Meet My Character – WIP Blog Tour

The lovely and talented D.A. Rhine, author of Vampires on the Chesapeake Series, invited me to participate in the WIP Blog Tour. She is a fellow MD writer with a passion for romance and the paranormal. You can visit her blog HERE and check out her books HERE.


Tour questions for my current Work-In-Progress:


What is the name of your main character? Is she fictional or a historic person?

Leo (short for Leona) Marrok is a kick-ass fictional character.


When and where is the story set?

Mother Nature releases her wrath on mankind in the year 2021. Draught, flood, famine and disease decimate the human population. The modern world is in ruin, and only the strongest will survive the days that follow. This is where my story begins, several years after ‘the end’. The setting is a bunker in the Appalachian Mountains, where the Marrok family and the survivors they’ve taken in along the way, have endured extinction and become a thriving community–for the time being.


What should we know about Leo Marrok?

Leo is the daughter of Vincent Marrok, an avid doomsday-prepper, who taught her the rules of survival at an early age. She fired her first gun at age six and became a perfect marksman by age nine. In high school, Leo ran track, studied martial arts and spent countless hours in self-defense classes. At twenty-two, Leo knows how to stay alive. She has a strong will and a big heart.


What is the main conflict? What messes up Leo’s life?

Ah, there are many conflicts, daily life and family being the most difficult. Leo’s real problem arises the night she finally gives her heart to the man she loves. When her father finds out, he demands that she do the one thing she fears most in the world–bear a child. This sends to her straight into the clutches of a creature only rumored to exist. The one called ‘Halloween’ reveals a new threat, and claims to be all that stands between her, and her family’s continued existence. Without his help everyone she loves will be slaughtered for food. Leo will do anything to make sure they survive, but not all are happy about the enemy she’s brought into the bunker. Halloween and Leo must face unrelenting obstacles and defiance from the very people they are trying to protect.


What is the personal goal of the character?

Leo’s goal is to survive, so she can protect the people she loves. This includes her innocent baby brother, who is ill-equipped to handle the cruel world they must endure.


Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The Dead Days Journal is a post-apocalyptic story of fear, family and love told through two points of view: Leo Marrok’s first-hand accounts and the pages of her father’s personal journal, giving two very different perspectives on what survival entails. Here is a random sneak peak…


“Stop saying you’re sorry.”

When I stood to go Ben grabbed my arm. I didn’t pull away, just looked down at him with a horrible sadness ripping through my heart. “Let go.”

Ben released his grip as a single tear escaped his eye and fell. “I love you.”

Not only did I not say it, but I never even looked back, I simply walked away. But my emotions wouldn’t let me stay quiet for long. As soon as I exited the back door I ran through the cave opening into the early dawn and down to the mountain spring-fed river. Not bothering to take off my mother’s treasured dress, I plunged into the icy-cold river and screamed through the pain.

I tried to ignore the throbbing ache in my extremities and swam to the middle where I couldn’t touch bottom and the current was strong. I floated on my back and let the river take me away. Above, the pink hues of dawn were brightening, and I watched the brilliant night stars dissolve into nothing. If only for a short time, I wished to feel nothing, be nothing. At least now my hands and feet had completely disappeared.

“Leo! What are you doing?” I didn’t have to look to know it was Lincoln. I recognized the high-pitched squeals, and swam toward shore.

Damn, kid, what are you doing outside at this hour?

Once I started to move again, my arms and legs were no longer unfeeling. My blood was moving as I waded back to shore, sharp piercing stabs replaced the numb ache.

“Why are you outside alone?”

A cool morning breeze raised fresh goose bumps. Chilled straight through to the bone, my teeth chattered like a tightly-wound plastic toy.

“I had a bad dream. You weren’t in bed.” Lincoln pulled a brown plaid scarf from around his neck and handed it to me. The scarf wasn’t much, but it was enough for me to get a spot or two dry.

“Come on, I’ll race you inside and you can tell me all about it.”

Lincoln didn’t move. He stood there, staring past me. I turned around to see Jack crouched on the opposite side of the river. His black hair was shiny wet, as was the rest of his nude, hard-coiled body. Another chill ran through me; it had nothing to do with the cold. Jack’s eyes narrowed to dark slits as he watched me take hold of my brother’s pale hand to lead him away from the riverbank. “Come on Linc, let’s run together.”


When can we expect the book to be published?

I’m currently working on some editing tweaks. Since my goal is to have this novel traditionally published, it could take some time to find the right partnership.


Enter for a chance to win a digital copy of Vampires on the Chesapeake (book 1) by D. A. Rhine – leave a comment on her blog and let her know I sent you!

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