Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Spotlight with a $75 Amazon GC #Giveaway: Sky’s End by Lesley Young #ScienceFiction #Romance

Ms. Young will be awarding a $75 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around – so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.

Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother – even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.


Betrayal. That’s what I brood on lying here in what appears to be a rudimentary sickbay on what I assume is the Thell’eon warship while pretending to be unconscious. I’ve betrayed King with that, that alien. How could I? I mean, does mind kissing even count? Dark Eyes clearly took advantage of me. Didn’t he? A flash of me undressing him, begging him to lie down with me, pops into view.

Oh! What kind of horn-dog am I? It was that state I was in. What did he call it? Symbiosis. Humpf. More like Sexbiosis. So it is his fault! And even, in this very moment, I wrestle with longing to go back there. I swear, I’ve never felt freer than I did in that field of feather reeds. I could be who I needed to be without question. Need what I needed. Take what I needed. Give back so easily. It was, magnificent.

Yeah, if you weren’t suffering a dangerous concussion and trapped on a warship full of affection-starved alien thugs! Get a grip, Cassiel!

I could cry. Really. I mean if ever there was a reasonable time to cry it would be now. Kidnapped by aliens through no small fault of my own. Why did I take that stupid device off of Dark Eyes? Tricked into a lusty intimate episode with one of them. Far, far away from any help. Will ESE figure out what happened to me? Hathaway! He will have to tell them about the device now. Oh, it’s all my fault! I try to swallow. Okay. Just breathe. No. Don’t cry.

If you cry, the Thell’eon who keeps checking on you will know you’re conscious. Too late. A sob bursts out me, and then, a waterfall. The downcore shifts upright. Someone passes me a thin type of material. I use it to blow my nose and raise my head.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.

Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.

Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, décor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.

Soul Mate Publishing releases “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.



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  1. Wow! Fantastic!

  2. Great excerpt! Sky's End sounds intense, and that cover is just so gorgeous, too...

  3. Another great excerpt, thank you.

  4. This is very interesting. I could relate to having to find someone that I love -rafflecopter - shaunie

  5. It looks really interesting!! Definitely intriguing!

  6. Fabulous excerpt... can't wait to read this! :)

  7. Great excerpt and cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Certainly has me wanting to

  9. I was interested in how the character shifted from being tough to breaking down in tears at the end. Interested in reading more!


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