** spoiler alert **
The blog tour is in full swing:
Amara has an interview: http://amaras-place.blogspot.co.uk/20...
And an exclusive excerpt is up at Joyfully Jay:http://joyfullyjay.com/2012/07/excerp...
My partner described this story as "Disabled German-Named Space Maori in a Haunted House IN SPAAAACE with Polymorphing Monster". Yes, I thwapped him for it.
This was written after November 2011, after "Dark Soul" and started life as "Scorpions in Space!" (harkening back to my fantasy novel "Scorpion") and is in part triggered by Reese Dante's concept art for Scorpion, and part is just the whole concept of "Scorpion" messing with my head (hence the name of the ship).
Further influences were the idea to write a disabled hero for Jody (I hope I did a decent job, thwap me if I didn't!), a discussion on what constitutes a "real man" (thank you, JW!), because the jump to "real human" wasn't far - yes, this is how my brain works. And two movies are in there somewhere, too, namely District 9 and the latest Terminator movie. Pour in, stir, serve.
Kyle is a scarred, broken hero like I love them, though Grimm has my heart.
This also has the loosest connection to Dark Edge of Honor - it's set in the Commonwealth, which has some issues with the Doctrine on one end and the Glyrinny shapeshifters on the other end. I can totally see writing more in that 'verse. For the record, the connection is so tenuous that it's really just a nod in that direction, so reading Dark Edge of Honor is not necessary to get this story.