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Romance in a Post-Apocalyptic World
By Eva Gordon, Author of Apocalyptic Moon
The power grid is gone. Our government has lost control. A disease has ravaged humanity or a great environmental disaster or even nuclear war has turned the earth into ghost planet. There are numerous scenarios from the biblical apocalypse to alien invasion or the current favorite, a zombie pandemic.
Survivors will have to deal with starvation, finding drinkable water, the danger from whatever had caused the apocalypse (demons, aliens, radiation, robots or zombies), and the road warrior type gangs, looting raping and killing. Or perhaps, a dictator will take over and keep order by taking away our rights.
What will happen to romance and love during the apocalypse? No flower shops left for buying her Valentine’s roses, no birth control pills or condoms, no going to Victoria’s Secret to buy lingerie to get him in the mood. Yikes, no Viagra for older gentlemen. Okay, so you can loot pharmacies, but for how long? In a matter of days, all supplies are gone. Unless you are a ‘prepper’ (people preparing for a true apocalypse in underground bunkers), things in the romance department will get sticky, or is that messy? Without working plumbing, how will one smell nice for the cute guy next door who just chopped off a zombie’s head.
Sex could be dangerous. Imagine being pregnant while zombies roam the earth? Remember, Lori from The Walking Dead? How do you get a year supply of birth control pills? And what about venereal diseases? No antibiotics. Time to start making friends with a chemical pharmacist. (Truth is most medical staff and first responders will be the first to get exposed.) Condoms you say. How long can condoms be stored for? Who will be willing to make sheepskin condoms? This is not covered in my zombie survival book. Avoid sex? Not likely. The drive to reproduce to survive as a species is a biological priority.
Romance of course will not go away, no matter what. And I’m not just talking about smitten teenagers like in Warm Bodies (I have not seen this movie yet.), but any person, no matter what age. We all want to snuggle with a special person while zombies shuffle behind the walls of our safe room.
Studies have shown that danger may even contribute to falling in love and enhance romance . (2004. Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love. New York, NY: Henry Hold and Company, LLC.). Probably because of the drive to reproduce before dying Darwin thing?
Oxytocin, the love hormone certainly lifts your mood. A good thing if there are no more coffee shops or fun comedies to watch.
In a post-apocalyptic world, it will be all about who you trust. Who could you trust more than a lover?
Love may be the second time around. There will be widows, widowers and many who have lost their significant others or entire family. Maybe we will settle for companionship instead of our beloved soul mate. Or, perhaps the apocalypse will force us into the arms of our true soul mate.
Or will we become survival practical? A man or woman who is a master archer may suddenly be more attractive than the guy/gal with the MBA. Again, I’m thinking of Daryl from the Walking Dead, not my type but during the zombie Apocalypse, a big yes. A cave man who can bring down a mammoth, I mean zombie.
In my current novel, the hero is a zombie-fighting werewolf (good thing he is immune to the zombie’s bite). If zombies exist then I want hot looking werewolves to exist as well. Not the Werewolf of London type, but the alpha hero found in the pages of the numerous paranormal romance novels.
If you were living during the Zombie Apocalypse who would you want to cuddle up with? He/she can be any character from movie/book/real life and explain why. The best commenter will get a free pdf e-book copy of my paranormal romance, Apocalyptic Moon.
Eva chose girldrinkdrunk as her winner of Apocalyptic Moon for her creative list. Congrats! Eva will be contacting you soon.
Ravaged by a global zombie pandemic, humanity’s survival depends on the secret society of shifters, but can they be trusted?
Dr. Dora Adler’s life has been in disarray since the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but when she gets bitten by one of the undead her whole world is turned upside down. Held captive in a secret underground lab, the tall, muscular hunk in the next cell is her only hope for salvation. Unfortunately, he claims to be a werewolf. Yeah, and she’s supposedly a witch.
Dirk Gunderson is an alpha Arbor pack werewolf. Captured and collared, he’s sold to the zombie lab in hopes his blood serum can create a vaccine. He needs to escape, but not without the hot little brunette witch.
In the midst of enemy werewolves and the hordes of undead, Dirk and Dora’s sexual tension ignites a blaze hotter than the desert highway. Along their journey, they battle the inevitable: a werewolf must never take a witch as a mate.
Eva Gordon’s Bio:
I write fantasy and paranormal novels with a strong romantic element. I love to create stories that combine my passion for mythology, romance and werewolf lore. I also write steampunk and Victorian era historical and alternative novels. Busy sending them out to agents and publishers.
Apocalyptic Moon is the first in my After the Bane series. Coming soon will be Lycan Gladiator in my paranormal wolfish romance historical series, The Wolf Maiden Saga.
I have a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. I have taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. When not in my den writing, I enjoy world travel, steampunk conventions, hiking, raptor rehabilitation and wolf sanctuaries.
I also teach online workshops on wolf lore ancient falconry and animal lore for Romance Writers of America and other writer groups. If you are interested in my workshops, please contact me.
Eva’s website, blog, social media and book trailer:
Like on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eva-Gordon/45924449313
Book trailer: http://youtu.be/Sep_p8pksgA
Where to purchase Apocalyptic Moon:
Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B5O7HMY
Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apocalyptic-Moon-After-Bane-ebook/dp/B00B5O7HMY/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363102960&sr=1-4
The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=Apocalyptic+Moon&x=24&y=8
Coming soon to Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo and more…