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Ambasadora (Book 1 Marked by Light) [Kindle Edition]

Heidi Ruby Miller , Jenna Bennett , Bradley Sharp
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"The book has a lot of themes, dealing with issues of caste, social mores, sexuality, freedom and the danger of a person gaining too much power over others. Like any good piece of science fiction, it makes the reader really think about things while at the same time creating an entertaining world to experience; in this case, the author took her background in anthropology to create a very realistic world. Highly recommended."
-K. Sozaeva "Obsessive bibliophile," Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer and Vine Voice

"This author's many strengths include complex world building, complex societal structure, complex technology. The plot was well-crafted as well...I just couldn't put it down..."
-J. Wells, Amazon Vine Voice

"Sara and Sean, the main characters, are both obviously meant for each other; with little hints scattered in the beginning of the novel, the author will have the reader convinced their eventual relationship is real. The love scenes are very believable while the torture scenes are painfully realistic. The author has a way of paying attention to details to the point where every nuance is covered; the reader will be able to picture the environment, expressions, and scenes very well."
-Chels, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

"AMBASADORA has a lot to say about the human spirit and it says it well."
-Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author

"With an anthropologist’s eye for world building and an engaging fast-paced style, Heidi Ruby Miller hurtles her characters through a dystopian labyrinth in which hollow beauty is revered and love a virtual crime."
-Christopher Paul Carey, EXILES OF KHO

"Beautifully vibrant and intricately textured, Heidi Ruby Miller's AMBASADORA explores the value of true humanity, the limitless power of desire and the triumph of the individual soul. Amidst edge-of-the-seat action, Miller effortlessly incorporates the conflicts of the modern woman inherent in upholding feminist sensibility. AMBASADORA is a banquet of sumptuous words, a truly exciting adventure that fans of science fiction are sure to enjoy."
-Mary SanGiovanni, THE HOLLOWER

This is the first book in the Ambasadora science fiction adventure series. This space thriller contains elements of space opera, science fiction romance, cyberpunk, military science fiction, a galactic empire, and anthropological science fiction.

If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.

In their multi-partner, caste-ruled society, love and jealousy are considered emotional fallacies, nothing more than fleeting moods and sentiments biased by hormones. Relationships and conceptions in this world obsessed with celebrity, beauty, and power are based on DNA and lineages...or should be. But not everyone believes in the ruling traditions of the all-powerful Embassy. A quiet rebellion prowls the dark underground of this shiny world where techno-militants calling themselves fraggers grow in numbers and bravado. The Embassy intends to silence the fragger movement before the heresy of equality spreads throughout the system.

Sara Mendoza is part of the Embassy's plan. Falsely accused of treason and tortured, she is given a chance to win back her freedom if she charms information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. By the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him.

Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future that he was always afraid to hope for.

Also read GREENSHIFT (From the World of Ambasadora), the first book in a new Science Fiction Romance series set in the same universe.

Coming 2014: STARRIE (From the World of A

Editorial Reviews


AMBASADORA has a lot to say about the human spirit, and it says it well.
--Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author

From the Author

Welcome to the first book of the Ambasadora space opera series!

This science fiction thriller follows a large cast of characters throughout a far distant world with roots in our own.

Creating the Ambasadora-verse took me six years, and I'm still going because I love the interplay of adventure against the backdrop of science fiction.

Also enjoy Greenshift, a stand-alone novel set within the world of Ambasadora, then get ready for Starrie and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light!

Happy Reading,

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start for an Indie Author May 23, 2012
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I really loved this book. Miller is an architect of a believable set of worlds. The romantic elements are lovely and the characters are interesting. This is one of those rare books that spans the genres of science fiction and romance and does it really well. I would advise, however, reading the prequel Greenshift before embarking on the Ambasadora journey.

You will love both books, so why not start there? Greenshift introduces all the major characters as well as the interesting terra-formed landscape of the solar system they inhabit. It's a lovely novella. I am guessing that they were originally written together as one book, but the author was probably given the advice to separate them because Ambassadora already had two plot lines running concurrently. I personally wouldn't have had a problem with this--it is a style sometimes used in Space Opera to have a large cast of characters and they are all present and accounted for except for the Sara in Greenshift. And actually, in Greenshift, I believe some elements of the society and worlds are more thoroughly explained.

This author's many strengths include complex world building, complex societal structure, complex technology. The plot was well-crafted as well. The story unfolded in such a way that I wasn't ever sure where we were headed next and each new scene brought an interesting setting. That is a great compliment to the author because I generally feel like I can see what is coming next and here I just couldn't put it down--I had to know what Sean and Sara were going to do next.

I had a little trouble connecting with Sara at first--the only real flaw I can find in this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "LeGuinian" Adventure at its Best July 12, 2011
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Although I used to be a big Andre Norton, Ursula LeGuin and Thieves' Guild reader, I don't often pick up a SCI/FI book anymore. I'm perfectly happy in the mystery/suspense genre. I might even pick up a YA or Fantasy (or combo) -- it could be a few technical sci/fi's lowered my threshold of desire for a solid science fiction plot. But Miller's Ambasadora has sparked a fresh fire in my reading choice.

Think levels. With elements of mystery, tension, a complex, caste-system world with uber-political underpinnings, sensory details, violence and fast-paced action--which all added up to a fascinating read. I highly recommend this book. No spoilers from me, but from start to finish, Ambasadora kept my interest. Sarah's situation spiraled downward as the stakes ratcheted upward, and her goals go beyond self-interest. Her motives are just as complex due to her "role" of Ambasadora.

Miller has a "LeGuinian" touch in world creation, allowing the reader to gradually learn the rules, techno-speak and social customs while reading. I prefer that over an "index of terms" or being hit over the head with info dumps or lengthy explanations. Most readers are capable of picking up threads quickly, and patient enough to wait.

Miller also included enough twists that satisfied the mystery bent in me. And the ending rocked, because I truly will pick up the next book in this series. BUY this book. You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction Tinged with Romance August 14, 2011
By Chels
Format:Kindle Edition
The cover will make plenty of readers stop to read the back of the book. However, the cover isn't the main draw at all; the plot and characters are very fun to read about.

This novel contains science fiction that would satisfy any sci fi reader while still maintaining the romance theme. This is also what allows a reader who normally would not enjoy science fiction as much to still like this book-the romance aspect. The main characters both have a depth to them, the reader will truly feel as if he/she knows them and can anticipate some of their reactions in the novel.

Sara and Sean, the main characters, are both obviously meant for each other; with little hints scattered in the beginning of the novel, the author will have the reader convinced their eventual relationship is real. The love scenes are very believable while the torture scenes are painfully realistic. The author has a way of paying attention to details to the point where every nuance is covered; the reader will be able to picture the environment, expressions, and scenes very well. The story is fast-paced, the reader will not be bored.

The first few chapters toss a fair amount of scientific vocabulary and themes at the reader that may force the reader to go back and read through the passages a few times to ensure understanding; however, other than that initial hurdle, the reader shouldn't have any trouble comprehending this book. If anything, the science terms and ideas serve to make the book more interesting for readers who are remotely interested in science. These aspects of the novel make it appear very realistic.

The ending is perfect for this book, the reader will feel satisfied. The characters pull everything together in the end and the events are summed up. This book is recommended for young adults/adults who enjoy science fiction tinged with romance.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have an emotional phallacy for this book... May 16, 2011
By J Brain
Format:Kindle Edition
Heidi Ruby Miller's AMBASADORA is a bit of an enigma. At first glance it appears to be a fun,technology-fueld romp through a planetary system that looks a little like our own. The breakneck pace is descended from the very best cinematic SF-think Scalzi with a little less exposition or Buckell with richer characters.

At its heart it is a love story in a world where 'love' is a dirty word. Women are meant to take partners based on genetic lineage to keep their blood lines pure, so pressure to make the right choice is great. Miller has a lot to say about women and their roles in society. It's a great book that makes you want to follow its characters to the end of their universe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very nice story
However, it went in some strange places at some interesting times and left me little shell shocked for a while. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Horvat
4.0 out of 5 stars A Techy and Romantic Sci-Fi.
This is the first book in a series, but I had already read Greenshift (a sort of prequel), so I was somewhat familiar with the characters and the galaxy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jcat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Blend of SF and Romance
Heidi Ruby Miller marries science fiction and romance together in her novel Ambasadora via an enormity of world building, far-future technology systems, and a love triangle that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stephanie M. Wytovich
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Could not get into this book. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't make myself finish it. I made it about 50% of the way through and abandoned it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Heyo!
5.0 out of 5 stars AMBASADORA
If you look beneath the surface of this action-packed, character-driven story within Miller's fantastically developed universe, you'll witness how personal struggles mirror the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read that has something important to say.
Yes it's a space cowboy but the characters are round,they have an interesting and quirky culture that gives pause and requires readers to consider a lot more than the plot. Read more
Published 19 months ago by everbeeneatin
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh
It seems like the lack of love in this made up world is an excuse to have sex scenes and sexual innuendos every 3 words. Didn't finish it because I found it too gross and violent
Published 20 months ago by Devour Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and very engaging. I could not put it down until I finished it. Now I am ready for the next book to see what happens. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Lots of action and good story. Just enough romance to make in interesting. I would have liked a little more history on how and why the society began.
Published on April 4, 2013 by Martha R Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Is the e n d i n g the beginning? Wow!!!
Readers of Greenshift will enjoy the expanded adventures of David Anlow, Sean Cryer, and Boston Maribu in Ambasadora. Read more
Published on December 12, 2012 by T. White
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More About the Author

Heidi Ruby Miller uses research for her stories as an excuse to roam the globe. With degrees in Anthropology, Geography, Foreign Languages, and Writing, she knew early that penning fast-paced, exotic adventures would be her life. She's put her experiences and studies to paper in her far-future AMBASADORA series, including her newest novel GREENSHIFT, and into ATOMIC ZION, the beginning of her new thriller series.

In between trips, Heidi teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program the same month she appeared on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. AMBASADORA was her thesis novel there, and the multi-award winning writing guide MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT, which she co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen, is based on the Seton Hill program and was named #5 in The Writer magazine's Ten Most Terrific Writing Books of 2011.

She has had various fiction and non-fiction publications, as well as various jobs, including contract archaeologist, foreign currency exchanger at Walt Disney World, foreign language teacher, and educational marketing director for Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob. In 2012, Heidi created the Dog Star Books science fiction imprint for Raw Dog Screaming Press and was the managing editor for the line for three years.

Currently she is the Director of Professional Writing Relations for the Pennsylvania Literary Festival, an event she co-founded in 2014 with her husband, award-winning author Jason Jack Miller, and Matthew Dowling and David Slusarick, the producers of the GoingLIVE talk show on FCTV, where Heidi sometimes co-hosts.

Her formal memberships include The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, Pennwriters, and Science Fiction Poetry Association. She is represented by Frank Weimann, Senior Vice President and Director of Operations at Folio Literary Management.

Heidi lives near Pittsburgh and is fond of high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel perfume, Tiffany jewelry, and tea of any sort. Interact with her at, @heidirubymiller (Twitter), @heidirubymiller (Instagram), and at

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