KIRSTEN IMANI KASAI writes dark fantasy, sci-fi, horror and erotica. Kasai’s exploration of duality is influenced by her diverse, multi-ethnic background. Currently, she is an editor, writing coach, speaker, and discussion panelist and moderator. Her novel Ice Song, about the adventures of a gender-swapping single mother and the half-human inhabitants of the frozen Sigue, won the 2010 San Diego Book Award for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy and was selected as Best of 2009 by the School Library Journal. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in a variety of publications, including Flask and Pen, Lucrezia Magazine, On Our Backs, Libido, Whorezine and others. She lives in Southern California with her children, a dog and a frog. And yes, she’s been inked.
Angela Carter, Tanith Lee, Octavia Butler, Anais Nin
Coming June 28, 2011 from Del Rey
In an environmentally fragile world where human and animal genes combine, the rarest mutation of all—the Trader—can instantly switch genders. One such Trader—female Sorykah—is battling her male alter, Soryk, for dominance and the right to live a full life. Sorykah has rescued her infant twins from mad Matuk the Collector. Her children are safe. Her journey, she believes, is over, but Matuk’ s death has unleashed darker, more evil forces. Those forces—led by the Collector’ s son—cast nets that stretch from the glittering capital of Neubonne to the murky depths below the frozen Sigue, where the ink of octameroons is harvested to make addictive, aphrodisiac tattoos. Bitter enemies trapped within a single skin, Sorykah and Soryk are soon drawn into a sinister web of death and deceit.
A tense, alluring web of adventure, bloody family intrigue, and messy affairs of love and state, Ice Song celebrates one woman’s triumph over circumstance, desire and death.
Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary Agency.
Del Rey/Random House
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