MOMS in SPACE
Starlander’s Myth will be out next weekend! It is a mixed genre romance, a steampunk/space western with supernatural elements.
My heroine, Sophie Farrel is a single mom, a widow, with a secret. I haven’t read too many mother heroine’s in SFR, though they are common in other romance sub-genres. I thought she was interesting. Having a child makes her conflicts deeper, I thought.
Sophie is a bit of a play on the more common kick-a$$ SFR heroine. She is–can be–very powerful. Scary, even. But she is vulnerable because she is the single mom of a small child, a child young enough to be completely dependent on her. There are things she is capable of doing, but she must restrain herself in order to keep her daughter safe.
Having a child ups the stakes. A job loss is worse if a child is dependent on you. So is a bad relationship. Disasters, tragic circumstance–all harder if you are trying to keep a three year old fed, healthy, and comforted. A parent’s greatest fear is that harm or death will come to their child
That is Sophie’s reality. She wants her daughter to have a happy childhood with stability, but she has fallen into the hands of slavers. She is not helpless, but in some ways her circumstances are pretty hopeless.
Jack Starlander is a good man with survivor’s guilt due to losses in war. He has isolated himself far from his home—and yet somehow he has made a small family with fellow asteroid miners. When he learns of Sophie’s situation, he acts.
Asteroid miner Jack Starlander stumbles upon the illegal sale of a woman and child with unusual abilities. In the ensuing shoot out, two important men die. Jack, Sophie and her daughter, and Jack’s close neighbors are forced to flee to safety. Their journey takes them into deadly danger.
Sophie is a creature from myth and she recognizes the mythic thread in Starlander’s family legend. Perhaps his family’s story can save them.
You can read an excerpt here: http://www.melisseaires.com/excerpt-starlanders-myth.html
It is coming this weekend. Check my Amazon Author page for links! http://amazon.com/author/melisseaires