Today, my friend Julia Rachel Barrett will guest blog here on Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust. She has six books and stories in print just this year which is pretty impressive! She has Daughters of Persephone and another book coming out in August.
After the posts see our groovy contest!
Why I love science fiction and kick ass women.
Whew…deep breath. I’ve just been on an editing rampage and I have another set to work on so bear with me during my period of extreme distraction.
Okay, here we go…I learned when I was just a kid that I could travel anywhere in my head. Could I journey to another planet, another dimension? Sure, no problem. What about time travel, is it possible? Heck yeah, in my head. Shifters…do they exist? What about vampires? Nice vampires, mean vampires? Yup, they all exist in my head. Witches, warlocks, fairies – or faeries – elves, trolls, giants, dragons, especially dragons right now since one of the stories I’m working on involves a dragon. As my characters in Daughters of Persephone would say, “for sure and for certain.”
The best thing about science fiction and fantasy is the reader’s suspension of disbelief as she immerses herself in a strange new world – to quote the original Star Trek series – “Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It’s five year mission: To explore strange new worlds; To seek out new life, and new civilizations; To boldly go where no man has gone before.” If I’m writing the script, a woman is already there!
This is why, as an author, I feel a great responsibility to my readers and to myself. I’m careful to craft a world that, while foreign, is still believable and abides by its own consistent set of internal rules, a world that just might exist, somewhere, sometime. I want my readers to become part of the story – I want you to taste the wind as it blows across the snow fields in the high mountains of Calen, feel the stomach churning excitement when the wild sapphire blue rivers of Attun-Ra come into view below your flying craft.
If you read my books, you’ll notice my heroines are kick ass. They are more likely to rescue the hero than they are to need his help. They’re smart, savvy, mouthy, courageous – because I do believe, as do my characters, that the antidote to fear is courage. While I hope for a happily ever after, I want you to know that if something should happen to my hero, my heroine would be all right – as a matter of fact, I want my hero to know that too.
My newest release, Daughters of Persephone, is a four-book science fiction series. It follows a single line of genetically enhanced females, all descended from the only surviving Earth Empress, Ya. They are warrior women and Seers. Their blood can heal, it can kill, and it can bind one man to them for all eternity. In books one and two, Exile and Return, you’ll meet the Thousand Year Empress, Aja, and her two sisters, the Lady Ennat and Tem, the Red Demon. In books three and four, Reborn and The Red Demon – coming on September 8 - you’ll meet the new Empress, Issa, Aja’s direct descendant, while Tem, the trickster who flits through time, gets her own well-deserved story.
I invite you to stop by my website anytime: http://juliarachelbarrett.net or email me at Julia@JuliaRachelBarrett.net Come see what mischief my ladies are getting into!
Daughters of Persephone, Book One, Exile
Aja Bokinan, of noble blood, is the Thousand Year Empress who has grown to adulthood in exile. Throughout the Empire, women are banned from public life, have no legal rights, and they have become little better than property.
In an attempt to kill off the royal line and end all resistance, Aja is kidnapped by a General who intends to inject her with a lethal virus, hoping she will infect her family and Women of the Blood everywhere.
Kyr Aram, is a smuggler and secret Resistance fighter. He must find a way to protect Aja from both the General and a traitor on his own ship who wishes to see her dead. With the Thousand Year Empress, he gets more than he bargained for.
Blurb – Daughters of Persephone, Book Two, Return
The Lady Ennat, has been sent by her mother to Resistance Commander, Karna Aram. She is a Blood decoy, her role is to protect her sister Aja, the Thousand Year Empress, and draw the bulk of the Coalition forces away from the Resistance fighters. Knowing she may not live to see tomorrow, she gives into her growing feelings for Commander Aram.
Karna Aram wanted the woman from the moment she set foot on his supply depot, but nobody touches a Princess of the Blood. He resists his bone deep desire until Ennat challenges him to pick up a sword and spar with her. All bets are off. Karna has a different kind of sword play in mind.
When the Ennat and her sister, Aja, are reunited, they know the Coalition is coming after them. They must risk all to save their followers, and the men they love.
At the same time, his brother Commander Karna Aram, spirits the Royal Family out of coalition hands. When Aja’s mother, Empress Veshae Bokinan, retreats into the past, all eyes turn to Aja and her sisters. As the Thousand Year Empress, she has the power to lead the outnumbered resistance forces, but she does not wish to take the throne. Aja has plans of her own.
Julia Rachel Barrett writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her books can be found with Siren, Resplendence Publishing and Cobblestone Press. She and her family make their home in Northern California.
HERE IS THE CONTEST!!!!!
- To enter you must be a resident of the USA or Canada and over eighteen.
- You must be a follower of this blog to enter.
- Contest ends at Midnight E.S.T. Thursday, July 29, 2010
- Enter by commenting on this post. One entry per person and email address.
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- Please leave the name you follow with, and if there is an extra entry the name you subscribe to Julia's blog with. Your Email Address and blog (if you have one).
- I will send an email to the winners Friday - Winners will have until MIDNIGHT E.S.T, SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010 to email back. If I do not hear from you by then, I will pull another winner.
A signed copy of Daughters of Persephone
A mermaid bookmark (see photo above) and a copy of Captured (another fun book by Julia)
Julia will be mailing Daughters of Persephone and I will mail the bookmark and Captured.
SECOND PRIZE (Two) Two second prize winners will each receive a copy of Captured
Many, Many Thanks Julia - Great Job!