Smashwords July Summer/Winter Book Promotion: 50% Off And Free eBooks!

Hello there!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer thus far! As I continue preparing for the upcoming release of novella #2 in my YA series Nightmare Academy, I thought it would be a great time to start sharing my books with you all. That’s why I’m excited to share that my books I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered and Welcome to Nightmare Academy are taking part in Smashwords annual Summer/Winter promotion! Throughout the entire month of July, I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered is going to be 50% off (that’s $1.50 for an entire novel), and Welcome to Nightmare Academy will be completely free! Yes, the first entry in the series is now free for the entire month. So click the link down below and get both a marked down, scary horror novel about a teenage killer and get a free copy of a highly reviewed and engaging upcoming YA series. If you enjoy these stories then I would love for you to leave a review on any site you are able to and also preorder your copy of Freshman Hunt: A Nightmare Academy Novella today! Thanks everyone, and enjoy your summer!

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State of Emergency by Mary Hallberg Review

A teen concert goes horribly awry when a shocking zombie virus is unleashed, and one teenage girl must lead her friends towards safety with only a pizza cutter as a weapon. Can the teens survive the zombie apocalypse? Find out in author Mary Hallberg’s State of Emergency. Here’s the synopsis:

17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.

Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas’s eccentric uncle owns a farmhouse in Chattanooga, an eight hour drive from New Orleans. It’s on top of a steep mountain, surrounded by electric fences, and cut off from the worlds of the living and the dead.

Dallas’s parents, still safe at home, laugh at her idea over the phone. Her friends only agree to join her because it’s fall break and they could use a mini vacation anyway.

But then Dallas’s best friend is killed by a zombie horde when they’re attracted to her ringing cell phone. Civilians think their reanimated loved ones simply have the flu, leaving them alive (well, undead) and rapidly increasing the zombies ranks. And since minors can’t buy guns, Dallas’s only weapon is a giant industrial pizza cutter she swipes from a gas station. George A. Romero never mentioned anything like this. With one friend dead and no zombie survival guides to help her, Dallas and her friends must get to Chattanooga before joining the ranks of the undead themselves.

This was a quick yet action packed read. Think of it like the Walking Dead meets the Young Adult genre, and you’ll get an idea of what State of Emergency is all about. The book was very well written, with a memorable group of characters and a unique take on the zombie apocalypse narrative. What really drew me into the story was the fact that unlike most books or movies, the story focused on the beginning of the outbreak rather than a world already ravaged by the virus. It did an excellent job of showcasing how people react differently to the events of the novel. Some communities are oblivious to the virus, while others are ravaged by the horrors of the undead. It reminded me a little bit of Stephen King’s The Stand, which the first few hundred pages focused on the virus that left most of the world dead, (except this had way more zombies and less good vs. evil stories).

Overall this was a wonderful read. Full of a complicated narrative that explores the beginning of the zombie apocalypse from a teenagers point of view, the story is relatable and full of heart that fans of both zombie stories and YA fans will connect with instantly. This is a book not to miss, so be sure to pick up your copies of State of Emergency by Mary Hallberg today!

Rating: 9/10

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Book Cover Reveal: I Was An Evil Teenager Remastered

Hello everyone! I am so proud to announce that my book, I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered, is now available for preorder. It is available on Amazon for $2.99 and will be available for the same price soon on iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and more. Here is a little bit about the book:
Killer. Zombie. Demon.
Evil comes in many forms, and Lisa Etron embodies them all in I Was An Evil Teenager, the three novella series that explores evil and the ways in which it appears. Author Anthony Avina brings a unique look at the work of Lisa Etron, a seemingly normal teenage girl who harbors a dark secret that threatens to tear apart not only those closest to her, but an entire town as well.
Lisa Etron is the girl next door. Lisa Etron is the most beautiful and popular girl in her school. Lisa Etron is the girl of Dave Trent’s dreams. Lisa Etron is a demented killer, hellbent on chaos and murder, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to achieve those two goals. While a seasoned detective works to solve the mystery of a series of brutal murders, Lisa plans a deadly killing spree that threatens to destroy those who have made the mistake of loving her. 
This remastered edition of the book updates the story and brings a deep dive into the battle between good and evil. Showing the lengths in which evil is willing to go to to tear people down, and the way in which people use hope and love to overcome that evil, this novel features the combined novellas of I Was A Teenage Killer, I Was A Teenage Zombie and I Was A Teenage Demon. 
A twisted horror saga like no other, this series follows one group of people who must survive the twisted mind of a killer who refuses to go away and let them live happy lives. In this one of a kind novel, discover whether or not evil ever truly dies…
In honor of the book preorder, I wanted to share with you guys the official book cover reveal. I spent a long time designing this cover and hope it captures the essence of the books. I’d love for you guys to share this book cover on Twitter and Instagram. If you do tag me (@AuthorAAvina on Twitter, @authoranthonyavina on Instagram), and use the hashtag #EvilTeenager or #EvilTeenagerRemastered and I will share your posts on my social media feeds and feature you guys in my upcoming videos on my YouTube channel, Avina Vlogs. Thanks guys, and stay tuned for more information on this book release in the months to come. I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered is due to release on October 20th, 2017! Preorder your copies today!
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It’s October my friends, and I want to start sharing more #bookstagram related photos, so in honor of Halloween I thought I’d share two zombie related books: @stephenking ’s Cell, and the second book in my Nightmare War series, Infection, which puts a new spin on the zombie genre. What are some of your favorite zombie books? Name them in the comments down below! 📖😃 #halloween #zombies

Q&A with Ben Jackson

Recently I had the opportunity to review the guide, “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” by Ben Jackson. He was also kind enough to answer some questions about the book, so check out our interview here!

1) What gave you the inspiration to write “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”?
I hate scary movies, but can’t help myself when it comes to zombie movies. I just watch them during the day, not late at night! I enjoy prepping, and also love the aspect of watching a movie and yelling ‘I wouldn’t have done it like that!’ So, I said to my wife that I was going to write a zombie survival book, and she told me no one would be interested, but I wrote it anyway. It has been one of our most popular books, both digital copies and paperback copies.
2) There are so many helpful tips for both zombie survival and overall survival. What would be the most important piece of advice you could give anyone trying to survive a disaster of this magnitude?
Hmm, stay and fight or be prepared to run and gun I suppose. If you’re going to stay and defend your location, then make sure that you put everything into it. It’s easier to hide than fight, but ultimately you can’t run forever. It all comes down to how many people you’re looking after or how many people are in your group.
3) What zombie films/books/TV shows do you think showcase both the zombie threat and the necessary survival tools mentioned in your book accurately?
The TV show The Walking Dead is a good example of a group of people that want to settle down and defend one location, but ultimately find it too hard. They have to deal with large groups of zombies, as well as dealing with large groups of hostile people looking to take what they have. The Will Smith movie, I am Legend, has a good setup for his own home defense. There are also some differences in that movie, during the day he’s free to roam, the zombies only come out at night, and there’re almost no other people to deal with.
4) If you could pick anyone to be on your zombie apocalypse survival group, who would it be and why?
Seal Team 6, lol! Seriously, anyone that you care about, and you know has some basic survival instincts, and decent intentions would be good for a zombie squad. You never really know who will crumble under pressure, but I would want my wife by my side of course!
5) Any other books or guides that you are currently working on or plan to work on?
I just finished a basic preppers pantry style book. It’s called SHTF & Urban Survival Items for Preppers: Beginners Guide to Everything You Need to Stockpile for the SHTF, Urban Survival, Prepping, and Disasters. It has only been released for about a month. It is some of the important things you’ll need for prepping and why, and some of the most obscure items that you may not have thought about. It’s a good beginners book, for people that are interested in becoming preppers, but not really sure what it’s about.
I also just finished my first fiction novel, it’s a dystopian fiction based in a post-apocalyptic world after a virus has swept through the country. It’s being proofread now, so probably 3-4 weeks away yet.

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How to Survive The Zombie Apocalypse: The Complete Guide To Urban Survival, Prepping and Zombie Defense by Ben Jackson Book Review:

Have you ever wondered what you would do in the event that the worst has happened and the world has spiraled into a post-apocalyptic zombie
nightmare? Well wonder no more, because in Ben Jackson’s “How to Survive The Zombie Apocalypse: The Complete Guide To Urban Survival, Prepping
and Zombie Defense” readers will learn all the need to know information on surviving the deadly apocalypse.

This 72-page book covers a wide range of topics, from the different types of zombie outbreaks one may face, to the pros and cons of either finding
shelter or staying mobile during the apocalypse, and the necessary supplies you’ll need to have in order to survive. With pop culture references
to zombies spread throughout the book and a heavy dose of very real survival preparation, this book is the best guide this reader has ever read
concerning the zombie threat. So whether or not you want to prepare for zombie attacks or want to know how to be prepared to survive any other
global disaster, this book is not to be missed, so be sure you read the incredible “How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse: The Complete Guide To
Urban Survival, Prepping and Zombie Defense” by Ben Jackson today!

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