Hello, Lieutenant Crophaven, it’s nice to have you here today!
Thank you. I have a lot of business to accomplish with the ship reaching its destination. So if you’ll keep this short…
Of course. We wouldn’t want to keep the most important lieutenant from doing his job! Just a few quick questions. Now: what are you looking forward to on Paradise 21?
It’s not really what I’m looking forward to, it’s about keeping control and preventing any sort of widespread panic when we get there. I want the colonization efforts to run smoothly, and for everyone to keep their cool despite the stressful situation of acclamation. That’s my job.
And it’s an important job! Let’s continue: what do you think of this new generation of colonists preparing for the tests?
A lot of them just plain aren’t ready. I’ve seen some of the pretests, and the results are less than desirable. There’s only a few that stand out in my opinion: Nova Williams, for instance has been working her butt off. She’s the daughter of two janitors on the ship, so I think she’s got a little chip on her shoulder so to speak. But that’s okay, whatever fuels a person to achieve their best. Sirius Smith is also another hopeful. He’s doing great at aerodynamics and navigation and would make a fantastic aviator. I’ll be interested to see where they end up.
What do you think of the pairing system on the ship?
It’s logical, efficient, and prevents a lot of drama. I like it. End of story.
What’s your favorite thing to do on the ship?
Prepare. I’m constantly evaluating our resources and planning ahead for the future. The most important thing is the survival of this colony. Since we lost contact with the rest of the fleet, this ship could be humanity’s last hope. I’m not going to let it fail.
Anything else you’d like to share with us today?
The latest results from the scout droids are in, and I need to get back to my work. You’ll have to read further on the subject in Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed.
“Forbidden love on a paradise planet that’s anything but paradise...Dionne’s Colonization will keep you guessing.” – Cherie Reich, author of Defying Gravity
Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.
Can she save the colony and discover her true love?
Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic
elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade,
Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora
Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing,
Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in
Please visit her website: http://www.authoraubrie.com
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