Just look at the cover for this book! Isn't it so cool? I really like how it relates back to the cover for the first novel (which you can see here), while still having it's own thing going for it.
Reconnaissance by Aubrie Dionne
Nova Williams has lost her one shot at Lieutenant hood and at love. Lieutenant Crophaven has promoted her rival, Andromeda, all because her lifemate, Sirius, sacrificed their mission to win back Andromeda’s love.
While sneaking out to prove Andromeda is a fake, Nova finds an alien ship hovering over their colony. Lieutenant Crophaven assigns her to a reconnaissance mission, giving her a second chance to redeem herself. Sirius must fly her and a research team to the vessel to decide if they are a threat. Thrown together with the lifemate that betrayed her, she battles with her own jealousy while her team battles for their lives.
Can she forgive Sirius in order to save her team and warn her colony?
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could reenact every scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek The Next Generation-favorite character is Data-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all-time favorite movie is The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A Concert Flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
Now for the professional bio:
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.
You guys should really take a look at her website. The illustration on it is so beautiful!
InterviewQ: What was the inspiration you had for the plot? Was there a particular scenario that gave you the idea? A movie? Book? Song?
A: This is a great question! After finishing book 1: Colonization, I knew there was more a the story to tell. The threat in Colonization was microscopic, so there were no big alien monsters. I wanted to change that in book 2: Reconnaissance. I love the movie Starship Troopers, so I designed a bug alien much like those in that movie.
Q: Who were the most fun characters you enjoyed writing about and watching develop? Who is YOUR favorite character?
A: Definitely the main protagonist, Nova Williams. She's the bad guy from book 1, so it was really neat to see her side of the story. She's so tragically flawed, her character arc is phenomenal. She goes from insecure and vengeful to compassionate and confident. Somewhere along the line she finds a sense of inner peace. I had a lot of fun writing her journey.
Q: Are all your novels about science fiction, or do you do more supernatural type stuff? What are your favorite genres?
A: My favorite genre is epic fantasy like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. But, I also write contemporary romance, and I've recently sold two paranormal romances: one about the Loch Ness monster, and the other about the story of Pan and Syrinx set in the modern world.
Q: How long have you been writing? Short stories, poems, novels, anything?
A: I have been writing my whole life. I wrote my first poem in elementary school about the fact that I'll never get to see a unicorn. I guess I was melodramatic back then as well! I started writing seriously about seven years ago. It took me two and a half years to write my first book, and now I can write a novel in six months!
Q: Who is your favorite author? Do you gain inspiration from them writing or do you come up with it all on your own?
A: I gain inspiration from movies a lot of the time. I grew up watching the old Star Wars films and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Those are definitely my science fiction influences.
Q: As a writer, I have experienced Writer's Block. Have you ever experienced it? If so, how have you come and out of it?Do the blocks actually give you more ideas?
A: All the time. When I have writer's block, I take a walk, do laundry, go shopping while my brain works out all the ideas. Then, when I come back to it I feel fresh. Also, now I plot more. I finish my synopsis after the first few chapters, so I know where the book is going. A lot of times now I know what needs to be written, I just have to figure out the little things that come along the way.
Q: Finally, what do you plan on writing about next?
A: I am writing two books right now. A YA contemporary sci-fi novel about the end of the world titled Earth: Population 2. And an epic fantasy romance titled Orphan's Blade. It's the sequel to Minstrel's Serenade, coming out from Lyrical Press in August.
Thank you for the interview!