Monday, April 12, 2010

New contract!

I've been sitting on this news for months now. Have you heard of Carina Press? It's the new digital-first imprint of Harlequin. Late last year, I submitted the Forlorn Little Novel to them and, to my utter delight, it was accepted for publication. Not only that but I subsequently found out that it's going to be part of Carina Press' launch line in June! Swoon. So now that the contracts have been signed and duly received by all concerned, I figure I can let the cat out of the bag.

The title is IN ENEMY HANDS and it's a hard science-fiction romance. That means that, in addition to the romance, it also delves into astrophysics and pharmacology. My editor says to tell you that the science in it is as much a character as any one of the actual, er, characters. And my, what characters.

  • An astrophysicist who really wants to concentrate on her work and not get involved in politics.
  • A brilliant human computer who is controlled through drugs, only living his life in two-day cycles.
  • An handsome but enigmatic spaceship captain, in command of almost two hundred soldiers in a vessel out on the edge of known space.
  • A xenoanthropologist who must live with the fact that he's turned his back on science in order to keep one man imprisoned in his own mind.

What's binding them together is an experiment that can either bring stars back to life...or extinguish entire solar systems.

I'll be blogging more about IN ENEMY HANDS in the months ahead, but just wanted to share the news with you. It's not even up on my own blog yet!

* Kaz Augustin is a writer who loves keeping her felines in burlap. When friends see her holding a wriggling sack, they know she's about to spring something on them. You can find her website here ( and she blogs three times a week, more or less, here (


Phyllis Bourne said...

Congratulations, Kaz!!!

The human computer controlled through drugs and living in two-day cycles is already my favorite character! Can hardly wait to download it!!!!

Stefanie Worth said...

Congrats, Kaz! New press, new book -- what an adventure. Here's wishing you many sales and even more story ideas.

KeVin K. said...

Congratulations, Kaz!

Look forward to reading it.

Liane Spicer said...

Kaz, huge congrats! Your characters and plot sound very intriguing!

What's that about wriggling felines in sacks? Never mind - don't wanna know! :D

Lynn Emery said...

Congrats. Sounds like a great story. Can't wait to read it.

Kaz Augustin said...

@Phyllis: Ah Srin is a real charmer, a constant man who falls in love with Moon over and over again every two days. I hope you like him.

@Stefanie: Stef, I'll be honest, it's a new press, which we always warn against, but it's Harlequin. As you say, an adventure.

@KeVin & @Lynn: Thanks KeVin and Lynn! :)

@Liane: Well, they gotta be useful for something, besides sleeping 23 hours a day!

The prologue is up at my site if anyone's interested in a teaser. And thank you all for your good wishes. As I said, I haven't even announced it on my own blog yet, but feel I'm among good friends here.

Jewel Amethyst said...

Congratulations Kaz. I guess the quantum mechanics classes really paid off.

Kaz Augustin said...

ROFL! That and having an enthusiastic amateur physicist of a husband, Jewel! Thanks for the good wishes.