Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Launching a new sci-fi series!

Posted by: Shona Husk
On Thursday 28 August the first three books in the ES Siren series are released!

Set aboard the Earth Ship Siren the series explore the lives and loves of the crew, the prisoners (because someone has to do the hard labour of setting up the colony)and the civilians on board.

What made Battlestar Galactica and Farscape great was the human (or alien) drama and the way the big plots affected the people on board. It was that space opera feel that Mel, Denise and I were aiming for. We hope you enjoy the drama on ES Siren :)

Here's a little tease of Yours to Command:

The noise swelled, and echoed off the metal before she even hit deck 1. Then a hush took hold of the crowd. From the stairs Sienna could see half of the ring marked out on the floor. During the fight there was near-silence, as the crowd watched, enthralled.

Prisoners were kneeling on the floor, while Army and Air Force ship crew stood around the outside. There were maybe sixty spectators in all, including over a dozen women in blue or sandy brown. Did the female prisoners have such fights? Probably not. But it was interesting that so many women were here watching, unconcerned about being surrounded by men. Sienna pressed down on the bubble of panic. She would not let it take hold. Zane didn’t have that power over her. Once again she wished that he was a million miles away from her and still on Earth. 

She scanned the crowd once more, looking for the horribly familiar face, but didn’t see him. She relaxed a fraction, and turned her attention to the fight.

After about thirty seconds she understood why women came to watch. Muscles were on display, and in this otherwise stark and cold environment there was emotion and heat and tension. She tried not to think about what each landed punch meant for the body that wore it, and instead tried to admire the way each guy absorbed it, and hit back.

Sienna drew in a breath at the physicality and glanced around at the rapt expressions of the crowd. It was so much better that this came out in the Rounds and wasn’t left to boil over. There’d only been a few brawls so far—but there was still plenty of time for things to go wrong. Tensions were always running high. 

One of the fighters, a tall skinny guy, landed a punch that dropped the other man to his knees. He looked solidly winded. Everyone started counting down, and then it was over. Skinny guy collected his token and kissed it with bloodied lips, then grabbed his crotch with his other hand. His words were drowned out by the buzz of the crowd, but there was no prize for guessing how he was going to spend the token.

Sienna suppressed a shudder, even though she knew someone would happily take the token and give him what he wanted. The Rounds enabled male prisoners to buy some time with a hopefully willing female prisoner. She was sure that was where all the fighters spent their tokens. Her stomach turned. Was Alex any different? For a heartbeat she stood still and almost turned to run back to the safety of the med station. But she was only here to watch, nothing more. She could push aside reality for a few minutes and admire … couldn’t she? 

In the short break between fights she moved down the last three stairs and edged along the wall to get a better view. A sergeant moved aside for her without batting an eyelid. Bets were being taken. 1789 versus 0363.

She shook her head when they came past her. There was no way she was getting that caught up. She was just here to see Alex fight. He was a magnet she apparently couldn’t resist.
~~~
Yours to Command
He would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

Corporal Sienna Jade wasn't given a choice about joining the mission to Unity. Seen as a troublemaker after reporting an assault by a senior officer, the army wanted her gone. Sienna resents the army for assigning her to Earth Ship Siren, and suspects the fleet's Unity mission will fail. But others would do anything to escape Earth ...

Alex Tariel knew his only chance to get a place on ES Siren was as a prisoner, so he stole water rations. As a former construction foreman, his skills make him a valuable prisoner on board, but still a prisoner unable to control his own life. Instead of keeping his head down, he gets involved in the fights set up for gambling privilege tokens, the only currency aboard ship among the prisoners.

Getting patched up by Corporal Jade might be the best thing that's happened to Alex on the trip so far, but becoming her ship husband puts him between her and the lieutenant who tried to kill her for kicks on Earth. While Sienna tries to keep control of her feelings for Alex, Alex would do anything to protect her, if only she'd let him.

As ES Siren faces its first crisis, a little trust and love goes a long way.

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