I'm thrilled to feature fellow Michigander Diane Burton today. I first met Diane when I attended a meeting of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Diane was chapter president at the time. Her first romance, Switched, was first published by imajin books in paperback form, but is now available as an ebook. The story of Jessie and Marcus, both victims of an evil scientist's "experiment" was a joy to read so I got the sequel as soon as it was available.
Switched Too is the story of Jessie's twin, Veronese, and Marcus's twin, Scott. This story is equally entertaining. I enjoyed the television show Star Trek, though I don't consider myself a Trekkie. I don't read or watch much sci-fi. But Diane's stories are first and foremost about relationships – the love story between the protagonists, the loyalty between the captain and his crew, and the pain of betrayal. Reading Diane's series, I didn't feel entangled in a bunch of technical jargon. I found the plot to be totally believable, and fun to read.
Here's the blurb:
Be careful what you wish for...you might get it.
Scott Cherella's lifelong dream to go into space quickly becomes a nightmare. Veronese Qilana must protect him, a Terran masquerading as a starship captain. When sabotage erupts, they must work together to get the crew safely home. In doing so, they discover opposites really do attract.
Diane is sharing an exerpt with us too. Enjoy:
Scott had no choice but to use the computer now. Before tackling it for the first time, he'd hoped for the privacy of his quarters—and Veronese Qilana's help. His reluctant co-conspirator ditched him as soon as they came aboard. He mentally kicked himself for his selfishness. They were in the middle of a crisis. She had her duties. He had his.
Damn. He didn't want to tackle the computer. Suck it up, Ace. You can do this. You wanted adventure. You wanted to explore space. You got it. Now, man up.
He sat in the captain's chair. Automatically, an instrument panel on the right swung up and in front of him. A hit in the solar plexus might have been easier to take. Symbols and shapes he'd never seen before covered the segmented screen. It might as well be filled with ancient Sanskrit. Panic shot through him. He couldn't read.
Switched and Switched Too are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
You can find Diane at her blog
On Twitter: @dmburton72