Veronica: I’m really pleased to have my SFR Brigade friend Donna S. Frelick here today as a guest, talking about her newest book, Not Fade Away!
Donna: Some people look up at the stars and long to explore “strange new worlds.” Others fear the alien inhabitants of those other worlds might have designs on our cozy blue planet and warn us to “watch the skies.”
In that case Earth would have to hope for the defenders I’ve made the heroes (and heroines) of my contemporary SFR Interstellar Rescue series. In the IR universe, Earth is a backwater planet, unaware of the wonders and dangers of the larger, much busier, galaxy—a galaxy full of slave-trading aliens, abolitionist agents, avenging space pirates and a host of intriguing supporting characters.
The heroine of my newest standalone novel in the series, home health care nurse Charlie McIntyre, has her cozy world turned upside down when she takes on a new client with an irresistibly attractive guardian. Here’s more about Not Fade Away, Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4, launching today on Amazon!
Earth shielded his secrets--
Until her love unlocked his heart.
Rescue agent Rafe Gordon is human, though Earth has never been his home. But when his legendary father Del becomes the target of alien assassins, Rafe must hide the dementia-debilitated hero in the small mountain town where the old man was born—Masey, North Carolina, USA, Earth.
Home care nurse Charlie McIntyre and her therapy dog, Happy, have never had such challenging clients before. Del’s otherworldly “episodes” are not explained by his diagnosis, making Charlie question everything about her mysterious charge and his dangerously attractive son. Rafe has the answers she needs, but Charlie will have to break through his wall of secrets to get them.
As the heat rises between Charlie and Rafe, the deadly alien hunters circle closer. The light they seek to extinguish flickers in the gloom of Del’s fading mind—the memory of a planet-killer that threatens to enslave the galaxy.
In this snippet, Charlie gets a hint of what might be behind the curtain for her with the hero, “retired” Rescue agent Rafe Gordon:
“Just think of all those stars,” Charlie said. “Maybe all those other worlds circling them. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go there? To see what’s out there in all that wide space? What would it be like?”
Beside her, Rafe tensed. “Don’t you imagine long ago tribal people in Africa stood on the western shore and looked across the ocean wondering what was on the other side before the slavers came for them? Be careful what you wish for.”
She sat up to look at him. Even in the darkness she could see his features had hardened, his jaw clenching, his lips compressing as in pain.
“Well, that was quite a jump.” She tried to keep her tone light. “What are you talking about?”
“There’s a scientist—Stephen Hawking—ever heard of him?” When she nodded, he went on. “He said once that you should pray Earth never does encounter alien beings. They will almost certainly be more advanced than you and out to do you harm.”
She noted the use of “you,” not “we” or “us.” Her pulse kicked up, and she shivered inside her warm jacket. Had she spent the evening with some kind of UFO nut?
She smiled, trying to distract him. “You sound like you have direct experience, Klaatu.”
He didn’t smile back. “Don’t need experience to agree with the guy. Maybe I just don’t like the idea of something snatching us up off this sweet little planet.”
“But there could be good aliens, couldn’t there?” She was optimistic enough to believe it. Of course, there would be differences in alien civilizations—of culture and language. Of technology. Of biology, certainly. But there would always be good and evil, in any society. “Like E.T. Or Superman?”
His brows came together in a frown. “Not the kind of aliens I’m talking about. I don’t think.”
Not Fade Away, Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4, debuts today on Amazon. Follow the same link to find all three other Interstellar Rescue series novels on sale at $0.99 each for a limited time only!
Donna S. Frelick has been a journalist, a Peace Corps Volunteer and an author of STAR TREK fan fiction. She was an RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist in 2012 for the first two novels in her contemporary SFR Interstellar Rescue series, and a 2016 SFR Galaxy Award Winner for the third book in the series, Fools Rush In.
Find her at http://donnasfrelick.com; blogging at http://spacefreighters.blogspot.com; on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DonnaSFrelickAuthor and on Twitter @DonnaSFrelick.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Donna-S.-Frelick/e/B00TSTE06E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1473284864&sr=8-1
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12203924.Donna_S_Frelick
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