Book Tour: Ash and Ruin Series by Shauna Granger ~ Excerpt

World of Ash (Ash and Ruin #1)
Author: Shauna Granger
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: December 2, 2013

There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real.

The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive.

That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.

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A few rows behind me, something hits the ground. It sounds like the metallic slap a can would make if it hit linoleum. Blue perks up his ears and turns toward the noise, his furry grey eyebrows lifting. A cold hand grips the base of my spine as I, too, turn toward the sound. 

“Dylan?” I call softly, terrified to raise my voice. When he doesn’t answer, I grab a hunting knife hanging on the wall. I pull my mask back on to cover my nose and mouth as fear claws at my stomach. 

I struggle with the hard plastic around the knife, cursing myself for leaving both of my weapons in my pack in the cart, but I manage to rip it open and free the knife. Adjusting my grip on the handle of the basket, I creep forward to the end of the aisle, letting the tiny lantern guide me. I lean around to look toward the market where I left Dylan. We had split up like idiots, just like the dumbass people who got themselves killed in horror movies, and all I can think about is the wide open door in the front of the store, inviting anyone to sneak up on us. 

I can’t see or hear anything, so I step around the edge of the end cap and carefully walk forward. Blue walks alongside me, his ears flat against his head and his shoulders hunched up. With a deep breath, I turn the corner, but there is nothing. We walk on, pausing before each aisle. Many of the shelves are empty or nearly so. Jars are shattered on the floor, spilling their contents; bread is molding in plastic bags; sodas have spilled on the metal shelves, the liquid congealing into a syrupy mess that no longer drips. At the fourth row, Blue growls low in his throat, his hackles rising along his spine, sending a chill down mine as I freeze.

“Dylan?” I try to keep my voice low and steady even though my mask muffles my voice. 

“Come on out, little girl,” an unfamiliar voice drawls, making that cold hand clench around my spine. Blue growls again, stepping forward, but I grab the scruff at his neck to stop him. I have no idea what’s around that corner, and I’m not about to let him get shot. I take a second to muster up my courage before I peek around the edge of the end cap. Dylan is on his knees, his hands behind his head, with two boys holding a knife to his throat.

Time of Ruin (Ash and Ruin #2)
Author: Shauna Granger
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: July 22, 2014

The world has ended, and hope is the most dangerous thing left.

Battered and bruised after barely escaping San Francisco with their lives, Kat, Dylan, and Blue press north – desperate to reach the possibility of a new home.

But strange, monstrous ravens are tracking the remaining survivors, food is becoming scarce, gasoline is running short, and people are becoming suicidal, making survival almost impossible.

And the Pestas are growing bolder. Somehow, their numbers are growing.

The further north they go, the harder it becomes to ignore the signs that they’ve made a fatal mistake. Kat must face the impossible truth that there is no escape, there is no safe haven, and their worst nightmares don’t come close to their new reality.

Age of Blood (Ash and Ruin #3)
Author: Shauna Granger
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Hope is a dangerous thing, but powerful. Hope keeps you going. Hope can keep you alive. 

But hope can shatter your world. 

Kat and Dylan have found a home, but the monsters are still out there. The pox and plague still ravage the world. They have hope of finding a vaccine, but their encampment isn't equipped to develop it. 

Dylan is still too weak from the pox to leave the encampment, so Kat must decide between staying by his side and protecting her last remaining family member as he leaves to find supplies. Separated for the first time since they came together, Kat and Dylan will have to fight their own battles to save what is left of their bloody world. 

Kat will have to hold on to hope that she has anything left to save and someone to come home to. If she can survive.

About the Author

Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis. 


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