My name is Samantha Heuwagen and I’m an author with Trifecta Publishing House (https://www.trifectapublishinghouse.com/). My debut novel, Dawn Among the Stars, will be released in May 21st 2018. I would love to offer you a free copy to review since I am looking for bloggers to help promote my work. Do you accept books like that?
As a women’s and gender studies professor and sex therapist, I was tired of reading about the same female character over and over again. You know what I’m talking about: the one that can’t do anything for herself once love walks in the door. Not to mention the same character that needs to be saved even though she claims to be independent and self-sufficient. I wanted to see myself represented in works of fiction and I wanted to cheer on badass Latinas who were not only doing it for themselves but still let love be a part of their live in a healthy and realistic way.
I also wanted to change the discussion about mental health. It gets a bad rap in the media and definitely in popular works of fiction. As a therapist, I saw what it’s like first hand and wanted to bring a realistic view of what happens when someone’s world is turned upside down either by the coming of aliens or every day stressors.
So I got to work on creating an epic feminist science fiction novel. I’d like to introduce to you, Dawn Among the Stars:
Set against the backdrop of intergalactic politics and war, Dawn Among the Stars follows the stories of three Humans as they struggle to understand the universe on a cosmic scale. Kayin has a rough start when the Shielders, a potential alien ally for Earth, come out of hiding and into the public consciousness. Not only does their very existence cause her trouble, her panic attacks threaten to derail her everyday life. As the politics of Space unfold Kayin has to decide if following her heart is worth leaving Earth for good. As for Henry Rickner, he wishes he could take back all of his mistakes in his life, starting with his choice to leave Kayin alone in Michigan and the problem: the Temorshians are right outside of Earth’s atmosphere. The battle brings humans and Shielders alike to a northern city in Michigan. After a heavy day of fighting, Henry, pays the highest price to give back to his newly formed community. Melissa Pebbles, Kayin’s best friend, only has one goal: to keep her family safe during the attacks. She will do anything–even kill– to make sure she and her family make it through the war. While Melissa fights to keep her family safe and alive, she learns that family is more than just blood. Can these three work with the Shielders to save Earth or will they lose the only home they’ve ever known?
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and I look forward to speaking with you soon!