But Ul-Mellor is not human and Amira is a princess – far above Ul-Mellor’s status on his home world. He and Amira will have to overcome a gulf of cultural and class differences if they’re to turn their mutual attraction into a relationship. And what will Ul-Mellor do when faced with a choice – Amira or his hard-won commission?
Genre: Romantic Science Fiction
Release Date: April 11, 2014
~The Book Excerpt~
by Greta van der Rol
Hi and thanks for having me.
One of the things I like best about science fiction romance is that you get to create worlds of your very own for the action to take place. Since my books are space opera, there's always a bit of planet hopping, with a variety of different environments. However, for humans and aliens to interact without having to wear protective suits and breathing gear they would all need to come from planets with similar basic characteristics, such as atmosphere and size. You'll find a similar assumption in many of the space operas. Sometimes the planets have been terraformed, as in Elizabeth Moon's Serrano and Vatta series. Sometimes, as in Star Wars, that's just the way it is, and swarms of sentient beings from all over the Galaxy can gather in a cantina on Tattooine without any problems.
In her travels during A Matter of Trust Princess Amira finds herself in a market on a planet called Laremenssa.
Larson grasped Amira's upper arm as they stepped into a crowded alley. "Watch out for street snatchers and stay close."
Amira could have stayed here for days, roaming around sampling goods. Trestle tables groaned with melons and tubers and spike fruit. Stalls offered all types of clothing, exotic pottery, strange medicines and extraordinary weapons. A Limnian sold beautifully-crafted rings, necklaces and earrings, suspended for viewing on a wire frame. At another stall, a Dron argued with the stall holder. Amira couldn't decide where to look next in this incredible kaleidoscope of sound and color. A vendor carrying a tray sidled past, trailing the astringent aroma of some foodstuff he carried. Humans with baskets wove their way through the crowd. Selling chants from different booths merged into the blare of noise. A black-skinned Jort pushed past her, moving easily through the crowd. That was unusual. Jorts were rarely seen outside their own group of planets. They were often called demons because of their ebony skin and red eyes. She'd only met one Jort.
And we know who that is, don't we?
Do you have a favourite alien from a book, movie or TV series?
~About Greta van der Rol~
Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction.
She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.
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