Sabine has a chat with Balastar and Kit from Liberation
I’d like to start off by saying thanks for having us over today. I always enjoy hanging out with my characters. I brought along the trailer for the book to get started. It’s only about 40s (and still too long for Instagram, ha ha).
Sabine: Okay guys, like it says in your trailer, yours was a slow burn kind of bond. What happened? What took you so long to figure out you were psi-mates?
Balastar: It wasn’t for lack of trying on my part.
Sabine: That's for sure you guys were like rabbits on Balastar’s ship when you were hiding from the Torogs.
Kit: Something about the danger of the situation gave the whole thing kind of a surreal edge. Dani and Ria and I have talked about the bond thing, we have a theory.
Balastar: You’re talking about our bond with Dani and Ria?
Kit: Why not? Their books came first.
Sabine: Let’s hear it.
Kit: We think it’s something to do with where you’re from. It took us so long because we have different psi. Look at Dani and Ian.
Sabine: Book one.
Kit nods. Ian is a blend of Sandarian and Vertan psi. Dani of course is Vertan. It’s a mix and they fought their bond for yonks.
Balastar: Longer than us.
Kit: True, but we had 3 full days together before we split up. They had one night before Ian realized he had to fight it. Their bond’s grasp was more tenuous than ours. Then look at Ria and Ty.
Sabine: Book two, Rebellion.
Kit: Are you going to mention the book every time I mention the characters?
Sabine: Um, no?
Kit: Those two are full Sandarian. They couldn’t stay apart even when she thought he was a murderer and he sort of blamed her for the death of his parents.
Balastar: That was messed up. [Glares at Sabine.]
Sabine: What? It’s not like I make this stuff up. I just write it down. Anyway, thanks for stopping by you two. Love you both *air kisses*
Thanks for having me over today, Roxanne. It’s always fun to come by and see what’s going on in your neck of the woods!
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Kensington / Lyrical
Date of Publication: 8/18/14
Number of pages: 208
Word Count: 75K
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco
Finding one’s psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it would be both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family.
A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win those mixed martial arts matches she’s so fond of. At home on Cat Island her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice.
Unfortunately some butt-ugly Torog aliens also take notice sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian’s arms. But Dani isn’t the type of woman to let some alien voodoo decide her future or her mate…no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her.
For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species.
Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.
Will their love be strong enough to keep them alive and get them back to Earth?
Excerpt Alien Attachments:
“Earth Protector? You’re kidding right?”
“No. Pretty much what it sounds like. Cliche as it may be, we are not alone in the universe.”
Dani held Jared’s gaze. She’d heard what he said, but couldn’t process the words. They sat on her brain like little beings, patiently waiting to be let in. Knock, knock. Dani let out a nervous laugh. Maybe if I ignore them, they’ll go away. Jared didn’t blink. Or maybe not.
“So you’re not an EP?”
“Nah, I’m human, just like you. I’m what they call a Support Agent, or SA for short. I do what I can for Ian and the other EPs, but I’m based with Ian.”
“So you’re a spy.”
“Support agent, not secret agent,” Jared said. “Although, we are a secret.”
“You’re a spy for aliens.”
“Stop it. It’s not like that.”
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Kensington / Lyrical
Date of Publication: 10/13/15
Number of pages: 169
Word Count: 72K
Cover Artist: Cora Graphics
Ria Montori is no stranger to kicking ass. Though petite in size, she packs a punch as a former Sandarian military officer who currently serves the Cavacent clan on a strange planet called Earth. She has no interest in seeking her one psi-mate who could bring her unparalleled pleasure through a sensual, otherworldly bond. She has no time for a lover of any kind. So why is she lured in by the beguiling Curzan native who just killed a government official?
Ty Sordina hates Ria’s kind. The Sandarians murdered his parents while he watched and enslaved his people. Driven by revenge, he vows that nothing and no one will stand in his way. Especially not a feisty redhead who challenges his every instinct and calls to his psi like no other.
But war is coming. And the two must succumb to temptation for only the power of their completed bond can defeat and destroy the enemy. But only if they surrender…
Excerpt 2 Rebellion
It was she and Dani’s turn to hold their base. Ian and Armond flushed the surrounding area. Ian was ahead in kills, but so far, she and Dani were ahead on team saves. So as usual, the women were keeping them alive, and the guys were shooting things.
Ria wiped the sweat from her eyes. “We need to pick a desert next time. This humidity sucks.”
“You get used to it,” Dani said.
The bushes to their left rustled, and both women swung their lasers in the ready.
Ian stepped out, and Ria sparked with envy when he grabbed Dani and planted a kiss on her before he disappeared back into the foliage.
“Seriously?” Ria said. “You can’t go an hour without locking lips?”
Ian’s laughter rippled through the trees.
Ria rolled her eyes.
Another rustle, and a four-legged creature with razor sharp teeth launched itself at Ria’s chest. “Morits!” Ria called out as she sliced the critter in half.
The sound of Ian and Armond battling away let her know they’d found the nasty critters as well. Six more made it past the men. Dani made easy work of the two that had targeted her. Ria nearly made it unscathed but when four hit her at once from all sides, one managed to latch onto her lower arm. Those jaws had some serious force, and her hand popped off, dropping the creature to the ground with it.
“Aw, come on. Not fair. There were four of them.” Ria lifted up her wrist and studied the bloody stump. “Halt sim.”
Ian and Armond approached from opposite ends of the clearing, equally covered in sweat.
Dani came to her side and inspected her handless arm. “It would almost be easier if they were bigger. It’s hard to keep track of them when they’re so small.”
“Perhaps your relative height to the ground also contributed to your demise,” Armond said.
Ria glared at him. “Are you seriously going there?”
“I’m simply stating that you were closer to them than Dani.”
“Whatever,” Ria said. “Little shits. Reset sim,” she called out.
Morit bodies and Ria’s hand evaporated. The illusion of a bloody stump did, as well, and her own hand reappeared as they all caught their breath. The jungle around them melted into the floor, and they soon stood in the metal gray of the sim room.
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: KAC Publishing
Date of Publication: 12/1/15
Number of pages: 206
Word Count: 72K
Cover Artist: Nathalie Gray of Kanaxa Designs
Following the signal of foreign psi to an old abandoned building on Florin 5, Balastar Alder literally stumbles across the pugnacious raven-haired beauty, Kit Athorika.
He’s not the only one who’s looking for the mysterious portal making devices in her possession. When Torogs attack, she ports them to safety. Without the help of a single Portal Master.
Balastar offers to repay the favor by getting her off-planet and back to her own ship. Their escape is complicated when the Torog’s pursue. Forced to go silent and lay-low in an asteroid field, they have little to do. Fortunately, the chemistry between them ignites and they find endless ways to occupy their time.
Balastar convinces her to come and meet his boss, Lord Cavacent. Recently relocated to Earth, the Sandarian clan included a handful of rogue Portal Masters. Kit has her own reasons for hating and fearing the Portal Masters, but she needs all the help she can get to save her planet. She reluctantly agrees to seek out Lord Cavacent’s help, and his connections to the Galactic Trade Organization and its powerful military.
The Portal Masters’ Guild on Sandaria has controlled intergalactic portals throughout the galaxy for centuries, and jealously guard their secrets. One of those secrets has kept Kit’s home world under quarantine for nearly thirty years. But portals across the galaxy are failing and the guild is getting desperate.
Finding themselves bonded wasn’t expected, but having a psi-mate had its advantages. Can they free an entire planet and take down a guild as old as the Masters without losing their lives?
Book Trailer: http://sabinepriestley.com/blog/liberation-trailer/
Excerpt 2 Liberation:
"Frack, look." Kit said, pointing to the screen.
Torog ships blasted up the lines of each vector, including theirs. They were coming too fast. Before Balastar could get the required thrust needed, the Torogs scanned his ship as they passed. They slowed immediately and turned around.
Balastar watched his controls. "Three, two, one. Hold on." As soon as his engine hit the green line, he pulled out of position in the queue and shot straight up. The Gravity Modulator was engaged but the ship had to make a series of course corrections in order to avoid satellites and other low orbit objects. The seats automatically formed a cocoon around their bodies and heads, preventing whiplash. He gripped the arms of his chair and waited. Two and a half minutes later, they were clear and headed to the closest interstellar portal.
"We've got three following. Make that four," Kit said. "What do you think?
Balastar pulled up the specs for the Torogs' ships. "We'll outgun them before we'll outrun 'em."
"Can you take on four?"
"Do we have a choice?"
"Maybe." Kit flipped through nav charts with manic speed. She stopped and backed up. "How big is it?"
Her psi pulsed, and he grinned. "Pretty big."
She looked him up and down. "I meant the ship. How long is it?"
"Two hundred and twelve feet."
"That is long."
Another pulse of pleasure. If they kept this up they were going to go down fucking. Not a bad way to go, but he'd rather stick around long enough for a repeat performance.
Kit swiveled her chair to face him and leaned in closer.
Balastar met her halfway, their faces inches apart.
The brown of her eyes held specks of gold. She brushed her lips against his ear. His trousers were now far too restrictive. "And exactly how wide is it, Balastar?"
He turned his head and took a bite at the hollow of her shoulder sweeping his tongue in circles on her skin. He wanted to taste her. Everywhere. He sucked hard, leaving a mark.
She groaned. "How wide?"
"Fifty-five feet." His adrenaline was cranking.
"Yes!" With quick rapid breaths, she swung back to the console. "We'll just make it."
As much as he wanted to continue their banter, staying alive was probably the better choice. "You have a plan?"
"Depends." She gave him a serious look. "How good are you?"
Another pulse left him desperate to lose the pants or change the subject. "I can take her anywhere."
"How long can she run silent?"
"A week, maybe more."
Kit hesitated a moment before sending the data to his com. "We'll make the portal. Take us to these coordinates, and I'll guide you from there."
About the Author:
A lifelong lover of books, Sabine grew up on Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance novels. As a child she wanted to be an astronaut and travel the stars looking for aliens. As an adult she’s seriously disappointed we’ve yet to establish so much as a moon base (although she gives a hearty nod to the ISS) and is pretty sure Humans aren’t ready to meet ET.
An Electrical Engineer and Cultural Anthropologist by training, she's a geek with heart. She’s lived in more states than she cares to admit and loves to travel. When not in far off lands, you can frequently find her walking the local beaches and plotting her next adventure.
Sabine lives in Florida with her husband, kids, cats and an increasingly large mess of characters in her head.