Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for LOCKDOWN by Samie Sands, a Horror/Sci Fi available now from Limitless Publishing.

Samie will be awarding a $10 Amazon or BN GC to one winner, and three additional winners will each receive a print copy of a book in the series.

Check out my interview with Samie Sands below!


by Samie Sands

GENRE:   Horror/Sci Fi



Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush…

With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.

When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act…

The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads, citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah, Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.

That’s where she first encounters one of the infected…

Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?

She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from…

Breaking out of the Lockdown…



  1. How did you come up with the title of your book and series?

The Lockdown that the book is titled for, is the quarantine that everyone is put in while the Government tries to control the zombie virus. The series is names the AM13 Outbreak series because the virus is nicknamed AM13 from the very start of the outbreak.

  1. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

That would have to be Leah’s best friend, Michelle. She’s fun loving, confident, and she has better instincts than Leah.

  1. How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Maybe Leah herself. Most of the zombie apocalypse books that I’ve read in the past feature very capable main characters. It made me wonder what would happen with an ordinary person trying to survive, someone without any particular talents to help her live through such horror. Leah is a normal, girl next door type without any skills to survive, but that makes her very flawed and she doesn’t always focus on the right thing or make smart decisions.

  1. Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from

I’ve always loved reading, but I didn’t really think about writing until the idea for Lockdown came to mind. I simply wrote the book I wanted to read. I didn’t think about doing it professionally, I simply enjoyed doing it. I didn’t even think anything would come of it when I sent the manuscript off to get published but when it did it inspired me to write more. Now, I absolutely love it!

  1. What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

I did a lot more research for the second book in the series, Forgotten, because one of the characters is a scientist trying to solve the problem of the virus. I had to do a lot of in depth research into some very interesting biology then!

  1. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My social media accounts;

  1. What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?

I have just signed a new contract with Limitless Publishing for a book in a completely different genre. Lottie Loves is a romance novel that involves looking back as past loves and working out how love should be. That isn’t to say that there won’t be more from the zombie apocalypse though, I still have many ideas!

  1. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Don’t give up! It isn’t always easy and you will face rejection and negativity, but as with anything creative not everyone will like your stuff. Just don’t give up and it’ll all be worth it in the end.



I know that others are walking alongside and behind me, but I don’t know if they’re infected or healthy. I’ve become weirdly desensitised to it all. Logic would dictate that there are no other humans out here, but as I’m not in direct trouble right now, I’m not too bothered about figuring it out.

I spot a girl, maybe six or seven-years-old. She’s fallen over before me, in the middle of the road. I need to help her. That’s what people do, help children, isn’t it? Others are just stepping over her, ignoring her. But I won’t do that. I’m going to help her. There’s a tight knot of anxiety forming and twisting in my chest. I need to help her.

I try to pick up the pace and get to her before anything bad can happen, but my sluggish body can only do so much. As I get nearer to where she lays, I feel the familiar rage overtaking me. I’m suddenly angrier than I’ve ever been in my life. How can people just leave this sweet innocent girl like this? In the middle of the road, potentially injured, definitely in a lot of danger! God, the human race is so screwed up. I can’t be the only one who can see that she needs someone to look after her.

That’s when I realise, with a sickening crunch that she hasn’t fallen. Both her legs have broken. And not just broken, snapped off her body. And she’s growling. Moaning and growling just like the others…


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Samie Sands is the author of the AM13 Outbreak series – Lockdown, Forgotten, and Extinct. She’s also had a number of short stories published in very successful short story anthologies. To find out more about her and her work, check out her website at

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Samie Sands will be awarding a $10 Amazon or BN GC to one winner, and three additional winners will each receive a print copy of a book in the series.

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  1. Thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway as well.

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Thank you so much for the feature!

  4. Great excerpt & interview, thanks for sharing :)

  5. Who is your favorite author? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  6. What was your favorite book growing up? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  7. What is your favorite book cover? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  8. Hope you are having a great weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  9. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!