Jack Bates writes crime fiction from the comfort of his metro-Detroit home. His ongoing PI series featuring rookie gumshoe Harry Landers is produced through Mind Wings Audio Books. His stories appear on a variety of pulp websites as well as in the anthologies The Killer Wore Cranberry, Shadows of the Emerald City, and Discount Noir. He has written for local and national theatre companies, optioned a screenplay, and served on a variety of panels.
Running Redby Jack Bates
Her grades aren't the greatest. Her dad hates her "older" boyfriend. And her mom keeps Robbie on a short leash after her straight A, perfect, older sister gets pregnant and has a baby. As the tension builds in her family, Robbie runs away with her boyfriend Lane only to wind up sleeping on the
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Rebellious teen Robin "Robbie" Willette thinks her life sucks.
Her grades aren't the greatest. Her dad hates her "older" boyfriend. And her mom keeps Robbie on a short leash after her straight A, perfect, older sister gets pregnant and has a baby. As the tension builds in her family, Robbie runs away with her boyfriend Lane only to wind up sleeping on the sofa of her ostracized sister.
But it's not all that bad. Robbie has a taste of independence. She's working on getting her diploma through night school. She has a job--not a great one but it's legit. And she's finally beginning to figure out that her relationship with Lane is a dead end. For the first time in a long time, Robbie Willette is getting her life together.
Just as her life is improving, the world around her begins to crumble. Literally. A plague crawls over the planet, mutating humans into blood-lusting zombies that help spread a deadly fungus. It isn't long before society collapses. In fact, in less than a year, all of society's norms are gone. Robbie quickly finds herself separated not only from her family, but from all humanity. Hoping to reunite with her sister and niece, Robbie sets off with the most loyal companion she's ever had: a yellow Labrador she names Yuki.
The road she travels is not easy. She must confront personal fears, untrustworthy humans, and aggressive mutants. Will Robbie fulfill her dream of finding her family, or is the world just too dangerous a place to discover what she needs most--hope?
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