I was tagged by the lovely Veronica Scott for this meme – so here it is!
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Samantha Keller from IN THE BLACK – commonly known as Sam or Captain Keller. Fictional person from the future! *points dramatically out into space*
2) When and where is the story set?
IN THE BLACK is set in the future where mining colonies on the edge of civilized space hollow out asteroids for their resources. But everyone needs company so the Guild sends Mercy ships filled with courtesans to meet the needs of the lonely men and women out on the edge.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Sam Keller is a woman living with shadows. She lost her entire squad during a traumatic event and has never fully recovered from the guilt of being a survivor. She ran to the Guild and signed up as a Mercy captain to do penance for surviving but never thought about the emotional and physical loneliness of being on a ship filled with men and women whose only job is to deliver pleasure…
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
On one of her first landfalls as Captain Sam has one of her crew murdered – she wants justice for her dead courtesan. A UNS marshal arrives to investigate and Sam is immediately drawn to him despite the horrible circumstances. But she’s not supposed to be looking for someone, anyone during her self-imposed exile.
But Daniel LeClair is a persistent man…
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
To find redemption for her sins as she perceives them – surviving and keeping the secret of what really happened at the Hub. Maybe by helping others find happiness and love she might work her way back to the light.
And with Daniel to help her along the way she just might make it.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
It’s out RIGHT NOW and you can find it here – but first the mandatory blurb!
Book one of Tales from the Edge
When Sam Keller left the military, she ran to the far end of the galaxy. Now she captains the Bonnie Belle, a spaceship full of courtesans who bring a little pleasure to hard-up men on mining colonies. When one of her girls turns up dead, it’s Sam’s job to find out who killed her, fast.
Marshal Daniel LeClair is as tough as steel and quick on the draw. But when his vacation gets replaced by an assignment to help find the killer, he can’t help angling for a little action with the saucy, hard-charging Sam. She’s got brains, attitude and a body he wouldn’t mind investigating.
Sam, six months lonely, might just indulge him. But the Guild that owns the Belle wants the case closed yesterday. With pressure coming from all quadrants, Sam and her marshal clash over false leads and who’s on top. But when the killer threatens the Belle again, romance will have to wait. It’s a captain’s job to save her crew, no matter the cost.
And for those of you who have already gone IN THE BLACK… would you go IN THE VOID for love?
Book two of Tales from the Edge
Catherine Rodgers doesn’t like Mercy spaceships, or the courtesans who work on them—not after her husband left her for a Mercy woman. But after her luxurious transport ship gets blown up to prevent her from cracking the lid off a corporate scam that’s left hundreds dead and a few people very rich, the only vessel around to save her is the Bonnie Belle.
Sean Harrison has worked as one of the Belle’s courtesans for years, bringing happiness to countless women along the space lanes. When he’s asked to look after Catherine while the Belle brings her to safety, it should be just another job. Somehow it’s anything but.
Sean is captivated by Catherine’s sense of justice and responsibility. And Catherine finds a softer, more emotionally intelligent man in Sean than she expected. Drawn together in darkness under the threat of death, they find the beginning of something lasting. But with pirates after the Belle and a price on Catherine’s head, that beginning might be all they get.
Coming out October 6th from Carina Press!