Publisher: Entangled Publishing
My Recommended Age Group: Adult
Released: August 2011
Blog Tour: Kismet Book Touring
Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.But Aries has other plans.
When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.
I've heard variations of this story before, but never with the fantastic elements of romance and suspense that Ms. Dionne throws into her writing. A dying race must do anything it can to survive. For Aries, one of the last human women who should keep the human race going, her duty is to pair up with the compatible match assigned to her and have children. Without these children, the New Dawn, a spaceship taking the last of Earth's hopes to a new planet, will eventually become unmanned and another piece of space junk as its current crew all die of old age. We all know the complexities of the human race, however. Attempt to tell a human woman whom she should love and all heck will break loose.
Escaping the New Dawn, Aries finds herself on a world that may hold just as many dangers as the life she is attempting to leave did, save for one aspect; Striker - a man who is not genetically desirable and definitely not one that should continue the human race. Yet, Aries finds herself drawn to him and eventually learns that she must do anything she can to keep him by her side.
Ms. Dionne's story was one full of love and passion. One of my favorite aspects of PARADISE 21 was Aries. I found her to be a fun character to read, full of emotion and well rounded so that she always made the story interesting. Her relationship with Striker is one of those that keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense, waiting to see if the two will eventually find happiness together or if a darker fate awaits them. In a cold world where the logical choice should take precedence, can romance and love win? You'll have to read to find out!
Guest Post with Aubrie Dionne
Where I got the idea for Paradise 21
What will happen when our sun dies out?
I’ve always been a worry wart, and ever since I was little I’ve had a strange concern at the back of my mind for those people born on Earth when our sun starts to die out. I know it’s millions of years from now, but basically, if humans are still alive, it would suck. They’d hear about all the thousands of years people had to enjoy life, and they’d be stuck with the short end of the stick. I’d like to think that humans will live on when Earth dies, and that was where the idea for Paradise 21 came from.
In Paradise 21, humans have ruined the Earth long before the sun will burn out. They haven’t perfected cryogenic sleep, so the only way to reach another life sustaining planet is to live on the colony ships, producing generations of astronauts in deep space. Not only would they have to share the same vision as the founders of the mission, but they’d have to watch out for inbreeding because only so many bloodlines can fit on each ship.
What if someone became disillusioned with the process? What if they didn’t like their computer designated mate?
That’s where I got Aries. And that’s where Paradise 21 begins…
My question to you is: have you ever thought about the sun burning out and what would happen to life on Earth?
About Aubrie Dionne
Aubrie is an author and flutist in New England. Her stories have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, A Fly in Amber, and several print anthologies including Skulls and Crossbones by Minddancer Press, Rise of the Necromancers, by Pill Hill Press, Nightbird Singing in the Dead of Night by Nightbird Publishing, Dragontales and Mertales by Wyvern Publications, A Yuletide Wish by Nightwolf Publications, and Aurora Rising by Aurora Wolf Publications. Her epic fantasy is published with Wyvern Publications, and several of her ebooks are published with Lyrical Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, she plays in orchestras and teaches flute at Plymouth State University and a community music school.
Aubrie: On her Website // On her Blog
Chameleon's Colors (the first in the Carnival of Illusions series) and a signed postcard. To enter, simply fill out the form below. If you would like to be entered in the grand giveaway to win one of three beautiful necklaces made by the fabulous Ms. Dionne, leave a comment on this post. Each tour post that you comment on earns you another entry into this necklace giveaway.
Monday August, 8th – Cinnamon, A Journey of Books / Guest Post, Where Aubrie got the idea for Paradise 21
Tuesday, August, 9th – Tishia, Paranormal Opinion / Guest Post, Paradise 21: Space Pirates with a Chip on Their Shoulder
Wednesday, August, 10th – Jules, The Great, The Good and The Bad / Guest Post, Sci fi terminology in Paradise 21
Thursday, August, 11th- Bree, The Magic Attic / Character Interview, Striker
Friday, August, 12th – We Fancy Books / Guest Post, The baddies in Paradise 21
Monday August, 15th – Kristin, My Bookish Ways / Author Interview
Tuesday, August, 16th - Cindy, Oodles of Books / Guest Post, Luggage in Space
Wednesday, August, 17th- Rie, Mission To Read / Guest Post, Creating your own world: Positives and Negatives
Thursday, August, 18th – Grace, Books Like Breathing / Character Interview, Aries
Friday, August, 19th – Ambur, Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright / Guest Post, Character Building: Challenges and Rewards
Monday August, 22th – Nikki, Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind / Guest Post, The challenges and advantages to writing Sci Fi romance
Tuesday, August, 23th – Christie, The Fiction Enthusiast / Guest Post, Paradise 21: the twenty first planet capable of sustaining life
Wednesday, August, 24th – Pushy, Bewitched Bookworms / Author Interview
Thursday, August, 25th – Farrah, The Book Faery Reviews / Guest Post, What Makes Space Opera So Awesome?
Friday, August, 26th- Mandy, The Well-Read Wife / Guest Post, Pirate names: learn the crew of the Morphic Marauder