The Indie Author Feature Presents: Rachel Leigh Smith

CoverWelcome to the Indie Author Feature with Coffee Time Romance and More. This month, we’re showcasing Rachel Leigh Smith’s novel, My Name is A’yen.

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My Name is A’yen

They’ve taken everything from him. Except his name.

The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A’yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master’s murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant.

Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A’yen’s trust. But she’s a breeder’s daughter and can’t be trusted.

Hidden rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A’yen’s mind about her importance. When she’s threatened, he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeders Association’s radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.

A note from the author:

Head shotI’ve been a writer half my life now. My parents encouraged me to write and gave me every opportunity to learn. A friend and I created this massive imaginary world with original characters, and I happily played in this world for close to a decade. I also wrote fan fiction off and on for a couple of my favorite book series.

In May of 2009 I got married. Three months later things started falling apart. By September of that year, I felt like I was barely holding myself together. I went to my annual writer’s conference, but the whole thing is a fog. All I remember is the afternoon I spent crying in the hotel room with my mom. And the fact I didn’t want a Blizzard from Dairy Queen. Very unusual for me.

By April of 2010 I believed my life to be in danger and I left him, came back home, and haven’t seen him since. My words dried up. I went from someone who wrote every day to someone who couldn’t string a sentence together to save my life.

In March of 2011 my words came back and I finished a historical romance. I pitched it at a conference that fall. But the agents said no, and I stalled out again.

On May 16th, 2012, an alien named A’yen walked through my dreams. When I woke up the next morning, I made notes on what he had told me, opened a new document, and titled it My Name Is A’yen. Eighty-six days later I had a finished novel in a genre I’d never heard of—science fiction romance.

Three years later, I’ve written five novels in the A’yen’s Legacy universe, the third releases this month, the fourth is out in October, and My Name Is A’yen releases in paper on May 16th—what would have been my sixth anniversary.

The day now belongs to A’yen. And he’s a hero who will never break my heart.

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