machete comparison. You’d be surprised just how much upper body strength you need to wield one.
7. A shield – more of a defensive weapon than an offensive, and this is no time to be going all blonde in an eighties horror flick.
8. A cosh (also known as a thick plank of wood) – handy at a pinch but there is a risk of splinters.
9. A gun – just like the bow and arrow think re-supply issues.
10. A phaser – amazo, yes please…only they’re not real, so you’re going to be toting a replica around, and that’ll be as much use to you as a soggy sausage.
I know which I would pick and why, tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine…
Thanks to Emma for her awesome guest post. As for me, I’d totally be looking for an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) launcher. I could only carry so many rounds, but it would provide very good cover for me to get the heck out of dodge! On the off-chance I don’t get out-of-town fast enough, it’d still make a good club to whack the zombies with.
Emma Shortt 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.
Her critically acclaimed zombie inspired novel, Waking up Dead, is out now. She’d be super pleased if you checked it out.
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.
Waking up Dead
End of Days Love
Genre: Horror romance
Publisher: Entangled Select
Date of Publication: 22 October 2013
Number of pages: 372
Word Count: 104,000
Cover Artist: TK Designs