Saturday, April 14, 2018

Win a $50 Amazon gift card with Samie Sands - Not Dead Yet!

Who will survive when it's the end of the world?

Samie Sands is a freelance graphic designer who followed her lifelong dream and uses her creativity in a new way by writing. With a degree in Media Studies and PR, Samie has already had articles published in a number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie Guide Magazine.

She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cultures.

Author Samie Sands has a four-part zombie series called AM13 Outbreak, which you probably know by now if you've seen our previous features.

The third book called Not Dead Yet, shown above, kicks zombie butt as good as the other books in the series. With so many twists and turns in this concluding book, the zombies will be spinning like tops.

All four books in the zombie book series are available now, and you can get them free on Kindle today!

The AM13 Outbreak has affected everywhere, the entire world has experienced infection.

Victims of the virus are no longer human, they've changed, become something scientifically impossible. With their loss of human function and their new lust for flesh, there’s only one word to describe them...


The world is divided as everyone tries to work out how to survive. Many have already lost their lives in the fight, but there are still a few who are not dead...


Still curious about the author? Time for an interview with Samie...

What inspired you to write Not Dead Yet?
Not Dead Yet is the fourth book in the AM13 Outbreak series so I wanted to do something else with it. The first three books mostly center around the UK, so for this one I wanted to explore the rest of the world. Not every country is handling the virus in the same way, so even might’ve escaped it entirely! The book introduces all sorts of characters, some of whom are based on real people. I ran a competition for people to be featured, so maybe readers will even know someone in the pages.

What are some of the challenges you face when writing?
I think like most writers, it’s having the time to write and the right inspiration at the same time! The two very rarely seem to meet which can get frustrating!

How do you market your books?
I always find giving a little sample of the book is good, it gives people a little glimpse of what’s to come. Picking one for Not Dead Yet was hard because there are so many varied characters in so many weird and wacky situations. I also had movie scripts, diary entries, letters, and many more to choose from. But I decided to go for Luke Yates, a middle-aged man from Australia, who’s struggling with the loneliness brought on by the zombie apocalypse:


“Aw hell,” I mutter angrily to myself as another undead pus-bag takes a swing at me. What sort of hellish nightmare is this, and more importantly why hasn’t it come to an end yet? One might assume that an island, such as Australia, might be able to escape a virus such as this, but clearly not. One might also assume that with such a large expanse of the place being scarcely populated, there’d be somewhere to get away.

Clearly, that assumption is an incorrect one. I’ve been everywhere I can think of to get away, and they seem to keep on following me. Or maybe they’re just everywhere, like horse flies, or something equally as annoying. I’ve been in the city, and out of it, and actually, it’s better to be in. At least there’s stuff to eat that I don’t need to kill first!

I smash my lead piping through the dead guy’s head, cold blood splattering all over my face as I do. I hate this part, the cleaning up after a kill, mostly because the lenses on my glasses are starting to have bits of grime, coagulated blood, and very dead flesh caked right into them, and there isn’t anything I can do about that. I can’t exactly head to the nearest opticians for a replacement now, can I? I tried, but my usual place was utterly destroyed, presumably collateral damage in the initial outbreak, so that’s the end of that.

“Idiot,” I shake my head at the dead guy lying at my feet, wondering how he managed to get himself infected. If I’ve been smart enough to keep myself alive, then I didn’t see why everyone else shouldn’t too. There wasn’t anything particularly special about me. Sure I was a ‘jack of all trades’ in life, which made had helped me a little, and I was a massive reader too which means I know a lot, but still. I think common sense is key.

Maybe Australia doesn’t have much of it after all. I don’t really know where I’m going to go next, I’m getting thoroughly sick of wandering around, trying to find somewhere safe to stay, just for something to happen which forces me to move on. It’s exhausting, and somewhere along the line, everything started to feel a little...pointless. I guess what I really want to do is go to another country, to get away from here. I suppose if I consider it rationally, judging by the fact that no one has come to rescue Australia, this isn’t the only place in the world that’s been affected, but surely there must be somewhere safe? There must be somewhere on the planet that I can go? I can’t keep on doing this forever.

I slump down on a tree stump, blinking my eyes into the intense bright sunshine, wondering what direction I force my weary body in next. The sun rays are sizzling my skin too ferociously to continue worrying about monsters coming at me from every angle, my stomach’s growling too loudly and my parched throat screams are too loud to keep going aimlessly, I feel too weary for all of it now. The whole apocalyptic nightmare is a young man’s game, not for someone like me who just wants to curl up in the evenings with a good book. I would love to find a way to just stop the fighting... “Help!”

Other than writing, what are you working on these days?
I’m pretty much just writing. When I’m not writing books, I’m publishing articles, reviews, and other content. I don’t ever seem to be away from my laptop!

You meet a stranger in an elevator who asks about the copy of Not Dead Yet sticking out of your bag. What's your 30-second pitch to encourage them to read it?
I don’t stick to the usual characters, the one’s who have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse, I feature and give a voice to everyone else, the one’s readers can relate to. As you can see from the title, not all of these characters are dead…yet!

So who wants to win something?!

Like our previous features, Samie Sands and I have partnered up to give away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.


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I'm Seth, owner of the Giveaway Guy blog. I live in the suburbs outside of Boston with my wife and have a career in SEO. I enjoy writing reviews and entering giveaways in my spare time.
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