Sample chapters for our February 2017 releases, Beneath the Skin and The Beguiler, can be found at the Speculative Fiction Forums here: http://forums.ticketyboopress.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=13 These will be our first books from Venus Ascending and we are extremely proud of both of them.
If you love romantic science fiction, check out Carolyn Hill’s amazing far future novel, Beneath the Skin. If you are looking for romantic fantasy with a gothic flavor, take a look at the first chapter of The Beguiler, by Suzanne Jackson. (If your tastes are eclectic try them both!)
These books are now available for pre-order at a special pre-publication price here and here.
At Venus Ascending we are excited to be releasing this novel of romantic science fiction, by debut author Carolyn Hill. Look for it February 28, 2017.
The ten great families of the “solaratti” hold such influence that even the galactic government hesitates to act openly against them, a power that has gained them unimaginable riches and allowed them to shape the fate of worlds. Earth is an urban wasteland. Other planets are being stripped of their resources. Whole populations are caught in an endless cycle of hard labor and crushing debt, as the solaratti control the supply of food, medicines … everything necessary for survival.
Aleta Graham is a healer and empath, abilities that make her a useful pawn for the ruthless Dagarro family, who have addicted her to the drug known as Sand in order to keep her submissive. But Aleta is determined to overcome the influence of the drug, and make a desperate bid for freedom — even knowing that the penalty for disloyalty to the family is death.
Riven is a shapechanger, a computer genius, a spy sent by the government to destroy the power of the Dagarro. His ability to take on multiple identities allows him to infiltrate to the heart of their stronghold. But his friendship with Aleta, rapidly developing into something much more, becomes a threat to his mission and to Riven himself.
Coming February 28, 2017 from Venus Ascending, The Beguiler by Suzanne Jackson.
Rebecca Vasteer has a dangerous secret: she’s a witch.
Men known as Rangers capture witches and hand them over to the public hangman to be hanged or burned, according to the law. Or so most people believe. But a secret branch of the Ranger organization conducts an illegal traffic, selling the most talented witches as slaves to wealthy families.
Betrayed by her brother, Rebecca flees her village, only to fall into the hands of Nicholas Jarrett — witch trader, failed Ranger. At his country estate, he teaches her a new form of magic, less easy to detect. But his motives are far from pure. Once Rebecca completes her training she’ll be sold: profit for Nicholas and money for the Rangers.
But when Rebecca shows an unexpected talent for Beguiling, Nicholas feels his power over her — and over his own feelings — slipping away.
And his growing attraction for her, and Rebecca’s for him, may destroy them both.
Suzanne Jackson has written a darkly enchanting tale in the tradition of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and other classics of gothic romance. In February 2017, prepare to be beguiled!