Guest Post by Lesley Young + Spotlight on Sky’s End + Contest!

I love this guest post!!! *Kermit flail* Lesley Young let’s her geek flag fly in her guest post and I so want to curl up and watch movies with her!

Check out the cinema heroines that influenced her girl Cassiel, the main protagonist in Sky’s End. I’m actually (for reals!) in the middle of reading this adventure and I’m enjoying the ride. 😉

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Sky's End (Cassiel Winters, #1)

Sky’s End

Release date: July 15th 2013 |
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing |
Lesley Young (Author) |
Genre: Science Fiction |
ISBN-13: 9781619352384 |
Format: Ebook and print


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. Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around-so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky deja vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide. 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.


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♥ Guest Post ♥

 Heroines who inspired my own in Sky’s End


By Lesley Young


I tripped over my words rushing to write this blog for The Book Tart: top three favorite sci-fi movie heroines! Are you kidding me? Sky’s End heroine, Cassiel Winters, is inspired by more than a few all-time kick-ass heroines. Here’s who (in no particular order).


Trinity in The Matrix


What I love about her Trinity is one of those characters who grew on me, kind of like how I eventually fell in love with blue cheese and sushi (repeated exposure). She’s loyal to Morpheus; and reasonably skeptical about a love prophecy. Better, she’s a super smart hacker, like Neo, and similarly capable of delivering a roundhouse kick. On top of all that, she brought a whole new definition of sexy to tight black leather pant suit.

How she inspired Sky’s End heroine: Cassiel Winters Trinity’s influence was important. She showed me how being enigmatic, leaving people wanting more, could be a good thing in a heroine. But even more important, I wanted Cassiel to be as believable a character as Trinity. . . I just don’t think you have to so damn serious all the time to get R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Nothing wrong with a laugh here and there.


Ellen Ripley in Alien


What I love about her Sigh. What’s not to love about the Warrant Officer in Alien (Sigourney Weaver’s breakout role). She had it all: perseverance, vulnerability, courage, femininity, guts and glory. Isn’t she the archetype for the birth of She-Warrior?

How she inspired Sky’s End heroine: Cassiel Winters Please. Ripley paved the way to imagine a strong female protagonists in space, period. She saves herself and Newt no less! from a truly horrifying mother of all aliens. She’s Clint Eastwood of sci-fi movies—only she’s a woman! There shall never be another quite like her, thus I had no choice but to try to create someone at least as admirable in my own heroine Cassiel Winters.


Eleanor Arroway, Contact


What I love about her  Sure, Eleanor “Ellie” is all brains, little brawn. But her passion, her faith, that there was ‘life’ out in space, makes her a sci-fi savior (at least for me).

How she inspired Sky’s End heroine: Cassiel Winters When I saw this movie for the first time, I went home wishing, desperately, that I had gone into the sciences, to become an astro physicist, and to help pave the way to understanding our universe better. Since I had already gone into journalism, I ended writing about the life in space that Ellie (and truthfully, her author, Carl Sagan, yup he wrote Contact) got me dreaming about. Now I live it through Cassiel.


What a fun opportunity. Thanks so much! Sky’s End: Book One in the Cassiel Winters Series is available in e-book on and paperback.




More Lesley

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.

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13 Replies to “Guest Post by Lesley Young + Spotlight on Sky’s End + Contest!”

    1. Hi!
      The two heroines the jumped to my mind first are River Song from Doctor Who and River Tam from Firefly:)


  1. I love the melding of movie characters’ traits that you’ve combined for your own Cassiel. I also like your choice of female heroines; all were great in their roles. I look forward to meeting Cassiel and seeing how she adapts to her role as the top dog of the she-warriors.

  2. Great heroine choices, love Riley. Your heroine sounds like the perfect mix, I can’t wait to read about her. This is definitely going on my TBR.

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