Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Guest Post, GIVEAWAY - Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

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.
The life of the man she loves.

Guest Post - Sci fi terminology in Paradise 21

One of the most enjoyable parts of writing science fiction is researching all of the neat science words/terms pertaining to space and space travel. While keeping the science part of it pretty simple, because I’m by no means a rocket scientist or an astronaut, I tried to incorporate a few of these terms throughout the book. For authors, this is part of word building, and a way to create your own unique world.

Here’s some of the terms I came up with for Paradise 21:

Event Horizon: Besides being a really cool movie (check out Event Horizon on Wikipedia), an event horizon is "the point of no return" i.e. the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible.
I use this really neat word in my first sentence to show how badly Aries wants to get away:
“Aries sped through space in her escape pod as if she fled the event horizon of a dying

Parsec: Although this word reminds me of parsnip, it really is a unit for measurement. A parsec is 3.26 light-years, or just under 31trillion kilometres. Pretty far, huh?
I use this to show just how far The New Dawn will be when they find out Aries has escaped.
“By then, Aries would be a parsec away…”

Quasar: A quasar is a very energetic and distant active galactic nucleus.
Although I had trouble incorporating this really cool word into the plotline, I used it anyways as a term for expression.
“freakin’ quasars!”

I have two questions for you: Did you learn any new terms today? Do you have any cool space words to share?

My Review

Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne was something a little different for me, I don’t tend to read that much science fiction romance on a regular basis. However, I really should read more if Paradise 21 is anything to go by, it was easy to read and certainly entertaining right from the beginning to the end. The book really starts right in the action and doesn’t relent; there are monsters, space pirates and an army all chasing after Aries.

Paradise 21 was well written and even thou a few of the characters were a little stereotypical, I was captivated by the intense relationship between Striker and Aries. I also really liked the world building elements of the story and I could have happily read more on their history, I did feel like Aubrie Dionne had taken the time to think not just about the characters, but the setting her story was based in.

Paradise 21 is book one in the New Dawn series and I would definitely be tempted to pick up the next one in the future. 

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.

For a chance to win any of Aubrie Dionne's previous e-books, please fill in the form below - Don't forget to leave a comment on this post to be entered into the FINAL Kismet blog tour giveaway

And by leaving a comment on each blog your can gather entries to be entered in the big prize drawing at the end. Including the necklace below

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


  1. I have to admit that as a Star Trek geek of old, these are not new terms for me but I love scifi space adventures so thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for having me on your blog today!

  3. These are new terms for me. I'm not so fan with Sci Fi and I don't know any cool space word. Only E.T. GO HOME.
    Paradise 21 sounds great. It is something different for me.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. When I started reading the new terms and I saw "Event Horizon" I immediately freaked out, this is suuuuucccch a scary movie and I truly had nightmares after watching it *shivers*.
    Thanks for sharing this post Aubrie and thanks Jules for hosting this Tour!

  5. I read lots of sci fi years ago, but haven't read much lately. So as for new terms I have none. :( My mother would be so upset with me she is a member of the Science Fiction Book Club and should call my old bedroom a library! LOL I used to get books from her all the time, but I moved out of state so I don't anymore.
    But this may bring me back to sci fi again!
    Thanks for the post and giveaway.
    Patti P
    musicalfrog at

  6. Great post! One of the things I increasingly love about fantasy and sci fi is the new world they introduce readers to, complete with new words.

  7. These were all new terms for me! Thanks so much for explaining them for me:) I'm really excited to read Paradise 21, and even more so now!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  8. great giveaway Jules, I love the idea for Paradise 21! I think I'll have to read that! ;)

  9. Thank you for the giveaway, the plot looks great! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom @Live To Read ~Krystal

  10. Thank you for sharing this very informative post today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.



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