Contagious Chaos (Book 3 in the Contagium Trilogy) Emily Goodwin Published: September 23, 2014 Permuted Press Synopsis: When the compound starts to fill and food supplies dwindle, Fuller’s soldiers and Marines have no choice but to venture out into the lawless wastelands of America where they discover a new kind of enemy. What foe could be more frightening than zombies? A fortress for the criminally insane--unhinged survivors who will stop at nothing to take Orissa and her friends down for good, In order serve and protect their compound, will the gang have to abandon their own moral code and engage in a war against the uninfected? Cover Designed by Conzpiracy Digital ArtsGOODREADS
Guest Post | Orissa Penwell's top 5 skillsOrissa Penwell is the main character in my Contagium Series. I knew from the start that I wanted a strong character who had the experience and knowledge to allow her to realistically survive in a horrible situation, like the zombie apocalypse. Throughout her life, Orissa received survival training from her grandfather. She’s far from perfect, but her past helps keep her, as well as her rag-tag team of friends, alive. Well…some of them stay alive, that is. This is the ZA after all. Orissa has a wide variety of skills that are vital to her survival. Most are learned from intense survival lessons from Grandpa, who had some rather unorthodox methods of training his only grand daughter…like dropping her off in the middle of nowhere so she could learn to fend for herself. It’s hard to narrow down her skill set, but these are the five that stick out as the most important to me. 1.) Firepower. Orissa knows how to start fires. Seems simple, right? It’s not as easy as it seems, and staying warm and dry can be vital to living or dying. Fires cook food, boil away bacteria in water, and can ward off bugs and wild animals, but unfortunately, zombies are attracted to the bright lights. 2.) Weapons and combat. From her favored compound bow to her trusty M9, Orissa is comfortable handling almost any weapon. And she has deadly good aim, which she will tell you is half skill, half practice. And in her case, she’s had years of practice. She’s no stranger to hand to hand combat either, and that comes from years of martial arts training. 3.) Resourceful. This might not be something you can easily be taught, but it is important when getting through tough situations. Orissa is able to think on her feet and find solutions and alternatives when it comes to solving problems and making things work. 4.) Wilderness. Part of Orissa’s vigorous training was learning how to live off the land. She knows (from experience) that you can’t drink from any natural water source without risking getting sick, what plants are edible or not, how to track people and animals, how to climb trees to stay out of sight and reach, and how to move quietly. She was taught how to hunt (including skinning and gutting her kill) at a very young age, and is able to provide food for her friends. 5.) Accepting help. Now, this isn’t something Orissa was willing to do right away. She’s not the kind of person to admit she needs help, but as time goes on, she realizes that she can’t get through this alone. By teaming up with others, Orissa not only ups her chances of survival, but she makes new friends and maybe even finds someone to love admits the death and dying.
Emily Goodwin is the international best-selling author of the stand-alone novel STAY, The Guardian Legacies Series: UNBOUND, REAPER, MOONLIGHT (releasing 2014), The Beyond the Sea Series: BEYOND THE SEA, RED SKIES AT NIGHT (releasing 2015) and The Contagium Series: CONTAGIOUS, DEATHLY CONTAGIOUS, CONTAGIOUS CHAOS, THE TRUTH IS CONTAGIOUS (Permuted Press). Emily lives with her husband, daughter and German Shepherd named Vader. She has degrees in psychology and nursing. Along with writing, Emily enjoys riding her horse, designing and making costumes and Cosplay.