Today, I am welcoming the multi-published, and very newly married (BIG congratulations!) author, Sheri Velarde to my blog. The nights are drawing in…darkness lurks at each end of the shortened day…and creatures that dwell in the shadows abound. Join Sheri as she talks about her most recent Three Worlds Press release.

When I first thought about writing a zombie story, I wanted to base it in some sort of science. Ok, maybe just a little science, but something believable and that could really happen someday. To me if there is a slight possibility that something can truly happen, well that ups the scare factor. So I researched theories about zombies. The one that I found most plausible, and there are some scientists that agree, is that some sort of mutated rabies virus could cause people to turn rabid, becoming close to what we view as mindless zombies. Think of how sad and terrifying it would be if your beloved Fido turned on you. Now imagine if your neighbors, friends or loved ones turned. Pretty creepy right? And it is to some degree plausible. Double the creepy! Code Black is my exploration if just that happened. What if we were all susceptible to either contracting a super form rabies or being attacked by those who have been infected? What happens when a contagion breaks down society itself and no one is left to keep you safe?

CODE BLACK_HDBook Title: Code Black

Name: Sheri Velarde

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A disease that can destroy the entire fabric of society, how can one face down such odds?

Sara lives on Key Largo, a place she knows she should have left after the last hurricane, but she can’t quite walk away from it. When warning sirens go off, she fears for the safety of her home more than anything else. That is, until she realizes that something much more than severe weather is heading her way.

When her own government blows up the only escape to the mainland and her neighbors begin to attack one another, Sara learns she can only depend on herself. With the aid of her uncle and Cameron, a National Guard soldier helping her along the way, she is on the run for her life. Harsh realities she never thought she would have to face are now part of her life. Can she do what it takes to survive, or will she always be on the run and wondering what might have been?


“What the hell do you mean ‘the bridge is closed’? Something odd is going on here. We’ve never had the National Guard here for an evacuation, and you are telling me that you just expect us to wait it out here on the island and not ask questions? I heard the warning sirens. We are supposed to be evacuating! Let us through!” Sara demanded, trying to push past the mass of muscle in a National Guard uniform blocking her way.

“I’m sorry, ma’am. We have orders that no one is to cross the bridge. No one is allowed to enter Miami,” the officer said, not budging an inch.

“I just told you that the evacuation sounded, e-v-a-c-u-a-t-i-o-n, and you’re telling me that we can’t leave? It’s probably a late hurricane, and you expect us all just to hope we make it through that here in the Keys? We need to get to the mainland!” Sara threw up her hands in frustration. The memory of the last hurricane which destroyed her family home remained clear in her mind. She should have moved after her family had lost almost everything, but something held her in Key Largo.

“It is not a hurricane warning, ma’am. Please go back to your home and you will be fine.”

Just then, the officer’s walkie-talkie went off. “Miami has been lost. Move everyone away from the bridge. We must prevent the spread and contamination. This is a Code Black. Repeat, this is a Code Black. All civilians must be moved a safe distance from the bridge. You have five minutes.”

Code Black by Sheri Velarde – Guest Post
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