Are you in or around Portland, Oregon? I’m doing a reading this Thursday, and I’d love to see your shining face. I’ll be joining local Portland author Francesca G. Varela, who’s celebrating the release of her latest book, The Seas of Distant Stars (see below). I’m excited and a little bit nervous — I’ll be giving the first public sneak preview of my upcoming novella, Deviant Flux, the sequel to Starfall. I hope to see you there! Place: Mother Foucault’s Bookshop 523 SE Morrison St. Portland, OR 97214 Date: September 27 Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
by Francesca G. Varela Agapanthus was kidnapped when she was only two years old, but she doesn’t remember it. In fact, she doesn’t remember her home planet at all. All she knows is Deeyae, the land of two suns; the land of great, red waters. Her foster-family cares for her, and at first that’s enough. But, as she grows older, Agapanthus is bothered by the differences between them. As an Exchanger, she’s frail and tall, not short and strong. And, even though she was raised Deeyan, she certainly isn’t treated like one. One day, an Exchanger boy completes the Deeyan rite-of-passage, and Agapanthus is inspired to try the same. But, when she teams up with him, her quest to become Deeyan transforms into her quest to find the truth―of who she is, and of which star she belongs to.
Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 2015 she graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing, and she then went on to receive her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Francesca’s dream of becoming an author began in third grade, and her writing career had an early start; she wrote her award-winning first novel, Call of the Sun Child, when she was only 18 years old, and she wrote her second novel, Listen, when she was only 20. Learn more about Francesca and her other books at her website.