Happy Tuesday and welcome to my stop on the CUT HER OUT IN LITTLE STARS blog tour! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Daniele Kasper to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so so excited to for you to find out more about it!
Cut Her Out In Little Stars by Daniele Kasper
Published on January 11, 2021 by Solstice Publishing
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel
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Cara DeLeon is a woman lost in time. She’s stuck at a job she hates in a city she wants to escape. When tragedy strikes on a subway train, Cara awakens to find herself in the future, but not the one she dreamed of. Her old life is a distant memory and nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a future on the brink of war, she must learn how to navigate this strange new universe.
Commander of the Confederation Fleet Nikolas Caine is a man haunted by past sins as he defends the star system he has dedicated his life to protect. His ship is attacked by space raiders called Hostiles and Cara is discovered on board. Her arrival sets into motion a chain of events that will change his world forever.
Cara uncovers dark secrets that threaten to tear the star system apart and endanger her life. She must fight to survive if she wants to get home to her family. Battling a looming war and his growing feelings for Cara, Caine must finish his mission. Of course, Cara would end up falling for the one man dead set on sending her home. As the ghosts of his past catch up to Caine, Cara finds herself struggling to face her future.
If you could trade lives with any book character for a day, who would it be and why? What about a week? A month, year, or forever?
What would you do if you spent the day with Cara and Caine? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
I would want Cara and Caine to give me the full tour of The Archon. I want to see the library, the observation room. I want to have a cup of haldi with Zora and crack jokes with Than. If I had more than a day I would want to snack on a koloxi on Arctus and visit a border planet, but space is big and it takes a while to travel from planet to planet.
If Cara and Caine were to hang out with characters from other books, who would they be and why?
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from Cut Her Out in Little Stars?
How do I pick just one? Any scene with Than in it was so much fun to write. Than is equally a smart-alec but also keeps Caine grounded in reality. I loved writing the scene where Cara first discovers she is in space. That isn’t too much of a spoiler, I hope. Also the simmering tension and brewing romance between Caine and Cara is always something that makes me smile. I enjoyed watching Caine’s well built walls around his heart slowly disintegrate. The name of the book came from the Shakespeare quote but originally I had a different working title and a different quote by Shakespeare that didn’t connect with the name of the book at all. When I revamped the book, (see the question below) I also wanted to change the title because I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. I searched for other Shakespeare quotes and happened upon that one. It fit perfectly and that became an iconic scene since it connected with the title.
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
Were there alternate endings you considered, or did you always know where the story was headed?
I originally had a completely different ending. I got some amazing feedback from a reader and I rewrote the last six or seven chapters. I was so much happier after changing it. It felt right after that. My original ending was okay but I wasn’t thrilled with it. Once she read the book and told me her thoughts, it sparked the new ending that was published. I don’t want to say too much because, well, spoilers.
Daniele Kasper’s travels have taken her around the world and back again, but her favorite adventures will always be found between the covers of a good book. From rescuing dolphins in the Florida Keys, to getting chased by grizzly bears in Alaska, Daniele has taken her adventures and used them as inspiration for her writing. Eventually, she married a horse trainer and settled down in central Michigan. She is now a farm girl with her husband, The Cowboy. They have four rescue dogs, a multitude of cats and chickens and a couple of cowponies. Daniele loves reading and writing fantasy and science fiction. She also loves all things Outlander and Disney, can’t grow a garden to save her life and occasionally moonlights as an elementary teacher.
Have you added this book to your tbr? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!