Sunday, February 22, 2015


Credit: Boeing
And we have lift-off of a brand new SFR series!

Today marks the launch of Part I of INHERIT THE STARS--subtitled FLIGHT--an award-winning novel which was also a former finalist in the RWA Golden Heart Awards(C) under the title P2PC. This opening novel of The Inherited Stars series is being offered in three parts. INHERIT THE STARS PART I: FLIGHT is on sale at a special price of .99!

To be clear, it's not the first book in the series. That honor goes to FAREWELL ANDROMEDA, a novelette of approximately 17,000 words that launched last month. (FAREWELL ANDROMEDA takes place 200 years in the future of INHERIT THE STARS, but there are several ties, mentions and clues about what happened in those centuries between the two stories.)

But wait, what about INHERIT THE STARS PARTS II and III, you ask. How long will I have to wait to read the fast-paced middle and epic conclusion to this novel?

The answer is: not long at all! INHERIT THE STARS PART II: THE NETWORK and INHERIT THE STARS PART III: SACRIFICE will be released in one week, and meanwhile both are available for pre-order on Amazon. (Just click the titles to perform a recon mission.)

So let me answer a few burning questions about INHERIT THE STARS that you might ask as a reader.



ANSWER: That really all depends. This story takes some risks and pushes the envelope a bit on a "typical" Romance or SFR. Though the overall feel is an adventurous romance--(cue ominous music: da-da-daaaaaa!)--there is a dark side.

To decide if this novel might be your kind of read, check off the boxes on this Readers' Profile to help you decide if INHERIT THE STARS should make the jump to your TBR pile.

A reader who might lurvvvv INHERIT THE STARS is a reader who:
  • Loves adventures set in space
  • Would enjoy major roll reversal between the hero/heroine
  • Likes shiny technology worked seamlessly into the action
  • Wants to try a story told solely from the male hero's POV
  • Isn't put off by or intolerant of experiencing the dark side of humanity
  • Is fascinated by characters with twisty, tragic backstories
  • Perks up their ears at the phrase "prototype"
  • Is engrossed by angsty "love vs. duty" choices
  • Wants a story with high stakes
  • Adores military influences
  • Cheers for the rebels
  • Eats up surprises
  • Buys into character relationships that go beyond the physical sense
  • Is a card-carrying believer that "Karma is a b*tch"
  • High-fives those who relentlessly champion a cause but still have a conscience

QUESTION #2: What are some of your favorite quotes from the story?

ANSWER: Ohh, gotta be careful here. Without listing any of the spoilery stuff, I'll give three examples:

"History is never made in the quiet or the dark, Duchess."

"Your father gave you an incredible gift...You inherited the stars."

He hadn't seen a child this age since he was a child.

QUESTION #3: Does the novel have any androids, robots or cyborgs?

ANSWER: Well, yes. But maybe not the type you're thinking. It has the future equivalents, but these entities don't fit in the typical box marked "androids, robots and cyborgs" (oh my).

QUESTION #4: When does the story take place?

ANSWER: Circa 3500 or about 1,500 years from now. There's not an exact reference because no one really keeps track of Earth-based time systems anymore. Their word for years is "calendars," which are standard blocks of time based on the solar year of a now forgotten planet. (Which would, of course, be Earth.)

QUESTION #5: Do all of the novels in the series take place in this time period?

ANSWER: No. And this question is a bit of a Pandora's Box of Spoilers so I'll try to keep a lid on letting too many out.

Surprisingly, (I like surprises) only the first and last novels take place in the circa 3500 era. The other four--a single and a trilogy--happen in present day to the near future. The series gives a new take on history and what is yet to come. The novels and various short stories, novellas and novelettes (like FAREWELL ANDROMEDA) will all work together to provide clues about the overarching tale of lost knowledge and discovery, but even moreso about the men and women who forge a future in the stars.

My heroes have always been astronauts. How about you?


If you've read this far, then something about this novel has grabbed your interest. That makes me happy, so I'm going to gift via Amazon a free copy of INHERIT THE STARS PART I: FLIGHT to a random commenter below who tells me which line or lines from the Readers Profile above fits them. That's it. Easy-peasy, right? We'll pick a winner next weekend.

And don't forget that co-blogger Donna S. Frelick is launching her debut novel, UNCHAINED MEMORY in just two days! Yes, we're having two debut novels achieve orbit the same week here at Spacefreighters Lounge, following Sharon Lynn Fisher's release of the much anticipated ECHO 8 on February 2nd. That's why we named this our FABULOUS FEBRUARY TRIPLE LAUNCH.

Be sure to stop in for Donna's big day on Tuesday!

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  1. Big congrats on your special day, Laurie! (It's the start of a wild week here at Spacefreighters Lounge for sure!) Wishing you all the best as you reach for the stars!

  2. Thanks so much, Donna. We could never have imagined in our wildest dreams when we met all those years ago--2010?--in the lobby of the RWA hotel that we'd be releasing our debut novels two days apart! It's been amazing how things have worked out.

  3. Congrats, Laurie! Very exciting. I always cheer for rebels. :)

    1. Yay, Cate! I tend to side with the rebels too...and the underdogs!

  4. Congrats, Laurie. The covers look fab!! I have a feeling this might post twice but - hey - you can never have enough congrats.

    1. LOL Thanks, Barbara. And no, repeats are never a problem (though yours didn't). Thanks so much for all your support and advice over the years. Can't wait until May.

  5. Eats up surprises - that's me! Love surprises in the books I read. If I am forced to gasp out loud - so much the better. If you know what is going to happen, why read the book? In anticipation of Inherit the Stars, I am going to start Farwell Andromeda tonight. Can't wait to read all of them. Congrats Laurie!

    1. I think you'll find enough surprises in Inherit the Stars (and Farewell Andromeda) to make you a happy reader, Riley! Thanks so much for the congrats.

  6. Fantastic, Laurie, just fantastic. Congrats for getting out there with an amazing story.

  7. Thank you, Arlene! I could have never gotten to this point without my fabulous IPs.

  8. So excited this is finally happening, Laurie. Congratulations!!! And happy birthday, too! :)

  9. Thanks so much, Sharon. It was a very special birthday celebration to be sure. A debuting novel and Alaskan King Crab. Mmmmmmmmm! What a combination.


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