Thursday, June 28, 2012

Interview and Giveaway: Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel
I am so pleased to have author Rhiannon Frater here today to answer some questions - and then give away an ebook copy of the book!

The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel
Rhiannon Frater
Release: June 12, 2012

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A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city of dwindling resources…and dwindling hope.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate, reclaiming the lost lands and energizing the populace with renewed hope for the future. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

For this interview I went with some fun questions that will let us get to know Rhiannon - that zombie and vampire goddess that we all know and love - a little better!

1. Fast Five:

Favorite food: My mom’s lasagna. It’s so good!

Favorite horror/scary movie: I don’t have just one. My favorite zombie movie is Night of the Living Dead. My favorite vampire movie is The Vampire Lovers. The movie that gave me the most nightmares was The Ring. And Psycho made me afraid of showering for YEARS, so I enjoyed bubble baths.

Favorite recent read: Endgame by Ann Aguirre. She let me read the final book in the Sirantha Jax series (it’s out in August) and it rocked!

Favorite place to visit: Italy. I would go there in a heartbeat.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Buying Betsey Johnson purses!

2. Reading and Writing Habits:

Where do you do most of your writing? I write in my office. If I hit writer’s block, I might wander around the house until I find a good spot.

Which authors inspired you as a writer? I would say Bram Stoker, Charlotte Bronte, Victoria Holt, and Agatha Christie.

Who are your favorite authors to read? Right now I’m very much into Scot Westerfeld, J.L. Bryan is now an auto-read, I love Susan Kay Quinn’s Mindjack Trilogy (can’t wait for book 3), and I really enjoyed Jessica Meig’s The Becoming.

What is the first book you remember loving? The Witch of Blackbird Pond is the first book I reread obsessively and just loved with all my heart.

What would you be doing if you weren't an author? I haven’t the slightest idea. It’s a nightmarish thing to imagine.

3. Who would win in an epic battle between zombies and vampires? 

Depends on what type of zombie and what type of vampire.  Traditional vampire vrs traditional zombie…I would give it to the vamps. They’re faster, meaner, more cunning, and stronger.

Thank you so much to Rhiannon for being here today!

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy and the author of several other books: the vampire novels PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES and THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE BRIDE and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. All three books in her zombie trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS and FIGHTING TO SURVIVE,  and SIEGE are available now in bookstores.

Enter to win an ebook of The Last Bastion of the Living on the Rafflecopter form below! You must be 13 or older to enter.

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Now go visit The Bookish Brunette to enter to win the Grand Prize of this blog tour!


  1. I am dying to read this book....great interview. I have read The First Days and cant wait to read the rest in the series!!! I am totally a Rhiannon fan girl!!!

  2. Wasn't this book freaking amazing!! I LOVED it! Great interview!

  3. Hi,

    I think it was me that won the contest! Yay! How do I proceed from here?


  4. Hi Amber! If your email begins with: adujay then you are in fact the winner! Rhiannon should be contacting the winner to email you the ebook soon! If you haven't heard anything in about a week let me know! :)

  5. Yay! That is me! Very excited! Thanks!


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