Release day: Rayessa and the Space Pirates
Today is the official release of Rayessa and the Space Pirates by Donna Maree Hanson (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
Sixteen year old Rae Stroder lives in a hollow asteroid, a defunct refuelling station, with a brain-damaged adult, Gris, for company. Low on supplies, they’ve been eking out an existence for years. Everything changes when Alwin Anton, ultra-clean, smart and handsome AllEarth Corp company auditor, arrives to find disarray. Full of suspicion, he interrogates Rae, threatening her with prosecution for theft. He uncovers the fact that she is not Rae Stroder at all, when space pirates attack.
During the attack, Rae is taken prisoner and Alwin Anton escapes in his space ship. The pirate women prepare Rae for sale on the infamous Centauri slave markets. All seems to be going badly, when she is purchased by a mysterious Ridallian. Meanwhile, the space pirates are out to kill Alwin Anton because he holds the secret to Rae’s true identity. It’s a race against time to unravel the intrigue that is Rae’s past to secure her future.
Donna dropped by today to tell us a bit about this story:
Rayessa and the Space Pirates was a lot of fun to write. Because Rayessa is 16 years old and has had a different upbringing to most others her age, she is a really fantastic character to portray. So many ordinary things are new to her, such as tasting coffee, being in a crowd. Yet, other things such as surviving an attack on the outpost, trading with rogue traders for food to survive is nothing to her. She’s done that before! I think that makes the reader stop and look at some of those everyday things and consider ‘what if?’. Also, because of her life so far, Rayessa handles responsibility well. When something comes up she knows she must deal with it, even if she gets into a bit of a tangle while she does. Her lack of education is a handicap that even she realises is a problem, but that doesn’t mean she’s not smart, she just has a way to go. Introducing, Alwin Anton, the whiz bang, genius-rated auditor as a hero was a great contrast to Rayessa and provided many behind-the-hand giggles as I wrote it. I’m an auditor, you see, so I’m poking fun at my profession.
All ARRA members who commenting on this post will go in the draw to win a PDF copy of this book. The giveaway closes on 31 January 2103. (The winner was Shiona)