Reign & Revolution - Janine A. Southard

Blog Tour: Guest Post: Reign & Revolution by Janine A. Southard

Welcome to my stop on the Reign & Revolution Blog Tour by Janine A. Southard and hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my guest post from the author. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post so don’t miss out on your chance to enter.

The Hive Queen Saga’s Thrilling Conclusion!

Rhiannon and her Hive have mastered space travel. Sort of. At least, they’re better at it. They’ve outsmarted kidnappers, survived severe oxygen deprivation, and heisted back their own ship engine from would-be thieves.

Since joining up, they’ve traveled further and further away from their home planet. But out on Yin He Garden Station (in Chinese-owned territory), home catches up at a physics symposium.

When Alan’s former research advisor makes an offer that’ll bring them home as respected members of society, Rhiannon knows she has to accept. But home isn’t exactly as she left it, and a hostile space fleet stands between her aging ship and her new/old life. Should she be running towards the fleet, or scurrying back into international space as fast as her craft can go?

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Top 10 Science Fiction Novels by Women a Guest Post by Janine A. Southard

Ack! What exactly is the definition of science fiction (as opposed to something fantastical, speculative, slipstream, or merely “forward thinking”)? Worse, what makes something a best of? Back in the 70s, books considered novels would be called novellas now.

Quibbling aside, here are my top 10 current favorite science fiction novels by women, from classics to goodies that came out this past year. (With small commentary.)

10. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (My work has been compared to hers often, which was, in fact, how I learned about this wonderful series in the first place!)

9. The Long Way Home by Sabrina Chase (Who better than a physicist to write about near-future astronauts?)

8. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin (How does the song go? “Everybody wants to change the world.”)

7. Jane, Actually or Jane Austen’s Book Tour by Jennifer Petkus (This may be the most amazing exploration of social networking ever.)

6. Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon (A great space adventure, this series—book two is my favorite—follows a failed military cadet turned merchant captain.)

5. Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee (On numerous 2016 awards short lists, this novel beautifully marries sports stories to genetic engineering. If we lived in the 80s, the movie would star a young Arnold Schwarzenegger.)

4. The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey (Ever been in a psychology class where the prof suggested we might all just be brains in jars?)

3. The Myriad (Tour of the Merrimack, #1) by R.M. Meluch (The Roman Empire has been hiding for centuries, and when space colonization becomes possible, they break away. Do you root for the Romans or the Americans (or the League of Earth Nations)? This question becomes moot when the alien menace arrives, but it simmers underneath the surface. In between space-marine action and periodic politicking, identity and allegiance get murky. Plus, space Romans!)

2. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Does this one count as SF? It’s got time travel, yes, but mostly so that the author can explore the slave-owning American south and values dissonance.)

  1. The Warrior’s Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #4) by Lois McMaster Bujold (The fourth book in a series, this is the place to start. If there is a quintessential space-based action/adventure, it is this novel.)

Honorable mention:

Fortune’s Pawn – Rachel Bach (Unlike the other series books called out above, I adore book one the most! But the aspects I liked faded away for the second and third books in the series, so be warned.)

Janine A. Southard - Author ImageAbout Janine A. Southard:
Janine A. Southard is the IPPY award-winning author of Queen & Commander (and other books in The Hive Queen Saga). She lives in Seattle, WA, where she writes speculative fiction novels, novellas, and short stories… and reads them aloud to her cat.

All Janine’s books so far have been possible because of crowdsourced funds via Kickstarter. She owes great thanks to her many patrons of the arts who love a good science fiction adventure and believe in her ability to make that happen.

Get a free piece of fiction when you sign up for Janine A. Southard’s newsletter ( The newsletter will keep you current on things like her latest release dates (and fun news like when her next Kickstarter project is coming). Usually, this is once a month or so, but sometimes goes longer or shorter. Your address will never be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Plus: free ebook! (Rotating freebies mean I can’t tell you what the work is right this second.)

You can hang out with Janine online where she’s crazy about twitter (@jani_s) and periodically updates her website with free fiction and novel inspirations (

Links: WebsiteTwitter | Goodreads

Head to Rafflecopter to enter to win:

  • Paperbacks of the complete Hive Queen Saga + cover art poster
  • eBook copies of the complete Hive Queen Saga

(open internationally / Tour Wide Giveaway).

TitleReign & Revolution
Series: Hive Queen Saga #3
Author: Janine A. Southard
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 12 April 2016
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 448
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | iBooks

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