Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: On Destiny (Aunare Chronicles #5) by Aileen Erin

Title: On Destiny
Series: Aunare Chronicles #5
Author: Aileen Erin
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: July 19th 2022
Print Length: 464 pages
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

The moment I realized I had to go back to Earth, I panicked.

It wasn’t a little bit of panic. It was the kind that sucked the air and light from the room and made my body go cold with sweat and fear. I knew that if I did this, if I went back, then I had a shot of saving everyone—Earthers, Aunare, everyone—but it could cost me everything and everyone I love. And it could cost me my life.

But that moment of panic passed. It was still an insane, stupid, deadly idea, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew going back to Earth was the only plan that made sense.

Lorne agrees that this is the right plan, but he wants to come with me. We’re married now. A team. A unit. Where I go, he goes. It was in our marriage vows. And while I love that, I know that going to Earth will hurt him. He’ll want to see where I lived, how I survived, and seeing, knowing, understanding my past better will only hurt him. And yet, I don’t have a better plan.

There will be no hiding there. Not anymore. Everyone on Earth knows my face.

The vids of what happened on Abaddon and Sel’Ani have played throughout the known universe for months. But seeing those vids opened the Earthers’ eyes. They realized that I’d been fighting for them for years before I left. I’d taught martial arts, patrolled the streets, and helped save as many of them as I could. And now, somehow, my story has inspired Eathers to speak up and act out.

My name has become the rallying cry of the revolution.

Returning to Earth is risky, but nothing in life is without risk. I’m not afraid anymore. All I feel is determination to win. I won’t stop until SpaceTech has been destroyed.

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“You ready?”

He took two quick steps, closing the distance between us. He took my face in his hands and pressed his lips to mine. It took me a second to let everything go—the battle, the war, Earth, my fears for the Crew—and then everything disappeared but him. I settled into the kiss, and my hands wove through his hair, pulling him closer. Needing more. Wanting more. And then before I knew what happened, he stepped back and I was left realizing that I would never have enough of him. No matter what happened, there would never be enough time. I could spend eternity with him and it wouldn’t be long enough.

He looked into my eyes, and I wondered if he saw what I was thinking. If he felt the same way. But before I could even think about asking, he gave me a serious look that sent my stomach tumbling.

“Ready?” he asked.

No. No, I wasn’t. I wanted to stay here with him. Somewhere in the craziness of the last few days—the estate under attack, boarding a hostile SpaceTech ship, psychically hearing a baby in distress—I’d lost sight of that. Of how much I needed him. I’d been insane to think that I could go back to Earth without him.

“Promise me something?” I asked.

“Anything. Name it.”

I loved his instant agreement, but he really shouldn’t do that. What if I asked for something crazy?

But I wasn’t. Not really. “That no matter how much we argue about what we do next, or how to go about something that you won’t get so mad that we lose each other.”

He cupped my face in his hand. “I lost you once. It’s not happening again. Why do you think I’m insistent that I go with you?”

I closed my eyes and leaned into his hand. “Thank you.” He knew what I needed even when I didn’t know it. I had so many feelings about going back to Earth—none of them good—and I’d wanted to spare him from that and from the danger.

But I needed him there.

I wanted him there.

We were stronger together, and he’d known that. He always seemed to put that first, and I needed to do a better job of remembering it.

“Come on.” Lorne stepped away and gripped my hand. “We’ll do this together, as we should do all things.”

He was right. Of course he was right. Where I went, he went. My battles were his, and his were mine. We would do this together.
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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  1. Congratulations on the book release. Sounds like a great book.

  2. congrats on the book this sounds wonderful

  3. Congratulations happy release day this Sounds awesome

  4. I like the cover and excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love the cover! Added all four books to my TBR!

  7. Correction, all 5 books. Sorry!

  8. The book sounds interesting.

  9. David HollingsworthJuly 20, 2022 at 8:59 PM

    I should add to this my reading list.

  10. I am a Star Trek geek and would enjoy this book. Good work

  11. I enjoyed reading this great excerpt!
    Thank you for sharing this.

  12. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

  13. Sounds interesting. Adding to my TBR list.

  14. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  15. My brother would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

  16. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. Wow this sounds like an awesome read! I love Sci-Fi books and movies so I will be looking into reading this one for sure. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win!

  18. How long does it take to write a book?

  19. I love Sci-Fi as well, especially Star Trek.

  20. My daughter would enjoy this book

  21. Happy to find a new to me author, I need more summer reads.

  22. Sounds like an interesting read.