Monday, April 6, 2015

Giveaway of an ARC of NOVA & a Query Critique


The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.

Margaret is also offering a second prize of a query critique. You don't want to miss this! Margaret gives super, strong feedback. She has a way of cutting to the heart of a query and seeing what's missing and what needs to be strengthened. I've been honored to have her help on all my query letters.

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Margaret Fortune began writing in first grade, when her short story “The Numbers’ Birthday Party” made a huge splash at her elementary school. A year later, her family moved to Wisconsin, where they owned and operated an independent bookstore for over a decade.

She has a BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota - Morris, and has short fiction published or forthcoming in multiple magazines, including Nth Zine, Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Space and Time. NOVA, the first book in a 5-book series, is forthcoming from DAW Books in June 2015.


  1. My fav sci-fi book is DUNE. I read it in one night. Also like TIME FOR THE STARS by Robert Heinlein.

  2. I love the premise of this. Sounds like a great read.

  3. Strong hook and I LOVE the cover. It leaves me to wonder about so many things.

  4. I love the cover and can't wait to read it!

  5. This looks like an excellent read. Super cover, too.

  6. I'm not sure I can pick a favorite, but the first scifi book I remember reading as a young girl was "A Wrinkle in Time," by Madeline L'Engle, and I thought it was mesmerizing. I think your book sounds fabulous, and I would love to have an ARC copy.

  7. I love the Nova cover art. The way the light manages to illuminate the bottom of the letters while shrouding the tops in darkness is really cool!

  8. I got into sci-fi when my dad let me read his Star Wars EU novels. I think NOVA sounds exhilarating!

  9. Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode.

    I only got this far before I started to squee. I can't wait to read this book.