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Kari Aguila

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In addition to writing award-winning dystopian fiction, Kari Aguila is a geologist, gardener, substitute teacher, singer and mom. She has numerous scientific publications, but took a strong bend into speculative fiction with her first novel, WOMEN'S WORK. Her second story, the stand-alone sequel, RUN RAGGED, asks what would change if women ruled the world. It is a timely, thought-provoking look at a country thrown out of balance that will leave you contemplating its themes and characters long after the last page.
Aguila participates in book clubs all over the country via Skype to talk about her thrilling stories. She lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, and is currently working on her third book.

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Kari Aguila I'm thrilled to announce that I've finished the manuscript for my latest novel, "RUN RAGGED"! It's the second story in the award-winning "Women's…moreI'm thrilled to announce that I've finished the manuscript for my latest novel, "RUN RAGGED"! It's the second story in the award-winning "Women's Work" series, and follows Rhia, the strong and independent sea captain we met in the first.

Five years after Kate and Michael broke our hearts and left us questioning the new 'equality' in "Women's Work", women and men are struggling with the consequences of an oppressive, matriarchal society gone wrong. In "Run Ragged", Rhia finds herself trapped in The Center, a re-education facility designed to help women and men fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. Miss Deacon, the warden in charge of The Center, claims to be guiding those in her care under the banner of peace and equality, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. Faced with the terrifying torture and brainwashing Miss Deacon inflicts, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull Rhia down into the depths of despair. Can she resist this slow subversion?

"Run Ragged" is a thrilling and suspenseful look at what price we are willing to pay for peace and how much we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear. Rhia's bravery and intelligence will inspire you at the same time her fears and insecurities break your heart. This thought-provoking story will have readers and book clubs buzzing!

The manuscript is in developmental edit at the brilliant Seattle group, Girl Friday Productions. I hope to have it back in July before sending it out to copy edit. A Kickstarter campaign is in the works, too! I'm very excited about "Run Ragged" and can't wait to launch it this fall!(less)
Kari Aguila I didn't plan on writing another story about the dystopic world of "Women's Work", but so many readers begged to learn more about what happened to the…moreI didn't plan on writing another story about the dystopic world of "Women's Work", but so many readers begged to learn more about what happened to the characters after the last page, I became pretty curious myself. At first, I began a sequel based around Kate, the main character in "Women's Work". I loved writing about her again, and easily fell back into her life and her world. But after about four chapters, I became really stuck. There was resolution; there was peace; there was happiness. It was so boring.

I scrapped the whole thing and started over with the story that became my latest novel, "Run Ragged". Rhia was a character that was introduced in "Women's Work", and I felt like we barely scratched the surface with her. Living alone on a boat and traveling between neighborhoods, she was obviously brave, intelligent and strong. She had some sadness in her past, had some secrets, and showed true loyalty and friendship when the chips were down. This was a woman I wanted to learn more about.

Rhia's story in "Run Ragged" quickly evolved in my mind, and I couldn't wait to write it. She is the reluctant hero, the everywoman who is put in a terrible situation and has to decide not only how she is going to survive it, but what she will do after it's over. Once Rhia's eyes are opened to the injustice she witnesses in The Center, will she be able to go back to her old life?

I love Rhia's journey in "Run Ragged", and can't wait to launch it this fall! (less)
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It's only March and we're already prepping for summer festivals around the country! I'm excited to head back to Ithaca, NY (my old stomping grounds and home to some very dear friends) in July for the Ithaca Artist's Market. Dozens and dozens of artists, authors, painters, photographers, woodworkers, etc. will have their stuff on display. I'll be there with both Women's Work and RUN Ragged! Stop... Read more of this blog post »
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“Kate opens a jar of honey and pours a thick line of the sticky stuff over the top edge of the wound. Setting the jar back on the counter, she picks up the first strip of cloth and gently wraps it around his arm. As she works, she can feel his eyes on her, watching her silently. She stands close, and his injured arm is outstretched just enough for his hand to be hanging in the air beside her waist. When she tugs on the bandage to make the first knot, his hand is pulled to her, lightly brushing the side of her body with the tips of his fingers. When she tugs again, he presses his hand to her waist, and she feels the subtle constriction of his fingertips.”
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“Kate stops grinding the knife and begins to pass it over the length of the stone. Turning her wrist, she pulls the blade, swiping one side after the other, honing it to a fine edge. She wipes it dry with an old cloth and picks up a long piece of dark leather. One end of the strop she ties to the knob on the back of her chair, then holds it taught with her left hand. She counts in her head as she passes the blade over the length of the leather, flipping it at the bottom and the top of each pass. When she gets to twenty, she releases her hold on the strop and looks closely at the knife blade. Even in the dim light of the room, it shines.”
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“Kate stops grinding the knife and begins to pass it over the length of the stone. Turning her wrist, she pulls the blade, swiping one side after the other, honing it to a fine edge. She wipes it dry with an old cloth and picks up a long piece of dark leather. One end of the strop she ties to the knob on the back of her chair, then holds it taught with her left hand. She counts in her head as she passes the blade over the length of the leather, flipping it at the bottom and the top of each pass. When she gets to twenty, she releases her hold on the strop and looks closely at the knife blade. Even in the dim light of the room, it shines.”
Kari Aguila, Women's Work

“Kate opens a jar of honey and pours a thick line of the sticky stuff over the top edge of the wound. Setting the jar back on the counter, she picks up the first strip of cloth and gently wraps it around his arm. As she works, she can feel his eyes on her, watching her silently. She stands close, and his injured arm is outstretched just enough for his hand to be hanging in the air beside her waist. When she tugs on the bandage to make the first knot, his hand is pulled to her, lightly brushing the side of her body with the tips of his fingers. When she tugs again, he presses his hand to her waist, and she feels the subtle constriction of his fingertips.”
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