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 monsters, magic, and more blood than kissing.

Her debut Young Adult Dark Fantasy, BLIND THE EYES, launched in 2018 as the first book in the THREADS OF DREAMS trilogy. 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. Join the newsletter to get an exclusive free 5 chapter preview ebook and audiobook.

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 mistfits challenging the borders of the mundane, inspired by contemporary YA stars including Brenna Yovanoff, Kendare Blake, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, and Holly Black, and fantasy classic masters such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle.

Born in Vancouver, BC, she freelances as a technical writer, copywriter, and marketing content creator from the Pacific Northwest.

Blind the Eyes

Threads of Dreams Book One

Haunted teen Cole needs to shake her reputation as a failure. The only way to survive the nightmarish Mara is absolute obedience, and she's down to her last chance. Will she figure out who to trust and stop the dying before the nightmares eat her alive?

A YA dark fantasy for ages 14 and up about identity & taking back your choices in a drowned dystopian city. 96,000 words.

On sale June 1, 2018. Preorders open in May. Learn more.

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Below the Surface

A Threads of Dreams Prequel

The twins’ bond kept them together through the death of their parents, the memory wipe, and assignment to separate work divisions in the Towers of Refuge, the only surviving habitat in their flooded post eco-disaster city.

But when protective older sister Ange follows carefree Amy into the abandoned lower reaches of the towers, the secrets they discover below the waterline could sever their bond for good.

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

Coming Summer 2018. Free exclusively to newsletter subscribers.

Threads of Dreams Book 2

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. Rom-com retelling of Blind the Eyes. Serial webfiction updated Fridays.(on hiatus)

Learn more or read on Wattpad.

News & Updates

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 . . .

... Read more

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

All About Covers Part 1

Nov 23, 2018

Thanks to the team of lovely human beings at Kobo for shortlisting Blind the Eyes as one of this year’s top 10 Science Fiction & Fantasy covers!

You can check out the full list and vote in the public voting round until Nov. 30.

I started drafting a special cover edition of the newsletter and realized there was WAY too much content, so I’m breaking it out into a blog series instead!

First of all: shoutout to my amazing cover designer Regina Wamba who designed the published covers for the Blind the Eyes ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook editions. I’ll link out to some of her content within this series to bring in the designer’s perspective, but mostly this will be from the author/publisher’s perspective.

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