Ink Smith Publishing
Following the lives of three kids in a post-apocalyptic world, Ash Wednesday is about family, faith, and
what it really takes to be a hero.
The boys in Pilot’s Coliseum have been killing each other for the better part of two years. Nuclear
apocalypse destroyed everything, so now it’s the only way to get by. Pilot has the resources. He has the
food, the water, the protection. He has the city, eating out of the palm of his hand. He has the way. And
his boys–Pilot’s boys, Pilot’s handcrafted monsters–have the will.
But no one has more of it than Red. He’s the greatest fighter in Pilot’s Coliseum, the golden boy, the best
of the worst. It doesn’t matter what you put in front of him, he can kill with it. Doesn’t matter who.
Doesn’t matter why. Red is Pilot’s perfect soldier. His perfect war machine.
It might not be enough.
Because now Pilot is asking Red for more. He’s asking for everything–everything Red cares about,
everything Red feels, everything human left in him. He’s asking him to give up everything but the knife,
the bloody trophy of his last kill, so that Pilot can make him something more.
Pilot wants to make him a hero.
“It was already referred to as the ruins of Chicago sixteen days after the war was over. The United States
had not surrendered--the worst devastation in the world had fallen on those that refused surrender--but it
didn’t matter. Nothing was spared. Not Chicago, not New York, not Los Angeles. Nothing. Once upon a
time, they had all stood invincible.
Now they didn’t.”
A.C. Billedeaux is a small town girl, born and raised. She lives in southwest Michigan and went to school
just down the road from Western Michigan University, where she later attended college. She is, as anyone
from the Midwest can imagine, therefore very familiar with road construction, unseasonable snow, and
thunderstorms in the morning that break up into glorious afternoons. You can find out more about her life,
her story, and her world at acbilledeaux.com.
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