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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Call Me Obie by Ateret Haselkorn - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Ateret Haselkorn and her new book, “Call Me Obie,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Ateret and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Call Me Obie

by Ateret Haselkorn


GENRE:   YA Science Fiction



Fifteen-year-old Obie hates the word “artificial.” It has to be the Most Misunderstood Word of the Year 2100. The media puts it in front of anything. They started with artificial intelligence and now it goes with housing, law enforcement, and in Obie’s case, her heart.

Just because Obie’s vital organ was 3D-printed doesn’t mean that she’s fake. She’s simply misunderstood, especially by Humanists. They think that artificial organ recipients like her are an abomination, and that’s why Obie can’t let anyone know the truth about her heart.

But when Humanists injure her best friend Mateo, Obie needs to step up. She decides to get him a 3D-printed replacement spleen in secret. In order to succeed, she becomes a black-market criminal, a high-tech healer, and an authority on love (or maybe not the last one so much). But what else can she do when organs are sold by Jonas, a blue-eyed genius who can’t stand the system any more than her?

Call Me Obie explores the future of discrimination and the timeless power of empathy and forgiveness, with a few comedic mishaps along the way. It is the tale of one young woman’s coming-of-age in a future where nearly anything is medically possible and society must ask: When technology can modify humans, who gets to decide how?



Now, believe me, bullies can figure out how to get to their targets digitally, but I think that having to go to an in-person school delivers us right into the lion’s den. That’s actually how Mateo and I met, back in the seventh grade. I was gliding along, minding my business in my shiny new hover sneakers—even though I promised my dad that I’d walk for some traditional exercise—when my comm device vibrated with an environmental disturbance alert. It said there was a hazard above me. I looked upwards, scanning the treetops and clouds, and spotted a black, sharp-edged and bird-shaped drone the size of my hand. It flew straight up, reversed direction, and then dove down over and over. As I got closer to it, I heard yelling each time it dropped out of my line of sight. Weird. . . When I got to the school’s quad, I saw a thin, golden-skinned boy about my age running around screaming and waving his hands above his head, doing his best to fend off the attack. The hunting drone kept diving to hit him on the forehead with its beak. Every time the boy was down, as in lying on his stomach and moaning, the drone flew up. And whenever the boy shakily stood, it swooped down and jabbed him again. When I reached him, he was resting face down with his bleeding forehead pressed against his forearms.

“Are you okay?” I asked him.



Some of My Favorite Items in My Office

Starting from the left:

My husband and I have been lucky enough to travel. The miniature green tower is from a small island in Croatia called Motovun that is a wonderful artist’s space. The item has dried lavender inside and smells wonderful. My niece made the drawing in the wooden frame of my husband and I getting married as a gift for my bridal shower. She kept asking if I was going to shower at the party. It’s sweet and reminds me of the importance of communicating clearly when I write. If I really want the reader to know something, I just tell them.

The silver frame holds a small painting of three young girls sitting on a bench. I like it because it reminds me of my two older sisters and me as children. The other silver frame is a “selfie” I took with my husband at an outdoor music concert in San Francisco years ago. Neither of us looks really tired or is covered in baby spit-up.

I bought the Barcelona tile after we toured the remains of an old synagogue there. We also went into a retail store that had been built above what was once the city’s ancient mikvah, or ritual bathhouse. I could see into the remains of the mikvah if I looked past the plastic necklaces for sale. Seeing the bare remnants of an entire Jewish population laying behind modern fashion goods was a very strange and sad experience that I’m still trying to put into words. I’m sure I’ll use it in a book one day.

I bought the statue of the two readers through a Turkish store called Guguarts on Etsy. It’s simply excellent. I wonder if they’re reading the book together, or if one of them is the author whispering into the ear of the reader. Writing and reading, for me, are all about the human connection. This statue embodies that idea.

Then there are the two items all writers must have – a healthy pile of scratch paper and dark chocolate. No explanation needed.

Thank you for having me on your site!



Ateret Haselkorn writes fiction and poetry. She is the winner of 2014 Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest. Her children’s story was published as a finalist in the 2020 “Science Me a Story” contest of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom. Her work has been published in multiple literary and medical journals and can be accessed at AteretHaselkorn.com. Twitter and Instagram: @AteretHaselkorn.











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