Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW YA SUSPENSE, PULSE, RELEASES 8/3 PLUS GIVEAWAY ENDS 8/10


Please welcome Linore Burkard to my blog. Linore has an exciting new release out called Pulse. I read Pulse and loved it. A great gift for any teen or adult! It really makes a person think about the future. Read down to find out how to be entered.
Why I wrote PULSE.

PULSE is a new genre for me as a writer, but I felt compelled to write it even though it is light-years from my sweet historical romances, and even though my readers have come to expect a cozy book from me.
I don't want to disappoint anyone, mind you, but writing PULSE felt non-negotiable to me. I felt like God put it on my heart--so I did it.

Here's the thing: WHAT IF something like a catastrophic EMP really does happen? Just yesterday a news story proclaimed that if a severe solar flare occurred, earth would have about 12 hours to brace itself for the impact. And you can't get ready for something like that in 12 hours. Historically, there have been severe weather events from the sun that, if today's technology had existed then, would have been wiped out by it. (Or at least severely disrupted and damaged.) Solar flares do happen. They expect one to happen eventually--possibly quite soon. 

The idea that people aren't ready for such a thing--but COULD BE--just wouldn't leave my mind. So I wrote PULSE to show that the consequences of not using wisdom to steward your resources (by storing some of them) are really not something anyone would want to live through.  

(Smiles) Sometimes we want to bury our heads and think that this will never happen because it's just to scary to think about. But that's where story comes in. PULSE is about three teenage girls and their families and you get to know them and you get to care about them. It's fiction and it draws you in. It's not didactic, not a lesson--it's a story. It's one possible reality. My hope is that it will make people think, help them realize they are not helpless when it comes to preparedness. The Lord is certainly in control of everything, but he appoints us as stewards and expects us to use our brains to manage resources wisely. That includes storing food and water for emergencies or any difficult time. 

As I say in the Afterword of the book, even if you never experience a catastrophic disaster, food storage makes sense because things happen...jobs are lost...disabilities occur...having a couple weeks' worth of supplies for the family (or more) can make all the difference in the world. 

So here's what it's about: 

Three teenage girls and their families must survive when America's worst nightmare actually occurs: The failure of the electric grid due to an electromagnetic pulse.

Life is changed forever.  

Only one was ready.

Which one are you?

To those on the outside, Andrea Patterson has the American Dream house and family. But when the world stops and life changes forever,  the American Dream looks more like a nightmare;  one from which she and her family might not wake up alive. 

There's no power, no lights, no internet, no cell phones, and not even a stinking working car.   Who would ever have thought this could happen in the U.S.A?

Lexie  Martin's farm family has never been cool like Andrea's, but they've been prepping for a big event for years. For them, the world didn't stop; it just slowed down. Taking in their elderly neighbor makes life seem almost cosy. The only thing they didn't prepare for? A  paranoid bus driver who wants what they've got.

Sarah Weaver, friend of Andrea and Lexie, lives on the top floor of a ten-story apartment building.  When things went black, she thought it could be romantic, like living in the time of Jane Austen.

She was wrong.

Has the world collapsed forever?
Who will survive when technology fails?
Or maybe the right question is,

Who will get to eat?
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Linore is giving away a copy of her e-book. Leave a comment to be entered. Let us know, what do you think about preppers?

Purchase link: http://amzn.to/1J7CybR
Also available in paperback.
More about Linore:
Linore R. Burkard has been blessed and afflicted by her imagination all her life.   At age nine, she attempted her first novel. It was a way to channel wishful imaginings and longings that real life didn't offer.

After college, marriage and children, L.R. again began writing novels. Her first published books were historical romance with Harvest House Publishers, and are available on Amazon and other online retailers.  PULSE is her first suspense novel.  A series is in the works.
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30 comments:

  1. Hey Debbie Lynn and Linore! This book sounds both interesting and informative. I love the title and the cover really draws you in...I definitely want to read it. Have a great week ladies!

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    1. Thanks, Chappy! I happen to think it's interesting and informative too--but of course I wrote it, so my opinion doesn't count, lol! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Hey Chappy! The book IS informative and interesting. LOVED IT! Linore did a fantastic job with all aspects of it! Thanks for coming by. I'm trying to get back in my groove here with these posts.

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  2. I believe that all of us should be prepared for an emergency/catastrophe. Financial planners advise us to have money saved to get us through a job loss or illness and I have always believed in preserving food from our garden. I do, however, believe that there is a point when this could become an obsession. God is in control. He wants us to be good stewards BUT He also wants us to put our trust in Him.
    Thanks for a great interview and giveaway!
    Connie
    cps1950 at gmail dot com

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    1. We're on the same page with that, Connie. "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." Ultimately, our only hope is found from Him, in Him and through Him.

      Thanks, and good to see you here.:)

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    2. Agreed! God is in control but He does give us wisdom and tells us about the wise ant in Proverbs 6.
      Go to the ant, you sluggard!
      Consider her ways and be wise,
      Which, having no captain,
      Overseer or ruler,
      Provides her supplies in the summer,
      And gathers her food in the harvest.
      How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
      When will you rise from your sleep?

      But that doesn't mean we are supposed to make it an idol or put it before others. It just means we are to use wisdom. I think about when Jesus warned about the end times. Telling people to be prepared. We can go overboard with that too. God doesn't want us to stop living and stop sharing His word! We are to do all things in moderation. :o)

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  3. I think we should be prepared for an emergency too. God is in control and I agree with Connie, prepping seems to be an obsession with some. I do think our power grid needs to be better protected!
    dkstevensne AToutlookd OTcOM

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    1. Yes,prepping can become an obsession, and, in effect, an idol. That's not what the book is about, of course. But research shows that only 4% of the population is prepared for a true emergency. I'm hoping to encourage more people to be prepared. (As well as entertaining with a page-turner!" ) Thanks for coming by. :)

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    2. I know what you and Connie are saying, Deanna. I've seen these prepper shows on TV and oh my goodness. They've stopped living and just prep! God doesn't call us to make something else our god. He just wants us to use wisdom in matters. You know how they tell you to have water, flashlights, batteries, etc stored when bad weather is on its way? I think that's what prepping should be. Be prepared but don't make it your life.

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  4. We should be prepared in case of an emergency, living in Florida we do this every hurricane season, whether it is needed or not.

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    1. That's the way to do it. Planning on being prepared even though you might not need it. ....Because you just might!

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    2. Exactly! Like we bought a generator after being without electricity for 2 weeks. Okay that was hind sight but also future sight. heehee

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  5. Library Lady
    aka Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Library Lady! Do you work at a library or just frequent one? :)

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  6. Great post! This sounds like a good novel. Would love to read and review on my blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sydneyjames68[at]gmail[dot]com.

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    1. What's your blog, Sydney? Thanks for coming by.

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    2. Hey Sydney! Thanks for coming by. It is a great book! Good luck!

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  7. We consider ourselves hobby preppers. We know something will happen in the future, just not what. Also, God is in charge and we trust him fully. Everyone should be prepared to some degree, and I hope your book brings an awareness to that!

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    1. That's my prayer. Thanks, Susan.

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    2. Hey Susan! I know the way things are changing in our world so rapidly, we need to be ready for anything. It's so hard to know what we might be facing in the future. We don't want to be without oil in our lamps!

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  8. I do believe in being sensible and being prepared, but not going nuts about it.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. All things need balance and prepping is no different. Thanks for coming by, Mary!

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  9. Linore, the reply button was being weird so I am going to comment here. My blog site is http://singinglibrarianbooks.weebly.com.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that Sydney. It was probably being weird because it saw the blog addy and saw it as spam.

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  10. Thanks, Sydney. Love your blog! I'll send a review copy PDF unless you want to wait and see if you win a kindle copy. Let me know what you prefer. :)

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  11. I've always been a prepper and a watchman on the wall, and more so as the day draws nearer. I'm anxious to read PULSE.

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  12. Good for you,Deborah! Unfortunately, only about 4% of Americans are ready for any type of emergency. I hope you get to read the book. :)

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  13. Linore, PULSE sounded interesting enough that I bought it. Hope to start reading tonight.

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  14. Thank you, Derinda! I'd love to know how you like it. Feel free to shoot me an email, and reviews are always welcome. Linore (at) LinoreBurkard (dot) com. I also invite everyone here to join my mailing list at http://www.LRBurkard.com. The website has more information regarding the danger of a possible EMP REALLY happening, too. Thanks again!

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