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Christine Luft - Author
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Science fiction and fantasy author, author of the Sunrise Regiment series
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For those who never made it home, we remember...

Memorial Day is not a holiday in Canada. Instead, we take the third Monday of May off to remember Queen Victoria - someone who hasn't been a relevant part of our lives in more than a century. We do our remembrance on November 11, Remembrance Day, when we memorialize all of those who fought (and many who died) in uniform, so that we can live our lives unmolested by those who would oppress us.

However, I want to take the time today to recognize that the last Monday in May is Memorial Day in the United States of America, and to mourn for our allies to the south who lost their lives defending their country and way of life. Many of the American soldiers who died were fighting in defense not only of the USA, but of the entirety of the free world. Canada has the luxury of maintaining a small standing army largely because the USA has shouldered the bulk of the defense of this continent.

To those who paid the ultimate price... thank you. I may be Canadian, but I still honour your sacrifice.

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From The Prairies Book Review:

Original and intriguing...

fantasy—Luft’s SF takes readers on an exhilarating journey as the university students Danielle Proulx and her girlfriend Maisy find themselves struggling to survive in the midst of a blackout.

An international outbreak of Marburg traced to people travelling through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on December 21 is just the beginning of chaotic destruction of the world. When the provincial government passes a new law to repossess the properties of people who died without heirs, university students Danielle and Maisy are forced to leave Dani’s aunt’s place and escape to the States to stay with their former World of Warcraft guild leader and internet conspiracy radio host Wyvern in West Virginia. With deadly zombies attacking the people and hostile aliens threatening life on earth, the girls join hands with the local militia. But to defend the nation against the fast-approaching apocalyptic threats, they must form a new society and follow new rules.

The dystopian world that Luft creates is immensely bleak; a deadly viral pandemic is wreaking havoc all around the world; fungus-infected zombies are attacking people and spreading infection; the concept of the government working for the greater good of masses is lost in chaos; people are facing forced evacuation to fishy quarantine camps; civilians are facing abduction at the hands of the sinister PMC Blackfield; and a specialist corps of incarnates is trying to fight against a host of apocalyptic threats, including hostile aliens in secret military bases.

There is also emphasis on the wonders of magic and suddenly developed magical abilities. Luft fashions a narrative in which the action takes place center stage. It takes a while for the reader to get into the story which acquires intrigue way later (only after an array of apocalyptic threats invade Dani and the group’s lives). Readers will respond to the sympathy with which Luft reflects the tormenting lives of people struggling to survive in a world enveloped in chaos and ready to collapse.

Luft’s timely consideration of the relevant issue of race and class disparity and LGBTQ brims with empathy and understanding. Though Dani and her friends’ intriguing survival journey gets lost among the nitty gritty of too many individual interactions, the premise still holds interest. With Dani and the group’s resolve in the face of destruction, this science fiction tale becomes too real to take lightly.

Readers will look forward to the next installment.

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Progress Post: Midnight - Halfway Through First Draft

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My first novel, Blackout, has gone live today at Amazon. There's paperback and ebook versions, and anyone who has Kindle Unlimited can even read it for free as part of their subscription to the service. https://www.amazon.ca/Blackout-Sunrise.../dp/B08YS5ZSLD is the link, or your country's version.

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I've pre-ordered a small box of author copies - nothing extreme, just ten or so. When they come in, I'll take a few pictures, check them out, see how nice the print is and whether the cover needs tweaked, but I think we finally got it right, this time.

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Blackout is now available for pre-order!

I've signed up for the Amazon Kindle Direct Select program, so they have exclusivity rights on the ebook for 90 days. After that, I'll likely be making the ebook available here, on my own site (https://christineluftauthor.com), and other platforms such as Scribd.

Pre-orders for the ebook are up at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YS5ZSLD. The ID of the book is B08YS5ZSLD, so if you wish to purchase from your country's Amazon store, that's what you'll put in. It will also be findable by typing "Blackout Christine Luft" in the search bar. It is priced at $4 USD.

The paperback version is under review, and I'll provide the link to it as soon as it has been approved.

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