Aurora Blazing: A Novel (The Consortium Rebellion #2) (Paperback)
"Jessie Mihalik is an author to watch.”--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author
To save her brother and protect her family’s future, a powerful princess must join forces with a dashing man from her past in this thrilling space adventure, the second novel in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy.
As the dutiful daughter of High House von Hasenberg, Bianca set aside her personal feelings and agreed to a political match arranged by her family, only to end up trapped in a loveless, miserable marriage. When her husband unexpectedly dies, Bianca vows never to wed again. Newly independent, she secretly uses her wealth and influence to save other women stuck in dire circumstances. Information is power and Bianca has a network of allies and spies that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it.
When her family’s House is mysteriously attacked, Bianca’s oldest brother, the heir to House von Hasenberg, disappears. Fearful for her brother’s life, the headstrong Bianca defies her father and leaves Earth to save him. Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security—and Bianca’s first love—is ordered to find and retrieve the rebellious woman.
Ian is the last man Bianca wants to see. To evade capture, she leads him on a merry chase across the universe. But when their paths finally collide, she knows she must persuade him to help her. Bianca will do anything to save her sibling, even if it means spending time alone on a small ship with the handsome, infuriating man who once broke her heart.
As the search takes them deep into rival House Rockhurst territory, Bianca must decide if she can trust Ian with the one piece of information that could destroy her completely . . .
Jessie Mihalik has a degree in computer science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves. Polaris Rising is her debut novel.
“This second book in the “Consortium Rebellion” trilogy is another exciting, action-driven read. Strong female characters, a slow burn romance, and interplanetary adventures will draw in both sf and romance readers, especially fans of Ilona Andrews, Becky Chambers, and Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Lady Astronaut” series.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“Suspense, family loyalty, the perils of advanced technology, and a clash-of-wills contest between strong-minded individuals combine in a spirited, romantic space opera. Fans will be clamoring for the third book in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy.” — Booklist
"This space opera is a fantastic science fiction romance. . . Fresh and engaging!"
— Fresh Fiction
"Aurora Blazing is a standout, memorable book that oozes crossover appeal. Prefer action and adventure? One spaceship heist coming up! Find court intrigue and politics to be irresistible? Two ruling houses are at war, with a third desperately trying to remain neutral. Sucker for a happy ending? Well, it’s a romance, so there’s definitely that. Mihalik fills the void for every Star Wars fan who wished the franchise had more kissing.” — BookPage
“Polaris Rising is space opera at its best, intense and addictive, a story of honor, courage, betrayal, and love. Jessie Mihalik is an author to watch.” — Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Polaris Rising
“Heart-pounding futuristic action and scorching chemistry make Polaris Rising a thrilling ride. A gripping and sexy space adventure!” — Amanda Bouchet, USA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles on Polaris Rising
“The badass space princess adventure we deserve.” — Kit Rocha, New York Times bestselling author on Polaris Rising
“I loved everything about this story...when I finished and the story left me craving more of this world and characters. Highly recommend!”
— Jeffe Kennedy, RITA Award winning author on Polaris Rising