When does your virtue become your vice?
Jo Bristol spent most of her eighteen years of her life trying to prove the purpose of her art… that is, when she wasn’t spending time in prison for murder. Having succumbed to the will of her violent visions—or her ‘tick,’ as she calls it—what was once a secret became her reality, and Jo did the unthinkable. What she did not expect was that her skills as a killer would eventually save her life—and a few others—amid a terrible and confusing war between FutureTech, the corporate security system of Los Angeles, and the armed cyber-terrorists, Alias-X.
Now, in the safe in the haven of a military bunker, Jo struggles to find purpose beyond painting inspirational murals. Those who once benefited from the healing effects of her artwork are halted by new, more obscure influences, and the people who once heralded her positive influence have moved on to solve the mysteries of a war no one knows how to win.
But when a secret messenger insists to have answers about her tick and the enigma of her brain, Jo makes the bold decision to cross the California desert back to her destroyed hometown of L.A. in search of her answers, and the last remaining member of her family who might know the source of her tick: her mom.
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Josephine Bristol has a tick—she has visions of killing people.
Los Angeles is under threat of attack from the international cyber terror organization, Alias-X. In an effort to quell the threat, the city is under surveillance from spy drones of the Anti-Cyber Terror Agency who seek out civilians with brain abnormalities and send them to the adjusters to remove any criminal tendencies. Jo has spent her life evading the threat of having her brain manipulated by keeping her tick a secret, until a week before her seventeenth birthday her visions threaten to become reality. Having always wanted to be a painter, Jo knows any adjustment to her brain could alter her artistic sense, so she must do everything she can to hide the darkness in her mind or lose her muse completely.
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Made in L.A.: Stories Rooted in the City of Angels (Made in L.A. Fiction Anthology) (Volume 1)
by Allison Rose, Gabi Lorino, Cody Sisco, Amy Sterling Casil, Andre Hardy, Bonnie Randall, Jude-Marie Green, Dario Ciriello
Readers in Los Angeles are thirsty for stories that bring their city to life. This anthology features a diverse range of voices and genres. Like the City of Angels in which these stories were born, nothing is off-limits. Literary or contemporary, noir or ghost story, fabulism or science fiction, each story in this volume will forever change the way you look at this iconic metropolis.
Made in L.A. Writers is a collaborative of Los Angeles-based authors dedicated to nurturing and promoting indie fiction. This 2018 volume is the first of the annual Made in L.A. anthology series. While our styles, themes, and story locales differ, our work is both influenced and illuminated by our hometown and underpinned by the extraordinary, multifaceted, and often surreal culture and life in the City of Angels.
‘Made in L.A.: Stories Rooted in the City of Angels’ is available in paperback and Kindle editions. Hardcover will be released soon. Go here to get the e-book or paperback versions.