Book: Hidebound by Joy V. Smithcategories: Book, SF Romance, Space Adventure, Spaceships, Space Opera, Alien Lifeforms, Space Pirates, Genetic Engineering, New Planets, Leaving Home, Intergalactic Agents, Carnivorous Plants, Science Fiction Adventure
Joy V. Smithabout this book: Hidebound is a "reprint" of one of my science fiction novellas; it's an adventure romance with some adult content, and it was my second ebook.
Hidebound has a double meaning; it refers to the hero's body and culture. Anfissa is escaping from her home planet on a family member's ship so she's safe from peril and a worried mother who wants to keep her safe. Anfissa is rebellious, but not stupid. After Anfissa meets Ferenc, a dangerous, but intriguing humanoid in the employ of a hunted criminal, she's kidnapped by his employer when the space ship they're on is attacked by the employer's enemy. They flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly; then there are the plants, including carnivorous bushes. Another interesting plant is the snakelike one with a long yellow head. It has a pale yellow, narrow bell-like flower on a long, waving stalk with five broad, yellow-green leaves lying in a circle around it on the ground. (The leaves are flat unless it's feeding and they fill up.) At one time, I thought that the book cover would be really effective if the the flower/head were looking out of the cover towards the reader--with just a hint of eyes and possibly an open mouth. However, not having an artist I could afford experiment until they came up with a cover I thought would be perfect, I went with the spaceship curving down towards the planet, Snakebite, that their shuttle crashed on.
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