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Title: Cosmic Inception
Author: Alicia Nordwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: 07/18/2016
Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.
Though Nick and Fieo are drawn to each other, their relationship has never been easy. Their differences go beyond their races, but they’ve managed to work together to prevent the spread of corruption, growing closer along the way. Nick still battles the effects of years of loneliness, fear, and pain but surprises everyone when he refuses to stay behind when Fieo is sent on a vital mission to find the Collectors. Fieo objects, but there’s no stopping Nick when he sets his mind to something. Over the course of their mission, it becomes clear Nick is more than anyone ever imagined, but the mystery of his past threatens to derail his future.
The search for the truth will take Fieo and Nick far from Caeorleia, to worlds both familiar and completely alien, and put stress on their already tenuous relationship. It’s a journey that will either tear them apart or finally bring them together.
Creating an Alien
For some stories, creating aliens is exhaustive. Planet, appearance, culture, purpose for the story… they’re all required to blend seamlessly in order to be believable. Oh, sure, we don’t know if we’re alone in the universe or not, but if we aren’t, I can’t help but think the little green men visage is sadly lacking in creativity. And while I love for readers to believe I’m capable of just dreaming these guys up, every race and every feature is chosen deliberately when I write a sci-fi story.
Some aliens are humanoid which makes sense due to the M-class planets in the universe. Other aliens I’ve written are nothing like humans in form or mannerisms. One of my favorite species has a cameo appearance in Cosmic Inception, but the idea of them is one that really intrigued me. Here’s how I came up with them and the information I plotted just to write a six paragraph cameo scene.
Purpose in story: Create a naturally chilling environment to enhance the forbidding feeling of the upcoming scene.
Appearance: Bipdedal humanoid with shiny skin that emits a glow and three large eyes that blink independently. When they blink, the shine of their bodies is muted in a variety of ways based on how long and which eyes they blink.
Planet: Dim and moist with a natural cold mist that can be condensed. The mist provides all the nutrients their bodies need, and they absorb it through their skin. The mist makes sound muffled and misleading, so while they make involuntary sounds (chittering when scared) they’ve developed a light-based communication system similar to Morse code in short blinks/long blinks with eyes one, two, or three that makes their body light dim, brighten, and flash in a variety of communications.
Scene in the story: Contrasting with the balmy, bright light outside the booth, the room is dark and filled with a cold mist that goes about knee-high, with many aliens creating a stobe effect as they blink at different rates which is disorienting. All trading is done in silence but the ones around the trader Fieo is bartering with all stare unblinking at Nick with those large eyes.
Want to know just what role these aliens play in Nick and Fieo’s story? Well you’ll just have to read Cosmic Inception to find out!
About the Author
Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find something interesting to read one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started … Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.
Fortunately for readers, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published!She can be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.
Oh yeah, she’s a wife, mom of two, and lives in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!
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