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Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Length: 138 pages
Sub-Genres: Science Fiction
Back of the Book:
“Good morning, Duchess.”Born in the fires of revolution and baptized in the blood of those who fought for a better life, Captain Ava Frost smuggles illegal materials to a war machine that will someday free her people from an oppressive government...until her path crosses with a Regulator commander.Seth Reynold’s mission is to find the dangerous cargo of fissile materials. When he stops Ava at a wormhole, his ethics and beliefs are compromised. Torn between duty and love, Seth is determined to find out what Ava is hiding, but her fiancé is standing in his way.Back from the dead, Brodie Mark—a leader of the revolution, a man that challenges Ava’s loyalties in every way imaginable—wants her back and will do whatever it takes to help her realize her heritage.While falling for the enemy and endangering all that the underground rebels had struggled to achieve, Ava must make a choice between love and duty. But is she ready to sacrifice a freedom in its infancy for a love that comes once in a lifetime?“No man flies three days to the edge of Nexian space without a reason.”
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Want to know a little secret? Rebel Souls was started back in December 2011 as my Elatia launch story. Just as I neared the end of writing this tale, I realized the story wouldn’t work for the peaceful world of Elatia. Actually, it had dug its heels in and outright refused. Embarrassed, I emailed my publisher to tell them I had to switch gears and write something else for my Elatian launch story, and with only a month until the deadline. Lucky my muse wouldn’t leave me alone about a second story, and it was there, in my head, waiting for me.
Every story I write has its individual challenges. Rebel Souls fought me the entire time I tried to bend it to the Elatian world. It refused to go there, and it wasn’t from lack of trying. I cut, I added, I tweaked, I pounded round words into square holes—it balked. Finally the threw my hands up in the air and said. “you win.” From that point on, things went smoother.
But what to do with Rebel Souls? Could I yank out the world I’d tried to squeeze it into? I didn’t know, but I had to try. I started by weeding out whole chapters and scenes. Then I changed character names. In the end, and it took some work, I managed to rewrite my rebel story the way it was meant to be. When I was done, I smiled. The other version would never have worked. It seemed the story had known something I hadn’t.
It didn’t play well with others, nor did it want to try. Like its name, this novel was a rebel.
So, in keeping with tradition, I’d like to show you some of the cuts that didn’t make it into the final story. Rebel Souls is a love triangle and the dynamics were a delicate balance of past and present. Too know what makes a character who they are, you have to know a bit about their past, and Ava and Brodie’s past runs deep. They are children of a revolution, growing up fighting for a freedom many died for. In this cut, we get a different view of Ava and Brodie’s relationship.
“Marry me, Duchess.” Brodie pulled Ava through the door to an empty apartment. “I’ve joined the resistance. I have an income, an apartment. Here—in Elatia. A place to keep you until I come home.”
“Brodie, I don’t think…”
He pinned her against the wall and kissed her, sliding his hands into her hair on either side of her face. “Don’t think.” Brodie nipped her bottom lip, his lips moved along her jaw to her ear. “Say yes.”
Ava pulled away. “Brodie, stop.”
He froze, going stiff. “Don’t say it, Ava. Please, don’t say it.”
“I can’t do this. I watched what it did to my parents.” Sharp pains speared through her belly. Love killed. Her mother killed for love, became an outcast, a wanted murderess for love. Her father died to keep her. Ava loved Brodie, but she refused to be the reason for his death. Frosts were wanted. No matter where she went or what she did, she’d always be viewed as a criminal, tagged with a family name, the heritage of revolutionaries.
“Gods, Ava. You know I love you, and I know you have feelings for me.” His hand came up and cupped her face. He stared into her eyes. “Deny it.”
She shook her head and swallowed. Yes she had feelings for him and that was the root of the problem. Feelings got people killed. All she had left in the world was her uncle and Brodie—losing them would be unbearable. “I can’t marry you.”
“Then love me tonight. Tomorrow I go to fight for the cause. I want to take that memory with me. Give me a chance to show you what you’ll miss.” He leaned in and captured her lips. His kiss was both soft and hungry, so needy she couldn’t help but let go.
She knew what she stood to lose if she married him. She’d never been with a man, had never wanted one—until now. Brodie’s soul called to her, as much a part of her as she was him. Tonight she’d give him everything, tomorrow she’d walk away—knowing it might be the last time they saw each other. “Then tonight, I’m yours.”
His hands went to the clasps on her shirt, opening the front. He slid down her body, kissing her bare flesh, over her breasts, down her ribs and along her navel, nipping at bejeweled flesh. He peeled her pants from her hips and dropped to his knees. “My gods, Ava. You’re a goddess.”
In this cut excerpt, Seth’s name is Xavier and Ava is aware that Brodie has reemerged:
Ten years after Brodie disappeared—he’d come back—with an offer. He’d heard she now piloted the Avira and asked her to smuggle illegal metal and materials to the Resistance, convincing her she’d not only help her people, but she’d also make a tidy profit. He hadn’t lied. Tonight, Ava was meeting Brodie to pick up the coordinates for her ship’s next tile refitting and her paycheck from the last delivery. Unfortunately, she had company. There was a good chance Brodie would kill Xavier if he discovered who he was. He might even kill her, for harboring the Regulator and bringing him into underground territory.
She had to meet Brodie. No choice. Brodie never did anything twice. If she didn’t show, he’d find someone to take her place. She also didn’t have a choice in her company. The situation was about to get infinitely more complicated.
One more chop to share. Ava and Brodie in their youth. Here he’s twenty, she’s eighteen:
“This way.” Brodie held her hand, pulling her down the street. Ava wore a clean white T-shirt and fitted black pants. The polished freighter’s boots rose to just below her knees and were most definitely not the typical scruffy gear of the ragged population that frequented Elatia’s backstreets. Every person they passed turned to look at them, watching with greed on their faces.
“I stand out.” She glanced over her shoulder at two men that started to follow them. Hulking, at least a head taller than Brodie, the men wore dock-workers garb and enough dirt graced their skin to plant a garden. Ava wrinkled her nose. She’d caught a whiff of their body odor when they’d first passed them a block back. “Brodie.”
“Where we’re going, you won’t stand out. You’re safe with me.”
“You sure about that?” The men began to close the gap between them.
Brodie stopped and turned. He eyed the men who followed. They stopped and nodded at him. “My guards.”
“Oh. You have guards?” Since when did a lieutenant in the Resistance have guards? Brodie didn’t need protection. If anyone knew how to protect himself, it was Brodie. His rank didn’t warrant an armed guard. She’d have to ask him about it later, but not now. He seemed bent on getting to wherever it was they were going.
“Yes.” He started off again, dragging her down the walk. “Hurry. I don’t want to be late.”
“Where are we going again?”
“The Blue District. The debutants are on parade.”
Get the feeling that it’s not Brodie that requires the armed guard, but Ava? Why? Well, if I told you that, I’d give away the story. Some things didn’t change so much. I hope you enjoyed the peek at the metamorphosis of Rebel Souls. So now, I’ll leave you with the blurb to the finished story.
“Good morning, Duchess.”
Born in the fires of revolution and baptized in the blood of those who fought for a better life, Captain Ava Frost smuggles illegal materials to a war machine that will someday free her people from an oppressive government...until her path crosses with a Regulator commander.
Seth Reynold’s mission is to find the dangerous cargo of fissile materials. When he stops Ava at a wormhole, his ethics and beliefs are compromised. Torn between duty and love, Seth is determined to find out what Ava is hiding, but her fiancé is standing in his way.
Back from the dead, Brodie Mark—a leader of the revolution, a man that challenges Ava’s loyalties in every way imaginable—wants her back and will do whatever it takes to help her realize her heritage.
While falling for the enemy and endangering all that the underground rebels had struggled to achieve, Ava must make a choice between love and duty. But is she ready to sacrifice a freedom in its infancy for a love that comes once in a lifetime?
“No man flies three days to the edge of Nexian space without a reason.”
For the buy link to Rebel Souls and the rest of my stories, please visit my website: www.authordljackson.com
Thanks for having me, and thanks to all that stopped by today to visit while I guest posted.
About the Author:
DL Jackson is an award-winning author of urban fantasy, science fiction, military romance and erotic romance. She loves to incorporate crazy plot twists, comedy and the unexpected into her worlds. As a U.S. Army veteran, she naturally adores men in uniform and feels the world could always use more. She does her part by incorporating as many sexy soldiers in her novels as she can. When she isn't writing or running the roads, you can often find her online chatting with her peers and readers. Grab a cup of iced coffee, pull up your virtual chair and say hi. She loves emails and blog visits from her readers. http://authordljackson.com
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