Ange'el Series by Jamie Le Fay
She loves Austen as much as she loves R. R. Martin. She reads young adult fiction, fantasy, and dystopia to feed her idealism, sense of wonder, and need for adventure. She dances on the fault line between deep intellectual curiosity and the colourful, but shallow world of pop culture.
She rejects Twilight and Shades of Grey, expecting the world to elevate women beyond passive, submissive puppets of the man monster that is waiting to be redeemed through their sacrifice. She dreams of her hero, a hero who stands beside her as she saves herself, a 21st-century upgrade to Darcy and Aragorn.
She yearns for narratives that express the fifty shades of womanhood and manhood and humanity and leadership and love, tales that redefine and refresh these concepts, elevating them to a new world order where gender, race, and sexual orientation no longer limit the arc of the character. Stories that feed her artistic, geeky, quirky, bookish mind with inspiring ideas that challenge the status quo.
She loves art and architecture and unique beauty. She escapes the daily grind with a trip to the Met, the MoMA, or the Louvre. She gets lost in the images and handwriting in Frida Kahlo’s diary.
She wonders what would happen if Jane Austen, Arthur C. Clarke and Margaret Atwood joined forces to write a novel that would, one day, be adapted to become a Marvel Studios film. A layered blockbuster that at first glance is fun and light an action-packed and mainstream, but as you travel down the rabbit hole, you discover the nuggets of meaning in a narrative that dissects humanity, challenging and celebrating our journey toward the singularity.
She is a dreamer and a scientist and a hopeless romantic and an adventurer and a trailblazer and a change maker. She is no longer a girl, but the girl inside her informs her womanhood. She will never become a worn-out middle-aged zombie. She will never settle comfortably into privilege and power.
She looks at all labels with a critical eye, the ones in jars and the ones that attempt to place humans in neatly packaged boxes, boxes that come with a set of instructions that are propagated by society, media, and old fairy tales. She rejects your stereotypes, society’s need to place her in a specific genre in a fine-grain categorised online bookstore, and yet she is not alone.
They are not alone; they are the largest and most powerful band of consumers of the 21st century. Perhaps it is time to acknowledge, respect them, and respond to their needs?
Jamie Le Fay is the author of Ange’el, her debut novel. She was born in Europe and spent her early adult years traveling around the world working in information technology before she left the corporate world to focus on her passion: empowering women and girls. Jamie lives in Sydney, Australia where she is involved in a variety of initiatives that hope to contribute to the safety, wellbeing and education of girls globally. Jamie is an accomplished writer and speaker that focuses mainly on topics related to girlhood, feminism, gender equality, and the misrepresentation of minorities in media and marketing.
Morgan arrives in New York, where she is speaking about her Hope Foundation at several high-profile events. When she finds out that her life is at risk, she is not sure whom to trust—disoriented by an intense attraction to a very charming and controlling Gabriel, she attempts to regain control of her life only to find herself in the middle of a war between different factions of an ancient civilisation. The people of Ahe’ey hold the key to the future of humankind within their genes. To unlock it, Morgan and Gabriel need to help them move beyond the medieval rules that are holding them back. The price of failure may be the end of the world.