Allison King of Branded

Today, we’re visiting with Allison King, a character created by fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Katie Hamstead. Allison narrowly survived a terrorist attack–at her brother’s wedding, of all places.

Allison, I can’t imagine the shock of going from such a happy event to outright terror. I understand your parents died in the attack (my condolences), but your siblings survived. Do you know where they are?

I did, but we got separated. My brother and his wife, my sister and I all escaped together. But while we were looking for more survivors, I was captured. I haven’t seen them since.

Where were you taken?

When I was first kidnapped, I was brought to a high school that had been converted into a prison by the enemy. Most of the POW camps were like that. I guess the high fences around the schools provided a good foundation for them.

So many women would have thrown in the towel, but you didn’t — even after being branded for death by the leader of the invasion. Where do you get your strength?

My faith in God mostly. But I also fight for the people I love. I hate seeing people in pain, and I’ll do anything to defend them.

You sound like a wonderful person. This “General”–the leader of the attack–what was he like? Did you whoop him good?

He’s…. horrible isn’t a strong enough word. Disgusting, perverted, delusional, nothing can truly sum him up. I wouldn’t say I whooped, him, but I did teach him that we won’t go down silently. There’s still fight left in us.

It must have come as a shock when a woman outwitted him, which is a whoopin’ in itself to a jerk like him. Where did you learn your survival skills?

I didn’t have any until this happened. They appeared out of sheer good luck and being smart. Scavenging is my primary source of survival, taking foods from abandoned houses and shops. But my hometown is in the bush, so growing up we played and became familiar with the terrain and area. That probably gave us the edge when it came to hiding. Then in the first few weeks my brother’s smarts kept us alive.

I guess I can understand this. When my husband and I were forced by US Immigration to live separately, people asked how we got through it. You just do, right? I mean, it’s not like you have a choice. You have to survive, one day at a time. I’m glad to know that on one of those wretched days, you met someone special. How hard was it to learn to love again?

Very hard. I didn’t want to let him in, but he’s very persuasive. It helps that he’s nothing like the General and is so full of hope. I can’t help being drawn to that when I feel so broken.

I really hope it works out for you. It sounds like you could use a little peace in your life.

As a collector of primitive weapons, I’m curious if you own/use any.

Nope. I’m lucky to pick up a gun here and there, and usually lose it when I come in contact with the enemy. My best weapon is my knowledge and quick thinking.

Just the kind of gal I want on my team when stuff goes down.

If you could give one piece of advice to women, what would it be?

There’s more inside you than you know. Sometimes it’s easy to forget and give in, but you are strong. You have the ability to inspire others, so let your light shine.

I think that’s very sound advice. I can’t wait to read more. Readers, join me by clicking the image below.

BrandedTHE BLURB

Terrorists have invaded Sydney, and Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee, but their parents are killed by firing squad.

Now Ali’s on the run and terrified. While searching for other survivors, she is captured by the General who leads the invasion. He’s smitten by Ali, and when she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Marking not only him but also sealing her fate. Ali manages to escape and flees into the bush once more where she finds a group in hiding. Even with the scars left by the General, Ali learns to love and falls in love with the young man who found her—Damien Rogers.

But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man—Damien—his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Ali must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her, and most significantly, the man she loves.

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One comment on “Allison King of Branded
  1. katieteller says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, Julie!

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