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Friday, February 14, 2014

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all. Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother—even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

Excerpt One:

The sea of black and silver guns and uniforms open up to let through a Thell’eon wearing a long dark gray cloak made of what looks like microscopic chain-mail over a thin gray shirt that contours another chiseled chest and stomach. Honestly, they’re commonplace here.

But . . . our eyes meet, and I swear I have never seen a more handsome or fierce or handsomely fierce man in my life. I forget to conceal my facial expression. He’s the definition of man and . . . and . . . sex. Literally, that is his appeal. Its pull is soft and warm and persuasive. I find myself admiring his intelligent eyes, so dark they seem black. Tattoos or markings, or whatever those things are, accent his strong brow, contour his cheekbones, and one on his chin creates a goatee effect. I can tell by his facial stubble that he would have dark brown hair. I notice he’s breathing a little heavy, like he had run to catch up with the others. Given how fit he is, he must have come some distance.

He eyes me carefully, first with disbelief and then disgust. He claps his hands together suddenly, and laughs, meanly, causing me to jump a little. The spell is only partly broken.

“So this is what ESE sends?” His voice is deep and melodic. “A female . . . child,” he adds, eyeing my face.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.

Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.

Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, décor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.

Young has won three gold honors for feature stories from the National Business Magazine Awards and another top media award from the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Soul Mate Publishing released “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book and since its launch, it has remained an Amazon Best Seller. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.

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Geektastic Valentine’s Day Ideas

Okay so I may be reaching a bit here, but I was given free choice over what to blog about. And my debut novel Sky’s End: Book One in the Cassiel Winters Series has a lot of geek chic readers, so I thought, why not suggest a few fun Valentine’s Day nerd-themed ideas.

Create a sexy alien-themed playlist? You could start with modern day hits like Kate Perry Featuring Kanye West’s E.T.. Then maybe move on to more curious picks like David Bowies Loving the Alien. End somewhere along the lines of Helalyn Flowers Love Like Aliens. (Just suggestions.)

Hold an Dr. Who marathon You’ll be sure to impress him with your knowledge about the series. Plus let’s face it, hanging on out a sofa for hours on end is bound to lead to something.

Hit a comic book store Shop for a item for the other person then head home and read them together. This is a great idea because you’ll each have a memento to remember the day.

Cook your date a Middle Earth dinner  Lembas Bread to Butter Ale. . .what more could a loving mate, and lover of The Hobbit, want? Check out these recipes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Recipes from Middle-Earth.

Go star gazing Not the nicest time of year to sit outside at night and try to identify stars. Check online for an indoor public telescope in your city or town, usually at a planetarium. Some universities open up their facilities to the public.

Play laser tag Okay so maybe this is an unfair stereotype (hey—Big Bang Theory keeps it alive). But everyone loves laser tag because it is so much fun. Plus — you can feel free to play the girl card and get him to give you the game (it is Valentines!).

Open up the quirk vault Even if you have a fantastic sex life, you can only make it more exciting (or funny) by reading steamy sections of a sci-fi romance novel out loud to each other. Try my novel, Sky’s End: Book One in the Cassiel Winters Series!

Happy Valentines, and please do share your favorite ways to enjoy Valentines Day. I’d love to know!

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  1. bn100 said...:

    Interesting excerpt

  1. Unknown said...:

    Sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  1. I have to be honest and say that the first few lines really reminded me of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, mostly because of the main character's name and that she is looking for her little brother. But it still sounds pretty interesting.
    PS. I'll take a Doctor Who Marathon any day. :)

  1. Heather B said...:

    Great Excerpt, and I have got to agree with the Dr.Who marathon! you can NEVER go wrong with some Dr. Who!

  1. I really enjoy your sense of humor Lesley. Those were some far out suggestions for a ,ahem, romantic holiday LOL

  1. Unknown said...:

    Ooh I would like to go stargazing on Valentine's Day! And the excerpt was enthralling! Thanks for sharing! :D