Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Cannibal's Guide to Fasting by Dana Hammer

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Cannibal's Guide to Fasting by Dana Hammer. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a really fun (and genius) guest post from the author describing how she plans to survive an apocalypse. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Cannibal's Guide to Fasting
Author: Dana Hammer
Publication Date: September 6th 2022
Print Length: 310 pages
Genre: Comedy Horror
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Igor Fenenko, a former research scientist, is a scary, scary man. Not only is he a massive bodybuilder with a spider tattooed on his face, he has also been infected with Pestis Manducans — viral cannibalism. Igor tried to resist indulging, but his research specimens smelled so delicious. Who did it hurt, really, to nibble a corpse?

Caught, disgraced, and sent to a ‘rehabilitation’ center, Igor is now forced to live in a government-mandated Containment Center. He spends his days pressing wildflowers, growing blueberries, and doing his best to avoid human meat. More than anything, he wants a cure for the virus that has ruined his life.

Igor’s brother, Karl, is also infected with Pestis. But unlike Igor, he does not live in a Containment Center. He lives down by the river, where he runs a cannibal rights group. At first, the group seems harmless enough, if a bit creepy and overzealous. But when Igor discovers their evil practices, he is forced to intervene.

Aided and opposed by rich eccentrics who have their own agendas, Igor must use brains and muscles to find a cure while fighting the urge to turn brains and muscles into a delicious lunch.

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EXCERPT:
Igor’s home is a single-wide trailer in a “community” that the government has set up for former cannibals. Decent, law-abiding, non-infected folks do not want man-eaters to live in their neighborhoods, but they won’t go so far as to demand executions for the infected, and so the forced cannibal community was born.

For a time, the infected were held in prisons and jails, until those became too overcrowded, and the state was forced to find other solutions. Now, the official plan of action is this: identify the cannibals, send them to a treatment center, and then house them in secure, guarded communities with their own kind.

Igor’s community is one of the nicer ones. The trailers are small but clean, and the neighborhood is kept tidy and quiet. Each trailer even has a small patch of lawn, for residents to use as they please. Igor uses his for fruit and vegetable gardening. Some other people plant flowers, and some of them plant nothing at all, but fill their yards with furniture or above-ground pools.

Other communities aren’t so lucky. Igor is grateful for his home, despite the security guards who occasionally take their jobs a bit too seriously. Despite the constant scrutiny of the inspectors, despite the fact that his ID lists his address as “High Risk Containment Center” and that any time he has to show that ID to anyone, he gets glares or looks of disgust or flat refusals of service. He is grateful, because without it, and without a job, and without anyone willing to take him in, he would likely be homeless.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dana Hammer is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. She has won over forty awards and honors for her writing, few of which generated income, all of which were deeply appreciated. She is not a cannibal.



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GUEST POST:
My plan for surviving an apocalypse is as follows — Get to a cruise ship.

If you think about it, this is basically a perfect plan. Take two hundred of your friends and family members, and hijack a ship. Among these people, you will need a ship captain, medical professionals, teachers, people who know how to fish, people who know how to grow fruits and vegetables in containers, handy people/repair people, and those you love most. You will NOT bring anyone who is emotionally incontinent, or psychologically unstable. Every person on board will need to have a job to make this community work, so pick people who have skills, whenever possible.

You will need to bring clothes, medications, fishing gear, weapons, and gardening stuff. The ship will already have an enormous store of non-perishable food items, basic medical supplies, entertainment, bedding, soap and cleaning supplies, water filtration, exercise equipment, etc.

A cruise ship has a medical station, which is where your doctor will set up shop. You can set up a school for the children in one of the recreation areas. Your fishers will need to work hard to keep fresh fish on the tables, and your gardeners should be given plenty of space to grow produce. In addition, you will want to harvest seaweed, which is highly nutritious.

You will need to have weekly meetings to discuss ship management issues, air grievances, and generally keep people from losing their sh*t. The ship captain is the obvious choice for leader/mayor, but if the captain shows herself to be unfit, you can elect a new leader. Try to find a female chef who has worked her way up the ranks in various kitchens. She knows what she is about, and is to be taken seriously. But that’s just a suggestion.

Cleaning will need to be done daily, and everyone will need to pitch in. You can not afford the infections and disease that come from filthy living environments.

You will need to designate an area as a “holding area” in case someone goes nuts and tries stabbing people or whatever. You should designate a few people as “security” and it will be their job to contain any violence that breaks out. You will also need to designate a judge, for any criminal offenses. If community members become too dangerous to be contained, they will be sent to shore.

Two hundred people is the ideal number. It’s enough that there will be a variety of skill sets and personality types, and enough genetic variety that you can conceivably repopulate the world, if necessary. However, it’s not so many people that the ship will lose its supplies too quickly.

Depending on how long the apocalyptic event lasts, you will need to organize a crew of scavengers who will go ashore once a quarter for medicines, food, etc. These should be your strongest, fastest, healthiest people. It’s imperative that everyone keep as fit as possible, using the ship’s gym, but these are your REALLY fit people. They will use the life rafts, row ashore, get what they can, and return. If they find survivors, they can bring them aboard. These survivors will be held in the holding area, until they have passed a rigorous vetting process. If they do not pass the vetting process, because they are sh*tty people, they will be sent back to shore. If they pass, they will be welcomed into the community, and given rooms and jobs.

I will not be among the brave scavengers. Nor will I be a gardener, as I kill all plant matter. I am slow, and riddled with autoimmune disease. However, I know how to fish, so I can earn my keep that way. I am also a certified yoga teacher, which will be helpful in dealing with all this stress. I can write plays and books for everyone’s entertainment. I can cook. I am resourceful. I am a good judge of character, and can be helpful while vetting potential new community members. Hopefully this will be enough to justify keeping me aboard.
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GIVEAWAY:
Dana Hammer will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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38 comments:

  1. My brother would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Don’t be afraid to write badly! You have to get all your bad writing out of your system before the good writing can come out. It’s just part of it.

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  3. I almost spit my coffee when I saw the title! Love it! Enjoyed the excerpt and cannot wait for this read.

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  4. great cover and interesting title

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  5. This book sounds extremely interesting and gross. Definitely something I would read.

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  6. What’s your favorite snack to eat while reading?

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  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. What made you interested in writing horror?

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    1. I’ve always loved horror, ever since I was a little girl and would stay up late watching B horror movies with my mom. Writing horror was a natural choice for me.

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  9. This sounds like a spooky read.
    heather

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  10. The book sounds interesting, thank you.

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  11. What is your favorite season to write in?

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    1. That’s a hard one. I don’t think I have a favorite. Spring and summer give me energy, fall makes me think of cozy spookiness, and winter makes me depressed. I think my writing is probably affected accordingly.

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  12. The book sounds very intriguing. Great cover!

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  13. congrats on the tour hope all is going well

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  14. I have to remind myself to do more reading in this genre. Most of my time reading is usually in and around the topic of history or non-fiction. However this year I've committed to reading a bit more in each genre an sub genre. Seems like a great author and book!

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  15. Ugh I don't know if I could "stomach" this book lol.

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  16. What kind of book are you writing right now?

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    1. I’m currently working on a sequel to my middle grade fantasy novel. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s got Dionysius entering an ice-cream-eating competition.

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  17. I hope you have a good day.

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  18. What is your favourite unsolved mystery?

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    1. Oh, that’s a hard one. I would like to know what horrible psychopath mutilated that poor goose that was born without feet, and wore specially made tennis shoes. Who kills a sneaker-clad goose?

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  19. What author do you most admire?

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    1. Damn, you all ask hard questions! Haha. I love Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore, and wish to be more like them.

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  20. Do you have characters living in your head?

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    1. Oh God yes! They’re there all the time. They never shut up. They never leave me alone. As a result, I am never bored.

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  21. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  22. is there a time of the year you tend to write more in

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    1. I write evenly all year. I have to write every day or I get antsy!

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  23. I hope everyone has a great weekend! TGIF!

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  24. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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