Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Book Tour for Nightfall by Robyn Bachar (Guest Post & GIVEAWAY)


As a sci-fi fan I knew I had to read this book once I read the synopsis.  Not only did I get a rollicking sci-fi adventure story but also one full of steamy encounters and political intrigue.  Robyn is here today talking about kickass sci-fi heroines as well as giving us a glimpse of Nightfall.  So keep reading to learn more about this exciting and sexy book along with signing up for a giveaway...

I love a good kickass heroine. I try to give all of my heroines the ability to stand their ground and fight the bad guys, usually side-by-side with their hero. In Nightfall, Captain Carmen Hawke has both a hero and a heroine to stand with her—once she finally accepts that she loves them, and would be lost without them.

I have a lifelong love of sci fi, particularly space opera, and there are many characters who have inspired me. One of them is Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley in Alien and Aliens (I try not to think about movies after that, though the fourth one has a few moments of being awesomely bad). Ripley picks up an assault rifle, straps on some grenades and throws down with the alien queen. Zoe in Firefly (played by Gina Torres) is also a good example. The episode where she storms Niska’s lair to save Wash and the captain: awesome.

These women are badass, but still sensitive. They’re not just fighting to save the day, but also to save the people they love. It’s that sort of personal connection that intrigues me as an author, and as an audience. In Nightfall, I had a fun time showing Carmen as the tough, no-nonsense captain of the Talon, but the moments where I was able to explore her softer side are the ones that are my favorites. I feel like they give her depth, and that’s what makes a kickass heroine memorable to me.

Nightfall by Robyn Bachar

Her heart says “never”. Her body says “now”.

When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered. Aiding the escaped slave risks losing more than just her freedom. She is in phase, when Cy’ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate.

Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy’ren ways, leaves him no choice. As the mating lust consumes them, Dack promises to honor her wishes—even if that means letting her go.

Scarred and hardened by a munitions accident that sent her Alliance career up in flames, Carmen Hawke joined the Cy’ren resistance as captain of the flagship Talon. When old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen’s childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone—or two someones—close to her again cracks her emotional armor.

Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena’s past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy’ren homeworld.

Warning: If the epic space battles, gunfights and swordplay aren’t enough to get you going, strap yourself in for a male-female-female threesome that’s scorching enough to fire your engines into overdrive.

EXCERPT:

“I didn’t get a close look at your shop. You sell your own artwork?” he asked. His voice had dropped an octave, and he cleared his throat.

Talena blinked. She was still wary of him, but the change of subject eased some of the tension from her pinched shoulders. “I carried my own work, but I offered a variety of other items. Souvenirs, mostly. I’m not well-known enough to live on my own art alone.”

“What kind of art?”

“Sculpture. Metalwork. I create organic things out of tech parts, like flowers out of wiring and birds out of gears and circuits. I like turning bits and pieces of broken machines into something new and beautiful.” Her eyes lit up as she discussed her passion, and Dack smiled.

“How long have you been doing this?”

“Since I was old enough to daydream in class about art instead of biology.” Her pale lavender skin darkened with a blush, and his breath caught. Gods, she was beautiful.

“I never went to school, but I daydreamed about spaceships when I was young.” He raised a hand to touch her face, and she tensed. “May I?” he asked. “Please?”

Talena eyed him for a moment before nodding her assent. Dack brushed his fingers across her cheek, his skin tingling at the contact, and then trailed his hand to rest against the unmarked side of her neck. His jaw clenched as he uncoiled her soft white hair from the strict bun that held it, and it fell in thick waves down her back. He wanted to plunge his hands into that hair, pull her head back and claim her mouth, but she stared up at him with wide golden eyes. Soon, but not yet.

AUTHOR BIO AND LINKS:

Robyn Bachar was born and raised in Berwyn, Illinois, and loves all things related to Chicago, from the Cubs to the pizza. It seemed only natural to combine it with her love of fantasy, and tell stories of witches and vampires in the Chicagoland area in her Bad Witch series. As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in MMPORGs. Her new series, Cy’ren Rising, was born out of a lifelong addiction to space opera movies and TV shows.

Website: http://www.robynbachar.com
Blog: http://therobyn.blogspot.com/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/RobynBachar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robyn.bachar


**********GIVEAWAY**********

Robyn will be awarding $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

-Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE!
-To be entered, MUST leave a comment, ALONG WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDY.
-One commenter will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more tour stops you make a comment on the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 8/17.

16 comments:

  1. Ripley in ALIENS would have to be one of my all time favorites.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  2. Thanks for hosting me today! And I'm glad that you enjoyed the book. :)

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    1. Thank YOU for being here and writing such a great book! I meant to comment sooner but was at the doctor finally getting meds for my sinus infection/bronchitis.

      I'm assuming there will be more books in this series and was wondering when/what that will be, if you can share?

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    2. There will be two more books in the series: Morningstar, featuring Jace, and Sunsinger, featuring Lord Degalen. I'm working on Morningstar now, so I expect it will be out next year (probably before Nightfall is released in print in July 2013).

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  3. We need more kickass heroines...sounds cool!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Sounds intriguing.

    Becky01x(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  6. Kickass heroines get my vote too! BTW, is this book set on planet Earth and if so, what year? As we continue to meet this week, you'll learn that I know very little about books written in your genre so this is a whole new experience for me. That said, I love SyFy films...Star Wars being one of my all time favorite series!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Earth is still around during the Nightfall time period, but they don't visit it in the book, because it's in Alliance space.

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  7. I love those kickass heroines. Space opera is where I go when I want a break from urban fantasy. Nightfall sounds like a fun ride.

    a dot charol at yahoo dot ca

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  8. Kick ass heroines=WIN! :-) Buffy is one of my favorites.

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  9. Kick ass heroines are awesome. I love it when they kick the hero's ass and he stands there like, what just happened???
    They are tough as nails, take no crap and are responsible for their actions. How did you get the idea for this book?
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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    1. This was a book that sort of came to me as I was writing it. It started with one scene and flowed from there.

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  10. Epic space battles with a kickass heroine and a great review sounds like a terrific read.

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  11. Sounds like an awesome read! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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