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Today I bring to you a sneak peek at Aubrie Dionne’s novel Colonization and her insight on what to expect in Book Two of her New Dawn series.
Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined
for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her
family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to keep her protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.
Can she save the colony and discover her true love?
When Grandpapa spoke, his voice was weak despite the amplification of his throat mic. “This is a
momentous event in the history of mankind, a goal achieved throughout eight generations of steadfast work and perseverance. Because the space pirates severed communication with the other communal
transport ships, we may be the last hope of humanity. Let us make our ancestors proud.”
His arms rose feebly, but the surge of applause roared louder than anything I’d experienced in my life. Goose bumps prickled my neck as I pondered his words and watched the colonists around me celebrate
Grandpapa gestured toward the emergency exit panel on the far side of the auditorium. “Preliminary atmospheric readings are compatible. Go now and take the first steps into a new future.”
What to Expect in Book 2: Reconnaissance
by Aubrie Dionne
One of my critique partners mentioned the antagonist in Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed is not fully developed, and wondered what happened to her after the story ended. This gave me a great idea for book 2.
Nova Williams, the girl that Andromeda despises, is the main character in book 2: Reconnaissance. Here, we get to see her side of the story. After writing it, I have to say I like Nova even better than Andromeda! Although she’s got a sarcastic tongue, she has a slew of insecurities, which makes her a much deeper character with a larger arc throughout the book. She rises above such adversity, and comes out a better person because of it.
In book 1, the aliens are trying to help. But in book 2, there’s a new species in town, and this time they’re not friendly.
Why did I complicate things?
Well, I wanted to create a new threat to the colony, something they hadn’t dealt with before. And I wanted to tie in the old threat with the new. I can’t say how I did- because that would be a great spoiler, but the main threat in Colonization definitely plays a part in Reconnaissance.
This fall I’ll be working on Book 3! Stay tuned to see what the last installment will bring!
About the Author:
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation–favorite character was Data by far–and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be “a concert flutist” when she grew up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship, then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.
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