Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Jordan Castillo Price for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Meatworks.. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Some people are kid-people. Some people are pet-people. Me, I’m a definite pet person.
When I was in middle school, we had a stubborn, pre-owned black lab named Danny. He was a really smart dog but would only do what you wanted him to do if he was sufficiently motivated. I had the urge to train him to do something interesting, so luckily I discovered that bologna was a really powerful motivator. So powerful, I used it to teach him to talk.
While the only word I remember teaching him was “out,” not only could he say it, but he actually knew what it meant. I’m told that one night, he walked into the room and said, “out,” so distinctly, a family member did a double-take, then said to another, “You heard him—let him out.”
The pet situation in Meatworks is a little less warm and fuzzy. Desmond Poole isn’t exactly a nurturing kind of guy, though he does manage to keep a batch of Sea-Monkeys alive.
The hand scanner in my vestibule was dark, too. The scanner slot was filled with a plastic container of Sea-Monkeys—my poor-man’s version of a wall-mounted aquarium. I slipped off my leather jacket, let it hit the hardwood with a wet splat, and stopped to feed the critters their tiny scoop of granules. In terms of sentience, I knew they were the aquatic equivalent of an ant farm. Still, taking my twisted need to nurture something and turning it loose on a cup of brine shrimp held me more accountable than buying one of those pet pocketbots you see everywhere these days.
I’m not sure if Sea-Monkeys are still popular anymore, though I do still see them at stores now and then. In case you’re unfamiliar, they’re tiny brine shrimp. Their habitat consists of a pint-sized plastic holder, a packet of salt to prep the water, and a packet of eggs. When they hatch, they look like wriggling grains of sand. When I was a young ’un, I was always fascinated by the Sea-Monkey ads. It showed these happy cartoon aquatic creatures in little crowns hanging out and doing tricks. Then you’d rehydrate them and wonder why they weren’t driving cars, baking cookies and such, like they did in the ad.
I’m pretty sure I had Sea-Monkeys as a kid since they were as ubiquitous as Magic 8-Balls and Ouija Boards, but back then, I found my talking dog a heck of a lot more entertaining. In my 20’s, when I first had a private office, I decided to spruce up the place by adding some Sea-Monkeys. Two of my officemates and I adored those things. Under our vigilant care, they got pretty big, growing to a whopping quarter-inch! Visible to the naked eye!
After a few years, they died off. But weirdly enough, if you let the container dry out and then added water again, eventually more little shrimp would appear.
I expected to find Jim poking through the pizza box, or maybe saying hello to the Sea-Monkeys. They weren’t the same Sea-Monkeys that he’d known, back in the day. Those particular shrimp died off. Like their box said, once they’d all gone to Sea-Monkey heaven, I let their water evaporate down to a bunch of dried crystals, and then I added water. The crystals were mostly salt and dried Sea-Monkey shit—but there were some eggs in there, too. Eggs that needed to go through a dry spell before they could hatch. A day later, maybe two, I’d been able to see those telltale movements in the water, jerky little motions from tiny creatures so small at that newborn stage they were almost invisible. From the barren salt, life.
I guess it just goes to show you never can tell which details will give you serious symbolism mileage!
What about you, if you could have any sort of pet, what would it be? One commenter will win a copy of Meatworks.
Desmond Poole is damaged in more ways than one. If he was an underachiever before, he’s entirely useless now that he’s lost his right hand. He spends his time drowning his sorrows in vodka while he deliberately blows off the training that would help him master his new prosthetic. Social Services seems determined to try and stop him from wallowing in his own filth, so he’s forced to attend an amputee support group. He expects nothing more than stale cookies, tepid decaf and a bunch of self-pitying sob stories, so he’s blindsided when a fellow amputee catches his eye.
Corey Steiner is a hot young rudeboy who works his robotic limb like an extension of his own body, and he’s smitten by Desmond’s crusty punk rock charm from the get-go. Unfortunately, Desmond hasn’t quite severed ties with his ex-boyfriend, and Corey isn’t known for his maturity or patience.
Meatworks is set in a bleak near-future where cell phone and personal computer technologies never developed. In their place, robotics flourished. Now robots run everything from cars to coffee pots. Taking the guesswork out of menial tasks was intended to create leisure time, but instead robots have made society dependent and passive.
Desmond loathes robots and goes out of his way to avoid them. But can he survive without the robotic arm strapped to the end of his stump?
About the Author:
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” and boys in eyeliner.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
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MEATWORKS BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE
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July 8 – The Novel Approach – http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/
July 9 – Prism Book Alliance – http://www.prismbookalliance.com/
July 10 – Love Bytes – http://sidlove.com/
July 11 – Saucy Wenches Book Club – http://thesaucywenchesbookclub.blogspot.com/
July 12 – The Blogger Girls – http://thebloggergirls.com/
July 14 – Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up – http://gayromancenorthwest.wordpress.com/
July 15 – The Hat Party – http://raineotierney.blogspot.com/p/the-hat-party.html
Jordan Castillo Price has kindly offered 1 Lucky commenter will win a copy of Meatworks. You need only to answer the question “If you could have any sort of pet, what would it be? “
Contest will end 5 days from original posting date (or as stated on the Rafflecopter) at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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