We are delighted to have Alicia Nordwell with us today as she celebrates the release of Cosmic Inception, book #3 in the Saving Caeorleia Series. Go check out Alicia’s interview with Nick and Fieo and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Interview with Nick and Fieo
Toleral’s Residence, Caeorleia pre-mission to find the Collectors
Alicia settles in with a com. “So much has happened in a few short weeks for you, Nick. You went from a prisoner on a science ship to volunteering to go back to space on this mission with Fieo.”
Nick tilts his head. “It’s been hard adjusting, but I’ve had a lot of help. Caeorleia is amazing. I wish I could see more of the planet, but I need to do this. Besides, I hear summer is coming, and I really don’t want to experience that.”
The overgrown jungle and strange creatures are amazing, but it is really hot. Alicia fans herself. “Now I get the blasé attitude about nudity.”
“Try living with it 24/7. It’s a little harder to adjust to when it’s in person.” Nick’s cheeks flush pink. “It’s colder in space, so the guards told me they’ll all wear ship suits when we’re on the mission. Of course, they’re skin tight, so they don’t really hide much.”
“Speaking of adjusting, now that the human ships are no longer orbiting the planet, and the battles have stopped, how will this affect the Caeorleian soldiers? ” Alicia asks Fieo.
Fieo leans forward. “We’re not all guards. After Seral was captured a turn ago, all our ships were recalled. My crew and I were pressed into the guard because we’re trained in combat and weaponry, but our main purpose is acting as ambassadors for our people. We’ve traveled far and come across many races but not all of them are friendly so we have to be prepared to be both. That’s why we were given this mission by the Toleral and the asheksi.”
Alicia asks, “Was that how the war began between the humans and your people?”
“No.” Fieo shakes his head. “The humans arrived in our system without warning. At first they only scanned the planet, but as soon as they were blocked from entering our atmosphere by the bio net protecting the planet the bombardments started.”
“That doesn’t seem very logical.”
Fieo snorts. “Humans aren’t very logical.”
Raising an eyebrow, Alicia says, “Nick is human. Is that how you feel about his decision to go on the mission with you? He’s making an illogical decision?”
“He is not one of those nelhos! He’s a hybrid.”
“Not much of one,” Nick muttered. “If I was braver like Ryker or strong like Dade, you wouldn’t worry about me going with you to find the Collectors.”
“Yes, I would.” Fieo turns away from Alicia to face Nick. “This could be very dangerous. You’ve been through so much for the last turn on that ship. You deserve some peace.”
“The humans won’t give us peace just because we want it any more than those doctors would have stopped experimenting on me even though I begged them not to. If I can prevent more atrocities like what they did to me, to Dade and Ryker, to those innocent young like Maerit and Pira... I have to go.”
“But you don’t have to.” Fieo reaches out and then snatches his hand back. “You can stay safe.”
Nick wraps his arms around his chest. “There is no safe.”
“Not even here? You’re in the Toleral’s residence and surrounded by his guards.”
“Did you see the crews rebuilding almost half of it?” Nick waves toward the window over the inner courtyard. The top half of the wall across the garden had collapsed inward.
Alicia probes Nick’s decision. “Why not go on the mission to Ussmep? You were born there and know it better than the Caeorleians. You also look human.”
“Not enough.” Nick points to the scrolling marks on his neck. “These definitely don’t look human. Besides, I believe I’m supposed to find the Collectors. If they’re really as powerful as everyone says, they could hold all the answers we need.”
“I guess there isn’t much more to say than that. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me.”
(Saving Caeorleia #3)
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 18th July 2016
Genre ~ Science Fiction M/M Romance
Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.
Though Nick and Fieo are drawn to each other, their relationship has never been easy. Their differences go beyond their races, but they’ve managed to work together to prevent the spread of corruption, growing closer along the way. Nick still battles the effects of years of loneliness, fear, and pain but surprises everyone when he refuses to stay behind when Fieo is sent on a vital mission to find the Collectors. Fieo objects, but there’s no stopping Nick when he sets his mind to something. Over the course of their mission, it becomes clear Nick is more than anyone ever imagined, but the mystery of his past threatens to derail his future.
The search for the truth will take Fieo and Nick far from Caeorleia, to worlds both familiar and completely alien, and put stress on their already tenuous relationship. It’s a journey that will either tear them apart or finally bring them together.
Meet Alicia Nordwell
Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find something interesting to read one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started ... Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.
Fortunately for readers, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published!She can be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.
Oh yeah, she's a wife, mom of two, and lives in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!
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