Blog Tour: Meet Me in the Strange by Leander Watts

Posted April 6, 2018 by girlswit in Blog Tours, Excerpt, Giveaway / 1 Comment

by Leander Watts
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult




Meet Me in the Strange
Leander Watts
Publication date: March 27th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult


From the author of Beautiful City of the Dead and Stonecutter comes a dreamy, atmospheric coming of age story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Davi tries to help a new friend, Anna Z, escape a cruel and controlling brother, and the teens end up running away to follow the tour of their rock idol, the otherworldly Django Conn. The story is set in a weird and wonderful retro-futuristic city of glam-girls and glister-boys and a strange phenomenon that Anna Z calls the “Alien Drift.”


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Anna Z had gone to Django. I’d lost her. And gone is really gone, I kept telling myself. Dead or just vanished. Never to be seen again. Off to the other side of the world or to the family mausoleum. What difference did it make? Gone is gone. On an airplane that will never come back or a spaceship to the moon. In a coffin or a rocket. If it was true that I’d never see her again, then traveling is the same thing as being dead. No letters would come from where Anna Z had gone. She wasn’t going to pick up the phone and tell me about her new life in the New World.

That’s what I kept thinking as I wandered around outside the dead, empty arena. I’d be here, forever. And she was there, somewhere, in a place with no name.

But at least she was safe now. That thought gave me some comfort. She was free from her brother. I couldn’t protect her from him. But surely with Django Conn, in the court of the Glister King, she’d be all right. I could picture her with all the others there: boys and girls in the wildest fashion finery, musicians from around the world, big names, beautiful celebrities. As long as she stayed there, Django’s people would keep her safe. He’d have guards at his court, like any king. There was no way they’d let Lukas come and take her away.

My mind kept going there, imagining Anna Z and her new, freer, happier life. I wandered the block like a lost soul, lost in my own mind. I went to the news dealer—the only thing open at that hour—and looked at the big racks of magazines. Dozens of glamorous faces smiled back at me. Film and TV stars, singers and drummers and gamba-gods, Apollonauts in their gleaming suits, the now famous and the soon-to-be. I thought that someday I’d see Anna Z’s face on one of those magazine covers. She’d be there, Homo lux, a gorgeous creature made of light and sound.



Author Bio:

An avid musician, Leander Watts has played and sung for decades in a wide variety of bands. His interests range from garage rock to skronky jazz, from baroque organ to Appalachian gospel. The first rock concert he attended was David Bowie on the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974. He teaches writing and literature at the State University of New York at Geneseo (his alma mater). Leander Watts is the author of Stonecutter, Wild Ride to Heaven, Ten Thousand Charms, and Beautiful City of the Dead.


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