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Expected Publication: May 1st 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Retelling
Pages: 400

Brightly BurningSeventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.



  • It’s a Jane Eyre retelling. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite classics. I love the Gothic atmosphere and can’t wait to see how this translates to a YA novel.
  • It’s a science fiction Jane Eyre retelling. 2018 really seems to be the year for sci-fi, and specifically spaceship sci-fi, in YA. As a massive Star Trek and Firefly fan, I’ve been looking for this sort of thing for ages. It’s seems to have taken a while for this to move over into YA, so I’ll be excited about these space settings for a good while yet.
  • I love Alexa Donne’s YouTube channel. Not only is she a lovely person, she really seems to know what she’s taking about in her writing advice videos, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing her writing up close.

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