Looking for an epic sci-fi romance? Have a SNEAK PEEK!

NO SHELTER BUT THE STARS is the powerful tale of two women from enemy cultures forced into a fragile truce on an inhospitable moon. The story explores not only the outer limits of galactic imperialism but the inner reserves of the heart, mind, and spirit.

Kyran Loyal is the last heir to the lost throne of a forgotten planet, the figurehead of a nomadic people fleeing the galactic tyranny of a brutal regime. Davia Sifane is the unrecognized daughter of an imperial despot.

When happenstance pits them against each other in battle, neither expects the outcome: they are the only two people to survive. Marooned on a barren moon, their only hope is to rely on each other, and what they learn will either kill them or change the galaxy forever.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher in this vivid, gripping tale of survival featuring two powerful women, implacable enemies, marooned in a lethal environment with the fate of worlds hanging in the balance. What a story!”

Katherine V. Forrest, trailblazing author of Daughters of a Coral Dawn

“Set against a well-crafted backdrop of brutal political and colonial machinations, Black shows us the possibilities that can take root and flourish in treacherous ground, and the impact that individuals can have on the course of an empire. No Shelter But the Stars is a story that will resonate long after the final page is turned.”

—Andi Marquette, author of The Far Seek Chronicles

Order now from your favorite retailer, or order directly from my publisher, Bywater Books!

Virginia Black holding NO SHELTER BUT THE STARS (Bywater Books, 2024)

Virginia Black Appearing at ReadOut 2024 in Gulfport, FL!

Excited to head back to Gulfport, FL for ReadOut 2024! Last year, I made the trip on the recommendation of Elle E. Ire, who had nothing but wonderful things to say about the folks at the LGBTQ Resource Center in the Gulfport Public Library.

With book bans rising in alarmingly high numbers, it’s great to hear about a public library offering such an island of support, and a program that hosts such an inclusive event.

Come find me wherever the author tables happen to be, and be sure to say hello!

More info:

Cerulean Horizon, Azure Overhead – Look, I’m On Bluesky

Whatever we’re calling it, that’s where I’m lurking!

For those of you who have left what-was-once-Twitter for, uh, bluer pastures (the doublespeak is getting tiresome, isn’t it?), you can find me there as well!

Find me at and shoot me a skeet.

(Haven’t transitioned to the new new yet? Hit me up on your platform of choice and ask me if I’ve got an invite code. I may have some available, and you can join the conversation!)