Shining, Darkly or Otherwise

by wjw on March 12, 2024

Here’s a brand-new March release, and another in our survey of books by veterans of Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy. My Stars Shine Darkly is the first book in a new YA series, featuring a young heroine’s attempt to escape the dystopia into which she was born.

Living on a conservative colony world, Sienna Tascioni is no stranger to pushing boundaries. Constrained by what’s expected of her as a proper young lady, she still reads books from classes she’s not allowed to take, secretly races speeder bikes, and even dresses up as her twin brother in order to gain a small taste of independence. But when her parents allow a loutish Ambassador’s son to begin courting her, she feels the trap of an arranged marriage beginning to close its jaws around her.

At the same time, a diplomatic mission from the faraway planet of Satori arrives with promises of mutual cooperation and advanced technology. Ereni and Burke Lhasa, two young people attached to the mission, show Sienna a glimpse of freedom she never dreamed possible. Before she knows it, she’s drawn into a web of intrigue, spying on her Senator father . . .

But as she becomes more deeply embroiled in the politics of her country, the stakes become higher–and more personal–than she could have ever imagined, forcing her to decide where her true loyalties lie.

If you want a career in science fiction or fantasy, Taos Toolbox is the workshop that can give you the skills to survive in the literary marketplace. You have only a couple weeks to apply, however, since the deadline for this year is April; 1st.

Start polishing that manuscript now!

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