Blitz: Jump Zone: Cleo Falls by Wylie Snow

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Thanks for stopping by for the blitz post for Jump Zone: Cleo Falls by Wylie Snow. The book was released only one short week ago. In celebration we have a stack load of fun stuff to share with you!

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JUMP ZONE SURVIVAL QUIZ
In the book Jump Zone: Cleo Falls, the inhabitants of the Taiga forests struggle to survive daily life in the northern wilds.

Take this simple quiz to find out if you’re Taiga material…

Question 1

How many days can you survive without water:

  1. 1
  2. 3
  3. 5
  4. 7

Question 2

You’re lost in a northern forest and want to travel due south. Which indicator do you look to for help:

  1. moss
  2. sun
  3. anthills
  4. all of the above

Question 3

You should avoid sleeping on the ground for what reason:

  1. ouch – you’ll wake up with stiff aching joints
  2. the cold hard ground will zap your body heat
  3. avoid snake bites
  4. forest dirt leaves harsh un-washable stains

Question 4

Your weak from hunger and the insects are looking awfully yummy. Which should you avoid:

  1. slimy ones
  2. flying ones
  3. brighty colored ones
  4. ugly ones

Question 5

Thunder, lightning! How do you estimate the distance of a storm:

  1. Count the seconds between the thunderclaps and lightning strikes and divide that number by five to equal the distance in miles.
  2. When you feel the first raindrop, start counting the seconds until you hear a rumble of thunder, which equals the number of miles away.
  3. Count the number of lightning strikes in one minute to equal the distance in miles.
  4. Who cares! Get yourself under the biggest tree you can find and prepare to get wet.

Question 6

Oh no, you’re lost! But you know to implement the S.T.O.P. plan. Gosh… what do those letters stand for again?

  1. Sing Things Or Pray – when in doubt, hum a hymn
  2. Stretch Twirl Oscillate Pivot – keep moving, turn this adventure into an exercise plan
  3. Stop Think Observe Plan – don’t do anything rash, think this situation through
  4. Solo Time Operating Plan – you’re alone and it’s time to do all those crazy things you saved for when nobody was watching… yeehaw!

Question 7

You’re still lost, and night is falling. It’s time to build a shelter. Choose your spot:

  1. An open, highly visible area – the search party needs to find you.
  2. The edge of volcano – best place to keep warm!
  3. At the bottom of a dry creek bed – no hair-curling dampness to worry about.
  4. Close to a water source – you might get thirsty in the night.

Question 8

You’re stranded in a forest with only one item from your handbag. What would be the most useful thing? Choose just one:

  1. Hairbrush
  2. Nail file
  3. Lipstick
  4. Tampon

ANSWERS:

1 – B

The average person needs about 2 quarts of water per day to maintain good health. Going without water for 3 days spells death!

2 – D

All of the above! Though moss will grow on the north side of trees, it will be lusher and greener on the south side. Ants frequently build their nests on the south or southeast side of trees to take advantage of the warmth, and if you walk toward the sun precisely at noon, you’ll be headed due south.

3 – B

You’ll preserve your body heat by piling up a bed of grass, leaves or bows and getting yourself a few inches off the ground.

4 – C

Stop with the ick-face. Insects can be a great source of protein (pound for pound, as much as 3 times as much as beef!), but it’s a good idea to stay away from the bright ones, which could potentially signal poison or toxin. Leave the hairy ones and the smelly ones alone, too.

5 – A

As soon as you hear thunder, start counting – one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, etc… until you see a strike of lightning. Divide by five and that’s roughly how many miles out the storm is. And for heaven’s sake, don’t stand under a tall tree!

6 – C

Stop moving, sit down and relax,

Think about your situation, how you got into it, how might you get out of it,

Observe your surroundings, your supplies and/or tools,

Plan your next move.

7 – A & D

Hopefully, somebody knows you’re missing (you DID tell someone about that wilderness hike, right?) so you should find or build shelter in a spot where the search and rescue team can find you. Though building too close to water can be hazardous (insects, animals coming to drink), it’s a good idea to stay fairly close as you need water to survive.

8 – D

You could probably find uses for all of those items, but surprisingly, a tampon is your best bet. The ‘Tactical Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoors Necessity’ (see what we did there?), is a handy-dandy multi-purpose tool, summed up best by the good folks at The Art of Manliness (click the link, if only for the pictures of a man with a tampon in his mouth!): http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/06/05/survival-tampon/

Your score:

7-8 correct – you are a survivor!

4-6 correct – you may want to brush up on your outdoor skills before you leave the beaten path.

1-3 correct – Glamping might be more your style.

0 – stay home, lock the doors, you’re not fit to go outside!

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interview

1)     What’s the scoop on the romance? Why can’t the hero and heroine get on with their sweet loving?

You’d think, since he saved her life, that Cleo would instantly fall into Libra’s arms in a heap of grateful, quivering lady-love. The physical chemistry is undeniable, but she doesn’t trust the urbanite as far as she could spit.

Cleo is a ‘triber’ from the Taiga forest and Libra hails from the city of Gomeda. They have some serious misconceptions to overcome and it doesn’t help that they’re both lying through their teeth about, well,… everything.

2)     What the heck is a Taiga?

Also known as a boreal forest, the Taiga (pronounced ty-guh) is the world’s largest land biome and comprises 29% of the world’s forest. It circles the globe, with the largest bits located in Russia and Canada. The winters are long, cold and harsh. In Jump Zone, the Taiga is divided into regional tribes named for common animals like wolverine, beaver, bear, wolf, moose, etc…

Survivalists by nature, the tribers are protective of their lands, and their resources. Especially their energy source. Shhh… spoilers!

3)     What makes Jump Zone’s hero sexy?

Libra is the Robin Hood of Gomeda. Born into a wealthy, powerful family, he eschews his high-born status and fights for the marginalized citizens living in the slums of Gomeda. His idealism gets him a sentence of hard labor in the penal colony but it also gives him the hardened edge he needs to survive the coming turmoil.

4)     Fave line?

“For the record, I’ve never killed another human being. Not even a Banger.” Cleo Rush says this when defending her reputation against Libra’s assumptions that she’s some kind of savage. Second fave is, “You’ve never had bacon? You poor, deprived soul.”  Because… obviously!

5)     Where did you get the idea for your story? 

I had an idea for a post-apocalyptic Romeo and Juliet type of story but the world didn’t begin building in my head until a family vacation took us on a drive through Northern Ontario. The untamed beauty of the landscape literally took my breath away. Miles and miles of uninhabited land, a stunning palette of greens and dark blues, harsh rocky outcrops. I thought, “What if I had to survive out here…”

6)     Is this a stand-alone or part of a series?

CleoFalls is book one of the Jump Zone trilogy. Libra Rising is scheduled to release in December 2013, followed by the series conclusion in the spring of 2014.

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