Ice Red by Jael Wye
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by Jael Wye
Mirror, mirror, full of stars,
Who will claim the throne of Mars?
The princess: Engineer Bianca Ross, heir to a megacorporation and the Mars elevator, needs to acquire a mine on the surface to secure her place in the company. All that stands in her way is the mine’s charming owner, Cesare Chan.
The evil stepmother: Victoria Ross is plotting to gain control of Mars. She plans to assassinate Bianca and seduce Cesare to further her goals, and Bianca’s trip is the perfect opportunity.
The charming prince: Cesare shouldn’t get involved. Bianca’s visit could reveal the escaped slaves he’s hiding at his mine, but he can’t ignore a damsel in distress–especially one as beautiful as Bianca.
Alone, neither would stand a chance against Victoria. But together, they could rewrite a tale that’s meant to end with Bianca’s blood.
They climbed out and stood at the edge of the dam, gazing out over the view. Down at the bottom of the canyon the towers loomed, huge even at this distance. A bit farther on, the viewports of the hab glinted. Beyond that, the Noctis canyon system spread out to the edge of the world.
Bianca looked over at her self-appointed tour guide standing close by. His tall, broad-shouldered form in his white mars-suit stood out in sharp contrast against the rusty landscape. He had been uncharacteristically subdued during the tram ride up, not speaking much except to explain the pump system and machinery as they went past. The silence was starting to put her on edge.
But then, everything about him seems to put me on edge.
She cast about for something to say. “Mag view from this spot,” she said into the suit com. More than mag, actually. Overwhelming. Almost frightening.
She knew that a twinge of disorientation was not unusual when looking out at the Martian landscape. Even people who were born here sometimes experienced an instinctual sense that the horizon was somehow wrong. After all, Mars’s curvature was more pronounced than the Earth of their ancestors, since it was a much smaller planet.
But it didn’t seem small to her right now. It seemed all too big. She and Cesare were just two tiny white specks lost in this vast red world.
Cesare turned toward her, his quick grin flashing through the gold of his visor. “It is mag, isn’t it?” came his voice in her ear. He feels it too, she thought. That same sense of awe. Only, it didn’t bother him in the slightest.
This Sci Fi Romance is worthy of 5 Fangs. Bianca Ross is a Martian whose father is a scientific genius who created a spaceport with an elevator down to the surface of Mars. After Bianca’s mother died he remarried Victoria. Victoria has plans for Mars domination and with her husbands head in always on his next big project she sees Bianca as the only thing in her way. However, while trying to get ownership of a mining company called Redice she ends up throwing Bianca and Cesare, the son of the owner of Redice, together and sparks between the two fly. The twists and turns and plots against Cesare and Bianca will captivate you page after page. I loved how the author wrote Bianca’s naiveté and Cesare’s humanitarian sides. These characters are complex but written in a way that you can’t help but connect with them. Read this book and follow them on their journey. You will be surprised by how it all turns out.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jael Wye grew up on the American Great Plains, went to school in the Midwest, and now lives in beautiful New England with her family and her enormous collection of houseplants. For more of Jael’s unique blend of futurism and fairy tale, don’t miss her ongoing series Once Upon A Red World.
Website — http://www.jaelwye.net
Twitter — @jaelwye
1.) Is writing your only profession?
Writing is my only profession currently. I’m also a painter, but I’ve put my art career on hold to concentrate on my novels.
2.) Who was your favorite character to write? Why?
My favorite character was the hero of Ice Red, Cesare Chan. I love creating a perfect man, someone who is ideal in both looks and character, and yet is a distinct individual. It’s a great challenge and a lot of fun. Plus, Cesare as I imagine him has an easy-going way about him that just makes him very likeable.
3.) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione are two of my favorite paranormal romance authors. I love their damaged and brooding characters, their world building and their way with dialog. In science fiction, I like Jack Campbell for his fascinating take on space warfare and his great protagonists, and I like Kim Stanley Robinson for his wonderful futuristic vision of Mars and the Solar system.
4.) What is your favorite writing snack you eat or drink while writing?
My favorite—no, my necessary–drink is coffee. Writing has turned me into a caffeine fiend. It’s sad.
5.) What makes you mad enough to want to throat punch a person? LOL
When I read a historical romance and the hero explains how having sex with lots of prostitutes has turned him into a skilled and sensitive lover, and is not at all degrading or exploitative or otherwise contemptible behavior for a decent man. That will make me want to reach through the book for a throat punch.
6.) What is your favorite TV show?
My favorite show these days is Arrow. The action scenes are great, the actors are very watchable, and the story lines are complex and often thoughtful. But mostly I’m a fan because I just can’t get enough of superheroes. I can’t wait to see what they do with the Flash.
7.) What would be your favorite vacation spot (with no money limitation)?
My favorite vacation spot would be the international space station, of course!