Inspiration for the Settings of the Series
The three stories in my series, The Underground, take place in a futuristic dystopian world where the corporation Planet Core is also the acting government. But it is the goal of those in the Underground to take them out of power.
When I started this series, I knew it would take place on the foreign planet, Airondelle, which those from Earth travel to through a portal. Want to know what the portal looked like? Think of Stargate. And the landscape resembles a flat desert with little vegetation, and small springs that are few and far between.
When I brought the crew back to Earth, I imagined a world made of steel and glass, tall buildings, and very little green space. Everything hovers, from the motorbikes of the police to the chairs in one’s apartment. Citizens take the glide to and from work, and get most of their food from a replicator. And the building on the cover of Never Gonna LetYou Go very much resembles Planet Core.
The Underground somewhat resembles the subways of our present, but long abandoned. Here’s an excerpt:
With no idea what the underground looked like, Calla gasped at the wide, well lit cavern in front of her. She stood with Erik on a metal platform attached to one side of the walls of the cavity. Walkways were bolted into the rock above and below her. The distance to solid ground below surprised her, and she grasped Erik’s hand tighter as well as gripping the railing along the platform. Erik pulled her away from the edge. “This is the main sleeping quarters floor, where most of the underground’s first officers call home.” He pointed to the platform above. “Everyone else lives higher up, closer to the emergency exit.”
And in Never Gonna Desert You, you can visit the natives of Airondelle, in their home in the caves. It was the picture of Ouzoud Waterfalls in the Windows waterfalls theme background which inspired that setting.
The sound of rushing water made Brook aware of her ready-to-burst bladder, though she hadn’t had a drink since she’d left Planet Core.
“Are we there yet?”
They could knock her out. She no longer cared. Being unconscious had to be better than the torture to her body.
“As a matter of fact, we are.”
A hand pushed down on her head, while another shoved her forward. Brook shivered at the sudden drop in temperature. The air smelled damp, musty. The sound of water disappeared.
No! “Why couldn’t we stop back there, grab something to drink?”
Only their footsteps echoing off the walls answered her. Not the same sound she’d heard in the transporter room at Planet Core, but something natural. Like a cave.
And in the third story, Never Gonna Say Goodbye, which is coming soon to Decadent Publishing, you can visit all of these settings and more. But in the end, everything drastically changes. How? Well, you’ll have to wait and find out.
Never Gonna Let You Go
The Underground book 1
By Jessica E. Subject
Erotic Sci-Fi/Dystopian Romance – FF & MF
Caught in a tangle of lies, Calla Jacobs must sort through the truth to discover where she truly belongs. A biologist for Planet Core, she finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit. Sent to Airondelle, she must work with a team to prepare the newly discovered planet for colonists from Earth. But the mission does not go as she expected. Her former lover, Erik Edwards, shuns her, sending Calla into the arms of Melina Holloway, their commander, for the attention she craves and more. A confrontation among the trio leaves her with a broken heart, and fleeing from the two people she trusted most.
Attempting to break free from the lies that bind her, she discovers Planet Core has deceived everyone. And when she returns to Earth, Calla learns just how far Planet Core’s control reaches.
Available From Decadent Publishing and other eBook retailers.
Never Gonna Desert You
The Underground #2
By Jessica E. Subject
Erotic Lesbian Sci-Fi/Dystopian Romance
Determined to find and bring back her girlfriend, Brook enlists in the next mission to the foreign planet, Airondelle. But the deception at Planet Core continues, and Brook doesn't realize the depth of her father's involvement until he orders her terminated. Struggling to stay alive, she quickly learns nothing is as she believed.
Will she ever find Melina? Or will Brook be stuck light years from home, alone, and with a fierce predator hunting her down?
Available from Decadent Publishing and other eBook retailers.
Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.