Introducing our sixth member of #squad312 ... Zila Madran!
Skills: Science and medical. Cute as a tiny, psychopathic button.
Zila has earned thirty-two official reprimands in the last two years, including an incident where she repeatedly shot her bunkmate with a disruptor pistol to “see what would happen”. She’s smart, no doubt. But most sociopaths have scary high IQs.
Aurora Rising is out May 7th. Are you rrrready?
Pic by @kiranight_art #aurorarising#squad312#auroracycle#amiekaufman#jaykristoff
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Squad member number five! Hashtag hot space elf.
Introducing Kaliis “Kal” Gilwraeth...
Skills: Combat specialist. Thinks he’s better than you. (He’s probably right.) Kal is Syldrathi—a race of tall, elfin aliens whose arrogance is almost legendary. Our boy here is no exception, and you’d normally just wanna punch his lights out, except:
a) he could probably kill you with his little finger
b) dem cheekbones 😍😍😍 amirite?
Aurora Rising is coming on May 7th. See the link in my profile for ways to get your hands on all kinds of cool stuff!
Introducing squad member number four: Finian de Karran de Seel!
Skills: Mechanical genius. Can generate forcefields of pure cynicism.
Fin is a Betraskan by birth, and a total jerk by nature. He can MacGyver just about anything, and he’s famous for irradiating the academy’s propulsion labs to get out of his spatial dynamics exam. Stricken with a debilitating disease as child, Finian relies on a mechanical exosuit for mobility. He suspects his suit is the reason nobody wanted to draft him into their squad, but truth is . . . he’s just kind of an asshole.
It's Ancestors' Eve! This awesome, nerdy holiday was invented by the characters of Star Trek: Voyager. It's celebrated on April 22nd, by telling stories of the feats of your ancestors. So here are two of mine, and I'd love to hear something awesome one of your ancestors did!
Pic 1: This is my mum, pictured marching at a marriage equality rally with my husband and I. Even though she refers to Flynn (the dog) as her "favourite child", we still adore her. There are so many badass stories I could tell about her, but here's one: When she and Dad were backpacking around Europe in their youth, any time anyone in authority messed with them -- asked about visas, told them they couldn't camp or drive wherever they were -- she would recite the Lord's Prayer loudly in Irish until they went away. They usually thought she was speaking Russian and gave up.
Pic 2: This is my dad, pictured being a dork with me when I was four. It'll be five years this year since he died, and especially in these final days before my daughter is born, I'm missing him very much. I'll try to teach her the awesome things he'd have taught her, and her middle name will be in honour of him. Dad was the sort of guy there are a million outrageous stories about, but here's one I love. He and Mum met here in Australia, but eventually she had to go home to Ireland. He had a friend who worked at the telephone exchange, who scored him free phone calls, so he'd call her every week. One day he told her he couldn't call next week, because he was going away -- "up north, and left a bit." It wasn't until after she hung up that she realised that was... the outback? Why was he going there? He wasn't. He showed up on her doorstep IN IRELAND, that romantic bastard. And they lived happily ever after. In fact, they set off on the backpacking trip mentioned above. #ancestorseve#family#startrek#startrekvoyager
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Ready for our third squad member?
Introducing Catherine “Cat” Brannock...
Skills: Badass pilot. Complete inability to find time for your crap.
A gun pilot, hard drinker and straight shooter, Cat should’ve landed a sweet gig after Legion graduation. Her nickname’s Zero because that’s how many targets she missed on her final assessment. Girl is gooood at what she does. But when her old friend Tyler Jones gets stuck with the losers of Squad 312, she’s right there beside him. (She’s totes not into him btw.) Aurora Rising’s coming on May 7th! Check the link in my bio for all the goodies you can nab if you preorder.
Here’s our second reveal! Introducing Legionnaire Scarlett Jones...
Skills: Diplomacy. Black belt in Scarcasm.
The words “if she applied herself” have appeared more on Scarlett’s appraisals than any student in Aurora Academy history. She only joined the legion because her twin brother Tyler would definitely get killed without her. And with this new squad, he’s probably going to get killed anyway.
Aurora Rising is coming May 7th? Have you preordered? Hit the link in my bio to see what goodies you can score!
Time to meet Squad 312! Introducing Tyler Jones...
Role: Alpha/Squad Leader
Skills: All-rounder. Dimples that can detonate ovaries at 30 paces.
Tyler is the golden boy of Aurora Academy, graduating top of his class. He doesn’t drink. Doesn’t curse. Doesn’t do anything we mere mortals consider fun. You can see your reflection in this guy’s boots. It’s too bad his boneheaded heroics will get him stuck with the squad mates nobody wanted.
Attention, #Squad312 -- Aurora Rising tour dates are here! Hit the link in my bio to see all the details! In the meantime, things to know:
* Yes, the YallWest dates ARE before Aurora Rising's launch... but the book will be available there! This is your chance to grab a copy early!
* Apart from Melbourne, I won't be with Jay -- it’ll be too close to Baby Kaufman's arrival, and no airline will carry me! But Jay will have a pair of stamps, one with my signature and one with an IOU on it that you can collect on next time you see me! I'm counting on you all to show up and make sure he's not lonely. Nobody wants to see that.
* No bookings are required in Melbourne -- just show up!
* For all other events, if you've got any questions about details, please contact the bookstore directly.
* We know many of you will wish Jay could visit your city, and we're sorry he can't be everywhere. We'll both be back for future tours! In the meantime, remember you can order signed and personalised books from tour stores -- just get in touch with them!
* Due to numbers, and to keep the line moving for everyone, Jay will be able to sign all books, but personalise only one.
* If you buy Aurora Rising during launch week, including at tour stops, you'll be able to upload your receipt and claim your copy of Memento.
And that's it! Less than a month to go, cadets! #aurorarising#tour#illuminae#gemina#obsidio#illuminaefiles#amiekaufman#jaykristoff
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Oh, don't mind me, I'm just busy screaming over here at this Aurora pop from @_treat_yo_shelf! Isn't she perfect? She wears this outfit in the book, and it’s correct right down to the hood on her tunic! Auri is pictured here celebrating her second trade review, this time from Booklist -- and it's another star! 💫 Here's my fave line: "The brains behind the Illuminae Files team up for another high-concept, higher-stakes sci-fi adventure." (I like it because it says I have brains, and last night I spent 90 minutes trying to figure out the last line of a chapter, so the vote of confidence is welcome!) 🚀 #aurorarising#squad312#book#books#bookstagram#alabooklist#booklist#popfigures#fanmade#amiekaufman#jaykristoff