Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
You know how much I *love!* Speculative Fiction, right!? You might have seen my admiration & wicked sweet joyfulness each time *November!* pops back round wherein I’m gushing about my participation within the realms of our lovely book blogosphere event #RRSciFiMonth!? Or, maybe you’ve seen me threading the stories I’m reading in both Fiction & Non-Fiction with my personal tag of happiness known as #FuellYourSciFi? As the tag explains it all really – I have a hearty appreciation for the genre & the world-building found within it! I’ve been reading Science Fiction with a tendency towards disappearing into worlds lit in the Cosmos (a la Space Opera) since I was seventeen – the year, where I not only discovered the Sci Fi Book Club (those wonderful hardback editions arriving by postal mail) but I started to curate my fascination with specific authors who were drawing my eye and heart into their stories.
In recent years, I’ve happily read EPIC serials within the tomes of Space Opera (ie. The Clan Chronicles) whilst I have also sought out wonderfully quirky stories (such as the untitled series by Cindy Koepp) as much as the odd audiobook which truly not only rooted me straight into the world itself but left me wanting more out of the sequel (Rimrider). I truly move in and out of the genre – seeking reads which not only strike the hearty balance of being character-driven with this realistically spun world by which they live but I love seeing the writers who push the boundaries – of giving us wondrous new portals of joy in which to reside within their Sci Fi escapades!
Thus, when I first learnt about Andorra Pett – I thought she would be a keen character to get to know and I was overjoyed I could host her writer, Mr Dee during the blog tour which celebrates her debut story within a series which has already inked out *four!* installments thus far into her development. Therefore, if like me your hankering for a cleverly plotted series set in Space, maybe you’ll be as overjoyed as I am finding out this lovely is available in *print!* I nearly thought it would be in audiobook – as it has something about it which I think would do well with spoken narrative!
Be sure to add your comments & thoughts for the author below my conversation – I’d be interested to hear what you thought about *Andorra Pett*, the developing series & why you personally love stories set in Space! Brew a cuppa, heat up a scone and settle in for some fun!
Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe
by Richard Dee
Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn! She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.
But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets. Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?
Places to find the book:
on 15th June, 2017
Available Formats: Paperback and Ebook
Converse via: #AndorraPett or #RichardDee + #SpaceOpera +#SFF or #SpecFict
Aside from taking the traditional lead-in of a beach cafe to the outer limits of where a cafe could become the center focus out in Space – what initially drew you to writing a character like Andorra and why do you think she’s finding traction with readers?
Dee responds: Initially, Andorra was written as a response to a challenge, to write a sci-fi version of the rom-com, cosy crime sort of novel. As I did so, I realised that there was more to it; now I see Andorra as a symbol for independent people who discover that they can do so much more than they ever thought. And what they perceive to be their weakness can often be their strength. All they need is the chance to show it. Read More