Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Excerpt Tour: RUN Ragged by Kari Aguila"

RUN Ragged
by Kari Aguila


GENRE: Dystopian Women’s Fiction



In a devastated country, those in charge rule by fear, inequality, and oppression. Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain, just wants to keep her head down and do her job, unitl she finds herself trapped in a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. As she is faced with torture and brainwashing, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull her down into the depths of despair. Can Rhia resist the slow subversion of re-education and become the reluctant hero the new world needs?

RUN Ragged is the thrilling second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. This brilliantly imagined novel is both a scathing satire and a profoundly poignant look at the price we are willing to pay for peace and what we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear.


Exclusive Excerpt :

Rhia was moving her hand to her throbbing forehead when she saw a dark shadow loom outside the tent door. Holding her breath, she listened to the rapid clicks of the zipper as it was pulled open from the bottom and tugged around the top curve of the door. The flap folded in and a large man squatted before her.

His hair and beard were thick and dark, his bushy eyebrows heavy above deep-set eyes. For a moment he stared at Rhia, chewing one side of his mustache at the corner of his mouth. Finally, he cleared his throat and said, “You woke up.”

Rhia tugged the edge of the sleeping bag tighter to her chin. When the man didn’t say any more, she mustered the courage to ask, “Where am I?” Her voice sounded scratchy and dry.

“You’re in our tent. We found you on the beach. We brought you here.”

“Who are you?”

“No one important.”

Rhia’s chest heaved. Her eyes darted around the tent and past the man to the woods outside.

“Your jacket’s almost dry,” he said gruffly as he stood and turned. “I’ll bring you some water.”

Tears sprang to Rhia’s eyes as she watched him walk away. She was too tired and achy to move, and overwhelmed by her incapacity. Alone, with a strange man who could be one of the raiders she’d heard so much about, naked, and helpless. She squeezed her eyes closed and tried to stifle her growing dread. To show fear would be to give this man power. Her mind still foggy, she couldn’t think of any way to escape. Even if she could get out of the tent without him noticing, she wouldn’t get far while injured.

The man returned a moment later with a small metal cup in his hand. He slipped off his worn sneakers and crouched carefully into the tent, cautious not to tread on any part of the sleeping bag that held Rhia. He knelt beside her and awkwardly moved his left hand toward her head.

“Um, I guess you’ll want to sit up to drink this.” He slipped his warm, rough hand behind her neck and slid it several inches down the back of her spine.

Rhia’s whole body tensed at the feel of the man’s wide palm pressing against her skin, but she tucked her elbows beneath her and let him help lift her torso. He braced her back and put the cup to her lips. She drank the cool water timidly at first, but finished it greedily. When it was empty, he gently lowered her back to the ground, and she pulled the sleeping bag back to her chin.

“Do you want more?”

Rhia shook her head.

Nodding, he took a deep breath and crawled out of the tent, zipping it closed behind him.


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Kari Aguila was the recipient of an IndieReader Discovery Award for her first novel, Women’s Work. Her stories are gripping and thought-provoking looks at gender stereotypes and relationships set in a dystopic future. She is also an avid gardener, geologist, outdoor enthusiast and mother of three. Aguila lives in Seattle with her family. RUN Ragged is her second novel.







Kari will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.


  1. Do you Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

    1. Chapter breaks, for sure. And if it's a great story, even being tired won't stop me. :)

  2. Good morning! Thank you to T's stuff for hosting RUN Ragged today! I'll be stopping by several times, so feel free to post questions or comments.

    RUN Ragged is a gripping story of survival in a world turned upside down. It is a fabulous story for readers and book clubs, as it raises questions about gender, stereotypes, relationships, and the corruptibility of power. Both RR and its predecessor, Women's Work, are set in a post-war world where women have 'taken over' under the banner of peace and equality, but soon realize when one group gets control over another, it's a slippery slope to oppression. It gets to the heart of the possibility of equality, and has a suspenseful and heart-wrenching story along the way.

    Looking forward to your comments!

  3. Great excerpt, sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

  4. Wonderful excerpt. I love the sounds of this story.

  5. Thanks everyone! You can read the first few chapters of both RUN Ragged and Women's Work on Amazon for FREE! Hope you like the stories. Let me know what you think -- I also SKYPE with bookclubs around the world, so contact me if you're interested.

  6. Great post-I can't wait to read this one!LOVE the cover & title!

  7. Awesome excerpt! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Thanks for this giveaway!