Friday, May 8, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: House of the Twelfth Planet (Scion #3) by Miriam Newman

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for House of the Twelfth Planet by Miriam Newman. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt and a guest post for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: House of the Twelfth Planet
Series: Scion #3
Author: Miriam Newman
Publisher: DCL Publications
Publication Date: March 23rd 2020
Print Length: 168 pages
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
Running for his life from a despotic ruler, Caius has left his ancestral home on the planet Thelona, arriving at Earth’s Colony Twelve in the company of his human former slave, Lela. She is no longer a slave on any earth colony, but it’s immaterial to Caius.

For Lela, on the other hand, the fact that she is free is everything. To whom does she owe her loyalty—the humans like herself on Colony Twelve, or the Thelonian Lord who loves her?

Her last memory was of sleeping in Caius’s arms. Her first was of his face.

There were other faces, too—human faces unlike her Thelonian Lord’s. More like her own. Shrill beeping noises. Nearly unbearable lights and a cold, sharp smell.

“Just be patient a moment,” one of the human faces said. “We will have you out shortly.”

Out of where, Lela thought, but she could see hands and feel them on her, too. Strange sensations, not unpleasant, but...invading. Removing things from her skin. Through it all, Caius’s steady, calm voice kept her from utter panic.

“You are awakening from a long sleep,” he told her, and she could well believe it. How long could you sleep, to forget where you were and why?

“You are on board a space transport,” he told her. “I have been with you the whole time. Just let the crew help you.”

She lay still, hardly daring to blink.

“There,” a woman’s voice said cheerily. “All finished now. How do you feel?”

Lela’s stare fixed on her. A medico. Fully human, understandable, not a threat. Dimly, she remembered. This woman had given her a substance that made her sleep, with Caius in their tiny cabin accommodation. His heartbeat was the last thing she had felt before she slept. Now she was inside one of the sleeping pods she had seen the crew members use. They had gone into the long sleep, and so had she. There were others, around her, stirring and stepping out of their pods.

“Strange,” she told the medico, then looked past her to Caius. “How long have I slept?”

“Twelve years by our suns. But now we are coming into the orbit of Colony Twelve, where I believe the days and years are somewhat longer.”

She shook her head. She was a simple nonni-girl from Danaali, a farmer, not a learned person who would know such things. It was all very well for Caius to tell her. He had a law-giver’s degree. She was confused except for one thing: on Colony 12 she was no longer a slave.
Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18-year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a "motley crew" of rescue animals.

- If you could be any science fiction character, whom would you choose and why?

Hmm...that one takes some thought.

I believe I’d have to go with either Paul Atreides or his mother, Lady Jessica, from Dune. Now it is not that I particularly like either arid worlds where you have to distill your own water or worms of any variety.

But the desert is a starkly beautiful place if you can adapt to it and, for a girl who grew up riding horses (and never stopped), riding a sand worm would be a giant step up. I mean, you can ride a horse into battle but a sand worm? That IS the battle. Your horse can’t annihilate enemies, but a worm? Oh, yes, that kind can do it. Much more satisfying.

Then there is the mortal enemy stuff. The Harkonnens are ultimate villains. Every hero must have a mortal enemy, right? And for the political science buff, the intrigue is endlessly fascinating. Frank Herbert created multiple books from that stuff. I would hope for no less.

The appeal of being Lady Jessica? Well, she is tragic, but she is so indomitable. By both harnessing and defying the power of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, she embraces feminism and also tells those she doesn’t like to stick it in their ear. This is definitely something I would do.

So, on balance, I’ll go with Lady Jessica—the power behind the throne. I keep writing those roles, so apparently they appeal to the frustrated Queen in me. And I keep on writing other worlds, so ditto. Long may sci-fi readers and writers reign.
Miriam Newman will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour.
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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your book and for the giveaway also. Greatly appreciated!

  2. Love to read this book and I like the cover too.

  3. Thank you for sharing! Sounds great!

  4. Thanks for hosting today and for your comments. Good luck to all in the drawing.

  5. A question for the author: When you were a child, what were your favorite authors, book series, and genres?

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