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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tristis Manor Blog Tour - Guest Post by J. R. Wagner, author of Tristis Manor (The Never Chronicles #1.5)

Author: J. R. Wagner

Series: The Never Chronicles

Number in Series: 1.5

Release Date: March 20, 2013

Publisher: Solomon Caw Publishing

Genre: Epic Fantasy/Young Adult

Presented by: JKS Communications

Synopsis from J. R. Wagner

Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again. Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles, an epic fantasy series.

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How to survive the apocalypse
By J. R. Wagner

With the upcoming release of World War Z (based on the book by Max Brooks) I thought this would be a fun topic…

Be it zombies, vampires, werewolves, warring magical bad guys, the super-flu, nuclear holocaust or something altogether different, if one would like to survive these troubled times there are several tips that can increase your chances.

Think back to kindergarten or first grade when your teacher discussed the essentials of living. Remember what they were?

  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Food

Yes, I’ve even put them in order of importance.

Today I will focus on the most important of all essential resources: water.

The typical human can go 2-5 days without water. That doesn’t mean really, really bad stuff won’t start happening to your internal organs after day one, but you’ll live. By days three-five living takes on an entire new definition (misery).

As far as water goes, you don’t need a bottle of 10 Thousand BC® . You simply need something fresh and disease-free.

The apocalypse has come. The power is out. Fuel is gone. Supermarkets have long since been raided and stripped bare of all essentials. What to do? Well, if you’re smart, you haven’t been wandering the apocalyptic wasteland during the peak of the melee. Lets say, for example, you’ve taken refuge in your neighbor’s basement (Poor bloke was whisked away by a horde of flesh-eating zombies one morning while checking his mail at the end of his drive.) and all the bottled water you’ve scrounged has come to an end. Now what?

There are two great places to check for standing fresh water in virtually any home (neither of which requires a pump).

  1. The hot water tank.

All hot water tanks (I believe) have a drain valve that looks just like a hose spigot at the bottom. Find a bucket, turn the valve and drain the tank. If you’re in a neighborhood (and it’s safe to travel) you should have access to hundreds of gallons of fresh water.

  1. The toilet reservoir

Yes, I realize it sounds nasty but the tank on top of the bowl is filled with clean water. Getting the water out may be tricky. If you have a wrench or a pair of channel locks handy, your best bet is to disconnect the supply tube from the bottom of the tank. Be ready with a bucket because it will come pouring out the instant it is disconnected. No tools? No problem. Try a small cup and bail the water into a larger container. If you want to get all the water out –every drop, once you’ve bailed as much as you can use a sponge or hand towel to soak up the rest. Wring what the towel/sponge absorbs into your container.

Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far, you’re doing well. Stay alert, travel swift and silent and above all, don’t approach anyone who is glowing!


About J. R. Wagner

J. R. Wagner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, during a blizzard. The snow made travel by car impossible, so his father called an ambulance when his mother went into labor. The ambulance became stuck at the bottom of their home's driveway, prompting the dispatch of a fire truck, which towed the ambulance to the hospital where he was born. (see the actual newspaper article).

Maybe it was this experience that destined J.R. to love adventure. A competitive cyclist, triathlete, mountain biker, and adventure racer, he once received a medal for saving a woman's life during the kayaking section of an adventure race.

J.R. drafted his first story, a sequel to Return of the Jedi, when he was ten years old. A self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, he had lofty aspirations of working with George Lucas on filming the project. In 1990, he began filming his version of The Lord of the Rings in his parents' basement, but the plug was pulled after he nearly burned down the house. Since then, J.R. has written two full-length screenplays and a thriller novel.

After graduating with a kinesiology degree from Arizona State University, J.R. returned to Pennsylvania, where he took up writing once again.

He began writing The Never Chronicles while vacationing in Maine. 

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Tour Schedule

May 20
Tour Kick-Off Guest post at Cheryl Rainfield’s Author Website
May 22
Review at Hopeless Bibliophile
May 23
Book Spotlight and eBook Giveaway at My Fiction Nook
May 24
Book Feature at Unputdownable Books
May 25
Review at J Bronder Book Reviews
May 27 & 28
Review and Character Bio at Therian
May 29
Interview and eBook Giveaway at Book Snatch
May 30
Review at Gabic Reads
May 31
Review at Young Adult Novel Reader
June 2 & 3
Interview and Guest Post at Pen & Muse
June 4
Interview at Literary Lunes
June 5
Book Spotlight at Mythical Books
June 6
Top 10 List at Spellbindings
June 7
Review at Shakira’s Book Blog ‘n’ StuffInkk Reviews (@InkkReviews)
June 8
Excerpt and Giveaway at Inkk Reviews
June 9
Guest Post and eBook Giveaway at Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf
June 10
Review at Bookaholics
June 11
Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
June 16
Guest Post at Offbeat Vagabond 

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