Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Blog Tour: Y Negative by Kelly Haworth Includes Guest Post & Giveaway

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Please join us in welcoming Kelly Haworth here to Sinfully today, on the blog tour for her debut book… Y Negative.

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Hi guys! I’m Kelly Haworth here with my debut release Y NEGATIVE. At various stops on this book tour, I’ll be sharing with you what it’s like to live in Ember’s world: where mascs rule and a guy’s gotta fight for his right to live and love freely. Posts will range from what the difference between a masc and an andro is, to what on earth a guy does for fun in a dystopia. Hope you come along for this in-depth look. You’ll also have a chance to win a $20 Riptide voucher!

Please follow the tour to check out all the stops.

 

Food for Thought – The Post-Apocalyptic Diet in Y Negative

Most post-apocalyptic worlds I’ve read, like The Walking Dead or The Road, are still looking at the short term of societal collapse. They’re still eating what canned food is left, or searching for wild game, or even cannibalizing others.

When I planned Y Negative, I knew we were going to be way past that. They are way past the end of all cans, and way past the death of farm animals and other large game (thanks to whatever nuclear winter may have passed). It made sense to me that the people who survived would focus on a more easily controlled resource: plants. So my boys had no choice but to eat their veggies, because that’s all they got!

Without meat and without dairy, Ember’s world is vegan. In our world, some vegans also don’t use any product that was made with or tested on animals, and that is also the case in Ember’s world. For example, their clothing is made of hemp and the occasional cotton. When conceptualizing what plants would be available to Ember’s world, I researched which crops were low-water, like beans and tomatoes. Obviously, stuff like rice were right out, and thus don’t show up at all. Ember’s world utilizes lots of grains, legumes and vegetables. They also produce fruits and nuts, but not in as high quantity due to the water need of trees. Various spices have also survived the apocalypse, and you’ll see Ember and his coworkers cooking with garlic and herbs.

I show a lot of pasta in the novel, (Nope, that wasn’t influenced by my Italian upbringing at all!) and these pastas are not boiled in water like we do, but instead cooked directly in the sauce, which is almost primarily tomato-based. Anything to use as little water as possible. I also imagine that any breads they have are more the “flatbread” variety, as yeast, if it survived at all, is extremely rare.

One lingering effect of whatever apocalypse hit Ember’s world is acid rain. This rain is bad enough to make fresh water undrinkable, and it is dangerous for crops. So on top of having extensive water purifying centers in the remaining cities, all crops are grown in greenhouses to shield them from the rain. Ember’s dad works at the greenhouses, so Ember grew up knowing all about what goes in to creating their food, thus why it’s all so expensive. He also had plenty of home cooked meals, which makes the reality of him living on his own that much harsher—he can’t always afford fresh food, instead resorting to a nutritional supplement that is akin to a protein shake. This supplement is made from surplus or past-ripe produce (No soylent green here! I swear.), and it is a staple in the andro community due to their usually-incomplete nutrition.

Finally I wanted to share with you what Ember’s favorite dish is. Blueberry cobbler! His dad used to make little personal-sized cobblers for his birthday when he still lived at home. Because these guys don’t have butter or processed sugar, they’re not going to have the same creamy/sweet texture as pastries we have here, but with fresh blueberries and hand-ground sugar-in-the-raw, they still taste great. Hey, we’ll take what we can get, right?

Thanks for joining me on this stop of the tour, I hope you continue to follow along!

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Y Negative

Kelly Haworth

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Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 16 November 2015

Genre ~ Sci-fi Dystopian M/M Romance

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Synopsis

In the last surviving cities of a ruined world, the concept of “woman” has been forgotten to history. Those unfortunate enough to lack a Y chromosome live as second-class citizens in a world dominated by mascs.

Ember is Y negative. He is scorned, bullied, abused by every masc he encounters, at work and at the gym. Not even his Y negative roommate cuts him any slack. He wants so desperately to be accepted as a masc that he’d rather buy black market testosterone than food. Something’s gotta give—he needs a change in his life, but has no idea how to find it.

Jess is a masc with a passion for studying the recovery of their devastated world. His boyfriend is pressuring him for more commitment, and his father expects him to take over the family business. He can’t wait to get away from civilization for his seasonal research out in the wild.

When Jess offers Ember a job, their lives collide in the isolated wasteland, and their initial attraction turns into a relationship that horrifies those around them. Soon their struggle to stay together and to be who they are turns into a fight for their lives.

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Meet Kelly Haworth

Kelly Haworth grew up in San Francisco and has been reading science fiction and fantasy classics since she was a kid. She developed way too active an imagination as a result, thus, she started writing. Being genderfluid and pansexual, she loves to write LGBTQ+ characters in genres such as science fiction with diverse aliens, and urban fantasies with shifters and fire sorcerers. With degrees in both genetics and psychology, she works as a project manager at a genetics lab. When not working or writing, she can be found wrangling her toddler, working on cosplay, or curled up on the couch with a good TV show or a good book.

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The Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Y Negative, Kelly is giving away $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 21, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

27 comments:

  1. That's a very interesting post, Kelly. I'm almost a vegan myself (not officially, but the amount of meat I eat is really small, and normally reduced to poultry) so I wouldn't find it so difficult... Although I'm not sure I would be able to make without a cheesecake from time to time! ;)

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    1. Oh I know right? For me it was cheese. After a few weeks of being vegan I wanted some PIZZA. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Congratulations on your debut, Kelly! This book and the original world you built there are so intriguing... I can't wait to give your work a try ;-)
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  3. Very interesting! I'm intrigued by the idea of cooking the pasta directly in the sauce - mostly due to the fact that you don't want to boil the sauce (makes it more acidic) though I guess that's fairly low on the priority list here.

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    1. Haha I watch too many cooking shows and learned about finishing the pasta from al dente to done in the sauce and was inspired :) I actually didn't think about that making the sauce more acidic but that makes a lot of sense. May have to try it and see sometime!

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  4. congrats on the release..sounds great

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  5. Another fascinating post - thank you. Sounds like you have done a lot of research. And I am glad to learn tomatoes are a food that is available post-apocalypse since I love them. ;-)

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    1. Haha I know, right? This Italian wouldn't want to be without her tomato sauce. Thanks for commenting!

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  6. I can't imagine living in a world without dairy. Butter is a staple of my cooking!

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    1. I knooooooow. But there is olive oil and avocado oil and um um um *cries without butter* Haha thanks for commenting!

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  7. I like the world building you have done for this book. It must have taken quite some research to be that detailed about what the characters eat. I would actually hate to live there though, I'm too much of a carnivore to appreciate a pure vegan diet :D

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    1. I was vegan for a little over two weeks in an attempt to really know what it was like. It was the cheese that did me in, but man having meat again was heaven. =) Thanks for commenting!

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  8. It's a thought-provoking post! (I've thought about this a bit since I started watching THE LAST MAN ON EARTH...that stash of bacon that Todd found couldn't have been great after three years, even if it *had* been in a freezer all that time...)

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    1. oh my gosh eeeeeew. I totally thought about that kind of thing with other post apoc franchises too. Like in Walking Dead when Karl eats that big tub of pudding that must have been in a cabinet for over a year.... haha. Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Sounds very intriguing & I've added to my wishlist. Thanks. legacylandlisa (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. Congrats on your release. It sound quite intriguing.
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  11. Great post. It's great you went beyond the whole losing civilization to one that is already rebuilt or rebuilding.
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  12. I have always been waiting for this sort of concepts to emerge. This will definitely be my cup of tea
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  13. Very interesting, and great review. I'm looking forward to reading it. :-)
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  14. I love the sound of this! Definately going to be adding it to my TBR pile. :D

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  15. This sounds like a very good book.
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  16. A lot of original things in the book - looking forward to reading.
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  17. A lot of original things in the book - looking forward to reading.
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