Thursday, June 13, 2019

Karma City by Gardner Browning - Book Tour + Giveaway

Karma City
by Gardner Browning


GENRE:   science fiction contemporary/post-apocalyptic



A microscopic parasite has crippled humanity with night terrors and paralyzing anxiety. 
In this world of increasing dystopia, hope yet remains in Karma City. But when mercenary drifter, 
Jameson Shoals, learns that a famous scientist has created a stronger parasite to kill the original, 
it isn’t until the bodies litter the streets that he realizes the horrifying truth: the new parasite is a killer 
with a mind of its own, and upon dominating Patient Zero, this killer acquires legs, hands, and eyes. 
It falls upon Shoals and his partner, a deadly female mercenary, to stop PZ and his mob before they 
can overcome and supplant humankind.



Jameson forced open the car’s door and yelled over the train’s grinding wheels. “Luna, let’s go!”
The wind grabbed at him. The train raced over a towering trestle spanning the East River. In the
distance, a cluster of high-rises raked the stars. The Karma City skyline shined in the night. 
For Jameson, it felt like a lifetime had passed since he had seen the majesty of Karma, 
the city of hope. He snorted a wad of phlegm and hocked it over the blur of the rails.

Bullshit. The city is a lie.


Guest Post

TOPIC: Favorite and least favorite aspects of dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories 

What I like most about dystopian themed stories is the unpredictable people and places that the reader may encounter. In worlds where society has been damaged, one can find many wildly diverse populations and unusual cultures thriving on the fringe. This lends itself to intriguing plots of tyrannical overlords, strange creatures, warring factions, and battles for precious resources. I also enjoy the somber feeling to many post-apocalyptic stories. There’s a foreboding sense of dread and gloom that hangs over the world that, when well-written, can be gripping. When the characters find happiness or respite, it means more and the reader feels the relief as tension is lifted.
What I don’t like about dystopian books is that authors often choose a post nuclear setting. This is overdone. A nuclear holocaust or Chernobyl style disaster is unexciting and unoriginal. Even in video games, this is the same old tired setting. I understand that radiation exposure is a constant and serious environmental threat that characters can struggle with, but there are so many great threats to humanity that can be used. Now, viruses are also a bit overdone but there is room here to be creative with the pandemic. A writer can imagine all kinds of sickness and run with it. A post alien invasion is cool. How about a classic natural disaster like a second Mount Vesuvius, Earth splitting quake, or an unstoppable meteor? What about magical disasters? Why not have a necromancer unleash an army of risen dead that have feasted on mankind for a century and the last remaining humans have fled underground to escape the flesh-eaters above? That’s pretty damn apocalyptic.
In my new book, KARMA CITY, the reader will enjoy a dystopian setting where the world is plagued by a mind-altering micro-invader, a parasite called “Malady” inspired by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite infecting our world right now.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gardner Michael Browning is an award-winning author and professional wrestler. 
In addition to receiving a New Hampshire Literary Award, two of his novels were part of an international 
English literacy program for middle grade readers. Browning enjoys classic literature, fishing, 
playing guitar and spending time with his family.

Amazon Author Page:

The book will be on sale for $0.99.


Gardner Browning will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn 
winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog! I hope everyone enjoys the story.

    1. You're very welcome! :) Sounds like a great read.

  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway.

  3. Thank you so much for the guest post. This really promises to be a nail biter so I'll be checking it out.

  4. What book do you wish you had written?


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