Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Celebrating Linda Andrews' Thrilling New Sci Fi Adventure

All day today at our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating a thrilling new Syn-En science fiction adventure from Linda Andrews!

REGISTRATION by Linda Andrews

Syn-En Series Book Three

Driven from Earth, Admiral Beijing York led an armada of Synthetically-Enhanced human soldiers and its civilian crew to settle an alien world. Their new society is beginning to flourish when Bei is informed that no human, Syn-En or otherwise, can be free until the species registers on a distant planet. Determined to protect humanity, Bei and his wife lead an advanced scouting team to secure their liberty.

And an ancient enemy is waiting to intercept them. The Founding Five won't give up their favorite slaves or medical guinea pigs without a fight.

Now Bei must decide if freedom is worth the price when he may have to sacrifice everyone he loves to win.

Linda Andrews lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, three children and a menagerie of domesticated animals.

While she started writing a decade ago, she always used her stories to escape the redundancy of her day job as a scientist and never thought to actually combine her love of fiction and science. DOH! After that Homer Simpson moment, she allowed the two halves of her brain to talk to each other.

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  1. Good morning, Linda!

    Welcome to AuthorIsland and super congrats on the new release!

    Since your new here at the Island, please tell us a bit about your new book and about your Syn-En Series. How do the books connect?

    I loved the excerpt and I have to say I'm loving that you're a scientist writing Science Fiction! That must give you an incredible edge when world-building and with the details that make for such a great read.

    I hope you enjoy your cyber launch party today - thanks for the great giveaway and here's to REGISTRATION being your biggest seller yet!

    Have fun!

  2. Good morning everyone. The Syn-En first appeared in my imagination after I read an article in US News about using computer connections to help amputees have more control over their artifiical limbs. Then, just like Legos, other thoughts connected. I watched a special on Exosuits and one on the Knights Templar, their rise to power and their demise at the hands of greedy ruler. Viola, a story was born.
    To connect the world, I had someone from our time do a sleeping beauty routine, sleep for a little more than a century and wake up thinking she was there to save everyone. And the truth is, she did save everyone, but there were other forces at work.
    The relationship between Bei and Nell was so strong, that instead of switching to another character for the sequels, I stayed with the two main ones and instead of secondary characters mirror the conflict between the two.
    The first three books are about what we perceive as humanity and human conditions. Bei struggles to be considered human despite his technology, while Nell needs more and more technology to stay alive. To the aliens they're both human, among humanity we like to divide ourselves up.

  3. I do have humanoid aliens in my books, but I don't think sentience is limited to a certain form. To that end, I created a few other aliens. Meet the Padgows, a cross between a mop head and a stinging jelly fish. They're friendly, kind of:

    The mophead zigzagged over the stoop, cleaning up the debris. “Can I help?”
    “You’re helping a lot as it is.” Nell reached out to pet the Padgow then folded her hand close to her body. No touching. She needed the feeling in her hands. “Keeping things clean and managing Iness’s pain is very important.”
    The mophead glowed a bright pink and scuttled closer. “You can pet me. I shall not hurt you.”
    Tempting. The creatures looked so soft…
    “We should focus on healing the child, not petting.” Elvis dropped his saddlebags between her and the Padgow, sliding his head under her palm.
    “Yes, of course.” Nell patted the Amarook’s head. He had no reason to be jealous. Or territorial.

  4. Congratulations on the new release I look forward to reading what looks like it will be a wonderful story.

  5. Did you take you long to come up with the character names?

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    1. Hi BN,

      Sometimes it takes me a while to come up with names. Other times, I look around and take parts of words. The Ck'son are from the Dickson temperature recorder in my lab:) For most of the Syn-En names I consulted a map. Easy. Nell is short for Helen, my mom's middle name and Stafford is from Jo Stafford who's song was the theme for my Dad's senior Prom (way back when, but I love the song "You Belong to Me."

  6. In a bit of an homage to the fun bar scene in Star Wars, my aliens have a party. Here we see a few of Humanity's new allies. None of them are humanoid.

    Nell scanned the party.
    Inside the rectangular body of water on the lower level, Shish bobbed to the surface. They dumped more armfuls of sea grass before turning their bulbous faces to the rays of sunlight streaming through the overhead dome.
    A handful of mantises swarmed the new offering. They shoved the grass into their mouth with their chop-stick arms before throwing it up in slimy green mounds. Swarms of baby Ck’son fell on the regurgitated food wiggling and pouncing like happy puppies. Near the terrace’s staircase, a single green Ck’son puttered around the topiaries, trimming the spiral-shaped foliage and popping the stray leaves inside his mandibles.
    Padgows zoomed through the legs of the crowd, eating the food dropped onto the stone patio by aliens and Humans. Every once in a while, they’d roll onto their backs and burp. Once bloated to nearly twice their size, the mopheads congregated in a pile of pink tumbleweeds deep under the stairs. When a man threw up near the loungers around the pond, two Padgows leap-frogged over each other to clean it up.

  7. Congratulations Linda!!

    With the Synthetically-Enhanced human soldiers how did you decide what to enhance? For example: speed, stamina, strength etc.

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  8. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for the question.

    Since the idea came from current protheses, I started there but as time went on the Syn-En were stripped of almost everything but their core and their brain, but even these were modified. They had become robots with human brains.


  9. Running a little late. Congrats on your new release! What genre do you read most?

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  10. Hi Quilt Lady,
    I go through spurts of reading in one particular genre. Right now, I'm reading history books in preparation for a series of WWI romance novels. Exciting I know but the last book I read for fun was a NA novel that I really enjoyed.

  11. Congrats Mary! You were selected as the winner of the GC. Please check your email from my note. Congrats again and a big thank you to everyone who visited.