CONTENT PROVIDED BY KURT DEMARAIS

Kurt Demarais moved to Colorado 20 years ago to help start up what is now Qdoba. Now he has a new passion, writing factional-fiction. Under the pen name, T.M. Carpenter, he's now working on a trilogy series entitled Higher Ground inspired by the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in the countries of New Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, West Africa. Higher Ground Zero Hour is the fictional account of one Colorado family’s struggle to cope with such an event when it hits U.S. soil. With scientific, political and social trends torn from the headlines of recent news, the tale explores the ways in which terrorism, government conspiracies and the growing indifference of humanity could all contribute to a worldwide crisis.

The story follows a family who had some pre-warning of the events to come, as they scramble to meet up with friends at a predetermined remote location in the mountains of Colorado. Not knowing for certain who or what is behind the outbreak, they only know that billions could perish. And what happens next will not only determine the future of mankind, but what kind of stories would be told and who would be left to tell them.

As the Higher Ground series continues in book 2 Darkness Falls and book 3 Sacred Road, the story will maintain its focus on referencing current events that predated the actual outbreak. The upcoming stories will follow the original group that will become much larger as they confront rebuilding their lives without access to technology, resources and comforts they had taken for granted. They must also look past their circumstances to the deeper meaning of the new reality around them.

The first book in the Higher Ground triology is out now! Get your copy of Higher Ground Zero Hour online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Outskirts Press. You can schedule a book signing for your book club by sending an email here.

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