Guest Post + ARC of “Dragon’s Honor” by Michaela Kendrick

Science Fiction Romance is a subgenre on the rise, with many talented indies gaining ground with awesome stories and characters. I’ve always been interested in the evolution of SFR, and I’m super happy to hear indie success stories or keep tabs on how some authors are tackling this delicate merger of space battles and heart throbs.

So when a fellow indie writer contacted me about her exciting dive into SFR, I leaped at the chance to share my growing love for this subgenre with you. But I better let her tell you about it.

Here you go, Michaela:

Hello, everyone!

When I contacted Veronica to ask if she thought all of you would enjoy some free review copies, she was very enthusiastic — and pretty curious. You see, I’ve made the leap into SciFi Romance from YA Fantasy and hard SciFi, and Veronica wondered just what had compelled me to take the leap — and in particular, what had inspired me to write the Dragon Corps series. She wondered if I’d be willing to share my story with you, and as I started to write it all out, I began to have questions of my own.

Namely, why did it take me so long to start writing SciFi Romance?

In retrospect, it makes absolutely no sense. I’ve been reading SciFi, Fantasy, and Romance since I was in grade school. Our house was filled with books like The Dragon Riders of Pern, A Wrinkle in Time, The Lord of the Rings, and more Regency-era Romance than you could shake a stick at. I read the Modesty Blaise books and wanted to be just like her: smart, tough, and gorgeous. I wanted a dragon and a spaceship and a knight in shining armor. So what held me back from the genre that combines… well, at least two of those three things?

I have no idea. What I do know, however, is why I love Romance, and Science Fiction Romance in particular.

This genre really was the way to tell the story I needed to tell. As someone whose husband has served in the military, I wanted to tell a story about soldiers that did not glamorize the trauma they had faced, but instead offered a window into their world, a world that is often much more complex than is comfortable. Combat trauma is far-reaching and often devastating — and those are the stories we hear in the news. What we don’t hear, what we don’t see, are the stories that are remarkably similar to everyone else’s: filled not only with fear and memory, but also with love and humor.

The Dragon Corps series was born as a way to explore a theme that many books touch on (“what are we willing to fight for?”), and approaching this story as a romance allowed me to approach both of the main characters not as isolated people, but as the center of a web of loyalties and loves. There are two main reasons fo this, I think:

First, our love gives us strength. Love is humbling, maddening, ridiculous, painful—really, a lot of things that people with any sense should avoid. But love does something else, too. It forces us out of ourselves. It makes another person’s needs as dear to us as our own, and so it makes us—if we let it—stronger, kinder, and braver.

When I began writing Romance, it felt uniquely as if everything made sense. Why would a character walk right into danger? For love. Because they were desperate not to have the ones they loved be in that same danger. Romance readers know that romantic love is not the only love that guides us. In every romance I pick up, there are family ties and friendships as well as True Love, and though these relationships sometimes tear our hero in different directions, they’re never discounted.

Second, others’ love gives us strength. The romance writers and readers of today know that having someone love you despite your scars and weaknesses and foibles is…kind of terrifying. They also know that sometimes the people we love are the ones that help us accept ourselves as we are, and are also the ones who, on occasion, tell us to get over ourselves. There’s a lot of strength that comes from knowing that someone has your back. Romance novels, more than any other kind, allow this strength to be a major factor in the resolution of the story.

Romance is amazing. It is a genre that is full of hope. Now that I’m here, I can’t imagine writing anything else — and I hope you’ll sign up for a copy of Dragon’s Honor and fall as deeply in love with Cade and Aryn as I did!


Dragon’s Honor 

DragonsHonorFinal2The Warlord…

From high society banquets in the ice covered skyscrapers of New Arizona, to the most far-flung outposts at the edge of human-occupied space, everyone has heard of Ymir. The Alliance’s reach is wide, and its soldiers are well trained, but there are always despots powerful enough to assert themselves, and Ymir has been one of the most notable failures of human history: a whole planet given over to a man known only as the Warlord.

The soldier…

Cade Williams was once a Dragon—the most elite fighting unit in known space. Precise, brutal, and unstoppable, they were a last resort in the lawless wastes of space colonization. But there was a price: in one horrific mission, Cade’s unit took down not only a slave trader, but an entire intergalactic carrier. Cade left and never looked back. Haunted by his past, he’s vowed never again to kill, never again to fight, and, filling jobs from dock worker to bartender, he’s managed to keep that vow. But Cade’s life is about to be turned upside down. Because when at last he runs out of options, his old friend Talon Rift appears out of nowhere. Talon, the man who ordered him to take down the carrier. Talon, who wants him to get back in the game. And when Cade won’t, Talon has a job opportunity he seems to know Cade can’t afford to pass up. Protect a woman. An innocent. Remarkably little chance of anything going wrong. And a man needs to eat.

And the trophy wife…

There are two problems: first, that Cade hates Aryn the moment he lays eyes on her; second, that he wants her like he’s never wanted anyone before in his life. Or make that three problems: Aryn’s fiancé is a weapons trafficker with a well-deserved reputation for being ruthless, and Aryn is about to get caught up in one of his schemes — one that will bring her back to the place she only just escaped… the mines of Ymir.

 

If you’re interested in receiving an ARC of Dragon’s Honor in exchange for an honest review, all you have to do is fill out the form below and hit the button. I’ll email you a copy asap.

I’ve already started reading it, and it’s a fun ride!

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