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14Oct/122

Tangerine—Here at Last

 

Announcing the Release of Tangerine

Tangerine has now been released by our publisher in digital form on Smashwords. The paperback version is coming soon, possibly by next spring or summer. The book has undergone revision and is now ready for readers.

Tangerine is quite different from our other two novels, Betrayed and Zeke. It was actually our first co-written work. We pitched it to publishers and waited. Nothing happened.

After positive experiences with self-publishing our other books, we decided to self-publish Tangerine as well. Very soon after that, a publisher to whom we had originally pitched
the manuscript contacted us with an offer. We accepted that offer and yanked Tangerine from all venues. Now, after having undergone a rewrite, our first novel is once again on the market.

We were conflicted about labeling Tangerine a science fiction novel, for it is not hard sci-fi. But it does have certain elements in common with that genre. It’s set in a future where space travel is commonplace and aliens are a natural part of everyday life. Some of the action takes place on Earth, but a lot happens on the beautiful orange planet of Tangerine or on its primary moon.

In Tangerine, Dr. Ava Majestic and her companion, Pisk (a feline-like alien), travel through space analyzing planets for possible colonization, a position Ava accepts after the death of her parents. She inherits from her father a mysterious device with unusual capabilities. This attracts the attention of a wealthy and powerful collector, the unscrupulous Augustus Agnotico. Before Ava is even certain of her legacy, Agnotico begins his pursuit of her. He hires a rogue Finder to tail her through space, hoping she will lead him to where the device is hidden.

We hope you will enjoy our newly released but first-written book, Tangerine.

At this time, Tangerine can be purchased here

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  1. Hi. I just finished Tangerine. And as an obsessive reader of sci-fi long before it was cool for girls to read sci-fi, I can assure you, you categorized Tangerine in the right genre.

    I loved Tangerine. I hope you write a sequel. Tangerine itself has, like any book, a few problems, most of them subjective, the most glaring one concerning the ending. It seemed to me to be rushed, discordant and needed to have more development. Other than that, it was fantastic.

    I loved the way you wove the “what goes around comes around” and loosely “an eye for an eye” themes in the book. I love the strong, intelligent character of Ava. Needle’s not to shabby, either, LOL. And, of course, my favorite, Pisk. And Mr. A was loathsome, indeed.

    Your descriptions of the aliens were so vivid, that I could actually SEE them. That has only happened with one other book. I am learning to draw and I think I can draw one or two of them! The complex on the dark side of Tangerine was very well created, and I enjoyed being there.

    When you do a sequel (please), would you let Ava remain in her regular job, and have the findings be their supplemental job. And, maybe you can’t get this into the book, but your vivid descriptions of the flora would be nice. You did the fauna really well, now that I think about it–eeeewww. Maybe you did the flora, too, and I missed it.

    You guys are an awesome team. And so lucky to love what you do, and who you do it with. I hope you are married for a hundred years, and still writing, even if it is “do you know, in my day, we had to walk to school, barefoot, in snow–ten miles up hill BOTH ways!” ROTFL. Good blessings and great writing

  2. Lorene,
    Thank you so much for the glowing review and constructive assessment of Tangerine. We’re glad we were able to bring the characters and surroundings into life. If you do any drawings from our book, we’d love to see them.
    We are considering writing a sequel and Ava would remain in the same position (at least how we envision it at this time). At this time, we are completing solo projects.
    As for remaining married for a hundred years, we’d love to, just not to each other since we both have husbands that we love.
    Thanks,
    Karen and PJ


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