Published: September 9, 2016Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing PlatformPages: 256Evie Stone is a small town girl who has moved off to college to better herself and make a new life outside of her rural West Kentucky roots. When the zombie plague breaks out, Evie has only one choice. She must get back home to her family and the safety of small town life. She will find her once quaint and beautiful hometown is now overrun with zombies and the only source of order is the local motorcycle gang. Can Evie and her family survive the rotters as well as the dangerous bikers?
SURVIVING THE END IS ONLY THE BEGINNING…
I'd like to welcome T Michelle Nelson back to my blog to promote her latest release, The Last Ones. It releases today and I cannot wait to read it. I love a good zombie story. Since the main character, Evie, is from a small town, Ms. Nelson has written a guest post to explain the setting for The Last Ones.
The Setting for The Last Ones
My first series, the Lily Drake books, made mention of Benton, Kentucky. The Last Ones is primarily set there. Most people reading this have probably never heard of Benton, Kentucky. Some may even wonder if it is fictional. It is not. It’s very real and also my hometown.
Benton, like any other place has its quirky, unusual bits. Once a year we have a celebration called Tater Day, which falls on the first Monday in April. Having lived there all my life I never thought about it, but once I moved and told people of our annual event, the reaction I got was usually the same. They laughed and made some joke about being a “hillbilly.”
In the last few years I have had quite a few realizations about being from this little town of less than 5,000 in rural Kentucky:
#1 – I sound different. My accent is very regional. I never realized how different I sounded, but I very much like it. No longer living in Western Kentucky, it often gets me out of trouble. i.e. – speeding tickets. It’s also an instant ice-breaker.
#2 – People are friendlier in Benton than anywhere else I have travelled. I suppose it might make some people uncomfortable, but we actually look strangers in the eye and say hello. It’s how we roll.
#3 – It’s beautiful. We have beautiful parks and lakes. Western Kentucky is absolutely gorgeous and if you like boating, skiing, etc, it’s heaven.
#4 – When I speak with the twang I mentioned in #1, some people expect I am not educated, or even stupid. I looked online for data regarding this one, but couldn’t find it specific only to my hometown. I can tell you I believe the majority of my graduating class went on to college or some other type of higher learning. We have excellent schools in the area. As a whole, I’d wager money on my Benton people holding their own in any battle of wits.
#5 – There is no food better than back home, especially, BBQ, according to my husband (who is from North of the Mason-Dixon). I’m a vegetarian, so I’m taking his word on this one. I can attest to the pies and baked goods. It’s called meringue, and a chocolate pie is an abomination without it.
West Kentucky may not have been on your bucket list of places to visit, but if you add it, you won’t be sorry. Visit Kentucky Lake and read The Last Ones!
About the Author:
T. Michelle Nelson is an American author of paranormal fiction. She was born in Benton, Kentucky and attended Murray State University in neighboring Murray, Kentucky. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in the late nineties with an emphasis in Fine Arts and Literature, however, didn't publish her first book until 2012 when The Life and Death of Lily Drake was released by Inkspell Publishing.
Since she has successfully completed the Lily Drake series, which consist of three books and two short stories and is an Amazon best-selling author. T. is presently working on a new zombie series. The first book titled, THE LAST ONES, released in 2016.