Monday, March 24, 2014

Addicted Readers 1st Blogoversary: Day #5 - Emily McKay + Giveaway Re-Post

Welcome back to Day #5 in my 1st Blogoversary! Today we have another amazing author, Emily McKay, author of The Farm Series stopping by! Emily has written one of my favorite Vampire Series out there, and I am THRILLED to have her here today for an awesome Guest Post, and the Cover Reveal of Emily's 3rd and final book in The Farm Series, THE VAULT! Oh, and there is 2 awesome giveaways too. One for US & One for INT! ;)

the before #0.5

The Before
The Before
Emily McKay
(The Farm # 0.5)
Published: October 31st, 2013
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Paranormal
Before vampires began devouring humans; before the surviving teenagers were rounded up and harvested for their blood; before all of that there was a time simply called The Before . . .

What looks at first like nothing more than a bad science fiction movie soon becomes a terrifying reality for Lily Price: swarms of vampires devouring humans across America. Now, locked in her house while the world falls apart around her, Lily must find the strength to support her collapsing mother and protect her autistic twin sister, Mel—and somehow find a way to flee the advancing horde of undead before it’s too late.

But with martial law declared and a rogue cop watching every move Lily makes, escape seems hopeless. And then comes a phone call that threatens to change Lily’s life forever, a call that’s certain to break up her family and send Lily and Mel to a place they may never return from.

From the author of the award-winning The Farm and The Lair comes The Before, a terrifying look at what life was like when the vampiric undead first took over our lives.

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the farm #1

The Farm (The Farm, #1)
The Farm
Emily McKay
(The Farm #1)
Published: December 4th, 2012
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Paranormal
Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...

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the lair #2

The Lair
Published: November 5th, 2013
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Paranormal
In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been �quarantined” with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood—food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated—and must continue the fight on their own . . .

After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada—and safety.

Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge.

But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.
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See My 4.5 Star Review Of THE LAIR HERE!

And now for the Cover Reveal of THE VAULT, book 3 in THE FARM Series!!






Published: November 4th, 2014
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Paranormal
Emily McKay's The Lair and The Farm, in a series New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill calls, "Equal parts Resident Evil and Hunger Games."

In a world where vampires rule and teenaged humans are quarantined as a food source, there is only one choice—resist or die. But fighting the vampires comes at a terrible cost to twin sisters Mel and Lily and their best friend Carter . . .

With Lily exposed to the vampire virus and lying in a coma, it’s up to Mel and Carter to search for the cure. Time is not on their side. With every passing heartbeat, Mel is becoming more and more purely vampire.

Desperate, Carter and Mel decide to split up. Carter will recruit human rebels from the Farm in San Angelo to infiltrate the guarded kingdom of the vampire Sabrina and steal the cure. Mel will go back to her mentor, her friend, her betrayer, Sebastian, who is the only one who can access an underground vault that may house the secret to the cure.

That is, if he’s still alive after she staked him to the ground. Now her worst enemy may be their best hope for curing Lily—and saving the human race.

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Pretty awesome, Huh?? I LOVE IT!! It's by far my favorite in the whole series!! I can't WAIT to read this book! The 1st and 2nd book blew me away, and I have a feeling this one is going to leave the other 2 in a cloud of dust!! 


A world full of Blood-Thirsty Ticks!

Before The Farm came out, back when all the internet had to go on was a cover and back cover blurb, there were some people on Good Reads who thought I’d written a book about giant mutated insects. In fact, as far as when my agent was trying to sell The Farm, an editor asked me, “So, you’ve written a book about bugs?”

I get the confusion, after all the monsters in my books are called Ticks. But they aren’t bugs. They’re mutated humans. They’re like vampires, because they live off human blood, but when I was first writing the books, I didn’t want there to be any confusion. I wanted to write about creatures who were horrible. I wanted to write blood-sucking monsters who couldn’t possibly romanticized. I wanted a word that conveyed how disgusting and parasitic they are. And let’s be honest, is there anything grosser than a tick? If you’ve ever had a dog (or been camping) and had to pry one of those things out with tweezers and a hot match, then you know what I’m talking about.

In the world of the series, both the Ticks and the Vampires have a scientific origin—that is, they are genetically different than humans due to mutations—rather than a mythical origin. Because of that, I decided my creatures would have few (if any) characteristics that no living creature had, except of course for the fact that they crave human blood. Luckily, there is no real creature that will drink blood, but leave the rest of the yummy carcass to rot. But other than that, I wanted my monsters to make sense. That meant that my vampires could go out in the sunlight (but they are extremely nocturnal). They dissolve into a puff of ash when a stake goes through their heart (though a stake through the heart of any creature is going to do some damage). They aren’t impossible to kill (they just have extraordinary pain tolerance). And they can in fact go in churches—they just tend to avoid them. In my mind, if you were once intelligent and human and now you’re not, those things that make you most human (intelligence, compassion, love, a belief in a divine being) would be terrifying. Ticks avoid churches because it scares the hell out of them that they once understood what a church was for, and they don’t anymore. Ticks kill the people they love most first, because they can’t comprehend what that love once was. The dual pull of the dregs of human love and the roar of Tick hunger is simply too much.

For me, writing about the Ticks was all about exploring those things that made us most human and then ripping those things away, because that is what terrifies me.

What do you think makes you most human? What would you most dread losing?

Prizes: ONE US Winner will receive a Paperback of THE FARM & THE LAIR By . ONE INTERNATIONAL Winner will receive a $20 Amazon OR Barnes & Noble Gift Card + Swag.

Contest runs: March 21st, 2014 to April 4th, 2014 11:59pm.


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PLEASE, if you can take a minute to fill out the Likes & Dislikes Survey of Addicted Readers, to help me make next year even better then this year. It would be greatly appreciated! :) And you get a lot of extra entries in the giveaway too! ;) (You only have to fill the Survey out ONCE! You can still get the extra entries for each day)

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Emily McKay has been reading romance novels since she was eleven years old. Her first Harlequin Romance came free in a box of Hefty garbage bags. She immediately fell in love with the genre and has been devouring them ever since.

In her spare time, she loves to garden and cook … well, bake. Mostly cookies. Naturally, she still loves to read a good romance. She’s been blissfully married for eleven years. When they can ditch their five pets for a couple of weeks, she and her husband like to travel to exotic and exciting locations like Greece, Costa Rica, and Ignorant Flats, Texas.

So what did you think of the Guest Post from Emily McKay? Are you just dying to know more about these vicious Ticks? Are you needing to know what they really are and what there capable of? Do you need to see how much blood and pain they've caused their world? Well, enter the giveaway for your chance to find out! Trust me, it is one Vamp/Dystopia that's NOT TO BE MISSED!!! :)


  Thanks everyone for joining me for Day #5 in my Blogoversary Event! Stop back Monday for Day #6 with the amazing for an awesome Interview & another International Giveaway!

Thanks again to everyone who filled out the Addicted Readers Survey so far. You've all been very creative and supportive! THANK YOU! :)

Until Monday, I leave you with this!

(Have lots of fun this weekend, just please, don't dance like him ;)


  1. What makes me most human? For me, it's the ability to read. What would you most dread losing? my family.

    Thank you again for the giveaway! Happy Blogoversary!!!

    1. Yes, the ability to read is very important, and a key success at being human. And I would dread losing my family the most too! :)

      Great answers! Thanks for stopping by Day #5 in my Blogoversary event, Good luck, Maricris! :)

  2. What makes me most human is my intense love for my family..what I would dread losing most would be he ability to feel and articulate the feelings I have for my family....
    Great review and giveaway!!!

  3. What makes me human is the ability to feel, the ability to understand our actions and the outcomes too. I would dread losing my family the most...

  4. I think that love makes us the most human (corny, yes, but true). I would be most afraid to lose my kids. That is unimaginable.

  5. The fact that I can sing and be sarcastic makes me feel most human. Well yeah it's weird but it's my opinion. War among countries like the olden days scare me the most. I only ask for world peace.


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