Friday, January 15, 2016

Dystopian World #Fiction #Contest

Please welcome Kari Aquila. She has an amazing tale - a dystopian world in Run Ragged.

She's also hosting a great contest - read on for details...

Kari will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

RUN Ragged
by Kari Aguila

GENRE: Dystopian Women’s Fiction


In a devastated country, those in charge rule by fear, inequality, and oppression. Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain, just wants to keep her head down and do her job, unitl she finds herself trapped in a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. As she is faced with torture and brainwashing, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull her down into the depths of despair. Can Rhia resist the slow subversion of re-education and become the reluctant hero the new world needs?

RUN Ragged is the thrilling second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. This brilliantly imagined novel is both a scathing satire and a profoundly poignant look at the price we are willing to pay for peace and what we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear.


“Women don’t need you to be weak to be comfortable.” Rhia struggled to keep the hostility out of her own voice. “Women are just as strong and smart as men.”

“Do you really think that’s true?” John leaned forward and met her eyes. “You can’t create some theory of equality based on the idea that women and men are the same. We’re not the same. Look at my body.” He held out his hands, palms up, and sat up straight. Rhia saw the coarse hair that covered his thick, bare arms, and the subtle outline of the curves of his chest through his thin shirt.

“Do you really think you have the same muscle mass as me?” John said. “That you can lift as much as me or carry as much?”

“Maybe not.”

“Definitely not.”

“Maybe not, but I have survived just fine on my own for years—without a man. Survival doesn’t depend on having huge biceps. It’s about knowledge and wisdom.”

“Sometimes it’s about being stronger. Survival of the fittest.”

“Survival of the fittest to survive. And adapt. And work together.” Rhia leaned forward and felt a thrill at the confrontation. “If a woman can’t lift a heavy log, she can ask her friends to help her, or she can build a pulley. Simple instruments have been around for thousands of years to overcome a single person’s lack of strength. Even the ancient Egyptians knew that ramps and pulleys could—”

“I know how a pulley works,” John interrupted.

“Then you should know that it takes more than muscle mass to get things done.”

Carol held up her hands. “Okay, look. This isn’t about who’s bigger or stronger. It’s about rules written based on the notions that women are inherently kinder and more compassionate than men, and that men caused all the wars in history and couldn’t be trusted with peace. It’s about the rules that prevent John from speaking his mind at town meetings out of fear that some women will feel threatened.”

“And I told you, I agree with you.” Rhia pointed at John. “But he just said he’s better than me just because he’s stronger. He can’t expect me to agree with that.”

“Not better,” John said, his voice rising. “Different. Different strengths, different weaknesses.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kari Aguila was the recipient of an IndieReader Discovery Award for her first novel, Women’s Work. Her stories are gripping and thought-provoking looks at gender stereotypes and relationships set in a dystopic future. She is also an avid gardener, geologist, outdoor enthusiast and mother of three. Aguila lives in Seattle with her family. RUN Ragged is her second novel.





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  1. Thank you Heat with Heart for hosting RUN Ragged today! I'll be popping in several times, so feel free to ask questions or add comments. RUN Ragged is a gripping story of survival that book clubs LOVE to talk about! Like it's predecessor, Women's Work, RUN Ragged is set in an post-war world where women are in charge. Though they took over under the banner of peace and equality, they quickly realize that when one group has control over another, it's a slippery slope to oppression.

    RUN Ragged is a suspenseful and provocative story about gender, stereotypes, relationships and the corruptibility of power. You can read the first few chapters FREE on Amazon, too! Let me know what you think!

  2. Sounds like a fantastic book, thanks for sharing!

  3. Which is a dead character you’d like to bring back to life?

  4. thanks fr sharing! interesting excerpt!

  5. Like her writing style, think I should add this one to my tbr :)


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