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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fun Facts about A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer + Giveaway!

And Dystopian Domination continues, still! I took a short break because of some health issues but now I am back and today I have something good for all of you DD4 fans!

A Dozen Fun Facts about A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer
ISBN: 978-0-382-73973-3
Buy yours in hardcover or audio on June 11, 2013

1) Amber always burns a special candle while writing—for DAYS it was Herbal Art’s “Dirt” flavor that smells just like warm earth.

2) Amber also writes with a dedicated playlist for each book. On their trip from Seattle to West Virginia Nadia carries the MP3 player that belonged to their Dad. It’s busted and sandy from his deployment, but Zack is able to get it working. It’s filled with artists from the 80s and rock/pop anthems from the 70s-90s including songs from: Guns and Roses, Simple Minds, Cyndi Lauper, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Heart, Warren Zevon, Peter Gabriel and Bon Jovi.

3) The parrot they meet likes to sing Madonna songs at inappropriate times.

4) BluStar is one mutation away from the influenza that killed millions in the 1918 pandemic. The name BluStar comes from the telltale star-shaped blue bruises that cover victims’ bodies as the virus devours cells—the same bruises written about and photographed over the course of the 1918 pandemic.

5) If you look closely at the cover of A MATTER OF DAYS you can see the overlay of the 1918 influenza under a microscope. BluStar looks very similar.

6) Amber loves books about viruses and survival—if you like A MATTER OF DAYS check out THE HOT ZONE (Preston), THE STAND (King), WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE (Lundin), THE SURVIVORS CLUB (Sherwood), THE PLAGUE (Camus), THE GREAT INFLUENZA (Barry), BLINDNESS (Saramago).

7) Amber used Google Earth to take the real time, mile-by-mile trip Nadia and Rabbit make from Seattle to West Virginia.

8) Like Rabbit if you need fresh water follow grain eating birds like finches and pigeons—when they are flying low and straight, they are heading toward water.

9) Yes, you can pee on wounds to disinfect them—it’s not the preferred method and there are risks so use as a last resort.

10) Yes, most food is good to eat long after the expiration date or sell by date—if the can bulges or smells bad—don’t eat it.

11) Everybody can think about survival and needs to—what if there’s an earthquake or a storm and you get stuck at school? Stick a couple extra water bottles and energy bars on the bottom of your locker and forget about them…best case you’ll never need them…worst case you’ll have supplies. Think ahead and live adaptable!

12) Find Amber at, on FB, follow her @WriteAmberKizer and email her your thoughts

A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer
Published June 11th 2013 by Delacorte Press

On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, sixteen-year-old Nadia's mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren't as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That's their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather's survivalist compound in West Virginia. Using practical survival techniques, they make their way through a world of death and destruction until they encounter an injured dog; Zack, a street kid from Los Angeles; and other survivors who are seldom what they seem. Illness, infections, fatigue, and meager supplies have become a way of life. Still, it will be worth it once they arrive at the designated place on the map they have memorized. But what if no one is there to meet them?

Buy a copy: Amazon | Book Depository

And if you want more of A Matter of Days, you can READ CHAPTERS 1, 2 and 3 BELOW!


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  1. I'm definitely a survivalist thinker and prepper so I love these kinds of books. When I was in middle school, my dad made me and my brother have those painters masks with the filter in our backpacks.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Jess @ Jesus Freak Reader

  2. I feel I should be taking notes on how to survive. My Mother has a survival kit ready to go. Maybe she's onto something.

  3. I love books with a good journey in them, especially mixed in with dystopian themes!

  4. I can't believe I never noticed that on the cover! It's really cool how there's a microscopic view of the influenza. Thanks for the great giveaway! :b

  5. Wow, that but about the cover having the cells is SO COOL! Moreover, a pandemic book WITH a road trip-ish? And why is this the first time I'm hearing of this novel? *fail* Hope I win and thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Grandma use to have a parrot that did extremely inappropriate things.. whistle at guys, etc. I bet he would have been buddies with this one. Lol.

  7. I am a huge fan of dystopian novels and I can't believe I haven't heard of this one before. Also the detail on the cover is so great!!

  8. Now that Amber mentioned the overlay of the 1918 influenza under a microscope on the cover, I CAN TOTALLY SEE IT. I'm a huge fan of plague, viruses related dystopian novels so this is definitely right now my alley. I can't say I've heard about this novel so thanks for bringing it to my attention! :)

  9. The cover is great esp. what's written on the subtitle... will you be a survivor or a statistic? This is going to be creepy!

  10. I'm such a huge fan of dystopian novels and this one sounds like a really great read. Also, all that "will you be a survivor or a statistic?" thing is totally luring me in. Excited to read this one, to be quite honest. :)
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)


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