I’m hosting a character interview for the book tour for M/M scifi romance “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Enjoy!
1) What’s your name?
Royce: I have been fully trained in counter-interrogation tactics. You’ll get nothing from me, Bene Gesserit Witch!
Les: *rolls eyes* His full name is Royce’Anther Ree
2) Where are you from?
Royce: I was born on a planet named Shadow. Raised by my mother and about 40 hands on a ranch. Now I’m on the run from the tools of Imperial Oppression.
Les: Darling, *you’re* one of the tools of Imperial Oppression. And the Archivists’ Union gets pretty upset when you make up planets during these Outreach interviews.
Royce: Believe nothing this man tells you.
3) Can you tell us about your family?
Les (visibly irritated): His father is a knight-commander in His Imperial Majesty’s space forces. Royce *says* his mother was a cheap whore from Trinity V, but I’m not so sure…
4) What do you do for a living?
Royce: Why would you ask *me*? Blabbermouth over here will tell you everything you want to know. Apparently, I’m one of the tools of Imperial Oppression.
Les: We’re both II agents, covert-ops and counter-espionage, respectively.
5) Do you have any hobbies?
Royce: Drinking the blood of my enemies.
Les: That’s unhygienic.
Royce: Origami. I also do origami.
6) Do you have any pets?
Les: Though there was this baby gorilla that kept following him around…
7) How old are you?
Royce: 27-standard years. But that will mean nothing to you, so why would you care?
Les: Actually, Royce, Earth’s standard-year is the same as Trinity Prime’s.
Royce: It’s actually 0.06% shorter. Hah! You know nothing!
Les: *rolls eyes*
8) What challenges do you face?
Royce: Loan repayment. Pizza-the-hut is not the kind to forgive and forget…
Les: Right now his biggest challenge is his inappropriate sense of humor and his enormous ego.
Royce: My ego’s not the only thing that’s enormous, baby.
Les: …shut up.
About the Book
Author: Aldous Mercer
Genre: SciFi M/M Romance
Imperial Agent Royce Ree needs to pull off the biggest heist the Universe has ever seen, or it’s bye-bye cushy government job, hello cleaning toilets in a dive-bar on Baga-V.
To succeed, he will need help from the last person he’d ever ask: his ex.
THIS IS THE FULL-LENGTH OMNIBUS EDITION (#1 – #5).
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES: PART 1
Royce has a simple mission: steal some tech from the newly-discovered civilization of Baldessh. But Royce thinks HQ’s mission specifications are utterly stupid. So he disobeys a direct order, and goes to steal the tech his own way.
“The Empire has survived wars, supernovae, democracy, and the collapse of a neighborhood universe. Let us hope it survives the good intentions of Agent Royce Ree.”
– Author unknown (personal communication to the Emperor)
DRIVEPOLITIK: PART 2
Royce’s primary mission has been abandoned in the chaos of Baldessh’s hostile takeover by a third party. Now his only objective is to get himself, and his fellow “agent” off-planet as fast as possible. Unfortunately for Royce, nobody is quite ready for him to leave just yet.
“”I find it curious that the agent was not rescued before the comms-blockade, Spymaster.”
“Imperial Intelligence is not in a habit of rescuing AWOL agents, Councillor. Apprehend and prosecute, yes, but not rescue.”
“I suppose both of us must wait. For…evidence.”
“Would you mind waiting somewhere other than my office? Only, we can’t all be Councillors, Councillor, and I have real work to do.”
-Conversation, Imperial Intelligence Headquarters, Trinity Prime
THE GORILLA IN THE VENTS: PART 3
Royce now has three days to rescue 40,000 space marines, and he’s just been told that the tech he came to Baldessh for doesn’t actually exist. He also has some real problems—his co-agent’s time is running out, and somewhere, far away, traitors are plotting to start a war that will engulf the entire Universe in flames.
Hope, however, can sometimes be found in the darkest of places. Like ventilation ducts.
“ “Every pre-FTL civilization we know of has alcohol. I mean, imagine being stuck to a single planet, wasting decades just crossing your own solar system! Who wouldn’t invent vodka?”
-Gaste Trade Cartel Sales Representative (Conversation overheard at spaceport dive-bar, Gomo-Prime)
MADMAN’S RUE: PART 4
Royce has been betrayed, Baldessh’s burgeoning rebellion is going to be crushed, and all the animals are going to be exterminated. But Royce is smiling. Because Royce, like always, has a Plan.
“ “An Imperial Agent cultivates paranoia the way an Imperial Gardener cultivates prize-winning rosebushes.”
-Master Mess-Remeier,”The Nature of Empire: Volume 7”, 1st Edition
IMPERIAL COMMAND: PART 5
It looks like things are going to be OK for everyone except Royce and his ex. Looks can be deceiving—there are plots within plots, and Royce’s true test awaits him at the edge of Imperial Space.
“ “I’m sorry, sir, your payment didn’t go through.”
“There is a hold on your accounts, pending a Deadbeat Investigation.”
“I’m the Procurement Officer for the entire Kovan Fleet, woman!”
“Yes, sir, I recognized your uniform. But I’m afraid your job description has nothing to do with this conversation.”
“The hell it doesn’t! What are my soldiers going to do if you don’t sell to us?”
“Respectfully, sir, that’s not my problem.”
“We’re in the middle of an invasion!”
“I’m very sorry to hear that. Perhaps your soldiers could target a facility that manufactures the toilet paper you need?”
–Transcript, Kovan Flagship: “Comms exchange between Fleet Procurement and Gaste Cartel Customer Service.”
ROYCE REE #6: ON THE TAKE is coming out in 2014.
A native of Toronto, Aldous Mercer enjoys martinis and relaxing on the beac-ha! No.
Aldous Mercer is a workaholic with a penchant for numerical mind games and caffeinated beverages. He uses his degree in Engineering to ensure that none of the spaceships in his books have cubic pressure-vessels. In real life he always annotates Engineering Drawings in Iambic Tetrameter.
Aldous can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Gmail.
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