Today I have the pleasure of hosting the author of many fabulous hairstyles and stories, Darusha Wehm!
Ooh, drinks! As a maker of homebrew beer, that’s definitely a blog topic I can get behind. Beer does come up in more than a few of my stories, but today we’ll be lifting a glass with a character whose tipple of choice is actually a mixed drink. Or, rather, two mixed drinks.
Andersson Dexter is a detective in a future world where people live part of their lives in a virtual reality called Marionette City. Dex's cases take him to both the asphalt and pixel-painted streets in the three books in the series, Self Made, Act of Will and The Beauty of Our Weapons. And his drink of choice is different in each place.
In the physical world, high quality ingredients are well above Dex’s pay grade, so he makes do with cheap ginger ale mixed with Jamaica’s Best — a synthesized rum substitute that is neither Jamaican nor the best of anything (except perhaps value for money).
In Marionette City, on the other hand, anything can be recreated including flavours and textures. There, Dex prefers a proper Dark ’n Stormy:
Add 1.5 oz high quality dark rum to a heavy Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Top off with spicy ginger beer and add a squeeze of lime.
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Ever wish things were different?
Ivy Velasquez did, so she became someone else. In the 3D virtual world Marionette City, you can be anything you want - but everyone still knows who you are. Driven by her desire for a new life, Ivy takes her future in her hands when she makes another identity for herself. A brilliant designer, Ivy works for one of the huge multi-national firms which control the online system the world relies upon for both business and pleasure. But one day, Ivy tries to access M City as her alternate self, Reuben Cobalt, to discover that Reuben had been murdered.
Since alternate identities are forbidden by the firms which control access to the nets and to M City, Ivy has nowhere to turn - until she finds Andersson Dexter. Part private eye, part vigilante and part cop, Dex sets out to uncover Reuben's killer. Since the corporations control almost every aspect of life, including law and order, justice for average people comes only at the hands of the outlaw organization to which Dex belongs.
Self Made is a murder mystery set in a vision of a future that seems to lurk just over the horizon. But above all, it is a story of how people strive to control their own destinies, and how that desire affects them and the people around them in ways they could never imagine.
M. Darusha Wehm is originally from Canada, but currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending the past several years living on her boat and sailing around the Pacific. She’s the author of five science fiction novels, most recently Children of Arkadia. Find out more about her at http://darusha.ca.