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If someone were writing a story about you, what would your blurb say?
The greatest superpower, how to turn can’ts into cans, is wielded by the tenacious M. Pax. She seeks out self doubters everywhere, putting the whammy on their insecurities. “You can’t triumph if you give up.” Will her petition to the League of Justice be accepted? Stay tuned...
Would you tell us a little about your newest release that isn't in the blurb?
The theme of the book is the tagline, ‘Salvation comes at a price.’ There are three other storylines happening in the novel besides the main character’s. Lepsi and Talos are off searching for alien allies to thwart the coming war. Lepsi ends up making a grave sacrifice to save his friends. Rainly faces a past she wants to erase. She also has to make a terrific sacrifice for the good of all. The third is on the main character’s homeworld of Pardeep Station. The resident recluse has to run the planet, manage a changing galaxy, and learn to face the world again.
This book became quite the challenge. In the middle of it, I received one of those dreaded phone calls. My baby brother was found dead, and I dropped everything to return to Western New York and be with my family. I had lots of loss and sorrow to draw on when finishing this novel.
What was your favorite scene to write in this story?
The good-bye scenes for the character making horrendous sacrifices. I used them to say the good-bye to my brother I didn’t get.
If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Most of my characters have had pretty tragic pasts and face unpleasant challenges. I would probably pick the mercenary, Captain Kaesare. She’s a secondary character with a mouth, a quick trigger finger, and a cool spaceship. I’d love to travel from planet to planet and explore the galaxy. It’s the reason why I write the Backworlds series.
The Backworlds hang by a Quantum string, a thread about to snap. Annihilation is coming if Craze can’t stop it.
The genocidal alien he had trapped breaks free, destroying a ship belonging to the Backworlds’ oldest enemy, the Fo’wo’s. The murderous alien wants to overtake the galaxy. The Fo’wo’s want another war.
The Backworlds’ best chance to survive is to overcome a century of hate and forge an alliance with the Fo’wo’s. Because of his history with the alien, Craze is recruited to represent his people. Now he’s the most hated man in the galaxy.
The looming war will be a holocaust unless he can stop it, knowing salvation comes at a price.
Boing Boing gives The Backworlds 5 stars! "This is a fun, fast paced novel that reminded me a bit of early Heinlein".
Enjoy an excerpt:
Commander Hunninger tapped an icon on her tab and jabbed it in Craze’s face. “You really want to say no to this?”
The screen was too close. He grabbed the device from her manly fingers and brought the image into focus. A brand new, state-of-the-art, mini city docking facility. Pardeep Station had never seen finer and probably never would. Better protection from the dust storms was a necessity, and folks had to get out of the cold. Craze tired of the stench of the sick. “How much is it goin’ to cost? Everyone on this moon barely has three chips to jangle in their holey pockets.”
“No chips.” She smiled. Her wide mouth contained a lot of very white teeth.
Three good sucks on his air hose and Craze knew he wasn’t dreaming. He narrowed his eyes. “There’s still a price.”
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