Yes, I know. And yes, (Mary,) I’m putting the promo post up in a couple of hours. We’re dealing with “finding a place to move” plans.

It still doesn’t have a paper edition, which must be some new level of insanity at Amazon/Bowker. I’ll deal with it hopefully today too.

FOR NOW and meanwhile:


Lily Gilden has a half-crazed cyborg in her airlock who thinks he’s Nick Rhodes, a fictional 20th Century detective.  If she doesn’t report him for destruction, she’s guilty of a capital crime.

But with her husband missing,  she’ll use every clue the cyborg holds, and his detective abilities,  to solve the crime her husband was  investigating when he disappeared.

With the help of a journalist who is more than he seems, Lily will risk everything to plunge into the interstellar  underworld and bring the love of her life home!


  1. It’s a very good read. 😀

    Please buy it.

    I want the sequel! 😉

  2. I couldn’t put it down! I have finished it. I don’t want to give spoilers, but I found the ending bitter-sweet. I will definitely be getting any sequels, you left things open for perhaps a more “satisfying” resolution at a future time or you could be asking deeper questions, like what defines a human being. Oh, and by the way, a couple of times you put up the wrong character name…. I didn’t take note of the places, because I so wanted to get to the end… sorry…

    1. ‘s okay. having two J character names was an issue,b ut thats what the idiots would like to be called.
      Makes puppy dog eyes…. I don’t suppose you’d leave a review?

  3. Duly purchased, will read as possible. Reminded me to get the Kindle app installed on this desktop (been reading KU almost exclusively this summer).

    1. Wow. Just came up for air. As Madame Iris wrote, no way to put it down. If there were any typos, I would have to re-read the book to spot them. Which will happen because this is an OnDeadTree book.

      Also, if you believe the biographical heresy, I can guess why this took Greebo and a road trip out of Colorado on a house hunt to finally finish.

      I called it a great SF and a great mystery, but it’s really just a good SF and a good mystery, and a good romance and a good adventure. All of these goodnesses are greater than the sum of the parts and make for a great book. But that’s not a helpful explanation is it? It just keeps going ’round in my head.

  4. Sorry. I have to wait for the book as object. I’m old school. I like my books that I can hold in my hand. Now I do use some reference manuals and training manuals digitally but even those I like to have in my hand.

    After winding up here from some link. I found myself drawn and I also bought 2 darkship books.

    So give them a kick or two cause I like to read without the computer and I need to possess the books I read for enjoyment.

    Thanks for this blog btw

    1. I’m sitting here with two point five banker’s boxes of physical books to give away, culled*, ** from the fiction shelves. When I get the round tuit, I’ll go through the books in the shop. It took me a while to embrace e-books, but having a boatload of material in an easy to transport tablet has been a godsend. ‘Sides, this way I don’t have to worry about getting food stains on a book. (Though it was worse when I smoked a pipe. Eww!)

      (*) Simple calculation: do I expect to read a given book in my expected lifetime? (Assuming we make it past the current unpleasantness, I figure another 25 years is a fair guess.) OTOH, if I change my mind, eBooks can usually fill the void.

      (**) Culling has occurred several times as the space taken by library has threatened to overwhelm other things like living space. As it stands, most of my non-fiction is in a ladder-accessible loft in my shop. Not a satisfactory arrangement for books I want to get at.

        1. Yeah, that should have been a “reread in my lifetime”. The books that never got read (amassed quite a few when I was working on an MS degree) were donated long ago.

    2. Hmm. Myself, I’ll never give up my five and six pound reference books – but I’m trying, within budget constraints, to get all of my fiction books (except for a few signed copies) converted to electrons. I don’t think I’ll ever get to 1,000,000,000,000 electrons on my Kindle…

  5. Posted the advert to the Diner on Baen’s Bar.
    I would love to leave a review, but I suspect that’s not kosher.
    Heck, maybe I’ll try anyway.

    1. So, I wrote a review and posted it on Amazon.
      And note, I am a verified purchaser, heck it was only $4 and I wanted to see how it looked with my edits.
      No joy, no explanation, but Amazon has apparently rejected my review.
      Oh well.

        1. Took them a couple days, but they finally posted it.
          Up to five reviews and all five stars so far.

  6. Sarah, I read the book today and was totally blown away! You have captured the essence of implanting a spirit in a mechanical body and the problems that occur when that has been done. You chose to use the literary device of assuming the spirit is in the brain, but the story works well because of your excellent characters and story line.

    I could not put the book down and read it in one go and then found I could not post a review on Amazon because of some crazy mixup with my two amazon identities. In fact, there are no reviews posted on amazon yet and I wanted to be the first to say what a great story you have created. oh well, I will have to content myself with posting on this website so you will know you have another admiring fan.

    I also follow your comments on Instapundit which are as entertaining as hell.

    David St Lawrence

  7. Bought and its on my Paper white. Currently rereading Dune in anticipation of the release of the first half in the fall. Other Rhodes is next in the queue, Having a vacation week next week, so likely I will get to it then. Given the reviews here so far I’m looking forward to it.

  8. Well, that has been added to my list of reads. I think it might go to the top too, sounds good.

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