Starry Nights

Welcome to the annual Science Fiction Romance Brigade blog hop. This year’s theme is ‘Starry Nights’. Think lovers hand in hand. Or the Milky Way as a hazy river of light across a desert sky. Or go a little farther out…

hs-2004-10-f-full_jpg smlOut there in space EVERY night is a starry night. Imagine the clarity. The only haziness comes from nebulae, great glowing clouds of gas around stars. Think of the Orion nebulae, or this one. The stars won’t twinkle as they seem to on Earth. That’s just because the light travels through Earth’s atmosphere. They’ll be hard and bright, and I expect their colours will be clearer. Blue for Rigel, red for Aldebaran.

What always fascinates me about stars, though, is not the prettiness. It’s that you’re looking back in time. In my novel Starheart, the heroine, Jess, is beginning to realise that her husband was murdered. She’s out in space, at the space station, checking the log files on the ship where her husband died.

Outside the ship a river of stars shone diamond bright amongst the litter of gases and debris that made up the spiral arm. In a way it was a perception, an illusion. Some of those stars no longer existed, blown into smithereens long before their last light arrived in the back of her retina. Maybe what she saw on these log files was a sleight of hand, much more than a none-too-subtle cover-up of a botched boarding.

Leave a comment on this post to be in the draw for an e-copy of any one of my books. (You’ll find all the titles via that link) Just tell meΒ  the name of the book you’d like, and the format (epub, pdf or mobi).

We’ve got some great main prizes, too.

1st – $100 Amazon or B&N gift card, plus books
2nd – $50 Amazon or B&N gift card, plus books
3rd – $25 Amazon or B&N gift card

Entry is via Rafflecopter, one entry per person. But be sure to visit other participants in the tour for more chances to win – some have their own giveaways. And thanks for stopping by.

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29 thoughts on “Starry Nights

  1. Sue Clement

    INK looks great, but so do all of your books. Love sci0fi. I have a kindle, so mobi. Wonderful to find new authors!

  2. Ed Hoornaert

    “What always fascinates me about stars, though, is not the prettiness. It’s that you’re looking back in time.”

    Yes, neat thought! Physicists say time is an illusion. If that’s so, why can’t I get my royalties first, before I write a bookd?

  3. lizaoconnor

    I am fascinated by space too. We need to build a real spaceship and go touring.

  4. Suzanne

    Thanks for the excerpt, a mystery in space sounds interesting. If I win, I would like Supertech in ePub format. My TBR is growing, the hop introducs me to new authors in a genre I love.

  5. Kathleen McG

    I would love to read Kuralon Rescue in epub. If I don’t win, I’ve bookmarked it to go back and buy later. πŸ™‚

    1. Greta Post author

      Yes. And the more we learn about exoplanets, the more we’re beginning to realise how many variations there are. It’s such an exciting time to be around.

      Thanks for popping in.

  6. Anna McLain

    I love your books! I have several. I’d love to read Kuralon Rescue in mobi so I can read it on my phone.

    Thank you for being in the hop!

    Anna
    doxisrcool at aol.com

  7. KM Fawcett

    Time and space is interesting. It amazes me that the stars we are seeing now may already be long gone. By the way, I enjoyed the snippet. πŸ™‚

    1. Greta Post author

      It’s very hard to get your head around time in space. Even the sunlight reaching us has traveled for 8 minutes.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Corinne

    Sometimes, I try and imagine what the stars would look like from deep space – how they could surround you with no earth or objects to break them up. It makes me a bit dizzy. πŸ™‚

    1. Greta Post author

      Yep. I think human brains just aren’t wired for that sort of concept. Yet.

  9. Pippa Jay

    I’d forgotten about the time travel aspect of stargazing. (And Management apologizes for the rafflecopter Maryde it’s never come up as an issue before. It may be because we’re using the free version, and multiple entries can only be done with the paid for service).

  10. S E Gilchrist

    I’d love to go in the draw for a copy of Starheart (pdf would be wonderful). I have copies of the Iron Admiral & Morgans Return which I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for the opportunity Greta.

  11. Greta Post author

    Thanks for letting me know. I’ll pass it on to Management – I thought you were supposed to be able to do multiple entries, too. Edited to say that you can, indeed, only enter once. That’s how Rafflecopter works, apparently.

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