Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.
In their multi-partner, caste-ruled society, love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. Relationships and conceptions in this world obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power are based on DNA and lineages…or should be. But not everyone believes in the ruling traditions of the all-powerful Embassy. A quiet rebellion prowls the dark underground of this shiny world where techno-militants calling themselves fraggers grow in numbers and bravado. The Embassy intends to silence the fragger movement before the heresy of equality spreads throughout the system.
Sara Mendoza is part of the Embassy’s plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy’s intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she’s already in love with him.
Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn’t value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.
Ambasadora: Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller
Cover Art by Bradley Sharp
Foreword by Jenna Bennett
Space Opera Paperback coming from Dog Star Books in April 2014
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What They’re Saying About Ambasadora: Marked by Light
"Ambasadora has a lot to say about the human spirit and it says it well."
—Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author
"With an anthropologist’s eye for world building and an engaging fast-paced style, Heidi Ruby Miller hurtles her characters through a dystopian labyrinth in which hollow beauty is revered and love a virtual crime."
—Christopher Paul Carey, author of Exiles From Kho
"Beautifully vibrant and intricately textured, Heidi Ruby Miller’s Ambasadora explores the value of true humanity, the limitless power of desire and the triumph of the individual soul. Amidst edge-of-the-seat action, Miller effortlessly incorporates the conflicts of the modern woman inherent in upholding feminist sensibility. Ambasadora is a banquet of sumptuous words, a truly exciting adventure that fans of science fiction are sure to enjoy."
—Mary SanGiovanni, author of The Hollower series
"[Sara]’s a heroine for the ages, and living proof...that sacrifice for love is more honorable than sacrifice for duty. She risks it all, and wins it all, and in the process, helps to change her world for the better."
--Jenna Bennett, NYT Bestselling author of Fortune's Hero and lots of mysteries
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