The concept emerged from some flash fiction stories on her blog - the first appearance of the heroes, asteroid miners Big Pete and the Swede, was in her 'Random Title' piece called The Orichalcum Library.
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Pete Garcia and Lars Nilsson, or Big Pete and the Swede, are successful orichalcum miners, and therefore rich. They still mine asteroids, though both hide secrets, even from each other - and they've been partners since they met at college.
After starting a well-deserved vacation with their favourite girls in attendance to provide a few home comforts, first they win the local flyers' race through the canyons of Pleasant Valley, a double planet in the Viridian System, then they relax on Sunset Strip, the other habitable planet in the system, where they start getting strange messages.
The search to find the shards of the legendary Perihelix is forced upon them by the threatening Arko Fanwester, a Pavanian high up in the Federation, an avaricious organisation in opposition to the domineering Imperium. Just the sort of people that Pete and the Swede try to avoid. Left on their own, the girls, Dolores, Maggie and Aramintha, learn to fly Pete's spacecraft, tracking the boys halfway round the sector before arriving back nearly where they started; the pieces of the Perihelix appear to be in two people's hands, and whoever can put them together will control a weapon of unimaginable power.The Perihelix is suitable for young adult (not young teen) and adult audiences. Attitudes to sex are more European than American. Two men who work for months without seeing anyone else have three women they pay for company during their vacations. Anything can happen, but it usually happens tastefully. Swearing is usually from their advanced societies and not always traceable to Anglo-Saxon body part terminology. Violence happens, but not gratuitously. There is some innuendo and the boys are rarely serious for long.
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Book 2 in the series, Curved Space to Corsair, is coming later in 2018.
A short collection of teaser stories in ebook format is available from Smashwords, B&N, the Apple iBookstore and Kobo - Viridian System Sampler.