Blind the Eyes, a YA dystopian dark fantasy by K.A. Wiggins


K.A. Wiggins writes YA Fantasy with an edge for ages 14 and up.

Expect more blood than kissing. #monstersandmagic

Her debut novel, BLIND THE EYES, launched in 2018. Join the newsletter to get an exclusive extended ebook sneak peek of BLIND THE EYES plus the alt-prequel novella UNDER.

Kaie has been creating urban legends about witches in the back wood and fairies in the snow melt since she was seven years old. She writes prickly misfits challenging the borders of the mundane, inspired by current stars Brenna Yovanoff, Kendare Blake, and Laini Taylor, and fantasy legends J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle.

Born in Vancouver, BC, she's lived all over Western Canada and in the Scottish Highlands, and currently freelances as a business writer and marketing consultant on the Canadian side of the Pacific Northwest.

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Blind the Eyes

Threads of Dreams Book One

When the cost of failure is death, disobedience isn't an option.

In a drowned city where hope kills and dreams are deadly, all haunted outcast Cole wants is to be the perfect Tower drone.

A year ago, she survived an encounter with the nightmarish Mara, who devoured her disobedience and left a troublemaking ghost behind as a reminder of her fate should they return. She's finally on the verge of erasing her failure when a charismatic rebel derails her plans and exposes the dark secret at the heart of her drowned homeland.

With the dead piling up at every turn, Cole will have to untangle the lies and choose between a charming but dangerous revolutionary, holy Tower regulation, the whispers of a spectre from her past, or the call of the child within.

The race is on to take back her choices and stop the dying before the nightmares eat her alive.

A not-quite-alive girl and her not-quite-dead ghost discover trusted authorities lie, allies have their own agendas, and even the monsters wear masks in a YA dystopian dark fantasy for ages 14 and up.

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Below the Surface

A Threads of Dreams Prequel

The twins’ bond kept them together through everything the Towers of Refuge could throw at them. But the secrets they discover below the waterline could sever their bond for good.

Coming soon: A dystopian dark fantasy that ranges from sterile towers to glittering clubs and abandoned tunnels, this prequel story takes place less than a decade before Blind the Eyes and blends monsters and magic with near-future post eco-disaster cityscapes.

Available Now: join the newsletter for a free ebook edition of UNDER, a novella-length version of BELOW THE SURFACE with a fast-paced, dystopian-romance/PNR story for fans of accessible quick reads.

Threads of Dreams Book 2

Cole found the will to fight back. But, as the threat of the Mara grows, her newfound friends prove her greatest barrier to triumph.

What happens when you release the hero within--and find out she isn't you?

Coming in 2019.

Flame of the Connarii

Edana fights to lead her tribe through treacherous Otherworldly mists to a safe haven. Torchann, the wildcat-raised son of an extinguished race, struggles to remain master of his dying land.

Their worlds destroyed, their way of life threatened, can they unite, fight back, and survive, or will they each die alone?

A story about belonging & leading well. Tarzan meets Brave. YA fantasy. Serial webfiction updated Tuesdays. (on hiatus)

Learn more or read on Wattpad.

Things Got Out of Hand

She should have died.

Then he moved in.

April prefers her own company, but when Henry saves her from a homicidal Nightmare and moves in, her days of peaceful solitude are over.

A story about monsters, heroes, and plans that change. Horror-flavoured-Rom-Com retelling of Blind the Eyes. Serial webfiction updated Fridays. (on hiatus)

Learn more or read on Wattpad.

News & Updates

Playing Catch Up

Feb 23, 2019

Bear with me, guys. There’s been a ton going on this year (how is it almost March?!?) but between releasing new stories, writing newsletters, book marketing, sublicensing, translations(!), international speaking invitations, and even a dash of actual writing in all that, I’ve fallen behind on updating this site.

So . . . keep an eye out for all those things, I guess? And I’ll try to copy important news over here as soon as I get a chance.

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Wishing you hope this Christmas

Dec 21, 2018

(first published in newsletter December 21 edition)

Christmas is next week. How are you doing?

I hope you’re having an awesome holiday season with not a cloud in the sky, but for many of us, Christmas is a tough time.

And maybe it’s because New Years looms—with all of its pressure to look back, reevaluate, and set those dreaded resolutions—that it also tends to be a season that shines a harsh light on the gap between reality and our dreams.

Christmas movies love diving into this stuff.

The endless flood of holiday romances, with or without kids in the picture, unpack the longing for love (and freedom from family and societal expectations) and a desire to return to a childlike place of belief.

We dream our prince will come . . .

Or our dead-end career will be replaced by something we love—that also makes us super-successful . . .

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BTE is a 2018 fave!

Dec 18, 2018

So excited to announce that Barnes & Noble Press have just named Blind the Eyes as one of their top “20 Favourite Indie Books of 2018”!!

Here’s what they had to say about it:

“Why we loved it: A unique twist on the YA-dystopian genre, Wiggins weaves a complex tale that unfolds like a dream itself — mystical, and sometimes odd, but always captivating.”

Thanks guys!

Check out the other awesome titles on the list for more great indie book recommendations!

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All About Covers Part 3

Nov 27, 2018

Welcome back to the book cover design miniseries! To recap:

If you’ve been with us for a while, you might remember some of my (D.I.Y.) prelaunch covers, like this one:

Pre-publication cover of Blind the Eyes The last version before the true cover reveal!

I did try to get the design as close to story–accurate as possible, but the limitations of stock photos and my Photoshop skills are clear.

Thankfully, superstar cover designer Regina Wamba’s mad skills and hyper–organized approach came together to create something both subtler and more specific, as well... Read more

All About Covers Part 2

Nov 24, 2018

Welcome back to the book cover design miniseries! To recap:

What it’s like working with a cover designer

While designing my own covers was good practice and the outcome could have looked (much) worse, leaning too hard into a D.I.Y. ethos can be a mistake. I felt it was important to work with experts where appropriate—and design work (like editing) is one of those areas where it makes sense to recognize your own limitations and invest.

In this case, those limitations were both creative and technical. My artistic and Photoshop skills aren’t that finely... Read more

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