I’m a die-hard fantasy reader and writer, but I also love space opera, especially in the mold of the Firefly and Farscape TV shows. When I learned that Lindsay Buroker’s new novel series in 2016 was space opera adventure, I was there in a heart-beat. I very much enjoyed her rousing story line and her colorful characters.
Then she mentioned Amazon had approached her about creating a “Kindle World” for her Fallen Empire-verse and that she was looking for writers to contribute novels for that setting.
I jumped at the chance to write a novel featuring her hero Alisa Marchenko and the crew of the Star Nomad. I was inspired to create a stand-alone adventure that took place immediately after the end of her series. The story after the story, if you will.
My Fallen Empire novel Spice Crimes was originally published in April 2017, along with works by nine other authors. It garnered some nice reviews, but was limited to only being available in the Amazon US store.
I learned late this spring that Amazon would be closing down their Kindle Worlds program. All the many novels published in different author’s settings would be taken down. As the author of Spice Crimes, I had the rights to my story and my characters, but of course Lindsay owned the rights to her characters and the setting.
She wanted to see my book and the other stories and novels set in the Fallen Empire universe republished and encouraged me to do so, allowing us to keep our novels as written, which in my case meant that I could keep the story after the story about her hero Alisa, her friends, crew, and family.
Now, I’d done my best with the novel the first time, but had written it on a very tight deadline. It needed a fresh edit, as a few of the reviews indicated. So, I spent some time this month editing the book again, and feel it’s a better book for that.
What happens when a simple two-part cargo-hauling job with a tight deadline pays too well?
Captain Alisa Marchenko was ready to settle down to a quiet life of cargo hauling with her finance, Leonidas, her daughter and crew. Alisa’s troubles begin after the Star Nomad takes on a cargo of kitchen equipment on Baku Moon, and heads to pick up the second part of the shipment on Sherran Moon.
When the 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 rest of her crew, and how the mysterious cargo ties into it all, or they’ll be stranded indefinitely.
So, Spice Crimes is now available again. Unlike before, when it was only in the Amazon US store, it’s now on all Amazon stores, as well as Apple, Kobo, Google Play, and Nook.