Waking Up Naked in Strange Places
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Waking Up Naked in Strange Places by Julie McGalliard

Waking Up Naked in Strange Places by Julie McGalliard

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“McGalliard’s story … [is] really about anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, anyone who has found their ‘family’ out in the world.”
— Maureen F. McHugh, Hugo and Tiptree award-winning author of China Mountain Zhang

“Seamlessly blends Cajun werewolves, religious cults, and Seattle prep schools … I couldn’t put it down.”
— Tina Connolly, award-winning author of Ironskin

“A deeply psychological coming-of-age story which will change how you look at teenagers and werewolves. Damn. Fine. Book.”
— J. A. Pitts, award-winning author of Forged in Fire

“McGalliard picks you up by the scruff of the neck and throws you headlong into the heart of the story. A beautiful debut.”
— Patrick Swenson, author of The Ultra Thin Man


“Beware, child. Behind thee stalks the terrible shadow of thy beast.”

So Father Wisdom had told her since she was very young. Under his harsh appraisal, Self-Abnegation in the Service of the Lord struggles to live up to her name, to quell the rebellious feelings stirring deep inside.

But when Wisdom’s punishment kills one of her sisters, Abnegation flees the cult compound of New Harmony and hitches a ride across the country to Seattle. There she tries to forget her father’s warnings and become simply Abby: a normal, modern teenager who lives with a typical family, wears ordinary clothes, goes to school with other kids, and maybe … maybe even has a boyfriend.

She can’t outrun herself, though, and Abby soon discovers that the beast inside her is all too real. She is dangerous, unpredictable, and powerful in a way she’s never imagined. Can she control the wild, feral part of herself? Or is she forever destined to be blinded by her animal instincts, the monster Father Wisdom always she she would be?

Our year in books

We published four new titles this year in both hardcover and tradepaper, plus a tradepaper edition of a previously published book. We got some great reviews and made a Best of 2014 list. Not bad for our first (almost full) year back from hiatus, I’d say.

Take a look:

Per Aspera 2014 releases

Per Aspera 2014 releases

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Thank you to everyone who helped with these books — authors, editors, artists, designers, reviewers — and especially to our readers! Happy New Year and our sincerest hopes for a prosperous and joyful 2015!

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Recent reviews of our novels (new and old)

Several reviews have appeared in the past few weeks (two of them in the last few days).

Firstly, Library Journal gives Our Lady of the Islands a starred review!

VERDICT A picturesque tropical setting, a mature, intelligent heroine, and a whole lot of action help make this collaboration between Page (Eel River) and the late Lake (Green) a great success. Set in a remote corner of Lake’s Copper Downs world, this will appeal to fans of Lake’s other novels, or anyone who enjoys rich fantasy adventure.
— Library Journal ★ 12/01/2014

Secondly, Being Small got a glowing 5-star review. “The language is clear and simple, elegant like all of Chaz Brenchley’s work, but the impact of the writing will stay with me and I think most readers for a very long time. I whole-heartedly recommend it.”

And last but not least, Singularity also got an ebullient, 5-star review. “You can read the blurbs at any good book site, but they can’t tell you how DeSmedt skillfully lays out the threads to his tale then meticulously weaves them into a plausible, yet incredible, plot. He does.”

You can pick up any of these right now — in time for Christmas — if you order the ebook version.

Our Lady of the Islands by Shannon Page & Jay Lake

cover: Being Small by Chaz Brenchley

Singularity by Bill DeSmedt