Spooky October giveaway and a copy of ASHES!

Well, it's the middle of October which means that all around my neighborhood pumpkins are being carved, spooky decorations are being set out, and all the thrift stores have costume sections.



It also means it's time for me to give away a VERY SCARY BOOK. A book that you should only read with the lights on. A book written by one of my agent-mates, who is a lovely woman in person, but has a terrifying mind.

That book is Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick.




Is the story as creepy as the cover? Well..

Alex has run away and is hiking through the wilderness with her dead parents' ashes, about to say goodbye to the life she no longer wants to live. But then the world suddenly changes. An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky zapping every electronic device and killing the vast majority of adults. 
For those spared, it's a question of who can be trusted and who has changed...

Everyone still alive has turned - some for the better (those who acquired a superhuman sense) while others for the worse (those who acquired a taste for human flesh). Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the zombies that are on the hunt, Alex meets up with Tom - an Army veteran who escaped one war only to find something worse at home - and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse.

This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to find food, shelter, while fighting off the 'Changed' and those desperate to stay alive. A tense and involving adventure with shocks and sudden plot twists that will keep teen and adult readers gripped.

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this from Awesome Agent Jenn, and I read it while perched on the edge of my couch and biting my fingernails the whole way. (The ARC was a loan, THIS is the actual hardback.)  If you want something deliciously scary to close out October with, you can't do better than this.

As usual, all you have to do to enter is

1. Follow my blog

and...

2. Leave a comment

You also get an extra entry every time you facebook, tweet, blog or do an interpretive dance about the contest. All I need is a link in the comment section. International entries are welcome. And since this is a SPOOKY giveaway, I'm not closing the contest until midnight on Halloween.

And in the meantime... what scares YOU the most?

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