THIS SCAVENGER HUNT IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED. WINNERS AS DRAWN BY LISA BERGREN ARE:
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Hi, y’all! I’m Ronie Kendig, an best-selling, award-winning author mostly known for my Rapid-Fire Fiction, which includes over twenty-five paramilitary thrillers (novels and novellas), but I’m branching out a little more and launching a new science fiction series, The Droseran Saga. My husband and I live a short train ride from New York City with our twin sons and two dogs—a retired military working dog and an English Cream Golden Retriever. I love connecting with readers here on my site as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
My newest release, Brand of Light, is a space opera—think Dune meets Firefly. Sort of. Here’s what it’s about:
There’s a price on her head, and it has everything to do with the brand on her arm.
Tertian Space Coalition has blessed every planet in the quadrants with high technology, save one: Drosero. But in spite of their tenuous treaty with the ruling clans, TSC has plans for the backward planet. And they’re not alone.
After a catastrophic explosion, Kersei Dragoumis awakens in a derelict shuttle, alone, injured, and ignorant of the forbidden technology that has swept her into a nightmare. The brand she’s borne since childhood burns mysteriously, but the pain is nothing to that when she learns her family is dead and she is accused of their murders.
Across the quadrants, Marco Dusan responds to the call of a holy order-not to join them, but to seek a bounty. Gifted-or cursed-with abilities that mark him a Kynigos, a tracker sworn to bring interplanetary fugitives to justice, Marco discovers this particular bounty has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with prophecy. One that involves the hunter as much as the hunted.
Are you ready to join this space adventure? Maybe you’re asking the infamous question:
What is a space opera?
So Brand of Light is the science fiction oddball of the scavenger Hunt, and I’m okay with that. I’ve written over twenty suspense novels and novellas, and three fantasy novels, so when readers became aware that I had a science fiction novel that was going to be published, they weren’t really surprised. Maybe a little concerned, but not surprised. Especially when I explained this story-of-my-heart was a space opera.
A what? *insert deer-in-headlights look*
A space opera. It’s a subgenre that falls under science fiction, but to the soft side, not the hard side (because Ronie can’t “science” to save her life). This subgenre arose during the 1930s, along with soap operas and horse operas (I had no idea that latter term existed!). The term was a pejorative one and coined in 1941 by writer Wilson Tucker, who described it as a “hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn, spaceship yarn.”
Well, then. That’s a bit abrasive and mean. Irony comes with the fact that by the 1960s and ’70s, the space opera was a widely accepted—and beloved—subgenre, producing shows and movies like Dune, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, etc., and even today it is a much-loved style with loved shows like Dark Matter, KillJoys, Lost in Space, and the many spinoffs of the Star Wars empire.
Wikipedia defines a space opera as a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. It also can involve opponents possessing advanced abilities, weapons, and other sophisticated technology.
When I finished writing Brand of Light for the first time fourteen years ago, I had no idea what the genre was; I simply knew I loved the story and the genre. In The Droseran Saga, there is advanced technology, medieval-era planets, advanced weapons, chivalric romance (Ahhh, Marco!), and risk taking. I love the descriptor “melodramatic adventure,” because it seems to remind the reader to have fun, enjoy the story. If someone is looking for hard science fiction, this is the not story for them. But if you want a fun space adventure with some romance, Marco and Kersei are ready to welcome you aboard!
Here’s the Stop #19 Skinny:
If you’re interested, you can preorder Brand of Light on:
Clue to Write Down: into a purple
Link to Stop #20, the Next Stop on the Loop: Pepper Basham!
But wait, there’s more!! You can enter my personal giveaway (use the Rafflecopter widget below), to include a copy of BRAND OF LIGHT and the swag featured in this picture, and an exclusive KERSEI candle and Brand of Light ornament (not shown). All you have to do is sign up to get my e-newsletter (banner across the top of my home page) or note that you’re already a subscriber. Additional points to those who follow me as an author on Goodreads, mark Brand of Light as “Want to Read” on GoodReads, and/or follow me on Instagram! (USA only)
PLEASE NOTE: Brand of Light does not officially release until 12/3, so copies of the book are not available to the author until roughly mid-November. The signed hardcover will be mailed as soon as they are available. If the winner so chooses, swag items can be mailed earlier.