Thanks so much for having me as a guest on your blog, Pauline! I always love your wormhole posts. I too see wormholes in the unlikeliest of places—and also in everyday places. My earliest memory of this was on the beach (at the Atlantic Ocean) when I was three or four. I peered into a deep hole that someone had dug in the sand, and I saw…sky! No, not a reflection of the sky, but another world’s sky. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
To this day I still see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Many of my books are about faraway worlds in space. But what if that foreign world was HERE on Earth? This was part of the inspiration that led to writing the 2176 Freedom Series. It’s a two-part action romance series that includes The Legend of Banzai Maguire (Part 1) and The Scarlet Empress (Part 2). Two women fighter pilots are shot down and captured in North Korea, and emerge from bio-stasis 160 years from now to a shattered world. With the help of a determined, decorated SEAL and one sexy emperor, each fights to save her country.
Originally, the “2176″ series consisted of five books written by four different authors using the world I created. Some years ago, the publisher went out of business, and the rights to books 1 and 5 reverted to me. Recently, I took on the huge task of modernizing and rewriting both to stand separate from the old series, so they could be two halves of the whole I always envisioned.
Let me pull you into the wormhole of the world in 2176 for a quick tour…
There are robots, drones and clones, even clones of clones, and the clones’ rights movement is just beginning. There are many new foods. My favorite is a mini seedless watermelon with thin edible skin that can be eaten just like an apple. It kind of puts the G in GMO.
The hero of The Legend of Banzai Maguire, decorated SEAL Ty Armstrong, is from “United Colonies of Earth” (the UCE) that consists of the following colonies: Central (the former United States), Mexico, South America, Antarctica, and the entire Middle East. It’s become a bloated, imperialistic power dependent on taxes wrung from its colonies. It’s ripe for revolution. Even Ty recognizes this, despite his father being the top military man in the UCE—and the most feared.
The hero of The Scarlet Empress, Crown Prince Kyber of the Hans, rules his isolationist Empire of Asia from Beijing. Within the empire is the former capital of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, Pyongyang, now called North Han City, Indonesia and Philippines, shrunken by rising seas, lawless Macao, Siberia, Mongolia, and the eastern half of Russia. The Empire claims to have the highest literacy rate, the lowest infant mortality rate, and the longest life span in the world. But then, Kyber sees himself as the best in every way!
Then there’s the Raft Cities, a cobbled-together hive of bandits, pirates, mercenaries, and lost souls that belongs to no nation, no world order, where sea gangsters live alongside former Maldivian islanders and the scrappy descendants of the Lucky Ones, survivors of the unintended nuclear war between India and Pakistan a century before. Just a “boatload” of trouble… 🙂
(You can read more about the World of 2176 here.)
Starting this May 4th, I’d love if you joined me, Bree, Cam, and the guys in the year 2176. I’m jumping into the wormhole now…are you with us?
The revolution begins…
RITA® winner and New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Susan Grant sweeps readers into a dangerous world of the future in this heart-pounding boxset that makes a military romance “one hell of an action adventure”!
Two women shot down over foreign territory emerge from bio-stasis 160 years into the future to a shattered world. With the help of a determined, decorated SEAL and one sexy emperor, each fights to save her country.
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When NY Times/USA Today bestselling author and Air Force veteran Susan Grant isn’t driving an 18-wheeler (a 747 jumbo jet) she loves writing romantic, action-packed stories featuring gutsy woman and honorable men. Flying to exotic places and trying every kind of food imaginable helps Susan bring her sci-fi worlds alive for readers. She is a winner of the prestigious RITA award for her book Contact, an alien abduction sci-fi romance. You can find Susan online:
Thanks so much for stopping by the wormhole today, Susan! I love your story and I’m excited that you’re a part of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2! So much to love! So, dear readers, please give Susan some wormhole love and check out her series! You’ll be glad you did! And please leave a comment!
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