Tracing The Stars is hosting Melisse Aires’ relaunch of her Sci-Fi Space Western romance Starlander’s Myth. This book has a lot of great elements and genre-mashing goodness, including western, frontier space, romance and steampunk.
From the Author:
The Space Western
I blame my parents. As a child we spent many summers seeing the historical sites of my home state, Montana, and my mother’s home state, Wyoming. One of my mom’s ancestors was a trapper, James Bordeaux, who opened trading posts in Nebraska and Wyoming. He had two wives who were Sioux Indian sisters—at the same time. So I grew up with pioneering lore. My first real job after college was in an authentic one room school in the middle of actual nowhere, with more pioneering lore(as in 90% of the settlers died their first winter, and people sewed their children in to wool union suits until spring).
What, you ask, does this have to do with science fiction romance?
I have a series called the Diaspora Worlds, long established planets originally settle by Terran space pioneers.
But somebody had to be first, back when it was lawless and dangerous. They had to plant crops and try to develop medicines, mine for metals and fuel, and risk dangerous space travel for goods and services.
My novella Starlander’s Myth takes place in this period. The world of Starlander’s Myth is the same world as my Diaspora Worlds series, just much earlier in history. It is a lawless time.
Another influence was the TV show Firefly. I watched it and loved the western elements. Also to listen to the dialog, which had that old fashioned Civil War era sound.
Starlander’s Myth is mixed genre. Romance, steampunk elements, space western, paranormal/supernatural elements. It was originally planned as a trilogy, and now I have the rights back I am looking forward to delving into this world again!
Asteroid miner Jack Starlander stumbles upon the illegal sale of a woman and child with unusual abilities. In the ensuing shoot out, two important men die. Jack, Sophie and her daughter and Jack’s close neighbors are forced to flee to safety. Their journey takes them into deadly danger.
Sophie is a creature from myth and she recognizes the mythic thread in Starlander’s family legend. Perhaps his family’s story can save them.
You can read an excerpt here: http://www.melisseaires.com/excerpt-starlanders-myth.html
Now Available on Amazon!
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