Friday, September 27, 2019

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Past This Point by Nicole Mabry

Title: Past This Point
Author: Nicole Mabry
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Karis Hylen has been through the New York City dating wringer. After years of failed relationships, she abandons her social life and whittles her days down to work and spending time with her dog, Zeke. Her self-imposed exile ends up saving her life when an untreatable virus sweeps the east coast, killing millions.

Alone in her apartment building, Karis survives with only Zeke, phone calls to her mom, and conversations with two young girls living across the courtyard. With the city in a state of martial law, violence and the smell of rotting corpses surround her every day. But her biggest enemy is her own mind. As cabin fever sets in, vivid hallucinations make her question her sanity.

In addition to her dwindling food and water stash, Karis must now struggle to keep her mind in check. When a mysterious man enters the scene, she hopes she can convince him to help her make it to the quarantine border. With the world crumbling around her, Karis discovers her inner strength but may find that she needs people after all.

The scene shifted back to the set of the Today Show with the ticker at the bottom reiterating what the mayor had just said. I stared at the screen, my muscles tense and my stomach fluttering with anxiety. I kept reading the ticker as it scrolled continuously, waiting for it to sink in. Al Roker looked as though he wanted to sprint off the set.

“Oh my god!” the cashier exclaimed, breaking me out of my trance. “I can’t believe people are dying from the flu!” She put her hand to her forehead and ran it around her face as if testing for

“That’s because it’s not the flu,” the man in glasses said, jabbing a finger at the TV. “They aren’t telling us everything. That many people don’t die from the flu. Go home.” He grabbed his coffee and half-eaten bagel and walked out.

I shivered. If he was right and it wasn’t the flu, then it could be even worse than I’d been thinking. The three of us stared at his retreating back, dumbfounded. The other customer, a woman with a baby in a stroller, took a cue from the cashier and felt her baby’s forehead, then her own. She hurriedly grabbed her purse and rushed out of the shop, leaving her latte and muffin behind.

The cashier’s hand fluttered to her chest. “But I’m not off until three.”

“I think your manager will understand,” I replied. “I’d close up if I were you.” I walked out the door.

Hearing a noise, I looked back over my shoulder. The cashier had taken my advice and turned the sign to Closed. My mind was racing as Zeke and I rushed home. They’d shut the subways down when storms made them unsafe, but they’d never done it for health reasons. Even though I’d been acting on my suspicions, I’d assumed it was my paranoid side rearing its annoying head. My hoard of food would soon come in very handy. When I entered my apartment, I locked the door behind me.

I looked down at my dog. “Zeke, buddy, you were wrong.”

Nicole Mabry spends her days at NBCUniversal as the Senior Manager of Photography Post Production. Her nights are reserved for writing novels. At the age of seven, she read The Boxcar Children, sparking a passion for reading and writing early on. Nicole grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California and went to college at UCLA for Art History. During a vacation, she fell in love with New York City and has lived in Queens for the past sixteen years. On weekends you can find her with a camera in hand and her dog, Jackson, by her side. Nicole is an animal lover and horror movie junkie.

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  1. nice book cover, the book sounds interesting.

  2. Sounds like a great read and love the cover.

  3. Seems like a book that will sink you in on an emotional level, I like it! Love the excerpt!

  4. This looks like a fun read. Congrats to the author!!!

  5. Aww. I love the girl hugging the doggy on the front.

  6. Sounds like a thought provoking book.

  7. This sounds good Thank you for sharing!

  8. I LOVE this cover! What I have read about this book has me intrigued!!

  9. I love the cover, this sounds like a great book

  10. Sounds like a fascinating read! Love the cover!