Monday, April 6, 2015

Under Glass by Rebecca Cohen: #Interview #Excerpt #Giveaway @R_Cohen_writes

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Under Glass
by Rebecca Cohen

Expected Publication: April 10, 2015
Length: 108,000 words
Genres: Gay (M/M), Science Fiction, Romance
Creating planets and guarding the stars leaves novice planet builder Kai Faewiva lonely. For members of Kai’s species who are born with an organ called a caerellon, their true love, their Sun or Moon, is identified at birth. But the novices are people who have lost their perfect love, and Kai’s Sun is long dead, killed in an accident when he was five years old. Or so everyone thought.

After recovering from another bout of the unidentified illness he has battled for years, Kai returns to work. But his quiet day at the planetarium is thrown into chaos when scans of Goka Prime, one of the planets in the Sol-Alpha2 system, picks up a life-form that shouldn’t be there. Kai’s Sun, Oliver Gyin, is alive and well, but how he got to be on Goka Prime, no one knows. Now he needs to be brought home.

Ollie has lived most of his life in the City of Harrea, never guessing he is from another planet. Surprised to find a stranger means the world to him, Ollie wrestles with his loyalties and the drive to return with Kai. To leave Goka Prime, he must give up everything and everyone he knows. But twenty years apart means Kai and Ollie face a fight to secure their destined future.

Carly: Today I'm pleased to welcome Rebecca Cohen, author of Under Glass. She has answered a few fun questions to let readers get to know her better! What is the best book you ever read and why is it your favourite? 
Rebecca: Tough question. And I don’t think I can narrow it down to one. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Nineteen Eighty-Four by Orwell are high on the list, as I love the premise these create  of how our future societies may look. But Making History by Stephen Fry where the main character goes back in the time to stop Hitler being born and instead makes life much worse intrigued me no end. I love to re-read Agatha Christie’s Poirot books and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series as comfort reads.

Carly: If you could choose to have any type of super power what would it be and why? 
Rebecca: To freeze time so I could get more done in a day. What with the day job, my husband, our son, and the writing, I’m constantly juggling everything

Carly: What is your favourite memory? 
Rebecca: Going to the seaside as a child, especially getting to spend time with my dad, building sandcastles. I loved the sea as a kid and still do as an adult. 
Carly: Do you have a guilty pleasure? 
Rebecca: I do love a good French Martini and some fine chocolate… but I don’t feel guilty about it  
Carly: If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? 
Rebecca: The Galapagos Islands by a smallish boat. I studied biology, and this a special place. I’d love to see the place that inspired Darwin.

The East Terrace had clear views of the city and the hills in the distance, and the setting sun bathed the world in hues of red, purple, and orange. “One of the best views from the palace,” Ollie said. “Guests aren’t usually allowed here.”

Kai glanced back to the door. “Will we get in trouble?”

“No, Menish is a personal friend. He won’t mind.”

“Must be good to have a friend who rules the city.”

Ollie chuckled. “We went to school together. I often have to remind myself that he’s the sultan and not the kid who helped me toilet paper the housemaster’s study windows.”

“Very good friends.”

Ollie didn’t think Kai needed to know just how good a friend Menish had been at one point, although what they had enjoyed was nothing more serious than teenage exploration. “Put it this way: he’d have no problem with me showing you this terrace.”

“The sunset is quite beautiful,” Kai said, turning to face it, and Ollie thought Kai wanted to steer the conversation away from Menish.

“Yes. It changes through the seasons, but I think this is my favorite time of year.”

“Then I am fortunate we chose this time to visit and a place on the mission became available.”

Kai’s choice of word in calling his visit a mission was a little strange, but Ollie thought better of mentioning anything. “Oh, you were. The festival to celebrate the end of harvest starts in a few days, and the city is awash with stalls and street entertainment.”

Kai turned back to him, cocked his head to one side, and smiled. “Perhaps you would agree to be my guide for that as well?”

The hopeful expression and the slight smile made Ollie swallow thickly as he stared into Kai’s dark brown eyes in the failing light. Kai bit his bottom lip and tilted his head back a little to look Ollie in the eye, making Ollie lick his own lips involuntarily. His hand twitched to cup Kai’s cheek and rub his thumb across his cheekbone to prove his hypothesis that Kai’s skin would be soft and warm to the touch.

The little voice in the back of his head returned, and it bluntly reminded Ollie he wasn’t a single man. The pang of guilt made him turn away, and he saw a confused look on Kai’s face. Not only was he in danger of betraying Rica, but he was also leading Kai along on a dance that Kai didn’t know Ollie already had a partner for.

He stepped away, shaking his head. “I’m sorry, Kai. I can’t do this. While I can’t deny you have caught my eye like no one else, I am not the type of man to be unfaithful.” There, he’d said it, made it clear he was attached, and Kai’s expression morphed first to confusion and then into hurt. “I don’t understand.”

“I have a boyfriend.”

“Boyfriend?” asked Kai weakly.

“His name is Rica. He’s away at sea.” The devastation on Kai’s face almost made Ollie step closer and gather him into his arms, but he forced himself to put more distance between them. “I’m sorry, Kai. I was so wrapped up in the connection we seemed to share I lost sight of things. I should never have let it get this far, and I must stop it going further.”

“I see.” Kai turned away. “I wish you a good evening, Mr. Gyin. If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to enjoy the view a little longer before I find one of the servants to show me to my room.”

“Of course. I’ll see you in the morning.”

Kai didn’t reply, and Ollie retreated back inside, part of his mind protesting that he was going the wrong way, the other part telling him he was doing the right thing. He turned back to see Kai still standing on the terrace, his head bent. Ollie fled, fearing that if he stayed a moment longer he’d do something he’d really enjoy but regret later.

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Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
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  1. Really looking forward to this new book !!

  2. I think I would like to live in a world that all the people were equal, no wars or famine where the weather is more stable no Earthquakes or Hurricane please! People have a good standard of living and the planet is looked after. Well I can always dream can't I!!


    1. I think that would be a wonderful place to live, ShirleyAnn!

  3. I would love a world with real magic and dragons, but no one was enslaved or downtrodden.

    1. Magic would be used for good, and hopefully the dragons would be well trained!

  4. New to me author. Have to check out the books. This looks great

  5. a world where my family and friends are with me and happy

  6. It's always cool and sunny for starters!