Today we're excited to spotlight The Vanishing Spark of Dust by Sara Baysinger! Read on for more about Sara and her book, plus the top 5 aliens in pop culture, and a giveaway!
Meet Sara Baysinger!
Sara was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her early life exploring uncharted lands and raising chickens. She now makes her home among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two children…and she still raises chickens. When not getting lost in a book, Sara can be found gardening, star-gazing, or drinking her favorite vanilla chai tea. You can visit her online at .
When Lark is stolen from Earth to be a slave on the planet Tavdora, she’s determined to find her way back home to her family, no matter the cost. Placed in the household of a notorious slave trader, Lark quickly learns her best assets are her eyes and ears. And if she’s brave enough, her voice.
Kalen is the Tavdorian son of a slave trader and in line to inherit his father’s business. But his growing feelings for Lark, the new house slave who dares to speak of freedom, compel him to reveal his new plan for the slave ships returning to Earth—escape. Together, they just might spark a change that flares across the universe.
Top 5 Alien Stories in Pop Culture
I’m Sara Baysinger, the author of The Vanishing Spark of Dusk, which is a YA sci-fi story with a romance between a human named Lark and a 7 foot tall alien with violet eyes named Kallen. In order to celebrate the release of my book, I thought I’d talk about my top 5 alien stories across all types of pop culture.
1.) The LUX series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I read the first book in ONE NIGHT. Daemon Black is total #bookboyfriend material. I love the alien features that Armentrout created, and the tension between light and dark, and how that plays into real life. Much like THE VANISHING SPARK OF DUSK, these aliens are humanoids (well, they’re energy put in human bodies, but still), and it helped me feel not so alone in the alien romance genre. And the sexual tension in the LUX series! Good #swoonworthy material right there, folks.
I was well underway with THE VANISHING SPARK OF DUSK when Avatar came out. There were few romantic alien movies to draw my inspirations from at the time, so I can’t even begin to describe my excitement when Avatar came out. And the story world is AMAZING. Those who read my book won’t be able to miss the similarities between both worlds, because who wouldn’t put bioluminescent plants in their story world?
3.) Star Wars
Confession time: I was not a huge fan of Star Wars growing up. Don’t get me wrong—I love the creativity and thought put into the worlds and cultures, but the storyline and characters never hooked me. I probably wouldn’t have watched the new movies, except that my husband is the ultimate Star Wars nerd and left me little choice. ;) I went with him to watch Episodes VII and VIII, and GUYS. I don’t care how much grief the new movies might get, I'm sold. I love the new characters, the diversity, the philosophy of the Force, ALL OF IT. The Last Jedi especially hit me in all the right places. I watched it twice, and CRIED BOTH TIMES, at different parts! Okay, I’ll stop gushing now.
4.) Stargate SG-1
Not a hugely popular show, but I kind of owe the beginning of my writing career to it. This is another one that my nerd husband practically forced me to watch. I didn’t like it at first because each episode was pretty much a standalone, and I’m more into the every-episode- ties-into-the-next type shows. But I eventually got into it, and after watching several seasons, I was inspired to create my own SciFi world with its own rules and cultures that no one could police me about, because I created it. ;)
5.) The Orville
Okay, I totally saved the best for last. This is a new show that just came out last year. And it’s SO FREAKING GOOD. It’s science fiction tied in with edgy humor. And while it’s more focused on comedy and adventure, there are also a few episodes that really make you think. I also love that they don’t just have weird aliens as key characters, but each alien has their own culture, their own games, their own way of looking at life, and the series shows all those aspects in a creative and fun way.
What are your fave alien stories in books, movies, and TV?
The Vanishing Spark of Dust
By: Sara Baysinger
Release Date: January 8, 2018
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