Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Ghosts and Exotics in Apocalypto - Guest post by L.K. Rigel + Giveaway


Welcome, I'm stop #4 on the Bleeder Blog Tour!

Ex Libris is a stop on L.K. Rigel's Bleeder Book Tour, and today I have the pleasure of welcoming Linda to the blog! :-)

Bleeder is Book #3 in the Apocalypto series, zou can get Book #1 Space Junque and Book #2 Spiderwork free at Amazon right now, so hurry!

Until then check out my reviews of
Space Junque and Spiderwork to get a taste of the story. And keep reading because there are 2 fabulous giveaways you can enter!


Ghosts and Exotics in Apocalypto
by L. K. Rigel

I’m so happy to be at Ex Libris as one of the stops on Bleeder’s blog tour. Thank you, Stella, for having me! Today I’d like to talk about two mutations in Bleeder, ghosts and exotics.

Space Junque - An Apocapunk Romance (Apocalypto 1)In the world of Apocalypto, extreme pollution has caused toxic build-up in humans which can trigger one of two genetic mutations, either ghosting or exoticism. Ghosts were fairly common until the cataclysm. Exotics were and are rare.

When a person starts “ghosting,” it’s like a switch goes off and they just don’t care anymore about anything – even playing or making love. They have the sense that they’re watching the world go by from the other side of a glass wall. Nothing matters.

A ghost won’t eat. They drink a swallow of water every five or six days. No one knows why they don’t die of starvation, but their bodies keep going despite the lack of calories and nutrition. They lose all their body hair and start to look like walking skeletons.

When ghosting was first noticed as a real phenomenon, ghosts were shunned and even banished from society. People were afraid the condition was contagious. If a zone had too high a percentage of ghosts, Imperial Homeland Security would quarantine the entire jurisdiction.

Alice of Spiderwork is the most famous ghost. Dix, a minor character in Bleeder, is also a ghost. We’ll find out more about how Alice survived the cataclysm when Copperhead comes out later this year.

Spiderwork - A Postapocapunk Romance (Apocalypto 2)The exotics are like ghosts in that they lose all their body hair, but the similarity stops there. They have fantastic muscle tone and are exceedingly tall – always over seven feet tall. The irises of their eyes have a reddish-brown metallic cast – as long as they’re not experiencing intense emotion. Exotics are definitely not apathetic. When they get riled up, their eyes flash fiery colors – red, blue, green, orange – all depending on the emotion.

An exotic chalice can command high contract prices for the thrill of watching their eyes flash during orgasm.

When Jake’s half-sister Rani first turned exotic, everyone feared she was ghosting. The Emperor, her father, sent assassins to kill her. He didn’t want his blood line associated with ghosting, even if she was only the daughter of a concubine. The assassins failed. Later, when the Emperor saw how beautiful she was, he rescinded his order.

Rani’s daughter Jordana is the Emissary of Red City in Bleeder. She’s also an exotic.



Bleeder by L.K. Rigel (Book #3 in the Apocalypto series)

The King of Garrick wants to kill her.
The King of Allel wants to love her.
And shapeshifters stole her baby's soul!


It's been a hundred years since sea-level rise and global nuclear war wiped out most of humanity. Mallory is a chalice, one of the world's rare fertile females who contract with the kings of the Concord Cities to provide natural-born heirs.

It was supposed to be a pampered and uneventful life, but Mal becomes caught between King Garrick's scheme for world domination and the goddess Asherah's desperate plays for another god's attention.

In her struggle to survive, Mal must confront the most terrifying threat of all -- the truth of her past and the inevitability of her destiny.


You can find Bleeder at the following places:


LK Rigel lives in California with her cat, Coleridge. She was once a singing waitress, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock 'N Roll News. Her BA is in humanities and religious studies. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her short story "Slurp" will appear in Anne Frasier's 2011 Halloween anthology Deadly Treats published by Nodin Press.

You can find LK at her website: http://www.lkrigel.com/


And as I told you there are TWO giveaways:

GIVEAWAY #1:


There is a HUGE giveaway for the blog tour: at every stop there will be a quiz question (to which you can find the answer here), all those answering correctly will be entered in the giveaway for a $100 Amazon/B&N gift card!! There will be a quiz question at every stop along the way. If you answer the question correctly you'll get one entry into the giveaway. Of course if you follow along the blog tour and answer more than 1 question, you'll get more entries.

Here's my question:



If the form doesn't work, click here.

GIVEAWAY #2

Linda has generously offered one ebook copy of Bleeder to a lucky commenter,

Bleeder - A Postapocapunk Romance (Apocalypto 3)

All you have to do is:

1) leave a comment regarding ghosts/exotics or a question for Linda,

2) leave me a way to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 19 July 2011!


The next stop on the Bleeder Blog Tour is All Things Books on July 14!

You can find the list of all the blogs participating at The Bookish Snob.


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