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Alawahea: The Azellian Affairs, Book One

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Tamara Carrington always felt different. One event in high school left her wondering if maybe she really was a freak, although she'd managed to leave that experience in the past-buried deep within her psyche. With the arrival of exchange students from the planet of Azelle to her college, Tamara's long-buried memories threaten to erupt. As Tamara's emotions build and her friendship with the Azellians grows, so does the knowledge of secrets within her own family. With the deterioration of her mother's health, Tamara doesn't know where to turn for answers or solace. What has her family been hiding? Why does she feel inexplicably drawn to the Azellians? What will happen if she unleashes her long-suppressed passion? Will she survive or even recognize herself afterwards? Wanting answers, yet being afraid of what she might find, Tamara wonders if it would be better to remain asleep. Wanting answers, yet being afraid of what she might find, Tamara wonders if it would be better to remain asleep. With the deterioration of her mother's health, Tamara doesn't know where to turn for answers or solace. What has her family been hiding? Why does she feel inexplicably drawn to the Azellians? What will happen if she unleashes her long-suppressed passion? Will she survive or even recognize herself afterwards? Wanting answers, yet being afraid of what she might find, Tamara wonders if it would be better to remain asleep.
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Alawahea: The Azellian Affairs

Sara L. Daigle

Merry Dissonance Press, 477 pages, (paperback) $16, 978-1-939919-13-7

(Reviewed: May, 2015)

Revolving around University of Denver student Tamara Carrington and her tumultuous relationships with alien exchange students from the planet Azelle, this fusion of soft science fiction and romance is well written, briskly paced, and utterly readable.

Although Tamara seems like an ordinary college student, she is dealing with some monumental issues: A few years back, her prom date tragically died while they were being intimate and now her mother is battling cancer. When it’s announced that a group of Azellians (human-like aliens who are rumored to be gifted in bed and have telekinetic  abilities) will be staying on the DU campus, Tamara sees this as an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of her grandfather, a diplomat who, years earlier, traveled to Azelle. Meeting the handsome Azellian ambassador, something awakens inside of her, triggering feelings and abilities she has never experienced before.

This is a compelling, skillfully written story. Where other science fiction romances get bogged down in intricate—and at times, unnecessary—backstory, author Sara L. Daigle brilliantly avoids this and immediately concentrates on the protagonist’s development and storyline. And although the sex scenes are muted (“…his mind wrapped around hers in an incredibly intimate way he had never experienced before. It was a tight spiral, the orgasm spreading out, then back in, through the two of them… ”), the metaphysical aspect of Tamara’s carnal encounters is very much reminiscent of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake saga.

It’s unfortunate that the cover and title both convey more of a hard science fiction read than a romance, as they may turn off readers who would find this novel highly entertaining.

Romantic science fiction has been slowly gaining popularity for years: This is a perfect example of a successful blending of those genre elements. Powered by an identifiable and endearing heroine, this novel is just the beginning of what could be a long and fascinating series.

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