Gentle Chains by Nazarea Andrews
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Publication Date: March 5, 2015
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When slavers steal Juhan and his twin sister Chosi from their home planet of psychics, their only comfort is in the fact that they’re together. When they are separated at auction, Juhan swears to find his sister, no matter the cost.
Juhan is bought by the spoiled daughter of a political scion. Caught in her glittering world of intrigue and politics, Juhan is startled to find Sadi playing a long game to change intergalactic politics and Juhan is merely a pawn in her game. But as his vow and Sadi's lies takes them across galaxies, he begins to wonder if his young owner is more than an arrogant rich girl. And he has to consider the cost of his promise—especially when people they both care for begin to die.
A galaxy away, Chosi is sold into blood sport. With her psychic ability, she earns a precarious position of value within the gladiator school, training the draken—wild creatures of smoke and fire—for the arena. In the midst of that hell, she forges a friendship with the slave Jemes and the draken she cares for. But when her defiance comes with devastating results, Chosi contemplates suicide as an escape from her chains. Yet, she can't forget the brother who promised to find her, and even as she welcomes the risk of death, she clings to that promise.
Spun across space and exotic worlds, Juhan and Chosi try to find each other, and home in a stunning story about the lengths love will take you.
The Story I Wanted To Read by Nazarea Andrews
They–I don’t know who they is, but THEY–say write what you know. but they got it wrong. What I know is everyday small town America. It’s babies and softball practice and excel spreadsheets and late late nights. And while there is nothing wrong with what I know–in fact, I rather like it, it’s certainly not where this book came from.
They also say write what you want to read. And that? That I did do. I remember–vividly–the day I started writing Gentle Chains. I wanted a scifi because I’d been watching my husband play a video game but I wanted, at the heart of this epic story, something simple. The love of siblings. The length you would go for them.
It was midafternoon, I was sitting on the porch of a house I no longer live in listening to my daughters (I only had two then) play with our dog while I looked for this book. And when I couldn’t find anything like that–I started writing.
I love all of my books. From college professors and their TAs, to boys who never grew up chasing the girl who got away to the zombie apocalypse and every dark twisted tale in between. I love them all. But I have never written a book that was more “what I wanted to read” than the story of Juhan and Chosi and every bit of hell and happiness they went through. I won’t lie. It’s incredibly special to me because of that. And I hope that you love it as much as I do.
Starry skies, friends.