First, let's all say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to James Schannep who will be/is 29 on February 11, 2013. Assuming he survives the Zombie Apocalypse. When you get to the bottom of all this, there's a coupon offer for 29% off Infected just for February 11, 2013.
Here’s how it works: You, Dear Reader, are the main character of this story. Live, die, and rise again based solely on the merit of your own choices. Each link represents a choice, and there’s no going back, so choose wisely.
Everyone has their plan; what they’d do to survive if and when the zombie apocalypse happens. Now you can see how you’d hold up against the legions of undead—without needing to call the CDC because crazed bath salts users are trying to eat your face off.
"Infected. Is. So. Good." -- A girl just like you.
"Holy $#*% this is awesome!" -- A guy more or less like you.
Like the gamebooks popular in the 1980s-90s (Choose Your Own Adventure, Give Yourself Goosebumps, etc), this is a series where you choose how to progress through the book. Unlike any others, this is the first series designed specifically for adults. And as an ebook, you simply click your choice and the story flows forward for you. No flipping pages.
Bringing everything you could possibly need inside your house, you close and lock the door, but not before spray-painting “Alive inside” above the entry. Hopefully the undead don’t read.
Boards and nails on every door and window, you blot out the sun for God-knows-how-long. But you’re a survivor, and smart, so you keep busy preparing. Beyond the boards you prop your couch, bookshelves, entertainment stand, whatever; up against the openings to your home.
The barricades securely in place, it’s time to set up for the long haul. You fill your bathtub and sinks to the brim with fresh water—it could turn off before you know it.
Everything prepared, you set your favorite blunt object within arm’s reach and sit down to watch the news and ceremoniously burn the bills you’ll never have to pay again.
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Only six days into hiding, you get your first visitors. The phones don’t work, and your television and internet have long been down, so you’re unsure what to expect. You’ve played about as much solitaire as is humanly possible, and in an ironic twist of fate, your house is now more clean and ready for company than it was before things went bad. There were a few scary nights, rustling in the bushes, scratches at the doors and windows, and a slight moaning to ensure you haven’t slept much. But no one has really tried to get in—until now.
The two zombies outside paw at your house like velociraptors checking the fences for weak spots. You’re not sure if you did something to alert the undead but they’re here, and they really want in. The moaning is louder than you’ve heard, and much more urgent.
With a crash, one of your window panes is smashed in. Your home security alarm blares ferociously. What might have helped alert you while you were sleeping now alerts the whole neighborhood like a dinner bell.
You curse yourself for keeping it on and run to turn it off. But the damage is done. With the window open, they can smell you, and now you can hear the distant moan of more to come. The boards are still in place, so that should buy you some time—but the boards won’t hold forever.
Fend them off one by one with my Louisville Slugger. I don’t care if I have to battle the whole town!
Down into the basement. I’ve already got some stuff down there, and it works in the movies!
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About the Author: James Schannep
James Schannep (1984-) is an American novelist and screenwriter with a dozen competition wins and placements. His first screenplay was optioned in 2011 and the Click Your Poison series was launched September, 2012 with the flagship book INFECTED.
A United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) graduate with a degree in English, Schannep left the service honorably to write full time. He resides with his wife along California's central coast.
James has personally stopped three zombie uprisings without raising national attention.
More information, including contact details, is available at: http://www.jamesschannep.com
A personal note from the author:
I'm currently hard at work on Click Your Poison #2, a solve-it-if-you-can murder mystery! Subscribe to some of my social media sites, as there will be some promotions for the new book release--aiming for Summer 2013.
Speaking of promotions, since today (Feb 11th) is my 29th birthday, here's a gift for your readers: Today only, get 29% off the paperback on Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4002179 using discount code "28MBTBU5". Then, if you want to give ME a gift, you can leave your honest opinion in an amazon review :)