Being Roy

FROM harmony ink press

The greatest trial Roy Watkins faces isn’t deciding whether she’s gay or straight, male or female, West Virginia country mouse or prep school artistic prodigy. It isn’t even leaving behind her childhood sweetheart Oscar to attend uppity Winchester Academy in the hunt country of Virginia, or acclimating to a circle of friends that now includes privileged Imogen, her sharp but self-conscious sidekick Bugsy, and the tortured Hadley. No, the hardest thing for Roy to face is the world’s expectations about who and what she should be. 

As Roy’s journey of self-discovery forces her to cross one hurdle after another, her identity closes in fast. Sooner than she could have ever predicted, she’ll have to decide what that means for her, the people she’s coming to care about, and the life that lies ahead.

First Girl

from harmony ink press

Gabi Lowell is half-dead and she doesn’t know why.  For as long as she can remember, a mysterious illness has left her starved for air and painfully sensitive to the world around her, until her beloved Gram dies and she discovers that neither she nor her world are what they seem.

That world is one decimated by climate catastrophe and a killer virus. In their wake, Christian fundamentalists have taken over the former United States. The Unitas Fellowship was formed by the Gathering In, during which all faiths but Christianity were dissolved to increase the odds of survival and appease a wrathful God.  

When Gabi uncovers the fellowship’s gruesome secret agenda to become “one nation under God” by annihilating the Tribes (the last unconverted bastions of resistance), her Hero’s Journey begins. As the mystery surrounding her true origins and lifelong illness unravels, Gabi reclaims sovereignty over her spirit, and finds a weapon in the secret of her body that could save humanity from the powerful extremists who seek to rule the future.

First Girl challenges dystopian conventions with its unique commentary on religious power.
— Tia Smith at Foreword Reviews