So, this post is a bit belated, due to a fun combination of living out of a van in the wilderness and also being miserably sick—but here it is! The moment you’ve been wait-ing for! …Or at least, the moment I’ve been waiting for. Let’s skip the drumroll, I can’t wait any longer.
Whew, I won’t get tired of hearing that any time soon.
In Ageless Sleep is a sci-fi romance loosely based around the tale of Sleeping Beauty, clocking in at about 17,000 words. I’d describe it as a snarky romp with a heaping side of emotional tension, a story of conflicted loyalties, cryosleep malfunctions, and banter over made-up card games. I honestly suck at writing blurbs, so I’ll stick with the one on the book itself:
“Mal is a spy, a misanthrope, and a coward; growing up in the brutal Reaches has taught her that honor is a quality best left to the dead. Her latest mission: to hijack a cryo-ship carrying the brilliant daughter of the Sovereign King, and deliver her straight into enemy hands.
But when a vital component of the ship’s cryostasis system malfunctions, the only person who can keep the unconscious passengers alive is the woman Mal was sent to kidnap. Alone together on a ship of silent sleepers, Mal must remember that she and Aurora are enemies—or risk them becoming something much more dangerous.”
On a quick personal note, it is honestly so exciting to have my first book in print; or more accurately, my first novella in e-print. Even more gratifying is the wonderful feedback I’ve gotten on it. I hope it’s not too conceited to include a few snippets from my favorite reviews so far, but I’m just too thrilled to resist.
Here’s what readers are saying so far:
“Ellis secures her audience’s attention with sharp wit and masterful characterization. Her command of written English had me gobbling sentences like candy, and her viewpoint character…it’s really the electric tension between the characters that will keep you turning pages. With dialogue sharp enough to cut yourself on and lively, energetic prose, you won’t be able to put it down.” —K.E. Walton, (KEWalton.com)
“…Though it was short, it was awesome. I would definitely recommend this very short novel if you like science fiction stories, lgbt+ romance or retellings.” —Lia (Lost in A Story)
“I paused halfway through instead of devouring it all in one sitting because I wanted it to last but I just picked it up again hours later.” —Julia (Goodreads)
“i have no idea how arden ellis managed to get so much character development, world-building and plot twists into a story that’s like 20,000 words long, but she did.” —Percy (Goodreads)
Thanks so much for the kind words, folks. And if you, gentle reader, have yet to pick up a copy, as of writing this post it is still on sale! Grab one now from LT3’s website, and be sure to let me know if you liked it.
Alright, enough self-promotion. Back to my new occupation of being sick in the woods. Take care guys ✌