Astrid Amara on Song of the Navigator ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Interview, Local Giveaway

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Title: Song of the Navigator

Author: Astrid Amara

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction


Tover Duke’s rare ability to move anything instantly across light-years of space makes him a powerful, valuable asset to the Harmony Corporation, and a rock star among the people of the colonies. His life is luxurious. Safe. Routine.
He has his pick of casual hookups passing through Dadelus-Kaku Station. His one brush with danger of any kind — the only bright spot in his otherwise boring life — is Cruz Arcadio, a dark-haired, hard-bodied engineer whose physical prowess hints he’s something much more.
When a terrorist abducts Tover, hurling him into a world of torture, exploitation and betrayal, it’s with shattering disbelief that he realizes his kidnapper is none other than Cruz. As Tover struggles to find the courage to escape his bondage, he begins to understand the only way to free his body, his mind—and his heart—is to trust the one man who showed him that everything about his once-perfect life was a lie.

It’s hard for me to talk about myself … I’m kind of an introvert at heart, and I can’t imagine why anyone would be interested in what I have to say.

But I have no problem answering questions. So to help me through this process I invented the TRANSPOSIG, a machine that transposes the barks of Italian Greyhounds into words. I then asked Chomsky, a member of my horde of IGs (as they are called by the cool kids) to ask me questions regarding my upcoming release, Song of the Navigator.

Brief description of the interviewer:
ChomskyChomsky is an 11 year old with severe personality problems due to a bad past. Pees in bed when scared or angry. Barks whenever someone has sex, somewhere in the world. Likes to sit on necks. Will hump every puppy he meets. In the face.

Chomsky: I’m hungry. Do I get to eat now?

Astrid: No. Ask me about my book

Chomsky: What’s Song of the Navigator about?

Astrid: It’s the story of Tover Duke, a man with a rare skill to move vast quantities of cargo and people anywhere, instantly. He is a valuable employee of the Harmony Corporation who gets everything he wants… except for his secret affair with Cruz Arcadio, an engineer with Harmony who only shows up on the station occasionally. When Cruz asks Tover for help, Tover of course agrees. And the horrific repercussions change his life forever.

Chomsky: What would you rather clean off carpet, poo or pee?

Astrid: Interesting question. Any reason you may want to ask that of me right now?

Chomsky: …. Just wonderin’.

Astrid: Poo is always better. Pee is awful. Please don’t pee inside except on a pee pad. God.

Chomsky: What if it’s cold/rainy/windy/dark outside?

Astrid: You come from wolves. Act like one.

Chomsky: I weigh twelve pounds, have zero body fat, and no hair. I think expecting me to go pee outside in the rain is asking a lot.

Astrid: Fine. I bought stock in UrineGone anyway. Get back to the story.

Chomsky: What did you enjoy most in writing Song of the Navigator?

Astrid: I loved coming up with what a carbon dioxide world would look and feel like. And I got to get all my pent up desire to write pure hurt/comfort out in one novel.

Chomsky: Are there any warnings you’d like to inform readers about?

Astrid: There is torture in this book (beatings), and it’s pretty intense. That said, it only makes up a small portion of the book. The rest of the story is Tover coming to terms with his experience, and realizing his place in a bigger universe with bigger challenges than he’s ever considered.

Chomsky: If I were to, say, eat that sandwich on your plate, how would you feel?

Astrid: Hungry. And pissed off.

Chomsky: What if I just… yeah. Licked it. Like that?

Astrid: It may be time to take you to the rainbow bridge, Chomsky.

Chomsky: Do you prefer writing science fiction, fantasy, or contemporary?

Astrid: My favorite genre is fantasy, because I love melodrama and I get to make everything SO DRAMATIC that way. Science fiction too, but science fiction takes more work since I have to actually think about the logics and realism of each scenario. Contemporary is the hardest for me to write, but I like taking a break from the larger pieces with more up-beat contemporary stories for a change of pace. I get bored easily, and always want to write something new and challenging.

Chomsky: If you scratch my head, I’ll ask you another questions. And if you don’t, I’ll scrape your face with my razor sharp nails that you just trimmed.

Astrid: Wow, what a choice. I guess I’ll scratch your head.

Chomsky: Who do you love the most?

Astrid: Of you dogs?

Chomsky: No, of your books.

Astrid: This one ranks pretty high. I always like my current work. And I think, like in any art, you get better the more practice you have. I don’t think I could have pulled this or The Devil Lancer, my other favorite, off even a few years back.

Chomsky: So which of us dogs do you love the best?

Astrid: If I say Robby, are you going to pee on the bed?

Chomsky: It’s an avoidable outcome, just sayin’…

Astrid: Okay. It’s you. I love you the most.

Chomsky: Then you should feed me, because I’m starving.

Astrid: [sighs] Fine. So much for dog interviews.

Well that didn’t go well. But at least I tried. Thanks for attempting that with me. 🙂

And for your patience I’m offering some prizes (info below). Also, there will be more chances to win ebooks and swag giveaways on the rest of my book tour. Visit my website at for details.

About the Author

AstridAmaraAstrid Amara lives in Bellingham, Washington. She’s a former Peace Corps Volunteer, an advocate for animal rights, and a bureaucrat by day. After work she can usually be found writing, riding horses, hiking, or else sleeping. Her novel The Archer’s Heart was a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award.


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Comment on this post about what you think your pet’s burning question to you would be, and you will be entered to win one of two prizes. Someone will get a Song of the Navigator magnet! I use mine for holding my traffic violations up on the fridge!

Someone else will get a free e-book copy of The Archer’s Heart Book One. Once we finish the contest I’ll contact the winner to find out what format you’d like it in.


Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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15 thoughts on “Astrid Amara on Song of the Navigator ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Interview, Local Giveaway

  1. I am sure my cats question is why I feed my daughter’s cats. It takes away tie with her. that daughter is interviewing for the Peace Corps.

    • Ooh, evil, feeding rival kitties! Soo wrong. Good luck to your daughter! I’m an RPCV myself (returned Peace Corps Volunteer) and can honestly say it was the best decision I made in my life. And that’s having gone to an insane place.

  2. At the moment, my 2 senior cats would like to know what I was thinking when I brought three rescue kittens into their home. They
    are NOT happy. 🙂

    • Oh no, young blood to push out the elders! That IS terrible. I’m sure they must punish you a lot with nasty looks. When I brought a foster dog home my other three just looked at me with exhausted stares like, “oh really? Again?”

  3. It is a toss up between when will I open the windows and when will I be doing a load of laundry. My cat loves to sit in open windows and he also loves to sleep on clean laundry. That second one he has to sneak attack because I kick him off as soon as I discover him on the my clean laundry.


    • Okay, both those are so cute I can’t really blame your cat for them. Honestly, if there was a room-sized pile of warm laundry in front of me, I’d probably plop in it as well. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sorry, don’t have any pets and have never gotten a traffic violation in all my years driving….Yay! 😛 (which I’m very glad) But, if I had a pet it would ask “When are you gonna get off your ass and join the living?”
    taina1959 @

    • Joining the living is highly overrated. 🙂 And your point is exactly why I’ve given up on having active animals and instead prefer dogs that sleep longer than me. 🙂

  5. my first cat would ask WTF was I thinking letting that other cat walk in to his house…

    my second cat would just be going BWAHAHAHAHA in an evil voice

  6. I no longer have a pet and I’ve never had a traffic violation. I guess if I still had a pet they’ll ask why my mom would give them away and probably not to change out the water so much.

    • You’ve NEVER had a traffic violation?! I’m impressed! It’s been a few years for me since my last one. I blame my German car. It just wants to go autobahn speeds…

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