Colonization (Paradise Reclaimed #1)
by Aubrie Dionne
YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance (Action/Adventure)
Published by InkSpell Publishing
Released on November 7, 2012
Heat Level: Sweet
Word Count: 60,000
Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to keep her protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.
Can she save the colony and discover her true love?
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The pollen released in my fall was so thick it obscured my vision, and I coughed, trying to clear my lungs and decide if I should run. The humanoid figure glided closer as if it floated above the turf. It had two bumps above each shoulder. At first I thought it was a backpack, but then I wondered if the lumps were folded wings.
Was it an angel? Had I died in the jungle? Been poisoned by some unidentified species or pulled into the stomach of a man-eating flower I couldn’t even name? Trillium something. My mind whirled as the being moved toward me and came into focus. It wasn’t an angel at all.
It was an alien.
About the Author
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation–favorite character was Data by far–and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be “a concert flutist” when she grew up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship, then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.
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What to Expect in Book 2: Reconnaissance
One of my critique partners mentioned the antagonist in Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed is not fully developed, and wondered what happened to her after the story ended. This gave me a great idea for book 2.
Nova Williams, the girl that Andromeda despises, is the main character in book 2: Reconnaissance. Here, we get to see her side of the story. After writing it, I have to say I like Nova even better than Andromeda! Although she’s got a sarcastic tongue, she has a slew of insecurities, which makes her a much deeper character with a larger arc throughout the book. She rises above such adversity, and comes out a better person because of it.
In book 1, the aliens are trying to help. But in book 2, there’s a new species in town, and this time they’re not friendly.
Why did I complicate things?
Well, I wanted to create a new threat to the colony, something they hadn’t dealt with before. And I wanted to tie in the old threat with the new. I can’t say how I did- because that would be a great spoiler, but the main threat in Colonization definitely plays a part in Reconnaissance.
This fall I’ll be working on Book 3! Stay tuned to see what the last installment will bring!