Space Confederation 1

Multiple tragedies have turned starship captain Aine Lorcan into the “Ice Queen.” But can hunks Ker and Sammuel thaw her heart and win her love?

(Sci-fi/futuristic romance, space opera, MMF with MM and MF, some M/s dynamic elements, HEA)

Writing As: Lesli Richardson

Release Date: December 6, 2020

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(Originally published writing as Tymber Dalton on February 15, 2010. It’s been revised and expanded for re-release writing as Lesli Richardson.)

Tragedy defined starship captain Aine Lorcan’s early life. Orphaned twice, as a result she buries herself in her work and earns her “Ice Queen” nickname. Fiercely driven and independent, the only thing to outshine that is her brilliant intellect. When she’s seriously injured crash-landing on a deserted planet during a raider attack, it’s annoyingly handsome and self-assured Act’huran commander Sammuel Jorvis who rescues her.

Sammuel and his partner, Ker, have searched to find the perfect third to complete them. At first, Aine tries to fight the attraction she feels for the smug commander before giving in to his sinfully hot brand of persuasion. When she meets Ker, it cements her growing love for the men and her feeling of belonging. But it also means leaving behind the Confederation and the only life she’s known.

When duty calls and the Confederation attempts to coax Aine back with her dream command, she wages a war of conscience. Stay with the men she’s come to love and forever abandon the commission she’s made her life’s work, or fulfill the legacy her two fathers died to help her achieve? With lives and hearts on the line, will Aine’s love burn out, or can she live up to her reputation of a Fierce Radiance?

Note: There are more books planned for this series. See the Space Confederation series page for details and pre-orders!

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Fierce Radiance
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 by Tiki-Mama
Ice Queen meets her Match!

Absolutely amazing!! So many emotions and levels of crazy greatness. I absolutely love Tymber Dalton's writhing and don't mind paying the crazy prices to read her books that give so much information for the mind and soul of makes it easy to see the story in one's head.

Eagerly awaiting next book

I really love this book! I think the main reason is that the characters are so expertly crafted. They each have an authentic voice in the story. Even supporting characters are well developed. As a prolific reader I come across many books that are populated be caricatures and formula types "the friend"," the loyal retainer" , "the villain" . The fantastic setting is made so believable by the real emotion portrayed by the characters.


 by LJW
I first read this book about 8 years ago. ...

I first read this book about 8 years ago. Since then, I have read literally over 1,000 other books. Every once in while I pull this book out to re-read & to this day, this book remains one of my favorites!

BTW, I am very much looking forward to the 2nd book in this series coming out soon : )

More, Please!

I've always hoped for more stories from this world created by the writer. Different main characters, a continuation of this story, or some other combination of the two would be most welcome. My hope is the author will consider this suggestion as future projects are considered.

 by Saskia
Quite a ride.

The first book in a new space series by Tymber Dalton.

There is a lot going on in this book, there is a lot of action, space fights and some very steamy scenes. This book made me sad, frustrated, left me all hot and bothered, it had me cheer and I really wanted to slap Aine multiple times. She was quite annoying at times. Loved Sammuel and Ker.

This is a great sci fi book with a great female lead

This is a great sci fi book with a great female lead. Aine was adopted and raised in space. She rose through the ranks and captains her own ship. She meets Sammuel and Ker are they the men for her. Another emotional book by Tymber Dalton. I very much recommend reading this one.

Space Confederation, Book #1 - Tymber Dalton's stunningly beautiful epic sci-fi/thriller/romance that exceeds all expectations!

Fierce Radiance is book 1 in the Space Confederation series by Tymber Dalton. It's truly a remarkable book. I originally read this book over a year ago. This is the third time I've read it. Each time, I've found something new to make me love it even more.

Aine is a very young girl, nearly four-years-old, when the story starts. She lives on a planet far out in the reaches of space, far away from the protection of the Confederation. When the raiders attack the mining colony on the planet on which Aine and her family live and work, she loses everything but the barest of memories of her short life. It's only by sheer chance that she survives at all. But what comes next?

Edmund Lorcan and Malvous Dentry are a captain and his yeoman with a long history of service in the Confederation Merchant Freighter Corps. Their ship, the Bagtopy Yau, happens to be on the mining colony when the raiders strike. Since their cargo's loaded, they're only a merchant vessel, and they can't stop the raiders, they have to take off as quickly as possible. There's just one problem, an unexpected extra passenger, one they've no idea what to do with. How are they going to handle a four-year-old girl, the only female on the ship? She has no family. Turning her over to the authorities is out of the question. But their lives are with each other, and they've full-time careers. What options do they have other than turning her over to the Confederation, even if it's the last thing they want to do?

Years pass. Aine is brilliant beyond all expectations. She lives up to her name, which means "radiance." She's not just well-educated. She has the ability to inspire, the authority of a captain, the brilliant mechanical ability of a top engineer and inventor, and is awe-inspiring in her physical beauty. As she becomes a member of the military and rises through the ranks, she gains a reputation as the Ice Queen. She's lost everything and everyone who ever mattered to her. She'll never let anyone in again. Why would she allow anyone or anything get close enough to her to give them the power to bring her any kind of pain ever again?

While on a mission against the raiders, Aine makes a bold, but questionable, command decision. As it turns out, she's the one who suffers from that decision when she ends up stranded on a planet, in raider territory, badly injured, and alone. Or so she thinks! Her rescue comes at the hands of someone who simultaneously shocks, terrifies, and attracts her. And she actually knows who he is. But it can't be him? It's not possible. As her rescuer has to physically restrain and perform field surgery on her, she has so many questions. Is this really who she thinks it is? How can it be? How did he come to be in the exact spot where she needed someone to save her? And what of the stories he's told her about his identity and history? They're the stuff of legend. None of this can be real, can it? There's so much more to this story, but Aine has to recover if she's to find any of the answers she needs.

This is an ADULT book. It contains explicit language and both gay and ménage sexual scenes. If you don't enjoy this genre, think hard before buying any book you know you won't enjoy. There are book synopses and reviews available on Goodreads and all booksellers' websites. USE THESE RESOURCES. DON'T LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WON'T ENJOY THE BOOK. IT'S NOT FAIR TO THE AUTHOR! She works extremely hard to provide a quality work product. If you know you'll object to the book's subject matter before you buy it, you're doing yourself and the author an extreme disservice.

In Fierce Radiance, Tymber Dalton takes the reader on a journey of epic proportions. There's so much to this story. From the deep tragedy at the beginning of Aine's life through her formative years, her years as a Confederation officer, and beyond, it's truly an sci-fi/thriller/romance novel deserving of great praise. I was just as affected by the beauty, pathos, and deep emotions of the story on my third reading as I was the first time I read it. I don't have adequate words to describe just how truly wonderful this story is. I've always known Ms. Dalton is an phenomenal author but this is one of her best books. Each time I've read it, I've gotten something new from the story. It's a true masterpiece. I give Fierce Radiance my highest recommendation, and offer Ms. Dalton my congratulations on a truly fantastic novel. Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!

Thank you Tymber for allowing me a chance to read this. A genuine story of love, loss, and forgiveness.

I love all things Tymber. She is a wonderful author and I hope she continues to give us more stories and characters that really steal our hearts and minds.

I didn't read what this story was about before I began to read it. Everything was a surprise. I recommend to keep a box of tissues and some dry underwear handy. I sure wish I did.

I went on a roller coaster ride with the main character, Aine. I loved the story and characters. I was grateful for everything I didn't know going in to read this book, because then I had no idea what was about to happen or to whom it may be happening. It was truly a wonderful surprise.

I seen some reviews about the pacing and timing of the book. While I agree it wasn't your typical straight-forward timing and pacing and sometimes I had to go back and figure out how many years had passed, but seriously, it was a great read. I honestly didn't think I could find a more emotional story than 'Aquainted with the Night' also by Tymber. This book just bumped that one out of the top spot in my heart for story arc, emotional meaty-ness, and genuine heartbreak and love. I will be rereading this one for sure.

If you love Tymber, buy this book. If you have no idea what or who Tymber writes about, then open your heart and mind to a seriously steamy story of one woman and two men who find love, home, and a sense of belonging and purpose in space.

 by rusti1970
This was a tear jerker for me!

If you love books with strong female characters, this is the book for you. While Aine is involved with two men, they don't stomp all over her personality but allow her to grow as a person and come to decisions on her own, even at the cost of their own happiness. I've re-read this book at least three or four times if not more. The interaction between the characters brought me to tears, especially when Ker let Aine go and then with the painful but ultimately satisfying reunion. I've been anxiously waiting for a sequel to this book. I'm hoping inspiration hits her soon!

Great steamy, emotional Si Fi love story

Great steamy, emotional Si Fi love story. If MM MMF relationships are an issue for you skip this book. Aine is a strong and smart women who lost her parents and brother at age 4, was adopted by a freighter captain and his partner, only to lose them at age 16. She has closed heart and doesn't let anyone get close. A respected young Captain in the Confederation, know as the Ice Queen, who has waged a war aginst the Raiders who were responsible for the deaths of her parents,brother and her adopted fathers. On a mission to take out a Raider strong hold her ship is dmaged and she crash lands on a planet, to be rescues by Sammuel of the Act'huran, who have a secret alliance with the Confederation. The Act'huran mate for life in triads and Sammuel has found his third in Aine. Aine is strongly attracted to Sammuel and when she meets Ker she feels complete. Aine has difficulty with trust and second guess her love for Ker and Sammuel. Her drive to honor her adoptive fathers in being a Confederation Captain and her vow to destory the raiders, leaves her conflicted. Her confliced feelings and misunderstandings leads her to leave her men. When they are reunited years later she realizes what she has lost and the tole it has taken on the men who loved her enough to let her go. This is listed as book 1, and I didn't see a book 2. I like this universe and hopefully the author will get back to is some day.

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2 thoughts on “Fierce Radiance (Space Confederation 1)

  • January 31, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I love this book. Are you writing a second one to the series?

    • May 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      @Geri – Yes, I do have more books planned for this series.

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