Nerdy Sewing + Win a Copy of The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes

Have you been reading The Expanse series, or watching the show on SyFy? 

I love it. 

I love tight focus on the characters, the action and adventure, the moral choices, the plucky team who’s got each others’ backs — all of it. 


But most of all I love the unrelenting sense of optimism in this series. Yes, people can be terrible to one another. Yes, we make mistakes. Yes, there are horrible tragedies in the world. But rather than going in the direction of grimdark nihilism (think Altered Carbon or Game of Thrones), The Expanse makes you feel like there’s still hope in the world.

Basically, these are the sorts of books I hope I’m writing. 

So when I was asked to participate in a promotion where we picked a best-selling book to give away, I knew I had to pick Leviathan Wakes.

You can enter to win an ebook copy of Leviathan Wakes here.

Get your e-reader into uniform

This isn’t entirely book related, but I suspect you’re the sorts of folks who like nerdy things.

Behold: my latest sewing obsession. Kindle/e-reader covers inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation uniforms. 

Three kindle covers designed to look like Star Trek uniforms: Red, blue, yellow.

I whipped up a few this week as a relaxing break from staring at computers, and they’re surprisingly fun to make! They’re lined with merino wool knit jersey and nice fluffy batting to give them some padding, then finished with a bright gold button. 

(I was too impatient and took this photo before sewing buttons on the red and yellow.)

The blue one is for me, since I always figured I’d be a science officer. And I heart Beverly Crusher.

What do you think?

Ridiculous? Fun? 

Should I make up a few more and throw them up for sale on my website?

Let me know!

For Your To-Be-Read List

Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse


(I actually attempted to pre-order this book THREE TIMES because every time I saw someone tweet about it I thought OMG I need to read that. Amazon kindly reminded me each time that I’d already ordered it. 

When it finally showed up on my Kindle, I devoured it, then bought a paperback copy at WorldCon in hopes that I’d meet Rebecca and get her to sign it. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet her. But what I’m saying here is this book is good. The sort of unique story you don’t see every day, populated by characters that remind me of my friends and neighbors — way more than the European epic fantasy I read as a kid ever did. I wish teenaged Jessie had had this book.) 

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

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Oh, and thanks for WorldCon!

A huge thank you to everyone who stopped to see me at the booth at WorldCon.

(Missed it? Here’s a bigger version of the photo in the header — the booth was gorgeous!)

I sold a ton of copies of books, met a bunch of fellow book-lovers, stayed out way too late with new friends, and in general had a great time.

If you’re in Portland, I’d love to see you September 27th at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, where I’ll be doing a reading at 6pm.

Happy reading!

I’ll Be at WorldCon this Weekend! + Cover Reveal!

WorldCon 76 is happening this weekend in San Jose, CA, and I’ll be there with books to sell, stickers to give away, and high fives aplenty.

If you’ll be attending, come see me at the Abyssinian Books booth, where Arianna Golden has generously offered me table space.

If you won’t be attending and are curious about my shenanigans there, Instagram is my in-the-moment social media app of choice. (You can follow me here.) I’m sometimes on the Twitters (@jkwak), but I’ve removed it from my phone for the sake of actually getting things done. 🙂

Come see me!

I’ll have a large number of stickers and a limited number of temporary tattoos to give away to people in the know.

You’re now in the know. 


Deviant Flux Cover Reveal!

You’ve all been either patiently waiting and patiently bugging me about when the next Durga System book is coming out.

Well, I’m excited to announce that I have a cover for it! It’s super gorgeous, and done by the same cover artist that did Negative Return (Fiona Jayde).

Deviant Flux is another novella in the Durga System universe, and it’s a direct sequel to Starfall.

I’ll be announcing the preorder date soon (it’ll be out this fall).

To be sure you don’t miss this announcement, click here.


Set five years after the events of Starfall — 

Desperate to find her cousin Mona, Starla Dusai takes to the skies. 

It’s been five years since Starla Dusai’s family home was destroyed and her clan of space pirates scattered throughout the Durga System. When she receives a tip that her beloved cousin Mona is alive, she drops everything to find her. But Mona’s caught up in a plot that might just get them both killed — and saving her might just mean giving up the new family Starla has built.

Deviant Flux is coming Fall of 2018.

Click here to be notified when Deviant Flux is available for sale.

All Systems Red

The Murderbot Diaries
by Martha Wells


(I LOVED this book and just got my husband to read it. He kept laughing out loud last night.)

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

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