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A SMUGGLERIFIC COVER: A Question of Faith by Tonya Liburd

In which we reveal the cover for the third short story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: A Question of Faith by Tonya Liburd!

Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover!


About the Story

“Man, know thyself, and you are going to know the gods” – Inscription from the Luxor Temple

In the Temple of Ra, Ceke works on cutting edge research investigating the connection between music, identity, and the realm of the gods. Though devoted to her service at the temple, of late her heart has been divided between work and and her pregnant co-wife, Ngware.

When the most promising subject of the temple’s tonal experiments, Wahibra, mysteriously disappears and rumors of a god awakened follow his path, Ceke finds herself leading a dangerous mission to bring him back to safety.


A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)

When we first received A Question of Faith, we were super excited to see a story set in an alternate world set in a future developed from Ancient Egypt and with Ancient Egypt Gods – exactly the type of pantheon we were hoping to get with our call. Not only that, but this beautiful story featuring a lesbian protagonist also has a side of science and of magic in a tale of music, identity, and family. We couldn’t be happier to be publishing it.


About the Author: Tonya Liburd

Tonya Liburd

Tonya Liburd shares a birthday with Simeon Daniel and Ray Bradbury, which may tell you a little something about her; and while she has an enviable collection of vintage dust bunnies to her credit, her passions are music (someday!) and of course, words. Her poetry has been nominated for the Rhsling award, and her fiction has been longlisted in the 2015 Carter V. Cooper(Vanderbilt)/Exile Short Fiction Competition. Her story “The Ace of Knives” is in the anthology Postscripts to Darkness 6, and is used in Nisi Shawl’s workshops as an example of ‘code switching’. She is the Associate Editor of Abyss & Apex magazine. You can find her blogging at or on Twitter at @somesillywowzer.

About the Artist: Jennifer Johnson


Jennifer Johnson is an illustrator and game designer working in comics. She enjoy video games as a medium for creative and immersive storytelling. When she’s not hunched over her Cintiq with three cups of coffee, she enjoys travelling, photography and nature.


How to Get the Story

A Question of Faith will be published officially on July 11, 2017. You can purchase the DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI) that contains the story as well as an essay from the author available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites and directly from us.

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  • tee+d
    July 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Ooh, the cover is beautiful and the story premise sounds AMAZING.

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