Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Tour & Interview - Ice Red by Jael Wye

Ice Red

by Jael Wye



Mirror, mirror, full of stars,

Who will claim the throne of Mars? 

The princess: Engineer Bianca Ross, heir to a megacorporation and the Mars elevator, needs to acquire a mine on the surface to secure her place in the company. All that stands in her way is the mine's charming owner, Cesare Chan. 

The evil stepmother: Victoria Ross is plotting to gain control of Mars. She plans to assassinate Bianca and seduce Cesare to further her goals, and Bianca's trip is the perfect opportunity. 

The charming prince: Cesare shouldn't get involved. Bianca's visit could reveal the escaped slaves he's hiding at his mine, but he can't ignore a damsel in distress--especially one as beautiful as Bianca. 

Alone, neither would stand a chance against Victoria. But together, they could rewrite a tale that's meant to end with Bianca's blood. 



In one swift rush, he tackled Woods, driving him away from her. She crouched on the floor, stunned, as the two men grappled for control of the rifle. Cesare was bigger, but the Earther was as solid and hard as a boulder, his shorter limbs letting him power in close. He briefly let go of the gun with his left hand and pounded Cesare in the side with a series of vicious jabs. Cesare grunted in pain but didn’t let go. He used his superior height to jerk Woods off balance and send them careening into the rover’s cab, half falling against the consoles.

The rifle fired with a sizzling crack, the round blowing through the rover controls. Blue sparks crackled under the panels, and the sharp stink of fried comps filled the air.

“Fecking mookie!” Woods shrieked. His face was a bestial mask under the sickly, flaring light. “You’re dead! You’re dead!” With a heave of his thick shoulders, he slammed Cesare backward into the wall next to the lock door, trying to shove the rifle up against his throat.

Cesare’s lips were drawn back from his teeth in a fierce snarl, but his face was gray, his arms shaking with strain. Bianca looked around wildly for something, some way to help him. Her eyes fell on the emergency lock release on the door. She launched herself at it before the thought could even half form in her mind, darting past the two fighters to fetch up against the door. She ripped through the protective membrane and clawed the switch.

Instantly the locks burst open, the rover’s air rushing past her into the frozen world outside. She threw herself sideways, crouching next to the wall.

On the other side of the open door, Cesare’s eyes flashed toward her once, and then he jabbed his knee up into Wood’s stomach. The Earther grunted, wavering slightly, and Cesare instantly hauled him back and through the lock.

Let's Learn a Little About Jael Wye:

What is your writing environment? 
My writing environment is wherever I can take my laptop. Sometimes it’s at the kitchen table, sometimes at a coffee shop, or even the front seat of my car. (Not while driving, of course!)

Who is your perfect hero and why? 
I like a hero in need of saving. The tough guy with physical and/or emotional scars is the guy who will get me every time. But he has to prove himself worthy of salvation by his complete and utter devotion to the heroine. I’d say Zsadist from JR Ward’s Lover Awakened is my blueprint for this type of hero. In Ice Red, the hero Cesare seems carefree to most people, even the ones who know him well, but he has emotional scars that only the heroine Bianca can see and help him heal.

What authors have caught your interest lately and why? 
Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione are my go-to authors for action-packed, emotional romance. Jack Campbell and Kim Stanley Robinson are my scifi favorites. Strangely enough, I’ve also started binge reading Georgette Heyer. Possibly because the Regency England she created is as alien as my Mars of the future.

What type of book have you always wanted to write? 
I always wanted to write a science fiction romance. As a genre, it allows me to explore the wonderful possibilities that scientific discovery holds for us. Even more importantly, it allows me to create characters who can both conquer interplanetary villains and find true love.

Top 3 things on your bucket list?
One – finish my Once Upon a Red World series 
2 – travel all over the planet 
C – go into space

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
My very first experience with cinema was a video of Disney’s Snow White. The mythic, archetypal fascination of the heroine and the villainess stuck with me all my life. That, plus Star Wars and Arnold Schwarznegger, cemented my narrative interests for good. I am now a hopeless devotee of fight scenes, fairy tales, and spaceships.

What is your favorite scene in your new release? 
My favorite scene varies, but currently it is the scene running up to the climax. The heroine Bianca is leading a mission to the Eris space station to rescue the hero Cesare and bring down her powerful, maniacal stepmother. The dramatic outer space setting, the building narrative tension, and the character moment when Bianca comes to grips with her fear and faces her destiny all combine in a powerful way, I think.

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
The second novel in the series, Ladder to the Red Star, is a scifi retelling of Jack and the beanstalk, and will be released by Carina Press on April 28. Right now I am working on a novella, which I hope to release next winter. It features Max, Bianca’s father, and his lost love, Sita, and is based on the story of Patient Griselda.

What do you like to do when you are not writing? 
When I’m not writing, I’m reading. Usually I read romance of various flavors, but also science fiction and fantasy, mystery if it’s not too gruesome, and nonfiction science and history books. I also watch action movies, the more EPM’s (explosions per minute) the better.

What would you consider a perfect date?
A perfect date would be a trip into orbit on the SpaceX Dragon, followed by a romantic freeze-dried dinner on the international space station.

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I am actually a refugee from the future, sent back in time to stop the apocalypse that threatens to destroy humanity though an application of nanotechnology gone awry… I’ve said too much! They’re coming! Quick, bust out the duct tape and the barbecue sauce!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jael Wye grew up on the American Great Plains, went to school in the Midwest, and now lives in beautiful New England with her family and her enormous collection of houseplants.
For more of Jael’s unique blend of futurism and fairy tale, don’t miss her ongoing series Once Upon A Red World.


Twitter -- @jaelwye 

Jael will be awarding an eCopy of Ladder to the Red Star to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. 
The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! 
Follow the tour HERE

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