To See the Sun is now available in audio!

And I have four copies to give away! Before I get to the fun stuff, though, I’m going to talk a little bit about the book.

To See the Sun started as an experiment. I love the simplicity of trope-driven romance–of having an idea of how a story will end (in a happily ever after, of course), and how the main characters will get there. The thrill comes from the characters, themselves. Their separate goals and motivations, and the conflict that arises when they try to combine that with what their hearts want. It’s a classic formula and one I love to test.

I also love the simplicity of golden era science-fiction, where the setting is key, but also something of a backdrop to very human dramas. These stories often feature a main character (or set of characters) who are looking for, above all else, meaning for themselves.

With To See the Sun, I set out to combine the two and I love what I ended up with. This book is romantic, in the truest sense. It’s also about being human, regardless of where we are and the challenges we face. It’s about finding our place in the universe, and finding someone to spend our days and nights with; to share our home and hearth. Someone to love.

And this story is now in audiobook format, with superb narration by TJ Clark.

Ready to listen? To See the Sun is available from the following vendors:

Audible | Amazon | iTunes

I’m also giving away four copies! To enter the drawing, do one or all of the following:

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Review: Army of One (Star Force, #4.5)

51KdAFi6Z-L._SL600_ Army of One by B.V. Larson.

The ‘Star Force’ novels by B.V. Larson tell the story of augmented human soldiers in a war against powerful alien foes. I’ve seen the books pop up now and again. I think I even have one of them buried on my Kindle somewhere. I probably took advantage of a free deal at some point. I do like Science Fiction with a military bend, but free doesn’t always equal cheap. The analogy fits; as a reviewer, I always have a lot of books to read, so my time is valuable, is it not?

Army Of One is another freebie offered by Audible.com. At roughly two and a half hours, it’s the perfect length for a trip to New York City and back…if, say, you live in Pennsylvania. You’ll want something longer if you’re driving from California. I could make recommendations, but that would be another article. Numbered 4.5 in the series, this novella covers events that occur during the course of the fourth book. The ‘Star Force’ novels are first person, from the point of view of Kyle Riggs. As he can’t be in everywhere at once, despite his enhancements, ‘Army Of One’ is from the point of view of another nanotized man, Bjorn Gaines.

Gaines is a talented assassin. He not only kills efficiently, but has perfected what he terms the more important part of the job: disappearing afterwards. Hunted by men who want to recruit him to spy on Star Force, Gaines employs such talents to disappear in the Florida Keys. There, he indulges in a vacation of a sort, eking out a simple existence on a remote island, until the impending war between the Earth and the Macros lights up the sky.

The war eventually catches up with Bjorn and he is faced with a choice, one that doesn’t include disappearing. Regardless, he does disappear, but only so he can join Star Force on his own terms.

Army Of One is an entertaining story and a compelling ‘read’. The calm narration of the audio version is a perfect counterpoint to the action, which is thrilling, intense and gruesome. Bjorn, as a character, is fascinating. Through his thoughts, enough backstory is revealed to give the novella a place in the series without overwhelming the reader/listener with detail. It’s a perfectly encapsulated adventure. That being said, I would like to read more. I find the idea nanotized humans fascinating and I always like reading about aliens. The more fearsome the better.

Written for SFCrowsnest.