Title: The Survivors Book III: Winter
Release Date: 1st of August 2014.
Cover Reveal Date: 1st of July 2014.
The worst has happened. Humanity has fallen. There is no future. There is no hope. A virus has wiped out our species, with the exception of the lucky few that are immune. But now, a vicious new enemy has emerged, one that threatens everything that we’re trying so hard to build. In its darkest hour, humanity needs a hero. I’ve decided that I will be that hero. If I have to die in the process, I can accept that, but I cannot go to my grave without knowing that I have done everything possible to save my species and the people that I care about. We cannot – no, we will not! – let this virus become our extinction event. We will endure. We will rebuild. It may take us generations, but the world we leave for our children will not be the one our parents left for us. Heroes are not born, they are created, when ordinary men and women to step forward and perform extraordinary deeds in the name of the greater good. My name is Sandrine McDermott. I was named to honour my grandmother, and I will make her proud. I am no longer just a survivor.
Book III: http://vldreyer.com/literature/the-survivors-book-iii/
Ten years ago, a deadly plague ravaged humanity. There were seven billion souls on our planet; now, there’s just a handful. Our extinction event has come and gone, but a few of us did survive. We’re the lucky ones, born with a rare genetic adaptation that gave us immunity to the plague. But the intervening decade was brutal and unforgiving; many more died.
I was eighteen years old when I watched my family die one by one. Now, I am alone. I’ve managed to eke out an existence amongst the ruins of our shattered world, but there is so much danger that it’s a miracle I’m still alive. I am a lone female in a world without rules; death stalks me at every turn.
But I will not give up. I will not surrender. I am the last of my line, and I am determined to honour my family, even if I couldn’t save them.
My name is Sandy McDermott, and I am a survivor.
This is my story.
*** Author's Foreword ***
There has been some confusion regarding whether or not this book is zombie horror. I don’t want anyone to buy it, then get upset because it’s not what they expected. The Survivors is kind of a genre-bender. It’s a little bit apocalyptic, a bit dystopian, a bit science-fiction, and there’s even a dash of romance in there for spice. Yes, it does have a few zombies, but the zombies are not the focus of the story. They are merely an element of the environment.
The story takes place in the Waikato region of New Zealand, ten years on after a killer plague erased the majority of our species from the face of the earth. 99.5% of humanity is either dead, or has been reduced to the (mostly) harmless, lumbering undead. The few people lucky enough to be immune to the disease have spent the last ten years struggling to live amongst the ruins of a dead society.
For some people, the time hasn’t been so bad. For other people – like our heroine and narrator, Sandrine McDermott – the last ten years have been a living hell. Without rules to keep people civilized, there’s nothing to keep a lone female safe except her own wits. Sometimes, that’s just not enough.
Life has not been kind to her. In fact, it’s safe to say that fate’s been kind of a bastard. However, it’s also a whimsical bastard. When Sandy injures herself and is forced to go looking for the medication she needs to survive, she finds herself on the receiving end of kindness in the last place she expects. She’s forced her to reassess her place in the world, and her own humanity.
The Survivors is a four-part tale that follows Sandy’s evolution from the psychologically-damaged wreck that she at the beginning of the story, to the true heroine that we need to preserve our species from extinction.
Somehow, some way, she must go from being one of the hopeless wanderers, to being our hope for a new tomorrow.
This book is written entirely in New Zealand English, which is an offshoot of British English.
Book I: http://vldreyer.com/literature/the-survivors-book-i/
Amazon - Book I: http://www.amazon.com/Survivors-Book-I-Summer-ebook/dp/B00E9O790W/
The Survivors Book II: Autumn
The virus came from deep in Africa.
By the time they had a name for the disease, it had wiped out half the continent. Within a year, it had decimated our world. Now, ten years later, our species is on the verge of extinction. Only a few of us have survived, those lucky enough to be born with a natural immunity to the plague. We scavenge amongst the ruins of our old civilizations, picking out a living from the devastation.
After a decade of living a solitary existence, I have found a family, one that I would do anything to protect. Then tragedy strikes in the blink of an eye, and leaves my family in mourning. There was nothing any of us could do. We were helpless. My inability to protect them from pain and loss feels like a terrible failure. Despair becomes a constant companion, but I can’t live like that forever. I must find a way to move through the grief, and carry on.
I choose to fight for what’s important. I can’t just stand by waiting for death to claim the people that I care about, one by one. What can one person do to save a world this far gone? I can try to bring hope to the people that are left behind. It will be a difficult battle, but I must fight for the people I love. I have to try. We have to try. We have to find some way to move forward, or humanity will be lost forever. Someone must step forward and lead the way.
My name is Sandy McDermott, and I say that merely surviving is no longer enough.
Book II: http://vldreyer.com/literature/the-survivors-book-ii/
Amazon - Book II: http://www.amazon.com/Survivors-Book-II-Autumn-ebook/dp/B00HYRLHIG/
About the Author:
Victoria L. Dreyer is an international best-selling author based out of Auckland, New Zealand. She is best known for her post-apocalyptic series, The Survivors, as well as the Immortelle series under her pen name, Abigail Hawk. Her earlier works cover numerous graphic novels, including Tour Girls In The 23rd Century and The Gyrath’s Gate Chronicles and an assortment of essays and short stories.
Ms Dreyer grew up in a home that valued literacy above all else, and she learned her love of books during childhood. At the age of 14, she penned her first novel in the form of the original draft of the The Gyrath’s Gate Chronicles, which is in the process of being adapted to graphic novel format. Shortly after high school, she co-founded the graphic novel publisher Blue Scar Productions with the aid of Alexandra “Blue” Saunders. Between the two of them, they recruited sixteen volunteers united by their love of comic books. Although Blue Scar Productions ceased to operate as a commercial entity in November 2011, Ms Dreyer has since gone on to produce more works under her own name. Her preferred genres are science fiction, post-apocalyptic survival, and romance – and sometimes all three at once.
Ms Dreyer suffers from an advanced form of Meniere’s Disease, which has left her with a hearing impairment. Despite this, she still loves talking to her readers. In her free time, she is an avid reader, enjoys freelance writing and photography, and loves to explore an assortment of handicrafts.
Visit her at http://www.vldreyer.com/