The new covers together

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I thought I’d share with you the new promo postcard I put together featuring the revamped cover of Rayessa and the Space Pirates and the new book Rae and Essa’s Space Adventures.

New RayessaI’ll be signing at Supanova in Sydney and Perth so come say hello and  pick up a card.

I had a very special email this week from a reader who liked the depiction of Gris and the relationship between Rae and him. It brought home to me how important it is to depict people from diverse backgrounds in our work but to also do it sensitively. While I think Rayessa and the Space Pirates is light fun, being true to characters and treating their differences respectively is still important. If you think about it Rae has a learning disability, although she is still clever. She lacked opportunity but also essential nutrients which means she hasn’t been able to reach her full capacity. This comes out a bit more in Rae and Essa’s Space Adventures.

Hopefully readers will like the sequel so I can write Opiea’s love story, which will feature corporate takeovers and jockeying and maybe a battle with space pirates. Oh and we’ve thought up a series name. What do you think of Love and Space Pirates?

Rae and Essa Space Adventures

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The story continues. Once again Rae is out in space, but this time she’s chased by Essa. Both go searching for Opi, their mother and for Alwin Anton, who have gone missing.

Check out this awesome cover!

Rae and Essa Space Adventures

Due out on May 8 with Escape Publishing. I’ll come back with a blurb and links when they are up. No more slumming it on an asteroid. No more beans. Rayessa’s in a private school, working on her grades and practicing karate!

Life on earth

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I hate to be a wet blanket, but you guys on Earth are really stuffing things up right now.

Life on Earth is making that little hollow asteroid look good. You know that’s pretty shocking really. I ate beans and hardtack for crying out loud.

So cut it out and get on with things. Stop killing each other.

I’m seriously considering spending the rest of my life in space. I think I’d rather be traveling about exploring new worlds than living with you lot and with this mess. So there are a few space pirates out there. I’m going to help deal with that.

So I’m going to study hard and make something of myself and then get the hell out of here.

Scrounging around for something to eat

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I’m so tired of beans and hardtack. The vitamin pills stick in my throat and comms went down for five hours so no news, nothing. What a bore. I’m going to head to the hydroponics bay. Maybe something has grown. I swear there was a zucchini on one of the plants and maybe a tomato. Let’s hope that Gris didn’t get the munchies last time he was up there. What? Of course I’m going to share with him. (stomps off).

The mess!

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I thought Outpost 311 was pretty trashy to begin with. Now that there’s been a party there’s crap everywhere. Wait till I get my hands on Gris. I swear he’s left tomato sauce smears on the power generator. And what does he mean serving drinks from the hazchem bucket. Even I know that he should have cleaned the bucket first.

Party time!

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So some friends are getting together to celebrate the book about me going out into the world. For some reason they want to dress up like space pirates and Centauri slaves. I’m going to wear a sizzling hot, red ship suit, that will make me look so sleek and trim, others will just oggle me. I am never dressing like a space pirate or a slave girl. How disgusting! I’ve so been there and done that.