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Static [Kindle Edition]

L.A. Witt
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winner: Best Science Fiction Romance in the 2013 EPIC Awards!
Finalist: Best Transgender Fiction in the 24th annual Lambda Literary Awards!
Winner: Best Bisexual / Transgender Sci-Fi / Paranromal / Fantasy in the 2011 Rainbow Awards!

After two years together, Alex has been dreading the inevitable moment when Damon learns the truth: that Alex is a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population able to switch genders at will. Thanks to a forced implant, though, Alex is suddenly static—unable to shift—and male. Overnight, he’s out to a world that neither understands nor tolerates shifters . . . and to his heterosexual boyfriend.

Damon is stunned to discover his girlfriend is a shifter, and scared to death of the dangers the implant poses to Alex’s health. He refuses to abandon Alex, but what about their relationship? Damon is straight, and with the implant both costly and dangerous to remove, Alex is stuck as a man.

Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn’t see how they can get through this.

Especially if he’s static forever.

(This award-winning title is a revised and edited second edition of Static, originally released in 2011 by Amber Allure.)

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"I can't think of a novel more relevant to the current struggles with acceptance in our society [...] I recommend it to anyone who's ever felt like they weren't accepted for who they are. That's all of us, isn't it?" -- Semi-Educational Reviews, score: 95/100

"A fascinating story about what it feels like to live with a disconnect between mind and body in the study of transgendered peoples, all brought together with a paranormal twist. [...] I came away from the book still thinking about what she wrote days later." -- Cole, Jessewave Reviews, 4.75 out of 5 stars

"The emotional aspect of Static will have you reeling. It makes you think about how far you would go for the one you love." -- Kelley, Dark Divas Reviews, 5 out of 5 Divas &  Recommended Read Rating

WINNER -- 2013 EPIC AWARD - Sci-Fi Romance
WINNER -- 2011 RAINBOW AWARD - Transgender/Bisexual Sci-Fi/Fantasy
FINALIST -- 2012 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST  - Transgender Fiction (and)
 LGBT Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy

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  • File Size: 2482 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Riptide Pubishing (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HXQQ8UK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Tams
Format:Paperback
* Review based on an ARC copy of the re-release manuscript coming January 20th 2014 *

The terms ‘Shifter’ and ‘Static’ are used within the context of this novel as a metaphor. A shifter is someone who can change gender at will. Imagine if you will, within our society today, if you are a bi-sexual or transgender person how fantastic it would be to change your body type as easily as you change your clothes. Now imagine having that ability stolen from you with a forced implant that blocks the shift, locking you into a body you want to crawl out of half the time.

Damon and Alex have been dating for two years, never taking that next step. Every time Damon approaches Alex about marriage, she shuts him down. Love is not the issue here, I’m afraid. You see Alex is a shifter, able to change gender at will. And Damon is a static, unable to change his sex and unaware that his girlfriend is a shifter. When Alex’s family, the type of family that picks the parts of the bible they want to wield like a sword and ignores every other part, drugs him and forces an implant that will block his shifting abilities; Alex is certain he is going to lose Damon. This is the very reason Alex never told Damon the truth about herself, for fear of losing the person she loved the most.

The majority of the story is spent with Alex coming to terms with the possibility that he may never be able to shift again. At times, he wants to crawl out of his own skin. His brain and his soul still shift to his female form, but now his body cannot adapt, and it’s driving him mad. Alex is having to learn to live every aspect of his life as a man. He’s still madly in love with Damon, he’s just not sure if Damon can still love him as a he.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rating.... January 20, 2014
Format:Paperback
My Review:
What a completely original, completely creative, completely eye-opening story. Wow, I'm a little overwhelmed with this book. From page one, it sucked me in and I truly could not set it down until I was done.

Alex...wow, he/she was an amazing character. For the rest of the review, I'm going to refer to Alex as him because that was the gender he was in most of the book.

Alex hasn't had an easy life...mainly because of his mom and step-dad's completely wrong and amoral viewpoints on shifters. In this world shifters shift between male and female. Everything shifts...physical as well as mental. When these shifter are male, they are fully male and vice versa. It's when they can't shift that things become touchy because they aren't right. Society, for the most part, doesn't understand that so the medical community has created implants that keep the person from shifting. It's dangerous and inhibiting and for Alex it's unimaginable until it's forced on him.

The author did a truly amazing job capturing the emotional turmoil that Alex is facing. Not being able to shift ever again is torture for him...to the point where there are moments when death is preferable. Throughout the entire book, my heart hurt for him. He's suffered through so much and has made a decent life for himself where most everyone knows him as female Alex, including his boyfriend of two years, Damon. Because of the issues in the past, only a very few people know that Alex is a shifter including Damon, but when he's stuck in his male form, there's no hiding the fact from society anymore.

This is a book that is so difficult because as I read it I became so much more aware about the discrimination in our society about this same thing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable enough October 18, 2011
Format:Paperback
I did like how the subject matter of gender bending was explored in this book, it was interesting, sensitive and of course invoked some parallels with political arguments of our days, in my opinion anyway. What I did not like though, and it is not the first time I see it happening in the books by this writer is how similar Alex and Damon's voices sounded to me. I felt the same way about her Out of focus book, where all three guys sounded pretty much the same to me and had little or no distinction between their narrative voices.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just odd August 31, 2011
By Denni
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I liked the summary for this book, was really looking forward to the non-traditional (gender bending) aspects, and purchased as soon as it was available.

Bummmer, not my favorite by L.A. Witt. IMO the first half of the book reads like a social rant (nobody likes me, everybody hates me, yada, yada, yada). The third quarter of Static finally gets into the characterizations and relationship issues I was hoping for (and this author is capable of). But the final quarter of the book limps off into narrating the conclusion of the plot.

The heroine/hero is not likable and often contradictory (nobody likes me...oh wait, while I go socialize with all my friends). The hero is patient and sweet, but his reaction to portions of the plot is no, no, no...yes! Without showing readers any intermediate steps, it's just kinda...really?...Huh (whatever).

Wanted to love this book, and hoped for one of those stories that drenches the reader in emotion and resonates for days...sadly, wasn't happening for me. Flirted with wallbanger territory about 1/3 into it, and finally forced myself to finish after many eyerolls.

This author and subject had the potential for greatness, but missed the mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight into gender reality
I want sure what to expect going into this, I was simply recommended this book and I had previously read other books from the author. It was in a word amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shannon Dee
2.0 out of 5 stars I actually found this a little frightening.
I want it noted here, in the beginning of my review, that Static has a noble goal. It's essentially an apologue, using the fictional ability to shift ones gender as an allegory for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
There is no words to discribe how beautiful and awesome a read this was. From the beginning i was hooked and I couldn't stop reading from that point on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah K
5.0 out of 5 stars Insurmountable problem meets irrefutable love
From the moment I began this book, I was completely blown away. Alex and Damon captivated me from page one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kezia
1.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Queer romance fell too short to catch
I want to just say that this book reaffirmed my stance on women writing male/male love stories. Now Im not saying a woman cant write a beautifully written love story between two... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Guinevere.BlancaWelsh
4.0 out of 5 stars A breakthrough novel for transgender and gender-identity romance
First of all, the premise for this book is truly unique. A creative blend of gay-for-you, straight, and paranormal/scifi romance, Static is interesting before you even crack the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DaVinciKittie
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story
I have read quite a few books by this author in the past, but I have to say with each book that I read from them, I get more and more excited about their future works!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Crystal's Many Reviewers
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Redz World Reviews
recommended read
Static by L.A. Witt is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Amazingly well done. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Redz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Must Read
Every now and again I pick up a book that blows me away, a book that is more than a good story, a story that does more than entertain me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably eye-opening and tragically beautiful
"Damon, I'm a shifter."
My heart stopped. "What?"
He swallowed, "I'm a shifter. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CCDuke
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More About the Author

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

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