Galaxy Express 2.0 welcomes author Alison Aimes, author of the prison planet sci-fi romance TRAPPED. This book (available both digitally and in print) is hot off the press and the blurb alone promises a steamy ride in an otherworldly adventure:
Cadet Bella West has one simple objective when she joins the scientific mission to Dragath25, the notorious prison planet housing Earth’s condemned. Earn the credits necessary to save her family from starvation. But when her shuttle crashes and the majority of her crew perish, her simple mission becomes complicated fast. Now, to stay alive she’ll have to depend on one of Dragath’s own. But such protection doesn’t come free.
Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, 673 has become more beast than man after eight grueling years on an unforgiving, hazardous planet of dirt and rock—and even more treacherous inhabitants. He doesn’t look out for anyone but himself and he certainly never grows attached. So when the bold female offers him pleasure in return for protection, he takes the deal without hesitation. He never expects how her touch will alter him. Or the growing realization that saving her may be the key to his own salvation.
But as dangers mount and their ‘simple’ deal unravels will he prove to be her surprise savior or her ultimate downfall? Because caring for someone on Dragath25 may prove the greatest hazard of all.
And now for my interview with Alison Aimes!
Galaxy Express: What sparked the idea for TRAPPED?
Alison Aimes: I know it sounds cliché, but the idea came to me in a dream. I woke up with images of a hostile prison planet and a trapped woman floating around in my brain. (Let’s not look too deeply into my psyche on this one, ok? J) From those images, the story just took off and the ‘what if’s’ kept coming. What if a woman crashed on a hostile planet? What if that planet was filled with ruthless criminals? What if her only hope for survival was one of the convicts, a hardened man with a questionable past? What would she be willing to do to save herself? What would he be prepared to take? The answers ended up being action-packed and scorching hot and so much fun to write. Thank goodness for dreams!
GE: What kind of world can readers expect to find in this story?
AA: Trapped is set hundreds of years in the future on Dragath25, a harsh environment filled with violent criminals, hungry predators and endless rust-colored rock. Yeah, I know. That doesn’t sound very sexy, but it’s that ruthless environment that brings the hero and heroine together. And what’s more? There are secret caves on Dragath25, tiny oases drenched in lush, colorful plants and warm turquoise springs. Fragile places made all the more romantic in contrast to the harshness elsewhere.
GE: Please provide five tags to describe TRAPPED.
AA: Scorching, action-packed, romantic, hot-prison-planet read, thrilling
GE: What kinds of heroes and heroines do you enjoy writing about?
AA: I think the first aspect that pulls me to a character is a tortured past and a secret. Once I know what my heroine and hero are wrestling to overcome, I can see how they might be able to help one another, make each other stronger, and fall in love. No matter what, though, my heroes and heroines are strong, determined, courageous—and hot as heck!
GE: How would you rate the heat level for TRAPPED?
AA: It’s definitely on the HOT side. I’ve been told my sex scenes are ‘off the charts’ which makes me very happy.
GE: Your blurb indicates TRAPPED is “action-packed.” Funny how the myth that women don’t like action-adventure elements persists, and yet romance authors keep delivering it. What’s your take on that issue?
AA: Uh-oh, the historian in me really wants to take this question and run, but I’ll control myself and make only a quick reference to the nineteenth century and the way in which during that era femininity was securely linked to domesticity, family, and home and set in contrast to war and public life. Since then, stereotypes like the one you mentioned have continued to prevail. But whether you were raised on Charlie’s Angels or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, most women and men like a little action mixed with their romance. How a person acts under pressure or what he or she is willing to sacrifice to protect those they love reveals so much.
GE: Tell us about which sci-fi romance book/film you can’t live without.
AA: That’s a hard one as there are so many terrific sci-fi romance books and films out there, but the first that comes to mind is Susan Kearney’s The Challenge. It was one of the first sci-fi romances I ever read. Have you read it? It’s terrific. Romantic, clever, action-packed, and super sexy. I loved it as a reader, but it also inspired me as a writer.
GE: If you could have any type of job in a futuristic society, what would it be?
AA: Tough choice. I can’t decide between the Earth liaison for alien life forms or the time traveler who polices past, present, and future to ensure continuity in our space/time paradigm. Either way, I’m hoping my future self is a lot more bad-ass and gets a cool uniform. Present-day me spends way too much time sitting around in her pajamas.
GE: Can you tell us more about the Condemned series and what to expect?
AA: Well, I’m super excited because I’m writing book two in the series right now. TAKEN takes place in the depths of Dragath25 in a secret labor camp, a sweltering maze of caves overrun by brutal prisoners-turned-slaves. Believe me, it’s hot, hot, hot! The story reveals what happens to Cadet Ava Davies who vanishes without a trace in TRAPPED. After that, I’ve got plans—big plans—for Book 3 and 4. I can’t wait.
GE: Where can readers find you?
AA: Trapped is available at http://amzn.to/1Qex8hU
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Or come find me at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/alisonaimes
Thank you so much for having me here today. Happy reading!
About the Author
Alison Aimes is the award-winning author of the sexy sci fi romance series the Condemned as well as the sizzling contemporary romance Billionaires’ Revenge series. A sci fi fanatic with a PhD in Modern History, she’s an all over the map kind of woman whose always had a love for dramatic stories and great books, no matter the era. Now, she’s creating her own stories full of intrigue and passion, but always with a happy-ever-after ending. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and her dog. When not in front of the computer, she can be found hanging with family and friends, hiking, trying to turn herself into a pretzel through yoga, listening to a fabulous TED talk, or, last but not least, sitting on the couch imagining her characters’ next great adventures.
Alison can be found on line at www.alisonaimes.com