Book Smugglers Publishing Giveaways


In which we celebrate the collected ebook and print versions of Between the Firmaments by JY Yang–and offer up a sweet giveaway.

In 2017, we Book Smugglers ran our very first Kickstarter–and beyond our wildest expectations, we not only funded but hit our stretch goals. One of those goals was a new serialized story from JY Yang–a tale of fallen gods in hiding and loves lost and found. We published Between the Firmaments last week in three installments.

About the Story

In an occupied city controlled by oppressive off-worlders, Bariegh of the Jungle is a god living in hiding—toiling away day after monotonous day, hoping his godliness will go unnoticed by those who would harness it.

But then a beautiful, daring, godling man walks into his life without a care in the world, his divinity uncloaked, and Bariegh is utterly undone.

JY Yang’s Between the Firmaments is a secondary-world fantasy about a romance between two gods, set in an occupied city where being a god is illegal. It is beautiful, challenging, queer, slightly experimental, and 100% awesome.

About the Author: JY Yang

Photo: Nicholas Lee © 2017

JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Red Threads of Fortune, The Black Tides of Heaven, The Descent of Monsters), which have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Locus awards, and were on the Honor List for the Tiptree award. Their short fiction has been published in over a dozen venues, including, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and Lightspeed.

JY is currently based out of Singapore. They identify as queer and non-binary. Find them online at or on Twitter as @halleluyang.

About the Artist: Reiko Murakami

Cover art by Reiko Murakami

Reiko Murakami, also known as Raqmo, is a U.S. based fantasy illustrator. Her work focuses on depicting emotions through surreal abstraction on a subject. Her art has been published in Spectrum, Infected by Art, ArtOrder Invitational: The Journal, Exposé, 2D Artist, and many others.

Read the Story

Between the Firmaments can be read here on The Book Smugglers for free!

Part One | Part Two | Part Three

You can also buy the book online from Amazon and on Smashwords. Add the book on Goodreads.

The Giveaway

We are giving away a copy of the ebook and paperback to celebrate the release of the story! The sweepstakes is open to all, and will run until THursday, November 1 at 12:01am ET. To enter for a chance to win, use the form below. Good luck!

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  • kim hansen
    October 19, 2018 at 7:50 am

    TV show Vikings as there gods are statues.

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  • John Smith
    October 19, 2018 at 8:01 am

    “What is your favorite book, film, comic, movie, or tv show featuring gods?” I liked that show where the gods of Olympus were living in the United States today. I can’t remember the name. I think it only lasted a season.

  • Barry R.
    October 19, 2018 at 8:13 am

    I really love the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series! I’m planning on rereading the first couple HoO books soon as I never got to reading the last 2 I think and then I want to (finally) read the Magnus Chase and Apollo series.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End
    October 19, 2018 at 8:35 am

    I like those Kendare Blake books where the Greek pantheon are at war with each other! And they’re all slowly dying in grim and creepy ways. And I really loved those Laini Taylor books, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the books that followed it. I loved how she would just blow up everything we knew about the world periodically.

  • Amy
    October 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve been loving Lore Olympus on webtoons lately. It’s a retelling of the Hades and Persephone story.

  • Alex
    October 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Definitely Percy Jackson and that whole universe

  • Lexi
    October 20, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I love City of Stairs and I need to watch American Gods and I enjoyed the book.

  • Becky Paroz
    October 21, 2018 at 12:19 am

    I’m loving American God’s and have Norse Mythology lined up for a read soon!

  • Jessa
    October 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I’m still a huge fan of The Odyssey!

  • Sharon
    October 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I’m going to say N.K. Jemisin’s One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, mostly because I love Yeine and Sieh so much.

  • k.
    October 25, 2018 at 5:10 am

    All the Rick Riordans!

  • k.
    October 25, 2018 at 5:10 am

    All the Rick Riordans!

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