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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Guest Author: Joss Ware

Everything they knew is gone.
From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope ... but they cannot survive this dark, ravaged world alone...
How's that for an introduction to a new paranormal series? Would that entice you into reading on? It certainly hooked me.

Thanks to recommendations made by Nalini Singh and the Book Binge blog site, I discovered a fantastic, new-to-me, paranormal author, Joss Ware.

*SPOILER ALERT* - I'll try not too give away to many specific details in relation to this series but for the comments and interview to make sense there will be references to characters and scenes within the series. There's also a giveaway at the end of the interview, so read on!

In Joss's own words, her Envy Chronicles series is "...an action-adventure romance series set in a devastated world that feels a bit like I AM LEGEND, with the essence of LOST and a paranormal component reminiscent of HEROES."

I'd also throw in a few elements scrounged from the post-apocalyptic classics of MAD MAX:BEYOND THUNDERDOME the movie, The Postman by David Brin, The Stand by Stephen King and the JERICHO tv series. (I'll let Joss tell you more about her series shortly!)

An exciting combination, eh? Tempted? Well, you should be! But if you need further convincing, then perhaps today's interview with Joss will intrigue you enough to read her books. I doubt you'll regret it because each of The Envy Chronicles have a powerful story to share, and all set in a complex, intriguing futuristic world that seems familiar but isn't.

Hi, Joss, it's great to have you here - thanks for agreeing to be interviewed!
It’s my pleasure, Kylie. And congrats on your GH final!! Best of luck in Orlando!

Thanks, Joss - I'm very exciting. I hope I get the chance to meet you in Orlando.

So, who is Joss Ware? Do you write outside the futuristic romance genre?
Joss Ware is also Colleen Gleason, and we both write totally different things. As Joss, I write the post-apocalyptic paranormal romance series called The Envy Chronicles, and as Colleen, I write historical vampire romances.
The Gardella Vampire Chronicles are about a female vampire hunter who lives during the time of Jane Austen, and they are like historical urban fantasy. The series is complete at five books. But next year, I have a new series of historical vampire romances coming out and they are more like J.R. Ward meets Jane Austen—sexy, brooding vampires who inundate the ton.

For the uninitiated, can you tell us a bit about The Envy Chronicles series?
The Envy Chronicles are a paranormal romance series set in post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. Fifty years after cataclysmic events destroyed the human race, our infrastructure, and most of our buildings, five men emerge from a cave to find that everything they knew was gone.
What had started out as a weekend caving trip in Sedona, AZ, turned out to be a travel through time or some other inexplicable event that froze them in time for fifty years.
Now these five men have to figure out how to live in this strange new world with villainous immortals, zombies, and their own paranormal powers.

When you first touched upon the idea for this series what came first – setting, characters, plot etc.? Which characters evolved first – the heroes, heroines, the Elite, the gangas, bounty hunters, the Waxnicki brothers?
The series started for me with: what happened to destroy the earth? And then immediately following that was, I don’t want to write a romance series set during the apocalyptic events, because that would be just too dark. And who would believe in true love and happily ever after if it happened then?
So I decided that I had to have the stories take place long after the catastrophe, and set it fifty years in the future. But then I also wanted to have the main characters be completely familiar with our world as it is today….so, I decided that a paranormal element was in order and that my guys would have been cryogenically frozen or somehow suspended in time for those fifty years.
Once I decided those elements, the details started to fall into place.

Your world building is riveting. You’ve woven in the mythology of Atlantis (with a twist), familiar technology, the creepy gangas, geographical/environmental world changes, weaponry, haunting snippets from journals, paranormal powers and slang language.
What sort of research did you do on these elements? Which did you find the most interesting? Is there knowledge about this world you’ve yet to reveal to readers in future books?
I spend a lot of time researching what and how the earth would be like, fifty years after the sort of events that happened during what’s called The Change. I read books like “The World Without Us” and watched TV shows about “Life After People”, etc.
I found it fascinating to learn just how tenacious Mother Nature is, and how the world would be…not brown and desiccated like we often thing of post-apocalyptic worlds (aka, Mad Max), but that it would be lush and green and that most man-made stuff simply doesn’t stand up to Mother Nature over time.

Where or how did you come up with the idea of the gangas?
The gangas are derived from zombies, and their presence is specifically tied to what happened during the Change. I liken the gangas to the Orcs in the Lord of the Rings—they are violent deterrents to our heroes and heroines, but they aren’t the main element or characters in the books.

One of the interesting/reassuring/surprising features of your world come from the people living in Las Vegas/Envy – their movie nights. I love the modern-day pop culture references you make throughout the series. What are some of your personal favourites in TV, movies, books that influenced you?
I’m a huge Buffy fan (which influenced my Gardella series) as well as loving Harry Potter (talk about brilliant world-building!) and Star Wars.
I’m glad you mentioned the pop culture references, because when I was working on this series, my first “readers” (who are my critique partners) had a lot of problems with those sorts of references. They often felt jarred out of the story, wondering why and how these people who lived fifty years after the Change knew about, say, Indiana Jones.
My argument and thoughts were always that their world wasn’t created in a vacuum, and that not only would stories and references be shared through those two generations since the Change, but also there would be many examples of DVDs and books that survived with those sorts of entertainment on them.
I didn’t feel that even if the world ended as we know it, that we would no longer look for ways to sort of gather around the campfire and share stories. It would still happen, just in a different way.

With a series, I usually end up with a favourite book or hero/heroine but this wasn’t the case when I read the first three books of your Awakening Heroes series. The emotional impact of every story, the vulnerabilities, flaws, and strengths of your heroes/heroines and secondary characters made each book special and unique.
Do you have a favourite book/hero/heroine among them? One whose story just bugged you until you wrote it?
I loved all of the heroes and heroines, especially as I got to know them. It’s hard to pick a favorite—I loved Elliott because he’s so normal and noble, and he has such a difficult decision to make about how to handle his new powers. I loved Simon because he was the quintessential brooding, damaged hero. And Quent…he was loosely modeled after Logan in Veronica Mars, and he has a great burden to bear.
And each of the heroines were unique and special to me. Zoë is the most fun to write, because she just says whatever the hell she wants. Sometimes even I’m surprised!

From time to time we see characters in books, on TV, in movies, who we’re not quite sure if they’re really a villain eg. Garak the Cardassian tailor from ST:DS9, Spike the vampire from Buffy.
Initially Ian Marck seems to be one of the bad guys. He’s certainly an intriguing character. You’re never quite sure whether you can trust him but you can sense something redeemable about him. Do you have plans for him? Will he have his own book?
You will definitely see more of Ian. Other than that….my lips are sealed. :-)

Will the aliens who helped Parris Fielding and the Elite make an appearance in the series?
Yes, I imagine they will. I’m thinking they might show up in book five, which I will shortly begin work on. But I’m a writer who doesn’t usually know much of what’s going to happen until it does!

You tackle some emotionally confronting issues with your characters and their pasts – rape and physical abuse in BEYOND THE NIGHT; mob-activity, alcohol-drug references, murder in EMBRACE THE NIGHT ETERNAL; physical and emotional abuse in ABANDON THE NIGHT.
It makes for great internal and external conflict and certainly lends a grittier, darker tone than some would be used to in a romance series. Could you share some of your thoughts on what motivated you to give such a dark edge to some of the characters/their pasts?
I think this series is rather dark overall—after all, we’re talking about the end of the world as we know it. And while it can sometimes get to be cliché if every character in a romance series has an abusive or dysfunctional past, I try to make whatever the issue is be relevant to this specific series/world.
In other words, yes, Quent had a rough childhood, but he would have moved on (as he did) and grown up to live without ever seeing his father again, and had a relatively normal life. Except that, the Change happened and his father reappeared. And so he had to deal with that relationship in a different way.
And Zoë is a woman on a revenge mission because her family was killed by zombies. But her entire character is built on a life lived in the post-Change world—which is so different from ours.

Can you tell us about the next book in the series – Theo’s story? What’s in store for him? Are there more books to come?
I just finished Theo’s book, NIGHT BETRAYED, which will be released in January 2011. I loved that book because I got to deal with some really interesting issues.
The story doesn’t take place in Envy, in fact, and having a new setting made it sort of fun to expand the world.
Selena is Theo’s heroine, and she is a cougar. ;-) What I mean is, she was born during The Change, so she’s fifty…and Theo…well, he’s a unique case himself isn’t he?
Also in this book we see more of Remington Truth, Ian, Wyatt, and Lou as well. And a little bit of Zoë, being…well, Zoë.
I’m able to explore the relationship between the Waxnicki brothers too, and the reader finds out a lot more about the zombies.
There will be at least two more books after Theo’s book, and then we’ll see what happens. There’s a lot that can be done with the series, or it can be wrapped up at six books. We’ll see!

And lastly, can we expect to see you at the RWA national conference in Orlando, Florida? If not, where can fans and readers catch up with you?
I’ll be in Orlando at RWA (now that it’s been moved from Nashville) and fans can check my website for appearances at any time!

Joss, thanks so much for visiting – it’s been great having you here and I’m now busting to read NIGHT BETRAYED. I can't wait for it to hit the bookshelves!
Thank you so much! And again, good luck with the Golden Heart, and I look forward to meeting you at RWAmerica!

Now for the fun part - I have the first 3 books in Joss's ENVY CHRONICLES to giveaway to one lucky commenter - all you have to do is answer this question...

Imagine you're transported into the future (like Elliott, Simon & Quent - Joss's characters).
What 3 things would you take with you to help you survive in this new world, and why?

You have until midnight, Saturday, 19th June to enter (Australian time).

Take a look at the blurbs from the Envy Chronicles series. If you go to Joss's website each have excerpts to tempt you!

A man with no future...
When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift" – he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.
A woman with a past
Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one... until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?
If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that takes them beyond danger.
Beyond desire.
Beyond the night.

Simon Japp will never forget his violent past. But when civilization is all but destroyed, he sees his chance for redemption. Blessed with a strange "gift," he's determined to help the resistance against the Strangers, the mysterious force that stalks them at every turn. He can't afford to get distracted, even by the stunning, soft-spoken woman fighting by his side...
Sage Corrigan has learned to be careful where she places her trust. But she sees something good in Simon, even if he can't see it in himself. Posing as lovers to infiltrate a group key to their fight, they find that their staged affection soon develops into a desire that will leave them fighting for their lives in the night eternal... 

Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent only wants one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new "gift," he embarks on a deadly mission to find the the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way – a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty...
Zoe Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoe and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night ... if they want to stay alive.


  1. Joss, I loved your Gleason series and will gladly follow you into an apocalyptic world. If anyone can find the romance there, it will be you.

    What to take to survive? I'm not sure, but a knife, string, and really good sneakers sounds like a start. :)

    Great interview, Kylie!

  2. Great interview!

    What would I take? A zombie survival guide (hee hee), someone who knows how to survive, and good shoes (had to borrow Gillian's idea.. it was good).

  3. Great interveiw ladies. I can't wait to read the series.

    What would I take? I think for starters one of the Royal flying doctors first aid kits as it has everything. My tool box complete with the swiss army knife and hammer and finally Magiver as he can fix anything or blow it up if need be, and he comes with his own duct tape.Not to mention he's not bad on the eyes.LOL

    Don't take to long to finish the series Joss!

  4. Love your vampire series and will now have to pick this one up. I look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

    Three things: A pair of Handy Dandys (it's got a knife, can opener, screw driver, etc.), First Aid Kit (well-supplied), and bottled water.

    Keep me alive for a few days at least.

  5. Great interview.. these books are already on my "to buy" list and reading more about them makes me want to go out even more to get them :)

    Looking forward to falling into this series head first! All the best Joss :)

  6. Joss, Kylie - fabulous interview.

    Now, what would I take? A copy of Pride and Prejudice. A serious give-a-woman-some-oomph push-up bra (sigh - some things are unnavoidable). And last - but not to say least - a great big stash of chocolate. Now, I may not live as long y'all with your knives, but I'll be in heaven while I do. I'll have a good book, some snacks, perfect! Wait...if I took enough chocolate, I could become a dealer in the stuff - oh, and commerce lives on (grins!).


  7. Loved reading the Joss Ware books! Very interesting and creative!

    What would I take? Well it might sound crazy, but the two definite things would be my glasses or contacts and tampons. Yes, silly, but I'm almost legally blind and will want to see what is going on and let's face it, who can live without tampons? :-) The last thing I would take is a good book. I think it could get very boring.

  8. Gillian - hi, great to see you wander over here from the Golden Cave! Ahh, good to hear we can convince you to crossover into a post-apocalyptic world (and with a pair of sneakers - always handy)!

    Melissa, your zombie survival guide sounds like a good idea too. Hey, maybe you'll be lucky enough to meet Zoe - man, she's one deadly lady when it comes to slaying gangas. She might also be your guide. :-)

    Hi, Robyn! McGyver - yes, yes, yes! I'd forego the other two items just to bring him along - hmm mmm! I wonder if his alter ego would know the way to a Stargate DUD (dial-up device).

  9. Jan, thanks for dropping by. Thanks also for clarifying what a Handy Dandy is - I don't think we call them that here in Australia so you'd have had me puzzled indeed! :-)

    S.Powell - hi and thanks for visiting - be warned once you start reading Joss's books you won't surface until you've read every single one available!!! I devoured my copies in 2 days.

  10. Kendra, you are a Ferengi of the post-apocalyptic 21st century. Chocolate may well be the gold-pressed latinum of the new world. Commerce, indeed. And a good book seems to be popular too.

    Hi, Lindsay, good to hear you enjoyed Joss's books. I bet you're looking forward to Theo's story! and thanks for your suggestions - a practical woman! :-)

  11. I don't know about you commenters, but I'm having a ball reading and responding to your answers! There have certainly been some interesting ones!

    Keep 'em coming! :-)

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    You got me!
    Great to read more about you!

  13. Hi Angi, thanks for dropping by - don't forget to leave an answer for the giveaway!

  14. I guess I have a new author to add to my list. So many authors and so little time.

    I think I would bring some killer shoes (with wooden heels, of course,)a kobo reader filled with ebooks (there has to be a little down time, also filled with all kinds of survival tricks) and last but not least a swiss army knife (that is perminantly attached to, you guessed it, McGiver).

  15. Ahh, Trixie, another McGyver fan! Woohoo! I'm thinking the Waxnicki brothers would love to have you visit with your kobo reader. :-)

    Thanks for calling in - glad this interview has convinced you to try Joss's books. Believe me, you won't regret it.

  16. I'd take my husband (you need a dependable hero for all sorts of things) our Jack Russells (loyal companions, hunters, and sentinels) and a survival kit (self-explanatory).

  17. Loved the interview! I am always fascinated about what motivates a writer to write. I envy the imagination to think outside the box as Joss seems to.

    What would I take to survive? Humm, I would have to say that regardless of time and place I would take a diary and pen to note down all the things I see and do. A record of what I saw written down for others to see if and when I pass. Lucky last I would take a personal item for myself. Probably the necklace my family gave to me. Something to keep those I love close to my heart.
    I know my answers will not help me survive by capturing food or anything like that, but it is still what I would take. They would help me survive mentally and to me that is more important. ;)

    Thanks again for the interview Kylie and Joss. Looking forward to reading more to come.

  18. AJ, great to have you here. I like your logic - a hero, a hound and help!!!

    Hi, Tegan/Danielle, glad you enjoyed the interview. I had fun asking the questions and Joss was fantastic with her answers.
    Hey, you and Zoe, the heroine in Book 3 of the ENVY CHRONICLES, have a lot in common with the diary. I'm sure she'd love to share the one she has with you and swap stories.

  19. Cheers Kylie!

    I love reading a diary. You learn so much about a person by what is running through their mind at the time!


  20. I've read the first one and I'm a convert. Although I confess someone leant it to me so I have yet to buy a copy - but it is on my ist.

    What would i take, hmmmm.
    A swiss Army Knife (all those little tool would come in handy (plus it's got a knife), a first Aid kit (hopefully one with some kind of anti zombie spray), and water purification tablets.

  21. Ahh, exceeeellleeenntt - another convert, welcome to the Dark Side, Loiuse.

    Hmm, a swiss army knife and a first aid kit are proving popular 'must-takes'. Well, now that you've stated your preferences you're now in the draw to win your own copies! Good luck!

  22. Tegan,

    A diary is a fantastic way to keep memories fresh. I don't keep a daily one, but I do keep one when I'm travelling. I use a lot of the photos I take as references for my world-building and I try to describe my impressions/feelings of being in a place as much as I possibly can.

    Such detailed notes are essential and remind me of the place/how my senses interpreted it. This helps me convey a character's deep point of view when I'm writing a scene.

  23. Kylie and Joss/Colleen - great to see you here and great interview. I love the sound of your books - I have found so many great books lately. :)

  24. Hey, Tracey, good to have you drop in. I bet your TBR pile is as big as mine. :-)

  25. Hi everyone! Thanks for coming by and thanks to Kylie for such a great opportunity. Loved the questions and had a blast answering them.

    Looking forward to reading more of your comments about what you'd keep in your purse in a p/a world. The knife is always a good idea!!

    And I'd take a fold-up MacGyver...as long as he would pop back into FULL SIZE when I needed him!

  26. What a fabulous interview, Kylie and Joss. I love the sound of the Envy Chronicles, so many people have recommended these books to me, they're on my BD wishlist!!

    As for what I'd take with me to a post apocalyptic world, I have to say my husband since he comes well equipped with all sorts of survival necessities!! heehe!

  27. Hi Joss! Glad you could drop in - and yes, there's been some great answers. Lots of fun reading each list.

    Christina, hello! And a well equipped husband, eh? Hmm...always handy *lol*.

    Keep your comments coming, folks. You have until midnight Friday (Aussie time) to post them!

  28. Hmm I'm gonna pretend I'm Locke and bring a breifcase of knives, maybe some food just in case I land in the middle of no where and need to walk somewheres and a good pair of shoes for the reason above

  29. I think I'd have to take some kind of a weapon with me, even if it was just a butcher knife, or something like that, lol ... who knows whether you'd be able to find something to protect yourself with in an overgrown future world ... all the rubble etc would be covered in plants and grasses, maybe even flooded etc ... and there would definitely be bad guys, and maybe even monsters, around ... and it would be handy for clearing plants, and err skinning animals and stuff ... so yeah, a weapon would be number 1!

    Then, um, probably a warm, hardy jacket of some sort ... and hiking boots! Yeah ... that's what I'd need to take on a post-apocalyptic world :)

  30. Oh man. I'd be totally useless on my own. I honestly can barely look after myself, I forget to eat most of the time, etc. etc..

    Let's see. I'd go out and find someone who's handy and knows their survival 101. Maybe I should hire a Boy Scout. I hear they know their stuff. Haha.
    Second..some sort of weapon. A knife or something.
    And last..I guess water. Boring, but it's supposed to be essential in keeping you alive.

  31. Great interview. I have not read your books yet. I have heard good things about them.

    I would take a multi purpose knife, Cd player with music & lots of batteries, & my a couple good books. The last two would help keep me sane.
    Sue B

  32. Loved the interview! Thanks Kylie and Joss!

    Hmmmm, I see lots for MacGyver, but I'm more of a John Crichton (Ben Browder from Farscape) fan myself, so I'd bring him along. :P My Blackberry for sure as I would die without my ebooks and audiobooks on it (it also has gps!). And I would also bring my 100 lb American Bulldog. She might run from the zombies, but she would give me a good heads up to their presence.

  33. I'd bring my Zune HD because I can't go a day with out music. :) Somekind of weapon to protect myself and someone who can keep on track and knows how to read a map and compass because I am easily distracted. :D

    Sarah K.

  34. Joss/Colleen,

    You know I love your books. You continue to amaze me every time I pick one of them up.

    What would I take into the future? Bear Grylls, who will keep me fed and alive, lots of coffee, and a diary to record it all in.

  35. Joss/Colleen,

    You know I love all your books. You continue to amaze me every time I pick one up!

    What would I bring into the future? I'd bring Bear Grylls (he'd keep me fed and safe), a coffee stash, and a diary so I could record it all.

  36. Cassie, a good pair of shoes is an essential, isn't it? I've just been to Italy for 3 weeks and was really glad I took my sneakers because I walked and walked and walked everywhere. I couldn't have done it in casuals.

    G'day, Bella, thanks for dropping in. Ahh, another vote for some sort of knife. It's certainly versatile, you can use it in so many ways - as a weapon, to help with first aid (cutting stuff up on hurting the patient), to clear vegetation, cutting up meat, attaching it to something else to make a bigger weapon...a lot of potential.

    Racehl445 - hi! A Boy Scout is a great idea, they're synonymous with being prepared for anything, aren't they?

  37. Hello, Katsrus - by your name I'm guessing you have a few feline friends?
    Interesting choice of a CD player - I think Theo and Lou Waxnicki would appreciate hearing some "old time" music if you ended up in the future.

    Carrie, I'm a fan of Ben Browder/John Critchon, too, so your choice of companions had the nod from me *grin*. You're the first to bring along your pet - don't worry, I think anything and anyone would run away from the gangas in Joss's world. They're just creepy, not to mention stinky!

    Hi, Sarah K. Hey, how about bringing along any of the emergency service guys, they'd know how to read a map and compass, and they'd probably act as your bodyguard to boot! :-)

    Kathleen A/Peter - thanks for dropping by, especially when you bring Bear Grylls to the future! Ahh, the McGyver of the 21st century. His adventures are just amazing and what a huge asset he's be in any survival situation.

  38. Hi Joss and Kylie!
    I have to say the Envy Chronicles sound fantastic, what a cool storyline!
    Thanks Kylie for introducing me to another great author =)

  39. Loved the interview, and am always up for a new author to read!! The books sound great.

    Okay, now seriously here, I love Mcgyver;BUT - I think there's only one thing I would take...

    Han Solo. ;)

    Need I say more? He's a hero, can fight, can fly a ship (VERY important in the future), can survive being frozen in Carbonite - no mean feat, let me tell you! - and I'm pretty sure he'd be a fine distraction after dark when it gets all scary and I need reassurance. *grin*

    Thanks for the lovely interview, Joss and Kylie.

    Michelle de Rooy

  40. Hi Mel, glad I could help out - you'll enjoy reading Joss's ENVY series. In fact, I bet you won't be able to put it down until the last page!

    Michelle, great to see you here. The more paranormal fans the better! And Han Solo, now that's three handy men we've had suggested so far.
    Anyone for McGyver, Bear AND Han Solo as the three things most useful to you if you were trapped in the future? :-)

  41. I vote for Han Solo. It's the grumbling wit and that crooked smile--they get me every time.

  42. I now know what my next big read is. Thanks.

    Survival - ummm - I don't know if I could be that organised for the present, let alone the future.

    Probably first aid kit, water purif tablets, and my laptop (still gotta write...right?)

  43. LOL. Bear Gryll's was gold!
    And good work Michelle, though if Han Solo was in the future with me I don't think I'd be concentrating on survival (:
    Just wanted to say, loved the first book in this series! It's very different and the world-building was awesome! Can't wait to sink my teeth into Quent's story cos he's my fave so far!
    Hmm... For my trip into the future, I'd definitely agree with Tyree - the laptop is a must (no writing = insane), first aid kit, and a knife, just in case.

  44. Great interview, Kylie and Joss. The Envy Chronicles sound awesome. Will definitely be adding these to my reading list.

    As for the 3 things I'd take with me into the future...

    Clean water because it might be hard to come by.

    Indiana Jones because he's handy in a pickle and can be used for er...other things.

    And if they'd fit, a set of golf clubs & lots of balls because a girl needs something else to do when she's tired of Indiana. Plus they can double as zombie (or whatever) smackers.

  45. Hi, Tyree! :-) You're the first person to suggest taking your laptop! Thanks for coming by.

    Glad you made it here, Bec. Ahh, another writer - you know, Tyree and yourself could be really valuable additions to any town with your laptop if you were in Joss's world. You'd be a part of the resistance network (and I'm not revealing any more or it'll spoil the plot if you haven't read Joss's books).

    Cath, I had such a laugh imagining you taking on the gangas (zombies) with your golf clubs. I wonder what one is worth - par 6, maybe par 7? ;-P

  46. Hmmmm... What 3 things would I take with me???? Well I would assume that nothing works so
    #1 a box of matches or a lighter
    #2 a water filterer of somekind
    #3 well if its a intant leap in time a reusuable weapon like swords or bow n arrows...

    I don't know if those are good or not but i would have taken a ereader full of books but then would need batteries etc and I would like to think that even in a post-apal world the libraries and bookstores would be ok, lol I know "I'm being a ding bat!!!"

  47. Hi Brandlwyne, thanks for coming by and your three items are great! I used to do archery - hobby not hunting - and loved it. There's just something about honing your skills to hit a target - took me some time to reach a satisfactory standard, and many bruises on my forearm! *lol*

  48. Commenting for the giveaway prize is now closed.

    Thank you to everyone who dropped by and took part - I hope you had fun. Stay tuned for the lucky reader!

    And thank you to Joss for being such a fabulous guest author. See you in Orlando! :-)