MFT Guest: Maria Zannini and How I Learned to Love the Apocalypse and a Giveaway! *ENDED*

How I Learned to Love the Apocalypse
My post-apocalyptic series began with Touch Of Fire. Set 1200 years in the future, the apocalypse had faded from memoryLike pulling a thread from a tapestry, they retained only pieces of their history, distorting names of places and events like a half-remembered song.
In the sequel, Apocalypse Rising, my main characters time travel to the 21st century to escape certain death. But their retreat is bittersweet when they realize their presence could very well have started the clock ticking to Doomsday. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and the beginning of theirs.
Let’s face it, a real life, end-of-the-world apocalypse is kind of a downerBut I’d like to think there’s a bright side after every storm, so I want to tell you the Ten Best Things of Living in a Post-apocalyptic World.
10.  You know that report you were supposed to turn in to your boss next week? Fuggetaboutit. If you’re lucky, your boss will be eaten by zombies and his remains will befertilizing your vegetable garden.
9. No more sirens, traffic, or honking horns.
8.  No more spam telling you how you too can enlarge your penis, or urgent pleas from an exiled prince from Nigeria asking you to send him money.
7.  Food will taste better. The bad news: You’ll have to grow it yourself.
6.  You’ll see your kids more. The bad news: You’ll see your kids more.
5.  It’s true, there will be no more television. But it also means no more reality shows. :high five:
4.  There’s a 99% chance that if your mother-in-law lives more than a hundred miles away you’ll probably never see her again.
3. You can read to your heart’s content. The bad news: Unless you figure out how to connect your e-reader to a solar panel, you’ll have to read paper books.
2.  Consider yourself lucky if you’re within walking distance of a library. The books you take out have no return date.
And the Number One best thing about living in a post-apocalyptic world…
1. Those taxes you owed? You don’t owe them anymore. Same goes for your mortgage.
So enjoy the coming apocalypse. It’s not so bad.
Your turn: Can you think of any other benefits to a post apocalyptic world? Leave a comment for a chance to win the second book of my Elemental series, Apocalypse Rising.
Bio: Maria Zannini used to save the world from bad advertising, but now she spends her time wrangling chickens, and fighting for a piece of the bed against dogs of epic proportions. Occasionally, she writes novels.  
Apocalypse Rising is the sequel to Touch Of Fire. I hope you’ll try them both.
To see more of my titles visit me on my blog

She sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t she?!  
One ebook copy of Apocalypse Rising to one lucky person.
Must be 18 or older.
Open Internationally.
Ends July 4th, 2011

To Enter:
Answer Maria’s question above in a comment and include contact info.

This is just one giveaway of this great event!  For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!
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  1. No more dieting! I mean, seriously, if you want food on the table you need to plant it, harvest it, etc. and if that’s not workout enough for you, maybe try to fight off a few zombies on weekends. That sure burns off calories!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  2. Hi Candace, Maria. First of all, Candace, this is a great blog. I’m your latest follower.

    Maria, I’m still smiling. I never thought of the apocalypse as good, but… well, you have a point.

    Just think, no speed traps – oh, wait a minute, will I be able to find fuel for the car?

  3. maria and birgit, you both have good points. one good thing, NO BILLS! i would read alot! i can do paperbacks. another good point, you can live anywhere. you know that house you wanted but couldnt have because it was to pricey? guess what? you can have it! :)

  4. Haha. I agree on the boss thing. That’s what he deserves anyway! Sometimes I wish I did live in a different world so I wouldn’t have to deal with it. If only I had time to read that much. Hopefully I’ll live in Washington D.C. Because the Library of Congress would be my new home.

    So many things I’ll be able to do in a post-apocalyptic world. I can join an awesome gang where we’ll rescue more awesome people and then leave the idiots to fend for themselves. Ok. I’m not that cruel. Anyway, I think relationships are gonna be a lot simpler. A nice dinner, massage, and good night’s sleep. No more of worrying about what to wear or what to do since most of it’s destroyed anyway. Make a baby or two and we’ll be good.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  5. No more school, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!
    The Apocalypse also means my favorite mode of transport, horseback and if you are really lucky and can beg borrow or steal one in a high sprung buggy pulled by a high spirited matched pair… Sounds like something right out of a Victorian novel, or a chapter of Gunsmoke if it is a doctors buggy!

    Maria you know I already have the book but I had to stop by and get in on the fun and also tweet the info to send some more people over to chat with you and make Candace maybe have more entries in the giveaway!

  6. No more dieting sounds fab :)

    How about, no more politicians?

    But there is a downside to the post-apocalypse…all those doomsayers will be strutting around going “I told you so”. 😉

  7. Thanks for the giveaway. A benefit of the apocalypse is that you won’t have to wear fancy clothes or dress up or go to functions. You won’t have to worry about making money any more. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Sounds very good.

  8. No more forced pleasantries with certain people you’d rather avoid. No more pretending that everything if fine when it isn’t, I hate it when people say “I’m fine” when they are clearly not. No more calories…you’d burn it all off. No more politics…I’m sure that would fall (the major institution) very soon. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  9. My first thought was of course your #1, but if I have to come up with something new – I wont have to dye my hair any more and who knows how exotic that might turn out :) Thank you for the fun countdown and giveaway opportunity, I would love to read this book.


  10. Greatest list ever! Had me cracking up, thank you so much for sharing. I am saving this. I think another good thing would be no more social classes. Everyone will be on the same field. All that matters is who can do what. Thank you for the great post and giveaway :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. No more alarms that will go out in my street at the dead of the night when I’m sleepinga nd go on for hours! With no power at least no more blackouts and I won’t ahve to reset all the clocks on the electronic devices in the house :-)

    Would totally blow off work and stay at home :-))

    Thank you for the great giveaway! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. No more dealing with car troubles and mechanics or gas prices, it will have to be walking, biking or horseback.
    No more malls, people fighting over sales at the holidays- they will be fighting but not for that reason, and one of the best things- no more annoying commercials.

  13. If you ever wanted to travel anywhere on your continent but couldn’t afford to take the time off work … Congrats!! You can now go wherever you want, for as long as you want, as long as you can get there by horse, bike, roller skates, etc. Yay!!

    I SO much want to read this book!!! Thanks for this great giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  14. Guess makeup’s no longer a concern – could be a plus or minus, lol. Men probably will like any woman who doesn’t smell like a landfill!
    No need to enter me, I’m reading it and loving it. :)

  15. I think a post-apocalyptic world would be a return to simpler times when the little things we’re constantly doing won’t matter any more!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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