Alex, her sisters, and their kids are on their way to her camp in the Adirondack Mountains for the Columbus Day weekend when the unthinkable happens. A voice on the radio warns the country is under attack! Greeted by guns and bullets when they try to seek shelter, they’re forced to hide in a cave to wait out the fallout. After two weeks in their dank hole, they’re wasting away from starvation. Things are made worse when Alex discovers her sisters gone. They’ve taken the rented minibus and returned to the city to search for their husbands, leaving Alex to care for her seven nieces and nephews. It’s an arduous 35-mile hike through the mountains to her camp…a journey through hell! Society is devolving. The strong: looters, murderers, and rapists preying on the weak. The small hamlets and villages they pass through have become killing fields, as survivors battle each other for the few remaining supplies. Above them, the skies are growing darker every day, blocking out the sun. Temperatures are plummeting. Winter is coming early. Her burden increases when Alex rescues two orphaned children she finds injured and starving on the trail. Now she has nine hungry mouths to feed! Their little band is elated when they finally make it to camp, but in order to keep from starving, they’ll need to learn to live off the land the way the Indians that once inhabited the mountains did. In her struggle to keep the children alive and fed, Alex stumbles on a hidden cache of food only to discover it’s guarded by a man who’ll haunt her nightmares. Half guardian angel, half demon. Both barbarian and benefactor. A strange mixture of brutality and gentleness, cruelty and caring. A man named Wolf!
Targeted Age Group: adult
Written by: Mia Frances
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Mia Frances is the pen name of author Mary Vigliante Szydlowski. As Mia, she’s the author of the dark post-apocalyptic romance, TRIBES; steamy romantic suspense novel, Little Girl Lost; and the erotic romance, murder mystery series: IN HIS KEEPING: TAKEN, IN HIS KEEPING: BANISHED, and IN HIS KEEPING: CLAIMED.
Her Science Fiction/Fantasy works include novels: The Ark (Jarl Szydlow), The Colony (Mary Vigliante), The Land (Mary Vigliante), Source of Evil (Mary Vigliante), and novella, The Hand of My Enemy. She’s also the author of horror novel, Worship the Night; and Dark Realm, the tale of a dystopian world ruled by Satan. In addition, she’s the author of mainstream novel Silent Song. She’s also published 10 children’s book: Are We There Yet?, Little Sowbug & the Big Flood, Ghoul School, Millie Muldoon & the Case of the Halloween Haunting, Millie Muldoon & the Case of the Thanksgiving Turkey-napper, Millie Muldoon & the Christmas Mystery, A Puddle for Poo, Kia’s Manatee, The Duck in the Hole, and I Can’t Talk I’ve Got Farbles In My Mouth.
Her short stories, articles, children’s stories, essays, and poems have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, and on the web. She’s also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies: The Dog Did What?, Volunteering and Giving Back, Merry Christmas!, Mom Knows Best, and Life Lessons from the Dog.
She’s a member of the Authors’ Guild, Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America.
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