Friday Favourites #2: Ais


Friday Favourites is a new feature on my blog where you have a chance to learn more about my favoruite authors in a blitz interview and see what their favourite books are.

This week, Ais, co-author of the popular dystopian M/M series In the Company of Shadows (available for free at is sharing with us her Friday Favourites. And fans of manga and comics, you don't want to miss this interview. 

Firday Favourites

1. Favourite place
Curled up on the couch on a warm summer day with the windows wide open, the wind sifting through my hair, and sunlight heating my feet.

2. Favourite food and drink

Vietnamese food (it's a draw between banh mi or broken rice platter) but for drink it would be tea (could be jasmine, could be chai, could be bubble tea, or could be Malay pull tea/Teh tarik).

3. Favourite music/genre/artist/song

I don't have one all-time favorite, but I've loved Metallica for most of my life

4. Favourite movie/TV series
One Piece, the Japanese manga/anime series by Eiichiro Oda (although I like the manga more than the anime).

5. Favourite hobby besides writing
Drawing or reading :)

Favourite books 

The Code Book and Big Bang by Simon Singh

Raised by Wolves series by W.A. Hoffman (first book: Brethren)
All for the Game series by Nora Sakavic (first book: Foxhole Court)

If manga counts, once again I'd go with One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
If manga doesn't count, then maybe the Sandman Comics by Neil Gaiman
If nothing visual counts then the only other series I can think of that I loved as a kid and might still love now is the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede (first book: Dealing With Dragons)


Ais was first influenced by fantasy themes (who didn't want to be a dragon or mermaid when they grew up? Come on) and eventually came to write whatever meets her fancy. She's best known as the co-author of the post-apocalyptic m/m slash drama In the Company of Shadows. Her next projects are anyone's guess, but she's considering branching into f/f. Other future projects include returning to her roots of fantasy. (Because she secretly still loves dragons and mermaids)

She loves talking to people so if you're debating whether or not you should say something to her, the answer is: Yes. Yes, you should.

Author links: Goodreads / Tumblr / Twitter / Facebook 

Her upcoming title is Dead Rain, an LGBT fantasy 
Summary: Magic can change a person, twisting them into something they weren’t before. Some kill for this, some try to slow it down, but there is no cure. Not one that’s known, anyway.


With new resolution, he rolled off the bed, and felt around until his hand connected with the bowl. He brought it with him as he paced the room and located the exact center. There, he sat down crosslegged and rested the bowl lightly on his fingertips at the center of his lap. He closed his eyes and tipped his head forward, feeling his dreadlocks falling forward over his shoulders.

He breathed evenly; a long pull in, a slow draw out, until his heartbeat evened and the room fell away around him. The center of his forehead itched. When he had been a child, he had hated the feeling. He still remembered their training. The way Robin had laughed at him and had repeatedly flicked him hard on the spot, until Oz had protested and Robin had told him, “Now the itching doesn’t bother you as much, does it?”

Now, he felt it with relief. Here was the only way he would ever see again, under his own control.

Blue light burned first at his fingertips and third eye, then raced outward along the surface of his skin until it connected at his arms, and raced down his torso. He couldn’t see it but he could feel it so strongly it lent a solid image in his mind. It had always been the same, even when he could see. He remembered so clearly the look of those veins hovering outside his skin, outlining the capillaries around his body in a complex cloud of thin lines. The pulse of the power along with his heartbeat.

The mark of witch’s blood.

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Next week my guest at Friday Favourites will be Sarina Bowen, author of NA romance series The Ivy Years, which I absolutely love and the Adult romance series, Gravity.

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