A re-imagined fairy tale

Today I’m absolutely delighted to host Sandra Sookoo, who is going to tell us all about her new SF Romance, ‘Fractured’. Love the cover, Sandra. Tell us all about it.

Thanks for having me on your blog today!

Today, I’m talking about my latest release, FRACTURED.  It’s a re-imagined fairy tale but it’s set in a futuristic world.  Things have changed for Earth a little bit, but some things—like government red tape—remain very much the same.

I came late to sci-fi.  In fact, it never really held my interest until a few years ago.  When I married my husband nine years ago, I knew he was a complete sci-fi nut, the walking, talking, fan-boy nut.  I tried to ignore it or overlook it, thinking it wasn’t for me.  Little did I know he was slowly pulling me in with little tidbits.  It started with watching Star Trek Voyager.  I became enamored of a female starship captain who was tough as nails.  Once I had the opportunity to watch Stargate SG-1 I was hooked and knew there was no looking back.

But it wasn’t until I began actually writing in the genre that it ignited in my blood.  I didn’t pen my first sci-fi piece until sometime in 2010, and wow, can I just say that writing sci-fi is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s also one of the most rewarding as well.  Making up names for people, races, species and ships is only part of the fun.

I’m also a big fan of fairy tales in all forms, so blending one love into another seemed like a no-brainer.  In FRACTURED, I used the classic Beauty and the Beast tale as a spring board, but I turned it around and made the female lead be the beast.  What’s more, she’s a strong woman who doesn’t mind what she is, and has, in fact, made peace with that.  No changing for her.

Here’s the blurb:  What happens when beauty is the beast?

Major Rick Keenan has a near-impossible mission: repair his broken shuttle, rescue a missing crew member and get off an almost-dead planet.  Angry that the U.S. is discontinuing the space program, he wants to find a discovery that will revise the government’s position.  Unfortunately, that discovery might just kill him.

Marin is one of the last of her people.  Forced to flee to the planet in her childhood, she’s kept herself hidden away in darkness, safe in a castle-like fortress, only coming out when she needs to feed–from human blood.  Convinced she’ll never fit in, she shuns all contact, yet taking Rick hostage as a food source chips away at her perceptions.

Though their differences threaten to tear them apart, their humanity binds them together.  In a world where only the strong and determined survive, does a happily ever after stand a chance?

Book video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3hiQHxMW2w&feature=youtu.be

And a short excerpt from the beginning of the book:

“Major, I’m under attack!” Static crackled over the com-link, but didn’t hide the panic in Private Jenkins’ voice. “…requesting back-up!”

Rick Keenan depressed the talk button on his handheld com-link. “Where are you?” He’d made the decision to send the lieutenant out alone. The man had escaped from trickier situations than this before. It shouldn’t have been a problem.

Another long period of static broke the response. “…castle… couldn’t see… Oh, my God!” The static gave way to a man’s terror-filled scream.

Rick’s gut clenched. “Be there as soon as we can. Hold on.” He glanced around the Redemption’s interior. Auxiliary power flooded the cramped space with anemic white light. Hoses hung from a few built-in compartments while the crystal panel gave off intermittent flickers then finally blinked off. We’re so screwed.

“Reigen, what do we need to get this bird back in the air?” Rick barked out the question as he strode to the crystal panel. Down a power source, they’d be sitting ducks to any being—dangerous or otherwise—on the planet.

“Without a whole crystal array replacement, we’re not going anywhere. Power core’s busted, but I think we can get moving, given enough time.” The wiry, red-haired man turned to face him, his long face tight with stress. “Core’s needed for hyperspace; crystals are needed to get airborne. You choose which you want more. I’ll figure out how long we’ll survive without both.”

“No time to argue. Grab your gear. We’re going after Jenkins.” Barely waiting for an acknowledgement, Rick strapped a dagger to his right thigh. “If we’re lucky, we’ll find someone who can help us.”

“And if we’re not?”

“Then we’ll have a fight on our hands.”

All Romance e-books:  http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fractured-668700-143.html

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-ebook/dp/B006V4Y63Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326067754&sr=8-1

Liquid Silver Books:  http://www.king-cart.com/cgi-bin/cart.cgi?store=linda018&product_name=Fractured&return_page=&user-id=&password=&exchange=&exact_match=exact

Want to connect with Sandra?  Find her here:

Liquid Silver Books:  http://www.king-cart.com/cgi-bin/cart.cgi?store=linda018&product_name=Fractured&return_page=&user-id=&password=&exchange=&exact_match=exact

Want to connect with Sandra?  Find her here:

Website:  http://www.sandrasookoo.com

Believing is Seeing blog:  http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/sandrasookoo

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/sandra.sookoo

Giveaway:  One random commenter will receive book swag (bookmarks, postcards, etc).  Please leave your contact information.  Winner will be drawn January 23rd.

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About Greta van der Rol

I'm an author of fast-paced, action-adventure novels, mainly space opera - although I've been known to write in other genres. I live not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoy photography and cooking when I'm not bent over the computer. I have a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping me in my writing endeavours.

Posted on 19 January 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Still loving that cover. 🙂

  2. Thanks for hosting me 🙂

    Thanks Pippa. I love it too!

  3. Kudos for picking the right guy that would put a new flair to your fiction 🙂 I’m assuming you have loads of good action scenes in your novel? I have been looking for good scifi/fantasy examples for my next writing class. Yeay!

    Keep it up!

    • Hi Tiffany! The action scenes in Fractured are rather low key. If you’re looking for a good sci-fi action scene book, I’d wait and get my book Ricochet which comes out next month. That story is action-packed throughout 🙂

  4. What is that really intriguing little green badge-thing in the upper left hand corner of the cover with the “glass slipper”? Did you win an award?

    • LOL No, didn’t win an award. I think it’s a shield of some sort, you know, like a “royal” crest since it’s the icon for the Silver Slippers line at Liquid Silver 🙂

  5. Love that cover. I’m also a late-comer to sci-fi, but I’ve been reading more of it lately. Congrats on the new release!

  6. I love Beauty and the Beast … and really like the reversal so that it’s the woman strong and self-accepting in the “beast” role.

  7. Okay, I couldn’t pick just one person to receive book swag, so anyone who commented on this post who’d like to receive book swag, just send me an email with your mailing address to sandra (dot) sookoo (at) comcast (dot) net. 🙂

    Thanks all for coming out!

  8. Wow, that’s generous of you. I’ll make sure everybody knows

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