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Jennifer Barnhart | Survival
Author Guest / September 11, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 5 premiers October 12, 2014, but that far off date hasn’t kept the world from buzzing and speculating on what’s in store for the survivors this season? Who’s going to die this season because we are far beyond hope that every single one of our favorite characters will make it out alive? I’ll admit it. The Walking Dead gives me nightmares. Zombies terrify me. People in this show terrify me. I sobbed watching the Season 4 episode “The Grove”. I’m completely addicted. It’s not the zombies that keep me coming back. It’s the cast of characters who defy the odds, who struggle to not only survive but to live with hope and take pleasure in the people they’re with. That’s why this week my YA picks all deal with survivors (although, no zombies because I need to sleep before The Walking Dead airs again!). STITCHING SNOW by R.C. Lewis STITCHING SNOW We’ve all seen adaptations of Snow White. I promised myself I’d never read or watch another after a movie I shall not name ruined Snow’s story for me, and then comes STITCHING SNOW by R.C. Lewis. This tale takes on space travel and galaxies and…

K.B. Hoyle | Up Next: The Breeder Cycle Trilogy
Author Guest / September 11, 2014

I am really excited about what’s coming up next for me! After so many years writing fantasy, I needed a bit of a departure, and I’ve been really keen on the Dystopian scene, so that’s where I decided to depart to. My next series is a YA/NA Dystopian trilogy titled The Breeder Cycle, and book one, BREEDER, comes out later this year. It was a bit of a challenge for me to see if I could write Dystopian at all, especially as I’ve written it in an entirely different voice and perspective than The Gateway Chronicles, but if my editors and beta readers are any judges at all, I think I have transitioned successfully. I got the inspiration to write BREEDER from a series of articles I read concerning radical population control methods being proposed today ⎯ things along the lines of how Nazi Germany used to operate. The very notion of modern scientists even considering these vile practices for use on the human race repulsed me so much that I was able to quickly conceive of a fictional futuristic society in which these practices had been put into place, and I knew I had to write the story about…