Thursday, February 27, 2014

SKY'S END by Lesley Young

SKY’S END (Cassiel Winters #1) by Lesley Young
A science fiction romance

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe's future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth's new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command's top pilots and her only family, who's been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition's fierce, and she's already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

When Cassiel's manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all. Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother-even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or'ic, the cold-as-steel Thell'eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

EXCERPT
“You would understand us,” Prime Or’ic beseeches me, hands out. He places them on the downcore, searching the room, until he spots what he’s looking for. He returns with a stool and sits on it, making him eye level with me. A first. “Our beliefs,” he starts and stops. I’ve never seen him this . . . uncertain.

“Kirs spend a lifetime training and fighting Aeon. We strive to achieve a perfect Horde, knowing the likelihood is incredibly small. And still we prevail. To get the chance to have, to fight with a sift,” he corrects himself, “with you, is . . . sacred. Once given, it is understood to be a right that is earned.”

“So you think I was, what, given to you?”

He rolls his eyes, frustrated. Ah, that’s more familiar. When he focuses back on me, his eyes are different. Earnest, I think.

“Think of how you ‘fell’ into our path. ESE sent you to our ship! You! When you took my beacon portal, then I knew for certain. It was our destiny to have a sift. You belong to us!”

His vehemence scares me more than the simple deduction. Those things all happened, but not so that I could be his sift. Not even so I could help ESE get the sift (isn’t that ironic?). But so that I could save my brother Daz! I’m certain of this. Being their sift is not my destiny. And even if I believed in that crap, I would never belong to them. Or anyone.

“I’m a human being, Or’ic!”

“I know, I know,” he says, touching my hand with his.

I pull away. I don’t like the way he’s looking at me. Not at all. He doesn’t understand that I wasn’t speaking literally. I meant to say that I’m not an object. But he continues, oblivious to his mistake.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH LESLEY
-What made you want to write?

Well, as a full-time journalist, I have to be honest, money. Ha! As for fiction, discovering how enjoyable the writing experience is. . .I literally lose myself writing novels for hours every day...well, let’s just say I am addicted. Even when I am not writing, I think about my characters, plot, and dialogue constantly.

-What draws you to your genre of choice?

I don’t have a genre of choice. Sky’s End Book One in the Cassiel Winters Series is mystery, suspense, romance, and more. What I am drawn to is a great story regardless of setting, silos or categories. However, I can’t see myself ever writing a historical romance. I love reading them mind you! But I couldn’t pull it off — I’m an modern gal and thus so are my heroines.

-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.

Well it’s not a fact: but it is a widely talked about and controversial physics theory: that our universe is actually inside a black hole. Further, that black holes give birth to multiple universes. Which, when you think about, would conform with laws of nature as we understand on them Earth (all things are born).

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Um, Prime Or’ic. My hot, mysterious, brooding, well-intentioned but hopelessly non-human hero.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Do you laugh when you are writing a funny line? Do you cry when a character’s been broken? If so, keep at it. Readers will, too.

Thanks for hosting me Kit ‘N Kabookle! (Let me just say, I too am a cat lover!)

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ABOUT LESLEY

Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.

Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.

Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, d├ęcor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.

Young has won three gold honors for feature stories from the National Business Magazine Awards and another top media award from the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Soul Mate Publishing released “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book and since its launch, it has remained an Amazon Best Seller. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.

Visit Lesley’s website. Connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @LesleyYoungBks.

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