Ignite the Shadows — AMOI Book Review

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Okay, gather round my friends, because I need to share one little gem of a book.

IGNITE THE SHADOWS wasn’t a book I had planned to read. I signed up for it to participate in A Month of Indies, a great blogfest honoring indie authors over at creatyvebooks. Life has a way of handing out great surprises, though, and this definitely count as one.

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IGNITE is a fantastic YA book, halfway between science fiction and urban fantasy, with just a dash of creepy horror–enough to make your skin crawl without this book really being horror. It follows Marci, a sixteen-year-old hacker, martial artist, bike lover and all around incredibly great and complex character, who’s had to deal most of her life with shadows at the edge of her vision, threatening to take over. Turns out that she, like most of the earth, is infected with parasites who overtake the bodies of their host, and she joins with a small team dedicated to fighting against them.

I really don’t want to say too much about the plot. It’s a fantastic thriller, that drags you in very early on and refuses to let go. Ingrid Seymor’s writing is brilliant — I honestly have serious jealousy over her skill for carrying emotion and punching you in the gut with it. Add this to a cast of complex characters (can’t get enough of James, damnit), all of which seem to have several layers of goals, desires, and secrets, and you’ve got an incredible story. I loved it from the first to the last page.

So there you go. I don’t often review books on here (I don’t often post on here either, haha), but this book absolutely deserves the time and space. I highly recommend it. If you’re looking for a fast-paced story with multiple shades of gray that’ll make your skin crawl at times, this is it! Go buy it!

 

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Solarpunk Dragon Anthology !!!

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Let me tell you about my latest, most exciting project. Because right now, it’s hard for me not to run everywhere around and squeal.

This summer, I will be editing an absolutely wonderful anthology centered about solarpunk dragons. I just finished a short story about this, and my writer, friend, and editor Brenda and me were so excited about all the possibilities, we decided we wanted to go all out.

We will publish it through Incandescent Phoenix Books, and our call of submission is already up on its website. So go check it out!

This project is my first time acting as an editor and I’m super hyped about it!

(Gorgeous dragon art created by Remi!)

DiverSciFi 2016

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Heya peeps!

I have some really exciting news! I will be attending DiverSciFi, a brand new convention to support, promote, and share literature and art that is rich with diversity. But now all literature. DiverSciFi has a very particular focus, which makes me happy: it’s about diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Or in the words of the organizers…

DiverSciFi was born from the minds of three friends who have the same desire to see more diversity in their favorite genre. We combined our love for the arts and the excitement of conventions to create our first annual DiverSciFi Convention!

For us, we believe that representation and Diversity in Scifi/Fantasy can be used as a key element in breaking down barriers and promoting acceptance of all people no matter what race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or assistance you need to live healthfully.

And I’m all about that. Viral Airwaves and The White Renegade already feature several LGBT+ characters, and I’m working on a large high fantasy saga that will bring to life characters from even more diverse backgrounds. This promises to be a really great convention, entirely dedicated to two of the biggest tenants of my writing.

The convention’s first instance will be held in NYC, on Summer 2016, and while that’s more than a year away, I am super excited about it. They just started funding, and I jumped on one of the vendor tables. So New York City, here I come!

So if diversity in the genre fictions is something of importance to you too, you should definitely check them out! Throw money their way or spread the word, depending on what you can do.

New Release – The White Renegade

My novella is out, everyone!

Free awesome queer sci-fi (kinda) adventures for everyone!

I mentioned The White Renegade a bit last week, but since preorders never show up as free on Amazon, and Kobo was being difficult, I kinda let it drop for a while. But it’s here! Today is the launch!

Blurb

Between bisexuality and albinism, Seraphin always felt like an outsider in his own town. He finally finds companionship in Alex, a genderless teenager who interns over summer. With them, he learns to trust himself and his instincts. It leads Seraphin to leave his town and join the army invading his country, but when his squad is ordered to raid his hometown, Seraphin finds his new life may come at the price of his old.

Why is this totally an awesome read and you should check it out, by a totally biased author.

  1. It’s short. This novella is ~20k word (60 pages), which can take you about two hours to read. It’s a fun, intense read, which may or may not leave you emotionally scarred.
  2. Bisexual lead. Using the word bisexual. Being a badass.
  3. Agender and aromantic partner. Because the A at the start of Alex’s name isn’t just a coincidence, I guess.
  4. Awesome queer characters supporting each other. Alex and Seraphin are absolute cuties, and both are respectful of each other, and when things get rough they stick together and shit.
  5. Free. No money for books? This one’s free.
  6. You could get Viral Airwaves for free, too. Here’s the thing. If you read The White Renegade, review it on Amazon and Kobo, and send the review link to my publisher, Incandescent Phoenix Book, the next book is on them. Meaning, you can use this novella to check if you like what I read, and if you do, you can more for the price of a review!

I’m super sure there’s more and I can’t think about it. The book’s page on my tiny website has a list of triggers, too, so you can check if it’s safe for you. If you need more info about them, don’t hesitate to ask.

With all of that said, please head on to Amazon or Kobo to download it!

How to Care For Your Indie Writer

So I’ve received a lot of questions from people wondering what they could do to help me out. I’m going to try and keep this short. It really isn’t that complicated.

1) Buy the book

Obviously, it helps. Not just because you just gave me money, but also because it makes the sales go up. It also really helps with #2 and #3. So if you can afford to and my silly, heart-wrenching sci-fi is something vaguely interesting to you, you should definitely buy the book.

2) Talk about it. 

Word of Mouth is pretty much the only marketing I get, but it works. Talk about to book to colleagues and friends, especially those you know enjoy science fiction and fantasy. It helps if you read it, of course, but even if not. They might. So talk about it person, or on facebook and twitter and any other social media you know about. Every like, comment and share helps. The only way I’ll get new readers is if you mention the book to people I don’t know at all.

3) Reviews. 

This one matters a lot, too. Review the book on Amazon.com (I say .com because these will show on the canadian site, while the amazon.ca reviews won’t show on the US one, so if you want to drop a review, it’s best to go to the US site) or Kobo or wherever you bought it. This not only gives future possible readers an idea of what to expect, but it gives the book something called “social proof”, which is another word for the mystery of Amazon’s algorithms. In the long run we know it helps my chances to be showcased to strangers, and just my rank in general. So reviews are always welcome! They help spreading the word, and I just love the feedback. :)

Interview on Asexual Artist

Hey everyone!

Just a quick word to let you know you ought to check out Asexual Artist. They’re a blog dedicated on showcasing artists (whether they write, or draw, or play music or anything) that identify as Asexual, and I had an interview up today!

Makes me feel like a real professional to be answering questions like these. Go take a look, and if you want browse the other artists, too. There are some cool writers in there.