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The Blood of the Infected Series by Antony J. Stanton - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Blog Tour ~ The Blood of the Infected Series

Author: Antony J. Stanton

Genre: post-apocalyptic/thriller/horror

Tour Dates: 15th - 19th of May

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"Once Bitten, Twice Die" by Antony J. Stanton

The end of the world was just the beginning.

A cure for dementia has disastrously failed. Patients are left crazed, infectious and enraged. The ensuing carnage quickly spreads the disease, and civilisation is decimated.

On London’s outskirts a military base shelters some survivors. The soldiers within must battle against the infected who now roam unchallenged. Tensions are high, relationships fraught, death commonplace.

But if they thought the end of the world was bad enough, their troubles have only just begun...

An ancient menace has long existed in secret alongside humanity - a vampire clan, which has recently encountered the soldiers. Now is their time to emerge from the shadows. First though they have to overcome their own problems. They too have to fight for survival against the infected, and they violently disagree on their approach towards the humans.

Hostilities are rising. It's only a matter of time now...

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Book two from 'The Blood of the Infected' series: "Once Bitten, Twice Live"

When death is the best option, survival is no longer enough…

With a growing realization that their continued existence bestows upon them a debt to humanity, the survivors look to create a cure for the insanity that has brought civilization to its knees. But that only encourages disagreement and infighting, and comes at a heavy price, bringing various shocks and surprises.

Tensions amongst the vampires are escalating, jeopardizing the very existence of the clan itself. A battle for supremacy seems inevitable and their future is in the balance. How far will Farzin go to achieve his aims - domination of the vampires and humans alike? And how terrible will his vengeance be against any who stand in his path? Their interaction with the humans threatens to increase and not necessarily for the benefit of either group.

Meanwhile the wrathful infected grow ever hungrier…

When every day is a struggle to stay alive, survival of the fittest is never guaranteed.

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Book three from 'The Blood of the Infected' series: "Twice Bitten, Twice Die"

When there’s no one left to hear you scream…

Deaths amongst the survivors are occurring at an unsustainable rate. Numbers are rapidly dwindling. Morale is plummeting. Soon they will be beyond salvation, yet their real task has only just begun. But will anyone remain alive to complete it? Nothing could have prepared the soldiers for what lies ahead. If they thought life was brutal already, they had absolutely no idea…

The vampires are in disarray. Their relationships are becoming blurred, confused and violent. A titanic clash between soldiers and vampires seems imminent but no one’s survival is assured.

In a world where life is unpredictable, the threat from the infected suddenly becomes even more unexpected and menacing. Hostilities are inevitable. Only one thing is certain: there will be blood!

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Guest Post
So, you’ve decided to be an author. You’ve written your magnum opus, and whether by self-published routes, or traditional, you get your work in front of an adoring public, or otherwise. Now what do you do? With a sudden void in your creative life, and an excess of spare time that you barely remember from the days before writing became all-consuming, do you start to create another masterpiece, or do you take up pottery?
Well, in my case I was really rather fortunate. My books ended up in front of the CEO and founder of an American TV and film production company, who really rather liked my story. He passed it around his industry peers (I generously overlooked the fact that they all used the same copy and did not buy their own,) and they all liked it too. And all of a sudden my books have gone from my little project all by myself, to something much bigger. An entity that is being discussed by other people on the other side of the planet without my even being party to the conversation, all with their own ideas of what to do and how. Excited does not remotely come close.
So I found myself in the dream-like position of having to write a synopsis for how I foresee a potential season one of the TV adaptation of my books. When I initially started writing the books I did not know much about the craft. I learned an awful lot along the way. Now, all of a sudden, I find myself in the same situation. I initially, foolishly, thought turning my books into something suitable for TV would be easy. Just divide it up into sections, ensure each has a befittingly punchy ending, and hey presto. But no, there is, it would seem, more to it than that, as I am rapidly learning.
I decided I needed to start backwards. Define how I want season one to end, and go from there. Having done that, I then realised that a lot of any book is description. I had to find ways to depict that on TV, without using a narrator. This meant tweaking scenes, reordering them slightly, even filling in the blanks. In the book where I had alluded to an event, I would now have to flesh it out, which sometimes means developing characters more than their literary life-span, and even creating a few new ones. Call me a dullard, but this was not all obvious to me from the start.
I have had no training in screenplay writing, and I don’t for one minute think that I will actually be the one responsible for writing the screenplay for real. But for now, it is fascinating to be viewing the books that I have been nurturing for seven years, in a totally different light. To be reliving the delights of creating a story, and imagining how it will look on the screen. Whether my books are any good in reality is not for me to say, although the reviews all seem to suggest that quite a few people like them. But, I do firmly believe that the concept would translate extremely well onto the screen, and I truly hope my dream comes to life. And it doesn’t hurt to dream, right?
Best wishes
Antony J. Stanton


Author Bio:

“Once Bitten, Twice Die” is the debut novel from Antony J. Stanton. The book is the first of ‘The Blood of the Infected’ series, in the ‘post-apocalyptic action thriller’ genre. Stanton was born in London in 1970. Even as a child he always dreamed of becoming a published author, and he started to write a book. But, having watched the film ‘Top Gun,’ he was swayed into a becoming a military pilot. After no more than a glancing blow of a career in the British Royal Air Force he decided that his long term future lay elsewhere and he became a commercial pilot and remains thus to this day. Hence much of this trilogy was written all around the world, generally at unsociable times when jet-lag meant that normal people were asleep.

During a holiday with three friends, a bet was made amongst them. Each had a task to fulfil within the year – Stanton’s was to write a book. A little late, but five years on and his challenge has been completed. Three times.

His period spent in the RAF helped him write the military survival aspects of this book, and a kidnapping incident in Kazakhstan and shooting in Ghana, amongst other ‘adventures’, provided him with a dark well of experience to draw from. Life is, after all, one big adventure. A combination of the aforementioned, along with his love of the darker sides of literature, and the results are this novel and the next two in the trilogy.

And all it took was the impetus of a friendly challenge to spur him on to his creative dream… He still lives in South London and is very much looking forward to watching his friend fulfilling his part of the challenge: demonstrating his (not-so) newly acquired break-dancing skills, surely a sight to behold.

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