Monday, January 18, 2016

RUN Ragged by Kari Aguila @goddessfish @WomensWorkKA

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.

Exclusive Excerpt

“Who are you?”

“Captain Arlyn Banks.” The woman spoke quietly but tersely. Her eyes traveled slowly over Rhia’s body, taking in her long dark legs and the exposed front of her shoulder where her borrowed T-shirt had ripped. “Who are you?”

“My name is Rhia Malone, and I’m an official runner for Miranda, New Hope, and Campbell, and I asked you why you’re arresting these people.” Rhia’s breath came out in short gasps, and she felt the salty sting of sweat in her eyes.

The woman looked at Rhia for a moment, her black eyes cold and calculating. “Check her.” She jutted her chin at the guard who had restrained Carol, and the man moved to crouch at Rhia’s side.

Rhia didn’t struggle. She kept her eyes locked on Captain Banks, her lips pursed and defiant as the guard pressed her fingers to the pad of his machine. When it beeped, he read out, “Rhia Malone, runner, suspected recruiter, suspected thief.”

Rhia swung to face him and felt her heart thud in her chest. “That’s not true.” She struggled to keep her voice authoritative. “I’ve never done anything wrong! That’s not true!”

The guard motioned for one of his partners to toss him a rope. Glancing back at the small screen, he added, “Says here she got a whole load of supplies three days ago that never showed up at their destination.”

“Everything’s on my boat. I was knocked overboard in the storm and these people saved me. I can show you if   you—”

Captain Banks smirked as she cut across Rhia’s words with a wave of her hand. “No need to show us, honey. Of course we believe you. A beautiful woman like you? I bet nobody ever believes you do anything wrong.” Turning to the other guards, she said, “Let’s wrap this up. Take them all.”

“What? No, you will not take me. You won’t take me anywhere.” Rhia howled in pain as the man pulled her to her feet. “Keep your hands off me! I’m an official runner! You have no right—”

“Woman, I have every right,” Captain Banks suddenly yelled. Her face hardened. “You are with known criminals and you stole from the towns you were supposed to help. The women who were relying on you to—”

“I didn’t steal anything! I told you—”

Captain Banks took several quick steps forward and slapped Rhia hard across the face with the back of her hand. Rhia saw a flash of light, and her head twisted to the side from the force of the blow. She slowly turned back to the captain, whose face was contorted with disgust. She could feel the warmth of a slow line of blood as it began to trickle from the corner of her mouth, and she flicked her tongue over the wound.

Captain Banks stepped close, leaning her face to within inches of Rhia’s, her hot breath sour and moist. “Not another word out of you,” she whispered.

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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