Ah … my favorite day of the author process … the day I get to officially share my creation with readers. Nothing beats “release day”!
The Vessel is my very first foray into sci-fi/fantasy romance. Told entirely from the hero’s point-of-view, it’s a story of discovery and acceptance. A big thanks to Decadent Publishing for letting me venture into uncharted (at least for me) territory.
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About the Book
A career soldier, Major Liam McGregor has been following strict military orders for over a decade. Considered one of the best by his superiors, it’s not surprising he’s the operative chosen for an assignment that, if successful, could save mankind.
Years earlier, chemical warfare left the women of earth sterile and the population is dwindling fast. The only hope for survival lies in the government scientists’ ability to successfully breed alien females with healthy human males. So far, their attempts have been mediocre at best.
Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, is their last hope. A government protectee since her family’s transport crash landed on earth years earlier, she is the last surviving fempod from Tethys, one of Saturn’s habitable moons.
Together Liam and Alora must travel from the government’s safe house in what used to be the state of Colorado to Traverse City, the new capitol of the United Republic. Their route takes them through both safe and hostile territory.
What poses more of a threat? The lawless marauders who’ll stop at nothing to vanquish their prey? Or, the forbidden desires tempting the soldier and the alien princess?
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Read an Excerpt
Liam McGregor crossed the embossed seal, pressed his hand to the encoded screen, and stepped into Cal Stewart’s office.
Cal, the leader of the military branch of the United Republic, sat behind a huge oak desk, his attention given to the older, rather gaunt-looking man who stood before him. Dressed in a dark, worn suit, his back bent with age, the man turned and raised his weathered gaze in Liam’s direction.
“Is this the guy?” the old man asked.
“Yes,” Cal confirmed. “Liam McGregor, this is John Barrow, Sciences Division Director. He’s come to request our help, and I’ve assured him you’re the best man for the job.”
Liam nodded. “What job would that be, sir?”
“Sit,” Barrow said, waving his hand in the direction of the nearby chair. “I have some background information to give you. It will explain everything, and define your part in saving mankind.”
“Mankind?” Liam repeated in question.
“Yes.” Cal’s response was filled with conviction. “Our future depends on a successful mission.”
Liam lowered himself into the closest chair, his focus on the strange man who’d sought him out. Barrow shuffled across the room and perched himself on the edge of Cal’s desk. He drew a long, ragged breath and began.
“A little over eight years ago, the government discovered a small group of women who possessed a rare DNA string and previously unknown blood type. A very valuable blood type.”
Liam cast a glance in Cal’s direction. “Valuable in what way?”
Cal lowered his gaze, his robust voice a mere whisper when he admitted, “It allows them to procreate. To carry on with life.”
Liam thought about the childless couples he knew, and of how they’d suffered with sterility as result of the chemical war of 2150. “So, you’re saying these women are resistant to the radiation that left the rest of the known world sterile?”
“Yes,” Barrow admitted.
Liam bit back a curse. “And, I assume, the government has kept these women under lock and key since then.”
Barrow shot Cal a grimace. “Something like that.”
A shiver made its way along Liam’s spine, a well-honed warning all was not what it seemed. “Perhaps, you can enlighten me a bit more. For the sake of my mission, of course.”
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A Bit About the Author (Me!)
Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.
Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.
When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
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A Couple of Giveaways
As of this morning, there were still twelve free copies available of The Vessel. To get yours just click on the cover image at the top of the right sidebar on this page.
I will also be giving away a $10 gift card from a book retailer of your choice. The winner will be drawn from those who comment on this post by midnight, Monday, June 19th.
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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed my preview for The Vessel!