Mixed In

Mixed In

Book 1: Unstable States
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When passions are regulated, which laws will you break?

When Catrina moves to Cochtonville to work as a chemist for Cochton Enterprises, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. 

A chance meeting with Ulysses, owner of the Union Station bar, plunges her into a world of illegal condoms, vibrators, and art. As their loneliness draws them together, they become allies in what will become the fight of their lives in the sexually repressive and culturally backward dystopia.

Catrina's invention, No Regrets—a scanner to test for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections—brings increased scrutiny from the town's Vice Patrol, made worse by an ambitious new agent who hangs around Union Station and takes up with Ulysses's vindictive ex.

Catrina's relationship with Ulysses and her company's new products put them both in peril as she begins to understand the dark side of her employer, society, and science without humanity.

But science is all she'll have to spare the men of Cochtonville a mortifying fate and to save the life of Ulysses.

If you like Megan Lynch, Jack Hunt, Robert J. Crane, James D. Prescott, and Grace Hamilton, you'll love this unique and fun dystopian adventure!

“Haustein creates her world with subtlety and intelligence which captures the imagination.  Wonderfully entertaining, Mixed In delivers a powerful message with an admirable and honest grace. The reader can look forward to more tales from this author with anticipation. Well done!” - InD'tale

What reviewers are saying:

★★★★★ “A fantastic, sexy read, and the main character's struggles are very relatable for all women. Would definitely recommend!”

★★★★★ “Hilarious, life-affirming, politically provocative . . . I loved seeing the world from the viewpoint of a chemist! A page-turner plot and clever writing.”

★★★★★ “A unique love story that will suck you in, take you on a wild ride, and spit you back out on the other side with a smile.”

★★★★★ “Keeping the reader interested from start to finish.”

★★★★★ “The author introduces an entertaining cast of characters, while warning us of what could be.”

Release date: March 21, 2017

Publisher: City Owl Press

Print pages: 290

Content advisory: naughty words and situations

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Behind the book

A meeting with the governor at my place of work launched this book series. The governor claimed to be supportive of science, but didn't want to consider scientific opinions about issues and had no comprehension of the passions and desires to help others that drive scientific progress. She simply liked what we produced, not us. The governor was also kind of a Puritan. I envisioned the lives of idealistic scientists caught in a prudish society that exisits only for profit. In this first book, a newcomer is dropped into the absurd City of Cochtonville in what was once Iowa. When she follows her heart, trouble follows. 

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