Friday, February 10, 2012

Cover Reveal: KICKING ASHE by Pauline Baird Jones

Pauline Baird Jones has unveiled the cover for KICKING ASHE (March 10, L&L Dreamspell), Book 6 of her Project Universe romantic SF series!

Here's the cover:

This cover has a very "alternate dimension" feel to it, which is a perfect fit given what I've read of the series. The clockwork/time travel device in the background also lends it a very "Journey To The Center of The Universe" flavor. If I ran into something like that while traveling aboard my space ship I would totally freak out and love it at the same time. Gargantuan alien time clocks can beam me up anytime, yessiree.

I wouldn't have minded seeing Ashe on the cover, but given how difficult it is to find images of futuristic women that don't fall into the Barbie Sex Doll mode, I can understand the decision. Project Universe has strong SF elements and the cover suitably reflects that.

Here's the story blurb for KICKING ASHE:

When you save Time’s tush—or its version of one—it ought to cut you a break, not kick your tush some where and some when. Though boo yah on providing a hot guy in leather to pull that tush out of the impact crater that Ashe so did not make despite the somewhat damning evidence to the contrary.

So, the sitrep:

     • She's stuck on primitive planet

     • Time Tracker suit down

     • Lurch (her nanite) unable to connect to any tech (see primitive above)

     • Surrounded by a bunch of buccaneer types who haven’t been around nubile, young women cause it's against their law

     • The one guy (Vidor Shan) she’d like to kiss on the mouth is off limits (time rule)

     • Someone gunning for Shan from somewhere in time

     • And, oh yeah, some really strange meteorites are making landfall in some very strange ways.

Seems Time has a new hobby: kicking Ashe (and shame on It for doing it when she’s down).

Not that she plans to stay down. Or give up the guy.


Ashe, you go, girl!

Joyfully yours,