This phemenal vel marks Moraine and Soem as authors to watch. -Publishers Weekly What he's been taught to fear could be his destiny...and his only hope. Adam Yuga, a rising young star in the imperialist Terran Protectorate, is on the verge of a massive promotion...until a routine physical exam reveals something less than perfection. Genetic flaws are taboo, and Adam soon discovers there's a thin line between rising star and starving outcast. Stripped of wealth and position, stricken with a mysterious, worsening illness, Adam resorts to stealing credits to survive. Moments from capture by the Protectorate, help arrives in the form of Lochlan, a brash, cocksure Bideshi fighter. Now the Bideshi, a people long shunned by the Protectorate, are the only ones who will offer him shelter. As Adam learns the truth about the mysterious, madic people he was taught to fear, Lochlan offers him t just shelter-but a temptation Adam can only resist for so long. Struggling to adapt to his new life, Adam discovers his illness hides a terrible secret, one that the Protectorate will stop at thing to conceal. Time is growing short, and he must find the strength to close a centuries-old rift, accept a new identity-and hold on to a love that could cost him everything. Warning: This title contains brief scenes of explicit violence and mild but potentially triggering homophobia.
Sunny Moraine has published fiction in a variety of places, including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld and Shimmer. To reach Sunny, visit http: //sunnymoraine.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lisa Soem is a PhD student in science but has an undying love for fiction. This is her first publication, but she's been tinkering for a long time. You can email Lisa at email@example.com.