Monday, August 29, 2011

Paradise 21

Happy Monday, everyone! I thought we’d start this week off with a bang.

I’ve been lucky enough to interview a fabulous author and friend, Aubrie Dionne. We'll chat about her writing, and her new release which I've been lucky enough to review. And without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff.

1.   What has surprised you the most about being a published author?

Oh boy, that’s a good question! I didn’t realize how many friends I would make along the way, (like you!), and how supportive they would be. I love my critique partners and my beta readers, and I never feel alone in the process.
I really enjoy reading other people’s works (Like Christmas Holly- an awesome ebook!), and it’s so neat I get to talk to the authors behind them. J 

2. Do you need to be in a specific place or atmosphere before you can write?
I used to, but now that I have to write to meet deadlines, not so much anymore! Was it Stephen King that said something like, “amateurs wait for inspiration, while the rest of us get up and go to work!” ?
3. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A little of both. I know the beginning and the end, and certain key elements in the middle, and then I “pants it” the rest of the way!

4. Since your day job involves music, do you prefer music or quiet when you write?
I prefer quiet, relaxing music (like new age) without words. I listen to Itunes radio. My favorite station is radio Gaia. J They speak in some other language, so I have no idea what the announcer is saying!
5. When not working or writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to watch movies! Fantasy and sci fi are my favorites (no surprise there, right?). I also spend a lot of time with my family because all of my three siblings and both my parents live about ten to twenty minutes away. I have a new nephew, Evan, about to turn one this month!
6. Most authors are avid readers. Which author is at the top of your auto-buy list?
I love Patricia McKillip. My favorite book of hers in Winter Rose. It reads like a fairytale, which each sentence flowing like music to my ears.
7. Would you tell us about your latest release?
Paradise 21 is inspired by the global population food shortage crisis going on today. I wondered what would happen when the Earth becomes uninhabitable, and came up with a series based on colony ships seeking alternate worlds.

8. What inspired this particular book?

Ummmm….I have to say Star Wars, and the planet of Tatooine. I grew up watching the old Star Wars movies over and over again, so I think it’s been reconstituted into my DNA. J (Not a totally bad thing, heh?)

9. What’s next in Author Aubrie’s world?

I just finished the sequel to Paradise 21 titled Tundra 37. It’s about another colony ship that is forced to land on an ice planet to survive. I’m working on a tie in novella to the series called A Hero Rising. This novella will chronicle the fall of Earth as the colony ships leave and the start of the space pirates! (And there’s even zombies!!!)

10. Where can we find you?

My website:
My Blog:

Thank you for this awesome interview, Sutton! Everyone needs to go out and by Christmas Holly by Sutton Fox. You’ll see my review for it on Amazon. It is amazing!

*Grin* I didn't expect the plugs, but thanks, Aubrie! I've enjoyed having you today. Now let's take a look at Paradise 21. Don't you just love that name? It's like after twenty tries, they finally got it right. And the cover is stunning, it just grabs you and insists you come along for the ride.

Here's the blurb:
Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.
But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.
The life of the man she loves.

Here's the review:

Aries is a spunky, strong-minded young woman who had me cheering for her from the first page. She’s determined to carve out her own destiny, no matter the odds. And the challenges she faces are steep. Escaping from the New Dawn is one thing, surviving that escape is another thing entirely.

Although labeled a pirate, Striker is pure hero material through and through. He’ll do what’s necessary, and he’s not afraid to make difficult choices when needed. A soft spot for the underdogs and a hard edge for those who’d take advantage kept me reading to the end just to see if he’d attain his heart’s desire.

Three cheers for Ms. Dionne. She’s created an engaging cast of characters, each desperately struggling to live their lives and find happiness in a universe where living things have all but become extinct. Her skillfully drawn characterizations are captivating. The world building is believable from the first page and enables you to sit back and enjoy the thrill ride that is Paradise 21. A tightly woven plot and a masterfully developed sub-plot will keep you turning pages.
If you are sci-fi romance fan, I highly recommend this book. It’s a fast paced adventure that’s hard to put down. So hard in fact, that I read it in one sitting! I’m glad this is a series. I can’t wait for the next book.


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me and for the fantastic review!!!

  2. Whoops, signed in with the wrong account!

  3. It's well deserved, Aubrie. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule for an interview.

  4. I'm pleased with all the awesome friends I've met since I started writing, too. :) Nice interview, ladies.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Piper!

  6. Great interview! I also like the title of Paradise 21. Titles are so important and a good title is the first thing to catch a reader's attention. I also have enjoyed meeting many authors behind the books ever since I became an author, too. Enjoyed reading this. Good luck with your books, Aubrie!

  7. Great interview and Paradise 21 sounds like a really interesting book and fascinating read.

  8. Ah... even zombies... I really enjoyed Paradise 21 and will look forward to learning more of the word and the colony ships.

  9. Hi Dawn. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Welcome, Jezebel. Great to see you here. :)

  11. Greetings, Sheila. I confess, I didn't used to be much of a sci-fi fan, but Aubrie's books are rapidly changing my mind.