Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Author, author...Guest Post ~ Hero for Hire by Merissa McCain & Margaret Madigan all about it !!!

Thanks for joining us today.  We have a guest post from the authors of Hero for Hire.

The Authors’ Top Ten Reads for the Doom Shelter

Okay, so there are two of us. And getting ten picks a piece seemed a bit like cheating, especially since we’re counting series’ as one pick.  So, I talked Margaret down to five picks, and limited myself to five picks as well. These are of course, the things we’d grab if we had proper warning of the apocalypse, but I’ll admit that if we had no warning I’d read cereal boxes and statistics manuals if it came down to that.  And without further ceremony, here are my top five picks.


Okay. I know it’s cheating, but I’m counting books in a series as one read, since with Margaret getting five of the ten picks I’m limited on space. Here are my top five reads for my doom shelter, in no particular order—because they are all equally important for varied reasons…

1.      Hunger Games, the entire series. For inspiration and moral support. Because if Katniss can survive with grace and style, and still manage to have two boys drooling after her, I can do it too. (Probably not with grace or boys, but I can do it.)

2.      Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Because it’s awesome. Also, it is set in a world that ends up degenerating into a fae induced post apocalyptic hell. So I could read the series and not feel quite as alone. Plus, there are really sexy fae, really sexy highlanders, and most importantly, there is Barrons. Sigh.

3.      Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series. These historical mysteries stories are incredibly well written, abound with details of another time and a different, more genteel way of life. In other words, they’re perfect for when I need to forget about the zombie apocalypse outside, and recharge by losing myself in a story or five.

4.      Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant series. I adore this young adult series. It has forbidden love, teenage angst, a kick ass heroine, two, yes, two super hot super hero love interests, and an amazingly well drawn paranormal world filled with the decendants of greek Gods and Goddesses. And sometimes, the Gods and Goddesses pop in for kicks.  This series I’d be sure to bring along just because I adore it. That is all.

5.      Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  Because come war, come the promise of losing everything--even each other, come what may, Jamie and Claire never, never, never ever give up.  They fight with their conscience, regardless of the fact that they know they probably won’t win. They hold tight to each other, and to choosing  the way they think is right regardless of difficulty. I adore them, I adore this series,  and I need them in my Doom shelter.

And now for Margaret:

I wanted to do Top Ten, but Merissa insists we can share the books on our lists, and since we’re kind of cheating and counting series as one entry on the list, regardless of how many volumes it contains, I guess I can go with that.

So, if we knew that the end was coming and had enough time after collecting non-perishables, clothes, medications, and other supplies, these are the books I’d insist were in the doom shelter with us:

1.  The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King.

You’d think in the midst of a zombie apocalypse the last thing I’d want to read was a seven-volume epic about apocalypse. But this series has always been my all time favorite and I wouldn’t want to live the rest of my life anywhere without being able to reread it. Besides, we might just learn something about survival from the Roland’s ka-tet.

2. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

This book is amazing on so many levels and every time I read it, I discover some new subtle element I missed before. It’s bloody, violent, and starkly prophetic, but I love it.

3. The Dragonfire series of paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke.

This series counters all the gloom and doom of King and McCarthy. It’s all about love, loyalty, and honor, and sexy dragon shapeshifters who find their true loves among human women. Cooke has managed to build a compelling mythology around her dragon men that makes me want to keep going back for each new story.

4. The Percy Jackson series.  

Because it’s rip-roaring fun.

5. Harry Potter series

What doom shelter would be complete without Harry Potter?

There you have it folks. What would you choose to bring to your doom shelter? And would you allow series in your list?
Now these great ladies are doing a tour wide giveaway for 5 digital copies of Hero for Hire and (2) $10 Amazon, B&N or iTunes gift cards and you'll find that rafflecopter below.
So first let's find out more about ...

Hero for Hire
Tales from Beyond the End #1
By: Merissa McCain & Margaret Madigan
Lyrical Press

One day her prince would come…disguised as a zombie-killer.
Having been disgraced and tossed out by her own scientific community, Gwyn is convinced she can develop a cure for a SuperVirus that has turned the Infected into zombies. By pure luck and determination, she has survived on her own for years, but while out scavenging, a clash with the local zombies leaves her potentially infected. Now, running out of time, she needs help and takes a chance on a hero for hire.
Rafe loves the apocalypse. Since the world went to hell, everything’s come up roses for him. Having procured a mansion in the Hollywood hills, adopted a slew of homeless boys and one cantankerous but useful Doc, Mr. Charming is benefiting from the nasty zombie infestation. His job? Killing the bastards, which he considers fun anyway.
Gwyn Snow needs Rafe Charming to help retrieve her research from the Paragon Pharmaceuticals lab, also known as Zombie Central. Believing she can yet save the world, Gwyn makes Rafe question what’s right and what’s worth the fight.
CONTENT WARNING: Prince Charming, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves as you’ve never seen them before.
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance | Once Upon
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Author Info
Merissa McCain
My name is Merissa McCain. I grew up in the African bush, without T.V, and often without electricity. I now live in the deep South, with my very own superhero, and my three minons. Together, we attempt to take over the world.
When not otherwise occupied with planning world domination, I love to read, write, drink strong coffee and eat dark chocolate--not necessarily in that order and sometimes all at once.  I'm a voracious reader, and will devour any type of good fiction I can get my hands on, but I'm particularly partial to happy endings.
I write with a partner (Margaret Madigan) and on my own. We love to hear from our readers, so please shoot us an email at or
Margaret Madigan
Hi. I'm Margaret Madigan. Or M.K.D. Bail, depending on what literary genre we're talking about.
I live in the vast Northern Plains where it’s quiet and mostly empty, and very conducive to letting my imagination run wild. As a result, I have difficulty focusing on just one genre of storytelling. Of course, I love romance, so I write a lot of that, but I also write science fiction, a bit of horror, and dabble in other genres just for the fun of it.

When I’m not writing you’ll find me in a college classroom teaching English, or working as a literary agent for an amazing agency…and of course enjoying time with my family
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  1. Hi Christa,
    Thanks for having us! We are having great fun telling everyone about Hero For Hire, and appreciating you hosting us to help spread the word!

  2. Hi Everybody - Thanks for being here, and thanks for hosting us today! We had a great time writing this story, and just as much fun writing the guest posts for this blog tour. It was really hard to narrow down a list of books to take with us during the apocalypse! What kinds of books would you take?