Author Veronica Scott (WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM) has a forthcoming science fiction romance called ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE (August 2013). And guess what? The Galaxy Express has an exclusive cover reveal!
Such a nice cover! I love sharing this kind of news with my dear passengers. In terms of composition, this cover is similar to that of WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM, which might help make it easier for readers to spot Veronica Scott's SFR work online. Smart move on her part, especially since it's far too easy for indie titles to become lost in the noise.
ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE is a "Sectors Novel," which means it's set in the same universe as WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM.
I also have the blurb for you:
Andi Markriss hasn’t exactly enjoyed being the houseguest of the planetary high-lord, but her company sent her to represent them at a political wedding. When hotshot Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane barges in on the night of the biggest social event of the summer, Andi isn’t about to offend her high-ranking host on Deverane’s say-so—no matter how sexy he is, or how much he believes they need to leave now.
Deverane was thinking about how to spend his retirement bonus when HQ assigned him one last mission: rescue a civilian woman stranded on a planet on the verge of civil war. Someone has pulled some serious strings to get her plucked out of the hot zone. Deverane’s never met anyone so hard-headed—or so appealing. Suddenly his mission to protect this one woman has become more than just mere orders.
That mission proves more dangerous than he expected when rebel fighters attack the village and raze it to the ground. Deverane escapes with Andi, and on their frantic journey through the wilderness, Andi finds herself fighting her uncomfortable attraction to the gallant and courageous captain. But Deverane’s not the type to settle down, and running for one’s life doesn’t leave much time to explore a romance.
Then Andi is captured by the rebel fighters, but Deverane has discovered that Zulaire’s so-called civil war is part of a terrifying alien race’s attempt to subjugate the entire Sector. If he pushes on to the capitol Andi will die. Deverane must decide whether to save the woman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.
I'm keen to learn more about the political intrigue promised by the blurb. There aren't enough science fiction romances featuring diplomat heroines or heroes (Inari Gray's WARS OF THE HEART and Heidi RubyMiller's AMBASADORA are two that come to mind). And Zulaire has such a nice ring to it. I love the idea of visiting a dangerous world from the safety of my own home!
According to the author's Web site, ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE will release in late August. For more information, follow Veronica Scott on Twitter: @vscotttheauthor.