On June 14, 2018, Royal Rebellion, the wrap-up book of my Blue Moon Rising series, will go live on Amazon Kindle. This SciFi Adventure with Romance spans more than a decade and is filled with a cast so large I prefaced Books 3 & 4 with a List of Characters. Over the course of the four books, there are, as the pic above indicates, everything from space battles to sorcery, royalty to werewolves. And twelve—count 'em—twelve romances.
Readers of this blog have already met some of the characters, most particularly K'kadi, the boy who can't talk (see "The Sound of Silence," July 30, 2016). And over the years I've frequently used examples from the Blue Moon Rising books. So below please find covers and blurbs for all four books. And if you haven't already read the background information available on my Facebook Author Page, there's a link at the bottom of the blog. (Please note the Kindle Countdown promotion on Sorcerer's Bride and The Bastard Prince has expired. Royal Rebellion, however, is still on a Pre-order price of 99¢.)
Way, way back when I first began Rebel Princess, I intended to write ONE SciFi with Romance—that was it. I like variety and I thought it would be a fun change from the Regency. But my characters seized the bit and ran with the story, growing and expanding the plot until I had a real struggle confining them to four books. You will note, in fact, that I left a lot of room for a younger generation to get up to all sorts of mischief (tho' only in my readers' imaginations).
So here they are—the stories of the four children of a pacifist king caught up in a rebellion against the classic evil empire. If you haven't read Books 1-3, now is a great time to get started before Royal Rebellion debuts on June 14. (I should have made it June 6, D-day (a term I shamelessly borrowed from World War II), but I didn't think of it in time.
The people of the pacifist planet Psyclid have spent a millennium cultivating skills of the mind, while the people of the planet Regula Prime spent an equal amount of time developing their military might. Kass Kiolani, a Psyclid princess in disguise, is the first of her kind to attend the Regulon Space Academy. But when her new "friends" invade her homeworld, she is rescued from rape and possible medical experimentation only by the swift action of Tal Rigel, an honorable (and admiring) captain in the Regulon fleet. She spends the next four years in solitary confinement, where she dreams of her rescuer but has no idea she has inadvertently sparked a rebellion against the Regulon Empire.
When Kass is freed at last, she finds herself in the midst of a fight against the Empire and thoroughly disoriented by the contrast between her fantasies and the actual Tal Rigel. She also must contend with Regulon rebels who fear her psychic powers, her fey younger brother who speaks only through illusions, her parents who believe in non-violence, and a fiancé who happens to be sorcerer. The hope of toppling the Empire is a dim light at the end of a very long tunnel.
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Princess M'lani of the planet Psyclid, where almost everyone but M'lani is gifted with some kind if psychic ability, has agreed to marry Jagan Mondragon, the Sorcerer Prime, in place of her sister L'ira. Jagan fled Psyclid when it was invaded by the Regulon Empire, but has now returned, supposedly to lead his people in rebellion against the Occupation. But he's been dragging his feet about it, and when he finally shows up, he has his mistress with him. If that weren't enough of a problem, M'lani develops a not-so-welcome psychic gift, and then there's that prickly long-time rebel leader, T'kal Killiri (who did not flee Psyclid at the first sign of the Regs), and the antics of M'lani's young brother, who speaks only through illusions.
On Blue Moon, one of Psyclid's three moons, M'lani's older sister L'ira (aka Kass Kiolani) and her husband, Tal Rigel, continue to plot a massive rebellion against the Regs, but freedom for the obscure, peace-loving planet Psyclid still seems a long way away.
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What to do with K'kadi Amund, the youngest of four royal children—the one who doesn't talk? The young man of almost twenty-one who can still lose himself in moments of beauty, or moments of disaster. "Unreliable" and "weird" are some of the kinder things said about him. So why does S'sorrokan (Tal Rigel), leader of the rebellion against the Regulon Empire, consider him one of his most vital assets? And even when K'kadi comes into his own and gets what was once his greatest desire, he discovers that growing up comes with a price.
Author's Note: Readers of the Blue Moon Rising series will encounter old friends in Tal Rigel and his wife Kass and the Sorcerer Prime, Jagan Mondragon, and his wife M'lani. As well as B'aela Flammia, the surprise addition to the royal family. Other major characters who reappear in The Bastard Prince are: Regulon Admiral of the Fleet Vander Rigel, Regulon Admiral Rand Kamal, Captain Alek Rybolt, and Captain Jordana Tegge. New on scene are a family of merchant rebels, one of whom (female) throws a monkey wrench into K'kadi's plans for a conventional Happily Ever After.
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In this final book of the Blue Moon Rising series, the rebels, led by Tal Rigel and the Psyclid Princess L'ira (Kass Kiolani), have taken a three-year time-out before the final battle against the Empire—planning, preparing, and producing a new generation. Even their one-time enemy, the Emperor's nephew Rand Kamal, has settled on the rebel stronghold of Blue Moon, though there is doubt about whether he is a high-ranking prisoner or an ally. All is peaceful, the calm before the final attack on Regula Prime—until Kamal's children are kidnapped. Or is it a trap? There is also the problem of rebels who haven't fought a battle in far too long. With the invasion of the heart of the Empire only months away, have they lost their edge? Tal and Kass must confront all these problems, and more, before the Psyclid royal children and their spouses come face to face with Darroch, ruler of the Regulon Empire. And the question of who will lead the new government, Tal Rigel or Rand Kamal.
Author's Note: In Royal Rebellion we not only find out if the rebels win their battle against the Empire, we see the wrap-up of the many romances that have occurred over more than a decade (at least one veering more toward triangular than one on one), plus the beginning of new romances among the younger members of the extensive cast of characters. It would appear that complexities of the heart can be nearly as challenging and confusing as the long struggle to take down the Regulon Empire.
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