Monday, April 8, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

 Release date: September 18, 2012
 Genre: New Adult Zombie/ Horror
 Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
 Where to Buy: Amazon & Smashwords

“To label this a zombie book would be a false pretense . . . this is so much more than that. What you start out with and what you end up with are very different, and those twists and turns in the middle will make your heart beat faster over and over again."-- Colossal Pop

It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Though Layla reluctantly returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she could never have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's help if they are to survive the zombie apocalypse that's upon them. But that is not the only problem. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

Melanie Karsak, steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, resides in Florida with her husband and two children. Melanie is the author of "The Harvesting" series. Visit the author at her blog,, to learn more about upcoming projects, book signings, and other neato things.

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I have writing space envy. As a teen, I envisioned my future writing space much like the office of Ray Bradbury. I thought the walls would be lined with books. I thought that, like Sigmund Freud, I would be the owner of curious little knick-knacks to adorn the nooks and crannies. I thought a lot about what my writing space would look like. I never would have guessed that I was a minimalist.

Ray Bradbury’s Office:

Sigmund Freud’s Office:
Tell me about your feelings regarding your writing space . . .
I have a desk. It is somewhere under the heap of winter clothes I need to store, outgrown kids clothes I need to donate, and piles of paper that . . . well, I don’t know what those are. My desk is the one place in the house I am messy. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because my treadmill is in the garage so I have no proper place to leave my clothes hanging in a heap. Since my desk is lost, I write at my dining room table.

I have a routine I follow when I prepare to write. Every day I pull out a new table cloth and lay this down to ensure the space is clean. I can’t see any mess from where I am sitting or it will distract me. Most of the time, I have to tidy up before I start writing. The space I write in is very minimally decorated. Unlike my teen fantasy about how my office would look, in reality, I am a minimalist. I need the space to be silent and tidy. I am also a kinesthetic writer. I need to get up and walk around in order to think. My husband, who was home sick one day when I was writing, wondered why I was just walking around the house. I think he thought I was losing it.  Nope, I was just writing and walking, walking and writing. I write in my head. I need to think out scenes perfectly before I write them down. I usually have an entire book written in my head before I sit and write. For me, writing is just the process of transcribing. I also like to look outside when I write. It helps me think, keeps my mind clear. I write best in the morning when my energy is fresh, but I notice that I write scary, dark, or depressing scenes better at night. Even though I don’t have a quaint little office with loads of books, nice imported rugs, or neat little figurines, my simple space works for me.

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  1. This books sounds so amazing. For it to be described as not only about Zombies is what got my attention. Can't wait to read it ;D

  2. Looks like a great book, all of the things I love to read!