Past This Point
by Nicole Mabry
Publication date: September 3rd 2019
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Karis Hylen has been through the New York City dating wringer. After years of failed relationships, she abandons her social life and whittles her days down to work and spending time with her dog, Zeke. Her self-imposed exile ends up saving her life when an untreatable virus sweeps the east coast, killing millions.
Alone in her apartment building, Karis survives with only Zeke, phone calls to her mom, and conversations with two young girls living across the courtyard. With the city in a state of martial law, violence and the smell of rotting corpses surround her every day. But her biggest enemy is her own mind. As cabin fever sets in, vivid hallucinations make her question her sanity.
In addition to her dwindling food and water stash, Karis must now struggle to keep her mind in check. When a mysterious man enters the scene, she hopes she can convince him to help her make it to the quarantine border. With the world crumbling around her, Karis discovers her inner strength but may find that she needs people after all.
“I felt like I was underwater, unable to surface, while everyone else was waving at me from dry land. I would sit in my living room in the dark and think about the emptiness in my house, in my heart. I feared my sadness was so strong that it floated up the walls, seeped into the cracks, and poured over people in other apartments, infecting them too. Socializing became a chore, an unnecessary exercise I performed to appear emotionally normal to the masses—if I’m going to be alone, why not just be alone? Only one of my friends had noticed my withdrawal: Lori, who I frequently met up with at the dog park. She’d texted me to ask if I was avoiding her. I’d replied, No, I’m just hibernating. See you in the spring! :-)”
Giveaway ends October 3rd.
The grand prize is:
- $25 Amazon gift card
- ebook copy of Past This Point
Nicole Mabry spends her days at NBCUniversal as the Senior Manager of Photography Post Production. Her nights are reserved for writing novels. At the age of seven, she read The Boxcar Children, sparking a passion for reading and writing early on. Nicole grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California and went to college at UCLA for Art History. During a vacation, she fell in love with New York City and has lived in Queens for the past sixteen years. On weekends you can find her with a camera in hand and her dog, Jackson, by her side. Nicole is an animal lover and horror movie junkie.