Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Song of Scarabaeus - release day!

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.


  1. Wow, Sarah, that sounds very exciting!!! Congratulations on your release.

  2. Welcome, Sara! It's great getting to know you. Congrats on the debut of Song of Scarabaeus--it sounds like a fascinating story.

  3. Sounds like a fabulous book! Congratulations on the debut!

  4. I like the cover and your book sounds great!

  5. Wow! I visited your website and it sounds like you've got it going on already-- Publisher's Weekly, Linnea Sinclaire-- raves about you book! Great going for a debut author!

    For promo I'd say just try to get some booksignings and appearances going and more blog tours maybe.

    I'd love to have you on my blog as a guest. If you are interested and you'd like to blog about your debut book, contact me by email at kayemanro @ yahoo . com or link via my name here at SFRB. Welcome Sara, and so much congrats!

  6. Sorry-- didn't mean to put an 'e' on Linnea Sinclair -- bad typo girl, bad.

    And Sara, don't be so modest! Like I said, Wow for you...

  7. Now this looks like fun. Huge congratulations, Sara! I love these 'uh oh, these characters are screwed' books. Going to go add it to my wishlist!

  8. Sara, congratulations on the release of your new debut. How exciting! It sounds like a great story. I'll definetly put it on my buy list. Best of luck and welcome to the Brigade!

  9. Oh, you tortuous writer - Finn will die? Great conflict! Sounds great and I loved the website.

  10. Thanks everyone. I'm still on a "debut-release-high"! I'll be guest blogging on my agent Kristin Nelson's blog some time next week, and have had a few kind invitations to blog elsewhere, too.

  11. Sara, be sure to tell us when you're blogging on PubRants and we'll link to it.


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