Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sky's End by Lesley Young: Character Interview and Excerpt



Q&A with Cassiel Winters from Sky’s End:
Book One in the Cassiel Winters Series


Today, Cassiel Winters, the 20-year-old Earth Space Exploration cadet in Sky’s End: Book One in the Cassiel Winters Series, has sifted out of time, to the present, to chat with us.


So Cassiel thanks for stopping by. 

It’s my pleasure.

Tell us a little about yourself, starting with why you joined the ESE Academy. If you don’t mind me saying so, you don’t strike me as a military-type.

Ha, no I guess I wouldn’t. To be perfectly, honestly, I’m not. I joined to find my brother, a pilot who has gone missing in action. I almost didn’t make the cut, but then I managed to prove myself, well, sort of.

How was that? 

Ah, well, it’s classified, but it involved a pretty major mission, spying and pretty freakin’ scary circumstances. Kind of makes me wish I hadn’t made the cut.

So if you could go back in time or somehow change your circumstances- 

Ha you have no idea! 

...would you?  

Ah, sorry but you ask a question I ask myself all the time because technically well, let’s just say there is a way for me change things I regret. The trouble is I think no matter how I rewound the clock, I would end up right back where I am now. Hunted. Not that you have to worry. We’re safe. For now.


Oh. Well then, let’s move on. Please tell us what it is you love about piloting a space shuttled so much.

It’s amazing. Once you get a handle on the controls and understand how to fly, you stop thinking about it so much, and just enjoy it. The freedom of traveling faster than light, of knowing you can go anywhere you want in the universe. . . it’s addictive. I could live in space, permanently.


I’m really curious: How do you cope with the high male-to-female ratio on the station? That can’t be easy.

You get used to being noticed, that’s for sure. But there are strict, ahem, rules about that sort of thing so for the most part it doesn’t come up. Sometimes Command will turn a blind eye, not that I would know that first hand or anything. 

It does make you tougher when you have to learn to fight against men.


So what one word best describes you?

Oh that’s a tough one. Others would probably say ‘stubborn.’ or maybe ‘tempestuous.’ I would say, ‘kick-ass’. Ha ha, sigh.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I actually abhor violence. I used to feel that way because I couldn’t defend myself. But now I hate it because it changes people.

Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?  

Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. My dad told me this before he died. I’ve learned this is true for humans.

As for aliens? If I don’t take myself seriously, they sure won’t.


Thanks for stopping by Cassiel.

My pleasure!


Sky’s End is Book One on the Cassiel Winters Series is available on Amazon. To learn more about the latest Cassiel news, ‘Like’ facebook.com/CassielWintersSeries. 





Sky’s End (#1 Cassiel Winters Series)
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.  
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. 
The sea of black and silver guns and uniforms open up to let through a Thell’eon wearing a long dark gray cloak made of what looks like microscopic chain-mail over a thin gray shirt that contours another chiseled chest and stomach. Honestly, they’re commonplace here.  
But . . . our eyes meet, and I swear I have never seen a more handsome or fierce or handsomely fierce man in my life. I forget to conceal my facial expression. He’s the definition of man and . . . and . . . sex. Literally, that is his appeal. Its pull is soft and warm and persuasive. I find myself admiring his intelligent eyes, so dark they seem black. Tattoos or markings, or whatever those things are, accent his strong brow, contour his cheekbones, and one on his chin creates a goatee effect. I can tell by his facial stubble that he would have dark brown hair. I notice he’s breathing a little heavy, like he had run to catch up with the others. Given how fit he is, he must have come some distance. 
He eyes me carefully, first with disbelief and then disgust. He claps his hands together suddenly, and laughs, meanly, causing me to jump a little. The spell is only partly broken. 
“So this is what ESE sends?” His voice is deep and melodic. “A female . . . child,” he adds, eyeing my face. 
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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. 
Young has won three gold honors for feature stories from the National Business Magazine Awards and another top media award from the Canadian Dermatology Association. 
Soul Mate Publishing released “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book and since its launch, it has remained an Amazon Best Seller. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.
Lesley will be awarding print copies of “Sky’s End” to ten randomly drawn winners, and a grand prize of one $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner during the tour. Please enter using the Rafflecopter.

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Emily said...

It was great getting to hear from Cass, can't wait to read her story!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lesley Young said...

It was fun to answer all those questions! Thanks for hosting.

kathy p said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love finding new to me authors!

Alina P said...

Great interview! I really like Cassiel, she's kick ass :D

Lesley Young said...

Cassiel still hasn't 'come into her own' yet. I'm hoping to toughen her up yet more in the next instalment!

Carla Bosch Clar said...

Thanks for the giveaway, the interview and the excerpt are great :)

Rita said...

I enjoyed the interview, thank you.

Elise-Maria Barton said...

Great interview! I took my kids to "fly" a Delta Airlines flight simulator when they were young, it was an awesome experience.