Please join us in welcoming Kelly Haworth here to Sinfully today, on the blog tour for her debut book… Y Negative.
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!
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 16 November 2015
Genre ~ Sci-fi Dystopian M/M Romance
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.
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!