Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tour of the Universe - The Worlds of Soldiers of Fortune by Jenna Bennett

You’ve all heard the old adage about the chicken and the egg. Did the chicken lay the egg, or did the egg come first, and the chicken came out of the egg?

In writing science fiction, there’s a similar question to ponder. Did humans – people from Earth, Terrans; we – settle the universe, or was the universe already settled before we came on the scene?

Call me ego-centric, but I like the idea that we settle the universe. Therefore, in my books, that’s the way it is. Humans went out from Old Earth about a thousand years ago, and settled the part of the universe where the books take place.

There’s the planet of Fontaine, a downtrodden and not very wealthy place, where you can still find an old-fashioned revolver if you know where to look, and where the best gambler in the universe was born and died.

There’s the peaceful colony of New Jericho, and the planet of El Kedar, where the Kedarii warrior women live. 

There’s Avaris, the pleasure planet: a human construct where you can find every vice known to man, plus a few we probably haven’t thought of yet.

There’s the Republic of Rhene, where a very militant group called the Rhenians live.

And there’s the planet of Marica, which the Rhenians have occupied, and are currently in the process of trying to subdue. The Maricans, needless to say, aren’t happy about being taken over by someone else, and are fighting back.

It’s business as usual, in other words. People wanting what they don’t have, and people trying to hold on to what they’ve got. Not to mention people getting caught in the middle and landing themselves in the prison colony on the moon Marica-3, and then having to figure out a way to escape.

It’s a big world out there. And getting bigger all the time.  

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley) is best known for the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries she writes for Berkley Prime Crime, and the Savannah Martin real estate mysteries she writes for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace, including the award-winning science fiction novel Fortune’s Hero and its sequel, Fortune’s Honor. For more information about Jenna and the Soldiers of Fortune series, please visit

Jenna is giving away a print copy of Fortune's Hero and Fortune's Honor for a lucky reader!! Comment below to be entered, what do you think came first - us or something else?

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