Michelle Diener

Jan 162018
 

Very happy to announce that my new book, Insurgency, has just released, and I’ve packaged it together with Interference, the novella that was included in the Orphans in the Black anthology in June 2017.

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The Verdant String Series

The seven planets of the Verdant String, the green, fecund sources of life spanning five solar systems, comprise the Verdant String Coalition. This is the setting for a new science fiction romance series from award-winning science fiction romance novelist Michelle Diener. While the people of the Verdant String know they have a common ancestor, a group of explorers who colonised the planets at the same time a thousand or more years ago, the mysteries of who they were, and where they came from, persist.

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Interference (A 25,000 word novella introducing the world of the Verdant String)

Interference can go either way . . .

The tiny moon of Cepi is on a countdown to destruction, and while Nyha Bartali has been persuaded to take her four wards for a final look at the archaeological wonder, now she’s eager to leave. The only problem is, someone has other plans–plans to exploit Nyha and her girls’ status as the betrayed orphans of the Verdant String in order to give them time to steal Cepi’s secrets.

Nyha and her wards’ value as survivors of the destruction of Halatia means it would be political suicide for any leader of the Verdant String to endanger them again–something the hostage-takers know very well. What the hostage-takers don’t know is that Nyha and her girls have more help than they realize.

Mak Carep knows his team’s presence on Cepi is the last flex of Arkhor’s muscle before the moon is blown to bits. Arkhor has interfered on Cepi since it discovered the ruins four hundred years ago, but sometimes, interference can have unexpected consequences. When Nyha and her girls are taken hostage, Mak and the rest of his special forces team are the only ones who have any hope of rescuing them, and they’re ready and willing to do what Arkhor does best . . . Interfere.

Interference was first published in the Orphans in the Black Anthology in July 2017.

Insurgency (Insurgency is a 45,000 word short novel set in the Verdant String series)

The Parnian city of Var is under siege. Buildings are being targeted by insurgents whose only aim seems to be destruction. Nick Bartega is part of the Protection Unit team investigating the explosions, but with no discernible pattern, and no one taking responsibility, he and his colleagues have hit a blank wall.

That is until his neighbor, Tila, is caught up in the first real mistake the insurgents have made. Cornered, forced to take Tila’s whole office hostage, the insurgents are surrounded and out of options, until they use Tila as their shield.

Tila sees herself as Parnian first, Halatian second, but her dark blue hair, and the strong emotions her very existence provokes in others means the insurgents see her as the perfect hostage. No one on Par wants to give the order that might catch her in the crossfire. They’d rather let the insurgents get away.

But Nick, and his commander, Drake, see the first glimpse of a pattern in the insurgents behavior. Not that long ago, Halatians were used as hostages in another incident on the tiny moon of Cepi, and the parallels are hard to ignore. So is this attack on Var an isolated incident, or is there a bigger conspiracy at play?

Whatever the truth, Nick isn’t prepared to leave Tila in the insurgents hands. And he’s prepared to break any rule, and disregard any order to do it.

NEW IN THE VERDANT STRING SERIES:

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In a Treacherous Court on Sale for US Readers

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Nov 102017
 

I just saw that my publisher put the ebook version of IN A TREACHEROUS COURT on sale for $2.99 (ONLY in the USA, unfortunately). Not sure how long it will last, but thought I’d give my US readers the heads-up.

IN A TREACHEROUS COURT is my debut novel, and it was inspired by my historical research into the life of Flemish painter Susanna Horenbout, who went to work in Henry VIII’s court, possibly as his first female court painter.

Her father, Gerard Horenbout, is the artist who illuminated the famous Sforza Book of Hours for Margaret of Austria.

Susanna married one of Henry VIII courtiers, John Parker, and the book is a fast-paced thriller in which Susanna and Parker are caught up in a big court scandal.

Calling the Change Release Day (With Sky Raiders Free!)

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Jul 182017
 

I’m thrilled to announce the release of CALLING THE CHANGE, the second book in the SKY RAIDERS trilogy, and to also let my readers know that from July 17 -July 21, SKY RAIDERS, the first book in the series, is free on Amazon.

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About Calling the Change:

He rescued her despite impossible odds—Garek has rescued Taya and the rest of his village from the sky raiders, but their return home doesn’t bring easier times. The sky raiders aren’t simply going to go away—they still need the shadow ore they came for, and they want the ships Garek stole from them back. But they aren’t the only threat . . .

First she was in danger from the aliens who abducted her, now she’s in danger from her own people—Taya’s been rescued, but she isn’t home a week before she’s taken again, this time by men who walked the walls with Garek. They’ve taken her as a consolation prize of sorts, having failed to get hold of Garek himself. They think Taya’s value to the people they’re working for is her relationship to Garek, but they are wrong . . .

Garek and Taya never gave up on each other before, even when the distance between them was impossibly far, and they aren’t giving up on each other now. As Garek searches for her, and Taya engineers her escape, they discover the motivations behind the new attacks on them are darker than the endless reaches of space they’ve just escaped from.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Calling the Change

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Jun 212017
 

For those of you wanting an early taste of what you’ll find in Calling the Change, the second Sky Raiders novel, hop on over to USA Today to read an exclusive excerpt. Calling the Change will release on July 17th, and it is available for preorder on Amazon.

About Calling the Change:

He rescued her despite impossible odds—Garek has rescued Taya and the rest of his village from the sky raiders, but their return home doesn’t bring easier times. The sky raiders aren’t simply going to go away—they still need the shadow ore they came for, and they want the ships Garek stole from them back. But they aren’t the only threat . . .

First she was in danger from the aliens who abducted her, now she’s in danger from her own people—Taya’s been rescued, but she isn’t home a week before she’s taken again, this time by men who walked the walls with Garek. They’ve taken her as a consolation prize of sorts, having failed to get hold of Garek himself. They think Taya’s value to the people they’re working for is her relationship to Garek, but they are wrong . . .

Garek and Taya never gave up on each other before, even when the distance between them was impossibly far, and they aren’t giving up on each other now. As Garek searches for her, and Taya engineers her escape, they discover the motivations behind the new attacks on them are darker than the endless reaches of space they’ve just escaped from.

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Cover Reveal x 2

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May 012017
 


I have two awesome book covers to share with you for two upcoming releases.

The first is Interference (designed by the awesome Elle at EJR Digital Art), a novella (24,000 words) which will appear in the Orphans in the Black anthology that’s coming up in a few months. Interference is the first story in a connected series of stories all set in the same world, called The Verdant String series. Some will be novellas, some will be full length novels.

The second cover is the next book in the Sky Raiders series, Calling the Change. It’s due out in June / July of this year, and the talented Jeff Brown, of Jeff Brown Graphics, designed and illustrated the cover, as he did with the first book, Sky Raiders.

I love both covers, they are so different but so right for the stories they were designed for.

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