Hi there, and thanks Laurie for the invitation to join the SFR Brigade. I look forward to being a part of the community here.
Today marks the culmination of a ten-year journey for me - in mid-2000 I started writing the manuscript that became Song of Scarabaeus, and today is release day!
I haven't yet done anything special to mark the occasion (any ideas?), other than mail a few copies to my family in Australia.
A few days ago, Brigader Kimber asked if she was wasting her time writing SFR without a "kick-butt heroine". My answer is a resounding no! At least, my publisher Eos didn't mind that my heroine is not kick-butt (mind you, nor is she Deanna Troi). I made a very deliberate decision about that. There is a kick-butt smart-mouthed secondary character, but my heroine Edie isn't comfortable or particularly competent with weapons or with fighting, and while she is stubborn, she's not smart-mouthed.
Okay, here's the blurb (also check out my website for more info):
The best cypherteck in the galaxy, Edie can reinvent planets with little more than a thought. Trained since childhood in advanced biocyph seed technology by the all-powerful Crib empire, her mission is to terraform alien worlds while her masters bleed the outlawed Fringe populations dry. When renegade mercenaries kidnap Edie, she's not entirely sure it's a bad thing… until they leash her to a bodyguard, Finn—a former freedom fighter-turned-slave, beaten down but never broken. If Edie strays from Finn's side, he dies. If she doesn't cooperate, the pirates will kill them both.
But Edie's abilities far surpass anything her enemies imagine. And now, with Finn her only ally as the merciless Crib closes in, she'll have to prove it or die on the site of her only failure… a world called Scarabaeus.
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