Cheree talks about what sparked the idea for Liora in her Girl from the Stars series.
Please welcome Cheree.
I often write from a male character's point of view. I don't know why that's my usual style, but I enjoy it and my readers seem to as well. I never really thought about it until I was doing a panel at Comic Con and a woman in the audience asked if I had written a series with a strong female character that her daughter could read. She wanted an example for her daughter who was strong but still maintained her femininity.
That thought spurred me to write the Girl from the Stars series.
Liora, my main character, survived a difficult past, was raised in a society that valued the ability to live through pain, and she was once sold as a slave. But Liora doesn't break under pressure; instead, she uses the difficulties of her youth to drive her forward and spur her on toward succeeding when many others give up.
Liora has to learn to open up her heart and to understand where reasoning comes before fighting. Her safe zone is in the battle. She grew up in a combat-oriented race, and she excels with a weapon in her hand. Yet not every battle should be fought with a weapon, and despite her reluctance to trust anyone after what she has gone through, she finds herself surrounded by the camaraderie of life on a starship and being included in the crew. It also helps that the two men who rescued her, the dashing young captain and the ship's chief medical officer, know what it's like to suffer and survive, and they don't judge her for what she has gone through.
Liora Day is a strong, damaged, but very brave main character who evolves through the series, experiences love, loss, family, and friendships she would have never thought possible, and maintains her femininity and the gentleness deep inside despite everything she has gone through. I really enjoyed writing this series and I hope that you enjoy it!
The series is complete! Curious about the books? Me too. Here's the covers and descriptions:
Liora Day, half-human, half-mess with her and you'll die Damaclan, had been thrown onto a rough path at a very early age. But when she is broken out of a cage by Devren, the young captain of the SS Kratos, she is shown that perhaps humanity does have a heart. The Kratos is set on a mission to rescue fallen surveyors from the Revolutionaries, and Liora is given the choice to follow her Damaclan instincts, or trust Devren's dark eyes and captivating smile that promise an adventure unlike any she has ever experienced.
Cheree Alsop has published over 30 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree is a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, spending time with her wonderful children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book.
Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.
When Liora Day and the Kratos crew destroyed half of the Omne Occasus, it turned not only her Damaclan father, but the entire Coalition, against them. The crew of the SS Kratos band together to destroy the rest of the galaxy imploder, but in doing so, they confront a new danger nobody foresaw. Liora is prepared to risk it all to save her race, but when the man she loves puts his own life on the line for hers, everything changes. Can Liora confront death to rescue the human who has given her something worth living for?
When Liora’s brother is kidnapped as thinly-veiled trap, she follows with the intent of springing it on her own terms. But her plans fall away when she finds that the danger has a greater reach than she could have imagined. Waylaid and nearly dead, Liora finds herself fighting for not only her life, but for mortalkind. If she succeeds, she could thwart the paramount threat to the Macrocosm and those she loves; if she fails, mortalkind will fall at her side. Yet the price of survival may be far greater than Liora is willing to pay.
“How far will you go to protect your human? How many lives will you take to save the one you love?”
Liora spoke the truth she saw in the Cherum’s gaze. “All of them.”
Confronted with the truth about her origin, Liora has to make a difficult choice that can change the entire fate of the Macrocosm. Battling loss, Ketulans, and the desires of her own heart, Liora confronts an evil she thought long banished from her life and the cosmos. The fight she faces turns out to be the most difficult of her life in more ways than one. Can she survive the consequences of her own actions long enough to defeat the greatest peril of her existence?
Cheree has offered 3 ebook sets of the series!
These books will be for codes through Smashwords