Throwback to my first novel many moons ago, pre-pen name!
I even made the press material (yes I sewed them), with details about the novel and the launch event (including runway). Nowadays you can buy it as an ebook on Amazon Kindle (Optimate by Gil Liane).
I was very into the concept of fashion as a language, and a sign of status, and liked the idea of presenting it as an art and combining it with hacking skills.
I also liked futuristic settings and urban fantasy elements so I thought, hey, why not a fusion?
And of course there is a government conspiracy and class warfare because social conflict is at the heart of many stories.
Also made the book smaller and closer to a square than the standard at the time because I liked the idea of throwing it in your bag/backpack, making for an easy read at uni/college (or anywhere, really). So what's the story about?
Here is the original jacket text.
Angela Redderson, aka Angel, spends her nights in the tunnels, an underground labyrinth of ever-changing Clubs designed for the rich and bored, where chips and input bands provide the latest in neural entertainment.
During daylight hours she prepares for post-twilight partying, hacking into the wildest fashion houses to secure the latest cutting edge ensembles before they hit street.
Angel is truly Optimate, the best of the best, and life couldn't be a sweeter, easier ride.
Or so she thinks.
When her path crosses with the sexy Downliner Tears, Angel starts asking questions. Why are Clubbers dropping like flies in the Lowerlands? Just what is the magnetic Diar really up to, and who is this crazy Rowan guy she keeps meeting?
As the spectre of the online activist Forrest moves closer to home, Angel begins to suspect none of her friends are as ordinary as they seem.
In fact, some of them might not even be human.
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