Apocalypse! Now What? - Laila Blake & L.C. Spoering Guest Post

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Paper Bindings | Apocalypse! Now What? - Laila Blake & L.C. Spoering Guest Post

When we first wrote After Life Lessons: Book One, we came up with a list of supplies we would like during an apocalypse. After Life Lessons: Book Two takes place several years later, giving the characters a better perspective for what is a must-have and what is a leave-behind.

So, say you’re stocked up on food, what’s next after you’ve lived this long? Here’s our new top six! 
    After Life Lessons : Book One by LC Spoering and Laila Blake
  1. First, find yourself some horses. No, really. Unless you can get some dogs and a sled, this is going to be your best way of getting around when the gas supplies finally run out or go off. See also: horses are cute.
  2. A good supply of seeds and old-timey tools and farming equipment. In The Interludes, Emily carves a plough for the horses to pull, and both of them are handy enough to improvise. But who of us really has a hand-drill rather than electric one anymore?
  3. A wood-burning stove. It’s actually great for cooking and fills your home with wonderful smells and a wholesome kind of heat. Annika has one in her kitchen, and it makes all of their lives a lot more bearable.
  4. Non-gun weapons. Unless you know how to forge metal, you’re going to run out of bullets sooner rather than later. Iago, a new character in After Life Lessons: Book Two, is proficient with a bow and arrow; Emily still carries her trusty axe. And a handful of those high-end compound bows would probably save your life.
  5. A good library full of reference texts on farming, animal husbandry, basic crafts, medicine - both alternative and traditional, maybe some electrical engineering etc. You know, all the thing you will need to know but can no longer look up online.
  6. Off-the-grid energy source. People who go off the grid before the end of the world will be golden, of course, whether it is a heat pump, your own windmill or solar panels, all awesome. But you have to make your you also acquire the know-how to maintain them.

About the Authors:

After Life Lessons : Book Two by LC Spoering and Laila Blake
Laila Blake & L.C. Spoering

L.C. and Laila met in 2010 on an online forum and have been inseparable ever since. Having supported each other in their individual writing projects for years, they finally decided to work more closely together in a cross-continental cooperative writing partnership. Together, they host the podcast Lilt and started their micropublishing venture Lilt Literary in 2013.
L.C. (generally known as Lorrie) lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, kids, and too many pets. Laila is a nerdy German translator, living in Cologne with her kitten and a lot of sparkly lights.

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About the Books:

GENRES: New Adult/Adult // Post-Apocalyptic // Survival // Romance // Zombies

After Life Lessons: Book One:

Hulking shadows emerge out of the chaotic flurries of the blizzard. Something is dying, and so they come, like vultures.

After months of struggling south to escape the zombie-infested remains of New York, a snowstorm traps 23-year old artist, Emily, and her son in an abandoned gas station. Starving and desperate, they encounter Aaron, an Army medic on a mission of his own, who offers them a ride to ease the journey.
The road is a long and dangerous place to travel, and every day brings a new threat. But fear and adrenaline also drive the two closer together; they find laughter and a budding attraction that starts to thaw at their numb and deadened feelings. And that’s when the pain really starts to hit, when places long thought lost prickle back to life. Eventually, they will have to fight not just for survival, but for a future together, or their broken world will swallow them whole.

After Life Lessons: Book Two:

Years after the end of the world, the scattered survivors have begun to reconcile with their fate and are starting to build communities from the rubble. Life has been kind to Aaron and Emily, and maybe it is that infusion of hope that leads them on a winter trip to search for Aaron’s family. But the world outside their little haven has grown harsher, the conditions rough and dangerous.

Not everybody they meet on their journey allowed the grim realities to harden their hearts, however. Malachi and Kenzie – a easy-going drifter with a bum leg and amnesia, and a teenage girl who has lost everyone and everything – are on an ill-conceived mission to Mexico, while Iago and his band of nomads work to forge trading connections between the small settlements of the south. All of them will discover new nightmares on the road, far surpassing the threat of the last rotting zombies still roaming the countryside. And now they must come together to fight for peace and justice in the world they trying to rebuild.

RELATED: After Life Lessons Book One | After Life Lessons Book Two | After Life Lessons: Emily and Aaron Character Q& A | Laila Blake and L.C. Spoering Guest Post | [Laila Blake: By The Light of The Moon (Lakeside #1) | A Taste of Winter (Lakeside #2)] [L.C. Spoering: At the Edge of the World]


  1. I never thought about having horses, but that actually makes sense. It's easier transportation too.. Great bucket list xD I agree about having a library as well with references, they will defo. come in handy.

    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. Every time I think of horses and zombies I think of the Walking Dead episode where Rick foolishly rides the poor thing into town. You'll need a few of those survival guides to help out for sure. How many people in the world could survive if you tossed them in the wilderness alone?

      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. This is a fun guest post! I wouldn't thought of horses either!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. I probably wouldn't have either until that random thought "wouldn't it be nice if we had_____" popped into my head as I was struggling to do something.

      Thank you for stopping by.

  3. I plan to take over a farm..LOL Horses, seeds, food ..yep :)

    1. Hopefully with a few farm hands available to help out too, huh? That's a lot of work and no one else to provide security too.

      Thank you for stopping by.


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