“Offbeat fantasy […] reminiscent of a Roald Dahl classic. […] This playful fantasy deftly argues that teens can only benefit by widening their perspectives.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“What use is power without love?” is a recurring question in “Topaz: The Truth Portal The Color Mayhem”, a lyrical quest-based novel by Rachel Tremblay. This whimsical fantasy is rich in allegory, and possesses a certain meditative quality. This book will appeal to the fans of Willow, Dark Crystal and Studio Ghibli. ~ Katya DeBecerra, author of What The Woods Keep and Oasis
Topaz, free-spirited, ill-fitting heroine in an absurd, dystopian fantasy world, does the unthinkable of following her heart through the strangest of portals, revealing the truth of her destiny. But how much will she sacrifice to fulfill it? A colorful, poetic adventure about growth, authenticity and seeing things to the end.
Under the rule of the terrible Murx, where mirthlings show false kindness out of duty and live out terrifically absurd pre-ordained callings in permanent joylessness, our ill-fitting heroine Topaz trades her stifling life for the most surreal of portals, orbiglass worlds and fantastic friends, discovering her true origins and inherent powers on her path to attain the silver-peaked mountain where she believes happiness awaits her. There and back again, Topaz battles with herself as she faces the challenges of friendship, deceit and loss, until with a little magic and a lot of heart she comes to love the mirthlings she once despised, inadvertently emerging as the one destined to return balance to all the worlds.
The Nirvana Threads is a love story, a spiritual adventure, a nostalgic time-travel to the 90’s punk rock era, and a playful exploration of the magical.
Set in the 90’s when people didn’t have cell phones, smoked in bars, and punk rock was thriving. Carlie, a wild, twenty-five year old drifter moves back to her parents’ after surviving a traumatic accident. Back home, she starts seeing things she doesn’t understand, and the feelings that come with them are overwhelmingly blissful. When chasing the source of her new joy starts to pull her closer to death, she must find a way to harness this power that makes her feel so alive.
Includes the short graphic novel “Octob*tch and the WrenchKing”
(Graphic novel included in the physical copy only.)
OFF MY FEET is a mind-altering story about an apathetic barista with peculiar sleeping pills. Rachel Tremblay’s prose is sharp, funny, and her characters profoundly endearing. Just sit back, way back, and get ready for a hefty dose of page-turning kitten-filled lucid dreaming. This book is a trip! ~ Sylvain Neuvel, author of The Themis Files, The Test, and A HISTORY OF WHAT COMES NEXT
Tremblay […] ultimately goes an absurdist-comedic route in this work, à la Tom Robbins with a soupçon of Thorne Smith […] with opening passages that invoke a Borges-ian sense of unease over the protagonist’s surreal plight. This off-putting vibe is most likely due to a stated gambit by the author, also an artist/musician, to incorporate her actual dreams into the narrative, and they are effectively memorable and sometimes disturbing [.] A fetchingly oddball fantasy with plenty to keep readers awake. ~ Kirkus Reviews
Lone wolf coffee-slinger and accidental oneironaut Edie Stacks has her life turned upside down by reality-altering lucid dreams, and space cats!
Off My Feet is a Raven Cycle-meets-Inception psychedelic chronicle of female experience where trust is learned the hard way, the hard knocks of life are explored, and love and friendship are pushed to their limits. Watch Edie make a mess of everything! Shit gets weird!
Edie is a broke but happy thirty-year-old with too many one-dollar Phil Collins records, a perfect circadian rhythm, and big trust issues. She lives on her own terms, keeping everyone at an emotional arm’s length. Plagued with insomnolence after having moved into a new home, strange circumstances provide her the sleep she yearns for, but also vivid dreams that meddle with her waking life. Using her dreamscapades to create a situation that appeals to her, she realizes that she does not have the control she wants. In fact, she’s making a mess of everything. To make matters worse, she’s adopted aliens and they have no intention of leaving. Somehow Edie is stuck with the mission to save Earth from extraterrestrial world domination. And here she thought she was just minding her own business. Surprise!
About 30 years before Off My Feet. Four women share an apartment and Friday nights. Wine and creativity keep them well entertained and always on the brink of trouble. One doomful evening, an alien craft lands onto their building and brings mystifyingly charming creatures into their lives. Creatures they would never have suspected were sinister…
Boy, were they wrong!
Read the tragicomedy that started it all!