Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Space Opera Awesomeness

Everywhere I look it's Space Opera these days. (Which is a good thing, definitely a good thing. Who doesn't love Firefly and Battlestar Galactica and... have I just revealed the depth of my geekery?) Samhain is doing a Space Opera Submissions Call. Which I almost considered writing something for (mostly because my aunt & I did a Firefly marathon when I was visiting her last month and I had Mal on the brain) but decided against. I'll just be an eager reader, this time.

And speaking of being an eager reader... Beyond the Rain by Jess Granger releases today!

“BEYOND THE RAIN is a fascinating, fast-paced futuristic romance that drops you in richly drawn exotic worlds — grim and beautiful, immerses you in extraordinary alien cultures, and wraps it all in a love story laced with heart-rending twists and turns. A fully intriguing read.”
— Linnea Sinclair, RITA® award winning author of HOPE’S FOLLY

In a universe torn apart by civil war, a warrior and a slave must fight for their freedom, for their lives, and for a love that may destroy them both…

After five years behind enemy lines, Captain Cyani is ready to retire to her homeworld of Azra as one of the Elite — the celibate warrior sisterhood that rules the planet. But first she must complete one final mission to rescue her fellow Union soldiers. The last thing she expects to find is a prisoner, chained and beaten — but radiating feral power and an unbroken spirit…

Soren is a Byralen, an enigmatic people who possess a unique hormone that they use to bond with their mates — and that is sold as a sexual narcotic in the shadow trade. For years, he has endured torture at the hands of his captors as they leeched his very essence. The last thing he expects is to be freed from slavery by a beautiful warrior woman with radiant blue eyes.

Driven by her rigid sense of honor, Cyani frees Soren even though her life hinges upon the success of her mission. But after so many years in bondage, his hormones are so unbalanced that he will die if he does not bond with a woman. Can the lovely but distant warrior be the woman he needs to survive, or will the forbidden bond destroy them?

Click HERE for an excerpt or HERE to buy it now!
I am absolutely thrilled about this release. Not just because it is Space-Opera-Awesome, but also because Jess Granger was one of the first writers I ever met when I went to my very first ever writing conference. This book was up for a Maggie Award that year. She later went on to sell it to Berkley and is now perched on the cusp of fame and fortune, but I can actually say I knew her when. How cool is that? Yeah, I'm gonna drop her name. I'm gonna drop it so hard, baby. Ahem. Yeah. I'm excited about this book. Beyond the Rain. Jess Granger. Awesome.

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