Indie Author Spotlight: Shackle.Exe by Van D Vicious

What is cyberpunk if you don’t have the Haves and the Have Nots, and throw them together for contrast?

The way the books starts, I thought this read would be a lot darker than it was. Don’t get me wrong, Shackle.exe explores characters with addictions: sex, drugs, cyber, etc. placed into situations that constantly summon their personal demons, but the novel is at its heart, a love story. An independent young woman and young man both tied by family loyalties and contractual obligations, who have a natural attraction to each other that’s hard to fight.

Star-crossed lovers with the world, and even themselves against them getting together for a Happily Ever After is one of my favorite tropes. But, as far as tropes go, there’s nothing cliché about this unique world Van D Viscious has set up and I’m not saying there’s an HEA for this story.

I highly recommend this novel and can’t wait to get sucked in to the next episode.

Hope you’re all doing well.

©TJ Deschamps


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Published by TJ Deschamps

Tammy loves to build worlds with words, exploring themes the effect of diaspora on the generations born elsewhere than their ancestors with the backdrop of tech or magic and dragons (sometimes both). These stories are inspired by her own family's immigrant experience. She's queer and many of her characters fall somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum (though that is not the focus of her work). She's married to an engineer who dances. Together they are raising three precocious teens in the Seattle suburbs. Two of her children are neurodiverse. Her experiences have taught her much about the world, its beauties and its injustices. All of this comes through in her fiction with a healthy dose of absurd humor.

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