Saturday, April 17, 2010

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A Carina Press Cover Exclusive! IN ENEMY HANDS by KS Augustin


IN ENEMY HANDS by KS Augustin is the science fiction romance that will be among the Carina Press launch titles in June, 2010. When Executive Editor Angela James asked if I’d be interested in premiering it on The Galaxy Express, my immediate reaction was “Where do I sign?!” My thanks, Ms. James, for this exciting opportunity.

The cover for IN ENEMY HANDS tells me that Carina Press knows and wants to attract the audience for SFR given the good balance of romance and science fictional elements in the image. Couple? Check. Starry, otherworldly landscape? Double check. Also, the hero and heroine’s composition conveys the gender equality that is frequently associated with science fiction romance these days.

This cover also drives home the fact that digital-first publishers/independent publishers can take more risks when it comes to niche subgenres, which I think is a very important take away lesson for readers and authors of SFR. It also reveals interesting differences between the digital and print book markets, at least where covers are concerned.

But back to IN ENEMY HANDS! For your reading pleasure, here is the newly unveiled cover copy for the story:

The Republic had taken everything from Moon—her research partner, her privacy, her illusions. They thought they had her under control. They were wrong.

Sirin, Moon’s new research partner, is a chemically enhanced math genius whose memory is erased every two days. He’s also a charming, fascinating man who is attracted to her anew after each memory loss cycle.

Escape from the regime that treats them like tools is impossible. There are too many walls around them, too many eyes watching. But when you’ve got nothing left to lose, running becomes the only option.

And there’s more—author KS Augustin pointed me to the excerpt available on her site. Read the prologue here! She also has free samples of her other work, which you can download here. Or you can read the free chapter excerpts right on her site.

About the author:
I am a child of the global South. In the past, I have run my own IT consultancy business, bookshop, gym, swimming pool business and martial arts school.

So far in my life, I have been a corporate trainer, lecturer, satirist, martial arts instructor, project manager, political essayist, small business owner and am now proud to call myself a fiction writer. Together with my husband, we have lived and worked in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. We adore our two children and tolerate as necessary evils our two grumpy, fur-shedding cats.

You can learn more about KS Augustin by visiting her blog. There, you can find a series of interviews with some Broad Universe SFR authors, including Pauline Baird Jones, Brenna Lyons, and Jaleta Clegg (that noise you hear is the sound of our collective TBR piles expanding).

Recently, KS Augustin interviewed her editor, Michael Banks, at the Carina Press blog.

Congratulations, Ms. Augustin, on your sale of IN ENEMY HANDS!

So, my adventurous passengers, tell me what you think about the cover for IN ENEMY HANDS.

Joyfully yours,