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Greenshift: (From the World of Ambasadora) Kindle Edition

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"Miller's characters blaze with life and lust and depth, and her world is a dichotomy of the glamorously sensual and the brutally dangerous."
-Mary SanGiovanni, Bram Stoker nominated author of THE HOLLOWER trilogy

"I knew from page two of Greenshift that I had a writer-crush on Heidi Ruby Miller. I mean, holy crap, this girl can write! This is how you write Science-Fiction."
-Cary Caffrey, best selling author of THE GIRLS FROM ALCYONE

"The action and romance are seamlessly woven together, transporting us and leaving us petulant for more when the story is over."
-from the foreword by Dana Marton, New York Times best selling author of THE THIRD SCROLL

From the Author

Welcome to another story from the Ambasadora-verse!

This is a stand alone novel based on the world and characters from Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light.

Creating the worlds and characters in 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.

Enjoy David and Mari's tale in Greenshift and get ready for Starrie and Ambasadora Book 2: Scarred by Light!

Happy Reading,
Heidi

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  • File Size: 1978 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Union City Publishing (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00788320W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 and into her two 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. Recently, she was the Director of Professional Writing Relations for the Pennsylvania Literary Festival, an event she co-founded in 2014.

Her formal memberships include The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, Pennwriters, and Science Fiction Poetry Association. Heidi is fond of high-heeled shoes, action movies, chocolate, and tea of any sort. She lives near Pittsburgh with her award-winning writer husband, Jason Jack Miller, and a sweet little kitty. Visit her at www.heidirubymiller.com.

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I love sci-fi romance and am always on the lookout for a new author. This was a great introduction to a new world with characters that were memorable and believable.

Heroine - Boston Maribu or Mari to her friends is a young Botanist who has worked hard to escape the expectations of her family in order to become an independent woman. With few clients, Mari sits in a precarious financial position fearing she'll be forced to return to her home world in defeat just as her family predicted.

Hero - David Anlow is a former Aramadan Captain who had given more than 40 years of his life in service to the Fleet. After a heartbreaking betrayal by his lover and the Fleet he took an early retirement obtaining his own civilian ship and crew.

Romance - between David and Mari was a slow, sweet development. They spent time getting to know each other with no hormonal overload. David, unsettled by Mari's youth and about how wrong he'd been about his previous relationship was trying to be slow and cautious but his jealousy, over protectiveness, and unwillingness to be away from Mari told him it was too late to protect his heart. Mari had no qualms and knew David was the one.

Plot - While supplying the ship for travel, Mari and David go out on a date where Mari is approached by an old acquaintance. Dale Zapona is a well known, rich industrialist who would like Mari to do an upgrade to one of his freighters in order to meet the newly required "Green" initiative - a dream job for a young, inexperienced Botanist with a thin resume. Mari is excited to get this second chance. Zapona had approached Mari the previous year but her parents thought she was too young and convinced her to not go.
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Greenshift is a fast-moving tale set in the world Miller first introduced us to with Ambasadora. Although it does include some of the characters from that book it is a stand-alone adventure in its own right. Miller's trademark sexy sci-fi is in full effect as the book centers on the blooming relationship between Captain David Anlow and the much younger Boston "Mari" Maribou who lives and works on the same ship as he does. Just as the two are really starting to get to know each other Mari finds herself in the most terrifying situation of her young life. And though David is a retired solider, who has lived through his share of fierce battles, knowing Mari is in danger is more frightening than anything he's faced before.

This may sound like the set-up for countless books and movies but you won't get the same old, tired damsel-in-distress rescue with Greenshift. I don't want to include any spoilers here but I love the new twist that Miller puts on that played-out plot-line. As with Ambasadora, the romance angle infuses the action with a drama and immediacy that can be lacking from many thriller novels. The characters are engaging and endearing while the action keeps things moving along. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2nd trip to the Amabasadora-verse and look forward to future journeys there.
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My favorite part of this book was the clever world building. The author seemed to slip you into the world without you realizing you were being educated about the sci-fi world you were entering. That is difficult for most authors to do. No break was taken to inform you; you were just told the interesting story about Mari and David and the rest of the passengers on the Bard. I liked the teaser we get for the other characters because I truly want to read the next books in the Amasadora-verse series to get to know them better. I thought the idea that after enough time a caste system comes back into popularity. Everything is cyclical after all.

The plot in and of itself wasn't that unique but the rich world descriptions, character backgrounds, class distinctions, and political battles were well worth my time. The price at $0 was more than worth it but I'm not sure I would have paid for the book prior to reading it. It is smart to keep it free because people like me will get hooked and pay for the rest of the series. I am already half way through the next book and it seems to just get better.
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In AMBASADORA, author Heidi Ruby Miller created a fascinating, and highly detailed 'verse peopled with three-dimensional characters going about the business of surviving, falling in love, and navigating the intricacies of a complex and corrupt political overclass. Her second novel set in the same 'verse, GREENSHIFT, takes a smaller bite of her 'verse and explores the relationship between Armadan Captain David Anlow and botanist “Mari” Boston Maribu, both introduced in AMBASADORA.

Set prior to the events of AMBASADORA, GREENSHIFT starts with the incident that caused David to take an extremely early retirement from the Armada. We follow him as he adjusts to life as a civilian pilot aboard the “science” ship Bard. Where David is everything military, orderly, methodical, by-the-book, Mari is anything but. She is much like a wild woodland nymph in her own right, all riotous color and free-spirit. Naturally, David falls hard for her and she falls hard for him. I have to admit, I fell for him too.

But as in any good story, the course of true love cannot run smoothly. In Miller's deft hands, their courtship plays out in a 'verse so detailed that one can smell the scent bots, but so beautifully described that her world-building flows seamless through the story. One does not simply read Heidi Ruby Miller's stories. One lives them along with the characters, inhabiting their skin and experiencing the adventure right along with them. And by adventure, I do mean a suspenseful, action-packed adventure. From the starting block, GREENSHIFT is filled with heart-pounding action and fight scenes that will have your adrenaline flowing.

The bad guys are sadistic and brutal, and the author isn't squeamish about vivid descriptions of either.
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