Release day: Legend Beyond the Stars
Today is the official release of Legend Beyond the Stars by SE Gilchrist (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
Earth is struggling with disastrous climate changes and an exploding population. When the United Earth Corporation is offered a proposition from alien traders to transport the first wave of colonists to a new-earth in exchange for precious metals and minerals, they accept with few questions asked. But the traders have another agenda.Alana Knight, a captain in the United Defence Force, whose only child was still-born, has focused on her career. She volunteers for this mission, seeking redemption from a disastrous mission where soldiers died under her command. On board the space ship, she learns of a war raging for supremacy of the Seven Galaxies and possession of a renewable energy source that powers intergalactic space travel. A power that can be transformed into a terrible weapon.
The former Darkon Guardians are determined to fight to the death rather than reveal the secret of conversion.When the colonists are betrayed and sold, her mission is re-defined. Nothing will stop her from keeping those in her care safe and from finding a passage home.But her new captor is nothing like she expects.Embroiled in a cycles long war and the consequent unleashing of the retro virus, Commander Tarak El Rajan of the Darkon fleet, is human, male and equally determined to retain his payload.With his race on the brink of extinction he is under strict orders to transport all females to the planet Isla for research purposes. His duty is to ensure the continuation of his race and the defeat of his enemies, despite his weariness with war and death. In a world of uncertainty, where the wrong decision could mean the death of an entire race, the last thing either of these two soldiers expects, or needs, is to fall in love. A love that may be destroyed by a fanatical ruler and a dark, dirty secret.
SE Gilchrist dropped by today to tell us about this book:
I loved writing this book. It gave me the perfect excuse to research all sorts of nerdy/techno stuff; like life on space stations, how space ships could be powered, different formations of planets and the life that could evolve on them, futuristic weapons etc. The idea came first rather than a character–what would a race do to ensure it survived another generation? On one hand, a futuristic Earth with a desperate need to find a new home for its people and on the other hand, a race facing extinction. A protagonist from each, both soldiers, both determined to save their people. Legend has changed somewhat since it placed third in the RWA Emerald Contest of 2011 but it still contains a great love story and the hero of my heart. I hope others like him just as much as I do and enjoy reading Alana’s struggle to save her friends and find the happiness she deserves.
All ARRA members who leave a comment on this article will go in the draw to win a copy of this book. The giveaway will close on 22 January 2013. (The winner was Louise)