It’s Release Day for To See the Sun!

Gael, Aavi, and Bram enjoying an Alkirak sunrise. Artist: SelkieMarie

Normally, in the lead up to release day, I pretty much want to pack my bags and run away. I make plans to ignore the internet and tell myself I don’t care what people think of my book. To See the Sun is different. I’ve actually had trouble containing my excitement over this release! I love this book, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share it with everyone.

The idea for To See the Sun came to me while I was reading a Harlequin historical about a mail-order bride. I loved the pioneering setting, I loved the trope, and I knew that putting my own spin on it—having a mail-order groom—would require some colouring outside the lines. So I turned to space, fiddled with a plot, and sat down to write.

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More than almost anything else I’ve written, this book is for me. It has:

  • Swoon-worthy romance
  • A story of overcoming the odds
  • Sweet characters
  • Family
  • Cool gadgets!

I also wanted the science fiction setting to mean something—to be an integral part of the story.

Read the first three chapters of To See the Sun!

 

Follow the Tour!

As always, I’m doing a virtual book tour and this one has dozens of stops! Because I was so excited about this book, I went all out. Dozens of stops also means multiple giveaways, including gift cards, ebooks from my backlist, signed paperbacks of the Chaos Station stories, and a bracelet representing the colors of Alkirak. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to participate. All of my giveaways are open internationally.

Because listing all the tour stops would make this post very, very long, I’m only going to link a couple from today and let you follow on from there. I’ll be sharing future stops on social media, links to which are at the bottom of the page.

HEA~USAToday—Queer SFR Favourites https://usat.ly/2MGhZsy
Scattered Thoughts—Exclusive Excerpt http://bit.ly/2OuyPew
Joyfully Jay—Favorite Tropes http://bit.ly/2MHnWFD
Gay Book Reviews—Meet Gael and Bram http://bit.ly/2MGz3yz

Six Weeks to Go

To See the Sun releases in just six weeks! I’m terrifically excited about this book and can’t wait to share it with the world. ARCs have been out there for a while now and the first handful of reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, including one from Kazza K at On Top Down Under, which kind of blew me away.

The blurb for To See the Sun gives any potential reader a good idea of what to expect but it can’t explain the emotional impact of the book, and that impact is one of this book’s greatest strengths, along with good world building and truly lovely characters.

~ Kazza K (On Top Down Under reviews)

One of the most gratifying aspects of being an author is in knowing a reader got just about everything out of a book that you put into it. ❤

In other exciting news, a copy of my book is right now sitting on John Scalzi’s desk.

I am a huge fan of Scalzi’s books, having read all but one. He might never read any of mine, but for a sci-fi nerd like me, just having one of my books in his house is pretty cool.

Serious promo for To See the Sun starts about now, so be on the lookout for more teasers and an extended excerpt in my July newsletter. Not signed up? Click this link to get started. Subscribers get more giveaway opportunities including additional prizes and extra entries.

 

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Coming August 13, 2018!
Available for preorder at the following retailers:
Riptide | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords

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Look What’s Up for Preorder!

To See the Sun is perhaps the most romantic story I’ve ever written, which is probably why I had to set in on a planet with little to no atmosphere between the surface and the burning sun, and deep crevasses full of poisonous mists. I put the people in the crevasses too, in a limited green zone. It’s paradise—not. But for Abraham Bauer, it’s a chance to live his dream. He’s one of a handful of colonists dedicated to the effort of terraforming the harsh environment of Alkirak, and though he is content to fill his days with farming, tinkering, and writing bad poetry, he’d really like someone to share it all with.

Enter Gael Sonnen. He’s never seen the sun shining over the oceanic planet of Zhemosen because he lives in the undercity, a level below decency, and several levels below a normal and placid life. His ticket out is a companion contract that will take him to the far edge of the galaxy as a mail-order husband to a lonely colonist.

That’s just where the story begins. ❤

With this book I’ve taken one of my favourite tropes—mail-order spouse—and wrapped it in a story of love, redemption, and bravery. I wanted to explore the idea of two strangers getting to know each other and how a relationship could arise from there. And then, because I’m evil, I tossed in complications, not all of which have to do with the harsh environment of Alkirak.

I loved writing this book and it’s one of the few I didn’t hate by the end of the edit phase. Waiting until August to share it with you is going to be hard!

To See the Sun is now available for preorder at Riptide Publishing. You can also add it on Goodreads!

Click through to read the full blurb. A Novel Approach is hosting a cover reveal on Wednesday, April 25th!

What I’ve Been Reading

How is it October already? Just last week (in August), I was thinking to myself: “You need to do another reading post.” I made a note in my planner and… turned the page. As always, I’ve been reading lots of awesome books, though. And, as always, I want to share the most awesome ones with you.

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

The art caught my eye on this one. It’s an interesting style—less “comic” and more “fine art,” with swift lines and watercolour shades. It reminded me of another of my favourite comics, East of West, and it’s just as good. The story starts simply: ten years ago, giant harvester robots swept through the galaxy leaving destroyed cities, dead bodies, and terror in their wake. Since then, even the simplest robots have become enemy number one and hunting them down has given rise to an entire guild of scrappers who hunt rogue bots with the enthusiasm of bounty collectors. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading”

What I’ve Been Reading

I could have skipped this update and rolled the books into my yearly list of Favourite Things, but there are seven books on this list and they’re all titles I want to talk about and recommend now. I have a hard enough time choosing just a handful at the end of the year as it is. 😉

Dinner at Jack’s31849349 by Rick R. Reed

What I love most about Rick Reed’s books is that they’re love stories. The romance never feels rushed for the sake of getting to the good stuff. More, we get time to get to know the characters—who they are, who they want to be. Who they will be together. Another aspect of Rick’s books I really enjoy is the feeling he is sharing a part of his life with us. Either someone he once knew or someplace he’s been. There’s a sense of reality to most of his stories and, whether my observations are true or not, I feel I get to know the author a little better with each read. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading”