Amelia C. Gormley on Bane (Strain #2) ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Bane (Strain #2)
Author: Amelia C. Gormley
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Genre: Gay Fiction

Blurb:

The weapon that nearly destroyed humanity may be their only salvation.

Rhys Cooper’s unique immunity to all three strains of the virus that nearly annihilated humanity has brought him the unwanted attention of Clean Zone scientists. They’ve summoned him for testing—ostensibly in the hopes of finding a vaccine—but Rhys’s partner, Darius Murrell, has good reason not to trust any government. He and his comrades in Delta Company were unwitting test subjects for Project Juggernaut, the military experiment that gave them superhuman abilities and unleashed the pandemic. Doubting the government’s intentions, Delta Company refuses to let Rhys go alone.

Fear of infection has kept Zach Houtman and his lover Nico Fernández apart for a decade. They meet rarely, just long enough to coordinate their spying on the head of the government’s virus research division. Secretary Littlewood is a vicious predator, and they suspect he’s trying to acquire the strain of the virus that would make him superhuman. To stop him, they need the perfect bait: Rhys.

For Rhys, helping them might cost him his relationship with Darius—or his life. For Zach and Nico, even if their plan succeeds, they still face the ultimate question: can infected and uninfected people ever live together safely?

Hi, and welcome to the Bane blog tour!

I don’t think it’s any secret that a lot of readers, in the wake of reading Strain, wanted more of Darius and Rhys. Already by that point I was brainstorming the pre- and peri-apocalyptic story that would become Juggernaut, but the further along I got on that, the more I realized the situation Zach and Nico were in couldn’t be resolved in the timeframe of Juggernaut. They needed developments that would only make sense to happen after the events of Strain. The plot also required Rhys to have matured a great deal since the end of Strain. Altogether, it gave me a beautiful opportunity to bring closure and an HEA ending (or at least as close to one as you get at the end of the world) for both sets of protagonists.

Thus we have Bane.

Over the course of the Bane blog tour, I’ll be sharing a free post-Bane short story, Refuge. How far post-Bane? Well, you’ll have to read and see. Some developments that happen in Bane are referenced, but not in any great detail, which means the reader should only encounter a few very broad, non-specific spoilers. Obviously, though, it will be best enjoyed if you’ve read Bane already (and Bane, of course, is best enjoyed after Juggernaut and Strain.)

Refuge introduces us to three new characters, Kal, Billie, and perhaps my favorite, Zeus. It’s a completely sex-free story, so you’re safe reading it at work. If my nebulous thoughts on how to continue the Strain universe ever take shape, it’s very possible a lot of material in this short story will be folded into a larger plot with Kal and Billie as the protagonists, and if that happens, you’ll find the smut there.

Each day, at least one stop on the blog tour will contain a section of the story. These segments may end or begin a little abruptly or clumsily at times, as I tried to split them in such a way that no one section would be to long and cumbersome for a single stop on the blog tour. In its linear form, it would simply be a five chapter story. By the end of the tour, all the sections will have been posted. If you need to catch up, you can check out the blog tour page (linked above), or my website, or the “Extras” tab on the Bane product page at Riptide for sequential links to all the posts.

Anyone who follows along on the tour will qualify to win store credit at Riptide. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you (email, Twitter, or Facebook.) Each stop along the blog tour that you visit offers you another chance to enter. Be sure to check the Riptide blog tour schedule for a complete list of other stops. The contest will close 9/26/15. Any entries made without a way to contact the winner will be invalidated, so please don’t forget to provide your email, or your Twitter or Facebook address.

Good luck, and enjoy Refuge!


*Author’s Note: Refuge is completely unedited and un-proofed. What you’re seeing here is essentially a first draft, and like any first draft, it often may be clumsy to read or contain extraneous world-building and info-dumping that would be trimmed and streamlined during the editing process. Actually, I kind of like sharing it with you this way, if for no other reason than to allow readers to see just how much world-building happens behind the scenes and in my head, but doesn’t ever actually make it onto the page.

And of course, there will be typos. Oh so many typos.


CHAPTER FOUR

To Billie’s credit, she looked appalled at the idea. “We wouldn’t!”

“Really? Why not?” Kal demanded harshly, too annoyed to remember he was trying not to frighten her. “To hear tell, you people are trying to scratch a living out of bare rocks and not much else down there while we’ve got more than enough food to feed our people and plenty of lush, green land to grow it on.” He drew the words out caressingly, turning the claim into a gloating taunt. “If you don’t mind the fact that you live within viewing distance of a couple volcanoes that might someday get frisky and bury you in ash or cause a flash flood that could wipe out your whole island, life’s pretty good in the Refuge. Plenty to covet down there in the Zone.”

Billie grew pale again. “It’d be too dangerous.”

“Damn right it would be, because I tell you this: we wouldn’t go down without a fucking fight. See, we don’t have to worry anymore about infecting people from the Zone, because they’re no longer the only ones who can reproduce.” He jerked his chin toward the north. “We’ve even got a treaty with a large settlement we found up in British Columbia. They’ve all been inoculated, too, and they’ll come to help us if we’re attacked. Not that we’ll need it. The Jugs may be aging, but they are far, far from frail and they will kick your ass if you come at them. But logic isn’t going to matter to the Zone if they declare war.”

“Why not?” She pulled the blankets closer around her, as if chilled by the scenario he described.

“Because this shit they’re pulling, it’s elementary fascism.” He began ticking off points on his fingers, reciting his mom’s rant almost verbatim. “Nationalism. Jingoism. Xenophobia in the form of well-propagandized external threats. Human rights are deemed irrelevant when it comes to ‘national security’ measures deemed necessary to guard against those threats. An intense focus on growing the population—often for the purposes of establishing a stronger military—which results in compulsory reproduction and strict gender roles. Tell me. How steep are the penalties for abortion down there in the Zone, huh? You guys getting much by way of an education these days, or have you got the whole anti-intellectualism thing happening? What about your elections? Think they’re fair, or are you not even bothering to have them anymore?”

Billie blinked up at him, making him realize he was looming over her. But she no longer seemed afraid of him, at least. “I don’t think I understood about half those words.”

“Point fucking proven. Thank you,” Kal sneered.

That touch, apparently, was a little too snide for her temper, because she snapped back, “Why the hell are you getting angry at me?”

He scowled, jabbing a finger at her. “Because my people pose absolutely no threat to yours, but yours sure as shit are threatening mine.”

“But I’m not, so why don’t you just sit down and stop fucking yelling at me.”

The heated retort was so unexpected that Kal’s jaw shut hard enough to make his teeth click and endanger his tongue. One incredulous scoff was followed by a full, breathless laugh, until he had to sink back down next to the fire or risk falling over into it. “Oh, that’s terrific,” he gasped when he finally caught his breath. “I like you.”

“Gee, thanks. I’m not sure what you find so funny here, but I’ll take it.”

Still chuckling softly, he shook his head. “I guess because you were so helpless and out of it when I found you, I had this idea you were some meek, downtrodden thing who was easily intimidated.”

She glowered at him and gritted, “I have five older siblings, three of them brothers who liked to try to kick my ass whenever they thought I was being too girlish. It’s been years since they succeeded without ganging up on me. Call me a thing again and you’ll find out just how meek I am.”

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Giveaway

Anyone who follows along on the tour will qualify to win store credit at Riptide. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you (email, Twitter, or Facebook.) Each stop along the blog tour that you visit offers you another chance to enter. Be sure to check the Riptide blog tour schedule for a complete list of other stops. The contest will close 9/26/15. Any entries made without a way to contact the winner will be invalidated, so please don’t forget to provide your email, or your Twitter or Facebook address.

About the Author

Amelia C. Gormley published her first short story in the school newspaper in the 4thgrade, and since then has suffered the persistent delusion that enabling other people to hear the voices in her head might be a worthwhile endeavor. She’s even convinced her hapless spouse that it could be a lucrative one as well, especially when coupled with her real-life interest in angst, kink, social justice issues, and pretty men.

When her husband and son aren’t interacting with the back of her head as she stares at the computer, they rely on her to feed them, maintain their domicile, and keep some semblance of order in their lives (all very, very bad ideas—they really should know better by now.) She can also be found playing video games and ranting on Tumblr, seeing as how she’s one of those horrid social justice warriors out to destroy free speech, gaming, geek culture, and everything else that’s fun everywhere.

You can find her self-published Impulse trilogy almost anywhere ebooks are sold, and check out her catalog of Riptide Publishing releases at their website.

Blog: http://ameliacgormley.com

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6445292.Amelia_C_Gormley

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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8 thoughts on “Amelia C. Gormley on Bane (Strain #2) ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. I haven’t read Strain yet (though I’ve already downloaded it). I’m really looking forward to starting this series

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