That Little Something, Something
My favorite book is not a romance but I love the main character because of a romance that never actually happens.
Sounds weird, right? Well, it is and it isn’t. You see my favorite character in fiction is a ruthless, cold-hearted killer named Takeshi Kovacs. He’s not a good guy, he’s not a nice guy, he’s not a romantic guy, and he’s not even a reliable or trustworthy guy.
And as far as being a boyfriend goes? Well, he’s not a relationship guy either.
You’re probably asking yourself why I’m even talking about him in terms of great fictional relationships, right?
Let me explain. 😉
Kovacs stars in a three book series that begins with his “partner” and himself being blown to bits during a police raid. You see, they’re criminals and they got caught. No worries though, this is science fiction so he just gets uploaded into “storage” which is the future’s answer to prison. His mind is kept in a computer…or something like that…until his sentence is up.
Needless to say he’s got more skills than his “partner” Sarah. So he gets a new body in the first book, with the catch that his “services” are needed to solve a mystery. (This book is called Altered Carbon, in case you’re interested). Sarah, on the other hand, is left in storage and used against him – if he does what he’s told, they’ll let her out and give her a second chance. If he misbehaves, well…bye, bye Sarah.
Naturally, cold-blooded killer that he is, Kovacs agrees to the terms.
Wait, what? Didn’t I just say he’s a pretty much worthless human being? Yeah, I did. But Sarah has one thing no one else, in all three books, ever gets again from Takeshi Kovacs.
He loves her. He truly, truly loves her. In fact, the third and final book is all about vengeance for what eventually happened to her.
Now that’s a man I want to know more about.
Never, in all three books, do we ever see Sarah again except in a flashback at the end of book three. In fact, we never even learn if they’ve been intimate, he never really explains their relationship beyond the criminal aspect. But in each story she’s there, in the back of his mind, in his head, as someone that means something.
Every great relationship must have characters where at least one of them that feels this intensely about the other. And if you can get both of them on the same page, all the better.
In my series, I Am Just Junco, my main character (Junco) has a relationship like this with a childhood friend. They’ve been to hell and back, they’ve killed together, got hurt together, fought together, and almost died together more times than they can count.
They are a single unit. They are partners.
You can’t even explain this kind of bond – there is no word for it. It’s not like siblings, although they are like siblings in many ways. And it’s not romantic because they have never been more than friends. But it goes deeper than either of those labels.
Junco and Gideon are like Kovacs and Sarah. Twisted together in fate and destiny. They share a past that connects them forever, they share a future that will keep them together, and they would each gladly die for the other.
Gideon and Junco don’t reconnect until the third book in my series (Flight) but you can start their journey today by checking out Clutch, the first Junco book at Amazon for only 99 cents.
And if you think Juncs and Gid have what it takes to become the next Kovacs and Sarah, or the next Shaun and Liz, (Shaun of the Dead, right? He tackles ZOMBIES for Liz! And she already broke up with him!) or Romeo and Juliet (I do think mutual suicide takes it a bit far, but you get the picture) please leave me a review on Amazon and tell me why.
And don’t forget to enter the giveaway contest – each autographed copy of Clutch will come with some cool swag, too!
Thanks! J. A. Huss
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Note from The Queen of Tarts
A huge thank you to J.A. Huss for this post. I loved reading about one of her favorite fictional character and putting more books on my TBR pile. Oh, like she said, take a look at her contest! Amazing prizes 🙂
I enjoyed Clutch so much. My review is posted HERE if you want to see what I thought of it 🙂
Book One I Am Just Junco
By J.A. Huss
In 2152 the avian race is on Earth looking for something stolen from them decades ago – their genetics. At the center of the search lies the Rural Republic; a small backwards farming country with high hopes of military domination and a penchant for illegal bioengineering.
19 year old Junco Coot is the daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. She’s the most foul-mouthed, wildly unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic has ever trained. But when her father’s death sparks a trip into forbidden places, she triggers events that will change everything she knows to be true.
As an elite avian military officer, Tier’s mission is to destroy the bioengineering projects, kill Commander Coot’s daughter, and return home immediately. There’s just one problem. Junco isn’t who she claims to be.
With no one to trust, not even herself, Junco must confront the secrets of her past and accept her place in the future, or risk losing herself completely.
Junco Coot can’t even remember her trip off Earth; she was too busy being morphed into her new avian body. But reality hits her hard when she wakes up to find her new life is not what she expected. Not even close. Tier is on trial for disobeying his commander’s kill order and only Junco seems to care.
In most places the avian coming-of-age Fledge ritual would be nothing more than mass murder, but here in the capital city of Amelia, it’s called growing up. Junco has no choice; either fight to the death to prove her worth or get sent back to Earth in the hands of her enemies.
Her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit artificial intelligence, the avian president wants her dead, and her only friend is a ten-year old throwaway boy.
On a foreign habitat, in a foreign culture, and surrounded by people she can’t trust or count on, Junco must find a way to save herself and Tier without losing her immortal soul in the process.
Escape from Earth. Check.
Morph into an avian body. Check.
Survive Fledge and Deliverance, soul intact. Check.
Bring her Siblings back to Amelia and restore the avian race? Not so fast, darlin’.
There’s a new twist on an old prophecy and this one brings the End of Days. Junco must make a choice, but the choices all confirm her only worth is tied up in killing.
Lucan has secrets. Secrets that will make the Stag Camp look like playschool. And the lies are flowing like a mountain river during spring thaw. But he needs Junco to cooperate just a little bit longer or it all falls apart.
The Siblings on Earth are waiting for the Seventh to return and pull their clutch together. But Earth has secrets too — secrets that change everything.
Junco has survived against impossible odds, but the cost of survival is higher than she ever imagined. Luck is about to catch up with Junco Coot and her debt must be paid.
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