In Discretion is the story of two idiots who spend entirely too much time A) lying to one another, B) lying to themselves, and C) feeling guilty for shit that’s not their fault. It’s awesome.
Okay, okay, the blurb actually says this:
Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.
Kazra Ferdow, Station 43’s communications officer, is almost as blindsided by the return of his first love as he is by the sudden loss of power and life support. The station is a floating graveyard in the making, and something is turning its inhabitants into savage killers. Fighting human monsters and damaged tech, Kazra and Tanson must put aside their past long enough to try to save everyone.
The more light they shine into dark corners, the more Thanson realizes how many people might die for the secrets locked in his head—and what he’s willing to sacrifice to make sure Kazra isn’t one of them.
In Discretion is another stand-alone story set in the Ylendrian empire, featuring places familiar from the other Ylendrian books–as it stands alone, however, you don’t need to read any of the other Ylendrian titles. (You should, though, ’cause they’re awesome.)
The plot moves fast; the bickering-to-resolution between Thanson and Kazra is believable; it’s by turns funny and awful and frustrating and wonderful — and you know me, I don’t rec anything that’s not worth it. It also has one of the best dedications I’ve seen in a book (and no, it’s not about me).
So yeah. Go check out Reesa’s blog tour, get the book, and sigh sadly when you realize that the next Ylendrian book won’t be out until next YEAR.
Well, you’ll have to keep waiting–it’s not quite done, what with the editing and the cover art and the pineapples and all–but Reesa posted a little taste of the next Ylendrian Empire novel.
The Slipstream Con is out tomorrow. Don’t miss it.
For now, though, I’m just going to tell you that the awesome duo of Michelle Moore and Reesa Herberth have an official writing website at which you can track all of their writerly escapades — not just those set in the Ylendrian Empire. Go visit, and buy their books! The stories are totally worth it.
Free to read on Samhain's site, right here.
'Cause The Slipstream Con–a concentrated dose of AWESOME and STORY–comes out in April. This is the cover:
Yeah, it's another plug for the talented duo that brought you The Balance Of Silence (plus other fun things, like Enchanted Grounds and The Wishing Box, along with the more serious but still satisfying You Speak In Memory) — but hey. They let me beta-read for them, so it's only fair I do my bit to promote them.
Go here to read a little teaser; my own one-line enticement is this: Bounty hunters are as human as the rest of the 'verse, and these two may have just caught more than a wanted man…