*screams* OMGOMGOMGOMG 5 DAYS LEFT! 5 days left! 5 DAYS LEFT!!!!
Um.... *clears throat* ... What I mean is...
5 days from now, or rather, 4 days and... 20 hours... ish... is the release of the uber- awesomeness that is... Dark Edge of Honor by Aleksandr Voinov and Rhianon Etzweiler. And I, am only getting more and more excited with every tick of that countdown timer over there on the sidebar. And I, plan to celebrate that jewel.
That bad boy is totally celebration worthy. Oh yeah, oh yeah.
To kick everything off, a giveaway. Aleksandr and Rhianon will be giving away an ebook copy of that jewel. To enter, leave your comment here, with your email address, and we'll be picking a winner at random Sunday night, August 14th. I'll announce the winner on Monday the 15th, release day.
As for the rest of my little party here, you can expect to see all kinds of exclusive content, it'll play out like this...
Thursday: Special Mike vignette #1
Friday: Character pics of Mike and Sergei
Saturday & Sunday: WillyNilly. Could be an exclusive excerpt, could be soliderporn, it'll be a surprise.
Monday: Release day, winner announcement and my review
Tuesday: Special Mike vignette #2
Wednesday: Interview with Aleks and Rhi part 1
Thursday: Interview with Aleks and Rhi part 2
Friday: Special Mike vignette #3
Phew, that's a lot of special goodies. heehee, aweS000ME (<--sings that part)
I'll link them here as I go, and over there on the sidebar as well. For now, let's lick Sergei's neck... um... I mean, stare at the cover... uh, wait... I mean... play giveaway :D Yeah, that's what I mean. *whispers* ok, I really mean all those things. :D
'k, ready, set... let's play giveaway!
Dark Edge of Honor by Aleksandr Voinov & Rhianon Etzweiler
Release Date: August 15, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Blurb: Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state.
Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.
When the hostile natives of the planet Cirokko make their move, all seems lost. Can Mike and Sergei survive when the Coalition's internal affairs division takes an interest in what happened in the dusty mountains of Zasidka Pass...?
Planet Cirokko, mountains outside the planetary capital Rhada Spring
Mike never thought there'd come a day when he'd be thankful for his childhood. He saw much of his home planet—it had been Hades in all but fucking name—in the harsh landscape around him.
The fucking sun, for one. She was a merciless, stone-cold bitch.
"Why couldn't the Doctrine make a grab for something more hospitable? This planet reminds me of holidays at the in-laws."
Mike tugged at the cloth wrapped around his head and barked a laugh. The local dialect didn't sound as strange to his ears as it had six months ago. He and Pat had spoken nothing else from the time Alliance CovOps Command had started planning this operation. Didn't know how long ago that was. Or how long they'd been freezing their nuts off in the mountains. Mike swore his were finally beginning to thaw out. Not that he had any real use for them, currently. Didn't know why he was bothering to complain, even inside his own head. In another couple months, his nuts would be cooking instead.
"There." Pat growled the word and twisted on his side, aiming digital binoculars at a faint smudge on the horizon. The dust plume kicking up into the cloudless sky was unmistakable. "Just what we've been waiting for. If that's not a sizable troop movement, my name is river mud."
"Rivers don't have mud around here, jackass. Just rocks," he muttered, not even moving his lips. Long moments and a few rock bruises later, the plume discharged its source into sight.
"Breaker, breaker, looks like we got ourselves a convoy!"
The sudden injection of Alliance standard, spoken in a heavily accented drawl that reminded him of home, was so disjointed and foreign to Mike's ears that he just shifted his gaze and stared at his fellow CovOp in disbelief.
Thank the gods they were out alone on this little venture. It was rare; usually the local resistance fighters eagerly served as guides. Even something like six months wasn't enough to know this geography as well as the natives. Or eight months. Or however fucking long they'd been here. He'd lost track of when exactly the Doctrine had begun massing troops on the neighboring planet—a sure sign their rhetoric about invading Cirokko would be turned into reality.
At least winter was over now, and for the next month or so they'd be able to feel like semicivilized humans, while green things grew not only in the lowlands but also in the mountains, and it might actually rain. Knowing that the current weather patterns wouldn't last long did nothing for his mood.
Those were infantry transports. Hovercraft variety, most likely. Easier on rough, unpredictable terrain, negating the impact of minefields and booby traps. Cirokko was littered with them, its history rife with sociocultural unrest. And invasion attempts. One thing about Cirokkans—they definitely learned from their past.
"That's a roger on the supply-line route." Mike felt the grin on his face—it was cracking his lips. He took a moment to suck the abused flesh into his mouth, enjoying the painful sting of sweat burning the wound before his saliva washed it away. Sweat was a luxury they'd be doing without before too long. In another couple months, moisture would evaporate before the skin could even register its presence. The metallic tang of blood sang against his taste buds, and he chewed on his tongue to distract himself. "And if that isn't enough good news, I'm seeing what looks like a security detail leading the way."
Pat lowered the flat-black sighting device to share a cheesy, shit-eating grin with Mike. "Boo-yah, baby."
The fine details...
- Giveaway is for an eBook copy.
- Open worldwide.
- Contest closes 9:00PM PST, August 14th, 2011
- To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.
- Please include a valid email address or I won’t know where to contact you.
- Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
- If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
That's all for me, for now.