Evelyn Shepherd on I Am Hope (The Meteora Trilogy) ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: I Am Hope (The Meteora Trilogy)
Author: Evelyn Shepherd
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Genre: Gay Fiction, Menage/Poly

Blurb:

The undead were only the beginning.

Topher, Jesse, and Sawyer thought their greatest threat were the Infected and Mutated that roam the world. As they struggle to reach the camp in Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina, they soon discover that the monstrous mutations of the undead are the least of their problems. Something else, something far more intelligent and lethal, is hunting them.

Topher knows that the only way humanity will survive is to find a cure for the strange infection that’s ravaged the world. He’s on the brink of discovering it; but the further his research goes, the more he realizes that curing the world of the infection may mean losing Sawyer.

The three will fight to stay together, and Topher will have to make the ultimate choice: cure the world or save his lover?

Writing the Meteora Trilogy

When I set out to write the Meteora Trilogy, I hadn’t planned on it being a story about a polyanmorous relationship. It actually started as a lark, an idea I had one day while I worked at a bookstore. As I started to write it though, I realized there was chemistry between all three characters, and that the characters were drawn to one another.

Suddenly my kinky zombie novel turned into something more and I was suddenly presented with a challenge I hadn’t expected: writing romance in a zombie apocalypse. I knew that at the heart of the story I had to keep it about surviving the undead, but I now had to find a way to develop this fledgling relationship, which even in a normal situation, would be hard to sustain.

Sometimes I think in apocalypse novels (more specifically the zombie-genre), we focus more on the killing and surviving, and less on the humans. I love that bit as much as the next person. It’s why I started writing the Meteora Trilogy. But I wanted to show something more, give it an edge that I hadn’t seen in a lot of zombie novels. I wanted the story to be about how these adverse situations could after a relationship, how it could push and pull people together, and how we could be driven to do things we never thought capable.

While all these ideas seem kind of normal for a zombie novel (Walking Dead, right?), there was a little more to it. It wasn’t just about one individual person. I wasn’t writing about a character like Rick Grimes, who started off as the stereotypical hero arch type. I was writing about three different characters from various walks of life, who already dealt adversity due to their orientation, and how their relationship grew because of the end of the world.

Each character started one way at the beginning of the trilogy, but over each novel, we get to see how they’re pulled in various directions, how their personalities change and grow, and it isn’t always for the best. And each change has an effect on the relationship, helping to strengthen it.

This was how I was able to work romance into an apocalypse. I let their actions guide them through the stages of their relationship, from beginning to end. The mistakes, the heroics, the sacrifices, and fights, they all opened up room for building a lasting partnership and for finding moments when sex could happen—and let me tell you, it’s hard to work in sex when you’re running from the undead.

I think that out of all the stories I’ve written so far, this series I’m most proud of, because there’s something unshakably human and raw about the characters. When the time came to say goodbye to all of them, I finally understood what it meant to let go of something you care about. I’ll confess, I teared up on the last chapter. I wasn’t necessarily ready to be done with the world, and who knows, I may come back to it. I have some ideas in mind for a sequel to the trilogy, but it won’t be the same. It won’t be with these characters. An end has come for them, and while it’s hard to say goodbye, I’m happy with how it all finished.

Excerpt

A scream broke through my dream. I groggily rolled over and burrowed into Sawyer’s chest. He mumbled something against the top of my head. Sleep lapped at my mind, holding me down. I dreamed of pleasant emptiness; I was in a void, where my brain could shut down. Warmth surrounded me, lulling me into a deeper slumber.

Another scream, louder. I opened my eyes, staring at Sawyer’s chest. Why was there screaming? Something was wrong. Something was horribly wrong.

“Jesse!” Chloe banged on the bifold bedroom door. “Get out here!”

Jesse jolted out of bed. He grabbed his pants and hastily pulled them on. As he jammed his feet into his boots, he ordered, “Get dressed.”

“What’s going on?” Sawyer asked. He climbed over the bed and found his own clothes.

I knuckled the sleep from my eyes and hurriedly dressed. Jesse was out the door by the time I pulled my shirt on. I followed him into the main compartment, Sawyer behind me. Rio sat on the couch next to Jaden, who was curled up with his blanket. On the table was a camping lamp, which filled the RV with yellow light.

“What’s going on?” I asked, straightening my shirt.

“Something is going down with Jane,” Rio said. “I heard it out in the truck.”

Links

I Am Hope (The Meteora Trilogy) on Goodreads
Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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About the Author

Evelyn Shepherd lives in Columbus, Ohio with two fat cats. Her time is split between writing and running a book/writing blog. She’s the author of the Theo Bourne Series, the best-selling Last Canticle, and the award-winning Meteora Trilogy.

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