Friday, June 20, 2014

SFR Brigade Blog Hop: A'yen and the Stars

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During last year's blog hop I shared about the alien planet I created, Lok'ma. This year's theme is Starry Nights, and it just so happens that some key events in A'yen's life happened beneath a starry night.

A'yen is a humanoid alien, and his people were enslaved so long ago they no longer believe they were ever free. He's lucky, though, compared to the other males of his race. His life was one of almost freedom, lived among the stars for twenty years with one human. A human he loved, and a human who died to keep him safe.

Losing access to the stars, the one place he was free, almost kills his spirit. When he gets back up there, with a new owner who doesn't understand him, his stars don't mean what they did before.

Starry nights continue to play an important role throughout My Name Is A'yen. He lets the heroine in beneath a starry sky as they wait for a nebula light show to start. Later he realizes his feelings for her go far deeper than he thought possible.

Yet through it all he keeps fighting. Keeps reaching for the freedom he knew living in the stars.

I've also spent time looking at a starry night. Last spring my sister and I and some of our friends rented a cabin at a state park during an astronomy society star-gazing night when the ISON comet was visible. We had so much fun! Our two amateur astronomers found all these super cool things for us to look at. Laying there watching the Milky Way slowly become visible was an experience I'll never forget. I'm lucky enough to live in a place that doesn't have a lot of light pollution, but it's still enough the true glory of the Milky Way is hidden. And yes, I did see the comet!

For the very first time EVER I'm giving something away on my blog. You have a chance to win an ARC of My Name Is A'yen, that will be delivered to the winner in August. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter. AND THEN KEEP SCROLLING FOR THE BRIGADE PRIZES!

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We have a HUGE prize pack this year. First place is a $100 Amazon or B&N gift card plus 42 books. Second prize is a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card, plus 22 books. Third place goes to three people with a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card to each, plus 12 books. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter. Comments left saying "please enter me" will be ignored. The only way to win is to use the Rafflecopter form.

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And now the list of participants. Make sure to visit as many as you can and see what all the Brigade is up to. Have fun hopping!

26 comments:

  1. 14 years old and snuck out with my best friend laid under the stars talking about our dreams and plans for our future

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  2. I live in the suburbs of a city & most times you can hardly make out the night sky. One year I went to NZ for a holiday & oh my stars! (pun intended) but the night sky was brilliant. Quite an unforgettable experience & sight.

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    1. So glad you got to experience a true starry night, Linda! It's something to behold.

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  3. I remember driving through Wyoming on a cold December night and stopping the car just to look at the sky. There was not light anywhere around and the sky was full of stars.

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    1. I be that was gorgeous. I've never been in any place where I could completely get away from light pollution.

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  4. I live in a city so there isn't much chance to see the stars clearly, but on occasion I am able to sit and enjoy a starry night. I wish I could fly among them.

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    1. I wish I could, too. It would be so cool.

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  5. We lived in Israel and spend a weekend in the dessert with no lights or skyscrapers and the sky was like a magic blanket filled with stars.

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  6. Looks like a great story. I'll be adding you to my author alarm list :)

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  7. I just love that cover. I'm a total sucker for tortured souls.

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    1. Me, too! And he's definitely a tortured soul.

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  8. The nights my dad would spend teaching me about the constellations.

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  9. Wow, this sounds like a powerful, captivating read. Thanks for participating the HOP again and good luck on your upcoming release!

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    1. Thanks, Corrine. I hope readers love it as much as I do.

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  10. Your book sounds very fun! Glad you are in the hop!

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    1. Thanks! I think it's the most fun ever, but I created it so I'm biased.

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  11. Hi Rachel - My Name Is A'Yen sounds like a great read! Good luck with the release!

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  12. This looks amazing. And your stories of stargazing reminded me of the last time the stars reminded me of how huge and glorious they are -- I was visiting my son at the ranch he worked at and we went for an evening walk. As we made our way back, enjoying the quiet & the peacefulness he asked me if I wanted to know what his favorite part of living way out there was. And then he said, "Mom, look up." And the stars spun me around and took my breath away. It's easy to forget in the city, just how amazing the sky is meant to look! Thanks for the reminder. :)

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  13. I love stargazing with the StarMap app on my phone. Gives me a chance to see everything in the sky.

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  14. Seeing the Southern Cross for the first time on a trip to South America. it was amazing!

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