Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Farewell Andromeda

A big thank you to the SFR Brigade for hosting me today.

I'm delighted for the opportunity to present an exclusive cover reveal for my debut story and to tell you a little about my upcoming Science Fiction Romance release.

So with no further delay, Farewell Andromeda.

Let me first give credit to Danielle of Definition by Danielle Fine, the very talented artist behind the cover, an image that beautifully illustrates the location of the story--a remote space station at the extreme edge of the Milky Way Galaxy. (The multi-talented Danielle had an inside track on visually capturing the essence of the story because she's also the editor.)

I'm especially excited about the cover because:

1) It's unapologetically Science Fiction Romance,

2) The image perfectly captures the characters and their "natural habitat," and

3) The novelette introduces my upcoming Science Fiction Romance series.

Here's more about it.

What's a novelette?
A novelette is a complete work of fiction that's longer than a short story (which run 7,500 words or less) but shorter than a novella (which ranges from 17,500 - 40,000 words). Farewell Andromeda is approximately 16,000 words or 60 pages in length. Here's the Wikipedia guideline on word count.

What's Farewell Andromeda about?
Fresh off a painful jilting, the last thing deep space pilot Tiharra Bell needs is another romantic entanglement. Certainly not with the galaxy’s most famous astronomer—who also happens to be single, inconveniently handsome, and a resident of the remote Andromeda Station. But Tiharra soon discovers two terrible truths about Dr. Dante "Donner" Dane—1) he’s not the man he appears to be and 2) he doesn't have long to live. Before her fourteen-day layover is complete, she’ll put her life and career on the line to protect his heartbreaking secret.

Is it stand alone?
Yes, absolutely. Although there are ties, hints and clues to the upcoming series, this tale of love and sacrifice at the edge of the galaxy is a complete story.

What's the heat level?
The love scenes are more revealing than "sweet" romance, but less than "steamy." The sensual encounters are brief but very important to the character and story development.

How would you tag it?
I think the new label of Top Gun SFR would fit well, though there isn't a lot of edge-of-your seat piloting in this one. The heroine is very much a career professional and she "pushes the envelope" just by being what she is--a deep space, dimension-jumping pilot--so I think the category suits it. If you're curious, the Top Gun SFR label was coined via Brigade author Pauline Baird Jones in an interview about how she developed the tag.

What's the release date?
Farewell Andromeda is scheduled for a mid-January 2015 release. (It's being co-published through my agent, Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary, Inc.)

Why does that title sound familiar?
The title manifested as a perfect fit for the story, but it comes with a bit of a homage to one of my favorite music stars. I dished about that earlier on Spacefreighters Lounge.

How can I learn more about your upcoming books?
If you'd like to know more about my upcoming Science Fiction Romance series, please visit my Author Laurie A. Green website to read more and sign up for my newsletter. (This comes with a no-spam promise not to fill up your inbox with constant mailings, just the important news, announcements, and genre-related articles that SFR readers might like.)

Thanks to you all for joining me for my first-ever cover reveal. I hope you all love the cover as much as I do, but please let me know your thoughts.

Author Bio
Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA® Golden Heart® finalist and Science Fiction Romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which now totals over 500 members. Her extended family includes her husband, David, four dogs, three cats and several horses, all who reside on a ranch in beautiful New Mexico.

When she’s not writing, networking, or searching out the perfect cup of Starbucks, she’s usually busy exercising her left brain as a military budget director.

You can connect with Laurie via her web site, Facebook Author Page or @SFRLaurie via Twitter.

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  1. Congrats, Laurie. The cover is so striking. Your artist did a fantastic job.

  2. Thanks so much, Arlene! I'm pretty excited about the cover. It's so perfect for the story. :)

  3. Awesome cover! Can't wait to read this. Thanks for more SFR!

  4. Yay, Laurie! Fabulous cover and I know the story is equally terrific! Congrats!

  5. Thanks, Kat! Thanks for helping blaze the trail for SFR. :)

  6. Thanks, Donna! I owe a lot to my CPs. :)

  7. Both the cover and the story are beyond fantastic! Congratulations!

  8. Congratulations! Laurie. It really does sound like a good read and that cover artwork is awesome. Wishing you huge success.

  9. It's wonderful!

    Dani is such an awesome awesome editor.

    1. Thanks, Rachel! And yes, she's fantastic. It's been so great working with her.

  10. That's a fantastic cover and the description sounds like Farewell Andromeda would be a good read. It's going in my TBR!

    1. Thank you, Dawn! Love seeing it go to your TBR list. :)

  11. So proud of you! Great cover and preview of what we have to look forward to in January and beyond for excellent reading.

  12. Thanks so much, Robena! Firebird rising, right? :)

  13. Thanks, Sarah! And thanks for taking a first look at this story early on, too. :)

  14. Thank you, Dawn! Appreciate you stopping by.

  15. Fantastic! It makes me want to buy it right now!

  16. Your cover is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, Laurie!!!! And so are you!!! I am SOO excited for you and how brilliant to see you name in lights on the cover!!! Super congrats! (and it's a great story too!!!!)

    1. Thank you, Heather! Really appreciate all your support and thanks for taking a sneak peek at Farewell Andromeda, too. :)


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