Book Blitz: PODs
After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.
ten hours. I was shoved against the window by my seatmate who slept almost the
entire trip. He was a big guy, taking up most of the seat, and when he slept
his body lolled to the side, wedging me against the metal side of the bus.
the air turned hot and dry, different than the humid, sticky climate of my
coastal Texas hometown. The old school bus didn’t have air conditioning and the
small windows didn’t let much air in. My seatmate’s body heat didn’t help. I
was hot, thirsty, and had to pee in the worst way.
next to me, I strained my face against the window, looking for anything on the
it after what had happened at the high school, but I hadn’t. It was worse than
at the school—rioters everywhere. They waved anti-raffle signs and signs
cursing the “Chosen.”
dusty. The people lining the road sat under makeshift tents to keep out of the
sun. Some stood on top of their RVs waving their handmade signs; one burned an
the bus, begging with tear-stained faces for us to take them. I wanted to reach
out and snatch them out of their mothers’ hands as we drove past. Several of
the other people on the bus reached up and pushed their windows shut.
allow people to get close enough to
touch the bus. They were shot with rubber bullets or Tasered if they tried to
cross the police line. Every time I heard the shot of the riot guns I jumped.
My muscles ached from tensing them—waiting for the inevitable sound.
looked at me like I’d grown another head. “They’d probably kill you and steal
your place in the PODs if given the chance.”
just scared,” I said. After all, they were, essentially, the walking dead.
and eggs as we drove by. An egg hit the window next to me, the slimy insides
plopping against my head, matting my hair.
is gross. And the drool coming out of your mouth and dripping on my leg while
you slept, leaning on me, was glorious.
high school. The crowd screamed and banged the fence posts with their crude,
homemade picket signs. Some climbed on the fence, pulling at it like
chimpanzees at the zoo.
yelled. “When you are called, grab your belongings and wait to be escorted into
call this guy’s name. He needs to move before I shove him off the seat. I’m
tired of being pinned against the side of the bus. I need some room.
stood, stretched the kinks out of my muscles, and plowed through the massive
body blocking me. Clambering over the other luggage that filled the aisle, I
grabbed my two suitcases and stood in front of the bus.
windows, only a single green door. I couldn’t see the other sides, but I had a
feeling there’d be no windows there, either—no glass for rioters to break
suitcase with his clipboard. “Follow me.”
guardsman who’d ripped me away from my parents hours earlier…
my mom said through her tears, her voice thick and trembling.
stay with you,” I pleaded.
kiddo.” My dad, his face distorted with grief, folded me in a tight hug. He
kissed the top of my head and told me he loved me and how proud he was of me.
“I know, when this is over, you are going to do great things, Eva. you’re a
fighter. I love you so much.”
grabbed my arm, pulling me away from my dad. “Get on the bus,” the male voice
ordered, yelling to be heard over the crying of parents and children saying
their final goodbyes.
saying goodbye…” He didn’t let go, pulling me with him. My heels digging into
the dirt, I tried to pull away. I needed one more hug, to hear them tell me
they loved me and to tell them I loved them, too.
screamed. “DAD!” Tears stained my face. The man thrust me toward the steps of
the old, yellow school bus. I screamed one more time for my parents, telling
them I loved them, reaching my arms out to them.
mom’s body rock with the force of her cries. Tears ran down my father’s face.
“We love you, Evangelina,” I heard them call just before the bus door closed.
last thing I’d hear my parents say. It was the last image I’d have of them. I
pressed my hand to the window of the bus, my head bowed as I sobbed. I didn’t
try to hide my tears. Everyone on the bus was crying for their families. We
knew what awaited them.
I wanted to remember the good things about them, not saying goodbye.
This wasn’t a goodbye, I’ll see you in a month. It was a permanent goodbye. I’d
never see my parents again. The overwhelming sadness took over, like a black
hole sucking me in. Fat, salty tears ran down my face, and I could feel my nose
running. I wiped my arm across it. My eyes were swollen, my throat sore, and my
sisters. Just me—an orphan of the virus.
Praise For PODs***
on the edge of my seat and biting my nails…You know when Goodreads says “Meet
You Next Favourite Book?” Well this is it! This is my favourite book of 2013…In
my honest opinion Michelle Pickett is best-selling author material…overflowing
with talent…It doesn’t feel like a debut book; her writing speaks of someone
who has been writing and publishing books for years.” ~ Keren of Gothic Angel Book Reviews
in so thoroughly that I lose all concept of time and place, I’m just too busy
for that. But PODs did exactly that. I was pulled right into Eva’s
world and stayed there until the end… All in all, I give it my rare 5 out of 5
stars with a warning: Do not pick this book up unless you’ve cleared your schedule
for several hours!” ~ DJ of The Curvy
glowing, sparkling stars for this one!…I absolutely adored every character
Michelle introduces us to. This book isn’t just about a romance, or two people
fighting some battle. This book allows us to get to know several, amazing,
diverse characters who all grab your heart (even a few who have attitude
issues). They all held such an important place in the story… Now for the plot.
Holy crap!… Michelle did a flippin’ fantastic job giving us each piece of
this puzzle… I won’t go into details about what happens after they are
removed from the POD but O-M-G! The action never stops…This book seriously
needs to be a movie. I could picture every detail and already see it playing
out on screen. PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN!” ~ Jessica of Total Bookaholic
reader, although not always in that order. I write young adult urban
fantasies, science/fiction and paranormal romances and have recently started
dabbling in young adult contemporary romance. Reading was one of my earliest passions,
writing soon followed. I began writing seriously during college where I
graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a career
that frowns on creativity remains a mystery.
addicted to Reese’s peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write, have
an abnormal obsession with hoodies and can’t write without one, and I hate to
cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television. An unabashed romantic, I
love a swoon-worthy ending that will give me butterflies for days.
debut young adult novel, PODs, in
a science/fiction, post-apocalyptic romance, will be released June 4, 2013
through the amazing Spencer Hill Press.
My second young adult title, Milayna,
a paranormal romance, will release through Spencer Hill Press beginning in
March 2014. Milayna
is a standalone, with series potential. It’s meant to be a trilogy. The
Infected, a PODs novel, will release November 2014. It is the second,
and last, book in the PODs series.
Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband,
three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and a snooty cat.
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