*Giveaway, Guest Post & Review* Incursion by Aleksandr Voinov *Riptide*

Ladies and Gents of the Hussy Lair, let’s put together a warm Hussy Smutty welcome for……

Aleksandr Voinov 
*and his awesomeness! =)*

 

Incursion – by Aleksandr Voinov– Word Count ~25,600
Tour –  July 9-13

When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can’t refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs—those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs.

Kyle’s best lead is the Scorpion, a mercenary ship armed to the teeth. Grimm, the Scorpion’s pilot and captain, fascinates Kyle. He’s everything Kyle lost with his legs, and he’s from the same home world. He’s also of the warrior caste—half priest, half savior. But Grimm’s been twisted by life as a merc, and Kyle’s stuck undercover as a criminal on the run.

That doesn’t stop Grimm from coming on to Kyle, or from insisting he’s more than the sum of his past and his useless legs. But Kyle has other concerns—like tracking a dangerous morph who could be wearing anyone’s face. And as if things weren’t complicated enough, Kyle can’t tell if Grimm is part of the solution… or part of the problem.

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Now please let’s welcome the guest post & be on the look out after for my review!!!
Thanks for joining me on the Incursion virtual book tour!
Feeling lucky?
I’m giving away three prizes to commenters on any of the blog tour stops.
Comment on this post (feel free to ask questions!) and you might win!
The first winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate and a swag bag with assorted magnets, wrist-bands and other goodies. 
Two more lucky winners will receive swag bags as well.
I ship internationally and will draw the winners from all commenters after the tour is over.
Deadline for entry is 7/15/12.
Please include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you. 
Enjoy!
The Allure of the Space Opera

I’ll admit it. My first major exposure to science fiction was Star Trek. I followed that show religiously, and, as kids do, made up my own adventures or slightly twisted existing episodes and made them longer and cooler (and at times bloodier) in my head. We’re talking the old school Star Trek (what I believe is now called “Classic Star Trek”). It was that sense of wonder and adventure, all the cool stuff that happened, and I desperately wanted to be Spock. You just can’t beat him for sheer coolness.

Of course I also followed the various spin-offs and revamps. I loved the Borg. A collective machine/human hybrid intelligence that looked a bit like the Cenobites from Hellraiser, and my adolescent self also thought of the implications of all the latex and potential cyber-kink. Then Star Wars came along, and I liked the mythological dimension of that. As a fairy tale set in space, Star Wars is unbeatable.

As I grew more cynical, I managed to grab the tail end of the cyberpunk sub-genre (if you were really cynical, you could say we’re living in a cyberpunk world now), with its corporate politics and human augmentation and the idea overall that we can’t win for losing. Economic decline, a huge wealth gap between the 1% and the rest, corruption, media manipulation and banks hurling trillions around the globe without seemingly being accountable to anybody. Riots on the streets of London, burning shop front, and public suicides to protest austerity packages. Damn, I like me some cyberpunk.

But what I really enjoy is new worlds and concepts, and I think my favourite story of them all is Dune by Frank Herbert, a book that won the Hugo in 1966, nine years before I was even born. I was entranced by its world building and ideas, from the vast scope of space and time to the Bene Gesserit’s litany against fear, which every self-respecting sci-fi geek has learned by heart:

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Even though the homophobia of Frank Herbert troubled me a great deal, the work itself to me still belongs to the very best of space opera. I’d never dream of occupying the same shelf as Herbert (or William Gibson), but I’m trying to give my writing the same sense of history and depth (though I’m not nearly as good at world-building). Even in a fictional dream, things have a history and a larger picture, and Dune taught me that. Whenever I look at my own work, I glance back at my space opera favourites and remember that sense of wonder, that slack-jawed awe that I felt when I discovered one of my favourites, and he very thing I’m looking for when I pick up a new sci-fi book.

In “Incursion”, I enjoyed the scale of the setting. There’s the Commonwealth, a human-run political entity currently under threat from a totalitarian military society (the Doctrine), and, if the situation weren’t tense enough, I threw aliens into the mix—shapechangers that have only recently appeared and nobody knows what they want or what they are capable of. The stakes are high—unknowable alien spies threaten from the inside (and you can never know what they look like), while a militarily superior foes is just waiting for the best moment to make its move. While we don’t see that the Doctrine is getting ready to conquer the Commonwealth, the fact that it’s there and threatening lends a sense of urgency and tension to the story.

And then we come back to what I love about space opera. Often in space opera, one heroic (or anti-heroic) character can make a huge difference. The big dramatic questions can come down to one man. In Incursion, that’s Kyle Juenger, an outsider, an ex-pilot on social welfare, a disabled man battling cynicism and thoughts of suicide. He’s tough, but he’s in a bad situation, but he dares to hope that catching the shapeshifting spy will turn his life around.

And it does. Just not quite as expected.

BLURB:

Fighting with your back to the wall is all well and good—as long as you’ve chosen the right wall.
When the local authorities ask Kyle Juenger to hunt a shape-shifting Glyrinny spy, he can’t refuse. After all, he can use the reward to replace his paralyzed legs with cyberware, and maybe even to return to his home planet. Besides, he hates the morphs—those invasive, brain-eating monstrosities whose weapons cost him his legs.
Kyle’s best lead is the Scorpion, a mercenary ship armed to the teeth. Grimm, the Scorpion’s pilot and captain, fascinates Kyle. He’s everything Kyle lost with his legs, and he’s from the same home world. He’s also of the warrior caste—half priest, half savior. But Grimm’s been twisted by life as a merc, and Kyle’s stuck undercover as a criminal on the run.
That doesn’t stop Grimm from coming on to Kyle, or from insisting he’s more than the sum of his past and his useless legs. But Kyle has other concerns—like tracking a dangerous morph who could be wearing anyone’s face. And as if things weren’t complicated enough, Kyle can’t tell if Grimm is part of the solution… or part of the problem.

Biography:

Aleksandr Voinov is an emigrant German author living near London, where he makes his living editing dodgy business English so it makes sense (and doesn’t melt anybody’s brain). He published five novels and many short stories in his native language, then switched to English and hasn’t looked back. His genres range from horror, science fiction, cyberpunk, and fantasy to contemporary, thriller, and historical erotic gay novels.
In his spare time, he goes weightlifting, explores historical sites, and meets other writers. He singlehandedly sustains three London bookstores with his ever-changing research projects and interests. His current interests include World War II, espionage, medieval tournaments, and prisoners of war. He loves traveling, action movies, and spy novels.

Visit Aleksandr’s website at http://www.aleksandrvoinov.com, his blog at http://www.aleksandrvoinov.blogspot.com, and follow him on Twitter, where he tweets as @aleksandrvoinov.

My Review:::

For those of you that know me… and those that don’t this is my little statement about short books…. I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that – short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer… but it is a short story. So with that said…. here is my review..

I am an avid reader of Aleksandr’s work. He intrigues me at every turn, lures me with every character and entices me with every moment of lust he pours on those pages. He will wrap you up in his stories and not let you go till the very last page… And that’s only if he wants to be nice…

This story is different than most of the stories I have read by Aleksandr… This one is a sci-fi story… Which I have to say intrigued me to read…

This is a short story, so there is not much that I am going to tell you to give it away… But I will tell you that this story will keep you guessing until the last page. The story will keep you in suspense, it will keep you wondering who’s who or who’s what…

Kyle and Grimm’s story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Now the only thing will be to see if there will be more to come from Kyle and Grimm. Because I am sure we have not heard the last from them and their adventure… In fact, I am pretty sure they will have more to come because come to think of it…. I am not sure if Kyle finished his mission…. Which was to bring in his “fugitive.” Hummm… In fact his mission took a detour when he met Grimm and his crew… But the real question is… Will Grimm piece together Kyle to make him feel whole again… Or will things go downhill fast when Kyle finds out exactly what Grimm is….

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26 Comments

  1. I was always a Star Wars fan as a girl, and never really gave Star Trek a chance (might be a timing thing, as Star Wars came out when I was really young and Next Generation wouldn't start for quite a while)…I'll have to give the various ST franchises another chance sometime. INCURSION sounds really good!vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Hi Cecile, nice place you've got here! A regular cornucopia of smutty hussiness…or hussy smuttiness 🙂 I like it.I've been following Aleks along on this blog tour because I love his books and this one in particular. It is great space opera. ( I don't need to be entered in the draw. )

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  3. In my childhood I only saw fairytale movies – NeverEnding Story, Mio my Mio and the like (mostly movies made in Soviet Union). I still haven't seen Star Trek! We were taught to love only the forbidden magic, not space operas. 🙂 So now I'm learning to love Sci-Fi and I must say I like it (and cyber-punk) quite a lot! ^^

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  4. I loved Dune. One of my all-time favorite books. Great interview, Aleks!(No swag for me, thanks. Just commenting to comment.)

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  5. Star Trek certainly has been a Sci Fi milestone for many people. My favorite for the Star Trek series is ST the Next Generation. Love Picard, Data etc.Jess1strive4bst at yahoo dot com

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  6. From the review, Kyle did not catch the spy. Will there be more stories with Kyle and Grimm? Hope so.Jess1strive4bst at yahoo dot com

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  7. Anon – Thanks for stopping by! You fell right into the hole between the different series. If I had to choose, I might go with Star Wars, too. I like the mystical element – until the moment Lucas ruined it with the Midiclorians…

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  8. Hi Kyahgirl – Thanks for following. 🙂

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  9. Aija – But you had all that super-brainy sci-fi with people like Lem (he's still work) – there's a proud sci-fi tradition in Eastern Europe and the ex-USSR. 🙂

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  10. Val – Dune is a fantastic book. Actually, I think it's time for a re-read. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Jess1 – Oh yes, absolutely iconic characters (I liked Whorf). 🙂 I also really enjoyed Babylon 5. 🙂

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  12. Jess1 – I'd say, it's possible. 🙂 Right now I'm more focused on my WWII stories, but it's definitely possible. I think it could be fun for the Glyrinny to mess with the Doctrine. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. World building is HUGE for me when I read UF, Scifi or Fantasy books. I love to see what an author can paint for me with words. Put me right smack in that ship, on that bed, strapped down and sunk in so that my organs don't liquify on take off!! Kudos luv, well done ;)Kassandrasionedkla@gmail.com

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  14. I love Star Trek The Next Generation. I always thought Number 1 was and I really enjoy the romance between him and counselor troi. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

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  15. I akways wanted to be 7 of 9…she could be anything she wanted to be (with the smarts to chose wisely).I do like the sound of Grimm! please count me in…Thanks!

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  16. oops…forgot my email! chellebee66 at gmail dot com

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  17. Wow, now I just want to read it more after that review. Sounds awesome!! Anyways, I love the space opera genre/epicness/whatever you want to call it. I just find it fascinating, set in space, the final frontier. I never got in to Star Trek though. I love Star Wars, but never really got into Trek. Though I loved the movie with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Anyways, thanks for sharing!tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. Like you, Aleks, I grew up with Star Trek and made up stories for Kirk, Spock and Co. But even more than ST I loved Babylon 5 with it's aliens, complex cultures, hints at mythologies, snarky humor, and political intrigues. Now, looking back at TOS and especially after the reboot movie I can see and appreciate (and miss) the idealism of Roddenberry.Incursion sounds very interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it. vanades13 @ googlemail.com

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  19. Dune's one of my favorites. I've actually quoted the Bene Gesserit’s litany against fear to myself to push me to try something that scares me. How geeky is that? :)Incursion sounds great. I'll be sure to pick it up. (No need to enter me in the contest. I just wanted to leave a comment.)

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  20. Great post.I never saw the appeal of Star Trek.I'd try and watch it,but my mind would just wander off to other things.Incursion sounds like a great read.Sounds interesting.Also nice review Cecile.elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  21. Yep, that was a nice couple. 🙂 – i'll need your email address for the draw.

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  22. And she was the hottest on the ship. 🙂

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  23. Well, it had its high and low points. I'm probably more into Star Wars, too, but as a kid, it was all Trek (I only got into Star Wars in the late 1980ies – I know, crazy).

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  24. Yep, Babylon also had that big threat going on with the Shadows – and all those political and scheming aliens. I mean, as vile as he is, Molari was awesome. 🙂

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  25. As a prayer against fear, it works (I've done it, and I know lots of people who do it). Gives me shivers every time, too. And thank you for commenting!

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  26. I think those endless series are like weekly rituals. These days, with writing constantly messing up my schedule, I like more tightly-plotted series that *end* at some point (stuff like The Wire – 5 seasons, end in sight – or Generation Kill – 6 episoides mini-series). But as a kid/teenager, I loved those epic, long-running things. Thanks for stopping by!

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