Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for Jonathan Nevair’s Science Fiction/Thriller, Spy-Fi novel Stellar Instinct! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character of the book, Lilline Renault!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, links to purchase a copy of Stellar Instinct for yourself, and a chance to win a copy in our giveaway! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the top of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
Book Information:Stellar Instinct by Jonathan Nevair
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller, Spy-Fi
Intended Age Group: Adult
Published: December 1, 2022
Publisher: Cantinool Books (Self Published)
A secret agent. A gaming mastermind. Two players in a dangerous competition blurring the boundaries of entertainment and reality.
Mysterious signals pulse from an icy planet in a remote star system. GAM-OPs wants answers. Enter Lilline Renault, secret agent extraordinaire. To ordinary citizens she’s Keely Larkin, an adventure company guide with a flair for the daring and a penchant for writing trite poetry. Lilline’s at the top of the spy game, but publishing her literary work is proving harder than saving the galaxy.
When the mission uncovers a dastardly plan threatening billions of lives, Lilline leaps into action. Verses flow as she rockets through space, dons cunning disguises, and infiltrates enemy territory with an arsenal of secret gadgets. But to prevent the whims of a self-obsessed entrepreneur from turning the galaxy into a deadly playground means beating him at his own game. Lilline will need her best weapon to stand a fighting chance: her instinct.
STELLAR INSTINCT: A spy-fi thriller set in space.
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m Lilline Renault, GAM-OPs secret agent (T8). Although, I mostly go by Keely Larkin, my cover name. She’s a scout for an adventure company that runs expeditions to hard-to-reach and dangerous places in the galaxy.
What music do you listen to?
Space metal! It’s the only thing I listen to while riding hover bikes and flying spaceships.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
Gondau (a premiere wine)
My wrist-action blade
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
A book of Den-shi’s poems.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Statistics used to justify actions in the field.
What do you do in your free time?
Free time? What’s that? Saving the galaxy is a full-time job.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Not knowing where Lauden, my boss, will send me next in the galaxy.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My Granny Kissy told me to always trust my instinct.
What do you carry in your bag?
If I told you, I would have to kill you. ☺
What’s your favorite animal?
Well, it’s not a Bukki tiger, I can tell you that. Probably the Ice Ranger, an owl native to the planet Frebu. I met one on a recent mission: Operation Snow Eclipse.
Do you have a favorite saying?
Always have an escape route.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
The Golden Pheasant Inn, on the small moon Beisho, orbiting Tavi-Prime. Best wine cellar in the galaxy and a quiet place to relax and work on my poetry.
How would you define happiness?
Mission success. Every time GAM-OPs completes a mission that means the galaxy is a safer place.
What are you passionate about?
Language! Especially poetic form. That, and martial arts.
What’s your biggest fear?
I’m not crazy about Bukki tigers. One took my ear on Hesh-9. It was a near-fatal bite to the head.
What do you think your best quality is?
Well, of course it’s my instinct.
How would you describe the world you live in?
Dangerous, yet safer with GAM-OPs here to protect it.
About the Author
Jonathan Nevair (he/him/his) is a speculative fiction author and, as Dr. Jonathan Wallis, an art historian and Professor of Art History at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia. After two decades of academic teaching and publishing, he finally got up the nerve to write fiction. Jonathan’s books explore secondary worlds where language, culture, ethics, technology, and gender are reimagined to inspire human potential and growth (think of it as space opera sprinkled with a dash of Hopepunk.)
Jonathan lives in southeastern PA with his wife and rambunctious mountain feist, Cricket. When not writing and teaching, he spends his time chasing his dog through the woods and hoping he’ll be able to walk in space before he croaks.
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