Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blog Tour: The Rules and Regulations for Meditating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens. Includes Guest Post & Giveaway.


We are thrilled to welcome F.T. Lukens to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.


Hi everyone! This is F.T. Lukens, author of The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, and today I would like to talk about my upcoming release and the concept of the uncanny valley.

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic is a young adult urban fantasy novel that features Bridger, a bisexual protagonist who is struggling with changes in his life that come with being a senior in high school. Desperate to pay for college, Bridger finds a job working as an assistant to an intermediary between the human world and the world of myth. Interacting with a few of these myths is terrifying, and not just because they could be dangerous.

The term ‘uncanny valley’ was coined by Masahiro Mori. The Wikipedia page describes it thusly: “Mori's original hypothesis states that as the appearance of a robot is made more human, some observers' emotional response to the robot become increasingly positive and empathetic, until it reaches a point beyond which the response quickly becomes strong revulsion.” Basically, there is a positive correlation between how human a robot/cryptid/doll looks until a certain point and then the object becomes next level creepy and our perception plummets. When shown in graph form, the plummeting part is the valley and is basically when we freak out.

For example, a robot that looks like Wall-E or R2D2 is not creepy. It’s cute because though it may have human reactions, it is obviously not human. But think about things that make your creepy meter hit a thousand—zombies, possessed dolls, clowns, and life-like robots. These are all examples of things that hit that uncanny valley and creep us out. This is a huge staple in horror movies—picture the ghost from The Ring that crawls out of the television, or Chucky from those awful 80’s movies. I don’t know about you but zombies are my hard limit. They are so close to being human, but are decidedly not, and they want to eat your brains. If you are someone or know someone who is afraid of clowns, the uncanny valley is probably why.

So what does this have to do with The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic? Bridger encounters two different entities that reach that uncanny valley. One is the owner/operator of the apothecary shop. And when he and his best friend, Astrid, encounter that individual, Astrid remarks: “She terrified me. Uncanny old people are my limit.” But while Astrid was freaked out, Bridger manages to charm his way through the situation.

The second entity, a hag, appears in Bridger’s neighborhood. He sees her from his window at first but then goes to investigate. “She walked closer, but Bridger couldn’t classify it as a walk. She oozed and shifted, a skeleton encased in ripped skin and dark fabric and shadows. She was bald, with a few short white and black hairs curling around her forehead. Her eyes were sunken and white, with no definition for the iris or pupil. Stopping a few feet away from him, she tilted her head slowly, like a character from a horror film, jerky and terrifying.” Bridger is understandably terrified, but he does stand his ground to ensure the safety of others.

One of my favorite parts of writing this book was deciding on what cryptids and myths to utilize in Bridger’s journey toward self-acceptance. Using the concept of the uncanny valley, I was able to depict certain human-like individuals as creepy, while keeping others as non-threatening (like the pixies). And I hope readers will enjoy reading about these myths and cryptids as much as I enjoyed writing about them.


The Rules and Regulations for Meditating Myths & Magic

F.T. Lukens

tumblr_inline_owj6qcebrC1sr6nal_1280Publisher ~ Interlude Press

Published ~ 7th September 2017

Genre ~  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Gay Romance



Desperate to pay for college, Bridger Whitt is willing to overlook the peculiarities of his new job—entering via the roof, the weird stacks of old books and even older scrolls, the seemingly incorporeal voices he hears from time to time—but it’s pretty hard to ignore being pulled under Lake Michigan by… mermaids? Worse yet, this happens in front of his new crush, Leo, the dreamy football star who just moved to town.
When he discovers his eccentric employer Pavel Chudinov is an intermediary between the human world and its myths, Bridger is plunged into a world of pixies, werewolves, and Sasquatch. The realm of myths and magic is growing increasingly unstable, and it is up to Bridger to ascertain the cause of the chaos, eliminate the problem, and help his boss keep the real world from finding the world of myths.

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Meet F.T. Lukens

F.T. Lukens is an author of Young Adult fiction who got her start by placing second out of ten thousand entries in a fan community writing contest. A sci-fi enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Trek and Firefly and is a longtime member of her college’s science-fiction club. She holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of cheesy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. F.T. lives in North Carolina with her husband, three kids, and three cats. Her first two novels in the Broken Moon series, The Star Hostand Ghosts & Ashes were published by Duet Books.





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