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Guest Post & Giveaway: Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

Our guest today is Mari Mancusi and she’s here to talk about her recent dystopian release, Tomorrow Land.  Tomorrow Land is a a post-apocalyptic zombie story.  Want to know what we thought of the book?  Click here to read our review.  We are also featuring this title in our Dystopian Reading Challenge 2012. Thanks to Mari, you also have a chance to win a a digital copy of Tomorrow Land and winner’s choice of a print copy of SOUL BOUND or print copy of Blood Coven Vampires Volume 1. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.  Make sure you follow the rules to be entered into the contest!

About Mari:

Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession –journalism — instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults.

When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure–videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin , Texas with her husband Jacob and their dogs Mesquite and Bowie.

You can visit Mari around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Mari Mancusi?

Boys that Bite Stake That! Girls That Growl Bad Blood Night School Blood Ties Soul Bound

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With my Blood Coven vampire series—anything goes. And those who have read the series know—I mean anything. Vampires, werewolves, fairies…In Soul Bound, which was just released yesterday, there’s even an army of chupacabras and a whole cast of characters from Greek mythology. It’s wild, campy, funny, and doesn’t even try to be realistic. In fact, the more over the top—the better. And yes, I try to outdo myself in every book.

So you’d think when I sat down to write a post-apocalyptic zombie story, I’d go all out as well. A Sean of the Dead kind of farce. But instead I decided to go darker…and keep things true to life.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. The zombie apocalypse is not exactly realistic. But think of it more of a game of “what if.” What if the world was decimated by a killer plague? What if some of those who caught the virus didn’t die—but were transformed into brainless creatures with a hunger for human flesh? What would the few survivors of the apocalypse do? How would they survive in a dead world filled with monsters? Would we still live like human beings with human decency—banding together and forming new societies, enacting new laws, keeping the peace? Or would we become monsters ourselves? Out only for our own survival—fellow humans be damned.

And I think that’s something at the heart of every good zombie tale. The monsters provide a lot of external conflict—and who doesn’t love a good zombie fight scene? But it’s the human element that keeps us coming back for more. The question these books and films and TV shows all raise: how would we continue to live and love and exist as a species in a world decimated by plague and populated by monsters?

So while there’s plenty of zombie action in Tomorrow Land, at its core I see it as a story of human survival. Of first love and second chances. A coming of age adventure in a world gone mad. In short, I want people to read this book and think, “Wow, this could really happen. And what would I do if it did?”

Because really, you never know. The zombie apocalypse could be right around the corner. Better be prepared!

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This giveaway is provided by Mari Mancusi

One winner will receive a digital copy of Tomorrow Land and winner’s choice of a print copy of SOUL BOUND or print copy of Blood Coven Vampires Volume 1 by Mari Mancusi

Available on March 1, 2012 from NLA Digital

About the Book:

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he’s the only thing on her mind.

All Chris “Chase” Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed–breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk…and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost–all while attempting to save what’s left of the human race?

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23 Responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway: Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

  1. KausarNo Gravatar
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    Keep fighting and survive!!!

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  2. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    I would probably invest in a big gun and lots of bullets. Would not want to live through that, but would love to read about it.

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  3. DeAnna SchultzNo Gravatar
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    After the shock wore-off I’d keep fighting and running my-ass-off! Yikes! Thank you for the chance to win! :D

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  4. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I wouldn’t know how to survive. I would need to learn some fighting skills and have a badass weapon to use, maybe a gun.

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  5. VivienNo Gravatar
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    The would band together to fight off the walking dead. Shelter, food, water and weapons!!! Lots of weapons.

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  6. Brittany HardyNo Gravatar
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    SQUEEE! I love new series! And that cover-art is seriously awesome.

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  7. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Wow, this sounds great! My answer to the question is anything that I have to do!!!! I absolutely love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. SharonSNo Gravatar
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    the best thing to do is band together. You have to have people at your back. Hopefully you can trust them. the cover art for this books is beautiful! thanks :)

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  9. DagmarNo Gravatar
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    I think the best way to survive is to work together, you know, stronger in number and find a place where you can all live and store food.

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  10. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    My husband is an arsenal cabinet…lol..He always says we’ll be ready when the zombies come and I believe him. He’s my personal army =) I know I wouldn’t be scared of anything.

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    anything needed to do to keep surviving i guess..

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  12. JessyNo Gravatar
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    If there was an apocalypse, I wouldn’t want to live if the world was filled with monsters. I think it might be better if I were somewhere else.

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    They’d probably look for food and shelter, which is what I would do.

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  14. SusanNo Gravatar
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    I think it would be best for survivors to stick together like Lost.

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  15. Brandy SwainNo Gravatar
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    I would definitely want weapons, BUT I would go for ones that are quiet like and ax or something. I think drawing less attention you will survive longer!

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  16. MLNo Gravatar
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    I think the first thing to do is band together and pool resources and skills. Then you have to find a safe place to hide from the monsters. Once you have shelter, you need to procure basic needs-food, water, clothing, methods of defense.

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    You gotta work together, find shelter, water, food.

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  18. Christina (A Reader of Fictions)No Gravatar
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    How would I survive? Honestly, I don’t think I would.

    As people have mentioned, those who will survive need to work together. Coming to terms with the situation early is also key, because you need to get the tools of survival (i.e. food, water, shelter, weapons) before they’re gone. Also important is being able to come to terms with your grief when people are inevitably lost.

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  19. alicia marieNo Gravatar
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    I would start the search for any other survivors. Once I found some, we’d have to find a way for us to work together and hopefully find supplies before they’re all taken. Then of course spend time fighting off the monsters so we can stay alive.

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    Find a place to hid and read books.

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  21. Sarie GroblerNo Gravatar
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    I would most likely run and hide. But yeah, fighting together and pooling resourses. Finding supplies and safe shelter early.

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  22. teressa oliverNo Gravatar
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    Its Darwinism get some guns and band together

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  23. Stella CNo Gravatar
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    Go find someone with military training and follow them! Or run around in a circle and panic!

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