Guest Host: Monique Morgan, author of the new YA Dystopian “Rise of the Infected”

Today I bring to you a very special guest.  Her name is Monique Morgan and she’s written an intriguing YA dystopian titled “Rise of the Infected”.  Her lead character is kick-butt weapons aficionado, River Black.  Read what Monique has to say about her new femme fatale:

Strong Female Characters

All of my books have one thing in common. They have a strong female lead character, who is extraordinary in some way. River Black, my newest femme fatale, is no different.

River has been raised in a futuristic time period, where each day is a survival. She breaks the norms of her society taking on a fighting role. She has one true love, and that is weapons. River has known how to shoot a weapon almost as soon as she could walk. Her small frame is agile and tough, and she has lived her whole life chasing through the forest and hunting prey.

All of this is the norm in a society where automatics are the norm, and human life a commodity, a profitable one at that. River has been prepared for what will be coming, a world where the only thing that will keep her safe is her ability to put a bullet in the head of an infected, as well as her enemies.

River Black breaks convention in a strong male dominated society of survivors. She pushes against any hindrance to her quest, breaking through each barrier without a second glance, until eventually there are none.

River’s personality is a combination of many characters. Her name is a homage to River Tam from Serenity.  In my mind, there has never been a more gracefully deadly female character. Her long swooping form is the epitome of extension, her kicks powerful and precise.

There is nothing like deadly potential matched with beauty.

I agree, Monique.  The two together are always a lethal combination!

To learn more about Monique, please visit her at  You can also find her on:

Twitter: @Monique__Morgan

Oh, and make sure you stop by my website and enter to win a copy of Rise of the Infected!

 River Black lives in a world where only the strong survive. The earth has changed to a brutal climate and the survivors will do anything to live. The eastern continents unleash a biochemical weapon on their enemies, and directly onto River’s world. She will have to leave her quiet existence in the forest and venture to the slaver fortress and further beyond, into the deepest part of the surviving cities, if she doesn’t die first, or rise infected…