Spotlight & Giveaway! Euphoria-Z by Luke Ahearn

Euphoria-Z

Euphoria-Z
by Luke Ahearn
Publication date: May 12th 2014
Category: Adult
Genre: Post-apocalypse, Zombies

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WARNING! Euphoria-Z is NOT for the timid! Within its pages are depictions of adult situations, violence, gore, nudity, and the use of profanity.

Civilization shuts down as the world’s population fills the streets in a deadly orgy. They feel only pleasure and never pain, even as they are injured, maimed, and mutilated. The few who remain unaffected struggle to survive, unaware that things are about to get unbelievably worse.

Cooper is among the few survivors of a conspiracy to depopulate the world. One week ago, college was his biggest concern. Now he is on a perilous journey to find his sister. But zombies aren’t the only threat he faces. In this nightmarish reality, the living can be far more dangerous.

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~Excerpt~

The present, Monterey, California
“Fuck!” The wiry, gray-haired old man felt his eyes go wide with surprise, but he quickly got his shit together. Jasper scowled; now he was very pissed off. He might stoop and shuffle when he walked, but he didn’t take any shit.
Some big fat bastard was bear-hugging him from behind. He could see white mountains of wet flab before his eyes, and he smelled vomit. He felt a massive wet belly and man tits pressing against his back. Large folds of cold wet flesh engulfed him, and he shuddered at the sensation.
He hated hugs, especially from men, and hugs from big fat sweaty bastards were absolutely unacceptable. He carried his best spiked hammer, an old-school Craftsman from back in the day, before the gooks were making them. He was just itching to use it. The fat bastard was yelling something in his ear.
“I love you! I love you, man!”
“Ahhh, geez!” Jasper twisted out of the flabby cocoon and took a few steps back. What he saw disgusted him. It was a giant fat kid, a head taller than himself, who looked like a giant baby, all hairless and soft. The kid was smiling like an idiot, and that made Jasper even more pissed off. Food smeared the kid’s face and ran down his chins in greasy streams between his man tits and over his belly. All Jasper could think was that all that shit was all over his back. Now he would have to burn his shirt and take a long, hot shower.
The kid wore nothing but baggy white underwear soaked in sweat. Jasper shuddered at the clammy coldness on his back. His flannel shirt clung to him and felt like a cold, wet bathing suit.
“I love you, man!” The big fat kid smiled as he came at him for another hug.
“Ahhhh! Fuck you!” Despite his advanced age, Jasper moved with an efficiency and force that spoke of his many years as a carpenter. He brought the spiked hammer down on the kid’s skull, and it collapsed inward with little resistance. He liked the sensation of cracking a head but hated wasting the time to do it.
The kid dropped to the concrete like a wet sack. He was still smiling, which made cracking his skull less enjoyable. Jasper wished he could bash every asshole around with his trusty hammer. He looked around to make sure another shithead wasn’t looking for a hug.
A woman came at him, hooting so loud he could hear it over the crowd, waving her tits at him. He took her out too, with an easy smack between the eyes. He had enough of this shit. He cracked a few more skulls for fun, but he got bored. It was always the same: an easy tap to the skull and the moron dropped, still smiling.
The streets were crammed with people, and they were all acting crazy. Jasper just wanted to get home. It seemed everyone was congregating downtown, streaming in from the surrounding neighborhoods. People were walking in large groups, arm in arm, naked and clothed, dancing, running, and hugging. It all made Jasper sick, just god-awful sick.
He tried to go all the way downtown and almost got caught up in the crowd. People were pushing and jamming each other into doors until they cracked open. He heard the crash of large plate-glass windows, but no one reacted. In fact, he saw people just getting pushed through the windows in a wave. He could tell that people were getting seriously injured and killed, and he just wanted to get the hell out of there.
He left at the right time. The press of the massive crowd smashed and suffocated, ground and trampled, and killed many—and the party continued to grow. No one screamed in panic or pain. No one yelled for help or dialed 911. And no one stopped to offer assistance, an apology, or true human interaction of any kind. Everyone was bent on doing exactly what they wanted to do, and what anyone else wanted didn’t matter to them in the slightest.
In any place where people gathered for a good time, the crowds were thick. The mall was packed, but the hospital was empty. The wharf was so full that hundreds fell into the icy waters of the bay. The office parks and businesses were dark and silent. Some groups formed parties on random streets for one reason or another.
A large majority of the city was empty, devoid of people. Most left their homes and walked away, leaving doors unlocked and often wide open. They would join a group and wander away.
There were still a few souls hiding indoors who were anything but euphoric. They watched with fear and horror the goings-on outside their windows. Jasper had been one of these, but he needed his goddamned pills and had to drive through all this crazy shit to get them. Of course, when he got to the damn pharmacy it was closed. He had tried to call ahead, but no one answered the phone. He was pissed. He wanted nothing to do with this crazy shit. He didn’t want to see any of it and certainly didn’t want to walk through it. He saw quite a few people doing things he had only seen in his buddies’ dirty magazines. But there was one thing every single person was doing: smiling like a retard with a lollipop—every single one.
At first, he thought all the outlandish behavior was confined to idiots, kids, and queers. It had to be some new drug to get them this nuts, he thought. But too many people were acting bonkers, too many people who just didn’t fit the behavior.
He walked as quickly as he was able away from the crowd and back to his car. He’d seen some shit in his day, but in the last few the world had descended into pandemonium. There were reports that almost everyone around the world was walking away from their jobs, no matter how critical. Everything was grinding to a halt. Transportation, communication—private or military, trivial or critical—everything was just going belly up. Jasper had known this day was coming ever since the blacks were allowed to vote.
And the crooks in Washington didn’t know anything. They said it was an unknown virus and creatively named it Euphoria-Z. Z because they didn’t know what it was, only what it did. And their advice? Stay indoors and away from crowds, bunch of geniuses.
Jasper had never expected he would need to kill people, not since the war, but in the last few days he had been forced to. The streets were crazy, and he wouldn’t even be outside if he hadn’t needed his pills. He felt as if he were the only sane person for miles. He looked at his feet and wondered, only briefly, if something were wrong with him? No, couldn’t be, he thought. None of this was right. The world had gone crazy.

~About the Author~

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Luke Ahearn has over 20 years of professional game development experience and has authored numerous nonfiction books on the topic. He ran his own computer game company for ten years and currently owns MasterWerxStudios, an animatronic prop shop in Monterey, CA.

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~Giveaway~

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Wife, mother, 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.
  • Susan Pigott

    This is so freaking cool! Just thinking of the people that I could scare with these heads, makes me all giddy! Can’t wait to read the book either! 😉

  • Erin Hayes

    Okay, that’s a cool prize.

  • Becky Stephens

    That is freaking amazing! I would proudly display it on my bookshelf alongside all my zombie novels! My hubby would flip out if I won – and that makes me want it even more! LOL

  • Lori Parker

    Uhh can I win all four. They can become my friends and we’ll go everywhere together. Even work. I’ll pet them and name them cool names. I’ll even let them sleep in on Sundays.

  • Elyse S.

    Holy cow! The book sounds great and that zombie head is freaking awesome! So scary! I don’t think I could have that in my room without waking up screaming bloody murder.

    • Luke Ahearn

      lol that’s my goal!

  • Luke Ahearn

    Man this book sounds awesome and I bet the author is cute and smart. Wait, I am the author 🙂 Thanks for all the comments. I hope the book is a good read for you all.

  • Marie DMacs

    This sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing wonderfully gruesome talent!! If I won one of these I would be known as “The COOLEST Mom EVER!!” Thanks for the chance for a one of a kind Zombie coolness!

    • Luke Ahearn

      Gruesome talent! Best compliment ever 🙂

  • Sabrina Taylor

    One of a kind giveaway. NICE!!!! Can’t wait to read your book, will be amazing 🙂

    • Luke Ahearn

      Hope you enjoy the book. Love to hear your thoughts too!

      Luke

    • For sure, Sabrina. I was totally geeked when I saw the giveaway. I think I actually squealed. haha

  • Carol Savoy-Fox

    OMG! My boys would get a kick out of this! LOL! Can you just imagine how many children would run from my house if I put this out at Halloween! Oh man this is just too good. LOVE IT!

  • If I win one I’ll let you all take selfies with him

  • Karen Arrowood

    These are so cool! I need one of these – it would be perfect for Halloween….. Can you imagine the faces of the kids when the door opens to this?? I’m going to get the book right now 🙂

    • That would be awesome to have for Halloween! Let me know what you think of the book, Karen. 🙂

  • Oh cool yet creepy! My husband would LOVE to have these in his music studio!!! Thanks for the chance to win Toni and Luke!

  • Lou Goff

    My grandson would love one of these! It would be a great present for his Halloween Birthday!! Thank you for the chance to win a one of a kind masterpiece!

    • That is awesome! Good luck, Lou. I hope your grandson gets one of these for his birthday 🙂

      • Luke

        Cool! Best of luck to you.

  • June Ebinger

    I LOVE ZOMBIES! I’M WATCHING A ZOMBIE MOVIE RIGHT NOW!

  • Carla D.

    Love Zombies! I know my hubby would display this proudly. Lol. 🙂

  • Terri King

    Cant win because I’m not in the US, but I bought the book and did the rest anyway. 🙂

    • If ever there was a reason to move, this would be it!

      • Terri King

        Yeah for sure! Well, we are moving but it’s the wrong way. We’re headed to Quebec. Eek.

        • Wrong way, indeed! Move here so we can hang out! 😀

          • Terri King

            If only the Canadian Forces had a base there. *sigh*
            I’m not sure the world could handle that though….lol!!

  • Chrissy Malave

    I can’t wait to read this book I love zombies I have the perfect spot to put a zombie head! We are a full family of zombie lovers!

  • Elaine

    Oh my gosh, I know my Husband would pop out of the bushes waiting and prowling in hopes of luring someone or something into his trap

  • Georgia Hatheway Beckman

    This is FABULOUS! My son would absolutely flip over this!

    • Luke Ahearn

      Thanks. I am not creative enough to come up with more individual posts. All I can think of is to say thank you 🙂

  • Raquel Perez-Espinal

    this is simply amazing!! I would LOVE to win this!

    • Luke Ahearn

      Thanks. I am not creative enough to come up with more individual posts. All I can think of is to say thank you 🙂

  • Megan

    OHH!! this is the most amazing thing i have ever seen! A must have!!! Brilliant work!!! 🙂

    • Luke Ahearn

      Would you like to be my marketing director 🙂 thanks for the compliments

  • wins4me

    My daughter would love this, she is a big fan of the Zombies

    • Luke

      Hi. THanks for taking time to post.

      • Luke, will you be posting the winners on the Rafflecopter? I’d love to see who the winners are! 🙂

  • Diana S

    This is so cool!! I would love to scare my husband with this!

    • Luke Ahearn

      Hi D,

      If you don’t win I am sure you can think of other ways to scare your husband 🙂

      • Diana S

        This is true but they wouldn’t be near as funny as watching him react to walking in on a zombie head! He makes me watch zombie stuff during the day because they scare him… I think it would be hilarious, but then my humor is a little twisted.

  • barnertrish

    So Beautiful! Oh!!! I would love these! I would honor them every time I got a chance and scare people with them. And Halloween would be the Ultimate! I LOVE Zombies! 🙂

    • Luke Ahearn

      Hi and I appreciate your post and wish you luck in the draw.

  • margaretporter

    My granddaughter is obsessed with zombies. She would love this!

    • Luke Ahearn

      Hey thanks for the posting.

  • Donna Kellogg

    This is so cool we are a Zombie obsessed family.

  • Danielle Crick

    We love anything zombie related in this house. This is such a unique and awesome thing to giveaway.

  • Angela Higdon

    My BFF does a huge haunted house every year and I would LOVE to win one of these for herr! SUPER CREEPY!

  • Rainne Atkins

    Love it 🙂

  • amanda whitley

    my husband would love to receive this!