Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Guest post by Laura Bickle

You know what a fan girl I am when it comes to Laura Bickle and her breathtaking stories. *sighs* Well I've got some great news: Laura's latest novel, The Outside, the second book in her Hallowed Ones series got released, and she stops by to tell you a bit about it. Please give her a warm welcome and read on to see what monsters Katie will have to face this time around...


When Humanity Slips
by Laura Bickle

One of the scary things that happens in a story is when people stop being human and become something else.

That’s something my heroine, Katie, has to face in THE OUTSIDE. She’s been kicked out of her Amish community for failing to follow the rules, and is facing an outside world that’s been devastated by a vampire apocalypse. The contagion has spread far and wide, obliterating towns and cities, leaving an empty road before her.

These are not the vampires that Katie has read about in library books. They aren’t beautiful and romantic people yearning to recover their lost souls. They aren’t wooing vampires. These are chewing vampires. The vampires Katie faces are revenants from old world legends, bloodthirsty and amoral. There is no velvet seduction in them, no struggling with the fate of their immortal souls. They simply want to feed, to devour the flesh of the living…and the survivors are dwindling in number.

Katie is forced to view these monsters as less than human. They look somewhat human, and seem to retain some of their memories and power of speech. They haunt places they knew in life, waiting in the shadows to tear apart any unwary humans who would fall into their trap. Katie feels pity for them, to be certain. But in her world, she must kill them or be killed…there is no negotiation. She must not only destroy any vampires that approach with her homemade wooden stakes, but she must also prevent any vampire attack survivors from rising as vampires. That’s the most soul-crushing part for her – killing those she loves before they become inhuman monsters.

Katie fears that she’s lost her own humanity. Her religion is a nonviolent, pacifist one. She’s violated the rules over and over again in order to protect those she loves. She fears that she’s slipping, that she’s becoming nothing better than the creatures she destroys. At what point has she become irredeemable, a shell of what she was? At what point has she committed murder?

And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. At first, Katie thinks that they are angels, come to save the remains of humanity from the curse of vampirism. Can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all? If Katie joins them, will she become less than human…or more than human?

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Book #1 in the Hallowed Ones series

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

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The Outside by Laura Bickle

Book #2 in the Hallowed Ones series

One girl. One road. One chance to save what remains…

After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation.

And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return?

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Laura Bickle's professional background is in criminal justice and library science. When she's not patrolling the stacks at the public library, she can be found reaming up stories about the monsters under the stairs. She has written several contemporary fantasy nov-els for adults, and THE HALLOWED ONES is her first young adult novel. Laura lives in Ohio with her husband and five mostly-reformed feral cats. For more about Laura, connect with her at

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