On a graveyard star, machines run a deadly tournament and draw humans like moths to a flame with a priceless promise. Partner with an artificial intelligence and fight to the death. Win and receive your heart’s desire.
War veteran Thannarat has sought this hidden world to realize a single goal: bringing back the dead. To fulfill this wish, she joins the game alongside a seductive AI who pledges to give her victory. The tournament is full of lethal secrets—and so is the AI that professes to be her weapon. Yet to have what she needs, Thannarat will sacrifice everything. Her home world, the woman she once loved, and herself.
All she has to do is defy the game’s inescapable rule: that in the end, the only true victors are the machines.
A cyberpunk thriller pitched as Killing Eve meet Fate/zero in space (but with, as always, lesbians). Takes place in the Machine Mandate universe but is strictly standalone. Available from Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.
- Graphic sex. Many instances of BDSM, including knifeplay and impact play (the receiving partner is an AI whose body can, as it were, take a lot of damage). All acts are consensual.
- Psychological manipulation. One character has a sexual partner who heavily manipulates her, specifically into acts of violence that go against her principles.