Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NBtM: Lockdown by Samie Sands

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…


Excerpt Two:

He’s disgusting. I’ve never seen one this close before, heading towards me with such vigour. I’ve always done my best to avert my eyes from the infected, but now time seems to freeze as I can’t drag my gaze away. What I thought was him shuffling, was actually him dragging his broken, bloodied leg behind him. This wound is so deep I can see bone poking through. I can’t help but retch.

The bite on his shoulder is absolutely huge and rancid—all blackened from the infection. His arm is hanging down by his side, completely useless. He’ll never be able to move that again, no matter what happens. His face is also in a terrible state. His skin is a deep grey, much murkier than the others I’ve seen. He must have been infected for a very long time. The bags under his eyes droop incredibly low, causing his face to look deformed. The blood running down his skin, staining all his clothes, looks really old. Scratch marks cover his torso; he looks as if he’s been brutally beaten in some awful fight. I would never have thought someone could survive these injuries, they’re just so severe. People have died over much less, and yet here he is, still moving towards us, baring his teeth, ready and waiting to eat.


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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Interview with Samie Sands 

  1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

My favorite part of  Lockdown is actually the main character, Leah. 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. Sometimes she's flawed and she doesn’t always make the right choice, but that makes her more realistic. Not everyone likes her, but I  no one can be liked by everyone!

  1. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

If I could spend time with anyone from the book it would be Leah’s best friend, Michelle. She’s fun loving, confident, and she has better instincts than Leah.

  1. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Recently I read The Last Days Of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp and that was amazing. I would love to write something as clever and gripping as that. The main character is unlikable, but in a very charming way, and the plot is incredible.

  1. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

The characters aren’t necessarily based off anyone I know, but the traits of them are. I think about myself or the people in my life when I consider the way my characters react to certain things so hopefully the way that they behave is more believable, if not always the right decision.

  1. What made you want to become a writer?

With Lockdown, I 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!


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.


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

  2. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing :)

  3. Who is your favorite literary character of all time? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Good question! One of my more recent favourite characters is Jack in The Last Days of Jack Sparks. What about you?

  4. What book would you like to see a sequel to? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. I would like another book in the Adam Baker zombie-esque style book series. What about you?

  5. Thank you so much for featuring Lockdown!

    1. My pleasure. Best wishes to you and your book.

  6. Intriguing book, thanks for hosting.

  7. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the interview!

  8. I have enjoyed following this book tour and look forward to checking out this book!

  9. Thank you for choosing me as a Host winner. I am dying to read this book.