Code Black by Sheri Velarde


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A disease that can destroy the entire fabric of society, how can one face down such odds?

Sara lives on Key Largo, a place she knows she should have left after the last hurricane, but she can’t

quite walk away from it. When warning sirens go off, she fears for the safety of her home more than

anything else. That is, until she realizes that something much more than severe weather is heading

her way.

When her own government blows up the only escape to the mainland and her neighbors begin to

attack one another, Sara learns she can only depend on herself. With the aid of her uncle and

Cameron, a National Guard soldier helping her along the way, she is on the run for her life. Harsh

realities she never thought she would have to face are now part of her life. Can she do what it takes

to survive, or will she always be on the run and wondering what might have been?


“What the hell do you mean ‘the bridge is closed’? Something odd is going on here. We’ve never had

the National Guard here for an evacuation, and you are telling me that you just expect us to wait it

out here on the island and not ask questions? I heard the warning sirens. We are supposed to be

evacuating! Let us through!” Sara demanded, trying to push past the mass of muscle in a National

Guard uniform blocking her way.

“I’m sorry, ma’am. We have orders that no one is to cross the bridge. No one is allowed to enter

Miami,” the officer said, not budging an inch.

“I just told you that the evacuation sounded, e-v-a-c-u-a-t-i-o-n, and you’re telling me that we can’t

leave? It’s probably a late hurricane, and you expect us all just to hope we make it through that here

in the Keys? We need to get to the mainland!” Sara threw up her hands in frustration. The memory

of the last hurricane which destroyed her family home remained clear in her mind. She should have

moved after her family had lost almost everything, but something held her in Key Largo.

“It is not a hurricane warning, ma’am. Please go back to your home and you will be fine.”

Just then, the officer’s walkie-talkie went off. “Miami has been lost. Move everyone away from the

bridge. We must prevent the spread and contamination. This is a Code Black. Repeat, this is a Code

Black. All civilians must be moved a safe distance from the bridge. You have five minutes.”

Author bio

Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her fiancé and their two dogs.

Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can

remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her

dream of writing for a living. She specializes in all things paranormal and that go bump in the night.

Her heart truly lies in exploring unknown worlds or adding the supernatural to our world. If it goes

bump in the night or has magical connotations, Sheri writes about it.

She is constantly putting out new material with various publishers, so it is best to keep up with her

on her website

In her spare time Sheri is an artist, jewelry designer, independent comic writer/artist and freelance

non-fiction writer. Hiking in the mountains, going to live concerts, art openings, museums, and

hosting intimate dinner parties.



Last year I took the leap to becoming a full time author quitting my day job and writing for a living,

scary and exciting at the same time! Taking the plunge and following my dream was extremely

frightening. I still sometimes wonder if I should head back out and get a safety net day job, just in

case. It’s risky living without a safety net of a guaranteed check every two weeks. But what is life

without some risks?

I didn’t choose to be a writer, it chose me. It is my passion. I write whether I am intending on

publishing a piece or not. So I decided to follow the old adage, do what you love and you will never

work a day in your life! Ok, so that is hard to remember when neck deep in edits and you feel like

crying because you have to be the worst author in the world, but overall I am so much happier now

that I am putting my whole heart into something I love. My last day job almost sucked the life out of

me, literally. I had just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had some mobility issues and let’s

just say one manager was less than supportive. I feared about being discriminated against in the

workforce and I still do to some degree, but writing is work without all that fear and stress. It has

been my beacon of light this past year, along with my now husband who encouraged the jump to

becoming a full time author.

A couple months ago I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite bands, the Foo Fighters, live and

got to see the joy on the face of their front man Dave Grohl as he performed. He has been in the Foo

Fighters for 20 years alone, and Nirvana before that, and many bands before that. Yet when he

performs you still see the love for music that he has. That is what writing is to me. This past year has

been tough with some publishers shutting their doors and me having to search for new home for my

book babies. Is it sad? Yes. Is it discouraging? Yes. Am I going to give up my dream? No. The writing

world is not an easy one, but it is one I love and still one where I feel accepted. There have been

many good things this year as well. First paperback fantasy released? Check? First book signing?

Check. Pushing myself as an author? Check. Code Black is my very first strictly horror piece and so far

it has been received rather well. This year has also seen me release my first m/m romance and I am

not done yet. I am planning on more horror and more genres in the future! My husband and I are

even talking about starting our own publishing company so I can continue to grow my love of writing

and publishing. Can’t wait to see where this writing journey takes me next!

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