Astrid Amara : Blog Tour


I am so happy to welcome Astrid Amara to LYLBTB again *frantically dusting down the table, cleaning the wineglasses (I mean teacups!!) and setting out some nibbles* it’s been a looong time since I did any kind of blog hop or tour on the site, and Astrid is a great place to start up again!

She has a new book out next week to tell us about, and she has brought some wonderful gifts to share ❤ so pull up a chair and settle down to read what is, as usual, a fun and funny post by Astrid!



It’s so great to be back on Live Your Life Buy the Book! I couldn’t think of any place I’d rather kick off this week’s blog tour than here. Big big thanks to Barb for welcoming me back to LYLBTB.


The problem with taking time out to have fun on blogs and promote books is that it only makes my to-do list longer. Right now, here’s what I should be doing today:


But none of that sounds like nearly as much fun as I would have here. So screw it. I’ll do those boring things tomorrow! And instead I’ll be here today because…

I’ve come to give away prezzies! I’ve got three awesome gifts with me, and will be giving away stuff all week so if you don’t win anything here, pop by my website to see where I’ll be next.

First, a housewarming gift to celebrate Barb’s return to blogging-her-way: The Devil Lancer’s Annotated Cliffnotes Version, drawn by me. It’s so awful its funny. That’s basically all I can say about it. So maybe this isn’t a gift. It could very well be a punishment… especially if you have any sense of artistic integrity. In which case, look away! Do not look at pornographic stick figures! Run! (the link to the full comic book is at the bottom of the post….)

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bkSecondly, I’ve got a sweet mug that starts off black, until you drink from it… and then it turns into a Song of the Navigator mug! And you can put coffee and tea in it instead of horrible space drinks from the future. To win this fun prize, you need to leave a comment below and I’ll enter you in the drawing.

OriginalCover_500-200x300And THEN I’m also giving away a digital copy of The Devil Lancer to one lucky commenter! The two drawings will be separate. I’ll email the winners after today to get the info I need to deliver your prizes.

This week I’m celebrating the May 26 release of my science fiction title, Song of the Navigator, it wouldn’t be complete without some information about the book, would it?

24744875It’s about the Worst Possible Birthday: Being sold into slavery by none other than your lover.

Tover Duke’s rare ability to move anything instantly across light-years of space makes him a powerful, valuable asset to the Harmony Corporation, and a rock star among the people of the colonies. His life is luxurious. Safe. Routine.

He has his pick of casual hookups passing through Dadelus-Kaku Station. His one brush with danger of any kind — the only bright spot in his otherwise boring life — is Cruz Arcadio, a dark-haired, hard-bodied engineer whose physical prowess hints he’s something much more.

When a terrorist abducts Tover, hurling him into a world of torture, exploitation and betrayal, it’s with shattering disbelief that he realizes his kidnapper is none other than Cruz. As Tover struggles to find the courage to escape his bondage, he begins to understand the only way to free his body, his mind—and his heart—is to trust the one man who showed him that everything about his once-perfect life was a lie.

You can read an excerpt HERE and some early reviews HERE.

224 pages I Published by Samhain Publishing I May 26th, 2015.

I’m really excited because I loved writing this book. I kind of think of novels like children – you’re not supposed to have favorites. But I do. There are books I’m really proud of when they’re done, and others I hope I never have to read again. Song of the Navigator is definitely in the former group of books, mostly because it fulfills my favorite romantic trope – a good old fashioned hurt/comfort story.

I hope you get a chance to read it, and if you do, let me know what you think. I love hearing from readers. Oh! And if you’ve seen my missing slipper, or know what’s growing in that mug, send me a note…. Cuz I for one have no clue.



About the Author

Astrid Amara lives in Bellingham, Washington. She’s a former Peace Corps Volunteer, an advocate for animal rights, and a bureaucrat by day. After work she can usually be found writing, riding horses, hiking, or else sleeping. Her novel The Archer’s Heart was a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award.

Keep up to date with all that is happening with Astrid and her books – news, extras, shorts, alternate covers – loads of interesting tidbits!!! Just follow this LINK to her gorgeous website.

You can contact her the following ways:




For a chance to win a wonderful prezzie (as listed above) all we want to know is…. what “pets” do YOU need to clean up after? 😉

Good luck! and thanks for commenting 

And now that you have gotten all the way to the very bottom of the post, here is your treat!! Thank you so much Astrid – as per usual, your post is unique, fun, funny and just plain brilliant!! Click on the link below …

The Devil Lancer’s Annotated Cliffnotes Version