Jane expected six months undercover to be hard; she expected it to be lonely and bleak. She didn’t expect to find love.
Jane Butler, a CIA operative, is assigned the task of infiltrating the Xanthians and determining if they’re a threat to humanity. Going undercover as a Xanthian mate, she boards the transport ship and meets Usnavi—her new mate. After spending six days traveling through space, Jane is ecstatic to explore the Xanthian station and soon sets out to complete her mission. The only problem? Usnavi—and the feelings she is quickly developing.
Fumbling their way through varying sexual expectations, cooking catastrophes, and cultural differences, they soon discover life together is never boring. As Jane and Usnavi careen into a relationship neither of them expected, Jane uncovers dark secrets about the Xanthians and realizes she may no longer be safe. When it becomes clear she’s on her own, Jane is forced to trust and rely on Usnavi. Simultaneously struggling with her mission, her feelings for Usnavi, and homesickness, Jane faces questions she never imagined she would have to answer.
When I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued because of the fact that one of the characters isn’t male or female. I love books with characters that aren’t a binary gender. So far I’ve only read ones like this where it’s science fiction. I liked how she differentiated the gender pronouns for the aliens. It made it easier to know who was doing what. It’s one of those things that can get confusing if it’s not done right. I was curious how Jane being a CIA operative on the ship. She was good at pretending to be lost and confused so often I believed her too! I was shocked when Jane found out what Usnavi did before she arrived on the space station. However the plot twist that brings about was amazing! I enjoyed this story immensely and hope more with these species comes later.
I asked SA Snow to tell the five things she cannot write without. I loved her answers! The last one is my personal favorite because it shows so much in her writing. Read and enjoy!
The five things I absolutely cannot write without is a fairly easy question for me. I cannot write without the internet. That might be an interesting thing to say as most authors and aspiring writers tell people to turn off the internet when writing for less distractions, but I find it soothing. Along with that, I bounced ideas off people in Facebook messenger all the while typing this on Google Docs, so yes, the internet was very necessary.
I cannot write without music. The kind doesn’t particularly matter so long as there is some kind of background noise that isn’t going to distract me. It helps focus me by tuning out the rest of the world. I cannot write without my computer. I can on occasion write with paper and pen, but the writing process goes so much more slowly than it should when I do that. The writing of this book in particular went rapidly with computer.
I cannot write without plotting somewhere along the way. It might not be much plotting, but there’s always some there. Whether it be only 1-2 scenes I have in my head or a more extensive plotting of the novel itself. And lastly, I cannot write without having fun. If I’m not having fun on the piece I’m writing, I will quickly lose interest and the piece will never be completed.
“I am not a man.”
Jane took a long sip from the drink, using it to bide her time before she asked the question on the tip of her tongue.
“What are you, then?”
“I am Xanthian.”
Usnavi stood up straight, zher back tense as zhe moved over to stand in front of Jane.
“Is it really that hard to understand that I am neither man nor woman, male nor female, that I am simply Xanthian and Usnavi?”
Grinding her back teeth together, Jane nodded minutely.
“Sometimes it is. Sometimes it’s not,” she responded.
After chasing around puppies and corralling kittens, S.A. Snow flips open her BSG replicated console and enters her mysterious world of imagination. Seeking to escape the rigors of her day jobs, she enters flight mode and powers her engines full-speed ahead.
A prolific writer of non-traditional erotica, S.A. Snow grew up on a small alpaca farm high in the Andes Mountains. A lover of yoga and meditation, she spends her free time constructing alien space stations, organizing werewolf governments, and cataloging all episodes of Star Trek in order of technical soundness. A firm believer that one need not choose between Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas, she also has closely examines all Star Wars movies in order to determine which episode is more factually based.
S.A. Snow writes truth and only truth, factoring in all evidences she can find. She writes only about parallel universes she has personally visited, and believes if something about her books isn’t shocking, she’s not effectively telling the story.
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