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Announcing “Nevertheless, She Persisted”, a Short Fiction Event Taking Place on March 8th

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

Three short lines, fired over social media in response to questions of why Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the United States Senate on February 7th, 2017, for daring to read aloud the words of Coretta Scott King. As this message was transmitted across the globe, it has become a galvanizing cry for people of all genders in recognition of the struggles that women have faced throughout history. To me, it is also serves as a reminder of the cyberpunk nature of our everyday lives, as technology can weave our hearts and minds in unity toward a greater cause.

And, as many have pointed out, these three lines read as if they are the opening passage to an epic and ageless tale.

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Share a Nightcap at the Cabaret with Excerpts from Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough

Everyday life is political. Art is political. The relevancy of these two statements will hit home to a lot of people. At the same time, I love stories for their capability of producing compelling characters and asking nuanced questions that don’t fit neatly into any political category. And that’s why I adore Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough, her debut novel about tumultuous times and complicated people who are far from perfect but feel nonetheless real.

But beyond that, Amberlough is stylish, evocative and provocative.  And yes, you might feel a bit naughty reading it. The book follows master spy Cyril DePaul, who is forced to be a double-agent serving a fascist movement on the rise while trying to save his lover Aristide Makricosta. In the process, the street-wise dancer / drug runner Cordelia Lahane gets caught in mix. Though labeled as fantasy, Amberlough’s pitch-perfect aesthetics feels like the book takes place in an alternate pre-WWII Europe.

Tor.com will be posting new preview chapters every Wednesday before the book goes on-sale on February 7th, and you can get started right away with Chapters 1 and 2! After giving them a read, may you too be seduced by the allure of Amberlough

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