Thursday, October 9, 2014

N. W. Harris' THE LAST ORPHANS Release Day Blitz & Giveaway

The Adults are Gone...Young Heroes Must Rise
By N. W. Harris

The Last Orphans - Book 1
Publication Date: October 9, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian | Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
Print Length: 222 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.

Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.

A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series.


 What brought you to writing, especially Young Adult writing?
I consider myself an artist. I like to paint, sculpt, build, anything that allows me creative outlet. Writing is the ultimate outlet for me. I choose to write YA because it is what I’ve always loved to read the most. I like YA characters, how much conflict they have in their lives, and I feel like I have something unique to offer in the genre.  

The teens in your story are regular, normal, and you have captured that in their dialogue, their attitudes and their inner insecurities, are any of these characters modeled after someone you know?
Yes and no. The characters are modeled after a sweeping view of lots of people. I pick out characteristics of different people and mix them together to create each character. This way no friends or family get their feelings hurt. I don’t want someone to read my book and say, “Hey, that sounds just like me!” and then be offended that I divulged the details of their life in print, lol. Most writers build their characters this way. People we meet everyday and things we see influence our characters and stories whether we are conscious of it or not.

To say you have a positive, yet realistic view of teens, is an understatement!  Do you believe today’s teens could step up to the challenge you have given these kids?
Thanks! I think they could. Teens today face trivial conflicts and challenges compared to the characters in The Last Orphans, and I’m sure there are a lot of people who don’t believe kids are as tough as they used to be. But it is important to remember, humans are an exceptionally successful and resilient species. I think there is a survivor and a hero hiding inside many people, regardless of their age. If the crap hits the fan, there are teens out there who will not only fight and survive, they’ll thrive and rebuild.

About N. W. Harris, the person:
Jack of all trades, over educated starry-eyed artist who could care less if he gets enough to eat as long as he gets to create everyday. I’m also a father of two, which keeps me realistic—keeps me working to pay the bills and put food on the table. Otherwise, I love tae kwon do, running, and exercise in general. I like to get my heart rate up for long periods of time, helps me clear my mind and work out kinks in my stories. I live for good reviews of my books! It is the best feeling to know someone else enjoyed what I’ve created. Though criticism hurts, I always try to ingest it quietly and try to better my art by using it. I’m a Gemini, and a Gemini is me (the good and the bad lol).   

Growing up, did you learn any skills that now, you can see would help you survive?
Oh yes, for sure. I grew up in a small town in North Georgia, very much like Leeville (the fictional town in The Last Orphans). I played in the forest, ate wild black berries, trapped rabbits, fished, etc. I could survive—though not in my novel. Unfortunately, I’m too old. I’d be killed right off the bat with the rest of the adults.
 Give us three things about you that may not be known or cannot be found out online.
I’m a brown belt in tae kwon do (and expect to get to black belt by Christmas, yay!)
I LOVE Maui (who doesn’t!)
I won a pumpkin pie eating contest once (couldn’t eat pumpkin pie for a year afterwards—I was so ill).

Tome Tender STILL had one more question
for Shane, one of the heroes of THE LAST ORPHANS

Where did you find the strength to do the things you’ve had to do?

Shane’s response: “After my aunt died, I wanted to give up. I wanted to die. I’m not suicidal or anything, but I’d lost everyone and didn’t see a point in going on. I mean, you can’t imagine what it was like—like the worst nightmare times a hundred. Times a million. But then Kelly called for my help. I know it sounds silly, but when I saw her coming down that driveway with her little sister, I knew what I was meant to do. Besides that, I guess I was just pissed off. I was sick of seeing people die and was determined to do something about it or die trying. I also think a lot of the strength came from my friends. We were all together and we were like “Let’s do this!” And when one of us died, we were determined to make sure they didn’t die for nothing—that their death meant something.” 

Born at the end of the Vietnam war and raised on a horse farm near small town north Georgia, N.W. Harris's imagination evolved under the swaying pines surrounding his family’s log home. On summer days that were too hot, winter days that were too cold, and every night into the wee morning hours, he read books.
N.W. Harris published his first novel—Joshua's Tree—in 2013. It was no wonder that with his wild imagination and passion for all things word related, that N.W. Harris was named a finalist in Amazon's Break Through Novel Award Contest. In early 2014, N.W. Harris joined the ranks with Clean Teen Publishing when they signed his new young adult apocalyptic adventure series—The Last Orphans.
In addition to writing, N.W. Harris has been a submarine sailor, nurse, and business owner. His studies have included biology, anthropology, and medicine at UCSB and SUNY Buffalo. He is an active member of SCBWI and lives in sunny southern California with his beautiful wife and two perfect children. He writes like he reads, constantly.
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To Celebrate THE LAST ORPHAN'S Release Day
N. W. Harris is giving away ONE e-Copy to one lucky winner!
Ends October 23, 2014


  1. Right off I thought of Children of the Corn. Great time of year for both. LOL Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing all the goodies!

    1. Hi Sherry! Thanks for stopping by! Cringe...Children of the Corn....