Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Galaxy Girls Featured NEW Book by Edie Ramer with Character Interview & Giveaway

Genetically created to be broodmares, Phyrne Galaxy and her mother, aunt and cousin don't need men, they need freedom. They escaped from the warring planet of Kergeron to Earth, where Phyrne's aunt's vision of winning money in a New Jersey casino comes true. Too bad her aunt's precog didn't show the hoods waiting outside with guns. But Phyrne has her own weapon, more powerful than bullets. She's ovulating.
Phyrne turns up the heat, taking out more than the crooks in her wave of sexual torture. FBI Special Agent Hawk Higgens, running to protect the women, is brought to his knees, too. Caught in her procreative spell, Phyrne ravishes Hawk.
Being seduced by an alien and left half naked and unconscious in the back of a surveillance van changes Hawk's life. He joins the Foundation, a privately funded agency that hunts aliens. Six years later, the reason for his career change pops back on the radar in a tea shop in Kentucky. The woman whose face still haunts his dreams has an addition to her family; a five-year-four-month-old daughter.
At the same time, two Kergeron warriors are sent to Earth to bring the women back to their home planet. With an ex-FBI agent and two alien warriors on her trail, Phyrne's calm life running the Tea & Comfort shop is about to get shaken, stirred and screwed.

GIVEAWAY
To win a digital copy of Galaxy Girls make a comment and enter using the simple form below. This opportunity ends August 13 11:59PM CST. A winner will be selected from all eligible entries on August 11th and notified via email.  


 MY REVIEW
4 STARS
The newest book from Edie Ramer, this book is a fun, entertaining novel of four unusual and supernaturally gifted young women who escape from a male dominated planet and arrive on Earth determined to start new lives for themselves.

The author excels at creating believable characters and relationships that most anyone can relate to.  There is plenty of humor sprinkled throughout, and the spritely conversational banter fits this story nicely.  I thought this novel was well-written; it has some quirky little episodes that certainly set it apart from most alien adventures.  At times, there was some male bashing that made me somewhat uncomfortable; however, given the male dominated, often abusive society the ladies escaped, it is not a far stretch to understand and sympathize with their attitudes.  I especially liked that there were several earth men who, when the chips were down, proved their worth in a crisis, and demonstrated some creative sensitivity. That went a long ways towards appeasing the romantic in me.  Edie always writes stories that challenge me to re-examine my world-view or certain personal beliefs. She has a talent for capturing the essence of an often nebulous idea and making it come alive in my imagination.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

EXCERPT

The door behind Phyrne clanked shut. The Earth sun slunk under a black cloud – on Kergeron they called it a death cloud. The sky dimmed, the air chilling Phyrne’s arms, bare from her elbows to her cold fingertips.
From the beige van, a bright blue aura pierced the gloom, jewel colored and so bright her breath caught. As she twisted to view it better, Liss stopped and Phyrne ran into her.
“Oomph.” She bounced back, her mouth open to ask what was going on, when she saw two men stealing out from behind the dumpster. Blood red auras seethed around both men.
The small hairs on Phyrne’s arms and the back of her neck rose. The last time she’d seen an aura that color, she’d ended up in the clinic, her body bruised from her cheek to her thighs, one eye covered with a patch and an arm in a sling.
Liss stepped back, grabbing Phyrne’s forearm. “Let’s run. I feel the tall one’s anger. He wants to hurt us.”
The men pulled out guns.
“Too late to run.” Deena’s voice quavered. “We’ll have to do something else. I’ll take care of it.” She swallowed but stood tall and tossed her head.
No! Phyrne’s mental scream sliced through Deena’s walls. Deena looked at her, grimacing, lifting one hand to the side of her head.
“I’ll stop them.” Phyrne pushed past Deena. She was older and stronger than Deena, plus she possessed a powerful weapon. The ultimate weapon.
She was ovulating.
Liss’s fingers loosened from Phyrne’s forearm, falling off, but the imprint of her fingers remained. The phantom grip strengthened Phyrne’s resolve. She smiled at the men.
Neither smiled back. One was tall and gangly, about five Earth years older than her twenty-five turns. His clothing hung on his lanky frame and he slouched. A man trying to look smaller, not like the men of Kergeron, who would climb on their mothers’ heads to look taller. But despite his poor posture, the coldness in his pale eyes told her he was the man in charge.
Her gaze switched to the second man, older and shorter, lines etched around his eyes and mouth. Though his body looked like it was carved out of a meteorite, his aura was a lighter red than the taller man’s, tinged with a normally friendly yellow that simmered instead of seethed.
She was going to take him down like he was a pet udzo.

CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Deena: My first interview! But I don’t have any questions to ask you.

Phyrne (pronounced Fern): Because you already know everything?

Deena: Don’t be like that. I don’t know everything. Just everything you think.

Phyrne: You mean everything I let you see in my mind.

Deena: Dum, dum, dum, dum—

Phyrne: What!? Are you saying you read my mind when I’m not aware of it?

Deena: It’s not as if I like listening to your thoughts. You practically broadcast them. Especially when you’re near him. It’s like listening to a porn movie.

Phyrne {palms over her eyes}: Embarrassing, embarrassing, embarrassing.
Deena: You should be embarrassed. The reason we came to Earth was to escape men, not embrace them.

Phyrne {dropping her hands}: Kergeron men.

Deena: Men are men. I read their thoughts, too. I know what they’re thinking. Usually food or sex.

Phyrne: C’mon. They’re not that simple.

Deena: You’re right. Sometimes they’re thinking about their truck or their car. Or their favorite sports team.

Phyrne: Oh, honey. No wonder you won’t go into full ovulation.

Deena: It’s not that I won’t go into it. It’s that I can’t. I can leak pheromones when I want to attract men. Pretty much the same as most Earth women. But you... That first time you were with Hawk, you set off a pheromone bomb.

Phyrne: That was my intention. I was using my pheromones as a weapon. For destruction, not seduction.

Deena: But you got caught in the backlash. You were like a crazy woman.

Phyrne:  Perhaps I did. After all, Hawk is... Well, the kind of man to get crazy about. But I think Earth women get a little crazy, too, sometimes. If you... Never mind.

Deena: I do mind! And don’t you dare pity me. If I wanted to, I could be with a man. I just don’t want to. Sex changes things. It changes people. I like myself the way I am.

Phyrne: I love the way you are. But don’t be afraid of sex. It can be...fabulous. With the right man. And with your talent, you’ll know if he’s right or not. Anyway, when you get your own story you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Deena: What if I don’t want to know?

Phyrne: Remember how when we were in Kergeron when the men controlled us?

Deena {nodding}.

 Phyrne: And they did bad things to us. Put us through a lot of problems. Kept us underground in the “women’s quarters.” Supposedly for our own safety.

Deena {whispering; as if afraid a Kergeron male might zoom in on her and find her}: I remember.

Phyrne: Authors are worse. They do terrible, twisted, and mean things to their characters. Especially the main characters.

Deena: Maybe I’ll never be the heroine in a story.

Phyrne: Sure, honey. Maybe you won’t.

Deena: You’re just saying that to make me feel good.

Phyrne {rolling eyes}: Aren’t you supposed to be interviewing me? I’m the heroine of Galaxy Girls. Sure, you’re important, too. But more of a comic relief.

Deena: I’m not funny!

Phyrne: Don’t I know that. Why do you think Edie had to bring in the two goofs from Kergeron.

Deena {mouth set and hands curled}: Don’t blame me. I served a real purpose in the story. Without me, there wouldn’t be an end.

Phyrne: Careful! No spoilers! Besides, the Kergeron warriors mattered at the end, too. If not for them...

Deena {shuddering}: You’re right. Let’s not talk about them or the story end. I just wonder about one thing. I know your thoughts, but not your feelings. The first time when you blasted pheromones at Hawk and got caught up in it, your thoughts stopped but I could feel... I don’t know if I can describe it. It’s as if an explosion blasted a giant hole in the earth, and a spiral of energy lifted me up to the sky, then whooshed me back down.

Phyrne: So, what’s your question?

Deena: What does it feel like?

Phyrne {fanning herself}: It’s not the kind of thing I can tell you. It has to be experienced.
Deena: What if I never experience it?

Phyrne: Read the book! You’ll find the answer. But you’re making this all about sex, and that’s not what the book is about. We escaped from Kergeron to be free, and now that we’ve settled in Freedom, Kentucky, with our tea and muffin shop, we’re not letting anyone take away our freedom. That’s what it’s about.

Deena: Okay, I’ll read the book. After all, it’s only $2.99 and available on most online e-tailers. Almost any Earth person can afford that.

Phyrne: Thank you, Laurie, for having us here. I apologize for my cousin and her obsession with sex. But you know what they say on Earth about those who can do and those who can’t...

Deena {voice indignant}: Phyrne, we’ll talk later. Laurie, thanks for having us as your guests. It’s a very nice place to be.

Laurie:  Phyrne and Deena, it was great having you here and I am so glad I got to meet you both! Deena, great first interview; you are a natural!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edie Ramer is a multiple award-winning writer, she writes paranormal and sci fi romance about cats, dead people, dragons and aliens with attitude. Cattitude, Dead People, Dragon Blues, Galaxy Girls and her short story The Seventh Dimension are available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, Smashwords and most online e-tailers.






GIVEAWAY
To win a digital copy of Galaxy Girls make a comment and enter using the simple form below. This opportunity ends August 13 11:59PM CST. A winner will be selected from all eligible entries on August 11th and notified via email.  







38 comments:

Birgit said...

It's early in the morning where I live (Europe) and this character interview just really cracked me up :-D ! Thanks so much for introducing me to this book, sci-fi is one of my fav genres after all and the book sounds great!

Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) said...

This was a fun read, I really enjoyed it.

Edie Ramer said...

Lori, this interview was so much fun for me to write. Thanks for having me at your place, along with my two unruly characters.

And thanks for your lovely review! I'll try to be nicer to the men in my next book. Although you know what characters say about authors...

Donnell said...

Love the excerpt, love the interview and I love the author. There's a lot of love going around here. Can't wait to read Galaxy Girls!

Margery Scott said...

Great interview, Edie. This is a great tool for really getting to really know your characters, too. Looking forward to reading Galaxy Girls.

Edie Ramer said...

Birgit, so glad you enjoyed the interview. Once I got going, it was fun to write.

Edie Ramer said...

Donnell, I'm sending a lot of love right back to you!

Edie Ramer said...

Margery, it is a great tool. Maybe I should do this with my characters before I write the book instead of after. Hmmm...

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura Morrigan said...

Hi Edie!
I thought this was so fun! and what a great way to get to know a character!
and as writers get into their heads!
GALAXY GIRLS are awesome-- all of them!

Adrienne said...

Great interview, Edie! Lots of fun. The book sounds like a great read and I will be downloading my copy!

Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

Sounds like a fun alien romance! Interview was too cute.

Edie Ramer said...

Laura, you captured the spirit of my book with your great cover. I think you could be a Galaxy Girl. :)

Edie Ramer said...

Adrienne, thank you! That's the best compliment.

Edie Ramer said...

Vanessa, the book is fun, but it has deeper moments as well. I like that combination and hope other readers do, too.

Edie Ramer said...
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magolla said...

Too funny, Edie! I didn't know if I would like this type of interview, but it was fun!

Edie Ramer said...

Margaret, I can see you doing an interview like this with your characters.

Edie Ramer said...

Laurie, I just realized I misspelled your name earlier. My apologies. My sister is a Lori, and I probably automatically typed it that way.

Edie Ramer said...

Laurie, I just realized I misspelled your name earlier. My apologies. My sister is a Lori, and I probably automatically typed it that way.

Laurie said...

No worries Edie. I thought nothing of it...besides I answer to about anything....LOL

Krystal said...

Looks like a great book and I loved the interview! Thank you!

Julie S said...

Hmm sounds like an interesting girl power read :)

Karin* said...

Edie, I love your humor!

Edie Ramer said...

Laurie, love your attitude.

Edie Ramer said...

Krystal, thanks!

Edie Ramer said...

Julie, here's to girl power! I'd like to see more of that in movies, too.

Edie Ramer said...

Karin, when our book is out, everyone will be saying that about you, too! Just thinking about it makes me happy.

Marilyn Brant said...

Loved your characters' interview, Edie!! How creative and fun...just like your books ;).

Edie Ramer said...

Smooch! Thanks, Marilyn!

ruby95660 said...

This character interview was fun to read. I really enjoyed it.

Edie Ramer said...

Ruby, thanks!

micia said...

very funny!
thanks

Edie Ramer said...

Thaks, Micia!

shah wharton said...

Hi- Entered this too! You have splendid giveaways! ;D XX

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Julie said...

What a great giveaway! This sounds like a really fun book :)
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Kate Sterling said...

Fabulous as always, Edie! :)

Edie Ramer said...

Thanks, Shah, Rhonda and Julie!

Kate, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed it.