Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Bane: A Strain Novel by Amelia C. Gormley with Guest Post, Short Story Serial & Giveaway



Hi, and welcome to the Bane blog tour!

I don’t think it’s any secret that a lot of readers, in the wake of reading Strain, wanted more of Darius and Rhys. Already by that point I was brainstorming the pre- and peri-apocalyptic story that would become Juggernaut, but the further along I got on that, the more I realized the situation Zach and Nico were in couldn’t be resolved in the timeframe of Juggernaut. They needed developments that would only make sense to happen after the events of Strain. The plot also required Rhys to have matured a great deal since the end of Strain. Altogether, it gave me a beautiful opportunity to bring closure and an HEA ending (or at least as close to one as you get at the end of the world) for both sets of protagonists.

Thus we have Bane.

Over the course of the Bane blog tour, I’ll be sharing a free post-Bane short story, Refuge. How far post-Bane? Well, you’ll have to read and see. Some developments that happen in Bane are referenced, but not in any great detail, which means the reader should only encounter a few very broad, non-specific spoilers. Obviously, though, it will be best enjoyed if you’ve read Bane already (and Bane, of course, is best enjoyed after Juggernaut and Strain.)

Refuge introduces us to three new characters, Kal, Billie, and perhaps my favorite, Zeus. It’s a completely sex-free story, so you’re safe reading it at work. If my nebulous thoughts on how to continue the Strain universe ever take shape, it’s very possible a lot of material in this short story will be folded into a larger plot with Kal and Billie as the protagonists, and if that happens, you’ll find the smut there.

Each day, at least one stop on the blog tour will contain a section of the story. These segments may end or begin a little abruptly or clumsily at times, as I tried to split them in such a way that no one section would be to long and cumbersome for a single stop on the blog tour. In its linear form, it would simply be a five chapter story. By the end of the tour, all the sections will have been posted. If you need to catch up, you can check out the blog tour page (linked above), or my website, or the “Extras” tab on the Bane product page at Riptide for sequential links to all the posts.

Anyone who follows along on the tour will qualify to win store credit at Riptide. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you (email, Twitter, or Facebook.) Each stop along the blog tour that you visit offers you another chance to enter. Be sure to check the Riptide blog tour schedule for a complete list of other stops. The contest will close 9/26/15. Any entries made without a way to contact the winner will be invalidated, so please don’t forget to provide your email, or your Twitter or Facebook address.

Good luck, and enjoy Refuge!

*Author’s Note: Refuge is completely unedited and un-proofed. What you’re seeing here is essentially a first draft, and like any first draft, it often may be clumsy to read or contain extraneous world-building and info-dumping that would be trimmed and streamlined during the editing process. Actually, I kind of like sharing it with you this way, if for no other reason than to allow readers to see just how much world-building happens behind the scenes and in my head, but doesn’t ever actually make it onto the page.

And of course, there will be typos. Oh so many typos.


Refuge: Part 8


Kal’s smile was gentle as he tilted his head to the side. “Well, if nothing else, you’ll never have to worry about which name to use when you introduce yourself.”

Billie’s eyes burned. “Really?” She cleared her throat. “How did you know? That that’s why I left, I mean.”

He shrugged. “People come to the Wapato Island Refuge for a lot of reasons, but the Genetic Diversity Mandate or whatever excuse they’re using these days to enforce compulsory reproduction is a big one. I assumed rigid gender roles would be a part of that.”

She set her nearly-empty cup aside. “The GDM expired when I was a kid. But if you’re not having babies or fathering them, you’re one of the first people deemed expendable if rations are short through the winter.” Billie sighed ruefully. “I would have a lot of trouble with that, seeing as how if I had to choose, I would rather be a wife than have one.”

“And there wouldn’t be much of a chance of you finding a husband with whom you could still reproduce,” he mused with more understanding than she would have imagined she’d find. “Because most of them are in hiding or have already either left the Clean Zone or just resigned themselves to playing the expected role.”

She swallowed hard. Before, there had been hormones and even surgeries for people like her, to help them be who they truly were—or so people say. But like disposable razors, those things were in the past. Now she could only depend on the acceptance and willingness of others to let her live the way she needed to.

Or solitude. Which really hadn’t been working out well for her so far.

“It’s not like that in the Refuge?” she ventured cautiously.

He smiled kindly. “No, it’s not. People are plenty willing to reproduce in ways that suit their own inclinations without being compelled to do it. And some are willing to do more than their share to make up for those who want nothing to do with the whole business. My moms wanted a big family and they had no trouble finding friends willing to contribute to the cause, as it were. Which is why I have four younger brothers and sisters and more ‘uncles’ and cousins than I can shake a stick at.”

“Really?” She let hope fill her chest as he nodded, his light brown face open and honest. “What about you?”

“Me? Assuming I ever stop wandering and settle down, I’ll probably be in the market for a wife.” He gave her another wicked grin coupled with a wink. “Reproductive compatibility not required.”

Billie laughed, her cheeks heating. Then she sobered, remembering all the reasons she could never go to the Wapato Island Refuge. “It sounds amazing. But I can’t be a part of a settlement that’s going to go to war with my family.”

“Okay, you know what? You need to just seriously bleach your brain of pretty much every bit of propaganda they ever fed you about us.” He heaved a heavy—and exasperated—sigh. “The Refuge isn’t planning to go to war with anyone, especially thousands of people who haven’t been inoculated. It would be sheer genocide.”

Muttering with disgust, he popped to his feet and grabbed another piece of deadfall from the stack he’d accumulated to feed the fire. “You want to know what we do all day? Pretty much the same thing you guys do. We plant our crops and tend our livestock and work to feed and clothe our people. Unlike the Clean Zone, however, we honestly and sincerely don’t give a fuck what anyone else is up to as long as they leave us alone.”

She shook her head. “Why would they lie about that?”

“Hmm, let me think. Maybe to brainwash you into believing you’re justified in attacking us first?”


Bane: A Strain Novel

Amelia C. Gormley


Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing  

Published ~ 21st September 2015

Genre ~ Dystopian M/M Romance





The weapon that nearly destroyed humanity may be their only salvation.
Rhys Cooper’s unique immunity to all three strains of the virus that nearly annihilated humanity has brought him the unwanted attention of Clean Zone scientists. They’ve summoned him for testing—ostensibly in the hopes of finding a vaccine—but Rhys’s partner, Darius Murrell, has good reason not to trust any government. He and his comrades in Delta Company were unwitting test subjects for Project Juggernaut, the military experiment that gave them superhuman abilities and unleashed the pandemic. Doubting the government’s intentions, Delta Company refuses to let Rhys go alone.
Fear of infection has kept Zach Houtman and his lover Nico Fern├índez apart for a decade. They meet rarely, just long enough to coordinate their spying on the head of the government’s virus research division. Secretary Littlewood is a vicious predator, and they suspect he’s trying to acquire the strain of the virus that would make him superhuman. To stop him, they need the perfect bait: Rhys.
For Rhys, helping them might cost him his relationship with Darius—or his life. For Zach and Nico, even if their plan succeeds, they still face the ultimate question: can infected and uninfected people ever live together safely?

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Meet Amelia C. Gormley

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.




Anyone who follows along on the tour will qualify to win store credit at Riptide. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you (email, Twitter, or Facebook.) Each stop along the blog tour that you visit offers you another chance to enter. Be sure to check the Riptide blog tour schedule for a complete list of other stops. The contest will close 9/26/15. Any entries made without a way to contact the winner will be invalidated, so please don’t forget to provide your email, or your Twitter or Facebook address.


  1. Interesting post on your writing process. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
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  2. sounds like a great story

  3. Love the post, can't wait to read this story.

  4. Thanks so much for the review!

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  5. loved all 3 of these books!


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  7. Thank you for sharing your writing process with us!

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  8. Ive read Strain but need to get Juggernaut then re read strain. I enjoyed the post. Thanks for the chance

  9. I enjoyed the post. Loved to see your process, thank you for sharing that.

  10. Loved reading about your process! Thank you!