Jael Wye has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrating the release of her sci-fi romance, Ice Red. In addition, Jael will be awarding a digital copy of Ice Red to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
Be sure you follow the tour and leave a comment at each stop. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. A complete list of tour dates can be found on the Goddess Fish website at: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/03/virtual-book-tour-ladder-to-red-star-by.html
And now… a short interview with Jael, a book blurb and an excerpt.
Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?
I always wanted to be Princess Leia when I grew up. She could rule a planet, shoot a blaster, and romance Han Solo. And she had the greatest hair.
Describe your writing process. Do you come up with the characters or the plot or the setting or other first?
I came up with the concept of the book first—the story of Snow White set on a future planet Mars. Because this is a retelling of a well-known story, the plot was already fixed when I started writing. I then set about creating fully integrated characters with believable motivations to carry the plot forward. I also used the characters’ viewpoints to integrate the setting fully into the story, so that it became important to the theme and not just a backdrop.
What draws you to the SciFi element in your book, Ice Red?
I have always been fascinated by the possibilities the future holds for us as humans. How will the powerful technology we are always developing change us as individuals and as a society? Or will we change in any way that matters? In Ice Red I got the chance to explore some of the temptations and dangers that science will soon offer us.
What do you like most about your heroine?
The thing I most admire in Bianca is her courage. She’s quiet and shy, but she will do whatever it takes to help and protect the people she cares about. She’s not quite so brave when it comes to risking her own heart, but she’s willing to sacrifice her life to save Mars and the people who live there if she has to. She’s also brilliant, with a quirky sense of humor and not an ounce of personal vanity. She’s a sweetheart, in other words.
What’s next for you?
Next up is the sequel to Ice Red, Ladder to the Red Star, which will be out April 28. This book is a retelling of Jack and the beanstalk, set on Earth 300 years in the future. I am currently working on a novella in the series, which is coming along splendidly!
Mirror, mirror, full of stars,
Who will claim the throne of Mars?
The princess: Engineer Bianca Ross, heir to a megacorporation and the Mars elevator, needs to acquire a mine on the surface to secure her place in the company. All that stands in her way is the mine’s charming owner, Cesare Chan.
The evil stepmother: Victoria Ross is plotting to gain control of Mars. She plans to assassinate Bianca and seduce Cesare to further her goals, and Bianca’s trip is the perfect opportunity.
The charming prince: Cesare shouldn’t get involved. Bianca’s visit could reveal the escaped slaves he’s hiding at his mine, but he can’t ignore a damsel in distress–especially one as beautiful as Bianca.
Alone, neither would stand a chance against Victoria. But together, they could rewrite a tale that’s meant to end with Bianca’s blood.
Enjoy this excerpt from Ice Red:
Time to begin the charm offensive. “How could I forget?” he said. “You were my damsel in distress. Standing on a balcony, no less. A bloke couldn’t ask for a more dramatic introduction. Though we didn’t get around to exchanging names, did we?”
“Well, M’Chan, I am grateful…” She trailed off, as if she didn’t quite know what to say next.
Cesare said thoughtfully, “But I think my heroic actions deserve a more substantial reward than I got. Buying you a drink was nice first installment, but it’s not quite enough.”
She blinked. “Reward?”
“Ay. In return for saving your travelpac, I want you to call me Cesare.”
She looked at him for a moment, her chin tilted up, brows slightly raised. He suddenly had the uncomfortable feeling that she was studying him as if he were an amoeba crawling around on a petri dish. Right, so maybe the charm offensive needs some retooling.
Then again, maybe not. Icy as her expression was, her delicate ivory skin was blooming with heat along her throat and her fine cheekbones.
“Cesare,” she finally said, imbuing the two syllables of his name with a sense of how utterly unimpressive she found him. For some reason Cesare found himself smiling wider.
“Is there something you would like to discuss with me?”
“Ay, Bianca,” he said, reining in his smile. “In fact, I’ve wanted to introduce myself to you, ever since you started trying to take over my company.”
Her expression didn’t waver. “Your company? I believe you mean your father’s company.”
He shook his head slowly. “No, Bianca. My company. No matter what the legal documents say, RedIce is mine.”
Author Bio and Links
Jael Wye grew up on the American Great Plains, went to school in the Midwest, and now lives in beautiful New England with her family and her enormous collection of houseplants. For more of Jael’s unique blend of futurism and fairy tale, don’t miss her ongoing series Once Upon A Red World.
Website — http://www.jaelwye.net
Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jael-Wye/319251781482358
Twitter — @jaelwye
Carina Press — http://ebooks.carinapress.com/3541389E-76F4-4F5B-A898-4EB437B8F69C/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=36D1C146-87F9-40C8-9FD4-995A2F0B2130
Amazon — http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Once-Upon-World-ebook/dp/B00CV30WX4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374696378&sr=1-1
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18272271-ice-red?bf=2000&from_search=true
eBooks — http://www.ebooks.com/1191588/ice-red/wye-jael/