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love and decay vol 1

Love and Decay Volume #1
by Rachel Higginson
Publication date: September 29th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, Zombies

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world’s population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they’ve become somewhat of experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay.

Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe.

The brothers decide that Reagan and Haley need help with being kept safe as well, and as a group they set off to find the Zombie-free utopia Reagan is dreaming of.

Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they’re not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.

Danger looms over every inch of the way, but Reagan, Haley and the Parkers are determined to get to their goal and remain together. Soon the Parkers become more to Reagan than just traveling companions and more than friendship starts to develop between her and Hendrix, the second oldest brother.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be as simple as life and death. Now, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough to find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Love and Decay, Volume One, is a compilation of the first six episodes in a twelve episode season. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Each episode is approximately 20,000 words.

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~About the Author~

Rachel Higginson

Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and more! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But came back home to marry her high school sweetheart and now spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, She is either lost in reading or writing her own stories.

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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.
  • Lori Hopkins

    Yes I would because I would not want them to be like that, I know they wouldn’t want to be like that, and they would not want to hurt anyone else, either

  • Jeremy Hunt

    Yes. It wouldn’t be my family member anyways.

  • Sabrina Joy

    If I have to, I guess I have to. 🙁 It would take a whole lot of reluctance though.

  • Steph


  • Pauline Creeden

    Honestly I’d be tempted to keep him in my shed the way Shaun did in Shaun of the dead…or the Governor did his kid…nah, nevermind – I’d take them out 🙂

  • Library Lady

    It would be hard, of course, but I think I could do it. Especially considering the alternative!

  • Kristen klenert

    I sure hope so!!

  • Sabrina Taylor

    I would hope that I would be able too. Until one is faced with it, you would never know for sure. I would like to know they are at peace and not going to hurt/kill anyone. I would hope I had the strength to do it.

  • Michelle Monroe

    OMGosh, that is everyones question, because its a good one. I think it would be hard as hell, but I would hope that I’d have the strength to do it. I wouldn’t want to be a zombie, and I know my loved ones wouldn’t either. lol.

  • melissa

    I adore Rachel, I have read every book I can, and even have a few signed copies.

  • Samantha Loving

    id like to think i could but i dont really know.

  • Trinitee

    Hmmmm…good question. I’m guessing I could around halloween time.

  • mom2owenandjack

    I’m going to say I hope so!

  • April

    I would love to think I could take them out but I highly doubt it. I would likely be the first to die in the event of zombies…

  • Linda Dake

    I love love love these books!!! Now in the event of a zombie appocolypse I am gonna be one of the first gone but still fun to read about!!

  • peanut

    So excited to get some L & D back. I miss it a lot

  • Jami Broveak

    I’d like to think I could put a family member out of their misery, but if it was my son I would have a hard time of it.

  • Taren Weisenfluh Atkinson

    I wouldn’t be happy taking them out, but I think the fight or flight instinct would kick in and I would have to take them out!

  • Nastasia Alexandria Nazar

    If there was a way to temporarily hang on to them in case of a cure, I wouldn’t kill them, but if it was unavoidable, I could get the job done.

  • Lindsay Galloway

    Honestly, I’m not sue if I could kill my own children. The mere thought of it turns my stomach. I wouldn’t want them to suffer though.

  • Erin F

    Ironically I’m watching the Walking Dead right now. If it was walking Dead zombie then yes b/c what was my loved one is gone. If it’s Shaun of the Dead zombie, then I’d chain them in the shed 😉 thanks for sharing!

  • Wendy Roberts

    It would be hard, but I would have to, especially if the rest of the family was in danger.

  • Amy Livesay Hart


  • Jeanette G.

    Anyone but my kids.. I think maybe anyone else. My kids I could never. That would be such a wrong situation.

  • Brooke Renee Chidester

    I don’t really know if I could take out any of my family members if they turned zombie. I would try my hardest though, I think.

    Can’t wait for Magic and Decay!!

  • Tia

    I would have to. Kill or be killed.

  • Dora Balfour-Lyda

    I think I can!

  • Jane Wilson

    no don’t think i could take them out I’d just feed them dead body bits to stop them from eating me ! lol

  • MS11

    No, I’d have to lock them up

  • marypreston

    I probably could & would.

  • Nurmawati Djuhawan

    lock them out…thx u for the chance…

  • Maria A. Malaveci

    I would so take them out!

  • Amie Stockton

    I am pretty sure I could. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Lori F


  • heathermanning

    um… depends on which family member? 😀 That wasn’t nice. I don’t think I could. I’d make my husband do it… unless it was him…then I’d make my almost 16 year old who can’t wait for the zombie apocalypse to start do it.

  • Becky Stephens

    I honestly don’t know. If it was someone close to me, I don’t know if I could take them out, but the thought of them feasting on others is horrible, too.

  • Lenore Kosinski

    OMG, you are so frickin adorable!! I kind of want to get that beer for my husband now. And I seriously want to find that Archie comic series now….

    Hmmm…my edit got lost. I forgot to read the question before commenting. I would cry the whole time, but I would probably kill them. Either that or I would go Shaun of the Dead and chain them up in my shed…;)

  • Danielle At Atz

    This is a very difficult question. On one hand you would want them to be put out of their misery. No one want to see someone they love a walking corpse. But could I actually do it? I don’t think so. Especially if it was one of my kids.

  • Nikki Johnstone

    Like someone else said, it really depends on who it is, but then again…. they’re already dead, so I could probably do it.

  • Rose

    I wouldn’t be able to do it. Not my family…or good friends.

  • Lindsay Fouts

    I would hope I could find the courage to do what needed to be done

  • Mary DeBorde

    Absolutely not …. unless it was my older brother Mitchell, who used to eat all my Halloween candy when we were kids and tattle to mom & dad over every little thing and who grew up to be a pretentious snot that pronounced *shrimp* without the *s*. HIM I would take out at the first sign of a fever/cough/stumbling-over-a-rock-in-the-driveway. 😀 lol

  • Yes, I think I would have to. I wouldn’t want them to “live” like that or see them suffer. It would be horrible, but I’d have to help them that way.

  • Samantha Daleo

    If I needed to, to protect the rest of my family, yes.

  • Joani S

    My first thought was hell yea, I wouldn’t be able to let them walk around like that, but then again taking out a family member or good friend…I just don’t know now.

  • I would probably close the door, and run!

  • Meredith

    Nope. I would have to do like machone on twd and have em follow behind me!! Haha.

  • I dont know…. I may be able to if it were life and death, but to just take them out… I dont think i could.