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ACQUISITION ANNOUNCEMENT: A Shot of Gin, a debut novel by Phoebe Wagner

It is always an honor and a joy to bring a new book into the world, and it is with this great sense of gratitude and delight that we announce to you today the latest acquisition of The Parliament House Press. We are pleased to welcome Phoebe Wagner to the ranks of our exceptional authors with her upcoming paranormal urban fantasy debut A SHOT OF GIN.

This imaginative exploration of identity, power and who has it, and environment is told through the lens of Juniper "Gin" Cain—a woman with a unique power navigating circumstances in which she is otherwise powerless. Scheduled to release in October of 2023, you won't want to miss this riveting tale filled with vampires, radiated zombies, and a little bit of mayhem in Reno, Nevada.


Juniper "Gin" Cain works security for the vampire-owned All Saints Casino because vampires, conveniently, can't drink her blood. But she's pretty sure she's mostly human.

When her unique blood traits rise to warn her that something terrible approaches from the south, Gin doesn't take the instinct seriously. That is, until a radiated zombie staggers into the casino's club, threatening Gin's security and home. She realizes then that the warning she felt was far more serious than she had anticipated.

The attack draws new attention to Gin and her abilities, and the powerful Vegas vampires want a piece of her. Her fanged boss Colton—a cowboy turned during the Nevada silver rush—helps her escape into the high desert, but the Vegas vampires and radiated zombies pursue relentlessly.

When the hordes finally catch up to Gin, cornered and at risk of kidnapping, she accidentally creates a nuclear explosion. With the stakes suddenly raised, Gin realizes that if she wants to save the casino and people she has come to call family, she must give up the idea of being human and figure out where her blood traits really come from.

All while trying to keep her home at the Saints Casino, and the rest of Reno, from getting nuked.


Phoebe Wagner is a writer, editor, and academic working at the intersection of climate change and speculative fiction. She is the editor for three solarpunk anthologies, including Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation. Her short fiction has been published in PANK, Diabolical Plots, and AURELIA LEO—among other places. She blogs about speculative literature at the Hugo-winning Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together. Follow her at or on Twitter: @pheebs_w.

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