Wednesday, October 2, 2013

VBT - Reconnaissance by Aubrie Dionne with Interview


1) First, tell us about yourself – where  you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I’ve lived my whole life in New Hampshire. I’m one of four kids, and we all live within 20 minutes of each other now as adults. We go to each other’s birthday parties and hang out all the time. It’s really great. Family is very important to us, and we all have a big support network.
I’m actually a flute teacher/performer by day and a writer by night. I teach at a local university and a community music school, and I freelance with area orchestras.

2) How long have  you been writing?

I’ve been writing all my life. I wrote my first poem in elementary school about how I’ll never get to see a unicorn. I’ve always had a flare for the dramatic and the melancholy. I started writing seriously about seven years ago. It took me two and a half years to finish my first book. Now I can write a book in a few months!

3) Do you have a favorite place to write?

Yes, I do. I write at my computer. I have all my favorite things around me like my Jack Sparrow figurine, my signed Star Trek Picture- signed “To Aubrie” by Data, himself, my cup of coffee, my word count notebook, and two chap sticks. Everything I need to write!

4) Why did you decide to write Reconnaissance?

After I finished the first book, I knew the story wasn’t over yet. There was so much more to tell about the colonization of the planet and all the threats they had to face. Also, I felt like my antagonist in the first book didn’t get enough development time, so I made her the protagonist in the second book and turned everything on its head! It worked out really well. So far readers have said they hate her in the first book, then love her in the second, which is exactly what I wanted.

5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Definitely the protagonist, Nova. She is brilliant, but also very insecure and flawed. Her character arc is so dramatic, and it was fun to see her grow up into a real woman!

6) How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

Probably Alcor, one of the reconnaissance team members. His character is less developed, so I really didn’t have much to go on with him. I remedied that by writing a short story about his own character arc, called Breach. This story was given out as Inkspell Publishing’s free reads program, and will be available for purchase soon.

7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I proof them myself, then my agent proofs them, then my editor. Even with all of those people, mistakes sometimes slip through- which annoys me because I am a perfectionist. As I write more, I’m getting better at catching them, though.

8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I play and teach flute. This is another lifelong dream I’ve had besides writing. I also love watching Star Trek- I’m slowly working my way through all seasons of every show, and I recently started up yoga and pilates.

9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I read in all genres, but I prefer science fiction and fantasy. Currently I’m reading Game of Thrones by George Martin- which is teaching me a lot about writing. My favorite authors are Tad Williams, Patricia McKillip, and Ursula Le Guin.

10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.

You’ve asked all the questions I wanted! Thank you!

Young Adult Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Date Published: 4/29/2013

Nova Williams has lost her one shot at Lieutenant hood and at love. Lieutenant Crophaven has promoted her rival, Andromeda, all because her lifemate, Sirius, sacrificed their mission to win back Andromeda’s love.

While sneaking out to prove Andromeda is a fake, Nova finds an alien ship hovering over their colony. Lieutenant Crophaven assigns her to a reconnaissance mission, giving her a second chance to redeem herself. Sirius must fly her and a research team to the vessel to decide if they are a threat. Thrown together with the lifemate that betrayed her, she battles with her own jealousy while her team battles for their lives.

Can she forgive Sirius in order to save her team and warn her colony?


Pushing the doubt aside, I watched the ground recede, and the jungle rushed around us. We grazed the tops of the trees and the alien ship came into view like a giant, evil eye staring us down. Under the glass sight panel I squirmed as if I were naked and exposed.

I tightened my grip on my armrests. “If the laser beams turns on us…”

“I’ve got it. Evasive maneuvers.” Sirius grinned like he was playing a video game, but this was all too real. He hadn’t seen what the laser beam had done to the jungle.

As we approached the alien ship, the hull stretched beyond the frame of the entire sight panel, so we could only see parts of it at a time. The sheer size overwhelmed me, making our scout ship seem like a fly.

“Don’t get too close. We don’t want them to think we’re attacking.”

Sirius slowed, and the corsair hovered twenty meters from the hull. “Keeping my distance.”

The impenetrable shield of metal stared back at us, giving nothing away. A queasy feeling sickened my stomach, and I forced it down. “Let’s get Gavin in here.”

Sirius clicked on the intercom. “We’re in hovering mode. You can take off those pesky seatbelts. Gavin, your expertise is needed in the cockpit.”

I squinted, trying to decipher their satellite receptors. Nothing about the alien ship made sense. “Can you focus the telescope on the spires at the bottom?”

Sirius pressed the panel, and a screen came up, showing a lower viewpoint from the bottom of our ship. “Sure thing.”

He focused on the closest spire. “Whoa! Look at that. The metal is seamless.” Sirius pointed to the blinking red light at the tip. “It looks like the light sprouted organically from the spire.”

My stomach twisted in a knot. “Get closer. See if you can find any sight panels or any clues as to what those spires do besides the laser beam.”

“I’ll try.”

The doors parted behind us with a swoosh of air, and Gavin came in, eagerness in his eyes. “Reporting.”

“Good.” I gestured for him to join us at the helm. “Look for markings of any kind.” I glanced back to Sirius. “Broadcast the prerecorded message.”

“Will do.” He pressed a button, and I heard the peaceful greeting the commander had composed in all of the languages of the known world. The words lilted in French, spun in Spanish, and cut jagged chunks in German. I leaned over to Gavin, “What’s it saying?”

He shrugged. “We come in peace?”

My eyes bulged. “You’re not sure?”

He crossed his arms. “I know enough. It’s not like I’ve spoken these dead languages to anyone. How am I supposed to know for certain I got the pronunciation right?”

“It’s good enough.” Sirius patted Gavin’s arm. “Sounds very peaceful to me.”

I shook my head and sighed. Muscles bunching under his uniform, Gavin seemed like he used the workout deck more than Old Earth’s archives. These were the best people Andromeda could come up with? I stifled my growing frustration. This is what happened when you let a species integration assistant make important decisions.

Although she did choose me.

Another giant chunk of crystal floated up into the belly of the ship. That could have enhanced our soil for the next six months. It was painful to sit and watch our resources being stripped away after we’d traveled for generations and sacrificed so many freedoms to find this planet.
Like the freedom to choose your job, your spouse.

Would I have chosen Sirius? Glancing over at the perfect ridge of his nose, and the way his arms and chest curved underneath his uniform, I almost thought I would have, but I’d rather have no one than someone who didn’t love me back. So no, I wouldn’t have chosen him. Never in a million years would I pick Gavin with his arrogant cockiness, or Alcor with his gangly nervousness, either. I wouldn’t have chosen anyone.

“Wait.” Gavin moved forward. “Something’s moving.”

My gaze glued to the sight panel as the metal hull parted before us, revealing the dark interior of a gigantic loading bay with strange stalactites. They hung from the ceiling like sharp teeth.

Sirius leaned forward. “Is this an invitation?”

“I hope so.” Gavin stepped forward. “I want to see what they look like.”

“Hold your place.” I straightened, trying to not let fear strangle me. “Keep broadcasting the message of peace.”

Sirius’ hand tensed on the controls. “Yes, ma’am.”

Bright light shot from the hole in the ship, and I cried out, raising my arm to shield my face, despite my aviator glasses.

Laser beam. “Move the ship! Get out of here!”

“I can’t.” Sirius’s face turned red, his jaw tightening, as he pulled on the controls. “It won’t budge.”

Gavin braced himself against the dashboard.

Alcor screamed from the back of the ship. “We’re all gonna die!”

“We’re not going to die!” I shouted and put my hands over Sirius’, helping him pull. “We’ve got to get out of the beam.”

“It’s impossible. It’s locked down the ship.”

This isn’t happening. It can’t be. It was too much like my dream. Maybe if I hit my head, I’d wake up. “We’d better do something, or we’ll have a very bad case of sunburn.”

Sirius spoke through gritted teeth. “I’m trying.”

My hands grew sweaty over his, but I held on, my heartbeat pulsing in every vein.

Aubrie Dionne

Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could reenact every scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek The Next Generation-favorite character is Data-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all-time favorite movie is The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A Concert Flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now. 
Now for the professional bio:
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.


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