In which we reveal the cover and open up preorders for Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow
We are beyond delighted to finally unveil the cover of Broken (The Extrahuman Union Series, #1) by Susan Jane Bigelow–the very first novel from Book Smugglers Publishing.
Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover!
About the Novel
In a post-war, future world, where first contact has been made with intelligent life and humans are colonizing the stars, the nations of Earth have been united under a central government. Extrahumans, those possessing supernatural abilities such as flight and strength, are required by this government to belong to the Union, where they can be trained, monitored, and weaponized.
Michael Forward is cursed with the ability to see the future – every possible future – when he gazes into another person’s eyes. All he has ever wanted is to escape the grim destiny he sees when he looks in the mirror, but when he is tasked with a mission that will define the course of human history, Michael finds he cannot refuse. Now, he needs the help of a homeless ex-superhero to save a baby who may become the key to humanity’s freedom.
Broken figured she was done with heroics when she lost the ability to fly and escaped the confinement of the Extrahuman Union. But then the world started to fall apart around her, and a desperate teenage prophet with a baby entered her life, offering her the possibility of redemption and a chance to fly once more.
In a time of spreading darkness, when paranoia and oppression reign, can these unlikely allies preserve a small ray of hope for a better, brighter future?
A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)
We first discovered Susan Jane Bigelow’s work through Broken–originally, the novel was published in 2011 by indie press Candlemark and Gleam. We read the book and the series and fell in love with the world of the Extrahuman Union. Fast-forward to five years later, when we were approached by Susan to find a new home for her books, and publish the fourth and final novel in the series. We were thrilled and honored beyond belief to become the new publishers of The Extrahuman Union–a post-first-contact dystopian future in which superhumans are not only known and accepted quantities, but who are are cataloged, controlled, and tracked through the Union. Membership is mandatory.
This novel tells the story of a fallen superhero who has escaped the Union, and a young boy who can see the future–in these two characters’ hands lie the fate of not only Extrahumans, but quite possibly all human life.
Broken was our introduction to Susan Jane Bigelow’s writing and the world of the Extrahuman Union–we are so very happy to present this newly repackaged edition and share it with you, dear readers.
About the Author: Susan Jane Bigelow
Susan Jane Bigelow is a fiction writer, political columnist, and librarian. She mainly writes science fiction and fantasy novels. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine’s “Queers Destroy Science Fiction” issue, and the Lamba Award-winning “The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard,” among others. She lives with her wife in northern Connecticut, and is probably currently at the bottom of a pile of cats.
Visit her website The Extrahuman Union.
About the Artist: Kirbi Fagan
Kirbi Fagan is an award-winning, Detroit based cover illustrator who specializes in YA and MG fiction, fantasy and comics. Her illustrations are known for their magic themes, nostalgic mood, bright colors, and powerful characters. She received her bachelor’s degree in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design. Kirbi’s work has been acknowledged by organizations such as Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, ImagineFX, Art Order and the International Writers & Illustrators of the Future.
Visit her website www.kirbiillustrations.com
How to Get the Book
Broken will be published officially on March 22, 2016. You can buy the book in print now, or preorder the ebook (EPUB & MOBI) from all major retailers online. You can also buy the ebook directly from us on March 22. The print book contains the novel, two illustrations from Kirbi Fagan, and a sneak peek at Sky Ranger, the second book in the series (published this June). The ebook edition will also contain a prequel short story, “Crimson Cadet”, as well as an essay from the author and a Q&A with the artist.
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