Meet Melody Carter from State of Decay + Giveaway! #zOctober2013

State of Decay

State of Decay: Part One
by Peggy Martinez
Publication date: September 1st 2013
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Zombies

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Despite what you’ve been told, the Apocalypse doesn’t begin with fire raining down from the heavens, nor does it begin with the human race falling down on their faces in supplication before a triumphant god. No, the sounds of the Apocalypse are much more terrifying than that, and I should know … I’ve heard them, and hearing the world tumble into chaos around me is not something I’ll ever forget.
My name is Melody Carter.
A Boeing 767 fell from the sky and wiped out most of my neighborhood.
But, that’s the least of my worries.
My list of “Things I’m Most Worried About” shifted dramatically when my dad told me that charred corpses tried to make a meal out of their rescuers … I’m thinking yours would too.
This is the beginning of my story.
It’s not for the faint of heart.

*** This is PART ONE in the ongoing zombie apocalypse novella series, State of Decay. A new story will be released every 3-4 weeks, until Melody’s story has been told. This novella is approximately 20,000 words. (About 80+/- pages long) ***

****** Warning: This book is for mature/NA/Adult Readers. This novella contains: tons of violence, lots of action, gobs of gore, and oodles of bad language. Enter at your own risk. ******


~Q&A with Melody Carter~

Q~ So, Melody, what would you say has been one of the hardest things you’ve had to deal with during the past two years?

A~ Being completely and utterly alone. A lot of things are survivable, but living without human interaction can make surviving look less and less appealing.

Q~ Are you glad to be around living, breathing people once again?

A~ Glad, but I can’t help but wonder if it would be easier not to get too close to anyone. The odds are not in anyone’s favor.

Q~ Inquiring minds want to know. How DID you survive all alone, in the woods, for so long?

A~ A lot of looting, staying away from populated areas, I fished and made snares for small game. Mostly, I barely slept, kept the forest cleared of any straggler zombies, and avoided going into town as much as possible.

Q~ What has been one of the hardest things you’ve had to do since everything happened?

A~ Besides burying my dad? I’d really rather not talk about some of the things I’ve had to do, my world is already full of violence and death. I don’t want to bring up all my nightmares.

Q~ So, what’s up with the Army guy, Jude? Do you think there’s something there?

A~ Who knows? I don’t really know that much about Jude, except he’s a good soldier … and he’s hot. Oh God, I hope he doesn’t read this. Ugh, his ego doesn’t need to get any bigger.

Q~ Do you think there are any safer places you could go to in the world?

A~ I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, but how could I know? Maybe we’ll find someone one day who will know more. We can only hope, right?

Q~ If you had a do-over for ONE thing that has happened in the past two years, one thing YOU did that you could change … what would it be and why?

A~ I would normally say “nothing”, but that wouldn’t really be true. If I could change one thing, I would have tried harder. I would have tried to kill more zombies, save more people … just done more. But, I don’t get another chance, do I?

Q~ Well, that’s a lot of deep stuff, Melody. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy, zombie-killing, schedule to talk to us.

A~ No problem, I was glad to answer all of your questions. And I sincerely hope you’re still alive for another interview some time.

~About the Author~

Peggy Martinez

Peggy Martinez is a homeschooling mom of one boy and four girls.
She has been married to her soul mate, Omar, since January 2000. She enjoys reading, writing, soap making, all things aromatherapy, and Twizzlers- lots of Twizzlers. She dreams of one day owning a small homestead, raising some chickens along with her children, growing a large garden, and eventually taking a dream vacation to Greece. It isn’t too far fetched to think you could happen upon her and her husband having a conversation about religion, political conspiracies, a zombie apocalypse, or gangster movies.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Mike Bolter

    So torn between just locking the security door and hunkering down or tossing stuff at the neighbors dog to draw them away!

  • Stephanie Lunsford

    Mel Seems like a pretty bad A%^ chick! I can’t wait to read this!

  • Stephanie Lunsford

    I would have to say I would lock down the doors & grab my kids to make sure they understand they HAVE to stay quiet as to not attract any unwanted attention. then I’d probably call my husband if he wasn’t home & make sure he was safe & know we were too! after that I’d fill up our bath tub & get some bug out bags where I can literally grab& run if needed. I would turn tv on & see what the news would say! of course get on FB & tell my friends to be safe & aware! that is if the internet was still working!

  • Jessica Sturgill

    Go get my kids, they’re not at home right now. Then go to my mother in- laws & hunker down awhile.

  • Desiree Putaski

    Find some ammunition and lock everyone away!

  • Library Lady

    I’d grab my baseball bat and then muzzle my dog. The last thing I’d want would be for her to start barking her head off letting them know exactly where we were. I’d probably try to get my cell phone to work so I could check on my family as well.

  • Elyse S.

    Closing all the farm shutters and calling notifying my family!

  • Rainne Atkins

    Lock the door and hide!

  • Terri King

    Grab my dog, car keys, and bail. The fence surrounding the property would keep them at bay long enough for me to take off and call hubby to meet me somewhere. *best reason to always keep a full tank of gas!! 😉

  • Kristin@Blood, Sweat and Books

    Since I’m on the second story I’d try to knock down the stairs outside my apt. Nobody else is on either side of me atm so it’d be just us. Once I blocked off that entry they’d have to pile up pretty deep to get up to us. I’d then go and fill up every tub/sink/jug I could find just in case the water went off. Then I’d get to securing up everything and taking stock of food. Running at the onset might seem like a good idea but everyone else has that same idea and I don’t particularly want to be caught in a zombie traffic jam.

  • Pauline Creeden

    Cool to see things from Melody’s point of view. And if zombies were shambling toward the house…we do have plenty of ammo 🙂

  • Becky Stephens

    I would grab my kids’ bows and arrows and all the ammo for our rifles. Don’t know how long the ammo would last, though. We’d eventually need to venture out for more ammo.

  • Somia

    Looks awesome (y)

  • Laura Wilson-Farmer

    Sounds great, would love to start this series with Book One!