Friday, May 19, 2017

The Blood of the Infected Series by Antony J. Stanton Interview & Giveaway

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 Blog Tour ~ The Blood of the Infected Series

 Author: Antony J. Stanton

 Genre: post-apocalyptic/thriller/horror

 Tour Dates: 15th - 19th of May

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 Blurb: "Once Bitten, Twice Die" by Antony J. Stanton The end of the world was just the beginning. A cure for dementia has disastrously failed. Patients are left crazed, infectious and enraged. The ensuing carnage quickly spreads the disease, and civilisation is decimated. On London’s outskirts a military base shelters some survivors. The soldiers within must battle against the infected who now roam unchallenged. Tensions are high, relationships fraught, death commonplace. But if they thought the end of the world was bad enough, their troubles have only just begun... An ancient menace has long existed in secret alongside humanity - a vampire clan, which has recently encountered the soldiers. Now is their time to emerge from the shadows. First though they have to overcome their own problems. They too have to fight for survival against the infected, and they violently disagree on their approach towards the humans. Hostilities are rising. It's only a matter of time now...

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 Book two from 'The Blood of the Infected' series: "Once Bitten, Twice Live" When death is the best option, survival is no longer enough… With a growing realization that their continued existence bestows upon them a debt to humanity, the survivors look to create a cure for the insanity that has brought civilization to its knees. But that only encourages disagreement and infighting, and comes at a heavy price, bringing various shocks and surprises. Tensions amongst the vampires are escalating, jeopardizing the very existence of the clan itself. A battle for supremacy seems inevitable and their future is in the balance. How far will Farzin go to achieve his aims - domination of the vampires and humans alike? And how terrible will his vengeance be against any who stand in his path? Their interaction with the humans threatens to increase and not necessarily for the benefit of either group. Meanwhile the wrathful infected grow ever hungrier… When every day is a struggle to stay alive, survival of the fittest is never guaranteed.

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Book three from 'The Blood of the Infected' series: "Twice Bitten, Twice Die" When there’s no one left to hear you scream… Deaths amongst the survivors are occurring at an unsustainable rate. Numbers are rapidly dwindling. Morale is plummeting. Soon they will be beyond salvation, yet their real task has only just begun. But will anyone remain alive to complete it? Nothing could have prepared the soldiers for what lies ahead. If they thought life was brutal already, they had absolutely no idea… The vampires are in disarray. Their relationships are becoming blurred, confused and violent. A titanic clash between soldiers and vampires seems imminent but no one’s survival is assured. In a world where life is unpredictable, the threat from the infected suddenly becomes even more unexpected and menacing. Hostilities are inevitable. Only one thing is certain: there will be blood!

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Author Bio: “Once Bitten, Twice Die” is the debut novel from Antony J. Stanton. The book is the first of ‘The Blood of the Infected’ series, in the ‘post-apocalyptic action thriller’ genre. Stanton was born in London in 1970. Even as a child he always dreamed of becoming a published author, and he started to write a book. But, having watched the film ‘Top Gun,’ he was swayed into a becoming a military pilot. After no more than a glancing blow of a career in the British Royal Air Force he decided that his long term future lay elsewhere and he became a commercial pilot and remains thus to this day. Hence much of this trilogy was written all around the world, generally at unsociable times when jet-lag meant that normal people were asleep. During a holiday with three friends, a bet was made amongst them. Each had a task to fulfil within the year – Stanton’s was to write a book. A little late, but five years on and his challenge has been completed. Three times. His period spent in the RAF helped him write the military survival aspects of this book, and a kidnapping incident in Kazakhstan and shooting in Ghana, amongst other ‘adventures’, provided him with a dark well of experience to draw from. Life is, after all, one big adventure. A combination of the aforementioned, along with his love of the darker sides of literature, and the results are this novel and the next two in the trilogy. And all it took was the impetus of a friendly challenge to spur him on to his creative dream… He still lives in South London and is very much looking forward to watching his friend fulfilling his part of the challenge: demonstrating his (not-so) newly acquired break-dancing skills, surely a sight to behold.


1.   How did you get started in writing?
I wanted to publish a book when I was 15 years-old. I started writing although I did not finish it. Then a few years ago I was on a ski holiday with some friends. We had a bet amongst ourselves (it may have been after a beer or two…) and my part of the bet was to publish a book. I woke up the next day and thought, why the heck not..? That’s just the impetus I need. I already had an idea going around in my head, so I started to write. Three books later, and my bet has been fulfilled.

2.      Who is your favorite character? It’s hard to say. There are several main characters, both amongst the vampires and the humans. With the humans, Sergeant Wood is quiet, confident and aloof, and would be my first choice to be on my side in a fight. Captain Lewis is a laid-back and decent leader. Charlotte Collins is delightful and beautiful. Amongst the vampires, Sebastian is the real hero, vaguely benevolent towards the humans, fierce and strong. I love the limitless evil of Farzin and his disrespect for life, and Flavia - the sexiest, bad-ass vampiress of all – would be the most interesting to see, if the books do indeed become adapted for TV. So many to choose from. I’d be keen to hear who is the favourite character of anyone who has actually read the books.

3.      Who is your favorite author? Too many to choose from. I don’t have favourite authors, just favourite books. Amongst the horror genre Dracula obviously features highly. More recently I loved “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. In other genres my favourite books of recent years might be “1000 Splendid Suns”, “The God of Small Things”, “Child 44”…
4.      When do you usually write? Well, I don’t really have any set routine. My day (or more normally, night) job is as a long-haul commercial pilot, so I tend to write a lot when I am away. This is often when jet-lag kicks in and I am awake when all around are still fast asleep. This does give me a lot of time to write with few distractions, which is great.

5.      Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?. This Is one of my big regrets. I would love to be able to sit huddled in a café and listen to music while I write. But I find I am too easily distracted. I need to work by myself in total silence, in order to truly imagine what I am writing. A sensory deprivation chamber would be ideal, in fact.

6.      What books have most influenced your life? Given the genre that I have written, Dracula was pretty influential.

7.      What are you passionate about these days? I love sports and travel. I also love learning new things. At the moment I am trying to learn French, as well as the harmonica. And cooking. I also love socializing. I have a lot of friends and am close to my family, so seeing all of them takes up a lot of time.

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1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for hosting my blog tour. If anyone has any questions for me - about the books, the imminent TV adaptation, or even about my Kazakhstani kidnaping , then I'd be delighted to answer... Best wishes,
    Antony J. Stanton