Good Thursday morning all - I'm delighted to have another guest in the house today (and another tomorrow when we'll welcome author Jean Joachim) and I'd like to introduce Aubrie Dionne. Aubrie is the author of a new sci-fi romance novel, first in a series, "A New Dawn". I love how creative and imaginativce romance novels are becoming and the concept of sci-fi romance intrigues me. This new novel is unique and very original, also engaging. In addition to being an author, Aubrie is also a professional flutist - another creative pursuit!
Here's the awesome cover:
A New Dawn Book One by Aubrie Dionne
Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.
But Aries has other plans.
When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.
The life of the man she loves.
Before we get to the intriguing excerpt, let's sit down for a few minutes with Aubrie so we can all learn more about this talented author and this novel:
How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been serious about writing for six years now, although I’ve written all my life. My first book (written in high school) was about a flute playing teenager thrown into the past. She has to convince the King’s court to keep her, so she plays her flute for them and wins them over.
Thank goodness that never got published!
What do you like most about writing? And the least?
I love creating my own world. I love the escapism from the mundane everyday life.
The least? Well, I have trouble with writer’s block and perfection. I want every sentence to flow beautifully, and if they aren’t, I won’t write them down. That equals zero word count which equals fail. I have to get over the hump and write something, even if it’s not perfect. I can always go back later to fix it up.
Did you dream of growing up to be a writer or did it just happen?
I actually dreamed of being a professional flutist, which I am today. I guess I didn’t realize that meant teaching forty flute lessons a week, which is A LOT. Now I dream of a balance to my life: some flute, some writing.
Tell us about your latest or coming soon book(s). What inspired it?
The sequel to Paradise 21, Tundra 37, comes out in February. I love this book even more than the first. It has alien woolly mammoths, cyber woman, romance that ends happy, romance with tragedy, and lots of laser battles.
Was there a lot of research involved in creating this book?
I googled a lot of space terminology. Event horizon, quasar, how lasers work, lithium and other minerals, nuclear fusion, what subsonic means… all technical stuff. Then, I found ways to incorporate the technical stuff into my fantasy world.
How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
My first book took two and half years to write, and about four years to get published in print format. Now I can write a book in 6 months. Much better. Entangled Publishing is a fast producing company, so each book I finish (that they accept) will come out in less than a year from completion.
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
I focus on one project, but I do have others on the back burner at all times.
When not writing, how do you relax?
Relax? What’s that? J/K I like to go clothes shopping. I also take my one year old nephew to music and me class once a week with my sister.
Please tell us what you got coming up and what you may be working on in the future?
Right now I’m working on Haven 6, the third book in the New Dawn series. This takes place on a jungle planet, and incorporates the descendants of Aries and Striker in Paradise 21.
What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
Chocolate, York peppermint patties, Halloween candy, and going out to eat. Yum!
Where can we find you on the ‘net?
Thank you for the interview!!
And now the best for last - the excerpt!
His casual tone stung her composure. How could he talk of such mundane things when they’d almost been captured, when she’d touched him so tenderly?
“We’ll let them get farther away,” Striker explained, reasonable as always. “We’re going in their direction tomorrow.”
The sting of rejection grew, burning a hole in her heart. “Why?”
Her lips trembled. “Why not kiss me like you did before?”
“I can’t.” He shook his head, and the air cooled between them; so much so, Aries wondered if the desert had turned into deep space.
He’d teased her with such affection before, it was cruel to take it away. “I don’t understand,” she said, wishing she didn’t care, wishing she could stop all the emotions he’d started in her heart.
Aries caught a glimpse of pain etched in the wrinkles around his eyes. Striker turned away and started pulling supplies out of his backpack. “I can’t do this.”
Striker shook his head and Aries prompted, “Can’t kiss me, can’t trust me? What?”
“I can’t allow myself to get tangled up with someone. Not again.”
The thoughts of Striker with another woman confused her. On the New Dawn, everyone had one lifemate and that was it. “You mean you loved someone before?”
Striker’s hand tightened on the backpack. “I trusted someone a long time ago, allowed myself to love, if you will. She hurt me so much I lost my entire life and ended up here. I can’t experience that kind of pain again.”
Aries clasped her hand over her heart. “I’m so sorry.
He waved her apology off as if it meant nothing. “It’s a tough world, Aries. And it’s dangerous to love. If I were you, I’d keep my heart well-guarded, because you never know when it will affect your decisions, when it will make you weak.”
Aries couldn’t take his advice. Watching him talk about his past made her realize she’d already given up her heart.
He had it.