🌟 Please join me in welcoming author J.S. Fields to Stories That Make You Smile. J.S. is here today celebrating the upcoming release of the fourth book in her fabulous Ardulum series, Tales from Ardulum. They’ve generously brought along an excerpt, giveaway, and a wonderfully informative guest post. Read on to learn all about character Emn! 🌟
Tales from Ardulum
TALES FROM ARDULUM continues the journey of Atalant, Emn, Yorden, Nicholas, and Salice as they try to define their place in a galaxy that no longer needs them while battling the artifacts of Ardulan colonization.
Series: The Ardulum Series (book #4 – but mostly a prequel)
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Interior Illustrations: Micah Epstein
Release Date: June 10, 2019
Length: Novel / 56,500 words
Heat Rating: Moderate
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): F/F, NB/NB, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Not Romance, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, nonbinary, space battles, origin stories, space rogues
One year after saving the Neek homeworld and redefining the people’s religion, the crew of the Scarlet Lucidity returns to the Charted Systems for a much-needed break. For Nicholas and Yorden, the Systems will always be home, but for Emn and Atalant, too many memories compound with Emn’s strange new illness to provide much relaxation.
TALES FROM ARDULUM continues the journey of Atalant, Emn, Yorden, Nicholas, and Salice as they try to define their place in a galaxy that no longer needs them while battling the artifacts of Ardulan colonization. Other stories include Yorden’s acquisition of the Mercy’s Pledge (and his grudge against the galaxy), Atalant’s exile from her homeworld, Ekimet and Savath’s romance, and many others.
The ARDULUM series blends space opera and hard science into a story about two women persistently bound to their past, and a sentient planet determined to shape their future.
☆ Guest Post ☆
Know your Ardulum Characters
Pt. 2 – Emn
Emn has perhaps the most vivid arc in the ARDULUM series, although she does get fewer POV chapters than Atalant. Her journey from first to second don, her romance with Atalant, her part in the destruction of the Ardulum capital, show us a young woman with a complicated past and unsure future. In part two of this four part series (find the other three parts on the blog tour for TALES FROM ARDULUM), we explore ten random facts about Emn that just didn’t make the cut into the final books.
(1) In her first don, Emn didn’t have any clothing preference due to having lived most of her life naked. After metamorphosis, however, she preferred dresses almost exclusively, as they weren’t as tight on her skin as flightsuits or pants. Getting an adult body fundamentally overnight is a great plot for a 1980s comedy, but in reality it would likely come with cracked, tight skin and balance issues at the very least. Anyone who developed breasts during puberty has not-fond memories of how painful that process was, and I imaged Emn’s new body being somewhat similar.
(2) While Atalant is pansexual, like most Ardulans and Neek, Emn is a lesbian. Should the two ever decide to bring a third into their relationship, it will almost certainly be a woman.
(3) The woman on the cover of FIRST DON is meant to be Emn as she emerges from her chrysalis. Clearly Emn would not be wearing any make-up, however, or whatever necklace the cover model has on.
(4) In my head, after the ‘one year later’ novella at the end of TALES, Atalant and Emn get a pet duck that lives on the Lucidity. They name it ‘Neek.’
(5) The Passion of the Pitcher Plants book that Nicholas suggests to Emn in the birthday short in TALES had to actually be written partially so I could take lines from it. If you’re wondering, the evening did go well, up until Atalant got an emergency call from the Eieans and had to go. They were on their way to third base.
(6) Emn only produces digestive enzymes for cellulose. Ardulans in general can digest meat, but don’t care for the flavor. Part of Emn’s genetic engineering was to limit her to one food source.
(7) Early drafts of THIRD DON explored Emn’s and Nicholas’ budding friendship quite a bit more than what made the cut. However, the two are great friends and, after the romance book debacle in TALES, now frequently gossip to each other about their latest smutty finds.
(8) Emn’s favorite way to eat andal is steamed with a light honey glaze.
(9) In case you missed the math, though she is short, Emn is almost 20 years old at the start of FIRST DON. This makes her a juvenile by Ardulum standards, but she acts so childish due to being raised in near isolation. If you pay close attention, her speech and thought patterns age up quite quickly across the first book as she gets more exposure to the galaxy. Had she not been raised in isolation she’d have spoken and acted a lot more like Callum, the server at the inn in THIRD DON.
(10) It is not clear what Risalian genetic manipulation did to Emn’s lifespan. Neek lifespans are on par with humans, however Ardulans have distinct life cycles that, total, last only about 40 years. What does this mean for Emn and Atalant’s long term prospects? Only a Risalian could tell you for sure.
Meet the Author
J.S. Fields (@Galactoglucoman) is a scientist who has perhaps spent too much time around organic solvents. They enjoy roller derby, woodturning, making chainmail by hand, and cultivating fungi in the backs of minivans. Nonbinary, and yes, it matters.
Fields has lived in Thailand, Ireland, Canada, USA, and spent extensive time in many more places. Their current research takes them to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest each summer, where they traumatizes students with machetes and tangarana ants while looking for rare pigmenting fungi. They live with their partner and child, and a very fabulous lionhead rabbit named Merlin.
J.S. Fields is giving away four prizes with this tour: a collectible soft enamel pin of the Mercy’s Pledge (2), and a high res version of one of the interior illustrations (their choice, pick from Yorden, Nick, Emn, or Atalant) (2). Enter via Rafflecopter:a Rafflecopter giveaway