Tuesday, March 8, 2016

How Writing PULSE Changed My Life + Book Giveaway

Today we welcome L.R.Burkard, author of the compelling YA/Suspense drama, PULSE, which is the first book in The PULSE EFFEX SERIES. 

So, Linore, tell us how writing your book, PULSE, changed your life. 

Sure, Debbie Lynne. I grew up in New York, in view of Manhattan.  The farthest thing from my mind was ever having to store supplies for future need. The nearest deli and grocery were only around the corner and across the street.  When we moved to a more rural environment, I learned to avoid unnecessary shopping trips by keeping better stores in the house. However, even that was nothing next to what happened after I wrote my book, PULSE. As I researched the book, I discovered some very disturbing facts. 


PULSE shows the aftermath of a solar flare (which has caused an electromagnetic pulse) that takes down the electric grid for the continental United States.  In seconds, life is forever changed. Imagine life without the help of anything electric or electronic—no heating systems, no air conditioning, no telephones, (not even cell phones) no TV, radio or internet. Even most transportation would be immediately disrupted. (Your fancy new expensive car won't run after an EMP, either.) 

 Can you imagine? I did. And thus, my book was born. The book focuses on three families who must survive after the EMP changes everything in an instant. 



But while PULSE is a work of fiction, the threat of an EMP, unfortunately, is not. 
  
 A sufficiently powerful electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, can render the United States virtually without electricity or electronics—almost instantly, just as it shows in the book.  (A  Congressional Report detailing the likely results of such an EMP is online for you to read for yourself.The picture isn't pretty. It could take YEARS to restore power. They estimate that within one year, more than 70 million people in this country would die. 

 Needless to say, being aware of how quickly "life as we know it" could be shattered, the question arose for me, "What can be done?"   Despite the dire consequences outlined in the Congressional Report, an amendment to "harden" the US infrastructure failed to pass. Nothing was done! Which leaves us on our own to prepare individually and as families.  What about you? A catastrophic EMP may not happen in our lifetime. However, one need only watch the news to see that many other natural disasters will and do occur somewhere on the globe quite regularly.  

Instead of ignoring such threats, or worrying about them, I suggest getting prepared!  It's really perfectly natural to want to set things by for a rainy day. We've been lulled into thinking there is no need to do this in today's world, but that's precisely my point: This world could change, quickly and decisively, with disastrous effects. 

 Ask yourself, how long could you and your family eat three meals a day if stores were closed, you had no transportation, and couldn't get online --indefinitely? In my book, only one family was ready when the world changed. 

Disturbing things happened for those who weren't. 

S0—how ready are you? Have you taken any steps to prepare your family for a grid-down event?  Preparedness is good stewardship. Do you agree or disagree?

Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a free copy of PULSE. US residents can choose between a print or kindle copy; all other entrants can win a kindle copy or PDF.

And here's a bonus gift for you: A free PDF on Preparing for an Emergency.  click here.


Available for pre-order: RESILIENCE: The PULSE EFFEX SERIES Book Two  

L.R.Burkard writes historical romance as Linore Rose Burkard, and YA/Suspense as L.R. ("So readers will know at a glance what kind of book to expect.") Linore grew up in NY, but now lives in Ohio with her husband and five children, a Shorkie, and 3 cats. Linore still homeschools one daughter, is an incurable Jane Austen fan, and loves to invite readers to chime in on book ideas via her newsletter. Subscribe for free via either of her websites, and be informed of new contests, giveaways, and other book news.    

32 comments:

  1. Life can be so unpredictable. I think it's a good idea to be prepared, but not obsessive. We do have to trust in God's provision, but also use the resources He gives us. It's not easy!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!
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  2. Very interesting, and disturbing! I'd like to read this book.
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  3. I've read about this topic a while ago, it's very sobering indeed...May God watch over us! :)
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  4. Looks like an interesting read. Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best, is what my grandmother always told me.
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  5. Linore, Glad to have you on my blog today! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  6. Thank you all for your comments. I agree with you all! In the end, we are in God's hands, and we need to pray for our country. Someone has said, "If God doesn't judge America, then he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology." I do not agree with that statement, but at the same time, we need to be active in the political arena, not allowing the godless to have it entirely as their domain. That's how anti-God laws get passed. God would have spared Sodom if ten righteous had been found--He is merciful! Thanks for entering the drawing, and thanks again, Debbie Lynne, for having me on your blog. I love that header photo of you and Joe and the horsies. :)

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  7. PULSE is a GREAT book--extremenly realistic and expertly written. I can't wait to read Resilience. :)

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  8. Thanks, Anne!:) The first chapter will soon be available to read ahead!

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  9. I really enjoyed the book "Pulse" and I am waiting for the second book in the series to be released in book form. (Because if/when a real EMP happens those kindles will be useless!) ��

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    1. Thanks, Daryl, and yes, I think about that, too. I've got tons of stuff in digital form! (Don't we all?)

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  10. I find this topic fascinating. I have extra food on hand and a small supply of water. I have oil for lamps and hand can opener. I realize my supplies would only last a few months and not years.

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    1. You're on the right track, Joan. A few months is far more than most people in this country have, unfortunately. I do pray we will never need months' worth of supplies or more--but only God knows.

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  11. Wow! This sounds fascinating! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Annie
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  12. I have to admit that I try not to think about living without my conveniences, but it is something that my husband has been pushing me to consider. This book series reminds me of Terri Blackstock's Restoration series which I really enjoyed. Thanks for the PDF and giveaway.

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    1. I'll have to check out that series--(but not until I finish mine. I never read fiction in the same genre I'm writing WHEN I'm writing. I want my ideas to be my own!)The book does nudge people to think about an unpleasant scenario--heck, that's why I wrote it. But we are not without hope! (In Christ.)

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  13. I need to be more prepared. My mother is.

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    1. Yay for your mother! Ask her for tips. I'm sure she'll have many.

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  14. Looks really good Yes It would be very important to be ready for a disaster and No I'm not really prepared at all for one. Thanks for sharing the book it looks really good iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Linda. DO download the free PDF I mentioned in the post! Everyone here, please check it out. It will help you get started. (Never despise the day of small beginnings!)

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  15. This is certainly a scary scenario and none of us should think that it couldn't happen. We have all become so dependent in modern conveniences and we would be rendered him helpless. I live about 15 miles from stores and our bank so I have always made my trips worthwhile. I also can some of my vegetable garden but my frozen foods would spoil very quickly with a loss of power. I believe in God and his provisions and protection but I also believe that we must also help ourselves. These books sound very enlightening.
    Connie
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    1. Thanks, Connie. Yes, God is in favor of providing for us--He is the Great Provider! And he HAS provided for this country in abundance. We need to do our part by being good stewards of his gifts and making sure we provide for our households, no matter the situation.

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  16. Sounds like a very interesting read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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  17. This book looks awesome. My 15 year old daughter and I would both love it. I think we need to be prepared for sure as best we can be.

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    1. Thanks, Kim; and Diane, I love that moms and daughters can both enjoy this book! I've found (now that I've entered the YA domain) that adults like to read YA as much as teens. In fact, I think the majority of my readers are adults. Thanks!

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  18. This is a great book and definitely gets you to thinking about how this could happen....how would you survive. I wish to thank Linore for writing this book and I am proud to get the word out.

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  19. Thank you, Chappy Debbie! Those are sweet words for a writer to hear. You know, we write because we are called to, not for man's applause, but nice words really do lift a girl's heart. (Any author's heart.) Thank you, faithful Deb!

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  20. Yes, we've taken some steps, but reading your post here reminds me that it isn't enough. Nor near as much as we'd have been able to do when we lived in fertile open spaces years ago! We, too, have struggled with how much to prepare and how much to trust God ~ knowing he could tell us to prepare big time. But preparing is not only good stewardship, but quite a tool to reach others if/when the grid does go down. thanks, Linore, for good stories AND a nudge to preparedness. Wisdom shared. Blessing, Mary Kay

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  21. I've said elsewhere the Christian life in some ways resembles a tightrope: It's a balancing act between trusting ourselves or God, but in the end, it is God who keeps us from falling off whether we know it or not! (And He is the one who holds the rope.) Preparedness is just one more area to submit to him, and that means coming to a place of trust--just as with all of life. But trust can't be mere denial or complacency in the face of warnings. Trust means that if he moves upon us to take a path that may be inconvenient, or difficult, or expensive, we do it anyway. Thanks, Mary Kay (I'm glad you made it here after having that trouble with the link!)

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  22. I love meeting new to me authors! An EMP may be a tool used by the enemy in the future. I do agree we need to be prepared. PULSE sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Hi Caryl! Nice to meet you, too. And yes, unfortunately the sun isn't the only danger when it comes to a possible EMP. (Lots of people don't realize this.) Glad you joined the giveaway. :)

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  24. I haven't really considered this possibility! Guess it's definitely something to think about. I love your historicals. Thanks for the giveaway. I subscribe to your blog Debbie. Nancycooks4u[@]gmail[dot]com

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