New sci–fi & fantasy publisher inks
deals with Ahmad brothers, Trudie Skies
Uproar Books, LLC, has acquired worldwide English rights to the science-fiction novel Wild Sun by Ehsan Ahmad & Shakil Ahmad and the Young Adult fantasy novel Sand Dancer by Trudie Skies.
The Ahmad brothers were the first authors to sign with Uproar Books since the new speculative fiction publisher launched with a call for submissions in September 2018. As the first book in the Wild Sun series, Wild Sun introduces the forest planet Corvos and its enslaved peoples on the cusp of an uprising against an interstellar empire.
“Wild Sun is a powerful and deeply personal story of oppression and hope, and I knew right away it was the perfect novel to introduce Uproar Books to the world and show fans of science fiction and fantasy literature what our new publishing company is all about,” said Rick Lewis, founder of Uproar Books.
As its second acquisition, Uproar Books secured the debut novel of British author Trudie Skies. The first book in the Sand Dancer series, Sand Dancer centers on a peasant teenager who must disguise herself as a nobleman in order to learn the way of the sword and avenge the murder of her father.
“Sand Dancer is a wild ride, an almost
frantically paced adventure, with a fierce and unforgettable female hero trying
to stay alive in a darkly magical desert kingdom,” said Lewis. “We’re beyond
fortunate—I’d say blessed—to launch this company with such a supremely talented
collection of authors right out of the gate.”
Sun by Ehsan Ahmad & Shakil Ahmad
Wild Sun tells the fast-moving, emotionally
powerful story of a defiant young woman named Cerrin whose primitive forest
planet is conquered by an alien empire. As a slave in the depths of Mine Three,
Cerrin prays every day to the god of war for a chance—any chance—to strike at
her enemies. And when that chance comes, the fate of countless worlds will
remarkably tight storytelling that leaves the space opera in the background
while focusing instead on richly drawn individual characters and the personal
crises that drive them each to new levels of despair and, ultimately, heroism,”
heart of any good story is the people in it,” said Shakil Ahmad. “We were
always intent on writing an intimate journey with real and relatable
characters, even if they live on a far-off world under the rule of an alien
fiction has always appealed to us because of the freedom and flexibility it
brings to the storytelling process,” said Ehsan Ahmad. “We can rewrite history
or create entire civilizations from whole cloth, but what makes it meaningful,
what makes it memorable, what makes it real, is the people who inhabit it.”
Authors Ehsan and
Shakil Ahmad simply love the art of storytelling—as audience or creators. It’s
a passion they’ve shared since their childhood, growing up in New York City as
the first-generation American children of immigrants from Pakistan. Early in
life, this passion led Ehsan to travel across four continents to meet the
people of countless cultures and hear their stories firsthand. For Shakil, it
meant seeking a deeper understanding of human nature through degrees in
psychology and social research.
brothers are back in the city of their birth, working for separate tech
startups while collaborating on screenplays and novels. Their debut novel Wild Sun will be published in spring
2019. For more information, visit TheWildSun.com.
Dancer by Trudie Skies
Sand Dancer is a breathless tale of
magic, intrigue, and murder in a desert kingdom where the summoning of fire is
a sin punishable by death. When a sixteen-year-old peasant girl named Mina
discovers fire magic runs in her family’s blood, she must disguise herself as a
young nobleman if she hopes to discover the truth and avenge her father’s
the heart of Sand Dancer is a young woman who is frustrated her life seems
entirely out of her control,” said Skies. “She struggles constantly, often in
self-destructive ways, to escape the demands and expectations of her rigid,
male-dominated world. I think that’s a very real and common experience for
young women of any era or culture, whether it’s a fantasy kingdom of swords and
sorcery or the real world of today.”
Trudie Skies lives in North East England but was born in Nottingham—Robin Hood
country, she says. An IT administrator by day, she spends the majority of her
free time imagining warmer climates and writing about them. Sand Dancer will be published in summer
2019. For more information, visit TrudieSkies.com.
About Uproar Books
Uproar Books, LLC,
is a new publisher of science fiction and epic fantasy novels. Based in
Nashville, Tenn., the company calls itself the halfway point between
self-publishing and a traditional publishing house. The company covers all
costs of preparing, publishing, and promoting novels in exchange for a
percentage of revenue from digital and print sales.
information or to submit a manuscript, visit UproarBooks.com.