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{May 6, 2016}   {UTOPiA 2016} REVOLUTION Pre-Orders and Author Spotlight

Utopia 2016 Fight For Your Right


A 5th Year Anniversary Anthology for UTOPiA

Revolution-Cover-640x1024A diverse and celebratory collection of stories based on the theme of Revolution.

With eight stories written in a variety of genres, from Paranormal Romance, to Sci-Fi Dystopia, to Magic Realism, to Political Realism, the anthology, ‘Revolution’ is a page-turning, myriad collection of voices from different times and places, but all with a strong positive message about the power each of us hold to make change in the world.

FOREWORD by Janet Wallace, Founder of UTOPiA:

ABOUT by Carlyle Labuchagne, Founder of Help Build A Library in South Africa Foundation:


Raye Wagner: Narcos

Christina Benjamin: Wings Of Liberty

Jessie Campbell: Sacrifice

Kelly Risser: Rise From The Ashes

Desira Fuqua: Rebellion

Caroline A. Gill: All The Good In The World

Tricia Zoeller: The Last Thunderbird

Nooce Miller: Shattering Glass

PUBLISHER: Little Bird Publishing House. London:

Securing A Copy:


As the Anthology is a charity project, it’s important that we don’t over-order copies, so that we can maximize the amount of profit going to the ‘Help Build A Library In South Africa Foundation’. Although there will be some copies available on the days of the convention, please help us by pre-ordering and securing your copy using the pre-order form.

LIMITED availability in Paperback from the UTOPiA 2016 Con

PRE-ORDER form for Paperback editions is


Raye Wagner: Narcos

They are invincible. Words spoken so often they are believed to be true. The Narcos follow their own rules. The people, the laws, even the government bow to the power of the drug traffickers.  And they will either pay off or kill anyone that stands in their way. An annual twenty-thousand deaths within the blood-soaked borders of Mexico attest to this fact.

In Xtepal, Rai Madra’s life is interrupted by the arrival of the the Narcos. The drug traffickers invade and subdue the small town, but a young Rai turns a blind eye to the growing parasite. As his friends cross the threshold into adulthood, the Narcos pressure each of them to take sides. When tragedy strikes, Rai will need to risk everything to expose the biggest lie of all.

The Narcos are not invincible.

Inspired by actual events in the city of Tepalcatepec, Michoacan, Mexico.

Christina Benjamin: Wings Of Liberty

On a dark and misty night, Paul Revere, Civil War revolutionary, is undertaking what will become his famous midnight ride, only it’s not just enemies lurking in the woods he needs to fear. Beautiful, mercenary witches have aligned themselves with the enemy and are intent on ensuring Paul Revere’s destined dash to the Sons Of Liberty never succeeds.

‘A fun blend of history, magic, love, and revolution.

Jessie Campbell: Sacrifice

After the nuclear winter wiped out the rest of the planet, the last remaining city is under the dictatorship of the powerful Lord of the Dead. To protect her little brother, a sixteen-year-old girl makes the ultimate sacrifice and volunteers to join the army of dead soldiers. But something goes horribly wrong, and she’s put her family in grave danger. Only a revolution can protect them now…

Kelly Risser: Rise From The Ashes

Over a century and a half ago, a volcano exploded, wiping out life as we know it. A group of scientists and their families escaped to an underground bunker. What had been their salvation is now a prison to Connie, a seventeen-year-old descendent. She longs for freedom, fresh air, and sunshine, and battles the complacency of her friends and family. Like her hero, Amelia Earhart, she will stop at nothing for the sake of adventure.

Desira Fuqua: Rebellion

In an attempt to overthrow a domineering, tyrant-king, Thera and her rebels group together with the hope of returning democracy to their people, but revolution is a bloody endeavor and not without terrible losses. Thera can only hope that the price of freedom is worth it.

Caroline A. Gill: All The Good In The World

Time is running out. Daydreamers, the holders of the portals Between, have always held open the doors of Creation. Now they are all dead –  except for Allie, the one woman Joshua, one of the last TimeKeepers, loves more than life. What is the cost of sacrifice? What will he pay for the one he loves?

Tricia Zoeller: The Last Thunderbird

A rebellious girl. An ancient creature. One shot at freedom.

Anna, also known as Little Bird, has experienced terrible loss in her life, but then something triggers a spark in her to question everything she’s known to be true.  

As the mining town of Menolark abandons many of its Native American traditions, Anna uncovers a nest of corruption at the heart of their community, which she believes has led to an eternal thunder that threatens to suppress, and ultimately abolish their way of life forever.  If anything is to be salvaged, then Anna must defy her elders and undertake a terrifying initiation ceremony.

Nooce Miller: Shattering Glass

An eerie plague decimates the world’s population just as a new ice age strikes the globe. Olympic archer Greer Mason is searching the frozen desolation of North America for her lost love, Boone. A note in his apartment leads her to the ruins of New York City, but the amazing high-rise greenhouse and survivor settlement Greer finds there is not what it seems.


Open to all those attending UTOPiA (Hamper to be collected from the Anthology Stand)

Hamper prize to include; Signed Paperback copy of ‘Flying Away’ by Caroline Gill, and a signed poster of ‘Mango’. A Signed Paperback copy of 7, and special mystery swag pack from Kelly Risser. An Amazon gift card and Mystery Swag pack from Christina Benjamin. A paperback of Dark Heart Anthology Vol I and II and mystery swag pack  From Little Bird Publishing & Katie M. John.  An eBook of both Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner & other swag items

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JessieShort bio

Jessie Campbell’s short fiction has appeared in over fifteen indie publications. She is a writer, a freelance editor, and a reader. Her wanderlust led her to sell everything and move to Costa Rica, where she lived for two years. Only a job as an editor in the book business finally drew her back to the US, where she now lives in literary Boston, Massachusetts. One day, her time travel novel will be published — if it doesn’t kill her first. She can be found at

What is the title of your story in the UTOPiA Anthology?


What is your short story about?

After the nuclear winter wiped out the rest of the planet, the last remaining city is under the dictatorship of the powerful Lord of the Dead. To protect her little brother, a sixteen-year-old girl makes the ultimate sacrifice and volunteers to join the army of dead soldiers. But something goes horribly wrong, and she’s put her family in grave danger. Only a revolution can protect them now…

Was this a familiar genre / style for you?

My (yet-to-be-published) novel is a time travel set in Ancient Egypt. I generally write fantasy. Dystopian was a fun challenge, and I would definitely write in it again!

Funny story. I had a vivid dream one night that I was killed to be raised as a zombie, but my corpse went missing. I didn’t know how the story ended, but I was fascinated by the premise. That dream was the seed for this story. When I submitted the first thousand words, I had no idea how the story would end. I’m thankful for everyone who voted for me. It put the onus on me to flesh out what was, until then, just an idea.

What book / series are you best known for?

I’m still in the process of being published. But keep an eye out! In my forthcoming book, Lilith accidentally falls back in time to ancient Egypt, where she becomes Nefertiti’s slave. When one misstep triggers the senseless execution of an innocent, she vows revenge against the powerful heretic king. An alliance with the gorgeous queen’s guard may put her in the right place to serve justice. Can she survive long enough to put things right — and find a way back to her own time?  

What’s your UTOPiA experiences?

In August of 2011, I joined the Nashville KidLit meetup spearheaded by Janet Wallace of Social Deviants and UtopYA Con. I had lurked on the meetup boards for months before I finally forced myself to attend a meeting. It’s no exaggeration when I say that simple act changed my life. I found my writing group home — a group I still participate in via Skype to this day even though I’ve moved over a thousand miles away. Encouraged by these amazing writers, many of whom make up the UTOPiA Con staff today, I finished writing the book that was scorching my soul.

I was invited to be a panelist at UtopYA 2012. I served on the Goddess Complex panel with published, successful YA authors to talk about world-building. I was sure I was out of my league, but they — and the others in the room — embraced me with open arms. I even heard myself quoted later that day by someone I didn’t know. Better yet, I made new, incredible writer friends. In 2013, I returned to moderate the Goddess Complex and Finding Writing Groups panels, and I was a panelist in the Query Letter Zone.

I missed 2014 and 2015 because I was living in Costa Rica and flights were cost-prohibitive. I can’t wait to return in 2016.

UTOPiA is filled with collaborative, smart, awesome professionals in the world I love. It lights a fire to chase my dreams and be better in everything I do. It’s about finding your tribe. It’s about lifting as you climb. It’s about having a safe place to learn and grow and network. And yes, it’s also about tackle hugs.





Katie M John



Little Bird

Little Bird Publishing House





A NOTE FROM Little Bird Publishing House by KATIE M JOHN

In 2015, after years of watching it unfold on social media, I attended UTOPiA. Being London based, and UTOPiA being in Nashville, Tennessee USA, it didn’t only feel a long way away in terms of dreams but in distance and finances too.

Despite all the barriers to me attending, I booked a ticket knowing somehow, I would make it happen.

The experience was transforming. It is not hyperbole when I say that UTOPiA and the work Janet does, changed my life.

The journey I have undertaken both as an indie author and the founder of the small press house, Little Bird Publishing, has often been lonely and full of doubts. UTOPiA vanquished all of that negativity; it filled my life with incredibly clever, funny, kind friends, and it equipped me with specific skills and knowledge to flourish – which we both have – the author and the publisher, and this is very much down to UTOPiA.

As such, I wanted to pay something back into the UTOPiA community, and it occurred to me that organizing and publishing a celebratory anthology was the gift I could give back – not only would if offer the opportunity for several UTOPiAN authors to showcase their work, but it would also raise money along the way.

Janet Wallace, being Janet, immediately suggested that the money made after publication costs went into a charitable project founded by another dear UTOPiAN, Carlyle Labuschagne.

Carlyle, similarly inspired by the UTOPiAN community is the founder of the ‘Help Build A Library In South Africa Foundation’ It seemed a natural synergy that our community should extend the hand of friendship and enablement into another community.

It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside everybody involved in the project. Each and every author has demonstrated not only the most amazing talent, but utmost professionalism, making the anthology an absolute joy to work on. THANK YOU for that.


Founded in 2013, Little Bird Publishing House was established as an antidote to some of the commercial self-publishing houses that were targeting the indie author community.

Little Bird was established on the model of a co-operative artistic community, in which authors became part of a family, supporting one another, cheerleading and being responsible for one another, and offering authors the chance to engage with high end services of editing, cover art and publication with none of the fees.

Little Bird Publishing is about celebrating diversity of voice and celebrating the individual right to creative expression.

We are currently a community of thirteen authors, and take on five to six authors a year.

As part of our house, we also established the Dark Heart & Night Shade Anthology project as a way of new writers gaining publishing experience and platform.

It has been a delight and a privilege to work on the UTOPiA Anthology, REVOLUTION and pay back into the community that is so dear to us.

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Remember to check out all of the official blog posts this month for more awesome Nashville sites and eateries:

Week 1: Jo Michaels and Maria Pease
Week 2: A Book Vacation and Delphina Miyares
Week 3: Ren Reidy
Week 4: Ashley Bodette and Kathryn Grimes


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