The Ratio of Ignorance to Bliss #amwriting

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The Ratio of Ignorance to Bliss

Laws were disregarded, others set in place. No one was paying attention. People were busy living their lives. Only later, too late to halt the tide of megalomaniac corruption, did they point fingers. The last wave came in the morning as fog besieged the city. Continue reading


Review of Bannerless




Carrie Vaughn

Mariner Books

July 11, 2017

Blurb from GoodreadsA mysterious murder in a dystopian future leads a novice investigator to question what she’s learned about the foundation of her population-controlled society.

Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn’t just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, Continue reading

Interview with Author A.L. Davroe and Excerpt from Redux!


A.L. Davroe is the author of Nexis and Redux both reviewed here yesterday and both highly recommended!

I confess to you that when I read books I tend to be a little dichotomous: one part of me is reading as a reader and one part is reading as a writer. So when I was reading both Nexis and Redux, I was very much admiring the worlds that A.L. Davroe built as much as her great descriptive writing. I don’t know whether these would be questions typical readers would ask, but they are for this dichotomous one.


Thank you so much to A.L. for being my very first interviewee here on the Microcosm! Welcome!

Sascha Darlington (SD): First, I am amazed by your world-building. How did you go about doing it? How much time did you spend on it? Did you do up an outline?

A.L. Davroe (ALD): You know, I really didn’t put much thought into the world-building in the Tricksters series at all.  I’m a “pantser” – meaning I fly by the seat of my pants when I write.  I got the idea to write a sort of futuristic Cinderella story where she loses her leg instead of her shoe and just sort of ran with it.  This was before Marissa Meyer’s CINDER was even announced on Publisher’s Marketplace, so we just happened to come up with similar hook ideas.  Clearly, we went in different directions with them.  I sat down to write and had a novel after just a few months.  The editing on NEXIS was pretty light, so what you read is pretty much what came out of my head.  You can say that a lot of my influences went into that book.  If you’re a big fan of SF/F books, shows, movies, anime, or gaming, you might see a lot of little elements that leant to the world-building.  Nothing is entirely its own, especially when you adhere to actual science and try to predict our current path as human beings. But, I can say that the final product is something that doesn’t exist in any other media and I’m very proud of it.

SD: I read in your afterward that Nexis flowed far more easily than Redux. Did you write it spontaneously or plan it?

ALD: As mentioned above, I just came up with NEXIS as I wrote.  That was the beautiful gift of that book, LOL!  It wanted to be written.  REDUX, not so much.  I think it’s mostly because, when you aren’t the sort of creator who is disciplined and outline oriented, things don’t flow as well.  Even though, by the time NEXIS was sold to a publisher and coming out on the shelves, I had a pretty solid idea of where I was going with the sequel (I’d had to hand in a summary for the sequel to my editor when we first pitched NEXIS) it didn’t want to do what I wanted it to do.  As mentioned in the afterward, REDUX went through many transformations before it became something I was pleased with.

SD: Were you thinking ahead to Redux when you were planning events for Nexis?

ALD: I wasn’t!  I wrote NEXIS entirely without a concept for following novels in mind.  By the end of it, I knew there had to be more to the story.  NEXIS clearly ends on a “ship-cliff” as one of my friends calls it, and I knew I had to clear that, and the situation Ella creates in NEXIS, up.

SD: Are we going to get a third Tricksters novel?

ALD: When I handed the summary for the rest of the series in to the publisher, I did so with three books in mind.  I wrote and handed the first draft of REDUX in with three books in mind.  The original summary plotted a very different path for The Tricksters.  However, after discussing the series and options for strengthening REDUX with the editor, we decided on just two books for the time being.  That’s not to say I don’t have more to say.  I very much would like to write another book or two in the Tricksters world.  I’m dying to write a companion novel about Zane and Clairen and another about Delia and her beau ;D.  And I wouldn’t mind a follow up to REDUX – I’m dying to continue on with Taurus, Stormy, and the slaves.  For now though, my contract is only for two books and that seems to be what we’re sticking with.  Perhaps if sales demand it, then another will come.  Don’t worry though, I have other series if readers want more!

SD: Do you have a background in computers or did you have to do a lot of research to make these novels happen?

ALD: I actually have no more of a background in computers than most people do.  The extent of the science and technology in both novels comes from my own exposure through the media and my own research.  While I know some of the technologies have not yet been realized, I tried to utilize things that I knew were plausible given our current scientific path and our condition as humans.  By doing this, I’d hoped to build a world that was relatable to readers.  I can’t stand reading a dystopian and thinking to myself, “perhaps in a parallel world, but not in this one.”  That’s a shame, because while it allows us to examine broken systems, it doesn’t make us fear what we could become.  Without that we’re less likely to consciously police ourselves.  I hope that people will read this series and think to themselves, “Yeah, that could happen.”  I’m not saying that I set out to change the world or start a revolution, but I certainly thought about making a book that said something because I believe that that’s one of the back-bone elements of SFF.

Excerpt from Redux

From A.L. Davroe: So, I’m trying this new thing where either the reviewer or I pick out an excerpt and then I take a few lines to explain it.  In this way, I feel like readers can get a little bit of a “directors cut” view on REDUX.  Hope you don’t mind!

“I glance over my shoulder at Delia, once my best friend.

She notices me watching her. Now that the holo-mask is gone,

recognition dawns in her expression, and suddenly she seems

to be unable to stop staring. There’s a bubble of hope inside

of me, a desperate desire for her to come running at me in

laughing relief. But her face, alien and strange as it is under

those Mods, turns sour, the meaning clear. Hate, resentment,

betrayal. All those emotions are there, aimed at me.

She must wonder why, if I was alive, I didn’t come to

her. Why I didn’t heed all those messages she sent me in her

darkest moments. Instead, I let her suffer without me, let her

turn herself into one of them just so she wouldn’t be alone

anymore. There’s no way she would know that I couldn’t go

to her no matter how much I wanted to. I had been cut off

from the outside world, imprisoned in one small room with

only Meems to keep me sane. Even in the moments when my

ability to hack my habitation unit proved useful, I still couldn’t

go to her. I couldn’t run away for the simple fact that I didn’t

have legs to run on. One can be a prisoner, even in their own

body. Perhaps it’s too late for her to understand that, perhaps

the damage is already too deep, the hate too strong.

Heart falling, I turn away and stare at the floor.

Perhaps I’ve lost Delia for good.”

This excerpt is part of Ella’s first interaction with Delia, her best friend who she’s been separated from for the past year.  They’ve both gone through so much and become different people.  There’s a huge disconnect and betrayal felt on both sides.  Ella’s thoughts embody something that is often so common between two people in a relationship – the inability to put oneself in another’s shoes in an effort to understand why they hurt others.  It’s always so easy to just assume, but it’s not always so simple.  Ella doesn’t know what Delia has gone through and vice versa for Delia.  I chose it specifically because I’m a huge proponent of including strong, non-romantic bonds in novels – specifically between women.  I’m clearly aware of the Bechdel Test and I’d do a huge disservice to my characters, both male and female, if I didn’t make them well rounded, complex human beings.  Delia is just one of the many characters that Ella builds strong bonds with in this series, but this is the one relationship that I secretly champion the most in my head…Perhaps because I know just how dark Delia’s mind actually is.

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Author Bio:

A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Redux, the second in the Tricksters series, is coming out with Entangled Publishing  March 21, 2017!

By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese.  She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods.  Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble.  She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.


Book Synopsis:

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Book Title: Redux

Author: A.L. Davroe

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Genre: YA Science Fiction

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nescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new―and better―life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.


PNR, Urban Fantasy & Dystopian Giveaway Party!

Welcome to the PNR, Urban Fantasy & Dystopian Party!

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27 Hours Cover Reveal!



27 Hours (The Nightside Saga. #1)
Tristina Wright
October 3, 2017
Book Description: 

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

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Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.

Still trying to figure out the mermaid thing.


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Excerpt from Foxblood: A Brush with the Moon by Raquel Lyon

The funeral was a typically sombre affair, alive with soggy tissues and streaky make-up. I stood at the back, letting the vicar’s voice wash over me, and spent the whole time staring at the flower-laden coffin, wondering if the lid would suddenly flip up and a fanged monster would escape to reap its vengeance on the congregation.

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t happen, and as the mourners dispersed in the direction of the pub, I quietly snuck off home. I wasn’t in the mood for crowds and needed time to think, time to try to make sense of at least something, but as I turned to close the door, it was obstructed by a perfectly polished black shoe that belonged to…


“Seb, please,” he said, easing his way through. “Only my father calls me Sebastian.” He checked down the backstreet and closed the door securely. His eyes scanned the flat. “Nice place.”

“I like it.”

“It doesn’t bother you? Living over a funeral parlour?” he asked.

“Why would it? The neighbours are quiet.”

He didn’t laugh at my joke; neither did he comment. He simply stood silently, staring. It was very unnerving and made my legs go all wobbly. Perhaps if I turned away from him, he’d disappear again? It was worth a shot. I forced my jelly legs over to the front window and stared out at nothing in particular. The light was subdued, and the sky had darkened to an air force grey. A low mist was beginning to carpet the distant fields, and I wondered if snow had been forecast.

I knew my little experiment hadn’t worked. He was still there. I could feel his presence and smell his scent, a musky, inviting aroma that filled my senses and sent my head into a whirl, and it was getting stronger.

“Your friends interrupted us the other day. Can we talk now?” he whispered softly into my neck, and his fingertips traced a fiery trail down my spine.

“What’s the point? There’s nothing to say. I wish you’d just leave me alone,” I said, lowering my head in time to see Lara leaving the newsagents. She glanced up with a look of fury contorting her face as Sebastian’s hands reached around either side of me and grabbed the window frame.

“I can’t do that. I’m not that strong,” he said.

I studied the arms now imprisoning me, with their perfectly formed muscles straining against the rolled-up sleeves of his white shirt, and seriously doubted his statement. His stance was predatory and made me feel uncomfortable. I ducked under his elbow to escape, but he caught me around the waist and pulled me against him. Our bodies moulded together perfectly, and the strength of his grip made me feel like a china doll that he’d be able to crush in an instant. He was almost a full head taller than I was, and the warmth of his breath caressed my forehead. How easy it would be to reach up and taste those lips. I imagined the feel of them, and my own parted in an involuntary invitation.

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Autumn Winters, Realm Watchers Book 1  by J. S. Malcom 
rain has stopped, but fog crept in while I sat in Rory’s. I walk
through that fog now, the streetlights casting cones of luminescence
that capture swirling mist. I should go straight home, but I really want
a bottle of wine. J.J.’s Market is only two blocks off and I walk
toward neon signs advertising beer and cigarettes, drawn like a moth.
Not long ago, I was newly married, looking forward to finishing my MFA
in Design with the hope of someday starting my own business. I barely
drank and rarely got drunk. Now, I’m wandering around out here at night
trying to avoid ghosts and unwilling to go home without alcohol because
I’m afraid I won’t sleep. My eyes start to prickle and I wipe the back
of my hand across my face. 
no, I’m not alone. I can’t hear her behind me—her steps will never make
sound again. All the same, I feel her there and soon she walks beside
“Hello?” she says. 
I keep walking. God, it breaks my heart but I don’t want her next to me. 
“Can you hear me?” 
Yes, I can hear you. I say nothing. 
block to go and maybe I’ll just uncork that bottle right in the store.
With any luck, she’ll veer off and find some other lucky person to latch
really need your help.” Her breath hitches as her voice rises in pitch.
She’s also crying and I just can’t ignore her—it’s not about me
I slow down, then stop. I wipe my eyes, realizing that she’s not the only one crying. 
“Are you okay?” she says. 
Seriously? Things have gotten that bad? 
I take a deep breath to calm down. “I’m fine. Okay, I’m lying but I can deal with that later. What’s going on with you?” 
“I’m not dead,” she says.  
turn to look at her. No, she doesn’t look dead but many of them don’t.
Not to me, anyway. Some are more translucent while others appear
basically the same as you and me, give or take the glow around them.
That’s not guaranteed either. People are all
whether dead or alive. One of my new theories is that we all start out
as “dead” before becoming “alive” again. Like a lightbulb switching on
and off again here in this realm. I think it’s a circular system. It
seems an efficient use of energy. In this theory, ghosts are glitches.
But this girl next to me isn’t interested in hearing about my theories,
which change daily anyway. She just wants to know what’s going on.
really don’t want to go there right now but I’m stuck in this
situation. I look at her young, beautiful face. Trusting eyes stare back
at me.
“I’m really sorry,” I say. “Did it happen fast? Was it a car crash or something?” 
She shakes her head. “That’s not what happened.” 
I don’t want to take it to the next level but, evidently, I have no choice. “Did you commit suicide?” 
happens a lot too, I’ve come to learn. Suicide is a big one for getting
you grounded. You cause that kind of pain and you just can’t move on. 
She shakes her head again. “No. Please, that isn’t what happened.” 
I think for a moment, hesitating because I hate the dark stuff. I really don’t want to know if she was murdered.  
“I’m not dead,” she says. “I swear. They took my body!”