International Bestselling Author
Releases First Installment of Thrilling New LGBT Dystopian Sci-Fi Series.
“Words can kill. Hers are deadlier than bullets. Listen.” A blockbuster, cinematic experience
from beginning to end.
What would a world look like in which words had even more power than the people who
wielded them? Leo Tieffler has always had the ability to make people believe anything she
says—really believe. This is the driving force of the Amazon and Kobo international bestseller
and 2019 International Book Awards Finalist, Sleepwater Beat, a fast-paced, near-future
dystopian sci-fi novel, by local Vermont author Kathrin Hutson.
When the underground organization called Sleepwater finds Leo, she is thrust into a world that
may finally help her understand who she is and where she came from. With that lies her only
chance to feel, for the first time, like she belongs anywhere. After using her superpower on her
girlfriend and her dad’s drug dealer, Leo has spent far too long on the run, navigating the streets
and fighting to survive. What she doesn’t anticipate is Sleepwater’s agenda, a brewing war, the
government agencies hunting her, and ultimately being used as a more destructive weapon than
she’s already become.
Sleepwater Beat, published by Exquisite Darkness Press, delivers Ms. Hutson’s first foray into
LGBT science fiction. The series is driven by a unique ability Hutson dubs “the beat,” a
refreshing new spin on traditional superpowers rarely seen in science fiction. This lends
Sleepwater Beat an exciting and exploratory edge that is sure to appeal to all fans of the genre.
Along with its strong-willed female protagonist Leo, Sleepwater Beat’s cast of complex and
all-too-human characters fuels an engaging plot laced with an LGBT romance, heart-pounding
action scenes, and just enough thrill and mystery to make this a true can’t-put-it-down
Discover the risks and the lengths to which Leo will go to survive, all while desperately
searching for a place where someone like her—broken and overwhelmingly powerful—can exist
as she truly is. Kathrin Hutson takes on science fiction with eloquence, rich and well-crafted
prose, and a masterful approach to questioning ethics and all the what ifs, making Sleepwater
Beat a truly unique and intriguing read as Book One in the Blue Helix series.
They say the pen is mightier than the sword. In Sleepwater’s
world, words are literally more powerful than bullets.
Leo could always make people believe anything she says—really believe. When
her chest burns and the words come from her mouth, her targets’ eyes glaze
over, they forget their own thoughts, and they’ll do anything she says. It’s what
keeps her alive after being on the run and living on the streets for years. But
after using it on her girlfriend and her dad’s drug dealer, it’s also what got her
here on the streets in the first place.
Then Sleepwater finds her. When Leo discovers there are others out there with
similar powers, scattered across the country, she can’t say no to the
underground organization. After all, what’s a little sit-down with the only
people who may ever understand her? What she doesn’t expect is to be thrust
into Sleepwater’s guerrilla war, hunted by government agencies, and used as a
weapon. Worse than that, she might be more valuable not for what she can do
but for who she was before they found her.
Award-winning Finalist in the Fiction: Science Fiction Category of the 2019
International Book Awards.
Kathrin Hutson has been writing Fantasy and Sci-Fi since 2000. She can’t get
enough of tainted heroes, excruciating circumstances, impossible decisions, and
Happy Never After.
In addition to writing dark and enchanting fiction, Kathrin spends the other half
of her time as a fiction ghostwriter of almost every genre, as an Independent
Editor through her company KLH CreateWorks, and as Fiction Co-Editor for
Burlington’s Mud Season Review. She finds just as much joy and enthusiasm in
working closely with other fiction authors on their incredible novels as she does
in writing her own.
Kathrin lives in Vermont with her husband, their young daughter, and their two
dogs, Sadie and Brucewillis, and is constantly on the lookout for other
upcoming authors, great new books, and more people with whom to share her
love of words.
Kathrin is available for interviews, media appearances, speaking engagements, and/or book review
requests – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by email