About “Sosie”

In Chasing Blue Dots, Jake Marshall has a pet described as a “wandering scavenger plant” that he keeps in a terrarium. “Sosie” can move up to 10 centimeters a day, enjoys sprays of brackish water mixed with hamburger grease, and is an emotional anchor for her owner. (Sosie is a “her” in Jake’s mind!)

The inspiration for Sosie comes from the “walking palm”:

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This real palm tree grows in rainforests in Central and South America. Sosie is much smaller, at 40 centimeters tall instead of 15 to 25 meters tall, but I imagine her to have stilt roots and a genuine ability to roam. The “walking” nature of the walking palm and the true purpose of its stilt roots is debated, but Sosie likes to wander in search of the bits of food Jake lovingly scatters in her soil.

Where did the name “Sosie” come from? It’s short for Sosipatra, a real philosopher in the 4th century.  The real Sosipatra was believed to be clairvoyant. The only reason “Sosie” is named after her is because I went searching for something that reminded me of the walking palm’s scientific name (Socratea exorrhiza) and I liked the name. It’s fantastical enough that Jake’s plant can roam, making her psychic as well would have been over the top!

Head over to the landing page for Chasing Blue Dots to find her and Jake’s story on your favorite ereader.

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Happy (Early) Valentine’s Day – Chasing Blue Dots Available!

Besides, Keeva’s career trajectory is inverse to my own. I’m going to Ophion and, someday, Prime. Keeva is stuck in Dosi. I have prestigious accolades, awards and deployments on my resume. Keeva probably sports “Dosi Beer-Chugging Finalist” on hers. That’s not entirely fair. I take it back. I’m sure she won.

A screenshot from ATCpro, an amazing TRACON simulation available at https://www.atcprosim.com/. It’s serious fun!

Happy early Valentine’s Day!  Doesn’t the picture above just scream Valentine’s Day?  It’s a pretty good depiction of an actual air traffic controller’s radar scope.  It’s relevant to this blog post announcing the release of my new book, Chasing Blue Dots, because the main character, Jake, is a space traffic controller in the Solarian Federation.

Chasing Blue Dots is my first SciFi Romance, just in time for Valentine’s Day:

It’s available on all the major sites you’d expect it to be (Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and others) and it’s a big departure from my other novels.  It’s a true romance story.  Please don’t go in expecting starship battles, that’s not the kind of story this is.

It is, however, a great look at everyday life inside the Solarian Federation and adds good insight into just how all those starships navigate safely in congested parcels of space. But the story is about the people, their relationships, and one man’s change of heart.

It’s also a book that I really wanted to write.  It was challenging to compose, tricky to add the elements of space traffic control while keeping the subject matter relatively light and a downright blast watching the main characters interact with each other.  Each of them came to life and I think Keeva might be one of the most fun characters I’ve ever watched grow.  I hope you enjoy reading about the entire cast as much as I did writing them.

On a side note, regular readers are probably wondering about Across the Blue Line (the sequel to Hero of the Republic). I have to admit, it is giving me all kinds of trouble.  However, I think I’ve had a pre-breakthrough, which is to say that I think I stumbled on a root cause for why that story isn’t coming together the way I want it to.  Baby steps.

In the meantime, I hope you take a chance on Chasing Blue Dots.  I really do think you’ll enjoy it and at $2.99, it’s a low risk.


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A Sneak Peek at Chasing Blue Dots

The official release date for my latest novel, Chasing Blue Dots, is February 7th!  Preorder pages are up on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks so far. Since this is an unusual book for me, I’ve posted the first chapters here on the website so readers can get a feel for this one.  I hope you enjoy them!

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