24 May 2010
Private Negotiations by Kathleen Scott Releases Today
This is my first title by Liquid Silver Books and I'm very excited to announce its release today - it will be available on their website at 7pm, EST. (So, if you go there this morning or afternoon to look, it won't be up.)
Anyhoo, this was a story I actually started writing about 2 years ago and then put on a file and stopped writing on it for some reason or another. I don't even remember what new and shiney had distracted me. About six months ago, I found myself going back to the file and rereading it again and again. I thought it needed some restructuring, the heroine forgave the hero too quickly, so I added about 20K to the middle of the story and this wild world and intricate details began to emerge. I loved the story before, but now I fell in love with the entire world. Or worlds, I should say, since this is a sci-fi with courtly overtones of a bygone era. I loved the worlds so much so that three other books grew from this one. The more I wrote the more conspiracies began to surface and I realized this little novella and her characters, had more stories to tell.
Here's some blurbage for your reading pleasure.
For the past ten years, war has ravaged the planet of Scicia. The countries of Telesia and Vanden have painted the land with the blood of their people, neither side coming out the clear victor. The recent death of the Vanden Regent has brought his heir to the throne and with it a new chance for peace. That is, if the memories of an illicit love and a false identity do not derail the process first.
Vanden Regent, Loden Espacian has waited a long time to claim Rinalda D’Aubry as his bride. Four years before, on a mission to Presari Station, Loden attempted to seduce secrets from the Telesian Chancellor’s beautiful daughter. His quest failed when she did not divulge even so much as her family ties and Loden fell helplessly in love. Now, the war has taken a terrible toll on Vanden’s resources. With his country on the verge of collapse, Rinalda is within the walls of his palace as the Telesian peace emissary. The only chance for Loden to save his country is to find a way back to Rinalda’s good graces and once again win her heart.
When Sergeant Rinalda D’Aubry agreed with her father’s plan of going to Vanden as the emissary in a peace envoy, she had no idea she’d come face to face with the man she thought was lost to a wartime romance. Dreams of him have sustained her during some of her worst days and nights, fighting in a bloody war of her father’s making. The man she remembers was a common foot soldier, not the heir to the Vanden throne. Betrayed and humiliated, Rinalda vows to rise above her broken heart to save both countries from destruction, before it’s too late. But memories of their passionate love making threaten to ignite the air between them, and burn all who stand in the way.
Private Negotiations by Kathleen Scott, from Liquid Silver Books
I'm busily working on the second book in the series, Intimate Weapons. Funny, but I don't think I'll put the other books on hold. I'm having too much fun complicating my characters' lives and traveling the galaxies looking for trouble to cause them.
Posted by Kathleen Scott/MK Mancos at 9:30 AM