Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sky's End by Lesley Young

Today, we have Lesley Young over to share her book, Sky's End.

Space Rep: Is there a prize?

Liza: In fact there is. Lesley is giving away a $75 Amazon gift card to one lucky randomly drawn person from her Rafflecopter.

Space Rep: Just think of all the books I could buy! Do I need to give her my first born, because I will!

Liza: That's terrible! You can't give your children away for a mere $75.

Space Rep: Is someone offering more?

Liza: No, and that's not Leslie's offer either. She will randomly select the winner.

Space Rep: But that could be me, right? 

Liza: Yes, if you let us move on to this gorgeous book,  you can be in the running for the $75.

Sky’s End
by Lesley Young


A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around – so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.

Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother – even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.


Wow. My com-tab says I’ve been out for 15 hours. It’s still early in the morning, but at least I don’t have classes today. ESE found it in their hearts to give me the day off.

I do feel something odd. What is that? A sense of security. Yeah, that’s it! I’ve guaranteed myself another two and a half years at the Academy. Plenty of time for real kissing with King.

“You sleep like you’re dead,” says Jordanna from her downcore.

I’m not letting her ruin my mood. “I’ve never felt more alive.” I sigh with pleasure. She rolls over and stares at me with incredulity. Then she frowns. “Where were you most of yesterday?” “Can’t divulge.” Her eyes widen, as if to say ‘Give it up.’ “I can’t. I swear. Top-secret mission.” She rolls her eyes. “So do you think he did it?” she asks, after a big yawn. I roll over onto my side, yawning in turn. “Who? Did what?” “You haven’t heard? Where have you been?” she asks, suspicious. Probably worried I was up to no good and will get kicked out of ESE. No chance of that now!

“I told you. Top-secret mission.” “Fine,” she says, annoyed. “I won’t tell you then.” Wait for it . . . “You know Lt. Daria Preston, pretty girl with freckles who—” “Yeah,” I cut her off, my interest piqued. The girl who maybe altered Daz’s mission report and stood me up in Proxy.

“Dead. Found her cold in her pod.”

“What?” I shoot straight up, vaguely noting extreme muscle soreness from head to toe. And throbbing in my head. Dehydrated, maybe.

“Yeah. They found her mid-day yesterday.”

Shocked still and silent, all I can do is listen while Jordanna gets dressed.

She says Daria’s cause of death is unknown but ESE is questioning people, which likely means that the circumstances are suspicious.

Why would anyone want to hurt her? I keep picturing the brightness in her eyes when I suggested we meet to talk about Daz. My brain can’t process the idea that she is no more.

“Wait, what did you just say?” I have to concentrate to make out the next thing Jordanna reveals.

She repeats a few names of people being questioned, including Todd Meyers! How weird is it that the same guy who hit on me in Proxy might be linked with Daria’s death, which occurred later the same night I was supposed to meet her in Proxy?

Jordanna hits the privy, and I can’t help but wonder what my connection to this is, if any. My déjà vu seems to be the starting point. But is that really something I can rely on?


Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.

Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.

Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, décor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.

Soul Mate Publishing releases “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.

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  1. Thanks for posting—no first born children required for entry!

    1. But what if I want to get rid of it? Kidding. I have no kids.

  2. Great blurb! I have a feeling she will be questioned, too, since they were supposed to meet. Somehow, I think her role in Daria's death is much bigger than she realizes. Going to have to read more... :)

  3. The book sounds fascinating. Thanks for the excerpt. I want to read more.

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt. Cassiel sounds like she is headed for trouble. Daria’s death is going to raise questions that led back to her.

    Lesley, how much of yourself is hidden in the characters in Lesley?

  5. I loved the excerpt!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Hi everyone,
    A little of me in every character I suppose! Daria's death is a big mystery. Thanks for the comments!


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