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(a Collapse story)
NA Fiction | Post-Apocalytpic Romance
Publication Date: December 15, 2017
I swore to protect her before I even knew her.
Now, it’s the creed I live by.
Uriah True is a dangerous man. His past is cloaked in secrecy, and he writes his future in the blood of the people he kills. After the Great Global War, he leaves the militias behind to prey on the scum that remain loyal to the cruel and tyrannical regime of the defeated enemy Omega in this dangerous and new post-apocalyptic world.
Some call him The Hunter. Some call him Death.
He calls it vengeance for what the war took from him.
Hunt, kill, repeat.
When he uncovers a plot that could bring death to the only person he’s ever loved, he’ll do anything to stop it.
The only problem? He may already be too late.
The moon shone brightly above my head. I glared at it.
It reminded me of fighting, of using moonlight to snipe. Shooting targets in the dark with Cassidy, popping rounds downrange and smelling the fresh scent of hot brass and cold dirt. Good practice and good times.
“Got any gum?” Cassidy asked.
“Yeah. But it’ll cost you,” I replied.
“Seriously? You can’t let go of capitalism for even one second?”
There was amusement in her voice. I held the piece of gum between my fingers for a moment. She made a move for it, and I backed away.
“Predictable,” I said.
“Then show me how to bring a man down,” she replied.
“You already know how to do that. You’ve got a rifle.”
“I want to know how to do it without a rifle. With my bare hands.”
“That’s optimistic of you.”
She was strong—agility and speed packed into a slender body, all lean, tough muscle. She would have been a good cop, I guess. Of course, they said the same thing about me, and look what happened.
“I’ll teach you,” I agreed. “But first, the price for gum.”
Gum. It was stupid. Even gum was a precious commodity now. I was down to my last pack.
“All right. Name it,” she huffed, rolling her eyes.
A kiss. That was what I wanted. To pull her to me and hold her body against mine and feel, even for a moment, that I deserved to be loved by someone like her.
I hesitated for too long. She blinked, slowly, and I knew she could read my mind.
She always could.
“You can keep it,” she said, brushing off my solemn stare. “Whatever.”
I tossed the gum to her. She caught it, neatly. No hesitation. Pure reflex.
She was relieved: I could see it in her face. She had been afraid I would try to kiss her. That wasn’t allowed. She knew it and I knew it, but the desire was there, and I wasn’t the only one who felt it. Not by a longshot. That was what scared her the most…and nobody knew her better than I did.
“Got your six,” I murmured.
Memories. They’re fatal. You can’t get away from them.
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 19 hit books, including the Collapse Series and hotly anticipated Resurrection Series. She owns Writing Belle Publishing and Writing Belle Magazine. She is also an experienced journalist and creative writing instructor. Summer lives in California with her husband, Scott, and their German Shepherd, Kona.
Why did you decide to write a story about Uriah True?
Vigilante was something that I was writing for fun, off the clock, so to speak. I’d been writing the book on my laptop on weeknights, snuggled under blankets in bed, with no intention of showing the story to anyone. I was more than halfway done with writing the first draft of the novel when I realized that a lot of people would probably enjoy reading the story. Uriah True has been consistently voted the fan favorite every time I take a survey or a poll. I thought, Why not? I told myself if the book happened to be done by November, I’d release it around Christmas. Uriah is my favorite character from the Collapse universe, so I was tickled to write this tale. He has such organic depth and character development.
How does Vigilante tie into both the Collapse Series and the upcoming Resurrection Series in January 2018?
Uriah True’s story hangs between the timelines of the two series – there is about a one-year gap between the storylines. Uriah’s novel fills in the blanks, plus it gives you some insight into his backstory that he never shared with Cassidy Hart. The nice thing about the book, too, is that it stands alone as its own adventure story. You can read it and know nothing about Collapse and still follow the story. It’s a straightforward thriller.
What is your writing method?
It depends on what I’m doing. If I’m writing something for work, my method is to set a deadline and break up my overall goal into smaller, attainable, day-by-day steps. If I’m writing something for fun, then I write after work or on weekends and write whatever comes into my brain. Of course, writing is always “for fun,” but I define the difference between work and fun as those books which have an impending publication due date and those that do not.
It’s almost Christmas! What is your favorite holiday tradition/pastime?
I love watching old Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music. Unlike a lot of people, I actually love going shopping during the holidays. I feel like a kid again, listening to the music, smelling the trees for sale in the parking lots, and slowly acquiring gifts for everyone I love. Gift-giving is so much fun. Perhaps that’s my favorite tradition.
When is your next release?
January 2018. Resurrection: Shadows of Omega will be releasing on the 26th. It will be my twentieth novel, and I plan on celebrating in a big way.