I am thrilled to be kicking off the RUN Blog Tour with an amazing post from Author Gillian Zane in which she takes you on a trip through New Orleans. On the tour you’ll get to see some of the places that Alexis and Blake have to navigate. Though Ms. Zane’s tour is zombie-free. The same can’t be said for Alexis and Blake’s harrowing journey.
In addition to the fab guest post, this promotional tour includes a giveaway for some awesome prizes. So be sure to scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win.
RUN releases next week, on May 26th, so you won’t have long to wait. But if you’d like to know a little bit more about the novella before then, check out the book’s description below. And be sure to follow along with the tour to see what a few bloggers had to say about RUN and to check out a few more posts by the author.
Title & Series: RUN (NOLA Zombie #1)
Author: Gillian Zane
Release date: May 26, 2015
Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn’t prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered. She has been “prepping” for the last three years. The problem is location and timing. She’s stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the “non-preppers” this means hole up and stay safe).
Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her on the ass big time. Hopefully, it won’t be a literal bite by the walking dead.
Luck favors the prepared, and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller, the man with the plan, his goal: steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until they find safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. The two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can’t keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.
Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world, and if they do make it through the night, find a place that is safe and secure? Will their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or heartbreak?
Zombies, sex, romance and carnage…you can’t get any better than this.
The Guest Post
Run The Streets of NOLA with Gillian Zane
My debut novella RUN was a challenge to write because of the logistics of having the characters navigate the streets of New Orleans, realistically, in a life-and-death escape. The novel is set completely in New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans area, where I’ve lived most of my life, so I had the benefit of understanding the cities terrain. I wanted the characters’ path to be so real that if you plotted their stops on a map you could follow their progression without any confusion.
RUN is about a girl who is working Downtown, in New Orleans when a zombie apocalypse breaks out. In order to survive, the heroine, Alexis must make it from Downtown to the outskirts of the city, avoid zombies and survive. In RUN, you get to experience the terror of her journey through the streets and rivers of New Orleans. Of course, I wouldn’t just give you terror and brain eaters, Alexis teams up with the super-hot Blake Miller and they must survive together. The city plays a very prominent role in the book, especially the streets, rivers and canals.
I invite you to take a run with me, via a Photo Journal, that showcases the prominent places in New Orleans that are featured in RUN.
It wouldn’t be a book about New Orleans if it didn’t feature the French Quarter. The French Quarter is Ground Zero in RUN. The zombie outbreak begins in this area of the city and quickly spreads.
Alexis’ journey begins in Downtown, New Orleans on Poydras Street. Downtown is located on the Western side of the French Quarter. The shot below is of the New Orleans skyline as a storm rolls in. You can see the largest buildings in the center, the tallest is One Shell Square. The shot was taken from the mall that runs along the Mississippi River, called the Riverwalk. The tracks visible are streetcar tracks, not train tracks like you find further down the river, but they run in the same pattern.
Alexis’ path takes her from Downtown, on a straight-shot toward Uptown, using one of New Orleans most famous streets, Tchoupitoulas Street. It’s a mouthful. Say it with me, Chop-uh-Tool-luhs Street. There was once a Native American tribe by that name, but they are extinct now. Not by zombies.
In this shot you can see the river and the abandoned warehouses that run along Tchoupitoulas. The bridge in the background is the Crescent City Connection. The fencing to the right in the shot is what protects the Port of Orleans. The wall on the left is the levee protection wall and as you can see, the train tracks run in the middle.
Below you can see the Tchoupitoulas progression. The street starts Downtown and runs along the levee protection wall, the walls do not progress to levees until you pass Audubon Park and Tchoupitoulas ends. You can see the floodwalls with the gates in the last image. As you go further down the street it becomes more residential and Uptown, until it finally ends at Audubon Zoo.
At about this point, Alexis meets Blake Miller and their journey takes a very sexy and unexpected turn. I don’t want to give anything away, you’ll have to read to find out more. But, continue on for more shots of Run Hot Spots.
The Industrial docks that line the Mississippi River levee play a big role in RUN. These are the levees that line the Mississippi River once you pass the Audubon area. The levees are about 23 feet high and in my lifetime I’ve seen the river reach the top of the levee only twice.
In the shot above you can see the expanse of levee and the vegetation that grows along the banks of the river. The water will rise past the fence line though, at this point in the season the ground is marshy and wet, but you can walk in the brush and pick blackberries. There are a lot of snakes and rodents though, so bring a stick.
Other Hot Spots in Run
Muscician’s Village is a neighbourhood in New Orleans that was built with the assistance of Habitat for Humanity and local celebrity Harry Connick, Jr. The homes were intended to house local musicians who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. Alexis’ parents live in Muscician’s village.
The lock in the Industrial Canal plays a key part in RUN. This canal connects Lac Pontchartrain with the Mississippi River.
New Orleans is surrounded on all sides by water. The Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and other not as well known lakes, like Lake Borgne and Lake Catherine are all key spots within the novella and series. They also play important roles in New Orleans’ culture and lifestyle today, I couldn’t have written a book about New Orleans without featuring the bodies of water that surround the city.
I hope you enjoyed the small trip through the lesser known parts of New Orleans and the hot spots of RUN, by me, Gillian Zane. If you want to know more…read the book.
About the Author
Gillian Zane has been writing fiction stories since she was first able to put pen to paper. She has published a few non-fiction books in her field of study, which is Art, but finally, after all, these years her first fiction novella is being released. Gillian is obsessed with anything that gives her a thrill and feels adding romance to any storyline is a good thing. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She lives with her husband, too many animals in a little house that has way too many books.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for…
- ONE (1) – 7″ Kindle Fire
- ONE (1) – eBook of RUN to one commenter on the host blog
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The Tour Schedule
May 21st – Seeing Night Reviews (Review + Book Trailer Reveal)
May 22nd – Fine Lines (Guest Post)
May 22nd – YA Enthusiast (Review)
May 27th – Viviana Enchantress of Books (Guest Post)