HALF LIFE is out! Also, “Rio Adopts a Puppy” is a thing. For real.

Half Life The happiest of holidays to everyone who is celebrating today!  Whee!

Today is also RELEASE DAY of the second Cas Russell book, Half Life.  *confetti*

I’m so excited, folks!  SO EXCITED!!

You can buy or talk about the book ALL OF THE PLACES:

Amzn | Amzn UK | B&NKobo | Apple | Goodreads

I promise both kittens and robots.  If you’d like the full blurb (which is a little spoilery but not TOO much), see below.

ALSO!  For all the Rio fans out there (*edges slowly away from you*), I wrote a short story to go with this book.  The genesis of this short was when Bad Menagerie’s own Lady Hedgepig was helping me brainstorm for book 4.  Lady Hedgepig is one of the aforementioned Rio fans (*edges slowly away from her too*), and the first thing she said when I asked for help brainstorming was, “RIO ADOPTS A PUPPY!”

. . .

. . .

I believe my response was something along the lines of, “NOT HELPING!”

But then, you know.  I had to write it.  Because Rio.  And a puppy.

So, now, for all your warm and fuzzy murdering sadist needs, this actually exists:


Rio Adopts a Puppy

A Neurological Study on the Effects of Canine Appeal on Psychopathy


The story is available online to mailing list subscribers here (put your email in my paws and you’ll get a password to read it, MWAHAHA).  It’s best read right after Half Life, as the end dovetails into a scene from the book, but you can be a rebel and read them in reverse if you really want to.

If you don’t want to give me your email address because you’re afraid I’m EVIL AND MIGHT DO EVIL THINGS WITH IT (and I don’t blame you, considering I just wrote a story about a sadistic psychopath and a puppy), the story will be available for purchase cheaply from all retailers on January 25.  It’s up for preorder on Amazon already, more to follow soon!

And remember!  You can buy Half Life ALL OF THE PLACES!

Cas Russell is back — and so is her deadly supermath.

Cas may be an antisocial mercenary who uses her instant calculating skills to mow down enemies, but she’s trying hard to build up a handful of morals. So when she’s hired by an anguished father to rescue his kid from an evil tech conglomerate, it seems like the perfect job to use for ethics practice.

Then she finds her client’s daughter . . . who is a robot.

The researchers who own the ’bot will stop at nothing to get it back, but the kid’s just real enough for Cas to want to protect her — even though she knows she’s risking everything for a collection of metal and wires. But when the case blows up in her face, it plunges Cas into the crossfire of a massive, decades-long corporate espionage war.

Cas knows logically that she isn’t saving a child. She’s stealing a piece of technology, one expensive and high-stakes enough that spiriting it away is going to get innocent people killed. But she has a distraught father on one hand and a robot programmed to act like a distraught daughter on the other, and she’s never been able to sit by when a kid is in trouble — even a fake one.

Screw morals and ethics. All Cas wants to do is save one little girl.

About the author

SL Huang (aka MathPencil)
SL Huang (aka MathPencil)

SL Huang justifies an MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero books. Debut novel: Zero Sum Game, a speculative fiction thriller.
Website: www.slhuang.com
Twitter: @sl_huang


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