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What’s in a name?

I’m thrilled to announce that my Spring 2016 debut novel with Oktopus Ink now has a new name. I’d been calling it EMBERS for as long as I can remember. To some, especially my beta readers–it might always be EMBERS. That being said, a lot goes into the name of a book.

In the end, Celosia’s story is about overcoming the odds. When you’ve lost everything and your own mind works against you it can be hard to find the motivation to keep on going. Despite the deck being stacked against her, Celosia pushes through, living with PTSD, anxiety, and depression while tackling her responsibilities head-on. Leading the Ember Operative is no easy task.

Some days, it can be hard to get out of bed. To do basic things. I know this feeling all too well, because much like Celosia, I live it. I do my best to manage my depression along with my anxiety–though my PTSD still blindsides me with events from when I was still an age ending in ‘teen.’ sometimes. It’s not easy. Writing this book was one of the hardest things I’ve done to-date this year. I had months where I couldn’t look at it, to tell you the truth. With a lot of encouragement from my fiancee, my beta, and my team at OI–I made it through to finish the second draft of the book last week.

This is a story about what you can accomplish when everyone around you is telling you to give up. When your mind continues to whisper traitorous things in your ear at night, saying you’ll never amount to anything. When every turn is met with someone else that hates you for things you can’t change. Celosia is called Daybreak, an insult added to injury–for failing at a military operation of the same name. It’s hurled at her like a weapon, used to disarm and discredit her when she’s at her lowest point. Seven years later, people still sneer, “Daybreak.” at her to remind her of her failures.

Despite all of that, Celosia became the leader of the Ember Operative–poised to take back control of Esonith from the Council, with a lot of help (and a bit of love) along the way. The citizens of Esonith, the Council, and the Eighth Decorum all thought that Daybreak had fallen, unable to face the horrors of the things that she had done.

They thought wrong.

Without further ado, I present to you my spring 2016 debut novel–DAYBREAK RISING

With great thanks,

22-year-old Celosia Brennan spent sixteen years being raised as the heroine her nation needed. A dual-touched Elementalist with both the power to conjure fire and see glimpses of her future, Celosia was the best hope at overthrowing the oppressive Council in a mission called Daybreak, an attempt to secure justice for the massacre of her people and so many others. There’s just one problem: she couldn’t. Celosia broke down after realizing the enormity of her task and is struggling to make things right while the blood of her fellows stains her hands.

Now branded a failure, Celosia desperately volunteers for the next mission: taking down the corrupt Council with a team of her fellow elementally-gifted mages. Leading the Ember Operative gives Celosia her last hope at redemption. They seek to overthrow the Council once and for all, this time bringing the fight to Valeria, the largest city under the Council’s iron grip. But Celosia’s new teammates don’t trust her—all except for a powerful ice Elementalist named Ianthe who believes in second chances.

With Council spies, uncontrolled magic, and the distraction of unexpected love, Celosia will have to win the trust of her teammates and push her abilities to the breaking point to complete the Ember Operative. Except if she falters this time, there won’t be any Elementalists left to stop the Council from taking over not only her country, but their entire world.


Title: Daybreak Rising
Author: C.K. Oliver
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, LGBT+, New Adult
Release Date: Spring 2016
Preorder Information Coming Soon!


C.K. Oliver attends Southern New Hampshire University online and is currently majoring in Communications with a focus in Public Relations, along with attending Free Code Camp for a certificate in Full Stack Web Development. C.K. currently works as PR Director for CollectQT in addition to freelance tech and gaming writing inspired by a past life as a Community Outreach intern at Learning Games Network. C.K. resides in New Zealand with their fiancee and their cat, Ember. You can read more of their work at


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