Ride the Stars

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Strong-armed into a contract, hustled aboard an alien ship, Jaide and Sesame resent their new bosses. Mechanical geniuses, they make their living hot-rodding ships. Too bad their Draconian customers aren’t willing to sign a waiting list.

Mercs with a bad rep, Skye and Nemesis aren’t above romancing their engineers. Can they overcome the ladies’ distrust and teach them to ride the stars?

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Words: 84,450
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452372068
About Autumn Dawn

Autumn is a professional writer and stay at home mom with three kids, a dog and an active imagination. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, John, who is known to bring her flowers "just because".

After 34 years in Alaska, she moved to Washington with her family to enjoy a state with actual seasons.

She started self-publishing in 2010 after a string of rejections that read, “We love your writing, but we’re not sure how to market it.” She published on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which lead to a number of bestsellers. After The Charmer hit #1 on Barnes & Noble for fantasy romance, she threw herself into editing and uploading her backlist.

The next year and a half passed in a blur as she worked non-stop, and productivity declined as she took time to homeschool her autistic son, who was suffering from bullying issues. With boxing lessons and a year to boost his confidence and academic skills, he’s now doing well in mainstream high school.

The strain of maintaining a business and home schooling while taking care of her family was draining, but God blessed her efforts and the results were worth it. Her income for 2011 was $100,000, far exceeding her best year with traditional publishing.

In 2012, Amazon acquired Dorchester books and Autumn gave Amazon the right to publish two of her Spark Series books, When Sparks Fly and No Words Alone, believing that diversification is good business.

While Autumn is grateful for the opportunities traditional publishing provided, she remains passionate about self-publishing. Keep an eye on her blog for news about upcoming books!

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Review by: ann cooper on March 22, 2012 :
i have read almost all your books i love them this one is good hope you have more in this series
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Delaney Spencer on April 25, 2011 :
Liked the difference you made between the Draconian and a vampire. The alien Draconians are great. They're not just arrogant and physically appealing, they take care of their women...sometimes to the annoyance of the said women. Nice to see what they did with Antarctica by the way. Jaide's issues were ones many women could appreciate. It was good to see her finding her way through them. The characters were compelling; the plot kept me guessing (and groaning at the same time with frustration in a good way), and I was glad to see another story come from this one. Good job.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cynthia Frazer on Oct. 30, 2010 :
Ride the Stars
Drac #1

Good read - action plot with a futuristic setting. I really enjoyed the Draconians - cocky and arrogant as they sometimes are. One of the interesting things about the book is the 'starring' romance is not the obvious one [the captain and Sesame] but Jaide, the hands-on engineer, and the Drac pilot, Skye. [Although it becomes obvious that their story is being played out as well.]

Jaide has serious trust issues and Skye has secrets he cannot share. Then there's the BIG difference in cultural mores - that no one ever sees fit to discuss. The Drac's do not have casual sex with women they want to marry and Jaide feels insulted and rejected every time things get hot and bothered and he walks away. Then Skye tricks her into marrying him and starts the conversion process of changing her into a Drac without telling her.

The path of true love never runs smoothly - even when you have a spaceship at your disposal. Along the way she misconstrues some things she overhears, steals their spaceship, tries repeatedly to divorce him and disappears for two years. When she returns she wants to work it out but she still isn't very biddable...

I enjoyed it. The sequel is Carful, He Bites - also known as Once Bitten and the hero is Skye's brother - introduced in this story. Another good read. The two stories together were released in paperback as Ride the Stars/Once Bitten.

from Amazon:
Strong-armed into a contract, hustled aboard an alien ship, Jaide and Sesame aren’t in the mood to like their new bosses. Mechanical geniuses, they make their living hot-rodding racing ships and revving up military grade war craft. Unfortunately, their Draconian customers aren’t willing to go on a waiting list.

But there’s more to worry about for Jaide than fending off Skye’s determined pursuit and revving up his captain’s ship. Someone wants to kill her, her partner is falling for the Drac leader, and she’s beginning to suspect there’s more to their abduction then meets the eye. As everything she thought she knew is turned upside down, can she has to overcome her distrust of men and reach for a love as powerful as the chance to ride the stars?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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