Empty Nest

From the bestselling authors of the Invasion and Yesterday’s Gone series comes Empty Nest, a heartbreaking look inside one family’s struggle to survive the first wave of the zombie plague … The boy who became Bobby Baltimore. Born last and long after his siblings, Rupert Haydock always was a Mama’s Boy. His Daddy used to taunt him for it, even though he did all he could to live up to his Dad’s high standards for toughness. But when his mother accidentally contracts the mysterious and dreaded Rip Daddy disease through a cut on her hand, thanks to her husband’s carelessness, Rupert spends every minute at her bedside, taking care of her. At first, he prays she’ll recover. But then her agony grows and her flesh starts to rot — until she no longer resembles the mother he once knew. He’s not sure if the disease has completely ravaged her mind, or if she’s still trapped deep inside her rapidly decaying body. End her suffering or stay with her to the horrific end — what would any Mama’s Boy do? Empty Nest is a stand-alone story told inside the universe of Platt & Truant’s Dead World Trilogy, an intelligent, big pharma corporate espionage and genetic engineering exploration of the zombie subgenre.

Meet Sean Platt

Sean Platt is an entrepreneur and founder of Sterling & Stone, where he makes stories with his partners, Johnny B. Truant, and David W. Wright, and a family of storytellers. Sean is a highly-prolific author in both fiction and nonfiction, with more than 10 million words under his belt and more than a dozen published collaborations. He brings a rich sense of place, strong pacing, conflict-filled dialogue, powerful twists, and a flair for high-stakes drama to every story he contributes to. He’s known for bringing out the best in whoever he collaborates with, thanks to his generosity, his adaptability, and his philosophy that “the best idea wins.” You’ll see Sean’s work as a co-author with Truant and Wright, and invisibly all throughout the studio. Originally from Long Beach, California, Sean now lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children. He has more than his share of nose.

Broken World

Follow a group of survivors on a journey that spans eleven books and twenty years as they search for safety in a world overrun by the dead…

When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she’s faced with a choice: give up or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows getting in the car with strangers is a risk, but with time running out, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.

The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has already been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian must learn how to be a mom under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.

While searching for a safe place to go, the group meets a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, he might be their only chance for survival…


Meet Kate L. Mary

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, a Finalist in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and a First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction. Kate’s Dystopian novel, Tribe of Daughters, was an Honorable Mention in the 2018 SPR Book Awards, 2019 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner for Science Fiction, and the 2020 RONE Awards Winner for Time Travel/Science Fiction.