It's with great pleasure we're welcoming Angel Martinez to Sinfully today, not only did we get her on the 'couch' but we also persuaded her to appear in front of the camera, answering questions and reading an excerpt especially for you guys. If you love Sci Fi AND sigh worthy romance then you're in for a real treat as the two are combined perfectly in Angel's fantastic novel set amongst the stars. Sit back and enjoy.....
Gravitational Attraction (The ESTO Universe) by Angel Martinez
Title ~ Gravitational Attraction (The ESTO Universe)
Author ~ Angel Martinez
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 21st July 2014
Genre ~ M/M Romance, Science Fiction
A mysterious distress call draws the crew of courier ship Hermes to what appears to be an empty, drifting troop vessel--empty except for the blood and gore spattered corridors and a lone survivor locked in a holding cell. Drawn to the handsome, traumatized man, the crew’s comm officer, Isaac Ozawa, makes Turk his personal responsibility, offering him the kindness and warmth he needs after the horror he experienced.
Isaac knows firsthand what it’s like to be different and an outcast, and this cements their bond. Once a promising pilot, Isaac was left with a damaged body when his brain didn't meld with the high-tech implant needed to fly fighter ships. Turk’s brain is no better. The result of a military experiment gone wrong, his natural abilities have been augmented to a dangerous degree.
When an amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac and uses him to convince Turk to become the cataclysmic weapon he’s hungered for, it will take Turk’s strength, the ingenuity of the Hermes crew, the help of the enigmatic Drak’tar, and Isaac’s own stubborn will to save them.
1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, February 2012
"So many things are forced into circular shapes by gravitational attraction. The universe must be as well. So must all things, in the end. Infinitely Circular."
Zadral tach Corzin Turk.
I'd forgotten just how much I absolutely love Sci Fi in whatever form. In fact whenever I read a novel as good as this I just want to go out and search out every book I can find and have my own Sci Fi marathon read! Now M/M permitting ....of course!
It's a genre I've always had a real yen for, ever since I was a young lass and first set eyes on the original 'Space Family Robinson: Lost In Space' (DANGER! DANGER! Will Robinson!) and boldly went —with Captain James T Kirk and my fave pointy eared Vulcan (Spock) —where no one has gone before! Yes, there's a touch of the science fiction geek inside me and I'm definitely a Trekky and proud of it! I love the idea of far away planets filled with alien races; their fascinating cultures, unusual languages and unfamiliar appearances. One of my favourite things about any TV series, film or book on the subject, is the special effects, which give us the weird and wonderful visuals or in a books case, it's vivid descriptions of the Aliens who populate these fantastical worlds. I'm gripped by Space Operas and huge spaceships, journeying across the universe, with factions for good and evil battling against each other across the galaxy, in high tech fighters. With complex conspiracies that generally play out against a background of interplanetary politics, secret weapons and covert military divisions.
Which brings me to Angel Martinez's most excellent novel and her own vision of the above. There's a bit of everything in this story. Intrigue, evil military personnel, mysterious Alien races, secret medical experiments, space battles, a rag tag group of ex military commercial space couriers...all united by one of the most endearing love stories I've come across in a long while. A romance that I just wasn't expecting to be as lovely as it was.
The relationship between Isaac Ozawa and Turk, the fierce -but also gentle giant warrior- he comes into contact with, really took me by surprise! I can honestly say it was at times a beautiful and extremely romantic pairing. A real 'true love' story set amongst a plot that, as it progressed, kept me glued through more than one change of pace. Starting with trepidation, when a distress signal and gruesome discovery on board a floating prison ship pulls the crew of the Hermes into more than they bargained for when they end up retrieving Turk from its carnage; the mysterious sole survivor of a terrible massacre on board. Moving into mystery as the enigmatic Corzin warrior is obviously holding secrets about his mission aboard the ship, then excitement as the tightly knit crew he works with help Isaac and their rescuee fight and flee the clutches of a military man who wants him for unsavoury purposes. Then it switches into a more gentle interlude as Isaac and Turk hide out on his home planet and it was at this part that I learned, alongside Isaac, a lot more about the Drak'tar and Corzin culture and civilization. The ways they lived in conjunction with each other, their social interactions, language, customs, flora, fauna and otherworldly creatures that inhabited it's surface...I absolutely loved this section of the book as it really stimulated my imagination to the point where I could definitely visualise it all in my mind...but then it goes back to edge of the seat excitement again as the gang confront the bad guys, who move in for the kill!
So, this is a damn good story in its own right, with some fabulous supporting characters who also made the grade, but the star of the book was definitely the relationship between Turk and his beautiful Isaac. I melted more than once at the way he cherished and protected his mate, because in essence that was exactly what Isaac was. His "sol'atensis: the completion of his heart." As soon as the two of them met it was patently obvious that something special was about to happen between the couple, each one of them pulled towards each other exactly as the title of the book suggests...a gravitational attraction that once bonded could never be broken, as their love for each other was strengthened to the point of not wanting to live if anything fatal was to happen to the other.
If only he had never become attached to Isaac at all. That last simply wasn't possible, though. From the moment he had set eyes on Isaac, his heart had been captured and caged.
Two completely opposite guys in personality, size and culture but still a perfect match! Turks quiet strength and his strangely formal manner a total foil for Isaacs more lively, sweet nature, which considering what hangs over his head because of his faulty implant, that in other pilots who's implants had also gone bad, had pushed them right over the edge to the point of suicide; makes the smaller but big hearted Isaac the endearing and loveable character he is. I smiled to myself so many times at the way he called his imposing, more serious gentle giant "hon" and "sweetie"...so incongruous in some of the situations he uses the endearments, but so Isaac! I adored his character and fell mighty hard for Turk whose declarations of love for his Isaac had me sighing in a totally sappy way! Damn that man pushed my romantic buttons....
"You make my blood sing." Turk wrapped an arm around his waist and pulled Isaac on top of him. "Your smile takes the strength from my legs. Your laugh wraps heated plumes around my heart."
And another one that made me go all gooey:
Just gorgeous! **sigh**.
Angel Martinez has now gained a new fan and I've gained three more books of hers on my kindle as I went out and searched out more of her novels. My next journey with Angel will be with her Fae world and I'm really looking forward to getting to know those characters. One thing I must mention before I wrap this up is the amazing glossary that Ms Martinez has provided at the start of Gravitational Attraction, showing just how much thought and attention she's given to the awesome universe she's created within its pages, another aspect of the whole package that made this the fantastic read it was for me personally.
TO THE STARS AND BEYOND!!!!
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Author Interview and Reading from Gravitational Attraction by Angel Martinez
About Angel Martinez
While Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres, she writes both kinds of gay romance – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author's head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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