Dark Horse - a science fiction romance by Michelle Diener


Dark Horse was a book that simply wouldn't let me work on anything else. It got it's talons in me and wouldn't let go until I had finished it. Science fiction romance is a new genre for me, but I have had so much fun writing about alien abduction, artificial intelligence and life on the other side of the galaxy in Dark Horse, I'm definitely going to do it again.

As a huge fan of the original (and the new!) Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars and Star Trek, as well as new science fiction movies like Serenity, Guardians of the Galaxy and the two new Star Trek movies, it was great to make up my own story in the stars, and I hope readers are caught up in discovering what happens to my heroine, Rose, as she is taken from Earth and finds herself in a galaxy far, far away.

I particularly liked working out the character of Sazo, the artificial intelligence who is both Rose's saviour and her biggest headache, and so far, reviewers and readers have told me that Rose and Sazo's relationship is one of the best parts of the book for them.

I hope other readers enjoy it just as much.

Michelle Diener

About Dark Horse:

Some secrets carry the weight of the world.
Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she's made a powerful ally--a fellow prisoner with whom she's formed a strong bond. Sazo's an artificial intelligence. He's saved her from captivity and torture, but he's also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.

Captain Dav Jallan doesn't know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he's not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.

She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5's owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn't the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.

In this race for the truth, he's going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.