space opera

Surprise novel release!

I’m back from being a guest at last weekend’s Norwescon scifi convention, which is held annually in Seattle over Easter weekend. I gave a reading, moderated two panels, and helped with three children’s events.

I have a surprise release to announce today: Spice Crimes, a new novel set in Lindsay Buroker’s Fallen Empire space opera universe, as part of the new Kindle World Amazon created for her series. I also happen to know Lindsay online, and was excited when she began releasing her series last year.

If you don’t know about Kindle Worlds, they let writers pen stories and novels set in other authors’ universes. Lindsay encouraged me to write a novel set in her Fallen Empire-verse, and to go ahead and tell my own story about her characters. So, I did!

I’m a big fan of space opera, including TV shows like Firefly and Farscape, as well as the various Star Treks, the Expanse, and the animated series Star Wars Rebels, so it was a real treat to play in Lindsay’s universe.

Spice Crimes features Lindsay’s hero Alisa Marchenko, and the cyborg Leonidas, as well as many of the other crew members of Alisa’s spaceship, the Star Nomad. The novel takes place shortly after Lindsay’s novel End Games, but is also a stand-alone.

Captain Alisa Marchenko’s latest troubles begin after the Star Nomad takes on a cargo of kitchen equipment, or so she’s told. The cargo turns out to be a highly sought after prize that mafia and pirates alike are all-too-ready to kill for.

When a layover on Sherran Moon lasts longer than planned, the Nomad disappears out from under Alisa’s nose. With only the cyborg Leonidas and the Starseers Abelardus and Young-Hee to help her, she must find out why her ship vanished, what happened to the crew, and how the mysterious cargo ties into it all, or they’ll be stranded indefinitely.

You can find the other Fallen Empire Kindle World stories here. Check them out!

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