The Survival Series is over.
The last book has been out for months now and I'm still having a hard time with that fact. I didn't plan on writing that series. I planned to finish the Quarantined Series, finish the Bird of Stone series, and see where my imagination took me from there. But Joss jumped out at me and she wouldn't go away and I miss her now that she's gone.
Some of you have told me you miss her as well (and Trent and Ryan and Cren and the list goes on, the biggest compliment an author can receive!). While the end of the series made the majority of you happy, I know I left some unanswered questions. I left a bit to the imagination of the reader, but I want you guys to know I tried to write an epilogue. I agonized over it for a month! I wrote it, trashed it, rewrote it, glared at it, cursed at it, and in the end I abandoned it. It wasn't meant to be written. End of story - literally.
But there's no harm in telling you how I saw it all panning out, right? :)
Here are the answers to some really great questions I just received. If you wanted more of a resolution from the end of the series, here it is in the best form I can give it to you:
Yeah, in the epilogue Trent was in a loving relationship with a very patient woman and was about to become a father. He was, as always, very chill about it. Joss was freaking out. She was scared to hug Amber, convinced she'd crush the baby inside her.
And that's it! I hope that tied up some loose threads anyone may have had. If you guys ever have questions about the stories, ASK THEM! I love them. I will answer anything. Thanks for reading, loving, and investing in the Survival Series. I look forward to writing Trent's origins novella next year. It's Trent so you know it's gonna get weird :)
It's finally here! Tearing Down the Wall, the final book in the Survival Series is out now and it's on sale for only $0.99.
Check it out, get it on the cheap, and finish out this exciting series today :)
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Here are the first three chapters for Tearing Down the Wall! It's been a couple months since Backs came out and I know the cliffhanger was brutal so I hope you all enjoy this sneak peek into the final installment of the Survival Series.
The final cover for Tearing is here!
This will be the last book in the Survival Series so no more cliffhangers, I promise. There will be a definitive ending to the story of Joss and Ryan, and also for all of the Quarantined characters that have made cameos in this series.
Use this Goodreads link to add it to your To Read shelf! If you don't have Goodreads, sign up here for my New Release Newsletter to be updated on it's release.
Thanks so much to everyone who has been following this series! I have a love/hate feel for this final book. I'll be sad to have it end because I love each of the characters so much, but it's such an exciting part of the story, especially for Joss. And also for Ryan... :)
His arms release my hands and go to wrap around me. He’s going to pull me into an embrace, tell me everything is alright and he’ll fall asleep chastely beside me, snuggling in next to me and all my issues. It will go on night after night until infinity or we die and he’ll never say a word. He’ll never ask for more. But if I ever want the chance to let him in and watch him chase away my demons the way his laugh lights up this loft, I need to man the hell up and offer what he’ll never demand.
I push back from him before he can embrace me, my eyes finding his. He looks so worried it hurts. It almost lets me chicken out and bail on this entirely. It could be an awkward moment we both remember forever but never talk about. It could be the setting of the status quo. The beginning of our ending, riding this even plane until the end of our existence. Never more, never less.
Or it could be a beginning of everything.
I'm doing a Survival Series Giveaway!
Prize - Tearing Down the Wall ARC (will be mailed in June) + Survival Series necklace.
To enter this Survival Series giveaway, all you have to do is write an honest review for Backs Against the Wall on Amazon. Send me the link to your review (whether it's new or you already wrote one) in a message and your name will be added to the list. At the end of the month I'll use a random name selector app to pick 4 winners.
Good luck and Happy Reading!
There's kind of a long story about why Backs is out early, but as much as I love telling stories, this one isn't particularly interesting so we'll skip it and go straight to the happy ending - Backs Against the Wall is available here right now!!!
So go grab your copy and get all the answers to those terrible, awful cliffhangers I left you with in Writing.
Is Ryan one of the new captives in the Colony?
Can Vin survive the attack by Caroline?
Is there any more pumpkin pie?!?!
But most importantly, is Joss a Wendy? Or a motherf-- well, you know ;)
I am so excited for March 1st! I'm hoping you all will love Backs as much as you liked Writing. Joss is changing, opening up and Ryan is right there with her this time.
Below is an aggravating excerpt. Also, to give you a feel for how I pictured the characters in the Survival Series, here's a look at a dream casting I did in a recent interview with Kristen at Pretty Little Pages . The girl is seriously wonderful. In depth reviews, great taste in books (she's a fan of mine so that right there speaks volumes!), plus she's funny which to me means everything. Go check her out!
Joss - Emma Watson because I love her, she's adorable but kick ass and she was hilarious in This Is The End.
Ryan - Liam Hemsworth because he's not a popstar Disney twig (I'm looking at you, Efron!)
Crenshaw - Jeff Bridges because he can play crazy better than anybody and still be so loveable.
Trent - Tom Felton because no one trusted Draco Malfoy but deep down, didn't you want to?
Vin - Ryan Gosling. If you have to ask why, you were picturing a hot pimp all wrong and I feel sorry for you.
Ali - Mandy Moore because she could play unstable and a little crazy without losing your faith in her.
Jordan - Chris Pine because of the eyes and the cavalier attitude. I feel like he could lose his hand and keep on smiling.
“What is it?” I whisper, knowing whatever it is, it isn’t good.
Trent stares at me patiently, his weird, light eyes looking white in the firelight.
“We aren’t walking out of here in the morning,” he replies, his deep voice vibrating through my bones.
I swallow hard. “Why not?”
“Because they’re coming.”
My vision goes funny, fuzzy. I’m having trouble breathing. “No one is coming. No one knows we—“
“I can hear them,” he interrupts me, his voice hushed and calm. “They’re not even trying to hide themselves. They want us to know.”
“Why?” I whisper, my eyes glued on his. My ears straining to hear the evil that speaks only to him.
“Because,” he says, his voice dipping lower. I can hear it then, behind his words. Footsteps. Slow, unhurried. Patient. “They want us to run.”
I bite my lip until I taste blood, willing myself not to cry out. Not to jump up and run, to leave them both behind.
I hear the screech of metal over the pavement. It’s not far off. A blade being drug over the ground. A warning. A promise.
“You know who.”
I nod hard.
Backs is done! I finished writing it tonight and I'm so excited about it! My best friend finished reading it tonight as well and immediately called me a See You Next Tuesday for the cliffhanger ending, so you know it's gotta be good. Or bad? I don't know. Either way, in honor of it's completion, here is an excerpt. And because I'm feeling so happy that it's finished, I'll give up a Ryan section ;)
“I’m sorry, Joss,” he mutters, his breathing uneven. “I forgot about your arm. We need to deal with that right now.”
I groan, letting my head hang back. “This is gonna suck so bad.”
“Sorry,” he repeats.
He heads for my bathroom. I’m not surprised when he comes back out with my bottle of vodka.
“Here. Get to work on that. It’ll take the edge off. It’s still going to hurt, but it will hurt a lot less.”
I sniff the open top of the bottle, my lips curling back in disgust. “I’ve never drank it before.”
“I’m a little jealous.”
“Good God, why? It smells like acid.”
Ryan chuckles. “It’ll taste a lot better than the stuff at the markets. Drink too much of what they sell there and you’ll go blind.”
I cringe at the thought of going to the markets. I’m going to have to, though. How else am I going to get an audience with The Hive? I can’t exactly walk up to the door and knock. I’ll be shot or shoved into their stables, no questions asked. It’s something I need to talk to Ryan about, but not yet. One painful thing at a time and right now my arm has soundly called dibs.
I take a swig of the vodka. It’s not bad, not at first. Then the burn hits. I double over, coughing and grabbing at my chest where the heat is coursing through it into my stomach.
“Why?” I gasp, not really sure what I’m asking. Why do people drink this stuff? Why does it hurt so bad? Why are my insides on fire?
“Ugh!” I groan. I stand up straight, my face frozen in a tortured grimace as the burn just keeps on going. “This is terrible.”
Ryan shakes his head. “That’s the good stuff. And you’ll need more of it than that. Better keep drinking before you lose your nerve.”
I glare at him, thinking of the rooftop. The jump. The Fall.
“I never lose my nerve.”
He silently makes a drinking motion with his hand before crossing his arms over his chest, watching me patiently.
I take two more good, long pulls off the bottle before I hand it back to him. It was easier doing it all at once. I still want to die, though. Ryan stows the bottle back in the bathroom before coming to stand in front of me again. He doesn’t say anything, just watches me.
“What?” I ask, feeling antsy being under the microscope.
“Now we wait. It’ll hit you soon.”
“What’s it going to feel like?”
He smirks. “What does drunk feel like? Uh, good, I guess is the best way to describe it. You’ll be a little dizzy, feel a little flushed. You might vomit eventually.”
I frown. “So it’s like being sick.”
“Kinda, yeah. But in a good way. You’ll laugh more, which will be nice.”
“Do you have a problem with my attitude?”
“Asked the girl frowning at me,” he retorts, pointing at my furrowed brow. I try to relax it, but I don’t know if it works. Ryan grins. “Nah, I like you’re attitude, Joss. But I like your laugh too.”
“You’ve barely heard it.”
“Exactly. I’m looking forward to it.”
“Why do you like me, Ryan?” I mumble quietly. “I’m not nice.”
“Oh good,” he says, taking my shoulders, “it’s working.” He sits me down on my bed, pressing my back against the wall. I’m glad to be sitting because the room has started to tilt. “You haven’t eaten recently, have you?”
“Not for hours and hours and hours.”
“This will be fun,” he mutters.
Author of YA/NA science fiction and romance peppered with wit and sarcasm.