Saturday, July 13, 2013

Author Interview with Aubrie Dionne , Excerpt and Author Spotlight for her book Reconnaissance


Series: Paradise Reclaimed Book # 2 

By: Aubrie Dionne

Expected Publication Date: May 1, 2013

Published By: Inkspell Publishing


 Nova Williams has lost her one shot at Lieutenant hood and at love. Lieutenant Crophaven has promoted her rival, Andromeda, all because her life-mate, 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 life-mate 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?


A drone, as deep and low as the growl of a primordial beast, resonated in my gut and I yanked my hand away. My heart sped like someone had fired a starter gun to a race, and my chest tightened until I couldn’t breathe.

That blaring blasphemy wasn’t from my ship.

The sound tapered off, leaving me in silence. I stared at the bones, wondering if I’d imagined it, or if I should hide here in the ruins in case the sound came back.

What am I doing? I’m a team expedition leader, for crying out loud!

I pulled myself back together. Everyone else was attending the ceremony on the ship. The thick hull, designed to protect us from deep space, blocked all sounds from the outside world. I was the only one who would have heard it. The only one who could investigate. I thought about going back for help, but every second I delayed, the source of the sound could disappear. Besides, I didn’t want the credit taken away from me. Not this time.

I scrambled to the window and climbed over the ledge, throwing myself down so fast my ankles exploded in pain. Cursing, I hobbled up the embankment of the excavation site. The sound boomed around me, vibrating the crystals underneath my feet. I fell to my knees and covered my ears. It reminded me of warping metal, growling monsters, and screeching alarms all at the same time.

The sound came from the jungle. I pulled myself up the incline and peered over the edge. A dry, fiery breeze blew my hair back, and I looked above the rustling canopy.

My heart stammered then beat into a frenzy. A massive ring of a ship, twice as large as the New Dawn, hovered over the jungle. Spires jutted from the top and the bottom, like a two-sided pin cushion. Blinking reddish lights adorned the ends. The hull was a dull gray shield of impenetrable metal with no sight panels or markings of any kind.

The buzzing sound made my eardrums throb. I pressed my nose up against the crystal ledge and peered over as my whole body shook. The lowest spire, thick as a nuclear reactor, lengthened from the belly of the ship until the tip hovered a meter from the jungle canopy. A trap door opened, and a beam of white light seared a hole in the foliage. The smell of burnt vines choked my throat, and I cowered against the side of the ledge.

I have to warn the ship.

Info on Book 1 -Colonization can be found 


Inkspell Publishing: 

Our Interview 

What would you have done differently if you was the main character of your book?

Gosh, I’m not sure. I have to really think about that. I wouldn’t have forgiven Sirius so easily. I tend to hold a grudge. So in that way, my main character is more understanding than I am! I probably would have been scared out of my wits by the giant alien monster spiders and unable to move- nevermind save everyone else. So, again, my character is more awesome than me. Oh well. 

What was your inspiration behind this book?

I wanted to give my audience a big monster enemy, because the first book doesn’t have that. I hate spiders, so I thought- that’s perfect! My inspiration for the spiders came from many sources: Arachnophobia the 1990 movie, Shelob, the spider in LOTR, the spiders in Harry Potter, and- for some strange reason- the alien bugs in Starship Troopers.

Who designed your book cover for you ? 

Naj. She’s awesome. She designs all the Inkspell covers and makes them all beautiful works of art that should be hanging in some art gallery somewhere.

Why did you become a writer ?

I loved reading, and I got bored and frustrated reading other people’s books. I wanted to have my own story with my own characters and have them do what I wanted them to do. Little did I know they have a mind of their own!

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in there continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?

I love connecting with famous people, and the people I admire, so I want to give my fans that same happiness. I remember when a certain celebrity wrote me back on Twitter- I was on cloud nine for days. I saved the DM message in my email. So, if you write to me, I will write back!

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

Patricia McKillip, Tad Williams, Ursula Le Guin, Sherri S. Tepper, Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte. I could go on and on!

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?

Yes, I always feel like there is more story to tell. Even when I finished  the 4th book in my New Dawn series, I knew that wasn’t the “true” end.

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Legolas from Lord of the Rings. Do I need to give a reason or is it apparent? LOL

How hard do you laugh when writing a funny scene?

I probably just smile at the computer screen.

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?

Epic fantasy is my favorite genre. Right now I’m reading Game of Thrones. I didn’t think I’d like it, because it’s so dark, but it turns out I LOVE it. I also try to read in all genres to broaden my writing skills.

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

Not usually, but my scenes really aren’t all that sad for the most part. I try to write positive, uplifting fiction.

Thanks for the interview! Great questions!

About the Author- 

Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was 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 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 Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.

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