Deadly Destinations: Em Garner’s Velvet Ellis on Lebanon, PA & win CONTAMINATED

July 23, 2013 Deadly Destinations, Giveaways, Guests 25

Today’s Deadly Destination is from Em Garner‘s Velvet Ellis on Lebanon, PA from CONTAMINATED (published on July 23, 2013 by Egmont). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Velvet’s Tips for Surviving the Contamination

  1. Contaminated by Em GarnerRun. No, really — you can almost always outrun a Connie. They’re angry, and they won’t hesitate to come after you, but they’re also usually clumsy and slow and easily distracted. If you can outrun them, you should be okay.
  2. Hide. Out of sight, out of mind, for most of them. But it’s not just the Connies you need to hide from. The soldiers and police patrolling the streets will take you in for looking at them funny, and once you’re in, you’ll be lucky to get out.
  3. Be cautious, but not afraid. They’re not undead. They’re not zombies. They can’t infect you, but they can bite you. And they will try to hurt you. Always.
  4. Be compassionate. The Contaminated are your schoolmates, your neighbors, your teachers. They are your mom and dad. Your little sister. They might even be you. And no matter how scary they are, how angry, how much they try to hurt you, always remember that they are human beings. Not things.
  5.  And most importantly, the final tip on how to survive the Contamination…

Never, ever, drink the water.

 Em Garner writes books.
She likes rainbows and unicorns and glitter and zombies, and she hates the feeling of corduroy, the grit of sand in her teeth (who doesn’t?) and the way banana candy tastes.
She lives by the ocean with her family, and she always goes in the water even though she’s afraid of sharks.

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2 copies of CONTAMINATED

Contaminated by Em Garner


Available on July 23, 2013 by Egmont


After the Contamination – an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink SlimPro that turned ordinary citizens into shambling creatures unable to control their violent impulses – the government rounded up the “Connies” to protect the remaining population. But now, two years later, the government’s started sending the rehabilitated back home, complete with shock collars that will either stop the Connies from committing violent acts or kill them before they do any further harm.

Since her parents were taken in the roundup, Velvet Ellis has struggled to care for her ten-year-old sister and maintain a sense of normalcy, despite brutal government rations and curfews. She goes to the “Kennels” every day searching for her parents, and when she finds her mother, she’s eager to bring her home. Maybe, eventually, they’ll be able to get back to the way things were before. But even though it seems that her mother is getting better (something that the government says is impossible), there will be no happy transition. Anti-Connie sentiment is high, and rumor has it that an even worse wave of the Contamination is imminent. And then the government declares that the Connies will be rounded up and neutralized, once and for all.

Sacrificing everything – her boyfriend, her home, and her job – Velvet will do anything to protect her mother. Velvet has to get the collar off her mother before the military comes to take her away. Even if it means risking all of their lives.

Gritty and grabbing, Contaminated is a harrowing, emotionally charged dystopic venture into YA from a well-known and respected writer of women’s fiction.

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25 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Em Garner’s Velvet Ellis on Lebanon, PA & win CONTAMINATED”

  1. Enigma75

    What a cool twist to…er, zombies! 😀 Can’t wait to add it to my TBR pile! Thanks for the chance to win it!!!

  2. Rain Maiden

    Loving the sound of this story. Another read going on my wish list. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  3. Jae Lee

    Super excited that this has been released! I’ve been looking for something to fill the Newsflesh shaped whole in my life.

  4. Jenn W.

    Just put this on my wish list. Can not wait to read it.

  5. Natasha

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!

  6. Denise Z

    Wow this sounds like a totally new take and I am curious how it plays out. Definitely will have to brush up on the running skills and am so going to miss the water 😉 Thank you for sharing with us and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  7. Nickie

    This is an exciting new twist to the ideas of zombies, looking forward to reading your take on a “zombie apocalypse”.

  8. Kai W.

    I could drive my sister Connie crazy with the term “Connie”. Great storyline and the cover gives a misconception that this book is a horror story. Thanks for the book description and the giveaway.

  9. Carl

    Living by the ocean is the best! I can’t imagine why anyone lives anywhere else. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Victoria Zumbrum

    I really want to read t his book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Rachel S

    This book sounds really unique in a world where it’s not easy to be so. I would love to have the chance to read it!

  12. Joani S

    I slapped this one right into my wish list and I’ll def be checking it out soon. It sounds great!