Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Off Planet by Aileen Erin

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Aileen Erin's Off Planet, the first title in the Aunare Chronicles series! Today, on our tour stop, we have an exclusive excerpt AND tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Check it out and grab your copy now!  Don't forget to follow the tour, HERE!

Young Adult
Science Fiction/Dystopian
Aunare Chronicles, #1
Publish Date:
February 19, 2019
Ink Monster LLC

From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin

Maite Martinez has always yearned for more than waitressing in a greasy diner on the polluted ruins of planet Earth. Hiding her special abilities is a full-time job on its own, even with the government distracted by the mysterious alien race – the Aunare.

When a SpaceTech officer gets handsy with her, she reacts without thinking. Breaking his nose might not have been her smartest move. Now she’s faced with a choice: serious jail time working in a chain gang on a volcano planet or join the corporate army to fight against the impending war with the Aunare. It’s really no choice at all.

As with everything in her life, Maite quickly realizes that the war with the Aurnare isn’t what it seems. And Lorne, the Aunare prince, keeps popping up everywhere she goes. Being seen with him could get her in even deeper trouble with her commanders, but he’s the first person who sees through the wall she’s built around herself and she can’t bring herself to send him away.

When the situation between SpaceTech and the Aunare escalates, Maite has a way to end the war before it even begins. There’s only one question: Can she stop the total annihilation of humanity without getting herself killed in the process?

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“Interplanetary Armed Forces. Open up or we’ll be forced to break down the door.” It wasn’t until I heard the voice that I realized it was still too soft. IAF—Interplanetary Armed Forces—was here, but not at our apartment. They were upstairs.
Telly and Frank lived up there. They weren’t Aunare. They were just an older couple with too many cats.
Footsteps sounded overhead. The officers yelled. My palms started sweating.
IAF couldn’t do this. Not to them. Telly was sweet, and Frank wouldn’t hurt anyone.
The sound of something shattering and a thud had me moving across the room.
“No, Mait√©,” Mom said. Her knuckles were white as she twisted her hands. “It’s too late for them. You have to leave it be.”
“I can’t. This is wrong. I have to go help them.” Another thud had me racing for the front door, and then all of a sudden, I was on my back. I tried to move, but Declan’s legs were pinning mine, and one of his thick arms was across my shoulders, firmly pressing me into the floor. “What the hell are you doing?” This guy was about to be on my shitlist. I didn’t care if he was here to help me. Not anymore.
His smile was gone. “If I let you up, are you going out there?”
What was his problem? “Of course I’m going out there. They need help.”
“Then I can’t move.”
I ground my teeth as I tried to rein in my temper, but he was pissing me off. Didn’t he get that Telly and Frank were nice, innocent people? Whatever was going on in their apartment, I was sure they didn’t deserve it. “Get off me or I’m screaming.”
He slammed a hand over my mouth. “No. I didn’t come this far and work this hard to find you to have you throw it all away for whoever the hell is up there. They’re expendable. You’re not.”
Expendable? How could he say that about anyone?
A thump was followed by Telly’s cry, and I struggled to get out from under Declan. He pressed down on his arm across my collarbones. I shoved at his arm, but it was like moving a boulder, and he had all the leverage. For now. All I needed was an in, and I could flip him. I’d move too fast for him to stop me.
He removed his hand from my mouth. “I know you want to help them, but you have to think. What will happen if you go up there?” He paused. “We both know that they’d start asking you questions. They’d ask to scan you. Anything legit would drive a halfer with the weakest Aunare blood to distraction, and you’re from the second strongest Aunare line.”
He was right. I knew it, but that didn’t change what was happening above my apartment.
“We both know that useless piece of crap in your finger doesn’t count to IAF. Like you said—it’s to blend. That’s it. You’d be scanned, and that would be a huge red flag. You’d be thrown into a cell for interfering, which would give them enough cause to run a full scan on you. Not that they need cause.”
I knew where he was going with this, but I hated it.
“You’d be outed as a halfer, and if they find out exactly who you are… It’s not just your neighbors’ lives on the line here. IAF takes you in, it’s war. Millions will die. The only reason the Aunare haven’t made a move against us yet is because, until tonight, no one knew where you were. Not SpaceTech. Not your father. But now your father knows… This is dangerous. So fucking dangerous.”
My lip trembled as I heard Telly pleading with the IAF upstairs, and then something heavy hit a wall.
“You can’t save them. Not now. But you can maybe save everyone else,” Declan said.
He was right. God, I hated it, but he was right. The glow started to fade to nothing as I gave in.
A chunk of the ceiling rained down on us, and I gave up fighting, relaxing into the carpeting under me.


**About the Author**
Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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