Friday, June 23, 2017

Devils Unto Dust: Cover Reveal! Excerpt! ARC Giveaway!


Hey guys, today I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for Emma Berquist's debut novel Devils Unto Dust! 


In addition, there is also a mini interview with Emma as well as an excerpt from the book. But first, the cover . . . 

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Publishers: Greenwillow/HarperCollins Publishers
Expected Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Keep together. Keep your eyes open. Keep your wits about you.

The desert is unkind in the best of times. And the decade since the Civil War has been anything but the best of times for Daisy Wilcox—call her Willie—and her family. This tense, heart-pounding alternate history about a young woman fighting to survive the unthinkable will keep fans of Westworld and The Walking Dead reading late into the night.

A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. The state is all but quarantined from the rest of the country. Glory, Texas, is a near ghost town. Still, seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe, even after the sickness took their mother. But then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is left on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find her father. And the desert holds more dangers than just shakes.

This riveting debut novel blends True Grit with 28 Days Later for an unforgettable journey.


Emma Berquist grew up in Austin, Texas and sunburns easily. She currently lives in northern California and avoids the beach. DEVILS UNTO DUST is her first novel.
Connect with Emma: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

What can your readers expect from Devils Unto Dust

Lots of sand and lots of blood. Rough men with guns and hard girls with everything to lose. I wanted to create a world that was terrifying and inescapable, long before the monsters start to show up.

What was your inspiration for Devils Unto Dust? Did the plot of the story come to you first or the characters?

The setting came to me first. I was out in the desert slathered in sunscreen and I thought “there’s nowhere to hide out here.” And just like that, I had a place for a story. After the desert came Willie, and after that came the rest of it.

What are some of your favorite zombie books, movies, and TV shows?

*Deep breath*

28 Days Later, World War Z (the book), Shaun of the Dead, Walking Dead graphic novels, Night of the Living Dead, old Bernie Wrightson comics, iZombie, and Resident Evil (yes, I’ve seen all of them).

Which of your characters do you identify with the most, and why?

I think I couldn’t help but put a little bit of myself into Willie. I’m definitely stubborn and generally kind of surly like her, though I’m nowhere near as tough. I mostly see myself in the shakes, because there’s no way in hell I would ever survive any kind of disaster.

What's next for you once Devils Unto Dust is out in the world? Is there a sequel in the works or will you be writing something completely new?

I’m not sure yet! I have ideas for a sequel, but I have other stories I want to tell and I’ve never been able to stick to one genre.



Part One: The Town

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Life out here is hard, my mother used to say, so you have to be harder. Even she wasn’t strong enough to fight off the sickness. By the end she was just a shell of herself, her skull showing through the skin on her face, talking nonsense when the delirium took her. Sometimes she didn’t know who I was or what was happening. And then she remembered, and it was even worse.

She lasted longer than most do. It doesn’t really matter, it didn’t make a difference, but I like to think it means something. That she was fighting to stay with us. That her life wasn’t wasted, digging into this patch of nowhere.


I love the desert, love the hidden beauty of it. When the light falls just so and the heat shimmers off the ground, the desert is as graceful and endless as the sky. I love the way the ground cracks open under my feet, the fissures spreading out like veins in a shattered mirror. The air so hot it burns your lungs, the dust collecting in the corners of your eyes, the sand whipping against your skin until it’s raw; this is my home, and it is beautiful. If I could, I would turn my back on this town and start walking, leaving behind the unbearable weight. But I know better than that; the desert may have my heart, but this town will take my bones.


Glory, our town is called, for no other reason than irony. People here are bad at naming things, even my own parents. Daisies don’t grow here, not in this hardscrabble dirt. Not that anyone calls me Daisy, not since I was old enough to know better. The name does not suit me; it is bright and yellow and sweet, and I am none of those things. And Glory is dead as sun-bleached bone and twice as cursed. Maybe it was different when people first settled here, before the sickness started to spread; maybe it wasn’t always a sandy hole of a town, but that’s all I’ve ever known it to be. Those who could afford to got out quickly, leaving the rest of us to whatever fate we deserve. There’s nothing standing between us and the desert shakes but some barbed wire and the men who hunt the sick. It’s only a matter of time before this town crumbles into dust. When the sick finally outnumber the healthy, we’ll all be as dead as my mother. Or worse.


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22 comments:

  1. AHHH It's alt history!!! YESSSS. And that excerpt is amazing!! <3 <3

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  2. This book sounds absolutely amazing!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!

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    1. Yes, it does! I hope you have it on your TBR ^_^

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  3. Added this book to my TBR list on good reads, excited for it :D

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  4. This book is on my TBR and sounds like it will be a page-turning read to keep me up way too late. I love this idea and POV character.

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    1. Sounds like Devils Unto Dust is perfect for you!

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  5. I love zombie books so I am all about this!! What a great cover and giveaway, thanks (:

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    1. Then this is the perfect book for you! I'm so glad you like the cover, thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Oooh how interesting! Sounds very different from what I normally read, but I am totally on board!

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  7. Devils unto Dust sounds great. Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you

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  8. Ohhhh. I like this cover a lot :D Preeetty. <3 Curious about this one now :D Thank you for sharing about it Brittany. <3 As always, stunning post sweetie :)

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    1. Always happy to add another book to your TBR! Thank you for stopping by <3

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  9. Just put it on my TBR! It sounds promising! And the review is great. I can't wait to read it!

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  10. This one looks so good. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention! Great interview as well!

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    1. My pleasure, I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I hope it's on your TBR!

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  11. I didn't realize this one was kind of historical! Now I'm definitely intrigued and wanting to read it! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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    1. No problem, I'm always happy to put books on readers' radar! Thanks for stopping by!

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